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Faster Forward: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

Friday Follow-Ups: Flash Performance, Wal-Mart Music

Revisiting some topics recently covered in this space.... * When I wrote about Adobe's new Flash Player 10 on Wednesday, I hadn't had time to try out its performance. Now somebody's beaten me to it: The folks at Ars Technica did their own benchmark testing and discovered that the new...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 17, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Music , The Web  
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Google's Android Arrives

I didn't think I'd be writing today's column so soon -- it hasn't even been a year since Google announced its Android mobile-phone software project. Yes, I was optimistic about Android's prospects back then. But given the generally horrible history of past attempts to write brand-new operating systems for mobile...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 16, 2008; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Gadgets , Telecom  
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Adobe's Flash Turns 10

Adobe's Flash browser plug-in -- the essential component behind everything from YouTube videos to many Web radio stations to, yes, those annoying floating ads and Web-site intro animations -- got a major update today. The new Adobe Flash Player 10 is a free, fast download for Windows 2000, XP and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 15, 2008; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Web  
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Apple's Laptops Go Upscale in a Down Market

The wait is over: As Mike Musgrove summarized earlier this afternoon, Apple updated its MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops today. The new models represent the first fundamental revision to Apple's two mainstream laptop designs since 2006. As Apple explains in a video , the new MacBook and MacBook Pro start...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 14, 2008; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Mac  
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OpenOffice 3 Is Here. Can You Tell?

OpenOffice.org 3 did not have the most auspicious arrival yesterday. This update to the free, open-source, Microsoft-compatible productivity suite drew enough traffic to overwhelm its Web site. Even the next morning, would-be OpenOffice adopters who went there looking for information about the new version could see only a brief list...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 14, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Productivity  
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