CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
Top 10 Mobile Stories Of 2010
As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
Verizon To Preview Android Devices, Not iPhone
At CES next week, the carrier has scheduled a news conference to provide "sneak peek" of Android-based 4G LTE consumer devices, rather than the rumored announcement it will launch a version of the Apple iPhone.
Sears Debuts Online Video Service
Alphaline Entertainment aims to stake a claim against Netflix, Amazon, Google, and Apple by offering movie downloads the same they they're released on DVD.
Skype To Unveil iPhone Video Chat At CES
A Verizon iPhone may have been accidentally confirmed in a FAQ about a FaceTime competitor posted on -- and quickly removed from -- the VoIP provider's site Friday.
Top 11 Mobile Predictions For 2011
The meteoric rise of wireless will further accelerate in the new year, with expanded adoption of 4G, tablets, smartphones, and other technology in the consumer and enterprise markets.
Tablet Vendors Preview CES Launches
Lesser known manufacturers, including ECS, MSI, Indamixx, and Asus, offer sneak peeks at the products they'll put up against HP, Motorola, and other well-known brands in January.
Top 10 SMB Stories Of 2010
Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
Top 10 Apple Stories Of 2010
Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
Got The Gadget; Lost The Manual
Many techies and their families will have one or more gadgets under the tree this weekend, yet despite Steve Jobs' best intentions, many of them still need a manual, particularly to unlock those obscure but innovative features that just aren't obvious on the surface. Yet with today's globalized, cost-conscious supply chain, many (most?) products don't include a printed manual. Those that do include some paper often just have a cursory 'quick install' sheet filled with hieroglyphic-like icons and
Kno Ships Education Tablet
The 14.1-inch touchscreen device, geared at students, offers access to digital textbooks in Kno's e-bookstore.
Sur La Tablet
2011 will be the year of the tablet, or at least the year that everyone says is the year of the tablet. There will be more than enough devices, but will there be enough reasons to buy them?
ZigBee Intros Wireless Input Device Standard
The communications spec for mice, keyboards, set-top boxes, and other consumer electronics will replace infrared devices with greener, smarter technology, said Zigbee Alliance.
SEC Probes Former HP CEO Mark Hurd
Investigators said to be focused on whether Hurd, now co-president at Oracle, leaked details of HP's plan to buy EDS to a female companion.
Microsoft Prepping Kinect Upgrade
The firmware update would improve motion sensing accuracy and allow more data to pass through to the Xbox 360, according to reports.
Amazon Replacing Kindle Cover
Many customers have complained that a leather e-reader accessory causes the device to freeze, reboot, and lose their page.
Creative Launches Android Tablets
The entertainment-focused ZiiO 7" tab includes the Pure Android Audio application and Creative's X-Fi Crytalizer, which the company claims provides a superior experience over "conventional tablets that offer mediocre sound."
Top 10 Software Stories Of 2010
In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
LG Launching Dual Core Smartphone
The Optimus 2X, debuting in Asia and Europe, will run Nvidia's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip processor for increased performance playing video and games.
Nokia Sues Apple For Patent Infringement
In a suit filed in Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands, the mobile phone maker is accusing Apple of violating 13 patents in the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Sony Outs PlayStation App For iOS And Android
Sony announced that it will soon deliver an official PlayStation application for Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, and most Android handsets. Don't get too excited, though. It's not what you think.
Top 10 Hardware Stories Of 2010
Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum