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Faster Forward: August 12, 2007 - August 18, 2007

Sprint Hates Spellcheck

Yesterday, Sprint held a conference in Tysons Corner to announce some new product initiatives. They included an upgraded version of its Direct Connect walkie-talkie service and a new voice/data package called Pivot that it well sell with cable-TV operators. But the big news was the name of its new WiMax...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 17, 2007; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Telecom  
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Tuning Into Interactive Web Radio

I ended today's column with a series of question marks--I didn't want to tell you all what to think, mainly because I wasn't sure what I thought about how people might elect to listen to music if they could tune into a reasonable approximation of their tastes anywhere and everywhere....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 16, 2007; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Music  
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Getting CableCarded (updated)

I've written previously about the checkered history of the CableCard--the little subscriber-identity module that's supposed to let you use the hardware of your choice with any cable TV service. It's a wonderful idea in theory, but in practice cable companies have made it as difficult as possible to get one...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 15, 2007; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Video  
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Consumers Remain Less Than Thrilled About Computers

The University of Michigan's National Quality Research Center issued its latest American Customer Satisfaction Index findings this morning, and computer manufacturers should not feel flattered by the findings. The ACSI surveys customer happiness with different industries each quarter. This quarter's report [PDF] focuses on, among others, the personal-computer business. (It...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 14, 2007; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Recommended reading  
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Help File Help: Interrupted iTunes Podcasts

A few chats ago, a reader wanted to know why iTunes would download only part of some podcasts: Have you ever had any of your podcasts on iTunes appear to finish downloading, but then, when you go to play them, find that they cut off mid-podcast (i.e., a 40 min....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 13, 2007; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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