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HP brings out new Firebird out to play

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HP has announced at CES 2009 its brand new lineup of products for CES 2009; with two new entertainment laptops (Pavilion dv2 and dv3), the new HP Firebird with Voodoo DNA, the HP Mini 2140 and a new photo printing application for the Apple iPhone. But, we are going to focus on the HP Firebird, which will have either a Intel Core 2 Quad 2.66GHz or 2.83 GHz; 4GB of […]

SanDisk showcases new USB flash drives

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CES 2009 : SanDisk has announced that it will bring a new USB that will allow you to backup your files, a revamp on its Cruzer USBs and a new the “Extreme Contour”, which provides “security protection and higher performance levels”, all packaged in a “sleek industrial design”. The new backup USB is called the Ultra Backup, and will have capacities between 8GB and 64GB. It will also have a […]

Lost in Translation : New website translates and re-translate that in English

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While this has been around for a few days; I didn’t get a look at the site until a few days later because I’m guessing that people were trying to find out what it was. BlahblahFish is a translator service, but it doesn’t give you the translation from English to whatever language. It does translate it, but it then retranslate the translation back to English; allowing you to see what […]

AT&T, Verizon stock ratings downgraded

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Bernstein Research has said that the wireline telecom performance will be “relatively worse” in 2009 as they expect slower wireless growth – and in response to that, they have downgraded the stock ratings on telecommunication giants Verizon and AT&T. Verizon was downgraded from “market perform” to “underperform”, while AT&T was downgraded from “outperform” to “market perform”. In a note to clients, analyst Craig Moffett said that they “believe the TelCo […]

Breaking : Jobs has hormonal imbalance, will get treatment

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Apple’s CEO and co-founder Steve Job has said that his doctors have discovered a hormonal imbalance that has been causing his weight loss; and will undergo a “relatively simple” treatment. “My doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis,” he said in a letter released to the public. […]

Times of London – Sony “on the brink” to make drastic cuts

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Sources telling the Times of London have said that Sony “is on the brink" of a corporate overhaul that could see job cuts, several factories closing and changes to the manufacturing and management process; even though the company told Reuters that no plan existed. “We do not plan to announce additional restructuring measures at this time," a spokesperson told Reuters. “We don’t have any such plan.” The restructuring – with […]

Google, Baidu targeted in new Chinese crackdown on “vulgar” sites

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Officials from the Chinese Government have launched a crackdown on 19 popular websites that have been described as “vulgar”, which includes websites Google and the leading search engine in China, Baidu. Also affected by the crackdown include Sina, Sohu, Netease and Tianya. A group within the Internet Society of China claimed that searches on both Google and Baidu brought up results that linked to pornographic or obscene content; with officials […]

RIAA ditches evidence-gathering firm after changing strategies

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has dumped the company that it used to gather evidence against 35,000 people for illegally uploading music as part of its five-year-old strategy against piracy, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The company, MediaSentry, searched the internet for evidence against people that they claimed were sharing large amounts of music. However, several people and civil-right advocates have complained that the […]

Facebook no longer friends with Power.com, sues them

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Facebook has decided to sue Power.com, a Brazilian start-up that combines a number of social networks into one portal; for copyright and trademark infringement under US and California law, unlawful competition and violations on several laws, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the CAN-SPAM Act. Filed in the US District Court in San Jose, California; it claims that it has suffered “irreparable and […]

New Palm to have large touchscreen, slide-down keyboard?

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RUMOUR MILL : CrunchGear is reporting that a source has told them that the latest smartphone from Palm will be launched on Thursday. Running on the new Nova operating system, it is expected to have a full QWERTY keyboard that will slide-down from the touchscreen. According to the source, the phone’s new OS has been described as “amazing” and that there will be a “full software bazaar” on launch day. […]

New trojan blocks access to Pirate Bay, Mininova

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A new trojan, identified by Sophos as Troj/Qhost-AC, has been found in the wild after popping up on several torrent sites a few weeks ago, according to Torrent Freak. However, it is a very unusual trojan as it does not install spyware, like others, but  rather blocks access to The Pirate Bay and Mininova, the two most popular torrent sites. The trojan in question originated from a keygen supplied with […]

Microsoft plans to cut costs, says huge layoffs “grossly exaggerated”

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According to a report made by CNBC, Microsoft is set not to make any layoffs in 2009, but instead embark on a significant cost-cutting initiative, rumoured to begin as early as this month, to offset a slowdown in sales around the world. Sources, talking to Jim Goldman from CNBC, have also said that Microsoft will cut costs by not renewing contract employees and through “attrition”. It has also laughed off […]

17-inch MacBook Pro to get new look, loses removable battery

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RUMOUR MILL : After upgrading the 15-inch MacBook Pro, and the 13-inch MacBook, with the new Unibody look; Apple is set to upgrade the 17-inch MacBook Pro with the new look, but will no longer have a removable battery pack, similar to that found on its iPod and iPhone line. While the news of the redesign is not new, the removable battery is – since almost all laptops feature a […]

Twitter hit with phishing scams

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Popular microblogging tool Twitter has been targeted under a new phishing scheme to get your Twitter password. Several users, according to Download Squad, are reported to have received a Direct Message that includes a link to a Blogspot link claiming to be a “funny blog about you!”. Once clicking on it, you get redirected to a fake Twitter login page that grabs your password on the blog. The Twitter team […]

Wikipedia owner raises needed funds for operations until June

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The Wikimedia Foundation, known for being the operator of Wikipedia and the owner of the open-source software behind it MediaWiki, has announced that it has raised the necessary funds to operate the popular and free encyclopaedia until the end of June. Though asking for only $6 million; more than 125,000 have raised more than $6.2 million since July 1st. This is partly due to a personal letter made by founder […]