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Apple's iPad 2 augments but doesn't reinvent the tablet

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 01:58:03 EDT

People lined up for blocks to buy an incremental update to an established product. In the gadget market, that's not ordinarily rational behavior.But Apple's iPad and the iPad 2 that arrived in stores Friday are not ordinary gadgets.

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Tax software review: TurboTax bests H&R Block at Home, but both could be better

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 01:51:00 EDT

Although you might need a program to comply with the basic civic duty of filing taxes, you won't have a wide range of choices. The market has congealed into a duopoly.

How to decipher tech rumors, the nerd equivalent of celebrity gossip

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 19:29:00 EST

Here's a hot tip: A tech company will introduce a breakthrough new gadget soon. This device will be magical, possibly even revolutionary. It will make everything you've seen before in that category look obsolete.

Apple iPad 2 is geared to extend lead over Android tablets

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 09:04:00 EST

SAN FRANCISCO Almost a year ago, Apple defined the tablet market by introducing the iPad, then had the playing field to itself for most of last year. Now, just as other tablets are starting to arrive based on such competing operating systems as Google's Android and HP's webOS, Apple is looking to...

Gadget vendors must realize smartphones can do so much via tethering, Bluetooth

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:45:01 EST

Our smartphones are getting ahead of us. Not in the sense that their features exceed our understanding (though that's often the case), but in the way the rest of our devices haven't caught up to their capabilities. Over the past few years, the smartphone has become a polymath of gadgets. It downl...

Apple's taking 30 percent of app store subscriptions is an unkind cut

Sat, 19 Feb 2011 15:44:00 EST

The phrase "30 percent" now amounts to fighting words in the media and gadget industries.

Verizon iPhone 4 doesn't represent a huge advance over AT&T's

Sat, 12 Feb 2011 15:01:00 EST

A funny thing happened Thursday: Verizon finally started selling the iPhone, and mass hysteria did not erupt. After years of yearning and months of hype, there was not a mass rush to Apple's and Verizon's stores.

Verizon has a new iPhone? Not really.

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 22:39:04 EST

Meet the new iPhone - somewhat the same as the old iPhone.

What it's like to cut the cord and stop paying for TV

Fri, 04 Feb 2011 17:59:02 EST

This Sunday will be a major television-viewing day for millions of Americans. Most of them will pay to have Fox's broadcast of the Super Bowl beamed into their homes. But I won't.

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News Corp. launches its tablet-only the Daily app for the iPad

Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:10:01 EST

The company behind the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and Fox News launched a tablet-only news application called the Daily that owes nothing to those media brands.

How 'content farms' beat Google, and what search engines should do about it

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 18:27:03 EST

Google can give you free long-distance calling and provide driving, walking, transit or bicycling directions to almost anywhere in the world. But can it find information on the Web when you ask?

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With Comcast-NBC conditions, Feds try to open a door to online video

Sat, 22 Jan 2011 17:19:00 EST

Ideally, nobody should have to worry about one TV and Internet provider buying a TV network. In that ideal world, you'd have enough choices for those services that competition would keep the newly combined company honest.

Faster Forward: Verizon sues to stop net-neutrality rules it suggested

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:19:59 EST

My first reaction to yesterday's news that Verizon is suing the Federal Communications Commission to overturn its pending, half-heared net-neutrality rules was one of a Verizon customer.

With Verizon's iPhone, a rare example of customers getting what they crave

Sat, 15 Jan 2011 22:58:00 EST

Tuesday morning featured a somewhat familiar spectacle in the technology business: consumers finally getting what they wanted.

Verizon to start selling iPhone

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:38:01 EST

NEW YORK - You can stop asking, "When will Verizon get the iPhone?"

The wide wireless word at CES

Sat, 08 Jan 2011 23:05:01 EST

You could once be safe in calling the Consumer Electronics Show "the TV show." Now it might be more accurate to call it "the wireless show."

