Gmail Labs is Google's testing ground for experimental Gmail features. Some of the things that pop up in Gmail Labs are so awesome that after a bit of testing it becomes clear that they should become default features available to everyone using Google's email service. Others, not so much. Last...
Skype has removed the download links for Skype and Skype Lite for Windows Mobile devices. If you've already got Skype loaded up on your phone or PDA, you can keep using it. But according to Skype's FAQ, the company felt the Windows Mobile version was "not offering the best possible Skype...
Microsoft spent much of 2009 testing Windows 7 before officially launching the operating system. And that test involved thousands of beta and release candidate testers, who downloaded pre-release copies of the operating system which they were effectively able to use for free... for a limited time....
Google first unveiled its Android operating system for smartphones in 2007. But the Google Nexus One, which was launched last month is the first phone with the Google name attached to the hardware. Google sells the phone through its web site and handles tech support for the smartphone, although...
Before Apple, Google, Nokia, BlackBerry, and Microsoft offered on-device app stores for mobile phones and PDAs, there were web-based stores including PocketGear, Handango, and MobiHand. These stores are still alive and kicking, and allow you to browse, purchase, and download applications for...
Finger v. Stylus I know people love to complain about stylus input on PDAs and smartphones. They're small, easy to lose, and who can really get the hang of handwriting recognition software? And on-screen or hardware keyboards are generally easy to tap on with two thumbs than a stylus. But...
Android Market If there's one thing I've gotten out of my time with the Nexus One, it's an appreciation for mobile app stores. Yes, I know Google didn't invent the concept, and the Android Market has less than a tenth the amount of applications available in the iTunes app store. But as I...
User Interface - Settings The Android Settings menu is one of the most thorough, yet complicated things I've ever seen on a mobile device. On the one hand, you have control over a huge number of features and settings. On the other hand, it can take a pretty long time to find what you're looking...
Google has released a mobile version of Google Earth for the Android smartphone platform. The application is available as a free download in the Android Market, but you'll need to have Android 2.1. The Android version of Google Earth offers much of the same functionality as the desktop (and iPhone)...
Google has just rolled out a new application for Android called Google Shopper that lets you comparison shop for items by scanning a barcode or cover art of books, music, movies, and other objects with your Android smartphone's camera. You can also use Google's voice search capabilities. In...
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