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Faster Forward: May 18, 2008 - May 24, 2008

Improving the iPod's Click Wheel

Like many of you, I let an iPod provide my commuting soundtrack, and most of the time, Apple's portable player does an outstanding job. With one exception: Occasionally, my attempts to adjust the volume or a song's one-to-five-star rating by spinning the "click wheel" causes this model (a two-year-old iPod...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 23, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Web-ifying Personal-Finance Programs

I'm starting to worry that I've been stuck in an abusive relationship with personal-finance software. Programs like Intuit's Quicken and Microsoft's Money can provide a valuable service. At the most basic level, they satisfy everybody's urge to keep score (why didn't I think to throw that phrase into today's column?),...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 22, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Napster Launches Business Model 3.0

In the past decade, Napster has worn many masks. It began life as a free, peer-to-peer service that brought you all the music you could take, quickly found itself a lawsuit target, then emerged from legal oblivion as a hubris-ridden iTunes Store competitor. And after years of mediocre results in...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 21, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Music  
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Survey Finds Like and Hate For TV, Wireless-Phone Service

The American Customer Satisfaction Index has just released its latest quarterly survey of consumer attitudes, and some telecom firms are not going to be happy about it. The Index, a project of the University of Michigan's National Quality Research Center, uses phone interviews of randomly chosen U.S. consumers to gauge...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 20, 2008; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Yahoo Terminates Tagline Ads

At the end of last week, Yahoo quietly took a step to improve the experience of untold millions of e-mail users: It stopped sticking one-line advertisements at the end of messages sent from its free Yahoo Mail Web e-mail service. The company announced the change in a cheerily sarcastic blog...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 19, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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