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  • Samsung introduces WiMax mobile internet device at CTIA

    Posted April 1, 2009 - 5:28 pm

    Samsung announced the first WiMax-enabled Mobile Internet Device (MID) today at the International CTIA Wireless conference.
  • BlackBerry App World Open for Business

    Posted April 1, 2009 - 11:35 am

    The long-awaited BlackBerry App World opened its doors Wednesday, kicking off CTIA 2009 in Las Vegas.
  • Shazam launches BlackBerry music recognition app

    Posted April 1, 2009 - 10:07 am

    Music recognition service Shazam has launched an app for BlackBerry handsets that allows users to quickly identify music tracks and even send the title and artist info to their friends with the touch of a button.
  • YouTube will host short videos from Disney, ABC and ESPN

    Posted April 1, 2009 - 9:28 am

    YouTube will soon show short videos from Disney, ABC and ESPN while testing new advertising arrangements in hopes of generating revenue online.
  • Skype shows BlackBerry, iPhone applications

    Posted March 31, 2009 - 9:00 pm

    Skype unveiled its iPhone and BlackBerry applications at the CTIA Wireless trade show on Tuesday.
  • Skype for iPhone: Beyond the Hype, It's Still Just Skype

    Posted March 31, 2009 - 8:31 pm

    The new Skype iPhone app is more interesting as a political statement than as an application. Not that there is anything wrong with the app, except, of course for the large number of people who can't get it running properly. For them I have good news: You aren't missing much.
  • PS3, Xbox 360 hit console sales milestones

    Posted March 31, 2009 - 5:23 pm

    Sony's PlayStation 3 hit the 3 million unit sales mark in Japan last week as Microsoft's Xbox 360 reached a million consoles, according to new data.
  • About Sony's "Big PS3 Announcement" Tomorrow

    Posted March 31, 2009 - 5:14 pm

    The guys I've chatted with at Sony (who, I should point out, have neither official nor unofficial authority as regards pricing) suggest a price cut (should one ever occur) would naturally have to align with some other major industry event, e.g. a trade show. GDC 2009's come and gone, so that leaves -- in the U.S. anyway -- the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in early June 2009.
  • CBS releases Entertainment Tonight iPhone app

    Posted March 31, 2009 - 4:56 pm

    CBS on Tuesday released Entertainment Tonight, a new application for iPhone and iPod touch users that is based on the popular television show of the same name.
  • Review

    Weather apps for BlackBerry to keep you high and dry

    Posted March 31, 2009 - 2:29 pm

    Living in New England, there's an old "joke" we've grown accustomed to and ultimately rather irritated by: "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute!". Cue the laugh track.

  • Sony cuts PlayStation 2 price by 25 percent

    Posted March 31, 2009 - 9:50 am

    Sony is cutting the price of its PlayStation 2 console by nearly 25 percent in both Europe and North America starting Wednesday.
  • Are you getting your money's worth out of Netflix?

    Posted March 31, 2009 - 8:13 am

    Here's a website that will identify how much it is really costing you to rent DVDs from the popular service.
  • Netflix raises prices for Blu-ray rentals

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 3:07 pm

    Citing increased demand for pricey Blu-ray discs, Netflix is increasing rates for Blu-ray rentals.
  • Review

    Sony Reader PRS-700 takes on Amazon's Kindle 2

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 2:35 pm

    The Kindle isn't the only e-book reader out there. Prominent among its rivals is the Sony Reader. The latest version, the Sony Reader PRS-700, was recently released and also offers an e-paper display. While it doesn't boast a 3G connection, it does have backlighting and a touch screen.
  • AT&T to offer smartphones from Nokia, Samsung

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    AT&T Monday announced two new smartphones that will be available in coming weeks -- the thinnest smartphone with a Qwerty keyboard, the Nokia E71x, and the Samsung Propel Pro.
  • Review

    Sneak Peek at Skype for iPhone, Available Tuesday

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 2:27 pm

    Looking more like a traditional iPhone app rather than its desktop Windows counterpart most of its 400 million users are used to, Skype for iPhone features five tabs at the bottom of the screen, displaying contacts, chats, a calling panel, call history and your profile (with Facebook style status).
  • Sony's Big Announcement: What is it?

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 12:28 pm

    It seems pretty sure that Sony has some big announcement concerning the Playstation product line to make tomorrow, March 31st (the last day of their fiscal year). The details, so far, are pure conjecture.
  • Review

    iFlyz Boosts In-Flight Mobile Multimedia Experience

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 10:54 am

    Sick of craning your neck and holding uncomfortable positions for hours while in flight so you can watch episodes of Battlestar Galactica via iPhone or catch the latest music video on your BlackBerry? To the rescue: iFlyz, an "in-flight personal media solution" that clamps onto an airplane's seatback tray-table.
  • Four New Gmail Add-Ons Liven E-mails

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 10:49 am

    Google released some new features, or add-ons, to its free Gmail e-mail service last week. These add-ons make the emails sent over Gmail more interactive by embedding bits of media such as YouTube videos, Picasa Web (or Flickr) photo albums, and restaurant information from Yelp. There is even one that lets you "unsend" e-mails.
  • Popular Science Gives Meeting Advice

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 10:11 am

    I am NOT a fan of meetings, and luckily, being a freelance writer, consultant, and speaker means darn few meetings. But if your company executives believe meetings are actually important, you may need some help. Interestingly, Popular Science Magazine decided to Make Meetings Efficient this month.

  • At last, Skype set to launch iPhone application

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 10:07 am

    Skype is set to launch a mobile application for the iPhone on Tuesday, a long-awaited entry to Apple's App Store, as well as for BlackBerry devices in May.
  • Foxit eSlick e-reader ships

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 8:08 am

    An economic E Ink device for reading PDF documents on the go.
  • RIM, others face uphill rivalry with App Store

    Posted March 27, 2009 - 9:47 pm

    If RIM opens its App World next week as rumored, it will face challenges matching the popularity of Apple's App Store.
  • Microsoft and the marketing of resentment

    Posted March 27, 2009 - 5:18 pm

    Why is the company that's so dominant so bitter?
  • E-reader comes to BlackBerry

    Posted March 27, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. announced a beta version of a free e-reader for BlackBerry devices that allows users to purchase e-books much as they already can via the iPhone and other smartphones.

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