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While mice and keyboards don't typically get reviewed as often as new video cards and CPUs, they are still a major part of the computing experience.  Those who've plunked down a little extra money and purchased a product from one of the major players in this arena such as Logitech, don't often go back to bargain basement equipment.  Microsoft also knows this, and there has been a seriously rivalry for many years between the two firms.Microsoft itself may prefer Logitech as stock traders speculated that the software giant would launch a takeover bid for the Swiss-based peripherals maker.Shares of Logitech surged up to 12 percent based on the trader talk, despite comments from Logitech’s... Read more...
Need to access older versions of certain Office files and suddenly can't?  Did you install SP3?If you need to access old Microsoft file formats for early versions of Word, Excel, or Powerpoint -- but you've suddenly and dramatically found yourself unable to do so -- there's an intentional reason from Microsoft behind that conundrum, according to a bulletin put out by Microsoft last month.The reason for the unexpected incompatibility is that, by default, the SP3 update, which became available in mid-September, blocks the file formats used by these older desktop productivity tools from Microsoft.Moreover, the same also holds true for the file formats used in older versions of products that... Read more...
“IBM has licensed its next-generation technology for manufacturing processors to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., the largest Chinese chipmaker, the companies said Wednesday. The partnership spotlights the growing technical abilities in China, a country that's already a manufacturing powerhouse for lower-tech products. Terms of the IBM deal weren't disclosed.”Acquiring 45nm technology could very well be the first step in China's eventual entry into the mainstream CPU arena.  There are already numerous home-grown chips being developed and even manufactured in China, but it would seem likely that Chinese firms would want to break into other markets instead of just serving as... Read more...
Arkansas based Alltel Wireless is offering a service that converts your voicemail messages to plain text. Great for multitasking, you can now view your messages even when it's not convenient to listen to them, and forward them as e-mail. It's based on technology developed by Great Britain's Spinvox. “Our customers will appreciate the fact that they no longer have to wait for the opportune time to listen to a voice mail,” says Craig Kirkland, Alltel's director of messaging and voice services. “With Voice2TXT, our customers have an easier way to manage their voice mails via text messages when they are in a meeting, on the go or anyplace where they cannot or do not wish to use traditional voice... Read more...
Run, don't walk, to your nearest PC to sign up.   Only the first 15,000 registrants will get in, according to Ulteo, developers of the online version.The beta which is open to the first 15,000 subscribers, offers access to the complete OpenOffice suite without any prior installation, and 1GB of free storage.The suite also adds collaboration capabilities, allowing multiple users to work on a shared document, with the changes tracked in real time.Ulteo clearly has high hopes for the software, citing the potential uses in schools and colleges. The company also claims that taking OpenOffice online could help broaden adoption of the open-source office package.There are apparently still openings... Read more...
It's here.  Now the question is, can we toggle the Ribbon off?As promised, Microsoft has released SP1 for Office 2007 today, available on their Office download site. At the same time, Microsoft has released SP1 for Visio 2007 and Project 2007.The Office 2007 SP1 link, which was dead until just a few minutes ago, is now live, and is here. As I indicated earlier, for now, due to recent concerns over Automatic Updating, this will be a manual-only install.Did we ask about the Ribbon yet?  Based on the linked whitepaper, it doesn't look like turning off the oft-criticized Ribbon is a new option.  Heavy sigh.... Read more...
Industry news has definitely slowed to a trickle; so what happens when the going gets tough?  The tough go shopping of course.  We've compiled a few deals for you today courtesy of our PriceGrabber search engine here at HH and think you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that new Radeon 38XX and GeForce 8800 GT cards have come down a smidge here and there.  For the money, with the deal Dell has going on now for the GeForce 8800 GT (full 512MB card) at $255, you can't go wrong.  Then again, if you're a died-in-the-wool AMD-ATI fan, a Radeon 3870 512MB card at $214 certainly isn't anything to sneeze at either.  These make excellent stocking-stuffers for... Read more...
Yahoo's payment processing system suffered periodic system disruptions early in the week after 'Cyber Monday' kicked off.  Errors were first reported by merchants who reported complaints from their customers.Untold numbers of merchants use the service, but we're betting that its a very high number,  Nobody has provided a clear estimate of lost revenues yet, but if the number turns out to be quite high it could end up being an excellent opportunity for rivals to pick up new customers.“The cause remained under investigation at noon local time.Yahoo shares tumbled 3.5 percent to $25.22, closing down 91 cents on the day on Nasdaq. The stock traded heavily after a report on CNBC television... Read more...
Online office packages beware!  There's a new player on the field, and its name is Live Documents, developed by Instant Collaboration Software Technologies out of Bangalore.  Interestingly enough, one of the company principals is Bhaita, who sold Hotmail to Microsoft in '97 for a reported $400 million USD.“The software supports any browser that supports Flash from Adobe Systems Inc. and runs on any computer operating system, said Sumanth Raghavendra, chief executive officer of InstaColl. Online documents can also be synchronized and worked with off-line, using a desktop client that wraps around an office suite running on the desktop, Raghavendra said. Live Documents automatically synchronizes... Read more...
While the PS3 isn't exactly a computer, it is still a very interesting piece of hardware that might just be a look at the future of slim computing devices if Toshiba (new owners of the Cell technology) and company have anything to say about it.  It also is one of the best pieces of equipment to run folding@home on, and there's probably not a better way to justify the purchase of a PS3 than to fold (remember, HH is team 32407).So far one of the biggest problems with the PS3 has been its price, which is substantially higher than the Nintendo Wii and marginally higher than the Xbox 360.  When Sony finally offered a substantial price drop last month, sales soared:“Sony said it sold about... Read more...
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...
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