Microsoft seems poised to finally fight back against Apple’s Mac Guy vs PC Guy ads. The trendy, cool young ‘Mac’ guy versus the older staid business “PC” guy in a suit, have become pop culture icons. Every Mac user I ever knew was into granola, watching tree’s grow, and communing with nature, not trendy and cool. Microsoft’s position until now has been to sit back and let them play out. This may have been a bad move on Microsoft’s part. Mac Guy has been thoroughly ingrained into the national psyche.
Brad Brooks, the Corporate Vice President of Windows Consumer Product announced during his keynote address July 8 at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference that Microsoft is launching a 300 million dollar advertising counteroffensive against certain “unnamed competitors”. Dailytech.com quoted him as saying , "We know our story is very different from what our competitors want us to think. Today we are drawing a line and are going to start telling the real story (about Vista)."
The folks behind the popular torrent site,The Pirate Bay have added another project to their list. They want to encrypt the Internet. Not just little pieces, but the whole thing. They have named it Transparent end-to-end encryption for the Internets, or IPETEE for short. The encryption would happen on the network level so most anything could be encrypted transmitted and decrypted, providing the systems have adopted the technology on both sides. It would be completely transparent to the user, unlike say IPSEC on IPv4. IPv6 may make this moot if its implementation is more polished (and we will have to leave IPv4 sometime)
Apparently the European Union’s move going to a DMCA like copyright enforcement effort is what spurred this interest from the Sweden based group.
I love anything that keeps our privacy, private. I do have to wonder if it’s going to really be practical or worth it to encrypt everything. It adds overhead to bandwidth, and increases loads on CPUs. Granted these are minimal, but on busy servers this will pile up and run up costs, which would impede adoption.
Of course it still has to be launched, and track records count. The Pirate Bay’s other unlaunched projects include: The Video Bay, music site PlayBle, and a new secure version of the P2P protocol. IPETEE is a much more ambitious and involved project than any of those. We will have to wait and see if there will be enough interest to get it going. In the mean time we can be entertained by their legal section.
What do you think of total encryption of all internet traffic? Is it worth it? Let us know in the comments section!
Of course, the respective owners of the images will have a right to refuse a request from Getty. Getty is going through a rough financial patch and this move is clearly a gambit to get out of it. Getty had very recently introduced a cheap web images package for only $49, a move that drew flak from photographers.
It appears as though that most of the images that Getty will buy from Flickr users would be used for its cheap web images package. All Flickr users will have to sign a contract with Getty images before they can be recompensed for their work. The payment will be based on size and use of the image. Getty will launch a new Flickr-branded image collection for selling images acquired from Flickr members.
There have been rumors galore about Google’s Android mobile operating system as is the case with any thickly-veiled technology before launch. Another rumor doing the rounds is that T-Mobile USA will soon commercially roll out the world’s first Android-based handset to coincide with its planned extension of 3G services in fall 2008.
Though this is just an ordinary unsubstantiated rumor, T-Mobile might be amongst the first operators to launch an Android phone as it is part of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of different companies that patronizes the Android platform.
Our friends at eWeek are reporting that a T-Mobile spokesperson made them aware of his company’s determination towards launching an Android handset in Q4 2008 – not a confirmation of this rumor. Also, speculation is rife that the first commercially available Android handset might be the HTC Dream. All we can do is wait and watch.
Today's Roundup explores a few ways games reach the marketplace -- from free downloads, to piracy, to not being released at all. Between BioWare, the creator of Earthworm Jim, and even Google, everyone has their own way of placing games into the hungry mouths of gamers. Er, you know what I mean. Anyway, "Read More" and all that.
(Ed Note:We're currently investigating the RIAA's alleged involvement with the audio problems users are facing on Dell laptops. An official Dell representative has stated that the omission of the Stereo Mix option is most likely an issue with Windows XP, and a driver has been released to fix the problem. We've contacted the RIAA and are awaiting their response. We'll follow up with this story when we have more information.)
Gateway and Pac Bell are the other two manufacturers to have bowed to the RIAA at the expense of their customers’ satisfaction and disabled the stereo mix feature without warning.
The trade group, which comprises leading record labels, has a very controversial past. Although RIAA doesn’t favor home audio recording and file sharing in an effort to prevent piracy, this same, ostensibly prudish organization was all for depriving several musicians of their own musical works by supporting a controversial “work made for hire” clause in 1999 legislation, which unfairly transferred copyrights of musical works to record labels.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and don't mess with her computer either. A recent survey by the Swedish computer magazine PC för Alla (that's PC for Everyone in English) suggests that it's women, not men, who are more prone to being frustrated when surfing the web. Some of the more interesting survey results:
Frustrated by slow load times for web pages Men: 56 Women: 66%
Frustrated if their broadband connection doesn't reach the promised speed Men: 48% Women: 56%
Frustrated by (interacting with) computer support Men: 38% Women: 42%
Looking at the above numbers, does this suggest women are impatient, always want more than what they're getting, and have trouble communicating? Only if you fancy sleeping on the couch!
DreamWorks has decided to drop all of their existing AMD hardware for “future [Intel] chips with multiple processing cores”. According to Tom’s Hardware and Intel spokesman Nick Knupffer, these future chips are referring to the upcoming Nehalem CPU’s and Larabee GPU’s, both of which Intel is hoping to make a splash with in late 2008 to early 2009.
This news comes at the expense of AMD, with whom DreamWorks already had prior contracts. DreamWorks films such as Shrek the Third and Kung Fu Panda were all developed and rendered on multi-core AMD machines and the company was heavily promoting its partnership with AMD as recently as 2007.
“Technology plays a significant role in enabling our artists to tell great stories. By utilizing Intel’s industry-leading computing products, we will create a new and innovative way for moviegoers to experience our films in 3-D” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation.
Exactly what “innovative experience” moviegoers have to look forward to is anyone’s guess but one thing is for sure, this is yet another blow to AMD whose problems only seem to be compiling.
It carries an asking price of $479 and comes with a 3-cell battery pack. Those of you who have your sights planted on the $399 Linux version or the 6-cell version will have to wait till September. MSI is also going to roll out its Wind mini-desktop in Europe and Asia this month, however, the diminutive desktop won’t be released in North America.
Bad news for ZoneAlarm users running Windows XP: the MS08-037 security update for DNS (aka 951748) released Tuesday breaks ZoneAlarm and knocks XP users off the Internet. If you're running recent versions of ZoneAlarm on Windows XP, you should avoid the KB951748 update for now. Grab a list of workarounds (and now, solutions)here.
For what went wrong, and how to fix it if you've already been bitten, catch us after the break.