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  • Garmin-Asus to release low-cost Eee Phone this year

    Posted February 12, 2009 - 10:35 am

    The Eee Phone, a smartphone that takes its name from popular computer products by Asustek Computer (Asus) including the Eee PC netbook line, will be among the early handsets released by the new Garmin-Asus mobile phone business the two companies announced last week.
  • RIM says BlackBerry subscriptions soaring

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 9:29 pm

    RIM said Wednesday that BlackBerry subscriptions are soaring, though quarterly profit may be at the lower end of prior guidance.
  • Amazon Kindle's impact on book sales?

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 8:41 pm

    Owning a Kindle might mean I'm going to buy fewer books. Here's why, and what it means for Amazon.
  • Fun with rumors: Ion-based Apple flat-screen TV imminent

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 7:14 pm

    And Mac blogger to go insane with rage! News at 11!
  • Video

    It's Not Your &#%*@$ Computer!

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    If the company provides the computer, the company owns the computer and has the sole right to decide how the employee uses that computer and what software can be loaded. Locking down Windows-based systems stop a wide variety of security problems.
  • MIT guitar combines acoustics and electronics

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 1:02 pm

    MIT student combines acoustics and electronics to create Chameleon Guitar.
  • How to make iPhone ringtones with iTunes for free

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 12:59 pm

    iTunes has everything you need to create your own custom iPhone ringtones from music you already own -- for free.
  • Six Reasons You Won't Want a Kindle for Business

    Posted February 10, 2009 - 10:21 pm

    With proper respect for the views of fellow PCW blogger Zack Stern, none of his six reasons why I am supposed to spend US$359 on an ebook reader really impressed me
  • Will the iPhone Kill the Kindle? No Way.

    Posted February 10, 2009 - 12:26 pm

    It's no secret that I've been a convert to the Amazon Kindle for more than a year now. And now that Amazon has announced its second generation of the Kindle, I'm even more impressed with the device than I was before. But some misguided souls, like my colleague Rick Broida, are throwing down the gauntlet on my favorite eBook reader, saying it's no match for that little all-in-one wonder from Apple, the iPhone. Here's why they're wrong.
  • Five Reasons the iPhone Trumps the Kindle

    Posted February 10, 2009 - 10:40 am

    I'm an e-book fan from way back. Ever since my trusty Pilot 5000 rescued me from terminal boredom on a seemingly endless train ride, I've made sure to keep my current pocket companion (be it PDA or smartphone) stocked with a good book or two. And I've never had a better e-book experience than with the iPhone.
  • Review

    Hands-On With the Amazon Kindle 2

    Posted February 10, 2009 - 10:30 am

    Critical design changes make the Amazon Kindle 2 more appealing than the preceding model--but while Amazon has succeeded in enhancing its e-book reader, it has done little to advance the device to the next stage.
  • 6 Reasons You'll Want a Kindle 2 for Business

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 5:29 pm

    The pomp from the Kindle 2 launch Monday morning has begun to fade but the circumstance is clearer than ever; the Kindle 2 is a must-have business accessory. Amazon's new version of the eBook reader adds even more killer features than a Stephen King story. These are the top six why you should click that pre-order button for the $359 device.
  • Bargain Monday: $99 BlackBerry Storm on Amazon

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 3:37 pm

    Still craving a BlackBerry Storm? This might be the right time to get one. Amazon has lowered the price of the BlackBerry Storm to $99 -- albeit with a few catches.
  • Evernote Takes In Google Notebook Orphans

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    When sticky notes and bookmarks aren't enough, we look for ways to control information. Especially tricky are the infobits that come from everywhere, including the Web, e-mail, and documents we create. One good option for this organizing chore is Evernote. Even better, they have an easy process to import all data you may have in Google Notebook. This isn't just competition, it's continuity. Google will close their Notebook soon, and Evernote gives you a way to keep that your data easily.

  • Amazon unveils lighter, thinner, text-to-speech Kindle

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 12:36 pm CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the Kindle 2 today, a thinner, lighter version of the original e-reader introduced 14 months ago.
  • Five Ways Amazon Could Improve Kindle

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 12:05 pm

    With the second-generation Kindle, Amazon has a chance to really to reshape Kindle and the role it could play in the nascent e-book market. The wish list below considers not only Amazon's need to stay competitive with other e-book readers, but also takes into account the competitive pressures Kindle could face from other mobile devices, like the Apple iPhone 3G and T-Mobile's G1.
  • LG previews Arena flagship cell phone

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 10:16 am

    LG Electronics offered a glimpse on Sunday of its new flagship multimedia cell phone, called Arena, that will debut at next week's Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona.
  • 9 ways to go green and save green

    Posted February 7, 2009 - 10:50 pm

    Going green is all the rage for a lot of reasons. Although some of this green talk is hype, a lot of it is the real deal. There are a number of things that you can do in your business to easily and cheaply jump on the green bandwagon and saving your organization a few dollars at the same time you help reduce your impact on the planet.
  • Leak: Amazon Kindle 2 Pictures and Pricing

    Posted February 7, 2009 - 5:02 pm

    Official-looking pictures and pricing of Amazon's Kindle 2 e-book reader have been leaked on the Internet. The information surfaced on a forum late last night and reveals a thinner Kindle but without the speculated price increase. Amazon is expected to officially announce the Kindle 2 during a press conference on Monday.
  • Windows Mobile online storage beta coming soon

    Posted February 7, 2009 - 4:43 pm

    Microsoft has revealed some details of a forthcoming service that will allow Windows Mobile users to synchronize information between their phone and the Web.
  • Get rich from the iPhone App Store (by getting in a TV ad)

    Posted February 6, 2009 - 3:41 pm

    The long tail is nice and all, but it's nice to have a patron.
  • Google brings Shakespeare and Twain to your iPhone

    Posted February 6, 2009 - 1:43 pm

    Google has adapted its Book Search for the iPhone and its own Android platform.
  • India's low-cost computing device can run office apps

    Posted February 6, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    A low-cost computing device for education purposes, introduced by the Indian government earlier this week, can run the office suite from, besides offering users the ability to browse the Web, a government official said.
  • Microsoft smartphone rumors gain steam

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 9:45 pm

    Microsoft's smartphone launch rumors gain steam again, with an analyst predicting a possible launch in two weeks at the GSMA Mobile World Congress.
  • DTV delay receives mixed reactions

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives' vote Wednesday to delay a national transition from analog to digital television until June may cause a shortage in digital converter boxes and will delay some new wireless services aimed at consumers, some critics said.
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