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Faster Forward: November 18, 2007 - November 24, 2007

Turkey-Day Tech Shopping Tips

Once again, I've tried to pare down a year's worth of experience and insights into a day's worth of copy. This time around, that copy consists of today's column, summarizing my thoughts on the current state of computers, cameras and television, plus online-only extras on MP3 players and smartphones. As...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 22, 2007; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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How to Buy Smartphones and MP3 Players

On top of my column today, which focuses on how to buy computers, digital cameras and televisions this holiday season, here's a little more guidance on two other common gadget gifts. Smartphones Smartphones play multiple roles: They put the Web in the palm of your hand, let you check your...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 22, 2007; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Sites That Dig For Black Friday Deals

This Friday will supposedly the best time of the year to look for bargains in computing and electronics. Every year, the day after Thanksgiving--"Black Friday," in industry argot--sees retailers offering ridiculous pricing on few high-profile products to get people into stores (where, hopefully, they'll spend more on non-discounted items). A...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 21, 2007; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Tips  
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A Thanksgiving Tech-Support Toolkit

"Hey, could you take a look at the computer when you get a second? It's been acting a little strange lately." If you're one of your family's primary sources of tech support, you'll probably hear some variation of that request this weekend. If you're lucky, nothing more needs to be...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 20, 2007; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Tips  
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Gadget Guidance Today, Not Just Thursday

My column this Thursday will summarize my thoughts on how to shop for a few categories of tech gadgets, but you don't have to wait until then to get my advice. I'll be on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi show from noon to 1 today, talking about holiday tech shopping with WAMU...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 20, 2007; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Feedback  
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Apple Polishes A Few Recent Releases

Over two days last week, Apple pushed out a pair of operating-system updates that included bigger changes than the usual maintenance release. Users of Apple's older Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger software got the first upgrade. The 10.4.11 update issued last Wednesday, in addition to fixing various bugs in OS...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 19, 2007; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Mac  
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