In an effort to thwart pirates yet again, Microsoft is looking to gain their information by way of their customers. If someone has purchased a high-quality copy of Windows XP that closely resembles Microsoft’s official packaging of the product, they can pick up a free license key and installation CD for the product if they reveal the identity of the selling party.
Microsoft said that only edge-to-edge hologram CDs are considered for a free replacement. The participation in the program also requires users to agree to a full scan of their system files and to reveal the identity of the seller of the counterfeit software.
Users of “low-quality” pirated versions of Windows XP also can request an update to a legal version of Windows XP. In this case, the upgrade however costs $149.
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We recently got the PS2 and Xbox versions of DreamGear’s new i.Glow controller and wanted to share our thoughts. The DreamGear’s i.Glow controller is a standard wireless controller with an extra kick - it lights up with interesting effects! Check out our mini review after the jump.
Nintendo plans on bringing yet another touch-enabled application to the Nintendo DS, and this one is a real winner. Touch Dic. Sounds (not so) innocent enough, right? Touch Dic will include a dictionary, hence the “Dic” part, and a calculator. Leave it to the Japanese to continually come up with funny ways to say things. It is safe to say that the product will be rebranded if and when it hits the states. Gamecube Europe provides a link to the Japanese site that has been created for Touch Dic. Pokemon pr0n not included.
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One of the main stumbling blocks of anyone looking to get into the online business game is a lack of motivation to do so. After all, the Internet seems to have everything that one needs, be it e-commerce storefronts or informational services. While this may be the case, the Internet is a virtual hotbed for business growth. Newspaper readership is dropping, as people continue to migrate to online services to find their information in a quick and concise format. With broadband acceptance growing exponentially each year, the time is now to capitalize on the market. One thing you cannot count on is that those surfing the web will immediately be willing to patronize your online presence unless you are able to pinpoint and establish a service or product with which one can identify as a resource which they have been missing. Come up with a unique idea, do a bit of market research, and then brainstorm on how you can bring something to the table that will meet a need.
Most impressed by the new widgets in the OS, Time tells us their favorite things about Tiger. The latest iteration of OS X from Apple was last week’s Gadget of the Week. Here’s an brief overview:
1. You can automatically look up words in the integrated dictionary as you surf.
2. It’s got a standalone version of the Migration Assistant, which lets you move all of your programs and settings from one Mac to another.
3. HD movies are coming to QuickTime.
4. Album art can be your screensaver.
5. VoiceOver will read all of your web pages (and other text documents) out loud.
Read More | Time Gadget of the Week
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We’ve been drooling over the past “leaked” images for some time now. Well now you can salivate all over the full Xbox 360 in all its glory. Someone was able to snap some quick shots of the new Xbox at the L.A. unveiling last night – seems to me someone has been playing Splinter Cell a little too much. The Xbox 360 pictured has the hard drive attached on the top as previously speculated, white wireless controller, Xbox Live headset, a camera attachment and a remote control with a very intersting windows logo! Check out the images on Playfeed.
( Thanks w00t.w00t!)
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We’ve been drooling over the past “leaked” images for some time now. Well now you can salivate all over the full Xbox 360 in all its glory. Someone was able to snap some quick shots of the new Xbox at the L.A. unveiling last night – seems to me someone has been playing Splinter Cell a little too much. The Xbox 360 pictured has the hard drive attached on the top as previously speculated, white wireless controller, Xbox Live headset, a camera attachment and a remote control with a very interesting windows logo! Check out the images after the jump.
The famous simple networking system from the Mac OS is now available for Windows. This easy file/Internet/printer sharing software has been a staple for Macs everywhere. Great for those of us that aren’t good at figuring out the routers and printers on our networks, or those who just want to feel as cool as a Mac user should download this for their Windows-based PC.
Now anyone using a Windows PC can take advantage of the effortlessness of Bonjour for free. The Bonjour Setup Wizard makes setting up a printer under Windows as easy as Mac OS X (we can’t make it as beautiful, unfortunately). Bonjour for Windows includes a plug-in for Internet Explorer, so you can setup a Bonjour-enabled device without knowing its IP address. You can even print to printers connected over USB to Airport Extreme Base Station or Airport Express. If you’re an Open Source enthusiast, you will be able to download the Bonjour source code to create software for virtually any platform.
Read More | Apple Bonjour
Each Slappa Shockshell case is given a three-foot drop test, which is good because this is approximately the height from which I drop mine every day. They come in a variety of colors and textures that are pretty unique, albeit unattractive, such as the blueberry swirl in the image. No blandness detected here. They run you about $30 bucks a pop.
Read More | Slappa
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