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In Pictures: 6 great Lightning charging gadgets for iPhone aficionados

iPhone lovers will find a friend in each of these eight must-have Lightning charging devices, all of which are functional, stylish and unique.

In pictures: 15 must-have iOS apps you can't get on any other platform

Shortly after obtaining a new iPhone 5S, CIO.com's Al Sacco, an unabashed BlackBerry user and Android loyalist, set out to find the best iOS apps that aren't available for other mobile platforms. He came with up these 15 must-have iPhone, iPad and iPod touch downloads.

In pictures: iPhone evolution, timeline and notable moments

With the iPhone 5S and 5C expected to hit Apple stores next week, here's a look back in time at the evolution of the smartphone that started it all.

In Pictures: Google I/O 2013's coolest products and services

Google announced a number of innovative new products and services at its 2013 Google I/O developer conference.

In Pictures: The Best BlackBerry 10 Apps

Looking for the best BlackBerry 10 apps that will be available on launch day in the United States? Look no further. CIO.com's Al Sacco spotlights 20 of the best early BlackBerry 10 apps, including apps for social networking, image and video editing, cloud storage, audio, sports and more.

In Pictures: 10 types of tablet users that drive us nuts

Tablet PCs are valuable devices that can simplify and enhance our lives. But they also bring out the worst in some people. Here's a list of 10 stereotypical tablet users that amuse, annoy and frustrate us to no end.

In Pictures: 7 solid 7-inch tablets that rival the iPad mini (and cost less)

The best 7-inch tablets available today, including tablets from ASUS, Samsung, Lenovo and HTC. And all 7 of these 7-inchers cost less than Apple's brand new iPad mini tablet.

In pictures: Best Google Nexus 7 apps - 16 Android-tablet downloads, all free

You have a shiny new Google Nexus 7 Android tablet. Now it's time to make it your own with some valuable mobile applications. We share our favourite Nexus 7 tablet apps for entertainment, social networking, remote-PC access, instant messaging, sports, gaming and more. Best of all: They're all free.

In Pictures: Smartphones of summer - the 12 hottest handhelds

CIO.com's Al Sacco rounds up the 12 best high-end smartphones available this (northern hemisphere) summer season, from handset makers Samsung, Motorola, Apple, HTC, Nokia and more.

In Pictures: A closer look at RIM's BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha smartphone

RIM has unveiled the first smartphone running its next-generation BlackBerry 10 software. The device is meant only for developers, however, and won't ever be released to the public. CIO.com's Al Sacco shares a number of images of the new BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha handheld.

In pictures: Free Android apps for BlackBerry PlayBook, 10 best downloads

RIM recently released a major software update for its BlackBerry PlayBook that enables it to run Android applications. Android-on-the-PlayBook pickings are somewhat slim right now, but there are some quality apps out there if you know where to look, starting with these 10 great free downloads.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0: Four things IT needs to know

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion's (RIM) first entry into the fiercely competitive tablet market, the PlayBook, wasn't exactly well-received by the masses when it was released last April.

BlackBerry in 2012: More trouble in store for RIM

The year 2012 promises to be an interesting one for BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM). The Canadian company has come upon some tough times lately. And despite a number of key product releases and enhancements, things will only get worse before they get better for RIM...if they do at all.

What Adobe's decision to kill mobile Flash means to you

If former Apple CEO Steve Jobs had lived just another month or so--he passed in early October--you can bet he'd be smiling right now--and possibly even fist pumping a la Jersey Shore.

RIM developer chief on the future of BlackBerry, BBX

In September, not long before Research In Motion's (RIM) fourth annual BlackBerry Developer Conference--and just a month or so after the company's former BlackBerry development chief stepped down--RIM named a brand new VP of Developer Relations: Alec Saunders.

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