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April 9th, 2006 1 comment posted in Tech News

Google Auctioning Print Ads

The search advertising company has expanded its magazine ad test to a broader number of magazines in three of its vertical markets.

Google’s test of magazine ads began last summer, and involved two computer-oriented publications. Certain advertisers appeared on ad pages with the words Ads by Google and special phone numbers Google used to track the effectiveness of the test.

Several more options for magazine ads have been introduced to AdWords advertisers. Those options include three vertical markets: automotive, lifestyle, and technology. Some very well-known publications appear in those lists, like Car and Driver, Martha Stewart Living, and InfoWorld among the 28 listed.

Advertisers can click on titles in those lists to see demographic information and more details on the magazine’s content and readership. A form on the magazine info page allows users to login with their AdWords credentials, select an ad size, pick which issues they want the ad to appear in, and enter a maximum bid.

When selecting issues, a bidder may not win all the issues they selected. Google will let bidders win some issues though, and explained the prorated option available to bidders:

…as long as when you submit your bid, you check the box indicating that you’d like to prorate your bid for individual issues. Prorating your bid means that if, for example, you bid $12,000 for three 1/4 page ads, our system will treat your bid as three $4,000 bids for each 1/4 page. That way, if your bid does not win for all of the issues you selected, you can still win some of the issues and pay a prorated amount for each.

Prorating is an option enabled by default, but can be cleared by unchecking the box next to that option in the issue selection area of the page.

The Inside AdWords noted bids must be submitted by February 20th, 2006. After the deadline, the auction will take place, with Google contacting the winning bidders. Google will also work with those winners to ensure they deliver print-ready ads to the magazines.

February 9th, 2006 Leave a comment posted in Tech News

Apple rolls out 1GB Nano

Newest edition of the device, priced at $149, offers same basic features as the 2GB and 4GB Nano.
Photos: Apple tunes up 1GB iPod Nano

Apple Computer on Tuesday introduced a lower-end, less expensive iPod Nano with 1GB capacity and lowered the price of its iPod Shuffle.

The new 1GB iPod Nano costs $149 and offers the same features as the 2GB and 4GB iPod Nano models, such as a high-resolution color screen, a 30-pin dock connector and the ability to display album art while playing music.

“At $149, we think everyone can afford an iPod Nano,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple vice president of iPod marketing, in a telephone interview. He noted that Apple was able to expand its market last year by having products at every price point and said the company is poised to do the same this year.

“We think we are in a very good position again to grow this market for iPod,” he said. Last year Apple sold 32 million iPods, including 14 million in the holiday quarter.

Apple’s 1GB iPod Nano, which comes in black or white, can hold up to 240 songs or 15,000 photos. The device is designed to connect to Macs equipped with a USB 2.0 port and Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later versions, along with iTunes version 4.9 or later.

Windows users will also need a USB port, with their system running on Windows 2000, XP Home or Professional and a similar version of iTunes.

In addition to the new 1GB iPod Nano, Apple lowered the price on its iPod Shuffle to $69 for a 512MB device and $99 for the 1GB model.

Apple’s iPod line expansion and lower prices come as competitors from Dell to Creative Labs grapple with the realities of the music player market.

Separately, Apple also said Tuesday that it would start selling episodes of three Showtime series: “Weeds,” “Sleeper Cell” and “Fat Actress.”

Apple said it has now sold 12 million videos, up from the 8 million sales it reported at January’s Macworld Expo.

The company has also started a countdown to 1 billion songs sold through the iTunes Music Store. At each 100,000-song interval Apple will award prizes to the buyer of the 100,000th song. The person who buys the 1 billionth song will get a prize package that includes a 20-inch iMac, 10 iPods and a $10,000 iTunes music gift card. Apple also will create a scholarship at a music school in the winner’s name.

At Macworld, Apple reported that 850 million songs had been purchased through iTunes


February 9th, 2006 Leave a comment posted in Tech News

Sony sets price for Blu-ray Discs

Sony Pictures on Tuesday became the first major studio to put a price tag on Blu-ray Discs when they become available in U.S. stores this year.

