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Monday, August 31, 2009

Is the Kindle more Eco-friendly than actual books?

 

Question : What is a Kindle in the first place?

Answer : Its an electronic portable e-book reader that can store your e-books electronically and you can read them from its e-ink screen, a screen that is as readable as normal paper!

See more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Kindle

& also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_Ink

 

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If you are one of those people who reads more than 5 books per year then a Kindle is definitely for you. According to a report by the Cleantech Group, the Kindle is more environmentally friendly than paper books.


The publishing industry is one of the most polluting sectors in the world. In 2008, The U.S. Book and newspaper industries combined resulted in the harvesting of 125 million trees.


The report by the Cleantech Group, titled "The Environmental Impact of Amazon's Kindle" looks at the emissions that devices could produce and prevent. According to the report, a single Kindle displaces the purchase of 22.5 books each year which results in an estimated carbon savings of 168 kg of CO2. It also says that if the full storage of the Kindle is used then the device prevents almost 11,185 kg of CO2 from being released. That is a significant amount and could help the environment drastically especially with sales of the Kindle expecting to touch 14.4 million in 2012.

 

The Cleantech Group also forecasts that e-readers purchased from 2009 to 2012 could prevent an estimated 5.3 billion kg of carbon dioxide in 2012 or 9.9 billion kg during the four year time period.


According to the study done by Emma Rich, the Amazon Kindle still has a significant edge when taking into account the manufacture and mining required to produce an electronic device.


This is what Emma Rich had to say in her conclusion; "The roughly 168 kg of CO2 produced throughout the Kindle's lifecycle is a clear winner against the potential savings: 1,074 kg of CO2 if replacing three books a month for four years; and up to 26,098 kg of CO2 when used to the fullest capacity of the Kindle DX. Less-frequent readers attracted by decreasing prices still can break even at 22.5 books over the life of the device,"


They also noted that the production of a Kindle produces 168 kg of CO2 compared to 7.46 kg of CO2 for a book. They say this citing sources that electronic readers need electricity to run.


They argue that the electronic reader industry can only make a significant impact once people start mass movements from paper media. "A user that purchasers fewer than 22.5 books per year would take longer to neutralize the emissions resulting from the e-reader, and even longer to help reduce emissions attributed to the publishing industry," according to the study.


It comes down to whether people continue to buy books or print papers along with an e-book. The question then is; Are you going to buy an e-book? If so, will you purchase more than 22.5 books per year?

 

Via : http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10320334-54.html

Freeware - Fraps 2.9.9

 

Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with all games using DirectX or OpenGL technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as:

Benchmarking Software - See how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points. Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.

Screen Capture Software - Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There's no need to paste into a paint program every time you want to capture the screen. Your screen captures are also automatically named and timestamped.

Realtime Video Capture Software - Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 1152x864 and 100 frames per second! All movies are recorded in outstanding quality.

Fraps has support for Vista and DirectX 10 games. Since the Vista Desktop Window Manager (DWM) runs through DirectX you can now take screenshots and record video from the desktop just like any other game or 3D application in Vista.

 

Screenshots :

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Fraps

 

Technical Description :

Title : Fraps 2.9.9

Filename : setup.exe

File size : 1.22MB

Requirements : Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/XP64/Vista64

License : Shareware

Author : beepa.com

 

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Download Free XP and Vista from Microsoft as VHD Images

 

Microsoft continues to offer free copies of its Windows Vista and Windows XP operating systems for download, in a tradition that started approximately a couple of years back.

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Earlier this week, the Redmond company has updated the range of offerings that provide users with free copies of the two supported Windows clients preceding Windows 7. The lineup of downloads delivers three copies of XP and two of Vista for a total of five free Windows downloads packaged as VHD images.


Following the release of Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft began offering web developers the necessary resources to streamline content testing on IE6 and IE7, at that time. With the advent of Internet Explorer 8, the software giant added yet another browser to the list. Web developers come across various problems when it comes down to building websites that will work seamlessly across IE6, IE7 and IE8, especially because of the way Microsoft understood to tailor each browser to web standards.


So in a way, the Redmond company is redeeming its web standards-non compliant ways by offering the Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image. The downloads offer “VPC Hard Disk Images for testing websites with different Internet Explorer versions on Windows XP and Windows Vista,” according to Microsoft. Specifically fully functional copies of Vista and XP, preloaded with different versions of Internet Explorer, designed to be run in Virtual PC 2007 or in Windows Virtual PC, and streamline testing.


As was the case with previous Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image releases from Microsoft, the latest offerings are time bombed. Microsoft informed that copies of Windows XP were set to expire at the start of 2010, and Vista could be used for no more than four months.

