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Nokia announced today that it has started shipments of the Nokia N72, the sleek and stylish multimedia computer.
Moving a step ahead Ask.com has added a Blogs and Feed tab to its Internet search tools menu and to more thoroughly integrate its search engine with its online news aggregation site, Bloglines.
“The other guys are taking their eyes off the ball,” says Daniel Read, Ask.com’s VP of consumer products and user experience, referring to efforts by the major search engines to promote services unrelated to search. “We believe what we’ve come up with is truly industry leading search.”
“The reason we’re getting into blog search,” says Read, “is it’s the fastest growing content type on the Web.”
Ask Blog & Feed Search lets users query three distinct categories: blog posts, RSS feeds, and a selection of around 7,000 news sources. It allows queries to be sorted using additional criteria including date, popularity, or a combination of the two. This can be particularly useful for locating recent blog posts.
At the same time, Ask is adding features that may help drive more traffic to blogs. The addition of "Subscribe" and "Post To" links to Ask's search results page should encourage searchers to sign up for more RSS feeds and to contribute more links to news aggregation services like Bloglines, Digg, and Newsvine.
There's also a new list of top Blog & Feeds queries in the past hour, for those who have to know what other bloggers have on their minds.
VoIP company Skype managed to strike a deal with the top PC maker, Dell, that will see the PC manufacturer ship Skype software with a range of new laptops. The announcement comes as Dell unveils a new range of performance laptops carrying the XPS tag.
Best Buy which already started carrying Mac Mini's and iPods has started to promote and sell other Apple products such as the Intel-based Macs.
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Best Buy started carrying Mac Mini's last year in its retail outlets in order to promote Apple products.
News.com has posted a photo gallery of a Best Buy store that is stocking and prominantly displaying Apple's complete lineup.
While the DS Lite has been on sale in Japan for a while now, officially, us poor saps living in North America were told to wait until June 11th before we could get our hands on the smaller package with a brighter screen.
However, it seems that a few big box stores have ignored Nintendo's requests and have already started selling the DS Lite. According to several reports, you can waltz into certain Target and Walmart stores TODAY and grab the diet-sized, "touching is good" machine. A few comments on the Joystiq site have confirmed this rumour. Cries of joy have been heard 'round the country.
If you thought you heard someone scream out "Crikey!" from a distance, that might have been some of our Australian readers jumping up and down, because the DS Lite has been spotted for sale down under as well.
The folks over at Yahoo! Research have developed an interesting visual depiction of flickr’s growth.
Yahoo! has unveiled a newer Yahoo! Video, an upgrade from their previous version named “Yahoo Video Search”. It offers a mix of new features such as -
Now, I'm all for devices such as this, and I'm all for companies coming up with uses for AMD's chips, interconnect technology, and even its suggestion. What I don't get is this big push by Intel (with its VIIV) and AMD (with its LIVE) into this cross-product attempt. Why is it that AMD and Intel are doing this? I mean, the AMD press release reads like a "What's What" of how system designers should do a particular thing, regardless of what the consumers might actually want or be given a choice of having.
Read more in AMD's Press Release.
Virgin Mobile USA is announcing a program called SugarMama that will enable people to earn minutes of talking time by watching 30 seconds of commercials on a computer. Customers may opt to receive text messages on their phones instead of watching ads on the computer, and they will have to answer a set of questions to prove that they paid attention to these ads.
Instructables a site that provides you with step by step instructions on DIY projects has another interesting project. This time they have come up with a way of making your own small USB charger.
This Maxtor One Touch III Turbo Edition is the latest creation from Maxtor and an addition to the family of One Touch series of external hard drives. This 1 TB drive is specifically made for hard core video editors and graphic designers who have to work with large amounts of data. This hard drive includes FireWire 800,400 (b, a respectively) connectivity and USB 2.0. It supports RAID0 and RAID1 for performance or security according to the need of the user. It has two ATA physical drives inside the box and an external power adapter.
Microsoft and LG-Nortel, a joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel, have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for broad range collaboration in Voice over IP (VoIP), including WinCE-based IP terminals and the new WinCE 6 videophone. WinCE 6, code-named "Yamazaki", is Microsoft's new integrated embedded development environment for the next generation of smart devices.
What do you get when you combine America's top mapping company with the world's second largest cell phone manufacturer? Well, we're going to find out soon enough because Rand McNally has partnered up with Motorola to produce a GPS navigation system to be run on compatible handsets from the big M.
