Recent News from Switched

BlackBerry Bold 9900, 9930 Will Run BlackBerry OS 7

RIM kicked off its BlackBerry World event in Orlando, Florida by launching the not-so-secret BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 models, also dubbed “Bold Touch.”

While the devices don’t noticeably stray from RIM’s design choices from the past decade — th…

BlackBerry OS 7 Features Announced–But It Won’t Run On Older Devices

This morning, RIM finally unveiled its next generation mobile operating system, BlackBerry OS 7. It’s not a giant leap forward, but RIM is detailing a faster and easier-to-use OS that comes with an integrated, voice-enabled Universal Search syste…

Farewell, Internet

Well, here we are. More than four years after launching, Switched and DownloadSquad are unfortunately being closed. I’ve been thrilled to work at these two sites that have expanded tech coverage beyond the usual gadgets and social networks to cookin…

Interview with Digital Camera Inventor, Making Game Boy Music

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web.

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Research In Motion Eyes a Rebound

“They’ve been caught flat-footed,” said Jean-Louis Gassée, a former Apple execu…

Dinos and Trenches in ’1916 – The War You Never Knew’

This week’s batch of games take its inspiration from real life, but twists your expectations in weird and wonderful ways. Consider it an alchemical transformation that results in gaming gold.

We’re no history buffs, but we’re fairly certain that Wo…

Swedish File Sharers Get Religious About Stealing

Swedish philosophy student Isaac Gerson thinks that file sharing is sacred. The 19-year-old leader of the Missionary Church of Kopimism believes that stealing and sharing are signs of appreciation, and has compared closed-source software to slavery….

Google’s New Crossword-Style Trivia Game Wants Puzzlers to Search

Fellow puzzle fans, Google has brought us joy. The engine’s newest venture, A Google a Day, asks cunning participants not to use the knowledge they have but rather the knowledge they can unearth with Google search to solve riddles. Much like crosswo…

As Expected, Smartphones and Social Networks Targeted by Malware

As security firms have been warning for some time, malware attacks are now more frequently focused on social networks and mobile devices. In Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report, the company noted that the number of malware attacks deli…

Facebook Strikes Deal to Create New Social Network in China

Facebook is reportedly working with China’s largest search engine to create a new, jointly owned social network. The collaboration with Baidu would allow Facebook to get a foothold in the Chinese market while giving Baidu the chance to capitalize on…

Google Will No Longer Collect Street View Photos in Germany

Google has decided to stop collecting Street View photos in Germany, where regulators have spent much of the past two years railing against the search giant for violating the privacy of German residents. A company spokesman confirmed the decision in a …