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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Facebook starts offering Microsoft's Live Search

Although this partnership has been announced as early as July this year, it is only now that Facebook has finally integrated the Live Search service onto its website. While I fail to see how this may enrich users’ social networking experience, the collaboration is obviously a big deal for Microsoft, with Facebook now the biggest social network in the world and quickly catching up to MySpace in the US.

Starting today, Facebook users typing in the search bar on Facebook will notice that a drop-down menu appears with a new option to “search the Web.” Results will appear on a new Facebook page, with advertisements placed on the right of the screen.

Live Search usage is likely to increase and media buyers will get added inventory to serve up ads within the social network – which of course means more revenue for Microsoft. In its current form, however, the deal probably won’t do much to help the Live Search brand, seeing that there’s virtually indication that you are using Microsoft’s search engine besides a tiny “Advanced search on” text link on the results page.


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Google prepares RSS feeds for search

If you've made use of the Internet for more than a few years, you know how quickly things can change. That change applies well to search engines, where a term searched for a month or even a week ago would not return the same results it does today. How does one keep track of updates to a particular search query? Until recently, the only way was to perform another search. Google is looking to offer another way to do it: searchable RSS feeds.

Today it has been confirmed that Google will be soon offering the ability to use an RSS feed for a particular search term, letting you be notified as soon as new pages or new results pop up. That could be very useful for things that change often – such as current events and company news.

It won't apply at first to things like a Google Image search, and Google hasn't mentioned when these RSS search feeds will be available. I would definitely like to give these a try once they are ready.


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Google suffers another Gmail outage

Earlier this week Google announced it had detected a problem that prevented Gmail users from accessing their accounts. Although Google said the bug affected only “a small number of users,” that was little comfort for Google Apps administrators who were fielding angry complaints from business users who actually pay for Google's email system.

The outage lasted about 30 hours and has since been fixed, but the company offered no explanation as to what caused the problem nor as to why it took them so long to repair. This is just the latest in a series of incidents that have affected Gmail, following a similar problem in August and a couple of lengthy outages back in 2006, which understandably has raised some questions among IT professionals about the efficacy of using SaaS solutions as a foundation for business communications.


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Microsoft denies renewed interest in Yahoo

Microsoft is scrambling to quell a new round of speculation after chief executive Steve Ballmer told attendees at a tech research conference in Orlando that a deal with Yahoo “makes sense for their shareholders and ours.” As you might expect, the mere mention of possible talks between the two companies sent Yahoo’s stock price up to $13 from their recent low of $11.50.

But within an hour of the news, Microsoft spokesman Frank Shaw issued a statement to retract Ballmer’s comments saying Microsoft has no interest in acquiring Yahoo. All in all, Ballmer should probably be relieved he withdrew from the deal six months ago, given the way the market has turned amid a slowing economy and how Yahoo’s shares have lost more than half their value. If the companies did eventually return to the negotiating table, however, Microsoft might be able to score a much better deal than the $33 per share it was offering.


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Yahoo cancels Vista-only version of YIM

No matter how hard Microsoft tries to push developers to be excited about Vista, the overwhelming number of XP installs in the world makes it a losing fight to try and develop exclusively for the newer OS. One company who was an early advocate for Vista development, Yahoo, is taking one of their biggest profile programs off the market.

Yahoo has decided to discontinue the development and release of the Vista-optimized Yahoo Messenger Client, instead returning to a one-size-fits-all client that is compatible with various versions of the OS. Yahoo claims the change is to improve efficiency in development and make the program more consistent, and it's very easy to see why – developing two separate code bases side by side for two different platforms can lead to all sorts of compatibility problems.

Yahoo isn't disabling the Vista client's access to the YIM network, but has encouraged anyone using the Vista client to install the standard version.


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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Google adds "sales channel" feature to YouTube

Google has faced numerous challenges since it acquired YouTube. The foremost of which was a financial one: YouTube is losing Google money, and at an astounding rate, with some estimating Google was spending up to $1 million per day.

The company set out to change that earlier in the year, fighting off lawsuits from companies like Viacom. Most recently, YouTube has had a new section introduced in the guise of a sales channel. The “sales channel” will place buttons underneath YouTube videos that are links to purchase something related (we'd assume) to the video in question. The actual sales come from third parties – like Amazon or iTunes – and Google gets a commission for a completed sale.

It's not mentioned if the sales channel will stick specifically to an opt-in basis. After all, many people who upload videos to YouTube don't necessarily want their videos being associated with a product.


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Adobe launches Flash Player 10

Adobe today officially released the tenth version of its ubiquitous Flash player plug-in, bringing new “expressive features” for developers and a performance boost for users. The new version offers a number of improvements such as native support for 3D, a new text rendering engine, and integration with Adobe's Pixel Bender technology.

