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  • DTV transition: More than 4 million still not ready

    Posted March 26, 2009 - 2:15 pm

    Lawmakers say they're still concerned about the DTV transition in the U.S.
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    BlackBerry apps: Are they worth the download?

    Posted March 26, 2009 - 2:14 pm

    There are people who simply don't get the smartphone concept. Some of those people, oddly enough, seem to be smartphone application developers. I am often astounded by the amount of effort obviously put into an app only to have a spit-shined, sparkly GUI which is, sadly, fairly useless.
  • Another e-book reader announced; this is getting confusing!

    Posted March 26, 2009 - 8:31 am

    Samsung announces a new e-book reader due out in Korea in June. How many choices does that make? How many choices will the market support? And which one would you choose?
  • Staples Offers $50 for Old Printers

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 8:12 pm

    Earth Day is coming soon, and Staples has a promotional deal that's bound to appeal to our green side-in more ways than one.
  • GDC 09: 6 Reasons OnLive Could Be a Bust

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    Are Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo in deep doo-doo when you can click an "on" button and instantly play the latest video games through a browser or set top box near your TV?
  • Another Stupid Product Aimed at Small Businesses

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 12:11 pm

    I'm all for collaboration. I'm all for communication. I'm all for new products. But the PR hype that hit me a couple of weeks ago struck me as so enormously stupid I had to calm down to write about it. I'm all for calmness, and I'm almost there, so here goes. How can a big company really think small businesses are ready to spend $1099 per video phone in today's market? How idiotic are those vice presidents? Oops, not calm anymore.
  • Aliens, Talking Pets and Propane: Airborne Mobile Brings More Fox Content to Mobile

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 11:36 am

    The outrageously amusing animated FOX programs just got more accessible (and even more addictive).
  • Canon unveils entry-level DSLR with high-def video

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 9:26 am

    Canon unveiled on Wednesday its first entry-level digital SLR camera to feature full high-definition resolution video recording.
  • Blockbuster to announce partnership with Tivo

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 8:03 am

    Move over Amazon On Demand, Blockbuster is getting into bed with Tivo, too. Let's hope there are enough covers for everyone.
  • 'I Agree' to you spamming me

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 8:00 am

    Text message spam is particularly annoying to people who have phone plans like mine, where you have to pay for incoming messages. When spam comes through my email, at least I can delete it and don't have to shoulder any additional burden; when it comes in the form of a text message to my cell phone, I have to pay for the inconvenience.
  • OnLive: Will it beat Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii?

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Game consoles as you know them could become obsolete sooner than you'd think. Imagine a supersvelte thin-client box that streams HD games in real time over the Internet. Pay a subscription fee and it can run the latest games at reasonably high resolutions on your TV, PC or Mac. We just saw--and tried it--for ourselves. It's called OnLive.
  • Best Free Ways to Manage Photos and Video

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 5:01 pm

    You can use these five free offerings to decorate, detail, and enhance your photos and screenshots.
  • Best Free Apps and Services for Your Phone

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 4:49 pm

    Whether you're on the go or on the sofa, these nine free downloads and services will make your phone experience more enjoyable and productive.
  • iPod Touch generates more traffic than most phones

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 4:07 pm

    Apple's mobile-device user interface has made it so much easier to access the Internet compared to other mobile devices that its iPod Touch, which isn't even a mobile phone, beats out all mobile phones except the iPhone in terms of volume of Internet access, according to data released by AdMob.
  • Free Software and Services for Sharing and Managing Music

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 11:18 am

    Here are seven services and apps that can help you wrangle your audio files. Though you wan't find any sources offering gobs of free songs (thanks, RIAA), you may be surprised at the number of free tools that are available to improve the way you listen to music.
  • How to make music online

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 11:09 am

    The concept of long-distance collaboration has come on in leaps and bounds since the days of George Michael and Aretha Franklin performing a duet in 1986. These days, anyone with a solid web connection and the necessary musical inclination can make a holy racket online.
  • China Unicom Web site posts iPhone 3G and G1 specs

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 9:42 am

    A regional China Unicom Web site posted pictures of the iPhone 3G and the Google Android-powered G1 amid rumors China Unicom will offer the iPhone 3G.
  • Michael Dell hints at smartphones, mobile Internet devices

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 9:26 am

    Computer maker says it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect a smartphone or similar device from the company.
  • OnLive, a new game-changing technology

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 8:17 am

    From the Game Developers Conference comes word of a new video gaming service that will run on just about any system in your house. The secret? Run the code on their servers, and stream the output to you.
  • Convert YouTube Videos to MP3s

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 4:30 pm

    Recently, Brit-pop superstar Lily Allen performed a nifty acoustic cover of Britney Spears' Womanizer . Alas, it's not available any online stores I'm aware of. The only place to hear the track is YouTube. That doesn't suit my mobile, iPhone-driven lifestyle. So until Lily's people deem fit to let me buy the track, I'm "borrowing" it from YouTube. The site that makes this possible? Video 2 MP3, which converts any video into an MP3.
  • Reduce Digital Noise in Your Photos

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 4:22 pm

    This week, let's explore what noise is all about and how to minimize it in your photos.
  • Apple silently discontinues iPhone Bluetooth Headset

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 4:08 pm

    Given the amount of negative criticism iPhone Bluetooth Headset garnered in its short life, it's not exactly surprising that it has been discontinued.
  • Web Video Comes to the Living Room

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    The Internet is an awesome source of on-demand video. But even though the best screen in your house graces a nice big television set, chances are that you do your consuming of online video scrunched over a laptop or desktop PC. Enter a bevy of boxes designed to hook a TV up to an Internet-enabled home network via a wired or wireless connection.
  • Is Your Living Room Ready for Internet Video?

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    Once upon a time, all you needed to tap into the wide world of TV was a TV--though a good set of rabbit ears didn't hurt. Internet video is way more complicated. Few networking tasks are more demanding than pumping video fast enough to avoid pauses, hiccups, and other glitches. So keep these technical issues in mind before you cut up your Blockbuster card.
  • The $500 Apple logo

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 3:37 pm

    I know I should leave Steve Ballmer's ravings alone, but...
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