At the same time, the studio unveiled what many observers believe will be a key component of the next-generation, high-definition optical disc’s marketing strategy: bundling various formats together to give consumers more flexibility and mobility.

Catalog Blu-ray Disc titles will sell at wholesale for $17.95, about the same as DVDs when that format hit the market in 1997. New-release Blu-ray Discs will wholesale for $23.45, a premium of 15 percent to 20 percent over what suppliers were charging for new theatrical DVDs.

The higher pricing structure for new releases is meant to accommodate the sell-through and rental markets, said Benjamin Feingold, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. He noted that in at the dawn of DVD in 1997, most movies initially were released on rental-price videocassettes.

“The premium is for a way better format and to remind retailers that at the time we launched DVD, VHS was selling for $55 wholesale in the first window,” Feingold said.

He added that Sony will not attach any suggested list prices to its Blu-ray Discs, at least not at this time.

“From the retail perspective, this is going to be a hot product, and retailers will no doubt determine their own margin structure,” he said. “We believe in a free market.”

Blu-ray Discs likely will start showing up in stores by early summer, sources say. In advance of that, Sony is bowing a bundling concept to DVD and the Universal Media Disc (UMD) that it may migrate to Blu-ray.

Starting March 28, consumers can buy DVD-UMD combo packs of “The Grudge,” “Resident Evil,” “Underworld,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and MGM’s “The Terminator” for just pennies more than Sony typically charges for a new DVD.

A second batch of DVD-UMD combos–”Ghostbusters,” “Mad Max,” “The Fifth Element” and “Snatch”–arrives April 25, with a third wave slated to come on the market in May.

Each combo is priced at $28.95. Sony typically charges $24.96 to $26.96 for new DVD releases, while titles new to UMD generally list for $19.95.

Feingold said that is a taste of what consumers can expect when Blu-ray Discs appear in stores.

“With the launch of Blu-ray, we’re going to try to introduce the managed-copy concept, where, if you buy Blu-ray, you’ll be able to get additional versions (of the same title) to use in your home,” Feingold said. “Ultimately, we might even get to the point where we’ll offer consumers the ability to have different versions of the same movie on different devices in the home–that’s something we’re working on.”

For now, Feingold said, “we’re experimenting with UMD,” the tiny optical-disc format playable only on Sony’s handheld PlayStation Portable (PSP).

“A lot of people have DVD players and also have PSPs, and this way, for one price, they can get one movie and play it back on both formats,” Feingold said.

Feingold would not specify whether future Blu-ray bundling would be electronic or physical, as is the case with the DVD-UMD combo packs.


February 9th, 2006 1 comment posted in Tech News

Antispam group rejects e-mail payment plan

A leading antispam agency has struck back at moves to charge companies a fixed fee to ensure e-mails are delivered, saying it will erode freedoms.

On Monday, Richard Cox, chief information officer at antispam organization Spamhaus, said that “an e-mail charge will destroy the spirit of the Internet.”

“The Internet has become what it is because of freedom of communication. Open discussion is what gives it value. There should be no cost for particular services, and e-mail should be free and accessible to all. This will disenfranchise people,” Cox said.

According to reports, Internet giants America Online and Yahoo are planning to charge companies up to one cent per e-mail to guarantee delivery.

Paid-for e-mails would not go through AOL spam filters, meaning businesses could send marketing e-mails directly to the potential customers’ in-boxes, without the risk of the mails being sent to a junk-mail folder or having Web links and images stripped, according to an article in The New York Times.

This wouldn’t be a license to spam AOL and Yahoo users, though, as any company that used the service would have to show that under antispam laws, they had the right to send the e-mails.

Cox said that charging for e-mail services was unlikely to reduce spam.

