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Thinning Out Your Gadget Hoard

New iPhone? Now, what to do with the old one, and the one before that? Wondering what to do with the old, redundant gear spilling out of drawers, relegating your automobile to the driveway or street? Step 1: Gather it up. Collect all of the household electronics that are no longer being used and p...

TECH TREK

Island Dispute Prompts Violence Against Japan’s Tech Titans

Japanese electronics company Panasonic halted some of its operations in China after protesters -- apparently upset about Japan's claim to disputed islands -- attacked a pair of Panasonic factories. Protests also forced Japanese electronics company Canon to close three of its four Chinese plants. The...

OPINION

‘Act of Valor’ and Google Glasses: The Future of Movies and Reality TV

This weekend, "Act of Valor" opened. It was made on an incredibly low budget -- $13 million -- for a film with massive amounts of live action and the feel of a war movie. Movies like this can easily cost 10x to 50x as much. An amazing combination of technology made this thing possible, and much of ...

Kodak Relies on Patent Rummage Sale to Stave Off Bankruptcy

Kodak, the 131-year-old photographic equipment company that has seen its stock value tumble with the advent of digital imagery, is selling off its patents to avoid a Chapter 11 filing, according to a recent report. The company, once the unequivocal leader for photographic film, helped invent the dig...

OPINION

The Disasters of 2011

If there was ever a year for train wrecks, 2011 was it. It is that time when we look back at the screwy decisions executives made last year, and be thankful that we aren't them. There were a number of career-limiting moves last year that warrant a top spot on my Bozo meter. HP and Cisco are contende...

Sony Looks Into the Mirror to Boost Its DSLR Cred

Sony has announced two new additions to its SLT-A family of cameras: the A77 and A65. They offer 24.3MP effective resolution and have what Sony says is the world's first XGA OLED electronic viewfinder. Both cameras use the translucent mirror technology common to Sony's SLT-A family and offer progres...

EXPERT ADVICE

Good Riddance to Cybersquatters

The current anti-cybersquatting model of preregistering 25,000 domain name combinations to surround a master brand name identity and avoid possible cybersquatting will slowly fade away. Cybersquatting came about due to the original easy access of no-questions-asked, cheap domain name registrations.

Will Camcorders Go the Way of the Pager?

Cisco pulled the plug on its Flip digital video camera earlier this week, putting an end to its line of popular, relatively low-cost dedicated digital video cameras. Up until December, Cisco had invested a lot of time and effort into building up the market for the device. Could Cisco's stunning reve...

OPINION

Goodbye, Hello and WTF?

Last week was a busy week that seemed to be filled with crazy people -- some in a good way, most not so much. The most annoying story was that Cisco is shutting down its half-billion-dollar Flip acquisition after screwing it up. On a positive note, Microsoft surprised us at its MIX conference with W...

PRODUCT REVIEW

Corel’s X3 Photo Editor Paints a Pretty Picture

In the Windows world, photographers looking for an alternative to Adobe Photoshop that will save them cash without skimping on power typically have turned to Corel's PaintShop Photo Pro. The program has consistently kept pace with the evolving needs of shutterbugs over the years and the latest "X3" ...

Frankencamera Could Herald a New Digital Photography Era

There's a pieced-together monster shaking up the campus of Stanford University this fall, and it's named after the legendary, lumbering creature that Halloween nightmares are made of. Rather than parts of human corpses, however, this monster was cobbled together from a Texas Instruments system on a ...

WEEKLY RECAP

How Long Can AT&T Keep Its Beloved Ball and Chain?

Empty pockets and tight budgets are in style this season, but it looks like Apple missed the memo. The company reported an unfashionably prosperous third fiscal quarter, growing its revenue nearly 12 percent year over year to $8.34 billion. Its gross margins shot up to 36.3 percent, compared to last...

WEEKLY RECAP

How Long Can AT&T Keep Its Beloved Ball and Chain?

Empty pockets and tight budgets are in style this season, but it looks like Apple missed the memo. The company reported an unfashionably prosperous third fiscal quarter, growing its revenue nearly 12 percent year over year to $8.34 billion. Its gross margins shot up to 36.3 percent, compared to last...

WEEKLY RECAP

How Long Can AT&T Keep Its Beloved Ball and Chain?

Empty pockets and tight budgets are in style this season, but it looks like Apple missed the memo. The company reported an unfashionably prosperous third fiscal quarter, growing its revenue nearly 12 percent year over year to $8.34 billion. Its gross margins shot up to 36.3 percent, compared to last...

PRODUCT REVIEW

First Impressions: Blah-da Bing

Like many others, I was salivating at the thought of getting my hands on a new, faster search engine, and so I was impatiently waiting for Wednesday when Microsoft was scheduled to unleash Bing on the world. When it made Bing available on Monday instead, I leaped on the application and began running...

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