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Faster Forward: March 21, 2010 - March 27, 2010

Comcast helps subscribers, holds itself back with Fancast Xfinity TV site

I didn't think of this phrase until I was almost finished writing today's review of Comcast's Fancast Xfinity TV, so it doesn't show up there until the last few paragraphs: "like a TiVo in the sky." That's the nicest thing I have to say about this site, which lets Comcast...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 26, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  TV , Video  
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Draft of ACTA trade deal leaks

Earlier this week, a draft of one of my least favorite intellectual-property proposals, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), showed up on the Internet. I won't say this 56-page, 14.5-megabyte PDF -- posted by a French digital-liberties group, La Quadrature du Net -- makes for interesting reading. The document (also available...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 25, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Policy and politics  
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Sprint Evo, other Android smartphone debuts at CTIA show have people talking

The wireless-phone industry is gathering in Las Vegas this week for its semiannual CTIA show, and Wednesday saw a flock of new phones unveiled. The single most talked-about entry in this beauty pageant was Sprint's coming HTC Evo 4G. This smartphone, scheduled to ship sometime this summer, runs Google's Android...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 24, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mobile , Telecom  
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PostPoints tip: Ease up on e-mail on your phone

If you've recently bought a Web-connected smartphone--for instance, an iPhone or an Android device--you may see your new gadget alerting you of new e-mail messages every 15 minutes, or almost instantly after each one arrives. Isn't it great to be in touch all the time? Not necessarily. Constantly checking for...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 23, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Google takes its argument with China outside

Google evidently wasn't kidding two months ago when it told the People's Republic of China that it would stop censoring search results on its google.cn site in response to that government's interference with its services and implicit support of hacking attempts against its computers. Yesterday afternoon, Google followed through, redirecting...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 23, 2010; 6:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Policy and politics , The Web  
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Hillcrest's Kylo browser latest innovation to get blocked by Hulu

This morning, Rockville-based Hillcrest Labs introduced Kylo, a new browser intended to bridge the gap between the Web and HDTV screens by providing a simplified, remote-friendly interface of large type and big icons. But this program, a free download for Mac and Windows, may also be the latest exhibit of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 22, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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