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  • Panasonic aims laser at TV recycling

    Posted July 2, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Panasonic has a new weapon in its recycling arsenal for dealing with cathode ray tubes from old televisions: a powerful laser that can quickly weaken the thick glass and enable a three-fold increase in processing speed.
  • Jailbroken iPhones leave users more vulnerable

    Posted July 2, 2009 - 10:15 am

    Jailbreaking an iPhone leaves users vulnerable to attack by stripping away most of the handset's security protections, a security researcher warned Thursday.
  • Apple may patch serious SMS vulnerability on iPhone

    Posted July 2, 2009 - 9:28 am

    Apple may be working to fix an iPhone vulnerability that could possibly allow an attacker to remotely install and run unsigned software code with root access to the phone.
  • Elonex & Borders UK team up on new e-reader

    Posted July 2, 2009 - 7:48 am

    The Elonex ebook offers more storage and a lower price than its main competitor, the Sony Reader. A glimpse at the e-reader wars in locations where the Kindle hasn't (yet) been introduced.
  • Cisco to expand mobile collaboration features

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 8:41 pm

    Cisco will tackle the mobile world over the next year with a series of new features to bring smartphones into business communications, the head of the company's software group said at the Cisco Live conference on Wednesday.
  • BlackBerry App World: 9 Must-Do Fixes

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 8:03 pm

    2009 is the Year of the Mobile App Store. Apple started the movement with the launch of its hugely successful iTunes App Store for the iPhone in 2008, then all the handset heavies followed suit. Today, Nokia operates the Ovi Store; Microsoft's got the upcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile; Google runs Android Marketplace; and Research In Motion (RIM) runs BlackBerry App World.
  • Google revamps Gmail labels feature for organizing messages

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 12:49 pm

    Google will roll out on Wednesday a series of changes to Gmail's labels, the feature designed to let people categorize and organize their e-mail messages in lieu of folders, which the company has resisted providing in its webmail service.
  • Japanese computer game market sinks 24 percent in first half

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 12:36 pm

    Japan's computer game market saw a 24 percent drop in sales in the first half of the year, according to data released Wednesday.
  • Review

    A Netbook Worth Buying: Samsung's N120

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 11:56 am

    It's been nearly two years since the first netbook, the Asus Eee PC 4G, became available to U.S. consumers. Even so, I just bought my first netbook, the Samsung N120. Why did I wait so long? (Several reasons.) And was it worth the wait? (Absolutely.)
  • Star Trek-like universal translator a step closer

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 11:48 am

    The first iterations of something akin to the universal translators used on Star Trek may soon be arriving via your smartphone.
  • Joost unplugs Web TV service, concentrates on selling tech

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 9:37 am

    Web video site Joost is restructuring, abandoning its hopes to be a successful ad-supported Web TV provider. Instead it will sell its video-serving technology to other media companies.
  • Happy birthday! The Walkman turns 30

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 9:21 am

    Sony introduced its Walkman portable cassette player thirty years ago this week, kicking off a revolution in the consumer electronics industry by changing the way people enjoy music.
  • The Commodore 64 vs. the iPhone 3GS

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 9:00 am

    This handy chart shows how the dream computer of the early '80s stacks up against the must-have phone of 2009.
  • RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 (VZW) Shipping July 12

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 9:27 pm

    Companies with strict no-digital-camera smartphone-policies rejoice! Research In Motion (RIM) is finally releasing a new BlackBerry smartphone with no camera: the BlackBerry Tour 9630 from Verizon Wireless.
  • iPhones that are too hot to handle

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    According to a report on the Web, a newly-released iPhone 3GS became so hot during normal use, that its white case turned a bit brown. While this toasted iPhone has generated a lot of Internet buzz, let's keep it in perspective. So far as I know, it is the only instance of this happening. In other words, with Apple having reported sales of 1 million iPhone 3GS models during its first weekend of sales, this overheated iPhone is one in a million. As such, I wouldn't worry that this is going to happen to your iPhone 3GS any time soon--if ever.
  • YouTube readies redesign amid chorus of complaints

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 8:59 pm

    YouTube plans to soon switch all of its members to a redesign of its channel pages that it has been testing for several months, although many people want the Google video-sharing site to give them the option to keep the old layout.
  • Fix the iTunes 'Session Timeout' Error

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 8:56 pm

    There's a reasonably easy fix, one involving, believe it or not, the system clock. Here's what to do (in Vista--the steps should be similar in XP).
  • Review

    The better Office alternative: SoftMaker Office bests

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    SoftMaker Office 2008 shows superior compatibility with Microsoft Office formats, while 3.1 falls flat
  • Review

    First look: Microsoft Office 2010

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 12:23 pm

    Call it serendipity. As I was working through my review of 3.1 and SoftMaker Office 2008, an early version of the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Microsoft Office 2010 was conveniently leaked to the Internet. Sporting mostly incremental improvements, Office 2010 serves to bridge the gap between the Vista and Windows 7 eras by streamlining the product's controversial Ribbon-based user interface and extending it to encompass the full range of Office applications.
  • Why is Microsoft Office so hard to kill?

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    Apart from the popularity of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, Office happens to be the world's most successful rapid application development platform.
  • iPhone's Tragic Number: Fahrenheit 113

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 12:11 pm

  • Review

    PicCard for iPhone

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 11:56 am

  • Customize Your Windows Desktop

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 11:51 am

  • The iPhone 3GS Popularity Wars

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 11:48 am

    Is shopping mania for the iPhone 3GS finally over? It's hard to say. Apple recently released an online tool that tracks the status of iPhone 3GS shipments across each of its 210 retail stores in the United States. This suggests that Apple is still concerned about the retail availability for it customers. While store employees might welcome the decrease in the number of times they have say, "yes we have it" or "no we're out" over the phone, the question remains: Isn't the whole concept of availability-tracking a little too late?

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