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Faster Forward: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Friday Follow-Ups: iTunes Plus Upgrades, Circuit City Sales

Two updates about topics recently discussed here: 1. The Help File item I wrote two Sundays ago is now inoperative. Please delete any bookmarks to it. That story -- which noted that Apple was not allowing iTunes customers to upgrade only the songs of their choice to the higher-quality, digital-rights-management-free...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  January 30, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Music , Pleasant surprises  
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Windows 7: Not Quite The Change We Need

A year ago, I wouldn't have predicted that I'd be reviewing a public beta test of Windows Vista's replacement this week. And yet here I am, assessing Windows 7 in today's column. Microsoft deserves some congratulations for moving forward this quickly on Vista's successor. But the speed with which the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  January 29, 2009; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Windows  
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Gmail Goes Offline (In A Good Way)

Google's Gmail service is rolling out a new, seemingly impossible feature: the ability to use the Web-mail site even when you don't have an Internet connection. This feature relies on Gears, Google software you can plug into different browers -- Internet Explorer in Windows and Windows Mobile, Mozilla Firefox in...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  January 28, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The Web  
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The DTV Transition Looks Set To Go Into Overtime

This morning's Post brings the news that the switch from analog to digital TV broadcasts, currently scheduled to conclude on Feb. 17, looks like it's going to get pushed back to June 12. The Senate voted to delay the switch yesterday, leaving only a House vote in favor before a...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  January 27, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  TV  
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PostPoints tip: Rent iTunes movies for less

For one to three titles a week, Apple's iTunes Store offers a much better movie-rental deal than usual: a 99-cent rental, down from $2.99 ($3.99 for new releases). You can see each week's offer on the iTunes Store's movies page, accessible in any copy of iTunes, but it's easy to...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  January 27, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Circuit City's Bones Offer Slim Pickings

I took a little time Friday afternoon for a field trip to Circuit City's store in Baileys Crossroads--not with a particular item on my shopping list, but to see if the expiring Richmond firm's store-closing sales offered any bargains. To judge from my survey, that answer would be no. The...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  January 26, 2009; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Shopping , Tips  
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