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Saturday, February 28, 2009

#80 NTegrity 2GB Biometric Thumbdrive

Slashdot It! The video review of the NTegrity 2GB Biometric Thumbdrive Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare

#79 ESportsNova SliderX Mouse

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Zune expands

Slashdot It! If you’re pressed for time, here’s the short version: * We are combining the Zune software team with the Connected TV organization (Windows Media Center, Mediaroom) to create a single group focused on creating software and services that enable great entertainment experiences across the PC, TV, mobile phones and Zune devices. * The Zune device hardware team joined the mobile communications business group to create a center of excellence in portable hardware. This will bring people who live and breathe hardware together. * The priority now is to focus on delivering against our current product roadmaps across each team in the new organization. That means new software, services and devices for Zune customers. In a nutshell, this is an extension of the way we’ve been taking the business for some time. We’ve said before the strategy for Zune is to provide a great entertainment experience across multiple screens and devices and this move will help us deliver that. We’re looking at how the powerful features of Zune can be combined with the work in the TV space to deliver a broader entertainment experience. As Enrique put it, “The goal is to make non-gaming entertainment a first-class citizen within Microsoft's business, that means building better software and gaining scale a little further out than just in Redmond." For our current customers, this internal, organizational adjustment won’t result in any changes. Like I said above we’re still committed to delivering the next wave of the Zune hardware, software and services – and we will do so this calendar year, so stay tuned. But now our charter is broader, and more exciting, and we can’t wait to take Zune to the next level for customers! Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare

Google Ends Its Project for Selling Radio Ads

Slashdot It! Google entered the radio advertising business with grand ambitions three years ago. On Thursday, those ambitions fizzled. Google said it was ending its radio project, Google Audio Ads, because it had failed to live up to expectations. Up to 40 people are expected to lose their jobs. It was the second time in two months that Google had killed a program meant to expand its advertising business offline, suggesting that the appeal of Google’s automated model for selling ads may be far more limited than the company once hoped. The company had planned to revolutionize the way radio ads were bought and sold. In 2006, Eric E. Schmidt, the chief executive, said he foresaw a day when Google would have more than 1,000 employees serving a thriving radio advertising business. “While we’ve devoted substantial resources to developing these products and learned a lot along the way, we haven’t had the impact we hoped for,” Susan Wojcicki, a vice president for product management, wrote on a blog announcing the end of Audio Ads. Ms. Wojcicki said Google would apply some of its radio advertising technologies to selling ads on online audio programs. She also said that Google would try to find jobs for most of the people involved in the radio ads program but that up to 40 people might be laid off. A Google spokesman declined to say how many people worked on the radio initiative. The announcement on Thursday also highlighted Google’s efforts to cut costs and focus on fewer, more promising projects as its core search advertising business has slowed sharply during the recession. Three weeks ago, Google ended its Print Ads program, which sold spots in newspapers. Only one of Google’s offline advertising initiatives survives — the more ambitious effort to sell TV ads. Ms. Wojcicki said Google would continue to invest in it. While Google has had middling success so far in TV advertising, analysts say, the company is not likely to give up on the effort quickly, because the market is so large and the initiative could help YouTube, Google’s video site. Google is selling a relatively limited number of ads on the Dish Network, some cable networks owned by NBC Universal and a small cable provider in Northern California. But Google has not reached deals with any of the major cable companies. “Clearly the TV industry isn’t queuing up to be helpful,” said Jeffrey Lindsay, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Company. Google Audio Ads had faced challenges since it began in 2006, when Google acquired dMarc Broadcasting, a radio advertising technology company. The next year, the dMarc founders left Google amid culture clashes and a chilly reception to Google in the radio industry. Many radio stations feared that Google would turn their advertising business into a commodity. Some refused to do business with Google, while others offered Google only small slivers of their air time. In April 2007, Clear Channel Radio, the largest radio station owner in America, agreed to let Google sell about 5 percent of its advertising space. The agreement included prime-time spots in major markets. Still, the program did not take off, as Google was not able to persuade a large number of its online advertisers to also advertise on radio. “With the exception of Clear Channel, this is an insignificant event for radio stations,” said David Bank, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Bank added that even for Clear Channel, the deal fell short of expectations. A Clear Channel spokeswoman said it was “disappointed that Google is ending the program.” Google paid $102 million in cash for dMarc, but the agreement included additional payments of up to $1.1 billion based on the radio ads initiative achieving certain performance targets. Google declined to say whether it had made any additional payments. Still, the company invested heavily in the Audio Ads program and hired several prominent radio ad sales employees. Google said it planned to sell the software that automates broadcast radio programming. Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare

