THE NEED FOR CELLULAR DATA PLANS

There are three Treo models (the Palm-based 650 and 750p and the Windows Mobile-based 700w), plus the Motorola Q, that are appealing combinations of cell phone and PDA. The Treos can send and receive e-mail from an Exchange Server running on Small Business Server 2003, and it’s easier than ever to mail photos. […] continued

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THE FAILURE OF SONY CONNECT

Recently I wrote some notes about Sony’s record of failure in developing consumer electronics and music products. Here’s the story behind the collapse of the Sony Connect online music store, a tangled tale of personalities and corporate politics gone wrong.

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ANTIVIRUS SHAKEUP

Microsoft’s integrated security software, Windows Live OneCare, got its official release today and will be available on CD starting tomorrow. This doesn’t mean anything to anyone other than the marketing department – it’s the same program that I’ve been recommending for months.

McAfee doesn’t want to be left out. Yesterday McAfee announced that it will have a copycat service later this summer, with some additional features that will differentiate it from OneCare. […] continued

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URGE MUSIC AND THE SMALL PRINT

The Urge music service, an iTunes competitor jointly sponsored by Microsoft and MTV, is supposed to be one of the major selling points of the new Windows Media Player 11. When I clicked on it the first time, the service asked permission to download some software. I declined – I don’t plan to shop there and my unbending rule of thumb now is to be conservative about installing software. […] continued

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WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER 11

Another week, another beta release from Microsoft. Windows Media Center 11 is the latest program getting a bunch of attention from the media – here’s Paul Thurrott raving about it, here’s CNet’s lukewarm review, here’s a negative review from the Washington Post.

I’ve been using WMP11 for the last couple of weeks. […] continued

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INTERNET EXPLORER 7 BETA – FOLLOWUP

After a week, I’ve uninstalled the IE7 beta. There were no big problems, just a feeling that things weren’t quite right – some pages that wouldn’t display correctly, some Java and Quicktime plugins that misbehaved. But more importantly, the interface didn’t grow on me. The tabbed pages were more confusing than convenient; the home button just shouldn’t be off to the side. […] continued

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INTERNET EXPLORER 7.0 BETA 2

Microsoft feels reasonably confident that Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta 2 (available for download here) is stable enough for end users to try; in fact, they’re providing free phone support as a show of good faith.

Paul Thurrott has a lengthy review of the new features and changes in the interface – a good place to start looking for information. […] continued

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NY TIMES: WHY THE WORLD DOESN’T NEED HIGH-DEF DVDs

The New York Times has summarized the reasons to be cynical as high-definition DVD players hit the market.

“Just contemplating the rise of a new DVD format is enough to make you feel played. What’s wrong with the original DVD format, anyway? It offers brilliant picture, thundering surround sound and bonus material.

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DISCLAIMER FOR THE INTERNET

A particularly thorough disclaimer for a rock climbing site inspired attorney David Canton to adapt it into a disclaimer for the Internet.

WARNING

Business is unpredictable and unsafe. The Internet is dangerous. Many blogs have been written about these dangers, and there’s no way we can list them all here. Read the blogs.

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THE RETURN OF FREE NAPSTER

After the death of the file sharing program, the Napster brand was revived for an online music web site. There’s been speculation that it was struggling to survive in a world dominated by Apple’s iTunes.

Napster’s newest promotion is pretty enticing. It now allows free streaming of virtually all the music in its two million song library, using an ad-supported player. […] continued

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3G WIRELESS NETWORKS

There’s new wireless technology that might represent a true step forward for some people – with a hefty price tag attached, of course.

The cell phone carriers are rolling out their third-generation (“3G”) equipment to support high-speed Internet connections over the cell phone networks. Verizon and Sprint are first with their version named EvDO, followed closely by Cingular’s HSDPA. […] continued

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VIRAL VIDEOS

The hot tech topic of the day is “viral videos,” a term invented to describe the links circulated by e-mail to short online movies. Out of nowhere, Chris Bliss’ juggling routine was viewed by 50 million people within 45 days – after languishing for years on the performer’s web site. This week it’s Stephen Colbert’s extraordinary performance at the White House Correspondent’s Association dinner. […] continued

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NEW APPLE ADS

Apple has some clever new commercials, featuring John Hodgman, the resident “expert” on The Daily Show. Very likable ads comparing PCs and Macs, showing the PC guy with a virus and crashing and the like. Funny!

In unrelated news this week, one of the first viruses aimed at Mac OS X is circulating and experts predict that Apple’s higher profile will make it a bigger target soon. […] continued

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NET NEUTRALITY

“Net neutrality” is a hot topic in Washington. The Internet was developed with a guiding philosophy that Internet service providers would treat all traffic equally. The cable companies and telcos see a chance to generate huge additional revenue if they can discriminate – speed up traffic for paying customers, slow down (or stop) traffic for non-paying customers and web sites. […] continued

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