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Going Mobile With Web Radio

If you think you've read bits of today's column on Web radio, before, you have. Here's the list of ingredients, as they appeared in my blog: * Interactive Web-radio services do a really good job of exposing people to new music. (Notice how many of the comments start with a...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 29, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Music  
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AOL Developments And A New Microsoft Search Engine: What Year Is This?

Two names are dominating tech news today: AOL and Microsoft. But if it's 1999, why is there a hybrid car in my driveway and a flat-panel TV inside my house? AOL has returned to the headlines because its owner, Time Warner, has now publicly acknowledged the inevitable by announcing that...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 28, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  The Web  
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Microsoft Reveals Next Zune Player -- Months In Advance

Late yesterday, Microsoft announced the next move in its long-running, thus-far-unsuccessful campaign to chip away at the iPod's dominance of the media-player market. The new Zune HD will ship this fall at a price not yet revealed and will share some key features with Apple's iPod Touch (assuming that Apple...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 27, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Gadgets , Music  
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Apple Backs Down In Latest iPhone App Store Drama

You just can't make this stuff up: A developer of a book-reader program for Apple's iPhone had his application blocked from the market for weeks because somebody might use it to read an approximately 1,800-year-old dirty book. Edinburgh, Scotland-based developer (and former Apple employee) James Montgomerie wrote an e-book app...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 26, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Gadgets , Gripes  
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PostPoints tip: Slow computer? Assign blame properly

If your computer suddenly, mysteriously slows down, don't just curse at the stupid machine--find out what program gummed up the works. In Windows, hit the Ctrl, Shift and Esc keys to bring up the Task Manager. In that window, click the "CPU" heading to see which program, as identified by...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 26, 2009; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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