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After a long wait finally..Google Calendar has been released. It allows importing of events from MS Outlook and also allows full public sharing of calendars plus searching of other member calendars. Users can easily search for and add events to their calendars from within the program or directly off Web sites that are either publishing [...]
Security and critical updates are now available from the Microsoft Download Center. I run across a few 3rd party sites providing Windows Updates for people with questionable cd keys. Microsoft is making these updates for Win2000,XP, and 2003 available in a downloadable ISO image.
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Yahoo’s been in the mapping business longer than a lot of companies. But the Sunnyvale company has let its competitors leapfrog it in one key area - satellite imagery. That’s finally changed. Yahoo’s Jeremy Kreitler is announcing at SDForum tonight that Yahoo has finally adding that capability to the Yahoo Maps beta, which we last [...]
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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:
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.
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
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.
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.