Dave's Download


April 2008


Mainly Raves for Grand Theft Auto IV

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What does it say about us as a society that a game like Grand Theft Auto IV, with its violence and sex, is a certain smash hit? It says a lot of people like an action-packed video game with great graphics.

The game reviewers are heaping praise on Grand Theft Auto, which went on sale at midnight.

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video games

A Power Strip That Kills Vampire Power

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We might consider it a noble, collective goal to shut off vampire power, the standby juice that devices suck when we think they're switched off. Nationwide, the phantom load is unnecessarily keeping several power plants busy.

But as individuals, what kind of money do we save if we shut it off? Maybe ...

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energy
technology

Apple Still Pestering Us About Safari

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I got my hopes up that Apple would finally leave me alone. The computer maker has been pestering me with an offer to install its Safari Web browser every time I update iTunes or QuickTime.

It seems I have to update one or the other every week. And every time for the past month or so, Apple has been ...

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Apple Inc.
internet

PluggedIn Offers Free Music Videos

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Want your MTV back? For fans who bemoan the lack of music videos on TV, the Web offers a new alternative: PluggedIn.

The site has launched with what it says is a collection of 10,000 music videos from Universal Music, EMI, and Sony BMG, as well as indie labels. It also includes a raft of related ...

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music
websites

A Mac Clone? Get Them While They Last

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They probably won't last long, once Apple's lawyers get rolling, but a PC company is offering the first Mac clones that I've seen in more than a decade. If you want one, you'd better get them before Apple's lawyers drop a letter, or worse.

We shouldn't be surprised someone would try clones. Once ...

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computers
Apple Inc.

New Roomba Vacuums Leave the Fringe Alone

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Fringe is back. Not that it went away, but decorative edging on rugs fell out of favor in our household. Roomba, the automated vacuum that's otherwise been a big hit here, choked on the strings.

Some months ago, Roomba's makers at iRobot released the vacuum's next generation. Longer-life battery,

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robots

Flickr Adds Videos

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A new competitor, of sorts, has emerged to YouTube now that Flickr has added video uploads. But the photo-sharing site apparently wants to stay just that by allowing only short, 90-second clips to supplement the still shots that are its core business. The Flickr folks say the idea is that video can ...

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The Music Disk Isn't Going Away Soon

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A prediction: By 2012, we'll be downloading 40 percent of our music, say market researchers at In-Stat. That would be up from 10 percent last year worldwide and 6 percent in 2006, the firm says.

Those numbers seem low, given the advantages of digital downloads. They're fast and convenient, and ...

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music

Location-Based Service Set to Explode

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After years of hype, services that depend on your location are finally taking off. The first big success is the navigation service that cellphone companies offer, mostly using the GPS chips that ship inside most handsets these days.

The next big hit will be "friend finder" services, predict analysts ...

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GPS
cellphones

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