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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Verizon: Want our Triple Play? Sorry, can't have it

Verizon: Want our Triple Play? Sorry, can't have it

As I wrote about last week, I just made the decision to switch our phone (from Verizon to Time Warner Cable) and TV services (from Time Warner Cable to DIRECTV). My ideal solution would have been to sign up for Verizon's FIOS service for everything, but alas, FIOS TV service isn't yet available in New York City, and according to Verizon's website, my building isn't DSL-capable, much less FIOS-friendly.

February 4, 2008 by in Mobility

So long Time Warner Cable, hello DIRECTV

So long Time Warner Cable, hello DIRECTV

With a move pending in two weeks, my wife and I had to confront a bunch of issues - renovating the new apartment, finding movers, and of course the most important one of all - deciding whether or not to stick with Time Warner Cable, or make the jump to satellite.

January 29, 2008 by in Hardware

Countdown to PMA: Digital cameras galore

Countdown to PMA: Digital cameras galore

With PMA less than a week away, Janice Chen's been keeping busy over in our Digital Cameras blog. In case you haven't been paying attention, she served up a nice snapshot (pun really not intended - I swear) of Canon's new line-up, including the new 12.

January 24, 2008 by in Hardware

Best Buy gets framed

Best Buy gets framed

If you were the recipient of a new Insignia digital picture frame for the holidays, you may have gotten an extra bonus with your gift.Turns out the 10.

January 24, 2008 by in Mobility

Hey Time Warner: Left hand, meet right hand

Hey Time Warner: Left hand, meet right hand

So just days after the news broke that Time Warner was getting ready to test a pay-for-pipe rate plan for Road Runner customers, HBO announced that it would start making some of its shows available to subscribers via the Web for free. (Henry Blodgett, for one, is convinced the new service will fail.

January 22, 2008 by in Tech Industry

Is your broadband bill about to go up?

Is your broadband bill about to go up?

Updated second paragraph below to give credit where credit is due (1/17/07, 10am)I'm not 100-percent sure what to make of Time Warner's recent announcement that they're about to begin experimenting with a pay-for-what-you-use pricing plan for broadband customers, but I'm pretty sure it ain't good.

January 17, 2008 by in Networking

Putting the Touch on iPod users

Putting the Touch on iPod users

I would have thought that after the iPhone price cut fiasco, Apple would have gotten a bit savvier on the customer-friendly front, but given the company's decision to charge $20 for the iPod Touch software update, I guess not so much.

January 15, 2008 by in iPhone

Mixed HD-DVD messages from Toshiba (and Google)?

Mixed HD-DVD messages from Toshiba (and Google)?

And now boys and girls, fun from a seconds-old search on Google News (search term="Paramount Blu-ray," and no, there's no confirmation on that front just yet).Note to Toshiba: A 50-percent price cut on your HD DVD product line doesn't exactly ooze confidence that HD-DVD is going to win the format war, though admittedly, it's a touch better than a flashing "Everything Must Go!

January 15, 2008 by in Hardware

CES: Hands-on (literally) with Microsoft Surface

CES: Hands-on (literally) with Microsoft Surface

Though Microsoft introduced its Surface tabletop PC last May, 2008 marked its CES debut, and it generated nearly as much buzz as any of the products that were actually announced at the show.[You can click here to watch a video I shot with Mark Bolger, the Surface team's senior marketing director.

January 10, 2008 by in Microsoft

CES: A green TV snags Best in Show

CES: A green TV snags Best in Show

My colleagues over at our sister site, CNET, announced their Best of CES winners, with Philips new Eco TV snagging the top prize. Expected to hit retail outlets in March, the 42-inch, 1080p set will list at $1,399, and as the name suggests, incorporates a variety of energy-conserving features, including dimming the backlight during darker scenes (which David Katzmaier points out, provides the dual benefit of improving black-level performance).

January 10, 2008 by in CES 2019

CES: My day one highlight? A surge protector

CES: My day one highlight? A surge protector

As day one of CES comes to a close, some quick snapshots of three of the more interesting products I've come across both on the show floor, and at the myriad press-only events that accompany the show.Belkin Conserve Surge ProtectorYes, you read that correctly.

January 7, 2008 by in Hardware

CES: Will 2008 finally be the year of the SlingCatcher?

CES: Will 2008 finally be the year of the SlingCatcher?

It's déjà vu all over again.It's been almost exactly a year since Sling Media announced the SlingCatcher and Clip+Sling functionality (at least year's Consumer Electronics Show), but thus far, beyond some private betas, there has been no public sign of life for either of the enticing new enhancements to the Sling platform.

January 6, 2008 by in Hardware

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