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Faster Forward: April 20, 2008 - April 26, 2008

Microsoft's SPOT Watch Winds Down

Remember the SPOT watch? Of course not. It was a brick-like timepiece, equipped with a radio data receiver and ran Microsoft's Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) software. Microsoft unveiled this concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2003; a year later, the first of these products went on sale....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 25, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Cameras With High Ambitions For High-Definition Video

As I've noted before, I'm not a fan of having to carry around multiple devices if a combination gadget can do all of their jobs. So I had to check out a pocket-sized, point-and-shoot camera--make that, two of them, Kodak;s V1073 and Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX500. (Other HD-capable cameras are available...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 24, 2008; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Video  
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A Tech-Support Request: Map Out Phone Trees

I love as much as anybody to complain about tech support -- what else can I do about it most of the time? But for today, I'd like to talk about one way to make it better. I don't have in mind something crazy like, say, hiring people who actually...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 23, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gripes  
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Apple's iTunes Plus No Longer Adding Up

I got a $25 iTunes gift card for Christmas, but four months later I've only spent $6 of it. I have no idea when I'll use up the rest. I haven't uninstalled iTunes or hawked my iPod. The single greatest improvement Apple's made to the the iTunes Store since its...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 22, 2008; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Music  
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Energy Savings For Earth Day

Tomorrow is Earth Day, which apparently means that we'll be treated to lots of full-page ads from various large corporations touting their environmental consciousness. And some of them may even mean it! If you'd like to make some changes of your own to help this particular planet--a goal you may...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 21, 2008; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Tips  
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