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  • For Me? The Best Holiday Gifts From You to Yourself

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:21 pm

    Just being you may be gift enough, but surely there are times when it isn't as easy as it looks. So show your appreciation during the gift-giving season by surprising yourself with one of these great presents. Remember, when you're buying for yourself, the thought isn't what counts!
  • Report: iTunes Goes DRM-Free...Today?

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 3:37 pm

    Will we be seeing DRM-free music on iTunes? That's the latest rumor from French site Electronlibre, which says tunes from Sony-BMG, Warner, and Universal Music will be sold without copy protection.
  • Our favorite iPod accessories of 2008

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 3:35 pm

    The companies who've populated the iPod ecosystem with speakers, headphones, cases, and other accessories continued to produce fine accessories all year long deserve a little attention. Here are 11 accessories that made the grade this year.
  • Acer's Yuletide Special: A $99 Netbook

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 3:17 pm

    A leaked flyer shows that from December 14-December 20, RadioShack will be offering an Acer Aspire One for just $99.99 if you sign up for a two-year data contract worth $60 or more from AT&T, according to Endgadget.
  • Walmart unleashing "thousands" of Wiis online

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 3:01 pm

    Remember when it was hard to find a Wii? You know, like just yesterday? Walmart feels your pain, and they've got the cure: "Tens of thousands" of Nintendo Wii consoles on sale through the retailer's official website, starting today.
  • Reports: Wal-Mart to sell iPhone with $2 price drop

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 12:02 pm

    Wal-Mart will reportedly become the second major retail chain - after Best Buy - to sell Apple's iPhone. The iPhone 3G will be sold for $197 for the 8GB version, a whopping $2 cheaper than in AT&T and Apple stores.
  • Eight easy steps to iPhone security

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 11:48 am

    Your iPhone has built-in mechanisms that, if used as documented, will reasonably protect your phone and the information it contains. If the phone gets swiped, pillaged, or vandalized, it's your fault. Here are eight uncommon things you can do to steer the odds in your favor.
  • Why does everyone hate Macworld Expo?

    Posted December 7, 2008 - 6:10 pm

    Folks are pulling out!
  • Intel hopes to bring free energy to mobile devices

    Posted December 6, 2008 - 10:01 pm

    Intel on Friday said it is researching technology to harvest free energy from the environment, which could lead to devices such as mobile phones running for indefinite periods without recharging.
  • Verizon Releases BlackBerry Storm Firmware Upgrade

    Posted December 6, 2008 - 9:55 pm

    Verizon Wireless has released a firmware update for its Research in Motion BlackBerry Storm device. The update is now available via the phone's Desktop Software Manager.
  • Come See Me In Portland

    Posted December 5, 2008 - 5:11 pm

    I told you about my appearance at the first ITEC show of the season, so let me balance it out telling you about the last show this year. I'll be giving the keynote speech next Wednesday morning, December 10th, at the ITEC Portland conference. The pre-speech music starts at 8:45 AM, and the fun starts at 9:15 AM. Come see the (free) speech at the (free) conference. Admission? Free!
  • A Really Useful Personal Data Storage Gift Idea

    Posted December 5, 2008 - 12:42 pm

    eWeek put out a slide show last week on “personal data storage gift ideas.” This was a thinly disguised ad for a variety of USB-based backup hard drives. At first I was going to link to the story, but decided to instead highlight some really useful backup gifts. A USB drive for backing up your files is better than nothing, but not good enough. Giving a year of online backup service will provide much better protection for your friend or family member.
  • Gift guide: Tech gifts for the budget-conscious

    Posted December 5, 2008 - 11:20 am

    Economic meltdown and financial crisis are not phrases you want to hear as you ponder your holiday shopping. But it is possible to find tech-related gifts on a recession-minded budget, be they handy, entertaining or irreverent.
  • Forget about getting a Kindle for Christmas

    Posted December 5, 2008 - 10:38 am

    Unless your special gift giver happens to be an early shopper -- a very early shopper -- you won't be getting a Kindle for Christmas.
  • Review

    iPhone holiday apps

    Posted December 4, 2008 - 3:09 pm

    The App Store is offering a fair amount of cheer for those needing a little Christmas right this minute at prices befitting a more austere Yuletide. Here is a round up of some of the better holiday applications for the iPhone and iPod touch
  • Get Syncy With IT

    Posted December 4, 2008 - 1:25 pm

    PC file synchronization tools have been around since users needed to sync files on their floppy disks to their new-fangled hard drive. I liked them in theory in the past, but needed them to do something more than sync local files to other local folders. Now, with products like GoodSync and BeInSync that handle local and remote syncing including backup, these tools have really become useful.
  • releases free iPhone app

    Posted December 3, 2008 - 5:42 pm on Tuesday announced the release of an application designed to work on the iPhone and iPod touch. It's available for free download from the App Store.
  • Why techies love games -- and why it's good they do

    Posted December 3, 2008 - 12:07 pm

    Many tech staffers are also hard-core PC gamers. For good reason: In virtual worlds like "World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King" and "Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword," you can show off your awesome mental powers and flex the most feared fingers in the universe. You can hone the problem-solving skills that make you good at IT, take out frustrations from your day-to-day work, and celebrate the technology that you so love.
  • Nokia takes mobile messaging to the masses

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 1:16 pm

    Nokia announced more details about its upcoming Messaging platform, which will add support for mobile e-mail and instant messaging to its phones, at its World 08 conference in Barcelona on Tuesday.
  • Microsoft: Xbox 360 Routs PS3 in Black Friday Sales

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 1:02 pm

    It's a Microsoft press release, so handle with care, but the company's claiming it did more than admirably on Black Friday, it hit the ball out of the park. Not only did the Xbox 360 outsell Sony's PlayStation 3 by three-to-one, says Microsoft, but the 360 managed its best Black Friday sales ever.
  • Nokia heralds N97 as most powerful mobile yet

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 12:50 pm

    Nokia's new flagship phone, the touchscreen N97, features a large memory and advanced location-aware features.
  • Netbooks dominate Cyber Monday on Amazon

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 12:44 pm

    Netbooks dominated the Computers & PC hardware bestsellers list on on Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year.
  • BlackBerry Storm Shortcuts: Touch Screen Tips, Tricks

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 10:45 am

    A bevy of BlackBerry Storm tips and tricks, including new ways to type special characters, fresh scrolling techniques, click-free message searches, precise text navigation, and an easy way to delete multiple messages in one fell swoop.
  • Analysts! What do they know?

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 3:01 am

    That's actually a serious question. What do they know?
  • Hackers port Linux kernel to iPhone

    Posted December 1, 2008 - 3:12 pm

    If you know one thing about Linux users, it's probably this: they enjoy the challenge of installing their operating system of choice on pretty much anything with a transistor in it. So the news that Linux has been ported to the iPhone and the iPod touch shouldn't exactly come as a shock
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