CES 2011: Attendance at electronics show looks to be back up after two down years

Sat, 08 Jan 2011 00:08:02 EST

Can you find hope for the American economy in a TV with its own app store, a camcorder that records in 3D or a shiny new tablet computer? If it's the Consumer Electronics Show, where the crowds look to be returning to levels last seen in 2007 and 2008, maybe you can.

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2010: The year ruled by smartphones and social networks

Sat, 01 Jan 2011 17:33:00 EST

The year 2010 began with a herd of manufacturers chasing Amazon's Kindle. It ends with some of the same companies in pursuit of Apple's iPad. In between those tablet-computing crazes, we've all been challenged to keep up with the expanding universes of social networking and smartphones.

New computer? First, unpack; then, uninstall.

Sat, 25 Dec 2010 21:29:00 EST

Many new computers should come with a version of the usual consumer warning: Some disassembly required.

Sorting through the many options for photo and video editing

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 15:57:00 EST

In the dreams of people who write photo- and video-editing software, we all take time and care to edit our multimedia output into thoughtfully curated productions that strangers willingly sit through.

Cameras, MP3 players, GPS devices losing their luster as technology advances

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 22:43:01 EST

Gadgets can't stay exciting (often another word for "scary") forever. As the costs of components deflate and manufacturers join the market, competing devices both get better and grow more alike.

Fast Forward: Tablet computer alternatives to iPad

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 21:38:02 EST

It's not quite accurate to say that only two categories of tablet exist - the iPad and Everything That's Not the iPad. But that description isn't far off.

Password puzzlers and other reader concers

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 18:21:00 EST

Every two weeks - sometimes more often - I answer readers' questions on our site. The following exchanges, edited and revised for clarity, come from Friday's Web chat .

Beatles finally allowing digital downloads on Apple's iTunes

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 21:29:01 EST

The Beatles, their surviving heirs and their misguided management finally turned in their Flat Earth Society membership cards Tuesday, allowing the sale of their music as digital downloads on Apple's iTunes Store. La-dee-freakin'-da.

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7: Wrong name, some of the right ideas

Sat, 06 Nov 2010 01:04:00 EDT

Windows Phone 7 may be Microsoft's most-misnamed product ever. That moniker suggests a sequel to its Windows Mobile line of operating-system releases; fortunately, Windows Phone 7 is nothing of the kind.

Google TV isn't ready for prime time

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 01:04:00 EDT

Google designed its Google TV software to bring the diversity of Web video to your TV without the complexity of the personal computer.

Windows Phone 7 presents a big gamble, for Microsoft and consumers

Fri, 15 Oct 2010 11:33:00 EDT

When Microsoft introduced its Windows Phone 7 operating system on Monday, it couldn't make its traditional sales pitch to consumers: We're Microsoft, this product has "Windows" in its name, get on board now!

Apple TV and Roku's XD-S: 2 doors to Web-sourced shows, but different ideals

Sat, 09 Oct 2010 17:18:01 EDT

A tiny $99 box can connect your TV to a wealth of Internet-sourced TV shows, movies, pictures, podcasts and music. But which box would that be?

It's put-up or shut-up time for the FCC's net-neutrality advocates

Sat, 02 Oct 2010 17:59:00 EDT

Congress seems to have ended its involvement in the long-running network-neutrality debate by declaring its own neutrality in the matter.

Faster Forward: Hotmail adds account defenses

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 13:03:00 EDT

Microsoft upgraded the security of its Hotmail Web-mail service on Monday, adding two ways for holders of Hotmail accounts to get back into their accounts after hackers break in. That's a welcome step to address a growing problem.

Faster Forward: After Craigslist, 'adult services' ads find new homes

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:02:40 EDT

It's now been almost two weeks since Craigslist spent a day under a Congressional spotlight for its now-ended "adult services" ads. Since the San Francisco-based classified-ads site publicly surrendered at a Sept. 15 hearing--saying the ads it once accepted would flow to other sites that made f...

