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A simple Internet word game has generated 1,072,025,720 grains of rice for the hungry since it first launched on October 7th, through November 9th. It's easy: each correct word is worth 10 grains of rice. What's the catch? There isn't a catch, for those of us playing, except perhaps some of your time --- and a few ads.An internet word game has generated enough rice to feed 50,000 people for one day, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has said.The game, FreeRice, tests the vocabulary of participants. For each click on a correct answer, the website donates money to buy 10 grains of rice.Companies advertising on the website provide the money to the WFP to buy and distribute the rice. Words get... Read more...
Federal financial aid is always an arm-twisting manuever used against colleges, and this is no different.  Colleges must, according to Congress, make more of an effort to police their students, or face the "music" (pun intended).New federal legislation says universities must agree to provide not just deterrents but also "alternatives" to peer-to-peer piracy, such as paying monthly subscription fees to the music industry for their students, on penalty of losing all financial aid for their students.The U.S. House of Representatives bill, which was introduced late Friday by top Democratic politicians, could give the movie and music industries a new revenue stream by pressuring schools into... Read more...
For months there has been wild speculation about Google getting into the mobile phone business or getting into the OS game, strangely enough both rumors are actually true.  Even stranger is that they're actually the same rumor: Google and partners are developing a completely new mobile device platform: Android.So what have Google and their partners managed to come up with?  A completely open OS with a lot of promise:“Android holds the promise of unprecedented benefits for consumers, developers and manufacturers of mobile services and devices. Handset manufacturers and wireless operators will be free to customize Android in order to bring to market innovative new products faster and... Read more...
We've been living in a world where a spilled beverage too close to a laptop could result in disaster, but for some unknown reason those people at StarBucks continue to sell untold numbers of drinks to laptop users.  It looks like Intel engineers may have been putting in some time at the local StarBucks as well, because they've got an answer: A spill-proof keyboard for your laptop.“Traditionally, a laptop computer has its air inlets on the underside. Fans use the drawn-in air to cool the computer's inner working.However, at home, many owners work with their laptop on their lap, blocking the vents, causing the microprocessor to overheat and stressing the fan.”Intel's new approach involves... Read more...
Since Amazon MP3 opened, it's been obvious that Apple would have to respond to its lower prices, and they have, by lowering prices on its unprotected music files to match at 99 cents.While there is no reason to think that Amazon has taken the market by storm, it’s clear that it is a competitive force. If iPod users decide to try Amazon’s store in order to save 30 cents a track, suddenly the iTunes would become less central to the online music business. Nothing would do more to please the music labels, which have been increasingly concerned that Apple is dictating the terms of their business.Amazon still has advantages, with MP3 format vs AAC, and with tracks from Universal Music Group. ... Read more...
Despite the fact Hannah Montana isn't a real person, her tickets are hot, hot, hot.  Hot enough to even be mentioned on TV shows like Without a Trace, and hot enough to sell out, with some programmatic assistance.Amid an uproar over the huge demand for seats to pop idol Hannah Montana’s tour, a U.S. federal judge on Monday barred the use of automated software to make mass ticket purchases from the leading box-office service Ticketmaster.U.S. District Court Judge Audrey Collins issued a preliminary injunction against Pittsburgh-based software maker RMG Technologies, whose computer programs, Ticketmaster says, have enabled scalpers to gain rapid, repeated access to its online retail system.Scalpers'... Read more...
Poor box office receipts have been blamed on a number of things (besides a bad movie, that is), including poor weather, natural disasters, embarrassing news for the stars, strong box office competition, etc.  This is the first time we have heard a video game blamed for bad box office.Industry expectations for "The Heartbreak Kid," the date movie that re-teamed him with the Farrelly brothers (the duo who made him a megastar in "There's Something About Mary"), called for a $20 million to $25 million opening for the film. Instead, "Kid," which cost north of $60 million to make, managed only $14 million in the U.S. and Canada -- heartbreaking, indeed.But there's more. Total industry ticket sales... Read more...
