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Tue
11
Mar
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Jobs Fed Up with Flash

Steve Jobs is not a fan and is actively encouraging the computer industry to abandon Flash in favor of open source standards that can do the same job. Jobs' reluctance to use Flash became apparent last week in a conference call with shareholders, ... when he said that Flash Lite, the version for mobile phones, was "not capable of being used with the web" and therefore would not be showing up on the iPhone. (Source: betanews.com ) There are a multitude of invisible applications and codes buzzing around your computer when you visit the web. Some of the most popular include Java, JavaScript (no ... (view more)

Fri
07
Dec
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What Crap Did We Search for This Year?

So, who is it that we can't get enough of while surfing the worldwide web? Whose life, what toys, and which topics pique our interests the most? It's no surprise that Americans are obsessed with celebrity and celebrities. That's why it may not be ... particularly shocking to hear that 2007's most searched term was none other than 'Britney Spears', the blonde Louisianan who went from dorm room poster queen to bearing the brunt of international snickers over the course of one really poor life decision. Let's face it, Spears has become that highway accident we can't bear to miss. Funny thing is, in ... (view more)

Thu
22
Nov
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Banner Ads Attack!

You thought you were safe didn't you? Being ever so careful not to enter a site you couldn't trust, scanning every email before you opened it. It was all so perfect...until that banner ad. Late last week it was reported that hackers had found a ... remarkably sophisticated way to break into the average computer. Several trusted websites found malicious software hidden within banner ads on their web pages. Companies affected included The Economist.com, Canada.com, and MLB.com. (Source: cbc.ca ) The amazing part about the scam was that you only had to visit the site and see the infected page for ... (view more)

Tue
20
Nov
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After Being Slammed by Congress, Yahoo Settles

In North America, we certainly take for granted our freedom of speech. Although some libertarians argue that the battle to freely speak one's mind is still being waged, the situation here is clearly nothing like the restrictions of communist China, ... where the government and multimedia are still fighting for control of the public. The problem for many in the United States is not necessarily the policy of the Chinese government -- that's tough to change -- but the ethical standards of American companies operating in the country. Finally, there's a sign that the web's most powerful companies will ... (view more)

Wed
14
Nov
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IT Managers Prefer 'Face' to MySpace

What's a bigger waste of time: Facebook or MySpace? According to one web security company, name recognition could be a problem for the latter. In the world of social networking, MySpace is the reigning royalty. Founded in August, 2003 and based out ... of sunny California, the site celebrated its hundred millionth account creation in August of 2006. Some 300 staff work out of its Beverly Hills headquarters. That kind of established name may not be so positive for MySpace when it comes to web filtering. In a survey released last week, security firm Barracuda Networks Inc. found that 44% of ... (view more)

Thu
25
Oct
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'Vista Web Fonts', and 'Mac-Windows Interoperability'

Vista Web Fonts With the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft has unleashed something quite new on the Web -- the "C" fonts; Cambria, Calibri, Candara, Consolas, Constantia, and Corbel. Here's a guide on how to download them for free and use them in ... your web sites. http://www.hunlock.com/ Mac-Windows Interoperability Mac OS and Windows can work together in harmony on the same home network, sharing files and printers, mounting one another's drives and using the same equipment, like wireless routers and USB drives. If you're considering a mixed Mac/PC home or office, here's a primer on how the ... (view more)

Thu
06
Sep
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Microsoft Hoping To 'Cloud' The Competition

In 1995, Microsoft attempted to fend off their ever-increasing rival companies by adding a free web browser to their brand new operating system, Windows 95. This effort was effectively blocked by several court rulings and the subject was never ... spoken of again. Over a decade later, Microsoft is giving the strategy one more try by offering free software that connects their current brand new operating system, Windows Vista, to software services delivered over the Internet. (Source: nytimes.com ) This practice is not uncommon in the technological world and is often referred to as "cloud" ... (view more)

Thu
06
Sep
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Dead Ends on the Information Superhighway

The freedom to journey the web is largely taken for granted here in North America. Unfortunately, that's hardly the case in Asia, where mere images (or videos) are scrutinized for their most basic and even remote meanings. Two stories on this ... reality are emerging right now, and they're both fascinating glimpses of political environments Americans struggle to comprehend. And, despite that rather comforting disconnect, the United States plays a role in both accounts. The first involves (relatively) popular search engine Yahoo Inc, which is facing a lawsuit by imprisoned Chinese political ... (view more)

Thu
02
Aug
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Microsoft Diggs Digg

A few months ago, Microsoft's attempt to multiply its presence on the web was planned through an acquisition of competitor Yahoo. That never panned out, but in its wake now arises what could be an ever more effective plot: partnership with Digg. For ... those who are unaware of Digg, it's a news aggregator where actual users vote on the most "diggable" articles on the web. Any Internet writer, including yours truly, knows a story's clicks can explode if just a few hundred Digg users recommend it to their peers. Thus, for both web publishers and readers, Digg is an enormously influential resource ... (view more)

Tue
17
Jul
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'Pilfius', and 'Web Goo'

Pilfius PiLfIuS! is a free speech recognition and command application specifically written with gamers in mind. It will identify whatever commands you speak into your microphone, and send keystrokes accordingly. Commands, and their respective ... keystrokes are fully configurable by the user. Unlike many other speech recognition applications, keystrokes sent by PiLfIuS! should be recognized by any application, since these programs will not tell the difference between a keystroke sent by your keyboard, and a keystroke sent as a result of your voice commands. http://www.pilfius.com.ar/default.php ... (view more)

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