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Amazon's Fire Phone is like no other phone you've used before -- but after 24 hours with the device, it's hard to say whether that's actually a good thing.

July 24, 2014 11:22 AM EDT
Ever wish you could do things like toggle your phone's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or flashlight by giving simple voice commands? Thanks to a clever little hack, you now can.
July 22, 2014 1:08 PM EDT
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In-app purchases: Like stealing candy from a baby.

Silent sentinel, tireless champion, (and BFF!) of consumers everywhere -- the European Commission -- has put its foot down once again. Its notion that an anything-is-OK-as-long-as-I-make-a-buck attitude regarding in-app purchases -- especially those labelled "free" on the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) app stores -- is now especially irksome to our Brussels-based friends.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers start uninstalling apps.

July 21, 2014 6:12 AM EDT

Chrome Beta download: You are about to participate in a great adventure.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) brings beta browser, with DirectWrite support. Beta 37 should quell complaints that Windows font rendering is slow and blurry. The ancient Graphics Device Interface (GDI) calls have finally been replaced -- by using the outer limits of DirectWrite.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers initially eulogize: GDI API RIP.

July 18, 2014 6:10 AM EDT

With a little bit of behind-the-scenes customization, you can turn Gmail and Android Wear into an intelligently coordinated team. So what are you waiting for?

July 17, 2014 11:52 AM EDT
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Il Giardino in Cap-Ferret gags French blogger Caroline Doudet.

A French bar got fed up of its lousy reviews, so it fixed its food and service. No, wait, the other thing: It took a food blogger to court, to shut her up. Classy. Why did the "diva" restaurant owner pick on this particular blogger? Because her review ranked highest, that's why. Yes, your L33T SEO-skills can now get you fined in France. C'est conneries!

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers affect the Streisand effect.

July 17, 2014 6:11 AM EDT

The news (to my mind, at least) confirms just how far Apple has come in its battle for relevance against old foe, Microsoft. So, what might this mean for Android? Nothing good.

July 15, 2014 5:27 PM EDT

Voice commands are the easiest way to interact with Android Wear watches -- but it's all too easy to forget just how versatile those commands can be.

July 15, 2014 11:38 AM EDT

Most Android Wear apps provide additional watch-specific functions, but one program actually fills a big gap in the operating system itself.

July 14, 2014 11:58 AM EDT

While other Android Wear watches feel like clunky screens strapped to your wrist, the Moto 360 feels like an elegant watch that also happens to do cool things. Here's a hands-on look.

July 10, 2014 11:37 AM EDT
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