Finnish phone giant Nokia is shipping their eagerly anticipated N95 handheld computer. It got a 2.8" display, and a nifty two way slide to expose a keypad for entering text if you slide it out one way, or controls for the media functions if you slide it out the other direction. Nifty. Boasting up to eight gigabytes of built-in memory, the Nokia N95 8GB has all the key features of its predecessor, including a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, built-in A-GPS, WLAN, HSDPA and an innovative 2-way slide. The sleek black N95 8GB also boasts a luminous 2.8" (240 x 320) QVGA display, so watching videos, browsing the Internet or viewing maps is a real pleasure. With its expanded memory, the N95... Read more...
AMD has announced a price reduction for a bevy of its single and double core Athlon 64 processors for desktop computers.  The discounts range from 5 to 28 percent. AMD has announced the price reductions in order to clear inventory in preparation for the upcoming launch of its Phenom CPUs, noted sources at motherboard makers. However, with the transition to next-generation platforms to take place soon, the price reductions will not affect demand much in the fourth quarter. In addition with the ongoing parts shortages, shipments performance in the fourth quarter should hold level or slightly drop compared to last year, added the sources. AMD is caught in a revolving door of beatings from Intel... Read more...
According to Dave Cullinane, Chief Information Officer  and Security Officer for eBay, online badguys are becoming more organized and sophisticated, and some development of malicious code is being funded and directed in advance like any normal project would be. And according to eBay's analysis of its online security situation, the vast majority of the phishing threats they uncovered are rootkitted machines running Linux for an operating system.Rootkit software covers the tracks of the attackers and can be extremely difficult to detect. According to Cullinane, none of the Linux operators whose machines had been compromised were even aware they'd been infected. Although Linux has long been... Read more...
GPS has many uses, and its use has been expanded to include tracking of teens by parents.  Now it might just prove to get a teen out of trouble.The case represents the first time anyone has contested a speeding ticket in Sonoma County courts using a global positioning system, which pinpoints speed and location using lightning-fast calculations and satellites.All GPS systems installed in vehicles calculate speed and location, but the tracking device in Malone's 2000 Toyota Celica GTS downloads the information to his parent's computer.The family says, based on the data, that Malone was going the posted speed limit of 45 mph on Lakeville Highway the morning of July 4 at virtually the same time... Read more...
AMD Licenses 3D Graphics Core Technology to QUALCOMM, Delivering The Ultimate Visual Experience to Tomorrow's Phones Advanced QUALCOMM Wireless Chipsets to Include AMD Graphics Technology for Immersive Mobile Gaming SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- AMD (NYSE: AMD - News) today announced an agreement to license cutting-edge graphics core technology to QUALCOMM Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and mobile data solutions, for next-generation chipsets. This intellectual property (IP) licensing agreement is part of each company's ongoing commitment to drive a strong mobile gaming ecosystem and unleash state-of-the-art graphics across a range of handheld devices... Read more...
As of today, Microsoft is taking pre-registrations for "Office Live Workspace," their answer to Google Docs. Only a limited number of pre-registrants will be allowed into the first group.The software maker is announcing Office Live Workspace, a free online tool for viewing, sharing and storing--but not editing--Office documents online. (Its existing Office Live efforts will be rebranded as Office Live Small Business.) It's not quite ready--starting Monday customers will be able to put in their name to be part of a beta testing program expected to begin later this year.The biggest difference between Google Docs and this service is the lack of an ability to use the browser to edit any documents. ... Read more...
It's bad enough Comcast has their secret limited unlimited service, whereby they will cut you off if you (in their opinion) hog too much bandwidth (although they won't tell anyone what that limit is).  Now AT&T won't let you be critical of them.Have you taken a look at AT&T’s Terms of Service for High-Speed Internet (HSI) lately? Some changes they’ve made are downright draconian. In the section labeled “5.1 Suspension/Termination,” AT&T says the normal stuff about lack of payment and so forth. But clause (c) says they can terminate your service for conduct that AT&T believes: tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries. That... Read more...
