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With 2011 touted as the year of the tablet, the tablet war has begun with Apple unveiling iPad2 and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM)speculated to be following soon with its PlayBook. Here’s is my point of view on how Apple Inc’s iPad 2, stacks up against iPad 1 and competing tablets, with just simple features and less jargons so everyone can understand with a scroll :0.

Apple iPad 2

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* Price: $499-$829

* Camera: Has front and rear-facing camera, Sports a magnetic cover

* Weight: 1.33 lbs (603gm)

* Screen: 9.7 inches LED display; width: 7.3 inches; depth: 0.34 inches

* Processor & OS: Runs on 1GHz dual-core A5 processor, iOS 4.3

* Availablity: March 11

Apple iPad

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* Price: $399-$729

* Weight: 1.5 lbs (680gm)

* Screen: 9.7 inches LED display, width: 7.5 inches, depth: 0.5 inches

* Processor & OS: Runs on 1GHz A4 processor

Motorola Mobility Xoom

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* Software: Android

* Weight: 1.6 lbs (725gm)

* Camera: Has a 2 MP front-facing camera for video calls and a 5 MP rear camera that takes still photos and captures high-definition video.

* Screen: 10.1 inches diagonally; width: 6.6 inches; depth: 0.5 inches

* Processor & OS: Runs on 1GHz Dual Core processor with Android 3.0 Honeycomb

* Availability: Since February

* Price: $600-$799

Research In Motion PlayBook

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* Screen: 7 inches display; width 7.6 inches, depth 0.4 inches

* Weight 0.9 lbs (408 gm)

* Camera: Dual camera, 3 MP camera in the front, 5 MP camera at the back

* Processor & OS: Runs on 1 GHz dual-core processor with BlackBerry OS

* Price: To be announced

* Availablity: March likely

LG Optimus Pad

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* Weight: 630 grams

* Screen: 8.9 inches display

* Processor & OS: 1GHz NvidiaTegra 2 dual-core processor, runs on Android 3.0

* Camera: Two separate cameras on the back for shooting 3D video. A 2 MP camera on front for conferencing.

* Price: To be announced

* Availability: Middle of March

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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* Screen: 10.1 inches display

* Weight: 1.3 lbs (589gm)

* Camera: Front- and rear-facing cameras

* Processor & OS: Runs on 1 GHz dual-core processor with Android 3.0 Honeycomb

* Price: To be announced

* Availability: March

HP TouchPad

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* Screen: 9.7 inches multitouch screen

* Weight: 1.6 pounds (0.7 kg)

* Camera: There’s a front-facing 1.3 MP camera for video calling. However, there is no camera on the back panel.

* Processor & OS: Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2-GHz processor; will be the first to use WebOS OS which HP got when it acquired Palm.

Price: To be announced

Availability: Middle of the year likely

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Mobile Web browsers are fast catching up with their desktop counterparts in terms of functionality and features. Until a few years ago, internet access on the cellphone mainly meant being able to chat or send and receive e-mail on your handset. Yes, you could browse the Web on your phone as well, but screens were small and the browser – the software that let you access websites – was not really designed to let you see websites in all their glory, but instead showed you watered down “mobile-friendly ” versions of the originals.

All that changed with the arrival of the iPhone with its powerful Safari browser. This not only signalled an era of larger phone screens, but also positioned the handset as a device that was as capable of browsing the Web as a computer. The iPhone’s popularity led to not only more touchscreen devices (which is another story altogether), but also spurred a significant improvement in cellphone browsers. Prior to the iPhone, browsers like Opera Mini had managed to deliver a decent browsing experience on handsets, but had often been hampered by relatively small (2 or 2.2 inch) displays.

All this has now changed and the first thing that many users do when they get a cellphone is often to download a new browser to be able to surf their favourite websites with minimum fuss – ironically, the default browsers in most smartphones (barring the iPhone and Android devices) still remain on the weaker side. Here, then are some of the mobile browsing options available for those wanting a slice of the Web on their phones:

Opera Mini

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It can claim credit to having started the mobile browsing phenomenon when it allowed users to access desktop versions of websites on their handsets as far back as in 2005. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength and now even comes pre-installed on many handsets. One of the reasons Opera Mini works so well is that it uses a server to compress Web pages and then sends them to a handset – this can wreck havoc with images, but more often than not provides a very quick browsing experience, even on relatively slow connections.

