PCWMike writes: "Think Apple's iPhone is pricey? The cool cell phone of 1988, Motorola's DynaTAC 8500XL, cost $4382 in today's dollars. A 150MB hard drive? $8755. Take a trip with down memory lane with PC World, and you'll never whine about the price of a gadget again."
PCWMike writes: "You wish... True mobile TV. Connected cars. Personal robots. The coolest new gadgets and services are still found only in the Land of the Rising Sun. Martyn Williams reports in text and video formats from Tokyo."
PCWMike writes: "The charitable Give One, Get One XO laptop program comes under fire by participants who say they've suffered chronic delivery snafus and delays. One such buyer: "I'm a big supporter of the OLPC and think it's a fantastic mission, but there comes a point where you've got to say enough is enough." Those who paid for their laptop using a PayPal account seem to be disproportionately affected. PC World's Editor in Chief, Harry McCracken — another who got his order in early — is also stirred by his giving/getting experience: "The most important XO laptop I paid for was the one that was meant for some child in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti, Mongolia or Rwanda, and if it indeed got there in a timely fashion, I'm happy. But... if OLPC's fulfillment house lost the addresses of at least some of the people who made donations through PayPal. And I can't figure out why they didn't e-mail those people early on to put things right. (In my case, at least, they instead repeatedly suggested that my XO would show up real soon now.)"
PCWMike writes: "It's that time of year again, when every half-wit with a Web site makes predictions about the world of tech. We're no exception — but we decided to do things a little differently. We picked the ten most common predictions from scores of trend watchers, and then picked them apart using our secret weapon: a Magic 8-Ball. (Full disclosure: In some cases we had to shake the ball a few times to achieve the right answer.) Sometimes we agree with the prognosticators; other times, we don't. Predictable, no?"