Italy enacts national ban for phones in schools

Italy has banned the use of cell phones in schools across the country, making it reportedly the first European nation to implement such a statewide ban.

Tivo launches remote mobile scheduling

A new service launched today allows Verizon subscribers to manage their Tivo recordings anywhere in the country.

Lenovo to pre-load Windows Live services on new PCs and ThinkPads

Lenovo has agreed to pre-load Windows Live services onto ThinkPad notebooks, ThinkCentre desktops and Lenovo-branded PCs.

NBC to enter mobile video market

NBC Universal has become the latest network to announce that it will begin offering specific programming to mobile phone users.

Dude, your MacBook is on fire!

Culver City (CA) - The Apple MacBook would seem to be at risk of spontaneous combustion the same as many other types of notebook, despite claims by Apple that the Lithium Polymer type of battery used in the MacBook and MacBook Pro line of notebooks is far less likely to explode compared to the faulty type of Sony battery found in exploding Dell, Lenovo and other manufacturers products.  

AMD launches toolkit for mobile games

AMD is putting more focus on the mobile graphics market, as it tries to bring Xbox 360 visuals to cell phones.

AT&T, Verizon working on remotely controlling DVRs

Verizon and AT&T are concurrently working on new services that will allow users to control TV-connected DVRs from their cell phones.

Archos unveils new WiFi PMP

Denver (CO) - Archos today introduced a new portable media player that it says is the first of its kind with a 7" screen and Wi-Fi capabilities. The Archos 704-WiFi has a screen resolution of 800 x 400 pixels and is presented in a 5"x7" size.  The device comes with an 80 GB internal hard drive, enough for around 100 hours of video.

Samsung's UMPC runs Windows Vista

Samsung announced today that its Q1P ultra mobile PC (UMPC) is its first UMPC to get Windows Vista certification.

Verizon launches new mobile TV service

Verizon announced that it has launched a new mobile TV service, bringing 24-hour programming of eight channels.

Lenovo recalls 205,000 laptop batteries

Though it's not on the scale of last year's Sony recall, Lenovo is forced to recall notebook batteries because of of an overheating problem.

Laptop using driver dies in accident

Using your laptop while driving can be hazardous to your health as one Californian man found out.

iPhone commercial hits the red carpet during Oscar telecast

Although it is not planned for release until June, Apple debuted the first iPhone commercial during the Academy Awards telecast on ABC last night.

Japan working on payment via cell phone for Big Macs

Japanese customers will soon be able to pay for their fast food lunch without the use of cash or a credit card, thanks to a new partnership between McDonald's and Docomo, Japan's largest cell phone operator.

Tech firm working on paperless boarding passes for mobile phones

A European IT company is working on developing a new technology that would make paper boarding passes a thing of the past.

Canon introduces 10 fps EOS-1D Mark III camera

Culver City (CA) - Several camera makers are announcing new cameras in advance of next month's PMA convention and Canon is no exception. The company introduced the EOS-1D Mark III, which shoots 10.1-megapixel pictures at up to 10 frames per second. But the camera isn't just about bigger and faster because it also has "Live View" which allows you to preview shots, just like a point and shoot camera.  

National Geographic announces pre-paid worldwide cellphone

National Geographic and Playa del Rey, California-based Cellular Abroad have partnered up to deliver a pre-paid worldwide mobile phone.

Nikon rains down eight new cameras

Nikon has unveiled eight new consumer cameras in its Life, Style and Performance lines.

OLPC to have a remote-kill switch

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) group will be installing remote-kill switches to deter people from reselling their cheap laptops.

Quanta confirms orders for one million OLPCs

Quanta, a major Taiwanese notebook pc maker, has confirmed that it has received orders for one million units of its OLPC, more commonly referred to as the "$100 laptop".