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Faster Forward: March 9, 2008 - March 15, 2008

Revisiting Digital TV: A QAM Query

The digital TV transition keeps coming up with new wrinkles, even after the thousands of words I've sunk into the topic this year alone. One of the latest concerns QAM tuners--the acronym stands for "Quadrature Amplitude Modulation," and, perhaps appropriately, rhymes with "qualm." This part allows a digital TV to...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 14, 2008; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Video  
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Handhelds Without a Home

If everybody wore cargo pants or flight suits, today's column might have come to a different conclusion. Unfortunately, most of us have, at most, one purse or two pants pockets available to carry around gadgets. That doesn't leave much room for a handheld device that browses the Web, takes pictures...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 13, 2008; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Readers Respond: CD-Video Lives! (Sort Of)

I should have known this by now, but I got a fresh reminder on Monday--no technology, however forgotten it may be among the general public, vanishes completely. This episode started with last week's chat, when I got this odd query: Rosslyn, Va.: Ok, keeping in the grab-bag spirit, here's a...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 12, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bonus Review: Vizio's "Value" LCD HDTV

Ever since the prices of flat-panel HDTVs started falling below the going rate for high-end desktop computers, people have been asking if the no-name or small-name brands of TVs were a safe alternative to the Sonys, Panasonics, Sharps and Samsungs of the world. So for my recent comparison of movie...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 11, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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The Taxing Task of Tax Prep

While you were reading Sunday's business section, did you catch my review of three tax-prep programs--TurboTax, TaxCut* and TaxAct? If so, you got to see the end product of the single worst part of my job. I try out a lot of products that, at best, make an unwanted task...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 10, 2008; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gripes  
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