NOTE: In order to use the below Virtual Hard Disk Images you will need to download and install Microsoft Virtual PC

Click the link below to download it
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=04D26402-3199-48A3-AFA2-2DC0B40A73B6&displaylang=en


CLICK ON THE LINKS TO DOWNLOAD :

External Mirror 1 - IE6-XPSP3 [EXE]

- IE6-XPSP3.exe contains a Windows XP SP3 with IE6 VHD file. Expires : January 1, 2010

External Mirror 2 - IE7-VIS1 [EXE]

- IE7-VIS1.exe contains a Vista Image with IE7 VHD file. Expires 120 days after first run

External Mirror 3 - IE7-VIS2 [RAR]

- IE7-VIS2.rar contains a Vista Image with IE7 VHD file. Expires 120 days after first run

External Mirror 4 - IE7-VIS3 [RAR]

- IE7-VIS3.rar contains a Vista Image with IE7 VHD file. Expires 120 days after first run

External Mirror 5 - IE7-XPSP3 [EXE]

- IE7-XPSP3.exe contains a Windows XP SP3 with IE7 VHD file. Expires : January 1, 2010

External Mirror 6 - IE8B2-XPSP3 [EXE]

- IE8-XPSP3.exe contains a Windows XP SP3 with IE8 VHD file. Expires January 1, 2010

 

Via : http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Internet-Explorer-Application-Compatibility-VPC-Image-Download-58441.html

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Freeware : NVIDIA GeForce Drivers 190.62

 

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This is the latest WHQL driver for NVIDIA GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, and 200-series desktop GPUs. NVIDIA GeForce drivers stand for compatibility, reliability, and stability with the widest range of games and applications. Updating your drivers ensures the best experience for every user and delivers continuous performance and feature updates for your NVIDIA product. The driver adds support for NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory.

 

 

 

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Windows 7 in Europe: full, upgrade and family pack editions

 

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Microsoft has confirmed that upgrade editions of Windows 7 will be available in Europe when the new operating system launches on October 22. The company had previously said that only full version would be on offer.

The initial limitation of a full, clean-install only edition was part of the plans for Windows 7 E, a version of Windows that did not come with Internet Explorer and would be the only version available in the EU. Because previous versions of Windows all contain Internet Explorer, Microsoft argued that there could not be upgraded to a version without the browser. However, they have since decided to instead introduce a ballot screen for consumers to choose which browser they want to use, meaning that the idea of Windows 7 E was scrapped.

In a posting today at the Windows 7 Team Blog, Brandon LeBlanc confirms that countries in the EU will receive the same version of Windows 7 that is available to the rest of the world. He also states that because upgrade editions will be on offer in Europe, Microsoft will now also be selling the Windows 7 Family Pack - which contains upgrade editions - in selected European countries.

The Family Pack has already been announced for the US and Canada and provides a set of three upgrade licences of Windows 7 Home Premium at a reduced cost. The Family Pack will be on sale as a limited offer from the October 22 launch date of Windows 7. As well as the US and Canada, it will now be available in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden as well.

Clarification has also been offered to customers who have already pre-ordered the now-defunct Windows 7 E. These consumers will be shipped a full versions of Windows 7, as will anybody who pre-orders before September 1st when the upgrade editions will start to become available for pre-order. If you are looking to save a few pennies (or cents) then you will be happy to hear that all full editions of Windows 7 ordered before September 1 - including those already pre-ordered - will cost the same as the cheaper upgrade versions available after that date. From September 1 onwards the price of the full versions will increase.

This finally seems to be some good news for any Europeans wanting to do an upgrade-install of Windows 7 from an earlier version of the Windows OS. You can pre-order Windows 7 now from Microsoft's online store and selected retail partners, or wait until September 1 to purchase an upgrade edition.

 

Via : http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/08/24/windows-7-in-europe-full-upgrade-and-family-pack-editions

Dorthy.com Raises $4M For Dreams Searching

 

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We imagine that Dorthy.com will be the but of some jokes as the site has raised $4M to serve as a search aid to help in dream fulfillment. However, we think that if implemented well the site could do well. Look at a somewhat comparable site like Experience Project - a social network for people who want to share similar life experiences and aspirations - its traffic continues to peak.

The startup was founded in 2007 by Jordan English Gross, under the parent company Saber Seven, Inc which was created in partnership with Chris and Greg Coyne of The Coyne Brothers. There is not much here in the way of novel technology, but it does seem to be good marketing presentation and a world that is a bit beaten down looking for tools to help them to dream again.

 

Via : http://www.thealarmclock.com/mt/archives/2009/08/dorthycom_raise.html

Homepage : http://www.dorthy.com/

Freeware : Thunderbird 2.0.0.23

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Thunderbird is a great email client from the same people who brought you the Firefox browser.

