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Faster Forward: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

Rob hasn't paid for TV since 2009. How about you?

In his most recent column, Rob outlines a major change to his TV-watching routine. He writes: At the time, this exercise in what TV-industry types call "cord cutting" was just an experiment: Could my wife and I get by with only over-the-air broadcasts and Web video? Sixteen months later, the...

By Sarah Halzack  | February 4, 2011; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Internet TV  
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Atrix to hit stores March 6 for $200 -- $500 with dock

The Atrix, Motorola's webtop, has a release date, March 6, and a price, $200. Pre-orders will start on Feb. 13. AT&T announced in a press release Thursday that it will be selling the combination phone/laptop on March 6 or earlier. The phone will be $199.99 with a two-year agreement and...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 4, 2011; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Verizon stops taking iPhone pre-orders after setting unspecified 'record'

Verizon stopped taking pre-orders for its version of the iPhone 4 at 8:10 last night--and it clocked so many that it hasn't finished counting them. That's one way to read this morning's press release, in which the carrier uses a variety of phrases--"record sales," "the most successful first day sales...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 4, 2011; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Mobile, Telecom, The business we have chosen  
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Super Bowl tech makes the game a social media event

Dallas is gearing up for Super Bowl XLV and the clash between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. So is a small army of technicians, IT specialists and network administrators to make sure that all the tech that goes into running the stadium will be working in tip-top shape.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 4, 2011; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Digital culture, Gadgets, Internet TV  
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Xperia Play's first commercial leaked

The commercial shows the Android robot getting human thumbs via some sketchy surgery in a back alley. It seems that Sony's going with the tagline: "The smartphone with everything you need, and the one thing you want."

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 3, 2011; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  CES 2011, Gadgets, Gaming, Mobile  
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HTC Thunderbolt pre-orders next week at Best Buy? (updated)

A recent flyer pictured at Android Central shows the HTC Thunderbolt, Verizon's first 4G phone, will reportedly make an appearance in Best Buy's ads next week, soliciting pre-orders.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 3, 2011; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: New iPad spotted at The Daily launch

Reuters reported that a "Reuters eyewitness" got a glimpse of an unreleased version of the iPad at yesterday's launch of The Daily.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 3, 2011; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets, Tablets  
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Verizon iPhone preorders start today, AT&T revamps data plans

Customers can pre-order the CDMA iPhone 4 on either the Verizon or the Apple Web site.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 3, 2011; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Google demonstrates Android's Honeycomb tablet version, brings Android Market to the Web

The new version of Google's Android operating system that will run such upcoming tablet computers as Motorola's Xoom looks less vaporous today. Android 3.0, nicknamed Honeycomb by Google, was only visible as a short, canned demo at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, but today Google gave this release an...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 2, 2011; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Tablets  
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News Corp. launches its tablet-only The Daily app for the iPad

News Corp.'s new, iPad-only The Daily is the most ambitious attempt yet by a traditional media firm to merge the subscription-plus-advertising business model of a print publication with the multimedia and interactivity of the Web.

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 2, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Apple, Tablets, The business we have chosen  
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The Daily screen grabs: Part II

Screen grabs from the announcement by Rupert Murdoch and Apple on the launch of The Daily iPad app at the Guggenheim Museum in New York city.

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Daily: Live tweeting the launch of the Rupert Murdoch-Apple iPad app

Live tweets from the Post's Hayley Tsukayama about the launch of The Daily, the iPad app from Rupert Murdoch and Apple.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 2, 2011; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily screen grabs: 'Innovations that are unthinkable in print and television'

Screengrabs from the press announcement of Rupert Murdoch and Apple's The Daily iPad app.

