Mozilla Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 Released

August 31st, 2006

Mozilla has released its preview of the next new version of its Firefox web browser known as Firefox 2. The developers released second beta of Firefox 2 for test and for software development intentions. The beta 2 offer users insight of the new features expected in the final version which is set to release in October.

Firefox 2Along with some substantial change in skin design, the Firefox 2 will warn users when they are visiting a phishing sites that tries to steal username and password. To help users that close tabs accidentally, the browser will contain an archive of recently closed tabs. Another feature to restore the last status of the browser including all windows and tabs after a crash. An included spell checker that will check text entered into forms. New RSS feed capabilities with optimized search is also expected.

All of those features can be achieved in the current version of Firefox by downloading the extensions. You should not use Firefox 2 Beta 2 if you want all of your extensions and plugins to work properly.

Microsoft Announces Zune Music Player

August 28th, 2006

Microsoft has announced that Toshiba will be developing the company’s Zune media player. Experts predict the Microsoft’s Zune to be in direct competition with Apple’s iPod, which currently dominates the music market.

The Federal Communications Commission filing shows that the Zune will have 30-gigabyte storage capacity. A built-in wireless connection will allow users to swap songs, photos, and full albums. However, the filing revealed that Zune users will be able to exchange media through wireless connection as long as they are in close range of each other. The Zune is expected to be released by the end of this year.

Microsoft had previously denied the release of a Music player by Christmas.

Lite-on Unveils External Blu-ray Disc Writer

August 26th, 2006

Lite-on company revealed its newest Blu-ray disc writer, external model, the LX-2B1U. Lite-on has failed to deliver its promised Blu-ray Disc writer, the LH-2B1S, which was to be shipped in August. The LH-2B1S is capable of BD-R and BD-RE media in single and dual-layer forms. You can burn both CD-RW and DVD±R/RW media on the LH-2B1S.

Blu-Ray Writer The external Blu-Ray Disc writer, LX-2B1U, will work with single and dual-layer Blu-ray disc along with both BD-R and BD-RE disc. The speed is 2x, the latest for BD drives. The writer will burn DVD±R/RW along with the dual-layer version. Unlike LH-2B1S, the external Blu-ray writer does not have CD-R/RW compatibility. The external drive is featured with USB 2.0 interface and LH-2B1S with a SATA connector. The writer will ship at beginning of 2007.

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Trailer

August 23rd, 2006

Command & Conquer 3EA Games released a new Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars trailer today. The Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars trailer offers a minute of cinematic footage and actual GDI gameplay footage. You can download the full version trailer through FileShack.

Total of three trailers has been released so far for Command & Conquer 3. Based on the old Tiberium universe, it has new gameplay features and story. Its features include spectator modes, clan management, and voice-over IP. The game will be released in Europe on January 1, 2007. The exact release date is not set for United States.

ABC News Videos Available on iTunes

August 23rd, 2006

iTunes Music Store now allows users to download ABC News videos announced Disney later this Tuesday. The videos include all the ABC News archives such as raw footage and various interviews. To make it easier for users to download, iTunes has divided ABC News content into three groups: “Celebrity Flashback,” “ABC News Specials” and “The Day it Happened.” Users will be charged $1.99 USD per video.

Disney now provides total of six networks on iTunes including ABC News archive, ABC, Disney Channel, Jetix, SOAPnet and ABC Family. The president of ABC News wants to provide consumer the content they want after seeing success from their “Word News” podcasts.

How to Transfer Music From Old iPod Into New One

August 21st, 2006

iPod PlaylistTo move the songs from your old iPod into new one, you have two options. Do it manually or download third party software that will do it for you. The Apple Company doesn’t want users to share music on internet so they make it hard for users to transfer songs onto computer.

Follow the directions below to do it manually:

    1) Make sure your iPod is plugged into your computer. Then go to My Computer and go into your iPod folder
    2) In the window menu option, click “Tools” -> “Folder Options” and click on the “view” tab
    4) Scroll down until you see the heading: “Hidden Files and Folders”
    5) Below the heading, click on “Show hidden files and folders” and click OK to exit out of that window

Now find the folder named “iPod Control” in your old iPod. Copy and paste the folder named “iPod Control” from your old iPod to your new one. You should first copy the folder onto Desktop and then transfer it into your new iPod. Remember to put your folder in the same exact place as your old iPod. If you are successful, you will see all your songs and playlists on your new iPod.

