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Palm Pre reviews mixed, Apple preempts party with $99 iPhone

If the odds were against Palm already, they're now even worse. You would have a better chance of hitting '00' on a roulette table, twice in a row, then Palm surviving this much-hyped third (or fourth?) comeback. It's starting to rival Elvis... "looks good", "sounds good", "hardware's a little flaky",...

With Bing, Microsoft bangs its head on the (Google) wall once again

As Yogi Berra once said, it's déjà vu all over again. With Bing, Microsoft's latest salvo against industry giant Google, we have yet again another tired, lesser quality impersonator. Why bother? I wouldn't be surprised if Bing is Microsoft's shining example of innovation. Really? Really?! Really. Hundreds of thousands of engineers. Three...

The next generation of netbooks: faster, cheaper, and more… uh, notebook-like

I've been following the latest announcements on the Netbook front over the past few months. The perfect storm — bad economy, demand for portability, emergence of cloud computing — has resulted in an explosive market segment. Consumers are devouring these things like mad. The days of the $1,000+ laptop are...

Credit Karma: Second impressions warrant a thumbs up

A while back, I had written about CreditKarma.com, a company that gives approximations on your credit scores based on the major credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) with what they claim is a +/-50 possible differential. I consider this latter caveat negligible if you factor in the convenience of...

SunPower now offers iPhone app to monitor your home’s energy information

Loni forwarded an email to me the other day about this new app available for the iPhone. It connects in to your solar system and enables you to track energy production on the fly, and on the go. I like it! Too bad I don't have an iPhone. I'm...

Is Twitter the real deal or just a huge, narcissistic, real-time spam engine?

Guy Kawasaki must be a really busy guy, right? A well known entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, of Garage Technology Ventures, and now as I'm continuously reminded on Twitter, a new web site called Alltop. Turns out it's pretty interesting. A news aggregation service that allows you to quickly view the...

Kindle DX, like most of us middle-aged devices, gets bigger

The Kindle is a curiosity. It seems to generate more hype than it deserves, and yet I can't help but think there is something there — I don't know what — that will transform something to something, or someone to something... or something like that. Maybe the newspaper industry will be saved....

The Economy: What Happened?

An evening with economist Jeffrey Frankel requires a bottle of wine

When you absolutely must have your espresso on the go

Talk about portable! I came across this coffee gadget — there are a lot of them — on Gizmodo. It caught my attention, partly for the sheer absurdness, but also partly because I wondered if it was even possible to brew an espresso using something that looked like a slightly pregnant...

What is everyone twittering about?

If there is one thing that eclipses the discussion around American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, it is perhaps the latest tipping point of mass media adoption of Twitter. It seems that every time I turn around, Twitter is being featured on CNN (@cnnbrk), on web news outlets and...