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Faster Forward: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

Report: Verizon's first Windows Phone 7 will be the HTC Trophy

Rumors say Verizon is planning to announce the launch of the HTC Trophy as early as Feb. 28 to go on sale in March.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 25, 2011; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Sony PSP price drops to $129.99

PSP price drops to $129.99

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 25, 2011; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Google starts new, streamlined recipe search

Prepping for your Oscar party but not quite sure how to make a certain something? Google has started a new recipe search to help you cut out the search results telling you about the history and definition of your desired dish.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 25, 2011; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Google planning Netflix-like YouTube service? No, says YouTube

Google planning Netflix-like YouTube service?

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 25, 2011; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Google tweaks search to promote "high-quality" sites

Do Google's search results look a little different this morning? Maybe they should. The Mountain View, Calif., company announced changes to its proprietary search equations Thursday night that affect more than a tenth of its old results. A blog post outlines how Google proposes to lower the boom on uninformative...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 25, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Elder Scrolls V preview up on YouTube

Rockville-based game company Bethesda Softworks has released an in-game preview of the latest installment of its popular Elder Scrolls series of games. The latest installment, called Skyrim, is due Nov. 11. Basically, the trailer tells you to expect dragons, snow and a lot of swooping. You can check it out...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 24, 2011; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Libya shutdown raises questions about bit.ly, security of foreign domains

Libya shutdown raises questions about bit.ly, security of foreign domains

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 24, 2011; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Microsoft yanks Windows Phone update from Samsung phones

Microsoft's first attempt to update its Windows Phone 7 operating system ran aground when users of some Samsung smartphones reported that it "bricked" their devices. Instead of patching WP7 to prepare it for a significant software upgrade due soon, it fried their firmware and left them unable to boot up--with...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 24, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Apple releases Mac OS X Lion developer kit

As expected, the operating system has deep integration with the Mac App Store. It is available to developers today through the Mac App Store, and will be released this summer.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 24, 2011; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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New MacBook Pros are here

As expected, Apple unveiled a new line of MacBook Pros today saying that the new models take three "big leaps forward."

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 24, 2011; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Apple invites media to March 2 event. Of course it's the iPad.

Apple has invited reporters, analysts and others to an event in San Francisco scheduled March 2 in terms that all but shout "WE'RE GOING TO INTRODUCE THE NEXT IPAD NEXT WEEK." The graphic attached shows the corner of an iPad, with the label "Come see what 2011 will be the...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 23, 2011; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Gears of War 3 to drop Sept. 20

Epic Games' third installment of its Gears of War series has an official launch date: September 20. The game's executive producer Rod Ferugsson said that there will be much more information coming out about the highly anticipated game.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 23, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Microsoft's Windows 7 Service Pack 1 does... something

Microsoft shipped the most important update yet to Windows 7 yesterday--or so you'd conclude from the Redmond, Wash., company's home-page promotion of this Service Pack 1 patch. Its name would suggest the same; Microsoft ranks Service Packs among its most comprehensive, sweeping fixes, issued only two or three times for...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 23, 2011; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Nintendo announces 3DS game lineup for U.S.

There are three titles from Nintendo for early 3DS buyers, Pilotwings Resort, Steel Diver and three versions of nintendogs+ cats. Other Nintendo titles to come include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, Kid Icarus:Uprising and new games in the Mario Kart series.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 23, 2011; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Microsoft announces developers kit due this spring

Microsoft announced Tuesday that it will be releasing a software development kit, or SDK, for its Kinect console peripheral, a darling of the hacker and homebrewing scene.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 23, 2011; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Report: More Macbook Pro refresh details

The Web site MacRumors said it has confirmed images and details about the MacBook Pro refresh expected on tomorrow, Feb. 24.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 23, 2011; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Motorola Atrix 'LapDock': smartphone plus laptop minus design smarts

The Android phone AT&T began selling this morning doesn't look that different from many other new and upcoming smartphones running Google's mobile operating system. But one add-on to Motorola's Atrix 4G decisively sets this apart from other smartphones. The Atrix's "LapDock" allows this phone to transform itself into a netbook...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 22, 2011; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Amazon Prime now includes free streaming movies, TV shows

Frequent online shoppers have a new video option to consider: Amazon now provides "more than 5,000" streaming movies and TV shows for free to members of its $79/year Amazon Prime program. The Seattle retailer announced the news this morning. This feature uses the same technology as Amazon's video-on-demand service--meaning it...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 22, 2011; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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New Zealand quake search effort launched over social media

As workers toil to free those still trapped by the earthquake in New Zealand, social media sites have sprung into action to help the rescue effort.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 22, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Will Apple's MacBook Pro launch celebrate Jobs's birthday?

There's new information on what to expect from the rumored MacBook Pro refresh announcement will come this week, on Feb. 24, which MacRumors has pointed out is Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs' birthday.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 22, 2011; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Should schools use GPS to track truant students?

Should schools use GPS to track truant students?

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 22, 2011; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Report: Apple's iPad 2, iPhone 5 could be delayed (update: not so much)

Report: iPad 2, iPhone 5 could be delayed

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 22, 2011; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Facebook Breakup Notifier takes Facebook stalking to new levels

A new app for Facebookwill tell you when the Facebook friends you select have changed their relationship status on the social networking site. Why? The tagline from the app's Web site pretty much says it all: "You like someone. They're in a relationship. Be the first to know when they're out of it."

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 22, 2011; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Microsoft: Windows 7 SP1 set available via download

The first Windows 7 service pack is now available through automatic download .

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 22, 2011; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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PostPoints tip: Read a free site's pitch to advertisers

When a site can afford to give its services away for free, there's usually something else being sold--and that something is often your possible attention to commercial breaks of one kind or another. It's a smart idea to read over a site's pitch to potential advertisers to see what sort...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 22, 2011; 6:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Microsoft to make Xbox announcements this week?

Ahead of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, WinRumors speculated that Microsoft's press conference later this week will see the announcement of a second wave of Kinect games.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 21, 2011; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Twitter apps restored over the weekend

Twydroid and UberTwitter -- now called UberSocial -- are back in the Android and BlackBerry stores.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 21, 2011; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reports: High-speed Light Peak connection in new MacBook Pro, iPad 2?

Apple is likely refreshing the MacBook Pro this week, and may use Intel's Light Peak high-speed connection tech.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 21, 2011; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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