People who use smart phones with physical keyboards are well aware that they don't look as cool as someone who touches glass to type and flicks a finger to scroll through emails, Web pages and photos. But for many, physical keyboards are easier to use than touch screens, and this fact, alone, cures even the worst case of touch-screen envy.
In two weeks, Research in Motion Inc. and T-Mobile will make available the latest version of the BlackBerry: the Curve 8900. This device works as a basic BlackBerry and doesn't have a sleek touch screen or completely overhauled operating system, nor is it meant to compete with the likes of Apple's iPhone. But it has a physical keyboard and still manages to look stylish -- and that's no small feat.
The $200 Curve 8900
The Curve 8900 costs $200 after a $100 mail-in rebate and with a two-year T-Mobile contract. In the BlackBerry family, this model falls into the Goldilocks category of not too big, not too small -- just right. RIM's $300 BlackBerry Bold came out in November, but its large size and high price were turn-offs for some. click for the rest of the story
Thousands have filled the streets of Washington to witness the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama. You can follow along here as the spectacle unfolds today.
A Historical Perspective | 10:29 a.m. Doris Kearns Goodwin is talking on MSNBC about the historic nature of the gathering taking place behind her at the Capitol.
She notes that in 1861, when Lincoln first took the oath, there was “a sense of a great haunting moment in history,” as there was with F.D.R. in 1933. “Most generations don’t have that,” she said, but predicted that this was such a moment because of the combination of Mr. Obama’s “inspirational character,” the crises the country is facing and the fact that he is the first African-American president. As an historian, she said, “It’s pretty exciting to be living in it rather than just reading about it 100 years later.”
This huge outpouring of citizens who want to be active, she says, could help Mr. Obama build his political capital.