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Boost dial-up to broadband speeds

Trying to get broadband speeds out of a dial-up modem is like cramming a watermelon through a garden hose. But that's exactly what Artera Group International Ltd. does with its Artera Turbo service - kind of.

IBM updates copy-protection software

On Monday IBM released a new version of its antipiracy software designed to prevent people from copying and swapping music, video, images, and text online. It's the company's latest attempt to appease lawmakers who want technology companies to deal w...

Palm chief boosts broadband

The United States must find a way to pipe high-speed Internet access into 100 million homes and small businesses by 2010, or risk losing an important lead in the global push to broadband, says Eric Benhamou, Palm Inc.'s chief executive officer.

Broadband rivals court @Home users

High-speed cable Internet access was supposed to be the reliable broadband choice. But that's not the case for 850,000 AT&T Broadband customers who were abruptly disconnected December 1 when network provider Excite@Home Inc. unplugged their access.

Sony unveils potpourri of consumer gadgets

Sony Corp. unleashed a blizzard of consumer PC peripherals at Comdex here this week, featuring new digital music players, an ultra-sleek Clie handheld, and a wireless Bluetooth camcorder. These moves from the consumer electronics giant fit into a tre...

COMDEX: Virtual keyboards let you type in air

Call it air guitar meets computer keyboard. Two firms here at Comdex, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Senseboard, are showing off gizmos that attach to your hands and track your finger movements so you can type without a keyboard to input data into ...

News feature: Music labels target CD ripping

Teen pop band 'N Sync may feature vocal harmony, but at least some copies of its latest CD aren't in sync with your PC--in fact, they are incompatible, thanks to tough new copy protection.

It's showtime for WinXP

A lot is riding on Windows XP, the much anticipated operating system unveiled by Bill Gates in New York Thursday morning. Touted in dozens of events around the country, XP carries with it the hopes of both Microsoft Corp. and a beleaguered PC industr...

AOL 7.0 ships with broadband-friendly features

The world's leading Internet service company, AOL Time Warner Inc., is unleashing a new version of its America Online front-end to its 31 million members this week, beckoning with broadband-friendly features and many small improvements. AOL 7.0 arriv...

ZoneAlarm Pro update blasts ads, cookies

Zone Labs Inc. is tackling Internet irritations with a scheduled November update to its ZoneAlarm Pro firewall and computer security program, which the company says will block online ads, including pop-up and -down ads, and will prevent Web sites fro...

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