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Another Apple iPhone 4 Flaw: A Glitchy Proximity Sensor

It happened to me on my first phone call with the new <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/545030/review/apple_32gb_iphone_4.html">Apple iPhone 4</a>: The display screen flashed on during the call, and I managed to inadvertently put the call onto speaker. Twice.

Written by Melissa J. Perenson29 June 10 10:23

Hands On With Apple's New iPhone 4

The Apple iPhone 4 is everything that a new piece of technology should be: It's innovative, attractive, and ahead of its competition. In comparison, previous iPhone upgrades seem inconsequential--that's how much iPhone 4 brings to the table.

Written by Melissa J. Perenson08 June 10 14:21

Apple iPad: A hands-on tour in Pictures

Though the Apple iPad's interface may look familiar (see our hands-on impressions for more on the iPad), the hardware is clearly bigger than its iPhone/iPod Touch siblings.

Written by Melissa J. Perenson29 Jan. 10 13:24

Ionics Plug Computer 3.0 (preview)

The first unit based on Marvell’s Sheevaplug always-on microserver platform, the Plug Computer 3.0 looks bulky, but impressive.

Written by Melissa J. Perenson22 Jan. 10 11:20

2010: Year of the E-reader

When Amazon released its first-generation Kindle, the company was light years ahead of the market, with virtually no competition for digital readers’ eyeballs. In 2010, though, the e-reader universe is not only set to explode, but it’s also set to fragment. What defines an e-reader? Is it only a device with an electronic paper-like display? Is it a device (tablet or otherwise) that has an LCD screen? Or does software turn any device into an e-Reader?

Written by Melissa J. Perenson14 Jan. 10 07:59

2010: Year of the e-reader

Move over, Kindle -- this year promises a slew of devices that will make it easier than ever to digitally consume books. We highlight the latest from CES.

Written by Melissa J. Perenson12 Jan. 10 14:46

Amazon Kindle DX E-Book Reader

In spite of its larger size, the Amazon Kindle DX ($US489 as of October 29, 2009) comes off as a surprisingly lean and elegant contender in the current e-book reader steeplechase. This enlarged version of the Kindle has a number of appealing features - including strong PDF support - along with a few missteps.

Written by Melissa J. Perenson03 Nov. 09 04:02

Windows 7 hardware: touch finally arrives

Before Windows 7's arrival, touchscreen support wasn't part of the Windows operating system itself. Instead, all-in-one PC vendors resorted to stopgaps ranging from elegant (HP's growing TouchSmart software suite) to kludgy (touchscreen apps from MSI and Asus).

Written by Melissa J. Perenson30 Sept. 09 02:04

Barnes & Noble makes a big splash into e-books

Barnes &amp; Noble, which calls itself the world's largest bookseller, has given hints that e-books will play an important role in the company's future strategy. Today, we get the first insights to Barnes' digital strategy with the company's two-prong announcement of the Barnes & Noble eBookstore and its e-book reader plans--including the company's partnership with Plastic Logic to produce an e-book device.

Written by Melissa J. Perenson21 July 09 09:25
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