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July 2, 2007

AMD to launch Barcelona processors next month

Link: AMD to launch Barcelona processors next month
Filed under: Technology News, Companies News, Hardware News, Server News

by Jan Harris

Advanced Micro Devices is planning to launch its ‘Barcelona’ quad-core Opteron processors in August.
The first Barcelona models, which will be formally called Quad-Core Opteron, will be in competition with quad-core processors already released by Intel.
However AMD claims that Quad-Core Opteron is the first ‘native’ quad-core chip because all four cores are on a […]





June 28, 2007

Adobe opens Lightroom to outside developers

Link: Adobe opens Lightroom to outside developers
Filed under: Technology News, Adobe News

by Jan Harris

Closely following the release of Photoshop Lightroom 1.1, the latest version of its digital photograph management software, Adobe has new announced that it now plans to let outside developers add their own plug-ins.
At the moment Lightroom 1.1 can only be modified by Adobe, but the company now plans to release a software developer kit […]





Google launches Desktop for Linux

Link: Google launches Desktop for Linux
Filed under: Internet News, Google News, Linux News

by Jan Harris

Google has launched a beta version of Google Desktop search for Linux.
Google Desktop was launched in 2004 for Windows machines and there is also an enterprise version, but it has never before been available to Linux users.
It is a desktop search application which provides a text search tool for a computer. A […]





June 27, 2007

UK businesses slow to reduce carbon footprint

Link: UK businesses slow to reduce carbon footprint
Filed under: Business News, Technology News, Hardware News

by Jan Harris

According to the Green Technology Initiative, UK businesses are not taking appropriate measures to reduce the carbon footprint of their IT activities and many are pursuing unsustainable IT strategies.
Information Technology accounts for approximately 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions, but in its recent Green IT Awareness Survey, the Green Technology Initiative found that over […]





Microsoft boosts Windows Live service

Link: Microsoft boosts Windows Live service
Filed under: Internet News, Microsoft News

by Jan Harris

Microsoft is enhancing Windows Live with photo sharing and Web-based hosted storage.
The new services will initially only be available to pre-selected testers.
Windows Live Photo Gallery beta is an enhanced version of the Windows Photo Gallery that is built into Windows Vista. It will also work on Windows XP machines.
It extends Windows Live’s […]





Google Adsense offers rounded corner ads

Link: Google Adsense offers rounded corner ads
Filed under: Internet News, Webmaster News, Google News, Web Development News, AdSense News

by Brian Turner

Google has announced that it’s Google Adsense contextual advertising program now offers ads in a rounded corner box.
Previously, ads were served up as squares or rectangles with sharp angular corners. However, now ads can be selected to have rounded corners.
The aim is to allow Google Adsense ads to blend in more suitably with websites which […]





June 26, 2007

Google to add mail migration to Google Apps

Link: Google to add mail migration to Google Apps
Filed under: Business News, Google News, Web Development News, Software News

by Brian Turner

Google is rumoured to be ready to release mail migration to Google Apps this week - in order to help encourage companies to integrate more of their data over to Google’s servers for storage.
Email clients which support an IMAP interface will be able to use this new feature, which will then allow a user’s emails […]





Jupiter Research predicts two-tiered net

Link: Jupiter Research predicts two-tiered net
Filed under: Internet News, Telecoms News

by Jan Harris

In a new report, Jupiter Research predicts that Internet Service Providers could start charging some websites for faster access to customers.
Although this would generate increased revenues for ISPs, Jupiter warns that it could also create a “two-tiered internet” which might alienate consumers and increase the complexity of broadband service provision.
As the moment ISPs […]





Paypal to get new website design

Link: Paypal to get new website design
Filed under: Business News, Internet News, Webmaster News, Ecommerce News, Web Development News, Companies News, Paypal News

by Brian Turner

With Paypal having recently moved to Luxembourg, and with Google Checkout chasing on their heels, Paypal are now applying a new redesign to their website.
Interestingly enough, after their last redesign in September 2004, it seems Paypal are going retro, with their new design reclaiming the silvered login box that used to help define their site […]





IBM and Sun develop pentaflop computers

Link: IBM and Sun develop pentaflop computers
Filed under: Technology News, Sun News, IBM News, Hardware News

by Jan Harris

IBM has developed a new Blue Gene supercomputer which will be able to process up to three quadrillion operations a second, or three petaflops.
In real life situations, the Blue Gene/P, will be able to operate continuously at more than one petaflop.
The Blue Gene/P wrests the title of most powerful computer on earth from the […]





