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  • Users Lament Kindle 2 "Upgrades"

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 10:52 am

    Amazon's Kindle has been hailed as the first truly successful e-reader, but some users say you shouldn't throw out the old fashioned book just yet. Owners of the recently released Kindle 2 are reporting difficulties in reading smaller text sizes.
  • OLED screens, Blu-ray players and brain control

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 10:11 am

    January's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is a great place to see new gadgets but they're not always available right away. A couple of the coolest gadgets from this year's CES, Sony's OLED-based Walkman and Samsung's slim Blu-ray Disk player, are now on their way.
  • Is Microsoft readying an HD Zune?

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 8:41 am

    The rumor mill says yes, and that it'll be shipping in September.
  • Job ad: Microsoft looking to offer Windows Mobile updates

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    Just days after customers complained on a Facebook discussion about the lack of software updates to Windows Mobile phones, Microsoft published a job ad for a developer who will build an update process for the operating system.
  • Processor technology promises big boost to consumer SSDs

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 4:05 pm

    SandForce Inc. announced today a new family of solid-state disk (SSD) processors that the company claims will allow lower-cost, commodity NAND flash memory to be used in data center operations. The disks will also be faster and more reliable for use in mobile applications, the company said.
  • Finding BlackBerry apps: 3 App World alternatives

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 3:12 pm

    When BlackBerry's App World opened its virtual doors, I was drooling with anticipation to see what I could download. Naturally, there have been comparisons to Apple's App Store, and the reviews of App World have been less than favorable in comparison. Does that matter? Not really. What other options do you have for getting applications? Well, as it turns out, we do and have had some options for a while.
  • BlackBerry Storm to Get Firmware Update

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 11:09 am

    The BlackBerry Storm, the first touchscreen device from RIM, will get new firmware to fix multiple bugs plaguing the phone, as well as adding features such as improved keyboard usage.
  • Google preps next version of Android

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Developers will now be able to take a look at the SDK for the next version of the Android platform, Google announced on Monday via its developer blog.
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    Hands on with Sony's new X-series Walkman

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 9:42 am

    Sony is refreshing its Walkman line with new flagship models that pack noise cancelling, a bright touchscreen display, mobile TV, and the ability to surf the Internet and watch YouTube videos.
  • Netflix for Wii and PS3, Here it Comes?

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 8:51 pm

    Ah job spots, you tease us so. Credit Crunchgear for pulling this one out, acting on a tip about a Netflix Engineering Leader position whose description suggests everyone's favorite online video provider (ahem, Netflix) may be flirting with another console. Make that consoles, plural, per the job listing.
  • Beam ESPN Content to Your Nintendo DS

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Nintendo plans to update their Nintendo Fan Network's wireless sports news service by partnering with ESPN to ante up the content and branding profile.
  • iTunes: Now more spendy

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 4:47 pm

    Prices go up, profits go up, what's not to love?
  • HD camcorders: Buyer's guide

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 4:32 pm

    Broadcast television is going completely digital; HD movie downloads are becoming more common; and the large, analog cathode-ray tube TVs of old are about as relevant as the Model T. Given our increasingly high-def landscape, is it time to consider an HD camcorder?
  • iPhone jailbreaking still going strong

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 3:39 pm

    Although Apple's forthcoming 3.0 firmware update promises to deliver some power-use upgrades, jailbreaking should continue to push the iPhone's productivity envelope, especially as users increasingly demand the Holy Grail of smartphone power use: applications that run in the background.
  • Forrester: iPhone corporate users happier, more productive

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 2:24 pm

    While some corporations have worried about the ability to secure and manage iPhones used by their workers, Forrester Research Inc. says three major companies are successfully deploying thousands of the Apple Inc. devices.
  • Palm Pre Could Launch by May 17

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    Stand back! The Palm Pre -- a.k.a. the latest iPhone killer -- may launch by May 17, according to several hot rumors.
  • BlackBerry GPS Navigation Tips

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 10:43 am

    BlackBerry users seeking full-featured, GPS-based navigation applications with spoken turn-by-turn directions really don't have too many options. But if you seek the best of the best, TeleNav Navigator's the BlackBerry app for you.
  • Analyst: Dell in smartphone talks with China Mobile

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 9:29 am

    Dell is in talks with China Mobile to offer a smartphone using the carrier's mobile operating system based on Google Android, an analyst said Monday.
  • Kindle 3 resurfaces

    Posted April 10, 2009 - 10:48 pm

    No new details, but when a rumor refuses to die, that in itself can be interesting.
  • Parsing the Current Microsoft and Apple Tax Nonsense

    Posted April 10, 2009 - 5:50 pm

    In crime fiction writing, when things got dull, Mickey Spillane suggested having a man with a gun burst through the door. He did that often in his Mike Hammer novels. For technology articles, the equivalent of a “man with a gun” appearing is a new argument about PCs versus Macs. The current one started with Microsoft, playing the “man with a gun,” and their sloppy new Apple Tax survey (Microsoft's 'Apple Tax' Claims Are 'Stupid' Counters Analyst).

  • Apple begins countdown to 1 billion iPhone apps downloaded

    Posted April 10, 2009 - 11:07 am

    The countdown has begun. Apple posted a Web page on Friday counting down (or actually counting up) to the one billion app downloaded milestone on the App Store.

  • iPod: The saturation point

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 10:35 pm

    How many gadgets can America's teenagers absorb?
  • How to Sell Your Old PC

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Four steps you need to take to make sure that your old PC is ready for a second life of service.
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    Clash of the handsets: Smartphones for business

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Apple iPhone, Android G1, AT&T Fuze, HTC Touch Diamond, and three flavors of BlackBerry compete for one pocket.
  • Rumor: PSP2 Out Before Christmas

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    Sony may release its ballyhooed PSP2 later this year, say the prophets at Pocket Gamer.
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