Archive for July, 2007

Green group slams Australian mobile phone industry recycling efforts

July 31, 2007

Green group slams Australian mobile phone industry recycling effortsThe Mobile Muster mobile phone recycling scheme in Australia has been slammed by the Total Environment Centre (TEC), who said the industry-run voluntary recycling program is ‘pathetic’, having failed to boost recycling recovery rate beyond 3%.

Why doing business in Second Life is high risk, low return

July 31, 2007

Why doing business in Second Life is high risk, low return Up until last week Englishman Anthony Smith was an upcoming online casino mogul. He’d spent almost $US4000 and thousands of hours setting up “Casino World” on Second Life, and all revenues generated by his online casino were being reinvested back into his business.

Microsoft to release free, ad-supported applications

July 31, 2007

Microsoft to release free, ad-supported applications Microsoft’s vice president, Satya Nadella, in an interview with Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet, may have slipped some information about Microsoft Works 9.0. The new version is said to be free, funded by advertisements.

Acer disses Ubuntu in the UK

July 31, 2007

Acer disses Ubuntu in the UKThe recent corporate buzz over whether to offer Linux-based machines or not has raised quite an uproar in the open-source community; now you can tack on another turncoat to the list.  Acer has officially announced it will not be releasing Linux-based machines…at least in the UK, because there is “no demand” for it.

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 leaked?

July 30, 2007

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 leaked? Beta testers have recently gotten their hands dirty with two Windows Vista update packs, and they have Microsoft to thank. Now we have the testers to thank for leaking the the update packs to the public.

U.S. or Japanese porn? Who will win the HD format war?

July 30, 2007

U.S. or Japanese porn? Who will win the format war? Just when you thought it was safe to buy an HD DVD player, the Japanese porn industry decides to go exclusive Blu-ray, leaving the real winner of the format war to ultimately be determined by which adult movies, U.S. or Japanese, raises more … eyebrows.

Acer boss: entire industry disappointed by Vista

July 30, 2007

Acer boss: entire industry disappointed by Vista Windows Vista has been slammed by the president of PC manufacturer Acer, Gianfranco Lanci (pictured), who said Microsoft’s new operating system is a massive disappointment, having failed to boost PC sales.

MySpace sends music piracy to all-time high

July 30, 2007

MySpace sends music piracy to all-time highMany believe (foolishly) that large social networking site MySpace, which allows users and artists to play their favorite songs on their pages, keeps users from downloading what they can go to MySpace and hear. Not so; in fact a recent survey by Entertainment Media Research revealed that nearly half of all social networking site users partake in illegal downloading of music.

Google continues attempts to invade the mobile market

July 29, 2007

Google continues attempts to invade the mobile market With the FCC not immediately jumping on the proposal laid out by Google for open networking, the super search engine has approached Sprint for an attempt at spreading to the mobile market.

Comcast subscribers lose right to sue

July 29, 2007

Comcast subscribers lose right to sue If you are a Comcast cable subscriber and are living in Montgomery county, MD then you may be giving up some of your rights as a consumer to a giant telco.  You might want to read your July bill just a little closer this time.

Microsoft: Zune brand will be "broadened"

July 29, 2007

Microsoft: Zune brand will be The Zune brand will be “broadened” so it appeals to a more mainstream market, according to Microsoft’s Robbie Bach, President, Entertainment and Devices Division.

HD-DVD not throwing in the towel quite yet

July 28, 2007

HD-DVD not throwing in the towel quite yet Despite numerous reports of how HD-DVD is suffering defeats in the format war, some of those claims are proving false, and the format is preparing for a whole new offensive to gain newly recruited supporters.

YouTube developing system to end copyright infringing

July 28, 2007

YouTube developing system to end copyright infringingTo avoid the dangers of any and all lawsuits, YouTube is working to develop software that will aim to end copyright infringing once and for all on the popular video sharing site. Google, YouTube’s parent company, hopes to have the system up and running by September.

Wikipedia founder plans search engine to rival nothing

July 28, 2007

Wikipedia founder plans search engine to rival nothing Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, has been going on and on about plans for his new search engine, Wikia Search, for nearly a year; we were pretty excited when we first heard the news about the formerly named Wikiasari search engine. But Wikiasari is long out the window, and has been under development for so long that Mr. Wales seems to have forgot what the search engine was supposed to be all about – the people.

BJ’s Wholesale Club to ditch HD DVD, chooses Blu-ray

July 27, 2007

BJ's Wholesale Club to ditch HD DVD, chooses Blu-rayAfter winning over Target and Blockbuster stores, Blu-ray gains another ally: BJ’s Wholesale Club. With only one studio behind HD DVD exlusively and no big-name retail exclusives, HD DVD may see its demise in the coming months as predicted by Sony’s Peter Dille.

BBC locks some online content to Microsoft Windows

July 27, 2007

BBC locks some online content to Microsoft Windows The BBC has launched a new version of the iPlayer which is now tied to Microsoft Windows.  This means that you must be running a supported version of Windows in order to view certain online content.

iPhone: kissing the laptop and desktop goodbye

July 27, 2007

iPhone: kissing the laptop and desktop goodbyeIt is clear at this point that Apple’s iPhone has truly paved the way towards a new era in smartphone technology, but is the iPhone’s potential relatively untapped?  Could ultra-portable computing solutions make desktops and even laptops obsolete?


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