Author Archives: Alberto Raby

Knockoff cell phone batteries prone to catch fire or explode, senatorwarns

If you’re in the market for a new cell phone battery and are interested in saving a few bucks by going with a counterfeit or knockoff replacement, you might want to think twice. That’s because poorly made handset batteries are prone to smoking, catching fire or even exploding according to ...

Two Products for People Who Miss the Old Windows

The face of Windows 8 — the tablet-like, tile-based Start Screen that comes up every time you start a new PC — is nicely designed and works well on touchscreens. But a lot of people hate it. They do almost all of their computing in the traditional Windows desktop environment, ...

With iPad Mini Keyboards, It’s (Literally) the Little Things

I’m typing this column on an iPad mini, using an accessory physical keyboard. Despite my best efforts to maintain a normal typing posture, my hands are squeezed comically close together because the keyboard is so tiny. I wrote a similar review a year ago, using a keyboard for the regular-sized iPad. ...

7 big questions out of the Oracle-Salesforce lovefest

Summary: Larry Ellison and Marc Benioff shared their plans for an expanded alliance (and a truce) but what does the Oracle-Salesforce pact really mean? photo: (c) 2012 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com Sorting through the playback of Thursday’s conference call co-starring OracleCEO Larry Ellison and Salesforce.com chairman and CEO Marc Benioff talking about their new-and-improved ...

Ahead of Instagram Video Launch, Twitter Tweaks Facebook by Teasing Vine Features to Come

Let’s be honest, it can be a lot of fun when rivals try to mess with each other’s big launch events. Thus, Twitter just put up a vague blog post that promises more features to come for its popular Vine video app. And as AllThingsD just reported, a new video offering ...

FCC to auction two pieces of 1,900MHz spectrum for mobile broadband

The FCC may be most concerned with portioning out lower frequencies to bandwidth-hungry carriers, but it's devoting some attention to higher bands today. The agency has voted in favor of auctioning off two slices of 1,900MHz spectrum, the lower H block (1,915MHz to 1,920MHz) and upper H block (1,995MHz ...