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Technology News Archive - July 11, 2005

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Television and music-publishing issues will take up some of the Senate's attention this week as lawmakers plan to examine digital TV, funding for public broadcasting and music licensing on the Internet.

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If Apple Computer podcasts, they will come. Or so it seems after the company added support for the new broadcasting technology to its latest version of iTunes.

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In the hours leading up to the TV broadcast of Live 8, AOL senior VP of programing Bill Wilson watched from his desk in New York as the number of visitors to his site's concert coverage grew. An estimated 1 billion people tuned in via one media or another, but it was digital broadcasts that achieved landmark moments.

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Cellular phone service has been shut off in four busy New York commuter tunnels since last week's deadly blasts in London, officials said on Monday.

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Germany's Siemens has joined forces with an Airbus joint venture to develop technology that will make ordinary mobile-phone calls possible for passengers in flight by 2006, the companies said on Monday.

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Consumers will soon be able to recognize Web sites specially designed for use by mobile phones by the new ".mobi" suffix, which will be introduced alongside the popular ".com" and other top-level domain names.

Vinyl records, left for dead when music fans switched to newer formats, are enjoying a revival in Britain as rock fans dust off their turntables.

Q. I need your help. I am new to the computer and I lost the printer icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. How do I re- create it? I used it to check my ink supply.

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Online auctioneer eBay Inc. said on Monday it expects its China transaction volume to jump 30 percent or more in 2005, amid an aggressive expansion including a local launch of its PayPal online payment service.

Jul. 10--Grocery bargain hunters no longer have to spend hours hunting through circulars to see who has the best price this week on Pampers or Diet Coke. A couple of websites have reduced the comparison shopping to a few clicks of the mouse.

Word of the Day
donative
  • A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present; a dole.
The word 'donative' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to give'.
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