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Faster Forward: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Microsoft is tired of Internet Explorer 6, too

Four years ago, I upset a few readers when I declared in a blog post that I would no longer help them use Microsoft's already obsolete Internet Explorer 6 browser. IE 6 was too insecure, too slow, too clumsy and just too stupid for me to support, I wrote. The...

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 4, 2011; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Looking back at great tech rumors

In Rob's column this week, he looks at the best ways to evaluate the many, many rumors that circulate about technology and gadgetry. Whether it's the latest tidbit about a much-anticipated gadget or game, a whisper about a new release date or the whiff of a tech-related scandal, the tech-obsessed among us are frantic to get the latest snippet of "news."

By Washington Post Editors  | March 4, 2011; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Digital culture, Gadgets, Mac, Microsoft  
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Reports: Windows tablets in 2012, demo by June?

A Friday report from Bloomberg suggests that Microsoft will not launch a tablet version of Windows until the late summer or early fall of 2012. The report builds off a few Windows 8 and tablet rumors that have been building past weeks. Late last month, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley published...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 4, 2011; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Unlimited music downloads from Apple?

Apple is talking with major record companies to negotiate unlimited music downloads of purchased music, reports this morning indicate .

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 4, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Report: Tablets cutting into laptop market

Industry analysis firm Gartner has lowered its PC unit forecasts for the next two years, citing expectations of weaker demand for laptops and other mobile consumer PCs. The firm downgraded its predictions for mobile PC shipment growth to 10.5 percent from 15.9 percent in 2011, and to 13.6 percent down from 14.8 percent growth in 2012.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 3, 2011; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Mobile, Tablets  
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Nintendo brings Netflix, free hotspots to 3DS

In a keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference on Tuesday, Nintendo announced that it will bring the streaming video service Netflix to the 3DS handheld gaming system this summer. Netflix users can stream Netflix over a wireless connection, much as the service works on the Wii."Nintendo 3DS will be...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 3, 2011; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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AT&T confirms hotspot feature

AT&T confirmed to CNET on Wednesday that it will be offering the iPhone hotspot feature built into the latest version of iOS to its users after Apple announced that iOS 4.3 will be available for download on March 11

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 3, 2011; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Talking to Twitter about spam, marketing, memory and more

SAN FRANCISCO -- I wrapped up a busy day here Wednesday by stopping by Twitter's offices, all of two blocks from the stage occupied by Apple earlier at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. I wanted to ask the management about a few issues I've been curious about and...

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 3, 2011; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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iPad 2 launch also set off gadget buybacks, buyer's remorse

Some got them as gifts. Some told themselves they wouldn't care. But when Apple unveiled its new model of the iPad yesterday, some owners of the original iPad felt a twinge.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 3, 2011; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Call of Duty: Black Ops drops PS3 maps; doubles XP for the weekend

As a treat for the game's enthusiasts, the company is granting all players double experience points through March 7.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 3, 2011; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Apple's iPad 2: a hands-on report

SAN FRANCISCO -- After Wednesday morning's unveiling of the iPad 2, Apple invited attendees to try out the hardware up close for the next hour or so. I only needed a minute to confirm one of Apple's claims: Yes, it's thin. At .34 inches, it makes a MacBook Air look...

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 2, 2011; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Apple slashes original iPad price by $100

Apple, which announced the second-generation of its iPad tablet today has slashed the price of its predecessor, undoubedly hoping to clear out stock.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 2, 2011; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Google pulls malware apps from Android Market

Google has pulled 21 mobile applications from its Android Market after being alerted that the apps were pulling information from users and downloading code without permission.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 2, 2011; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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iPad vs. iPad 2: What's new in the latest Apple tablet

The second-generation iPad is thinner, lighter, comes in white and black and has a gyroscope like the iPhone 4

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 2, 2011; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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iPad 2: Will you buy it?

Apple announced today that a second generation of its popular tablet computer will hit shelves March 11....

By Washington Post Editors  | March 2, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Live: Apple's iPad 2 introduction

Post tech columnist Rob Pegoraro's liveblog of Apple's introduction of the iPad 2--the thinner, lighter, faster successor to its bestselling tablet computer--at an event in San Francisco.

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 2, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Report: Suppliers say Apple to ship 6.5 million iPads in first quarter of 2011

A report from the Taiwanese tech news site Digitimes indicates that Apple is prepared to take orders for up to 6.5 million first- and second-generation iPads in the first quarter of 2011.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 2, 2011; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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HP accuses RIM of ripping off WebOS for PlayBook

With the BlackBerry PlayBook reportedly set to launch on April 10, HP has raised concerns that the RIM tablet's operating system looks a little too much like HP's TouchPad.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 2, 2011; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  BlackBerry, Gadgets, RIM, Tablets  
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Report: RIM's PlayBook to launch April 10?

According to a report from Boy Genius Report, Research in Motion (RIM) is planning an April 10 launch for the Blackberry Playbook.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 2, 2011; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  BlackBerry, CES 2011, Google, Mobile, RIM, Sprint, Tablets  
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Apple's iPad 2: the final rumor roundup

Speculation is half the fun of a new product launch, and there's been plenty of it in advance of Apple's big iPad 2 announcement today. Here's a roundup of latest rumors the morning of the announcement.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 2, 2011; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Google: Gmail data has been restored

Google has issued a statement saying that it has successfully restored all data from its tapes and is processing the information. Google spokeswoman Jessica Kositz said access should be restored to most users in a matter of hours, and the best thing for those still waiting for access is to keep checking Google's status dashboards.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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iPad 2: Will Steve Jobs take the stage?