Free upgrade to Windows 7

Slashdot It! Microsoft issued a draft of the Windows 7 Technical Guarantee Program to their OEM partners on December 10, giving them exactly one month to provide their feedback before Microsoft finalizes the program details. We managed to obtain a copy of the draft, which tentatively refers to the program as the "Windows 7 Upgrade Program". Let's take a look at the key points outlined in the draft. Interim Name The official name for the program has yet to be determined. Microsoft is using "Windows 7 Upgrade Program" as the place-holder for the Windows Vista to Windows 7 upgrade program, which was also known as the Windows 7 Technical Guarantee Program. Microsoft will announce the final program name at a later date. Overview Of The Windows 7 Upgrade Program The Windows 7 Upgrade Program is designed to assist Microsoft's OEM partners in minimizing the number of end users who may postpone acquiring a new computer because of the impending release of the Windows 7 operating system. This program allows OEMs to offer an upgrade to Windows 7 to end users who qualify. This is a consumer-oriented program targeted at individual consumers and small businesses that have purchased eligible PCs during the Program Eligibility Period. End users will have to meet these requirements to be deemed eligible for the upgrade to Windows 7 when it is released : * End users must purchase a new PC that is pre-installed with an eligible Windows Vista Operating System (OS), during the program eligibility window. * The PC must have a valid Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached. * The only Windows Vista® versions eligible for the program are : 1. Windows Vista® Home Premium 2. Windows Vista® Business 3. Windows Vista® Ultimate * Microsoft Windows Vista® Home Basic, Windows Vista® Starter Edition, and Windows® XP (all editions) are not qualifying products under the program. * The Program does not support multiple upgrades for medium, large, or enterprise customers. Customers that want to upgrade multiple PCs should use the appropriate Microsoft Volume Licensing program. See www.microsoft.com/licensing for more details. * The following are the only valid upgrade paths under the program : 1. Windows Vista® Home Premium -> Windows® 7 Home Premium 2. Windows Vista® Business -> Windows® 7 Professional 3. Windows Vista® Ultimate -> Windows® 7 Ultimate Do note that this is an optional program, so not all OEMs may choose to participate. OEMs that choose to participate in this upgrade program will have the freedom to determine how to best provide qualifying end users with the details. Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare

Business Resumes

With the current US recession reaching it's peak, it is time to look for a job before the news comes to your desk and says you are FIRED. It is better to be mentally prepared and always be ready to find a new job. If you do not have the website to find for a job instantly, then you better read this review as I am going to have a job website in recommendation. business resumes The website I am reviewing today is called businessworkforce.com. They are a nice bunch of people providing service of helping you to get a job easily. For example, they had helped close to 300,000 people since they started in 1997. They even write an resume for you for a flat fee of only $9.95. It is so cheap. Your applications get approved in a matter of seconds. This is crucial in this competitive job market.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fujitsu Siemens offers free laptop upgrades for life

Slashdot It! Fujitsu Siemens is offering its customers free laptop upgrades for life, with its Lifebook4Life scheme. Customers buying a Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook will be offered a free upgrade three years after their original purchase, and every subsequent three years for the rest of their life - as long as they purchase an extended three-year warranty. "Fujitsu Siemens Computer customers are entitled to a replacement Lifebook every three years for the purchaser's lifetime, at no cost," claims the terms and conditions of the scheme, which cunningly excludes customers from passing the contract on to their offspring in a will. Customers will have to hope that the UK manages to avoid high levels of inflation, though; the value of each new notebook cannot exceed the value of the previous one, adjusted 10% for inflation. A Fujitsu Siemens spokesperson assured PC Pro today that the scheme is a profitable venture, once the sale of future warranties and upgrades is taken into account. Only Fujitsu Siemens modifications are allowed, so upgrading with cheap third-party RAM is out of the question. Of course, the company is also banking on a certain number of customers failing ADVERTISEMENT to take advantage of the deal once their three years are up. If customers fail to register their notebook within 21 days of purchase, they lose out, and if the initial sales receipt is lost then they will not be able to claim a replacement notebook. If at any point a customer fails to take an upgrade, then they will also be ineligible for any future laptops. The company says it is still working on establishing the price of the three year warranty. The company is also launching another interesting scheme with its Esprimo range, offering a complete refund of the original sales price if the customer needs to send the notebook back to Fujitsu Siemens for any repairs. This offer is far from comprehensive, though, as it excludes case cracks, small numbers of dead pixels, broken keys, smashed screens, software issues, virus infections or failed batteries that are older than one year. Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare

