IT

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02
Jun
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Lose A Camera? Your Photos May Be Waiting For You Online

You are sitting on the beach of a tropical paradise, sifting through the family photos that you have just taken on your digital camera. Your momentary reflection period is interrupted by a family member telling you to "go long" and you allow the ... camera to fall in the sand as you make a game-saving interception during a round of beach football. At the end of the day you pack up your belongings and walk away, leaving your camera behind. Imagine that a stranger comes along and picks up your camera. Would you want him looking at your digital memories? Of course not! But what if the stranger was ... (view more)

Tue
20
May
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The Future Could be Friendly for TV Viewers

Small Silicone Valley start-up company "Sezmi" plans to give couch potatoes yet another option to watch their favorite shows. The company hopes to form a growing partnership between many local phone companies and television stations across the ... United States with this ultimate plan: go behind the backs of the leading cable and satellite systems to offer the most efficient television experience for consumers. (Source: dallasnews.com ) The evolution of the television as an entertainment medium can perhaps best be described as a blessing and a curse. While viewers now have literally thousands of ... (view more)

Thu
08
May
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Xobni: MS Outlook Social Networking Technology for your Inbox

If you are a Microsoft Outlook user and let your emails build up by the dozens (like me), going back to locate an important message in a sea of junk mail can be an arduous task. Even if you are meticulous about storing and filing your emails, saving ... hundreds of "important" messages and having to locate a specific one can have the same effect. Xobni is here to help. Xobni -- "inbox" spelled backwards -- is a small Internet start-up company based in San Francisco and is introducing a new application that works together with Outlook to give users a better emailing experience. The software ... (view more)

Wed
30
Apr
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Selling Tea in India the Electronic Way

Indian auction centers have been peddling tea the old fashioned way since 1861, selling it in crowded halls filled with traders and auctioneers. A good auctioneer can usually sell up to three lots in one minute, making tea trading a quick, but ... time-consuming process. But low tea prices, high government sanctions, and evolving times have led to online trading becoming an acceptable medium in India. The high-tech shift is much more economy-driven than it is fashionable. Electronic trading promises fairer prices and lower transaction costs for farmers. (Source: nytimes.com ) The advantage of ... (view more)

Mon
28
Apr
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Control Electronic Devices from a Single Computer

Microsoft has joined the revolution, creating their own version of a data storage and web software system called "Live Mesh". Microsoft aims to further blur the distinction between software running on the Windows operating system and a number of ... other services that will be offered to all sorts of present and future electronic devices. Located through a web browser, Live Mesh will not be so much an online operating system as it will be a control page for document files. What is unique about the documents stored on Live Mesh is that they will have no specific location, allowing them to be sent ... (view more)

Thu
03
Apr
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Two New Visual Search Services

When Google emerged on the web it quickly overwhelmed competitors due to a simple page layout and superior search abilities. Since that time, various companies have tried to unseat the popular search engine, but with very little luck. Now two ... different companies are trying one approach: visual search. The first new service is called SpaceTime, a desktop application currently available only for PCs (though the company promises to deliver a Mac version shortly). SpaceTime is more 3-D browsing experience than search engine; however, its ability to search is what sets it apart from Firefox or ... (view more)

Mon
03
Mar
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Adobe AIR: Rich Internet Without the Connection

If Adobe has anything to say about it, application programs will soon be as interoperable between the web, your PC, and other documents as a PDF document. As the maker of one of the most popular software platforms on the planet (including FLASH ... player and Acrobat Reader), Adobe is optimistic about the ability of its new Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) environment to become as popular. How Does it Work? The AIR environment is very powerful. It will permit existing FLASH, HTML or JavaScript code to be used to create applications that appear, act and behave like conventional PC-bound programs. ... (view more)

Fri
22
Feb
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Microsoft Gives Free Software to IT Students

Microsoft is giving students free access to some of its leading tools for developing software and creating web sites. The project, called Dreamspark, is designed to encourage pupils to learn the skills needed for a career in the software and ... computing industry. The package includes Visual Studio (a facility for developing software), Expression Studio (which includes graphic and web design tools) and XNA Game Studio (which is used for creating video games). Around 35 million high school students in the US, China and several Western European countries are eligible for the scheme now. School ... (view more)

Fri
15
Feb
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Harper Collins Moves Book Browsing Online

Last week, HarperCollins, publishers of popular authors Paulo Coelho, Ann Patchett, and Wally Lamb, announced that it will begin to offer some of its newer releases online for free. The company hopes to duplicate on its website what customers have ... done for decades in brick and mortar store. (Source: nytimes.com ) Visitors will be able to view the entire contents of some books for a limited time. The initial titles include: Paulo Coelho's The Witch of Portobello; I Dream in Blue: Life, Death, New York Giants by Roger Director; Mark Halperin's The Undecided Voter's Guide to the Next President: ... (view more)

Fri
15
Feb
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Microsoft Gets New Sidekick

Microsoft is investing heavily in Mobile phone technology. On Monday, the software giant announced that it had acquired Danger Inc., the company behind popular mobile technology like T-Mobile's Sidekick. "The addition of Danger serves as a perfect ... complement to our existing software and services, and also strengthens our dedication to improving mobile experiences centered around individuals and what they like," said Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division, Robbie Bach. (Source: microsoft.com ) In a statement, Microsoft said it sees in Danger a company that has "connected with a ... (view more)

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