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In pictures: 15 hot phones for the holidays

With contract prices ranging from $US50 to $US300, this list of the season's top phones has something for any stocking or budget.

Written by Eric Mack19 Dec. 11 09:55

5 hidden features in iOS 5

Who knew Apple's iOS 5 mobile operating system held so many secrets? Developers and sleuthing hackers have been hard at work since Apple released the OS in October unearthing a number of hidden features and tweaking the OS to do things it was never intended to do.

Written by Eric Mack11 Nov. 11 07:55

Google+ app for Android gets major overhaul

Google revamped its Google+ Android app Monday sprucing up the social network's mobile front door with a cleaner interface, more functions, and a promise of improved battery life. The Android app (now Version 2.1) is available for download at Android Market.

Written by Eric Mack02 Nov. 11 04:44

Android overtakes iOS in app downloads

The Android operating system now leads in total app downloads, another benchmark in the race to dominate the smartphone market, according to ABI Research.

Written by Eric Mack26 Oct. 11 02:43

Kindle Fire, others to get HTML5, CSS3 in 'Kindle Format 8' update

Amazon is refreshing its staid, black-and-white take on the e-book with a new format that supports HTML5 and CSS3. Kindle Format 8 (KF8) will give Kindle users something a little more colorful to read on the new tablet/e-reader hybrid, the Kindle Fire, which is set to hit stores in time for the holiday season.

Written by Eric Mack25 Oct. 11 03:17

Ice Cream Sandwich: 7 more cool features

Ice Cream Sandwich, Google's latest update to the Android franchise, has plenty of improvements and changes hidden under the surface that make the mobile OS even sweeter. With more Android phones being announced every day in preparation for the holiday shopping season, here are seven new features in Ice Cream Sandwich you should be aware of.

Written by Eric Mack21 Oct. 11 04:26

Windows Phone Mango: How to upgrade now

Microsoft has started rolling out its Windows Phone 7.5 update, with more than 500 new features including a new music hub and better multitasking. But most Windows Phone 7 users will have to wait a week or even a month for Mango -- unless they use this little workaround to take a bite of the update right now.

Written by Eric Mack29 Sept. 11 03:45

Skype iPhone, iPod Touch app has security hole

Skype is working to fix a security hole in its iOS app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows a hacker to steal a person's entire address book. The vulnerability, located in the app's chat message window, can be exploited with JavaScript code. It was pointed out by security researcher Phil Purviance of AppSec.

Written by Eric Mack21 Sept. 11 02:21

Will HP leave PC users out in the cold?

The future of Hewlett-Packard's PC business may be a bit cloudy, but that's not stopping the industry leader from forging ahead with new consumer products. The world's largest computer-maker has announced an upgrade and price drop to the very popular Pavilion DM1 laptop.

Written by Eric Mack09 Sept. 11 03:50

Google aims to close Google Maps loophole

Google says it's working to keep the virtual lights on for businesses that are being incorrectly labeled as "closed" on Google Maps. The issue was raised in a New York Times article that profiled a handful of businesses that had been temporarily labeled closed on Google Maps, apparently due to what Google product manager Ethan Russell calls "malicious or incorrect labeling."

Written by Eric Mack07 Sept. 11 00:44

Can Tim Cook fill Jobs' shoes? Other heirs to big CEOs

Now that Steve Jobs has stepped down as Apple's CEO, it's an understatement to say that his successor, Apple COO Tim Cook, has mighty big shoes to fill. Cook -- who Jobs singled out to replace himself -- joins an exclusive group of newly appointed tech CEOs who faced the challenge of repeating the phenomenal success of visionary forebears.

Written by Eric Mack07 Sept. 11 00:42