All Things Digital reports that several sources have confirmed to her that Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is "definitely considering" an appearance at Apple's iPad 2 event tomorrow.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Is Thunderbolt ready to rumble at home?

Last week's introduction by Apple of its updated line of MacBook Pro laptops might not have drawn as much attention as it did without a new ingredient: a high-speed, multipurpose port called Thunderbolt. From Apple's description of Thunderbolt----developed by Intel under the name Light Peak--as "the fastest, most versatile I/O...

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 1, 2011; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Computers, DRM, Music, Standards, Video  
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Bank of America Web site down; bank denies attack

A spokeswoman for the bank told the Wall Street Journal that the site was slow because of routine upgrades made over the weekend, and not because of an attack of any kind.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Verizon will introduce tiered data plans this summer

In a speech to investors on Tuesday, Verizon chief financial officer Fran Shammo said that the company will introduce tiered data plans this summer.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Wikileaks, Internet get Nobel Peace Prize nominations

It's a record year for Nobel Peace Prize nominations and two of those up for the nod from the Nobel Committee are Wikileaks and...The Internet. The deadline for nominations was Monday.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Watson plays 'Jeopardy!' with members of Congress

Holt, a five-time Jeopardy winner and nuclear physicist, was the only member to beat Watson in a round of the game, earning $8,600 to Watson's $6,200. Overall, Watson pulled in $40,300 to the members' $30,000.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Former Apple manager admits to conspiracy, kickbacks

Former Apple management employee Paul Devine has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy charges. According to Bloomberg, Devine will also forfeit $2.28 million. Devine admitted that he was involved in a conspiracy against Apple from 2005 to 2010 that provided corporate information to suppliers in Asia. He...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Apple COO adds fuel to the cheap iPhone rumor

In a meeting with Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi last week, Apple's Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, dropped hints that Apple is planning a cheaper iPhone.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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RIM to put near-field communications in 'virtually all' its tech

Time to learn a new acronym. NFC, or near-field communications, is popping up on the lips of some of the tech industry's top players and it likely won't be long before consumers see it in their favorite products.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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T-Mobile to sink Sidekick on May 31

T-Mobile surprised almost nobody by quietly moving to sideline the Sidekick, the formerly innovative line of phones it launched back in 2002 -- and which can rightly be regarded as Android's evolutionary ancestor. The Sidekick's life will end May 31, when T-Mobile plans to shut down the over-the-air service that...

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 1, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Analysis says Bing overtakes Yahoo for the first time

One analysis firm shows that Bing has overtaken Yahoo for the first time. StatCounter's analysis shows that the Microsoft search engine edged out Yahoo in the month of February 2011.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Google explains e-mail glitch, apologizes

A storage software update caused thousands of Gmail users to lose access to their e-mail yesterday and Google was forced to go to its physical backup tapes to fully restore users' data.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 3:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Oscar winners get statues and prestige, but losers get an invite to space

One commenter on Gizmodo said: "I didn't win an Oscar. ... Do I get a free trip to space, too?"

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | February 28, 2011; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Valve offers Steam for the 'big picture'

Game company Valve, of Half-Life and Portal fame, to run on televisions via their Steam game platform. Steam is available on the Mac and Windows.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 28, 2011; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Nintendo 3DS released in Japan, already hacked

Nintendo's new handheld, the 3DS doesn't hit stores in the U.S. until March 27. But it's already been released, sold out and hacked over in Japan. Numerous reports out of Japan say that the mobile gaming unit has already mostly sold out the 400,000 units Nintendo originally shipped in Japan,...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 28, 2011; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Report: JP Morgan in investment talks with Twitter

JP Morgan is reportedly in talks with Twitter to buy a minority stake in the micro-blogging site.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | February 28, 2011; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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AT&T to carry Amazon's 3G Kindle in stores

Starting March 6, the Dallas-based phone company will carry the 3G-enabled Amazon Kindle in AT&T retail locations across the country.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 28, 2011; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Oscar-honored movies may have a long wait to download

This happens every winter: The Academy Awards air, reminding me of the movies I'd meant to see but somehow didn't get around to. But this time around, the Oscar effect was worse than usual, as my ongoing adventure in parenthood has prevented me from doing my part to prop up...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 28, 2011; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Facebook's Like button to take over share functions

Facebook is reportedly changing the function of its "Like" button, making it more about sharing than approval.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 28, 2011; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Photo of white iPad exterior surfaces

(Photo used with permission from 9 to 5 Mac) Apple's iPad 2 launch is set (at least, as an open secret) for Wednesday and everyone is speculating about what new features the device might have. Over at 9 to 5 Mac, they have evidence of a modification that few...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 28, 2011; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Some Gmail users lose all e-mails, chats

Some Gmail users found they had lost all of their e-mails and chats Sunday morning.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 28, 2011; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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PostPoints tip: Don't take your laptop's battery to extremes

There's a lot of confusion about the care and feeding of laptop batteries, to judge from my latest Web chat: Should you avoid running on battery to prolong its life--or rely on the battery as much as possible to keep it fresh? The answer is neither: As long as you...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 28, 2011; 6:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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