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Stories by Lincoln Spector

  • Apple TV

    The diminutive 8-inch-square and 1-inch-high Apple TV works a like a charm and is a cinch to set up. Just plug everything in, note the five-digit code that it displays on the TV screen, and enter that number into iTunes on your computer. Things get a bit more complicated with Wi-Fi, but even here the Apple TV's setup is easier than most--if you stick to the established 802.11g standard. Interoperability issues between some current draft-n products forced me to use Apple's own AirPort Extreme Base Station to get the Apple TV to operate over an 802.11n network (it's the only 802.11n media streamer in the group reviewed here).

  • Longhorn looks good but is far from complete

    Microsoft released a developers' alpha version of Longhorn at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC). After playing with it for a few hours, I can tell you that Longhorn is far from complete, but what I saw looked great.

  • Iomega debuts versatile backup drive

    Iomega is releasing in the US this week a new all-around backup solution: It uses hard drive technology, but is packaged in removable cartridges so you can buy one drive yet swap media.

  • Extra-Suite virus and spam protection

    Like a small town in a Dashiell Hammett novel, the Internet can be a dirty and dangerous place. The biggest movers in the PC protection business, Symantec and Network Associates’ McAfee business unit, sell software to protect your computer from various online thugs. Now, both companies have updated their suites so that one installation routine delivers better antivirus programs, spam filters, and firewall protection.

  • Updated WinZip alters Zip format

    WinZip 9.0, from the market leader among file-compression utilities, has entered public beta with scheduled release later this year, bringing with it a new .zip format - which means some of its functions will not be compatible with earlier versions or other programs.

  • D-LinkAir family updated for 802.11a

    D-Link Systems has become the latest vendor to announce wireless network products supporting the 802.11a standard -- a name that might wrongly imply it is a predecessor. But this newer, faster and more powerful spec succeeds 802.11b, and is growing a selection of support products.