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Watchdog: November 2007

Our consumer advocate investigates flaming batteries, creative marketing, and Vista-only notebooks.

Fast Forward: Out-of-the-Box Experience

Since when is setting up an off-the-shelf system trickier than building your own? Since now, apparently.

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"Mailto:" and Other URI Threats May Target Everyone

Been patting yourself on the back for not using Adobe Acrobat or Reader with IE7 and Windows XP? Don't be too happy: URI-based threats may be lurking everywhere.

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Shadowrun

We were skeptical when Microsoft announced that Shadowrun would be the first game to support full cross-platform multiplay between PCs and Xbox 360s. Being staunch advocates of the keyboard and mouse in first-person shooters, we were worried that the developers at FASA would dumb down Shadowrun to even the playing field for our gamepad-wielding counterparts. Luckily, after several weeks of playing the game, we can report that it is not only fair and balanced for all players but also a truly innovative multiplayer experience that’s loads of fun.

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Halo 2 for Vista Review

I played a lot of Halo 2 on the Xbox. Every night for most of a year, I’d fire up the game with some buddies, lead off with a couple of swords-only rounds on Lockout, then jump into Coagulation or Zanzibar for some CTF or team deathmatch action. For that reason, I was looking forward to playing Halo 2 with the superior mouse/keyboard combination when it finally came to the PC.

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Time for a Multitouch Revolution

Here's where Microsoft and Apple need to step up their game.

It's TV! It's Internet! It Works!

Windows Media Center no longer needs a TV tuner to bring you TV. Should you tune in?

Next-gen Media Center Extenders to use 802.11n

New media-streaming devices from D-Link, Linksys, and Niveus make some mighty big promises.