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Google Extends More Gmail Invites

By Nate Mook, BetaNews

February 7, 2005, 10:49 AM

Google's Gmail service may be preparing to leave its beta auspices for the first time since launching in April 2004. Some account holders of the search giant's Web mail have been granted the ability to invite 50 friends to the free service, indicating Google is preparing for an expansion.

Previously, each Gmail beta user was given only a handful of invitations to pass along. Google has been slowly ramping up its Gmail efforts as competition heats up from rivals MSN and Yahoo, which followed Google's strategy to attract customers by removing storage limitations. In November, Gmail was opened so users could retrieve mail using an external client such as Outlook.

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Microsoft Readies 13 Windows Fixes

By Nate Mook, BetaNews

February 4, 2005, 9:03 AM

As part of its monthly "Patch Tuesday" next week, Microsoft is preparing to issue 13 security fixes, which range in severity from moderate to critical. Nine of the updates pertain to flaws specifically to Windows, while the others cover SharePoint, Microsoft's .NET Framework, Office and Windows Media.

Per its security policy, Microsoft is not releasing any specifics on the vulnerabilities until their release on February 8; however, the company makes some exceptions. Businesses and governments signed up with Redmond programs will receive early access to upcoming security announcements, and Microsoft recently called on external beta testers to help improve the quality of its patching process.

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Warning: Tomorrow Expected to Be A Doozy for Patching Microsoft Products
 
Posted by Andrew Brandt
Friday, February 04, 2005, 10:45 AM (PST)

not every known problemnot every known problem
Word is in that this coming Tuesday, Feb. 8, (a day also referred to as Microsoft Patch Tuesday) will mark an important milestone in Windows patch history. The stability of the Internet may depend on how quickly Windows users install these fixes.

That's because recent history has demonstrated how quickly and thoroughly a skillful teenager can wreak havoc on the 'Net -- and how some viruses and other e-pests never go away, haunting us in perpetuity.

Microsoft will issue 13 patches, via Automatic Updates and Windows Update, four of which the company rates as 'critical.'

In case you were wondering what critical means in this context, Microsoft uses the term to describe 'a vulnerability, whose exploitation could allow the propagation of an Internet worm' if you--yes, you personally--don't do anything about it.

I know it sounds cheesy, but maybe Microsoft needs a computer security equivalent to the Forest Service's Smokey Bear, a solid figure that garners instant respect for the cautionary message that only you can prevent the next Code Red-like worm outbreak. Kids, don't play with matches or rootkits.

The patches include fixes to the way Windows Media Player handles licensing code in DRM-protected music. The changes eliminate one or more vulnerabilities exploited by audio adware.

Three-quarters of the patches fix Windows bugs (but not every known problem); The others affect Office, Sharepoint, and the .NET Framework.

And, yes, you will have to reboot. It's a small price to pay for saving the Internet, don't you think?

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Experience Immersive Home Entertainment
A PC with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005*, an Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology† and a wireless home network gives you the power to reinvent home entertainment just the way you like it. Now you can do more at once and enjoy what you want, where you want.

Whatever your lifestyle, you can enjoy your Media Center Edition PC from any room in the house. Like to kick back in the living room? A sleek-looking Entertainment PC can fit neatly into the stack of components on top of your stereo, allowing you to store and access your multimedia files instantly. And if you prefer to have your computer in your home office, a traditional "tower" desktop PC running Media Center Edition can wirelessly stream content to your TV and stereo in another room using the Windows Media Extender*.

No matter where you put your Media Center Edition PC, a single remote control keeps your digital photos, music, home videos and movies organized and on demand at the touch of a button. It's an entirely new home entertainment experience that lets you communicate, play games, and immerse yourself in high-fidelity digital entertainment at home. With all of your content stored in one place, you can easily make video slideshows, adding your favorite music to share with your family from the comfort of your couch.

You can even enjoy more of the experiences you want simultaneously, like downloading a movie to your PC to view later while listening to your favorite music. A PC powered by the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology running allows you to complete multiple processor-intensive tasks at the same time.

about Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 or check out a and Intel Centrino™ mobile technology.

 

Source:- http://www.intel.com/personal/digital_home/media_center.htm? iid=ipc+entertainment_pc_RHC_newmediacenterpcs



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Google Maps Out Where to Go .. maps.google.com

By Nate Mook, BetaNews

February 8, 2005, 11:56 AM

Following the launch of its local search, which provides address information for nearby businesses, Google has gone one step further: telling you how to get there. Google Maps was quietly unveiled in beta form today, further building up the company's ecosystem of search related utilities.

Even in beta, Google Maps offers a few advantages over competitors. Maps can be dragged to view adjacent areas, which means users do not have click and wait for graphics to reload. Zooming is also instantaneous with the help of a slider placed atop the map.

"It's like having a huge map you can scroll around in," Google says.

Google Maps is also closely tied with the company's local search. Instead of entering a specific address, users can simply search for a term such a "sushi," which would then show all nearby sushi restaurants directly on the map.

Like current map providers, Google offers step-by-step directions for traveling between two points. Clicking on one of the steps pops up a floating bubble containing a magnified view of the area. For the time being, however, Google Maps is limited to the United States and Canada.

"Google is focused on organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful, and this experiment is another step forward in helping users find the local information they need," the company said in a statement.

Although no official announcement has been made, Google has apparently partnered with TeleAtlas to power its map service.

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PlayStation 3 processor unveiled

The Cell processor, which will drive Sony's PlayStation 3, will run 10-times faster than current PC chips, its designers have said

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4242447.stm
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