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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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IPv4 addresses running out. Don't panic.

The Internet's numbers are almost up. But that's okay; we can make new ones. That's the short version of an issue that goes by the technical name of "IPv4 exhaustion". The current, fourth version of Internet Protocol addressing--the numerical identifiers that make each device on the Internet visible to every...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 8, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Standards, Telecom  
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Google to eject H.264 video from Chrome browser

Finding a more open, mobile-friendly replacement for Flash video on the Web was never going to be easy. But it's looking even more difficult after Google's surprise announcement yesterday that it will yank support for the most widely used Flash replacement from its Chrome browser. The Mountain View, Calif., company...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 12, 2011; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Standards, The Web, Video  
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