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Faster Forward: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

App Outages and File Lockouts, In The Cloud And On The Ground

If you had no trouble reaching this post and never worried that you would, the first half of today's column -- in which I decry the unreliability of some Web-based applications -- may not quite resonate with you. So in the second half of the piece, I compared that risk...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 22, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Music-Industry Chatter Has Echoes For the News Business

SAN FRANCISCO -- I spent Monday talking shop with various tech types about the state of the music industry, but I gained a little insight about the newspaper business along the way. The occasion was a daylong conference on the intersection of technology and music, the SanFran MusicTech Summit, which...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 20, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Music , The business we have chosen  
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Palm Prē Ships June 6; Next iPhone Still Up In The Air

SAN FRANCISCO -- You can stop asking me when Palm's Prē smartphone will arrive and what it will cost. As my colleague Mike Musgrove just posted, today Sprint announced that it will begin selling this device on June 6 for $299.99 (before a $100 mail-in rebate). As usual, there are...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 19, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Gadgets , Telecom  
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PostPoints tip: Don't rush to renew a wireless contract

If your wireless-phone service is nearing the end of the one- or two-year contract you signed when you bought your last phone, your carrier will probably be imploring you to sign a new one. But if your old phone works fine and the new plan the carrier offers doesn't offer...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 19, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Cordian Knot: Cables Gone Wild!

The other day, I needed to recharge a loaner cell phone to try out a feature. I unlocked the desk drawer in which spare review hardware lives and extracted the bizarre creature you see below. This odd lifeform was the mutant offspring of at least three sets of headphone cables,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 18, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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