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  • Nanotouch technology shrinks touchscreen displays

    Posted April 7, 2009 - 1:53 pm

    Touchscreens can only get so small before fingers start to block most of the information on them, but a project from Microsoft Research and the Hasso Plattner Institut in Germany called Nanotouch allows a touchscreen device to be controlled from its backside, preventing fingers from occluding the screen.
  • Another PSP 2 rumor surfaces

    Posted April 7, 2009 - 12:57 pm

    Will Sony reveal a radically re-designed Playstation Portable at this year's E3? I want to believe!
  • Toshiba's Cell TV on track for autumn launch

    Posted April 7, 2009 - 9:41 am

    The TV will be able to perform real-time upscaling and other visual tricks using the PlayStation 3 chip.
  • FriendFeed beta thoughts

    Posted April 7, 2009 - 8:14 am

    The Scoble-hyped new FriendFeed is here, at least in beta form. Does it shift the paradigm? Has it changed the web forever? Nope. But it's still worth a look.
  • Mobile backup services help users save, sort data

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 8:50 pm

    If you've ever wished you could easily search through your cell phone voicemail messages or save all of your text messages, SkyDeck has a solution.
  • Sony announces new HD camcorder with GPS

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Sony on Thursday announced the HDR-TG5V, a high-definition (HD) camcorder that is equipped with a GPS receiver and can geotag recorded videos and still photos.
  • Rumors suggest slew of new iPhone features

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 8:23 pm

    If the latest crop of speculation is to be believed, the next-generation iPhone (unofficially dubbed "iPhone 4G" or "iPhone 3.0") will have pretty much every new feature under the sun: a 3.2-megapixel camera will support video recording; there will be rudimentary video-editing software included; support for 802.11n Wi-Fi networking; and--get this--a built-in FM radio.
  • iPhone 3.0 preview sways cell phone owners to buy Apple

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 4:23 pm

    Even though Apple has yet to breathe a word about new iPhones, one out of every five cell phone-owning consumers is more likely to buy one based on last month's preview of the summer software upgrade, a market research company said Monday.
  • 4 BlackBerry Tips Every Manager Should Know

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 3:06 pm

    At my company, we get hundreds of BlackBerry calls a week, and most aren't from the guy who just dropped his device in a bowl of Wonton soup. Rather, it's the managers on their way to meetings or hopping on flights who want to know the handy tricks and tips that will save them time and make their smart phones smarter.
  • T-Mobile To Use Google Android OS For Home Devices

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 11:20 am

    T-Mobile is set to launch two new devices running on the Google Android platform early next year. The wireless carrier will introduce a home phone and a tablet computer, both powered by Google's mobile operating system.
  • Review

    Nintendo DSi launches: Is it worth the extra $40?

    Posted April 5, 2009 - 5:38 pm

    This is the third iteration of the Nintendo DS; lots of gamers already have two of these things. Is there enough new here to warrant a third?
  • Things to Love--and Hate--about the Nintendo DSi

    Posted April 3, 2009 - 8:51 pm

    On Sunday, April 5th, Nintendo rolls out its latest iteration of the Nintendo DS, the DSi. It offers a bunch of cool little features (including two digital camera lenses, internal storage, and SDHC card support)--and it manages to look and feel even better than the Nintendo DS Lite. So, the question remains: Do you drop $170 on this new gaming handheld?
  • Nokia hopes new app store will replicate App Store

    Posted April 3, 2009 - 4:32 pm

    Nokia is refreshing its developer community and app store in an effort to sell more apps.
  • Skype for iPhone: One million downloads in two days

    Posted April 3, 2009 - 2:33 pm

    In less than two days, Skype for iPhone has been downloaded more than one million times, around six downloads every second reports Skype in a blog post.
  • Dell and IDC Say Videoconferencing Hot for SMBs

    Posted April 3, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    It's hard for me to think of business videoconferencing without imagining a vice president in front of his laptop wearing a shirt and tie but no pants. But IDC says 35 percent of all small and medium businesses will be using videoconferencing of some type this year. Dell's new Vostro laptops include Web cameras and software to make this happen. But do you believe one of three small businesses will really go Webcam happy?

  • RIM sells 50 millionth BlackBerry, stock soars on earnings

    Posted April 3, 2009 - 9:17 am

    Research In Motion Limited (RIM) stock soared in after-market trading after the company posted solid financial results and said it sold its 50 millionth BlackBerry smartphone.
  • Software Firewalls Continue to Protect

    Posted April 2, 2009 - 12:14 pm

    Kerio, a small software company specializing in e-mail servers and software firewalls, has been around for years and years. You probably don't know them, but your IT consultant or preferred reseller certainly should. Their new Kerio WinRoute Firewall 6.6 that just started shipping can do more than Windows ISA for less money, always a combination worth investigating.

  • Microsoft Office Coming to the iPhone?

    Posted April 2, 2009 - 11:39 am

    Workaholics tethered to their smartphones have another reason to switch to Apple: Rumors that Microsoft's Office Suite is coming to the iPhone are inching towards reality, and iPhone apps with document and spreadsheet editing capabilities are also on the way.
  • Palm takes next steps on webOS, Pre smartphone

    Posted April 2, 2009 - 11:17 am

    Palm has revealed new details about its developer plans for the webOS operating system, the heart of the upcoming Palm Pre smartphone.
  • Verizon Wireless: More E-book Readers May Be Coming

    Posted April 2, 2009 - 9:37 am

    Are e-book readers going to be the next big thing in wireless? Verizon Wireless chief executive Lowell McAdam said "four or five" of them are in various stages of development in the company's open development labs.
  • Snag your username before someone else does

    Posted April 2, 2009 - 8:03 am

    A new site helps you to find social networking sites where you've yet to claim your favorite username. Better grab it while you can!
  • Samsung introduces WiMax mobile internet device at CTIA

    Posted April 1, 2009 - 5:28 pm

    Samsung announced the first WiMax-enabled Mobile Internet Device (MID) today at the International CTIA Wireless conference.
  • BlackBerry App World Open for Business

    Posted April 1, 2009 - 11:35 am

    The long-awaited BlackBerry App World opened its doors Wednesday, kicking off CTIA 2009 in Las Vegas.
  • Shazam launches BlackBerry music recognition app

    Posted April 1, 2009 - 10:07 am

    Music recognition service Shazam has launched an app for BlackBerry handsets that allows users to quickly identify music tracks and even send the title and artist info to their friends with the touch of a button.
  • YouTube will host short videos from Disney, ABC and ESPN

    Posted April 1, 2009 - 9:28 am

    YouTube will soon show short videos from Disney, ABC and ESPN while testing new advertising arrangements in hopes of generating revenue online.
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