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December 2008


LG Adds CinemaNow, YouTube to Blu-ray Players

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LG says it will add free videos from YouTube and pay-per-views from CinemaNow to its line of Blu-ray players, which already get streams from Netflix. Expect others to follow suit. Samsung already offers Netflix on some Blu-ray players.

Isn't there is irony in tacking on streaming to help sell ...

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New iPhone Might be a BlackBerry Killer

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This could be the best of all worlds: an iPhone with a BlackBerry-like keyboard. That's the prediction of a leading Apple watcher, who says the do-all handset could appear early next year.

Not only that, it might be the elusive, Bigfoot-like cheaper iPhone that is claimed to be lurking in the woods.

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Apple May Compete With HP Home Server

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HP says it will add Mac-centric features to its MediaSmart Home Servers, the PCs loaded with special Windows software to be a central digital closet.

More hopeful are reports that Apple might release a competitor.

The PC versions haven't caught on since launched more than a year ago. Everyday Joes ...

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Digital TV Will Strand Some Viewers

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About one in five TV stations won't reach all their current viewers after they turn off analog signals in February, regulators say. Those stations will go dark for at least two percent of their broadcast viewers, the FCC says.

But most stations will reach more viewers because of the stronger reach ...

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Audio: Cheap Projectors Enable Poor Man's Home Theater

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We've had a minimalist home theater in our unfinished basement for a couple of years. A $500 projector does a great job of splashing a DVD movie onto a painted cement wall. When the lights are off, we forget the bare room and settle in for a theater-like experience.

Cheap Projectors

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Roku Begins Streaming Netflix HD

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Roku is joining the Netflix march to high definition, saying it is rolling out a software upgrade to its $100 box. That's catch-up to others. More intriguingly, Roku says it also will move beyond Netflix early next year with HD stream from other providers.

It looked for a while as if Roku was ...

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Windows XP Gets Another Reprieve

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Windows XP is managing to stay alive, with begrudging help from Microsoft. The software company is telling system builders they can get copies of the old software until May 30. It's what the ChannelWeb site says is another sign of market resistance to Vista.

System builders are not the big PC ...

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Forbes: "Bad Vudu" Sopping Up Bandwidth

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An interesting take on "Bad Vudu" from Lee Gomes at Forbes. He's concerned that Vudu is sopping up bandwidth with the peer-to-peer system it uses to deliver movies. That means somebody watching Iron Man might be getting pieces of the movie from your Vudu.

Gomes concedes he hasn't noticed any ...

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Web Searching Your Fridge

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My wife and I have discovered great recipes via the Internet. We look at what's in the refrigerator, enter those ingredients into a search engine, adding "recipe."

It's a concept that was called "Google cooking" as far back as 2002. I prefer what a friend calls it: "Googling your fridge."

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Free Service to Remove "Crapware"

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Many new Windows PCs come loaded with what's often called "crapware." It's all the free trial and junk programs that manufacturers get paid to include, and that junk up a new desktop and hard drive.

Support.com is offering to remove some of it for free. A tech uses remote-control software to take ...

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Geotagging Devices -- Among Best Tech of 2008

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The Eye-Fi Explore ($130) not only adds 2 GB of memory to a digital camera but also links a camera wirelessly to a Wi-Fi access point—and "geotags" each photo with location data. Geotagging makes it easy to map your travels, though the Explore depends on a database of Wi-Fi access points that ...

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The Linkup -- Among Worst Tech of 2008

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The failure of the Linkup service is a warning that no single backup is enough protection for valuable data. Once called Streamload and then MediaMax, the service offered free and paid accounts for storing digital media. But a botched transfer committed the cardinal sin of deleting user files, and ...

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"I Am Rich" -- Among Worst Tech of 2008

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A German developer posted a $999.99 application to Apple's new iPhone software store that did nothing but let buyers shout, "I Am Rich," which was its title. The software sold to eight buyers before Apple deleted it from the App Store. Two reportedly got their money back after they said they made ...

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Wet USB Drive -- Among Worst Tech of 2008

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A thumb drive with sloshing liquid inside is undeniably eye-catching. That serves the goal of the folks at CNK Promotions, which sells the drive in bulk with a printed message or logo of your choice. But it seems like a bad idea for the technology. Assuming the memory chip itself is sealed and ...

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Audio: Tag Reader Grabs Kids' Attention

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So far, the Tag Reading System has held its own with our 4-year-old. He quickly figured out how the pen can read aloud the whole book, or individual words. He's especially liked the games, which encourage success by opening new levels. And despite our best efforts, he's seen enough video games to ...

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