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  • 15 hot solar-powered gadgets

    Posted January 27, 2011 - 9:24 am

    Electronics don't have to be powered by a plug--check out these sun-powered gadgets.
  • Tech fails of 2011: It's never too soon to admit defeat

    Posted January 26, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    The year ahead of us will see technology that no-one could ever have predicted in 1950. Smartphones that are as powerful as computers. 3D television. Touch screen tablets galore. But there will also be some spectacular failures. Here are some products we're pretty sure have no future.
  • Best Firefox extensions: Organize your way to a better Firefox

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    Customize your browser for a better (and more organized) experience.
  • Three personal VPNs offer safer Wi-Fi

    Posted January 20, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    It's a truth universally acknowledged that public Wi-Fi hotspots aren't secure, but they're so convenient that most of us use them anyway. That's why there was something of a panic last year when Eric Butler showed everyone how easy it is to hijack Facebook, Twitter and PayPal accounts on open Wi-Fi networks via his FireSheep Firefox add-on.
  • 4G mobile broadband and you: Coverage, cost, and, yes, caveats

    Posted January 20, 2011 - 8:49 am

    Soon, your mobile broadband network might be able to deliver faster Internet speeds than your cable or DSL to your home or office... if you with go with the right service and you're at the right place and you can afford the bill.
  • Android overlays: How do they compare?

    Posted January 14, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    One of the many great things about Android is its openness--and by extension, its customizability. Unlike Apple's iOS, Android allows phone manufacturers to build overlays, or skins, that run atop the operating system. These overlays can change the look and feel of Android, and even add features not normally included in the stock build. Not all overlays are created equal, however. We'll walk you through the three most common skins and highlight the good, the bad, and the ugly of custom overlays.
  • 7 wacky products you missed at CES 2011

    Posted January 10, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    From scent-replication devices to miniature candy, CES had its share of unexpected announcements
  • Next generation TV over the Internet: This revolution will be televised

    Posted January 6, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    While television and the Internet have both reshaped the way we consume information, there has been very little interaction between the two.
  • Microsoft and tablets: A failure to launch could hurt

    Posted January 6, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    If Microsoft is too slow developing Windows-based tablets, its bread-and-butter enterprise business could soon pay the price, according to industry analysts.
  • CES 2011: Tech giants battle for gadget dominance

    Posted January 5, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Call it the desert showdown royal. This week at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas heavyweight tech firms will battle to out shine, out announce, and out buzz their competitors. This year's contenders include makers of mobile apps, tablets devices, 4G gizmos, 3DTVs, and set-top boxes. Each will duke it out on the show floor.
  • Apple's great (and not-so-great) moments in 2010

    Posted January 5, 2011 - 11:38 am

    Apple makes two huge announcements for the Mac: an ultrathin MacBook Air that swaps a hard drive for flash storage built into the motherboard, and a sneak peek at the next Mac OS X—called Lion—that will tap into the best features of iOS, including a Mac App Store.
  • ING Direct's mobile banking apps help keep bank online-only

    Posted January 4, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    ING Direct's mobile banking and investing system went live in July on the iPhone and other devices, and its early success has reaffirmed the bank's decision not to build physical banks, its CIO said.
  • 2011 tech priorities: Finding a place for iPads

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:47 am

    While businesses have warmed to the iPad much more quickly than they did with the iPhone, some say they're still figuring out what to make of the device.
  • The top robots of 2010

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:44 am

    We’ve worried about robots steadily taking human jobs and even creating themselves without human intervention. Robots even grew their own brains and were out to, er, punch us. But none of this block the path for some great robotic creations in 2010, including both scientific and homemade inventions. So here are just a few robotic highlights of the last year.
  • Will there be a jobless recovery for IT in 2011?

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:14 am

    Will there be a jobless recovery for IT in 2011?
  • The complicated new face of personal computing

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:07 am

    New platforms such as tablets and smartphones, loads of new virtualization technologies, and the need to access the desktop from any device, anywhere, forever change personal computing.
  • What you missed: The top sleeper tech stories of 2010

    Posted December 31, 2010 - 10:08 am

    Apple's quiet enterprise ascendance, looming ERP-like disasters in health care, the solution to a big security hole, and more didn't get the media attention they deserved -- until now
  • Have a very geeky Christmas; it's the tech time of the year

    Posted December 21, 2010 - 8:39 am

    Behold the geekiest holiday decorations of them all!
  • Ultrafast tech gift ideas for the procrastinating giver

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 11:21 am

    You're packing your bags to head out of town for the holidays when you suddenly realize you forgot to buy something for your uncle or your friend Nick at work. It's too late to get something to them by mail, and you'd have to be a fool to brave the retail world to find that perfect gift. So how can you save yourself?
  • When the going gets tough, the giving gets creative

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 6:31 pm

    Imagine buying groceries and, just when you're about to pay, being told that your food bill has been paid already. By Yahoo! That's what happened to hundreds of customers recently at the Mission district Foods Co, a grocery store in San Francisco. Yahoo representatives stood at every cashier station, paying up to $100 for groceries until they had spent a whopping $10,000.
  • The best tech holiday gifts under $200

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 5:19 pm

    If you have two Benjamins to spend on holiday gear for a loved one (or even yourself), you have a range of choices--including robots, kooky Japanese watches, great graphics boards, brightly colored USB 3.0 storage, and more.
  • Smartphone specs demystified

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 10:42 am

    Retailers use various marketing and technical terms to describe the smartphones they sell. Some of those terms represent meaningful phone characteristics, while others are mostly hype. To help smartphone shoppers understand what they're looking at, we offer definitions of the most commonly used specifications, and explain why they are important.
  • 7 Great iPhone 4 Cases: Protect Your Smartphone...Before It's Too Late!

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 9:00 am's Al Sacco turned to the Twitterverse in search of the best lightweight and unobtrusive, yet protective iPhone 4 cases. Here are seven Apple-smartphone cases that fit the bill.
  • Have yourself a very Linux Christmas

    Posted December 15, 2010 - 8:34 am

    Whether you cut your teeth downloading Linux 0.x source code or you want to give Linux a try for the first time, we've got presents for you.
  • Cloud drives speech recognition forward for Microsoft

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 4:15 pm

    For years, using voice recognition technology on phones or other devices has been a novelty -- something people try once but never again, usually because it works so poorly. But recent developments, including harnessing the computational power of the cloud, have made it more usable and will make it even better in the near future, according to Microsoft.
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