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Rogue satellite may impact cable TV in U.S.

A rogue satellite is floating through space, threatening to push into another satellite's orbit and interrupt cable TV programming in the United States.

updated Fri May 28 2010 10:26:31

Rogue satellite may impact cable TV in U.S.

A rogue satellite is floating through space, threatening to push into another satellite's orbit and interrupt cable TV programming in the United States.

updated Tue May 04 2010 11:07:50

Can anyone compete with Apple's iPad?

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.

updated Wed Apr 28 2010 09:37:18

BlackBerry OS 6.0 will target consumers

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.

updated Sat Apr 24 2010 10:26:13

Early demand strong for Nissan's electric Leaf

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.

updated Sat Apr 17 2010 02:43:11

Stranded leader runs country by iPad

Running a country? There's an app for that.

updated Tue Apr 13 2010 10:37:01

Apple unveils 'faster' MacBook Pros

Apple would like you, if just for a moment, to forget about the iPad.

updated Mon Apr 12 2010 16:53:37

Microsoft goes social with new Kin smartphones

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.

updated Thu Apr 08 2010 12:21:49

Apple offers fixes for iPad's Wi-Fi woes

Apple is acknowledging complaints that its new iPad computer has trouble connecting to the Internet.

updated Tue Apr 06 2010 11:11:10

iPad has Wi-Fi problems, some users say

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.

updated Mon Apr 05 2010 10:32:22

First iPad buyers excited, curious

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.

updated Sat Apr 03 2010 10:21:23

Before you buy: 12 things to know about the iPad

You've seen the television commercials and the product reviews.

updated Thu Apr 01 2010 12:56:40

Sharing vs. your privacy on Facebook

Facebook is, by its nature, a social experience.

updated Tue Mar 30 2010 16:11:07

Twitter homepage adds 'top tweets'

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.

updated Thu Mar 25 2010 14:29:34

Google denies YouTube outage speculation

Google Inc., owner of YouTube, said an outage of the popular video-sharing site Thursday was technical and not caused by outside tampering.

updated Wed Mar 24 2010 08:19:51

Secret Service paid hacker $75k a year, friend says

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.

updated Fri Mar 19 2010 10:15:33

Hubble and the space shuttle in IMAX 3-D

There's one word astronaut Michael Massimino uses over and over to describe the view from the Hubble Space Telescope: "Beautiful."

updated Wed Mar 17 2010 13:00:02

SXSW a battleground for mobile 'location war'

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.

updated Mon Mar 15 2010 07:09:48

Dot-com marks 25th anniversary

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.

updated Thu Mar 11 2010 11:54:17

10 new iPhone games for everyone

Reports from this week's Game Developers Conference make one thing clear: Games on mobile phones are not just a niche category anymore.

updated Mon Mar 08 2010 09:34:13

Gamers pumped up for 'God of War III'

"It has been a long road. To be at the finish line is great."

updated Thu Mar 04 2010 17:25:44

Cashmore: Why I'm banking on Facebook

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?

updated Wed Mar 03 2010 17:01:06

Facebook gripes protected by free speech, ruling says

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.

updated Thu Feb 11 2010 16:47:31

Why Google Buzz will be a hit

Google Buzz, Google's new social networking service announced this week, isn't particularly original.

updated Thu Feb 11 2010 16:47:21

YouTube 'brings sexy back' to charity work

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.

updated Thu Feb 11 2010 11:21:11

Facebook pulls prisoner pages over taunts

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.

updated Tue Jan 26 2010 13:05:12

Haiti efforts backed for Twitter Oscars

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.

updated Wed Jan 20 2010 10:30:04

Frenzy greets @BillGates on Twitter

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.

updated Wed Dec 30 2009 05:01:01

China eases Internet lockdown in riot-hit west

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.

updated Mon Dec 14 2009 03:33:49

Twitter creator reveals Square mobile-pay device

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.

updated Thu Dec 10 2009 17:27:40

Are any of these the Web's next big thing?

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.

updated Tue Nov 03 2009 11:40:28

Should I buy the extended warranty?