In light of the ever increasing iPod thefts that have taken place on subways, the New York City police department has launched a new program where you can register and track your iPod. The New York Daily News reports: “Under the iPod etching program, cops are using invisible ink to mark the mini-music machines—as well as cell phones, BlackBerries and other electronic devices—so they can return lost or stolen items to their rightful owners and connect with potential prosecution witnesses.” The NYPD police are offering this free service at various Transit Bureau offices, and have set up table through out the entire subway system where devices can be marked. About 2100 iPods were registered during last three month.
Some of ther other things that were mentioned were -
The price for this Mac Desktop has been set for $99.95 and it will be available during the summer.
I've gotten pretty used to talking about 3G this and 3G that when it comes to cell phones. Heck, it seems like nearly every handset coming out of Korea or Japan is sporting some form of high-speed data, especially considering the proliferation of multimedia phones and the apparent appeal of video telephony.
For most of us Techies "Google" is heaven, a place where we would like to see ourselves working someday. Google a company that offer so much to their employees in terms of benefits like - Company stock, the ability to work on your personal projects by spending 20% from your work time, also offering free luncheons, drinks etc. However there are a lot of people who think Google is not the place for them. Here is a look at how it is to interview with the software giant. Peter Abilla was contacted for a position in Google's print team. After two days of grueling interviews--11 in all, and with free Google goodies--and a couple of weeks' looking forward to a good offer, Peter had to decline as the offer wasn't what he had expected.
All this makes me realize no matter where you work, there is always someone who is dissatisfied.
Apple has decided to shake things up among the tech enthusiasts, one of the latest rumors that has been spreading around the blogosphere is the fact Apple is hiring gaming developers to come up with exclusive videogames which will provide unrivaled fodder to the entire gaming freaks world over. However the most surprising development is that according to the rumor, it’s the Apple iTunes department which is working overtime. So does that mean that we will most likely see an iPod with gaming capabilities? Lets keep our fingers cross guys!
These are just some of the software applications that can be used to save your contact lists, however there are several other ways of doing it as well.
[via: Yahoo's Tech Advisor: Gina Hughes]
Some of her noteworthy achievements were -
More information will be provided as it is available.
Earthlink managed to land another municipal Wi-Fi contract; this time the city of New Orleans passed an ordinance allowing the company to move forward with a plan to build a Wi-Fi broadband network in the city. The service will be available to residents, businesses, and visitors.
Earthlink's Wi-Fi network will be offered in two tiers--paid and free. A free version of the network will be offered at speeds of up to 300kbps, for a limited time without advertising, while the city rebuilds. A 1 mbps paid solution will also be available.
New Orleans is yet another addition to a growing portfolio of cities for which Earthlink has won contracts to build Wi-Fi networks. Other cities that have previously awarded Earthlink Wi-Fi contracts include Milpitas, California, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The New Orleans contract is a great opportunity for Earthlink to show how a Wi-Fi network can be used to help bring back from utter devastation a city such as New Orleans.
Read more from the Earthlink press release.
It seems that last week must have been the time for partnerships.
The announcement of a strategic partnership between eBay and Yahoo! is significant. An agreement revealed last week by Google's CEO on Thursday may be even bigger.
Under a new agreement with Dell, Google software will be pre-loaded on Dell computers. The software includes Google Desktop and Google Toolbar. All computers would also be set to load a co-branded Dell and Google home page upon launching Internet Explorer.
Vaja has unveiled a new line of its iVod cases in colors matching the countries/teams competing in this years World Cup soccer tournament. Like the previous iPod cases the World Cup iPod case will include a screen protector, a click wheel protector, and easy access to all controls and ports. These World Cup cases are priced at $90 each.
Source: Trying Not to Offend
AllYouCanUpload a free image hosting service provided by cnet a one stop place for all your images. This site lets you upload images which can be used for your blog posts, MySpace pages, as well as eBay auctions without running into any problems.
The best part about this site is that you do not have to register in order to use this site and upload images. All you have to do is just upload your images, you are provided with various codes so you can place your photos on other pages. The only way to recover the images uploaded with allyoucanupload.webshots.com is to save that code.
Nothing can beat a free service, what makes it even better is the fact one does not have to register.
Bill Gates has weighed in on the Playstation 3 motion sensing controller debate saying that it is "not mainstream for most games."
Speaking in an interview with MTV News, Gates said that while there is room for development in this area, "It's tough because sometimes you move the controller, and you don't [mean] to fly into the ground. You just want to put the controller down... People aren't that good at totally standing still. Even pilots actually sit in a chair when they do their flying. So there's a lot to be learned about these controllers."
He also said that Microsoft had previously released a controller for the PC based on the same technology, the Sidewinder Freestyle Pro, which did not do very well.