Recent years have seen additions like tabbed browsing, an icon-driven interface, the ability to share bookmarks with desktop browsers, and support for just about every phone (including the iPhone) in town being added. All of which make it the best mobile browsing option on a handset to this day, notwithstanding the absence of support for Flash websites. In fact, it is so good that it has overshadowed and at times even cannibalised a sister product, Opera Mobile, which provides similar functionality, but runs totally off the phone and does not access pages through a server!

Available on http://www.m.opera.com

Bolt

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It is a relative newcomer to the world of mobile browsers, but Bolt has already started making a name for itself with its extremely fast browsing and the fact that it allows users to access streaming Flash websites like YouTube and MySpace. Bolt also lets you use Web applications like Google Docs and games like Mafia Wars, all with minimum loss of formatting. There is also a widget platform for those who would like to access sites without the fuss of typing out URLs (never an easy task on handsets).

Top that off with the fact that the browser runs on any handset that runs Java (it does not run on the iPhone and while Android versions are being tested out, it is not on the Android Market) and you can see why the browser is gaining so much popularity. It still loses out to Opera Mini in terms of sheer speed and stability though.

Available on http://www.boltbrowser.com

SkyFire

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There are many who complain about its (lack of) speed, its tendency to shut down abruptly at times and its less-than-intuitive interface. But all said and done, Skyfire has made a name for itself as being, perhaps, one of the most powerful browsers to run on a cellphone. It is one of the few browsers that lets you access a number of Flash sites without too many hassles (there’s even a workaround for this on the iPhone which does not support flash) and gives near desktop-style performance for almost all websites on most popular smartphone platforms.

What holds it back from cellphone browser domination is its tendency to be buggy and the fact that it is a bit of a resource hog – it can really slow your phone down sometimes. For this reason, it works best on devices with a little more power under the hood.

Available on http://www.skyfire.com

Dolphin HD

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There are many who will frown at the need for getting a third-party browser on an Android handset, which generally has a version of Google’s mobile Chrome running on it. It, therefore, speaks volumes of just how good Dolphin is, that many consider it a must-have application for Android users. Apart from handling Flash and HTML 5 sites very well, it also brings in the convenience of gestures, letting you access websites by just drawing a shape on the screen.

For example, you can assign the letter ‘F’ to access Facebook. Draw the shape on the screen and you’ll instantly be taken to that site. There are also various addons and extensions available; a password manager and screen capture to add further functionality to the browser, if need be. For example, it also supports downloading of YouTube videos. A pity it is available only for Android devices running software version 2.0 or later.

Available on Android Market

Firefox Mobile

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Do not get fooled by the name. The mobile version of Firefox has, so far, failed to match the performance (and hence, popularity) of its desktop counterpart. While it does offer a fair bit such as support for HTML 5 and add-ons, it has been found wanting in several departments, most notably those of speed and stability. When it does work, though, it works very well indeed. Alas, it has been a work in progress rather than the finished article for way too long. So far, it is available only for Android and Maemo devices.

Available on http://www.mozilla.com/en-US /mobile

iCab Mobile

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For many iPhone fanatics, downloading an additional browser when they have the superb Safari broswer pre-loaded on the device seems like a waste of time. However, iCab Mobile has emerged as one of the main challengers to Safari on the iPhone, just as it continues to be one of its rivals on the Mac OS platform.

iCab Mobile brings tabbed browsing, three finger scrolling, and most interestingly, a download manager that can not just be opened by apps on the iPhone, but can also be transferred to a computer. The built-in search function can be extended by adding more search engines, just like a browser on a PC. It also has some unique features like filters to block ads or other unwanted elements on a webpage. One of the two browsers in this feature to come with a price tag ($1.99), but in terms of performance, iCab is one of the best we have seen.

