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  • Palm Centro breaks ex-iPhone user out of jail

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 8:41 pm

    The iPhone bandwagon is now more like a cruise ship: AT&T reported Wednesday that 1.6 million people signed up for iPhone service in the first quarter. As an ex-iPhone user, I wish them luck, but I'm not going back anytime soon.
  • Amazon's $359 Kindle 2 Costs $185.49 to Build

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 2:03 pm

    Amazon's second iteration of its popular eBook reader, The Kindle, costs only $185.49 to build, $173.51 less than its retail price, according to an iSuppli Teardown report.
  • Western Digital unveils 1TB TiVo external drive

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 1:20 pm

    Western Digital Corp.'s TiVo-enabled My DVR Expander external hard drive is now available with a capacity of 1TB capacity.
  • E-Books in General and Kindle 2 in Particular

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 12:53 pm

    Poor bookstores. As fewer people read books, those who do are getting lured by e-book readers that bypass bookstores for the majority of book purchases. Amazon's Kindle, now upgraded to Kindle 2, gets the biggest blame because it has the biggest market share. It also has a hefty hardware profit margin according to PCWorld's article “Amazon's $359 Kindle 2 Costs $185.49 to Build.”And you thought margins on technology hardware products were non-existent

  • Wii console sales hit 8 million in Japan as growth slows

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 10:34 am

    The console has outsold its competition two-to-one in Japan, and remains popular although sales are starting to slow.
  • 3D LCD TVs that don't require glasses coming soon

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 10:09 am

    Taiwan's ITRI has developed 3D LCD TVs that do not require the special viewing glasses normally worn to watch 3D movies.
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    Amazon Video on Demand HD tested with Roku

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Amazon rolled out HD content for its Video On Demand service on Tuesday, so it was back to the 'lab' (aka living room) for more testing with the Roku box.
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    G-Technolgy G-RAID mini2 SSD

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 2:42 pm

    G-Technology has unveiled a new line of portable external SSDs that offer improved reliability and read speeds over magnetic-based drives. Unfortunately, the steep price per gigabyte of this new technology puts the G-RAID mini2 SSD out of the reach of most consumers.
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    OCZ's high-capacity SSD 'a solid choice'

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 1:52 pm

    In my quest to test all of the latest high-capacity consumer solid-state disk (SSD) drives, I came upon OCZ Technology's Apex SATA II SSD and was impressed not so much with its performance -- though you will see a boost when using it -- as with its price.
  • Report: iPhone 3.0 may include voice recognition

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    I don't know about you, but I talk to my iPhone all the time: "Hurry up, iPhone"; "How come I can't press this button!?"; "Why, iPhone, whyyyyyyyy?" Most of the time it ends in tears--for me, anyway. However, rumors suggest that the iPhone may soon be more receptive to my pleas: Ars Technica reports that uncovered software frameworks in the iPhone 3.0 beta might represent speech recognition and synthesis systems.
  • Adobe’s Flash Technology Headed to HDTVs

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Coming soon to a TV screen near you - Flash. Adobe says it is working to bring its Flash technology to Net-connected TVs that will be able to playback videos and offer Web-like interactivity.
  • A future filled with ebooks

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 8:26 am

    Steven Johnson writes in the Wall Street Journal, "I knew then that the book's migration to the digital realm would not be a simple matter of trading ink for pixels, but would likely change the way we read, write and sell books in profound ways." Profound and, in my opinion, rather horrific.
  • 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.
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