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We’ve all heard the anti-trust tirades before, but the EU just doesn’t want to let up on Microsoft. They’re not happy with claims that OEMs are "free to include other web browsers." Nope. That just won’t cut it.
The answer: more bloat for the end user! Yes, the European Commission is considering forcing OEMs to distribute alternative browsers with their systems. As someone who works in the retail computer business, I cringe at this news.
Don’t get me wrong – I load Firefox on every system I build, if for nothing else but backup when a customer overloads IE with toolbars and rogue ActiveX controls. But that doesn’t mean I’d want a government body forcing me to install software that I might not otherwise.
Let’s think about this for a minute, EU guys.
Windows also includes some other things that have competitors: Wordpad, Paint, Media Player, Defender, and Remote Desktop Connection, to name a few. Does that mean that a new PC will have to include Jarte, AbiWord, Gimp, Paint.Net, WinAmp, VLC, GOM Player, Media Monkey, AdAware, SpyBot, MalwareBytes AntiMalware, Kerio, Comodo, ZoneAlarm, PC Anywhere, VNC, TeamViewer, and a slew of other apps whose functionality Microsoft has built in to Windows?

Isn’t  this a little alarming news?

[via Download Squad]

 

After all that speculation, Gmail is finally available offline and works pretty much the same way other Google products work. You’ll need to have Google Gears installed and this is an Labs feature unlike with other Google products.

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After enabling this feature even if you’re offline, you can open your web browser, go to gmail.com, and get to your mail just like you’re used to.

Once you turn on this feature, Gmail uses Gears to download a local cache of your mail. As long as you’re connected to the network, that cache is synchronized with Gmail’s servers. When you lose your connection, Gmail automatically switches to offline mode, and uses the data stored on your computer’s hard drive instead of the information sent across the network. You can read messages, star and label them, and do all of the things you’re used to doing while reading your webmail online. Any messages you send while offline will be placed in your outbox and automatically sent the next time Gmail detects a connection. And if you’re on an unreliable or slow connection (like when you’re “borrowing” your neighbor’s wireless), you can choose to use “flaky connection mode,” which is somewhere in between: it uses the local cache as if you were disconnected, but still synchronizes your mail with the server in the background.

Gmail offline is available (sadly) only for Gmail users in US and UK only, hopefully it will be available for everyone else.

To get started:

  1. Click Settings and click the Labs tab.
  2. Select Enable next to Offline Gmail.
  3. Click Save Changes.
  4. After your browser reloads, you’ll see a new “Offline0.1” link in the upper righthand corner of your account, next to your username. Click this link to start the offline set up process and download Gears if you don’t already have it.

[via Official Gmail Blog]

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GoogleChannelUK’s new video is really good

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I usually write about Windows only cause I use windows (I’ve used both Mac and Linux and like them both). PC users are usually sneered at by Mac users as virus don’t affect Mac. I’ve seen one Mac advertisement stating that there are 1 billion virus out loose but never on a Mac.

I don’t think this statement will hold true any longer, there’s a Mac trojan floating around inside a pirated iWork ’09 release that has appeared on various torrent sites.

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When installing iWork 09, the iWorkServices package is installed. The installer for the Trojan horse is launched as soon as a user begins the installation of iWork, following the installer’s request of an administrator password (in older versions of Mac OS X, 10.5.1 or earlier, there will be no password request). This software is installed as a startup item (in /System/Library/StartupItems/iWorkServices, a location reserved normally for Apple startup items), where it has read-write-execute permissions for root. The malicious software connects to a remote server over the Internet; this means that a malicious user will be alerted that this Trojan horse is installed on different Macs, and will have the ability to connect to them and perform various actions remotely. The Trojan horse may also download additional components to an infected Mac.

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According to Intego

Intego is issuing this alert to warn Mac users not to download iWork 09 installers from sites offering pirated software. (As of 6 am EST, at least 20,000 people have downloaded this installer.) The risk of infection is serious, and users may face extremely serious consequences if their Macs are accessible to malicious users.

I guess many PC users would be snickering.

 

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chat video

Do you find it frustrating to go to another tab to watch that cool video which your buddy has just pinged when another friend of yours is waiting for a response from you, wouldn’t it be a lot easier if you could chat as well as watch video without switching to another tab. Well it now possible, thanks to Gmail, you can now watch videos right inside the chat window, but it’s limited to YouTube and Google Videos only. Just click the preview, and the video will play right there.

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Cool eh?

[via Gmail Blog]

 

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iphone-unlock

With a host of iPhone unlocking software out there now you can now unlock iPhone 3g very easily and get many features which the iPhone lacks. iPhone 3g Unlocking softwares are very popular.

By unlocking your iPhone you will be able to use any GSM Sim card worldwide, including Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, Tesco, Sprint, Verizon and many more… you’ll be able to do video recording, unlock MMS messaging which is obviously a very important feature, you can even unlock instant messengers including MSN, Yahoo! and AIM, so you can chat to your friends in real time… do multi-tasking and all of this, without any loss of features or functionality!…

These softwares also have bonus package of wallpapers, ringtones etc.

so getting one would be a good idea if you use iPhone or are planning to buy one.

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You want to delete a file or a folder and you are greeted by the words Access Denied, you don’t even know why access is denied and which program is using the file and deleting such file is really a headache.

Not anymore Windows 7 tells you which program is using the file so that you can do whatever is necessary, now at least you don’t have to resort to cruse means to delete a file. this tells me that Windows 7 is moving along in the right direction and is going to be the best operating system ever.

Cheers!!!

 


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