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Nintendo: Why So Bearish?

Despite a stellar holiday season and the sale of its 10 millionth Wii video game console, Nintendo has taken a bearish view on the future as the global economic crisis continues to deepen. ...

Google Lets Gmailers Cut the Cord

Google has officially taken Gmail offline. No, the search giant has not put the kibosh on the popular e-mail service; it's added offline functionality, the company announced Tuesday. ...

New HTC Smartphone Includes Photo Geotagging, Car Nav

HTC on Friday unveiled the Touch Cruise, a handset featuring built-in GPS and accompanying software. The new smartphone, an update to a similarly named HTC device released in January 2008, offers consumers a more compact form factor as well as new features ...

All the President’s Technology: Obama to Keep ‘BlackBerry’

Just days after his inauguration, Barack Obama will apparently be the first U.S. president to use a smartphone while in office ...

New Citrix, Intel Tech Cuts Virtual Umbilical Cord

Virtualization software provider Citrix and chipmaker Intel announced a deal Tuesday that will see them teaming up to develop the industry's first application and desktop delivery solutions optimized for desktops with Intel's Core 2 processors and laptops featuring Centrino 2 chips with Intel vPro technology ...

Heartland Bleeds Data, Potential Victims Could Number Millions

Massive credit card payment processor Heartland Payment Systems (HPS) disclosed Tuesday that a security breach within its processing system some time in 2008 resulted in the potential exposure of millions of credit card and debit card numbers. ...

Webby Hordes Converge on Social Media as Obama Takes Oath

The landmark inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States Tuesday drew an estimated 1.8 million spectators to the Mall in Washington, D.C. Online, many more followed the pomp and circumstance online at their favorite social networks. ...

Report: Intel Cooking Up More Robust Low-Power Processors

Intel is reportedly preparing a new consumer ultra low voltage (CULV) platform aimed at small, highly portable notebook computers ...

Gaming Industry Rakes In Record $21B for 2008

Nintendo's dominance of the console gaming market continued in December, according to sales figures collected by the NPD Group. The Wii set a new monthly record as consumers picked up some 2.15 million consoles in December alone. The good news continued for Nintendo; its portable gaming platform, the DS, also set a one-month sales record with more than 3 million units moving off of store shelves...

Boost Boasts $50 Unlimited Cell Phone Plan

Sprint Nextel subsidiary Boost Mobile announced it will begin offering a flat rate plan that includes unlimited calling, wireless Web, texting and walkie-talkie services for US$50 per month, available Jan. 22 ...

Microsoft Stomps Beastly Server Bugs

Microsoft issued a critical software update Tuesday, plugging three vulnerabilities in all versions of its Windows operating system. The three flaws, two of which were reported privately and the third of which was publicly disclosed, deal with a hole in the Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol ...

MED TECH

Extreme HD: IBM Makes MRI Tech 100 Million Times Sharper

Scientists at IBM Research, along with researchers the Center for Probing the Nanoscale at Stanford University, say they have developed and demonstrated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology with volume resolution 100 million times finer than conventional MRI ...

National Safety Council Urges Total Ban on Cell Use While Driving

The National Safety Council (NSC) has called on drivers to stop using cell phones and other communication devices while driving. The organization has also encouraged businesses to institute policies prohibiting their employees from driving and using a mobile phone. In addition, the NSC called on the governors and legislators of all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia to pass laws banning the use of cell phones while driving...

Security Wonks List Coders’ Top 25 Worst Flubs

A report issued Monday purports to detail the 25 most dangerous programming errors committed by software writers that result in security bugs and enable cyber espionage and cybercrime. The list was compiled by more than 30 experts from cyber security organizations in the U.S. and other countries ...

Ford’s Sync Update Gives Directions, Fuel-Saving Tips

Ford got into the act at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas with the debut of the next-generation of Sync, its voice-activated, in-car technology ...

Sony Positions Featherweight Vaio P as Full-Featured Notebook

Sony introduced its latest entrant to the ultra mobile PC (UMPC) class of computers on Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas. Billed as the world's lightest 8-inch notebook, the Vaio P Series Lifestyle PC is roughly the size of a business envelope and about as thin as a cell phone. However, unlike most systems in the UMPC category, Sony said the Vaio P is not a netbook PC...

SanDisk Ramps Up Flash Memory Speed, Space

SanDisk announced the upcoming availability of two new memory cards, the Mobile Ultra MicroSDHC and Memory Stick Micro (M2). Available in January, both cards offer 16 GB of high-capacity removable storage for mobile phones ...

Portland Becomes WiMax’s Second City, Chicago Waits

Portland, Ore., became the second city to getClearwire's 4G WiMax wireless broadband services, dubbed "Clear" (formerly Xohm), the company announced Tuesday. With the rollout, users in the Portland metropolitan area will have access to anytime, anywhere broadband services ...

Twitter Mischief Hijacks Reputations

The revelation Monday that 33 accounts on the Twitter social networking site had been hacked, while others were compromised by a phishing scam over the weekend, highlights what cyber criminals can do. ...

Motorola Goes Green, Rugged, Touchy-Feely

The 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) promises plenty in the gadget department, as usual, and Motorola unveiled three new handsets on Tuesday that it hopes will capture the imagination of attendees. The device maker introduced the environmentally friendly Moto W233 Renew, the Motosurf A3100 touch tablet and the rugged Tundra VA76r ...

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