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December 29th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Looking back at 2012

Technology isn't just part of News Stream, it's also something we love to cover.

So when we were asked to put together a special edition of the show with the top tech stories of the year, it was both very easy to pick the stories we thought were important... and very hard to leave out stories we loved but just couldn't fit.

You can watch the whole show here, divided into six parts.

PART 1: Breaking down the smartphone Patent Wars with The Verge's Nilay Patel; Microsoft launches Windows 8

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December 21st, 2012
07:31 AM ET

Why I love my Raspberry Pi

My name was on the waiting list for the first batch of Raspberry Pi machines long before I traveled to Cambridge to meet Eben Upton.

Something about the tiny computer sent me back to my childhood days. It could plug into your TV, it could use the same programming language that I used in primary school. It was all very retro.

Only after I got my hands on one did I realize how useful the little thing actually is. At first I was excited about using it as an introduction to Linux and to refresh my dormant programming skills. It was only after I put some media software on it that it really became part of the furniture. FULL POST

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December 14th, 2012
03:34 PM ET

Mapping showdown: Apple vs Google

All iPhone owners, rejoice: No longer do you have to put up with Apple's widely criticized Maps app. Google Maps is back, and it's much better than before.

And the irony is, we have Apple to thank for it.

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September 28th, 2012
11:36 PM ET

Move over iPhone: In China, it's cool to call on 'Xiaomi'

 

Hong Kong (CNN) - He's the 20-something blogger who created the iconic Steve Jobs action figure.

He's also the Hong Kong-based gadget fan who worked his supplier contacts in China to leak authentic components of the latest iPad before the official launch.

And yet, despite his devotion to all things Apple, MIC Gadget's Chris Chang says if it came down to just one device - he would choose a Chinese-branded smartphone over the iPhone.
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September 25th, 2012
04:47 PM ET

Tempted by inflight electronics


It's the summer of 2006. I'm playing multiplayer Grand Theft Auto with a friend on the PlayStation Portable via Wi-Fi. And we're 38,000 feet over the South China Sea.

I know there's a ban on wireless devices in the middle of a flight. I know I shouldn't be doing it.

But there I am, speeding through the streets of Liberty City, chasing a friend who's sitting four rows behind me, when my car hits a barrier and explodes.

The plane shakes a little. FULL POST

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September 25th, 2012
01:31 AM ET

The changing shape of mobile handsets

Some of the old phones you see in that video came from a street market in Hong Kong. Browsing stalls full of old handsets brought back plenty of memories for me.

There was the Nokia 6110, the first phone with Snake. There was the Ericsson T68, the first phone I'd ever seen with a color screen. And the Nokia 7650: My first experience with a so-called "smartphone".

It made me realise something: The phones I loved weren't necessarily the most important ones. The most important ones were the phones that completely discarded the logic of their times and established something genuinely new. FULL POST

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September 13th, 2012
10:56 PM ET

No surprises with iPhone 5

Apple is known as one of the most secretive companies in tech. The lengths the company is said to go to avoid information getting out is the stuff of Silicon Valley legend.

But leaked parts mean we now know more than ever about upcoming Apple products. So many parts have made it into the wild that a Japanese blog even constructed the casing of the iPhone 5.

Did the lack of a surprise ruin the buzz surrounding the iPhone 5's unveiling? The New Yorker's Nick Thompson explains why it might not matter.

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August 21st, 2012
06:55 AM ET

Breaking down the Apple-Samsung trial

It's a rivalry that's arguably more intense inside the courtroom than in stores.

The legal fight between Apple and Samsung is coming to a close in the U.S., as a jury will soon decide which of the tech giants has a better case.

Apple says Samsung ripped off the iPhone and iPad. Samsung says Apple wouldn't have been able to make those products without infringing on Samsung's wireless patents.

To break it all down, we spoke to Nilay Patel - who isn't just the Managing Editor of tech site The Verge, but also a former copyright attorney.

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July 10th, 2012
02:36 PM ET

RIM's death spiral?

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Today is the showdown between BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) and its shareholders. Investors will vent - and for good reason.

The company's share price has fallen 95% since its peak in 2008. RIM's answer to the iPad, the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, is not likely to see an upgrade. And the BlackBerry 10 Operating System has been delayed to the first quarter of next year.

Times are tough for the inventor of mobile email. And never was that clearer when a series of letters began appearing on BGR.com last year - letters supposedly from RIM employees speaking out about the direction of the company.

I spoke to BGR's Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Geller today on News Stream. He tells me the company has 6 to 9 months to turn things around... or else.

June 28th, 2012
07:20 PM ET

Google's got a tablet, too

The announcement didn't surprise anyone. More importantly, it didn't disappoint.

Google showed off its slick Nexus 7 tablet. It is being called a Kindle Fire killer.

But Nexus 7 is not Google's only new toy.

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