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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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'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.
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'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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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