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New iPhones 'Not Groundbreaking, Just Excellent'

But not without their flaws: critics

(Newser) - Tech experts are applauding the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, noting the bigger screens and improved features. But the critics aren't without their reservations about the new devices, which, they say, aren't exactly revolutionary:
  • "It's clear that Apple spent the last year tweaking and improving
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Google Glass Could Make Us Less Annoying

'It's way, way less distracting than checking your smartphone': Manjoo

(Newser) - Given all the hate that's been piled on Google Glass lately, Farhad Manjoo strapped on a pair "expecting to experience the digital equivalent of a machine hacked together with duct tape and construction paper." Instead, he came away convinced that Glass, or something like it, will define... More »

BlackBerry Z10: Not Too Little, But Maybe Too Late

BlackBerry's new phone brings the goods, but won't win over Apple, Android faithful

(Newser) - BlackBerry is betting its bottom dollar on the BlackBerry Z10 , the first phone to bear its radically redesigned new BlackBerry 10 OS. So how does it stack up? Critics generally like it, but worry that it's not enough to save the company. Here's what people are saying:
  • David
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Microsoft Surface RT Falls Flat

'Handsome' device is clumsy, but has potential

(Newser) - The creators of the hotly anticipated Microsoft Surface RT have touted it as revolutionary, improving upon the toy-like tablets of today by making it functional, with a detachable touch screen and a snappy design. So is it the future of computing? Not yet, most reviewers agree:
  • Sam Biddle praises the
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Wi-Fi Light Bulbs Are 'Awesome'

You can control them from any smartphone or tablet

(Newser) - Ever stubbed a fragile toe while hunting for a lamp at night? No need, it seems, when you can control your lights from any tablet or smartphone. The technology has been around a while, but Greenwave Reality is releasing new 2700K, standard-size, Wi-Fi bulbs that "may just be the... More »

I Was Wrong: Well-Made iPhone 5 Is a 'Miracle'

Farhad Manjoo praises the beauty of Apple's 'boring' new gadget

(Newser) - When Apple first unveiled the iPhone 5, Farhad Manjoo was one part of the legion of tech pundits declaring it "boring." But after owning the device for about a week and a half, he's changed his tune—drastically. "The iPhone 5 is the best phone ever... More »

iPhone 5: Is 'Incremental' Update Worth It?

Reviewers see 'incremental' improvements

(Newser) - The new iPhone is finally here , but it doesn't bring many mind-blowing changes. Still, critics are impressed with its size, weight, and a number of other features. What some are saying:
  • "It's not a revolutionary phone, but it is a very nice release," writes Jesus Diaz
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Google's Nexus 7 'Obliterates' Kindle Fire

It's got better features and a better design, Rich Jaroslovsky says

(Newser) - Sorry, Kindle Fire owners. When the Google Nexus 7 arrives next week, your tablet will officially be second-rate. "The Nexus 7 obliterates every reason for buying the current Kindle, and sets a high bar for whatever Amazon comes up with to replace it," Rich Jaroslovsky of Bloomberg writes.... More »

Look Out, iPad: Windows 8 a Contender

But a lot can happen in a year, note reviewers

(Newser) - Microsoft has skirted the problem it ran into three years ago, when its preview of Windows 7 was leaked to the general public, by "leaking" Windows 8—which will ultimately power PCs and iPad-rivaling tablets—itself. The preview of the operating system, first aired at a conference yesterday, was... More »

BlackBerry's Best Can't Beat Apple, Google

The Bold 9900: 'Does Anybody Care'?

(Newser) - There’s a new BlackBerry on the market, but the “the question is: Does anybody care?” Apple and Google dominate the market, and things are “not looking good” for Research in Motion, which just laid off 2,000 people, writes David Pogue in the New York Times . That... More »

Nintendo 3DS Promising, but a 'Headache Machine'

Augmented reality, 3D effects snazzy though

(Newser) - Nintendo's much-hyped 3DS, which features glasses-free 3D effects, launched yesterday. Does it pass muster? Here's what critics are saying:
  • The 3D screen is “a wonder to behold,” but it’s also a “sure-fire headache machine,” writes Adam B. Vary of EW . But the eye strain and
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Meet Xoom, iPad's First Big Challenger

It's fast, but it's pricey: critics

(Newser) - Critics agree: Motorola’s Xoom is the iPad’s the first serious competition. But the base price of $800 could scare customers away:
  • Xoom “has a more potent processor than the current iPad; front and rear cameras versus none for the iPad; better speakers; and higher screen resolution,”
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Verizon's iPhone Gets the Thumbs Up

Finally, an iPhone you can use ... as a phone

(Newser) - The iPhone 4 has finally arrived on Verizon , and what that means is … now you can actually make successful phone calls on your iPhone. Reviewers give it a thumbs-up:
  • “The Verizon iPhone is nearly the same as AT&T’s iPhone 4—but it doesn’t drop calls.
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New iPods Great, but Apple's 'Ping' Sucks

Apple's new music offerings a mixed bag

(Newser) - Apple’s new line of iPods is up to its usual high standards, but the Ping social networking service that comes along with it is “socially awkward,” writes Katherine Boehret of the Wall Street Journal . The new “remarkably thin” iPod Touch has nifty new features, like front-... More »

Epic 4G May Put Sprint on Top

Reviewers loving hefty, feature-packed Sprint device

(Newser) - Sprint has been the punching bag of the mobile world for a while now, but that may be changing thanks to its lightning-fast 4G WiMax network—and the spiffy new Android smartphones that use it. First there was the HTC EVO, and now comes the Epic, part of Samsung’s... More »

Thumbs Up for Swype Keyboard

Or should that be index fingers up?

(Newser) - Do you hate your phone’s virtual keyboard? Then you might want to try Swype, a new virtual keyboard that’s rapidly gaining buzz. Swype allows you to type by drawing lines from letter to letter, never lifting your finger from the screen. Skeptical? Don’t be, writes Katherine Boehret... More »

iPhone 4 Lives Up to the Hype

Critics love the awesome camera, screen, and new features

(Newser) - The iPhone 4 hits tomorrow, and tech reviewers everywhere are incredibly impressed. Here's what they're saying:
  • The iPhone 4 is “a major leap over its already excellent predecessor,” writes Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal . The new features work very well, and the redesign “manages to
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How to Buy a Laptop

Mossberg offers his annual shopping guide

(Newser) - It's time once again for Walt Mossberg's annual computer buying guide, in which the Wall Street Journal 's tech guru runs down the bare minimum the average person should know when buying a laptop. His advice:
  • Processors: Intel has a shiny new wave of Core chips, the i3, i5, and
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New iPhone Worth Waiting For

Features on 4GS prototype mean you shouldn't buy an iPhone until June

(Newser) - Thinking about buying an iPhone? The features on the 4G prototype lost in a bar by an Apple worker means you should think about waiting until it goes on sale in June or July, urges Dan Frommer at Business Insider . The new iPhone appears to have an improved camera and... More »

Double Downs, Touchscreens Don't Mix

iPad disabled by the touch of KFC diners

(Newser) - While foodies were debating the culinary merits of the Double Down yesterday, two selfless Gizmodo reporters sacrificed their guts and their gadgets to confirm the somewhat foregone conclusion that the sandwich might not pair so well with a touchscreen device. The pair were presumably unsurprised to find their iPad disabled... More »

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