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ZeeVee’s Zinc Browser Gets Web TV Right

Seeking to help users organize and view TV content online, ZeeVee recently launched the latest iteration of its video browser. Currently in beta, the new Zinc browser, formerly named "Zviewer," has more than just a new name. Besides new content from existing video hubs such as Hulu, Fox, YouTube, C...

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Shortcovers E-Reader: An Unfinished Story

Over the past year or so, e-readers have suddenly become a must-have gadget. Amazon's Kindle e-reader was even named one of talk show host Oprah Winfrey's favorite things in 2008. With the recent release of the second iteration of the Kindle, electronic books and their accompanying devices are back ...

So You Want to Be a Game Designer, Part 2

It takes a village to make a video game. In the beginning, it is the game designer who develops the concept for the game, and while that designer may receive the lion's share of the glory, a video game would not be come to fruition without the skills and talents of scriptwriters, animator, programme...

So You Want to Be a Game Designer, Part 1

In the tech industry, there are few careers with a cool factor equal to the title "game developer." For a whole host of gamers, making a living out of creating video games is akin to finding the holy grail, winning the lottery or becoming a renowned actor or musician. For their legions of fans, the ...

Windows Opens Vista SP2 Release Candidate to the Masses

Microsoft announced on Wednesday the availability of the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Release Candidate for the general public. The software was initially put on limited release a week ago to the company's TechNet and MSDN subscribers. The announcement means that anyone inter...

Social Disease: Worm Writhes Its Way Through Facebook

Facebook has apparently become a choice distribution channel for several malicious applications and a new variant of a pernicious piece of malware originally detected in 2008. The popular social networking site has been hit by at least three separate security issues in the last week -- two phony app...

Startup’s Shape-Shifting Linux Netbook Boasts 15 Hours of Run Time

There appears to be a new netbook maker on the block. Always Innovating has announced a new touchscreen netbook that purports to offer users four devices in one. The new Touch Book from the Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup weighs in at less than two pounds with an 8.9-inch screen and has a battery l...

Facebook Wants Your Two Cents

A little more than a week after Facebook responded to a controversy surrounding its updated terms of service agreement by capitulating and reverting to the previous version, the company announced new procedures Thursday that will open governance of the service and its policy processes to input from ...

Windows Washing: Microsoft Talks Up Tweaks Following Public Beta

With its big round of public beta testing out of the way, Microsoft is apparently moving quickly to the next milestone on the Windows 7 upgrade path. On Thursday, the company revealed some of the changes users can expect to see in the upcoming Windows 7 Release Candidate -- possibly the penultimate ...

Figuring Out the Best Way to Stash Your Data

By 2010, the amount of data added annually to computer systems worldwide will swell to 988 exabytes, according to an 2007 EMC-sponsored report from IDC. A 2008 update on the report found that in 2007, the digital universe measured 281 billion gigabytes -- 281 exabytes -- an increase 10 percent great...

Will Gfail Undermine Gmail’s Enterprise Efforts?

Gmail users worldwide went without Web mail service for several hours early Tuesday morning. Google's monitoring system indicated that service went down around 9:30 am GMT -- 4:30 a.m. on the U.S.'s East Coast and 1:30 a.m. in the Pacific time zone. "If you've tried to access your Gmail account toda...

Citrix Gives Enterprises Free Path to Attainment of Xen

Would an enterprise be more likely to deploy a virtual solution if it were free? That is the question Citrix has asked with the unveiling of a new version of its XenServer virtualization platform that the company will offer free of charge at the end of March. The software, available to any user for ...

Facebook Does About Face on Troublesome TOS

Facing an outcry from its subscribers, Facebook has backtracked and replaced its new terms of service agreement instituted Feb. 4 with the previous version. Mark Zuckerberg, the social network's chief executive officer, announced the change in a blog post on the company's site Tuesday night. "A coup...

Facebook TOS Content Use Verbiage Vexes Users

What may have seemed to Facebook execs like a run-of-the-mill revision to the company's Terms of Service agreement grew into controversy over the weekend, and on Monday CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to scramble to reassure users that the content that they post -- photos, videos and text -- belongs to and ...

Could Shortcovers Throw Water on the Kindle?

Just days after Amazon released the second edition of its Kindle e-book reader, a potential challenger has emerged from the north and appears set to enter the market. Shortcovers plans to bring e-books to a variety of smartphones and handheld devices, ridding readers of the need to carry an addition...

Google Signs Up for Energy Monitoring Duty

Deciphering a utility bill can be just as difficult for some consumers as reading and understanding the U.S. tax code. The scant details included in the monthly statements provide little or no detailed information about how much electricity consumers' appliances consume on a daily basis. So Google i...

AMD Fortifies Phenom II Line With Triple-Core Chips

AMD announced the release of its latest round of Phenom II microprocessors Monday. The five new additions include both triple-core processors and quad-cores that are part of AMD's "Dragon" platform line of desktop PC chips announced last month. Among AMD's offerings are three quad-core and two tripl...

EA Plans Multi-Pronged ‘Battlefield’ Blitz

Electronic Arts announced Thursday plans to release new installments of its "Battlefield" (BF) video game franchise this year. Developed by Dice, the game publisher will launch three new versions of the World War II-era game. The first title, "Battlefield 1943," will be released during the summer of...

Garmin Finds a Friend in Asus for Smartphone Foray

Hardware maker Asus and navigation system manufacturer Garmin announced a "strategic alliance" Wednesday that will result in a line of cobranded mobile phones. Each company will bring their specialty -- mobile telephony and navigation, respectively -- to the table for the line of location-centric Ga...

Yahoo Search Puts New Research Assistant to Work

Yahoo introduced a new feature Wednesday designed to help make online research easier. Dubbed "Search Pad," the new companion search tool will enable users to keep track of Web sites and take notes when conducting online research. Currently in beta, Search Pad is designed to allow students, informa...

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