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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

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August 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Nintendo fires back with Wii U price cut, new 2DS tablet, Zelda specials

Don’t write off Nintendo just yet.

To boost its standing in the three-way battle with Sony and Microsoft this holiday season, Nintendo today cut the price of its “Deluxe” Wii U by $50 and announced an entry-level DS handheld gaming system with two screens on a wedge-shaped tablet.

At just $130, the new 2DS looks like it will be a hit this holiday season. At the least it will give Nintendo a quasi tablet to compete against the iPad, Kindle Fire and other Web tablets that are luring buyers away from dedicated gaming systems.

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July 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Review: Nokia Lumia 1020, the 41-megapixel phone

Over the past year or so, it’s been tough to get too excited about new phones.

There have been  some handsome new shells, steadily improving battery life and gee-whiz interface tricks, but no thrilling leaps into the future.

That changed last week when Nokia and AT&T began selling the Lumia 1020, a Windows-powered smartphone with a  jaw-dropping 41-megapixel camera. That’s more megapixels than pretty much every camera on the market — not just phone cameras but point and shoot and DSLR cameras, as well.

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February 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

New Windows 8 PC phone revealed, plus tablet and desktop

One of the most intriguing new phones being unveiled at this week’s big wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, may be a sleek new Windows model developed in Redmond. It’s not coming from Microsoft, which will have a relatively low profile at this year’s   Mobile World Congress. The  phone I’m most curious about is being made by a…

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December 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM

T-Mobile finally getting iPhone, inks Apple deal

T-Mobile USA will finally start offering Apple products in 2013. T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, confirmed today that the companies have reached a deal after years of effort by T-Mobile. The news was released at an investor conference in Bonn where the company said Apple products and a massive investment in LTE wireless broadband are part of…

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