Dave's Download


February 2008


D-Link Service Will Simplify PC Security

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Keeping home PCs safe from bad guys on the Internet is a constant hassle, especially if you're running Windows computers. And the hassle is multiplied by the number of PCs in a home. Each computer needs its own virus, spyware, and intrusion protection—and one for the kids might need parental ...

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internet
computers

7 Reasons to Forget Blu-ray

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When Sony's Blu-ray and Toshiba's HD DVD launched their fight two years ago, high definition was spotty even in network prime-time shows, and only a few cable channels offered HD versions. Nobody thought about downloading an HD movie over the Internet. How times have changed. Sony's Blu-ray now ...

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television

Robots of the Future

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The Japanese have always had a special fascination with robots (Remember Astro Boy?). Japanese auto companies are out front in developing androids that could serve as human helpers. Why carmakers? They already use industrial robots in their plants, and they say robots are just another mobility ...

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robots
technology
car manufacturers
Japan

Nikon Camera Warns If Someone Blinks

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Here's another "smart shutter" gimmick: A new Nikon camera warns you if someone blinked. If someone's eyes close when you click the shutter, the Coolpix S550 will throw up a warning and give you a chance to quickly retake the photo.

It's just one of a number of features that camera makers are adding ...

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cameras

Yahoo! Music Subscribers Sent to Rhapsody

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Another music subscription service has bitten the dust. Yahoo! is giving up its Music Unlimited service, in which users paid a flat monthly fee to listen to all the tunes they wanted.

Yahoo!'s decision underscores fears that the music can just go away.

Yahoo! subscribers can keep their music through ...

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music
Yahoo

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