CompUSA to offer early sales of Vista

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Microsoft Corp. will sell licenses for its new Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite through CompUSA stores Nov. 30, two months before the products go on sale at other retailers.

The world’s largest software company said Monday that customers will be able to buy licensing agreements to run Windows Vista Business and Microsoft Office Small Business 2007 on five or more personal computers.

The move will put small businesses on the same footing as larger rivals, who also will be able to buy the new operating system and business software ahead of the general release scheduled for Jan. 30.

Source: AP

ATI offers DirectX - OpenGL converter

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Graphics chip maker ATI Technologies has released HLSL2GLSL, an open source application designed to help programmers convert graphics code optimized for Windows’ DirectX 9 Application Programming Interface (API) to OpenGL, which is used on the Mac. Binaries for Mac OS X and Windows are available for download.

Source: Macworld

Critical Wireless Flaw Leaves Windows Users Open To Attack

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A critical vulnerability in a wireless driver used in PCs sold by Dell, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, and others will be tough to patch, a security researcher said Monday, even though exploit code has already been published and attacks are possible.

The vulnerability in the Broadcom wireless driver went public Saturday as part of the “Month of Kernel Bugs” project; the same day, an exploit was added to the Metasploit Framework, a penetration testing tool. Although the researcher who discovered the flaw had earlier reported it to Broadcom, patches may be slow in coming since each computer and third-party wireless card maker tweaks the generic Broadcom code for its own hardware.

Source: InformationWeek

New Opteron-Based Supercomputer To Break Petaflop Barrier

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The Cray XT4 supercomputer uses as many as 30,000 AMD dual-core Opteron processors and is designed to be upgraded to AMD’s quad-core processors when they become available.

Cray unveiled a new Opteron-based supercomputer on Monday that’s designed to scale to a peak performance of one petaflop, or 1,000 trillion operations per second.

The Cray XT4 supercomputer, formally code named ‘Hood’, runs AMD’s dual-core Opteron processors. It’s designed, according to Cray, to upgrade to AMD’s upcoming quad-core processors when the chip technology is released.

“While the theoretical peak speed of supercomputers may be good for bragging rights, it is not an accurate indicator of how the machine will perform when running actual research codes, which is what our 2,500 users are most interested in,” said Horst Simon, director of the NERSC Division at Berkeley Lab, in a written statement. “To better gauge how well a system will meet the needs of our users, we developed SSP, a sustained system performance benchmark suite. Under this real-world performance test, the new Cray XT4 system will deliver over 16 teraflops on a sustained basis.”

Source: InformationWeek

Google CEO Sees Free Mobile Phones Funded By Ads

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Web search leader Google Inc.’s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, sees a future where mobile phones are free to consumers who accept watching targeted forms of advertising.

Schmidt said Saturday that as mobile phones become more like handheld computers and consumers spend as much as eight to 10 hours a day talking, texting and using the Web on these devices, advertising becomes a viable form of subsidy.

“Your mobile phone should be free,” Schmidt told Reuters. “It just makes sense that subsidies should increase” as advertising rises on mobile phones.

Source: InformationWeek

Google Earth in 4D

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Google skipped right past the third dimension and landed directly in the fourth (time) by offering historical maps on Google Earth. Now you can travel back in time — for example, I am looking at the globe of 1790. Don’t expect detailed high resolution photography from days gone by, but it’s still interesting to see old maps overlaid on the satellite imagery of today.

Source: ZDNet

T-Shirt Turns Air Guitar Into Music

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Scientists announced Monday that they have developed a high-tech T-shirt that turns the strumming of an air guitar into music.

The T-shirt has motion sensors built into its elbows that pick up the wearer’s arm motions and relay them wirelessly to a computer which interprets them as guitar riffs, said Richard Helmer, an engineer who leads the research team from the government’s Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

One arm is interpreted as picking chords while the other strums. The “wearable instrument shirt” is adaptable to both right and left-handed would-be rock stars.

Source: AP

Personalizing Google Apps for Your Domain

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Google on Monday added a “start page” feature to its Google Apps for Your Domain package of Web applications, which it launched in August. The start page will serve as a central access point for the applications that come bundled in the package, including things like e-mail, news, weather, map and calendar, product manager Mike Horowitz said. Google Apps for Your Domain allows corporations and organizations to offer those applications to employees and others for free, in essence outsourcing the infrastructure, maintenance and other costs to Google.

Source: News.com

MP3.com returns to music sharing with new features

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MP3.com, the once massive music download site that settled copyright infringement suits with major record labels, said on Monday it is allowing the sharing of music and videos but this time with the authorization of independent artists.

Since being acquired by CNET, MP3.com has been mostly offering news and editorial content about music, but will now enable artists to provide music and videos through its site.

Source: Reuters

Sun Makes Java Tech. Open-Source Project

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Computer server and software maker Sun Microsystems Inc. said Monday that it had begun to make its Java technology an open-source software project available for free on the Internet.

The announcement represents one of the largest additions of computer code to the open-source community - and it marks a major shift for a company that had once fiercely protected the source code used in 3.8 billion cell phones, supercomputers, medical devices and other gadgets.

Santa Clara-based Sun said it is making nearly all of Java’s source code - excluding small pockets of code that aren’t owned by Sun - available under the GNU General Public License. The same type of license also covers the distribution of the core, or kernel, of the popular open-source operating system Linux, which competes against Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system

Source: AP

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