Archive for the ‘Software’ Category
  • [CES] Samsung Press Conference
    by Mike
    Posted January 6th, 2010 at 9:14 pm
    CES hasn't quite kicked off yet but that isn't stopping a slew of companies from jumping on the bandwagon and unveiling their products a day early. One giant electronics company in particular, Samsung, certainly didn't hold anything back today, releasing a bevy of products including TV's, mp3 players (singular), Notebooks/netbooks, and more. TV's: From pencil thin to triple dimensions... Being the eye candy lovers that many of you are, we'll start with the real meat of Samsung's announcem...
  • “Racist” HP webcam gets the Consumer Reports test treatment.
    by Mike
    Posted December 23rd, 2009 at 12:37 pm
    A couple of days ago the online world went up in a tizzy because of two Walmart employees who pointed out an inherent and embarrassing flaw in HP's webcam software. The problem if you don't recall was that Desi, the black employee, was getting tracked by the auto-adjusting webcam while "White Wonda" was. I never implied that HP was deliberately being racist. Hell, come on folks. The algorithm is based off of contrast. What is bad however is that HP somehow didn't take the time to double a...
  • January 11th ban hammer date for Microsoft Word: Off again. Kind of.
    by Mike
    Posted December 23rd, 2009 at 6:18 am
    Not even 24 hours ago we heard the news that Microsoft lost their appeal to i4i -- a small XML developers firm -- and that the presiding judge decided to uphold the January 11th ban on Microsoft '07. Yesterday the two most obvious choices for Microsoft were to pay up and forget about it or appeal again, risking losing more money and another court case. Microsoft however is choosing plan c. Plan C is simply selling new versions of Word '03 and '07 without the infringing and "little-used featur...
  • Microsoft Office ban coming January 11th…again.
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 3:25 pm
    Fighting a losing battle and getting stuck in a vicious black hole of denial seems to be the name of the game for Microsoft. A month or so back Microsoft found a fresh lawsuit on their doorstep compliments of i4i. The infringing code revolved around Microsoft's use of protected algorithms dealing with the handling of .xml, .docx, and .docm files in Microsoft Office -- more specifically Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007. Not surprisingly Microsoft appealed -- and they lost, with the court ordered O...
  • Finally, a fix for Office ‘97/Windows 7 UAC woes.
    by Mike
    Posted December 21st, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    Software from Microsoft is benefited by rather constant, frequent updates that keep your Windows software running the best that it possibly can. While I update/upgrade my hardware and software as often as I can, there are many out theme who fall more into the "casual use" category. For them, updating all the time isn't necessarily that important. With that said, users of Windows 7 whom installed Office '97 (yes, that's '97 with a "9") may have noticed as of late that editing UAC controls...
  • Square, the innovative new payment solution for iPhone faces patent problems
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 10:41 am
    Patent and IP problems oh my. For a quick refresher, "Square" is an innovative new piece of hardware that attaches itself to any iPhone/iPod Touch and instantly transforms it into a mobile POS station. Cool, right? Definitely. But the startup is far from the finish line. A patent problem is looming that could derail Square's launch and ultimately cost them big time. The founders of Square consisted of Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey. The two coined the whole idea and plan you see...
  • Microsoft just can’t get a break.
    by Mike
    Posted December 12th, 2009 at 6:26 am
    Look back in time through your typical magic ball and observe how Microsoft at one point had a commanding grasp of many aspects of the technology market. From smartphones to computers to software, Microsoft controlled it all. The last 5-6 years however have seen a massive influx of both hardware and software options from various start ups and seasoned veterans all looking to get in on a piece of the pie Microsoft ate by itself for so long. The days of the Microsoft rule are over. Don't under...
  • Ubuntu 10.04 says buh-bye to Gimp
    by Mike
    Posted November 19th, 2009 at 10:07 am
    Used Gimp lately? You know, the completely free, open source Photoshop replacement? Apparently its become too good and what it does as the developers behind Ubuntu 10.04 have removed Gimp from the basic distro install. The dev's reasoning is that Gimp has become too big, too complex for most users and that any basic to medium-range photo editing can be done via F-Spot. I'm not your typical tech beginner so I don't find Gimp too complex in the slightest. Though I can see true beginners get...
  • Truphone getting in on the holiday cheer. Free Thanksgiving Day calls to all US numbers.
    by Mike
    Posted November 19th, 2009 at 9:37 am
    The notion that big business doesn't care about us little guys, that all they care about is making more and more money no matter the toes they step on, can be set aside for at least one company -- Truphone. Why am I getting all soft on a VoIP provider? Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to join each other and enjoy each others company. Various obstacles and circumstances can prevent people from traveling to see their loved ones. Truphone understands and is offering up quite a heartfe...
  • Outlook 2010 getting more social.
    by Mike
    Posted November 18th, 2009 at 3:05 pm
    Have you been sitting at your desk staring at Outlook and wondering why you couldn't view other types of information about your contacts? I'm not talking about the simple information you can find by opening up the address book. I'm talking about integration with outside sources. Sources such as social networking sites. If Outlook is supposed to be this huge communication tool, syncing up or at least displaying social networking information tied to your Outlook contacts would be a huge benefi...
  • Apple’s Black Friday sale prices spied?!
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 7:14 pm
    Even if your Christmas tree is a bit sparse and your holiday meal is a microwave dinner delight, you can rest assured that you won't lose any sleep over any of Apple's pricing this fine Black Friday. If a leaked poster is to be believed, Black Friday 2009 will be quite a winner for Apple with a rather rare showcasing of generosity by the Cupertino giant. The supposed discounts as they appear: Up to 15% off of all accessories, hardware, and software Up to 25% off of all Macs (Hello 27" Core i...
  • AudialsOne: The only media ripping/copying/burning/DRM stripping software you’ll ever need. [20% off discount code]]
    by Mike
    Posted November 14th, 2009 at 1:35 pm
    Will the loopholes and political red tape consumers have to jump through to do something as simple as copying a music video, concert, or online radio playlist for later use is rather infuriating. I mean, all I want to do is listen to some music maybe even watch a movie. Say you want to download a YouTube video. Well, depending on the owner of the video, that may not be possible. But if you simply want to copy it to enjoy on your media player, computer, or other digital device, why shouldn't ...
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