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Faster Forward: December 19, 2010 - December 25, 2010

It's in the logo: Apple patents new antenna design

Apple patents a new antenna

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 24, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets  
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Santa Claus is coming -- but when?

A 55 year-old tradition continues this year as The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD launches their Santa at 2 a.m. EST on Christmas Eve, with help from Google Earth.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 23, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Steve Jobs is Financial Times Person of the Year

The Financial Times has named Steve Jobs its Person of the Year for 2010. The magazine says that Jobs has had the most remarkable comeback in business history.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 23, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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How to set up your new computer, 2010 edition (with video)

One of the less significant signs of the holiday season is the reappearance of my annual "How to set up your new computer" column. This year's will appear in Sunday's Business section but is now online for your consideration. This time around, I've also done a video outlining some of...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 23, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Computers, Mac, Security, Tips, Windows  
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HTC Incredible HD likely launching Jan. 6

HTC is teasing a Jan. 6 launch for the HTC Incredible, a 4G phone for Verizon's LTE network.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 23, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bank of America buys up anti-BoA domain names

In a preemptive move against a probable Wikileaks attack, the Bank of America has gone domain name shopping spree, registering domain names insulting their top executives.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 23, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  The Web  
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Skype hits the skids, suffers extensive outage (updated after jump)

If you want to talk to any far-flung friends and family members today, you might want to give Skype a rest. The Internet-calling service is trying to recover from a system outage. In a blog post on Wednesday, the Luxembourg company told users that many of the "supernode" computers in...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 22, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Telecom, Video  
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The 'PlayStation phone' has a name: Xperia Play

Buzz is building over Sony's new phone, which many hope will bring mobile gaming to a new level. Ever since the first rumors of a PlayStation phone started circulating in October, gamers on the go have been clamoring for any news about the device. Although there's no gameplay functionality on...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 22, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Gadgets, Games  
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Microsoft hints at new version of Windows

Microsoft has been working on a version of Windows running on ARM-based microprocessors, which consume less power than Intel chips.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 22, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Palm announces tablet, hoping to give iPad some competition

FOX News reported this morning that Palm is launching a competitor to the iPad.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 22, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets, Palm, Sprint  
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FCC votes for a half-measure on net neutrality

This month's least-surprising tech-policy development played out in a protracted hearing at the Federal Communications Commission this morning. In a 3 to 2 vote, the FCC decided to write a weakened set of network-neutrality rules. The proposal on the table was essentially the same as the limited set of net-neutrality...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 21, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Policy and politics, Telecom  
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Apple iPad sales, Facebook privacy + more in our year-end tech quiz

How quickly did Apple's iPad sell 1 million devices? a. 60 days b. 34 days c. 28 days d. 17 days. Which of the following companies did NOT face a privacy debacle this year? a. Google b. Facebook c. McDonalds d.Twitter The iPhone4 faced a big controversy almost as soon as it hit stores. What was the problem? The antenna b. Crippling system bugs c. Weak cases d. Overheating batteries 4. Facebook hit how many users this year? a. 1 billion b. 500 million c. 700 million d. 250 million 5. The governments of Saudi Arabia, India and Iran threatened to silence which smartphone? a. iPhone b. Blackberry c. Windows Phone d. HTC Evo 6. Who ISN'T Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen suing? a. Microsoft b.Apple c.Office Depot d. Yahoo

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 21, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Microsoft Windows Phone 7 hits 1.5 million in sales to retailers

The Windows Phone 7 has sold 1.5 million units to carriers and retailers in the first six weeks, according to the Microsoft News Center.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 21, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets, TV, The Web, Windows  
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WikiLeaks app pulled from Apple Store, still up on Android

Apple has banned the $1.99 Wikileaks app from its app store Tuesday after approving it on Dec. 11.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 21, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Apple to close downloads site Jan. 6, will migrate to app store

Apple contacted developers Monday evening with news that the Mac OS X Downloads page would be taken down when the new app store launches on January 6.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 21, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Video-calling review: Xbox's Video Kinect and the Logitech Revue's Vid

Science fiction gets reals with two of the gadgets I've tried recently, which let you turn your HDTV into a video phone. Why would you want to do such a thing? Moving your video calling from a webcam-equipped computer to the largest screen in your house makes it easy for...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 21, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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No-charge news: Free one-day shipping from Amazon, another year of free calls from Google

Is Amazon getting a little desperate to liberate us of our surplus funds? Only days after extending its deadline to get free ground shipping in time for Christmas (the clock finally ran out on Sunday night), the Web retailer today announced a free one-day shipping promotion. Spokesman Damien Ragsdale e-mailed...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 20, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Shopping, Telecom  
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Foursquare iPhone update adds comments, photos features

Foursquare looks a little bit more like Facebook with this morning's update to its iPhone application. The New York-based service now allows users of Apple's smartphone to post photos when they check into establishments and to comment on the check-ins of other Foursquare-using friends.

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 20, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Location awareness, Mobile, Social media  
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Online sales, smartphone use up in 2010 holiday season

As online holiday sales shoot up 12 percent over last year, a new study shows smartphones are becoming an integral part of the shopping experience.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 20, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Digital culture, Gadgets, Shopping  
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Zuckerberg visits Baidu search engine chief in Beijing

Rumors flew as Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and Chinese search engine head Robin Li were seen walking together at Baidu headquarters. Stay calm, though. According to Baidu, it was a friendly chat.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 20, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PostPoints tip: Holiday tech-troubleshooting reminder

If your holidays are like mine, you may find yourself spending some time checking up on the computers of friends and family members. In this year's version of this annual tip, I'll emphasize one step you can take now that can save plenty of time later on: Downloading the biggest...

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 20, 2010; 6:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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