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Microsoft Expression??!!

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Umm? What did you say?? Microsoft Expression?? Now what’s that?? A version of Regular Expression from Microsoft?? No, its a new family of professional tools for Web & Windows Vista(does that mean that other tools are un-professional??)!! 😕 (via Techtree.com)

Ok, so you might ask, who are the family members!! Yeah, so presenting:

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Macromedia Studio 8 is out!!

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Macromedia has released the much awaited & anticipated, Studio 8, which contains Dreamweaver 8, Flash Professional 8, Fireworks 8, Contribute 3 and FlashPaper 2. Contribute & FlashPaper are the two new entrants & Freehand has been removed. This probably is also the last release of Fireworks as well, given the acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe, I doubt that Fireworks will remain alive against the much more powerful & established heavy weight we know as Adobe Photoshop(& ImageReady)!! 😕

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Typing in Hindi, online!!

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The other day, I found a nifty online tool that lets you type in Hindi. This Hindi Keyboard offered by IndiaPress.org is though quite basic but is cool for those who don’t know the keyboard layout for Hindi Glyphs(like me)!! So an online keyboard is present which you can click with your mouse and the output is displayed in Unicode format in a textbox.

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eBay out shopping, again!!

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The world’s largest online marketplace, eBay, is out shopping again to expand its already swelling business area!! On a shopping spree in past year or so with acuisitions such as Shopping.com Inc. for $620 million hard cash, the real-estate firm Rent.com, Indian eBay clone Baazee.com, & the Dutch classifieds website Marktplaats.nl, eBay is now ready for another expansion in its shopping cart, this time its Skype which is gonna cost atleast $2.6 billion(cash & stock)!!!:???: (via Yahoo! News)

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Invisible Billion Dollar Economy???

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A news article by Charles Assisi on Times Of India makes me wonder seriously, has the ex-editor of CHIP-India gone senile early?? Did he really resign from his editor’s job at CHIP-India or was he kicked out because he’s lost his marbles??

As per him, there are about 100,000 freelance Indian programmers taking jobs from websites like Rentacoder.com where they are raking in thousands of dollars. As he put it

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Flying with Google!!

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So what if Google doesn’t have its own company jet & instead leases one from CEO Eric Schmidt at a bargain of $7000 an hour?? So what if the search boys Sergey Brin and Larry Page(read Google co-founders) have purchased a Boeing 767 for their personal use? (via SiliconBeat) Does that mean that Google will now try to give the public airlines a complex like they gave to search/email majors Yahoo! & MSN/Hotmail? That would sound a bit ridiculous!! A lot of the Silicon Valley hot-shots have personal & company jets, but they aren’t into the business of jetting people from one place to another.

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Amazon's Gamely Goofups!!!

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Looks like the leading online bookstore Amazon.com is having some gamely goofups in recent times!! 😀

Last month, they mistakenly put up a pre-order price for Sony’s upcoming gaming console PlayStation3 and then backed off saying that it was merely a placeholder page. Now it seems is the turn to do that with Microsoft’s next generation gaming console Xbox 360. Amazon has been taking pre-orders for the soon to be released Xbox gaming console, which it was expecting to deliver via its partner Toys R US, but now the two companies have sent out letters to everyone who placed a pre-order, cancelling them & apologizing for it, says Daniel Terdiman on c|net Gaming Blog. 😯 The letter was reported as saying:

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FireFox, patched again!!

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Yes, it so happens that the safe browser ain’t safe as you thought it to be!! Another critical security hole in Mozilla browsers(including FireFox) can let attackers run malicious software on the computers of those using any of Mozilla browsers, reports c|net.

The security flaw, reported by security researcher Tom Ferris, is due to the way Mozilla browsers handle International Domain Names a.k.a. IDNs. Mozilla Foundation released a patch in a hurry, that disables the IDN support in its browsers. 😕

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Another feather in Google's Hat!!

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There’s another feather in Google’s Hat, and considerable increase in the brainpower that Google Inc. wields today!! The chairman of ICANN & a visiting scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Vinton Cerf will start working at Google from October this year, reports Yahoo! News.

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iPod Nano!!

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Apple unveiled its latest head turner, the iPod Nano, at a special event in San Francisco yesterday, reported Yahoo! News!!

The slim machine -- iPod Nano

This brand new iPod looks uber cool, with the thickness equalling a #2 size pencil, and weighs just 1.5 ounces!! Ofcourse, it doesn’t have a hard-disk, its flash memory based, like the earlier introduced iPod Shuffle. But unlike iPod Shuffle which comes in 512MB & 1GB storage capacities, this iPod Mini replacement comes in 2GB & 4GB flavours, with some cool new accessories!!! Another first in this iPod is its screen lock feature which renders it un-operable to anyone but the owner!! 😉

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