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Faster Forward: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

Apple's Snow Leopard: A Revision, Not a Revolution

As I was working my way through today's review of Apple's new Snow Leopard edition of Mac OS X, I noticed that words such as "unremarkable," "boring," "invisible" and even "yawner" began appearing in my notes. Don't get me wrong; exciting isn't always good in operating-system upgrades. Microsoft's Windows Vista...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 4, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Mac  
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Android Coming to Sprint Next Month; iPhone Coverage Gripes Continue

The wait for a choice of carriers selling smartphones running Google's Android software will end next month, when Sprint plans to start selling its first such device. Sprint announced the news this morning, saying it will sell HTC's Hero, pictured below, starting Oct. 11. This slim, touchscreen model (PDF) resembles...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 3, 2009; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Gadgets , Telecom  
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Sounds Like Gmail Had a Case of the Tuesdays

Users of Google's Gmail service got an unanticipated boost in their productivity yesterday when an outage knocked the e-mail site offline for an hour or so in the afternoon. For people accustomed to the boring predictability of a seemingly infinite Gmail inbox, seeing the site cough up only vague "server...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 2, 2009; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  E-mail  
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EBay Hocks Skype

The auction site eBay is following the example of many of its users by unloading an item that once seemed like a good idea but then wound up collecting dust -- Skype Technologies, the Internet-calling firm it bought in 2005 and now plans to sell most of to a group...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 1, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Telecom  
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PostPoints tip: Write for spam filters

Those same automated filters that try to keep your inbox free of unsolicited, often-fraudulent junk mail can also bottle up your own outgoing messages. When that happens, you generally won't get any notice that your e-mail got stopped at the border, while your would-be correspondents probably won't have any idea...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 1, 2009; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Latest 'Mindset List' Catalogues My Obsolescence

Every year since 2002, Beloit College, of Beloit, Wisc., has released a new "Mindset List" -- a list of the political, cultural and technological things that its incoming freshman class has always taken for granted. The school released this year's edition two Mondays ago. The 2013 Mindset List features a...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 31, 2009; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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