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Faster Forward: June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010

Adobe updates Flash Player to 10.1 but preserves old reasons to hate Flash

Adobe shipped the semi-awaited 10.1 version of its Flash Player browser plug-in last night, but the results aren't likely to earn the San Jose, Calif., company any more friends. Adobe's blog post and release notes tout Flash 10.1's performance, stability and privacy improvements. But the real reason to install 10.1...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 11, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Security , The Web , Video  
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Google exhibits Bing envy with background-photo binge

Google's home page looks a little different today--and not in a fun, productivity-destroying way. Instead of a playable version of Pac-Man, the page is graced by a randomly chosen artsy background photo--part of a one-day feature Google is running to promote a new custom-background option that registered users can set...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 10, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Digital culture , Search , The Web  
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AT&T's iPad data breach: Don't panic

My colleague Cecilia Kang wrote up a good post up about AT&T Wireless's inadvertent exposure of some account details of more than 114,000 Apple iPad 3G users. That breach, first reported by the gossip blog Gawker, sounds like scary stuff--these folks had their e-mail addresses and the ID numbers of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 10, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Privacy , Security , Telecom  
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No HD for Strasburg: Pay TV as usual

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg's dazzling debut last night looked a little less dazzling to many Washington-area viewers hoping for high-def.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 9, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Digital culture , Gripes , TV  
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PostPoints tip: Don't feel bad--anybody can have WiFi problems

Are you fed up with being knocked off your home wireless network for no good reason? Are you puzzled why your connection speeds some to drop to zero just when you're trying to upload an important file? Well, at least you've got some exalted company. Last month, Google saw two...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 9, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Microsoft debuts free, Web-based versions of Office apps

Late last night, Microsoft quietly did the formerly unthinkable: It posted free versions of its flagship Microsoft Office productivity applications--Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote--on the Web. Two things helped make that thinkable: Google's success with its free Google Docs word-processing, speadsheet and slideshow applications, and the failure of Microsoft's Works...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 8, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Productivity , The Web , Windows  
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Apple's other WWDC news: Safari 5

Apple didn't even bother to mention one of its biggest news items in the keynote that opened its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday morning: the arrival of its new Safari 5 Web browser. Safari 5, a free download for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 or Windows XP, Vista and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 8, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  The Web  
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Apple introduces new iPhone 4

Apple debuted a thinner, more powerful iPhone 4 that adds a high-resolution screen, high-definition movie recording and editing, better battery life and a video-chatting system--but which remains confined to AT&T Wireless's network.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 7, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Gadgets , Mac , Mobile  
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Yes, there's a new iPhone coming today

New iPhone to be unveiled today starting at 1 p.m. EST with Apple chief executive Steve Jobs's opening conference keynote.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 7, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Mobile  
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