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The Digital Car: Cool Automotive Accessories, Part 2

If Henry Ford were alive today, his jaw might very well drop to the floor. Though Ford's cars were innovative for the time, the automaker probably never could have imagined that the company that bears his name would one day ink a deal with Microsoft for hands-free Bluetooth technology in-vehicle ope...

‘World of Warcraft’ Wows 8 Million Subscribers

In a testimony to the subscription-based video game model, Blizzard Entertainment on Thursday announced that "World of Warcraft," its massively multiplayer online role-playing game, has reached the 8 million subscriber mark. "World of Warcraft" has also achieved new regional subscriber milestones, w...

Sony Misfires on Emmy Award Announcement

Sony Computer Entertainment is backpedaling on a Monday announcement that claimed award-winning status for its Sixaxis wireless controller for the PlayStation 3. As it turns out, the video game maker did not win a Technology and Engineering Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts &am...

Cranky.com Site Targets Over-50 Crowd

Eons, the media company launched by Monster.com creator Jeff Taylor, on Tuesday unveiled a search engine aimed at baby boomers and seniors. Dubbed "Cranky.com," the age-relevant search engine is designed to deliver targeted search results for the over-50 crowd, combining expert reviews with user rat...

The Digital Car: Cool Automotive Accessories, Part 1

The average person spends nearly an hour a day driving to and from work, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So-called "extreme commuters" spend four hours or more -- that's the equivalent of spending over a month per year sitting in a car. Long commute times are one factor driving the demand for t...

Warner Wins Retail Support for Hybrid High Def Disc

In the midst of a Consumer Electronics Show that has featured a slew of high-definition products and announcements, Warner Home Video unveiled its "Total Hi Def" disc late Tuesday. The company boasts support from major retailers for its innovation, which it hopes will alleviate consumer confusion ov...

Cranky.com Search Site Targets Over-50 Crowd

Eons, the media company launched by Monster.com creator Jeff Taylor, on Tuesday unveiled a search engine aimed at baby boomers and seniors. Dubbed "Cranky.com," the age-relevant search engine is designed to deliver targeted search results for the over-50 crowd, combining expert reviews with user rat...

Samsung Partners With Yahoo, Google for Mobile Search

Appearing to hedge its search bets, electronics giant Samsung on Monday announced partnerships with competing search engines Google and Yahoo. Samsung will preload Yahoo services, including a content personalization feature called Yahoo Go for Mobile 2.0, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Messenger, and Yahoo oneSe...

Gates Focuses on Digital Decade at CES Keynote

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates took center stage at International CES Sunday night in Las Vegas, kicking off the computer industry's largest annual convention with a keynote speech that described what he called the "Digital Decade." Gates was quick to cite plenty of stats to back up his assertions: m...

Netgear Debuts High-Def Media Receiver

Many analysts believe Apple is set to unveil a set-top box that could bear the name "iTV" at this week's Macworld Conference and Expo. Netgear, however, beat Apple to the punch Sunday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where the company debuted its Digital Entertainer HD media receiver, ...

Hitachi Announces 1 Terabyte Hard Drive Pair

Hitachi on Friday announced a pair of 1 terabyte hard drives and a new software technology targeted at digital video recording applications. The one-two disk drive punch aims to tap into what the company sees as users' insatiable desire for storage. Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 and CinemaStar hard driv...

SanDisk Swings at Samsung With 32 GB Solid State Drive

SanDisk has taken another swing in its memory match against Samsung with the introduction of a 32 GB, 1.8-inch solid state drive drop-in replacement for the standard mechanical hard disk drive. SanDisk's latest NAND flash-based SSD counters Samsung's announcement promising 16 GB memory that taps adv...

Qflix Will Let Users Burn DVDs From Net

In another move toward digital movie distribution, Hollywood studios on Thursday announced they are backing a new technology that will make more movie titles available for consumers to download from the Internet and burn to DVD. Sonic Solutions' industry-approved system, a licensing and certificatio...

Hybrid HD DVD/Blu-ray Products to Debut

The Blu-ray versus HD DVD battle is headed to Las Vegas, with new high-definition products rolling out at International CES next week. However, at least two manufacturers are extending an olive branch, of sorts, in the form of hybrid products. LG Electronics on Wednesday said it plans to sell a DVD ...

Cars: The New WiFi Hotspots?

Autonet Mobile hopes to turn the car into the next WiFi hotspot. The San Francisco-based start-up plans to unveil its Internet service provider for cars at International CES next week in Las Vegas. Its first product is a US$399 box that plugs into a cigarette lighter or standard wall plug. The box u...

Social Networking Sites in the Crosshairs?

Social networking is meeting an unfriendly visitor -- social engineering. Social engineering tactics -- scams that depend on user-interaction to execute an attack against them -- rose dramatically in 2006. Over the past 12 months, Internet users got a little savvier to fake e-greetings and breaking ...

Bloggers Debate Ethics After Microsoft Giveaway

In what marks one of the new year's first public relations blunders, Microsoft's move to buddy up with bloggers has backfired. The software giant recently gave dozens of expensive laptops loaded with its new Windows Vista operating system to bloggers. Instead of goodwill, the gesture generated conte...

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Open Source, BI and ERP: The Perfect Match?

Open source technologies may not be taking over the world, but they are finding a niche and a large one at that. To be sure, companies large and small are becoming more comfortable deploying open source technologies on the server. Now, an an increasing number of firms are looking into the possibilit...

Predicting the Top Security Threats for 2007

Professional cyberthieves and organized crime rings are looking to cash in on stolen identities and are releasing an increasing amount of malware in the process. McAfee predicts the following disturbing trends: a rise in the number of password-stealing Web sites that use fake sign-in pages for popul...

Ford ‘Syncs’ With Microsoft’s Bluetooth-Based System

Ford is jumping on the Bluetooth bandwagon, and it is betting on Microsoft to help it gain momentum. The companies reportedly have reached a deal to put the software giant's technology into some Ford cars. Microsoft's Sync, which includes hands-free Bluetooth wireless and an in-vehicle operating sys...

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