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[ 22 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on RokLock iPad case brings some serious protection — and functionality, too ]

If you want a very protective iPad case, it’s worth looking into the RokLock iPad case ($69.99).
It’s simple to install. You slide in one piece and another piece over top. There are these things called “friction latches” that help the thing stay closed (don’t worry it works). And once you have it on, you can easily get to the camera, microphone jack and the speaker section is raised so the sound is muffled as some …

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[ 22 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on In a world of super-big Android phones, Motorola Droid Razr M finds a niche ]

The beautiful thing about the Android smartphone market is that customers have a choice. If you want a 5.5-inch Samsung behemoth or a 4.8-inch Samsung behemoth, well, there’s an Android for you.
Want a phone that feels — and let’s just say it — iPhone 5 sized? Well the Motorola Droid Razr M is for you. It’s 4.3 inches long, a little longer than the new Apple phone. It feels light enough and durable enough and …

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[ 22 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on FitBit Ultra is a pedometer but so much more ]

C’mon, we are a Twinkies society, and the (sad) fact that Hostess, the company that makes the gooey cream-filled cakes, is going belly-up, isn’t going to help America get into shape any faster. Hostess closing simply means more people are looking for work, more families are struggling, but as long as there’s a McDonald’s around every corner and grocery stores filled with more closed up boxes than open produce, well, we’ll still be a country …

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[ 16 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on Sprint starts selling 4G iPads and iPad Minis with aggressive data plans ]

Beginning Friday, Sprint will finally get the iPad. It will begin selling the iPad and iPad Mini in limited quantities. And it plans to do so with some pretty aggressive price plans.
If stores run out of stock, customers can sign up for the wait list, and if you buy a $50 Sprint gift card, customers can hold their spot in line to receive an iPad or iPad Mini when additional inventory becomes available.
Sprint is also …

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[ 14 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on Life with my iPhone 5 is going just fine ]

It’s been a couple of weeks since I switched from the dark side of Android to my Apple iPhone 5 and I must say life is going just fine.
It was no secret I was eventually going to the iPhone. I’ve owned three iPods, a Mac desktop and two laptops. I would have owned more but that’s all I’ve needed. I kept the first two an average of seven years. I’m happily into my third year …

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[ 14 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on Nintendo adds Wii U kiosks for hands-on demos before launch ]

So we walk in our local GameStop Sunday and what’s that sitting beside the door? A shiny white new Nintendo Wii U. The new console launches Nov. 18.
We got to spend about 15 minutes with the machine, standing in front of several other sweaty-handed gamers who were anxious for some hands-on time with that new huge white controller with the screen built-in.
Nintendo has placed Wii U kiosks in 5,000 retail stores throughout the U.S., each …

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[ 14 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on HTC Droid DNA aims for best screen in a smartphone. Does it win the claim? ]

The big news in the crowded smartphone world — literally — is HTC’s new Droid DNA announcement.This is a 5-inch phone. So it’s bigger than the big Galaxy SIII and nearly as big as the Galaxy Note II. It debuts Nov. 21 at the now familiar price point of $199 with a two-year contract via Verizon.But the, um, big news here is the screen. It’s running Google’s smooth Android Jelly Bean software, and that’s as …

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[ 13 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on Honda caves to pressure with Civic quick fix ]

Well, the mighty Honda is redesigning its vaunted Civic a little more than a year after its debut as an all-new model.
Why is this news? It takes years to design, test, tweak and deliver a new model, even if it’s an update to an existing model. We are talking millions of dollars in research and development. Honda is so vexed with criticism for the compact it will debut this new Civic at the Los Angeles …

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[ 13 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on Halo 4 videogame making entertainment history ]

Can a videogame really make more dough in its first week than the Avengers blockbuster movie?
Yes, and there are a whole lot of teens who are filling up GameStops around the country.
“Consumer demand and excitement for ‘Halo 4’ is even greater than we anticipated,” said Tony Bartel, GameStop president. “Day-one sales of ‘Halo 4’ make it the biggest ‘Halo’ launch in GameStop history and the biggest game launch on any platform so far this year …

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[ 13 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on AT&T launches Samsung Galaxy camera — and a discount ]

Samsung’s new Galaxy Camera will be available for AT&T customers Nov. 16 for $500.
A little steep, you think? Well, AT&T is sweetening the deal. For a limited time, AT&T customers can get up to $100 bucks off the camera or any Galaxy handset.
To get the discount, just sign a new two-year agreement on any Samsung phone, tablet or the camera.
Here’s the official release with all the particulars:
DALLAS, NOV. 12, 2012 — AT&T* today announced the …