Available on Apple App Store

Xscope

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Xscope is not just a Web browser for Android devices; it also functions as a task killer (to help close apps running in the background) and as a file manager. You can long press on a link or an image for additional options like downloading. It is noticeably faster in rendering pages as compared to the default Android browser. Additionally, tabbed browsing is possible, and you can switch between tabs by simply swiping left or right on the tabs toolbar. Like Dolphin HD, Xscope also allows you to download YouTube clips for later viewing.

Other features include pinch-to-zoom, various customised skins and URL sharing. You can share the link to any website you visit using G-mail, Facebook or SMS; just long press on the URL bar and the sharing options come up. The latest version only works on devices running Android 2.1 or later. It is priced at $2.99 on the Android App Market, but there is a free, lite version available too. The lite version has all the browser features, but omits the task killer and file manager.

Available on Android Market

UCWEB

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If you are using two or more email account of Google or Yahoo then doing it from one browser could be more hectic as it is little difficult to type username and password from mobile key pad . So, Lets move towards our second option, UCWEB. Its well and good browser which have option to resume download if it fails due to any reason. Beside that it provides convenient way to copy and paste any urls or contents. Most reliable function of UCWEB is its tabbed browsing which allows you view separate websites at one time unlike opera mini.

Available @ http://www.uc.cn/English

Mobile Safari

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On January 9, 2007, at Macworld SF, Jobs announced Apple’s iPhone, which would use a mobile version of the Safari browser. Display rich websites like YouTube, zoom feature, excellent touch-based user interface. The iPhone was formally released on June 29, 2007. It includes a version of Safari based on the same WebKit rendering engine as the desktop version, but with a modified feature set better suited for a mobile device. Apple surprised everyone by approving the Opera Mini web browser for the iPhone and iPod touch, bringing one of the most popular mobile browsers to the most popular smartphone.

Available on iPhone platform.

Blazer

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Blazer is a web browser available for Palm handhelds running Palm OS 3.1 or higher with 8MB of free memory available. The original version of Blazer was developed by Bluelark Systems and was released in November 2000. Bluelark Systems was acquired by Handspring a month later. Has all Standard browser features, Video is streamed via the Kinoma Video Player. It supports many formats, including Windows Media. Blazer does not support Adobe Flash Player – meaning you cannot view popular videos on sites such as ESPN or YouTube. This issue has never been addressed by Palm.

Available Free with Palm OS

You may have seen a lot of mobile phone concepts, but the one you are going to see below will blow you away, seriously this is one of the best concepts ever made. The concept is made by the masterminds over at Mozilla Labs, and they are calling it Sea Bird. The Sea Bird is running on Android, and there are a lot of amazing features in the concept phone. Since Mozilla Labs launched the Concept Series with an open call for participation they have had thousands of people join in, share ideas and develop concepts around Firefox, the Mozilla projects and the Open Web as a whole.

Overview

The Mozilla Seabird, part of the Mozilla Labs’ Concept Series, is an experiment in how users might interact with their mobile content as devices and technology advances. Drawing on insights culled from the Mozilla community through the project’s blog, a focus quickly developed around frustrating physical interactions. While mobile CPUs, connectivity and development platforms begin approaching that of desktops, the lagging ability to efficiently input information has grown ever more pronounced.

Interaction

Interaction Seabird

Interaction Seabird

The Seabird, then, introduces a few possibilities into how user interaction might evolve with the advancing motion capture and projector driven innovation in the market. First out, the Seabird imagines how a multiple use dongle might augment the crowded gestural interface with greater precision and direct manipulation of content in 3D space.

Pico Projector

Pico Projector in Seabird

Pico Projector in Seabird

With mobile phone companies such as Samsung, LG and Motorola moving towards display applications for projectors, the technology remains open for expanding user interaction and input at the same time. The Seabird, on just a flat surface, enables netbook-quality interaction by working with the projector’s angular distortion to deliver interface, rather than content. With the benefit of a dock, each projector works independently and delivers laptop levels of efficiency.

Design

Design of Seabird

Design of Seabird

The form development took its cues from various aerodynamic, avian and decidedly feminine forms. Its erect posture intends a sense of poise while its supine conformity to the hand reconciles that with the user’s desire for digital control. The curvature of the back also serves a functional role in elevating the projector lens elements when lying flat.

