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Faster Forward: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Quicken Essentials: A hard reset of Intuit's Mac business

When I put together today's review, I tried not to write like myself. No, not in the sense of my throwing in too many parenthetical remarks (oh, really?) or an excess of em-dashes -- if you say so -- but in the context of my having used various versions of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 5, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Mac , Productivity  
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Amtrak brings WiFi to the rails -- within limits

Laptop-toting travelers lost yet another excuse Monday for not being productive when Amtrak launched free WiFi service on Acela Express trains and in some Northeast Corridor stations. The passenger railroad comes to the free-wireless market late; bus operators such as Bolt Bus, Megabus and Tripper Bus have offered free WiFi...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 4, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Mobile , Telecom  
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Post ships iPhone app; tech columnist reviews it

The Washington Post shipped an iPhone application this morning, the paper's first to offer access to the bulk of its coverage--and only its second release for Apple's smartphone since a 2008 update to its earlier Going Out Guide program. The new Wash Post app, listed as compatible with the iPhone,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 3, 2010; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Mobile , The business we have chosen  
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Apple finally gets around to suing somebody over its iPhone patents

More than three years ago, Apple introduced a new gadget called the iPhone. Chief executive Steve Jobs showed off its elegant "multi-touch" interface and took a moment to crow over its legally sanctioned uniqueness: "And, boy, have we patented it!" Over the next three years, a succession of other devices...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 2, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Gadgets , Policy and politics  
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PostPoints tip: E-cycling isn't just for large items

As spring-cleaning season draws near, you'll probably start to see news about electronics-recycling, or "e-cycling," programs for old computers, monitors, televisions and other bulky items; see, for example, my summary from late December 2009. Those options are well worth exploring--but don't forget about the smaller gadgets and gadget leftovers you...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 2, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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An e-mail mess: Can I get your signature?

I have the same conversation over e-mail every few weeks. Somebody will ask for my contact details with words to the effect of "Just need your shipping address and phone number," and I will reply with some variation of "see below." What appears below in my reply will be the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 1, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  E-mail  
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