“It won’t reduce spam directly. AOL is already good at managing spam issues, and Yahoo is getting better,” Cox said. “It may make it easier to filter mail, and may provide more resources for spam prevention, but it could also mean that people lose e-mails and so change provider,” he added.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the government organization in charge of enforcing antispam legislation in the U.K., cautiously welcomed AOL and Yahoo’s move.

“If businesses are being charged, it will encourage them to keep their e-mail lists up-to-date. It could encourage greater compliance with (antispam) regulations, which is a good thing from our perspective,” said Dave Evans, the senior guidance and promotion manager for the ICO.

“It may also discourage businesses from sending unsolicited e-mails, because if they have to pay, it will be more of a decision to make to send them. Businesses probably wouldn’t want to pay for undelivered messages or e-mails that bounce back,” Evans added.


February 9th, 2006 Leave a comment posted in Tech News

Microsoft warns of new Windows security issues

Microsoft on Tuesday warned of two security issues that could put some Windows users at risk of attack and said it is investigating a third possible vulnerability.

One security problem is reminiscent of the recent high-profile security woes that affected Windows. It is related to how aging versions of Internet Explorer handle malformed Windows Meta File images on the Windows Millennium Edition and Windows 2000 operating systems.

The flaw exists only in IE 5.01 with Service Pack 4 on Windows 2000 and IE 5.5 with Service Pack 2 on Windows ME, Microsoft said in a security advisory. Users could be attacked simply by viewing a malicious image on a Web site, in an e-mail or in an image viewer, Microsoft said.

“An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of the affected system,” Microsoft said in its advisory.


February 9th, 2006 Leave a comment posted in Tech News

Forget browser wars, prepare for toolbar wars

Fighting for icon space on the desktop is so 2001. The new frontier on a virgin PC is the browser, and Internet companies like Google are jostling for space on the browsers of new PCs.

Dell and Google are evaluating a partnership in which the Google Toolbar, Google Desktop Search and a Google-designed Dell home page are included on new Dell PCs, a Dell representative confirmed.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the companies are mulling a three-year partnership that could bring as much as $1 billion in revenue to the PC maker for letting Google install its software on Dell machines. The Dell representative declined to comment on the future of the relationship between the two companies. A Google representative confirmed the two companies were testing the search giant’s products on new Dell PCs, but declined to comment further.


February 9th, 2006 Leave a comment posted in Tech News

Opera TP 2 and Introducing Opera Labs..

The second preview of Opera 9.0 (”Merlin”) is now available for download.

For more information onwhat’s new in this release , please visit theOpera Labs .

For the download link and a more detailed changelog, visit these pages:
- Windows
- Unix
- Mac

We welcome your feedback, and encourage you to discuss the preview here in the forums or in the newsgroups (Mac and Linux/Unix uses can post issues specific to their platform in the Mac and various Unix forums and newsgroups respectively).
For More:Opera Forum

February 7th, 2006 Leave a comment posted in Tech News

Email from Yahoo! and AOL will be CHARGED

Yes! people if you thought Yahoo! Mail / AOL was the best; now think again both these companies have planned to charge a nomial fee for the correct email delivery. Paid-email customers will get their mails in a more speedy manner compared to a second set of consumers will have to endure lost or late mail coming to their respective accounts as a result of this paid service.

AOL is set to roll out this service in the second quarter in USA and Canada and then followed by Britain. Yahoo to follow soon.

Now you may ask how is this justified? The spokeperson from the company says “We want e-mails sent using the technology to have a stamp of authentication, so that consumers know that an e-mail that appears to be from a bank really is from that bank. We think that will help cut down on spam, but we don’t want consumers to pay any extra”. (AOL)

Now people shift some other alternative like Gmail (2 GB and growing) with over 5 million and expanding; or others; No way hotmail ( 5 MB, 25MB, 250MB[USA mainly])

The best option go for Gmail. They are also introducing a new chat service call Gmail talk. Check out the thread from godsownman

To read more goto Times Newspapers Ltd.

February 7th, 2006 Leave a comment posted in Tech News