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Faster Forward: August 2, 2009 - August 8, 2009

New Android, BlackBerry Smartphones Show Old Problems

Much of today's review of T-Mobile's myTouch 3G and Verizon Wireless's BlackBerry Tour 9630 may look familiar. It should: The myTouch shares many of the virtues and flaws of last year's T-Mobile G1 (in addition to being saddled with one of the dumber product names around), and most of my...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 7, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Yes, Twitter's Down and Facebook's Slow

It's not just your computer: Twitter has been inaccessible this morning, apparentlybecause of a denial-of-service attack. And Facebook's been either sluggish or unresponsive; for instance, I've had trouble opening my inbox, and many news-feed links haven't worked. So you might as well stop hitting the "refresh" key over and over...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 6, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Sony Drops E-Book Prices, Introduces New Readers

One of the first big-name companies to take a stab at selling electronic books in this decade--no, not Amazon--renewed its efforts this morning. Sony announced lower prices on new and best-selling e-books and unveiled two new models of its Reader tablets. The price cut--from $11.99 to $9.99--brings Sony's e-book pricing...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 5, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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The iPhone Is Getting Easier to Dislike

After spending two years as a darling of the digerati, Apple's iPhone has started getting some hate mail. And it's not coming from people happy with other devices who resent the fuss over this one gadget, but from folks who had until recently used or admired the iPhone. At first,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 4, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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PostPoints tip: Stop Start menu pollution

This tip goes out to any software developers who read this: The Start menu is not a dumping ground for every secondary file an application might use, such as its "readme" file, its help documentation, its uninstaller or a link to its Web site. It's meant for one thing--a shortcut...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 4, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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