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  • Review

    RIM BlackBerry Bold 9000

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 2:12 pm

    The BlackBerry Bold 9000, Research in Motion's formidable contender in the 3G market, has finally arrived. And though the Bold boasts a sleek design, a sharp display, and high-speed connectivity, it fails to impress in other areas--particularly, its call quality and its camera's image quality
  • Unlock all songs in Guitar Hero World Tour

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 9:33 am

    Blue, blue, red, green, green, blue, blue, yellow -- that's all you need to unlock all songs in Quickplay mode on Guitar Hero World Tour.
  • Free Wi-Fi for iPhone, take three

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:04 pm

    After two false starts, AT&T is again announcing free Wi-Fi for iPhone users -- and this time, the company swears it's for real.
  • The Nintendo DS's dirty little 'secret'

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:53 am

    The R4 isn't just the key to pirate booty. The homebrew community has latched onto this elusive, illicit device too. Yes, some unsavory sorts pirate software, but indie game designers are crafting their own DS software and sharing it freely with the world.
  • Review

    AT&T Navigator cell phone GPS

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:47 am

    AT&T Navigator is very similar to Sprint Navigation (both were created by TeleNav), but it offers more features than the other cell GPS services I tried, including a pedestrian mode, support for creating waypoints (stops along a route), instant weather reports, and traffic commute alerts.
  • Review

    Sprint Navigation cell phone GPS

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:45 am

    Powered by TeleNav, which also produces AT&T Navigator, Sprint Navigation gives verbal, turn-by-turn directions with live traffic alerts offering detour suggestions.
  • Review

    VZ Navigator cell phone GPS

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:42 am

    VZ Navigator, Verizon's branded cell phone GPS service, features accurate turn-by-turn directions, navigation, live traffic alerts with detouring options, and weather and gas-price searching by location (along the route, by specific address, or even by airport proximity).
  • Review

    Cell phone GPS app smackdown

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:38 am

    Traveling a lot, and feeling lost? You don't have to remain directionless--and you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on a dedicated GPS navigation device, either. AT&T Wireless, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless all have their own navigation applications for their GPS-enabled phones.
  • Hey Android, where's my Facebook app?

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:24 am

    A week after the launch of T-Mobile's G1 and still no official Facebook app for Android. What gives? The bad news is it doesn't look like Facebook fans will get one anytime soon. That's because of a longstanding rivalry between Google and Facebook.
  • ITunes 8 to Vista: Give me a B, an S, an OD

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:19 am

    But recent glitches in the new iTunes 8 bring an unwelcome blast from the past to Microsoft's latest operating system. Connect an iPhone or iPod, and some Vista PCs either crash with the dreaded Blue Screen of Death or spontaneously restart.
  • Personal finance 2.0: A wealth of new Web apps

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:17 am

    Using the Web to manage your money used to mean logging into a plethora of banks and other institutions to check balances and maybe pay bills. Now various next-generation Web services are building on these basics by offering one-stop account tracking plus tools and advice to help you stick to a budget, reach financial goals, or cope with money problems.
  • G1 price drop: Wal-Mart to sell Android for less

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 8:46 pm

    T-Mobile's G1 Android phone is about to get cheaper -- at least, if you look in the right place. Wal-Mart will start selling the Google-powered device at a discounted rate this week, the company has confirmed.
  • Sneaky fees: 7 new ways you're paying more

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 8:43 pm

    It's no secret that the faltering economy is taking its toll on the tech world. You may not have noticed, though, how often your wallet has been hit with sneaky fees as a result. We've identified seven recently introduced surcharges on tech-related products--add-ons that vendors aren't exactly trumpeting. Ready to see where companies are hiding the new fees?
  • Analyst sees iPhone price cuts as way to lead market

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 3:39 pm

    Apple has the chance to dominate the smartphone industry and could apply iPhone price cuts to achieve just that, an analyst said Monday.
  • Bugs & Fixes: The iPhone app crash champion

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 2:23 pm

    If your iPhone crashes more often than you would like, conventional wisdom typically attributes this to the proliferation of third-party apps on your phone, the ones you added via the App Store. However, this is likely a misconception, or at least an exaggeration.
  • Security flaw spotted in G1 Google phone

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 1:46 pm

    Researchers at Independent Security Evaluators say they've discovered a security flaw in the Android browser that could make users of phones with the browser vulnerable to attack.
  • Qik tests video streaming service for BlackBerry phones

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 10:44 am

    BlackBerry users can now start streaming and sharing videos from their phones, social-networking company Qik announced on Sunday.
  • 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.

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