Internet

Wed
16
Aug
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Fanpop: For Fans, By Fans

Fanpop is a new site that's a network of "social portals," as they call them; the portals are created for fans, by fans, on a topic that people are fanatic about. Topics on Fanpop aren't limited -- they can be anything you can dream up! Within each ... portal, you can meet other fans while you contribute to the community. In the Links section, you can share, rate, and categorize your favorite links; in the Forum section, you can discuss; news and blog postings from the the web for are pulled into the Headlines section. All this fanatical content combined, portal by portal, is Fanpop. When this ... (view more)

Fri
11
Aug
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Web 2.0: The Next Generation of Thrills and Threats

As might be expected, new horizons bring new threats. As the browser and website world expands, so too do security risks that offer anything from Spyware annoyances and popups to viruses that damn the functionality of the average PC. Recently, ... insiders have revealed that this new generation of Internet technology is growing so fast that it is outpacing the safety of security updates. Web 2.0 is the common term used for websites that offer increased functionality and interactivity beyond simple HTML (no-flash) text. Undoubtedly, many of the pages who proudly describe themselves as proponents ... (view more)

Fri
11
Aug
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Electronic Mail: What Is It?

Just about everyone who surfs the Web has an email account any more. Most of the Internet Service Providers on the 'net have a set of mailboxes they provide their customers, but the software they provide for folk to get to their email account ... sometimes does not provide the tools needed to effectively use their email Inboxes. There are several "email Clients" available that we be presenting. Before we get to that, there is some information you need to know to be able to select the best fit for your use. First we need to define what and where a client and server are. An email client is the ... (view more)

Thu
10
Aug
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MSN Live Spaces: Problems After Launch

Recently, we reported the launch of Microsoft's new MSN Live Spaces , an upgrade to its previous MSN MySpace. Although the new Live Spaces is seeking to improve on the rampant popularity of MySpace by introducing a slew of new options (including ... quirky little gadgets, exclusive friends groups, blogs, and security measures to keep sickos away from kids), the launch day was reportedly a complete disaster. Even Microsoft has openly admitted that there were significant problems, and have publicly apologized to Spaces' junkies. In the first 12 hours of its launch, MSN Live Spaces experienced major ... (view more)

Wed
09
Aug
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Widgetbox: Widgets For Your Blog

Widgetbox is a new website that is directory of web widgets. Currently in private beta, Widgetbox makes it very easy to add widgets to your blog and also makes it easy to manage them. Widgetbox manages how blogs retrieve the widget, which allows you ... to reconfigure your widget without editing the HTML on your blog (a real bonus). Widgetbox widgets are also future-proof: they have backwards compatibility built into them so that developers can add features and rearrange their service without disrupting existing users of the widget. Currently, the site offers many widgets in the following ... (view more)

Wed
09
Aug
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Microsoft Launches New Live Spaces

Want to let everyone know what you think of your neighbor's barking dog or the latest episode of Lost? Microsoft has now made it easier for you to rant, this time in pretty colors. On Tuesday, August 1st, Microsoft launched its Windows Live Spaces: ... a revamped and updated version of its previous Spaces brand. The immensely popular MSN Space lets users showcase pictures of themselves, friends, pets, and pretty much anyone ever photographed/drawn. The new version upgrades these abilities, allowing users to present blogs, music lists, and, like, oh-so-many more photos. Although personalization ( ... (view more)

Tue
08
Aug
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Microsoft and Google Want to Heal You: New Health Services Rumoured

The next theatre of war for Google and Microsoft might be a realm previously and popularly unassociated with information technology: healthcare and medicine. Amidst rumors that Google is strongly considering the release of a Health search and/or ... service, Microsoft is apparently closing in on a constructive build of its Windows Live Healthcare. The exact message for the Redmond-based company is still unclear, as Microsoft executives, including corporate vice president of Health Solutions Peter Neupert, remain very hush when it comes to details. (Source: microsoft-watch.com ) For months, both ... (view more)

Tue
08
Aug
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Preloader for flickr

Let me just start like this: Preloader rocks. I can't believe I just found this tool! Preloader is a free image editing tool for flickr users. It's designed to pre-process photos uploaded to flickr. Using the public flickr API, Preloader connects to ... your fickr account and allows you to edit your photos in your browser. And these aren't just your basic edits, either! Beyond your basic cropping and rotating, you can edit layers, apply filters (ie. sharpen, contrast, greyscale, brightness, etc.), adjust the gradient, histogram, add text, ... (view more)

Sat
05
Aug
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Good and Bad News from AOL

It has been a bittersweet day for America Online. On the same morning the company announces that it has beaten industry giants Microsoft and Google in launching the first online storage system, the company has at the same time admitted that it must ... lay off 5,000 employees. The cuts represent nearly a quarter of the AOL's manpower, and are part of a massive restructuring effort across all of its international offices. The hardest hit branches may be those located in Europe, as rumours abound that the entire United Kingdom arm of AOL could be severed. In desperation to regain some of its once- ... (view more)

Sat
05
Aug
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NBC Announces Alliance With YouTube.com

YouTube is now synonymous with the likes of Google and MySpace as one of the Internet's hippest buzzwords and has now become the talk of the Internet since launching a little over a year ago. Infopacket columnist Sarah Perez even lists the video ... sharing page as one of her top ten sites that have changed the Internet . In only five months -- from January 2006 to May 2006 -- YouTube leaped from 2,471 unique visitors a month to a whopping 12,669. And now the big boys are taking notice. Television network giant NBC has struck a deal with YouTube.com that promises to be mutually beneficial to both ... (view more)

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