So all that means does Mozilla have plans to produce a mobile phone?
As per Mozilla themselves the answer is “No”, The idea is to get Firefox on your Android phone, Seabird is not a Mozilla or Mozilla Labs project but part of the Mozilla Labs Concept Series. The Concept Series provides a place for the wider community to create and collaborate on projects which push the boundaries of the Web and the browser. To get the complete answer to this let’s wait and watch, in the meantime share your thoughts with us on this new concept phone…

Being a constant companion, our cellphone is prone to accidents. It’s not tough to accidentally drop your cellphone on stairs, or from a table, or spill water on it. Then begins the nightmare of taking it to the company’s workshop. However, do you know if the damage is not much, there are some simple ways by which you can fix your mobile phone all on your own. So here is a list of simple quick fixes for cellphones.

    1) My Phone gets Wet

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Accidentally dropped your phone inside a water pool? It is almost dead. Chill, there is still a chance to revive it. Just remove the battery cover and put the phone in a plastic bag of dry rice. This may help you soak out the water from your phone. You can also put the bag out in sun for quick evaporation.

    2) Trackball malfunction

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Looking for an important email, and the trackball on your smartphone just refuses to scroll. It’s dust and dirt. Just like in a computer mouse, dust and dirt also make the movement of your trackball tardy. Just soak alcohol in a cloth and rub it over and around the trackball. Another way can be to pop out the trackball and clean it manually.

    3) Damaged charger

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An aging cellphone can often give tough time charging the device. Also, charging connector within the phone also at times gets damaged, loose or corroded. For mild corrosion, scrubbing the connector with a soft brush or a cloth soaked in alcohol can help. However, for damaged or loose connector one needs to visit the repair centre.

    4) Body scratches

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Got scratches on your mobile phone’s body, there is a simple way to get rid of them. Just do a light buffing with fine sandpaper. However, this may affect the shiny coating of your phone. Take care!!

    5) Scratched display

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Scratches on your phone’s screen gives you a tough time reading? Applying metal polish with a soft cloth may help here. Special scratch removal liquids and gels are also available.

    6) Phone gets Hanged

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Your phone often hangs? It simply refuses to respond. Here the first step is to switch off the device and power it again. In case this does not work, remove the battery and reboot it. Another way to restore it is to try connecting it to your computer. Also, look for instructions in your phone’s settings or menu. It might help.

    7) Cracked case

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Your phone’s case got cracks. But its working, so all seems to be fine. Not really, continuing with a phone with a cracked case can be damaging for your phone in the long run as it exposes your phone to dust and water. To protect it from further damage go for a close-fitting case.

Off-course there is other major damages which happens to phone which we need to work with a good mobile technician rather than spoil it out ourself.

Ever wondered how mobile phones may look like, say, in another 5-10 years? What features they may offer: OLED screens, glass body, sensors…. ComputerWorld recently showcased a collection of futuristic phone designs. While some of these are from design firms, others are real prototypes from handset makers. Here’s over to 10 hot concept cellphones.

Kyocera Kinetic

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Here’s a phone from Kyocera that unfolds from a wallet-shaped, pocket-friendly device into a widescreen OLED display. The kinetic-energy-powered concept phone comes with a physical keyboard that almost disappears when not is use. Courtesy, the keys that are inset into the phone’s frame.

Nokia Morph

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Morph concept phone is a result of joint collaboration between Nokia Research Center (NRC) and Cambridge Nanoscience Centre (United Kingdom).

The concept phone is made of transparent and flexible material, can self-clean, and includes nano-sensors that can respond to the environment around. For example, the phone can sense airborne threats and alert users to them.

Bend in Touch

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As the name suggests `Bend in Touch’ is a touchscreen phone from Ukrainian designer Andy Kurovets. The designer has placed a pop-out display that nearly doubles the screen space of the device. Thus, while one screen can handle, say, Internet browsing, the second can display videos.

Bracelet phone

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Here’s a wearable phone that looks just like a bracelet. The concept phone with lots of buttons has a directional pad, camera button and keypad. According to Akihabara News, the phone is called a Kora Bracelet Phone and is made by Fujitsu.

Window Phone

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How about a phone that tells you the weather literally? Yes, this Window Phone concept ‘illustrates’ the weather through the phone’s user interface. The mobile phone concept has been designed by designer Seunghan Song.

