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Palm Pre Gets Big Thumbs Up

Demo of new smartphone has revi

(Newser) - Palm's new Pre smartphone is the hottest product at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show by a long stretch, a smitten Lance Ulanoff writes at PC Magazine. Ulanoff heard a lot about the Pre before yesterday's rollout, but was still blown away by the smartphone's impressive specs, fresh interface, and groundbreaking... More »

Gadget Checks Email—Period.

It's light on features, but Peek is perfect for the non-Geek

(Newser) - There are two kinds of gadget-buyers: Feature-listers and elegance-appreciators. And, boy, will feature-listers ever hate the Peek, writes David Pogue in the New York Times. The Peek is a simple, cheap little gadget that does nothing but send and receive email. Feature-rich, it ain’t, but it may well appeal... More »

Palm Lays Off 10% of Workforce

Missteps, growing competition plague smart phone maker

(Newser) - Palm, the struggling maker of the Treo smart phone, laid off more than 100 of its 1,150 worldwide employees this week as part of an expense-cutting restructuring. The company, facing stiffening competition, has compounded its recent woes with product launch delays and the September cancellation of the Foleo portable... More »

'4-Hour Workweek' a Silicon Valley Siren Song

Marc Andreessen, others lured by call to ignore influx of email and IMs

(Newser) - Tim Ferriss is an ex-kickboxer and tango champ, but he's ensnared the attention of some in Silicon Valley with a simple message: pull the plug. Techies like Netscape founder Marc Andreessen—ironically, an investor in attention-sapping chat service Twitter—have found solace in “The 4-Hour Workweek,” Ferriss’ tome... More »

Smartphones Flunk IQ Test

Joe Nocera concludes that packing in features is making many phones dysfunctional

(Newser) - In a New York Times piece sure to resonate with frustrated smartphone owners everywhere, Joe Nocera unspools a Treo horror story that runs the gamut from weird, intermittent glitches to a lethal software upgrade. After turning in his moribund phone for a new one, and finding the replacement  as balky... More »

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