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PSP 2.0 FirmwareFinally, after much waiting, the United States version of the PSP 2.0 Firmware is officially official. All you need to do to get it is select Network Update within your PSP menu, make sure it’s plugged in to a power source, and wait patiently. This update contains updates for photo, video, network, and music features. Sweet.


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Google SidebarThe desktop search arena is an interesting one, with Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and even some independants all vying for your attention. Today, Google dropped a major upgrade to its desktop search tool appropriately called Google Desktop 2. This one includes a Sidebar, which allows you to view and manage just about every component of your search experience, including stock management, weather, Gmail, Outlook information, RSS, and instant messaging. This one is for Windows users only, but I don’t see too many Mac users complaining - after all, we have Spotlight.

We’ve also improved your desktop search experience. With Quick Find, you can now launch applications and see search results as you type without even opening a browser. We’ve also extended our Outlook integration, so you can search Google Desktop with the Outlook Toolbar and see results within Outlook itself. Finally, you can search even more stuff, including your Gmail, files on network drives, many Outlook data types (including Contacts, Tasks, Calendar, Notes and Journal) and MSN Messenger chats. And if you yearn for even stronger security, you can encrypt your entire index.


Read More | Google Desktop via DigitalTechNews


Movies on CD and DVD 4

Magix, a media software company, will release Movies on CD & DVD 4. For those of you unfamiliar with the previous versions of the software, this is a video authoring tool. Here are the newest features included in the latest version:

  • Copyright-conforming backup copies and 1:1 DVD & (S)VCD duplicates
  • MovieShow Maker with rhythmic editing and 12 styles
  • Fully automatic TV ad killer
  • Enhanced MPEG2 handling
  • Easy On editing
  • Practical Task Assistant
  • Compatible autoplay CDs
  • Perfect 1-click optimization
  • Dynamic “picture-in-picture” effects
  • Great effects combinations
  • Improved DVD player menus
  • Easy CD/DVD multi-copying
  • Supports digital TV streams (DV)
  • Burn extended CD-ROMs
  • “Overburn” CD-R(W) blank disc
  • Easy-to-follow disc capacity display
  • Full screen program interface
  • Enhanced MJPEG import options

This is a cool all-in-one type of software.  You can make backups of your DVD’s - legally, according to them- bypassing those pesky copyrights usually blocking you from making copies of your DVD’s.  However, it also converts your DV movies.  An additional feature which I find extremely useful is the overburning CD-R’s If you like to make SVCD’s and VCD’s this is perfect for getting 900MB out of your burnable CD’s - pending on your burning hardware and CD-R manufacturer.  The software comes out September 15th and will retail for $39.99.  So go ahead and start

selling bootleg DV on the corner

making backups of your DVD’s.  Check out the press release after the jump.

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Photo Contacts ProThis is a nifty little application for smartphone users.  Photo Contacts PRO allows you to manage your pictures on your phone, and integrate them to your contacts. You can have a full screen photo pop up when you receive a call, or click on a photo to initiate a call. You can download a demo version on the site or purchase it for $26.95. Upgrade customers get a discount for a total of 14.95.

Read More | Photo Contacts PRO via msmobiles


Microsoft Word BloggerSo you want to post something real quick to your Blogger site, but you’re on your laptop and can’t find a WiFi signal anywhere? Fret no more, Blogger’s heard your plea and now you can download this plug in for MS Word.  Blogging on the go can’t get any simpler.  R.I.P. bold, italics, and underline

tags, we hardly knew ye.

Read More | Blogger


Google Buys Android

Google continues its acquisitions of interesting, forward-thinking companies as they have just purchased Android. Little is known about the startup other than that they are 22 months old and have been working on software for mobile phones. If you check out the Android website, all you will see is a logo along with three Google Maps images of Seattle, Palo Alto, and Boston. Interesting. Google has been working hard on trying to build up their mobile resources. They also bought mobile social software company Dodgeball a few months ago.


Read More | BusinessWeek


John's Phone ToolJon’s Phone Tool (or JPT) is the first highly evolved voice communications dialer that I’ve seen for the Mac yet. JPT supports Bluetooth phones, Vonage, Skype, SIP phones, the Asterisk PBX and a slew of other protocols - not to mention support for QuickSliver, AppleScript, the OS X Address Book, Palm Desktop and just about any other PIM/Automation tool you can throw at it. With a powerful tool like JPT it’s possible to automate calling friends and family, set up bulk faxing, or even set up your very own high call volume sales center. I’ve used it for a day now and I’m very impressed with its flexibility and power for both my personal and work needs.


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Internet Explorer 7 Icon

Some of us have gotten the opportunity to play around with the new Internet Explorer 7. While it is set to be a major release in the eyes of Microsoft, after using it myself it really does feel like Microsoft is trying to play catch up with this one. Well, new features aren’t all that IE7 has in store - check out the new Internet Explorer icon and logo! You go, Microsoft! Hey, wait - aren’t those Firefox colors in the new icon?


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Windows 95 on PSP

With a lot of people wondering when PIM software for the PSP will be available, one creative guy by the name of Matan just might have a solution for you: Windows 95. He has successfully ported the Bochs emulator over to the PSP and has been able to run Windows 95 from a large Memory Stick Duo. While this emulation is slow, taking nearly 10 minutes to boot, it does provide full Windows 95 functionality. The directional pad and keys act as a mouse and you can use an on screen keyboard. The folks over at PSPLinux are shooting for native support so that should be faster, but they don’t have a working version yet. For all your PSP computing needs in the meanwhile, it looks like ghetto tech like Windows 95 is your friend.


Read More | PSP Bochs


Jerk-o-Meter When was the last time that you have been involved in a phone conversation where you wondered if the person you were speaking with was truly paying attention? If you have spoken to me on the phone anytime recently, then I know you have felt that feeling. The “Jerk-O-Meter” is exactly the device that people like me want to keep on the down low. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are at work developing software for cell phones that would analyze speech patterns along with voice tones to rate how engaged people are in a conversation. Time to brush up on your listening skills.

(Thanks Veronica!)


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