If it weren't for the redesigned Home button and larger flash, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 would look like identical twins, at least on the outside. Take the new 5S apart, however, and the differences are more apparent -- even if only slightly so. And although it isn't the easiest phone to repair, with the right tools and a little patience, it is possible.
Corporate life involves a certain amount of carousing.
This is filed by accountants under the line-item "entertainment."
Sometimes, though, the bills get out of hand and the accountants' eyes boggle at the content.
This may have occurred when an Oracle employee allegedly ran up $33,540 of torrid expenses at San Francisco's salubrious New Century Theater.… Read more
ZTE's Open is many things: attractive, significantly inexpensive, frustrating, underpowered, and extremely targeted to a specific audience. Apart from being one of the first commercially available phones running the inchoate (and understandably incomplete) Firefox-based operating system, the Open achieves another rarity for a band of phones targeted to developing regions: selling directly to the U.S. market by means of eBay.
In the US, ZTE and Firefox aim the $80 unlocked device at new Firefox OS developers, who they hope will buy the purposely basic, affordable handset as a testing ground for their own browser-based apps. The duo also … Read more
A specific file type may open in one application when you double-click it in the OS X Finder, but there may be occasions for which you want to have files of that type open in another program. One option for doing this is to open it directly using that program's Open dialogue box, but you can also right-click the file and choose the desired program from the "Open With" contextual submenu.
If you wish to permanently change the program with which this file is associated, you can do this as well.
The general method for changing the … Read more
Remember the days when a company would tightly guard its operations lest competitors gain an advantage by divining its trade secrets?
Secrecy is alive and well, of course, but there are striking examples where the opposite practice makes sense. Exhibit A: Facebook's detailed disclosure Monday about how it runs its data centers, powers its Web site, and develops its mobile apps.
A 71-page report (PDF) goes into great detail about the company's approach -- everything from removing the plastic bezels from the fronts of its "vanity-free" servers to rejecting mobile app modifications that increase power consumption … Read more
Linux is growing -- that we knew. Now we know how fast.
In the last two years, the number of developers who collectively create Linux has increased from 1,131 with version 3.0 in July 2011 to 1,392 with version 3.10, released in June 2013, according to the Linux Foundation's latest annual Linux development report. Also on the rise: the lines of code in the project, the number of changes accepted into each new version, and the frequency at which those changes arrive.
"This rate of change continues to increase, as does the number of … Read more
The company hosted an event for reporters, startups, and other partners in its new seventh-floor office in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. The area houses various other startups, including recent Samsung acquisition Boxee. David Eun, the executive vice president who heads Samsung's Open Innovation Center, kicked off the event, while Boo-Keun Yoon, the Samsung co-CEO who also oversees the company's electronics business, also made some remarks about Samsung's focus on … Read more
As a proof of concept, Adobe's delivering two plug-ins. The first automatically generates saved assets out of Photoshop based on layer names; … Read more
Terraria for iOS brings the popular 2D sandbox adventure game that was loosely based on Minecraft to the touch screen. As a longtime player of the game on PC, I was excited to get my hands on the iOS version, and after a few hours of playing, I think it stacks up well with the original. But one flaw makes the game much better on the iPad than it is on either the iPhone or iPod Touch.
Never the same experience One of the great things about this 2D adventure game on any platform is that when you start a … Read more
The Samsung Galaxy Mega looks like an oversize version of the Galaxy S4. But looks can be deceiving. The Mega may best the S4 in sheer size, but it lags behind Samsung's flagship phone in nearly everything else.
At 3.46 inches wide, 6.59 inches tall, and a weight of just over 7 ounces, the Galaxy Mega is a monster phone or a small tablet -- depending on your point of view. And if you're really into cute product names, you can even call this crossover device a phablet.… Read more