A rogue satellite is floating through space, threatening to push into another satellite's orbit and interrupt cable TV programming in the United States.
A rogue satellite is floating through space, threatening to push into another satellite's orbit and interrupt cable TV programming in the United States.
If you want to buy a consumer-friendly tablet computer today and you don't want to purchase Apple's iPad, you're pretty much out of luck.
RIM has announced a substantial upgrade to the operating system powering BlackBerry devices. BlackBerry OS 6.0 is intended to bolster BlackBerry's appeal to consumers, with web browsing in particular a focus. The new OS will be released in the third quarter of this year.
Early demand for the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle is strong, with 6,635 people reserving cars in just three days -- a figure that represents more than 10 percent of the Leafs Nissan will build in its first year of production.
Running a country? There's an app for that.
Apple would like you, if just for a moment, to forget about the iPad.
Microsoft's new smartphone, the Kin, is shooting for a place in the hearts -- and pockets -- of a plugged-in "social generation," the company announced Monday.
Apple is acknowledging complaints that its new iPad computer has trouble connecting to the Internet.
Users who rushed to snap up Apple's iPad are complaining within days of the slate computer's highly anticipated release that they're having trouble connecting it to the Internet.
Thousands of people emerged from stores across the United States on Saturday clutching newly purchased iPads, the tabletlike computer that's Apple's most-awaited product since the first iPhone launched three years ago.
You've seen the television commercials and the product reviews.
Facebook is, by its nature, a social experience.
Twitter's homepage got a new look Tuesday, featuring a scrolling list of "top tweets" designed to give non-members a look at what they're missing.
Google Inc., owner of YouTube, said an outage of the popular video-sharing site Thursday was technical and not caused by outside tampering.
Convicted TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez earned $75,000 a year working undercover for the U.S. Secret Service, informing on bank card thieves before he was arrested in 2008 for running his own multimillion-dollar card-hacking operation.
There's one word astronaut Michael Massimino uses over and over to describe the view from the Hubble Space Telescope: "Beautiful."
It was billed as the "location wars" -- a fight for the affections of the smartphone-wielding techie elite that converged on Austin this week for the South by Southwest Interactive festival.
These days, when everyone seems to have a Facebook friend, is LinkedIn or can Google themselves, it's hard to remember the old days, before the dot-com revolution.
Reports from this week's Game Developers Conference make one thing clear: Games on mobile phones are not just a niche category anymore.
"It has been a long road. To be at the finish line is great."
We already connect with friends on Facebook to share photos, videos, text updates and Web links, but might we also use the service to exchange money?
A former Florida high school student who was suspended by her principal after she set up a Facebook page to criticize her teacher is protected constitutionally under the First Amendment, a federal magistrate ruled.
Google Buzz, Google's new social networking service announced this week, isn't particularly original.
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank needed a way to tell the world about its work. Shawn Ahmed wanted to continue the video storytelling he'd begun on behalf of the poor in Bangladesh.
At least 30 pages have been deleted from social networking site Facebook after they were used by British prisoners to taunt their victims from behind bars, government officials said Thursday.
In the thick of awards season, there is at least one prize ceremony where the speeches are guaranteed not to over run -- the Twitter Oscars.
With a "Hello World," Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has joined the ranks of the Twitterati, quickly becoming one of the microblogging site's most popular attractions.
China has begun to expand Internet access in western China's Xinjiang autonomous region after cutting service because of deadly rioting over the summer, state-run media reported.
Twitter creator Jack Dorsey Wednesday gave the first public demonstration of his hotly-anticipated latest venture -- a device to allow credit card payments by cell phone -- and revealed it would be given away for free.
With more than 2,000 Internet movers and shakers, the LeWeb conference in Paris is an ideal spot for start-up ventures to hoping to attract the investment and attention that will propel them to Twitter or Facebook-style success.
It's getting to be that time of year again: The leaves change, the temperature drops, and we redecorate our living rooms, desks, cars, and backpacks with shiny new electronics.
Larry Horsley loves that he doesn't buy much gas, even though he drives his '95 Chevy S-10 back and forth to work each day.
That Dell is releasing a new laptop for business customers is the opposite of surprising. But the fact that it contains notable features not seen in any other laptops certainly is.
French lawmakers passed a tough new measure to crack down on illegal downloading.
The French National Assembly gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a measure that seeks to crack down on Internet piracy.
Forget about 20/20. "Perfect" vision could be redefined by gadgets that give you the eyes of a cyborg.
Can we all agree on something? There's no longer a difference between a Netbook and a notebook.
