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  • Video

    Remove PC User Rights, Reduce Windows Bugs

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    When Windows users sign on as a user, not Administrator, your security improves greatly. Remember the company, not the user, owns the computer and decides how it's used.
  • House approves DTV delay until June

    Posted February 4, 2009 - 6:21 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to delay a transition to all-digital television broadcasts until June 12, in an effort to prevent millions of residents from losing their TV signals.
  • Review

    BlackBerry gets thin with the 8900

    Posted February 4, 2009 - 4:32 pm

    The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is RIM's newest, thinnest, and lightest Blackberry, but it doesn't feel like anything was compromised -- the screen is still big enough and the trackball navigation is the same as other devices.
  • New Garmin-Asus smartphones to take many OSs

    Posted February 4, 2009 - 11:03 am

    The new Garmin-Asus smartphone venture will work with multiple OSs, including Microsoft, Linux and Android.
  • Paris appeals court confirms no iPhone exclusive for Orange

    Posted February 4, 2009 - 10:56 am

    Apple may not give mobile phone operator Orange exclusive rights to distribute the iPhone in France, the Paris Court of Appeals confirmed Wednesday
  • Google offers tool to let you track your friends' movements

    Posted February 4, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Not content with indexing the world's information, Google is now tracking where users of its maps service are, and making that location data searchable by others.
  • How to Transfer Blackberry Contacts to an iPhone

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 10:36 pm

    Here's how to transfer contacts from a Blackberry to an iPhone.
  • T-Mobile issues firmware update for G1, adds voice search

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 9:18 pm

    T-Mobile began pushing out an update that adds a couple of new features and fixes some glitches in the G1, its phone that runs Google's Android software.
  • Forget Desktops – Go Laptops or Workstations

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 12:53 pm

    Even the most conservative technology research firms now admit more laptops than desktops are sold each year. Add in the popularity of three-pound netbooks (should we call those laptoplets?) and the spread between desktop and laptop will increase to the laptop's favor. Add in the lower power requirements for laptops and you can call yourself green for avoiding desktops. But what about those who need serious computing power? Buy those people workstations, not desktops.
  • Motorola reports $3.6B loss as phone sales fall by half

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 10:17 am

    Motorola reported a net loss of $3.6 billion for the fourth quarter, attributing much of it to tax charges and goodwill write-downs.
  • Obama still won't say whether he's using a BlackBerry

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    The mystery continues. President Barack Obama said in a television interview broadcast Monday he has a very secure handheld device, but he would not divulge whether or not he's still using his coveted BlackBerry.
  • Flash on iPhone Hopes Dashed

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Adobe has confirmed that Flash capabilities won't be coming to the iPhone anytime soon.
  • Free BlackBerry Downloads: 5 (More) Essential Apps

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 10:31 am

    A handful of new apps that promise to vastly improve your BlackBerry's audio experience, help you rapidly browse the Web, manage your online DVD mailing account, find just about anything from anywhere, and even grab screen captures of your device's display without the need for a PC.
  • How to burn movie or AVI video to a playable DVD

    Posted February 1, 2009 - 10:19 pm

    Many friends ask me how to burn a playable DVD with the movie or video that downloaded from YouTube, Torrent, TV Shows or DVD Rip, etc, so I wrote a step by step guide to share my experience in a few simple steps, here's how to burn almost any video file on your computer to a playable DVD.
  • Dell may be planning smartphone

    Posted January 30, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Dell is researching building a smartphone, which would likely run either the Windows Mobile or Android OS. The company may even unveil its efforts at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.
  • Microsoft patent makes smartphones more like PCs

    Posted January 30, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    Patented Microsoft technology allows smartphones to connect to peripherals and networks the way PCs do.
  • Chairman: FCC has no coherent plan for DTV

    Posted January 30, 2009 - 4:21 pm

    The U.S. will have significant problems switching from analog to digital TV if the transition goes forward as scheduled on Feb. 17, the recently appointed acting chairman of the FCC said Friday.
  • Apple's iPhone dominates mobile-phone gaming downloads

    Posted January 30, 2009 - 1:20 pm

    The iPhone is, by far, the most popular mobile-phone gaming platform in the U.S. Out of the top ten phones used for downloading games four are iPhones.
  • Blackberry Storm's components cost more than iPhone 3G's

    Posted January 29, 2009 - 9:14 pm

    RIM's Blackberry Storm--it of the clickable touchscreen--was touted as a potential rival to the iPhone when it debuted late last year. Interesting thing, though: when iSuppli took apart the Storm, they discovered that its component costs are actually not only more than the price of the very device at your local Verizon store, but more than the comparable cost of the iPhone as well.
  • Digital Gear: A new dimension to 3D

    Posted January 29, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    3D has come a long way since its introduction in movies decades ago. Sharper images and deeper resolutions have made 3D TVs colorful. 3D glasses have gotten sleek and expensive. And 3D technology has also made its way to webcams, binoculars and video games.
  • Nokia phones get better camera, faster Internet access

    Posted January 29, 2009 - 12:06 pm

    Nokia has launched three new mid- and low-tier phones; continuing to push more advanced features down the price curve.
  • iPhone apps round-up: The sporting life

    Posted January 29, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Several new additions to the App Store promise to see sports fans through the post-Super Bowl barren stretch with an oasis of information about their favorite sports and teams.
  • Nintendo DS software device back on sale in Akihabara

    Posted January 29, 2009 - 10:29 am

    The R4 Revolution device that allows users to play cloned Nintendo DS software is back on sale in Akihabara after legal action designed to stop sales.
  • Digital TV delay hits bump in road

    Posted January 28, 2009 - 8:55 pm

    The House failed to pass a bill that would delay the transition to digital TV, but another vote could happen next week.
  • Copy and paste on iPhones (sort of)

    Posted January 28, 2009 - 5:02 pm

    Invariably, when Apple releases a new version of the iPhone's software, users ask this question: "Is copy and paste finally implemented." And, just as invariably, the answer is "No." At least, as far as Apple is concerned, the answer remains no. But those who've jailbroken their iPhones can now reply, "Yes, sort of."
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