We’ve waited for ages for Microsoft to give some answers on when they expect Windows 7 to launch, and they are finally talking. While they didn’t get too specific, they have officially confirmed that Windows 7 will be available for purchase by December 2009. Hey, at least it’s something, right?
Pay attention if you are trying to develop an app for Marketplace for Mobile. Microsoft has issued guidelines for what it will accept. Included on the list are applications that change Microsoft’s default browser, search or media player on a cell phone. Others include using ads for carriers, those with VoIP calls on an operator’s network and apps that promote mobile voice plans. You can read the entire list of 12 no-nos at Information Week.
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Still rocking the vinyls? Is your iPod lacking in content because of it? Denon has the hookup for you. The DP-200USB turntable doesn’t just spin your records, but also rips them to the integrated USB drive. The accompanying software (this one is XP/Vista only for now, unfortunately) features Auto Track Divide, which recognizes silence between songs and will insert a new track tab for each track, and Audio Waveform Recognition, which will analyze a track’s first 15 seconds and search Gracenote for you. Stylistically, this unit looks like something straight out of my own rec room at my parents’ house. It’s available for $250.
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Windows 7 is on its way. The RC is in the final stages of being released for program developers and IT pros on April 30, while the masses will have to wait until May 5. There is no word yet when it will come preloaded on PCs or available in shops but the estimate is July. Windows 7 should be easier to swallow than Vista with its new touchsceen functions and interaction with digital cameras and PMPs.
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Replace those Post-its with this erasable memo pad that doubles as a 3-port hub. It also adds a touch of therapy as the light changes colors. At a size of 113 x 94 x 28mm, the Moody Hub is connectible by USB 2.0 and supports Windows 95/98SE/ME/2000/XP/VISTA. The hub will set you back $14.00 and comes with its own erasable pen. We are guessing that your local hardware store could provide you with a replacement when the first one wears out.
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We have mentioned Conficker before and how Microsoft is seeking help to find the source. Apparently, it is still unaccounted for and there may be a serious problem as of April 1. The program turns off security settings in Microsoft Windows and the fear is that infected computers may contact a control system on that date. Dan Kaminsky, a consultant for IOActive, says that it might go after corporate networks, especially if they run older Window versions.
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This 2GB USB Memory Stick is cleverly disguised as a mini-cell phone. Keep all your documents, music, photos and other media safe on the 2.0/1.1 USB storage unit that is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista. At a size of 60 x 24 x 10 mm and a weight of a mere 80g, the plug and play stick needs no driver and the package includes a metal gift box at a price of $9.99.
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Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile is now available. You can download it on your phone or PC and transfer it later to your Windows Mobile Professional or Standard phone version 5, 6 or 6.1. After download, you can call, IM and send files with its new user interface. Compatible with Pocket PC, Classic or Professional, Smartphone and standard devices, you will need a minimum of 12MB memory on your device or 6MB on a card. A WiFi connection is recommended for best quality.
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Samsung has become grammatically correct while announcing their new
Mini-notebook. The 12.1-inch NC20 is a larger version of their NC10 and will have a Via 1.3GHz Nano processor inside. It also features a 1280x800 resolution, Chrome9 graphics, Windows XP Home Edition, 1 GB DDR2 memory and 160GB HDD storage. The N20 utilizes 6 Li-ion batteries for 6.5 hours of life, is Bluetooth capable and has 3 USB ports, an Ethernet LAN and a 3-in-1 card reader. No price or availability date has been announced.
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Cuba launched Linux Nova last week at a Havana computer conference on “technological sovereignty.” The government feels that Microsoft systems are a potential threat to their country because they say U.S. security agents have access to codes. Besides that, they say that the trade embargo makes it difficult to get the software legally and update it. Dean of the School of Free Software, Hector Rodriguez, claims that about 20% of the computers are currently using Linux but feels that that figure could climb to more than 50% in 5 years.
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