Rumors have it Apple is a month away from announcing a tablet computer. Another tablet, the Crunchpad, is also due for imminent release.
Modernizing the electricity grid to be a more efficient and reliable smart grid will bring a number of societal benefits. That is, if consumers are up for it.
The frantic hunt for the right cell-phone charger will soon be a thing of the past -- in Europe at least -- as major manufacturers on Monday agreed to introduce a universal adaptor within six months.
Microsoft recently announced retail pricing for Windows 7 that was at or below comparable Windows Vista prices, while also offering a chance for people to preorder the software at a substantial discount.
They've revolutionized music for nearly five decades. Now, some of the Beatles songs are about to hit video-game consoles.
Verizon Wireless will start selling Netbook computers from Hewlett-Packard starting May 17, the company said in a statement released Thursday.
Palm's comeback attempt rests squarely on the notion that it has found a better way to manage your complicated digital life.
Is the world finally ready for the mobile minitablet? It's become quite clear over the last several months that Apple is ready to bridge the mobile computing gap, with plans to develop a device that fits somewhere in between the iPhone and the MacBook.
The success of Nintendo's Wii and Apple's iPod have shown the consumer appeal of devices that respond to human touch and movement, but a quick glance around the San Jose, California Hilton showed just how young the industry is.
With the Conficker worm still hot and Microsoft patching multiple more software vulnerabilities last week, it might be reasonable to assume the bad guys are winning the battle to get control over Internet-connected computers.
Just a year ago, this category didn't exist. But after several Atom-powered all-in-one PCs debuted at CES in January, it's officially the hottest grouping of desktops on the market.
Rapid-fire TV news bulletins or getting updates via social-networking tools such as Twitter could numb our sense of morality and make us indifferent to human suffering, scientists say.
BlackBerry users around the country were without e-mail for about 3 hours in a nationwide outage that affected users on all major wireless networks.
By now most personal-computer users know not to post their Social Security numbers on the Internet or respond to Nigerian e-mails seeking help with suspicious bank-account transfers.
China has blocked the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube but did not offer a reason for the ban.
Google launched the latest salvo in the cellphone wars Tuesday with the unveiling of the newest handset to carry its Android platform.
Cell phone makers Tuesday pledged to end one of modern life's chief frustrations --- and introduce a universal charger for handsets by 2012.
Software giant Microsoft is offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of hackers behind a powerful computer virus that could lead to millions of PCs being hijacked.
Since the invention of the transistor, silicon semiconductors have been king. But now silicon-based transistors are nearing the limit of their potential. Excess heat and manufacturing hurdles are impeding the development of ever-faster and smaller processors.
A new sleeper virus that could allow hackers to steal financial and personal information has now spread to more than eight million computers in what industry analysts say is one of the most serious infections they have ever seen.
Editors' note: This review is part of CNET's Holiday 2008 Retail Laptop Roundup, covering specific new configurations of popular laptops that can be found in retail stores.
Logitech's line of Pure-Fi iPod speaker docks has swelled to seven, so you could be forgiven for mixing them up. The latest entry--the Pure-Fi Anytime--is basically a cheaper entry-level version of the Pure-Fi Dream.
When Hitachi first announced the U.S. availability of its superslim monitors at CES last January, they were the slimmest flat-panel LCDs yet at 1.5 inches thick.
Every so often a camera comes along that gets (and deserves) high marks, but which I don't necessarily like as much as the rating would suggest. The latest object of such ambivalence is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1.
There's general agreement that Sony stumbled out of the gate with the PlayStation 3.
With the new 13-inch MacBook looking and feeling more like the more expensive 15-inch MacBook Pro line than ever, it's harder to tell the difference between the two laptops.
We've reviewed several of Navigon's portable navigation devices, and it always seems to be the same story: great features, affordable price, but always coming up short in performance.
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G1 offers interchangeable lenses, Nikon's Coolpix P6000 provides GPS--the feature sets on enthusiast compact cameras are all over the place these days.
In November, Energy Star will update its certification for televisions with a new standard, version 3.0, that for the first time takes into account actual power used when the TV is turned on.
Sony has come a long way since the release of the NW-MS11 Network Walkman.
The ThinkPad X301 boasts the same 13.3-inch display, 3.3-pound weight, and 0.7-inch thickness as its predecessor, the ThinkPad X300.
It's been a little more than a year since Google Android was announced and rumors of a little device called the HTC Dream started to leak onto the Web.
Similar to the New York Yankees, who missed the playoffs this year after 13 straight October campaigns, the HP Pavilion Slimline s3500f snaps the Slimline's run of four consecutive Editors' Choice awards.
