Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Google G1 Phone Arrives!
The new Google phone hits store across the country. Plus, possible deals on some PCs this holiday season. It's all in Wednesday's Tech Bytes:

* The Google phone arrives. About 150 people lined up in San Francisco Tuesday to be among the first to buy the first cell phone using Google's Android operating system. T-Mobile's G1 phone has received mostly positive reviews and is considered a worthy challenger to the iPhone. The phone goes on sale across the rest of the country Wednesday. It retails for $179 with a 2-year contract. Other carriers will eventually release phones using Google's software.
>>Get more information about the new G1 phone at T-Mobile

* If the Google phone really hopes to take on the iPhone it has a steep hill to climb. Apple reports that it shipped 6.9 million iPhones last quarter. That's more than the 6.1 million BlackBerrys that went out in its most recent quarter. With revenue of $4.6 billion, Apple was the third-largest cell phone supplier in the world last quarter behind Nokia and Samsung.
>>Get more information about Apple's fourth quarter sales

* If you're in the market for a new computer this holiday season, you may be in luck. Because of disappointing sales over the summer, many analysts are predicting companies will offer better deals as the holidays approach. That could include price cuts, although not necessarily steep ones. But PC makers may also look to sweeten their offers by putting together more package deals that include free software or hardware add-ons.

* A new survey shows just how serious our addiction to text messaging has become. Seventy-seven percent of people admit to sending text messages while driving. While 41 percent say they've texted while skiing, riding a bike or horseback riding. Some people even admit to texting at rather strange times. Sixteen percent say they've messaged while at a funeral or memorial service. And 11 percent confessed to texting during a romantic moment.

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