Five Key Features of Mavericks, Apple’s New OS for Macs

Upgrading your Mac to the Mavericks operating system? Here’s what you need to know.

Best Buy, Indeed

Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus

Intel Unveils New Low-Power Mobile Chip Designs

Rushing to catch up in mobile, Intel aims to bring its “Silvermont” technology to smartphones and tablets.

The New Motorola Is Still Looking to Accessorize

The Google-owned unit is prepping a new line of audio accessories.

Improving Smartphone Battery Life With Apps

Battery-extender accessories aren’t the only way to make your smartphone last longer. Find out how these two apps can help.

Motorola Takes Smartphone Battery Life to the Max

Sick of always having to charge your phone? Meet the Energizer Bunny of smartphones.

News Byte

Mobile App Highlight Gets a Refresh

In its largest feature update since its debut, location-based discovery app Highlight launched a significant overhaul on Thursday morning, incorporating a number of new sharing functions. Among them are the ability to posit questions to others nearby, deeper Facebook Open Graph integration, and support for 10 additional languages. The update should also lessen the impact on battery life, a major early critique of the

Eye to Eye

Surface: Could It Be a Real iPad Competitor?

John Gruber and Mary Jo Foley weigh in on its prospects.

Apple: iPad Battery Nothing to Get Charged Up About

In an interview, Apple goes into detail about how charging works in the new iPad — and all other iOS devices, for that matter.

Is Your New iPad Fibbing About Whether It Is Fully Charged?

DisplayMate’s Ray Soneira said that the iPad is only 90 percent charged when its indicator first shows it as being fully charged.