Category: tech

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Moto X: The pocketwatch of smartphones

Having originally dismissed the Moto X when it came out, I unexpectedly found myself considering Motorola’s recent Cyber Monday deal. For $349 (30% off the usual $499) unlocked and off-contract, the idea of keeping my unlimited data plan and maintaining my upgrade eligibility on Verizon without signing a new contract became very intriguing. Not to …




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How-to: Get better battery life from your Galaxy Nexus

As smartphones continue to evolve – bigger displays, faster processors, higher speed data networks, etc. – one things remains the same: the need for ever-longer battery life. The good news is, however, there plenty of ways to squeeze every last ounce of power out of your device’s battery without too much hassle.
So you’ve got …




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How-To: Combine ‘Phone’ and ‘Google’ Contacts on Android

If you’re like me, you didn’t realize that adding new contacts to your Android device under ‘Phone’ would come back to haunt you should you lose your phone or change to a different device. Luckily, despite all my failed attempts in the past, it turns out there is a pretty easy way to combine ‘phone’ …




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HTC Incredible Gingerbread update halted, being “enhanced”

UPDATE: New Gingerbread OTA update is available, isn’t easy to install.

Several weeks ago, Verizon began rolling out an OTA Gingerbread (Android 2.3) update for the HTC Droid Incredible. While many received the update, I never did…and now I finally have some insight into what happened.
After calling Verizon and being told that I would get the …




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iPad-ify your WordPress site (for free) with Onswipe

Got a WordPress-powered site? Chances are, it’s not optimized for viewing/consuming on the world’s (current) tablet of choice – iPad.
Have no fear…Onswipe is here. With the installation of a single WordPress plugin, you can transform your site into a tablet-friendly, swipeable experience.
While there are relatively few options — Cover Display, Cover Logo, Launch …




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Review: Belkin Snap Shield for iPad 2

Update (7/1/11): Unfortunately, 3 of the 4 corners have begun to crack under very light use. I’ve contacted Belkin, will report back. 🙁
Alas! I’ve finally found the “case” I’ve been looking for since I first got my iPad 2 – the Belkin Snap Shield.
Available in both clear (right, which is still lightly frosted) and …




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Review: 32GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 with Smart Cover

Apple has once again raised the bar on industrial design. The iPad 2 is unreasonably thin and one of the most impressive pieces of hardware to date. With that said, there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
Hardware
It should come as no surprise that Apple’s latest iOS device is a real work of industrial art. iPad …




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Extend a gadget’s manufacturer’s warranty for free with AMEX

OK, so maybe y’all knew this already, but apparently when you purchase electronics* with an American Express, AMEX will automatically extend the original manufacturer’s warranty for up to an additional year…for free.

Excited by this news, I called AMEX to confirm that the iPad, for example, is in fact eligible for the additional coverage — it …




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Quasi-Review: HP Pavilion dm4t “Entertainment” laptop

I’ve been in the market for a new laptop (PC) for a little while now. Having long grown out of my need to be on the bleeding edge of gadgetry, especially considering that I spend most of my computing time at home on my desktop and smartphone, I was still searching for an attractive, well-made, …




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Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: The ultimate urban ride?

I love Smart cars. Ever since studying abroad in Europe back in 2002, I’ve had a thing for ’em. And now that I’ve lived in a city for nearly 7 years, the thought of a real-world micro machine has become that much more enticing.
But is there anything better than a Smart car? Well, yeah. An …