Jared Newman

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Netflix Backpedals, Nixes ‘Qwikster’ for DVDs

Qwikster’s dead before Netflix could even give it a chance to live.

In response to customer complaints, Netflix announced that it will not spin off mail-order DVD rentals into a separate company called Qwikster, as announced in September. Netflix’s website will continue to handle streaming videos and DVD rentals.

“This means no change:

Apple to Sell Unlocked iPhone 4S in November, but No CDMA

Good news for world travelers and the commitment phobic: Apple will sell the iPhone 4S unlocked in November. The bad news is that the unlocked iPhone won’t work on CDMA networks, which means Verizon and Sprint users are out of luck.

The unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S costs $649 for a 16 GB model, $749 for 32 GB and $849 for 64 GB. …

Steve Jobs: 1955-2011

Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former CEO, passed away on Wednesday. He was 56.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” a statement on Apple’s website says. “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring …

Apple Announces iPhone 4S: Old Design, New Specs, Siri Assistant

Apple’s next smart phone is the iPhone 4S. On the outside, it looks just like the iPhone 4, but as Apple said at its press event on Tuesday, it’s the inside that counts.

The iPhone 4S uses Apple’s dual-core A5 chip, the same one found in the iPad 2. Apple says the iPhone 4S is seven times faster than the iPhone 4. Battery life has been

Patent Troll Sues Businesses that Offer Wi-Fi; Individuals Safe for Now

A patent troll who could potentially sue any Wi-Fi user is broadening its attack to include hotels, but is leaving individual users alone for now.

The firm, Chicago-based Innovatio IP Ventures, has already sued department stores, restaurants and coffee shop chains for offering Wi-Fi to their customers. The next wave of lawsuits …

Napster No More: Rhapsody Nabs Subscribers, Assets

Napster’s long, troubled life is finally coming to an end, with Rhapsody acquiring the service’s subscribers and assets from Best Buy. The Napster brand will be phased out as part of the deal.

Napster was best known for its early run as a peer-to-peer music sharing service (read: a way to download pirated MP3s) before the advent of …

‘iPhone 4S’ Rumors Set Lower Expectations for Tuesday Reveal

In the iPhone rumor hysteria preceding Apple’s announcement on Tuesday, even the product name is a big deal.

The prevailing theory is that Apple will announce the “iPhone 5,” a name that implies a fresh design and perhaps a larger screen than last year’s iPhone 4. But a new batch of rumors contend that Apple’s next iPhone will …

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