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Faster Forward: March 1, 2009 - March 7, 2009

The Vanishing Full-Line Electronics Retailer

If, 10 years ago, you were asked which type of physical store we'd see fewer of in 2009, which one would you pick? * Bookstores, which stock merchandise that requires no hands-on inspection before purchase and cost next to nothing to ship, or; * Electronics retailers, which carry large and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 6, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Gadgets , Shopping  
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Debugging the Digital-TV Transition

Today's column on the digital-TV transition started out on an afternoon in February, when I was helping out a colleague by looking up old DTV stories in our index. I've written a fair amount of them -- going back to January of 1998 -- but I knew the story went...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 5, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  TV , The business we have chosen  
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Amazon Brings Kindle Books to iPhone, iPod Touch

Earlier this morning, Amazon released a free program for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch that lets users of either device read books they've purchased on one of the Seattle firm's Kindle electronic-book readers. The new Kindle for iPhone application -- available in Apple's iTunes Store and in an iPhone or...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 4, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Digital culture , Gadgets  
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Apple Updates Mac Mini, iMac Desktops

Apple released new desktop Macs this morning--and the cheapest unit of the bunch now stands as one of the better-equipped models in Apple's home-computing lineup. That would be the Mac mini, the tiny, cheap desktop that Apple last updated in August 2007. In light of the company's subsequent neglect, it...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 3, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Mac  
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PostPoints tip: Use your most obscure e-mail address for web commerce

I've used this space before to recommend setting up a separate e-mail account for online shopping and banking--it's a good way to lower the odds of your regular home e-mail address landing on too many mailing lists, both legitimate and illegitimate. But for people with long-established e-mail addresses that already...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 3, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Metro Opening D.C. Subway to Wireless Choice

Metro knocked down one of the bigger barriers to competition in the D.C. area's wireless-phone market Friday afternoon by announcing that all four nationwide wireless carriers would offer service in its subway stations and tunnels. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's press release led off with words that many Metro...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 2, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Pleasant surprises , Telecom  
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