Verizon's Fascinate reaches new lows among smartphones run amok

Sat, 25 Sep 2010 19:42:00 EDT

A "Google phone" hand-cuffed to Microsoft's Bing search engine sounds like a bad joke. But it's a real product, one for whichVerizon Wireless charges $199.99.

Faster Forward: Facebook etiquette: Let friends break their own big news

Thu, 23 Sep 2010 08:23:28 EDT

Last weekend, my sister-in-law got engaged. After I congratulated her on the phone, I thought it would be fitting to post a note to that effect on her Facebook profile -- but then saw she hadn't updated it with the news.

Faster Forward: Late-night experiment: Rooting an Android phone

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:56:53 EDT

I've been complaining lately about the increasing amounts of carrier-installed, un-removable junk apps on smartphones, and in particular those devices running Google's Android operating system. Last night I did something about it: I engaged in some entry-level hacking to remove some of this unwan...

With new line of iPods, smaller isn't always better

Sat, 18 Sep 2010 19:05:00 EDT

The iPod isn't even nine years old. But that's been enough time to dull the marvel of a pocket-size device that costs less and holds more music than many CD racks.

Faster Forward: Thoughts on Craigslist and 'adult services' ads

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 13:40:57 EDT

Craigslist got an old-fashioned Congressional grilling Thursday at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on child sex trafficking -- the expected sequel to months of contentious debate over the classified-ads site's shuttered "adult services" section.

Instant search a new option in the familiar order of Google domination

Sun, 12 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Searching the Web hasn't changed all that much over the past 15 years: You type words describing what you're looking for, hit the Enter key, and look through the results that a search engine presents to you. Sites have changed their presentation and style and made themselves accessible on mobile ...

Apple finally lays out App Store rules - and makes clear it's still in charge

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 22:25:00 EDT

Apple is still keeping tight control over the universe of programs for the iPhone. But at least it's shedding a little more light on why some apps make it and others get left out.

Don't look for Adobe Flash on Apple's iPads, iPhones soon

Sun, 05 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

I was traveling last week to cover Apple's iPod and Apple TV event Wednesday (and writing an extra column based on that). So this week, I offer questions taken from Friday's Web chat.

Apple's move pushes TV toward Internet delivery

Thu, 02 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

SAN FRANCISCO -- The slow-moving struggle to unplug TV viewing from its traditional business model just got more interesting -- and messier.

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Google continues its assault on the price of a phone call

Sun, 29 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

What's a phone call worth these days? A Verizon phone booth in a Metro station suggests one answer: 50 cents. Another comes from Verizon's cheapest landline service option, which charges 10.2 cents a call. If you use a cellphone or subscribe to a voice-over-Internet-Protocol calling plan, the num...

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Why net-neutrality rules should be applied equally

Sun, 22 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Have Google and Verizon got a deal for you! The nation's leading Web firm and one of its biggest telecom firms teamed up two weeks ago to offer a joint proposal to end a prolonged debate over "network neutrality." In that document, the firms suggested that the government impose net-neutrality reg...

Facebook adds 'Places' check-in feature

Thu, 19 Aug 2010 07:05:45 EDT

Faster Forward: Sites to e-cycle (and maybe profit from) your e-junk

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:25:13 EDT

Like many of you, my wife and I have had too many old and broken gadgets collecting dust in various rooms. Like many of you, we could use some extra cash. Can we address both of these issues at once by selling these things to sites that buy old electronic junk?

As smartphones flood the market, here's how to avoid falling for the flavor of the month

Sun, 25 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Twice this year, I've had a chance to review the Phone of the Month, then failed to take advantage of the opportunity.

As Microsoft stumbles forward, is it a good idea to have its head in The Cloud?

Sun, 18 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Microsoft has been having a lousy year. And the worst part of it may be that people aren't interested in its misery -- certainly not in this week of obsessing over Apple.

Apple's fix for iPhone 4 antenna angst: free cases or a full refund

Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Apple still doesn't think there's anything really wrong with its new iPhone 4 and says it has the data to back that claim. But just in case, it will offer free cases to customers worried about the device's reception and a full 30-day refund on the phone to those who can't live with it.

