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  • RIM CTO: 10 tips for creating great BlackBerry applications

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 10:26 am

    RIM CTO David Yach offers 10 tips to help developers create valuable BlackBerry applications:
  • Revised version of Sony's LittleBigPlanet begins shipping

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 9:27 am

    A revised version of Sony's "LittleBigPlanet" game for the PlayStation 3 has begun shipping days after Sony postponed release of the game because it included a song that drew lyrics from the Quran.
  • Review

    WhitePages Mobile for iPhone

    Posted October 24, 2008 - 8:56 pm

    WhitePages Mobile does just about everything you could ask in a phone-based people finder--with a few flourishes that make it an extra useful addition to your mobile device.
  • Nine really frustrating things about the iPhone

    Posted October 24, 2008 - 6:58 pm

    on my laptop, from virtually anywhere I happen to be. And yes, I know that everybody is raving about it. But that doesn't mean that it's perfect.

  • The iPhone: The accounting gift that keeps on giving (to Apple)

    Posted October 24, 2008 - 3:19 pm

    The accounting wizards at Apple may have masked the iPhone's real value.
  • Recession hits Blu-ray where it counts

    Posted October 23, 2008 - 1:52 pm

    Tech analysts predict a cold winter for Blu-ray.
  • Move over, Android: Here comes BlackBerry Bold

    Posted October 23, 2008 - 10:49 am

    RIM doesn't mind stealing Android's thunder. Details about the long-delayed BlackBerry Bold, RIM's new weapon in the 3G battle, were revealed Wednesday -- yep, right smack in the middle of Google's G1 release day glory.
  • Sony cuts financial outlook on weak economy, strong yen

    Posted October 23, 2008 - 10:19 am

    Sony has revised down its financial outlook for the full year due to lower sales of key products as a result of the slowing economy and the strong Japanese yen.
  • More crackpottery: User agent reveals secret iNetBook doohicky?

    Posted October 23, 2008 - 3:40 am

    Apple's going to introduce that netbook any day now! Look, this incredibly obscure datapoint proves it!
  • BlackBerry Bold to hit stores Nov. 4

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 9:12 pm

    AT&T Inc. said Wednesday its BlackBerry Bold smart phone will go on sale Nov. 4 starting at $299.99 with a two-year contract.
  • Android Market to open to any app Monday

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 5:01 pm

    The Android Market currently has about 50 applications, but that number should go up next week when Google opens the market to developers.
  • Jobs: The iPhone is Apple's netbook

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 3:18 pm

    Apple Inc. has no imminent plans to compete in the growing market for "netbooks," the small, inexpensive laptops that accounted for 5% of all U.S. notebook sales last quarter, CEO Steve Jobs said Tuesday. But the company already participates in the category, Jobs argued, citing Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch as devices that have much of the same functionality as the ultra-light, low-cost notebooks.
  • Android phone launch day relatively quiet

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 3:11 pm

    The first day of sales for Google's Android phone hasn't quite echoed the frenzy surrounding initial iPhone sales, but a few hardy souls across the country got up early to buy the first devices available in stores.
  • Cell phone software to save you from car wrecks

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 2:30 pm

    You know deep in your heart that you shouldn't be driving and talking on the phone at the same time, but you can't resist the ring, am I right? This software can help where willpower fails...
  • A new etiquette for the iPhone generation

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 11:32 am

    Armin Henreich's infamous "I Am Rich" iPhone application -- a $1,000 ruby-red screen saver -- was pulled from Apple App Store shelves months ago, but its message still resonates loudly. From "my apps are cooler than your apps" contests to "sent from my iPhone" e-mail footers, people love showing off their iPhones.
  • Apple hits 10 million iPhone target two months early

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 10:44 am

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs and CFO Peter Oppenheimer confirmed today that Apple has sold more than 10 million iPhones since the beginning of the calendar year, with two month of sales to go. Ten million iPhones was the company’s 2008 goal.
  • T-Mobile's Android-based G1 goes on sale

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 9:56 am

    The first cell phone based on Google's Android platform went on sale Tuesday evening in San Francisco ahead of the start of sales across the U.S. on Wednesday.
  • Taking Control of ^h (control-h)

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 6:00 am

    When your backspace key prints sequences of ^? following the text you meant to delete, you can abort what you're doing and start over again or you can fix the problem with stty.
  • Why is My PC So Slow?

    Posted October 21, 2008 - 6:16 pm

    In this final segment of my 3-part series on, "Why is my PC so slow" I explain the final culprits that could be slowing your laptop or desktop to a crawl. In part 1 we covered stopping the start-up items from loading at boot and how to clear off your desktop but keep the files you need within a click away.
  • Review

    Palm Treo Pro: A sweet Windows smartphone

    Posted October 21, 2008 - 4:42 pm

    The BlackBerry, iPhone, and T-Mobile G1 may be the kings of smartphone cool, but if you ask me, they all share one big shortcoming: They don't run Windows Mobile.
  • Woman sues Microsoft over Xbox 360 'red ring of death'

    Posted October 21, 2008 - 9:43 am

    A California woman has accused Microsoft Corp. of deceiving consumers by concealing the high failure rate of its Xbox 360 game machine, court documents show.
  • Samsung claims thinnest LCD crown with 7.9mm screen

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 3:17 pm

    A tenth of a millimeter might not seem like much, but in the competitive world of flat-panel televisions it's enough for Samsung to steal the thinnest-TV crown from Philips.
  • Transfer data between BlackBerry devices

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 11:02 am

    Getting a brand new Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry smartphone can be a life-changing experience. But how do you transfer the loads of personal information on your old device to that shiny new Pearl Flip? Fortunately, you can complete the process quickly.
  • Geek gadgets

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 3:25 pm

    A gadget grab bag of some cool, useful, and goofy gadgets. All are 100 percent geek-approved.
  • Why Android's 'kill switch' is a good thing

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 2:47 pm

    Everyone's all a-twitter over the so-called "kill switch" found in Google's first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1. Here's the thing, though: Not only is it not a big deal -- it's actually a good thing.

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