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  • 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...
  • Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube Seek Big Break on TV

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    Video content from Amazon Video on Demand, Netflix and YouTube is becoming commonplace on devices that stream Internet content to the living room TV. You'll find some or all of the services pre-loaded on a variety of streaming devices, from connected TVs and Blu-ray players to DVRs to stand-alone media streamers. Here you'll find desciptions of the content offered by each service, along with release dates and pricing information.
  • Dell is Dull: Smartphone Canceled for Lack of Interest

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 11:31 am

    Remember the Dell smartphone? Apparently neither do cellular carriers. According to Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu, the Dell smartphone profoundly failed to wow carriers and was dumped.
  • Wii to Watch Now; PS3 to embrace Harmony?

    Posted March 22, 2009 - 10:44 pm

    A Netflix rumor for the Nintendo Wii, and a solution to Sony PS3 remote woes from Logitech.
  • Top 10: IBM talks to Sun, IE8 debuts, iPhone 3.0 sneak peek

    Posted March 20, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    IBM is in talks to buy Sun, according to The Wall Street Journal, leading analysts and industry observers to weigh in on the pros and cons. Steve Ballmer gave it a thumbs up because anything that distracts IBM from the "business" part of its name is fine by him. Speaking of Ballmer, IE8 came out this week. Apple also gave the world a look-see at its forthcoming iPhone 3.0 software.
  • Review

    College Basketball Live

    Posted March 20, 2009 - 8:00 pm

    College Basketball Live by Plusmo is a helpful app for a college basketball junkie. It does a nice job of giving you all the basics you would expect from an app dedicated to college basketball: scores, news, standings, and schedules. It also goes beyond that to offer some fun features that set it apart from other sports apps.
  • Up, up and away! Team takes photos of space on the cheap

    Posted March 20, 2009 - 2:14 pm

    Four students launch a camera 100,000 feet up for some amazing pictures from the edge of space.
  • Apple, AT&T sued for slow 3G speeds

    Posted March 20, 2009 - 11:07 am

    Apple and AT&T are being sued again for over-promising and under-delivering on their claims of fast Internet access of the iPhone 3G.
  • iTunes movies in HD -- will the consumer bite?

    Posted March 20, 2009 - 9:53 am

    How high does one's definition need to be?
  • iPhone tethering could prove a boon to IT managers

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 9:02 pm

    Of some 100 new features added to Apple Inc.'s iPhone 3.0 software this week, Jorge Mata, CIO for the Los Angeles Community College District, said that one of those alone -- the ability to tether Windows laptops to the iPhone -- could provide a quick boost to his operation.
  • Palm sales plummet as Pre waits in the wings

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 8:55 pm

    Palm's revenue plunged in its most recent quarter as the struggling company, preparing for the release of its next-generation device, sold 42 percent fewer smartphones than in the same period last year.
  • AT&T says no-contract iPhones coming next week

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 8:53 pm

    As promised, AT&T will begin selling iPhones without requiring a two-year contract, but the devices will be so expensive that few people are likely to want to buy them.
  • Millions expected to cut back cell phone costs in recession

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 8:33 pm

    A new survey says millions of Americans expect to cut back on their cell phone costs to save money if the recession continues as expected.
  • Thomson pumps up volume with tools for MP3HD lossless codec

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 3:19 pm

    Thomson has released software for the creation and playback of a new type of lossless audio files, MP3HD, that it says are compatible with existing MP3 players.
  • Review

    First Look: The New Mobile Firefox Browser

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 3:00 pm

    Mozilla Wednesday put out its first beta release of Fennec, the mobile version of its Firefox browser. I took a quick look at Firefox's little sibling, and I have to say Fennec is a very impressive and easy to use browser that maximizes your small screen space.
  • Google makes a play for NCAA March Madness fans

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    With the first round of the men's Division I NCAA basketball championship underway, Google Inc. is making a March Madness play of its own.
  • iPhone Apps That Will Soon Be Obsolete

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 11:38 am

    The 3.0 iPhone software update Apple announced earlier this week is set to bring more than 100 new features. But the free update will also make obsolete many paid applications in the App Store, including ones that are in high demand now.
  • Cisco buying Flip video camera maker for $590 million

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 11:31 am

    Cisco Thursday announced its intent to acquire privately held Pure Digital Technologies, creator of the Flip video camcorder.
  • Hidden iPhone Tethering Feature Exposed

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 11:26 am

    Months before the iPhone OS 3.0 is released to the masses, one entrepreneurial developer has managed to crack into the phone's Internet tethering capabilities.
  • Fax a Few for Free

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 10:22 am

    I'm not a big fax fan, but many businesses still live and breathe faxing. Some of this is tradition, along with the mistaken notion that faxes provide the only way to electronically send signed documents (no longer true). But, if your customer wants a fax, you need to send them a fax. MyFax, one of the leading Web faxing companies, now makes that easy with MyFax Free.

  • Sony eBook Store to offer classic books digitized by Google

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 9:21 am

    Sony Reader owners can now download classic books from Google Book Search and install them on their e-readers with a few clicks.
  • Dell's Adamo marketing: Through the looking glass

    Posted March 18, 2009 - 8:15 pm

    Uh ... wait what are all those models supposed to be ... doing ... DO NOT WANT
  • What iPhone 3.0 means to you

    Posted March 18, 2009 - 5:00 pm

    iPhone 3.0 has too much to offer to cover in just one FAQ; this story will play out for months, just like last year's iPhone 2.0. But we wanted answers to a few questions right away. So here goes:
  • Mobile Firefox aka Fennec hits beta

    Posted March 18, 2009 - 4:53 pm

    Mozilla posts the first beta release of Fennec, its mobile version of the Firefox Web browser.
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