AMD plans supercomputer with 1,000 GPUs

Slashdot It! Thanks to multi-core processors, GPGPU computing and innovations such as the Cell architecture and Creative’s Zii processor, parallel computing is starting to become much more mainstream. In fact, AMD now reckons that it can use over 1,000 Radeon HD 4870 GPUs to create a supercomputer capable of processing one petaflop. Not only that, but the power of the supercomputer will be available as an online powerhorse for everyone from gamers to 3D animators. AMD’s president, Dirk Meyer, revealed the plans for the supercomputer, called the Fusion Render Cloud, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The colossal machine will be powered by AMD Phenom II processors and 790 motherboard chipsets, along with over 1,000 Radeon HD 4870 GPUs. The company claims that one purpose of the system is to ‘deliver video games, PC applications and other graphically-intensive applications through the Internet “cloud” to virtually any type of mobile device with a web browser.’ The idea is that the Fusion Render Cloud will do all the hard work, so all you need is a machine capable of playing back the results, saving battery life and the need for ever greater processing power. AMD also says that the Fusion Render Cloud will ‘enable remote real-time rendering of film and visual effects graphics on an unprecedented scale.’ Meanwhile, game developers would be able to use the supercomputer to quickly develop games, and also ‘serve up virtual world games with unlimited photo-realistic detail.’ The supercomputer will be powered by OTOY’s software, which allows you to render 3D visuals in your browser via streaming, compressed online data. Meyer said that the supercomputer ‘is being designed to break the one petaFLOPS barrier, and to process a million compute threads across more than 1,000 graphics processors.’ According to Meyer, it will be ‘the fastest graphics supercomputer ever,’ and AMD plans to have it up and running before the second half of this year. Meyer revealed a number of interested parties during his speech, including people from Lucasfilm, EA, HP and Dell, who joined him on stage. Although the project is mainly aimed at mobile devices at the moment, it also shows the potential for online processing power. Is AMD on the right track here, and what would you use the supercomputer for if you had access to it? Let us know your thoughts. Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare

Sunlight illuminates LG’s latest notebook LCD

Slashdot It! Sunlight is usually something you want to avoid when working with a notebook outside. In the case of LG’s new 14.1” LCD, however, you actually want sunlight - and lots of it: The LCD is driven by sunlight, features an increased contrast ratio and can save up to 75% power over regular LCD panels. LG Display may have one of the more interesting LCD innovations at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, which will open its doors in early January. The company said it will demonstrate a new TFT LCD for notebooks that is specifically designed for outdoor use: The 14.1” panel is illuminated by sunlight instead of the standard backlight unit when used outside. What makes this panel special is the integration of selective reflection plates in existing backlight panels, which enable the switch from reflective mode in a high luminance setting (sunlight) to transmissive mode in a low luminance setting (indoors and at night). LG claims that the display achieves an outdoor contrast ratio that is up to four times higher than what regular LCDs can provide in a similar setting. The switch from sunlight to backlight mode is simply done “with the touch of a button”, LG said. Running a notebook LCD with the help of sunlight sharply cuts the power consumption of the most power hungry hardware in today’s notebooks as well. In sunlight mode, the display will use only 25% of the power used in backlight mode, LG promises. Since LCDs consume considerable amounts - typical 14.1” LCDs can consume somewhere between 50 and 70 watts – a power reduction of about 75% is significant. Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

#78 Seasonic LR4 Laser Presenter

Slashdot It! This presenter has the LCD display that is elevated and lights up when you use it. The presenter can also act as a mouse and the Alt Tab function can also be found on this presenter. Editor's Choice Rating|ChewOnTech Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare

#77 Sensonic Proview 7120 Webcam

Slashdot It! This webcam allows you to adjust the focus using the focus ring and also have the one snap button. It has an ultra long wire. Editor's Choice Rating|ChewOnTech Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare