8/9/2005

S. Korean man dies after 50 hours of computer games

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A South Korean man who played computer games for 50 hours almost non-stop died of heart failure minutes after finishing his mammoth session in an Internet cafe, authorities said Tuesday.

The 28-year-old man, identified only by his family name Lee, had been playing on-line battle simulation games at the cybercafe in the southeastern city of Taegu, police said.

Lee had planted himself in front of a computer monitor to play on-line games on Aug. 3. He only left the spot over the next three days to go to the toilet and take brief naps on a makeshift bed, they said.

Source: Reuters

Microsoft Released 3 Critical Patches

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Included in this advisory are updates for newly discovered critical vulnerabilities

In addition to the critical vulnerabilities there are also 1 Important and 2 Moderate patches available.

Apple fails to patent iPod interface

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A near three-year-long attempt by Apple Computer to patent the menu-based software interface of its popular iPod digital music player has ultimately proved unsuccessful, AppleInsider has discovered.

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The company’s patent application, which lists Apple vice president Jeff Robbin and Apple chief executive Steve Jobs as two of its primary inventors, received a final rejection last month from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Standing in Apple’s way appears to be a prior filing by inventor John Platt, who submitted a patent application for a similar software design for a portable device in May of 2002 — just five months before Robbin submitted his claims on behalf of Apple.

Platt’s application describes his invention as a system or method that “generates playlists for a library collection of media items via selecting a plurality of seed items, at least one which is an undesirable seed item.” The process by which the iPod’s software displays its own menu-based interface is very similar to the process Platt’s filing goes on to describe.

Source: appleinsider

Macromedia drops FreeHand from bundle

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

FreeHand, Macromedia’s popular illustration tool, has been omitted from the company’s upcoming developer suite, dubbed Studio 8.

Macromedia executives cited “extensive research with our customers” as the reason behind the decision, and not its impending acquisition by Adobe Systems–which current sells a competing product called Illustrator. Adobe announced in April that it would buy Macromedia for $3.4 billion.

A Macromedia representative said FreeHand will be sold and supported as a standalone product for the time being.

Source: News.com

Goole News Adds RSS Feed

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Many users use Google news to find news items. But up until now Google did not provide RSS feed for its agrigated news. Well not any more. Google just released RSS and Atom feeds support for all news sections.

You can get a feed for any Google News section. For instance, if you select a feed link while you’re on the Business page, you’ll get a feed of business news.

You can also get a feed for any search you do on Google News. First do any search on Google News, then simply use the Atom or RSS link on the left-hand side of your search results page to generate the feed.

You can create a feed of a customized news page, simply by creating a customized news page, and then using the Atom or RSS link on the left-hand side of the page to generate the feed.

To Google News RSS Feed Page

Blockbuster to raise online rental prices

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Blockbuster Inc. on Tuesday said it was raising subscription prices for its online service as it expands the business that competes with Netflix Inc.

The monthly price for a plan that lets customers have three movies out will increase to $17.99 from $14.99 as of Aug, 19.

Microsoft Messenger 5.0 For Mac Released

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Microsoft Corp.’s Macintosh Business Unit on Tuesday announced the release Microsoft Messenger 5.0. Microsoft’s Amanda Lefebvre told MacCentral that while this release does have some features for the consumer, this is really an Enterprise focused release.

Source: MacWorld

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