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BlackBerry joins in the micro-application game with new App World store

The early reviews are mixed. But at least BlackBerry (or RIM), with the release of their new App World store, are in the game. Is it just me, or did that take too long? Once again Apple has taken the early lead. And from what I can tell we're talking big...

Comparing espresso pod systems from Nespresso and Illy

I recently received a brochure in the mail from Illy, slick as always, promoting their new espresso capsule system, crazily called iperEspresso. I'm not even sure how to say that. It piqued my interest as I know and enjoy Nespresso capsule espresso. So I wondered how this new system...

Yahoo! Briefcase bites the dust, what’s next?

I received an email recently from Yahoo!, which told me that they were discontinuing the Yahoo! Briefcase service and that I should remove any files I wanted or abdicate access by Tuesday, March 30, 2009. Admittedly, it's been a while since I used briefcase, but now faced with the sense...

Synopsys Science Fair in San Jose: Doh! Outsmarted by adults, Loni and now kids too

Did you know that most dogs have a "paw preference", and use their right paw more than their left? Or that among natural sugar, Splenda and Sweet 'n Low, the latter is the least likely to promote tooth decay? I learned all this and a whole lot more when I took...

West Coast home prices, are we hitting bottom soon?

The latest issue of Money Magazine asks a question most U.S. homeowners are wondering, "When will home prices hit bottom already?" (April 2009, pg. 65). Whether it's for sheer interest, refinancing a loan or a desire to buy or sell, the question piqued my interest while flipping through the...

comScore search rankings: Google still holds 3-to-1 lead

The February search rankings report from comScore reveal Google's stranglehold on all things search is still commanding. According to the report, about 60% of all Internet searches go through Google or one of its many properties such as YouTube. Its closest competitor, Yahoo, takes in just over 20%. Microsoft, despite...

Will Apple launch a Netbook?

The latest rumor buzzing around tech circles is whether Apple will release a Netbook. After some initial research I believe the question is when, and not so much if. It would be hard to imagine Apple not wanting a piece of this fast growing market. Once again, though, Apple will...

5 ways to save money on your next tech purchase

Recently I was looking for a deal on a MP3 player for my son-in-law. I pulled out my usual Web shopping bag-of-tricks, starting with Google of course. Just typing in "best MP3 player" results in all sorts of informative reviews and comparison sites. It can be onerous though sifting...

Credit Karma: Does your credit score give you good karma?

When Clint and I were purchasing our primary residence, we subscribed to a credit monitoring company to make sure our credit scores were in good standing. As a rule though, based on the FCRA, the big three consumer reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) have to provide each individual a...

PDA to 3G iPhone

I've been a confirmed PDA user since the days of the Sharp Wizard. I upgraded over the years to the Zaurus, then to the various HP models of PDA. When my HP screen "went south" I took advantage of an AT&T offer to get the windows driven...