Archive for September 2006

Viidoo – Watch Cable TV On The Internet For Free

September 29, 2006

I stumbled across this program on the web.  It is called the TVU Player and it allows you to watch several different types of cable channels online for FREE.  You can watch ABC, NBC, NBC, CBS, USA, ESPN, HBO Asia, FOX, CNN and more with this player.  TVU Networks leverages P2P technology to allow anyone effectively broadcast to a global audience.  For more information, click here.  To download the player directly, click here.

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Microsoft Reveals More Zune Information

September 28, 2006

Microsoft has announced that the Zune player will see for $249.99, roughly the same price as Apple’s iPod with the same storage capacity.  Microsoft has also stated that Zune and its companion service will debut on Nov. 14th.  Songs will cost 99 cents at the Zune music store or you can buy a Zune Pass to listen to any of the 2 million songs for $14.99 a month which is comparable to Rhaposody which is owned by RealNetworks.  Songs may also be purchased using the Microsoft® Points for 79 cents.  For more details on the Zune and this information, click here to view the Microsoft Press Release.

For $249.99, consumers will get an incredible entertainment experience right out of the box:

30GB digital media player will come equipped with wireless functionality for Zune-to-Zune sharing of music, pictures and home recordings; a bright, three-inch LCD video screen that works in portrait or landscape mode to view pictures and videos; and a built-in FM tuner. The device will be available in three colors: black, brown and white.

A selection of preloaded content including songs, music videos and film shorts are installed on the device’s hard drive to help consumers discover new artists and entertainment.

Microsoft Releases New Windows Live Writer

September 27, 2006

Microsoft has released a new version of their Windows Live Writer for posting blog entries like this one.  I am using Windows Live Writer and have since it was released.  This is a great program for making blog posts.  For more information on Windows Live Writer click here.  There are many new features with this release.  Here is a listing of the new features to Windows Live Writer:

The following is a summary of the changes in the Writer 1.0 (Beta) Update:

  • Tagging support
  • Support for Blogger Beta
  • Categories are sorted by name and support scrolling, plus improved support for reading categories from your blog
  • Improved startup performance
  • Paste is enabled for Title region and TAB/SHIFT+TAB navigation between title and body supported
  • Insert hyperlink added to context menu when text is selected
  • Title attribute in Insert Link dialog
  • Custom date support for Community Server
  • Improved keyboard shortcuts for switching views
  • Change spell-check shortcut key to F7
  • Add ‘png’ to insert image dialog file type filter
  • More robust image posting to Live Spaces
  • Improved style detection for blogs 
  • Fixed issues with pasting URLs and links
  • Remember last window size and position when opening a new post
  • Open post dialog retrieves more than 25 old posts

Microsoft Launches A Social Network

September 27, 2006

Microsoft has launched a beta version of their Social Network called Wallop.  For more details, click here.

Wallop is the exclusive social experience where it’s easy to ‘be you’ and connect with the friends you choose.
Wallop redefines the social networking experience and unlocks the potential of self-expression online.

Wallop is an invitation-only, social experience like no other. To get invited, talk to friends who may already be members, look for soon to be announced Wallop parties in your city, or send us an email telling us why you should get invited!

NY Times Launches E-Reader Beta

September 27, 2006

The New York Times on Tuesday unveiled a public preview of software that duplicates the printed newspaper’s format on a computer screen.
Dubbed “Times Reader,” the Windows software also lets users update to the latest news and then read the day’s issue offline. Other features include print, save, and e-mail tools; auto-sizing so the display formats to the screen size and resolution; and support for the upcoming Windows Vista.  Windows XP SP2 users must also download the .Net Framework 3.0 to use the Reader and you can get that at Microsoft’s web site.  You can download the reader here.  I downloaded and installed it and it is a very nice reader for viewing the Times news.   The beta test runs until Vista is released and is free.  The Times has not stated pricing or if they will charge.  

News Briefs…

September 20, 2006

Microsoft has decided to take on YouTube with launch of Soapbox. 

Click here for info.

Adobe releases beta 1 od Acrobat 8 which will include collaboration and multimedia features.  Click here for more info.

Writely switching to Google Authentication soon.  Click here.

Mozilla releases Release Candidate 1 to Firefox 2.  Click here.

Microsoft Zune Price Revealed

September 20, 2006

Source have revealed that Microsoft’s price for the new Zune music player will cost $229.99.  Originally, the player was going to be listed for $289.99 to under cut Apple’s iPod, but with the latest price cuts from Apple, Microsoft decided to lower the price of the Zune to compete.