The company has also included a system where the stream will automatically adapt to bandwidth conditions, allowing for smoother video and audio playback. Adobe Labs has assembled several demos showing off the new features on its website, which you can check out here. Flash Player 10 is available now on all platforms, including Linux.

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Justice Department nears conclusion on Yahoo/Google deal

Yahoo has been eager to team up with Google for some time now, but has been delayed while regulatory agencies investigate the potential advertising partnership. Investigations from the Justice Department have dragged on for several months, and now, hopefully for Yahoo, those investigations are nearing an end and a final decision is expected soon. Strong voices of opposition from the likes of Microsoft and others have further delayed the move, leaving Yahoo and Google uncertain about whether proceeding would be wise. While the Justice Department can't prevent the deal, they can take the companies to court afterward if they feel the deal violates antitrust laws.

All this time spent waiting can't be good for Yahoo. The company has suffered financially quite a lot the past year, starting Microsoft rescinding its buyout offer which is partially blamed for the massive stock price drop to record lows. Just this week, the ailing company was discovered to be making preparations to lay off over one thousand employees.

Even if a Google deal can save the company, it'll have to come sooner rather than later. As a side note, it is interesting that Microsoft has demanded the deal be halted due to Google owning more than 70% of the search market, and yet them owning over 90% of the OS market hasn't stopped them from selling.


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Microsoft still interested in snatching up Yahoo

If you thought all the dust had settled from the Yahoo/Microsoft debacle, think again. After rejecting Microsoft numerous times earlier in the year, the companies split on somewhat bitter terms as it was clear Yahoo didn't want to sell for what Microsoft offered.

Since then, Yahoo's stock value has plummeted to around only 1/3 of what Microsoft was offering – clearly a bad sign for Yahoo. And yet, this has made Microsoft happy. Steve Ballmer, in fact, has commented they are still interested in acquiring the struggling search company, in whole or part. At this point, such a merger would probably leave Yahoo with the short end of the stick and it's unlikely the company would survive.

Will Microsoft make another offer for the company soon?


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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic seriously challenges the iPhone

Apple wants to sell 10 million iPhones this year. That is quite an ambitious goal, but well in the company’s reach thanks to its enormous success. It was this same success that ignited an industry frenzy and now we have a load of handset manufacturer after a piece of the action. Nokia is not the exception. Their new Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, as it name suggest has been designed to also work as multimedia player.

But is capabilities are not limited to playing music, as any iPhone rival, this phone has a GPS system, Wi-Fi connection, 8GB of internal memory, web browser, and of course a 3.2” touchscreen. Although there are many similarities, Nokia has tried to take a couple of things a step further. For example, the Nokia 5800 will be sold unlocked and not tied to a contract for 279 EUR, it ‘Comes with Music’ which means you can download content from the Nokia Music Store for free, its web browser has support for Flash, you can expand its storage through 16GB SD memory cards, and it has a 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash and Carl Zeiss lens.

Apple might have its hands full with this one, but let’s not forget the iPhone has a clear head start, developers are already very interested in their platform, and the marketing machine led by Steve Jobs is probably working on a counterattack already. By that same token, Nokia has a well establish brand in the mobile market and sells over 500 million phones a year, 100 million of which are smartphones.


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Verizon officially unveils the BlackBerry Storm

The much-anticipated BlackBerry Storm has finally been officially unveiled, following months of rumors, leaks and hype. The handset is largely seen as yet another response to the success of the Apple iPhone, but the RIM hopes to differentiate itself by making its touch-screen more tactile than those of its competitors – namely, by making it “clickable.”

This means that when users want to select something, be it anything from starting an application to typing a text message, they’ll actually have to press down on virtual keys. While this admittedly takes some getting used to, a handful of tech journalists who have been given access to the phone early believe the touch-screen is one critical area where the Storm actually beats the iPhone.

Of course you also get many other features familiar to smartphone users, such as email, web browsing, built-in camera, integrated GPS, and media player capabilities – though it notably lacks Wi-Fi. It’s compatible with virtually every single network on earth and offers 1GB of onboard memory storage plus a microSD/SDHC memory card slot to support up to 16GB of additional storage.

No pricing has been announced as of yet, but the BlackBerry Storm will be available later this fall exclusively to Verizon Wireless users in the U.S. and Vodafone users in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Check out a few hands-on reviews at Wired, Engadget, and Cnet.


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The latest in gaming mouse pads: the Steelpad 5L

Although many would say that purchasing a gaming mouse pad is not a wise investment, in my experience I wouldn't be able to go back to a "regular" cloth mouse pad. Steelpad is one of the leading companies that is currently designing and releasing gaming mouse pads. Their latest offering is the Steelpad 5L, a pad that has the durability and stability of plastic, and the softness and smoothness of cloth. Although this is the first mouse pad designed with laser mice on mind, it is still well suited to handle optical and ball mice. The 5L is now available for pre-order at the official Steelpad website.