Camera-Projector-Printer

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Here’s a multi-tasking phone? And here we are not talking about multi-tasking where you can switch between apps, but a phone that can actually be used for multi purposes. Here’s a designer phone that can be a game controller cum photo printer cum projector.

Separate Keitait

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Separate Keitait is a touchscreen concept phone developed by Japan’s NTT Docomo. The phone features a separate screen and keypad linked together via Bluetooth. There are Magnets that join the two sides of the phone together when required.

According to the creators of the phone, the concept phone can allow a user to write an email while talking on the phone at the same time.

Pebble phone

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Dubbed Pebble phone, the concept phone first appeared at the technology trade show CEATEC 2009. Developed by Fujitsu, the Pebble concept phone features a black blob encased in rounded glass.

When the blob is dragged to different areas on the phone, it can morph into different screens, including a keypad, a media player and a Web browser.

O2 concept phone

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Known as O2 Mobile phone, the concept was inspired by `molecule esthetics’ of the oxygen molecule. Created by Tjep Design, it has a screen and a keypad.

Touch Wood

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Here’s a concept phone made of wood. Developed jointly by NTT Docomo, Sharp and Olympus, the phone is a part of Touch Wood project. The mobile phone is built of surplus wood from forest-thinning operations, and is claimed to be waterproof and bug-resistant. The phone is also said to maintain the texture and aroma of natural wood.

Summer of the smartphone as began again, the pace of smartphone innovation in the world has gone wild, and super-duper handheld computers are breaking out all over. While the iPhone vs. Google Android battle is clearly the headliner of the moment, there’s a lot of action in the under card as well. So here are the best 10 smartphones – for the moment – with every one a winner. What’s mind-boggling about this list is that it’s sure to change within weeks. New top-of-the-line Android phones from Samsung are coming, BlackBerry is teasing their new OS 6, and also been playing with prototypes of Windows Phone 7. So here are the best 10 smartphones to grab for the moment..

1) iPhone 4

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The top smartphone is more smart than phone, but its reception problems don’t outweigh its excellent OS, sharp camera, fast processor, great app ecosystem and amazing screen.

2) Motorola Droid X

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This Google Android-powered behemoth has a huge screen, great call quality, a fast processor and works as a Wi-Fi hotspot for all of your gadgets.

3) HTC EVO 4G

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The first 4G, WiMax phone, the HTC EVO gives Sprint users fast connections and great Android power, at the cost of battery life.

4) Samsung Captivate

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AT&T’s best non-iPhone is an Android super-phone with a brilliant screen and terrific media capabilities.

5) Samsung Vibrant

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The Captivate’s sibling on T-Mobile is that carrier’s top smartphone, and its Super AMOLED screen must be seen to be believed.

6) HTC Droid Incredible

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If the Droid X is too big for your hands, the Droid Incredible delivers almost the same amount of power in a much more comfortable form factor.

7) iPhone 3GS

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Still on the market, the tried-and-true 3GS gives you access to 225,000 iOS applications on a platform that’s had a year to work out its kinks.

8) BlackBerry Bold 9700

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The only phone on this list from the number-one smartphone maker, this is a solid, traditional choice for messaging maniacs.

9) Palm Pre Plus

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Palm’s WebOS software is so much fun to use, glad to see that HP has promised to “double down” on the operating system that made this phone a star.

10) HTC HD2

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Windows Mobile 6 makes a valedictory appearance on a gorgeous slab of high-end hardware, but all the megahertz in the world can’t cloak the fact that this operating system is old news.

So that was the list of the Best Ten Smart Phones to grab this Season…

Looking for tech news? Here is a compiled list of the top 25 most important, influential and informative technology news sites, other than mine ;), that will help you keep up to date with the latest developments in the world of technology.

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Sites are listed in alphabetical order.

Ars Technica – The site caters to computer enthusiasts and covers a wide array of technology, science and gaming news. It is one of the most linked-to sites by tech blogs and news sites.

Boy Genius Report – BGR uses the blog model to cover gadgets, predominantly mobile phones. It’s a favorite for tech-savvy users looking for the latest, breaking news and product releases ahead of the mainstream media.

