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Faster Forward: November 21, 2010 - November 27, 2010

Something to be thankful for: online Black Friday sales

There are many things I can be thankful for this time of year: my wife, our daughter, our friends and families, our home, not being stuck in Wednesday's traffic, the pumpkin pie I made from scratch, and so on. But this isn't a blog about relationships or real estate or...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 26, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Shopping  
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Yelp introduces check-in offers, following Foursquare and Facebook's leads

It used to be that Yelp users had little motivation to use the rating site's smartphone applications to check into hotels, save for the opportunity to use fictitious titles of nobility when doing so. Now, however, they might get something for free in the bargain. Tuesday, the San Francisco-based company...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 24, 2010; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Location awareness, Social media  
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Apple posts Black Friday teaser. But who doesn't these days?

Apple posts Black Friday teaser. But who doesn't these days?

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 23, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mac, Shopping  
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Thanksgiving travel tip: Use GPS apps to look for traffic (with video)

In this week's video episode, I turn to an unavoidable unpleasantness of this time of year: Thanksgiving traffic.

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Location awareness, Mobile, Weekly video  
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Apple ships iOS 4.2 update for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch (updated with AirPlay review)

The iPad can now walk and chew gum at the same time, digitally speaking, thanks to the iOS 4.2 update Apple released Monday. This upgrade of Apple's mobile operating system, which Apple previewed at its early September press event, gives Apple's tablet computer the approximation of multitasking that newer iPhones...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 22, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Video  
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Netflix intros $7.99 streaming-only plan

You can ditch the DVD, as far as Netflix is concerned. The video-rental firm best known for its DVD-by-mail service introduced a $7.99 plan this morning that only includes Web streaming of movies and TV shows -- while raising the price of its disc-based options. As explained in a blog...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 22, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Video  
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PostPoints tip: If you put in data, make sure you can take it out

Facebook ate up the news the previous Monday by introducing a major upgrade to its messaging system that lets you use it as an all-purpose e-mail account. The new Messages option isn't available to everybody yet, but even if it were I'd suggest holding off. Why? For now, there's no...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 22, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tips  
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