May 25, 2005

Wireless news: U Owe Me $ 4 SMS

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"If you think your daily dose of e-mail spam is annoying, just imagine if your ISP charged you for each piece of junk mail in your inbox. Because that's exactly what's happening with unwaned text messages you get on your mobile phone."
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May 24, 2005

Home video review: Lite-On LVC-9006

As published on CNET.com:
"Boasting excellent recording quality and easy operation, Lite-On's VHS/DVD combo recorder is a perfect choice for beginners looking to turn their VHS tapes into DVDs. The LVC-9006's friendly menus take you step by step through the deck's playback and recording functions, its stellar VHS-to-DVD dubs are among the best we've seen, and it records to all four major DVD formats. While it won't automatically create thumbnailed chapter menus à la the GoVideo VR2940, we'd still heartily recommend the affordable Lite-On LVC-9006 ($299 list) for novices who want to burn their aging tape collections to disc. Experts may bemoan the recorder's skimpy editing features and its lack of a front-panel S-Video input, but these are our only knocks on this otherwise extremely satisfying combo deck."
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Tech news: Battery Ram

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"If car gas guages were as accurate as the battery guage on your notebook, the side of the road would be littered with frustrated drivers who couldn't understand why their tank plummeted from half-full to empty in a matter of minutes. It turns out that current battery guages are guessing more than you think when they're measuring your devices' remaining power. Texas Instruments hopes to change that with its new 'intelligent' battery-management system."
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May 18, 2005

Wireless review: Nextel Motorola i265

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"You wouldn't mistake the Nextel i265 for another carrier's phone. With a hefty form factor, it is prototypically Nextel--it may not be flashy and glamorous, but it's tough."
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May 12, 2005

Home video review: Panasonic DMR-EH50

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"Panasonic's 2005 HDD/DVD recorder boasts excellent recording quality and a comprehensive set of features, but its free electronic programming guide (EPG) still suffered a few glitches in our tests. The sleek DMR-EH50 ($449 list) delivers crystal-clear recordings, particularly in the four-hour LP mode, and hassle-free dubbing and editing from the 100GB hard drive to DVD. That's all well and good, but most people are also used to their cable or satellite company's EPG or the one inside TiVo-based decks such as those from Humax, all of which perform more reliably than TV Guide. "
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May 09, 2005

Feature: Searching beyond Google and Yahoo

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"Search is a hot topic, and the latest generation of search engines is finding new ways to scour the Net for images, multimedia, news and--lest we forget--Web pages. We took a fresh look at Google, Yahoo, and seven of their closest competitors, focusing on their interfaces, features, and functionality. While Google and Yahoo still trump their rivals in terms of overall search, we found that almost every player in our competition brought something unique to the table."
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