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Intel's Sandy Bridge processors have a remote kill switch ???

Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processors have a new feature that the chip giant is calling Anti-Theft 3.0. The processor can be disabled even if the computer has no Internet connection or isn't even turned on, over a 3G network. With Intel anti-theft technology built into Sandy Bridge, David Allen, director of distribution sales at Intel North America, told ITBusiness that users have the option to set up their processor so that if their computer is lost or stolen, it can be shut down remotely.
For those who want to protect their computers from thieves, the ability to remotely disable them sounds great. But disabling a CPU might discourage a few thieves but those technically literate criminals might not be bothered. For e.g, Most cyber criminals are after the data not the hardware itself. So if the owner disables the CPU the hard disk will still be usable & no one can stop them from accessing the hard disk from other computer. Plus the question is how will the processor be d…

Electrolux Fridge running Linux

Linux is growing every day.  Now you can add one more to the list: Electrolux (Frigidaire) in Brazil has just announced the Infinity i-kitchen, a  smart appliance running Linux on an embedded 400MHz Freescale i.MX25 processor.  With 128MB RAM and a 480×800 touch panel, the i-kitchenprovides the user with unparalleled control over his refrigerator operations. In addition to providing basic information such as current time and temperature, several additional apps are built-in: notes, calendar, contacts, photos, tips and recipes.  According to the manufacturer:
"Following the bold design found in the Infinity series, this new refrigerator brings high-end technology to your kitchen. It features a high-resolution touch panel with a clean user interface designed with simplicity and intuitiveness in mind. From annotating a phone number to controlling its internal temperature, all the functionalities are just a finger touch away from you"
"The Notes application avoids spreading th…

Facebook Introduces onetime Temporary Password

Facebook has introduced two new security features, what it hopes will make users feel more secure: Onetime Passwords, and Remote Logout. As always, through the many iterations of Facebook’s security features and policies, just how secure Facebook is depends a lot on just how secure the user makes it, quite consciously, as is the case here: Onetime PasswordsIf your mobile is associated with your account, you will be able to request a onetime password from Facebook that’s valid for twenty minutes, meant to be used at unsecure locations. Facebook says: "Simply text "otp" to 32665 on your mobile phone (U.S. only), and you'll immediately receive a password that can be used only once and expires in 20 minutes. In order to access this feature, you'll need a mobile phone number in your account. We're rolling this out gradually, and it should be available to everyone in the coming weeks." Remote Logout
As the name says, users will be able to remotely logout of thei…

The new BSD Licence is written in poetic style

In an effort to make licence more readable BSD licence is re-written in poetic style.

According to

This is an effort to make licence documents more readable and interesting by turning them into verse. (Note that there is no document called the "Poetic Licence"; if I ever do more than one of these, that will be an umbrella term.) The original is OSI-approved, but the verse version certainly is not, and so should not be used for software. To make sure that does not become the case, I retain all copyright rights for now.

Here is the original version of BSD Licence

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the d…

Make Windows 7, XP or Vista speak a Personal Welcome message everytime you login

You can make your PC narrate welcome message each time you logon to Windows. You must be familiar with Windows build-in Text to Speech program (Narrator) which is in comparison with Windows Vista, more powerful and easy to go around with. We will be creating a simple script to use Windows Narrator class to speak the message. To begin, all you need is to create a VB script file to make use of Windows 7 narrator. First, create a new text file and open it in Notepad. Now insert the following lines of code. In the second line, you can enter any phrase or a sentence that is to be narrated, within the double quotation marks. Dim speaks, speech
speaks=”Welcome Mr User”
Set speech=CreateObject(“sapi.spvoice”)
speech.Speak speaksSave the changes made and close the file. Now rename the file extension to .VBS.
In the last step, all that is required is to place this newly created script into Windows Startup folder. In Windows 7, you can directly navigate to Startup folder using the followi…

