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Windows Mobile 6.0 for PPC (Crossbow) operating system - 21/Nov
Unlocking the iPod - 23/Oct
Microsoft Sets Virtualization Free - 18/Oct
Google to acquire YouTube for $1.65 billion - 9/Oct
The Lockdown: Locked, but not secure (Part I) - 24/Aug
Building the Perfect IT Person - 15/Aug
Microsoft Invites the World to Create Its Own Xbox 360 Console Games - 14/Aug
Apple Mac OS X Leopard Preview: Who's the Copycat Now? - 9/Aug
Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 Review - 6/Aug
Google offers live traffic maps on cell phones - 25/Jul

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Windows Mobile 6.0 for PPC (Crossbow) operating system
Today we are getting our readers to know the new mobile operating system by Microsoft codenamed “Windows Mobile Crossbow”. The most probable title for the commercial edition, though, is “Windows Mobile 6.0”, but it is the thing to remain veiled until an official announcement is made. Beginning from the previous version of Windows Mobile, the company has put into practice a new approach to indexing, so that now codenames are replaced by numbers, like “5.0”, “6.0” etc. Interestingly, the second digit in the index hasn’t been called for up until now, in other words, we haven’t seen Windows Mobile 5.2 or 5.3 yet, since all intermediate updates and patch-works have been introduced within various versions of AKU (Adaptation Kit Update) update packs.

Mobile Review

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Article: Category Handheld PC :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 21/Nov/2006 :: Read the full article

Unlocking the iPod
Growing up in a small town in southern Norway, Jon Lech Johansen loved to take things apart to figure out how they worked. Unlike most kids, though, he'd put them back together better than they were before. When he was 14, his father bought a digital camera that came with buggy software, so Jon analyzed the code and wrote a program that worked better.

When Johansen bought an early MP3 player that kept crashing, he studied how it worked, wrote a more reliable program, and posted it on the Internet so other people could download it for free. Later, the company that made the device asked him about writing a new version, but he didn't hear back after he sent in his r駸um・ "I assume it had something to do with my age," Johansen says dryly. He was 17.


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Article: Category Apple :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 23/Oct/2006 :: Read the full article

Microsoft Sets Virtualization Free
In a move aimed at allowing more computers to run different software systems simultaneously alongside Windows, Microsoft said Tuesday it is making the specification for its virtualization format software freely available to all software developers and customers.

The software, called Virtual Hard Drive (VHD), allows a single hardware device to have multiple operating systems and applications running simultaneously.

PC World

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Article: Category Microsoft :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 18/Oct/2006 :: Read the full article

Google to acquire YouTube for $1.65 billion
Google Inc. on Monday said it has agreed to acquire video site YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion in stock, a move that greatly expands the search engine giant's advertising reach in online video.

The acquisition would combine the largest company in online search with one of the largest sites for video sharing. The deal was announced the same day both companies unveiled separate content deals with major record companies.

In a joint teleconference, YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley said the acquisition would give the startup, founded in February 2005, the money and engineering resources needed to add services and accelerate its growth. In July, YouTube was the third most popular site for streaming or downloading video, followed by No. 1 Yahoo and social-network MySpace.com, according to ComScore Networks.

EETimes | Google News

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Article: Category Business :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 9/Oct/2006 :: Read the full article

The Lockdown: Locked, but not secure (Part I)
The most popular locking mechanism in the world utilizes the pin tumbler design, first developed 4000 years ago in Egypt and then rediscovered and perfected a century and a half ago by Linus Yale. There are billions of these locks in the world and they come in all sizes, configurations, and security ratings. Some are secure; most are not, and even some high security rated cylinders can be easily compromised. All that is required to open many times of pin tumbler cylinders -- the kind of lock that probably keeps the bad guys out of your home -- is a bump key and a tool for creating a bit of force. The bump key shown above opens an extremely popular five pin lock, and the plastic bumping tool is produced by Peterson manufacturing, although many others are now being offered for sale. With these two cheap implements, anyone -- and I do mean anyone -- can get into your home or business in a matter of seconds.


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Article: Category Security :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 24/Aug/2006 :: Read the full article

Building the Perfect IT Person
Technology certifications matter. Or maybe they don't. Pay is up for IT workers, but many haven't recovered the wages that typified the late '90s. There aren't enough computer science majors in the United States, but the jobs held by the ones we do have here could be outsourced. Corporations want M.B.A. technology managers, but there are shortages of specialized technology skills. Meanwhile, the image of the profession is in the dumps.

Those rip-and-read headlines culled from eweek.com over the last month paint a confusing picture. Pick a survey—for example, an Aug. 2 compensation study released by Foote Partners, an IT research company in New Canaan, Conn. Wait a few days, and there's bound to be another take on the technology work force that will pop up to counter it.


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Article: Category Business :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 15/Aug/2006 :: Read the full article

Microsoft Invites the World to Create Its Own Xbox 360 Console Games
In the 30 years of video game development, the art of making console games has been reserved for those with big projects, big budgets and the backing of big game labels. Now Microsoft Corp. is bringing this art to the masses with a revolutionary new set of tools, called XNA Game Studio Express, based on the XNA™ platform. XNA Game Studio Express will democratize game development by delivering the necessary tools to hobbyists, students, indie developers and studios alike to help them bring their creative game ideas to life while nurturing game development talent, collaboration and sharing that will benefit the entire industry.

