Easy TV To Resume Free TV Listings For Myth TV Users

July 14, 2007

“Zap2it users can breathe a little easier, but probably shouldn’t break out the champagne just yet. It looks like there is a solution in the works for the continuation of its free TV listings service, although details are still somewhat sketchy.
Easy TV Data was created in response to Zap2it Labs announcement that they would be discontinuing their free TV listings XML based service effective September 1, 2007, due to abuse of the service. Although, tight on the details, it looks like Easy TV is in negotiations with Zap2It Labs to transition the service so it can continue, hopefully without interruption.”

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Crook Reprograms ATM To Think $20s Are $1s

July 14, 2007

” Police in Derry, Pennsylvania are baffled by a June ATM robbery in which an unidentified man wearing flip flops and shorts strolled into Mastrorocco’s Market and reprogrammed the cash machine to think it was dispensing dollar bills instead of twenties. Along with a female accomplice, the crook netted $1,540 in two visits on June 19 and 20, according to store owner Vince Mastrorocco. “They came in, they hit me the first day — a man and a woman — and they cleaned me out,” Mastrorocco told THREAT LEVEL. “Then they came back the next day and cleaned me out again.””

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New Sony Playstation Portable

July 13, 2007

“Last month, Sony was in news as it released its firmware upgrade for its Playstation Portable which can give upto 25% boost in its clock speed. There was a rumours by an unnamed source that the previous firmware version was hacked by game developers and they could allow their games to run on full CPU speed. There were speculations that the high impact games were running at 266MHz where as the full potential clock speed is 333MHz. Soon after the firmware news, it is now turn to introduce a more advanced and upgraded PSP. This includes a brighter screen, a slimmer profile and increased battery life.”

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40 More Terabytes Of Data For Amazon S3

July 13, 2007

I use it for all of my digital camera pictures and movies and currently have over 50G there.  Using S3Drive, it’s hard to beat for off-site storage.

“Startup Phanfare, which stores a lot of user generated media, announced today that they are in the process of moving all of their backups of stored user data – 40 terabytes – to Amazon’s S3 storage service.

Amazon S3 has been on a bit of a roll lately, recently surpassing 5 billion stored objects and growing fast.

It’s also racking up a number of passionate users who swear by it for reliability and cost savings. Phanfare is just the most recent example, albeit a large one.”

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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.”

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TiVo Users Can Get Amazon Movies From TV

July 10, 2007

“Users of TiVo Inc.’s digital video recorders will be able to order movies from Amazon.com Inc. directly from their TVs starting Tuesday.

The two companies partnered in March to deliver Amazon’s Unbox download service to TiVo machines, but the feature required customers to place their orders on a computer through Amazon’s Web site.

Now, PC intervention won’t be needed. The new ”Buy on TV” feature allows TiVo users to search Amazon’s video catalog and rent or purchase titles using their TiVo’s remote control.

The feature works for owners of TiVo Series2 and Series3 broadband-connected DVRs.

The new feature is the latest example of how companies — including Microsoft Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Apple Inc. — are trying to find ways to deliver online videos to customers’ living rooms.”

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Google Buys Postini

July 10, 2007

“Postini is specialized in security and compliance solutions. Their main focus is in securing email and IM communication, mainly TLS based communications. Google is, well, globally the best search engine as well as the biggest provider of innovative solutions like Google Apps.

And now they are together. Google just aquired Postini.

Notably Google was already utilizing Postini technology with Gmail; the acquisition would appear to be a case of Google wanting to own a technology it was already using under license.(TechCrunch)”

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Best Buy Geek Squad Stealing Your Porn?

July 10, 2007

hashand: I used to work at a computer repair place. All the stuff you’re finding isn’t limited to Best Buy. We had a 2 TB [terabyte] server of mp3s.The problem is that management at these places typically aren’t that tech literate and the techs are underpaid skeezy comp-sci majors. One guy actually resold to amateur porn sites with what he found. A 4-year degree for 9.50 an hour and that’s the kind of “great attitude” you end up with.
benpopken: Precisely the scenario I envisioned, reselling to amateur sites.
hashand: Yah. 11 years at these places. Geek Squad didn’t start it. It’s the industry.

benpopken: Was it a national chain or just local?
hashand: Regional chain. 42 locations. To be fair, this is a relatively “new” problem. Maybe in the last 8 years. But yeah, we had a whole 2TB server + directconnect hub. If there was enough good stuff, we’d rip your drive and replace it with a refurb. Keep the drive and just tell you we wiped it
benpopken: Hot.
hashand: I didn’t do repairs, i worked on the database and that’s how i found out about the server.”

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Microsoft Says Xbox 360 Failures “Unacceptable”, Does The Right Thing

July 5, 2007

“Microsoft has made some announcements that point to problems with the Xbox division.First off, Microsoft acknowledged the Three Rings Of Death problem, calling it “unacceptable”, offering a hugely extended warranty for consoles with the fatal error. All new 360s have a one-year warranty, but 3-ring consoles receive a special 3-year warranty from date of purchase, complete with free shipping. The cost of this new program will be $1.05-1.15 billion for the previous quarter, a major hit to the stock and the bottom line.

Microsoft is doing a very good thing for its customers, finally acknowledging a problem and fixing it for three years, at a great cost to itself. The 360 shipped with a major manufacturing defect, and they are paying over a billion dollars to repair it. I’m thrilled that Microsoft is doing this, but saddened that the company has to take such a major blow. Thanks to this, the Xbox division is going to have a hard time making a profit in the forseeable future.

If you have had to pay to repair your console, ever, for ring of death errors, you will receive a full refund. What about customers like me, who did the smart thing and paid for an extended warranty? It looks like we’re screwed, but I will be calling Best Buy for a refund, and let you know how it goes.”

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Google Still Whining

July 4, 2007

“Google Inc. still hopes to influence changes that Microsoft Corp. plans to make in Vista’s desktop search function, even after the parties involved in Microsoft’s 2002 antitrust settlement agreed to alterations to the search system.On Monday, in response to Microsoft’s opposition to an earlier request, Google asked that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia allow it to weigh in as an interested party regarding the way the search function should be changed. The filing comes two weeks after Microsoft and the plaintiffs in the antitrust suit said that they had worked together and agreed to changes.”

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