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TECH BUZZ

Innovation vs. Magic: Why Apple and Microsoft Need James Bond

After seeing the new Microsoft offerings, Steve Wozniak recently lamented that Microsoft is now out innovating Apple. Wozniak is the surviving founder of Apple, and his perspective clearly is important, but he was the guy who got the product to work. It was the other Steve who was largely responsib...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

The Honan Affair and the Cloud’s Dark Lining

The attack last week on journalist Mat Honan's iCloud account has the potential to strip the silver lining from the cybernimbus. Honan had his digital life destroyed when hackers, in a convoluted effort to hijack his Twitter account, ended up trashing everything connected to his Apple iCloud account...

OPINION

Will the Tablet Follow the PC Path or the iPod Way?

There is this debate going on in the analyst community with most arguing that the tablet market is like the PC market was, and Apple will once again be overwhelmed -- in this case largely by Google and Android. But a few of us, mostly me, are arguing that it is behaving much more like the iPod mark...

PRODUCT REVIEW

Easeus Partition Master: A Steady Tool for a Shaky Job

Messing around with the hard drive's structure is high on my list of the most unpleasant things to do with a computer. However, my basic do-it-myself credo is to never pay a computer shop guy to do what I can handle myself. My corollary to that philosophy is to never pay for software you can get for...

Intel Draws Outline for Speedy Next-Gen USB

Intel has announced revised details for next-generation USB 3.0 technology, dubbed "SuperSpeed." The updated draft specifications for USB 3.0 software and hardware interface provide a standardized method for USB 3.0 controllers to communicate with SuperSpeed USB software. The specifications give man...

ANALYSIS

Expanding Consumers’ Digital Closet Space

Consumers have embraced digital media, primarily content such as music, photos and video. They generate their own content, transfer their analog data to digital formats, and download media from the Internet. The percentage of U.S. households with platforms for image and video capture, as well as mus...

New Security Suite Blocks Data Diversion

Perhaps like no other industry before it, the IT industry has come to thrive on continuous innovation coupled with rapid and widespread product introduction. In the competitive -- at times mad -- rush to be first or early to market key things are sometimes overlooked. When it comes to security, it i...

New External Hard Drives Seek to Simplify Storage Syncing

Fabrik, a provider of storage and online content-sharing solutions, announced the expansion of its family of Simple Tech SimpleDrive desktop hard drives with the addition of a new line of external storage devices. The drives boast up to 1 terabyte of storage and also include 2 GB of free online stor...

PRODUCT REVIEW

Fast Processor ‘Heart’ Enlivens New Apple MacBook

When Apple introduces a new version of a product, it's usually undertaken with some buzz-inducing design flair that fires up the imagination and whets the appetite for consumption. That's not the case with its new MacBook offerings. Instead of fiddling with the good looks of the MacBook, the 1 Infin...

PRODUCT REVIEW

A Notebook that Mixes Pleasure with Business

If you're looking for a laptop, you couldn't have picked a better time. New models seem to be appearing on a weekly basis, each with its own mix of features to entice buyers. Gateway, for instance, has introduced its M680 series, which packs power into a thin, yet full-sized package. Sharp, with its...

PRODUCT REVIEW

Sony Breaks Size Barrier with New Camcorder

How small can a full-feature consumer camcorder get? Sony is certainly pushing the limits with its latest entry in its digital Handycam family of products. The new unit, the DCR-PC55, not only fits in the palm of your hand, but you can practically hide it there. At 1.1-by-4.0-by-2.9 inches, it's sma...

PRODUCT REVIEW

Apple Mini: Little Box of Wonders

The thinking inside the box for producing a personal computer for users with shallow pockets is to start subtracting features from a more expensive model until you reach the price point you want, then toss the works into the same dull cabinet as the pricier offering. Apple has shown over the years t...

Apple Introduces Upgraded iPod

Apple Computer on Monday introduced an upgraded version of its popular iPod digital music player, adding more features and lowering the price in a bid to ward off competition from the likes of Sony. Apple said the new model iPod features up to 12 hours of battery life, compared with 8 hours on the p...

CONFERENCE REPORT

Apple CEO Jobs Trumpets New iLife, iPods

In his latest Macworld keynote, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced a music-creation program called GarageBand, which Jobs described as a pro music tool for everyone, and a 4-GB mini iPod that sports sherbet colors. Perhaps most impressive is the Mini iPod's size: It is approximately as big as a busi...

Apple Ships Low-Cost G4 iBooks

Apple has released new iBooks that feature PowerPC G4 processors. The new notebook computers offer wireless connectivity with AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth, and all models include 256 MB DDR memory and slot-load combination drives for burning CDs and watching DVDs. The new iBooks also ship with Appl...

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