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Is Customer Support Triple Play’s Albatross?

Broadband providers have been pushing so-called triple play offerings as a means to fatten their coffers, but those services are also contributing to increasing support costs and drooping customer satisfaction. "The competitive environment that characterizes today's broadband and value-added service...

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Free Desktop Publisher Scribus Is Worth a Look

Adobe Systems created a media tsunami earlier this month when it released its Creative Suite 3, a two-year project designed to roll all the company's formidable software packages for creative types into an integrated monolith. Needless to say, since the package costs more than $1,000, it isn't somet...

SC Patent Ruling Gives ‘Obvious’ New Meaning

In what one attorney described as "the most important patent case in a generation," the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a decision that's expected to make patents that combine existing technologies more difficult to obtain. The facts in the case before the court, KSI International v. Teleflex, d...

House Bill Would Repeal Net Gambling Prohibition

The chairman of a powerful Congressional committee filed a measure Thursday that aims to repeal the ban on Internet gambling passed last year. Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has been a vocal opponent of the ban, which became law last October. "I guess people t...

Congressman Bucks Net Gambling Ban

The chairman of a powerful Congressional committee filed a bill Thursday that aims to repeal the ban on Internet gambling passed last year. Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, filed the measure Thursday morning. Frank has been a vocal opponent of the ban, which bec...

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Gubb App Offers a Long List of Nice Features

We're all inundated with information every day, and we all have our strategies for dealing with that flood. A common tactic adopted by many of us is making lists. The problem with lists, though, is that they can be misplaced. That problem prompted two serial entrepreneurs, Joe Bergeron and Josh Wein...

DRM’s Disappearance May Spur Amazon Music Store

Over the last 18 months, how often have you heard rumors that an online music service from Amazon was imminent? Plenty, no doubt, so much so that it seems Amazon has redefined the term "imminent" in much the same way that Google redefined the term "beta." Nevertheless, the rumor has arisen again, re...

Analyst: Web 2.0 Users Would Rather Watch Than Upload

The so-called "New Web" has been hailed as a great place for sharing and interacting, but data released Tuesday by Internet traffic researchers suggests most cybersurfers are watchers, not uploaders. In a presentation at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco this week, Hitwise analyst Bill Tancer noted ...

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Olympus Voice Recorder Sports Sweet Trimmings

With so much sizzle being created in the consumer electronics market by digital media players, it's tough for a traditional gadget like a digital voice recorder to grab much consumer mindshare. That hasn't stopped recorder makers like Olympus from continuing to introduce innovative and interesting p...

Open Source, Transparency and Electronic Voting

Transparency has become a rallying cry for critics of existing electronic voting systems made by secretive corporations jealously guarding the software code inside their products. One way to assure transparency in voting systems, those critics maintain, is to require the disclosure of any code used ...

Satisfying Customers Online May Be Key for Mortgage Lenders

Mortgage lenders have improved their online customers' experience over the last year, but many Web sites still fall far short of meeting their visitors' needs, according to a report released Tuesday by a financial services customer satisfaction research firm. In a Web site study of 26 major online m...

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Lots of Features Lend Appeal to the Motorola Q

Personal Data Assistants have become dinosaurs, and after taking the Motorola Q for a test drive, it's easy to understand why. Just about anything you'd want to do with a PDA you can do with a smartphone like the Q -- and a lot more. The Q is about the size of a PDA -- 2.5 by 0.5 by 4.6 inches -- an...

Study: E-Mail May Lose the War Against Spam

Spam and alternative communication technologies have begun to lower the value of e-mail as a mission-critical application for business, according to a study released Monday by IDC, a technology research firm. The firm said its study showed that "a resurgence of spam and the increased frequency of be...

The Steady Migration of Smartphones to Linux

Some 204 million mobile phones, or 14 percent of the world market, will be running on Linux by 2012, according to a report released this week from the London office of ABI Research. "Linux in the cellular phone is not a question of if, but when," declared ABI Research Director Stuart Carlaw. Develop...

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Canon ZR Camcorders: Fair Sound, Good Video, Great Price

Although digital still camera makers are making great strides in improving the video capabilities of their products, they still have some distance to go before they catch up with conventional camcorders. Sure, we'd all like to haul around less tech when documenting our lives, but for now, two camera...

Study: Web News Readers Stick With Stories Longer

Their mode of Cyberspace travel may be called a browser, but what they're doing at news sites on the Web is more than just browsing, according to findings released last week by the Poynter Institute. Readers of news on the Web spend more time with stories they choose to eyeball than their counterpar...

America Offline: Many Don’t Surf, Many Don’t Care

There are some 31 million households in the United States without Internet access, and almost half them don't care a jot about it. Twenty-nine percent of U.S. households don't have Internet access and don't plan to get it in the next 12 months, according to a study released this week by Parks Associ...

Silicon and Optics: Hybridizing for Top Performance

Silicon is the lifeblood of electronics today, but in the photonics world -- the world of lasers and fiber optic transport -- it has had to play second fiddle to more exotic substances like indium phosphide and gallium arsenide. Researchers, though, are working to change that orchestration and reap ...

Social Networking and the Citizen Journalist

The popularity of social networking sites like MySpace and user-generated content sites like YouTube are inducing traditional news organizations to rethink their approach to the Web. Outfits like Fox News, CNN, USA Today and MSNBC have begun to incorporate social networking tools into their sites, a...

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Snagging Pictures, Videos and Sounds With CaptureWizPro

There are two utilities that I've found essential in my day-to-day operations with Windows. One is a clipboard extender -- a program that archives anything cut or copied to the Windows clipboard. The other is a screen capture application. Screen capture programs allow you to create images from whate...

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