Thunderbird gives you IMAP/POP support, a built-in RSS reader, support for HTML mail, powerful quick search, saved search folders, advanced message filtering, message grouping, labels, return receipts, smart address book LDAP address completion, import tools, and the ability to manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts.

Thunderbird 3 Beta is a preview release for the next major version of Thunderbird. It is being made available for testing purposes only. Features in Thunderbird 3 include:

  • A new Activity Manager
  • An Archive feature similar to the one in GMail
  • A new global database

Screenshots :

 

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Technical Description :

Title : Thunderbird 2.0.0.23

Filename : Thunderbird Setup 2.0.0.23.exe

File size : 6.56MB (6,873,872 bytes)

Requirements : Windows (All Versions)

License : Open Source

Author : Mozilla Organization

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Another small development for wireless power

 

Companies have been toying with the idea of wireless power for a while now. More officially known as 'wireless energy transfer' or 'wireless power transmission' it is useful where instantaneous or continuous energy transfer is needed, but interconnecting wires are inconvenient or hazardous or an impossibility. With devices becoming increasingly portable, multi functional and 'dead finger', the idea of running out of battery, for some, is too much to bear.


The most common form of wireless power transmission manifests itself with regards to induction, followed by electrodynamic induction. Seemingly space-age, the basis of this technology had been discovered in the early 1800's by a French physicist named André-Marie Ampère. He developed Ampere's law, showing that electric current produces a magnetic field.

 



Flash forward to the recent past and you'll find the technology news littered with big name companies trying to harness wireless power for their products. A good example of this is the announcement on September 29th 2006, by Seiko, Epson and Murata teaming up to work on a contact-less quick charger. More recently on July 20th Showa Aircraft showed off a true contact-less charging system. Showa had developed a rig which harnesses an electromagnetic induction method, letting it charge or power up devices at a maximum distance of a meter apart. Working at its best at distances of less than sixty centimeters, it is able to reach a ninety percent transfer efficiency rate. The challenge for these companies is to now try to get the energy efficiency up to a more impressive percentage, showing not only that the technology works well but is also efficient in doing so.


Despite there being some controversy about the danger of wasted energy, Showa assured the public during their demonstration, that it was completely safe, going as far as placing a frying pan between to giant coils, which apparently (according to Engadget) did not heat up.


Little over a month after the public demonstration of Showa's wireless power induction, a company named Nagano Japan Radio Co Ltd. has developed a similar system which has just been demonstrated to the public; trouncing Showa's effort by five percent. Nagano's system provides a ninety-five percent efficiency rate at a distance of forty centimeters. According to Tech-On, the company is currently hard at work trying to ramp the output up from "several tens" of watts to several kilowatts, gaining an impressive power output. As opposed to Showa's effort (which relies on electromagnetic induction), this system uses magnetic resonance to achieve its effect. However, as this method "drastically lowers" its efficiency when the position of the sending and receiving units are displaced, the team designed a system that automatically detects coil displacement and reorients itself accordingly.


According to Engadget, the company hopes to develop this technology to the extent that it is able to someday charge electronic vehicles. The latest effort from Nagano signals another, albeit seemingly small, development towards this technology finding its way into our everyday devices.

Via : http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/08/24/another-small-development-for-wireless-power

Windows 7 RTM Language Packs Available for Download

 

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As now, the following language packs are available for download from Windows Update. Please note Traditional Chinese –Taiwan will be released at a later date.

These language packs are available to our enterprise customers running Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate RTM versions only. Customers on the Windows 7 Release Candidate are not eligible for these language packs.
For information on the general availability of Windows 7 Ultimate and all other version, please refer to Brandon’s post here.

Languages:

  • Arabic
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese – Simplified
  • Chinese – Traditional – Hong Kong
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Lithuanian
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian Latin
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian

 

Via : http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/springboard/archive/2009/08/25/windows-7-language-packs-available.aspx

Apple to release Snow Leopard

(CNN) -- Snow Leopard, the highly anticipated new operating system for the Mac, will be released ahead of schedule Friday, Apple announced Monday.

"Ordered already: I'm just one of those nut cases," one Twitter user wrote about the new release.

The Mac OS X Snow Leopard will be available as an upgrade to the current Leopard system for $29 and can be pre-ordered now, the company said.

"Snow Leopard builds on our most successful operating system ever, and we're happy to get it to users earlier than expected," said Bertrand Serlet, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering. "For just $29, Leopard users get a smooth upgrade to the world's most advanced operating system and the only system with built-in [Microsoft] Exchange support."

The company said in a news release that, for Snow Leopard, Apple engineers refined 90 percent of the 1,000 projects that currently make up its operating system.