Cnet.com – If Engadget’s cool, albeit geeky, way of presenting fresh tech news doesn’t appeal to you (see below), then you may like Cnet’s more business-oriented writing. Like Engadget, Cnet.com also has a stable of reliable news sources, which helps the site break news and exclusives.

CrunchGear – It’s your daily dose of geek gadgets: cell phones, gaming hardware, software, computers. Techcrunch’s gadget arm competes with Engadget in the gadget news and reviews arena.

DailyTech – This is an online magazine geared for the well-educated tech audience. It features hard hitting and up-to-the-minute tech news.

Download Squad – With a diverse crew of tech writers, Download Squad offers the latest news and reviews of downloadable applications on Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile devices.

Engadget – Its witty and short tech articles, breaking tech news and exclusives are updated around the clock. Engadget is home to the latest and greatest gadgets.

Gearlog – This is the gadget site for geeks by geeks, written by the staff at PC Magazine. It’s coverage will whet the appetite of any gadget freak.

Geek.com – With a killer domain name like Geek.com, it’s not surprising that this site has been around since 1996. The site covers news and reviews of the hottest hardware and software, including computer buying guides, Apple, gadgets, games, mobiles and chips. On the downside, the site has a canned, blocky design. And the pop-out window displaying ads can be annoying.

GigaOm – This site dominates telecommunication news: VOIP, broadband, mobile phone applications and more. Tech journalist Om Malik heralded GigaOM as among the top tech news sites on the Web today.

Gizmodo – This site offers reviews of gadgets, gizmos and cutting-edge consumer electronics. It’s closest rival would have to be Crunchgear. Both sites sport almost the same design. The two cover similar topics but with very different voices.

Information Week – Information Week is geared for information technology professionals and managers. The site delivers breaking news, blogs, image galleries, proprietary research and top-notch analysis of IT trends and issues.

Lifehacker – This site is one of my favorite tech news sites. It offers tech-related productivity tips and news and articles on how to get things done. It helps you work smarter and save time through recommended downloads, Web sites and shortcuts.

Mashable – This is your source for anything and everything on Web 2.0 startups and applications. Three to five daily posts feature top lists, startup reviews, and comprehensive industry-specific comparative articles.

PCWorld – The online version of the popular magazine offers quick access to authoritative reviews of technology products, pricing information, updated tech news and downloads of freeware and shareware. It reigns as one of the industry’s best news sites.

ReadWriteWeb – This is another premiere Web 2.0, social media and startup-centric site. It has distinguished itself from the rest of the crowd with its comprehensive and well-written articles on Web applications, Web technology trends, social networking sites, social media applications.

Techcrunch – Who doesn’t know the blogosphere’s top tech blog? If you’re a blogger and into tech-related stuff, Techcrunch is your ultimate source for anything and everything on startups, Web 2.0, social networking and VCs. The site always breaks interesting news and offers exclusive coverage. TC’s news items range from the simple to the most comprehensive.

TechRepublic.com – This is another well-crafted and professional source for business and technology news. The site features timely articles, forums, multimedia and other technology-related information products.

TechSpot – Since opening its doors in 1998, Techspot has evolved into one of the leading independent computer technology sites for computer enthusiasts, gamers and IT professionals. The site provides daily news coverage, in-depth product reviews, buying guides and download updates.

The Inquirer – The site offers the latest breaking news on computers, mobile devices, servers, consoles, hardware and software innovation, graphics and microprocessors.

TheRegister – The Register is your ultimate source for tech industry news in the UK. The site offers views, opinions and reviews with a British bent.

Venturebeat – The site follows the venture capital, focusing mainly on private companies. Initially it covered Silicon Valley startups but has started to expand its coverage.

WebProNews – The site offers news, tips and analysis on e-commerce, covering search engine optimization, social media marketing, advertising and online branding.

Wired Science – This is the more science-based arm of Wired.com. It offers the latest science news, delving into space, biology, geology, neuroscience and physics.

Wired.com – The site provides in-depth coverage of trends in technology and its affect on business, entertainment, science and society. Wired.com covers games, culture, gadget, entertainment and other tech-related news through its blogs, regular reviews and videos

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