September 25th, 2012
04:47 PM ET

Tempted by inflight electronics

It's the summer of 2006. I'm playing multiplayer Grand Theft Auto with a friend on the PlayStation Portable via Wi-Fi. And we're 38,000 feet over the South China Sea.

I know there's a ban on wireless devices in the middle of a flight. I know I shouldn't be doing it.

But there I am, speeding through the streets of Liberty City, chasing a friend who's sitting four rows behind me, when my car hits a barrier and explodes.

The plane shakes a little. FULL POST

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September 25th, 2012
01:31 AM ET

The changing shape of mobile handsets

Some of the old phones you see in that video came from a street market in Hong Kong. Browsing stalls full of old handsets brought back plenty of memories for me.

There was the Nokia 6110, the first phone with Snake. There was the Ericsson T68, the first phone I'd ever seen with a color screen. And the Nokia 7650: My first experience with a so-called "smartphone".

It made me realise something: The phones I loved weren't necessarily the most important ones. The most important ones were the phones that completely discarded the logic of their times and established something genuinely new. FULL POST

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September 13th, 2012
10:56 PM ET

No surprises with iPhone 5

Apple is known as one of the most secretive companies in tech. The lengths the company is said to go to avoid information getting out is the stuff of Silicon Valley legend.

But leaked parts mean we now know more than ever about upcoming Apple products. So many parts have made it into the wild that a Japanese blog even constructed the casing of the iPhone 5.

Did the lack of a surprise ruin the buzz surrounding the iPhone 5's unveiling? The New Yorker's Nick Thompson explains why it might not matter.

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August 21st, 2012
06:55 AM ET

Breaking down the Apple-Samsung trial

It's a rivalry that's arguably more intense inside the courtroom than in stores.

The legal fight between Apple and Samsung is coming to a close in the U.S., as a jury will soon decide which of the tech giants has a better case.

Apple says Samsung ripped off the iPhone and iPad. Samsung says Apple wouldn't have been able to make those products without infringing on Samsung's wireless patents.

To break it all down, we spoke to Nilay Patel - who isn't just the Managing Editor of tech site The Verge, but also a former copyright attorney.

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May 16th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

The forgotten social networks

Facebook may be the biggest social network, but it wasn't the first.

You might remember MySpace and Friendster. You may have had accounts on those sites. But when was the last time you visited them? Does anyone use those social networks anymore?

Turns out plenty of people do... if you know where to look.


April 19th, 2012
09:56 AM ET

The hidden front in the smartphone war

You used to be able to define the success of an electronics company by the quality of its product. But in the smartphone wars, it's not just about how good the camera is or how much memory a phone has - the quality of a company's patent portfolio matters just as much.

It's a fight being waged in the courtroom as much as in stores. And it's resulted in the strange scenario where if you shun a Windows Phone in favor of buying an Android device... you could still be putting money in Microsoft's pocket!

Confused? Kristie Lu Stout explains.

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April 16th, 2012
02:32 PM ET

Inside a Foxconn factory

Given the controversy swirling around working conditions at Foxconn, you almost expect a glimpse inside the factory to reveal so many safety violations that it'd resemble a real-life version of The Simpsons' Nuclear Power Plant.

Instead you see a clean, organised, safe-looking workplace; arguably one of the better examples of a factory in China. But still one where an independent audit has found that many labor rights abuses do occur, from excessive working hours to safety violations.

It's rare for reporters to get inside the gates of the Foxconn complex, but Marketplace's Rob Schmitz was invited to take a look inside and shared his reports with us.

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April 10th, 2012
10:09 PM ET

Facebook snaps up Instagram

Last week, when Instagram was valued at $500 million, people scoffed.

It's just a simple photo sharing app with only 30 million users and no real business model. How can that be worth $500 million?

Turns out that they were right. It's worth $1 billion instead.

March 25th, 2012
10:24 PM ET

Kickstarter: Crowdsourcing cash

Behind every great product is... money. Yes, you need a good idea. But without the cash to turn it into reality, it's just an idea.

That's where Kickstarter comes in.


October 5th, 2011
09:40 PM ET

A day in the life of an iPhone addict

Anyone who knows me will tell you I cannot live without my phone. It virtually holds my life together. But instead of an emotional ode to my iPhone, I thought the best way to truly show you how attached I am to it is to take you through a day in my life.

11am: iPhone alarm rings. I suppose I could have used an actual alarm clock, but I can’t eyeball my email on my alarm clock, can I? (Note that I didn’t actually say “read” my email; I just like to skim the subject lines to decide how guilty I should feel for not actually reading them.)

1pm: On the way to work, I’m struck by an inane thought. In the past, I’d keep it to myself, or use as small-talk. Now? Out comes the phone, and inane thought becomes an, er, “insightful” tweet.

130pm: Arrive at work. Instinctively use foursquare to “check in” and share the fact that Ravi Has Arrived At The Office with the world. Co-workers give me funny looks. FULL POST

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