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  • Apple Updates iPhone 3.0 Beta Software

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 12:02 pm

    Updated iPhone 3.0 beta software shipped to developers late Tuesday and included in the code was a pre-release of the next version of iTunes (8.2). Clues buried in the new iTunes pre-release software suggest that Apple's media player will support Blu-ray disc playback.
  • Blu-ray Disc faces local competitor, piracy in China

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 11:44 am

    China could gradually become a big market for Blu-ray Disc, but for now the optical disc format faces the problems of thrifty buyers, piracy and a competing Chinese disc format for playing high-definition video.
  • Acer working on several Android devices

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 11:22 am

    Acer is already working on several different devices using Google's Android OS and plans to launch an Android smartphone later this year.
  • Microsoft Responds to Verizon 'Pink' Rumors

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 11:14 am

    Microsoft may be wielding a new weapon in the war against Apple. The company's rumored to be working on a top-secret smartphone with Verizon. The mission: take out the iPhone. The code-name: "Pink."
  • Apple iPhone 'Mediapad' Could Be a Kindle Killer

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Is Apple's rumored "mediapad" entertainment device a threat to Amazon's Kindle e-book reader? I think it is, but the only people who may care are current Kindle owners, some of whom may end up wishing they had waited on their purchase.
  • Will Twitter kill IM?

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:46 am

    My Blackberry came pre-loaded with AOL Instant Messenger. I've had an account name since the late 90s. So why don't I use AIM on BlackBerry? One word: Twitter
  • TiVo, Wii, and Xbox 360 Controllers: 8 Clever Tricks

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:37 am

    You're probably familiar with the ability to skip ads on your TiVo--we'll fill you in on five more shortcuts. Also, your Wii Remote can control more than just the Wii itself. And why use a mouse to play games on your PC when you could be using your Xbox 360 controller instead? We'll show you how.
  • 6 Crazy Tricks for Digital Cameras and Photos

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:35 am

    In this story, you'll learn how to make high-def, time-lapse video from your ordinary point-and-shoot digital camera, how to geotag your photos even if your camera can't do it, and how to draw messages with light on live photographs. (Why? Just because!)
  • 14 Great Things iPhones and BlackBerrys Can Do

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Smartphones are intelligent, but with the 14 tips and tricks in this story, they could approach genius territory. We'll show you how to run seven separate devices from your iPhone, how to play Internet radio (mostly for free) on your BlackBerry, how to make free phone calls from an iPod Touch, and how to revive a dead cell phone battery (if it's detachable) while you're in winter weather.
  • 3 Tips for iTunes, iPods, Other Digital Music Players

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:27 am

    You own an iPod but you hate iTunes. You love iTunes but you wish you could run it on your non-Apple player. You'd love to have the lyrics to your songs handy in iTunes (we'll help you do that if you promise to give fair warning to your coworkers that you could burst into song at any time). We've got the answers for you.
  • Apple adds new artist lessons to GarageBand

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Apple added several new artist lessons to its GarageBand Lesson Store on Wednesday, bringing the total number of lessons available for purchase to 13.
  • Review

    iPhone trivia apps

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:19 am

    One of the great things about rounding up a group of like-applications is that after a while it often becomes obvious which is the best among those apps -- it's the one you keep returning to, to "test" some more
  • Homosexuality 'Does Not Exist' in Star Wars

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:16 am

    Star Wars and homosexuality, two words you don't often find in the same sentence. Turns out Bioware may have decided they're so uncommon as to be anathema to their upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic, a Windows-based MMO due out sometime next year.
  • Plasma Sales Slip In Early 2009

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:14 am

    Sales of plasma display panels are slipping, some new research released Tuesday suggests. Plasma shipments fell a full 22 percent in the first quarter of 2009 compared with the same time last year, according to a report by tech analysis firm DisplaySearch. From quarter to quarter, demand for plasma displays dropped 28 percent.
  • Far EasTone to release two Google Android phones this year

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:08 am

    Taiwanese mobile network operator Far EasTone plans to release two Google Android smartphones this year.
  • What I want in the next iPhone

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 9:46 am

    What does it take to get a first-gen iPhone user to upgrade?
  • Windows Mobile to get voice command capability

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 9:25 am

    Microsoft plans to include a voice command capability in Windows Mobile 6.5, allowing users to search, send texts and place calls using voice commands.
  • RealDVD for legitimate users, CEO tells court

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 9:22 am

    RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser defended his company Tuesday in its DVD copying lawsuit with movie studios.
  • New 'PSP Go!' to be unveiled at E3?

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 7:27 am

    It's the rumor that won't quit: a new model Playstation Portable with the disk drive removed and a sliding touchscreen.
  • Review

    BlackBerry Bold (Unlocked)

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    T-Mobile customers can experience the speed and sophistication of Research in Motion's BlackBerry Bold 9000 (US$400, unlocked, as of 4/13/09) if they buy it from third-party vendors (AT&T sells the handset at a subsidized price). But while the Bold boasts a sleek design, a sharp display, and high-speed connectivity, it fails to impress in other areas--particularly, its call quality and its camera's image quality.
  • Review

    Samsung Innov8 (Unlocked)

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 9:50 pm

    The pricey Samsung Innov8 (US$930, unlocked; as of 4/7/2009) innovates in several ways--most notably with its 8-megapixel camera; carrying the highest resolution among phones sold to date in the United States, the Innov8 offers advanced in-camera photo editing capabilities and delivers excellent photo quality. And it has versatile multimedia features and an easy-to-use interface.
  • Review

    Samsung Instinct S30 (Sprint) Smartphone

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 9:48 pm

    Phone fans had been hoping that Sprint's next-gen version of the Samsung Instinct smartphone would drop weight and beef up on specs. Then, at CTIA 2009, the Instinct S30 (US$130 after rebates, with a two-year contract) premiered. Let's just say that the new version underwhelms.
  • 57 Amazing Things You Didn't Know Your Tech Could Do!

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 4:58 pm

    Do you often wish that the tech you own or use had superpowers, or that you could transform ordinary gear into something really great--possibly for free? With our amazing instructions for getting the most out of your hardware and the Web, you can!
  • And now, Verizon reported in talks with Microsoft for phone

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    In the latest iteration of Verizon Wireless' plans to combat the iPhone, the carrier is reportedly working with Microsoft Corp. to create a Windows Mobile wireless device with a touch screen and multimedia capabilities, code-named Pink.
  • Laptop gender wars: What your netbook (or Toughbook) says about you

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 10:30 am

    Like it or not, design, color, form factor, and texture are the new key features for tech products, which begs the question ... Are you OK with using a cute laptop?

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