Lab Impressions


BlackBerry enters the app wars with winner for feds

The Presenter takes two things feds really love, BlackBerrys and PowerPoint, and combines them in an application that could not only make presentations easier, but could also let you leave your laptop PC at home.

Nexus One: All that and a trackball

Google ups the ante in the smart phone frenzy with the Nexus One, a smart phone running the Android OS.

CES 2010: Smart books, speeches and Spider-Man

The GCN Lab previews the Consumer Electronics Show and looks at smart books, display technologies and speeches by government officials and the elusive CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer.

The word on Word

The ramifications of the Microsoft Word case will be small for most users.

Palm Pre, CES 2009 blockbuster, didn't live up to its hype

The GCN Lab looks ahead to the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, and wonders why Palm Pre didn't live up to its hype.

I saw it at the movies

Sometimes you just gotta suspend your disbelief, sit back with some popcorn and enjoy a tech-themed movie, even if Hollywood gets it all wrong.

Where does government draw the line on sexting at work?

Supreme Court gears up to decide whether review of police officer's racy text messages was an invasion of privacy.

Pulling an about-Facebook on privacy

By requiring that each of its 350 million users to set their own privacy settings -- and making the process easy to understand -- Facebook is trying to part of the solution.

Making a list, texting it twice -- now there's even an app for Santa

A mom's app for delivering Santa's messages to kids prompts a wish list of of other holiday-themed apps.

Are some App Store apps rotten to the core?

Apple needs to do a better job of policing its mobile phone applications, or competitor Droid could leverage that vulnerability into greater market share.

Monitors: Pick your poison

The GCN Lab ponders the differences between LED monitors and standard varieties, and says the jury is still out on the long-term effects of their disposal.

Are these the Droids you're looking for?

The new open-source smart phone, the Verizon Wireless Droid from Motorola, offers feds almost limitless possibilities for apps to help them do their jobs.