• Update to Windows Server includes virtualization

    [photopress:windows_server_2008_bundle.jpg,full,left]Windows is getting the virtualization treatment with Server 2008, which was released today. In the past, to run virtual version of Windows on a server, you’d have to use software like that made by VMware, but by building it into the operating system, Microsoft has struck a blow against other virtualization companies. The new version… Read More

  • A tired attempt to scare you away from freeconomics

    [photopress:freestinks.jpg,full,center] Aren’t we supposed to take a hands-off approach to the market? Like, whatever happens, happens? That’s what I thought. ReadWriteWeb today has a counter argument to Chris Anderson’s everything will be free thesis, only it’s among the weakest counter arguments I’ve ever read. The gist—free does not equal good. Good can… Read More

  • Microsoft WorldWide Telescope Presented at TED; Huge Expectations Set

    So the rest of us can’t quite cry along with Robert Scoble – not just yet – but the attendees of TED had the opportunity to do so today when Microsoft presented the stargazing software we wrote about last week called WorldWide Telescope. Microsoft has launched a website for the service that says “coming in spring 2008” and provides a FAQ sheet along with a… Read More

  • Cops foil ephebophiliac's kidnapping with text messages

    [photopress:201_2M26FABOO.standalone.prod_affiliate.4.JPG,full,center] David Anthony Faboo, pictured, is in trouble. The 37-year old allegedly met a 16-year old girl on MySpace. He then went to her house a short distance away and picked her up, likely for illicit underage sex. After a few hours of driving north, the girl changed her mind and started texting her friend. With the help of her… Read More

  • Userplane Rebuilds Desktop Product in AIR

    Userplane is announcing a second version of their Desktop product that’s based on newly released AIR and therefore compatible across operating systems. The Desktop product enables web developers to extend functionality outside of the browser with instant messaging, notifications, advertisements, and other general messages. This new release should appeal to social network developers… Read More

  • Australia moving ahead with ISP-level porn filtering despite previous failures

    [photopress:ausxxx.jpg,full,center] Despite the fact that previously attempted ISP-level filtering technology failed, the Australian government will go ahead with a plan to implement such filtering, starting with a trial in Tasmania. The Government will spend $89 million to deploy the filtering system in hopes of protecting youngsters from accessing X-rated material. (For illustrative… Read More

  • Yahoo Lawsuits Hit Seven

    The number of shareholder lawsuits targeting Yahoo over its rejection of Microsoft’s takeover offer now stands at seven. According to Reuters, four of the lawsuits were filed in the California Superior Court and three were filed in the Delaware Chancery Court. Yahoo said in a statement to the SEC that they “do not believe, based on current knowledge, that any of the foregoing… Read More

  • Inexpensive biometric door lock

    [photopress:fingerprintlock.jpg,full,left]While I think biometrics are a fad, I can’t deny that it’s a handy technology. Gaining entry to a secure thing (computer, room, brothel) without having to pull out a pesky key or annoying card is the way to go. And granting that ability to your house for only $199 sounds like a killer deal to me. Biometric fingerprint door lock [Popgadget] Read More

  • MacBook, MacBookPro refresh expected in June

    It seems the Santa Rosa-based Penryn MacBook/Pros announced by Apple yesterday are already outdated. According to Daily Tech, Intel will soon abandon the Santa Rosa platform for Montevina aka Centrino 2 in June. Montevina has the pleasure of boasting a 1066MHz front-side bus and processors ranging from 2.26GHz to 2.8GHz. This does not make me very happy, but I won’t be ditching this… Read More

  • Abilene Christian University students will get iPhones, iPod touches this fall

    [photopress:acui.jpg,full,center] Incoming freshman at Texas’ Abilene Christian University this fall will each receive either an iPhone or iPod touch to help speed along their education. The school hopes students will use the devices in any number of academic pursuits, such as getting on-the-go homework updates, checking meal plan activity and answer in-class quizzes. That’s what… Read More

  • Kijiji Talks Smack About Craigslist: "We Will Be No. 1 In the U.S."