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.

updated Wed Sep 30 2009 07:23:12

Converting gas-powered cars to electric

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.

updated Tue Sep 29 2009 11:17:15

Dell brings wireless recharging to laptops

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.

updated Tue Sep 22 2009 22:52:38

France passes tough anti-piracy measure

French lawmakers passed a tough new measure to crack down on illegal downloading.

updated Wed Sep 16 2009 15:27:16

French lawmakers target Internet piracy

The French National Assembly gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a measure that seeks to crack down on Internet piracy.

updated Fri Sep 11 2009 09:53:46

Digital contacts will keep an eye on your vital signs

Forget about 20/20. "Perfect" vision could be redefined by gadgets that give you the eyes of a cyborg.

updated Thu Aug 20 2009 09:59:04

Time to drop the Netbook label

Can we all agree on something? There's no longer a difference between a Netbook and a notebook.

updated Thu Aug 06 2009 10:05:51

Why consumers won't buy tablets

Rumors have it Apple is a month away from announcing a tablet computer. Another tablet, the Crunchpad, is also due for imminent release.

updated Thu Jul 16 2009 11:42:23

Are consumers ready for the smart grid?

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.

updated Mon Jun 29 2009 12:27:09

Europe getting a universal cell-phone charger

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.

updated Thu Jun 25 2009 09:47:20

Microsoft sets Windows 7 pricing, upgrade programs

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.

updated Tue Jun 02 2009 12:35:47

Beatles rock on in video game

They've revolutionized music for nearly five decades. Now, some of the Beatles songs are about to hit video-game consoles.

updated Thu May 14 2009 11:21:39

Verizon Netbook to hit stores this weekend

Verizon Wireless will start selling Netbook computers from Hewlett-Packard starting May 17, the company said in a statement released Thursday.

updated Thu May 07 2009 08:36:19

Can a Palm Pre multitask better than an iPhone?

Palm's comeback attempt rests squarely on the notion that it has found a better way to manage your complicated digital life.

updated Wed Apr 29 2009 11:46:18

Apple plots course for middle of mobile

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.

updated Thu Apr 23 2009 11:12:02

Putting our arms around the future of touch

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.

updated Mon Apr 20 2009 12:03:52

Secure software? Experts say it's no longer a pipedream

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.

updated Wed Apr 15 2009 13:33:17

All-in-one Nettops resurrecting desktop market

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.

updated Tue Apr 14 2009 23:10:45

Scientists warn of Twitter dangers

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.

updated Tue Apr 14 2009 13:23:43

BlackBerry users experience e-mail outage

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.

updated Wed Apr 01 2009 11:34:54

Seven online-security blunders to avoid

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.

updated Thu Mar 26 2009 00:48:39

YouTube blocked in China

China has blocked the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube but did not offer a reason for the ban.

updated Wed Feb 18 2009 06:20:38

Google's newest Android prepares to battle Apple

Google launched the latest salvo in the cellphone wars Tuesday with the unveiling of the newest handset to carry its Android platform.

updated Tue Feb 17 2009 16:00:13

Universal cellphone charger will ring the changes, say makers

Cell phone makers Tuesday pledged to end one of modern life's chief frustrations --- and introduce a universal charger for handsets by 2012.

updated Fri Feb 13 2009 11:10:34

$250K Microsoft bounty to catch worm creator

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.

updated Fri Feb 06 2009 10:28:04

How your laptop will just keep getting faster

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.

updated Fri Jan 16 2009 12:14:01

Downadup virus exposes millions of PCs to hijack

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.

updated Tue Dec 09 2008 10:42:55

Gadget gift ideas for under $500

updated Wed Dec 03 2008 15:54:43

Review: Toshiba Satellite E105 is a solid all-around laptop

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.

updated Tue Dec 02 2008 12:24:43

Review: Sound only so-so on these speaker docks

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.

updated Wed Nov 26 2008 13:20:57

Review: Ultrathin TV boasts stunning design

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.

updated Mon Nov 24 2008 15:49:46

Review: Camera offers great picture quality, frustrating design

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.

updated Wed Nov 19 2008 15:11:06

Review: 80GB PlayStation 3 a superb gaming console

There's general agreement that Sony stumbled out of the gate with the PlayStation 3.

updated Mon Nov 17 2008 13:42:04

Review: redesigned MacBook a winner

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.

updated Wed Nov 12 2008 13:53:14

Review: Navigation device affordable but sluggish

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.

updated Mon Nov 10 2008 13:20:27

Camera has great photo quality, but should be faster

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.

updated Wed Nov 05 2008 14:36:18

Review: Good picture quality makes Sharp's HDTV a solid value

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.

updated Mon Nov 03 2008 14:35:39

Review: Sony MP3 player boasts great sound, cool extras

Sony has come a long way since the release of the NW-MS11 Network Walkman.

updated Wed Oct 29 2008 14:22:12

Review: ThinkPad X301 still good for frequent fliers

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.

updated Mon Oct 27 2008 14:44:23

Review: Google's HTC Dream phone -- That's it?

