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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 [...]

My thoughts on the Don Imus incident

April 10, 2007

by Larry Magid Don Imus’ reference to Rutgers University women’s basketball players as “nappy headed hos” is not only a form of racial and sexual stereotyping, but an example of how far our society has come in permitting this type of innuendo. At the same time, the strong reaction to these remarks gives me hope that perhaps we may be at a turning point as a society by no [...]

Dish Network PVR Makes the Grade

April 10, 2007

 by Larry Magid I’ve always been a big fan of TiVo and I still am. What’s not to like about a device that lets you record your favorite TV shows and pause and rewind live TV? Of course, TiVo has plenty of competition now that practically every cable and satellite company has its own personal video recorder (PVR). A few years ago I tried out a Dish Network PVR and found it [...]

Bargain LCD does fine job with hi-def TV & DVDs

April 9, 2007

Before I describe the bargain high-definition television I’ve been watching lately, a quick lesson in resolution and why you should or shouldn’t care. Three high-def signals are currently available: 720p, 1080p and 1080i. The 720p has 720 lines vertical by 1280 pixels horizontal. The “p” stands for progressive, which means that 720 lines are shown at the same time. So [...]

Jot it down by cellphone

April 2, 2007

I get some of my best ideas when I’m out bicycle riding, but I worry that I’ll forget them by the time I get home. I rarely have pen and paper with me, so sometimes I call my home answering machine to leave a message about the idea. But now I can use my cell phone to “jott” it down by calling a toll-free number and dictating the message. When I get home, it will be in my [...]

The Apple of Your TV’s Eye

April 1, 2007

We are slowly entering the age of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) where TV shows are just as likely to come to us over Internet as they are via cable, satellite or antenna. Today most people who watch Internet TV are sitting at a computer or possibly watching video podcasts on their iPod, but the day will soon come when most of our TVs are connected to the Internet giving us not hundreds, but [...]

XXX Domains: RIP

March 30, 2007

by Larry Magid Unlike some of my fellow Internet safety activists, I think that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers did the right thing by rejecting the proposed .XXX top level domain designation. See Story For the record, in addition to my work as technology commentator, I run and and am co-director of Despite years of advocacy on [...]

Versatile Fast HP Multi-function device

March 26, 2007

by Larry Magid Sometimes the best way to save money on printing is to spend more up front. That’s certainly the case with the new HP Officejet Pro L7680 Color All-in-One multifunction printer/scanner/fax/copier. At $399, it has a relatively expensive upfront cost, but unlike many inkjet printers from Hewlett-Packard and others, this one isn’t all that expensive to use. On average, [...]
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