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3-D HDTV World Cup viewing report

Like some of you, I spent part of this morning watching the U.S.-Slovenia World Cup match and yelling at a TV. But this particular TV was a Samsung 3-D HDTV, set up in a room at the Southwest D.C. offices of the electronics manufacturer Harris Corp. for a few dozen...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 18, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  TV , Video  
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Microsoft Office 2010: A cry for help?

Pardon the melodramatic headline, but I've had this thought bouncing around my head since I first installed Office 2010 -- the subject of today's column -- about two weeks ago. It's not just that Microsoft faces serious competitive pressure from the likes of Google, Apple, open-source developers and such startup...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 18, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Gripes , Productivity  
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World apparently failed to end after digital-TV transition

Was it really just a year ago that television watchers across the United States were cringing in fear about the demise of most analog over-the-air broadcasts?

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 17, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Digital culture , TV , Video  
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Why did you rush to pre-order an iPhone 4?

In what must be this week's least surprising technology news, Apple and AT&T's online stores had trouble handling a flood of pre-orders for Apple's upcoming iPhone 4 on Wednesday--so much so that AT&T's site now turns away would-be iPhone 4 shoppers with a "Pre-orders for iPhone temporarily suspended" message. (In...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 16, 2010; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  Digital culture , Gadgets , Mobile  
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E3 news: Nintendo, Sony go 3D; Sony moves to match Nintendo and Microsoft's motion-sensitive controllers

3D technology isn't just for watching movies and sports--or so the video-game industry would have us believe. At the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, Sony and Nintendo touted hardware and software for 3D gaming. Nintendo's contribution to this genre is a new version of its DS handheld, called (duh) the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 16, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Digital culture , Gadgets , Games  
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Microsoft Office 2010 arrives in stores

It's been a long three years, four months and 17 days between Microsoft Office 2007's retail debut on Jan. 29, 2007, and Office 2010's arrival in stores today. Finally, you can upgrade to your choice of new Office versions: the $149.99 Home and Student bundle of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 15, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Productivity  
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Apple updates Mac Mini with HDTV-friendly design

Apple has an interesting new product for sale today--not the upcoming iPhone 4, which became available for pre-order this morning and has since apparently caused Apple and AT&T's online stores to crumple from the demand. No, the device in question is an updated version of its Mac Mini computer. Note...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 15, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Computers , TV , Video  
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PostPoints tip: Two hidden benefits to Apple's Safari 5

The new Safari 5 browser that Apple debuted last week includes a couple of helpful features that Apple itself didn't think to tout as headline attractions. One is a quick way to get back to a Web page in a tab inside Safari's window that you closed by mistake: Just...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 15, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Microsoft introduces 'Kinect,' debuts souped-up Xbox

Microsoft has introduced its answer to the Nintendo Wii's gesture-based controls, an Xbox 360 add-on called Kinect that doesn't even require a remote.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 14, 2010; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Starbucks caves, will make WiFi free July 1

Starbucks announced Monday that starting July 1, it will no longer charge for WiFi Internet access in its U.S. coffee shops.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 14, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Digital culture , Telecom  
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Yelp ups ante on Foursquare check-ins

Last week, Yelp took a couple of steps to catch up with Foursquare, the either pointlessly irritating or strangely compelling social-media game that has users "check in" to shops, restaurants, bars and other establishments. As Yelp's blog post explains, the site's just-updated iPhone application (warning: link opens iTunes if installed)...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 14, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Location awareness , Privacy , Social media  
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