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Faster Forward: August 10, 2008 - August 16, 2008

Two iPhone 3G Gripes: Inert Internet Access and a Buggy Browser

Is the iPhone 3G Apple loaned for last month's review somehow going bad? I think I have to ask that after seeing it pick up a couple of disturbing habits over this week: 1) Internet access over AT&T Wireless's 3G network--even when the phone's screen shows four or more bars...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 15, 2008; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Gadgets , Gripes  
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Looking For A Lightweight Laptop?

August is supposed to be a slow news month in the tech business, but that doesn't apply to me until I get my annual "how to buy a laptop" column out of the way. The get-the-column-over-with phrasing may sound cynical, but for a few years in a row I've found...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 14, 2008; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Computers , Mac , Windows  
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Vongo Vanishes (But Will Live On, Sort Of)

Yet another movie-download site has ended its run -- but the people behind it say its sequel is already off to a fine start. Vongo, the movie-rental service launched by the Starz movie channel in 2006, stopped taking new customers on Aug. 1 and will close up shop entirely on...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 13, 2008; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Video  
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Microsoft Thinks, Sells Outside the Box With Money

Users of Microsoft Money can step off the upgrade treadmill -- and stop worrying about fighting traffic to get to a store when they do buy a new version. Money product manager Chris Jolley wrote in a blog post on Friday that the company would not ship a 2009 edition...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 12, 2008; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Productivity  
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How I Test Laptops

It's one of those times of the year when I poke and prod a few test machines to see what the computer industry can accomplish. This week, I'm trying out laptops from four of the biggest manufacturers of portable computers in the U.S. consumer market -- Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 11, 2008; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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