Apple’s iMessage and Facetime Down, No Estimate on Fix (updated)

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Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime services are down for some users as of 3PM Pacific Standard Time. The two services went down earlier this afternoon and Apple is not reporting when the services will be restored. FaceTime is Apple’s video calling service that can be used to connect users on iOS mobile devices and Macs running […]

Mercedes-Benz: How a Mobile Site Was Done Right

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Mercedes-Benz USA recently revamped its Web site for mobile devices to better serve its customers. The new mobile site ( isn’t just a pared down version of the auto maker’s full site. Instead, it feels more like a mobile app, presenting information to shoppers and owners that they’re most likely to need while on the […]

Apple Gives iPad mini Owners Free Dock…2 Min. of Labor Required

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Apple provides every iPad mini owner with a free dock, but there is of course a catch. iPad mini users will have to sacrifice their tablet’s box and put in a couple of minutes of labor to transform it into a very usable stand and charging station. Apple sells the Smart Cover for iPad Mini […]

iPad mini Smart Cover Review

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The iPad mini Smart Cover offers some protection and convenience, but it is relatively expensive and doesn’t offer as much protection as some iPad mini users need. Although we strongly recommend protecting buying the Smart Cover or another iPad mini case, cover or wrap right away, we hesitate recommending the iPad mini Smart Cover for those on […]

iPad mini Review: The New Default iPad


The iPad mini is the best iPad yet and will likely become the default iPad choice for both consumers and businesses. It is both affordable and portable, two traits that are important no matter who’s shopping.  Apple has a huge hit on its hands, though it may take some time for the iPad mini to […]

Size Matters: iPad mini vs iPad vs iPhone 5

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The iPad mini sits well between the full-sized iPad and iPhone 5, fitting in as Apple’s first truly mobile tablet. Some Apple customers have held off buying the iPad mini because they think that it’s too similar to their current iOS devices.The spec sheets and bullet points don’t do the iPad mini justice. It is […]

iPad mini 4G LTE: AT&T vs Verizon vs Sprint

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The new iPad mini will soon be available with 4G LTE service from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon in addition to a Wi-Fi only version. Consumers should carefully weigh their options before selecting an iPad mini to make sure they get a tablet that will deliver the best mobile experience possible and that won’t break their […]

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Point-and-Shoot Cameras


Buying a camera as a gift can be challenging since there are so many cameras and options to choose from. We’ve put together a list of point-and-shoot cameras that we recommend, and in some cases use on a regular basis. Smartphone cameras are getting better and better, but dedicated cameras are still far better at […]

GoPro Intros Hero3, Most Advanced Sport Camera Yet

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GoPro unveiled its new Hero3 camera today, along with an incredible demo video that features athletes using the device around the globe. The GoPro Hero3 will be available in time for the holidays in three editions, including a $399.99 Black Edition that can shoot video at up to 4k resolution. Go Pro’s wearable and mountable […]

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Convertible Tablet Announced


Lenovo introduced the IdeaTab Lynx convertible tablet today at an event in New York. The two-part Windows 8 device features an 11.6″ tablet and a keyboard dock. The Lynx tablet starts at $599, with the keyboard dock adding another $149. The IdeaTab Lynx is one of four Lenovo Windows 8 convertible tablets in the news today, including the […]

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist Convertible for SMB Announced

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Lenovo unveiled the ThinkPad Twist, a convertible notebook for small businesses, at an event in New York this evening. The convertible notebook PC meets Ultrabook standards and offers the flexibility of keyboard and tablet computing in a single device. The ThinkPad Twist features a single hinge that rotates and folds the display’s back onto the […]

Lenovo Intros Yoga 11: Windows 8 RT Convertible Notebook

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Lenovo introduced the Yoga 11 convertible notebook tablet at a press event in New York this evening. The 11.6″ notebook features a dual-hinge design that allows the display to fold back 360-degrees and convert into a tablet. Lenovo is refreshing its notebook product line just in time for Microsoft’s Windows 8 consumer release, which is […]

SCOTTEVEST Fleece 7.0 Review


The SCOTTEVEST Fleece 7.0 is the smartest garment we’ve ever seen. The fleece features a pocket designed to carry an iPad and a specialized design that makes it easy to use a smartphone while it’s still in a pocket. I’ve used and reviewed SCOTTEVEST clothing for the past four years to avoid carrying bags, organize […]

MobileDemand xTablet T7200 Review

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The MobileDemand xTablet T7200 is a fully ruggedized Tablet PC built for professionals that don’t have the luxury of working in cozy office buildings. This tablet means business and packs a several features mobile users will appreciate. MobileDemand began selling Tablet PCs well before Apple and others popularized consumer tablets. The company builds industrial-strength tablets […]

Don’t Count on the iOS 6 & iPhone 5 Maps App in an Emergency

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The iPhone 5 and other iOS 6 devices do not map emergency rooms reliably, which can be a serious problem for the sick or injured. Getting lost during an emergency or being directed to a medical facility without an emergency room while there are plenty of good ones nearby is the stuff of nightmares. Nightmares […]

AT&T vs Verizon iPhone 5: 4G LTE Speed Test (San Francisco)

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AT&T 4G LTE and Verizon 4G LTE speeds are virtually tied in our first batch of iPhone 5 speed tests. Both are faster than many home Internet connections, which will simply amaze users upgrading from 3G phones, such as the iPhone 4S. Choosing the right iPhone 5 carrier is much more important than choosing a […]

Tablet PCs the Right Choice for Rugged World


The iPad and other consumer tablets are great for some tasks, but they’re not the right tools for every job, especially those that take users into rough environments. Rugged Windows Tablet PCs, such as the newly introduced MobileDemand xTablet 7200, are professional-grade and purpose-built to stand up to serious abuse. Most tablets are designed to […]

iOS 6 Release Time Still Not Clear


Apple announced that iOS 6 will be available today, September 19, but the company has yet to release the software or told anyone when it will be available to download. With millions of iPhone and iPad users eagerly awaiting the iOS 6 update, those who want to avoid any logjams should wait for the iOS […]

iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Slip to 3 to 4 Weeks at

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Apple’s online store is now listing the iPhone 5′s shipping dates as three to four weeks, a week longer than Apple quoted just yesterday. This is the third time Apple’s extended the iPhone 5′s estimated ship date since putting it up for sale last Friday with an original ship date of September 21st. iPhone 5 […]