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Wrapping up our gadget guidance -- and reopening the 'Should I get an iPad now?' question

Wrapping up our gadget guidance -- and reopening the "Should I get an iPad now?" question

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 10, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Computers, Gadgets, Mobile, Music, Recommended reading, TV, Tips, Video  
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First whispers of the iPad2?

Sources from five companies in the Apple supply chain spoke to the news agency's branch in Hong Kong. Three companies confirmed they were preparing for the next round of iPads. Two camera companies confirmed they had started a new supply deal with the Cupertino, Calif.-based, company.

By Washington Post editors  | December 10, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Apple, The Web  
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Apple ups some iTunes song previews to 90 seconds

You can now hear more of a song you're thinking of buying on Apple's iTunes Store. The Cupertino, Calif., company's digital-music outlet has extended its preview clips from 30 seconds to 90 seconds for some songs. Apple informed record labels of the change in early November in e-mail messages that...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 9, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Music  
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Reminder: What happens on the Internet stays on the Internet

Today's front page features a story by me and Joby Warrick about the persistence of WikiLeaks. If you don't have time to read it, the short version of it appears in the headline above. That should not be a new lesson to those in the entertainment industry who have tried...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 9, 2010; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Digital culture, Policy and politics  
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Hackers knock MasterCard, Visa offline for WikiLeaks cutoff (updated)

I hope you weren't planning on looking for a new credit card or finding an ATM at MasterCard's site this morning. The credit-card firm's Web presence has been largely unreachable for the past few hours after a coordinated attack intended to punish it for refusing to process donations to WikiLeaks....

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 8, 2010; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Finances, Policy and politics, Recommended reading, Security  
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Barnes & Noble NookColor review, with video

In this week's video clip, I demonstrate a device I didn't expect to think much of: Barnes & Noble's NookColor e-book reader. <p>Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames.</p> The first Nook, a $259, grayscale-screen device with WiFi and AT&T 3G wireless access--now selling for $199 and since joined by a WiFi-only...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 7, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  E-books, Gadgets, Weekly video  
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Google opens Chrome Web store, demos Chrome OS

Google unveiled a round of software releases that expand its Chrome browser's utility and turn it into a full-fledged operating system--and show, once again, how much this company has its head in the "cloud" of Internet-based computing. The Mountain View, Calif., company's presentation began with a recap of recent updates...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 7, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Computers, Security, The Web  | Tags:  Chrome Web Store, Google, Google Chrome  
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Sprint's network-upgrade plan means nightfall for Nextel

Sprint announced a wide-ranging plan Monday to consolidate and merge its current wireless services. This "Network Vision" strategy, if it works as intended, should bring better 4G coverage--making it easier to switch today's WiMax technology to the same LTE standard that Verizon just launched--and better returns for its investors. But...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 7, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Telecom  
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Google launches e-book store (updated with first-look review)

Kindle, meet competition: Google just opened an electronic-book store that offers titles in formats compatible with Web browsers, Apple and Android mobile devices and most other e-book readers -- but not Amazon's line.

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 6, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  E-books, Gadgets  
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PostPoints tip: Ask me questions in public

This is a busy time of year for me, between gift-guide coverage, planning for the Consumer Electronics Show just after New Year's, and my own holiday errands. And yet this is also the time of year I'm most likely to get questions from readers that require prompt answers. You can...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 6, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Tips  
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Facebook gives user profiles a facelift

Facebook profiles have a new look, courtesy of the latest in a long series of redesigns on the widely used social network.

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 6, 2010; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Social media  
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