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Macworld 2009: Big changes for iTunes

With its customary flair for sexing up the art of gizmo glorification, Macworld 2009 didn't disappoint with some big reveals today. Topping all the charts was Apple's latest update to its iLife suite, toutin...
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CES 2009: Boot your computer in hyperspeed

The notorious Windows boot time can be an onerous necessity when all you want to do is check e-mail or hit up your favorite magazine (like Blast) for a quick hit of news. Phoenix Technologies latest product,...
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Books vs. video games

They'll rot your brain. They'll make you lazy. They'll demagnetize your moral compass and turn you into a sociopathic monster. They'll sabotage your ability to function in the real world. Sound familiar, gam...
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The MacGyver crack

Take a seven dollar can of compressed air from any office supply store. Flip it over, and spray its liquid nitrogen on a computer's DRAM, or digital random access memory. Reboot the computer, or even extract th...
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11-year-old hacks iPhone

What appeared to be a legitimate iPhone application, "iPhone firmware 1.1.3 prep," turned out to be a piece of malicious software intended to ruin functionality on affected phones. The programmer of this dan...
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DOJ serves karma, indictments to spammers

On Thursday, some good news hit the battered lungs of a billion junk email filters like pure oxygen: Eleven of the world's most prolific spammers -- nine of whom live in the U.S. -- were indicted by the Departm...
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The Facebook connection

After a series of late starts, Microsoft's recent riposte may be the savviest it's made in ages. Digging deep after losing out to Google for exclusive advertising rights on the Internet's number one social netw...
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Study: Video games don’t cause violence

In the last five years, video games have risen to prominence as the whipping boy of choice in the culture wars. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was Hollywood. At that time, the movie industry was under...
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What’s the Deal with the Satellite Deal?

You're cruising down a state highway in west Texas flipping through radio stations, but the reception is horrible. A couple of small-town AM warriors are keeping the waves breathing with old standards and secon...
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Mogopop multimedia sharing

Mogopop rocks. You're thinking, is this some kind of new popsicle I can yank out of a frozen food bin at the supermarket? Absolutely not. But if you go to Mogopop, you might be able to find, say, a complete lis...
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Blast and McAfee talk shop

Malicious coders and hackers are constantly finding new ways to circumvent security precautions, and this isn't likely to change in 2007. While a solid anti-virus program is a good bet, the best way to avoid co...
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MediaFACE Online

The silent dictum for successful web-based applications thus far has been: make it so easy anyone can use it. While the new web-based CD label building application MediaFACE Online is nifty, I'm not s...
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Flowery career path

Here's a career path. Start out as a florist searching for the perfect balance of red roses and limonium. Eight years later, end up tracking down the spread of viruses for one of the top computer securit...