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The bad news: The update is 80 megs large. The good news: It will help protect your system from cyber-attacks by installing a built in firewall, among other things. Microsoft plans to use the improvements found in Service Pack 2 on future iterations of the Windows platform. They're also urging users to turn on the automatic update function on their systems, so that current and future updates may be slowly downloaded with minimal disruption to your normal computer activities.

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Doom3 It took nearly fours years, but at long last we'll know what kind upgrade work our PC's really need. Sales for the title are projected to reach about 4 million. This year's iteration is supposed to focus on the single-player experience, guiding your marine through somewhat of a re-creation of the original, with upgraded graphics and incredible environmental lighting techniques. Sales begin tonight at midnight, kicking off what could be one of the greatest FPS seasons ever with Halo2, Half Life 2, and Metroid Prime 2 Echoes all slated for release this year. Read More | USA Today
HD DVD in LonghornMicrosoft has made it known that its next generation operating system, codenamed Longhorn, will ship with HD DVD support built in. Microsoft said nothing about Blu-Ray (HD DVD's main rival) support, and it almost seems safe to assume that it will not be supported by the OS out of the box. Being that Windows is the majority leader by an extremely large margin, this could mean the beginning of a faster paced HD DVD development schedule - than again, who really know when Longhorn will even arrive?

Blu-Ray based technology has already started to hit store shelves, while HD DVD devices have yet to enjoy the same success.

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Yahoo!

Tired of having excessive charges for each picture-message you send on your camera phone? Yahoo is now providing a way to share all your pics with a larger audience through its new site. The new Yahoo Photos feature, free to any registered Yahoo user, provides you with an exclusive e-mail address to use when sending photos from your phone to your Yahoo Photo online account. Get your MoBlog on!

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As a vice president at security software leader Symantec, Matthew Moynahan applauds Microsoft's effort to make its Windows operating system safer from attack. But Moynahan is not so excited about the flood of help-desk calls almost certain to come when Microsoft releases a comprehensive security overhaul of Windows XP next month. His company's Norton antivirus software runs on about 100 million desktop computers.

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XBOX Media CenterTurn your Xbox into a media center with XBMC. What is XBMC?

XboxMediaCenter is a free open source (GPL) multimedia player for the Xbox from Microsoft. Currently XboxMediaCenter can be used to play/view most popular video/audio/picture formats such as MPEG-1/2/4, DivX, XviD, MP3, AAC, JPG, GIF plus many more less known formats directly from a CD/DVD in Xbox DVD-ROM drive or of the Xbox harddrive, XBMC can also play files from a PC over a local network and even stream media streams directly from the internet. XBMC has playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast and many audio visualizations. All these features enable the Xbox running XboxMediaCenter to fully function as a multimedia jukebox.

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iTunes 100 Million Contest
We knew it would be just a short period of time between the announcement of the contest, and the 100 Millionth download. The 100,000,000th (that's a lot of zero's!) song, "Somersault (Dangermouse remix)" by Zero7 was purchased by Kevin Britten, 20, of Hays, Kansas on Sunday, July 11, according to Apple.

So what does this mean? For Apple, it cements their status as the premier online music store as they have reached a place that their competition may take years to reach. For Kevin Britten, it means a 40GB iPod, 10,000 free songs from iTunes, his own Celebrity Playlist, and a 17" Powerbook. Nice.
With all the recent web exploits, now is the time to update your browsers. Here are the links for the latest updates:

Microsoft Internet Explorer: Use Windows Update to Patch the latest flaws.

A recent exploit was found in Mozilla and Firefox browsers on Windows PC's. Update to the latest versions below.
Firefox 0.9.2
Mozilla 1.7.1

The web is starting to become a dangerous place - here is a good spyware killer:

SpywareBlaster 3.2
Apple OS X TigerApple is really gunning for Microsoft as far as the OS market is concerned. Since OS X launched a couple of years ago, they have released major updates three times. Yesterday at the WWDC, they introduced the fourth - Mac OS X Tiger.

Showing off the latest OS X update, Steve Jobs talked about a new search technology called "Spotlight". In a nutshell, using the Spotlight technology, you can search your entire PC for whatever you need in seconds. According to Apple, "Spotlight can find email messages, calendars and contacts along with documents, movies, images - any kind of file - all at once." Think of it as being similar to searching for music in iTunes.

The other major portion of the Tiger update is "Dashboard". The Dashboard functions as a widget organizer which can be accessed at any time using a function key.

This isn't all. There are about 200 new additions to the Mac OS in the new version 10.4. Interestingly enough, all the new technologies that Apple is showcasing now are what Microsoft plans on releasing in another two years on the Windows front. You can be sure Mr. Gates was listening. Let's just hope he got the message. If you are going to come into the game late, you better innovate.

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Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates spoke recently about the enhancements being made to the MSN search engine. It sounds like Big Bill is determined to overthrow Google and Yahoo! from the top of the search engine world. Gates was quoted as saying the new MSN Search technology will be able to "understand" the documents they index, and plans to make web search "ten times better" than it is today.

I certainly wouldn't mind more relevant search results. If the new MSN Search can actually understand the content it indexes, and thus give better output - look out Google.

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