Al SaccoManaging Editor, CIO

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Al Sacco is a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast paced mobile beat for and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al manages writers and contributors, covers news, and shares insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also 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, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.

Make Your Android Battery Last Longer!

Lots of Android devices are less than impressive when it comes to battery life.

Amazon Cloud Drive: 7 Key Facts beat Google and Apple to punch this week with the unveiling of its hosted consumer-storage service, Amazon Cloud Drive, and Web-based music-player, Cloud Player.

Free Android Apps: 11 Great Utilities for Your Phone

You can never have too many Android apps ... especially when they're free. Here are 11 downloads that deserve a spot on your device, each designed to add functionality to your Google phone and enhance your overall Android experience.


BlackBerry PlayBook to Run Android Apps: What It Means

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) this week dropped a bombshell on the mobile world.

Android Apps: 9 Best, Free Social Networking Choices

Share, save and savor all things social with these nine free Google Android apps, hand-picked by's mobile maestro, Al Sacco.


9 Features of Upcoming BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.3

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion is expected to release a major update to its BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino.

RIM Details Cloud-Based BlackBerry Enterprise Service

Research In Motion (RIM) detailed its upcoming, cloud-based BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) for users of Microsoft Office 365.

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt: Eight Key Features and Facts

U.S. wireless carrier Verizon Tuesday confirmed that its much anticipated Android smartphone, the HTC Thunderbolt, which was announced back in January at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (BES), will be released this week, on March 17, for $249.99 with a new service contract.


BlackBerry PlayBook to Include Its Own Video Conferencing App

Up to this point, it had been uncertain as to whether the PlayBook would employ some kind of third-party app, such as Skype, for the functionality.


Android Security: Six Tips to Protect Your Google Phone

Google's Android Market mobile software shop was hit last week with its first major malware attack; a popular application called "DroidDream."


15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

If you just nabbed a new Android smartphone or tablet, or are coveting one, which apps should you download immediately? Check out these 15 picks.


RIM Announces MDaemon Messaging Server for SMBs

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) and its subsidiary Alt-N Technologies this morning announced a brand new version of Alt-N's MDaemon Messaging Server.

15 Must-Have BlackBerry Apps for Newbies

Which BlackBerry applications should every new RIM smartphone owner download immediately?'s BlackBerry expert Al Sacco lists the best choices -- and all but one of these mobile apps are free.

Six Reasons Not to Buy the Verizon iPhone 4

Today is the big day; the Apple iPhone is finally available in the United States through a wireless carrier other than AT&T. Verizon Wireless's iPhone 4 smartphone can now be purchased in Apple Stores, Best Buys, Walmarts, and Verizon Wireless retail locations...while supplies last, of course.

BlackBerry 6.1: New Features in RIM's Upcoming Mobile OS

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion released the first BlackBerry smartphone running its "BlackBerry 6" mobile OS just six months ago, but it's already working on version 6.1.