Among the anticipated features will be what Apple promises to be faster applications, including e-mail and Web browser Safari 4, while freeing up 7 GB of drive space, compared with the current system.

An upgraded QuickTime system will let users more easily view, record, trim and share video, the company said, and it will include improvements to the system's iCal calendar, podcast producer and wiki server.

The system had been scheduled for a September release date. But speculation in recent days had centered on an earlier release.

Apple rival Microsoft is set to release Windows 7, a new version of its PC operating system, on October 22.

Mac users were reporting that Apple's online stores were unavailable Monday morning, presumably to add the order page for Snow Leopard.

The announcement Monday created the buzz typical of any Apple announcement among the world of devoted Mac users. Both "Snow Leopard" and "Mrac OS X Snow" had become trending topics on Twitter on Monday morning -- with response mostly positive.

"Ordered already: I'm just one of those nut cases," one user wrote.

Via : http://edition.cnn.com/2009/TECH/08/24/snow.leopard/index.html?eref=edition

Freeware : Microsoft Windows Live OneCare 2.5.2900.28

 

windows-live-onecare-logo Microsoft Windows Live OneCare is a comprehensive and integrated PC health service that helps protect and maintain your computer with antivirus, firewall, PC maintenance, and file backup and restore functionality.

Note : This new service is in beta testing.

 

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Friday, August 28, 2009

The Pirate Bay purchase approved by shareholders

 

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On Thursday, The Pirate Bay got moved step closer to being sold to a Swedish software company that hopes to turn the world's largest BitTorrent tracker into a legitimate pay-to-download service, which will be based on how much computer power you share with the website.
GGF (Global Gaming Factory) shareholders approved the $8.5 million transaction on Thursday this week, four months after TPB's four co-founders were convicted and found guilty of facilitating copyright infringement. GGF intends to, within weeks, turn TPB into a subscription based service, even though no major content providers have agreed to grant them a license.
Hans Pandeya, Global Gaming's chief executive, is the major sponsor behind the sale and it will be one of the biggest blows to bit-torrenters everywhere. Pandeya and other board members are the main shareholders, and Pandeya promised to sell some of his shares to be sure that the deal will stay afloat.
The illegal file sharing business has been the center of much drama over the last few days, as TPB's ISP, Black Internet was forced to cease all services to TPB due to a court order. Then, a day later, Mininova was ordered by a European court to remove all copyright material or face millions in fines. The content still appears to be in place as at time of writing.
Many do not believe that GGF will be able to complete the sale or stay afloat long enough to see it go through.
The AktieTorget, the Swedish-based exchange where the company is listed, is examining whether to delist the company amid allegations of insider trading ahead of the deal's initial announcement weeks ago.
The Pirate Bay is still fully operational for file sharers despite a court order demanding it be shuttered - the group swiftly migrated servers, and after a day of patchy service, the site was back online. The Pirate Bay's four co-founders each face a year in prison, but remain free pending appeal. The Pirate Bay's domain still remains under the control of Fredrik Neij, one of the 5-year-old site's founders.

 

Via : http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/08/28/the-pirate-bay-purchase-approved-by-shareholders

Freeware : FlashGet 3.2.0.1060 Beta

 

flashget3ps7.pngFlashGet (formerly JetCar) is specifically designed to address two of the biggest problems when downloading files: Speed and management of downloaded files. If you've ever waited forever for your files to download from a slow connection, or been cut off mid-way through a download - or just can't keep track of your ever-growing downloads - FlashGet is for you. FlashGet can split downloaded files into sections, downloading each section simultaneously, for an increase in downloading speed from 100% to 500%. This, coupled with FlashGet's powerful and easy-to-use management features, helps you take control of your downloads like never before. FlashGet displays download progress in ranks of glittering dots, but its acceleration is not as pronounced as most. Its inability to start a download without confirmation makes for slow starts. We ran into difficulty locating configuration settings, a problem aggravated by a help system that apparently belongs to an earlier version.

Nonetheless, the software managed and categorized our sample downloads efficiently. FlashGet supports over 30 languages!

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Wi-Fi via White Spaces

 

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Long-range, low-cost wireless Internet could soon be delivered using radio spectrum once reserved for use by TV stations. The blueprints for a computer network that uses "white spaces," which are empty fragments of the spectrum scattered between used frequencies, will be presented today at ACM SIGCOMM 2009, a communications conference held in Barcelona, Spain.

White spaces: Accessing the Internet over

unused portions of TV spectrum could provide

good long-range connectivity in rural areas,

and help fill in gaps in city networks. Microsoft

researchers tested a new protocol, called

White Fi, using the device shown here.

