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Faster Forward: December 9, 2007 - December 15, 2007

Confusing, For Sure

Why can't Microsoft make up its mind about its brand names? This company, more than almost any other tech operation, can't seem to resist the temptation to blur the identity of a product by fracturing it into different editions or "rebranding" it altogether. For instance, after years of asking people...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 14, 2007; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Windows  
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Verizon's Voyager

When I first saw Verizon Wireless' V Cast Mobile TV demonstrated, back at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, I remember being a little amused by the need to flip out a little antenna to tune in the signal--as if you were using a 1998-vintage analog cell phone. But I...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 13, 2007; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Focusing on Digital Picture Frames

Over my last few Web chats, several people have asked me for advice on digital picture frames, those small tabletop LCDs you can buy to show off your digital camera's output. I haven't done a comparison of these products lately, but here's what I can tell you from my earlier...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 12, 2007; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Has Your Shipment Come In?

It's that time of the year for gambling--not at the blackjack table, but on the page at an online store where you get to choose between delivery methods. Usually, you can pick between slow but cheap shipping (ideally, slow and free) and more expensive, expedited options. What'll it be? First,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 11, 2007; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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Hidden Leopard Feature: Office Drudgery Made Easy

I run a lot of bad software in this job (including some that my employer makes me use!) and so I'll admit to getting jaded about what can seem to be a prevailing culture of mediocrity in the computer business. But then I discover the occasional new feature that makes...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 10, 2007; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Pleasant surprises  
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