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El Lobo (994537) writes "According to the developer of the popular 3rd party Instagram app developer Instance, Instagram is removing photos uploaded via 3rd party clients like Instance.When an image is uploaded to Instagram using the 3rd party clients like Instance, images will appear on Instagram’s website when you logged in using your own profile and after sometime, these photos are getting removed from the Instagram account and the public URLs to access them becomes dead.
El Lobo (994537) writes "Nokia has just unveiled to the world the first handsets it designed with Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system on board, and it seems that they already are highly popular among mobile phone users.
During the week of October 24th – October 30th, the black version of the device was the top selling device at the retailer, while the cyan flavor of Nokia Lumia 800 was present on the ninth position out of 50 on the top selling chart. Provided that things evolve in this direction, we might see that same increased demand when the handsets becomes available for purchase later this month.
According to the data from Phonehouse.Fr, Nokia's new device seems to be the most popular Windows Phone ever in the country." Link to Original Source top
El Lobo (994537) writes "The Sensors and Devices group at Microsoft Research have developed HoloDesk, an innovative new system that lets users interact with 3D graphics. A Kinect camera is used to track the user's hand movements while a webcam tracks facial movements. Combine this together with a few custom algorithms and here's what you get when you look through the transparent display window: an environment of 3D objects that can be manipulated with your hands." Link to Original Source top
El Lobo (994537) writes "Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell (Sysinternals gurus extraordinaire) have just published another amazingly useful (and free!) tool: Disk2vhd, which uses the power of Volume Shadow Copy Service(VSS) to turn your running version of Windows into a.vhd file for use with Virtual PC or Hyper-V. Just start up the tool, tell it which drives you want to convert, give it a destination (which can even be on a network share), and hit Create.
Now you have a VHD that you can throw at Virtual PC or Hyper-V, load up the integration components, and you have a virtual machine up and running." Link to Original Source top
According to Novell's lead Mono developer, Miguel de Icaza, several applications in Apple's App Store are powered by Mono.In a blog post published this week, de Icaza identifies almost 40 applications (most of which are games) in Apple's App Store that are built on Unity and Mono.
The iPhone isn't the only hot handset to catch Mono. A developer has experimentally ported the Mono runtime to the Android-based T-Mobile G1. Although this port is only an experimental proof of concept and won't be used to deploy applications on the platform any time soon, it has a lot of potential and performs well against Google's Dalvik runtime in some preliminary benchmarks." top
El Lobo (994537) writes "Asus' success with its Eee line of netbooks might have come as a surprise, but the company is now determined to expand the Eee brand into every possible niche and form factor. Case in point: the insanely cool Eee Keyboard, which will surely bring a smile on the faces of those who remember the glory days of the home computer.
Described as a fully functional PC with inset Qwerty key arrangement, the keyboard has a 5in touch screen that displays a suite of bespoke media controls or a Windows desktop." top
El Lobo (994537) writes "A new microkernel,.Net-based operating system is available now. COSMOS is an acronym for C# Open Source Managed Operating System. Even though the name C# is part of the name of Cosmos, Cosmos can work with any.NET language that compiles to pure IL without P/Invokes.
Technically, Cosmos is a set of operating system legos written completely in C# that allow developers to easily build custom OSes with little OS experience by simply selecting new project in Visual Studio, then pressing F5 to build, deploy, and debug.
Cosmos has a lot of similarity compared to Microsoft's Singularity. But unlike Singularity, Cosmos is publicly available now with full source code at Codeplex.
