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  • Opinion: What the Next-Gen GPS Satellite Upgrade Means for You

    Testing is about to begin on the next-generation of Global Positioning System satellites, with the arrival of a prototype unit at a Lockheed Martin complex in Colorado.

  • Opinion: Channel your negative thoughts

    Being connected allows us to take advantage of all sorts of things: above all else, the web is an exceptional source of information. But it also lets us channel our negative thoughts.

  • Opinion: Congressman Still Has Privacy Concerns About Kindle Fire's Browser

    Silk, the Web browser Amazon bundles with its Kindle Fire tablet, has been a burr in the side of US Representative Ed Markey since the world's largest retailer announced it in October. And a letter from Amazon to the Massachusetts Democrat hasn't salved his privacy concerns about the browser.

  • Opinion: E-Reader Wars: $99 Kobo Challenges Barnes & Noble, Amazon

    Joining the likes of Barnes & Noble and Amazon, Kobo is the latest company to offer a touch e-reader priced less than $100. The news comes just in time for the holiday shopping season which analysts predict will see e-readers flying off the shelves.

  • Opinion: Kindle Fire: What the Critics are Saying

    Gadget gurus have been testing out Amazon's Kindle Fire media tablet ahead of the device's Tuesday ship date and the consensus is that it's a solid alternative to the iPad for some environments. The Fire even matches the device when it comes to breadth of downloadable content to put on the new tablet, thanks to Amazon's wealth of digital content, including e-books, movies, television shows, Android apps, and, of course, e-books.

  • Opinion: Facebook 'Idiot's Guide' Inadvertently Makes Case for E-Books

    No one likes being called an idiot, even though plenty of people feel like one from time to time. That feeling, though, has been a rich vein for the Penguin Group, publisher of the popular "Idiot's Guide" series of books. However, with the rise of the Internet and, more importantly, electronic books, idiots interested in the dead-tree versions of these kinds of guides may be harder to find in the future.

  • Opinion: Apple: Original iPod Nanos Can Heat Up

    Apple has added another issue to be concerned with to the battery woes in some of its most popular hand-held devices -- overheating.

  • Opinion: Report: $79 Amazon Kindle Costs $84 to Make

    Amazon's new, entry-level Kindle eReader is priced as low as $79 but costs $84 to make, according to a teardown analysis by market research firm IHS iSuppli.

  • Opinion: E-readers Are Big Winners in Tablet Wars

    Ladies and gentlemen: we have a winner in the much ballyhooed tablet war -- and it's not a strictly a tablet. Without a doubt, the winner is the old-school, E Ink-based e-reader.

  • Opinion: Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Prepares For Deathmatch with Kindle Fire

    Barnes & Noble is expected to launch a Nook tablet later this month, which would go head-to-head with Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Fire.

  • Opinion: Science diction

    Don’t you just love the way science fiction has foretold our future? Mind you, I’m still waiting for my personal hovercar to fly me to the office each morning, and a robot Jeeves to take care of washing up and repartee

  • Opinion: Five years of iPod

    Since its first release five years ago on October 23, 2001, the iPod has become one of the most recognizable products in the world. It has transformed Apple’s business and its public image, and is probably responsible for a “halo effect” that has improved the Mac’s image and fortunes as well. Whether you’re a rabid iPod lover or someone who just doesn’t see why the iPod’s such a big deal, it’s hard to dispute the gigantic impact the iPod has had on our technological world.

  • Opinion: Apple's iPod Turns 10

    Apple's iPod, which transformed the way music is sold and distributed and revolutionized the consumer electronics industry, turned 10 on Sunday.

  • Opinion: Kobo Vox 'Social eReader' to Battle Kindle Fire, Nook Color

    A three-way bare knuckler is underway in the 7-inch color eReader market. Kobo today unveiled its new $200 Kobo Vox, the company's first color eReader that matches up nicely (on paper, at least) with Amazon's $200 Kindle Fire, which starts shipping next month.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Ressurects Zune -- Again

    Microsoft can't make up its mind on whether Zune hardware is dead or alive -- or at least that's the way it looks after a series of conflicting messages over the last couple days.

  • Opinion: Kindle Fire Teardown Pegs Price at $209.63

    A teardown of Amazon's Kindle Fire revealed that the total cost of building one tablet is $10 more expensive than the price of the device, which means that, for a while at least, it'll be selling at a loss. But that's exactly what Amazon wants.

  • Opinion: Copy files from your Mac to your Kindle

    After I detailed the ins and outs of the new generation of Kindles on Thursday, I got a letter from Macworld reader Gerald A. Wingrove, who is intrigued by the Kindle but unclear how it works with his Mac. Since this is Macworld, after all, I thought it was worth a refresher about how the Kindle and the Mac interact. Gerald writes:

  • Opinion: Apple's iPhone Event: 5 Things to Watch For

    Apple's iPhone event on Tuesday is about more than just new hardware. The company is at a crossroads, with Steve Jobs out as CEO and with big changes coming to iOS via iCloud. Apple watchers will want to pay close attention, because whatever happens on Tuesday will have greater implications beyond the iPhone 5.

  • Opinion: The iPod Classic is Headed to the Tech Dustbin

    Ten years ago in October, Apple announced a game-changing device: the $400 5GB iPod Classic. This Tuesday the iPod Classic (now $250 with 160GB storage), with its signature click wheel design and massive storage capacity, is rumored to play its last digital tune. All signs point to Apple discontinuing iPod Classic as it focuses on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

  • Opinion: Kindle Touch Looks Like a Winner at $99

    Lost in Wednesday's Kindle Fire hoopla was the fact that Amazon also launched three new e-readers: the $79 Kindle; $99 Kindle Touch; and $149 Kindle Touch 3G. Unlike their predecessors, which Amazon will continue to sell (for now), none of the new models have a physical keyboard.



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