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Archive: October 2006

Parade of Howl-o-ween Photos

Happy Halloween, people. I have a treat for you. First, let me introduce Wagner, our pooch. [At right] We marched in a "Howl-o-ween" costumed dog parade in Arlington this weekend, proving that I'm totally demented about my pets. But hey, so are many people on the Internet. The top ten...

By Yuki Noguchi | October 31, 2006; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lunchtime Briefing: Halloween Edition

Boo! Today is Halloween, so let's talk about some scary stuff. As we survey the media/tech/culture landscape, let's take a look at who is (or should be) having the wits scared out of them: -- Microsoft: Rolls out its iPod-killer, the Zune, next month. That's a lot of eggs in...

By Frank Ahrens | October 31, 2006; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Star Wars & Legos: The Force is Still Powerful

(Screenshot courtesy of LucasArts) I have a secret agenda: To get my girlfriend's five-year-old son interested in Star Wars, so that I don't have to just watch Pixar's summer blockbuster Cars 5 million times this winter after it comes out on DVD. Thanks to a new video game, this...

By Mike Musgrove | October 31, 2006; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (7)

Readers to Papers: Drop Dead

As it has done since 1987, newspaper circulation continued to slide, according to fresh data out today. The most recent numbers from the Audit Bureau of Circulations--the Nielsens of newspapering -- paint a grim picture at most of the nation's largest newspapers. Overall, average national newspaper daily circulation was down...

By Frank Ahrens | October 30, 2006; 6:54 PM ET | Comments (43)

Lunchtime Briefing: Howard Stern In Your Bentley

Sirius satellite radio announced this morning that, starting with 2007 models, car-buyers who purchase select models of the world's most expensive luxury auto will be able to get Sirius and its biggest star, Howard Stern. The Bentley is for the Got Bucks among us for whom Rolls Royce says "down-market,"...

By Frank Ahrens | October 30, 2006; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (14)

Lunchtime Briefing: Sony Baloney

I've been meaning to do a What's Wrong With Sony? piece for some time. Props to the New York Times for sorta beating me to it today, taking a look at the company pegged to the Great Flaming Battery Recall. I have a bigger question, though, on Sony, and I'd...

By Frank Ahrens | October 27, 2006; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (20)

Private blogging--an oxymoron?

For a long time now, I've really wanted to blog. (Aside from our little team here, I'm talking about a more personal, singular effort.) A few of my friends have blogs where they discuss the most intimate details of their lives and post photos of themselves and friends and family....

By Sara Goo | October 26, 2006; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (6)

Lunchtime Briefing: Q & A with NBC Chief Jeff Zucker

Last week, NBC Universal announced some sweeping staff and budget cuts, saying it needed to reduce costs as it headed into the digital age. This morning, I talked to NBCU topper Jeff Zucker, who's headed the network's prime-time schedule since 2000 and has since brought news, sports and cable under...

By Frank Ahrens | October 26, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

How Smart is This Phone?

I picked up a Treo 700p the other day - a used one I found on Craigslist, no less, because Verizon was slightly ridiculous about the amount of money I had to pay for an upgrade. But that's a story for another time. Palm's Treo 700p (Courtesy Palm) I resisted...

By Sam Diaz | October 25, 2006; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (10)

Lunchtime Briefing: Ads In Espanol

Today, my Post colleague and bud Paul Farhi writes about the flack Chevy is taking for its "Our Country" Silverado ads, which feature historical footage of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, the New York memorial of the 9/11 attacks and so forth. (Here's a YouTube parody of the...

By Frank Ahrens | October 25, 2006; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

Housekeeping: Search for I.T., Sony Batteries and Screen Magnifiers

A few items: -- You can now punch " Post I.T. " into the washingtonpost.com search box atop the main home page and you'll be directed right to the blog. Assuming, of course, you haven't already bookmarked us. Also, you can type any of our names into Google, and the...

By Frank Ahrens | October 24, 2006; 2:14 PM ET | Comments (7)

Thumbs Down

Remember when Gary Kasparov went up against IBM's Deep Blue computer in a chess match? This would be the text-message version of that: Today, speech-recognition software maker Nuance Communications sponsored a contest in Orlando pitting Ben Cook, 18, the world-record holder as the fastest text-message typist, against the company's own...

By Yuki Noguchi | October 24, 2006; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Maybe They Should Call It Nancy.com

That's what I get for setting my expectations too high. No big bombshells from Wal-Mart in its morning Webcast announcement. The big news, from the company's perspective, is that it has redesigned its Web site. Wal-Mart said it heard from customers who said they wanted a cleaner, easier-to-use site that...

By Frank Ahrens | October 24, 2006; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (9)

Lunchtime Briefing: What's Up Wal-Mart's Sleeve?

Walmart.com, the online component of the ubiquitous big-box store, has scheduled a live Webcast today at 11:30 a.m. EDT. The press release reads: "Walmart.com to Change the Way Millions of Customers Shop the Online Store of the World's Largest Retailer." I'll be listening in and trying to ask a couple...