June 25, 2007

EU to assess search engine’s data retention policies

Link: EU to assess search engine’s data retention policies
Filed under: Internet News, Search Engine News, Legal News

by Jan Harris

The Article 29 Working Group, a panel of EU data protection official, are extending their investigation into search engines’ data retention policies.
The Working Group, led by Supervisor Peter Hustinx, targeted Google in May 2007 and now plans to write to a number of Google’s competitors to request details about the information they keep.
The […]





Google aims to be carbon-neutral by 2008

Link: Google aims to be carbon-neutral by 2008
Filed under: Internet News, Google News

by Jan Harris

Search engine Google has partnered with international environmental organisation The °Climate Group, in order to take forward its aim to become carbon neutral by 2008.
Google, with help from The °Climate Group, plans to reduce its energy consumption, increase its use of renewable energy and offset any additional carbon consumption through accredited schemes.
Google is understood […]





June 22, 2007

Google extends Pay-Per-Action ad engine worldwide

Link: Google extends Pay-Per-Action ad engine worldwide
Filed under: Internet News, Google News, AdSense News

by Jan Harris

Google has opened its Pay-Per-Action ad beta, an optional extra to AdWords, to non-US advertisers.
Pay-Per-Action, which was launched in the US in March, doesn’t charge an advertiser unless an ad generates an action on their website, such as a sale or registration.
This means that they only have to pay when they get results. […]





Dell reduces preinstalled software

Link: Dell reduces preinstalled software
Filed under: Technology News, Companies News, Dell News

by Jan Harris

Dell Inc. has responded to complaints on its IdeaStorm blog about the amount of software it pre-installs on new computers.
The company now plans to give customers more control over software during the purchase process.
Dell.com customers who buy an XPS system, Inspiron notebook or Dimension desktop can now select to have no software preinstalled […]





June 21, 2007

Microsoft to enable Vista for Google search

Link: Microsoft to enable Vista for Google search
Filed under: Internet News, Microsoft News, Google News

by Jan Harris

In a filing with the Justice Department, Microsoft has agreed to allow both computer manufacturers and individual users of its Vista operating system to select the default search application. At the moment it is locked into Vista’s instant search function.
Microsoft will change the search feature as part of the first service pack to Windows […]





June 20, 2007

Safari supports enhanced browser colours

Link: Safari supports enhanced browser colours
Filed under: Internet News, Browsers, Apple News

by Jan Harris

Apple could lead the way to making the web a more colourful place with its new Safari browser.
Safari, which is now available in beta on Windows, supports different ways of encoding images to those provided by browsers such as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox. This can mean richer, deeper colours.
Mozilla’s forthcoming Firefox […]





June 19, 2007

Searchboth.com brings together Google and Yahoo!

Link: Searchboth.com brings together Google and Yahoo!
Filed under: Internet News, Search Engine News, Google News, Yahoo! News

by Jan Harris

Searchboth.com, a new site from IdeaLabz and the Toll Free Yellow Pages, delivers search results from both Google and Yahoo! in split-screen format.
When a query is typed into the site’s search box, the site displays results from Yahoo! on the left side of a browser and results from Google on the right. Each browser pane […]





Demand spreads for Dell PCs with Linux

Link: Demand spreads for Dell PCs with Linux
Filed under: Technology News, Linux News, Dell News

by Jan Harris

Over 20,000 people have signed a petition calling on Dell to offer Linux-based PCs outside of the US.
Dell PCs pre-loaded with the Ubuntu Linux distribution have been available in the US since May, as a result of pressure from visitors to Dell’s IdeaStorm Web site.
The IdeaStorm forum is now hosting several motions calling […]





June 18, 2007

YouTube launches Adobe tool for online editing

Link: YouTube launches Adobe tool for online editing
Filed under: Internet News, Apple News, Software News

by Jan Harris

YouTube, the popular video sharing website, has launched a Web-based editing tool with Adobe branding.
The tool, known as ‘remixer’, allows users to create more professional-looking videos by splicing together video clips, photos, music, graphics and other media.
Similar tools are already offered by Photobucket and Yahoo Video. Photobucket launched an Adobe-branded editor in February, […]





Tradedoubler affiliate sales hit by tracking errors

Link: Tradedoubler affiliate sales hit by tracking errors
Filed under: Business News, Internet News, Webmaster News

by Brian Turner

A number of popular affiliate programs in the insurance market have been hit by sitewide tracking errors, preventing affiliates from being credited with sales they generated.
The affiliate programs involved include those for major insurance companies, such as Directline, Prudential, Privilege, and Churchill, who run popular affiliate schemes through Tradedoubler for a range of insurance products, […]





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