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Snocap, best-known as being Shawn Fanning's follow-up to Napster, has laid off nearly 60% of its workforce.Snocap offers to handle copyright and music licensing for musicians and also powers embeddable download stores that artists can place on any site. From these digital-music vending machines, the artists can sell their own music. According to Rueff, there are signs that the idea is starting to take hold. "Just not as fast as we expected," Rueff said. "You have to understand that it took a lot of work and a lot of capital to bring this capability to market. But it's that time when we are asking ourselves what's next. And we think it's probably best for us to be part of larger entity." In other... Read more...
Today, October 8, at 8:00AM Pacific Time, Intel launched a new Web 2.0-inspired Web site. Similar to Digg, it offers a forum where people can submit and vote for their favorite software company or product.You can go to the site, register, set up an account and start submitting stories, sites, etc. They are most interested in software companies, but they are also interested in technologies in general. The site has the following categories: Digital Home, Mobility, Enterprise, and Healthcare which are, of course, the same as the various “platforms” Intel supports. There’s also an Other category, naturally. Much like Digg, you can vote up a story, or “bury” it.This site has been used internally at... 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...
MTV is launching a social network, which makes sense, given the youth of its audience.  What's different about this social network is its focus on activism. The site, Think.MTV.com, is designed to be a resource for social and political issues, aiming to inform as well as let users connect with other like-minded people on issues from the environment to sexual health and discrimination. It will let users create pages, as on other online social networks Facebook and MySpace, and upload photos and videos, some of which may be aired on MTV's online or cable network. In order to sign up for Think.MTV, you either have to have... Read more...
What's everybody doing at work?  According to Patricia Wallace, a Johns Hopkins University professor and author of "The Internet in the Workplace: How New Technology Is Transforming Work," we're goofing off by looking at all sorts of things on the internet. How much are we slacking? About a fifth of our working time is spent engaging in personal activities. Seems low.  A recent survey by online compensation firm Salary.com showed about six out of 10 employees in the United States acknowledged wasting time at work. About 34 percent listed personal Internet use as the leading time-wasting activity in the workplace. Employees said they did so because they were... Read more...
Earthlink has won a number of municipal wi-fi contracts, including San Francisco (!), but it still needs to find ways to balance its ISP business, which is struggling, with the high cost of building its municipal Wi-Fi and cellular phone businesses.  The solution, at least for now, is a layoff. On Tuesday, EarthLink announced that it would shed 900 employees. The reason was simple, said Rolla Huff, CEO of the company. EarthLink, which has had four solid quarters of losses and a sinking stock price, needs to return value to its shareholders. And this means eliminating jobs that don't help the company add subscribers or increase revenue.EarthLink's traditional dial-up Internet access business,... Read more...
This is, unfortunately, a hardware unlock, which means you have to break out the soldering iron, and break INTO your iPhone - but it can be done. Yesterday, when we first noted this story, this enterprising teen posted the step-by-step instructions to his blog, live-blogging as he completed the unlocking of a brand new iPhone. George Hotz, 17, confirmed Friday that he had unlocked an iPhone and was using it on T-Mobile's network, the only major U.S. carrier apart from AT&T that is compatible with the iPhone's cellular technology. The hack, which Hotz posted Thursday to his blog, is complicated and requires skill with both soldering and software. It takes about two hours... Read more...
MTV has decided to shut down its URGE service, while joining RealNetworks and Verizon Wireless together in a joint venture, centered around RealNetworks' Rhapsody.  URGE users will be able to migrate their accounts from URGE to Rhapsody. As part of this alliance, MTV Networks and Real are forming a new company, Rhapsody America, whose offering will be the exclusive digital music service for Real and for MTV Networks' premier music and pop culture brands in the United States. Real and MTV Networks, through their Rhapsody America venture, have formed a long-term, groundbreaking and exclusive relationship with Verizon Wireless, in which the companies will be partners... Read more...
