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  • The Apple netbook, and the return of Steve Jobs

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 4:28 am

    Dare we hope?
  • Refurbished iPhone 3G for $149: Smells Like a Fire Sale

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 8:47 pm

    Out with the old iPhone, in with the new? So it appears at the AT&T Wireless site, where a refurbished 16GB iPhone 3G is now selling for a suspiciously low $149.
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    Streaming Amazon Video on Demand to Roku

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    The $100 Roku box supports streaming both Netflix "Watch Now" and Amazon Video On Demand content. I've been testing the latter in a 'real world environment' (ie, in my living room) and thought I'd share my findings with ITWorld readers.
  • Western Digital Announces 2TB “Green” Hard Drives

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 5:33 pm

    I didn't really notice when the first 2TB (TeraByte, which is 1,000 GigaByte) drives started shipping In January this year. I knew they were coming because I had seen 1.5TB drives, but I just missed the hoopla, if there was any.
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    Insignia NS-LCD52HD-09 52-Inch HDTV

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 4:52 pm

    The Insignia NS-LCD52HD-09 costs only about $1400 (as of March 10, 2009), a very good price for a 52-inch HDTV. And though its image quality isn't great, it's not horrible, either. The NS-LCD52HD-09 has only middling sound quality, too, but again it's about what you would expect for the comparatively low price.
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    Panasonic TH-50PZ850U 50-Inch HDTV

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 4:50 pm

    The Panasonic TH-50PZ850U is a pretty good value, especially in view of its generous array of extra features. Not only can it display your pictures and run your videos off its SD card slot, but you can plug it into an ethernet connection and enjoy Internet video. This set also does an adequate, though not extraordinary, job displaying movies and TV shows. And at US$1700 street (as of April 16, 2009), this plasma HDTV is reasonably inexpensive for a 50-inch set.
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    Samsung LN55A950 55-Inch HDTV

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    The Samsung LN55A950 is the first LCD TV we've tested with LED backlighting. But LED backlighting doesn't come cheap. The LN55A950's $4500 street price (as of April 16, 2009) puts it in a different league from the other TVs that PC World normally reviews, but the image quality--though good--does not.
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    Vizio VF550XVT 55-Inch HDTV

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 4:47 pm

    The Vizio VF550XVT 55-inch HDTV isn't much of a bargain, despite the reasonable $1800 price tag (as of April 16, 2009). Assorted problems with image quality, weak sound, and clumsy menus, along with a lack of interesting features, make this set difficult to recommend.
  • Criminals pay top money for hackable Nokia phone

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    Criminals are trying to buy a certain model of Nokia's 1100 phone due to a software problem that can enable them to hack online bank accounts.
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    First Look: Sharp's Solar-Powered Cell Phone

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 3:59 pm

    Cell phone addicts, listen up: The dreaded low-battery beep may soon be a thing of the past. Sharp has just unveiled the world's first solar-powered cell phone. Ready to get charged?
  • Six Clever Camera Tricks

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    Unexpected, unconventional, and perhaps clever ways to use your camera when you're not busy photographing insects, weddings, and alien encounters.
  • BlackBerry Tips: Use Folders to Unclutter Your Smartphone

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 10:07 am

    With the recent release of BlackBerry App World, filling up your cell phone with new software has never been easier. And to keep them all organized you can create your own BlackBerry folders in just a few simple steps.
  • Cheap Blu-Ray Players to Hit U.S. Shelves

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 9:23 am

    The average selling price of Blu-ray players has been falling steadily -- it's now about $200 -- and there's little doubt that prices will keep dropping as Blu-ray goes mainstream and player shipments increase. But one report says the average price for entry-level Blu-ray players may to drop to as little as $99 in the very near future.
  • Adobe's new Flash can stream Internet content to TVs

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 9:14 am

    Adobe developed a version of its Flash multimedia streaming technology that allows entertainment programming to run to TVs, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players from the Internet.
  • New app locates stolen iPhones

    Posted April 19, 2009 - 8:52 pm

    Orbicule has introduced Undercover, an app it hopes will help locate a lost or stolen iPhone or iPod touch.
  • Report: Hulu planning iPhone app

    Posted April 19, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    According to Silicon Alley Insider, Hulu, which is jointly owned by NBC and Fox, is in the process of bringing its streaming television catalog to iPhone. And, according to an industry executive that spoke with SAI, it's going to be--and, no, we didn't make this up--"badass."
  • iPhone Game Roundup: Red Bull Air Race, Cosmic Nitro

    Posted April 19, 2009 - 8:09 pm

    Roundup: an aerobatic racing game, a new title from the maker of Galcon, football/soccer management game and an imaginative game involving flatulence.
  • Consumers want useful robots, executive says

    Posted April 18, 2009 - 9:11 am

    Consumer robot designs should be functional instead of flashy to succeed, one industry executive said at the RoboBusiness Conference.
  • Mac Bots Attack!

    Posted April 17, 2009 - 7:41 pm

    A Mac botnet is loose in the wild and it's targeting a trashy business card site.
  • Palm's webOS lives up to hype, early developers say

    Posted April 17, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    webOS and companion Mojo software development kit offer a dramatically simpler way to build sophisticated mobile applications that are highly integrated with Web-based content and services, according to several developers working with these tools since early this year.
  • New Sidekick will get Exchange support

    Posted April 17, 2009 - 12:14 pm

    Despite its heritage as a phone aimed at the youth market, the latest version of the Sidekick mobile device will soon let users access their Exchange e-mail, T-Mobile said.
  • If Blu-ray Is Dying, Why Are Disc Sales Soaring?

    Posted April 16, 2009 - 9:15 pm

    Don't nail Blu-ray's coffin shut just yet. A new study from Adams Media Research shows that sales of Blu-ray discs in the first quarter of 2009 nearly doubled compared to the same period a year ago, rising to nearly 9 million from 4.8 million in Q1 2008.
  • Wall Street Journal Releases Free iPhone App

    Posted April 16, 2009 - 11:36 am

    The Wall Street Journal has jumped on the mobile content bandwagon and released an application for the iPhone. The financial newspaper set the price point at free -- ironic, given that the Journal's online content comes at a price of US$103 per year, or $140 for the print edition.
  • Mobile's future is in links, ex-Nokia CTO says

    Posted April 16, 2009 - 9:20 am

    Former Nokia CTO Bob Iannucci sees the future handset interface as graphical, cloud-based and available on all handsets and carriers.
  • Apple should get back to iPhone advertising basics

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Apple's television marketing now focuses exclusively on the advantages that the App Store brings to the platform--and that could become a problem.
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