People using iPods formatted for Macs have had the advantage of using iCal and storing their contacts with relative ease on their iPods. For the PC users of the world who still love using Microsoft Outlook, someone still loves you. iPod Sync 2.24 ($15) promises to sync the iPod like a PDA. It stores all of your Outlook data, from your schedule to your email. For those of you using iPod photo units, you can even load Powerpoint presentations to your portable devices with this software. This offers a very healthy alternative for those who are in the market for a simple PDA. As for the rest of you, don’t go putting your PDA on eBay just yet - a full review of iPod Sync will be coming soon.
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At a time when privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to many people, AOL has added a new provision to their AIM Terms of Service contract. Of course, there is rarely a person that ever even reads these things, so here is the text:
...by posting Content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this Content in any medium. You waive any right to privacy.
That is straight from AOL themselves, my friends. You waive any right to privacy. That is as clear as day. I recommend anyone using AIM to switch to something a bit more sensible, and a lot more user friendly - like Skype - available in both Windows and Mac/Linux flavors.
Read More | Houston Chronicle
What you see above are images I took using the NASA World Wind mapping software. If you have never used it before, you have to check it out. It uses satellites to show you images of anywhere in the world - and it blows Google Keyhole out of the water. Using buttons in the menu, you can change the view to show actual imagery (see top image), or a traditional topo map (see bottom image). The two images above are actually different views of the same thing - that being The Museum of Natural History right next to Central Park. The screenshots were also taken using the software’s built in capture feature. Click on the above images for more detailed shots. It is well worth the 180 MB download.
Read More | NASA World Wind (Download here) via C: Pirillo
Introducing the coolest way to count down to the US PSP launch: a desktop timer coupled with a sweet PSP background. Here’s how to set it up. First you’ll need to grab the PSP desktop background image here. Then, you’ll need to snag a copy of the Phantim3 countdown program. After installing the program you’ll need to replace its default background image with this one, by copying it over to its skins/default directory. Finally, in the same directory, replace the text in the Custom.txt file with the following:
8 84 66 62
While our article on why Apple makes a one buttoned mouse continues to stir controversy, we figured we would fill you in on a site that compares the two operating systems that are most prominent. X vs. XP puts Mac OS X and Windows XP Pro/Home side by side in a huge multitude of categories ranging from usability to appearance to video playback. As you read the comparisons, you get a nice understanding for what goes into operating system design. In the end, Mac OS X comes out on top - but Windows XP certainly beats its Mac counterpart in quite a few categories.
Read More | X vs. XP
You know we gotta keep you in the loop as it pertains to the Apple rumor mill. While it isn’t yet official, it appears that the ship date for Apple OS X 10.4 (a.k.a. Tiger) will be June 30th 2005. Now, that works…except for the fact that ThinkSecret reported that Apple is “working hard on Final Cut Pro 5 and will use the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in mid-April to debut the software.” The report also states that “Final Cut Pro 5 will require Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and will take advantage of the new Core Video technology, which functions as a bridge between QuickTime and a supported video card to deliver hardware-accelerated video processing.” This seems to imply that if Final Cut Pro 5 is going to debut in April, and will require OS X Tiger to run, that Tiger should also be available in mid-April. It’s tough being a super sleuth.
Oh, and the image to the right is what is believed to be the final packaging box.
Finally someone has invented a way for us to continue using our GBA, in light of the DS and the upcoming PSP. It’s called the DTEC, by TurboXS. The DTEC plugs into your handheld and comes preloaded with software that lets you use your Gameboy to gauge exhaust gas temperature, air temperature, and vehicle boost, among other things. You can also purchase additional sensors and hardware to monitor other systems, like knock indication and vehicle acceleration (ie. G-Force). But check out the DTEC hardware that actually needs to plug into your GBA. Talk about unwieldly. Coming in October to an obsolete GBA near you.
Read More | TurboXS.com
Microsoft plans to release a new version of Internet Explorer this summer as a beta edition. Bill Gates claims that this new version will have stronger built-in security features, but how many times have we heard that? This announcement came after rumor on the web was that Microsoft would not upgrade IE before the release of Longhorn. Sticking with the whole security thing, it looks like this beta will require XP SP2 in order to be installed. Can the software giant succeed in convincing ex-IE users to switch back? If Microsoft continues to shun tabbed browsing, I don’t care how far along they come in the security department. It’s a no.
Read More | IEBlog
It has not been two weeks since the launch of Napster’s To Go service, and already there is a crack that allows you to circumvent the subscription’s copy protection. Armed with a Napster To Go subscription, Winamp, and Output Stacker Winamp Plug-in, burning audio CDs from Napster To Go library turns into a feasible task. All you would have to do is download the track from Napster, load it into Winamp, convert to WAV, and burn them using your favorite CD burning software. We are not advising you do this, just pointing out an incentive to choose Napster instead of iTunes.
Read More | Kordix
Ever wonder what a computer thinks as you play chess against it? Now you can see exactly what computations the program checks through the use of Thinking Machine 4. This program allows you to play chess against a computer and see the machine’s thought process visually on your screen. Watch thousands or possibilities shown on your screen as the program chooses the best move.
“The artwork is an artificial intelligence program, ready to play chess with the viewer. If the viewer confronts the program, the computer’s thought process is sketched on screen as it plays. A map is created from the traces of literally thousands of possible futures as the program tries to decide its best move. Those traces become a key to the invisible lines of force in the game as well as a window into the spirit of a thinking machine.”
Check it out here.
Read More | Turbulence.org
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