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Windows Phone: The Next Six Months

Windows Phone: The Next Six Months

Today, Windows Phone 7 turned six. Six months, that is, counted from the October 21 2010 release of the first batch of Windows Phone handsets. It's a big day for the platform, too; not only a retail milestone, but an early inking of the deal between Microsoft and Nokia which will see the Finnish phone giant bet its smartphone fortunes. So, where next for Windows Phone, and will Nokia's input - and the "billions of dollars" Microsoft will be pushing its way - help it gain all-important market share?

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Windows Phone 7: The First Six Months

Windows Phone 7: The First Six Months

It's a half birthday! Today is 6 months to the day since the official launch of Windows Phone 7, and we're got a roundup like you wouldn't believe! How would you like to know everything that ever mattered about the platform in one single post? That's what's going on here. Behold the successor to the Windows Mobile platform, one that's taken the world by storm! -- Depending on how you look at it. We've got all the big steps complimented by hands-on with all the big guns - reviews too!

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Is Anyone Really Surprised the PSP Go Was A Failure?

Is Anyone Really Surprised the PSP Go Was A Failure?

When Sony launched the PSP Go in 2009, it was expected to be the next big thing by some fans. They said that it would capitalize on the growing downloadable-content trend, and gamers wouldn’t even miss the UMD drive. More importantly, they said, with such future-focused features, it could justify its $250 price tag.

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A Half-Baked PlayBook is the tip of the Firmware Nightmare

A Half-Baked PlayBook is the tip of the Firmware Nightmare

If there's one message that comes through loud and clear about the BlackBerry PlayBook - both in our review and in others - it's that RIM's first tablet is half-baked in its current state. The 7-inch slate is dependent on a phone for half of its key apps, glitchy in more places than it should be, and has left reviewers warning would-be early-adopters that it might even be too early for them to consider, well, adopting. Welcome to the firmware nightmare, where every device is a work-in-progress and nobody is ever quite satisfied.

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I Haven’t Played My Kinect Since Launch

I Haven’t Played My Kinect Since Launch

When the Microsoft Kinect launched in November, allowing gamers to play video games with only the movement of their bodies, everyone wondered if it would catch on. Now with more than 10 million units sold, it clearly has.

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Is An App Store-Equipped Apple HDTV A Game Changer?

Is An App Store-Equipped Apple HDTV A Game Changer?

Last night, I was sitting in my living room thinking about what I should watch, and I decided to browse Netflix. But rather than fire up my Apple TV or turn my PlayStation 3 on, I simply clicked over to it from the apps marketplace available through my HDTV. I then started sifting through its library of content.

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Meat and Greet over Skype

Meat and Greet over Skype

My favorite piece of artwork of all time was at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. It's also my favorite museum, and this piece probably cinched it. I was walking through the exhibit halls, when I happened to bump into an older woman. I said "excuse me" without making eye contact, and I kept perusing the art. Then I noticed a bench in the middle of the room. It was too far to be a seat for pondering the wall hangings, but it was clearly meant for observation. So, I sat down. I watched the crowd. It took me a few minutes to notice that the old woman was still standing there, where I had bumped into her. She was slightly hunched, perhaps in her seventies. She carried a shopping bag, and was wrapped in average clothes for a cold New York day. But the most interesting thing about her was that she was not real.

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For a Former Gadget Reviewer, I’m Rubbish At Advice

For a Former Gadget Reviewer, I’m Rubbish At Advice

I was reading through Chris Davies' column on giving gadget advice, and I thought I would add my perspective. I used to be a gadget reviewer. The first product I ever reviewed was the Sony D-EJ01 anniversary edition Discman. A Discman, for you young 'uns, was a large music player that played compact discs. A compact disc? It's like a record, um, or a DVD, err . . . it's a single-use MP3 made out of plastic. I know it sounds silly. We were silly in the 90s.

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Quit Complaining: Our Entertainment Opportunities Are Better Than Ever

Quit Complaining: Our Entertainment Opportunities Are Better Than Ever

For generations, we have spent our days and nights in the living room being entertained.

Once upon a time, we had books to read. Then, we were able to turn on a radio and hear some music and shows. Televisions launched to provide us with even more enjoyment. And now, we have computers, tablets, and smartphones that afford us even more opportunities to sit back, relax, and allow entertainment to wash over us.

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She Gets the Furniture, I’m Keeping Fringe

She Gets the Furniture, I’m Keeping Fringe

When we were married, my ex-wife and I had a rule. No watching mutual TV shows without the other. After years together, raising a toddler, managing a strict budget, television shows became an easy, reliable escape for the two of us. We didn’t watch exorbitant amounts of television. Usually less than an hour a night. But we did not have much time to spare every night, so that hour of TV time was something we both nurtured.

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Is Dual-Touch the Future of Phones and Tablets?

Is Dual-Touch the Future of Phones and Tablets?

If one touchscreen is good, how great must two be? Tapping into the same part of the brain that screams how geekily-cool Star Trek tablet props are, the allure of a double-display smartphone or computer isn't new, but neither has it been done right. That's not stopped various new attempts, however, Acer's twin-14-inch Iconia Touchbook notebook for one, or the imminent Sprint Kyocera Echo phone for another. Double-vision each may offer, but the manufacturers responsible are still showing serious myopia in how they're delivering on the twin-touch dream.

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Why You Should Spend More on a TV and Less on Everything Else

Why You Should Spend More on a TV and Less on Everything Else

Over the past year, I’ve been slowly but surely upgrading the equipment in my living room. I’ve decided that I spend enough time there to justify getting a new television, a new surround sound set-up, and all the devices I can pack into the room to enhance my entertainment experience.

Recently, someone asked me what I’ve learned during the upgrade. They wanted to know what I would have done differently and which decision I made that I believed was best.

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