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Steve Jobs, Apple feed backlash with response to iPhone 4 reception complaints

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Apple has a reception problem. No, not the one some users of its new iPhone 4 have complained about, in which holding the phone with your hand over a gap between its two antennas on its lower left side weakens the phone's grasp of AT&T's signal. That's an engineering problem that should be fi...

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Fast Forward: Clear gives broadband users another option

Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In much of the United States, ordering broadband Internet access is a binary decision.

Help File: Some hardware and software are easy to break from; others will try to trap you

Sun, 04 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Fourth of July should not be a day to stay indoors and fuss with computers, gadgets or any of the other things discussed here every week.

Sharp and smart iPhone 4 offers even more -- along with the same old flaws

Sun, 27 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

There's no mistaking Apple's new iPhone 4 for any of its three predecessors. This angular, precisely machined device -- only three-eighths of an inch thick -- looks and feels little like the smooth, streamlined iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.

Microsoft Office 2010 not yet worth the upgrade

Sun, 20 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Is even Microsoft tired of the Microsoft Office upgrade treadmill?

Faster Forward: World apparently failed to end after digital-TV transition

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 15:07:08 EDT

Was it really just a year ago that television watchers across the United States were cringing in fear about the demise of most analog over-the-air broadcasts?

Faster Forward: At E3, Nintendo woos gamers

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 13:56:35 EDT

3D technology isn't just for watching movies and sports--or so the video-game industry would have us believe. At the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, Sony and Nintendo touted hardware and software for 3D gaming.

Faster Forward: Starbucks to begin offering free Wi-Fi

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 16:51:47 EDT

The market rate for public WiFi access in downtowns and uptowns, strip malls and shopping centers, and most other places people drink coffee in the United States -- which is to say, a large fraction of America's populated surface -- is about to drop to zero. Starbucks announced Monday that starti...

Microsoft's new Office Web Apps free but inadequate, limited

Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Back when cellphones flipped open, the impending arrival of a new version of Microsoft Office would be stop-the-presses material. Now, even the debut of a free version of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite can seem less exciting than temporary tweaks to Google's home page.

Faster Forward: Adobe updates Flash but preserves old reasons to hate it

Fri, 11 Jun 2010 13:14:44 EDT

Adobe shipped the semi-awaited 10.1 version of its Flash Player browser plug-in last night, but the results aren't likely to earn the San Jose, Calif., company any more friends.

Microsoft's new Office Web Apps free but inadequate, limited

Fri, 11 Jun 2010 12:32:00 EDT

Back when cellphones flipped open, the impending arrival of a new version of Microsoft Office would be stop-the-presses material. Now, even the debut of a free version of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite can seem less exciting than temporary tweaks to Google's home page.

Faster Forward: Google exhibits Bing envy with background-photo binge

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 17:00:25 EDT

Google's home page looks a little different today--and not in a fun, productivity-destroying way.

iPhone 4 is slimmer, sharper, smarter -- and still tied to AT&T

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Apple debuted a thinner iPhone with a sharper screen, high-definition moviemaking and video-chatting capability -- but one that, in the United States, remains locked to AT&T Wireless.

'4G' timing not quite right for Sprint's big-screen Evo

Sun, 06 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Can you have too much of a smartphone? Sprint's new HTC Evo 4G, its third device to run Google's Android operating system, raises that theoretically absurd question. The Evo -- debuting June 4 for $299.99, before a $100 mail-in rebate, for new or renewing subscribers -- stands apart from other sm...

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Faster Forward: Microsoft ends Bing cashback rebates

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 15:28:35 EDT

Microsoft is retiring Bing cashback, the rebate option it launched to try to boost the use of its Web search engine.

Faster Forward: Mac spyware alert is not all that new

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 12:45:40 EDT

Over the last few days, you may have seen a story or two warning about a new form of Mac spyware. But there's nothing too novel about this malware.

