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Amy Gahran

Amy Gahran is an independent writer and mobile technology enthusiast based in Boulder, Colo. Her work has appeared at CNN.com. Gahran blogs at Contentious.com.

30 Recent Stories

Google Takes a Step Forward With Nexus 5 Release

Nexus 5 could lead to more relatively inexpensive unlocked phones and flexible plans to serve them in the U.S. market.
November 1, 2013 in Mobile
As Tablet Wars Heat Up, Apple's New iPads Get Serious Upgrades

As Tablet Wars Heat Up, Apple's New iPads Get Serious Upgrades

Apple's new line of iPads are responding to some key challenges that have emerged as the tablet market has become more crowded.
October 23, 2013 in Mobile
3 Ways Tech Entrepreneurs Can Help, and Grow, During a Natural Disaster

3 Ways Tech Entrepreneurs Can Help, and Grow, During a Natural Disaster

In a time of need, the efforts of tech 'treps who volunteer can go a long way toward charity, networking and pushing innovation.
October 8, 2013 in Office Tech
Why I'm Ignoring the New iPhone Launch Hype -- And You Should, Too

Why I'm Ignoring the New iPhone Launch Hype -- And You Should, Too

For all the media attention new smartphones get, innovation has, sadly, become stale.
September 10, 2013 in Mobile
Samsung Galaxy Gear: A Smartwatch With Cool Features But Limited Appeal

Samsung Galaxy Gear: A Smartwatch With Cool Features But Limited Appeal

The tech giant is the first among its competitors to release a smartwatch device to consumers.
September 5, 2013 in Mobile
5 Reasons Why You Might Want an 'Unlocked' Smartphone

5 Reasons Why You Might Want an 'Unlocked' Smartphone

When you're not under a contract with a service provider you can pick the service you want and hopefully save some money while you're at it.
August 16, 2013 in Mobile
Ubuntu Edge Phone: A Crazy, Cool Idea That's Probably Ahead of Its Time

Ubuntu Edge Phone: A Crazy, Cool Idea That's Probably Ahead of Its Time

This project has gained a lot of attention, raising more than $3 million in less than 24 hours on Indiegogo.
August 2, 2013 in Mobile

5 Ways to Promote Your Business With Online Slideshows

A look at how presentations made with tools such as SlideShare and SpeakerDeck can help explain and market your products and services.
July 3, 2013 in Online Marketing
Apple to Take on Google Docs With New iWork in the Cloud

Apple to Take on Google Docs With New iWork in the Cloud

Updated tool offers slick document access, editing via your web browser.
June 10, 2013 in Apps & Software
Apple's iOS 7 Includes New Design, Improved Usability

Apple's iOS 7 Includes New Design, Improved Usability

While Apple's CEO calls it the 'biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone,' many features can already be found on other devices.
June 10, 2013 in Apps & Software
Beyond Smartphones: Mobile Innovation That Could Change the Way You Do Business

Beyond Smartphones: Mobile Innovation That Could Change the Way You Do Business

A look at four types of devices that are pushing the boundaries of mobile capabilities.
May 13, 2013 in Mobile
What to Consider When Creating Responsive Design-Friendly Content

What to Consider When Creating Responsive Design-Friendly Content

You might want to present content differently for the different types of devices customers are using to access your site. Here are five things to keep in mind.
April 9, 2013 in Mobile
Why the Samsung Galaxy S4 May Be Better for Business Than Apple's iPhone 5

Why the Samsung Galaxy S4 May Be Better for Business Than Apple's iPhone 5

A look at some of the most important features and how Samsung's new smartphone stacks up.
March 15, 2013 in Mobile
'Six Strikes' Anti-Piracy Plan Could Slow Public Wi-Fi for Businesses

'Six Strikes' Anti-Piracy Plan Could Slow Public Wi-Fi for Businesses

What you need to know if your company offers complimentary Wi-Fi to customers.
February 26, 2013 in Mobile
How to Boost Productivity With 'Social Bookmarking' Tools

How to Boost Productivity With 'Social Bookmarking' Tools

A look at the services to consider, plus tips for making the most of them for your business.
January 31, 2013 in Social Media
BlackBerry's New OS, Smartphones: What's in it for Business Users?

BlackBerry's New OS, Smartphones: What's in it for Business Users?

A look at BlackBerry's long-delayed operating system and the devices that are expected to run on it.
January 30, 2013 in Mobile
Are Google Apps for Business Worth the Price?

Are Google Apps for Business Worth the Price?

In a recent change, new users must now pay to use the popular apps suite.
December 12, 2012 in Apps & Software
How to Get Mobile 'Showrooming' Shoppers to Buy More In-Store

How to Get Mobile 'Showrooming' Shoppers to Buy More In-Store

What you can do to stop losing business to customers who browse your wares in-store but buy online from someone else.
December 4, 2012 in Closing the Sale
How the Cloud Can Save You From a 'BYOD' Tech Nightmare

How the Cloud Can Save You From a 'BYOD' Tech Nightmare

Bring-your-own-device polices can make employees happy but create technical headaches and security concerns.
November 26, 2012 in Mobile
Tracking Inventory Have You Stressed? Try These 5 Mobile Apps

Tracking Inventory Have You Stressed? Try These 5 Mobile Apps

Keep track of your products from the palm of your hand.
November 5, 2012 in Apps & Software
5 Tools for Building a Holiday Shopping App

5 Tools for Building a Holiday Shopping App

A look at easy-to-use services, plus tips for what to do once your app has been created.
October 30, 2012 in Apps & Software
Is Apple's New iPad Mini Worth It? The Pros and Cons for Business

Is Apple's New iPad Mini Worth It? The Pros and Cons for Business

Apple just announced its latest tablet. Here, we break down what to consider before you buy.
October 23, 2012 in Mobile
8 Tablets for Business: the Pros and Cons

8 Tablets for Business: the Pros and Cons

As more companies offer a wider variety of tablets, it might be time to go shopping for one for your small business.
October 15, 2012 in Mobile
5 Ways Android's 'Jellybean' Can Make You More Efficient

5 Ways Android's 'Jellybean' Can Make You More Efficient

The new update makes some functions easier, improves security and allows multiple user accounts.
October 9, 2012 in Apps & Software
5 Tips for Getting Started With Mobile Advertising

5 Tips for Getting Started With Mobile Advertising

As mobile device usage grows, your ads need to be where the action is. Here's what you need to know.
October 3, 2012 in Mobile
How to Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly With 'Responsive Design'

How to Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly With 'Responsive Design'

Consider these five tips for harnessing the power of this mobile technology.
September 5, 2012 in Your Website
What the Apple vs. Samsung Lawsuit Means for the Future of Smartphone Design

What the Apple vs. Samsung Lawsuit Means for the Future of Smartphone Design

Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1 billion for infringing on its patents. Will this change the way other mobile devices are made?
August 27, 2012 in Mobile
5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Smartphone or Tablet

5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Smartphone or Tablet

Answering these questions can help you decide which kind of device is best for you.
August 9, 2012 in Mobile
A Quick Guide to Using Tumblr for Business

A Quick Guide to Using Tumblr for Business

The blogging and social networking site can help increase search visibility and provide a mobile-friendly platform.
July 30, 2012 in Social Media
5 Procrastination-Busting Smartphone Strategies

5 Procrastination-Busting Smartphone Strategies

Follow these tips to limit distractions and focus on goal tracking.
July 24, 2012 in Mobile