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Categories: Gadgets

CES: More on the Palm Pre

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 08

After watching the entire walk-through of the new Palm webOS and its implementation on the Pre (pronounced Pree), it’s clear that its designers stole a lot of good ideas from…

CES: Shure Offers Microphones for the Masses

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 08

Shure, which has profited handsomely off the digital music player craze with its headphone lineup, is betting it can squeeze a few more dollars out of Web-connected consumers. The privately…

CES: Wireless Goes Mainstream?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 08

Is wireless the new black for the consumer electronics industry? At the annual Consumer Electronics Show, the number of announcements from various companies certainly point to more uses coming soon…

PC Manufacturers Recall More Sony Batteries

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on October 30

Remember the brouhaha a couple of years ago when Sony took the heat for failing to tell consumers immediately about a problem with its notebook pc batteries? The electronics giants…

Sony Reader e-Book—Third Time’s The Charm?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on October 02

The timing of Amazon’s update to its Kindle e-Book may be uncertain, but for Sony it’s full speed ahead with its Sony Reader. The company on Oct. 2 unveiled its…

Apple Plunges; Is It Cheap Tech’s Time?

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 29

Apple’s stock plunged a rather stunning 18% today, which is all the more amazing since the Dow fell only—only!—7%. Analysts are worried consumers will cut back, and it’s not a…

Mobile World Congress—Take That, Apple!

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on February 11

What’s the big message out of the giant Mobile World Congress cellular trade show in Barcelona this week? If press conferences from Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung are any indication,…

Toshiba Strikes Back in HD DVD/Blu-ray Battle

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 14

Looks like Toshiba isn’t going to give up the high-definition format war without a fight. The only major CE manufacturer supporting HD DVD announced today that it will slash the…

CES Dispatch—Archos Does iTV

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 09

Amid reports that Apple next will be launch a new movie download service in conjunction with a revamped Apple TV, it’s clear from announcements out of the annual Consumer Electronics…

CES Dispatch—Dieting TVs

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 07

Here at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, I’ve been impressed by the number of television makers who are announcing new HDTVs that are so thin that they make Apple’s iPhone…

CES Dispatch—Blu-ray’s Victory?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 07

A very gracious Sir Howard Stringer, CEO of consumer giant Sony Corp., today didn’t want to dwell too much on Blu-ray’s apparent victory over rival high-definition DVD format HD DVD….

CES Dispatch-Panasonic’s Giant-Sized Memory Card

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 06

Panasonic is promising to unveil some exciting hardware and software innovations during the opening keynote Monday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. But in its press conference on the Sunday…

CES Dispatch—The Demo Demons Strike Again

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 06

Seems like consumer electronics companies are finally catching on. A major theme of this year’s annual Consumer Electronics Show is simplifying gadgets for the masses. Unfortunately, the companies trying to…

CES Dispatch—Toshiba’s HD DVD Response

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 06

I’m in Las Vegas, doing the rounds of press conferences that kick off the annual Consumer Electronics Shows. Everyone lined up early for the most-anticipated one—Toshiba Corp.’s. If gadgets could…

A New Era, of Phone Everywhere

Posted by: Olga Kharif on May 09

Consumer electronics manufacturers increasingly believe that people will want to see calling capabilities in every device they touch. DiXCOM just came out with a navigation system that can also make wireless calls. And that’s just the beginning of a call-enabled device explosion.

iGoogle: It’s Your Google

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 30

Google has offered a personalized home page since 2005, but tonight it’s getting a major revamp. For one, it’s getting an uncharacteristically catchy new name, iGoogle. But the most…

Can Intel Save Health Care?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on February 20

The medical industry doesn’t get much credit for being uber-efficient—and with good reason, as most hospitals and clinics have been slow to adopt readily-available technology for basic care. Change could…

Apple’s iPhone Is Misnamed

Posted by: Rob Hof on January 10

And no, I don’t mean because Cisco sued Apple over the name. Amid all the potshots at the iPhone for not having this or that feature of this or…

Celery for old folks?

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 14

Since my column, For Puzzled Seniors Only, appeared, a couple of readers have written me about what they think is a better e-mail solution than the Printing Mailbox from Hewlett-Packard…

IOGEAR: A Self-Cleaning Computer Mouse

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 26

A germs-free computer mouse? IOGEAR just introduced a mouse whose surface effectively cleans itself free of germs.

PS3-Blu-ray Woes Redux

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on September 06

Sony just can’t seem to shake its Blu-ray woes. Now comes official word from the company that the supposed worldwide launch the company confidently predicted in May of PlayStation 3…

Treo 650 or Treo 700w?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 12

I’ve got to say, sometimes this coopetition thing gives me the willies. I’ve been playing with the new Palm Treo 700w for about a week now, and am still finding…

HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on October 13

Is this the best Toshiba could come up with to keep their HD DVD next-generation high-definition DVD standard alive? Movie studios seem to be running away from HD DVD faster…

TiVo Adds Ads

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on July 18

It looks like TiVo is finally making it official. The folks who made it oh so easy to zip through ads now want their 3 million or so customers to…

Target: Apple

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on June 20

Is there really room in the market for yet another digital music player? Stereo maker JVC seems to think so. The company just announced it in July will begin selling…

Hell Froze Over—Again

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on June 06

Call it “Hell Froze Over—The Sequel” Apple just announced the not-so-secret fact that it is dropping IBM’s PowerPC chip architecture and going with Intel beginning next year. First, Steve Jobs…

Who’s The Boss?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on May 30

New Intel Chieftain Paul Otellini is moving quickly to put his money where his mouth is. The chipmaker last week announced two new desktop platforms for businesses and consumers that…

The Little Viewers That Could

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on May 29

Talk about segmenting the market. Kodak is finally getting around to releasing their EasyShare Handheld Picture Viewer, a $150 gizmo that won raves at the Consumer Electronics Show in…

Wash and Dry, Robot Style

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on May 23

So we know the Roomba robotic vacuum is big on wow factor and short on actually cleaning your floor, but what about Scooba? You guessed it, the folks at iRobot…

Apple Loves Intel?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on May 23

Is Steve Jobs finally succumbing to the Dark Side? The Wall Street Journal is reporting Apple is in serious discussions with Intel to use its chips in its Macintosh line….

Sony Runs Circles Around Xbox 360

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on May 17

Did the spider just eat the fly? After seeing new consoles Monday night from Microsoft and Sony, it’s clear Sony couldn’t have been happier that their Redmond (Wash.) nemesis jumped…

Xbox vs. Sony

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on May 13

OK, so now we know pretty much what Xbox 360 will do when we rush to get our mitts on it in November, thanks to Microsoft’s 30-minute infomercial on MTV…

Texas Instruments’ DLP Cinema

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on May 13

Went to the San Francisco premiere of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith last night It was cool watching everyone’s favorite Sith Lord strut finally strut…


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