Besides the obvious breaches in personal information we all hear about - lost laptops, stolen hard drives, lost CDs - there is the less obvious.  An example would be accidental or intentional sending of sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers, via email.  Or even, as has happened fairly recently, sending denigrating comments via email, which then eventually come back to haunt the sender. For example, one communications-control vendor, Orchestria Corp., says its software could have prevented the CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc. from posting the rival-denigrating comments on Internet message boards that he later came to regret. How so? Because Orchestria’s software... Read more...
Twenty years is a long time in the computer business, and the AppleWorks suite, which at one time was the industry's best-selling piece of software, has been laid to rest at the ripe old age of 23.AppleWorks was first written for the Apple II, and was one of the first integrated software suites.  It eventually morphed into ClarisWorks, and came full circle when development returned to Apple from Claris, when it was again christened AppleWorks. Visits to AppleWorks' former URL now redirect users to Apple iWork '08  instead.When Apple introduced iWork '05, senior vice president of applications Sina Tamaddon said that the company was "building the successor to AppleWorks." To many, however,... Read more...
There has been much concern over the security and privacy of social networking sites.  Much of the flak has been directed at the sites themselves.  But a study run by security company Sophos showed, once again, that the real security hole, lies in users.By creating a  fake ID around a green frog name "Freddi Staur" (which is an anagram of ID Fraudster), and inviting 200 real users to be its friend, Sophos showed just how easy it is to get private info. Without any "hacking" whatsoever, the tub toy managed to acquire a treasure trove of personal data. About 73 people were willing to post their birthday, while others willingly included places of birth, employers' names and addresses,... Read more...
It's called social networking iTunes-style.  Today Apple unveiled web widgets designed to facilitate social networking between iTunes users.  It allows customers to share their purchases, reviews, and favorite artists. Called My iTunes, the service includes three flash-based widgets that use a customers account information to create customized lists of music based on that users purchase history. The widgets can be placed on a user's blog, Web site, or social networking profile.Three widgets are currently available: the first lists recent purchases; the second shows music that the user has reviewed on iTunes; and the last shows a "tag cloud" of the artists the customer has purchased through... Read more...
AMD Unveils Innovation-Packed Series of ATI FireGL Workstation Graphics Accelerators Industry’s first 2GB frame buffer, exclusive AutoDetect software, and unified shader architecture deliver more than 300% increase in 3D performance SIGGRAPH, San Diego, Calif. -- August 6, 2007 --At SIGGRAPH 2007 today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced five new high-performance ATI FireGL workstation graphics accelerators for CAD, DCC and medical imaging professionals. The ATI FireGL V8650, FireGL V8600, FireGL V7600, FireGL V5600, and FireGL V3600 graphics boards are based on the next-generation ATI graphics processing unit (GPU) with an innovative unified shader architecture... Read more...
Online compensation company Salary.com recently conducted its third annual online survey on slacking at work. 2,057 people participated in the survey which found that 60 percent of those surveyed admitted to wasting time at work with the average employee wasting 1.7 hours of a typical 8.5 hour working day. The leading time wasting activity was, gasp, surfing the inter-tubes. 34 percent of the respondents said that personal internet use was their leading cause for slacking. 20.3 percent said socializing with co-workers wasted most of their time while 17 percent said that conducting "personal business" was the leading cause for lack-o-work.  "The reasons why people wasted... Read more...
Graphene is a one atom thick piece of carbon, and its very efficient conductive properties and nano-scale size would make it really useful as a replacement for copper connections on computer chips. The graphite in your pencil is made of lots and lots of graphene. The trick has been to make it in the one atom thickness.  Saroj Nayak and other researchers at Rensselaer Institute have now done the research to show that the process of making graphene nanostructures is at least feasible. The size of computer chips has shrunk dramatically over the past decade, but has recently hit a bottleneck, Nayak said. As copper interconnects get smaller, the copper’s resistance increases and... Read more...
