Stories by Tom Spring

Buried deep in Google

The Google Web site--and many of the company's software programs--are loaded with gags, goofs, and Easter eggs that have helped Google maintain a fun-loving spirit in the cutthroat world of Web competition.

Get ready for a crackdown on broadband use

US consumers using an expanding array of broadband services, including movie downloads, video games, online backup, and streaming audio and video, are flooding the nation's broadband pipes with data--and it could cost them.

If Microsoft Buys Yahoo: What We'd Love -- and Hate

It's the year 2010. Microsoft owns Yahoo and has just changed the name of Flickr to Microsoft Flickr Live Photo-Sharing Service for Digital Camera Enthusiasts. The service is still free, but Windows Vista users will have to validate their copy of Vis...

US OLPC recipients irate over delays, headaches

When Seattle, Washington resident David Ruggiero heard about an opportunity to get his hands on the innovative XO laptop made by the <a href=" http://laptop.org/">One Laptop Per Child</a> charitable organization, he hopped on it. Within two hours aft...

Advance fee scams target cash-strapped consumers

Authorities are warning of yet another scam targeting online loan applicants. This time it's an advance fee loan scheme involving MortgageTree Lending, a company that is finding plenty of victims online.

Jury to decide fate of illegal file swapper

The case against alleged illegal file swapper Jammie Thomas goes to the jury Thursday. Thomas is accused of illegally distributing 1702 music files using the service Kazaa by the Recording Industry Association of America. The trade association is sui...

New yahoo search delivers smarter results

Yahoo released new search tools yesterday hoping to give Web searchers a leg up on finding what they want fast. I've been kicking the tires of the new Yahoo features and find there is both a lot to love and dislike. The tools include Search Assistant...

Dell XPS m1730--a serious gaming laptop

Dell updated its gaming notebook line with a new XPS m1730 model which adds a host of new game-centric aesthetic and hardware features. Notebook prices start at $US3000 and jump to $4480, according to prices on Dell.com.

GeoWeb helps the Internet become a smaller place

Location, location, location is the mantra in real estate. Could it be the same for the Internet? The answer is "yes', according panelists at a MIT technology conference held in Cambridge, Massachusetts this week.

Weird new IRobots unleashed

From the company that brought us the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner now comes the Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot and the ConnectR Virtual Visiting Robot that allows you to remotely (and virtually) buzz around your house (albeit at carpet level) and see, h...

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