By Frank Ahrens | October 24, 2006; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Great Tech Movies

I saw "The Prestige" last night, which my colleague and Post reviewer Ann Hornaday called this year's best magic-at-the-turn-of-the-century movie. Surprisingly, given the esoteric nature of the film, moviegoers agree. "The Prestige" (which refers to the third act of a magician's routine) won last weekend's box office. It's also the...

By Frank Ahrens | October 23, 2006; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Passions Fly Over iPod Essay

Wow. I seem to have touched a nerve with the Sunday story about my divided feelings on the iPod. I got many responses, mostly from tech-savvy individuals who at times lambasted me for not mentioning some relatively easy fixes to my problems. One reader wrote, "You do know that you...

By Yuki Noguchi | October 23, 2006; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lunchtime Briefing: Howard Stern Online

Earlier this year, self-proclaimed King Of All Media Howard Stern left over-the-air radio for Sirius satellite radio, becoming the first mega-star to abandon Old Media for New Media. Now, he's taking his act global by going online: Keep the kids away from the PC! Sirius is offering a free, two-day...

By Frank Ahrens | October 23, 2006; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Google Gets Political

If you're like me, you haven't used Google Earth for much more than checking out what your own backyard looks like from a satellite. The thrill of zooming in on your house is equally creepy and just plain cool. But when it comes down to it, I'm not going to...

By Sara Goo | October 22, 2006; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's Hebrew For 'Oops?'

This one was too tasty to let pass unnoticed over the weekend. Consider it a little Friday afternoon gift from your buds here at the Ugi. So, you may have heard that Microsoft plans to roll out an iPod-killer Nov. 14. Apple's iPod has about 75 percent of the digital-music...

By Frank Ahrens | October 20, 2006; 5:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lunchtime Briefing: Plucking the Peacock

After I filed my story last night, I kept thinking about NBC Universal's big news yesterday. The company, which is owned by General Electric and includes the NBC TV network, Universal Studios, cable channels such as Sci-Fi and some theme parks, announced a $750 million budget cut and said it...

By Frank Ahrens | October 20, 2006; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Kids Are All Wired

I've been visiting area high schools since the school year started, because there's no place better for a technology reporter to plug into the latest trends. Teens and college students rock the latest cell phones, portable gaming systems, laptops and more. And more importantly, young Americans are the sweet spot...

By Yuki Noguchi | October 19, 2006; 6:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lunchtime Briefing: Apple's Hipster Strategy

washingtonpost.com colleague and security genius Brian Krebs writes about the worm nesting inside some of Apple's new iPods. Also, Yuki Noguchi and Mike Musgrove take a look at Apple's and eBay's earnings that came out yesterday. As you might imagine, Apple's earnings are strong, thanks to continued strong sales of...

By Frank Ahrens | October 19, 2006; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (15)

I.T. Begins Now

Used to be, technology and culture wouldn't be seen with each other. Consider a big broadcast television network, like CBS. For years, it was a pretty low-tech, low-brow operation -- over-the-air signal to your TV. Ed Sullivan and game shows. Culture was opera; it looked down on the "idiot box."...

By Frank Ahrens | October 19, 2006; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

About This Blog

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By washingtonpost.com Editors | October 18, 2006; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blogger Profile: Alan Sipress

Alan Sipress is a newcomer to the technology team but not to tech. As a foreign correspondent in Southeast Asia during the last four years, he saw how mobile phone text messaging is transforming politics. Activists from Indonesia to the Philippines press their social revolutions via SMS while cabinet ministers...

By Alan Sipress | October 18, 2006; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blogger Profile: Yuki Noguchi

Yuki Noguchi covers technology and has been with The Washington Post since 1999. She is particularly interested in writing about how consumers interact with technology and Internet subcultures -- the weirder the better. She also covers companies like Yahoo and e-retailers....

By Yuki Noguchi | October 18, 2006; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blogger Profile: Mike Musgrove

Mike Musgrove covers consumer technology for The Washington Post, where he has worked for more than a decade. He has written about gadgets, computer viruses and software companies, but the biggest part of his beat lately seems to be video games. He writes a column about the video game industry,...

By Mike Musgrove | October 18, 2006; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blogger Profile: Sara Goo

Sara Goo writes about Internet companies such as Google, AOL and Microsoft, as well as start-ups like YouTube. (Yes, this means she gets paid to watch YouTube!) Before that, she covered the totally unrelated topic of airline security and plane crashes for The Washington Post....

By Sara Goo | October 18, 2006; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blogger Profile: Sam Diaz

Sam Diaz has been The Washington Post's Assistant Technology Editor since August 2005. He is new to the Washington region, relocating from Silicon Valley, where he spent eight years as a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. For five years, he covered consumer technology writing about companies such as...

By Sam Diaz | October 18, 2006; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blogger Profile: Frank Ahrens

Frank Ahrens came to media and technology at an early age during his childhood in West Virginia (state flower: the satellite dish). He snuck into The Washington Post in 1992 and spent four years as an editor in the Sports section, followed by five years as a feature writer in...

By Frank Ahrens | October 18, 2006; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

FAQ: Saving and Sharing Links

This blog links to services that offer different ways to save, share and recommend its contents -- tools to help you keep the conversation going online and connect with other readers who are interested in the same things you are. Each of the services is free, but some form of...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | October 16, 2006; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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