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5 movies starring computers

Computers are all over movies these days, from the ones behind the scenes that create gosh-wow special effects to the ones on screen that are the constant targets of ridiculously good-looking hackers. What's rare is finding movies where computers and...

Five groovy sites for free music downloads

Short of "free food" and "free beer," "free music" is one of the sweetest phrases you can hear. But getting tunes gratis doesn't have to mean ending up on the RIAA's Most Wanted list. These five sites will let you easily fatten up your music collecti...

The top 15 vaporware products of all time

The tech industry has had more than its fair share of products that infamously failed to take off. Some fit the classic definition of vaporware, and were all hype and no substance. A few were simply too far ahead of their time. And others were merely...

Five videos you won't see on YouTube

Tired of the YouTubescene? I am. It's a pain when the copyright-infringing video everyone's talking about disappears before you can catch it. And the site's 10-minute limit on videos doesn't do much for those of us with longer attention spans--or who...

Beatles Music Inching Ever Closer to iTunes

It's been almost two years since we first reported that the Beatles were digitally remastering their music catalogue in anticipation of making it available on iTunes and other digital music services.

Japanese embrace cell-phone novels

Here's why futurists look to Japan: while we just got around to finding someone willing to write a book on a cell phone, in Japan people have been reading books on cell phones for years.

Sony, iPod make beautiful music together

Sony <a href="http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/home-entertainment/sony-introduces-a-pair-o-docks-for-ipod-279697.php">unveiled</a> a pair of iPod devices Thursday: the ICF-C1iP and the ZS-S2iP, a clock radio and boom box, respectively.

The top 15 wackiest USB devices

When the USB format was introduced just over 11 years ago, the creators envisioned it as a way to liberate computer users by making it easy for them to attach devices to PCs without opening the case, fiddling with arcane settings, or dealing with a m...

Food and tech meet at uWink

When I got my first computer, its manual stated in bold type that it was a bad idea to eat or drink near it -- something I can't forget because, like most people, I spent the intervening 20+ years cheerfully ignoring that mandate, from my morning hot...

You'll never again be at a loss for words

Franklin Electronic Publishers, long known for their electronic reference products, and Merriam-Webster, long known for their largely paper-based reference products, have teamed up to create the MWD-170, aka the Merriam-Webster USB Dictionary & Thesa...

Say cheese for this mouse camera

I love the idea of giving kids cameras to play with, but I'm always nervous handing over something I spent hundreds of dollars on to creatures who usually need their toys built with extra layers of resilient plastic. So I'm quite pleased, with some r...

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