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  • Taiwan fights recession with gadget show

    Posted February 16, 2009 - 10:03 am

    Taiwan throws a recession PC exhibition to draw shoppers with their government vouchers.
  • Sanyo to expand solar production as market warms

    Posted February 16, 2009 - 9:57 am

    Sanyo Electric plans to expand production of solar cells at two factories in Japan in response to rising global demand for the devices, it said Monday.
  • LG mobile device to include Intel's Moorestown chips

    Posted February 16, 2009 - 9:54 am

    LG is planning to announce an MID with Intel's upcoming Moorestown mobile platform.
  • HTC unveils updated iPhone 3G rival and Touch Pro2

    Posted February 16, 2009 - 9:51 am

    HTC unveiled two stunning new versions in its Touch line of smartphones with touchscreens, the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2.
  • Digital TV Switch Coming Tuesday For Many, Despite Delay

    Posted February 15, 2009 - 11:30 am

    Hundreds of broadcast stations will switch to digital on the original Feb. 17 deadline. That means millions of Americans with analog TVs may see only snow on their favorite channels come Tuesday. Nearly 500 stations say they intend to switch to digital broadcasts that day, despite a recent Congressional vote to delay the transition until June 12.
  • Two major TV manufacturers drop plasma even as sales boom

    Posted February 15, 2009 - 11:25 am

    Two TV manufacturers, representing both ends of the price spectrum, have dropped out of the gas plasma TV business.
  • Google opens Android store to paid apps

    Posted February 13, 2009 - 4:00 pm

    Developers of Android applications finally will be able to charge consumers for them, ending a few months of free Android downloads and potentially making Google's mobile platform more attractive to developers.
  • Windows 7 Nonsense Gets Sillier

    Posted February 13, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Various writers and bloggers are all atwitter about Microsoft's new “guidance on Windows deployments for business customers,” a blog from a member of the Windows Product Management team. Amazingly, after sympathizing with customers worried about budgets and upgrading PCs and software, the advice from this Microsoft blog is: send us more money NOW!

  • LG, Samsung develop solar-powered cell phones

    Posted February 13, 2009 - 10:30 am

    LG and Samsung will both unveil next week cell phones that you definitively won't want to keep in your pocket. They have developed prototype handsets that are recharged by solar panels built into the case.
  • 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.

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