Ubuntu 10.04 brings Linux closer to the mainstream

Sun, 30 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

No Windows viruses. Free. Any questions? Of course. Start with this one: How can an operating system with those virtues, the open-source Linux, remain confined to a tiny minority of desktop and laptop computers at home? Linux may run TiVo video recorders and live inside Android phones, in additio...

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Faster Forward: Facebook founder Zuckerberg's not-quite-apology

Mon, 24 May 2010 17:22:31 EDT

This morning's Post features an op-ed from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg expressing a controlled sort of contrition for its recent privacy moves and promising a simpler privacy-settings interface.

Coming soon in Web video: Googlers bearing gifts

Sun, 23 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

SAN FRANCISCO Fellow journalists, it's past time to retire the traditional description of Google: " the Mountain View, Calif., Web-search firm ."

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Rob Pegoraro: Google touts WebM, a single, open standard for Web video

Thu, 20 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

SAN FRANCISCO Google wants to fix two sticking points with the Web of today: watching video without having to fuss with extra browser plug-ins and finding Web-based applications that are good enough to bump off the disk-based programs you're used to. The company opened its Google I/O developers c...

Faster Forward: Report from Google I/O

Wed, 19 May 2010 18:14:05 EDT

SAN FRANCISCO--Wednesday morning, Google will open its annual developers conference, Google I/O, with a keynote presentation outlining its major product developments. I'm expecting news about its Android smartphone operating system; its project to add Web software to TVs; such Web applications as...

Faster Forward: A field trip to the Internet Archive

Tue, 18 May 2010 20:03:43 EDT

SAN FRANCISCO -- Many people think of the Internet Archive only as the home of the Wayback Machine, the site that lets you see what pages looked like years ago.

To compete with cellphones, these cameras try to do it all

Sun, 16 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

You could forgive your digital camera for feeling some of the same anxiety a film camera might have suffered eight years ago.

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Faster Forward: Twitter briefly zeroes out 'follow' counts to fix a bug

Mon, 10 May 2010 17:44:15 EDT

Twitter users might have felt a little devalued earlier this afternoon when their "following" and "follower" counts mysteriously reset to zero.

Fast Forward: There shouldn't be just one template for tablet success

Sun, 09 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Maybe Bill Gates was right all along about tablet computing.

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Faster Forward: Google tweaks search pages and logo

Wed, 05 May 2010 08:44:01 EDT

Google's search results should look a little different today. The Mountain View, Calif., company is rolling out a redesign of its search pages that includes a freshly scrubbed version of its logo.

Faster Forward: Do I need to revisit Facebook privacy settings *again*?

Tue, 04 May 2010 12:06:30 EDT

In Sunday's paper, I attempted to clarify advice I gave in the prior Sunday's paper. Now I'm afraid I might have to clarify it further, and for the same reasons as the first time around: Facebook's changing, confusing and sometimes outright cryptic privacy settings.

Faster Forward: adds cash/check transactions, Android app

Mon, 03 May 2010 17:05:41 EDT

Intuit's personal-finance Web site has had a reasonably busy spring. Last month, it added support for entering cash and check transactions; a week later, it announced that it could download data from 16,000 financial institutions supported, or "nearly all U.S. banks"; and this morning, i...

HTC's Incredible addition to the Android phone market

Sun, 02 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It's an exciting time to shop for a new smartphone. Which is to say, it's a confusing and maybe frightening time to buy a smartphone.

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Faster Forward: Sony move confirms floppy disk's death, but its icon lives on

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 14:38:38 EDT

We're seeing yet another round of "the floppy disk is dead" stories this week after Sony announced that it would stop selling the things in Japan next March.

App rejections fall far from tree

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The story could have been programmed to draw media coverage, were it not for its implausibility: Apple (a reader magnet) banned a future Pulitzer Prize winner's iPhone application (invoking journalists' professional pride) because it "ridicules public figures" (spurring righteous indignation amon...

