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More Platinum Hits and Wireless PC Trips

Posted in Games,Microsoft,Xbox 360 by Chetz on February 22nd, 2007

Xbox 360 wireless ReceiverRumors of an Xbox 360 price drop continue to swirl but remain unconfirmed by Microsoft but the company may have just made an unofficial statement that they’re expecting more consumers headed their way. Starting on March 16 eight more titles are being added to the Xbox 360 Platinum Hits collection, all priced at the affordable cost of $29.99.

The titles include the 360’s must-have FPS from its launch date, “Call of Duty 2”, plus “Burnout: Revenge”, “Dead or Alive 4”, “Battlefield 2: Modern Combat”, “Fight Night Round 3”, “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter”, “Top Spin 2” and “Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis”. Microsoft is also offering new Platinum Hits to their customers in Japan (including “Chrome Hounds” and “Perfect Dark Zero”) and Pacific Asia (“N3: Nighty-Nine Nights” being one of the new wares.)

As well the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows just …

NBA All-Star LeBron James Gets MSN Website

Posted in Kids,Microsoft,NBA,Websites by Paul Patterson on February 21st, 2007

NBA All-Star LeBron James Gets MSN MinisiteMSN recently announced a new mini-website featuring LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The site illustrates the inspirational story of the three-time NBA all-star and encourages kids to take action in their lives and make a difference of their own.

The Website is in a storybook-style and allows kids to explore LeBron’s role as a community activist, his dedication to basketball and academics including his devotion to his friends, family, and teammates.

The flash-based site includes interactive Windows Live content for people with a MSN account or a Windows Live Space. It is also a forum where James can interact with MSN users and share his experiences and encouraging messages.

A special section of the Website includes a series of challenges and obstacles issued by LeBron. As participants complete the challenges, LeBron shares the difficulties and successes he …

Hasta la Vista

Posted in Microsoft,News,Vista by Chetz on February 20th, 2007

Steve Ballmer talks about sluggish sales and piracy with Microsoft VistaIn a Monday conference call to investors Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that sales expectations for the company’s new operating system, Windows Vista, had been “overly optimistic” – but not by the software titan that made the program. Instead, Ballmer dumped blame on aggressive expectations by analysts who had stars in their eyes rather than reasonable sales expectations. “Some of the Windows revenue forecasts I’ve seen are overly aggressive,” Ballmer was quoted as saying. “You shouldn’t think of a huge surge in fiscal year ‘08 relative to ‘07. There are a few who think we are going to do so much better than PC growth.”

After five years spent in development Vista launched to retail at the start of this month. Microsoft has reportedly spent around half-a-billion dollars alone to market the latest version of Windows to …

Twelve Microsoft Security Patches Tuesday, and More

Posted in Microsoft,News,Security,Windows by Darrin Olson on February 11th, 2007

Microsoft has 12 updates coming TuesdayYou may want to set a side a little time for some updates and rebooting on Tuesday, February 13th. Microsoft has 12 security updates scheduled in their monthly security bulletin communication that list out various Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft software products.

Eight of the security bulletins scheduled to be released Tuesday affect Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Office with seven of them having severity rating of ‘Critical’ with the rest rated as ‘Important’. The remaining four bulletins range from ‘Important’ to ‘Critical’ and will affect Windows with Visual Studio, Step-by-Step Interactive Training, Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) and multiple security applications that run on Windows including OneCare, Antigen, and Wiindows Defender among others.

Along with these high-security updates, Microsoft will be releasing another update to the Malicious Software Removal Tool and 10 additional non-security related high-priority updates.

These security updates from Microsoft are a common …

More Zune Phone Talk

Posted in Microsoft,Zune Phone by Darrin Olson on February 10th, 2007

Some type of zune phone device possibly coming from MicrosoftMarket Watch has recently identified a filing to the FCC by Microsoft which adds more fuel to the rumor mill about a potential Zune Phone. What makes this filing even more curious is the fact that Google Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Intel Corp are also listed as taking part in submitting this device to the FCC.

