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HP Made the Right Moves: It's No Apple, So It Shouldn't Try to Be

(7) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 2:32 PM

HP made several bold moves Thursday, announcing plans to spin off its PC business and shut down its struggling phone and tablet unit. While these decisions are controversial, I believe they are the right ones.

In all of these markets, the company that HP is chasing is Apple....

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Mobile Payments Are a Mess

(4) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 8:38 PM

The idea that we might someday use our mobile phones to pay for some things offline -- in stores, taxis or from vending machines, for example -- makes sense. That's been happening in places like Japan for years. And merging the mobile phone and wallet into one thing...

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Netflix Already Proves That Raising DVD Prices Was the Right Move

(12) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 1:23 PM

Wall Street is punishing Netflix today for its earnings report yesterday, in which Netflix admitted that its insane growth rate would slow down a little after it changed its subscription plans and effectively raised prices on DVD rentals.

But anyone running away from Netflix today is missing the...

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RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Is a Big Disappointment so Far

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 11:52 AM

Companies like Research In Motion have two big opportunities in the up-and-coming tablet market: They can either outshine Apple by being the best tablet there is, or they can hope to crack the enterprise market, becoming the equivalent of the ubiquitous Dell workstation PC.

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All Those Awesome iPad Video Apps Could Mean A Brighter Future For Apple TV

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 4:28 PM

Among the Apple iPad's biggest early successes are all the excellent video streaming apps that companies have made for it. These include popular apps from Netflix, ABC, and, Apple's built-in YouTube and iTunes apps, and could soon include apps from Hulu and Boxee.

While these...

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Microsoft Must Make More Apps for the iPhone

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2009 | 11:49 AM

Apple's iPhone has quickly become the world's most important mobile software platform. It's time for Microsoft, the world's biggest software company, to take it more seriously.

Specifically, Microsoft should start putting more resources -- not an insane amount, but more -- into developing software for the iPhone and iPod...

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Top 10 iPhone Apps For Sports Fans

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2009 | 9:17 AM

As football season kicks off and baseball season wraps up, now's a good time to check out some of the great new sports apps for the iPhone and other mobile devices.

From real-time scoreboards to live video -- and, of course, mobile games -- there are plenty of options.


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Net Neutrality Won't Fix The App Store

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2009 | 3:11 PM

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski officially proposed "net neutrality" rules, which would require Internet providers to keep the Internet open, and not block or disrupt Internet applications or services.

This is an important step, because keeping an open Internet is important to consumers and businesses, and monopoly...

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The 10 Most Expensive iPhone Apps

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2009 | 6:40 PM

Apple's (AAPL) iPhone App Store is most popular for its free and cheap apps. As a result, most apps and casual games are available for 99 cents or less. But there are plenty of expensive apps in the App Store, too, and people do buy them.


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How a Year With the iPhone Changed My Life

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 11:17 AM

Like thousands of New Yorkers, I spent about 5 hours waiting in line a year ago to buy Apple's (AAPL) then-new iPhone 3G. Since then, the iPhone has changed the way I work and play more than any other gadget I've ever purchased -- mostly for the better.


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10 Reasons You'll Actually Miss Newspapers

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 10:37 AM

It's no secret that the newspaper business is doomed. Once a proud, profitable industry, in many markets, it no longer makes financial sense to print yesterday's news on dead trees.

Click here to see 10 reasons you'll actually miss newspapers →

Investors are bracing for another lousy quarter from...

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The Life And Awesomeness Of Steve Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2009 | 10:00 PM

Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs is back in Cupertino -- for good, we hope -- after a six-month medical leave. A Memphis hospital confirmed Tuesday -- with Steve's blessing -- that Jobs received a liver transplant, and that he's "now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis."

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iPhone Lines Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2009 | 12:46 PM

It's iPhone Day here in the U.S. and seven other countries: Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 3G S goes on sale.

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The lines outside Apple stores aren't the same as they were last year, when the iPhone 3G...

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10 iPhone Accessories We'd Love To Have

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2009 | 12:18 PM

One of the iPhone's best new "3.0" features will be its ability to work with new hardware accessories. So here's a bunch we'd love to have.

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During Apple's (AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference keynote last week, GPS maker TomTom showed...

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Smartphone Wars Are Set, Who's Going To Win?

(7) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 3:30 PM

Now that Apple (AAPL) has taken the lid off its iPhone 3G S (and its cheaper iPhone 3G), the rosters are pretty much set for this summer's smartphone wars. Who's going to come out on top?

Based on what we've seen, Apple still has the best platform, with...

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Apple's New iPhone: What to Expect Monday

(7) Comments | Posted June 7, 2009 | 2:55 PM

Apple's (AAPL) Worldwide Developers conference kicks off Monday with a keynote led by Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller. Apple execs will show off parts of the new iPhone 3.0 operating system. And someone -- Phil; Steve Jobs? -- is expected to show off a new iPhone.

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Apple Still Smartphone King

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2009 | 5:48 PM

After a quick in-person peek at Palm's new Pre, it's clear that Apple is still leading innovation in the mobile phone industry. And Apple is set to extend its lead Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference, when the company will likely announce a new iPhone.

The Pre, which...

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Palm Pre Is Nice, But I'm Keeping My iPhone

(3) Comments | Posted June 5, 2009 | 2:34 PM

Palm has done a nice job with the Pre, which goes on sale tomorrow: As others who've used it have said, it's a good-looking, zippy smartphone with perhaps the second-most powerful operating system on the market. But after a few minutes playing with one, I'm in no...

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