Al SaccoSenior Editor, CIO

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Al Sacco is an award-winning journalist and blogger who covers the fast paced mobile/wireless beat for and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al manages select contributors and frequently covers breaking news, shares insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings, writes a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offers up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, film buff and Red Sox fan.

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BlackBerry Passport hands-on: 5 things you'll love and 4 things you'll hate

The BlackBerry Passport has some truly appealing features for productivity power users--but some awfully unappealing ones, too.

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How The Container Store uses wearable tech to think outside the box

The retailer is testing out some unique new wearable tech that's aimed at improving communication within its stores.


Why BBM for Android, iOS Success will be short-lived

Can 20 million new BlackBerry Messenger users really be wrong? Yes, if a cross-platform BBM can't offering uniquely compelling features.



How the wearables will eventually hit our closets

The wearable technology getting attention now is products like Google Glass, fitness trackers, and smartwatches, but more gadgets will arrive soon with practical applications and perhaps lower price tags.


RIM CEO Thorsten Heins introduces the BlackBerry Z10 and the Q10.

Buyers beware: Many BlackBerry 10 apps aren't compatible with Q10

Many BlackBerry 10 apps are not yet compatible with the new BlackBerry Q10, expected to arrive in the U.S. later this month.


T-Mobile exec: 4G LTE-launch timing is 'perfect'

Frank Sickinger, T-Mobile USA's senior vice president of B2B services, shared some LTE-related numbers and had some interesting things to say in a recent interview about the carrier's upcoming LTE rollout in the United States.


BlackBerry enables free Wi-Fi calling with BBM Voice

RIM has revamped its BlackBerry Messenger chat app with a 7.0 beta version that adds Wi-Fi calling features.

Six Future Uses for NFC: More than Just Mobile Payments

NFC has been lauded as the technology that will take mobile payments mainstream. But the truth is NFC is good for so much more. Here's a look at a handful of innovative ways NFC will be used in the future by businesses, marketers, governments and consumers.

Best Google Nexus 7 Apps: 16 Free Downloads for Your Android Tablet

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


Smartphones of Summer: The 12 Hottest Handhelds

The 12 best high-end smartphones available this summer season, from handset makers Samsung, Motorola, Apple, HTC, Nokia and more.


Why an Amazon Kindle Smartphone Will Be a Tough Sell

The Web is all abuzz today with rumors about an upcoming smartphone from


Samsung Galaxy S III: 8 Key Features and Facts

Here are eight notable things about Samsung's Galaxy S III that set it apart from comparable handsets.


BlackBerry World Roundup: What to Know About RIM's '12 Show

RIM held its annual BlackBerry World conference in Orlando this week, where the Canadian company made a number of significant announcements and unveiled a few surprises.

What to Make of the RIMplosion

Analysis: Earnings drop, corporate shakeup signal change for BlackBerry that could include licensing and other ventures.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Review: A Business Evaluation

Research In Motion's (RIM) PlayBook OS 2.0 software has been available for more than two weeks. Here's a closer look at how it works for business.