Phones

  • Palm Pre review: Finally, a worthy iPhone rival [video]

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    This is Jon Fortt's segment of a review done with Michael Copeland. For the full review including Copeland's take, click here.

    The Palm Pre is the second-best smartphone I've used. Its black plastic physical casing is attractive and feels well crafted. Its screen is bright and sharp. Its keyboard, though too cramped for comfortable one-handed typing, feels good and works well when attacked with two thumbs. And the software -- the MORE

    - Jun 4, 2009 11:55 AM ET
  • PC biz headed for a wireless shakeup

    A sign of things to come? In its Atlanta stores, AT&T is selling the Acer Aspire One for $49 with a 2-year wireless data plan and DSL signup. Image: Acer

    PC retail is in rough shape again, and it's about to get rougher.

    Evidence of hardship is everywhere. Hewett-Packard (HPQ), the world's largest computer maker, says it's selling about the same number of computers as a year ago, but getting a lot MORE

    - May 20, 2009 4:24 PM ET
  • Cisco embraces Macs – and more

    Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby

    Even in these tough economic times, tech giant Cisco offers employees some pretty sweet benefits: Employees can visit on-campus doctors and dietitians, drop off dry cleaning, or get an oil change, and now they can pick the kind of computer they want to use at work.

    That's right - Cisco has started letting workers choose from a handful of laptops, including an Apple MacBook Pro. Only don't call MORE

    - Apr 15, 2009 8:37 AM ET
  • Are Google's nerds destroying design?

    A departing designer claims data too often trumps art. Image: Google Sketchup logo

    On his way out of Google, Douglas Bowman has posted  a blog missive that might haunt the company one day. Bowman, the (now former) visual design lead, accuses the company's culture of relying too much on numbers, to the point where creativity suffers.

    "Yes, it's true that a team at Google couldn't decide between two blues, so they're testing MORE

    - Mar 20, 2009 8:30 PM ET
  • In-app purchase: the iPhone 3.0 shopping spree [video]

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    Jon Fortt recaps Apple's preview of the next-generation iPhone OS, due this summer. (AAPL) (RIMM) (T) (PALM) (MOT) (NOK) (MSFT)

    - Mar 18, 2009 8:47 PM ET
  • Why Intel is sharing its secret sauce

    Since Intel first began cooking up semiconductors, it has taken great pride in its in-house manufacturing chops. If a chip carried the Intel brand, you could be sure it was created in an Intel fab.

    Today the pride is the same, but the methods are changing. The Silicon Valley chipmaker on Monday announced a deal that will allow Taiwanese contract manufacturer TSMC to make custom versions of the Atom chip, the MORE

    - Mar 3, 2009 9:30 AM ET
  • What are Intel and TSMC up to?

    The world's two largest creators of computer chips are cooking something up together.

    On Monday morning, there will be a chip industry summit of sorts: Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the world's largest chip foundry, will make a strategic announcement at Intel headquarters in Santa Clara. According to Intel (INTC) PR, the execs on hand will be Intel mobility chief Anand Chandrashekar and sales MORE

    - Feb 27, 2009 3:51 PM ET
  • Why the recession can't stop wireless

    Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of the Americas and India for Qualcomm, got a lesson on wireless from a Masai warrior. Photo: Qualcomm

    While on safari in Kenya recently, Qualcomm executive Peggy Johnson got a fresh sense of how cell phones are changing every corner of the world.

    Johnson's guide, a Masai warrior, explained that he grew up in a family of nomads and attended a boarding school during his high school MORE

    - Feb 27, 2009 12:08 PM ET
  • What Margaret Mead could teach techs

    Anthropologist Genevieve Bell helps Intel understand what people around the world are doing with technology – and what they'll want to do next. Photo: Intel

    While traveling in China, Genevieve Bell figured she'd have no trouble getting a cell phone. With cash, a passport and official documents from her employer, she went to a local shop where phone packages lined the walls, and asked for one.

    I don't have any, the shopkeeper MORE

    - Feb 25, 2009 12:17 PM ET
  • WiMax's last best hope

    I'm zipping through the streets of Portland, Ore., in a Lincoln Navigator while a "Knight Rider" episode streams over the Internet to a screen mounted to the car's dashboard. The technology driving the demonstration? WiMax, the much-hyped wireless standard that promises to deliver Internet to consumers and businesses at speeds up to five times faster than today's home broadband services.

    The good news is that WiMax appears to work pretty MORE

    - Feb 9, 2009 6:31 PM ET
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