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First Reviews: iPhone 3G Improved, but Still Flawed

Is the iPhone 3G worth waiting in line for? Early reviewers of Apple's new smart phone are mostly positive, but they share some common gripes about battery life and two aspects of dealing with AT&T: the service-plan costs and the skimpy 3G coverage a...

5 things you'll love about Firefox 3

A couple of months ago, I downloaded a beta version of Firefox 3 just to look at the new ideas Mozilla was working on. My intention was to try it for a couple days, then switch back to Firefox 2. I wasn't worried about stability (it's a browser after...

Sonos ZoneBridge 100

The Sonos Digital Music System, introduced in 2004, is a well-designed, generally reliable way to stream music from devices

CES - Wi-Fi maturing as other networking options emerge

After a rocky start, the latest flavor of wi-fi, 802.11n, should come into its own this year, with prices for new equipment coming down significantly and lots of options for sale to add 802.11n technology without getting rid of your older gear. And n...

Eight years later, is Microsoft still a monopoly?

Eight years ago this week, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson of the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C., officially declared Microsoft a monopoly. These days, the company is still fighting, and losing, antitrust cases, though mostly in Europe. But it...

SpaceTime

I've seen so many lousy approaches to three-dimensional Web browsing that I had pretty low expectations when I heard about SpaceTime. Surprisingly, this free public beta includes some interesting and useful ideas, though overall it's still too buggy ...

Wireless USB: It lives?

Could it be true? A representative of chipmaker Alereon told me recently that products using the long-awaited, much-delayed, oft-embattled Wireless USB standard will be released next month. And I may be a sucker, but I believe him.

CES - Ending the tyranny of the VGA cable

The past few years have seen a clear trend toward ridding desktop PCs of wires. But the VGA cable connecting your system to your monitor has been a stubborn holdout. Now a company called Quartics is looking to sever that tie, using technology that wi...

Sonos, Rhapsody: Beautiful music together

A free firmware update to the Sonos Digital Music System has opened up an innovative new way to use the Rhapsody online music subscription service with Sonos equipment. With this addition in place, Sonos distinguishes itself in the crowded field of m...

Webmail service offers easy mobile access

The Zimbra Collaboration Suite is full of clever tricks. The latest version (4.0) of this online e-mail, calendar, and address book system adds the ability to easily access your account from certain cell phones.

Rhapsody's new version aims to end DRM problems

Rhapsody Thursday morning is releasing a new version of the software used with their internet music streaming service, software based on a Digital Rights Management system the company built itself.

FileMaker Pro adds a window to the Web

More and more, the source for a lot of the data we care about--maps, prices, pictures, definitions--is the Web. The new version of FileMaker Pro gives your databases a window on that information and does it with the program's signature ease and elega...

Sonos harnesses all of Rhapsody

I got a chance Friday to check out the new Sonos system that gives you access to all 2 million or so songs on Rhapsody without going through a PC. My early verdict: Pretty damn cool.

Google Mini

Google brings all the searching power of its Web based search engine to your office network with the Google Mini.

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