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August 26, 2004 by joetheblow

HP's iPod to lead consumer push
Published: August 26, 2004, 10:14 AM PDT
By Ina Fried
Staff Writer, CNET

update Hoping to make a big bang in consumer electronics, Hewlett-Packard plans on Friday to unveil its long-awaited HP-branded iPod, along with its first televisions, an entertainment hub and the usual array of new printers and cameras, sources said.

Also among the dozens of new gadgets that HP CEO Carly Fiorina will introduce at a Miami press eve...
August 26, 2004 by joetheblow

Science for the lazy
August 26, 2004, 2:09 PM PDT

Gone are the days of lugging your laundry down the block to the local laundromat, only to find that you are short on quarters. Thanks to the hard-working scientists at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, tech-savvy shoppers may soon be strutting their stuff in self-cleaning pants.

Using nanotechnology, researchers developed a process for treating fabric with a titanium dioxide coating that, when triggered by sunl...
August 26, 2004 by joetheblow

TiVo Vs. Video-On-Demand
Lisa DiCarlo, 07.19.04, 6:00 AM ET

NEW YORK - There is probably no quantifiable way to prove that Americans are an impatient breed. We want what we want, when we want it, and we're willing to pay for the privilege. Today, companies rake in millions--sometimes billions--giving people the ability to have sex on demand, sleep on demand, television on demand and technology on demand.

Each day this week, we'll take a look at the companies that are c...
August 25, 2004 by joetheblow

Google: Bellwether Of The 'OO' Index
Dan Ackman, 08.19.04, 9:05 AM ET

NEW YORK - One of the reasons Google is successful is that it's fun to say. Google. That's fun. Even more fun than Yahoo!.

Now Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) will trade under the Nasdaq ticker 'GOOG,' which is fun as well. It's also unique. There are no other consonant-double-O-consonant tickers in the U.S. stock market. There is no 'BOOB', perhaps for good reason. There is no 'DOOD' or '...
August 25, 2004 by joetheblow

Study: IT workers more optimistic
Published: August 13, 2004, 3:11 PM PDT
By Ed Frauenheim
Staff Writer, CNET

Information technology workers in the United States are lifting their chins.

At least that's the conclusion of a recent study by staffing company Hudson, which found that IT workers had greater confidence in the employment market last month than they did in June. In addition, IT workers' optimism remained higher than that of U.S. workers overa...
August 20, 2004 by joetheblow

Gartner: 'Steer away' from cheap Windows XP
Published: August 13, 2004, 11:02 AM PDT
By Aloysius Choong
Special to CNET

Gartner has labeled Microsoft's upcoming version of Windows for developing countries as a product with good intent but poor execution.

In a report published this week, Gartner analysts Dion Wiggins and Martin Gilliland noted that missing features in the Windows XP Starter Edition would frustrate users and claimed that its limited sof...
August 20, 2004 by joetheblow

Drag-and-drop flaw mars Microsoft's latest update
Published: August 20, 2004, 1:04 PM PDT
By Robert Lemos
Staff Writer, CNET

An independent researcher warned that an Internet Explorer vulnerability could turn drag-and-drop into drag-and-infect, even on computers updated with Microsoft's latest security patch.

The flaw affects the latest version of Internet Explorer running on Windows XP, even after the latest major update--known as Service Pack 2--is ...
August 13, 2004 by joetheblow

An Online Supplier for Your Desktop Cineplex

Published: August 12, 2004

GOING to the movies these days may simply involve a trip to your desktop, as video-on-demand Internet movie services help turn personal computers into multiscreen cineplexes.

A technological step beyond video rentals and pay-per-view cable movie channels, these online movie services provide a legal and reliable way to download and stream thousands of films, from recently released ...
August 13, 2004 by joetheblow

In Search of a Browser That Banishes Clutter

Published: August 12, 2004

FOR Katherine Sandlin, a barrage of pop-up ads was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back - in this case, her reliance on Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Even before her home page could load, thumbnail-size advertisements would crowd the monitor urging her to apply for a credit card or find love online. So she asked around for other ways to browse the Web.

One softw...
August 13, 2004 by joetheblow

The Color of Mayhem, in a Wave of 'Urban' Games

Published: August 12, 2004

THE screen crackles with criminality as a gang of urban predators itch for a kill. The scene erupts into automatic-weapons fire in a drive-by nightmare of screaming car engines, senseless death and destruction set to a thumping rap soundtrack.

The action is not part of a new film, but of a video game in development - the latest permutation of Grand Theft Auto, one of the mo...
August 8, 2004 by joetheblow
Search Advertising will now be part of this blog. Search Ad is a blog and website coming out in January 2005 and will have many deals, links to related news and other tid bits. It will eventually have a message board (one that is linked to a messageboard universe called BBx) and will, more likely than not, keep the blow running once the messageboard is complete.

The site itself is under-construction. You can view it here. It will be a site that will be development over time and will eventuall...
August 3, 2004 by joetheblow

E-voting critic calls on hackers to expose flaws
Published: July 29, 2004, 12:22 PM PDT
By Robert Lemos
Staff Writer, CNET

LAS VEGAS--Electronic voting systems have major security problems and hackers should make it their mission to find the flaws, an e-voting critic told security researchers on Thursday.

Speaking at the Black Hat Security Briefings here, Rebecca Mercuri, a fellow at a Harvard-affiliated research center and a noted e-voting critic, ca...
August 1, 2004 by joetheblow
"There" is a community of chatters on-line that is also a 3D world. With the use of broadband and cable reaching more than half the households in the US and steadily increasing abroad, 3D worlds can actually become a possibility with faster download times and high powered computers running the program (by high powered, I mean the power of a standard computer has increased to allow a program like this to work easily)..

With eSOURCE being an entertainment and cultural site (eventually spanning...
August 1, 2004 by joetheblow

Bloggers get convention credentials
Instant, interactive communication making a political mark
By Marsha Walton
Friday, July 23, 2004 Posted: 8:22 PM EDT (0022 GMT)

CNN) -- A new breed of political observers will be offering volumes of pointed commentary at this year's political conventions.

But most of these bloggers (short for Web loggers) don't fit the profile of a traditional journalist on the campaign trail.

"They are igniting a great deal of enthusiasm a...
July 28, 2004 by joetheblow
SOURCE: Beta News

MSN Debuts Newsbot Test
By David Worthington, BetaNews
July 27, 2004, 10:55 PM

The Internet may have forever changed how the world gets its morning news, but MSNBC and Microsoft's MSN business unit are determined to resurrect the newsstand. Starting today, customers can sign up for a beta of the MSNBC Newsbot – an expansive online news service powered by MSN search technology.

The MSNBC Newsbot allows customers to sift through more than 4,800 worldwide news sources; ...