Microsoft Press

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Article: Category Console :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 14/Aug/2006 :: Read the full article

Apple Mac OS X Leopard Preview: Who's the Copycat Now?
Sometimes I wonder how Apple CEO Steve Jobs can sleep at night. He appears to spend half his waking hours ridiculing Microsoft's admittedly behind-schedule operating system, Windows Vista, for copying Mac OS X features. But this week at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), he announced ten new features for Leopard, the next version of OS X, most of which will seem more than vaguely familiar to Windows users. I'm not dim: Microsoft does copy Apple on a fairly regular basis. But seriously, Steve. Apple's just as bad.

More important, perhaps, is that the new OS X features that Jobs and company announced this week aren't, by and large, all that impressive. Two of the new features--Time Machine and Spaces--are valuable additions to OS X and worth discussing, though both, interestingly, have been done before in other OSes. The other Leopard features Apple announced, alas, are almost all a complete waste of time. They're the types of things one might expect of a minor, interim update, or from free Web downloads. They are certainly not major features as Jobs claimed.

Windows SuperSite

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Article: Category Apple :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 9/Aug/2006 :: Read the full article

Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 Review
Developed in tandem with Office 2007/Outlook 2007 and a future version of Windows Mobile, Exchange Server 2007 will be the biggest upgrade to Microsoft's email and messaging server yet. At a basic level, Exchange has been rearchitected to be more componentized, like Longhorn Server and Windows Vista, and Exchange 2007 deployments will be roles-based as a result, and more secure thanks to role interdependency minimization. It will manage PBX voice mail, VoIP phone calls, and fax messages in addition to email. It will include pervasive security features and technologies, and integrate with a new line of ForeFront security products. It will feature a brand new management interface in which the graphical tools are built on top of a Monad-derived command line environment, like a UNIX server. And it will require 64-bit x64-based server hardware, a break with the 32-bit past that has riled some Exchange customers. Nope, this isn't your father's Exchange. And I like what I see, very much so.

Windows SuperSite

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Article: Category Microsoft :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 6/Aug/2006 :: Read the full article

Google offers live traffic maps on cell phones
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc. said on Tuesday that the company has begun offering mobile phone users in more than 30 major U.S. cities the capacity to view highway maps with "live" traffic data.

The Mountain View, California-based company said that Google Maps for Mobile would allow mobile phone users to chose a destination within Google Maps and select "show traffic," said Gummi Hafsteinsson, product manager of Google Maps for Mobile. Google Maps calculates the route to the location.


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Article: Category Software :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 25/Jul/2006 :: Read the full article

AMD to buy graphics maker ATI
SAN FRANCISCO - Advanced Micro Devices Inc., said it will make a "significant" announcement Monday, amid news reports that Intel Corp.'s biggest rival for PC microprocessors plans to pay more than $5 billion to acquire a top graphics chip maker.

AMD and ATI Technologies Inc. on Sunday were wrapping up talks to close the deal, which called for Sunnyvale-based AMD company to pay $5.4 billion, mostly in cash, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site.

An AMD-ATI marriage could shift the balance of power in the chip industry in significant ways. AMD's product portfolio — which has remained limited to the microprocessors that act as a PC's main calculating engine — would balloon overnight, as it folds in two major new chip categories.

Yahoo News

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Article: Category Business :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 24/Jul/2006 :: Read the full article

Microsoft's Zune to rival Apple's iPod
After trying for years to compete with the iPod through an array of partners, Microsoft confirmed Friday that it plans to directly go after Apple Computer with its own rival, Zune.

Confirming weeks of rumors, Microsoft said it will launch music software and players under the Zune brand, though the software maker left plenty unsaid in its confirmation.

"Today we confirmed a new music and entertainment project called Zune," Chris Stephenson, a general manager of marketing for the software maker, said in a statement. "Under the Zune brand, we will deliver a family of hardware and software products, the first of which will be available this year."


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Article: Category Microsoft :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 23/Jul/2006 :: Read the full article

Microsoft gives Linux a virtual hug
After years of hoping to crush Linux, Microsoft is trying to show it can get along with its open-source rival.

The software maker is announcing a partnership Monday night that will make sure its next virtualization technology can run versions of Linux that have been adapted for a different, open-source virtualization foundation called Xen. It is linking up with commercial software maker XenSource to offer joint development and support for the two technologies, which take a similar approach.

"What Microsoft and XenSource are committing to, effectively, is building a bridge" between the two tools, said Jeff Price, a senior director in Microsoft's Windows Server group.


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Article: Category Microsoft :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 18/Jul/2006 :: Read the full article

The Internet Knows What You'll Do Next
A FEW years back, a technology writer named John Battelle began talking about how the Internet had made it possible to predict the future. When people went to the home page of Google or Yahoo and entered a few words into a search engine, what they were really doing, he realized, was announcing their intentions.

They typed in "Alaskan cruise" because they were thinking about taking one or "baby names" because they were planning on needing one. If somebody were to add up all this information, it would produce a pretty good notion of where the world was headed, of what was about to get hot and what was going out of style.

New York Times

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Article: Category Software :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 5/Jul/2006 :: Read the full article

Google's not-so-very-secret weapon
On the banks of the windswept Columbia River, Google is working on a secret weapon in its quest to dominate the next generation of Internet computing. But it is hard to keep a secret when it is as big as two football fields, with twin cooling towers protruding four stories into the sky.

The towers, looming like an information-age nuclear plant, mark the site of what may soon be one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, helping to supply the ever-greater horsepower needed to process billions of search queries a day and a growing repertory of other Internet services.


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Article: Category Software :: Posted by Cameron :: Date 18/Jun/2006 :: Read the full article

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