Stories by Jeff Bertolucci

  • Star Trek tech we use today (almost)

    For the past four decades, Star Trek has been influencing and predicting new gadgets and technologies. How close are we to Trek-inspired phasers, tricorders, and invisibility cloaks?

  • 'Leaked' iPhone 3.0 Screens Appear Online

    Tech blogs and iPhone fan sites continue to buzz with rumors and speculation about Apple's upcoming iPhone 3.0 software and new iPhone model or two that may or may not ship this summer. So why not add a few "leaked" screenshots to the mix?

  • AT&T Gears Up for Palm Pre vs. iPhone Battle

    Palm has yet to announce a launch date for its much-anticipated Pre smart phone, but the blogosphere rumor mill is expecting a mid-May debut. If true, Palm's competitors are running out of time to develop counterattack strategies to persuade current and potential customers that the Pre isn't all that.

  • If Blu-ray is dying, why are disc sales soaring?

    Will Blu-ray finally get some respect? The high-definition optical disc format has long been the whipping boy of media pundits, many of whom predict consumers will spurn Blu-ray and gravitate instead toward video-on-demand, online download, and movie streaming services. Blu-ray is old school, they say, a relic of the bygone era of physical media, despite the fact that it bested challenger HD DVD in 2008 after a two-year high-def format war.

  • Report: Skype for iPhone may launch next week

    Skype may launch a version of its mobile Voice-over-IP (VoIP) and instant messaging service as early as next week, according to a report from Om Malik of GigaOM. If true, the application could prove popular with cost-conscious iPhone users who'd like to save a few bucks by routing calls over AT&T's data network. Currently, iPhone users must use third-party services like Fring to access Skype.

  • Dell's smartphone: not dead after all?

    A day after a leading industry analyst reported that Dell cancelled its smartphone due to lack of interest from cellular carriers, a new report says the PC maker's handset may be very much alive.

  • Fujitsu intros e-paper terminal; bad news for Kindle?

    Fujitsu has announced plans to sell a Kindle-like mobile reader in Japan. The FLEPia, an e-paper terminal with an 8-inch color display, was first announced in April 2007, but limited samples were available only to corporate users. The latest FLEPia offers higher brightness and greater contrast, as well as faster re-draw speeds, the company says.

  • AOL unveils Version 5, eyes PDAs, TVs

    America Online seems to be feeling pretty cocky these days - and why not? As the world's largest online service, AOL has more than 17 million members, according to Forrester Research. Meanwhile, Microsoft Network, its nearest competitor, has a mere 2 million. But the proud new owner of Netscape Communications is hardly resting on its laurels.