6/11/2006

EBay to unveil further Skype tie-ins

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Online marketplace eBay Inc. is set to detail on Tuesday how it plans to combine its Skype Web telephone-call service into its core U.S. auction business, executives said on Sunday.

So-called “click to call” features through which eBay customers can contact sellers directly via text message, voice or video conference have been a main selling point of eBay’s acquisition of Skype in October for as much as $4.2 billion.

Source: Reuters

PlayStation 2 outselling Xbox 360 in US

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Since the Xbox 360’s debut the PlayStation 2 has remained in control of the match, outselling the Xbox 360 in six of the seven onths.
Since the release of the Xbox 360, Microsoft has averaged 246,000 console sales each month in the US, while the PS2 has seen an average of 473,000 units—a number bolstered by an estimated 1.5 million sales in December alone. Leaving out December, Sony’s average drops to 302,000 per month, still outpacing the Xbox 360 by a healthy margin.

Source: arstechnica

China Walks Out of Encryption Meeting

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An international dispute over a wireless computing standard took a bitter turn this past week with the Chinese delegation walking out of a global meeting to discuss the technology.

The delegation’s walkout from Wednesday’s opening of a two-day meeting in the Czech Republic escalated an already rancorous struggle by China to gain international acceptance for its homegrown encryption technology known as WAPI. It follows Chinese accusations that a U.S.-based standards body used underhanded tactics to prevent global approval of WAPI.

Source: AP

Tip: Synchronize Extensions, Bookmarks And Passwords In Firefox

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Working regularly on at least 4 computers (at home and work), synchronizing the passwords, extensions and bookmarks between them is a daunting task. However there are 3 extensions that help you manage this task

Google Browser Sync for Firefox is an extension that continuously synchronizes your browser settings – including bookmarks, history, persistent cookies, and saved passwords – across your computers. It also allows you to restore open tabs and windows across different machines and browser sessions.

Firefox Extension Backup Extension allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up — It will actually rebuild your extensions individually into installable .xpi files. Now you can easily synchronize your office and home browsers.

FEBE backs up your extensions, themes, and (optionally) your bookmarks, preferences and cookies.

Another great extension is Compact Library Extension Organizer. CLEO is a Firefox extension that works with FEBE to package any number of extensions/themes into a single, installable .xpi file.

(Thanks for Blot for the heads up on the last two)

For more powerfuls extension check out our Most Useful Firefox Extensions page

Breath Test Can Detect Diseases

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Your breath may tell what you ate for lunch or that you had too many margaritas to wash it down. But researchers are collaborating on a new, laser-based breath analyzer that can go far beyond that, picking up hidden clues about your health.

Breath tests have long been used to identify drunken drivers. But your breath contains as many as 400 compounds, and many of them can be used to detect diseases and track a patient’s recovery, experts say.

Doctors already use breath samples to monitor patients with asthma, those in intensive care and others recovering after heart transplants. They are also testing breath-based diagnostic tools designed to detect breast cancer, lung cancer and tuberculosis.

Source: TheStandard

FlashGet Is Now Free

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The ever popular download manager FlashGet is now completely free.

As of version 1.72 of FlashGet the software maker decided to drop the ad supported shareware and offer the software free to download. Also new in this version is Context menu add to Opera 8.x.

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