El Lobo (994537) writes "A video spoof shown during the CES 2008 keynote by Bill Gates about his last full day at Microsoft in July starring himself, Brian Williams, Steve Ballmer, Matthew McConaugheyr, Robbie Bach, Jay-Z, Bono, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Kevin Turner, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Al Gore, Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie,
Amazing who they can call for a guest appearance in the name of Bill Gates." top
El Lobo (994537) writes "Celebrity gossip "queen" Perez Hilton said he's unlikely to post videos on YouTube any longer and instead will probably host them on his own site, Perezhilton.com. As informed on TVWeek.com, the blogger and the biggest video-sharing service are feuding after YouTube pulled some of his videos due to complaints from copyright holders. Mr. Hilton, said he's disappointed by the way YouTube handled the matter. After discussion, Mr. Hilton's YouTube account was reinstated Thursday afternoon and he promptly posted a YouTube kiss-off video, telling the site to "F — off." "The way they treated me with this whole incident makes me feel not appreciated," Mr. Hilton said. "They didn't do anything. Not to overestimate my own worth, but I probably have sent more traffic to YouTube than anyone else on the Internet."" top
El Lobo (994537) writes "MacTopic is featuring an article about how big of a disappointment Leopard acyually is. The article doesn't talk about the firewall debacle or the broken Time Machine, but it focuses instead on much simplier things like "the Finder from hell". From the article: "No cutting in the Finder. You can copy, you can paste, but you can't cut... Open and Save dialogue boxes from hell. The open and save dialogue boxes are moronically disabled..., Column view is irritating and doesn't work right....,The amazing bad design of the transparent toolbar, etc...". The author was flummoxed that even Steve Jobs would have the balls to hint at forthcoming "secret features" and then get on stage and reveal the lame tacked-on additions to the OS that he did. He must have been mortified to say that he was going to reveal 10 new features and then only reveal 3...while pretending that they were all new, despite having given them away a long time ago." top
El Lobo (994537) writes "A swedish phone company (Telia) is being sued by the german Deutsche Telekom (swedish only). The cause of the disput? Telia is using magenta color for their image (logotype, web site, etc). So is Deutsche Telekom even if they are not using an exact shade of magenta (see the color comparation in the article)
"Magenta is one of the most important aspects of our image"- says a Deutsche Telekom representant. They are suing Telia for copyright infringement and want to get 3,4 miljarder euro as a compensation." top
El Lobo (994537) writes "Security software firm Intego is warning Mac OS X users today about a trojan horse that targets the Mac. OSX.RSPlug. A is showing up on pornography sites disguised as a movie. When someone clicks the link to watch the video clip, a Web page states that a new QuickTime codec must be installed. If the option to Open "Safe" Files After Downloading is enabled in Safari (which is the default), the image opens automatically. The trojan changes the computer's DNS settings to point to phishing sites or ads for other pornography sites." top
Microsoft's 23% boost in net income, reported after the 4 p.m. close of markets, lifted its shares more than 10%. For now, demand is strong for Office and Windows, including Windows Vista, introduced last year, and its predecessor, Windows XP. Quarterly sales at the Windows division jumped 27% to $3.37 billion." top
El Lobo (994537) writes "It seems that it's not only Apple, Dell and Sony who are having a though time with their batteries. Nokia is now replacing more than 46 million batteries that are experiencing overheating. This advisory applies only to the batteries manufactured by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006." top
El Lobo (994537) writes "A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting.
"The notion was that a chemical that would probably be pleasant in the human body in low quantities could be identified, and by virtue of either breathing or having their skin exposed to this chemical, the notion was that soliders would become gay," explained Edward Hammond, of Berkeley's Sunshine Project." top
I've been waiting for more than 30 years to say this: Dad, I always told you I'd come back and get my degree," Gates, 51, told the crowd, which included his father, also named Bill.
Jobs and Gates share the spotlight
"I'll be changing my job next year, and it will be nice to finally have a college degree on my resume," said Gates in a reference to his plan to shift full time into philanthropy." top
A recent market survey indicated that Microsoft's IIS has a 31.13 percent market share, which places it in second position behind the open source Apache Web Server. Another survey by Port80 Software that takes Fortune 1000 companies into consideration reports that IIS has overtaken Apache among Fortune 1000 sites."