Credit: Microsoft Research

TV stations have traditionally broadcast over lower frequencies that carry information longer distances. However, with the ongoing transition from analog to digital broadcasts, more unused frequencies are opening up than ever.

By tapping into these lower frequencies, it should be easier to provide broadband Internet access in rural areas and fill in gaps in city Wi-Fi networks. For example, the spectrum between 512 megahertz and 698 megahertz, which was originally allotted to analog TV channels from 21 to 51, offers a longer range than conventional Wi-Fi, which operates at 2.4 gigahertz. "Imagine the potential if you could connect to your home [Internet] router from up to a mile," says Ranveer Chandra, a member of the Networking Research Group at Microsoft Research behind the project.

The FCC ruled last November that companies could build devices that transmit over white spaces but also gave strict requirements that this should not interfere with existing broadcasts, both from TV stations and from other wireless devices that operate within the same spectrum. Chandra and his colleagues designed a set of protocols, which they call "White Fi," to successfully navigate the tricky regulatory and technical obstacles involved with using white spaces.

"It's a totally different paradigm for wireless networking," says Chandra. "Until now, in wireless networks, you were given a spectrum, and you would share it with everyone else. Everyone was an equal stakeholder. Now, you have this spectrum where there are certain people who are primary users."

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One of the main obstacles for Chandra's group was dealing with a network of different devices; in the past, work focused on sending and receiving signals between individual devices over white spaces.

Setting up a group of devices to communicate over white-space frequencies is a more complicated proposal, because white-space devices have to find available spectrum, which can change depending on where and when the device is operating. The researchers designed a system consisting of a wireless access point, like the router used in Wi-Fi networks, and the mobile devices communicating with it.

White Fi is designed so that each device measures the spectrum conditions around it and works with the others to find available frequencies. Because interference can happen at any time, the system can move to a different slice of spectrum if need be.

Some of the challenges that faced the group came about because of the undefined nature of white-space frequencies. . The researchers designed their algorithms to determine the ideal amount of frequency bandwidth to use for a broadcast, balancing the desire for strong signal against the possibility of interference with neighboring frequencies. They also had to design a way for mobile devices to find a signal from an access point.

One of the most important parts of the White Fi system is a protocol for dealing with collisions among different signals (particularly those from wireless microphones, which can turn on at any time). Even a single packet of interference is enough to produce audible disruptions for a microphone. Even if interference affects only one device on the network, strict regulations forbid all devices on the network from using that channel. The researchers got around this by designing the access point so that it maintains a backup channel. If another user is detected, the white-space device or access point immediately switches to the backup channel, which reassigns bandwidth use as needed.

Peter Steenkiste, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University who specializes in networking, says that previous work on white spaces has focused on addressing one problem at a time. "The thing that I think is very interesting about this paper is that it really has looked at how you put a complete system together," he says.

Steenkiste adds that "there are a lot of practical issues that they've worried about." In particular, he says, the researchers did not assume an ideal, controlled environment for their system. Rather, they took into account such problems as measurement "noise" and the unpredictable behavior of wireless microphones. "[The research] has an answer for every question," Steenkiste says.

Chandra says that his group recently received an experimental license from the FCC that allows them to build a prototype White Fi system on the Microsoft Research Campus in Redmond, WA. They plan to send their findings to the FCC in the hope that the data will help determine future white-space regulations. Chandra notes that since the transition from analog to digital television is happening worldwide, there is a high level of international interest in US white-space experiments. Researchers and companies all over the world are looking for technologies to take advantage of the fragments of spectrum that will open up in the coming years, he says.

 

Via : http://www.technologyreview.com/communications/23271/?a=f

IBM discovers the future of computing?

 

According to CNET News, IBM has had a little break through; scientists working for the enterprise computing giant have imaged the chemical structure of an individual molecule, increasing the possibility for creating electronic building blocks on the atomic and molecular scale.

This research report has been published in the August 28th issue of Science magazine. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, the scientists have imaged the chemical structure of an atom for the first time, with what is being said to be "unprecedented resolution."


By using an atomically sharp metal tip terminated with a carbon monoxide molecule, IBM scientists were able to obtain an image of the inner structure of the molecule


"Resolving individual atoms within a molecule has been a long-standing goal of surface microscopy, according to the computer company, which has a research and development program dating back to 1945."


According to IBM, though work has been done in the past on the atomic structure of nanostructures by AFM, the imaging of the chemical structure of an entire molecule has never been done with atomic resolution, until now.


The Scientists were able "to look through the electron cloud and see the atomic backbone of an individual molecule for the first time." According to CNET News, this is roughly analogous to X-rays that pass through soft tissue to enable clear images of bones. According to Gerhard Meyer, scientist, IBM Research, Zurich: "It is accepted that in the future this work can contribute to assemble prototypical structures of molecular systems and the idea is these circuits could have much lower power consumption and reduce fabrication costs, this is an important step, but one of many that will need to be achieved to build computing elements at the atomic scale. Techniques like self assembly might be used for manufacturing."


