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When Do Smartphone Screens Become Too Big?

When Do Smartphone Screens Become Too Big?

I have a problem. I own a smartphone – an iPhone 5 – that comes with a nicely sized, 4-inch screen. When I surf to Web sites, I’m able to see whatever I want. When I go to the iTunes Store and buy a movie or two, I can enjoy them without any trouble whatsoever. For me, the 4-inch screen is an ideal size.

Then again, I thought the same with my former iPhone, which came with a smaller 3.5-inch display. I thought for sure that I wouldn’t need a larger screen. But when I got my hands on the bigger display, I decided otherwise.

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Bad Context: Why nobody, not even Apple, has done mobile right

Bad Context: Why nobody, not even Apple, has done mobile right

Your smartphone is dumb. Mine is too. I've got an iPhone in my pocket, and a Galaxy S III, and an HTC One, and they're all stupid. The BlackBerry Z10 in my bag is a clot, and the Lumia 920 isn't just thick in the hand, it's just plain thick. Today, on the fortieth birthday of the first cellphone call, the gadget that was supposed to liberate us has turned us into plagued, screen-tapping obsessives, in thrall to every buzz and bleep.

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Would Android Matter As Much Without Google?

Would Android Matter As Much Without Google?

Android is the dominant force in the mobile operating system landscape. And now more than ever, people are finding that the operating system is not only a strong competitor to iOS, but in some respects, might just be even better.

Now, I’m sure that Apple fans won’t want to hear such a thing. After all, for years, they’ve been supporting Apple’s iOS platform and to hear that Android could possibly come with features that surpass those of iOS is anathema to them. But perhaps it’s time that we all agree that, at the very least, Android and iOS are in a neck-and-neck battle for mobile operating system dominance.

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I fell for the HTC One in a Tokyo cat cafe

I fell for the HTC One in a Tokyo cat cafe

I started off liking the HTC One. Now, having used it as my only camera while on holiday in Japan this past week, I'm in love with it. HTC has a whole lot riding on the One this year, and one of the more contentious features is the Zoe photography system, blending stills and short videos that are simultaneously captured in what the company says will "bring to life" your photo gallery. Attempts to differentiate from the gush of other Android devices with software customization is something we've seen so often now, it's hard not to be cynical (and simply demand "pure" Android instead), but Zoe has turned out to be a different story.

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Apple’s War Chest, Samsung plastic, and HTC One supply

Apple’s War Chest, Samsung plastic, and HTC One supply

The influence and cash flow Apple has right this minute may be squarely to blame for both Samsung's continued use of plastic to construct the GALAXY S 4 and HTC's trouble getting supply line at full speed for the HTC One. When you consider the vast number of products Apple creates that use large amounts of aluminum, you'll find that the company is really rather invested in keeping their supply of this building block in order. When you consider the must-win situation HTC has with their new HTC One device, you'll know how nervous they must be if their rumored supplier status downgrade is, indeed, a reality.

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Banning Used Games Is A Deal-Breaker

Banning Used Games Is A Deal-Breaker

Let me say this loud and clear: any game console that tries to block used games will fail. And I, along with other gamers, will be happy to see it.

Over the last year or so, we’ve been hearing rumors that Microsoft’s next console, currently codenamed Durango, could ban used games. Microsoft, of course, hasn’t said anything on the matter, deciding instead to keep its plans close to the vest until it finally has the chance to unveil the device to the world. But the steady drumbeat of claims that the console won’t support used games is concerning.

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Dear Apple: Android-loving hacking developer hordes await you

Dear Apple: Android-loving hacking developer hordes await you

Today it's come to our attention that a collection of iPhone users out there believe that Apple might, in their next iteration of iOS, decide to give the average smartphone user Android-level customization options. I couldn't disagree more. Though it's clear that Apple should - in an early adopter's dream universe - need by now to bring some major changes to their mobile operating system iOS, it's just not going to happen. With Apple, change comes only when change is needed, and if you've seen the cash this company makes with each new iteration of its iPhone line and think they're in dire need of any sort of radical change, you're out of your mind.

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Should Apple Really Fear the Galaxy S4?

Should Apple Really Fear the Galaxy S4?

I remember a time, not long ago, when the idea that Samsung and Apple would be in a war for technology dominance seemed laughable. The companies were partners in chip production, Samsung’s products were largely also-rans, and it was perhaps best known for its televisions and home appliances.

But now, with the Samsung Galaxy S4’s unveiling almost upon us, we’re here wondering if there will ever be a day when Samsung and Apple aren’t going for each other’s necks. The companies literally can’t stand each other. And although they’re both generating all of the profits in the mobile space, they’d like nothing more than to take each other down.

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