Faster Forward: As Facebook users fret over its wider reach, Post readies opt-out

Fri, 23 Apr 2010 17:58:38 EDT

A vocal contingent of Facebook users could use a "Dislike" button to record their reaction to the expanded sharing system the social network launched Wednesday.

Faster Forward: Facebook spins a wider web -- including on this site

Wed, 21 Apr 2010 15:37:37 EDT

Facebook launched a set of initiatives that will expand its reach across and into numerous third-party sites, The Post's included.

Faster Forward: Tale of lost Apple iPhone prototype gets weirder

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 14:07:22 EDT

That next-generation iPhone that somehow disappeared in a Bay Area bar before surfacing in a story on the Gizmodo tech-news site is now on its way back to Apple.

Fast Forward: For now, there's little to do about a bad Internet provider

Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

If your Internet provider jerks you around and slows you down, what are you going to do about it?

Faster Forward: Apple rejects Pulitzer winner's iPhone app

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 11:25:21 EDT

A Pulitzer Prize can win you a round of applause in a newsroom, but it won't necessarily get your application in Apple's App Store.

Faster Forward: Microsoft's next smartphone effort: Yes, we Kin?

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:01:00 EDT

Yesterday, Microsoft announced its latest venture in the smartphone business.

Fast Forward: With iPad, Apple aims for sweet spot between laptops, smartphones

Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The price of Apple's new iPad, starting at $499, fits into more people's budgets than any of its computers. But that doesn't mean it will fit all of their needs.

Faster Forward: What's next for FCC authority?

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 15:23:52 EDT

The Federal Communications Commission saw most of its authority to regulate Internet access sawed off by a federal court decision yesterday. Now what?

Faster Forward: Yelp dumps 'Favorite Review' feature, shows 'Filtered' write-ups

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 13:30:25 EDT

Yelp announced two changes to its review system last night that it hopes will quell accusations of extortion.

The latest Facebook fracas: Your privacy vs. its profit

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The signs of a new season surround us: Flowers are blooming, trees are budding, and another Facebook privacy fracas is brewing.

Faster Forward: Warning: People can make up stuff on the Internet

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 12:39:37 EDT

There are some weird sights on the Web this morning.

Faster Forward: The iPhone probably isn't coming to Verizon just yet

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 12:31:00 EDT

Here we go again: Somebody runs a story based on unnamed, third-party sources saying that Apple might ship a version of its iPhone compatible with Verizon Wireless--which in Internet retelling, becomes "iPhone coming to Verizon!"--which then leads to glum disappointment six months later when the ...

Even with Comcast's Fancast Xfinity Web site, 'TV Everywhere' still isn't

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Subscribers to Comcast's TV and Internet services have been getting a little something extra lately: access to a Web site that lets them watch many of the channels their bills cover.

Faster Forward: Android smartphone debuts have people talking

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 16:14:10 EDT

The wireless-phone industry is gathering in Las Vegas this week for its semiannual CTIA show, and Wednesday saw a flock of new phones unveiled.

FCC's plan for broadband Internet access falls short

Sun, 21 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The government has a big plan for broadband -- big enough that you'll want a broadband connection to download its full text.

Tax-preparation software from TurboTax and H&R Block have drawbacks, benefits

Sun, 14 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

Tax-preparation programs are an unnecessary evil. We don't need special software to pay other bills, but our elected representatives' perpetual tinkering with the tax code makes paying for our share of government so mind-numbingly complex that most of us must outsource the math. It's alarming and...

Intuit could use some quick(en) fixes for its new Mac program

Sun, 07 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

About a week ago, Intuit announced that it had fulfilled one of its customers' oldest requests: It had shipped a new Mac version of its Quicken personal-finance program that didn't look and run like a 1998-vintage relic.

GPS capability gives Foursquare social-networking service an edge

Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

So this guy walks into a bar. He looks around, recognizes the bartender -- and whips out a cellphone, launches an app and taps a button labeled "Check-in here." Then he gets a beer. That is a routine occurrence for people using -- make that, playing -- a social-networking service called Foursquare.