ExtremeTech is reporting that Microsoft confirmed that there is a Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 SKU in the works. A company spokeswoman made the following statement when more information was asked about Office Ultimate: “Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 will be a new package offered in retail and OEM channels at general availability. It will give people working at home access to the full line-up of 2007 Microsoft Office applications so they can create, find, manage and share information across boundaries using the toolset they’re familiar with at the office.”
Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 SKU source
Another day, another Samsung handset that will likely never see the light of day this side of the Pacific. The all-new SCH-B490 is the latest offering from our friends in Korea. The twisting and flipping clamshell packs in a long-list of features that could easily be the envy of most other handsets on the market, including an incredible 3.2 megapixel camera that allows users to combine photos taken by the phone.
This EV-DO ready mobile phone also comes with an integrated DMB tuner for all your mobile entertainment needs, in addition to internal stereo speakers (what's great video without great sound, right?) and a vibrant QVGA screen that can be rotated to face both up or down. With 67MB of flash memory on board, you'll have some space for your tunes, vids, pics, and what-have-you, but more likely than not, you'll be finding lots of use for that microSD expansion slot.Now if only we could convince Samsung to produce more of this stuff for us lowly North Americans.
WikiMapia, a Google Maps mashup site which enables users to find various interesting locations and gives them the ability to tag these locations for others to see, you can also tag locations for your own city. This site is like a reference guide where you can find the location information for a particular place. No need to look at paper maps anymore, you don't even have to take a trip to your local AAA office to get a reference book. Just go to WikiMapia and get all the location information you need about a particular place.
PC Mag a site that provides us with product reviews, in depth analysis on products that can helps us save time and increase productivity at work. However there are some products that were just blunders, and should have been left alone without being created. PC Mag has compiled a list of the 25 worst TECH products that hit the market.
Don't stop here, there are still 15 more to go.
They also have a section for "Honorable Mention", I wonder who made it on that list.
If you are a Mac owner you might want to read this -
There are 8 other ways, do get the complete Mac down -
The Traveling Forever blog has an article which explains on how to get rid of your laptop when planning a long distance trip; they provide a solution on carrying a USB flash drive which will solve your problems.
All the options provided in this article are good ones, however I would be a little iffy when it comes to security as I have to plug my USB key in one of the computers in a coffee chain in order to access my e-mail. On the other hand if I wanted to avoid the burden of brining a laptop this would be the way to go.
How do you travel? Do you take your laptop with you or do you load all the apps into your USB key?
Does your county or state ban cell phones while driving? And do people actually follow the law?
The Xbox 360 dashboard has been confirmed one way or the other, with articles on the MS Knowledge Base appearing, only to be later taken down. However yesterday the Xbox marketing team also confirmed it was coming.
Originally planned for May 23, the update will have the sought after background downloading feature. The Xbox marketing representative said gamers should look out for more information in the coming week.
Here is the important part from the KB article:
This article describes the Active Download feature that is available in the Xbox Live Marketplace. With the spring auto-update of the Xbox Live service scheduled for May 23, 2006, you will have access to the Active Download feature in the Xbox Live Marketplace.With an active downloads list, you receive the following benefits:
A Windows only utility that allows you to send commands using your Gmail account which can be used to open applications, web pages, and to shut down your computer.
Gmail Remote Command [gianniamato.it]
PC Magazine a place where you can find in-depth reviews and previews of the latest hardware and software for the information technology professional has been able to get their hands on the latest smart phone creation by Motorola named the "Q". They have already done the work and have posted an in depth review on their site giving the phone an A+ for its sleek design, e-mail and web surfing capabilities, and the ability it has that it can be used with one hand. Moreover the review congratulates Motorola Q on its voice quality giving it the best Verizon phone they have tested. It also got props for its ability to transfer music via bluetooth.
Motorola Q [PCMag.com]
On Thursday Divx announced that they have unveiled a Divx version for Max 6.5, This will be a digital video player and converter. This has been geared towards Mac enthusiasts as it has a Mac feel, and is designed as a simple, easy to use, drag and drop application. Additionally you will be able to convert videos into Divx format, which will enable you to play them on thousands of DVD players.
This would be the first time Divx has officially released a Mac version of their application. Darrius Thompson, a DivX executive, says, "The new player is elegant and very easy to use, while at the same time offering the kind of high-quality, cinematic experience that Mac users expect from video products." DivX for Mac 6.5 is available for free download now from DivX's website, or you can buy the Pro version for $19.99.
[via: I4U News]
While there is still speculation on the official pricing and release date of Nintendo's Wii, the company is now at least letting us know the most its next-gen console will be priced at. In a recent announcement Nintendo made it clear that the Wii would not be sold in Japan for more than 25,000 yen. Doing a little bit of currency exchange calculation, that breaks down to US$223.17.
