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The Motion Picture Association of America has always claimed great financial, er, ruin based on illegal downloads, and even blamed as much as 44% of its losses on college students.  Now it turns out that number was just a wee overinflated.In a 2005 study it commissioned, the Motion Picture Association of America claimed that 44 percent... Read more...
Anytime Apple intros something, it takes down its store to update the site.  Naturally, Tuesday, being the day Apple is to announce its financial results, the store going down led to wild speculation. Yup, it's down again... on a Tuesday... just hours before they announce their quarterly financials. We've been hearing about new pink iPod... Read more...
ASUS Outlines Roll-out Plan for Windows Eee PCFremont, CA ( January 16 , 2008 ) – ASUS North American headquarters today confirmed the plan to offer channel-wide availability of the Microsoft W indows™ XP-based Eee PC.  The ASUS Eee PC defines a new category of computing device that offers an excellent Internet experience on-the-go... Read more...
Windows Mobile 7 is currently being developed by Microsoft.  As usual, there's one of three things available on the Internet about it:  One person inside Microsoft gives a fistful of information about products being worked on, for laughs, or for money, or because they're unhappy, or because they're thrilled about it. Or perhaps Microsoft... Read more...
It was announced so long ago, in 2006, that many have forgotten.  2008 is the year that Bill Gates steps down from his day-to-day role at Microsoft.The Microsoft co-founder is scheduled to end his day-to-day executive duties at the end of June, but he will remain chairman and he's expected to continue working on selected projects.Microsoft... Read more...
What good is a file server if you can't store files on it?  Uh, huh.  Microsoft has posted a Knowledge Base article, KB946676, which warns of file corruption issues with Windows Home Server. "When you use certain programs to edit files on a home computer that uses Windows Home Server, the files may become corrupted when you save... Read more...
Linux users might actually agree with this "false positive". On the other hand Microsoft breathes a sigh of relief, as for once the antivirus software in question is not Windows Live OneCare.The security company's systems had decided that a virus called Huhk-C was present in the explorer.exe file, leading to its confinement or, in some cases,... Read more...
The successor to Windows Vista, which is currently codenamed Windows 7, will apparently support multi-touch.  That's assuming that users have the proper hardware.  We're wondering if this will only be an option for some subsets of users as we know of numerous MMORPGers that have already reported a wave of destroyed monitors in the... Read more...
Opera software doesn't think it can compete with Microsoft in the European Union, and has filed an anti-trust suit with the European Commission. The EU has shown a willingness to listen to complaints about Microsoft in the past, levying an enormous fine and demanding Microsoft unbundle utilities like media players from their Windows Operating... Read more...
Why do I say "sneaks out?" Because while Microsoft was pretty open about Windows Vista SP1 RC1 releasing to the public this week, as well as Office 2007 SP1, it was tight-lipped about Windows XP SP3 RC1. Why not? After all Forrester Research has noted that XP remains Vista's biggest rival.Microsoft has begun making a near-final Release Candidate... Read more...
It's here.  Now the question is, can we toggle the Ribbon off?As promised, Microsoft has released SP1 for Office 2007 today, available on their Office download site. At the same time, Microsoft has released SP1 for Visio 2007 and Project 2007.The Office 2007 SP1 link, which was dead until just a few minutes ago, is now live, and is here.... Read more...
The US Postal service has allegedly delivered an ultimatum to Netflix: Change your envelopes or pay $0.17 a piece.  While 17 pennies doesn't seem like a lot on the surface, that could impact their operating income/customer by as much as a reported 67%!“Not surprisingly, it sounds as if Netflix will bite the bullet and redesign the problematic... Read more...
Microsoft has decided that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) deal is just too big to not develop a custom version of their Windows OS for.  Currently the OLPC laptops are Linux powered, and its a safe bet that Microsoft isn't exactly thrilled about that.  This move by the Redmond giant also fits in well with their effort to attract... Read more...
Although we know Windows XP SP3 isn't going to be feature-laden, it does offer, according to tests, a noticeable speed increase. And on Monday Microsoft increased the beta coverage of SP3 by making it available to MSDN and Technet subscribers.Microsoft late Monday expanded its beta test of Windows XP Service Pack 3 to subscribers of its MSDN... Read more...
Last week testers reported that Windows Vista SP1, at least in Release Candidate (RC) form, is still somewhat of a slowpoke.  Those same testers have run their suite against Windows XP SP3, and the results are quite different.Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), the update scheduled to release next year, runs Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite... Read more...
Yes, we realize it's just a roll-up of fixes for the most part, but without the Autopatcher project, we really need a new baseline for system builds.Around 15,000 testers now have access to XP SP3, and Microsoft says it plans one last public beta release before releasing the final bits next year. The same individuals are testing Vista SP1... Read more...
The question is, are virus writers rejoicing?The service's main new feature is the OneCare Circle, which links PCs together over a wireless connection to make them manageable from a single place. OneCare Circle allows, for example, a parent to see that a child has disabled the firewall on his or her PC and to turn it back on. It also helps... Read more...
It's a sad day for the people of Limavady, a city in Ireland's County Derry, especially for the hundreds of local Seagate employees are that are going to be looking for new jobs once Seagate closes their facility in Limavady.Company spokesperson Woody Monroy didn't mention if any of the employees will be transferred to other locations such... Read more...
Just a heads-up to you all on a rainy New England weekend.  Here's something to pass the time for you, while the rest of us slave and toil over new hardware here in the lab.  It's work here people; no fun and games!  New Graphics Cards, CPUs and tiny Notebooks on the bench - oh my...  In any event, the new Crysis SP demo... Read more...
This is interesting, especially since Bill Gates mocked the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation's XO-1 when the idea was first presented.The world's largest software company is now working to adapt a basic version of Windows XP so it is compatible with the non-profit One Laptop per Child Foundation's small green- and-white XO laptop."We're... Read more...
Don't bother to try this on your iPhone as it's tied to iTunes (naturally), but for other phones, AT&T has announced the  Napster Mobile via AT&T Mobile Music service.  Starting in mid-November customers will be able to browse 5 millions songs in the Napster catalog and download them directly to their phones.Songs will cost... Read more...
Well, if you can hold out for three years, maybe you can skip Windows Vista altogether. Windows 7 is due out in 2010 (snicker). Microsoft is working on a stripped down operating system kernel they're calling MinWin as part of it, aimed at being small enough to work on the exploding number of devices that can run an OS; but geez, not that OS."A... Read more...
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