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Roku 3: Easier Streaming, Remote Headphones

Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:59:30 EDT

Walter S. Mossberg reviews the Roku 3, a new $100 streaming set-top box from Roku.

Raising the Bar for Better TV Sound

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 19:43:24 EST

The Sonos Playbar is a one-piece speaker system that aims to bring high-quality sound to a TV without a complicated setup, says Katherine Boehret.

$19 Unlimited Phone Plan

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:41:34 EST

Walt Mossberg tests an Android smartphone from a carrier that charges just $19 a month for unlimited data, voice and texts—with no contract.

The Convertible PCs

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:22:41 EST

Walt Mossberg looks at three PCs that attempt to function as both tablets and traditional laptops.

IPhone Takes to the Big Screen

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:19:14 EDT

The world's most popular smartphone becomes significantly faster, thinner and lighter this week, while gaining a larger, 4-inch screen, writes Walter S. Mossberg.

Not Ready for iPhone 5? Upgrade Has Tricks

Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:37:01 EDT

The good news for current iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users is that they'll get many of the 200 new features in Apple's update for mobile software, iOS 6.

Your Next Laptop Is Worth Waiting For

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:46:46 EDT

The best advice for buying a laptop is to wait until summer or fall, as there are changes ahead in Mac and PC laptops.

Wishing Upon a List

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 14:27:42 EST

Katherine Boehret takes a look at some online services that could help you—or those shopping for you— find the right gifts this holiday season.

Apple Improves iPhone With 3G S

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 10:46:53 EDT

The new iPhone OS may be enough to keep many users from buying the latest 3G S phone, Walt Mossberg writes.

Playing Do, Re, Mi With Wii

Wed, 24 Dec 2008 16:33:42 EST

While it gets a bit saccharine at times, Nintendo's Wii Music game is a fun, unintimidating way to get people thinking about music and their own music styles.

Friends, Family Have New Way to Drop In

Thu, 18 Dec 2008 22:38:21 EST

Cameo, T-Mobile's digital-photo frame, excels in its simplicity, but comes with a number of annoying drawbacks and a pricing model that will limit its appeal.

Devices Give Presentations Portability

Thu, 11 Dec 2008 15:45:46 EST

Nick Wingfield tests two of the first pico-based digital projectors on the market, which make projectors truly portable, instead of merely luggable.

Devices for Netflix Delivered via Web

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 23:20:26 EST

A look at an array of devices that make the Netflix service that delivers movies digitally over the Internet available on TV sets.

Birds of a Feather Twitter Together

Thu, 18 Dec 2008 22:37:43 EST

A guide to the social-networking service Twitter that explains how to use it, the lingo, privacy options and problems that it has.

Family Snapshots in the Splendor of HD

Tue, 25 Nov 2008 22:47:18 EST

Kodak Theatre HD Player pulls photos and videos from computers around the house and displays them on an HDTV. The player is a lot of fun to use, but isn't all smiles.

BlackBerry's Storm Joins Touch-Phone Fray

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 12:46:15 EST

The Storm is a very capable hand-held computer that will appeal to BlackBerry users who have been pining for a touch-controlled device with a larger screen.

A Search Engine With an Eye for Videos

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 09:58:47 EST uses smart technology that can save people the aggravation of watching videos that aren't what they appear to be, but it has some rough edges.

Saving Money on Your Next PC

Tue, 04 Nov 2008 00:29:00 EST

Walt Mossberg's annual fall PC buyer's guide focuses on how folks whose budgets have shrunk can still get something adequate for light use.

Amazon Service Streams Shows to PCs

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:31:00 EDT

Amazon Video on Demand is a good service for people who prefer paying for ad-free TV shows and films.

An iPhone Rival With Windows Flaws

Wed, 03 Sep 2008 23:35:00 EDT

It's exciting to think about iPhone competitors giving better software a real try. But HTC's Touch Diamond doesn't hide the outdated Windows Mobile well enough or often enough for a user to want to buy a whole new device.

Using a Stylus With the iPhone

Wed, 03 Sep 2008 23:18:00 EDT

Walt answers questions about using a stylus that works with the iPhone and caring for an external hard drive.

First Test of Google's New Browser

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 16:14:00 EDT

Google's new Chrome Web browser will make using the Internet faster and less frustrating, but this first version is rough around the edges and lacks some features, says Walt Mossberg in the first hands-on review.

iPod Touch Can Act as Music Remote

Wed, 27 Aug 2008 22:34:00 EDT

With an iPhone or iPod Touch, Apple's new program Remote can convert an MP3 player into a sophisticated remote control for digital-music collections.

