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Faster Forward: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Cable TV Thinks Inside the Box

When I first signed up for cable TV, ridding myself of a cable box required nothing more than phone call and a Metro ride out to District Cablevision's offices in Brookland to return that hardware. That was a simpler time. Today, things would be a little more complicated -- by...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 2, 2009; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  TV , Video  
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Microsoft Security Essentials: Compatibility Will Be Essential Too

This week, Microsoft began offering users some free help with computer-security issues: a no-charge anti-virus and anti-spyware program called Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP, Vista and 7. Security Essentials, first announced last November, replaces Microsoft's older, non-free OneCare product. It competes with free anti-virus programs from such companies as...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 1, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Security , Windows  
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Performance Art: Reviewing the Concert as It Happens

People attending rock concerts, especially arena- and stadium-size events, do weird things. They sing off key (or, more often, shout) as if they were alone in their cars. They jump up and down. They air-guitar and air-drum. They hold up the illuminated screens of their cellphones to call for an...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 30, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Disney Does Digital Books

The electronic-book business is starting to pick up some speed -- although it remains too soon to say it won't crash into a bridge abutment. This year has already seen e-book advances from Amazon, which shipped its Kindle 2 and Kindle DX* readers, and Barnes & Noble, which delivered a...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 29, 2009; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Digital culture , E-books  
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PostPoints tip: Put A grocery list on your smartphone

Yesterday, Apple announced that its App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch has now seen 2 billion downloads, an impressive figure for something that only opened last summer. But how many of those apps serve a useful purpose instead of simply providing idle distractions when you're waiting on line...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 29, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Why Reporters Should Twitter (A Little Shop Talk)

(Note: The following entry is a lot of inside baseball, some of which might count as "inside baseball, played at night with the lights out." If discussions of journalistic ethics bore you, please skip back to Friday's entry about MMS on the iPhone or commiserate with Dan Steinberg about the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 28, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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