According to CNET, "understanding the charge distribution may lead to building computing elements at the atomic scale" This research is said to be the Holy Grail of semiconductor research and development. As circuit geometries get infinitesimally smaller, it becomes prohibitively challenging to make circuits with geometries below 10 nanometers, or even 20 nanometers.

 

Via : http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/08/27/ibm-discover-the-future-of-computing

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Freeware : CCleaner 2.23.993

 

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CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)

What’s new :

CCleaner v2.23
- Added Taskbar Jump List cleaning for Windows 7.
- Added history cleaning support for Opera 10.
- Added icons to Cookie selection to show browser.
- Improved scrolling in new results window.
- Improved Avira Anti-virus cleaning.
- Improved multiselect in listviews.
- Improved 64-bit support when including/excluding files.
- Improved 64-bit issue detection in Registry screen.
- Updated internal icons.
- Added language support for Armenian.
- Fixed language bugs with new results window.
- Fixed bug in Recycle Bin cleaning.
- Fixed minor bug with help files in Registry Cleaner.
- Fixed bug when deleting an application in Uninstall Tool.
- Fixed bug when enabling/disabling in Startup Tool.
- Minor GUI improvements.

 

Screenshot :

Technical Description :

Title : CCleaner 2.23.993

Filename : ccsetup223.exe

File size : 3.14MB (3,293,088 bytes)

Requirements : Windows (All Versions)

License : Freeware

Date added : August 27, 2009

Author : Piriform

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Duo converts laptops and monitors into tablet PCs

 

As consumers hold their breath for the rumored Apple tablet, KCI Communications has an immediate and possibly better solution for those who can't wait to get touchy-feely with their screens.

The Duo turns monitors and laptops 17 inches or smaller into a tablet. A small device that acts as a "base station" clips onto the top of the monitor, continuously picking up the user's input with the Duo pen. Lee Jae-jun, head of research and development at KCI Communications, explains the technology: "The pen's coordinates are calculated by the amount of time it takes for the infrared and ultrasonic waves to be reflected from the base station.”

 

The user can write or draw directly on the screen in eight different languages, marking up Web pages, documents, or PowerPoint presentations while using the pen to navigate through the desktop. One of the more remarkable features is that the Duo also converts into a ballpoint pen, letting the user take notes on traditional paper and watch them appear in the included NoteTaker software.

Earlier this year, we reviewed Canson's Papershow, a dedicated paper-to-screen device that's mostly aimed at professionals who want to conduct interactive PowerPoint presentations. A similar gadget is the LiveScribe Smartpen, which is geared toward students, linking audio to written text. But the Duo appears to be is the first device to capture ink and convert a plain monitor into a touch screen.

 

 

These issues aside, the Duo is still a steal at $119.99, shipped. With dropping prices in the laptop market, the Duo makes it possible to have just about the cheapest tablet PC yet. Since it automatically synchronizes with the Windows Vista and Windows 7 tablet software, it's almost identical to ready-made tablets, save for the base station.

By November, the Duo will work with monitors up to 22 inches, and will be available for Macs.

 

Via : http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10316350-1.html

Google Chrome v4.0.202.0 beta

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logo_sm   is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Google Chrome also uses a brand new javascript engine (V8), which is much faster than existing javascript interpreters. This means you can create more complex and more intensive AJAX applications with fewer speed and processing constraints. Finally, Google Chrome is built on top of WebKit, so Google Chrome users will benefit from the CSS3 features being added to WebKit as those features are released.

Technical Description :

Title: Google Chrome 4.0.202.0 Beta

Filename: chrome_installer.exe

File size: 11.17MB (11,711,984 bytes)

Requirements: Windows XP/2003/Vista/XP64/Vista64

License: Open Source

Author: Google

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Freeware : Yahoo Messenger v10.0.0.525 Beta

 

1234536522_1222263830_yahoo_messenger.0day Yahoo! Messenger is a popular advertisement-supported instant messaging client and associated protocol provided by Yahoo!, that allows you to see when friends come online and to send them instant messages. It also can alert you to new e-mail in your Yahoo Mail or Yahoo Personals accounts, or when you have upcoming events recorded in your Yahoo Calendar. Yahoo Messenger offers firewall support, a standby mode that minimizes the program until an Internet connection is made, the ability to save and print your conversations, and a tabbed interface that provides quick access to your favorite stocks, news, and sports scores. Yahoo! also offers PC-PC, PC-Phone and Phone-to-PC service, file transfers, webcam hosting, text messaging service, and chat rooms in various categories.
Yahoo! Messenger is provided free of charge and can be downloaded and used with a generic "Yahoo! ID" which also allows access to other Yahoo! services, such as Yahoo! Mail, where users can be automatically notified when they receive new email.

