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  • Opinion: Sharp's Huge Whiteboard Carries Executive Price Tag

    Sharp debuted interactive touchscreen displays at CES in Las Vegas that are built to make Web meetings more interactive. The 60-, 70-, and 80-inch panels replace the ubiquitous whiteboard with Sharp's proprietary AQUOS LCD display built for Web and in-person meetings by integrating with video conferencing and technologies like WebEx, GoToMeeting, and Skype.

  • Opinion: Xerox Mobile Scanner Sends Scans Wirelessly

    Ever found yourself away from your office with a paper copy of something that needs to be sent out? Xerox's new Mobile Scanner will create a PDF or JPG without the need for a computer or power outlet. All you have to do is turn it on, select the file format, and insert the document. The scan starts automatically.

  • Opinion: Huawei Announces Two Razor-Thin Android 4.0 Smartphones

    Huawei on Monday announced two new smartphones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, one of which the company claims is the "world's slimmest smartphone." "Every millimeter counts," the chairman of Huawei Device, Richard Yu, said when introducing the Ascend P1 S and the thicker Ascend P1. Yu noted that the Huawei brand already has cachet in the Japanese and Chinese markets, but this is the first "hero" or flagship product from Huawei to land in the U.S.

  • Opinion: 3D Printing Draws Closer to Mainstream with Cubify

    If 3D printing is something that excites you, get ready for a rush.

  • Opinion: Power Bar Charges Your Magic Trackpad, Batteries No Longer Needed

    Am I the only one who gets really irritated when a new gadget requires you to change its batteries? To me, there's little worse than the constant cycle of having to track down new batteries every time it runs out a juice. Apple's Magic Trackpads are a great example of this.

  • Opinion: Barnes & Noble: Pros, Cons of Selling Off Nook

    For a company better known for its box stores than computing boxes, Barnes & Noble has done an impressive job of carving a technological place for itself in the burgeoning e-reader and tablet hardware market. Now it seems the company wants to cash in on all that hard work and take a back seat to companies like Amazon and Apple by spinning off its Nook hardware business, or possibly selling it entirely. Is it a good idea? Is it a dumb idea? Here are some pros and cons.

  • Opinion: Out of the Frying Pan? Nintendo 3DS Sells 4 Million Units in U.S.

    Welcome back to the land of happy press stories, Nintendo: The company says it's now sold four million 3DS game systems in the U.S., adding that its no-glasses 3D handheld has so far sold "more in its first nine months than the Wii did." Altogether, Nintendo sold 12 million total hardware units — Wii and 3DS sales combined — in the U.S. in 2011.

  • Opinion: Can My Neighbor and I Share an Internet Connection?

    John asked if he and his neighbor could save money by sharing one Internet account, via Wi-Fi.

  • Opinion: Vitamin D Turns Your Webcam Into a Security Camera

    Recently, I decided I wanted to use a webcam connected to my desktop computer as a security camera, to see what's happening around the apartment when I'm away. I then started looking for programs that would let me do that, and stumbled upon Vitamin D, which can turn one or more webcams into a full-fledged video surveillance system. It's available in a free Starter edition, a $49 Basic edition (reviewed here), and a $199 Pro edition.

  • Opinion: MouseTracer Free Tracks Your Mouse's Movements

    Some people would call this software useless, but not me. Nope. Ashampoo's MouseTracer software only seems useless to people without imagination. You know the type. They drive reliable sedans and have productive day jobs. It’s hard for them to see the brilliance behind an app that tracks, in real time, the speed and distance a mouse travels. They can’t grasp the excitement of an interface that reports results, rally-race style, on a desktop scoreboard, complete with speedometer. It’s a smaller world they live in. They aren't like you and me.

  • Opinion: Hands-Free Phones are Just as Risky as Handsets, Research Says

    You may be aware of the dangers of driving and texting, using mobile apps, or talking with a handset. But did you know that just talking--even on a hands-free device, such as a Bluetooth headset--is too distracting for most drivers?

  • Opinion: Sony Walkman Gets Access to Music Unlimited Library

    The Sony Walkman line of portable MP3 players has finally arrived to the online music locker party, hosted by Sony's own Music Unlimited streaming service. The problem is that it's several months late and grossly underdressed.

  • Opinion: Cheap Gift Alert: Kobo's Refurbished $50 E-Reader Sale

    If the $79 Amazon Kindle seems a bit pricey for your gift-giving budget, Kobo has a cheaper alternative: the Kobo Wireless eReader is just $49.99 for a limited time.

  • 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: Carrier IQ Explains Itself: 5 Highlights

    Mobile device and network diagnostic firm Carrier IQ early Tuesday issued a detailed report about what it is up to with your smartphone data. The company has been under fire ever since Trevor Eckhart discovered CIQ software working behind the scenes on a variety of smartphones. Eckhart originally accused CIQ of installing malware on people's phones and monitoring users' key presses, SMS messages, location data and web browsing history.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7.5 SMS Vulnerability Can Disable Messaging

    Windows Phone 7 devices are susceptible to an SMS vulnerability that could lock users out of their messaging functions. The discovery comes from a tipster at the WinRumors blog, who demonstrated that a malicious SMS sent to Windows Phone 7.5 phones would force it to reboot and lock down the messaging hub.

  • 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: 7 Ways to Protect Your Business Printers

    Can a hacker burn down your business by remotely setting one of your printers on fire? Researchers at Columbia University have recently proposed such a scenario, although HP quickly denied that it's possible. However, even if your printers can't be used as remote firestarters, there are many risks involved in networking a printer.

  • Opinion: Test Drive Windows Phone Mango on your Android or iPhone

    Sick of your iPhone or Android handset? Want to try out Windows Phone Mango? Microsoft is letting Android and iPhone users try Windows Phone 7.5 Mango with an HTML5 demo that runs in your smartphone's browser.



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