Many speculators have written about a possible phone from Microsoft ever since the release of the iPhone from Apple. The thought is that Microsoft might try to take the same route with their portable media player that Apple did with the iPod, making some type of mobile phone from the Zune player. The difference being the iPhone is intended for cellular networks, while the rumored Zune Phone would be intended for a type of network based VoIP connection. The filing …

New Black Xbox 360 Rumors

Posted in Microsoft,Xbox 360 by Chetz on February 9th, 2007

Black Xbox 360Rumors have been flying again about a new Xbox 360 from Microsoft, with some added information this time.

Engadget recently reported on some of the latest rumors regarding the Xbox 360 citing information from GamersReports. Supposedly someone has some “inside info” from Microsoft in Australia about a new Xbox that will be debuting down under donning a new black look that houses a 120GB hard drive.

Along with the bigger drive, the black Xbox is also expected to have an added HDMI port, but no rumors about integration with a Zune Phone, or at least not yet. Pricing for the Xbox is expected to be around $750 in Australian money, and GamersReports also talk about a launch date as early as March as apposed to an expected later date of April in order to thwart the PS3 launch coming up this March from …

Windows Mobile 6 Unveiled

Posted in Microsoft,Mobile Phones,News,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on February 7th, 2007

Windows Mobile 6 from MicrosoftInformation on the new Windows Mobile 6 has been recently unveiled, which is the much-anticipated new smartphone platform to replace Windows Mobile 5, no less.

The new Mobile 6 platform supports a number of new features, including HTML in emails, transferring files through Live Messenger, updated Mobile Office apps, a call history for contacts to help track business interactions like Outlook currently does with emails, further integration with the new Vista OS, and the .NET Compact Framework with SQL Server on board. (Having that database built in will save loads of headaches for developers of mobile applications.) The new software also has a desktop Outlook style calendar to view appointments, additional email shortcut functions, VoIP integration and a feature to make using the smartphone device work as a modem a little easier.

Windows Mobile 6, formerly named “Crossbow”, will have 3 versions: Professional (was Pocket …

Shout Hacking Windows Vista

Posted in Hacks,Microsoft,News,Vista,Windows by Darrin Olson on February 4th, 2007

Shout Hackers attack Windows VistaAn novel security hole presented itself last week with the new version of Windows Vista released by Microsoft to customers around the world.

George Ou, and online blogger, reported on Tuesday through ZD Net that he was able to access the Start Menu on Vista and could potentially run programs through voice command audio files played through the system speakers. This type of functionality could allow a hacker to run programs, delete files and any number of other harmful processes accessible through the voice command functionality of Windows Vista.

Microsoft has attempted to downplay the issue slightly, and has addressed the Speech Recognition Issue on their Security Response Center blog. “While we are taking the reports seriously and investigating them accordingly I am confident in saying that there is little if any need to worry about the effects of this issue on your …

Apple Tells iTunes Users to Wait With Vista

Posted in Apple,iTunes,Microsoft,News,Vista by Darrin Olson on February 3rd, 2007

Apple warns iTunes users to wait for new version with VistaApple has recently updated information on its website about iTunes compatibility with Windows Vista from Microsoft, urging iTunes users to wait for an new iTunes version before upgrading to the new OS.

iTunes software is the key to syncing up music from Apple iTunes to the iPod portable media players, and although it has worked well with the current XP and 2000 operating systems from Microsoft Apple has noted some issues with the new Vista OS and has a new iTunes release on the way to address them. Apple states that iTunes 7.0.2 may work well with Vista on many PC’s, but due to some known compatibility issues iTunes users should wait until the next release of the iTunes software is out in a few weeks.

Some of the known issues Apple has noted range from serious …

Microsoft and the British Library Digitize da Vinci

Posted in Microsoft,Vista,Websites by Paul Patterson on February 3rd, 2007

Microsoft and the British Library Digitize da VinciLeonardo da Vinci was one of the most prolific polymaths who ever lived. A true Renaissance man, his interests allowed him to succeed as a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, and writer. Leonardo’s studies were recorded in notebooks that were maintained daily throughout his life as he made continual observations of the world around him. Leonardo’s notebooks encompass over 13,000 pages of notes and drawings.

You now have access to page through the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci thanks to a joint effort between Microsoft and the British Library. Two of da Vinci’s notebooks have been digitized for an updated version of an application called “Turning the Pages” which allows people to browse parts of the British Library’s 150 million piece collection via a web browser.

