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Jawbone Headset Looks and Sounds Better

May 22, 2007

by Larry Magid If you run into me on the street, you’re not likely to see me wearing one of those Bluetooth headsets. I know – they let you use your phone hands-free, which is both more convenient and arguably safer when you’re driving. July 2008, however, I’ll probably have to spring for some type of headset when a California law kicks in that bans talking on a [...]

Norton 360 — Finally anti virus that doesn’t slow you down

May 15, 2007

by Larry Magid I’ve been using anti-virus, anti-spyware and other security software for almost two decades but far too often, I have wondered whether the cure was worse than the disease. Symantec is a case in point. Older versions of its Norton Anti-Virus and Norton Internet Security programs have slowed down my machine and interrupted my work flow by asking me to decide what to do with [...]

With Mojopac you may not need a laptop

May 14, 2007

I almost always travel with a laptop but now that I have my mojo going, I might just leave it home next time I hit the road. By “mojo,” I mean MojoPac from Santa Clara-based RingCube Technologies. The software, which currently works only with Windows XP (a beta Vista compatible version will be available soon) allows you to turn a removable external hard drive, flash drive or even an [...]

iLoad lets you load/backup iPod without a PC

May 7, 2007

When I first heard about the iLoad, I was a bit skeptical. Admittedly there must be some people in the world who have iPods but not PCs or Macs. For the rest of us it’s hardly necessary to pay $299 for a device that lets you load CDs to your iPod without having to bother with a computer. Then I tried the device and discovered other things it can do or will soon be able to do and came away a [...]

Digg Reverses Course After Online Uproar

May 3, 2007

Digg Reverses Course After Online Uproar May 3, 2007 The Web site Digg — where people get to submit links to articles and blog items that they think others should pay attention to — has been involved in a hailstorm of controversy this week over its initial adherence and eventual rejection of a legal notice from a movie industry anti-piracy group. At issue is a 16-digit hexadecimal code that [...]

You can be tracked through your cell phone

May 1, 2007

by Larry Magid Imagine a world where you can be tracked anywhere you go. A decade ago that would have seemed like a paranoid delusion, but thanks to GPS-enabled cell phones and other technologies, it’s more or less the way things now are. Many of today’s cell phones are equipped with global positioning systems that are capable of pinpointing your exact position. Soon, thanks to [...]

Larry’s New York Times Column: Moving Day for That Vista Machine – New York Times

April 19, 2007

  BUYING a new computer is a lot like buying or renting a new home. First you have to pick it out and pay for it, and then you have to move your stuff. And as if PC moving day weren’t hard enough, most people now faced with this task have to migrate from an older version of Windows to the new Windows Vista, which typically stores user files in different folders from previous versions. [...]

In a crisis text messages get the word out fast

April 18, 2007

Officials at Virginia Tech used email to notify students and community members that a shooter was on campus, but in addition to the fact that the first message was sent more than two hours after the first attack, email messages likely wouldn’t reach many of the intended recipients for hours. That’s because, unlike Blackberry touting business executives and politicians, most students [...]

Worried about Vonage? Try SunRocket

April 17, 2007

by Larry Magid I’m not one to jump ship at the first sign of trouble but, like a lot of other Vonage customers, I’m considering my options in case the popular Internet phone company is required to curtail operations. I’m not saying it will happen, but because of a patent infringement suit, it is a possibility. A court has found that Vonage infringed on patents from Verizon [...]

Loopt: Use your cell phone to locate friends

April 16, 2007

by Larry Magid You’ve heard about social networks like MySpace and Facebook where people use PCs to set up profiles and check in with their friends. You may also be aware that you can now access these networks from a mobile phone so you can update your own profile and visit others from wherever you are. But now there’s a new twist – phone-based social networking with built in [...]
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