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  • Review

    Product review: HP iPaq 910c Business Messenger smartphone

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 2:47 pm

    In the world of smartphones, while Apple's TV ads insist that the company's iPhone 3G "works great with work" and BlackBerry fans eagerly await RIM's BlackBerry Bold, HP's new Windows Mobile 6.1-based iPaq 910c Business Messenger offers an alternative aimed at corporate users who are willing to pay top dollar for a high-end smart phone with advanced features.
  • New Xbox 360 dashboard coming in November

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 1:15 pm

    Microsoft delivered something for both gamers and developers at its keynote address that kicked-off the Tokyo Game Show on Thursday.
  • Is it time for Sony to drop the PS3's price?

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 9:15 am

    At up to $470 fully loaded, Sony's PS3 doesn't come cheap, so I'm going to have to agree with EEDAR analyst Jesse Divinich when he suggests the PS3 is getting clobbered by Microsoft's recent Xbox 360 price cuts.
  • Apple becomes the platform

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 11:19 pm

    When it comes to iTunes and the iPhone, people are deciding that you if you can't beat 'em, you should join 'em.
  • Note to everybody: GPS systems are not infallible

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 11:18 am

    We know that your GPS system is very convenient and helps you get around in confusing areas that you're unfamiliar with and you don't need to keep unfolding a map and blah blah blah, but really, if the thing suggests that you drive onto railroad tracks, maybe you'd be better off learning from Jose Silva's mistake and, you know, not driving onto the railroad tracks.
  • RIM's BlackBerry Storm: A new take on touch

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 10:53 am

    RIM has finally announced details about its long-rumored iPhone competitor, an almost-all-touch-interface 3G handset with a twist: The screen itself is a big hardware button.
  • BlackBerry storms Verizon Wireless and Vodafone networks

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 10:17 am

    Network operators Vodafone and Verizon Wireless will sell RIM's BlackBerry Storm smartphone from next month, the companies said Wednesday.

  • Toshiba's first fuel cell coming in a few months

    Posted October 7, 2008 - 11:26 am

    Toshiba is close to launching its first commercial direct-methanol fuel-cell device, which promises a faster way to recharge portable electronics products.
  • T-Mobile says Android presales stronger than expected

    Posted October 7, 2008 - 10:58 am

    T-Mobile on Monday said preorders for the first Android phone have been three times greater than it expected and that it won't promise to ship any more phones in time for the Oct. 22 launch.
  • Podcaster returns under jailbreak

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 4:39 pm

    Podcaster, the application rejected from the App Store that allows you to stream and download podcasts directly to an iPhone or iPod touch, is now being distributed via Cydia, the open-source installer used to place applications on jailbroken iPhones and iPod touches.
  • One in three iPhone 3G customers ditch their carriers

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 4:28 pm

    If the iPhone 3G was enough impetus to get you to drop your wireless provider like it was hot, then this news probably won't surprise you. According to figures from market-research firm NPD Group, almost one-in-three iPhone 3G customers were defectors from other mobile operators. The report also says iPhone 3G also topped sales in the smartphone category.
  • Review

    Gas station finders for the iPhone

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 3:25 pm

    In this era of $4.00-per-gallon gas, saving as much money as possible on a fill-up is a good thing. But can the iPhone really help you save both time and money by finding the least-costly nearby gas station? To answer this question, I installed three gas-station-locating applications on my iPhone 3G -- the free GasBag, the $3 iGas, and the free MyGasWars -- and put them to the test.
  • RealDVD sales suspended under court request

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 12:46 pm

    RealNetworks has been ordered to suspend sale of its RealDVD software, under pressure from the media industries.
  • App Store successful, but shows flaws

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 11:22 am

    By all accounts Apple's App Store, which offers add-on software for the iPhone and iPod touch through iTunes, has been a success. Despite all that, some users, analysts, and developers are critical of Apple's decision to shoehorn the App store inside of iTunes, using many of the same features that were designed to be used for music, not software.
  • Sony's latest OLED TV prototype is 1 millimeter thin

    Posted October 5, 2008 - 8:43 pm

    Sony has unveiled a prototype OLED (organic light emitting diode) television that's less than a millimeter thin -- that's one third the thickness of its current OLED television and a tenth that of its thinnest LCD (liquid crystal display) set.
  • Microsoft discontinues mobile browser project

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 4:02 pm

    Microsoft this week stopped supporting Deepfish, its mobile browser research project that was an example of the company's software plus services strategy.
  • Review

    Beyond the iPhone: Three smartphones worth a look

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 3:52 pm

    I put three iPhone alternatives - RIM's Blackberry Curve, LG's enV2, and T-Mobile's Sidekick - through their paces. Here's how they stack up.
  • Orange to rate environmental impact of mobile phones

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 1:05 pm

    Network operator Orange will rate the environmental impact of the fixed-line and mobile phones it sells, it said Friday.
  • Hands on with Nintendo's DSi

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 11:19 am

    The newest addition to the Nintendo DS family, DSi, has clearer sound quality and a surprisingly sharp image quality when in photo mode. That and the fact that users can have much more fun with software on the DSi may be enough reason for Nintendo to entice consumers to snap up its latest handheld game console.
  • Apple releases iTunes, Apple TV updates

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 10:11 am

    Apple released software updates for both iTunes and Apple TV on Thursday that address performance issues with the former and security issues with the latter.
  • Nintendo's DSi 'probably' hitting US in 2009 says Iwata

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 9:53 am

    With less than a month to go until Nintendo's new DSi hits the shelves of Japanese retailers, gamers in the rest of the world are wondering when they might see the revised DS. Nintendo hasn't given a clear answer to that question but indications are that it won't be going on sale outside of Japan anytime soon.
  • Nokia takes aim at Apple with touch-screen phone

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 2:39 pm

    Nokia launched its first touch-screen phone on Thursday, intending to one-up Apple's iPhone on features and be competitively priced.
  • Nintendo to launch new handheld DS-i this year

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 12:45 pm

    Nintendo is refreshing its two-year old DS Lite handheld device with a new version that's thinner, has dual-digital cameras and will be out before the end of the year -- at least in Japan.
  • Security researcher reveals iPhone design flaws

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 10:52 am

    Apple's iPhone has two design flaws that could pose potential security problems, says security researcher Aviv Raff.
  • Apple legal anger management: One step forward, two steps back

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 10:23 am

    Will an O'Reilly book on iPhone development somehow make up for a world without iTunes?
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