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Windows going Live!!

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You might’ve heard of Xbox Live if you’ve any interest in gaming or internet, now the next you’ll hear is Windows Live & Office Live, the offerings of the same giant, Microsoft, reported Yahoo! Reportedly, Microsoft is trying hard to fend off threats from Google, Yahoo! & other small upstarts that are thriving on the online services business model.

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Rediffmail catching up with the Buzz!!

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Yeah, it seems like Rediffmail is catching up on the buzz fast!! First it boosted its free email storage to 1GB when Google came out banging with 1000MB GMail service. Now its intent on improving its UI as well by adding a bit of the buzzword(AJAX) to it. 😉 Yes, as you can see from the screenshot below(click it for a larger image), Rediffmail is certainly trying to improve, to retain users!! 😀

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Flock it baby!!

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Click for a Screenshot of 'Flock' No, I’m not talking about a group of birds or a herd of animals or anything else!! Its not some new term or rage(that might be debatable) either, but its a new browser for sure!! Yes, Flock, a browser based on the open source Mozilla FireFox!!

You can also term this browser as FireFox on Steroids!! 😉 If you click the image on left, you’ll see a screenshot of this browser, which currently resembles very much to FireFox, but has a cool looking theme & graphics!! But that’s not all if you are wondering!! Its got everything that FireFox has and it has more!!

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Bulletproof Bed?!

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If you think that you are safe in your bed, well, its time to think again, as Leslie Katz writes about a bulletproof bed, on Gadgets Blog at c|net. 😉

The bulletproof bed - Quantum SleeperYes, behold this polycarbonate-plastic-plated bulletproof peril-resistent Quantum Sleeper which is a sleeping safe room for you!! Stocked with gizmos like a cell phone, CB and short-wave radio connections, DVD screens with PC hookups, a microwave and refrigerator, this is not just another bed!! :dizzy: This patent pending bed is airtight & watertight and comes with motion, smoke & other sensors!! Its got a center console with a touch screen control panel that lets you open and close the unit’s doors and operate ventilation, heating & air conditioning and a rebreather system which is activated when the ventilation system is shut off. And ofcourse this thing also has backup power!!

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Ringtones go Political!!

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Yes, the Ringtones are going political, as c|net reports!!

A washington based web-developer, Eric Gundersen, has made a ringtone which contains a part of Bush’s speech.

Protest ringtones, as they are called, is quite a new genre, which originally emerged in Philippines a few months ago when opponents of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo got access to a recording of a clandestine conversation between the head of state and a top election official.
The ringtone reportedly shot up on the charts so quickly, one of the websites offering it for download crashed under the load!! It didn’t do any visible harm to the Arroyo government but now seem to be inspiring the activists in USA.

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Made for iPod!!

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There are many reasons why I hate Apple and more reasons for why they suck bigtime!! And here’s one, the “Made for iPod” program by Apple, under which, every accessory maker whose devices connects electrically to iPod will have to pay a royalty to Apple, c|net reports.

So why does Apple suck? They can’t see other people making money, especially if its based on their device!! Now this is like Microsoft started charging a royalty on every software made to run on Windows, imagine how big an outrage it’ll be!! 🙄 Sure they have the “WindowsXP Logo” program which allows you to display a “Made for WindowsXP” logo on your product but its not compulsory & you are not forced to take part in it. So why Apple is forcing it? To make a quick buck, ofcourse, wash hands in the running water you know!! Speculation say that the bounty is as high as 10% of the wholesale price of each item. Now this will only mean increase in the prices for iPod accessories, as if they weren’t already expensive!! 🙄

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Samsung a cheat!!

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Yes, apparently so, as Samsung, the largest maker of memory chips in the world, will pay $300 million fine for being guilty of conspiring with its rivals in the $7.7 billion US market & fixing prices and thus cheating customers, the result of a three year investigation by the Justice Department, Yahoo! reports. 👿

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A tour to ancient Rome!!

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Yes, its true!! You can now tour ancient Rome…..virtually that is!! 😉
More on it here at Yahoo! News, better read it there as well, since I still have to figure out what all that meant besides being a 3D virtual reality tour of how Rome supposedly was!! 😕 😉

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Look Ma..... the ad is moving!!

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Yes, come 2007 & those might be the words that come out of your mouth when you see an advertisement in a print magazine. As Margaret Kane posted on Blogma, the German electronics maker Siemens has come up with paper thin TV Screens that can be put in a newspaper or magazine!! 😕

So these screens can show moving pictures, the same way magic photos appear to be in Harry Potter stories!! 😉 A spokesman for Siemens said that these screens would likely start as ads in high-end magazines & further elaborated

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MS-Office 12 to support PDF!!

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The next version of Microsoft Office, v12 which is due out at the end of 2006, will support creation of PDF files from various Office tools like Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc., reports Yahoo!

Up until now, people have to rely on third party tools to create PDFs from their Word documents or Excel sheets, many of which are commercial ranging from $20 to $450, the most popular(& most expensive) being Adobe Acrobat. A few of them are also free, like pdf995, PrimoPDF, CutePDF Writer.

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