Better Media Navigation for Your Mobile

Wed, 27 Aug 2008 13:18:00 EDT

Kinoma Play is one application that is desperately needed by Windows Mobile users, and it just might remind them that there's a better way to navigate media and media-related Web services without needing to buy a new mobile device.

Web 'Synth' Offers 3-D Photo Tour

Tue, 09 Sep 2008 19:56:00 EDT

Microsoft Live Labs' Photosynth turns multiple photos of a site into a 3-D scene you can virtually "walk" through on the Web. The service is a dramatic new way to use your photos and to share them with others, writes Walter S. Mossberg.

Differences Between TV Resolutions

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 20:17:00 EDT

Walt Mossberg answers readers' questions about the differences between TVs rated at "720p" and "1080p," good powerline adapters, and solutions to blocked outgoing email servers when using Wi-Fi.

Mapping Your Digital Photo World

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 21:06:00 EDT

The Eye-Fi Explore Card, a wireless memory card with a geotagging feature that geographically prelabels photos, was unreliable in one scenario, but we found it to be a great way to automatically organize and label photos.

Sony and Roku Try to Join TV to Web

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 22:49:00 EDT

Two set-top boxes have been launched to try to marry the Internet and the TV. Both adapters, from Sony and Roku, worked well in tests, but each has limitations.

Getting a New Windows Computer With XP

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 19:59:00 EDT

Walt Mossberg answers readers' questions about how to get a new Windows computer with the XP operating system, small portable radios, and the functions of MailBug.

Where Old Gadgets Get Second Life

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 22:15:00 EDT

Digital electronics will eventually break or get replaced. It's hard to know what to do with the gadgets that get left behind. But there are Web sites that make it easy to get rid of old electronics -- and some offer cash for them, too.

Flock Web Browser Eases Multitasking

Thu, 07 Aug 2008 23:47:00 EDT

Flock, a little-known Web browser, attempts to take the pain out of online multitasking by keeping your social networks, photo sites or news feeds visible at all times. The browser works well, but it isn't for everyone.

Accessing Email Without Web Access

Wed, 06 Aug 2008 23:06:00 EDT

Walt Mossberg answers readers' questions about accessing email without using the Internet, finding a company to digitize old photographs, and using Xobni on various email platforms.

Making IM Services Play Well Together

Wed, 06 Aug 2008 10:31:00 EDT

We tested Meebo, Adium and Digsby, free instant-messaging programs that work by being a one-stop shop for online communication. All three are straightforward and work without much effort or instruction.

Xobni Can Make Old Email More Useful

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 00:05:00 EDT

Xobni is a new, free plug-in module for Outlook that has some flaws, but Walt Mossberg finds that it turns the email experience from one that was organized by messages and dates into one that is organized by people and relationships.

Sending Video Files Without YouTube

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 19:58:00 EDT

Walt Mossberg answers readers' questions about sending video files without YouTube, buying a MacBook for an art/graphic-design student, and choosing a reliable antispyware program.

Making Photo Sharing More Inviting

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 21:58:00 EDT

Shutterfly has integrated simple photo sharing into personalized Web sites. Overall, this site-creating program does a nice job with minimal work on the user's behalf, though it lacks a few useful features.

Apple's MobileMe Is Too Flawed

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:02:00 EDT

After a week of intense testing of Apple's new synchronization service MobileMe, Walt Mossberg says he currently can't recommend it. It's a great idea, but, as of now, it has too many systemic flaws to keep its promises.

Transfer Data From Palms to BlackBerrys

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 23:53:00 EDT

Walt Mossberg answers readers' questions about transferring data from Palm devices to new BlackBerrys, setting parental controls on the new iPhone and more.

Shopping Trip to App Store for Your iPhone

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:43:00 EDT

The best feature in Apple's second-generation iPhone 3G is the "App Store," a distribution mechanism for third-party programs. In general, the process of choosing and downloading apps is easy and quick, and most of the programs are useful or entertaining. Here's a guide to choosing the apps for your iPhone.

Maximizing the iPhone 3G's Battery

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:43:00 EDT

Walt Mossberg answers questions about managing battery life on the iPhone 3G, replacing its battery if necessary, and upgrading an iPod Touch.