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  • Are we making too much of a PlayStation phone?

    Posted December 6, 2010 - 12:52 pm

    Slap a PlayStation and a phone together and what do you get? Another week of cannibalized PlayStation Phone rumors about as interesting as a chat room for Sasquatch-spotters, and half as illuminating.
  • Google eBooks launches - offers readers tons of choices

    Posted December 6, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    With the launch of its ebook store, Google offers users a large selection of books (including obscure titles) and the ability to read those books on the web as well as on Android devices, Apple's iPad and iPhone, the Barnes and Noble Nook, and many other dedicated e-reader devices.
  • Opinion: The iPad and the centenarian

    Posted December 6, 2010 - 9:26 am

    Over the Thanksgiving holidays I had the opportunity to visit with my favorite 100-year-old—Lew, my mother’s husband. His birthday rolls around again in a couple of weeks and, as you might imagine, with a century of stuff tucked away here and there, he’s a hard man to shop for.
  • Review

    Samsung Continuum: Two Displays Not Better Than One

    Posted December 6, 2010 - 9:23 am

    When we first heard about the Samsung Continuum ($200 with a two-year contract from Verizon), we were equally skeptical and intrigued. Does a full-touch smartphone really need a secondary "ticker" display? While we found the ticker display more useful than annoying, it still might not be for everyone--and it can occasionally be a pain to use.
  • More Playstation Phone video, and Android Gingerbread to be announced today?

    Posted December 6, 2010 - 8:55 am

    As if in response to criticisms of the Playstation Phone video that was leaked in the middle of last week, a new set appeared late on Friday. These are more clear and show off the unique slider of the phone, which is running Android 2.3. Other rumors suggest Andy Rubin will officially introduce 2.3 later today. Are the pieces falling into play for a December 9th unveiling of the Playstation Phone?
  • Clearwire to raise $1.1 billion to ease cash crunch

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 7:31 pm

    When wireless service provider Clearwater announced widening losses early in November, the company warned that uncertainty about its ability to obtain sufficient additional capital "raises substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.”
  • The top 10 stories in IT this week

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 6:00 pm

    Contrary to how the week might have seemed, what with leaked classified documents all the headline rage, Google actually took a hefty number of headlines this week. The European Union opened an antitrust probe into the company's business practices, Google was found guilty of trespassing in a lawsuit related to Street View, it altered its search engine and promised to do better to protect copyrights.
  • Android fastest growing smartphone OS in U.S., survey finds

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 5:54 pm

    Android's share of the mobile OS market continues to grow at the expense of rivals like Research in Motion and Apple.
  • Verizon's LTE pricing: Good deal or gouge?

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 5:51 pm

    Verizon Wireless' planned rates for LTE data usage are either too costly or a relative bargain, depending on who is offering an opinion.
  • Droid 2 phone explodes, bloodies Texas man

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 5:41 pm

    A north Texas man reported Thursday that his Motorola Droid 2 smartphone exploded next to his ear as he was ending a call, resulting in a bloodied face and a trip to the hospital.
  • The Galaxy Tab: Samsung has a hit on its hands

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    While Samsung’s Galaxy Tab isn’t as big a hit as Apple’s iPad, it has sold briskly as it reached the 1 million mark today less than two months after its first release.
  • Android vs. Windows: A tale of two upgrades

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 5:36 pm

    I am a brave man. I just want to put that out there. Why brave? Because, for no reason other than the sheer testes-shriveling terror of it, I decided to upgrade the operating systems on both my laptop and my smartphone at the same time.
  • Android/Qualcomm 'Quadroid' alliance becoming Wintel for smartphones?

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 4:37 pm

    "Wintel" is the term that for years defined Windows-based computers running Intel chips. Now a similar expression is emerging for smartphones: "Quadroid."
  • Angry Birds goes seasonal, gets Game Center support

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 1:17 pm

    You thought it was over, that the Halloween edition brought us to the precipice of Angry Birds gaming and that if we dared to so much as glance over the edge... Well, let's not drudge up what could have been, because Rovio Mobile had the courage to take that leap of faith for us. Abandon all hope, ye who download the new Angry Birds Seasons for iPhone or iPad.
  • Review

    Reach out and TouchCam someone

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    If you are videoconferencing a lot (or you want to start making more video calls), the N1 offers an upgrade from the standard built-in Webcam.
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co hands out iPads to investment bankers

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 11:54 am

    Investment bank JPMorgan Chase & Co is reportedly giving its investment bankers Apple iPads to help complete their work while on the move.
  • Review

    Protect your Android phone with security apps

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 11:37 am

    You back up data on your computer in case it crashes, and you might install LoJack on your car to help recover it in case someone steals it--so why shouldn't you protect your Android phone? Most people carry a lot of sensitive data on their phones. If someone steals your handset or if you happen to lose it, all that personal information is suddenly not so personal anymore. Your phone is an investment, so you should safeguard your contacts, photos, texts, videos, and music.
  • First LTE mobile data plans: similar prices, different value

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 10:45 am

    For a typical monthly fee of US$80, subscribers to new LTE (Long-Term Evolution) high-speed mobile data services get very different levels of service depending on where they live. Customers in Asia are worst off, receiving just 5GB of data for their money, while some Europeans can get an unlimited data plan.
  • Best Buy extends free smartphone offer through December

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 9:15 am

    Best Buy will feature free smartphones each day in December, subject to a new or upgrade activation and a two-year service agreement from one of the four major U.S. carriers.
  • 4G smackdown: Verizon LTE vs. the rest

    Posted December 2, 2010 - 6:47 pm

    Verizon's 4G LTE service goes live Sunday in 39 cities, growing the field of companies offering fast mobile broadband 4G service. Verizon joins Sprint and T-Mobile which are also hawking wireless services at 4G data speeds. Meanwhile lesser-known providers such as Clear and Metro PCS are getting in on the action as well.
  • Clearwire to raise $1.1B but keep its belt tight

    Posted December 2, 2010 - 4:30 pm

    Clearwire plans to raise more than US$1.1 billion through a debt offering in the coming days, but steps the WiMax network operator took recently to conserve cash will remain in place.
  • Google Editions e-book venture to launch by year's end

    Posted December 2, 2010 - 12:09 pm

    Google will launch its e-book retail business, called Google Editions, in the U.S. before the end of the year after months of delays, a Google spokesman confirmed.
  • Blurry-cam video might show the Playstation Phone

    Posted December 2, 2010 - 9:22 am

    If you were going to deliberately video the Playstation Phone, wouldn't you show the slider with the game controls (and hold your camera steady)? So maybe it was filmed surreptitiously. If that's the case, the people holding the phone had to be totally enthralled with it if they never noticed this camera hovering around for two minutes.
  • Specialty iPad apps for business users

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 10:41 pm

    There are many, many uses of an iPad in business. has selected the productivity suite that every business iPad should have, but individual employees have plenty of work needs that require specialty apps.
  • Women desire iPhones, men want Android smartphones

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 10:38 pm

    Apple iOS and Google Android are the most desired mobile operating systems, with the iPhone especially popular among women and Android phones grabbing more men.
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