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Faster Forward: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Cheat sheets for setting up a new PC or Mac

I don't know how many of you will have new computers under your trees this year, given the continued crumminess of the economy, but I am pretty sure that those of you who do will have questions about how to set them up right. And so once again, I've set...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 18, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Computers , Mac , Tips , Windows  
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Free Shipping Day may be every day

If you're feeling as overwhelmed by holiday shopping as I am, then you're probably thanking the online-shopping industry for the gift to procrastinators that is Free Shipping Day. As my colleague Ylan Mui explains, this joint promotion -- in which 735 online retailers are touting free delivery by Christmas Eve...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 17, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Shopping  
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Regulators close a case against Microsoft, start one against Intel

One of the older antitrust issues in computing looks to be over, and another may only be getting started: Today, Microsoft agreed to the European Commission's request that it give Windows users a clear, simple choice of Web browsers, while in the U.S. the Federal Trade Commission sued Intel, alleging...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 16, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Computers , Policy and politics , Windows  
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Spare me the 'Google Phone' hype

Once again, the digerati are frothing over a magical new gadget that will revolutionize the market as we've known it -- this time, the market being the smartphone business, our collective savior being Google and the gadget being a phone running Google's Android software and designed by that company to...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 15, 2009; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Gadgets , Telecom  
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PostPoints tips: Leave on that "s" for security

Take a look at some of the Web addresses you've bookmarked or regularly type in: If they take you to a login prompt, do they put a lock icon in your brower's toolbar and feature an "s" at the end of the usual "http://" prefix? If neither thing happens, you're...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 15, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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A tech top 10 for the 2000s

If you want to set your head to spinning (or just feel old), take a moment to remember the technology you used in 1999 -- how you connected to the Internet, what was on your computer, how you stayed in touch with friends, what gadgets you might have taken with...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 14, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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