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Heading back to The Oregon Trail (this time, on Facebook)

A Facebook version of Oregon Trail is set to launch today. Yes, it's that exciting.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 2, 2011; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Gaming  
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The Daily debuts today in New York

The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's iPad-only newspaper is set to debut Wednesday morning at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York. As we're reported before, Murdoch will be joined by Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of internet services.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 2, 2011; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Report: iPad 2 display leaked

Pictures of the iPad 2's screen appeared on the Mac repair company iFix Your i's blog, reportedly showing that the LCD for the second generation is a bit thinner -- by about a millimeter.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 2, 2011; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Bing and Google get into search slapfight

You could say that Bing has been engaged in the sincerest form of flattery. But the company making this observation--Google--would probably not phrase things so nicely. Tuesday morning, Google alleged that Microsoft's Bing has been using that company's Internet Explorer browser and Bing toolbar to gather intelligence on Google's search...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 2, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Search  
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Movie-industry study: Unauthorized video sharing shrinks if viewers have legal options

No, that's not the headline you'll see at the Motion Picture Association of America's site. The Washington-based lobby headlined its own press release (PDF) yesterday in starker terms: NEW STUDY FINDS 23.8% OF GLOBAL INTERNET TRAFFIC INVOLVES THE ILLEGAL DISTRIBUTION OF COPYRIGHTED WORK The study in question was commissioned by...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 1, 2011; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  DRM, Net Neutrality, Policy and politics, Video  
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Apple bans Sony e-reader app; are others next?

Apple rejected a Sony e-reader app for allowing customers to read books purchased outside of Apple's App Store. So says a New York Times story that describes a major change in how media companies can do business with customers on Apple's mobile devices: The company has told some applications developers,...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 1, 2011; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Apple, E-books, Mobile  
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Google Art Project brings virtual tour to the galleries

The project takes the technology of Google Street View to art galleries, letting users virtually walk the halls of some of the world's most famous museums.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 1, 2011; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike map expansion drops today

Dedicated gamers stayed up all night waiting for the latest expansion of Call of Duty: Black Ops, which dropped Tuesday morning on the Xbox 360 for 1,200 Microsoft Points, or about $15.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 1, 2011; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily: What we know so far

Rupert Murdoch's newspaper of the future is set to launch tomorrow at the Solomon Guggenheim in New York City.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 1, 2011; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Netgear's Lo: I deeply regret the choice of words on Steve Jobs

At a lunch in Sydney, Lo criticized Apple's closed platform and said that the company would not change until Jobs "goes away." Lo said he regretted his choice of words, and never meant to imply that Apple would benefit from Jobs' poor health.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 1, 2011; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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1994 'Today' show 'What is Internet?' clip offers a reminder: We were all newbies once

Before we all join in pointing and laughing, Internet users of a certain age may have to admit that they've been in this situation themselves. Users like me.

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 31, 2011; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Facebook Deals makes its European debut

Facebook has launched its Deals feature in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, according to the BBC.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 31, 2011; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Shopping, Social media  
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Intel finds chipset problem, says it will cost $700 million to fix

Intel issued a statement that it has found a critical flaw in the design of its Sandy Bridge chipset and has implemented a silicon fix.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 31, 2011; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Computers, Gadgets, Tablets  
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White iPhone has flash problems, says Steve Wozniak

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told "The Engadget Show" that the white iPhone delays might be due to a problem with the LED camera flash.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 31, 2011; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Vodafone, France Telcom reportedly restore service in Egypt

Vodafone Egypt and France Telecom have issued statements saying that they have restored some service to their Egyptian customers.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 31, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mobile, Policy and politics  
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Netgear CEO Lo slams Jobs, Apple and Microsoft

Netgear CEO Patrick Lo told a lunch crowd in Sydney over the weekend that Apple's closed culture will not change as long as co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs lives and that Microsoft is "over."

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 31, 2011; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Apple, Gripes, Mac  
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Android Honeycomb debut set for Wednesday

On Wednesday, Google's VP of engineering Andy Rubin will formally debut Android 3.0, nicknamed Honeycomb, at a company event in Mountain View, Calif.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 31, 2011; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  CES 2011, Gadgets, Tablets  
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Report: Atrix docks may sell for $50, $60

Listings for the Motorola Atrix dock have appeared online, listing the price at $60 for the multimedia dock and $50 for the laptop dock.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 31, 2011; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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PostPoints tip: Download your Web-mail

Many Hotmail users got an unplanned reminder of the risks of relying on Web access to e-mail when Microsoft's site temporarily lost all their messages over the New Year's weekend. More recently, a small subset of AOL users also stopped getting new messages. And at some point, some other Web-mail...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 31, 2011; 6:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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