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Beta Review and Download

Which browser do you use for daily surfing chances are you would say Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera etc… anything but Internet Explorer. However, Microsoft has just unleashed the beta version of IE9, which could make you change your mind about browsers.The first look I would say, It's very minimalist: the box is both the address bar and the search box. The default is of course Bing, but you can change that. Next to that are tabs; to the far right of the screen are discreet icons for your home page, your favorites (not everyone is going to like that being moved to the other side of the screen) and your tools. And that's it. What you get instead of toolbars, add-ons, buttons and sidebars is just acres of screen real estate. Perhaps a little too much on a wide, high-res screen as many websites are designed as though they're going to fit on a sheet of A4 paper, though generally the sense is of the browser fading into the background and putting the website center stage. Custom…

Install Windows 7 or Windows Vista from a USB Drive

Many people are not aware of this, but it is quite possible to install Windows Vista, or Windows 7 from a flash drive. Even among those who are aware of this face, few like to do it themselves, since the procedure involves some command line voodoo. Many people are afraid that the smallest misstep will render their device useless. Well, gone are the days when such people would need to go to the neighbourhood geek to get their USB devices made bootable and ready to install Windows 7.

Windows 7 USB / DVD Download Tool is a software focused on doing one thing, and one thing only. It takes a Windows 7 disc image file, and produces a bootable DVD or USB drive for the user. It is true that in DVD burning scenarios, there are plenty of other choice and better competitors, but few are capable of creating a bootable Windows 7 USB with its clean GUI, easy interface and impressive performance. What's more? It's completely free! Its operation is simple. Select the Windows 7 ISO image file, …

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 hands on First Look Review

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is launching in few months. So here is the first look preview at the new OS.
Look The UI on this phone also known as Metro UI, Zune or Xbox Live. Windows Phone 7 on homepage uses tiles, instead of application icons. This makes it look different from Apple iOS and Google Android.
Tiles offer several advantages. First off, there is a great deal of flexibility about what's on a tile. For example, the address book tile has pictures of your friends on it, not just an icon just like a thumbnail view in Windows. Also, the tiles can be different sizes, so more important ones are easier to see. Tiles will be used to give the user some quick status updates. For example, the email tiles shows how many unread messages are waiting. Developers will have a certain amount of control about what appears on the tiles for their apps. Unlike the Android OS, there are no homescreen widgets, and there is only one home screen, though you can make this as long as you like by adding as m…

Apple Introduces iTunes 10 for MAC and Windows

Apple had their media event today and there were plenty of new launches. Apple iTunes 10 is now available and it comes loaded with an integrated social networking platform named Ping.
Ping is largely aimed at the audience that is a heavy user of Apple iTunes. It is also aimed at music lovers. People can sign up, then find friends, acquaintances and public figures to "follow." As with Facebook and Twitter, Ping will deliver a stream of updates, showing friends' iTunes purchases and other information. Ping will also generate a personalized top-10 music chart based on what friends buy or listen to. Apple says Ping is an optional service; people can choose to keep their music purchases and other iTunes actions private. Ping doesn't have to rival Facebook or Twitter in popularity to be a success, Forrester analyst James McQuivey said. He said Ping just needs to help Apple sell a few more songs. The social feature is the first obvious sign that Apple is integrating technology fr…

Apple Introduces iPod Touch 4 (Fourth Generation)

Apple iPod Touchsince 2007 has been the best PMP in the market for music, web or gaming. The only thing really to say about the fourth-generation model is more awesome, yet still not quite a match for the capabilities of theiPhone 4.

