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Faster Forward: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

RIM's BlackBerry App World Eases Adding Smartphone Software

Imitation is a good thing in the software business, provided people copy the right ideas. So I'm glad to see Research In Motion shamelessly following the lead of Apple by providing its own version of the simple, smart App Store Apple added to the iPhone and iPod touch last year....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 8, 2009; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Is Mother's Day a Gadget-Procurement Event?

Being a tech columnist means never having to forget that Mother's Day is coming up -- publicists for tech companies won't let me. The first "mother's day tech gadgets" e-mail arrived back on March 10, and since then each week has brought a few more. The items being pitched are...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 7, 2009; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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Amazon Enlarges the Kindle, And Maybe Its Prospects Too

Amazon introduced the latest version of its Kindle electronic book reader today. The new Kindle DX features a 9.7-in. screen, not much smaller than a regulation 8.5-by-11-in. sheet of paper. It will sell for $489, starting sometime this summer. The DX's display, like an iPhone's screen, automatically changes its orientation...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 6, 2009; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Webby Awards Announced; Columnist's Ignorance Revealed

The 13th annual Webby Awards were announced this morning, spotlighting (what some observers consider) the best things to happen to the Web over the past year. These awards -- chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, an organization of 663 online creative types around the world --...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 5, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Web , The business we have chosen  
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PostPoints tip: Ban browser toolbars

Is there a more useless software widget than the browser toolbar? Back when most people still used Microsoft's inept Internet Explorer 6, which lacked such helpful features as pop-up-ad blocking and Web-search shortcuts, there were good reasons to add extensions like the Google Toolbar that remedied those oversights. But when...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 5, 2009; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bonus Review: Verbatim Storage You Can Lose In a Flash

My mailbox -- not the electronic kind, but the cubbyhole reserved for me in our mailroom -- can attract some oddball gadgets. One of the weirder ones showed up on Friday: a Verbatim Store 'n' Go Micro USB Drive. "Micro" is the operative word here: This flash-memory drive (or memory...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 4, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Computers , Gadgets  
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