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The latest from Microsoft

Microsoft is to roll out a test version of a subscription service which will provide protection from viruses and spyware, it has been claimed. Dubbed "Windows OneCare", Microsoft has been developing the service for around three years now, with a great deal of testing still to do. The service is only compatible with Windows XP with Service Pack 2.

Meanwhile, the company has also added support for a new standard of commercial wireless security to Windows XP with Service Pack 2. Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) will be available as a free download, and will offer advanced data encryption. The technology may help to convince many government agencies, healthcare providers and security-related industries to use wireless technology rather than regard it as a security risk. It should also bring more confidence to ordinary consumers like you and me, who often fear becoming the victim of war driving or something similar.

Microsoft is also working on a new project to bring an up to date, secure version of Windows to older machines. Currently dubbed "Eiger", the OS will turn aging kit into a kind of thin client, but one that can also run some software such as Internet Explorer and Media Player locally.

"If they wanted to run Windows XP, it really doesn't run very well; it might take 20 minutes to boot," said Barry Goffe, a group product manager in Microsoft's Windows client unit. "Eiger is a solution we are building, designed specifically for these customers."


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Friday, October 17, 2008

Online Design Website Without Web Programming - Webnode

Thinking design modern website but don’t know web programming skill, Here is a easier solution to design website without any web programming knowledge. Webnode is a free and perfect online website design creation tool services that ease web design novices get a modern-looking website online without any web programming required. Webnode will provides professional website creation tools to help novices build their own website and the entire website design progress will save you a lot time compare to traditional web design.

Once registered with webnode account, You can start design webpages by selecting the web creation tools from the toolbar. With web modular that powered by ajax, you simply drag content areas to create different layouts or add content. therefore you don’t need to worry about adding/removing content from your website pages manually. It cannot get simpler than this! With Webnode, you can create website without any technical know-how.

Webnode online website design builder features offer:

- Real-time interactive editing - You can see your changes in real-time as you make them on your page.

- Drag-and-drop technology - There are dozens of drag-and-drop objects that you can build anything you want. Just drag it from the toolbar and drop it in the place you want it displayed on the page.

- Gadgets and widgets - You can easily add any third party gadgets such as Tags, Google Maps, Live Maps, Yahoo! Maps, YouTube, Google Video, Soapbox, Flickr, Photobucket,, Windows Live SkyDrive, PollDaddy, Google Gadgets, YourMinis, SpringWidgets, PayPal and Google.

- Multiple file upload - Easily transfer multiple file and folder with Webnode’s file management.

- On-line document editing - You can editing your documents online without having to install any software.

- Free hosting

- Use your own domain - You can run webnode website on your own domain free of charge.

- More than 40 free templates - There are more than 40 free website design templates that you can customize. Webnode allows you to edit CSS and HTML code through your browser.

- Import a custom template - If you want to have a very original design, you can create and import your own template.

- Photo Gallery - Webnode has an advanced photo gallery manager with image manipulation tools for quick editing, cropping, resizing, rotating and management.

- Publish all changes at once - Manage your content, preview, make changes and then in one click produce all your changes on-line for the public.

Overall Webnode online design website services is impressive which easy to create an instant modern website design without web programming knowledge. i have play around webnode online website design builder services which is definitely suitable for web design novices to use for instant web design. Plus more, Webnode is free services which you can sign up for a free account and start to create your own modern website design right away.

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DirectX 10 for Windows XP

Download DirectX 10 for windows XP is available now. This DirectX 10 for windows XP still in alpha stages and isn’t the original of DirectX 10 files from Microsoft. As Microsoft has announced that the DirectX 10 currently support to Windows Vista only.

However, Cody Brocious the Alky Project leader has released a full preview of DirectX 10 Alky preview compatibility libraries for Microsoft DirectX 10 enabled games. These compatibility libraries allow the use of DirectX 10 games on platforms other than Windows Vista , and increase hardware compatibility even on Vista, by compiling Geometry Shaders down to native machine code for execution where hardware isn’t capable of running it. No reason for gamer to change or upgrade the OS and video card(s) to play the latest games.

Here are some pictures sample to difference's from DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 on images quality.

DX 9 scenery from Flight Simulator X

And a rendering of the same scenery with DirectX 10

So, Here is DirectX 10 Alky preview ( Click to download ) which can be used with DX10 SDK.

