According to a recent survey by Blue Coast Systems, only 36% of British people have any idea what is meant by the term “spyware.” Of those surveyed, only 30% use software to check their office computers for spyware, and only 22% check their home computers. Even more frightening than any impact this might have on computer systems in the UK is the additional finding that 11% of those polled thought, and I am not making this up, that spyware was “a gadget from the latest Star Wars movie.” I’m honestly not sure why this response was so popular, but if 11% of the British are running programs to stop any aspect of the Star Wars prequels, I say more power to them.
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So we decided to take a couple of weeks to re-think the core focus of what we want to do here on Venturus, and I think the results will be good. We have some very cool people lined up for future editions of the Venturus Podcast, which will be coming at you in September. For now, continue to enjoy - and contribute - content about how to make money running your own internet-based business. If you have any suggestions regarding things you would like to see on the site, feel free to drop me a line at andru [at] venturus.com. Boy, it feels good to be back!
Majesco Entertainment has officially put an end to the “Race to Save Humanity” contest associated with the Xbox game Advent Rising. The company is citing lack of a “technically feasible solution” to fairness issues as the reason for absolving itself from having to pay what had been a $1,000,000 prize. Anyone who owns the game and feels slighted by the announcement can choose to receive two consolation titles for their pain and suffering – BloodRayne 2, Guilty Gear X2, Psychonauts, Raze’s Hell, or Phantom Dust. It’s not exactly a million bucks, but, honestly, you probably wouldn’t have won anyway.
Read More | Xbox.com
Jason Smathers, a 25-year-old ex-AOL employee, will spend 15 months in prison for stealing 92 million screen names and email addresses of AOL users and selling them to spammers. The spammers reportedly used the information to send up to 7 billion unsolicited advertisements for online gambling. Smathers got a lighter sentence than first expected due to his willingness to hand over all the spamming information he had to the government. AOL is claiming that Smathers caused over $300,000 of damage to the company.
Read More | Baltimore Sun
Here’s the Sony’s Psyc Network Walkman - not to be confused with any phone scams featuring Deon Warwick - which will also be 512MB ($99 USD) or 1GB ($129). Also being flash, this round player claims to playback 70 hours on one AAA battery.
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The Network Walkman audio player is pictured here with a more sleek and compact design than the other new sony DAP’s. This one will sport a 3 line display, with the E505 weighing in at 512MB for $149 USD, and the E507 at 1GB for $199 USD. The flash-based player claims to provide 3 hours of power with just a three minute charge. In my opinion, its design makes this one the best of Sony’s new audio players. Plus, it doen’t look like a kidney.
Read More | Sony NW-E507 Product Page
Sony is about to drop some beautiful looking MP3 Players to compete with the infamous iPod Shuffle. These aesthetically pleasing players are set come out in October 2005, but are available for pre-order. This one is known as “The Bean”, and includes a one line display, and 512MB ($129 USD) or 1GB of storage ($179 USD). It will be available in 4 colors: black, pink, blue, and white.
Read More | Sony Style
The Birdsong Identifier alarm clock uses Identifier Song Cards to play the tones it uses to awaken you from slumber. All you do is choose a song card of your choosing, like “America’s Most Beautiful Birds”, and you will rise to the sound of the Purple Finch, Northern Cardinal, or one of seven other birds. The clock requires batteries, which almost solidifies its ineptitude at being anything more than a novelty. Cost is $19.98 USD.
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A fourth installment of the Broken Sword series has been announced byTHQ for those of you seeking an adventure title with a good reputation. The previous release in the series, Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon (PC,XBOX, PS2, GC) was intended to be the last in a trilogy. According to the Revolution Software, the developers of the Broken Sword, the demand from the fans have been overwhelming and they are planning to answer their pleas.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the series, the first two Broken Sword games put you in a point and click adventure where your character gets involved in a lot of “what happens next” situations. He just seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time - or right place for the gamer. The third title in the series was for multiple consoles, ergo, THQ threw out the point and click aspect. The game has always maintained great voice acting and lots of puzzle solving and action in the adventure genre.
Read More | IGN
The Place: Singapore. The People: Government funded bioengineers and nanotechnologists. The Product: A battery full of pee. While this sounds a little nauseating, its not about powering your car with your bodily fluids. The battery is meant to test for kidney problems, diabetes, and pregnancy. Urine activates a cathode that emits approximately 1.5 volts of electricity. No word if the pregnancy test version has a little light on the end of some sort. That would sell better then EPT’s.
Read More | Newsday
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