It's amazing that lawsuits like this aren't immediately thrown out. It's not enough that Apple / AT&T have been sued over the battery (three times!); now they are being sued over the $200 price cut. Dongmei Li, a resident of the borough of Queens, sued Apple earlier this week for "price discrimination" brought on by the $200 drop in the price of the iPhone announced earlier this month by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Li names Apple, Jobs and AT&T as defendants in her suit, filed on Monday.According to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, there are three central claims to Li's case. The first? "Apple's price reduction has hurt early purchasers' competition... Read more...
Approximately a month after first announcing the Vista SP1 beta, Microsoft has released it to a private set of testers.Microsoft on Monday said it has released a beta version of the first service pack of Windows Vista to about 12,000 testers. Microsoft had said back in August that it expected to start private testing of the service pack within a few weeks. The update is largely a collection of bug fixes and performance and compatibility improvements, but includes some minor new features such as support for the ability to encrypt multiple hard drive partitions using Vista's BitLocker feature.Yes, unfortunately it's a private beta, but who wants to bet how long it will be before it is leaked?... Read more...
Microsoft Office is the standard when it comes to desktop office software, though there are many companies who would like to change that fact.Office is widely used in every corner of the planet, even though there are plenty of competitors out there.  The competition ranges from similar retail offerings to free packages that run on the web and just about everything in the middle.  Despite all this, Office is still widely popular.So who would want to jump into the middle of a market like this?  I.B.M., that's who:“The company is announcing the desktop software, called I.B.M. Lotus Symphony, at an event today in New York. The programs will be available as free downloads from the I.B.M. Web site.I.B.M.’s... Read more...
O2 has finally be confirmed as the U.K. carrier for Apple's iPhone, but they paid dearly for the privilege. The UK's largest mobile operator came from behind at the last minute to seal an agreement with Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, to market the iPhone in the UK, but one other operator described the deal as "madly money-losing". O2 is understood to have agreed a margin on the retail price - to be confirmed tomorrow - but will return to Apple as much as 40% of any revenues it makes from customers' use of the device. Unlike other phones, the carriers are actually being raked over the coals in their rush to grab the rights to this device,... Read more...
Corsair Is First Official Licensee for Intel's DDR3 Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) Specification New Over-Clocking Specification Delivers Maximum Performance for Enthusiasts and Extreme Gamers When Combined with DHX Technology FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced they have been licensed by Intel to use the new Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) certification logo. The certification will apply to the latest DDR3 modules offered by Corsair and specifically programmed with the new Intel XMP specification.Through... Read more...
In their latest promotion, Microsoft is giving students a chance to "steal" (as they put it) Office Ultimate for $59.95.  The promotion started yesterday in the US, UK and Canada, and expands to Spain, Italy, and France on 9/20.  Office Ultimate includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, OneNote, Groove, and Infopath.In order to qualify you must: Hold a valid email address at a U.S. educational institution ending in .edu (for example, leina@contoso.university.edu) AND Be actively enrolled with at least 0.5 course load. Naturally, if they ask for proof, you'd better be able to supply it, or you'll be stuck with the full $679 price.  They're... Read more...
Despite the recent defection of NBC Universal, which may in fact been as a result of negotiations including this option, Apple is trying to lower the price of video downloads on iTunes.  Their proposed new price would be 99 cents / TV episode. There are reasons for the network's unease. For example, DVD sales of television shows have become an important part of overall revenue. Variety offered one example where NBC's Heroes DVD currently retails for $40 in stores. Including 23 episodes, on iTunes it would currently cost $45.77 to purchase all of them. After the change, that cost would be $22.77, much cheaper than the DVD. Customers could opt for the cheaper download... Read more...
Zune took a price drop this week, losing $50 of its original $249 price.  On the official Microsoft Zune blog, it was dismissed in little more than a paragraph.  Coincidental that this happened so close to this week's Apple press event?  You decide. Some of you may have already heard, but tomorrow we’re dropping the suggested retail price for Zune to $199.  It’s part of the normal product lifecycle, something we’ve had on the books for months. Months, eh?  Wink, wink.  Yes, yes, it could just be a coincidence.  Or perhaps a way to clear out some inventory before a Zune II?... Read more...
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