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Faster Forward: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

Camera or cameraphone?

My brother and his wife own a nice digital camera, but you'd never know that from his Facebook photos. Since he picked up a Motorola Droid smartphone, just about every picture he's uploaded has been taken with that device -- even though his older Canon could easily shut it down...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 14, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Pictures  
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Adobe has a hard sell for its Flash software

I had a surprise waiting in yesterday's A section: a full-page ad bought by Adobe Systems Inc. Not a typical advertiser in The Post, the San Jose software firm had bought the ad (PDF) to plead its case before the public and Apple. In successive sentences, the ad declares Adobe's...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 14, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  The Web , Video  
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RCN ships TiVo DVR; Comcast, DirecTV delay theirs

For the first time since DirecTV dumped its TiVo digital video recorder as part of a high-definition upgrade, some Washington area viewers can get a TiVo DVR as part of their TV service instead of buying one separately. But only some viewers--the TV provider involved is RCN, which only offers...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 13, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  TV , Video  
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HTC to Apple: We can litigate and innovate, too!

The inevitable sequel to Apple suing HTC over a variety of smartphone-related patents arrived today when HTC countersued Apple over a handful of smartphone-related patents. Yawn. Sorry, I just can't work up much energy writing about patent ping-pong these days. In this case, it's as difficult as ever to guess...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 12, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mobile , Policy and politics  
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How not to talk about the Verizon Android-tablet story

I'd write "I told you so," but my forecast in last weekend's column didn't require any special powers of prognostication: Of course we'd see tablet computers based on smartphone operating systems competing with Apple's iPad, and of course wireless carriers besides AT&T would want a piece of that market. And...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 12, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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Progress, and a problem for Android

Google's Android smartphone operating system is doing well, just not quite as good as you might think from headlines like "Android overtakes Apple in US smartphone market." It's true that the NPD Group reported yesterday that its first-quarter survey of U.S. customers put Apple's iPhone in third place behind Android,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 11, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Mobile  
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Firefox developers outline next version

The next version of Mozilla Firefox will look a good deal more like Google's Chrome browser, according to a preview of Firefox 4 posted yesterday. Product director Mike Beltzner outlined the core features and goals of this open-source release, due late this year, in a blog post and presentation. The...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 11, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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PostPoints tip: Don't recycle passwords

Never use the same passwords for any accounts that offer a route into your personal or financial data. You may think that saves time and brain cells, but if somebody can guess or otherwise obtain your password at one site they can use that exploit to roll up your other...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 11, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Twitter briefly zeroes out 'follow' counts to fix a bug

Twitter users might have felt a little devalued earlier this afternoon when their "following" and "follower" counts mysteriously reset to zero. As the latter number is the primary way people on the popular status-update-sharing site keep score -- it indicates how many other Twitter users see your updates when they...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 10, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Social media  
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FCC accepts MPAA's 'Selectable Output Control'

The Federal Communications Commission gave Hollywood a little present late Friday afternoon: qualified approval for a scheme that would let movie studios remotely disable the analog outputs on cable and satellite tuners while you watch video-on-demand copies of some movies. This idea goes by the relatively accurate name of "Selectable...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 10, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  TV , Video  
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