Al Sacco

Managing Editor

Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered 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.

Is the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod worth $300?

Is the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod worth $300?

The new Hasselblad camera 'Mod' for Moto Z DROID smartphones is now available via Verizon and Motorola. This quick hands-on video review spotlights the expensive camera's strengths and limitations.

Samsung stops Note7 shipments on reports of battery fires

Samsung stops Note7 shipments on reports of battery fires

The Galaxy Note7 has received rave reviews from critics, but some early units reportedly have a very serious battery flaw, and Samsung already stopped shipping the new Note in South Korea.

Galaxy Note7 business review: A fabulous phone with few flaws

Galaxy Note7 business review: A fabulous phone with few flaws

If Samsung's Galaxy Note7 isn't already on your radar, you're simply not paying attention. This enterprise-oriented Note7 review details the high-end Android phone's many enterprise strengths and spotlights a few shortcomings.

Why gas stations want you to turn off your phone — but nobody ever does

Why gas stations want you to turn off your phone — but nobody ever does

Many U.S. gas stations print warning on their pumps that explicitly instruct drivers to turn off their phones. But no one does. Here's why.

Note7 iris scanner not quite ready for prime time (video)

Note7 iris scanner not quite ready for prime time (video)

The iris scanner in Samsung's Galaxy Note7 smartphone is a breakthrough in mobile biometric authentication. Unfortunately, it's also not reliable.

Android, iOS bug bounty biz is booming

Android, iOS bug bounty biz is booming

Hackers who identify and document proven critical software vulnerabilities in Android or iOS stand to cash in big time, thanks to new bug bounty increases from Apple, Google and at least one security firm.

Why you should water test your GS7 Active ASAP

Why you should water test your GS7 Active ASAP

Samsung reportedly acknowledged that some defective Galaxy S7 Active devices are susceptible to water damage, but the company isn't making it easy for consumers to tell if they bought bum phones.

What the designer of Samsung's sexiest phones thinks about your ugly case

What the designer of Samsung's sexiest phones thinks about your ugly case

The man who designed 'the world's best-selling Android smartphone' and Samsung's new Note 7 shares what it feels like to see consumers cover up all of his hard work with ugly phone cases.

7 surprises in Samsung's Galaxy Note7 smartphone

7 surprises in Samsung's Galaxy Note7 smartphone

The new Galaxy Note7 smartphone is available via presale this week. Here's a detailed breakdown of the most notable new features in Samsung's latest phablet phone.

6 things you'll love about the Moto Z Droids — and 6 you won't

6 things you'll love about the Moto Z Droids — and 6 you won't

The new Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Droid Force are now available from Verizon and Motorola. They’re some of the strongest Android phones on the market. Should you buy one? These 12 pros and cons could make or break your decision.

At MGM casinos, you can stay in your room and still lose everything

At MGM casinos, you can stay in your room and still lose everything

Anyone connected to the Wi-Fi networks of nine MGM Resorts casinos in Las Vegas can now play online versions of slots, bingo and poker using a laptop or mobile device from wherever they're located.

Google Glass takes flight at Boeing

Google Glass takes flight at Boeing

Aerospace giant Boeing recently completed a successful Google Glass pilot, reducing production time of aircraft 'wire harnesses' and chopping related error rates in half. The company also says it is 'very close' to launching a live...

BlackBerry Classic death marks end of key(board) era

BlackBerry Classic death marks end of key(board) era

BlackBerry this week announced that it will no longer manufacture the Classic smartphone, the company's only remaining — and possibly last — U.S. device available in the 'candy bar' form factor that once made BlackBerry THE name in...

Is the 'rugged' Galaxy S7 Active worth an extra $100?

Is the 'rugged' Galaxy S7 Active worth an extra $100?

The latest 'ruggedized' smartphone from Samsung is now available, and it packs a ton of high-end features in a hardened form factor that's built to last. But should you go rugged or choose the more stylish and affordable Galaxy S7?

The dirty little secret 'rugged' phone makers won't tell you

The dirty little secret 'rugged' phone makers won't tell you

A number of leading phone manufacturers, including Samsung and Motorola, 'ruggedized' some of their flagship products in an attempt to reduce screen shatters. But they overlooked another common area of display damage: scratches.

Facebook's Zuck battles privacy paranoia with … Scotch tape

Facebook's Zuck battles privacy paranoia with … Scotch tape

Mark Zuckerberg posted an image of himself next to a MacBook with a taped camera and audio port. The chief exec has every right to be paranoid, but his choice of safeguards are a little ironic, given Facebook's privacy practices.

Google bumps up bounty on Android bugs

Google bumps up bounty on Android bugs

During the past year, Google paid more than half a million dollars to researchers who identified flaws in its mobile OS. In fact, the Android Security Rewards program has been so successful that Google increased related bug bounties.

Moto Z and Moto Z Force phones all about Moto Mods

Moto Z and Moto Z Force phones all about Moto Mods

In addition to two new Moto Z smartphones, Motorola announced new device personalization and enhancement options for the phones, called Moto Mods, including a mini projector and speaker.

What Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro Tango phone means for AR

What Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro Tango phone means for AR

Lenovo this week announced the world's first smartphone that supports Google's Tango augmented reality platform. The Phab 2 Pro is a consumer-oriented device that ironically could help progress AR in the enterprise.

Turns out Siri isn't just a creepy robo wench — she's a hero

Turns out Siri isn't just a creepy robo wench — she's a hero

Apple's Siri voice assistant reportedly helped save an Australian child's life, and the incident should help convince skeptics that the somewhat-surly Siri can be useful ... if a bit moody.

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