The British Library will make selections from the Codex Arundel and …

Zune Phone On Its Way

Posted in Microsoft,Mobile Phones,Zune,Zune Phone by Darrin Olson on February 2nd, 2007

Microsoft Zune Phone coming soon according to tipsCrunchgear got a tip yesterday that a Zune Phone from Microsoft is in the works, and as far as tips go they seem to think this is a pretty solid one. According to the tip, executives from Microsoft are currently working out details of the product and its release.

The gadget site states a number of “known” details about the rumored Zune Phone and it’s launch. First, the new mobile phone would be a smart device that interfaces with the existing Zune product but will not run Windows Mobile, despite being a Microsoft product.

The Zune cell phone will have connectivity to sync up with the Xbox 360 to stream media content through a wireless connection. This sounds pretty cool, but we’re just not sure how practical that would be. Transferring movies from the Xbox to the mobile media player …

Microsoft Windows Vista Available

Posted in Microsoft,News,Vista,Windows by Chris Weber on January 30th, 2007

microsoft windows vista releasedThe consumer versions of Microsoft Windows Vista are finally available today around the world. Vista is available both at retail outlets and, in a first, via download. Microsoft’s tag line for Vista is The “Wow” starts now. And most consumers will be “Wowed” by the ridiculous number of different versions to choose from. Do you want Home Basic, Business, Home Premium or Ultimate? Good question. Most of the decision depends on knowing what you want to do. Unfortunately the technology experts in every family will end up answering many questions about Vista and most of them will not be happy about it. How many of them will answer, “Buy a Mac,” remains to be seen.

New Windows releases have been an event ever since Microsoft hired the Rolling Stones to perform for the Windows 95 release. …

Microsoft Pushing Palm OS based Treo’s

Posted in Microsoft,News,Palm,Services,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on January 28th, 2007

Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync available on Palm OS for Treo 680 and Treo 700pPalm has recently announced the availability of Microsoft’s Direct Push technology with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync for the Palm Treo 680 and Treo 700p running the Palm OS.

The Palm Treo’s have been able to sync up email information through the Palm VeraMail client, but this offering allows the Palm OS on the Treo’s to take advantage of the Direct Push technology from Microsoft which allows automatic wireless updates of emails, calendar items and contacts.

“Extending Microsoft’s Direct Push Technology to the Palm OS based line of Treo smartphones gives business customers a powerful new choice for wireless email, security and manageability,” said Joe Fabris, director of wireless solutions, at Palm, Inc. “This combination delivers the benefits of business-class email without the cost of additional infrastructure required by other middleware-based solutions, ensuring a fast return on …

Are you and your PC ready for Windows Vista?

Posted in Microsoft,Vista,Windows by Darrin Olson on January 26th, 2007

Are you ready for Windows Vista to launchCustomers with business accounts have had Windows Vista available to them for almost two months, and the launch to general consumers is just a few days away, scheduled for the 30th of January.

Even with the limited exposure the new OS has had, there have already been reported issues with drivers, some anti-virus software and Quickbooks to name a few. To help with this, Microsoft has created a page to help you get ready for Windows Vista, walking users through the different editions of Vista, a product guide, and upgrade information. An upgrade advisor is available, which is a tool that can be downloaded to run on your PC to help identify compatible and non-compatible device and software issues. Be sure when you run it to have any devices that you want …

Vista Adoption Will Be Slow In South Korea

Posted in Microsoft,News,Windows by Chris Weber on January 25th, 2007

windows vista could run into problems in south korea because of problems with activex and internet explorer 7Microsoft may again be a victim of its own success. Many companies in South Korea rely on ActiveX, a technology built into Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, that enables users to run arbitrary applications in their browser. However, IE7 (Internet Explorer 7) breaks some of the functionality that companies rely on to run their ActiveX plugins in user’s browsers. Because of this the South Korean government through its various ministries has advised users to be cautious about upgrading.

So why has South Korea taken a shine to the ActiveX technology that many American companies have shied away from because of its proprietary nature? The answer lies in encryption. The US maintains a very strict export policy in regards to certain technology. Back in the nineties, US …