It is easier and faster to transfer songs from old iPod into new one manually. If you’re looking for help from third party software, then there are plenty of out there but most of them are NOT free. You should visit the download page for available software. Below is the list of free software:

Nuance Text to Speech Recognition

August 21st, 2006

ScanSoft PDF Converter Professional 4Nuance introduced the ScanSoft PDF Converter Professional 4 that will be competing against Adobe System’s Acrobat. Allowing users to create and convert PDF files is the main purpose of this program.

The newer version has text-to-speech ability and it uses Nuance’s latest RealSpeak technology to make PDF text into WAV audio format. Currently only one male voice is available for MP3 player and Podcast users, but the company does plan to provide various other voices in future. New features enable users to create XML Tagged PDF, manage security on a PDF document, create graphics and tables, and convert PDF into Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect documents.

PDF Converter Professional 4 will be released in United States on August, 22. It is largely targeted at corporate users for the price of under $100. Although ScanSoft PDF Create 4 and PDF Converter are featured in the program, they are also to be sold separately.

Cancel Sprint Contract without Paying an Early Termination Fee

August 21st, 2006

I just noticed the following on my monthly statement: Sprint Logo

“Effective Oct. 1, 2006, Sprint will charge $0.15 per message for casual domestic and international text messages sent or received.
Sprint will charge $0.03/KB for casual data usage.”

According to Sprint’s terms and condition:
“If we change a material term of the Agreement and that change has a material adverse effect on you, you may terminate the Agreement without an early termination fee by calling 1-888-211-4727 within 30 days after
the invoice date of the first invoice you receive after the changes go into effect.”

I told my friend about this and he was successfully able to cancel his contract with Sprint without paying the early termination fee (ETF) while he still had 2 year to go on contract. You need to call Sprint before you pay your bill. If you pay your bill, you are “agreeing” to these new terms.

Microsoft Fixes a Glitch in Security Patch

August 20th, 2006

On Thursday, Microsoft fixed a glitch that was located in a security patch created to address flaw that was earlier attacked by worms. Once that patch is applied to the system, programs that demand abundant amount of memory, such as one gigabyte or more may be unsuccessful to start.

The security update known as 921883 (MS06-040) was only causing problems to computers running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 based-x64, along with Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with SP1 (Service Pack 1). The issue only affects 32-bit programs such as Microsoft Business Solutions – Navision 3.7.

Dozen of security patches along with MS06-040 was released by Microsoft earlier this month. In fact, the faulty patch was labeled “critical” and urged users to apply it as soon as possible to be safe from hackers exploiting glitch that could allow a remote code execution. Similar security patch (MS06-042) was released and the MS06-042 caused Microsoft Internet Explorer to crash when viewing certain web sites. MS06-042 will be re-released on August 22.

iMesh Unveils Legal BearShare 6.0

August 17th, 2006

On Thursday iMesh will release the latest legal version of BearShare, which was recently purchased partner peer-to-peer network. The legalized service called BearShare 6.0 will function and exhibit the same features of a P2P file-sharing experience along with new benefits. BearShare has social networking abilities and “ToGo” which is portable music-subscription service.

BearShareUsers can access BearShare free-of-charge for the first 30 days after the initial launch. An unsettled monthly fee will be introduced after the first 30 days. There will be no interference with the existing iMesh service which was launched a year ago and in future, users will be able to communicate to each other through the two services. BearShare ToGo and iMeshToGo are not compatible with Apple Computer’s iPods since they are not capable of subscription services. However, majority of the MP3 players and all Plays for Sure devices are compatible.

Among the features in BearShare 6.0 include regulate music collections, generate playlists, advanced search features, downloadable ringtones, and engage in instant messaging. BearShare People is a feature that lets user share their music selection with other members. BearShare stores purchased history of a user.