Friday, October 31, 2008
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Thursday, October 30, 2008
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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Monday, October 27, 2008
The application does more by sending you a text message with the location of the phone. It has a feature called Spy Call, with which you can eavesdrop on the person's calls. Also the application let you play a trick on the person possessing the phone by allowing you to make the phone play an annoying loud siren. When you thing that the person has enough of the tricks and maybe be ready to toss the phone, you can send him a text message with your name and location and maybe a reward for returning it.
The application is currently in testing mode, but Nokia has already signed a deal to begin offering it on some of its phones.
For more see NYTimes.com
Friday, October 24, 2008
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Thursday, October 23, 2008
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Monday, October 20, 2008
The new product is a computer remote control service designed for collaborative help where the person needing help can initiate a session in which a more knowledgeable person in a different location is given access to the disabled computer for a diagnostic and help solve the problem.
For the system to work, both parties need to download the free service on their computers and for security reasons, the person being helped have to sit by the disabled computer and be the one that initiate the session by choosing the share tab. By clicking the share tab, the person seeking help will generate an access code different for each session, and only then can he gives it to the person providing the help to access his computer. That person providing the help can be a family member, a friend or a consultant in a list maintained by CrossLoop. In the case of the use of a listed consultant, there is a reasonable fee to pay the consultant depending on the case. An interesting feature of the service is a rating system in which the person being helped can rate the person providing the help in how helpful he has been.
For now the new service is only available for computers with Windows operating system; a Mac version is on the works and should be available in the next months.
For more, see WSJ.com
Friday, October 17, 2008
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
For Internet radio lovers, a new device by Aluratek called USB Internet Radio Jukebox, is a handy tool to listen to music online from more than 13,000 Web radio stations in 150 countries.
The device the size of a USB flash drive, has all those radio stations information stored in its memory. Plug it in, and an iTunes-like user interface pops up and allows you to search trough thousand of stations. The device lets you search by genre, geographical area, or top 10 stations in each country and you can store your selection to a favorite folder. It retails for about $30 and requires Windows 2000, XP or Vista and Internet Explorer 6 browser or a more recent one.
For more, see thestreet.com
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Anything, popular subjects, types of business, geographic locations, you named it, could constitute a top-level domain. ICANN has reportedly invested $10 million to build the infrastructure for the new system set to start next year. The cost for each of the new domains is estimated to start at $100,000 and the most sought after may be auctioned off. One of the appeal of this new top domains is the fact that buyers of these new domains, can turn around and sell the rights to sub addresses within the domain. For instance, someone who owns the domain .shoes, can sell as many sub addresses within the domain; with that in mind, a shoes retailer doing business under the name Original George, can purchase the unique sub address OriginalGeorge.shoes.
But , a lot of critics are worried that instead of helping , the new naming system may causes too much confusions.
For more, see WSJ.com
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The discount airline tickets for students is today dominated by two major players, STA Travel Inc and StudentUniverse.com.
According to the WSJ, here are some comparisons between airfares bought through those discount outlets and some regularly priced through the airlines directly: a one way ticket between Dallas and Hartford Connecticut is offered at $242 by STA Travel for one-way on an American Airlines flight on December 20; the same ticket purchased through American , would cost $1,006 according to Orbitz.com.
Another example, a fare between New York and London on the same day on Virgin Atlantic Airways is offered at $364 by StudentUniverse.com while listed at $865 on Virgin's own web site.
For more see WSJ.com
Monday, October 13, 2008
Both these services allow users with the right cell phones and software to shoot video from their phones and broadcast it live on the Web sites of those companies. Example of those phones include the Nokia N series smart phone which runs between $400 and $895 or the Motorola Q, the Sony Ericsson Xperia, the HTC Touch Dual and the Blackjack II. For a live unlimited streaming, users need to have an unlimited Internet data streaming with their mobile phone plans or add the coverage for about $15 to $20 a month.
Beside live streaming, the videos can also be sent to blogs and social networks right from a cell phone. But the coolest thing about the these new services is the possibility for viewers to chat with each other while watching the video. The comments will appear instantly at the bottom of the viewer's screen.
Right now, Kyte services is free for registers users; business too are using it on a free trial base . In the future, the company plans to charge commercial users based either on traffic or revenues.
For more see NYTimes.
Friday, October 10, 2008
For a cross country flight, the gogo service costs $12.95.
Delta and Virgin America are in the work to offer the service by year end while Air Canada plans to do so by next spring.
For more see NY Times
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Google plans to expand the program to include other merchants as well as other products like concerts tickets, video games etc.
For now, the program is only available in the U.S., but Google plans to roll it out internationally in the coming months.
For more, see PCmagazine.com
Research in Motion Ltd. the company behind the BlackBerry brand, will be entering the smart phone market dominated by Apple's iPhone. According to the Wall Street Journal, like the iPhone, the BlackBerry Storm has a touch screen and will work on broadband networks both in the U.S. and Europe. In the U.S., Verizon Wireless will be the exclusive carrier while in Europe, it will be Vodafone. The BlackBerry Storm will be preloaded with applications for social network sites like Facebook and photo-sharing sites like Flickr and many other applications. But unlike Google's Android phone, it will not be an open platform. It is set to go on sale in the U.S. by year end and the price is not known yet. Verizon Wireless only suggested that the price will be competitive which make some experts think that it will sell in the neighborhood of $200 to $300 .
For more, see SFGate.com
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The program is being tested by some newspapers and will be extended to advertisers, ad agencies and ad networks throughout the end of this year and unto the new year.
For more see, editor&publisher.com
Users who rent movies will have 30 days to initiate viewing. Once initiated, viewing must be completed within 24 hours or before the end of the 30th day, whichever is sooner. You can extend your rental for another week for $1.99 or for another day with $1.
If you buy movies, you may view it for as long as you own your VUDU Equipment, with or without a VUDU Service account.
For more, see PCmagazine
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
People can place obituaries up to 300 words at no charge or pay $80 for a year placement or $300 for an unlimited placement period. Others services offered by the site include, the posting of funeral details, an email alert system of the passing of a loved ones etc. A feature addition will allow users to download their address book to the site to be kept informed about the passing of people in that book.
For more, see NYTimes.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Netflix Inc struck a deal last week with Starz Entertainment that will add about 2,500 movies, television shows and music concerts to Netflix's actual library of about 12,000 videos available for online viewing. The deal is the latest in a series that Netflix has been making to help boost its online movies offerings (see previous post) The new deal will cover the rights to stream movies from Disney and Sony corp with titles such as "Superbad", "Ratatouille", "No Country for Old Men" etc. These movies and more are already available online through a service called Starz Play that Starz provides to other partners like Verizon who offer the streaming to subscribers for a monthly fee. But Netflix subscribers of one of its unlimited plans will get the new movies from the new deal, free.
For more, see Reuters.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Introduced last month at TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco, a new device called Fitbit Tracker has a lofty goal to monitor people's health factors such as calories burned, amount and quality of sleep, etc. It's a tiny wireless device the size of a person's thumb that the user can attach almost anywhere on his or her person to help him or her monitor the health factors described above and much more. According to the New York Times, the device uses a motion sensor called accelerometer like the one in use in the Nintendo Wii to track and convert motion into intelligble data. The device which will go on sale starting next year, will cost $99 and comes with a wireless base that collects the data and send it to a free Web site. On the site, users can enter additional information related to the their food consumption and others personal factors to get a bigger picture of their overall health.
For more, see USAToday