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Faster Forward: August 24, 2008 - August 30, 2008

What Did You Not Do (Online) For Your Summer Vacation?

Technically speaking, summer doesn't end for another few weeks. But the part of the season in which most of us take our summer vacations expires this weekend. (Note that because I'm chronically late at things, my own time off isn't happening until next week.) So now seems a fair time...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 29, 2008; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Microsoft's Photosynth Deepens Digital Photography

Three times yesterday, I had co-workers ask me to show them one of the "synths" I'd created at Microsoft's Photosynth site, the subject of today's column. I understand why they asked; both the way this application assembles these interactive, 3-D collages and what it's like to explore one take a...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 28, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Pictures  
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Microsoft Previews Internet Explorer 8

Earlier today, Microsoft shipped the Beta 2 release of Internet Explorer 8 -- the first new version since 2006's Internet Explorer 7, which itself marked the first major update to IE since Internet Explorer 6 shipped back in 2001. IE 8 -- available for Windows XP and Vista -- doesn't...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 27, 2008; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  The Web , Windows  
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What Makes an Event TV-Worthy or Web-Acceptable?

Decades ago, somebody buying a new album would have to decide: Is this good enough to get on CD, or will I not feel like I'm missing anything if I only get it on tape. Eventually, music fans could replace "on tape" with "as a digital download." Lately, viewers as...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 26, 2008; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Digital culture , The Web , Video  
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Rekindling Interest in Amazon's E-Book Reader

Since I reviewed it late last year, few gadgets have drawn as much popular interest as Amazon's Kindle electronic-book reader. I may still have seen only one in the wild (and that was on a flight to CES, which means I wasn't exactly looking at a representative sample of non-geek...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 25, 2008; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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