Other features include the ability to create a chat room automatically, stock price alerts, the ability to send messages to friends (even if they're not online when you are), a Quick Compact mode that hides the Messenger tools to maximize your viewing area, Messenger Themes, and voice chat, which allows you to talk for free to anybody else on the Internet. It also includes Launchcast Radio, Yahoo Games, and Yahoo Audibles. Using a Webcam, you can see who you're chatting with or view the Webcam of any Yahoo member who has granted you access.

Yahoo! has announced a partnership with Microsoft to join their instant messaging networks. This would make Yahoo! Messenger compatible with Microsoft's .NET Messenger Service. It also made Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger compatible with Yahoo!'s Network. This change has taken effect as of 2006-07-13, - Yahoo! Messenger has integrated instant messaging with Windows Live Messenger users, and is fully functional.
Yahoo! Messenger was originally launched under the name Yahoo! Pager on 1998-03-09.

 

 

 

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Free Video Chat and Video Conferencing from ooVoo

You asked for it. We delivered. New and improved ooVoo is here!

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We are really excited to announce the launch of ooVoo 2.2, available for download today! This powerful new and improved version of ooVoo has important features our customers have been asking us to add to their video chat experience such as desktop sharing, a pay-as-you-go option and the flexibility to add phone minutes to their account with more international countries available.

Here’s what new in ooVoo 2.2:

ooVoo Business — Get unlimited use of all ooVoo premium features including new desktop sharing. Save time and money by purchasing multiple seats for your business. Learn more

ooVoo Credit — Pay-per-minute to add more people to your video conference or to make phone calls. Learn more

International calls — Add phone participants to a video conference or make phone calls to UK, Germany, Italy, and Israel. Learn more

Text Chat History — Save all your text chats automatically right on your computer. Learn more

All you need to do now is download ooVoo 2.2, and start enjoying an ooVoo version that brings you more solutions, more control and more flexibility — all with the best video quality. So go ahead, click the link above and get started.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Freeware : VMware Player 2.5.3

 

A virtual machine is a computer defined in software. It's like running a PC on your PC.

This free desktop virtualization software application makes it easy to operate any virtual machine created by VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, VMware Server or VMware ESX, as well as Microsoft Virtual Server virtual machines or Microsoft Virtual PC virtual machines.

  • Run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single PC
  • Experience the benefits of preconfigured products without any installation or configuration hassles
  • Share data between host computer and virtual machine
  • Run 32- and 64-bit virtual machines
  • Leverage 2-way Virtual SMP
  • Use 3rd-party virtual machines and images
  • Share data between host computer and virtual machine
  • Broad host and guest operating system support
  • Support for USB 2.0 devices
  • Get appliance info at start-up
  • Gain easy access to virtual machines via intuitive home page interface

Technical Description :

Title: VMware Player 2.5.3

Filename: VMware-Player-2.5.3-185404.exe

File size: 48.75MB (51,122,136 bytes)

Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/XP64/Vista64

License: Freeware

Author: VMware Inc

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Smartphone Sales To Beat PC Sales By 2011!!! Wow!

 

What are smartphones in the first place? A smartphone is like the new iPhone from apple, which is like a mini computer in a cell phone. You can download applications from online sites into the phone that can do lots of things. Apple is the leader at this moment, but others like LG and Microsoft are trying to create online stores where you can download applications for their own devices. Its a new era of technology where super portable and extremely high technology is packed into a small wonder-box….

Whats the difference between a “feature phone” and a “smartphone”? The feature phone has all the goodies like cameras, wifi, emailing and browsing ability but you cant INSTALL many new applications. One such phone is the LG ARENA, cool but limited!

The smartphone is limitless in extendibility from the applications you can download for free or for a small price.

Take a look at the app (application) site from apple for the iPhone here : http://www.apple.com/webapps/

Also take a look here to get an idea about what a HUGE market this is becoming:
http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/04/40-awesome-iphone-application-websites/

I often wonder how an ancient person would react if I showed them a modern SmartPhone… I'm sure the only explanation would be that its magic!

And as Arthur C. Clarke has brilliantly said:

”Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” -Arthur C. Clarke

 

Main article:

Here's why PC giants like Apple, Dell, Microsoft, and everyone else all want a piece of the smartphone market: By the end of 2011, worldwide smartphone sales will pass worldwide PC sales, RBC analyst Mike Abramsky estimates, approaching 400 million annual shipments of each.