It has fed the dreams of millions of air guitarists, headbangers and rocker wannabes. It has exposed a new generation of fans to classic rock and metal while helping the slumping record industry boost sales.
In general, it's best not to expect too much from a budget camera: the 8-megapixel Canon PowerShot A580 exemplifies this philosophy.
The release of one of the most hotly awaited computer games in the past year has been delayed over concerns some of the background music may offend Muslims.
At CNET when we review one size DTV in the same series we often don't review another, but we're making an exception in the case of the LG 60PG60.
Purists might not like it, but mobile phones and MP3 players are converging at a record pace.
The Logitech Illuminated Keyboard is about as simple as it gets, so you get no built-in USB ports, scroll dials, or any of the other features in more expensive devices such as the Logitech G15.
Slowly but surely, Microsoft's Zune is staking its claim as a legitimate alternative to Apple's iPod line of MP3 players.
Apple's fourth-generation iPod Nano returns to the original long, light, and slender formula that put the series on the map.
Unlike the Ultrasone HFI-2200s, which allow sound to be projected from the actual ear cups, the Ultrasone HFI-580s are a "closed-back" pair of headphones, so they hush outside noise, which prevents the headphone's sound from being heard by other people around you.
First announced at SEMA 2007, the Nokia 500 Auto Navigation system is finally hitting the streets.
Anytime you tinker with something that millions of people use daily, you're going to upset some folks. Remember those redesigned $20 bills a decade ago -- the ones people said looked like Monopoly money?
Soundcast Systems focuses its efforts on a very limited line of wireless audio products and it shows: the company consistently earns praise for its top-notch wireless sound quality.
You're in a bar with a group of friends when an argument breaks out about Neil Diamond's age. Your friend is positive that he's, like, a hundred. You know he can't be more than 70. With no Internet access, how do you find out how old the balladeer is?
The Canon CP770 is exactly the same printer as the CP760, with one distinction: the CP770 adds a bucket that fits underneath the printer for convenient storage of paper and ink, in addition to a built-in handle for carrying the printer on the run.
The Ultrasone HFI-2200 headphones have a dark brown outer casing, while the earpads are colored with a golden-brown, velvet-covered cushion. At the top of the headband is another cushion that matches the same color combination.
With its 14-inch display, the Sony Vaio CR510 sits right in the middle of Sony's laptop lineup, which runs from the 11-inch Vaio TZ to the 17-inch Vaio AR line. We happen to believe that a 14-inch laptop resides in the sweet spot, offering the optimal balance between usability and portable for the majority of users.
The $150 HP Photosmart A636 is a slight upgrade to last year's A626, with a few minor software differences. The A636 retains the same body shape and design but adds additional photo customization and editing capabilities.
When you see people at the office using such Internet sites as Facebook and MySpace, you might suspect those workers are slacking off.
For years, Nikon users had been asking their favored camera maker for a dSLR with a full-frame sensor (the same size as a 35mm frame of film).
One of our favorite tabletop radios in recent years was the Boston Acoustics Recepter, which combined straightforward design with great sound. Flash forward a few years, and the Recepter's replacement is finally here.
Its shape and feature set will be familiar to anyone who's seen other Pavilion dv6000 series laptops, but the Special Edition HP Pavilion dv6985se stands out for two reasons.
Now that stereo Bluetooth has become a common feature in a lot of music phones, it's no surprise that stereo Bluetooth headsets have become quite popular as well.
Coming from a company known more for its plasma HDTVs, the Panasonic TC-32LX85 is a pleasant surprise in the 32-inch LCD category.
Sonos has been around since 2005, when the small company introduced its first multiroom digital music system to glowing reviews (including a CNET.com Editors' Choice Award).
The $550 Gateway GT5692 is part a new batch of recently released midrange desktop PCs. This particular configuration has an AMD Phenom X3 8450 triple-core processor, 4GB of memory, HDMI-out, and 64-bit Windows Vista.
Sony has been the public face of Blu-ray since the format's inception, and while most of the focus during the bitter Blu-ray vs. HD DVD format war was on the company's PlayStation 3, Sony has been making stand-alone Blu-ray players from the start, beginning with the $1,000 BDP-S1.
He was gone. Kristi and Claudio Lai turned around for just one minute and their son had disappeared at Sea World.
When the Jabra BT160 came out last year, we praised it for being one of the first Bluetooth headsets to come with interchangeable cover designs.
Over the last year, the collective response from most cell phone manufacturers to the iPhone has been rather muted. But now Samsung is trying a different tactic.