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  • After abandoning iTunes, NBC shows up on Zune

    Posted May 6, 2008 - 10:58 am

    After a pricing spat with NBC to pull its video content from iTunes, the broadcaster has struck a deal with Microsoft's Zune online store.
  • Vodafone and Telecom Italia to sell iPhone in Italy

    Posted May 6, 2008 - 9:49 am

    Vodafone will sell Apple's iPhone in ten countries including Italy from later this year, while Telecom Italia will also sell the phone in Italy, the companies said in separate announcements Tuesday.
  • Infogrames to buy rest of Atari for $11 million

    Posted May 1, 2008 - 10:12 am

    Infogrames Entertainment plans to buy the rest of beleaguered video games pioneer Atari for US$11 million, the companies said Wednesday.
  • Report: AT&T will subsidize iPhone price by $200

    Posted April 30, 2008 - 8:50 pm

    AT&T will subsidize US$200 of the purchase price for new iPhones this summer, according to a story posted by Fortune Wednesday, reducing consumers' out-of-pocket expense for the popular device to as low as $199.
  • Sony, Samsung launch new Blu-ray Disc products

    Posted April 29, 2008 - 9:27 am

    Sony and Samsung, two of the biggest backers of the Blu-ray Disc format during its battle with rival HD DVD, are releasing new Blu-ray Disc products with the anticipation that consumers are finally ready to start upgrading to high-definition video discs.
  • Check Point adds VPN access for iPhone

    Posted April 28, 2008 - 8:53 pm

    Check Point Software Technologies on Monday announced support for the iPhone through its VPN-1 product, a Virtual Private Networking (VPN) software tool.
  • 3G iPhone due on June 9, analysts say

    Posted April 24, 2008 - 9:11 pm

    The 3G iPhone will be announced June 9, the likely date of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, analysts said in research notes on Thursday.
  • Blu-ray is a waste of my time (and yours)

    Posted April 24, 2008 - 10:41 am

    Right now, Blu-ray is a waste of money and destined to fail unless things change drastically in the next year. If things don't change, DVD will have claimed another victory.
  • Earth Day frenzy raises hardware recycling questions

    Posted April 23, 2008 - 11:39 am

    On a day when companies are promoting their green efforts as part of Earth Day, a nonprofit has accused some organizations of causing more environmental damage in the name of recycling electronic equipment.
  • Seagate ships one-billionth hard drive

    Posted April 22, 2008 - 5:17 pm

    Seagate announced Tuesday that it has shipped 1 billion hard drives since pioneering an industry that shows no signs of slowing down 29 years later.
  • Linux expanding into mid-range phones

    Posted April 22, 2008 - 2:35 pm

    Linux is expanding its influence outside of the world of smartphones, and is poised to take a significant share of the mid-range mobile phone market as well, according to a new study from ABI Research.
  • Samsung's last 'Ultra edition' handset goes on sale

    Posted April 22, 2008 - 12:57 pm

    The latest and final handset in Samsung's Ultra edition range of cell phones goes on sale in the U.K., France and Germany this week and will be available in most other GSM markets by the end of May, the phone maker said Monday.
  • Sony delays PlayStation Home again

    Posted April 22, 2008 - 9:30 am

    The delayed PlayStation Home community online service for the PlayStation 3 console is to be delayed again, Sony Computer Entertainment said Tuesday.
  • Which religion has the best cell phone?

    Posted April 18, 2008 - 9:56 am

    Religious devotees around the world enjoy expressing their faith with customized cell phones, which may play religious ringtones, carry scripture or provide guidance, content filtering and other services specific to each religion. These phones are customized and marketed directly to religious communities in various parts of the world. But which of the world's great religions - Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism (listed in order of size) - has the best cell phone?
  • Nokia sales up 28 percent, but analysts are disappointed

    Posted April 17, 2008 - 11:04 am

    Nokia Thursday reported net income of €1.22 billion, missing analysts' expectations of €1.39 billion for the first quarter. The Finnish phone giant also had a bleaker than expected outlook.
  • Out with the old, in with the recycled for Sony TVs

    Posted April 16, 2008 - 10:06 am

    Consider it a blast from the past: Sony's latest sleek Bravia flat-panel TVs now contain plastic components partially recycled from old television sets.
  • Samsung, partners push mobile TV

    Posted April 14, 2008 - 5:11 pm

    Samsung Electronics and several other vendors at the National Association of Broadcasters show this week are demonstrating a pending mobile TV broadcasting standard that had been forecast for completion last year.
  • 5 gadgets that make you seem artistic

    Posted April 14, 2008 - 4:08 pm

    In this modern age of techno toys, it's easy to get in touch with your inner artist. If you're itching to create sublime, meaningful works of art -- or at least something with a beat you can dance to -- here are five gadgets worth a look.
  • Apple and Sony are the only brands that matter

    Posted April 11, 2008 - 2:39 pm

    the store to figure out if we want them or not.

  • Retailers fined for breaking DTV transition rules

    Posted April 11, 2008 - 10:50 am

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has handed out more than US$6.6 million in fines to 11 retailers and television manufacturers, accusing the companies of violating its rules for the U.S. transition to all-digital broadcasts in early 2009.
  • IPhone has hurt Palm, BlackBerry

    Posted April 10, 2008 - 2:09 pm

    Palm is facing deep challenges to compete with Apple's iPhone, while Research In Motion's BlackBerry also seems set to lose market share to the device, at least in the consumer market, an analyst reports.
  • April's coolest gadgets

    Posted April 10, 2008 - 11:44 am

    The month has been notable not just for some of the cool new products that will be hitting store shelves soon but for a few interesting prototype products. Four PC makers offered a glimpse of their upcoming Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs); Toshiba debuted the ApriPoco robot remote control; and NTT took relaxation to another level with a fragrance communications system.
  • iPhone price cut to €99 in Germany

    Posted April 4, 2008 - 9:23 am

    Germans can now get an iPhone for just €99 (US$155), a big departure for the Apple phone which hasn't been subsidized by operators before. It will also fan the flames of rumors about an imminent new 3G model.
  • Violent video games make people more relaxed

    Posted April 3, 2008 - 4:35 pm

    Holy irony, Batman! New research by Develop Magazine found that a sampling of 292 World of Warcraft players, ages 12-83 years, were more likely to feel calm or tired after playing a round of the popular online game.
  • AT&T jumps on board with Android

    Posted April 3, 2008 - 2:46 pm

    AT&T plans to sell phones based on Google's Android operating system, after being assured by the search giant that it won't be forced to offer all-Google applications, the operator's chief executive said on Wednesday.

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