The pricing is the same at the high end, with a 32GB model going for $299, and a 64GB version for $399. The 8GB entry model is $229, which is pricier than the $199 8GB version they kept around last year, but has the advantage of sharing all the same specs as other expensive models.
As far as design goes, the fourth-generation model is noticeably lighter and thinner than previous generations but still maintains a sturdy feel with curved, chromed steel backing. The curve is a little less pronounced than the second- and third-generation models, allowing it to lay flat without wobbling, but it still maintains a slimmer taper at the edges than the first-generation version. The volume rocker is now split into two separate buttons, however, the profile of the butt…

Apple introduces Next Generation Apple TV

Apple introduced all new version of Apple TV, which allow the users to stream HD movies (720p) and TV shows that can be purchased from Apple's iTunes snd Netflix. It was an cheaper version, just $99, of Apple's Web-to-TV device.

Apple claims that new Apple TV features a powerful A4 processor, which will help to play everything effortlessly without frozen screens or stutters and video will look crisp and clear. Users can enjoy just like watching a DVD and even fast-forward through opening credits, pause for a popcorn break or replay a hilarious scene until the user memorize every line.

Apple TV will connect effortlessly with any TV through HDMI cable (sold separately) & no installation other installation is required.

The new Apple TV is 80 percent smaller than the previous generation even with a built-in power supply, which makes it perfect for sitting neatly on a widescreen TV stand or squeezing into a crowded media cabinet.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs once referred to Apple TV as a …

Apple Introduces iPod Nano Multi-touch Square Touchscreen

Apple has launched the latest version, Apple iPod Nano. The all new iPod Nano has a 1.5-inch color display with 240-by-240 pixel resolution and is 46 percent tinier than the fifth generation Nano. iPod nano has been completely redesigned with Multi-Touch, just like iPhone and iPad.Apple says that 'touch' is the new fashion. So it removed many buttons on the new iPod Nano. It has volume buttons on the side and a clip on at the rear, which are the only hardware buttons on the device. Apple claims that the Nano can play music continuously for 24 hours till it runs out of gas. There would be two variants of the Nano in 8 and 16GB capacities both of which would be available in sleek anodized aluminum and seven bright colors. With the built-in 30-pin connector, users can connect it into car stereo system, home theatre and many other products. The iPod Nano also has FM radio, which will make the users 24 hours engaged. In US 8GB Nano will cost $149 and 16GB version at $179.

PC vs MAC Funny Comparison

Well I found this article on Yugatech. It has compared Mac with PC in a very humorous way.
By the way Apple Fanboys don't get angry on me as I too like all Apple products but just shared this article to show you the sense of humour of the writers.

Without any further ado here is the picture

How to choose the best Linux for you?

With all the many reasons to use Linux today--particularly in a business setting--it's often a relatively easy decision to give Windows the boot. What can be more difficult, however, is deciding which of the hundreds of Linux distributions out there is best for you and your business. Which one is right for you? That depends on several key factors.Judging by popularity statistics, as tracked both by Distrowatch and in a recent study at LinuxTrends, Ubuntu is clearly the most popular distribution, or "distro." There's no denying that Ubuntu has many benefits for business users; at the same time, there are many, many other possibilities, each offering its own twist on Linux. 1. Skills If you or the other people in your office have never used Linux before, you'll probably want to stick with a distribution that's better suited to beginning users. This is one ofUbuntu's defining characteristics, but Fedora, Linux Mint, and business-friendly openSUSE can be good ch…

Free Telephone calls from Gmail a new gift from Google

Not content with dominating search, email, maps and online video, this week Google announced that, for its American customers at least, it will also be attempting to usurp the telephone. Within days of rolling out the option to call Google contacts’ phones from within its Gmail service, the search giant revealed that more than a million people had already used the service, which it is expecting to be driven in large part by bargain rates for international calls. But for consumers, it’s another step along the road to the idea of one number that can reach you wherever you are, rather than separate ones for mobile, home and work. The move puts Google in direct competition with Skype, whose forthcoming IPO may now be looking somewhat less attractive, but it also marks a new evolution in the connectivity of services; the web browser, on a phone or a computer, is becoming the window via which consumers can view everyone they know. In due course it’s likely, too, that the idea of dialling a nu…