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OpenOffice 3.1 Released

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Software,

StorkWe love our free OpenOffice that has gotten us out of many a jam when someone insists we deliver Word documents. We are pleased to announce that 3.1 has arrived. Among the improvements is a better screen appearance, easier dragging, improved file locking and overlining. The software now uses anti-aliasing for screen drawing and has better graphic geometry when overlaying one shape on to another. Head over to their site to find out more or to download 3.1.

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Download Coldplay’s New Album for Free

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Who says Christmas only comes once a year?

Starting today, fans can download ‘s new live CD for free. The nine-track album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft, was recorded during various stops on the Viva La Vida tour.

Those who attend one of the group’s remaining dates (outside of festivals) will get a complimentary hard copy. Others can simply enjoy the tracks via the band’s website (until the current tour ends).

You can preview the track list after the jump.

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ABC/Disney Shows Coming to Hulu

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Catching up on missed ABC programs will soon become that much easier.

Thanks to a deal that is still being finalized, programs ranging from to General Hospital will eventually be made available on Hulu. ABC, owned by Disney, will now become the third major network (alongside NBC and FOX) to allow ad-supported webstreaming of their shows via the site.

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Cablevision to Offer Faster Connections

Cablevision logoCablevision has announced that they will be offering the fastest Internet connection ever. Beginning May 11, the plans have download speeds of up to 101 Mbps and upload speeds of 15 Mbps at a price of $54.90 to $64.90 per month. That equals out to an HD movie in only 10 minutes. It will also be making its WiFi Internet service faster by 3 Mbps at no extra charge. Rumor has it that they are competing against Verizon, which will is offering its FiOs 50 Mbps for $89.95 in NY.

Read More | Newsday

American Idol 8: iTunes Stats Revealed

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In case you somehow missed the massive promotion, iTunes is partnered with . Every week, you can download tracks as sung by the contestants themselves, studio versions of the ditties they sing on the big Idol stage. The iTunes data, however, isn’t (supposed to be) released during the Idol season - doing so might reveal too much about who’s hot and who’s not on the show.

But iTunes has slipped up in the past and “accidentally” released these stats. Predictably, it’s . Of the current crop of competitors, it seems that Adam Lambert is resoundingly the most downloaded, with Kris Allen coming in at number two.

Matt Giraud is currently in the lowest position as far as iTunes standings go.

(You can find all the American Idol 8 posts here.)

Read More | Vote For the Worst

Some Beatles Albums to be Reissued

Magical Mystery TourApple Corps and EMI have finally decided to release sonically upgraded reissues of 12 Beatles albums from the period between 1963 and 1970 in both stereo and mono. They will debut on Sept. 9, the same day the Beatles’ Rock Band video game is to come out. The collection will be on a total of 16 CDs and include “Rubber Soul” and “Magical Mystery Tour.” Downloadable versions have yet to have a release date but the matter may also be settled by the September deadline.

Read More | NY Times

Nightline Features Netflix Behind the Scenes

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Home Entertainment, Movies,

Netflix WarehouseIf you are a Nightline fan, then you probably caught the piece they did about Netflix. They announced that they have delivered their 2 billionth movie. All together they have over 46 million movies available. How do they get all that work done and on time? Workers begin a 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Netflix’s Ted Sarandos was asked if the company will eventually become all download. His response was not for a very long time. You can catch the entire piece via the link.

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Nokia XpressMusic Software Updated

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds, Music, Software,

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Nokia has improved its 5800 XpressMusic software. New is a faster user interface and download time, a built-in mobile dictionary with voice playback and support for 38 languages, and an automatic/manual Application Update that can be used directly to the phone. There is second camera support for still image capture and a burst mode for shooting pictures without hitting a button. The download is available now on their Nokia Software Update site at no charge.

 

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Skype on iPhone and Blackberry

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds, Internet,

iPhoneYou can now receive Skype on your iPhone/touch, and Blackberry owners can look forward to the service in May. COO Scott Durchslag claims that it has been the #1 request from its current customers. More than 400 million already use the service with their PC, so that is a pretty good target area. One of its pluses is that subscribers can use the phone numbers in their existing iPhone address book. There is no charge for the download and calls between Skype users are free.

Read More | Wired

Muziic Plays YouTube Tunes

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Misc. Tech, Music,

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Clever 15 year-old David Nelson has devised Muziic Player, a free interface that allows you to download tunes from YouTube. With the encoder, you only need to drag and drop or browse through MP3 files and press “encode.” There is also a search bar for single or artist and other features include playback and volume control, and playlist management. You can even go as far as adding an album cover by dragging and dropping JPG, .BMP or .PNG images. Unfortunately, YouTube is not thrilled with the idea.

A YouTube spokesperson claimed, “We’re looking into it now. On a preliminary review, however, it appears that the site violates our API terms of use.”

Here’s hoping that they can work something out so that the technology and David’s hard work will not go to waste.

 

Read More | Muziic via Read Write Web


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