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Sylvania Netbook With Ubuntu: A Good Mix

Given the many options out there, someone in the market for a portable computer may have a hard time deciding whether to go with an ultra-small netbook or a small-but-not-THAT-small notebook computer. If you want a netbook, you've got another choice ahead of you: Would you like that with Linux or Wi...

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Linux: Showing Up in the Strangest of Places

OK. You've heard of Linux. It's another operating system for a computer. But why use it when you can choose between Windows and Macs? Unless you run business-class servers, Linux isn't really something consumers really need to hear about, right? Well, if that's what you think Linux is, you couldn't ...

Game Consoles, Part 4: A Window on the Wii

The success of Nintendo's Wii gaming system came as something a surprise to almost everyone. Hardcore gamers wrote it off as a lightweight contender, best suited for small children, and without any true HD graphics capability, how could it compete? But compete it has, despite a list of hurdles. Desp...

Game Consoles, Part 3: A Peek at the PS3

In the United States, there are approximately twice as many Xbox 360s in play as Sony's PlayStation 3 -- 14 million for the Xbox compared to almost 7 million for the PS3. This figure, however, doesn't tell the whole story: If you look worldwide, both consoles gain about 10 million units sold, which ...

RadioShack Netbook Deal Takes Page From Cell Phone Playbook

The burgeoning netbook market appears to be learning a lesson from the cell phone market: Shave the cost of acquisition from a mobile device by bundling it with a multi-year service contract. Case in point: RadioShack is now offering the Acer Aspire One netbook for US$99.99 with a two-year AT&T ...

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Android Emancipation and the Sweet Smell of WiFi: The Week in Tech

If you want a G1 Android phone but you can't bear the thought of using a carrier with pink logo, help is on the way. You can now get a version of the HTC handset that's both SIM-unlocked and hardware-unlocked. But in order to get one -- and, yes, they really are limiting quantities to one per custom...

Verizon Paws the Ground as High-Speed Wireless Fight Begins

The race to see who will dominate the world of ultra-fast, 4G wireless broadband networks is on. Verizon Wireless, the nation's No. 2 wireless carrier, announced Tuesday that it will deploy an LTE, or Long Term Evolution, network earlier than expected. The New York City-based telecom was originally ...

Linux, Windows 7 and Netbooks: It’s On

The netbook battle is on. Microsoft XP -- and possibly Windows 7 -- are fighting it out with Linux for a place in the tiny netbook configuration. If Linux is going to beat out Microsoft as the OS of choice on netbooks, the Linux community will have to convince consumers that "costs nothing" does not...

Hot Pockets: Novatel Unveils Wireless, Wallet-Sized WiFi Router

Novatel Wireless has introduced a new line of devices that essentially creates a mobile WiFi cloud for users. The technology, dubbed "MiFi" will offer users not only broadband-level connectivity but also a rich applications environment for both businesses and consumers. MiFi, unlike traditional rout...

Game Consoles, Part 2: An X-Ray of the Xbox

For all but the most dedicated gamers, the decision to buy one of the top three gaming consoles is anything but easy. Sunday morning newspaper advertisements shed little light on the matter, and Web sites are full of fanboy posturing over which platform is best. So which is better, the Xbox 360 or P...

OPINION

Apple vs. Dell vs. Lenovo: Got to Love Choices

The economic pressure continues to increase and there is a reasonably good chance that we'll be down to one large car company in the U.S. by this time next year -- Ford, which appears to be the only one that isn't saying it won't survive without a massive cash infusion from the U.S. government. In t...

PRODUCT REVIEW

Xohm WiMax Service Zooms

When Sprint announced that Baltimore would be the location of the first rollout for Xohm, a new long-range wireless broadband technology known more lately as "Clear," I could hardly believe it. Baltimore is not particularly known as a hub of technology. Want crabs, we got 'em. Under Armor, we've got...

Storm Fails to Shelter RIM From Economic Gloom

Research In Motion has lowered its Q3 forecast in response to the weakening U.S. economy. The company, which produces the iconic BlackBerry handsets, now expects adjusted earnings per share to fall between 81 cents and 83 cents for the quarter. Its initial forecast called for earnings per share to r...

Blockbuster Pits a la Carte Menu Against Netflix’s Buffet

Movie rental giant Blockbuster announced Tuesday it has teamed with hardware maker 2Wire to launch a content delivery service on the 2Wire MediaPoint digital media player. The set-top box will provide users with direct access to Blockbuster OnDemand content via their televisions. The small set-top b...

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EMC in Sync With Move to the Cloud

It was an interesting week last week, made even more interesting by a bunch of news services calling our U.S. president-elect either the new Hitler or a Marxist, suggesting these folks got some really bad eggnog. This should be filed under NOT HELPING. While tempted, I'll avoid further mentioning th...

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