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Horizon highlights: Rethinking the basics

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Our regular roundup of sci-tech stories from across the Web includes: Professor Pogue teaches some tech basics, five Web 2.0 services that are actually worth your time, and could special lightbulbs replace Wi-Fi hubs? Let’s kick it off:

Showdown: BlackBerry Storm vs. iPhone 3G
"After teasing us with videos and a vague web site, Research in Motion has finally decided to come out of the closet with full details on its touchscreen handset, the BlackBerry Storm. Everybody knows that 'touchscreen' is code for 'iPhone competitor.' So we've compiled a chart comparing the two handsets' specifications. You'll be entertained to see that in terms of hardware, the Storm is much more competitive with the iPhone than the underwhelming T-Mobile G1." [via Wired]

What works: Five Web 2.0 products I still use
"On most days, I put my hands on two to five new Web 2.0 products. I write up some of them, but pretty much forget about all of them by the time I wake up the next day. A few things do stick with me, though. Here's a list of products I am actually still using, weeks or months after the initial review." [via Webware]

The Basics: Tech tips for the basic computer user
"I’m sure the basics could fill a book, but here are a few to get you started. All of these are things that certain friends, family, or coworkers, over the years, did *not* know. Clip, save, and pass along to … well, you know who they are." [via Pogue's Posts]


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