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Mobile Payments Are a Mess

Dan Frommer | Posted 10.01.2011 | Technology
Dan Frommer

The idea that we might someday use our mobile phones to pay for some things offline makes sense. And merging the mobile and wallet into one thing to carry around seems like a smart idea. But getting there is going to be a challenge.

Boost Your Sales and Enhance Your Brand With Little-Known QR Codes

Jerry Chautin | Posted 09.12.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Quick response codes have the potential to boost your sales, enhance your brand and turn your plain vanilla print advertisement into an interactive, m...

How Consumers Would Benefit From the AT&T/T-Mobile USA Merger

Rick Carnes | Posted 07.04.2011 | Technology
Rick Carnes

The interests of music suppliers and wireless consumers coincide -- content protection is in everyone's interest. This makes the AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile something to be glad about.

Texting in Theaters Is a Blight: Let's Make Smartphones Smarter With Apps to Obstruct Rude People

Michael Russnow | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

I'm a fan of new technology and was among the first on my block to buy a VCR. I've also been surfing the Internet for many years and bought a cell ph...

How Long Should Electronics Last? My Calculator, the E-Hero

Diane Dulken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Diane Dulken

There's a world of reasons for industry and customers to seek new business models and better stewardship over e-production, e-gadgets and e-waste.

Smart Phones Foster Dumb Habits Among Pedestrians

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

(DAVID BAUDER, AP) NEW YORK — It was a miserable morning in New York, rain falling heavily and a 30 mph wind that made holding an umbrella diffi...

Left Behind Phone Chargers Pile Up in Hotels

Sue Frause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Sue Frause

"Sue Frause has left her two phone chargers at the last two hotels where she stayed. She now has no phone chargers and one very dead phone." That w...

The 2010 Newsroom: Lean and Techy

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Newsrooms should be converged, integrated, flexible, lean and techy, to survive in today's fast-changing media landscape, but news organizations shoul...

Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?

David Wygant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Wygant

Robin Williams said it best years ago when he said that giving his kids Nintendo was like giving them the ultimate cocaine. We really have become an addicted society.

99.8% Of College Students Have Cell Phones: Ball State Study

Daily Nebraskan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Over the last few years, the image of students talking, texting or e-mailing on their phones in between classes has become increasingly common on most...

Empowerment via the New Media

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rep. Charles Rangel

There's really nothing like a handwritten note from a constituent you've known for years. But I'm excited to harness the power of technology that's making it easier to stay in touch with my constituents.

Closing the Digital Divide One Government App at a Time

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

Welcome to the brave new world of social (media) government -- a world where you can use mobile phone apps to get information from Uncle Sam so you don't actually have to talk to him.

Downward Mobility: Tech Toys and Society

Douglas Forbes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Douglas Forbes

Despite the immediate satisfaction afforded by our zesty, lusty high-tech trysts, we must not forget that every affair has its consequences.

Same Old Things

Molly Magid Hoagland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Molly Magid Hoagland

This scuffed tool -- a comb -- which I thought contained no memories, has been with me every day since my late adolescence. Now for a decade it has been smoothing first one, then two boys' heads.

Smartphones Starting to Look Alike

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

Some of the new phones are starting to look a lot like others on the market. When will we get to the same point with smartphones that we have reached with PCs.

iPhone Woes: Can You Jeer Me Now?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

"(T)here is a problem with its reception." -Consumer Reports magazine, finding design flaws with the antenna of Apple's new iPhone 4, questioning Apple's previous explanations for the malfunction.

Motorola Charming T-Mobile with Its Motoblur

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

It would appear that there is a growing trend in the mobility space. Handset manufacturers are making smart phones socially savvy. I have seen this tr...

Cellular Self-Defense: Don't Get Ripped Off By Hidden Cell Phone Charges

Terry Gardner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Terry Gardner

With smart phones keeping many of us connected 24/7, it's hard to drop off the grid while you're abroad. But it might make financial sense to do just that.

Bans On Texting While Driving Gain Support

Bianca Bosker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

'No texting' is the new 'no smoking.' Obama, carmakers, state governments, and citizens have rallied in support of legislation that would ban drivers...

Keyboard Controversy: 'Dvorak' Users Protest 'Qwerty' Layouts For Smart Phones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Dvorak keyboard layout, though around for decades, is as little-known among the general typing population as it is passionately embraced by its de...

Palm Pre Once Again Works With iTunes

AP | Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Palm's Pre smart phone just can't stay away from Apple's iTunes software. Palm Inc. says the Pre can again connect to iTunes --...

Blackberry One: The World has Changed and We Must Change With it

Linda Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Stone

When I see Obama using his Blackberry, the message I get is, "I'm on the job. Right now. And I'm using today's tools."

The BlackBerry First Family

Dalton Conley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dalton Conley

It's nice to see a first family that reflects how the rest of us increasingly live. The dedication to a smartphone is but one way that the Obamas embody changes in the way we live and work.

Palm on its Way Back

Philip G. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Philip G. Baker

It's no wonder there's so much similarity to the iPhone with the new Palm Pre. There's been a mass movement of Apple executives, marketeers, and engineers to Palm, and it shows.

Palm Pre: Palm Unveils New Touch-Screen Smart Phone

AP | RACHEL METZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

LAS VEGAS — Palm Inc. unveiled a new touch-screen smart phone and operating system Thursday, marking its latest attempt to catch up with competi...