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    The Smartphone Forecast for 2009

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 10:56 am

    The Palm Pre and the Apple iPhone 3G S are the smartphone standouts of 2009, but they're not the only news. Operating systems are receiving updates, new devices are debuting, and app stores are growing by the day. Here's what to look for from the six big operating systems in smartphones today.
  • WWDC: The Day After

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 10:56 am

    The WWDC keynote is behind us, and you know what that means: scores of bloggers and tech analysts playing Tuesday Morning Pundit. To simplify things, I've decided to grade yesterday's announcements using one of today's most popular Internet memes--EPIC WIN, WIN, FAIL, and EPIC FAIL. It should be fairly self-evident how this scale works. Enough with the formalities; let's dig in.
  • Apple iPhone: It's All About the Apps

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 10:46 am

    If there is a single message from Apple's Monday announcements, it is a simple one: Software sells hardware. Second message? Apple's iPhone has a lot of software available and the Palm Pre, Android, BlackBerry, et al, don't come close.
  • iPhone vs. BlackBerry: Readers strike back

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 9:43 am

    In comparing the RIM BlackBerry Bold to the Apple iPhone 3G, after a month-long test of each, I declared that it was time to bury the BlackBerry, as it was mediocre in its signature mail functions and pathetic in next-gen mobile capabilities such as Web browsing and applications. Not surprisingly, BlackBerry users took great exception to this assertion.
  • Apple's WWDC: 10 Things We Wanted But Didn't Get

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 9:28 am

    While the iPhone and its accompanying iPhone 3.0 OS provide plenty of added features, a lot of other Apple elements -- both iPhone-related and otherwise -- failed to come to fruition on Monday. Here are 10 things we wanted but didn't get from Apple's WWDC.
  • Sony develops mercury-free alkaline button cell

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 9:24 am

    Sony has developed a new type of alkaline manganese button-cell that contains no mercury and will put it on sale later this year, it said Wednesday.
  • Facebook 'Pick Five' Lists: The Hottest and the Wildest

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    Facebook users are sharing more than 1 billion pieces of content (Web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) each week, and one of the most popular is the Pick Five list from Facebook app developer LivingSocial. If you visit Facebook regularly, you've probably filled out at least one of these Top Five lists. I have--they're hard to resist.
  • Pricey Nokia phone faces tough competition

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    "The hottest release of the summer," according to Nokia, is not the new iPhone 3G S or the Palm Pre. It's the N97, Nokia's newest high-end phone and one that few people in the U.S. mass market have probably heard of.
  • Why is AT&T late on MMS, tethering for iPhone 3G S?

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    Although both MMS support and tethering are possible on the upcoming iPhone 3G S, AT&T doesn't yet offer tethering and won't deliver on multimedia messaging until later this summer. Which raises this question: What's taking AT&T so long?
  • Swedish regulators look at handling of mobile location data

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 11:01 am

    The sale of location information from mobile operators to service providers could result in privacy issues, and needs to be investigated, two Swedish regulators said on Tuesday.
  • iPhone OS 3.0 adopts some BlackBerry-like security

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 10:11 am

    The new iPhone 3.0 OS, to be released on June 17 as a free update to iPhone users and a $10 update to iPod Touch users, adds remote wipe and kill, but not for all e-mail platforms
  • Palm may have sold up to 100,000 Pres in first weekend

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 10:02 am

    Palm, Sprint won't say, but one analyst estimates customers bought 50K to 100K of the smartphones since the device went on sale Saturday.
  • iPhone 3G S vs Palm Pre: The Battle Begins

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 9:53 am

    The main difference between the iPhone 3G S and the Palm Pre is quite obvious -- for the same price as a 16GB iPhone3G S you only get a 8GB Palm Pre. However, the Palm Pre offers a better deal against the iPhone 3G S when it comes to the data plan.
  • Inside the iPhone 3G S's pricing

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 9:39 am

    The news that Apple would be selling its fancy new iPhone 3G S for the same prices as the iPhone 3G was greeted by applause at Monday morning's WWDC keynote. But, as interested customers soon discovered, those prices aren't necessarily the same for all customers.
  • iPhone 3GS offers speed boost, video capture

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 8:19 pm

    Apple on Monday unveiled a new version of the iPhone. Dubbed the iPhone 3GS, the latest version of Apple's popular smartphone promises to launch applications and run software faster than the previous model.
  • Netbook Vendor Shakeup Coming?

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    We cheered netbooks when they appeared two years ago, and many vendors jumped into that market. But is Two Years On, Netbooks on Verge of a Big Shake-Up really true? I'm afraid it may be, and we can only blame the vendors themselves for poorly managing their newly created market segment.

  • E3: iPhone Games Worth a Gander

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 4:13 pm

    E3 has wrapped up, and amidst the Mac, Windows, console and iPhone titles I now want to sacrifice my social life to play, 12 games stood out among the iPhone and iPod touch offerings.
  • Review

    SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Users of Sling Media's place-shifting Slingbox family of products, which let you view your home TV signal from remote locations, have been watching TV on Macs, PCs, and mobile phones for several years. Now, with the release of SlingPlayer Mobile on the App Store, it's the iPhone’s and iPod touch's turn.
  • Brand-Name LCD HDTVs Get Cheaper

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 3:36 pm

    Anyone familiar with LCD HDTVs expects their prices to decrease, and for TVs from established companies to cost more than models from upstarts like Insignia and Vizio--but no one expects the top-shelf brands to come down in price faster than the value brands. Yet that is exactly what's happening.
  • Review

    Palm Pre Apps and Palm's App Catalog: A Closer Look

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 3:32 pm

    The Palm Pre might have a slick OS and stylish hardware, but when it comes to apps, it has a long road ahead of it. And if Palm wants WebOS and the Pre to challenge Apple's smartphone juggernaut, it's going to have to step up its apps game.
  • WWDC: New MacBooks, Snow Leopard, iPhone 3GS, oh my!

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 3:07 pm

    Did you need reminding that Apple makes computers, too? Speedy new MacBooks, a new OS X coming in a few months that will make them even speedier -- and, oh yeah, a newer, speedier iPhone.
  • iPhone OS 3.0 coming on June 17

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    Apple senior vice president of iPhone software Scott Forstall used Monday's WWDC keynote with the news that iPhone users have waited months to hear: The new iPhone 3.0 OS will be released on June 17, 2009.
  • Palm Pre Ripped Open, Costs $170

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    Most people who hunted down a Palm Pre on Saturday want to actually use the thing, but Rapid Repair and iFixit immediately took the new smartphone apart to find out what's inside.
  • E-readers displayed at Computex portend big growth

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 11:08 am

    E-book readers may have been overshadowed by netbooks, smartbooks and laptops at Computex Taipei 2009, but products on display portend big things to come.
  • Best BlackBerry Accessories, Add-Ons for $100 TOTAL

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 10:49 am

    Sometimes it's a task just to determine what BlackBerry add-ons are truly valuable, and worth dropping a few bucks for, and which are just icing on the smartphone-cake. Here are the six BlackBerry accessories I use most often -- and the best deals for each.
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