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December 19th, 2005
Dell Offers 2405FPW Monitor For $899

It may not be the best deal ever on this monitor, but Dell is currently offering this 24" monster for $899 (about $300 off the original price) with a 3-year warranty. If you order it now you may not receive it before Christmas because it will ship in the next 5-7 days. This is the monitor that I am currently using and I can't imagine not having it.

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December 19th, 2005
The New Way To Advertise Is On Digital Paper

Siemens has developed a type of "paper" that will allow text to be displayed digitally. This is would allow manufacturers to fully utilize their advertisement on the packaging of their products. This is made possible by ultra-thin batteries that were recently developed and, of course, some science.

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December 19th, 2005
Replay TV Switching From The Box To The PC

News has been floating around the Internet that ReplayTV will no longer be manufacturing the set-top boxes that everyone has come to know and love. Instead, they will be moving to the PC world and incorporating themselves into your computer. This could be a big move for the company because TiVo was pushed and pushed to provide this service to users.

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December 19th, 2005
Is Firefox Going To Pick Up After Microsoft’s Mistake?

Microsoft has announced that it will no longer offer Internet Explorer downloads for Macintosh computers. This announcement was made over two years ago but by the end of January it will be in effect.

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December 19th, 2005
Cingular Announces New Video Service For Cell Phones

Cingular recently announced a new 3G service for their high-speed data transfer network -- Video Streaming! That is all fine and dandy, but who is going to benefit from this? Right now, no one. The phones that would support this new service are yet to be announced. They do however have a contract with HBO to provide some video feeds from them, but still, no phones to watch the shows with.

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December 19th, 2005
New Beta Available For Skype On Your Pocket PC

Thinking about giving Skype a try on your Pocket PC, or do you already have it installed? Well, it is a pretty nice package and I have been using it for awhile now. I have an Ipaq with built-in WiFi and this is one of the coolest things I have on it. Anywhere that I have access to a WiFi connection, I can use Skype on my Pocket PC. This allows me to use my Ipaq as a phone essentially.

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December 18th, 2005
My Review: Linksys WRT54GX2 Wireless MIMO SRX200 Router

I recently upgraded my router to the Linksys WRT54GX2 router and couldn't love it more. The quality is exactly what you would expect from the industry-leading wireless company. It gave me all the settings that I had to have in order to get my network to function exactly how I wanted.

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December 18th, 2005
Gaim 2.0 Beta 1 Has Been Released To The Masses

That's right, Gaim 2.0 Beta 1 has been released! They have a whole list of changes that almost seem endless. Google has been working to make the voice feature of Google Talk available to other developers to implement into their applications. The changelog for Gaim 2.0 does not mention anything with Google Talk, but I will have to give it a try later to see if it has been implemented.

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December 17th, 2005
Yahoo Extending The Beta Mail Program To More Users

Yahoo will soon be extending the Beta Mail Program to more users. I recently received an email from them stating: Your Yahoo! Mail Beta is coming soon. Thanks for your interest in the new Yahoo! Mail Beta. Your turn is coming soon. We know you can't wait to get your hands on the new Yahoo! Mail and we're just as excited about delivering it to you.

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December 17th, 2005
Get Your Groove On With Google Music Search

If you haven't heard the good news, Google has released their new music search capabilities. If you head over to Google Music Search then you can search for any artist, album, songs, or even lyrics. They don't offer the option to purchase the songs but they have partnered with some large companies, such as iTunes and Amazon.com to give you those capabilities.

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December 17th, 2005
Maxthon Releases Version 1.5.1 Of Its Internet Explorer Browser

Maxthon has released the next version of its web browser, version 1.5.1 which is the only update over the past two months. They fixed many of the internal bugs, along with adding better pop-up blocking. Also, they redesigned the home page so that it will be better for the user's needs.

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December 17th, 2005
Tactile 3D Gives Users A Different Experience

Tactile 3D offers users a completely different interface from what is known as standard. You now have 3D space to organize your files and windows. Now, this isn't its own operating system or anything, it will run right on top of Microsoft Windows. It gives you the ability to browse your files in more of a visual way, rather than digging around looking for file names.

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December 17th, 2005
Microsoft Xbox 360 Soon To Be Taken Over By Hackers

Just like every video game console, the Xbox 360 will soon be completely taken over by hackers. They have figured out how to copy the games, now all that is left is how to override the Xbox itself to play the copied games. There has been no news lately on the progress of a mod chip, but it will undoubtebly arrive in the next couple months.

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December 17th, 2005
Windows Vista 5270 December CTP

Microsoft Windows Vista 5270, which is going to be the December CTP, is expected to be released on Monday or Tuesday. Unfortunately, this is not going to be the Beta 2 that was expected to be released. I guess we will have to settle with what we can get. Check back soon for news on the December CTP release.

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December 17th, 2005
Wired News Presents The Top Firefox Extensions

Wired News has presented what they believe to be the BEST Firefox extensions. I use many of them so if you are a new Firefox user, this will be a good basis for you to start from. I have provided my own summary of the extensions with each extension Wired News nominated as the best.

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December 16th, 2005
What Is Scratching Your Xbox 360’s DVD’s?

Unfortunately, it is true, the Xbox 360 reports of getting scratched disks are continuously rising. A solution for it is yet to be found but it has been determined what is causing the damage. The people over at Llamma.com decided they were going to figure out the cause of their frustration:

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December 16th, 2005
Symantec pcAnywhere 12.0 Beta Released

That's right, Symantec pcAnywhere 12.0 has been released for download! It now supports the Mac OS X for a host or a client. Anyone that has used pcAnywhere before knows of the troubles routers and firewalls can give. To make this simpler they now include pcAnywhere Gateway which will make the configuration of ports and other settings easier.

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December 16th, 2005
New Features That Are Going To Be Added To Microsoft Office

Microsoft has announced that new project and portfolio management features are going to be added to the new Microsoft Office. This comes after they purchased software firm United Management Technologies.

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December 16th, 2005
Microsoft MSDN Web Page Goes Beta

Microsoft is making some changes to the MSDN page by allowing more personalization of the layout and content. So, if you are an MSDN subscriber you should go and check it out and let us all know how it is.

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December 16th, 2005
New DivX 6.1 Codec Released That Is 3x Faster

DivX has released another codec, version 6.1 this time. The speed improvements are supposed to be unthinkable with this release. For those with some top-of-the-line computers you could get up to 300% faster! They say even a modest computer will be able to get 80% faster. Well, what are you waiting for, let the encoding begin!

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