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  • Review

    An iPhone app that's better than your brain

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 11:02 am

    I probably don't have to mention this to those who know me, but for the benefit of new readers: my brain is mush. If only there were some sort of neural enhancer I could use to make my life and the lives of those around me less aggravating. Enter NeuroMobile for the iPhone.

  • T-Mobile G2 to Come In July

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 11:00 am

    T-Mobile is spreading word the launch of the Android G2 is "early this summer". The carrier isn't mentioning which device will actually carry the T-Mobile G2 name-tag. Speculation has the HTC Magic as the best competitor for this position.
  • Netbooks, Kindles, GPS: Avoiding Buyer's Remorse

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 10:46 am

    Have you bought a netbook, an Amazon Kindle 2, a portable GPS device, or another mobile electronic gadget lately? If so, let me ask you another question: How long was it before you wish you'd waited for something cheaper-faster-better?
  • MIPS ports Android, shows embedded gadgets

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 9:48 am

    MIPS Technologies showed off devices based on a version of Google's Android platform modified for MIPS chip architecture at the Computex exhibition in Taipei on Wednesday.
  • Sony shows off motion controller, prices PSPgo

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 9:31 am

    A quick recap of the Sony E3 press conference. The PSPgo gets official and Sony demos a new motion controller space. Video of the full demo included.
  • AT&T wants Kindle rival, new data plans

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 9:10 am

    AT&T is aggressively pursuing wireless connectivity for devices such as e-readers but needs to develop new pricing plans for them, the head of the carrier's new-devices business said Tuesday.
  • Sun moves to simplify Java phone development

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Sun Microsystems, Orange, Vodafone Group and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications are taking steps to make it a little easier -- and cheaper -- for software developers to bring Java programs to mobile phones.
  • Xbox 360 service improvements put Apple TV to shame

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 11:01 am

    Microsoft's new plans to enhance its Xbox 360 video game console's potential as a home entertainment hub may ultimately put pressure on Apple to improve the Apple TV, if revelations at this week's E3 conference in Los Angeles are any indication.
  • Microsoft unveils Project Natal at E3

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 10:03 am

    The rumors were true; Microsoft did unveil a controller-free way of interacting with you Xbox. Plus, a very intriguing tech demo featuring a boy named Milo.
  • Kindle manufacturer to buy E Ink

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 9:16 am

    Taiwan-based Prime View International has signed a definitive agreement to acquire E Ink Corporation for approximately $215 million, the two companies said in a joint statement on Monday.
  • Xbox Gains Facebook and Twitter Integration

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 9:19 pm

    Microsoft's Xbox is about to get a lot more social. Twitter and Facebook will soon be coming to the system, Microsoft announced Monday, bringing an interactive boost to the entertainment console.
  • Review

    Five iPhone apps for amusement and efficiency

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 4:07 pm

    Need more cool iPhone apps? You got it. I'll try to make this list filled with applications that are a little bit more useful than my last list. But no promises! After all, not all apps can or should be five-star, super business quality, enhance your general well being programs. Remember, this is a phone we're talking about here.

  • to ship Kindle DX ahead of schedule

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 1:10 pm's new large-screen Kindle DX e-reader will ship earlier than expected, the company said Monday.
  • Acer's first Android smartphone due in Q4

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 11:20 am

    Acer plans to launch its first smartphone with Google's Android software on board in the fourth quarter of this year, the company announced Monday.
  • Beware of Getting Woozy About Wave

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 11:09 am

    your job?

  • Samsung edges out Sony Ericsson in megapixel race

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 11:07 am

    Samsung launched on Monday the Pixon12, the company's first touchscreen phone with a 12-megapixel camera.
  • BlackBerry SurePress Technology Here to Stay

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 10:38 am

    Recently leaked images of RIM's upcoming BlackBerry Storm successor, unofficially dubbed "Storm 2"--and a very early hands-on review--seemed to suggest that BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) had decided to scrap the infamous "clicky" SurePress screen technology that set RIM's first touch BlackBerry apart from the pack.
  • Sony PSPgo leaked, legit

    Posted May 30, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    The biggest surprise is that someone at PSN screwed up and let this video out of its box ahead of E3!
  • Movies coming soon to a mobile phone near you

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 12:45 pm

    Offering movies is the latest thing some vendors are trying to lure users as the battle for mobile phone buyers becomes more challenging.
  • Wii Workout Games vs. a Personal Trainer

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    At the Body Mechanix Gym in San Francisco, Joel Hornsby is the bona fide, certified "Mind and the Machine" master trainer. Can he be replaced by a videogame? To help me find out, Hornsby was good enough to spend an afternoon testing four fitness-focused games for the Wii.
  • Queen Elizabeth acquires golden game console

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 11:40 am

    A Wii suitable for royalty.
  • Hulu releases software client for Mac, PC

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 9:52 am

    Hulu on Thursday announced Hulu Labs, a new section of the site that allows users to (beta test) play with new products and services as they are almost ready for prime time. Among the new toys of everyone's favorite piracy-busting online video service is Hulu Desktop, a bona fide client for the service running on both Mac OS X and Windows computers. It also single-handedly answers all the questions about the recent Boxee fiasco.
  • Bye-bye Kindle, e-reader screens coming for netbooks

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 9:22 am

    Netbook screens from Pixel Qi will be in devices by the end of this year.
  • Hulu Desktop lets you lean back

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 8:11 am

    No longer will you have to stretch your arms forward to reach for that elusive mouse.
  • Verizon to get Palm Pre in six months

    Posted May 28, 2009 - 3:14 pm

    Looks like the honeymoon for the Palm Pre and Sprint might be over before it even began. It seems that Palm's already looking outside of the marriage for someone to fill its needs: and that someone is Verizon.
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