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January 2008


Hide Behind Vumber's Phone Numbers

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Corrected on 1/29/08: An earlier version of this blog post said making Vumber calls requires pushing 20 buttons, including a security code. When calling from certain phones, the security code is not necessarily required.

Dating these days can be a scary process, from what this married man reads.

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telephones

Gibson Robot: a Guitar That Tunes Itself

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Seeing a robot in action can often be a little eerie at first. So that feeling shouldn't have surprised me when Gibson did a demo of its self-tuning guitar at the recent Consumer Electronics Show. After all, the company calls it a "robot guitar."

But it's weird to see those little tuners spin on ...

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technology
robots

Sony's Small TV Makes a Big Splash

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Sony worked hard to make the introduction of its new, breakthrough television a dramatic moment. It's hard to make an 11-inch screen seem a big deal at a Consumer Electronics Show where other companies are announcing TVs measuring bigger than 100 inches.

So, Sony Chairman Howard Stringer stepped ...

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television
Sony
technology

The Feminine Side of Guy Gadgets

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The world of guy gadgets has gone soft. At least that's the opinion of folks at Philips, the big electronics company. Women are the focus of a raft of new softer, rounded designs for the company.

Don't be fooled by the men who dominate the giant Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas, says ...

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technology
consumers

Sharing Wi-Fi With Neighbors Is Difficult

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Our home Internet connection went down recently. Luckily, I wasn't on deadline and decided to experiment with a neighbor's unsecured Wi-Fi network. In most urban settings these days, it's common to be in range of a number of Wi-Fi networks broadcast from other houses. It's also easy to see which ...

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internet
Wi-Fi

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