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  • Apple should reset all App Store reviews

    Posted September 30, 2008 - 1:07 pm

    I'm both disappointed and surprised that it took Apple two months to implement a system that actually connects comments with valid customer accounts--and imparts, on some level, a responsibility for conscientious reviews to the App Store users. But that doesn't change that as it stands today, the App Store is littered with the graffiti of pretenders, complainers and miscreants alike.
  • Small gestures: Talking to tomorrow's tech

    Posted September 30, 2008 - 11:28 am

    The Wii's success is truly phenomenal. All but dead in the console race three years ago, Nintendo is now leaving Sony and Microsoft in the dust. The biggest reason, aside from its low price: its easily mastered, gesture-based interface.
  • App Store customer reviews now require purchase

    Posted September 29, 2008 - 2:25 pm

    One small step for the App Store, one giant le -- er, actually just that small step. With myriad concerns about the App Store surfacing, Apple has decided to actually make some changes. Well, a change, anyway.
  • Free BlackBerry apps: Five can't-miss downloads

    Posted September 29, 2008 - 10:12 am

    BlackBerry users have no shortage of free applications for their smartphones. A Google search for the terms "Free BlackBerry Apps" turns up pages and pages of possibilities. But who wants to sift through all the garbage to find the good stuff? Lucky for you, we already weeded through the pile to identify the software that's worth installing and using.
  • Report: Nintendo to launch new DS with camera, music player

    Posted September 28, 2008 - 8:07 pm

    Nintendo plans to launch a new version of its popular DS portable gaming device with a camera and music player function, according to a report in the Sunday edition of The Nikkei Business Daily.
  • Apple selling unlocked iPhone 3G in Hong Kong

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 10:26 am

    Apple is selling the iPhone 3G on its Apple Store Web site in Hong Kong, promising the phones "can be activated with any wireless carrier."
  • T-Mobile lifts 1G-byte limit on Android phone

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 2:22 pm

    T-Mobile is backpedaling on the limit it placed on the so-called unlimited data plan that will accompany its Android phone, but the operator isn't saying exactly what the new terms will be.
  • Android challenge: Getting users to use the hardware

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 9:58 am

    Google's Rich Miner has identified one of the biggest problems facing mobile phone carriers, manufacturers, and developers: The hardware on the current generation of phones is not being used by many customers.
  • Apple Macbook rumors on the brink of madness

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 9:52 pm

    In the absence of hard data, Mac fans turn to rumors, and rumor of rumors, and silly graphics that feed more rumors. When will the Macbooks actually arrive, and put an end to the insanity?
  • What Do You Want?

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 7:58 pm

    I'm conducting some research about what Internet visitors want from a website owner. There are 3 quick drop down selections for classification purposes and then 3 text boxes for you to tell us what you want, what you're frustrated with, and you need.
  • 10 great WiFi gadgets for work and play

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 3:14 pm

    You've done the hard work of optimizing your WiFi network, and it reliably beams high-speed data to every nook and cranny of your home or office. Now, it's time to take it to the next level by connecting more than just computers.
  • Mini-laptop mania, Part 1

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 3:04 pm

    Mini-laptops, also known as "netbooks," "mobile Internet devices" and my favorite, "laptots," have become hot sellers since Asus introduced its first Eee PC last fall. This week: some background on the mini-laptop phenomenon and a guide to currently available models. Next week: the pros and cons of mini-notebooks.
  • Sony Ericsson launches unlimited music service

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 11:45 am

    Sony Ericsson's new music download service will let users access an unlimited amount of music for a fixed monthly rate, but only if you have the right operator.
  • Net-enabled toaster officially world's most pointless object

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 11:25 am

    Have you ever wanted to download a graphic or short text clip from the Internet and burn it onto a piece of toast? Of course you haven't, because that's the most moronic thing that you or anyone else has ever heard of.
  • Google and HTC spent 3 years on Android, handsets

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 9:27 am

    Engineers from Google and HTC spent three years developing Android software and handsets before the launch of the G1 by T-Mobile on Tuesday, an executive from HTC said.

  • Review

    Hands on with HTC's Google phone

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 9:24 am

    T-Mobile, Google and HTC unveiled the highly anticipated Android phone in New York on Tuesday, and I got a chance to try out the new handset at HTC's office in Taipei.
  • Blu-Ray hits the skids, numbers continue to decline

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 9:58 pm

    One of the driving forces behind Sony's plan for the PS3, Blu-Ray, is showing signs of decline.
  • T-Mobile, Google and HTC introduce first Android phone

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 8:09 pm

    The first Android phone looks a lot like the fuzzy pictures that have surfaced online for months, with a touch screen similar to the iPhone and a full slide-out keyboard.

  • Android is about advertising, not the enterprise

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 4:00 pm

    Even though three companies hosted the launch event and the software is backed by a consortium, the introduction of the first Android phone made it very clear that Android is about one company: Google.
  • Study: A third of execs prefer BlackBerrys to spouses

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 11:49 am

    A survey of 6,500 traveling executives revealed some alarming statistics about the close relationships we have with soulless, inanimate pieces of computer hardware.
  • SanDisk and record companies launch flash memory with music

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 12:08 pm

    Record companies are scrambling to find new ways to distribute music in the face of declining music sales. The latest is slotMusic, a microSD card containing music in MP3 format without DRM (digital rights management), playable on pocket devices such as mobile phones.
  • Mac BlackBerry users rejoice: RIM promises new Mac tools

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 10:24 am

    Macintosh users and BlackBerry users have much in common; they can be fanatical about their favored hardware (and we do mean that in a good way). But it has been difficult to be a devotee of both, because the Mac support from Research in Motion (RIM) has been lackluster. For years, RIM BlackBerry users with Macintosh computers have complained about the lack of Mac-compatible BlackBerry tools. But that's all going to change within the coming year.
  • Review

    BlackBerry Desktop Manager v. Missing Sync

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 10:00 am

    Last week, we compared the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software with PocketMac, a free desktop management solution for BlackBerry users with Apple computers. Today, we're lining up BlackBerry Desktop Manager and Missing Sync, a $39.99 piece of Mac software from Mark/Space ($49.99 for CD ROM version), to see how the two measure up.
  • Android launch: don't expect iPhone-like lines

    Posted September 19, 2008 - 4:08 pm

    Tuesday marks the long-awaited introduction of the first phone running Google's Android software, but some experts warn phone users not to get their hopes up too high.
  • Pros and cons: Before you buy a BlackBerry Bold

    Posted September 19, 2008 - 2:55 pm

    With interest in Apple’s iPhone 3G continuing to rise among enterprise users, RIM has tried to answer the call with its newly released BlackBerry Bold 9000 smartphone. And while the Bold may not be a game changer for RIM, analysts agree the BlackBerry maker has released another solid entry to its enterprise-focused 8800 series.
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