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  • Palm Pre App Catalog Hits 1M Downloads

    Posted June 26, 2009 - 12:54 pm

    Earlier this week, Medialets, a mobile advertising and analytics firm, released App Catalog metrics that suggest Palm's new app store hit the 1M downloads mark on June 24, just 18 days after its launch.
  • Phoenix Freeze Auto-Locks Laptops via Smartphone

    Posted June 26, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    A new product from Phoenix Technologies, called Freeze, lets you use BlackBerry or iPhone Bluetooth to tell a PC that you're leaving the area and want it to lock up. When you return, Phoenix Freeze can also automatically unlock the machine so it's ready for you.
  • Palm Pre How-To: Wipe Handheld Clean, Restore Settings

    Posted June 26, 2009 - 12:38 pm

    Whatever your reason for moving from the Palm Pre to another device, you'll want to completely wipe your handheld and restore it to factory settings for security/privacy reasons before bidding it adieu. Follow these four-step processes to partially or fully wipe your Palm Pre.
  • Review

    Palm Pre, webOS: Software outshines device

    Posted June 26, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    The Palm Pre, along with webOS, represents what may prove to be Palm's final effort at a comeback against those other little smartphone makers, RIM and Apple.
  • Beware the boss bearing a pet project!

    Posted June 26, 2009 - 10:29 am

    If you make the mistake of syncing his iPod, chances are good you'll be tapped to set up his Twitter account.
  • Palm CEO: We don't have to beat each other to prosper

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    Palm's new CEO on Thursday said he thinks the smartphone market is growing fast enough that multiple handset makers can thrive, and he also hinted at updates to come for the new Pre phones.
  • Sprint makes business case for Palm Pre

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    Although the Palm Pre is getting a lot of attention for its value to consumers, Sprint representatives today started pushing its potential benefits to corporate users.
  • 48% of Americans would slash mobile data use to save money

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 5:01 pm

    Nearly half of Americans would drop their mobile data service completely if faced with a need to cut household spending, according to new data from research firm Strategy Analytics.
  • Review

    Boxee Alpha for Windows

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 1:29 pm

    Boxee has quickly garnered street cred for turning Mac and Ubuntu systems into good-looking media centers. Now, PC users can get in on the fun: Boxee has publicly released the free alpha version of its software for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. I took the software for a spin today and discovered that it transformed my PC into a sweet interactive television/radio/media player.
  • How to hack your Prius

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 9:00 am

    Toyota's high-tech hybrid has a host of electronic hooks that you can fiddle with. These videos demonstrate how to turn your car into a true plug-in hybrid of the sort not yet available in showrooms; put the dashboard computer into diagnostic mode and muck around in its guts; or, if you're feeling really ambitious, control the car's drive-by-wire steering wheel from your laptop.
  • First 'iPorn' hits the App Store

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 7:43 am

    Did that last call you made on your iPhone upset you to the point where only female nudity can lift your spirits? There's an app for that!
  • iPhone 3GS costs Apple $179 to make, says iSuppli

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 8:50 pm

    Even though it has twice the storage space of last year's model, Apple's new 16GB iPhone 3GS costs the company less than 3% more to make than 2008's lowest-priced iPhone 3G, according to a tear-down analysis published today by iSuppli.
  • Ads come to mobile apps, thanks to Google

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 8:31 pm

    Google is expanding a trial program that lets developers place ads in iPhone and Android applications.
  • How to jailbreak your iPhone

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    Sure, iPhone OS 3.0 just came out -- but maybe you'd like to take your phone in a whole new direction instead of updating. If unapproved apps, or background running apps, or an iPhone Java environment appeal to you, this 15-minute video will walk you through the process.
  • HTC puts new face on latest Google Android phone, Hero

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    Smartphone developer High Tech Computer (HTC) introduced a completely revamped user interface on its latest smartphone running Google Android software, the HTC Hero, highlighting the importance companies see in making users love the software on their handset.
  • World of Warcraft languishes offline in China

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 9:41 am

    A weeks-long World of Warcraft server outage in China has driven masses of players there to the Taiwanese server or to other games while a new operator takes the reins of the Blizzard Entertainment blockbuster in China.
  • Boxee comes to Windows, brings MLB along for the ride

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 8:02 am

    The alpha of Boxee for Windows launches, and with it comes new features for all Boxee users.
  • Netbooks Are Not Notebooks

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 6:16 pm

    ComputerWorld just ran a story about how “netbooks disappoint consumers” according to a recent survey. You know why, don't you? People bought netbooks when they really wanted notebooks, and were disappointed when they didn't get the power and performance of a real notebook while spending hundreds of dollars less. Guess what, folks, a chopped steak is not the same as a t-bone steak, and a used Mazda is not the same as a new Mercedes.

  • Visa, NeuStar team on mobile payments and financial services

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    Visa and NeuStar have joined forces and formed an alliance that it hopes will help accelerate the adoption of mobile financial services globally, they said on Tuesday.
  • Survey Finds Good News for Apple, Bad for BlackBerry

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    Bad news for Blackberry: Forty percent of smartphone users who don't already own an iPhone said they would switch to the Apple handset for their next purchase, nearly three times the percentage of non-Blackberry users who would switch to a Research in Motion handset.
  • Coming Soon: Adobe Flash on Android, WinMo and WebOS

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Adobe is set to introduce Flash Player 10 for most mobile operating systems later this year, including Google Android, Microsoft Windows Mobile, Nokia Symbian and Palm WebOS.
  • Review

    Can you manage an iPhone like a BlackBerry?

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    Apple's iPhone 3.0 OS and iPhone Configuration Utility 2.0 extend the iPhone's enterprise-class management and security features. But how far do they really go?
  • Tele Atlas uses data from drivers to map faster

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 4:38 pm

    Dutch digital map maker Tele Atlas is creating new maps faster than ever by collecting data from motorists using GPS devices as they drive, which provides a rich set of information about roads
  • Review

    Hands on: Innergie's mCube 90 powers your laptop (and more) wherever you go

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 4:25 pm

    If you do any traveling, you probably haul around a lot of electronic gadgets -- laptop (or netbook), smartphone, media players, etc. There are a variety of products out there that offer a single way to power all your small mobile devices. However, only a few can handle the power needs of laptops. Innergie's mCube 90 universal adapter ($100) is one of those devices.
  • T-Mobile’s Android-powered myTouch 3G due in August

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 4:08 pm

    As if the summer smartphone blockbuster season wasn’t competitive enough, T-Mobile has announced a new contender slated for August that will be its second smartphone to run on Google’s open-source Android platform.
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