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Faster Forward: March 15, 2009 - March 21, 2009

Apple Liberates HD Movies From Apple TV

Yesterday, Apple slightly opened up the market for high-definition movies on its iTunes Store. It will now sell, not just rent, these titles, and it will allow customers to watch them on a Mac or PC, not just on an Apple TV media receiver. This does not constitute an entirely...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 20, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Mac , Video  
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Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 Springs Forward, Falls Back

If you compare today's review of Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 8 -- due to debut on the company's Web site at noon Eastern time -- to the review I wrote of its beta-test version in September, you'll see that I've soured a bit on this browser. I can think of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 19, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  The Web , Windows  
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Kutiman's "Thru-You" Mashes Up Copyright Concepts

I admit, I'm getting to this after a lot of other journalists. But still, the "Thru-You" video is pretty cool: It's an ingenious mash-up cooked together by an Israeli musician who calls himself Kutiman. He spent weeks finding YouTube videos with sample-worthy bits he could splice together -- and not...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 18, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Digital culture , Music  
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Apple Previews iPhone 3.0 Software

Apple showed off a set of upcoming features and options for its iPhone and iPod Touch that should alleviate some longstanding gaps in the repertoire of those mobile devices, and may add some notable new capabilities. In an auditorium at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, the company gave an outline of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 17, 2009; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mac  
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PostPoints tip: Name flash drives by size

Those little flash-memory USB storage devices--you may call them flash drives, USB keys, keychain drives, memory sticks or whatever--are far more useful than the floppy disks they've replaced. But if you have more than a few lying around, you may have trouble remembering which ones have the most space available....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 17, 2009; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Google To Deliver "More Interesting" Ads

Last week, Google launched a new advertising initiative that could make the ads you see on the Web more relevant, a little scarier or both. In a post titled "Making Ads More Interesting," the Web firm announced that it would make a non-trivial shift in the way it presents ads...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 16, 2009; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Digital culture , The Web  
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