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My new Vista book (with Dwight Silverman) is out

June 6, 2007

Microsoft Windows Vista: Peachpit Learning Series by Larry Magid and Dwight Silverman Microsoft’s Windows Vista offers users hundreds of new features, with a new user interface, new search features, and new security tools. Whether you want it or not, Vista is likely to be your next operating system if you buy a new Windows PC. Best-selling authors and respected tech journalists Larry Magid [...]

Can Ask.com take a bite out of Google?

June 5, 2007

Once upon a time, over 40 years ago, Avis was drowning in a sea of red ink – 13 years of losses – as it struggled in the long shadow cast by Hertz. Then came the ad campaign that saved the day: “We’re Number 2 – We Try Harder.” Today, Ask.com – the search engine that used to be called AskJeeves – is in a similar tight spot: dwarfed by competition from Google, armed [...]

New search engine adds the human touch

June 4, 2007

Long before there was Google, two other guys from Stanford created a Web directory called Yahoo. Now, a serial entrepreneur with plenty of venture capital is doing it again, building what he calls “the first human powered search engine.” While I question whether it’s the first, it is certainly true that Mahalo.com is unique compared with today’s major search products [...]

Gates and Jobs Together Again

June 1, 2007

For the first time since 1983, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs were together on the same stage at the same time. Some people expected fireworks at this historic meeting of the arch rivals, which took place Wednesday night at the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital Conference in Carlsbad, California. It was more of a love fest. Although there were no [...]

Social network lets members join forces, advocate causes

June 1, 2007

The Web has long been a tool for social and political activists from all parts of the spectrum, and that’s especially true now that a gaggle of candidates are ratcheting up their 2008 presidential campaigns.The ability to play a role in electoral politics is not lost on industry-leading social-networking sites MySpace and Facebook. Both mega-sites are used by candidates to recruit and rally [...]

CBS Podcast: Sprint Phones to Stream Music Deal with Pandora

May 23, 2007

Sprint Nextel along with Pandora Media is launching a streaming music service that will let people listen to their favorite artists on their cell phone. Pandora already offers a similar service on its website, Pandora.com. Pandora Media Founder Tim Westergren explains how it works to CBS News technology consultant Larry Magid Listen [...]

Manage Your Kids Summer Media Diet

May 23, 2007

The calendar has great news for kids and mixed news for parents. Summer is almost here, which means kids will be home from school. For parents this can bring on extra challenges, especially now that kids have so many electronic indoor diversions that can entertain and educate but also bring on certain risks. There are a lot of reasons parents should limit the amount of time their kids spend [...]

Audio interview with MySpace Safety Chief Hemanshu Nigam

May 22, 2007

MySpace has removed online profiles from about 7,000 registered convicted sex offenders. A group of state Attorneys General have demanded that MySpace disclose information about those individuals and, after initially citing federal privacy laws as a reason for not disclosing that data, the company and the Attorneys General have now come to an agreement regarding the information. Hemanshu Nigam, [...]
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