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Benchmarking Firefox 3.5

Benchmarking Firefox 3.5 Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: How does the latest release of Mozilla's browser compare to the rest? Firefox 3.5 is fast, all right, but not fast enough to beat Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari.

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Desktops aren't dead (yet)

Desktops aren't dead (yet) John Morris: Laptops have long since overtaken their desk- bound brethren in terms of revenues, and more recently unit sales. But desktops still represented 47 percent of all PC sales worldwide. They're still big business.

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Cisco CEO: 'Video is the killer app'

Cisco CEO: 'Video is the killer app' Larry Dignan: At Cisco Live in San Francisco, CEO John Chambers talks about the key technologies he envisions growing the Internet of the future. Chambers discusses video as an important part of the company's strategy, enabling better collaboration technologies such as Cisco's TelePresence.

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The year's 10 most popular galleries - so far

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Failing with online backup

Failing with online backup Michael Krigsman: Seeking to back up 350GB in safe, reliable, off-site storage, I tried Carbonite and Mozy, two of the most respected names in the offline backup market. Both products failed miserably to achieve my goals, each one in a perversely different way.

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Toybox Ten: 10 full-featured laptops for less than $750

Toybox Ten: 10 full-featured laptops for less than $750 Andrew Nusca: Prices for notebooks are lower than ever before, yet a dizzying amount of options -- netbooks notwithstanding -- are available for your next machine. Which laptop will give you enough bang-for-your-buck? Here are 10 fully-featured systems under $750.

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Gateway NV series offers dual-core, 320GB HDD, 4GB RAM; $499
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