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Stephen Shankland offers his view of trends in the technology world, including hands-on testing and coverage of browsers, cameras, and research.
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Android 4's Roboto font: It's for humans, too

Thu, 11/10/2011 - 19:39
Google's Matias Duarte says Android's new system font should help loosen up its techie image. Too bad about the name.

Growl now costs $2--and that's just fine

Thu, 11/10/2011 - 17:08
The Mac notification utility shows that open-source software isn't always free. But paying for something useful isn't unreasonable.

Flash: Crippled but alive...for now

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 21:10
Adobe gave up its ambitions to make Flash Player as important in mobile browsing as it is on PCs. Flash is still important, but it's not healthy.

As Facebook buys Strobe, Tilde embraces its Web tech

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:10
Strobe worked hard on the open-source SproutCore technology, and Facebook likes it. CNET has learned that a startup called Tilde is working on commercializing it.

Adobe abandons Flash plug-in for mobile devices: report

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 11:28
In what appears to be a dramatic turnaround, Adobe seems to have scrapped a high-profile effort to bring Flash Player browser plug-in to mobile devices.

Thunderbird 8 arrives--with Lightning 1.0 calendar

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 22:19
The new Thunderbird e-mail program, now on the rapid-release schedule of sister software Firefox, gets a calendar add-on.

Firefox 8 cracks down on add-ons

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 21:08
The new browser won't let new third-party add-ons run until users give the say-so, and it suggests old ones be disabled. Also: Twitter search and a tab tune-up.

Panasonic reveals industrial-strength Android tablets

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 13:48
The 10-inch and 7-inch Toughpads, due in 2012, are designed to withstand water, heat, grit, and shock. Let's hope mainstream models follow their lead.

Android 4.0 due in early 2012 for 7 HTC phones

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 16:44
The Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google's mobile operating system will arrive on HTC phones early next year--but don't expect it on all models.

Adobe Elements on the Mac App Store: 5 implications

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 15:23
Ceding some power to Apple is just one of the repercussions of Adobe selling Photoshop and Premiere Elements through the Mac App Store.

EC opens Samsung patent investigation

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 17:47
European competition regulators have requested information from Samsung in a case involving Apple, its rival in multiple patent-infringement lawsuits.

What needs fixing with Google Reader redesign

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 19:02
Google need not reverse its new Google+ mechanism for sharing Reader items, but the redesigned site needs other repairs.

Android browser bumps Opera for No. 2 spot

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 11:16
In the mobile browsing market, Google's browser has pushed Opera Mini aside, but Apple's Safari remains the top dog.

Sony pays Ericsson $1.47B, takes over phone business

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 12:41
With the Sony Ericsson partnership becoming a Sony subsidiary, expect a tighter integration between phones and other Sony electronics and services.

Flex it, baby! Nokia's new interface is seriously twisted

Wed, 10/26/2011 - 20:06
The company is showing off a flexible-screen device controlled by how it's twisted and bowed, one it calls the Nokia kinetic interface.

'Steve Jobs': An apt portrait of a jerk and a genius

Mon, 10/24/2011 - 19:33
book review Walter Isaacson's biography is a compelling book that, like Jobs himself, doesn't sugarcoat the Apple leader's history. But in it, Jobs does get the last word.

'Steve Jobs' biography: A wealth of detail

Mon, 10/24/2011 - 09:16
Walter Isaacson's biography of the Apple leader has been released. Here's a look at what's in the book.

Web-based Kindle format good for comics, kids' books

Fri, 10/21/2011 - 15:45
Pining for an e-cookbook with color photos? A new format dramatically expands what types of books Amazon's e-reader can display and adds Web publishing support.

1080p shootout: iPhone 4S vs. Canon 5D Mark II

Fri, 10/21/2011 - 13:17
How well does video from Apple's latest smartphone stack up against the belle of the video SLR ball? One side-by-side test lets you compare.

HP tech and strategy chief Robison to retire

Fri, 10/21/2011 - 10:26
The chief strategy and technology officer is leaving after 11 years, and new CEO Meg Whitman won't be hiring a replacement.