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Part of article Via : http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-smartphone-sales-to-beat-pc-sales-by-2011-2009-8

Freeware : jetAudio 7.5.4.20

 

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jetAudio is integrated multimedia software composed of a single compact rack. Not only does it play various music and video files, but it also has other features such as CD burning, recording, conversion to other file formats, and so on. In addition to these features, you have the ability to create your own Internet broadcasting by using JetCast, which is provided with JetAudio. Play all major file formats and discs, including WAV, MP3, MP3Pro, OGG, WMA, MPG, AVI, WMV, MIDI, RM, and video, and audio CD. Convert among audio file formats, and record analog audio to various formats. The program features Internet broadcasting with JetCast; visualization plug-ins, including Sound2Vision; tag editing for MP3, OGG, and WMA; various sound effects including wide, reverb, and x-bass; multichannel sound output; speed control of audio playback; crossfading for smooth transition between two songs; a skinnable user interface; synchronized lyrics display (karaoke) for MIDI and MP3 files; and subtitles.

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Bring the Old Windows Taskbar to Life in Windows 7

 

Im posting the below techspot article because I'm sure many will be irritated by the new features of the windows 7 taskbar, and would want to revert back the way it worked in XP and windows2000.

I posted a tutorial for bringing the quicklaunch back here some while ago, and it applies of course for the final version of Windows 7 http://computerboom.blogspot.com/2009/01/how-to-get-quicklaunch-toolbar-back-in.html

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windows7-taskbar-oldMicrosoft's latest operating system, Windows 7, brings a slew of tweaks and improvements. While most adjustments are under the hood, the graphical user interface has received a facelift as well. One of the first changes you will notice is the revamped taskbar. Unofficially dubbed the "Superbar," this new feature is essentially a mash-up of the traditional Windows Quick Launch/taskbar and the Mac OS X dock.

 

Windows 7 Superbar

As it's often the case with any significant change in the way we use software, opinions will vary. While many like to stick to the "if it's not broken, don't fix it" philosophy, I happen to like the new taskbar a lot. Unfortunately for the those of you who don't, defaulting to the ways of old isn't as simple as unchecking Superbar in favor of Quick Launch, so you'll have to get a little hands-on. Keep reading to bring back the taskbar you're familiar with.

Start by right clicking the Superbar, mouse over Toolbars

and click New toolbar. When prompted to enter a folder directory, paste the following string of text:
%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
Then click Select Folder.

A labeled Quick Launch bar should appear near the clock.

To configure the Quick Launch bar to how it was in previous versions of Windows, you'll have to make a few swift changes. Start by right clicking the Superbar and unchecking Lock the taskbar. You should see a few dotted lines appear near the Quick Launch bar.

Next, right click on the Quick Launch bar, uncheck Show text, and Show title. Then you'll need to right click on all your Superbar icons and unpin them.

Grab the dotted lines near the Quick Launch bar and pull it all the way to the Start button. By doing so, the bar where your applications load will be bumped near the clock - so pull those dotted lines back to the left near your Quick Launch bar.

Now, your open applications will still be using Windows 7's small collapsed buttons instead of the long text-filled ones. To change that, right click on the Superbar and head into Properties.

Click the drop down menu next to Taskbar buttons and choose either of the last two options. When you're done, click Ok and recheck Lock the taskbar.

The finished product should look something like this:

Windows 7 using the traditional taskbar with quick launch buttons

Did you know?
Microsoft first introduced a taskbar with Windows 95. Its design remained largely unchanged until the modifications seen in Windows 7.

Via: http://www.techspot.com/guides/188-old-taskbar-in-windows7/

Windows 7 will run 120 days for free, Microsoft confirms

 

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Like its predecessor, Windows 7 can be used for up to 120 days without providing a product activation key, Microsoft confirmed today. Although Microsoft generally touts a 30-day time limit for users to activate their copies of the company's operating system, a little-known command designed for corporate administrators can be used by anyone to "reset" the countdown up to three times.

 

Via : http://www.activewin.com/awin/comments.asp?HeadlineIndex=47701

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Freeware : New antivirus from Panda

 

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Panda Cloud Antivirus protects you while you browse, play or work and you won’t even notice it. It is extremely light as all the work is done in the cloud. Panda Cloud Antivirus provides you with the fastest protection against the newest viruses thanks to its cloud-scanning from PandaLabs' servers.
Panda Cloud Antivirus is truly install and forget. Don’t worry about updates, configuration or complicated decisions ever again.

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Title: Cloud Antivirus 0.08.82 Beta3

Filename: CloudAntivirus.exe

File size: 19.01MB (19,930,656 bytes)

Requirements: Windows XP/Vista

License: Freeware

Date added: August 24, 2009

Author: Panda Security

 

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