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Microsoft's Bing: Yes, It's Not Google

After a few days of constantly switching search engines in Web browsers between my usual option, Google, and Microsoft's new Bing, something funny happened: I started not noticing which site I was typing my query into, since they both seemed to do about as well. That doesn't make for a...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 5, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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T-Mobile G1, BlackBerry Storm Get Software Updates

Two smartphones I've reviewed over the last year are getting a little smarter this week, thanks to a pair of long-awaited software updates. One is the T-Mobile G1, the phone running Google's Android software that I covered last fall. That wireless carrier is now starting to deliver the 1.5 version...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 4, 2009; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Windows 7 To Ship Oct. 22

Windows Vista's term as Microsoft's consumer operating system will end this fall: The company announced yesterday that Vista's replacement, Windows 7, will arrive in stores and on new computers on Oct. 22, 996 days after Vista's retail debut. That's a little earlier than I had expected when the Redmond, Wash.,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 3, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Analog TV Has 10 Days To Live

It's been going on for decades, but 10 days from now the digital-TV transition will end. At the stroke of midnight on Friday, June 12, all remaining full-power analog broadcasts will vanish from the airwaves. (Many of the nation's local stations shut down their analog signals earlier this year.) Not...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 2, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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PostPoints tip: Silence your camera's beeps

Most digital cameras are noisy creatures out of the box--they beep when you turn them on, change a setting, focus a picture and take the actual shot. This soundtrack may help you get used to their controls, but it's distracting and rude in a lot of social settings. (Especially weddings.)...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 2, 2009; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Microsoft Updates Windows Vista With Service Pack 2

Last Tuesday, Microsoft quietly shipped its second major update to Windows Vista, Service Pack 2. Like last year's Service Pack 1 for Vista, this download combines a few new features with many smaller bug fixes and other refinements. An article on Microsoft's TechNet site outlines the notable changes in this...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 1, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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