Dave's Download


October 2007


Skype Offers High-Quality Videoconferencing

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Letting Grandma see the kids over the Web has gotten pretty good in recent years, and it's easy, too. With free programs like AIM, MSN Messenger, and ooVoo, we can videoconference over the Internet. While the quality isn't great, it's good enough to be worth the trouble.

Now I have to decide how ...

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technology

Apple Again Updates the Mac's Software

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While you can argue if today's update to Mac's software is a compelling upgrade, you have to applaud Apple for regularly releasing steady updates to its system. It stands in stark contrast to Microsoft, which struggled for five years to release its latest version of Windows. And that update seems ...

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Apple Inc.
computers

Fabrik Drives Add Online Backup

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Saving something to "the cloud" may not sound secure. But it's a great idea to send data to professionally managed computers, even if they are off somewhere in the wisps of the Internet. New online backup services are popping up frequently, including one with a hard twist from a start-up called ...

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internet
computers

Getting Your Own Website

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If you've never created a website of your own because it seems daunting, or expensive, fret no more. There are a number of services that make it dumb-down easy to build a Web presence and even host it free.

We recently tried freewebs.com and had a site up and running in an hour or two. It's nothing ...

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internet
websites

A Cheaper PlayStation 3 for the Holidays?

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Expectations are building that Sony will finally cut the price on its PlayStation 3 gaming rig, having announced a cheaper version in Europe and Japan. Analysts expect a similar model here in time for the holidays that would be $400, or $100 less than what's been the least expensive U.S. offering.

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Sony
television

Microsoft Extends Windows XP's Life

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Just when you thought Windows XP would soon die at the feet of its successor, Windows Vista, Microsoft has deigned to give the tried-and-true system a few months more to live. And the company is even readying an update that will keep the old version of Windows running smoothly for those who choose ...

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Microsoft

Microsoft Unveils HealthVault

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Tracking health records and costs is a bear for consumers, beset with a maze of providers, paperwork, and bills. Tech companies smell opportunity and are racing to tame the beast with Web tools and software that can offer health information and maybe even manage personal records.

Microsoft launched ...

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Microsoft
health care

Getting NFL Games Over the Web

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DirecTV's satellite service has long delivered more televised NFL football to fans willing to open their wallets, and it's now delivering it without the satellite or TV. The company this season launched its Supercast service, which offers all televised NFL games (except those blacked out by ...

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television
NFL
MLB

Digital Pioneer The Tube Is No More

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The Tube went dark this week, leaving us antenna-using TV watchers with one less channel to view. Started by one of the folks who launched MTV, the Tube offered 24 hours of music videos in free, over-the-air broadcasts. It was one of several now-failed ventures that tried to take advantage of new ...

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music
television

Burning Downloaded Movies to Disk

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Downloading movies is getting more popular. But it's still a pain to get them from the PC to our TV, where we can watch from the comfort of our couches. Sonic Solutions is launching new gear to free downloaded movies from studio handcuffs—at least enough to get flicks from the PC to the TV.

Sonic ...

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technology
software
movies

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