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Faster Forward: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

Flip, Kodak Bring HD Video To Go, For Less

One of the fun parts of my job is seeing how (make that, if), gadgets can grow up. Less than a year ago, I reviewed a simple, stripped-down video camera, Pure Digital's Flip Mino. It had some shaky software and produced recordings that could only be called VHS-quality, but it...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 15, 2009; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Gadgets , Video  
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Gmail Gunning For More Users With Auto-Import Feature

Yesterday, Google's Gmail service added a feature that may earn it a lot of new users -- and some jealousy or outright hostility from competitors. If you open a new Gmail account, you should now be offered the option of copying your old mail and contacts from another mail service,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 14, 2009; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  E-mail  
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Apple Ships Latest, Possibly Biggest Update to Mac OS X Leopard

>Apple delivered its newest argument against broadband caps yesterday -- a massive update to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard that can weigh in at 442 MB to 729 MB. That's more than enough to push many people whose Internet connections come with bandwidth limits over their monthly quotas, so I...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 13, 2009; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Mac  
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Microsoft Sets A Date -- Make That, A Season -- For Windows 7

Those of you who have asked when they'll be able to buy a computer with Microsoft's Windows 7 installed instead of Windows Vista now have an answer: It should be home for the holidays. The company broke the news at a technology conference in Los Angeles yesterday, as outlined in...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 12, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Windows  
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PostPoints tip: expiration dates for (some) e-mail

Just because your e-mail account may include unlimited--or nearly unlimited--storage doesn't mean you can't have too many messages piled up. Thing is, many of these e-mails only require a single reading: Think of "your account statement is ready" notices from a credit-card issuer, "view your bill" updates from the gas...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 12, 2009; 12:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Can I Recommend Internet Explorer 8? Should I?

I spent about an hour Friday afternoon answering reader e-mail about a 76-word item in the previous Sunday's Help File column. In that piece, I had tried to answer a simple question -- now that Microsoft is pushing out its Internet Explorer 8 browser as an automatic update to Windows,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 11, 2009; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  The Web , Windows  
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