• The Xbox 360's holiday makeover

    Xbox 360 gets an image makeover to compete with the Wii. Image: Microsoft

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    The Xbox 360 is getting a major software update designed to transform it into a multimedia machine.

    Starting Wednesday, all Xbox 360 owners will be required to update their gaming consoles so that they can watch movies in high-definition, stream TV shows and movies from Netflix (NFLX) and navigate categories like games, photos, and videos through a MORE

    - Nov 18, 2008 12:02 AM ET
  • Apple's next act: Changing PC buying habits

    Nvidia inside: Apple's latest MacBook laptops have an Nvidia graphics processor next to their Intel chips, which puts the spotlight on graphics chips as an important part of today's basic computer system. Image: Apple

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    With all the presidential campaign talk about American exceptionalism, it might be easy to forget that we do a pretty unexceptional job at some things -- like shopping for computers.

    No question, we Americans buy a MORE

    - Oct 21, 2008 8:09 AM ET
  • Fashion goes 3D

    Using OptiTex software, fashion designers can simulate real fabrics on the computer screen – right down to seeing how they'll move when a model twists on the catwalk. Image: OptiTex

    You wouldn't know it from browsing the chic fall styles at the mall, but fashion is a messy business. For example, a designer typically makes a shirt three times before perfecting the one you see on the rack, and often MORE

    - Sep 26, 2008 11:54 AM ET
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  • Android's threat to the iPhone

    The first phone to use Google's Android operating system will be available on October 22.

    If Google plays its cards right, its unveiling of the first Android-powered phone on Tuesday will prove to be more than a distraction from iPhone-mania – it will be the moment the search giant capitalizes on Apple's control issues.

    First, the lowdown on Google's (GOOG) Android mobile operating system. The first phone to use it, the MORE

    - Sep 23, 2008 9:34 AM ET
  • [video] With graphics power, AMD still has fight left

    Click above for video of AMD vice president Patrick Moorhead talking about how the chipmaker will face the competition from Intel and turn things around.


    - Aug 29, 2008 9:58 AM ET
  • [video] Robots, mood phones and more at Intel research day

    Click above to see some of the futuristic technologies Intel is cooking up in its labs.

    Earlier this week at Intel's (INTC) annual research day in Silicon Valley, the company showed projects that could influence the way we live tomorrow.

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    - Jun 13, 2008 5:50 PM ET
  • HP launches rival to MacBook Air

    The new Voodoo Envy 133 is .7 inches thin, and has a carbon fiber body strong enough to support a removable battery. Image: HP

    A little more than a week ago, Rahul Sood blogged a picture that showed him cutting his birthday cake with a $1,800 MacBook Air laptop.

    It's so damn sharp, he wrote underneath, it did a fine job.

    For Apple fans this was blasphemy, something like drinking Kool-Aid from the MORE

    - Jun 10, 2008 9:42 AM ET
  • AMD leaps back into the game with Puma

    Watch out, Intel: Advanced Micro Devices has a laptop with turbo power.

    In essence that's what the chipmaker has created in its Puma chip platform, which it plans to unveil Wednesday. On regular settings, a Puma-powered laptop conserves battery life and does a so-so job handling complex graphics. Switch to turbo and it's a powerhouse that effortlessly renders 3D games and plays HD video.

    - Jun 4, 2008 12:22 AM ET
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  • HP reaches for the cool factor

    Later this year, select Micro Center stores will set up HP-branded areas like this one that show off sleek designs and demonstrate how the products work together. Image: HP

    Rahul Sood was working in a Calgary rug store when fate beckoned in 1991. A friendly customer saw him fixing a computer by the front desk, and suggested he take his skills into the PC business.

    Sood borrowed $1,500 on a MasterCard and started MORE

    - May 28, 2008 12:36 PM ET
  • Bizarre Take-Two meeting could determine EA's fate

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    When it comes to this spring's crop of hostile takeovers, none has become more strange and complicated than Electronic Arts's attempt to buy smaller, rival game publisher Take-Two for $2 billion.

    On Thursday evening, Take-Two (TTWO), which makes the popular Grand Theft Auto series, will hold its annual shareholder meeting at the W Hotel in New York City. One proposal on the table: giving management 1.5 million shares of restricted MORE

    - Apr 17, 2008 12:03 PM ET
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