Ricardo Bilton

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<p>Gloria Sin is a New York-based freelance journalist who writes about the tech toys that you can't live without for ZDNet. She has little patience for poorly designed user experiences, and is not afraid of opening the guts of her own machines for repair or hacking her gadgets for new uses.</p><p>She has written for FastCompany.com, Popular Science, Olympic News Service; she currently covers the startup scene in the Tri-State area for NYConvergence.com. </p><p>Prior to ZDNet, Gloria was the online editor for Dance International, and dabbled in web design and social media consulting. When she is offline, you will find her at an ice rink living out her figure skating dreams. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/gloria_sin">Follow her on Twitter.</a></p>

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VCR converts old tapes to digital video (yes, you read correctly)

VCR converts old tapes to digital video (yes, you read correctly)

Just when you thought that six-foot-high stack of video tapes you've been hiding in the basement was a dream deferred ("one day I'll watch Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark on original tape..."), good news arrives: now you can rip those crusty tapes to digital files and burn them to the next bound-for-the-basement format, DVD.

May 27, 2008 by in Mobility

Amazon Kindle back on the market

Amazon Kindle back on the market

Despite its most unattractive appearance, Amazon’s popular Kindle reader is now back in stock, this time with a 10 percent price drop.While the $359 price tag still may be steep, it's welcome, since the official ZDNet review of the Kindle noted expense and content options as the only major problems in a gadget that is still the best reader of the bunch.

May 27, 2008 by in Banking

The worst shopping experience on the web?

The worst shopping experience on the web?

When I was hunting down an extra battery for my Canon Vixia HF10 last month, a sponsored link caught my eye. Some place called "The Camera Professionals" was advertising the camcorder for $599, or $300 less than the cheapest price I had seen at the time.

May 19, 2008 by in Hardware

Rumors: Canon to release sibling dSLR to Rebel XSi?

Rumors: Canon to release sibling dSLR to Rebel XSi?

We're back on the digital camera beat this morning, as news is ruminating 'round the interwebs that Canon may be preparing a younger, potentially cheaper sibling to its popular EOS Rebel XSi.Crack detectives at 1001 Noisy Cameras (by way of Bob Atkins and dpreview, both respected digital camera sites) note the appearance of the name "Canon Digital Rebel XS (1000D)" in the latest company software update.

May 14, 2008 by in Hardware

AMD announces low-power quad-core chips

AMD announces low-power quad-core chips

Advanced Micro Devices announced the availability of low-power quad-core Opteron processors this morning for servers.The new HE (high-efficiency) processors have a thermal envelope of 55 watts, compared to higher thermal envelopes of 105 watts or 75 watts for other AMD quad-core server processors.

May 12, 2008 by in Processors

New Dell Inspiron consumer laptops leaked! (hint: thin)

New Dell Inspiron consumer laptops leaked! (hint: thin)

Those tricky people over at Engadget have gotten their digital hands on the next crop of Dell Inspirons, and it's safe to say that thin is in.The Dell Inspiron 1435, 1535 and 1735 mid-range consumer laptops seem to share the same basic design and have, as Dell likes to say is its calling card, a wealth of customization options both aesthetic and technical.

May 8, 2008 by in Laptops

HDTVs: How black is black?

HDTVs: How black is black?

An announcement comes today by way of Pioneer, maker of the ever-popular Kuro HDTV line, saying that its new Kuro sets are five times blacker than the Kuro line on the market today (which we reviewed as the TV with the deepest blacks out there).So wait -- does that mean they're selling us mere gray?

May 7, 2008 by in Mobility

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