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posted in September 2012
Giving the iPhone 5 a micro-USB port instead of the incompatible Lightning connection would have been the logical and considerate way to go, but that's not the Apple Way. Luckily for Apple, we iPhone, iPod, and iPad users are used to this kind of abuse and we'll put up with it. Even with the inconvenience and extra expense of Lightning--which offers little in return--most true believers won't ditch Apple for Android or Windows phones.
Microsoft hopes HTC's new Windows Phone 8S and 8X devices, announced Wednesday, will set a new standard for its mobile OS. Designed "from the inside out" for Windows Phone, the two consumer-oriented handsets land in a market crowded with the latest from Nokia, Apple, and Samsung, but they are well equipped and will be available on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.
Cloud storage provider Box is adding multiple endpoints in major metropolitan areas so users can be closer to their data. The result? Average upload speed is 2.7 times that of competitors.
In retrospect, it was foolhardy for a company with the resources of Facebook not to make native apps for mobile platforms, but it had to learn the lesson. You and your one-man ISV or corporate app? HTML5 might be a great choice.
A new Apple patent, to remotely disable functions on wireless devices based on locations or events, rightly raises the hackles of those who fear digital encroachments on personal freedoms.
Let's face it: Samsung's big Galaxy Note "phablet" is bulky and gimmicky with its unnecessary stylus. The Motorola Droid Razr M is more, well, mobile.
The Droid Razr M is an affordable, entry-level Ice Cream Sandwich phone with a trim size and gorgeous screen going for it. There is relatively little bloatware from either Verizon or Motorola to get in the way, and the big sealed-in battery lasts a long time on one charge.
Remember how set-top boxes were once presumed to be a major content vehicle of the future? In fact, the Kindle Fire HD is the set-top box of the future and Amazon is the cable company -- all one channel, but one where you can order up just about anything, from digital books to seasons of TV. It makes the aspirations of movies-on-demand and the Home Shopping Network seem downright tame in comparison. It does away not only with the set-top box, but the set itself.
Motorola's new Droid Razr phones sport beefy battery life, brilliant screens, and tough casing. The lowest end model, the Droid Razr M, costs just $99 with a two-year Verizon data plan. All the phones run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and will be upgraded to Jelly Bean.