The DirectX 10 for Windows XP Preview contains a read me file which goes like this :-
To install:
Copy d3d10.dll, d3dx10.dll, d3dx10.dll, dxgi.dll, and Nucleus.dll to C:\windows\system32\

To get the examples:

1. Follow the instructions on Using Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition with the Microsoft Platform SDK
2. Download and install the DirectX SDK

To build and run an example:

1. Go to the Microsoft DirectX SDK folder, Samples, C++, Direct3D10, Tutorials, Tutorial12
2. Double-click “Tutorial12_2005.sln”
3. Select “Start Without Debugging” from the Debug menu.

There are a number of known issues with most of the tutorials, but they will all work to some extent. Tutorial 12 is currently the recommended example.

if you’re serious computer gamer, i highly recommended you give a try download on Direct10X for windows XP and install it. Then you feel the differences especially on the images rendering and images processing. However, Do it carefully !!!!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Apple Laptops- Latest Model 2008

The new, more-to-love MacBook.
Faster is just the beginning. The new MacBook features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, larger hard drives, and up to 2GB of memory standard. Best of all, MacBook still starts at $1099. It’s the same does-everything-you-want notebook but better.


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Sunday, October 5, 2008

What to expect from Web 3.0

Any veteran of the software industry will tell you that version 2.0 of any product tends to be a shortlived staging post on the way to 3.0, which is where it finally hits the mark. Windows was a classic example. 1.0 was so buggy it was hardly worth using. 2.0 fixed some serious problems but still had a lot of shortcomings. 3.0, launched in May 1990, was an instant success, and the rest of the story, as they say, is history.

Don’t be surprised, then, if Web 2.0 also turns out to be just a staging post on the way to a much more mature and durable Web 3.0 era. Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be writing a series of posts about what I see as the key characteristics of Web 3.0, using a variety of on-demand companies by way of illustration. Of course I’ll be mentioning Google, and eBay. But don’t assume these companies will inevitably become the dominant players of Web 3.0. I’ll also be mentioning some less obvious players, including WebEx, WebSideStory, NetSuite, Jamcracker, Rearden Commerce and Each of these companies shed interesting light on how Web 3.0 may develop. As with any shift from one generation to the next, there’s plenty of scope for new leaders to emerge — and for established front-runners to stumble — in the battle for supremacy.

I’d like to make one thing is absolutely clear right from the outset: Web 3.0 isn’t just about shopping, entertainment and search. It’s also going to deliver a new generation of business applications that will see business computing converge on the same fundamental on-demand architecture as consumer applications. So this is not something that’s of merely passing interest to those who work in enterprise IT. It will radically change the organizations where they work and their own career paths. I’ll write more on that in a later posting.

Today I’m going to start by mapping out a brief topology of Web 3.0. It’s divided into three (and a half) distinct layers:

API services form the foundation layer. These are the raw hosted services that have powered Web 2.0 and will become the engines of Web 3.0 — Google’s search and AdWords APIs, Amazon’s affiliate APIs, a seemingly infinite ocean of RSS feeds, a multitude of functional services, such as those included in the StrikeIron Web Services Marketplace, and many other examples. Some of the providers, like Google and Amazon, are important players, but there is a huge long tail of smaller providers. One of the most significant characteristics of this layer is that it is a commodity layer. As Web 3.0 matures, an almost perfect market will emerge and squeeze out virtually all of the profit margin from the highest-volume services — and sometimes squeeze them into loss-leading or worse.

Aggregation services form the middle layer. These are the intermediaries that take some of the hassle out of locating all those raw API services by bundling them together in useful ways. Obvious examples today are the various RSS aggregators, and emerging web services marketplaces like the StrikeIron service. I’ll have a lot more to say about these emerging platforms in several of my posts. There will be some lucrative businesses operating in this layer, but in my view it’s not where most of the big money will be made.

Application services form the top layer, and this is where I believe the biggest, most durable profits will be found. These will not be like the established application categories we are used to, such as CRM, ERP or office, but a new class of composite applications that bring together functionality from multiple services to help users achieve their objectives in a flexible, intuitive and self-evident way. I’ll have much more to say about these applications when I write about some of the companies I’ve mentioned in more detail. But an interesting example just surfaced in Swivel, Halsey Minor’s new venture, which Dan Farber has been covering in his blog this week. Dan quotes one enthusiastic early user who describes the ‘wow’ moment of starting to use an application and discovering that it delivers utility he barely even knew existed. To me, that’s a fundamental characteristic of a Web 3.0 application.

Serviced clients are the ‘and-a-half’ layer I mentioned earlier. There is a role for client-side logic in the Web 3.0 landscape, but users will expect it to be maintained and managed on their behalf, which is why I’ve chosen to call these clients ’serviced’. Whether those clients are based on browser technology or on Windows technology is moot point that I shall also be returning to. After all, everyone will want to know what role Microsoft might play in Web 3.0.


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