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Faster Forward: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Augmenting my 'augmented reality' review (updated)

If you've been wondering why some people have started walked around while holding a smartphone a foot in front of their face, today's column may explain the phenomenon. My story covers something called "augmented reality." That might sound like something you experience after knocking back a few beers, but in...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 20, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Google previews Chrome OS

Earlier today, Google gave a detailed presentation about Chrome OS, the open-source, Web-centric operating system -- built around its Chrome browser -- that it announced in July to general excitement among tech types. During an event at their Mountain View, Calif., campus, Google developers and executives outlined the basic structure...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 19, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  The Web  
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Help File help: Syncing an Android phone with iTunes

All of my recent reviews of phones running Google's Android software have had to include one yes-but line, words to the effect of: Yes, this is a smart little device, but you can't sync it to an iTunes music library. That's as much Apple's fault as it is Google's or...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 19, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Gadgets , Music , Tips  
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Hughes tries to relaunch satellite Internet's image

Satellite-based Internet access suffers from a reputation as the broadband of last resort: It should work anywhere with a clear view of the southern sky, but it's expensive, it's slow, it limits your use, it can suffer the same "rain fade" as satellite TV, and the 44,472-mile round trip data...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 18, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Policy and politics , Telecom  
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'Unfriend' goes into the books

Yesterday, the Oxford University Press announced its 2009 Word of the Year: "unfriend." For the dwindling minority of Internet users who haven't at least looked at a social-networking site like Facebook, the verb refers to the act of removing somebody from your "friends list" -- the contingent of people whose...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 17, 2009; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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PostPoints tip: It's OK to hoard some USB cables

My desks at home and work are overrun by surplus cables from old gadgets--but thanks to recent moves by manufacturers to standardize on connections, that's not necessarily a bad thing. You can benefit from this trend too: If a device of yours breaks or is lost, you may still be...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 17, 2009; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Palm cuts prices with Pixi smartphone, may not clarify its prospects

Yesterday, Palm shipped the second device to run the webOS operating system it debuted this summer. Its new Pixi smartphone offers many of the same features as its Pre at a lower cost -- but in the six months since that gadget shipped, Palm's competitive position has eroded. Like the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 16, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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