Stories by Tom Spring

New slim, trim ICQ variants

If size matters, someone forgot to tell America Online’s ICQ instant messaging division. They have released ICQ Lite, a condensed version of AOL’s popular IM program with uncharacteristically few features.

New tool makes DVD copying easy

Hollywood says that it's illegal to burn a backup copy of your Austin Powers Goldmember DVD, and it builds in copy protection to stop you. But a small firm denies any kinship to Dr. Evil just because it markets software that lets anyone with a burnab...

Preview: Mobile connectivity rules

You can't be too mobile, wireless, or connected at the Comdex trade show, where a smaller than usual field of about 1000 exhibitors are gathering this week to show the computer industry's latest gadgets and technology.

AOL unveils a slim, trim ICQ

If size matters, someone forgot to tell America Online Inc.'s ICQ instant messaging division. This week it is releasing ICQ Lite, a condensed version of its popular IM program with uncharacteristically few features.

The Internet: Ground zero for 9/11 analysis

Sometimes even around-the-clock cable news isn't enough. When war broke out, millions went online to the globe's biggest water cooler for chatter and debate that has grown larger and louder over the past year.

Who's reading your instant messages?

Instant messaging may be a handy and quick communications tool, but experts on the technology warn that it's also a security risk--vulnerable to eavesdropping and even physical tracking.

First look at Netscape 7.0

Opening this week is "Browser Wars: Episode 7." Like a sequel lumbering into the cineplex, Netscape Communications's latest preview of its Netscape 7.0 browser will battle with Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

MSN launches AOL defection tool

In Microsoft's ongoing efforts to unseat America Online as the 300-pound gorilla of online service providers, its MSN Internet Access division is rolling out an AOL defection tool on Tuesday.

Companion service launches on Kazaa

Users of the Kazaa Media Desktop will be offered a controversial update starting Monday, with the introduction of a second file-sharing service that includes paid content.

Kazaa sneakware stirs inside PCs

It sounds like a "B" movie plot: Return of the PC Snatchers. Millions find their PCs' bandwidth and hard disk space siphoned for mysterious but worthy-sounding scientific projects, just because they downloaded the client for a music- and file-swappin...

Feds eye copy locks for PC gear

You might want to stock up on CD and DVD burners now, before both are considered contraband. That's no joke: Hollywood wants to put hardware-based copy protection into everything from PCs to MP3 players. And Congress is giving the idea serious consi...

Digital video forecast goes fuzzy

The next-generation video standard known as MPEG-4 promises to dazzle you with fast, high-definition video on your desktop and TV. But developers enthusiastic about the technology warn that nagging licensing issues could hobble its release.

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I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

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