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.

updated Wed Oct 22 2008 14:05:55

HP's Slimline desktop is a cheap, compact PC

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.

updated Tue Oct 21 2008 10:17:38

Newest 'Guitar Hero' lets you create music

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.

updated Mon Oct 20 2008 13:14:54

Canon camera bulky and slow but a good value

In general, it's best not to expect too much from a budget camera: the 8-megapixel Canon PowerShot A580 exemplifies this philosophy.

updated Mon Oct 20 2008 09:55:06

Sony game delayed over Quran gaffe

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.

updated Wed Oct 15 2008 11:54:14

Huge plasma TV offers THX color quality

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.

updated Mon Oct 13 2008 14:24:24

Earphones offer good sound, bad fit

Purists might not like it, but mobile phones and MP3 players are converging at a record pace.

updated Wed Oct 08 2008 12:56:15

Review: Illuminated keyboard is comfortable, sexy

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.

updated Mon Oct 06 2008 14:33:27

Review: Zune music player catching up to iPod

Slowly but surely, Microsoft's Zune is staking its claim as a legitimate alternative to Apple's iPod line of MP3 players.

updated Wed Oct 01 2008 12:08:57

Review: Apple's new Nano is its best yet

Apple's fourth-generation iPod Nano returns to the original long, light, and slender formula that put the series on the map.

updated Mon Sep 29 2008 14:10:05

These headphones are comfy, block outside noise

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.

updated Wed Sep 24 2008 13:29:40

Nokia GPS device gives good directions but still lags behind

First announced at SEMA 2007, the Nokia 500 Auto Navigation system is finally hitting the streets.

updated Mon Sep 22 2008 15:55:51

Users protest, defend Facebook face-lift

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?

updated Mon Sep 22 2008 14:29:47

OutCast offers top-notch wireless sound

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.

updated Thu Sep 18 2008 13:43:36

Who gives better answers, people or computers? Ask ChaCha

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?

updated Wed Sep 17 2008 14:27:23

Printer makes great photos but can't run wirelessly

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.

updated Mon Sep 15 2008 13:25:44

Ultrasone headphones are comfy, sound great

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.

updated Wed Sep 10 2008 13:06:18

Sony laptop a solid, if unspectacular, choice for school

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.

updated Mon Sep 08 2008 14:42:45

New HP printer an upgrade over last year's model

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.

updated Fri Sep 05 2008 20:08:59

CIA, FBI push 'Facebook for spies'

When you see people at the office using such Internet sites as Facebook and MySpace, you might suspect those workers are slacking off.

updated Wed Sep 03 2008 14:31:59

Nikon D3 reaches new imaging heights

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).

updated Thu Aug 28 2008 10:42:58

Heavy-duty clock radio lacks some key features

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.

updated Tue Aug 26 2008 14:48:09

HP laptop is heavy but packs great battery life

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.

updated Mon Aug 25 2008 14:19:13

Gadget review: Bluetooth headset is slim, easy to use

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.

updated Wed Aug 20 2008 12:43:24

Panasonic TV delivers impressive picture

Coming from a company known more for its plasma HDTVs, the Panasonic TC-32LX85 is a pleasant surprise in the 32-inch LCD category.

updated Mon Aug 18 2008 14:54:33

Wireless digital-music system offers great sound but no iTunes

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).

updated Fri Aug 15 2008 14:08:10

Gateway GT5692 is dependable desktop

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.

updated Wed Aug 13 2008 13:32:11

Sony Blu-ray player is solid but no PS3

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.

updated Mon Aug 11 2008 08:29:14

What to know before buying your kid a cell phone

He was gone. Kristi and Claudio Lai turned around for just one minute and their son had disappeared at Sea World.

updated Fri Aug 08 2008 11:34:45

'Fun little' Bluetooth headset has tiny controls

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.

updated Wed Aug 06 2008 13:07:13

Samsung's Instinct is competition for iPhone

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.