    Why can’t brothers and sisters just get along? As I noted earlier this month, eBay’s free classifieds site Kijiji is coming on strong since its launch in the U.S. last summer. Of course, eBay owns 25 percent of Craigslist, but since the other 75 percent is not for sale, eBay is putting all of its eggs into Kijiji and taking Craigslist head on. In January, Kijiji had 2.3 million U.S. Read More

  • Spy on your loved ones' cellphone messages with this SIM card reader

    Why trust your wife, husband, friends, etc. when you can spy on them? With this USB-based SIM card reader you’re able to read/write the contents of any SIM, including deleted text messages. The company behind it claims it’s a way to keep tabs on your target in case you suspect them of any wrongdoing. You know, rather than being an adult and confronting them about your… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: The Sims Online goes free

    [photopress:8_sims_online.jpg,full,center] The Sims were fun. I remember my ex-girlfriend would spend hours ignoring me and Tony Hawk while she sat hunched over her Mac’s keyboard making them go to work. There was a warning sign there I should have seen but didn’t. No matter, that was the past, and here in the present, you can play Sims Online for free. It’s not the full… Read More

  • iPhone/iPod SDK Roadmap to be revealed next week

    “Please join us to learn about the iPhone software roadmap, including the iPhone SDK and some exciting new enterprise features,” The extravaganza is set to take place on March 6th at 10AM PST on Apple’s campus in Cupertino. Also mentioned in the e-mail from Apple is some “exciting new enterprise features.” Joy. Read More

  • Unity Trans-Pacific fiber optic cable to vastly increases bandwidth capacity

    [photopress:fiberunity.jpg,full,right] I can’t stand the name—Unity—but I recognize its worth. Kinda. Six international companies have signed up to create a new Trans-Pacific Internet fiber optic cable that may (the numbers aren’t finalized yet) increase the bandwidth capacity by 7.68 Terabits/s. The companies, of which Google is most recognizable ’round these… Read More

  • Maemo brings PAN to Nokia Internet tablets

    [photopress:nokia_n800_hands_on_1.jpg,full,center] Current owners of Nokia N-series Internet tablets can use their integrated Bluetooth connections to start dial-up networking with tetherable handsets for Internet access on the go. But DUN is awkward and clunky, the new hotness, especially for smartphone owners who like Windows Mobile, is Bluetooth PAN. PAN offers a simpler way to connect. Read More

  • Pownce to Release More Complete API this Friday

    Leah Culver, the lead programmer of Pownce, has informed us that the messaging/social networking service will release a more complete API this Friday, one with substantial improvements over the first version released late last October. This second version will include the ability to post notes and replies, fetch private and friends-only notes (in addition to public messages and user… Read More

  • Mario Kart Wii will NOT feature voice chat – and that's fine with me

    Well, it looks like it’s strictly text for players of the future modern classic, Mario Kart Wii. Voice chat will not be an option. You can use your keyboard or the wiimote to type stuff in, which has been sufficient for years now. I’ve had some good times talking trash in Half-Life 1 DM, Starcraft, and Counterstrike (beta 5.2 forever), and it was all in text. To this day I refuse… Read More

  • Cool concept: ZEN computing, truly multitouch

    Here’s an idea I know I’ve been kicking around in my head for years. Tactile feedback from the trackpad. It seems so obvious, I’m not sure why I can’t already feel the icons and windows on my MBP. Well, this ZEN (Z-axis ENabled) Computing concept allows just that, and more. It’s designed for blind users, basically a gigantic 3-D touchpad that can rise and… Read More

  • March 6th Date Set for Apple's "iPhone Software Roadmap" Event

    Apple has sent out an email to the media announcing a March 6th event for laying out an “iPhone Software Roadmap” that will focus on the SDK as well as “new enterprise features”. It’s not clear whether the SDK will actually be released on that date, or whether it will just be detailed. In either case, Apple has failed to fulfill its promise to release the SDK… Read More

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