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Faster Forward: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Microsoft does Windows users a favor with Security Essentials

Some weeks, it can seem that my readers hate anti-virus software almost as much as viruses. It's not that people would prefer to see their computers get hacked -- a non-trivial risk with Windows, although Microsoft's last two releases have strengthened its defenses. It's that they don't enjoy having an...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 23, 2009; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Security , Windows  
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Windows 7 arrives; Windows Vista leaves

The waiting is over, and the upgrading can begin. Today, Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system arrives in stores and on new computers. Microsoft is celebrating the occasion with characteristic hype, staging a gala event in New York to unveil the software. For many PC users, Windows 7's arrival also...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 22, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Windows  
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Microsoft's Bing adds Twitter search (update: Google will too)

Bing, Microsoft's surprisingly useful search engine, launched a new option focused on Twitter today. Bing's addition--described at length on the site's blog--aims to help users sift through the stream of posts constantly bubbling up on the popular "micro-blogging" site. Unlike Twitter's own search feature, it parses both the text of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 21, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Web  
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E-reader news: Post readies Kindle deal, Barnes & Noble debuts an Nook tablet

The newspaper-plus-Kindle deals that Amazon heralded when it unveiled its Kindle DX electronic book reader in May--and then failed to deliver on schedule--are finally about to arrive. Later this week, the plan is for Amazon to start e-mailing select customers outside the Washington area, inviting them to buy a discounted...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 20, 2009; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  E-books , Gadgets , The business we have chosen  
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Apple's no-price-cuts-needed recipe for success

Meet your next computer: It's no cheaper than the model it replaced, and its new features consist of processor and memory upgrades you probably won't notice and some design refinements you've lived just fine without until now. In that light, the rather pricey new desktop and laptop computers Apple introduced...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 20, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Mac  
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PostPoints tip: Read the manual before you buy

If the descriptions of products on Web sites and in stores always characterized their features accurately, shopping for complicated electronic gadgets would be a lot easier. And if pigs had wings, air travel would be subject to even more random delays. To avoid surprises when you open up and power...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 20, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Now boarding on Metro: wireless choice

My commute home Friday night featured something unprecedented in my 20 years of taking Metro: While waiting for the train at McPherson Square, I took out an AT&T Wireless phone -- a device that had previously been stuck offline in the subway stretches of Metro -- saw its screen display...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 19, 2009; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Telecom  
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