Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

Software Lets Parents Monitor Kids’ Calls

July 10, 2007

“In March, 15-year-old Joshua Brumfield got a shiny new BlackBerry Pearl, and his parents got a new way to watch out for their son.

The Brumfields signed up to be early users of Radar, software designed to let parents monitor incoming calls on their child’s mobile phone. Anytime Joshua gets a call from someone not on a call list approved by his parents, they will receive a real-time text alert on their cell phone or online.

For example, during the first two days on the phone, Joshua got six calls from a stranger within a few hours–and the Brumfields got six text alerts. So they asked Joshua about the calls, and he told them they were from a man looking for his ex-girlfriend who didn’t believe that her number had changed. The stranger had grown more aggressive with each call, thinking that Joshua was a new boyfriend.

“Radar really helped us see this was definitely a problem, one our son wouldn’t have said anything about,” said Lisa Brumfield, a Laguna Hills, Calif., mother of three boys. Joshua’s father called the man to straighten out the situation.”


Software: Infinite FTP – FTP Server for Amazon S3

July 4, 2007

“InfiniteFTP, the online backup solution, is gaining traction. InfiniteFTP is the only online backup FTP solution dedicated to Amazon S3 as the storage provider. If you are looking for file sharing or online backup, try InfiniteFTP today. (more…)

VideoLAN Security Advisory

June 18, 2007

If you use VideoLAN’s VLC Media Player (and who doesn’t?) you should probably upgrade to the latest version.  Here’s the info from their site:


VLC media player versions 0.8.6b and lower suffer from a security vulnerability in the CDDA, Vorbis, Theora and SAP plugins. More technical details are available in our advisory.
An updated release of VLC is available which includes a few other fixes as well. The full list of changes can be found here.
We strongly recommend all users to update to this new version.”


Make Your Own Internet Radio Station

June 8, 2007

ubroadcast provides a platform that gives users the ability to create and broadcast their own internet radio station.ubroadcast’s Station Manager software allows users to host a live internet talk radio or music show complete with play list support, inline CD ripping, MP3 uploading, commercials and other pre-recorded content.

User generated internet radio stations are far from being new. Live365 and Shoutcast have provided similar functionality for years. Where ubroadcast differs is the simplicity and cost: setting up and running a ubroadcast station is free and the learning curve is close to zero. It’s more internet radio creation for the mass market.

Setup takes no more than 5 minutes. The client is quick to download and registration options are built in. Users can immediately broadcast live content, upload music from MP3’s, or select from music uploaded by other ubroadcast members. There is a lack of depth in the existing ubroadcast playlist; this isn’t a or similar site with an extensive music library, it’s strictly user uploaded content and I’d imagine that this will become less of an issue as the service grows.”


What Does Your Musical DNA Sound Like?

May 1, 2007

“Because of his songwriting credits, Pete Townshend — with an estimated net worth of £10 million (US $20 million) — has always been the biggest Who earner. Now he’s co-created a Web-based software program that allows the rest of us mere mortals to compose our own classics: Method.Long story short, the software — which launches tomorrow on a trial basis — asks users to input two audio samples (including, but not limited to, a voice), a rhythm sample, and a favorite photograph. Method then compiles the four elements into a piece of “musical DNA.”

“The Method is software that creates music, allowing you to ‘sit’ for a musical portrait just as if you were being painted,” says the software’s Web site. “The software ‘paints’ your music. It will only take a few minutes of your time.””


Software Influencing Prices Across The Board

April 27, 2007

Analyzing purchasing decisions and habits based on historical trends, software allows retailers more granular insight into what should be discounted, and what shouldn’t. A pretty interesting 2 minute read.

“A large retail chain had a problem. It sold three similar power drills: one for about $90, a purportedly better one at $120 and a top-tier one at $130. The higher the price, the more the store profited.

But while drill know-it-alls flocked to the $130 model and price-fretters grabbed its $90 cousin, shoppers often ignored the middle one.

So the store sought advice from a new breed of “price-optimization” software from DemandTec Inc. What followed offers us a clue about important shifts that technology is bringing to retail shopping.”

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Time change that’ll screw up software

February 13, 2007

“For three weeks this March and April, Microsoft Corp. warns that users of its calendar programs “should view any appointments … as suspect until they communicate with all meeting invitees.””

“However, computers running anything older than the most recent version of Windows XP, known as Service Pack 2, no longer get this level of tech support. Owners of those PCs should go into the control panel and unclick the setting that tells the machine to automatically change the clock for daylight-saving time. They have to make the change themselves when the moment arrives. (This is a sizable population; according to Gartner, Windows 2000 alone was still running 14 percent of PCs worldwide last year.)”

Here’s a thought, watch trying out any new time sensitive shareware during that time.

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