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Faster Forward: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

iPhone 2.2 Update Brings Better Maps

Early this morning, Apple released its second major software update for the iPhone since this summer's debut of the iPhone 3G. The new 2.2 software -- a nearly 250-megabyte download -- makes its major contributions to the iPhone's Maps program. That application now features Google's Street View interactive panoramas (which...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 21, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Apple's DRM Breaks MacBook Movie-Download Viewing

When I reviewed Apple's new MacBook laptop a few weeks ago, I thought I'd found plenty of reasons to consider this a questionable upgrade over the old model. But I completely missed one of the new machine's bigger flaws. It turns out that Apple added a "digital rights management" subsystem...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 21, 2008; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Gripes , Mac , Video  
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What Not To Buy: Gadgets To Avoid This Holiday Season

Today's column might as well carry the byline of Mr. Grinch. It's pretty much all negativity, explaining why five kinds of gadgets aren't worth your money this holiday season: Blu-ray high-definition players, XM and Sirius satellite radio receivers, set-top Internet video boxes, phones running Google's Android software and e-book readers...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 20, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Gadgets , Gripes , Tips  
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Microsoft To Offer Free Security Tools

Sometime next year, Microsoft will break with years of tradition and offer its customers free anti-virus software. The company said yesterday afternoon that it will retire its $49.95/year OneCare security package on June 30, then replace it with a simpler, free security program: Code-named "Morro," this streamlined solution will be...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 19, 2008; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Windows  
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MLB Throws Out Microsoft's Silverlight

Baseball fans have news beyond free-agent signings to consider today: Major League Baseball's MLB.com site will move its online video to Adobe's Flash multimedia format, only about a year and a half after it began switching those clips to Microsoft's Silverlight software. The news -- highlighted by Adobe in a...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 18, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  The Web , Video  
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Win the Presidency, Lose Your E-Mail?

Among many other pressing decisions -- hiring Cabinet members, choosing a school for his daughters, picking out a puppy -- President-elect Barack Obama will have to choose whether to give up e-mail. For at least the next four years. He wouldn't be the first to do so. The argument here...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 17, 2008; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Digital culture , Telecom  
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