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Review: iNoteIt is an easy-to-use, intuitive note-taking app for the iPhone

iNoteIt is a fairly standard note-taking app for the iPhone that doesn't offer a ton of features, but is free and very quick -- making it a good download for anyone seeking an easy way to jot down thoughts or to-do lists. The app's opening tutorial is perfectly designed to show you everything you'll need to use it effectively, and it's always very quick and responsive, making for a decent all-around app.

When you open iNoteIt there will be five notes already on your list. Each of them shows you how to do one thing in … Read more

Livescribe 3 sends handwritten notes straight to your iPhone or iPad

The Livescribe 3 is a wireless ink pen that automatically syncs your handwritten notes with your iPhone or iPad.

This is totally going on my holiday wish list.

Livescribe pens have long offered the ability to "record" your notes, but early models required manual syncing with your PC if you wanted to view them. Last year's Sky Wifi model cleverly added cloud syncing to the mix, delivering your scribbles straight to your Evernote account -- but only when connected to a Wi-Fi network.

With the Livescribe 3, everything happens locally: the pen pairs with your iPhone or … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 could be a quad-core behemoth

The here-and-there rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 could prove to be not only massive in size, but blazingly powerful as well.

According to benchmarking specialist AnTuTu, the plus-size slate could boast an impressive set of hardware specifications, including a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB RAM.

The Galaxy Note 12.2 will also reportedly run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and house a pair of cameras: 8-megapixel at the rear and 2-megapixels up front. The tablet should boast at least 32GB internal storage.

Measuring in at 12.2 inches, much will be expected of the screen resolution; … Read more

Samsung tops Apple in global smartphone shipments

Global smartphone shipments have reached an all-time high for the third quarter, according to a Strategy Analytics study released Monday. For the first time ever, more than 250 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in a single quarter, which is a 45 percent increase over last year. And Samsung topped all other phone makers for global market share.

"Samsung shipped over two times more smartphones than Apple during the quarter," Neil Mawston, Strategy Analytics executive director, said in a statement. "While shipments of the flagship Galaxy S4 model softened, solid demand for the new Note 3 phablet and … Read more

Review: Everyday Notes Monthly converts your calendar into a handwritten to-do list

Everyday Notes Monthly pulls your events and tasks from the calendar on your device and populates a daily notebook to create custom to-do lists. The effect is very cool, and while there are few features beyond the automated ones just described, they work so seamlessly and so intuitively that the app is generally successful in everything it tries to do.

When you open the app for the first time and confirm that it can access your calendar, it will automatically display everything you have listed for today in a list format, handwritten in a notebook. You can turn off the … Read more

A month on, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, 10.1 worth the price?

The S Pen stylus is one of the most defining features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet (2014 Edition).

You'd probably like to know if it's actually useful in practical day-by-day applications or if it's merely a gimmick. Even if it is useful, are these devices worth the extra cost -- at $299 with a two-year contract for the Note 3, and $550 for the Wi-Fi Note 10.1 (Apple's Wi-Fi iPad Air costs $500)?

After using them both for a month, I think that they are … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Gear to support Galaxy S4, S3, and more

Courtesy of the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2 will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung said Tuesday.

Samsung already has started rolling out Android 4.3 for the international version of the Galaxy S4, with more models to follow. The latest Jelly Bean update is also being prepped for the S3 and Note 2.

A spokesperson for Samsung UK told CNET that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean "will be available across a range of Galaxy devices from mid-November, subject to software testing and approvals by individual networks."… Read more

iPad Air vs. Surface 2 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1

During a San Francisco press conference today, Apple took the wraps off its newest iPad Air tablet. Sporting a more powerful 64-bit A7 processor, narrower bezels, and a thinner 0.29-inch profile, the iOS 7 device features incremental upgrades from its previous iteration, and retains the familiar aesthetics consumers have come to expect.

And while it's obvious that this iPad is an improvement on the last, Apple isn't the only company out there making top-notch tablets.

From different mobile OSes to various display sizes, users can now choose from a bevvy of tablet alternatives. To see how the … Read more

Lumia 1520 vs. One Max vs. Note 3: Which phablet to buy

The tide has turned, dragging in new supersize smartphones with screens larger than 5 inches. Nokia's Lumia 1520, HTC's One Max, and Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 are the three top extra-large handsets sold through US carriers.

Each has its share of strengths and weaknesses that will either line up with your preferences, or disqualify it from your list.

I compare the specs and what it's like to use each phone out in the wild.

Nokia Lumia 1520 HTC One Max Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Dimensions 6.4 x 3.4 x 0.34 in.; 7.4 … Read more

Apple, Samsung top J.D. Power satisfaction survey

No surprise here. The nation's most popular smartphones are favored by the customers of the top wireless carriers in the US, according to a J.D. Power customer service study released Thursday.

The study found that consumers from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint were most satisfied with the performance of Apple and Samsung smartphones, but a further breakdown of the figures showed how customers of certain carriers liked one brand over the other.

Apple's iPhone ranked the highest with AT&T and Verizon customers -- the largest carriers in the nation -- while Sprint and … Read more