It would stand reason then that the Wii would not go for anything more than $250 when the console officially launches in North America.Once there's official news of the Nintendo release dates and pricing we will pass those along.
Read more at IGN.
Web browsing management can be a daunting task for a parent or for a company. You always want your child or your employees to adhere to the rules of browsing and not to surf off to a restricted site. However in the real world that’s not the case, children surf to sites that they are not supposed to and so do employees even though they know they are at work. WikiHow has come up with a tool that will allow you to control their browsing content, it's very easy to setup.
Here is what you have to do, with the use of a simple control tool included free with Windows: Content Advisor you can control the surfing content of your children and your employees.
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SCPL, Motorola's newest phone which it plans on unveiling in 2007 is Motorola latest creations. Details’ regarding this phone is scare; however this phone will be thinner than RAZR. Moreover Motorola has included 5 new features in its new line of cell phones apart from being the slimmest phones. What would those features be - A MP3 player, 3G connections are just some predictions. It will be interesting to see Samsung and LG's reactions to this.
Now days a lot of companies are depending on geeks to run and manage their IT network on a daily basis. Geeks feel proud that they have the knowledge and the ability to handle various types of networking, software, and various types of other technical related issues that they come across on a daily basis. It’s not easy being a geek; one has to train continuously to keep his/her skill set up to date. Just like this article says "Happy geeks are effective geeks".
However in a company the IT geek and their manager sometimes don’t have the best relation. "The fact is that IT people hate bad management and have even less tolerance for it than most other kinds of employees." What is the problem, can't geeks and managers work well together.
Alexander Kjerulf from Positive Sharing has some pointed out some mistakes managers make when leading geeks.
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While on way to extend the life of any given electronic device is to throw out an extra peripheral, a software update, or some added functionality to the mix (how many RAZRs are on the market these days?), another way to get a few new customers on board is to add a little color.
The HTC Wizard was quite a device and is readily available from U.S. carriers in slightly different configurations. The next upgrade to this form factor has just been revealed on Mobility Site, and it looks to be a combination of the i-mate Jas Jar and i-mate K-JAM. Called the Jas Jam, it's the i-mate version of the HTC Hermes, and it's a device I definitely need to check out when it is released.
Specs include Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition, a 300MHz processor, 2.1-megapixel camera, 128 MB ROM/64 MB RAM, 1350 mAh battery, GSM/GPRS/UMTS/HSDPA radios (I don't see EDGE), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, and a Secure Digital slot. It has the slide-out keyboard like the HTC Wizard, and rumors are that it may also have a VGA display. I like the use of standard SD and am surprised a bit since all the latest devices seem to use miniSD.
Microsoft Corp has a cool new services out for Map lovers…Windows Live Local, Virtual Earth map control and Windows Live Local Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook. I did a search for Fanling in Hong Kong the search took some time, however when I searched for Seattle, WA the results came up really quick.
Also being released today is Windows Live Local Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook. This add-in introduces Windows Live Local mapping capabilities to the Outlook Calendar, enabling Outlook users to find and print maps and directions to meeting locations from within Outlook.
If Satan had a cell phone, you know that the number would be 666-6666. Well, if he wants that number he had better budget at least $2.8 million. That's what someone paid for the number at an auction in Qatar on Monday. It probably goes without saying, but that makes it the most expensive phone number in the world. It should also be noted that the auction was for charity, so someone didn't just spend that kind of money because they thought they needed the number.
The auction started at about $280,000, but eight active bidders quickly drove it into the stratosphere. The price easily eclipsed the previous record price of $500,000. That price was paid by Sichuan Airlines for the Chinese number 8888-8888. In Cantonese, the words for eight and rich are very similar.
Though we generally equate 666 with the devil, it has a different meaning in Qatar. It is apparently equated with the Arabic word ellah, meaning God.
Ever so often you would have come across a scenario when you are sitting in front of your computer, and surfing through various sites when a nasty little advertisement comes on and no matter how many times you close it, it still keeps coming back. Here is another situation when you set your IE homepage to a specific page and later you find that it has been set to something else. Well there is nothing wrong with your PC, however there are nasty program that have gotten their way into your PC called ad-aware or spyware. Don't worry it's very easy to get rid of these programs.
According to MacRumors.com Dell has announced that it plans on opening two new retail stores later towards the end of this year. Dell who has been very successful in mail order delivery has taken a different approach to selling computers.
MSN Money has a learning article on how to become your own boss. It's mostly geared towards the younger entrepreneurs and many of the tips go in hand with that, providing the young audience with sound advice.
And a lot of other exciting information.