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Faster Forward: May 13, 2007 - May 19, 2007

Another AACS Key Crack

Remember that AACS encryption key I wrote about a few weeks ago--the one that could be used to unlock HD DVD or Blu-Ray movies and copy them to a computer? Remember how the trade group behind this encryption said it had already solved the problem by using a different key...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 18, 2007; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Video  
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A Fix For One Java Annoyance?

One of the ongoing irritations of Windows computer maintenance is having to clean up after programs that won't behave themselves. And one of the foremost offenders in that category is Sun Microsystems' Java Runtime Environment software. Although it's smart enough to check for, download and install its own updates, it's...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 18, 2007; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Gripes  
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DRM's Demise Accelerates

Steve Jobs wasn't kidding when he wrote that "Thoughts on Music" essay back in February that condemned the use of "digital rights management" technology in music sales--the iTunes Store will feature DRM-free downloads by the end of this month. Similarly, EMI wasn't fooling around when it joined Apple in this...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 16, 2007; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Music  
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Good Enough vs. New Enough

Thursday's column covers the latest iteration of a portable device that debuted in its current shape back in 2003, and which hasn't seen too many changes in the last couple of years. (You can probably guess what it is, but let's preserve some suspense for now.) There's nothing wrong with...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 15, 2007; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Dressing for Tech Success

On my way to work this morning, I had a brief moment of confusion after I pressed the "play" button on my iPod Nano and raised it up to my shirt without realizing that said garment didn't have a pocket into which I could drop the thing. That experience reminded...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 14, 2007; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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