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Ranking the biggest iPhone ‘scandals’ of all time

By on September 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Ranking the biggest iPhone ‘scandals’ of all time

Although there’s been a lot of coverage this week on whether or not the iPhone 6 Plus bends too much, we should recall that this isn’t the first time Apple has been hit with a “scandal” after the launch of a new flagship device. In fact, the last three non-“S” iterations of the iPhone — the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 6 — all drew scrutiny for flaws that generated a firestorm of media attention. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast’s infamously bad customer service isn’t incompetence – it’s a choice

By on September 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

Comcast’s infamously bad customer service isn’t incompetence – it’s a choice

For the past couple of months, every time a new recorded phone call surfaced showing Comcast delivering poor customer service, the company’s response has been pretty much the same: We apologize to the customer for this poor experience and this is not representative of our customer service as a whole. However, once you get enough examples of this kind of service, it’s clear that this is actually representative of what Comcast customers often experience when they try to get their problems solved. And it just so happens that a reader has sent us a recording of yet another bad Comcast customer service experience, which we have uploaded onto SoundCloud for your listening displeasure.

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iPhone 6 Vs. Galaxy Note 4 Vs. Moto X+1

Everything we know about the 3 huge flagship phones you’ll see unveiled over the next week

By on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Everything we know about the 3 huge flagship phones you’ll see unveiled over the next week

This past summer was not an exciting time for new smartphones by any stretch of the imagination but September is already promising to make up for it in a big way. Over the next week alone, we’re going to get our first official looks at Apple’s iPhone 6, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Motorola’s Moto X+1, each of which by itself would be the most significant smartphone launch since the unveiling of the LG G3 all the way back in May. To help you keep track of all these new devices, we’ve put together a quick overview of everything we know and everything we think we know about the iPhone 6, Galaxy Note 4 and Moto X+1. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps Download

6 more terrific paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now – a $24 value!

By on August 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

6 more terrific paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now – a $24 value!

Have you gotten your fill of free iPhone apps this week? We didn’t think so, which is why we’ve come back to tell you about six more awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free to download for a limited time. Taken together, these six apps would normally cost just under $24 but you can get every one of them free of charge if you act right now. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps Download

4 more awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now – an amazing $22 value!

By on August 19, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

4 more awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now – an amazing $22 value!

It’s that time of day again where we tell you about some terrific paid iOS apps that you can download for free for a limited time. And for this edition, we have something very special: Four highly rated iPhone apps that previously cost a combined total of $22 but that are now all free if you act right now. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps Download

5 fantastic paid iPhone apps that you can get for free right now – a $12 value!

By on August 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM.

5 fantastic paid iPhone apps that you can get for free right now – a $12 value!

As part of our never ending series of features designed to help you find terrific free iOS apps, we’ve found five more apps that were previously paid that have now gone free for an undetermined amount of time. Taken together, these five apps used to cost $12 total but you can now get every single one of them for free if you act right this minute. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps Download

4 more terrific paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

By on August 11, 2014 at 9:40 AM.

4 more terrific paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

As part of our never ending series of features designed to help you find terrific free iOS apps, we’ve found four more apps that were previously paid that have now gone free for a limited amount of time. This week we’re bringing you apps that will help you transfer and manage documents to and from your iOS device, plan meticulous workouts and exercises, superimpose multiple photos on one another, and record great looking movies from your phone or tablet. More →

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Confessions Of A Music Thief

Confessions of a music thief

By on August 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Confessions of a music thief

I have stolen music. A massive amount of music, in fact. Over the past decade or so, I have illegally downloaded hundreds of songs from various file-sharing networks. Even thousands, most likely.

In the past couple of years, however, I have completely stopped stealing music as my listening habits shifted from album-based listening to services like Pandora and Spotify. The painful irony here, however, is that recording artists and music labels earn far less money from me now that I have gone legit than they did when I was a thief.

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BGR Seal Of Approval

Introducing the BGR Seal of Approval

By on June 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Introducing the BGR Seal of Approval

There are countless technology products and devices that are released on what seems like a weekly basis, and unfortunately, a lot of them suck. They’re gimmicky, they have minor updates, they are buggy, they are hard to use, and they break. So, we thought that there has to be a way to help the regular consumer cut through the noise and determine that they are buying a quality product. And based on feedback we have received from many consumer electronics manufacturers, they would also love a way to highlight their best and most quality products.

With that, we are very excited to introduce the BGR Seal of Approval and also announce the first product we are awarding it to. More →

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SmartThings Home Automation

The Boy Genius Report: Why Home Automation is Being Disrupted

By on January 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

The Boy Genius Report: Why Home Automation is Being Disrupted

The entire home automation industry is about to be upended by startups. Companies that are starting out small have a clear and concise vision: one in which your home and the many things in it can all communicate and work seamlessly with each other.

I have been looking for the perfect way to automate a room, a whole floor, and an entire house for the past ten years and have consistently been disappointed. Disappointed with the integration, the cost, the flexibility, and the ease of use. More →

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Always-on Lifestyle

Email, Twitter and the always-on lifestyle: Today’s double-edged sword

By on December 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM.

Email, Twitter and the always-on lifestyle: Today’s double-edged sword

Today, I made a choice. I made a choice to carve out a chunk of time to write this article, but I did so at the expense of communication. I very intentionally decided to cast my eyes in the other direction by ignoring a deluge of inbound inquiries, and to be honest, I’m still unsure as to whether it was the right decision. Five years ago, I might have suggested that those employed in the digital industry would understand where I was coming from, but today, I’m more inclined to believe that everyone in a developed country would get the gist. This is the era where personal time becomes a relic, silence is the new distraction, and 24/7 expectations bleed from petrol stations into every possible aspect of your life. Consider this: how many requests are you presently ignoring by taking the time to read these words?
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Top-10 Tech Web Mobile 2013

10 awesome new (and old) things you need to know about in 2013

By on January 18, 2013 at 4:04 PM.

10 awesome new (and old) things you need to know about in 2013

We’re just three weeks into 2013 and it’s surprising what a difference a year can make. RIM (RIMM) is on the rise as Apple (AAPL) is getting crushed, Samsung (005930) is supposedly generating Apple-like hype, and connected home appliances outshined smartphones at CES. It’s a brave new world indeed, but here are 10 awesome new (and old) things to keep you grounded in 2013 while you put 2012 behind you and try to forget Gangnam Style ever happened. More →

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Microsoft Surface Launch

A brave new world: Microsoft Surface now available for purchase

By on October 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM.

A brave new world: Microsoft Surface now available for purchase

Welcome to the new Microsoft (MSFT). The world’s largest software company is now officially a Windows hardware vendor, having launched its debut tablet at midnight Friday morning. Crowds seeking out at Microsoft pop-up stores were surprisingly large in some cases — AllThingsD’s Ina Fried posted some great photos from the Times Square store on her Twitter account — and orders for the tablet that seems to be OEMs’ worst nightmare placed on Microsoft’s website still won’t ship for at least three weeks. While the company did say supplies would be limited at launch, we know from conversations during our visit to Redmond that Microsoft has high hopes for the Surface and it looks like things are off to a good start. Are you thinking about buying one? Did you just purchase a Surface and you’re wondering where to start? Not interested in the Surface but want to know more about Windows 8? Here are some resources that might help: More →

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