Dave's Download


September 2007


EchoStar Buys the Slingbox

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I was always surprised someone didn't try to sue Sling Media out of existence. The company essentially invented "place shifting," which enables users to watch whatever is showing on their home television from anywhere in the world. Founder Blake Krikorian told me back in 2005, when the company was ...

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television

AT&T's New BlackBerry Unlocks GPS

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The kind folks at AT&T have released their version of the latest BlackBerry device and gussied it up by including WiFi. That allows users to access wireless hotspots for high-speed Web surfing or E-mail.

I call them kind folks, though, because of another feature included in their new BlackBerry:

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GPS
Wi-Fi

NBC Direct Offers TV Downloads

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It's getting more appealing to hook a computer to the living room television, with NBC now saying it will add another way to watch its popular TV shows over the Internet. The new NBC Direct service next month will allow free downloads with commercials, and later a way to buy them without ...

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NBC
internet
television

Simple PCs for the World's Poor--and Me

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We run multiple PCs at home, and it's a drag. They're expensive, and even worse is the time spent keeping each machine working. Something like the start-up NComputing might have the answer.

NComputing links multiple users to one computer. It's what techies call "thin computing" or the Network PC.

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computers

The iPhone's Set Free With a Touch

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After the usual secrecy and buildup, Apple has unveiled a new line of iPods, including an iPhone without the phone. The new iPod Touch looks like a great product, with the touch-screen and finger-flicking software that have made the iPhone so appealing in a package designed to be only (only!) a ...

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Apple Inc.
Jobs, Steve

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