Valve Software just released some cool images of the cover artwork for the 'Orange Box'.  Here's what the packaging is going to look like for the PC, XBox360, and PS3 version of 'Orange Box', which includes Half Life 2: Episode 2, Portal, and the much anticipated (and very cool looking) Team Fortress 2...       No final word on a ship date, but the 'Orange Box' is supposed to arrive sometime this fall.... Read more...
When you get right down to it, there's really only one thing that matters about a cellphone. Can I call someone on it? No matter what? Because most cellphones are fairly delicate, the answer too often is: No. Casio's "ruggedized" G'zOne phone might be the solution to the abuse the real world dishes out to your cell phone. Inspired by Casio’s G-Shock brand (you know, the watches that can also take a good deal of punishment?), the G’zOne phones  are designed to take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’ (or should that be textin’?). Last week, while at Digital Experience in NYC, we spotted the G’zOne Type V (there’s also a Type-S) at Casio’s exhibit. It was sitting the bottom of a fish tank (you... Read more...
According to a report on the Digitimes wesbite, NVIDIA and Intel have reached some sort of agreement where NVIDIA will trade some of its GPU technology for more / better cooperation from Intel. "Nvidia has had discussions with Intel and has already reached several agreements for cooperation, noted the sources, adding that details of the agreements remain unknown.  Nvidia Taiwan declined to comment on the report. Executives of Nvidia recently met with the company's partners in Taiwan to explain the company's plan in the motherboard market, pointed out the sources." What exactly "cooperation" means is unlcear.  But, with AMD and ATI now merged and Intel working on its own GPU technology, NVIDIA... Read more...
The need for IT workers with very specific skills is driving up the wages earned by those workers. And a reluctance to jump around from job to job  (Hello 1998!) is making it difficult for employers to fill IT positions. That translates into a shortage -- and higher wages for the right candidate. The AeA, a Washington-based trade group formerly known as the American Electronics Association, said in a report released April 24 that there were 5.8 million high-tech jobs in the U.S. last year — up by 3% year over year. In 2005, the number of jobs grew by only about 1%, the AeA said. Last December, Robert Half Technology said its quarterly survey of more than 1,400 CIOs showed that 16% planned... Read more...
If Microsoft can't battle Google, somebody has to step up right?  And in this corner, weighing in at a svelte $64 billion in annual sales - S O N Y !!! "Sony Corp. said on Thursday it will launch a video-sharing site in Japan on Friday, marking the electronics and entertainment firm's first step towards challenging Google Inc.'s YouTube service. News Corp. and NBC Universal said last month they would also launch a free online video site this year, as traditional media firms scramble to keep up with video sharing. Sony also hopes to introduce its service, called eyeVio, abroad, but said it first wanted to gauge the reception at home before drawing up an overseas... Read more...
Charlie from The Inquirer has been lurking behind closed doors at IDF in Bejing and stumbled upon a couple of HP workstations with interesting GPU configurations. One machine had a pair of NVIDIA GPUs, the other a pair of ATI GPUs.  What they both had in common, however, was that they were PCIe 2.0 compliant. "That was a move that took me, personally, by complete surprise. Neither set of cards were identified, but they both were running two cards on 5Gbps links. It was only about a month ago that NV showed off their chips behind closed doors at the PCIe SIG meeting. ATI wasn't there. Now, they are both here, and both are working." Check out the pics and more of the story... Read more...
According to York Region News, AMD has just given 100 Canadian employees their walking papers.  In this competition between AMD and Intel, both sides have been cutting workers to try to improve their positions as they continue to fight for top-dog status.  While Intel hasn't recently absorbed another major company the way AMD did when they brought ATI into the fold, it might be that this gives AMD an easier time trimming employees in the short run. "A sputtering start to 2007 has resulted in more than 100 layoffs at Markham's Advanced Micro Devices. AMD, a leading chipmaker and Silicon Valley archrival of Intel, has been forced to operate much leaner as spending soared... Read more...
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