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Faster Forward: June 20, 2010 - June 26, 2010

Can you tell an iPhone 4 photo from a 'real' camera's?

People have been saying some nice things about the iPhone 4's camera lately. But is it really that good? To find out, I used the iPhone 4 and a three-year-old point-and-shoot Canon digital camera to took the same five shots: close-ups of the contents of one bookshelf, an older writing...

By Rob Pegoraro  | June 25, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Mobile, Pictures  
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Today's iPhone 4 freakout: calling while left-handed

Hey, everybody who lined up to buy Apple's iPhone 4 yesterday: Your shiny new device has a fatal flaw!

By Rob Pegoraro  | June 25, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Digital culture, Gripes, Mobile  
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iPhone 4: First-commute impressions

Apple's new iPhone 4 is in no danger of being mistaken for any of its three predecessors. Its angular contours and precision-engineered metal buttons feel dramatically different from the smooth, streamlined shapes of the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS. On the inside, the iPhone 4 --...

By Rob Pegoraro  | June 24, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Gadgets, Mobile, Pictures, Video  
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Judge junks Viacom's YouTube suit

Google won an immense legal victory when a federal judge dismissed a $1 billion lawsuit filed by Viacom against its YouTube video-sharing site. U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted YouTube's request for summary judgment Wednesday afternoon--that is, declaring...

By Rob Pegoraro  | June 23, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Policy and politics, Video  
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Bing adds music, videos, games

Tuesday, Microsoft's Bing search engine built on a good news month--Apple added Bing to the search options in the iPhone and its Safari browser, followed by Google's awkward imitation of Bing's artistic home-page photos--by adding some potentially useful search shortcuts. That's "potentially" because some of these features aren't working yet....

By Rob Pegoraro  | June 23, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Search, Security, The Web  
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World Cup traffic runs over Twitter

No, it's not just you: Twitter was swamped with people chattering about the United States' epic 1-0 win over Algeria today. And Twitter traffic will only get worse as the tournament advances--if you haven't already, you should get used to the sight of the "Fail Whale" graphic the status-update site...

By Rob Pegoraro  | June 23, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Digital culture, Social media, Tips  
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Google Voice now open to all in the U.S.

Google Voice--the call-management/answering-machine/Internet-dialing service that Google launched as a closed preview in March 2009, about two years after buying a service then called GrandCentral--is now open for anybody in the United States to try. (Google's blog post originally led some to think the rest of the world could join in....

By Rob Pegoraro  | June 22, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Mobile, Telecom  
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D.C. launches test of open-source online voting

Washington, D.C., will let overseas voters cast ballots online--using open-source, standards-based software,

By Rob Pegoraro  | June 22, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Digital culture, Policy and politics  
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PostPoints tip: Buying first can cost you

As some of you may have heard, Apple will begin selling the new iPhone 4 this Thursday. And a few people are apparently already waiting in line outside Apple Stores to ensure they can be the first to buy one. But while the people who queue up in advance or...

By Rob Pegoraro  | June 22, 2010; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Barnes & Noble, Amazon slash e-reader prices

Hours apart, first Barnes & Noble and then Amazon cut the prices of their electronic-book reader tablets. Could it be that these companies are feeling nervous about the prospects of their e-readers as a new round of smart phones and tablet computers arrives? Try and draw another conclusion from their...

By Rob Pegoraro  | June 21, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  E-books, Gadgets, Mobile  
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Apple's iOS 4 ships today for newer iPhones, iPod Touches

Sometime in the next few hours, Apple should ship the software update for 2008-or-newer models of its iPhone and iPod Touch that debuted in April as "iPhone OS 4.0," then renamed last month to "iOS 4." (1:21 p.m.: According to multiple reports and one phone call from a friend, the...

By Rob Pegoraro  | June 21, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Gadgets, Mobile  
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