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Faster Forward: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

Greatest Foursquare check-in ever: From Earth orbit

This morning saw yet another user check in at yet another new location on the Foursquare service. Only this wasn't just another check-in: The user was NASA astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock, and the location was the International Space Station. For his trouble, Wheelock unlocked one of Foursquare's virtual badges, as...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 22, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Digital culture, Location awareness, Social media  
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Google TV review, part 1: setup and online

The keyboard-equipped remote control for Logitech's Revue--one of the first gadgets to ship with Google's Google TV software--should tell you the most important fact about this wireless-enabled media receiver: This thing is a computer inside. That's both a compliment and a complaint. This $299.99 device can do far more than...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 22, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Gadgets, Music, Pictures, Policy and politics, TV, The Web, Video  
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More thoughts on junking Java

Last week, I asked if Oracle's Java software was worth keeping around on home computers, given its numerous security issues, unpleasant updates and general irrelevance. Your comments pointed out a few ongoing uses of Java--one right on this site. But since then, I've seen other reasons to doubt this software's...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 21, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Security, The business we have chosen  
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Apple updates: iLife '11, FaceTime on the Mac, Mac OS X Lion, Mac App Store, new MacBook Air models

In case you'd forgotten that the company once known as Apple Computer, Inc., still makes computers, Apple executives spent an hour and a half today introducing a lineup of new Mac hardware and software. But as you might expect from a firm that may now be best known for its...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 20, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Computers, Mac, Music, Pictures, Video  
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Apple to get a new iLife, MacBook Air and... one other thing

Shortly after 1 p.m. Eastern today, Apple will introduce a new MacBook Air laptop, update its iLife multimedia suite and demonstrate some new features of the next version of Mac OS X. Well, that's what I think. But the people who know for a fact aren't talking about it now;...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 20, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Mac, Pictures, The business we have chosen, Video  
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Steve Jobs, tech pundit (annotated version)

The words "interesting" and "earnings call" rarely appear next to each other. When corporate executives take to conference calls to spin their employers' quarterly earnings reports, listeners are usually rewarded with a heaping plateful of word salad. That was not the case with Apple's earnings yesterday. As Cecilia Kang noted...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 19, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Gadgets, Mac, Mobile, The business we have chosen  
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HP plays its Palm cards: WebOS 2.0, Pre 2

Six months after it bought Palm, Hewlett-Packard showed its first big plans for that purchase when it unveiled updates to Palm's webOS software and Pre phone. The new webOS 2.0 -- officially "HP webOS 2.0" -- adds a "just type" feature that lets you start such actions as composing an...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 19, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Gadgets, Mobile  
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Cablevision-Fox spat sure to draw sequels

As the Fox-Cablevision hostage drama grinds into its fourth day, there's no sign of a resolution -- but plenty of hints that we'll see a sequel on other TV providers. Since Friday, about 3 million Cablevision subscribers in parts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut have lost access...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 19, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Gripes, TV, Video  
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Microsoft chief software architect Ozzie leaves; Apple breaks sales records

Microsoft just can't catch a break some days. On the afternoon it announced the departure of one of its most senior executives -- Ray Ozzie, who replaced Bill Gates himself as its chief software architect -- Apple announced yet another quarter of record-breaking earnings and sales. Ozzie's farewell echoed the...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 18, 2010; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Computers, Mac, Windows  | Tags:  Rob Pegoraro  
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Latest Facebook privacy scare isn't so new

If you were looking for another reason to hate FarmVille and all those other games on Facebook, today's report by the Wall Street Journal should make you happy. But it's important to know that Facebook has been enabling this kind of open access to user information since its inception and that anyone searching for it doesn't need an app to find it.

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 18, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Privacy, Social media  
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PostPoints tip: "Mac" is not an acronym (unless it is)

It happens about once a week: a reader sends in an otherwise sensible query about computers choices in which he or she feels compelled to write "Mac" in all capital letters. The following advice may be more of a rant than a tip, but in any case--don't do that. When...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 18, 2010; 6:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Tips  
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