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BobbyeM71hxwSonne DVD Burner v4.1.0.2036

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Sonne DVD Burner is an almighty DVD burner designed to meet all your needs in burning video, ISO Image file and VIDEO_TS to DVD disc and burning all files to data disc, creating DVD from other video files. For the more, it can capture videos to burn or create to DVD. It s necessary to add an intact capture function to meet users need. Users can easily capture video or image from other devices, DV and TV Tuner. Auto shot, overlay, audio settings volume and balance can be adjusted by easy to use buttons… [/center]

Key Function:

  • Create a DVD disc with DVD menu.
  • Capture video or image from other devices like USB webcams, TV tuner and DV in real time.
  • Snapshot pictures with hotkeys.
  • Set properties for each capture device.
  • Burn data to disc.
  • Burn DVD (VIDEO_TS) folders to DVD disc.
  • Burn video files to DVD disc without menu.
  • Show information about recorder.

How to Create DVD

Sonne DVD Burner can let you directly create DVD from other video files.

  • Step 1: Define the desired DVD mode as pagination menu or chapters menu.
  • Step 2: Define a template for your DVD from the template list.
  • Step 3: Input your desired video files.
  • Step 4: Click Create button, a dialog will pop up. You can define the DVD Output Path as your like. Start the process with Start button.
  • Step 5: Click Burn button to burn the newly created DVD folder or others, relative settings interface will pop up.
  • Step 6: Click Start to start burning.

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BobbyeM71hxwLG, Samsung Go Social with Latest Handsets

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

On Tuesday, the two South Korea’s biggest cell phone makers previewed handsets that they plan to unveil at next week’s Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona.

Both phones feature full-screen touch panels on their face, Wi-Fi and close links with social networking services.

The Samsung Monte is an extension of the company’s S-series of phones and includes applications for Facebook and MySpace, and widgets for access to Twitter, Bebo and several instant messaging networks.

The front of the phone is dominated by a 3-inch display with full-screen touch panel through which all the main user interaction takes place.

A GPS receiver hooks into Google Latitude, which allows you to share your position with friends on a map, and provides location data that is embedded with photos taken with the phone’s 3.2-megapixel camera. Two applications, Exchange ActiveSync and Google Sync, are included to synchronize e-mail, contacts and other data with a PC.

LG’s new handset, the GD880 Mini, connects to Facebook and Twitter and a social network feed function combines updates from different services in a single stream.

In some areas the LG Mini outpaces the Samsung Monte: the screen is slightly bigger at 3.2 inches and the camera offers a higher resolution of 5 megapixels. Other features include high-speed HSDPA networking and A-GPS (assisted GPS).

According to LG, the Mini will be launched in Europe in March and later in other markets. Samsung didn’t provide launch details for the Monte.

Both the companies are yet to announce prices for the new handsets.

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BobbyeM71hxwFive Benefits of an Open Source Symbian

Monday, February 8th, 2010

The Symbian Foundation has given the Symbian mobile operating system a second life, making the smartphone platform open source. The lifeline will revitalize the platform, and has benefits for Nokia, smartphone developers, Symbian handsets, and smartphone users.

With all of the hype and attention devoted to the iPhone, it’s easy to forget that Symbian is actually the leading smartphone operating system in the world. Symbian has nearly as much market share as the rest of its competitors combined–including the iPhone, with more than 330 million Symbian smartphones in use.

If Symbian is so dominant, why should Nokia spin it off, and why should the Symbian Foundation make it open source? The answer is that the Symbian is yesterday’s smartphone operating system. It may be dominant, but it’s declining.

Globally, Symbian has a huge footprint, but RIM and Apple have been steadily chipping away at it. It is somewhat geriatric compared with next-generation smartphone operating systems like iPhone and Android.

For the Symbian platform, the move to open source is a good move with benefits at all levels.

Here are five ways an open source Symbian is good for the smartphone platform:

1. Nokia. From the transition to open source, Nokia will be benefited because it pumps new blood into the waning platform without any effort or investment from Nokia.

While Nokia moves on to creating new devices built on its Linux-based Maemo platform, it will still gain a marketing and public relations boost from its relationship with Symbian and its dominant contribution to the development of the smartphone platform.

2. Smartphone Manufacturers. The availability of Symbian as an open source operating system gives smartphone manufacturers an alternative to Google’s Android. Android has demonstrated that an open source mobile operating system can be a very effective platform–enabling smartphone vendors to customize the OS, and develop robust devices at a lower cost (or higher profit margin) due to the lack of associated licensing fees.

Some manufacturers may be interested in leveraging an open source platform, yet be reluctant to partner too closely with Google. Even vendors who have embraced Android may be looking for alternatives now that Google has entered the market as a direct competitor with the Nexus One.

3. Developers. Making the source code of the Symbian operating system available as open source opens up a huge market for developers. Symbian will never achieve the rabid success of the iPhone App Store, but it’s hard to ignore a market of 330 million potential customers. Just based on economy of scale, even a mediocre Symbian app could be quite lucrative.

4. Businesses. Taking the developers benefit in a different direction, companies of all sizes will benefit from the ability to customize the platform, and develop unique applications to integrate Symbian smartphones with the enterprise, and streamline business processes.

For businesses that are already invested in Symbian-based smartphones, an open source Symbian can extend the useful life of the devices and enable the company to maximize the investment it’s already made rather than allocating precious budget dollars to smartphone upgrades.

5. Users. The 330 million Symbian users of the world get some new life as well. As developers embrace the open source Symbian and begin to create innovative applications for the smartphones, Symbian users will benefit from new features and functionality without having to trade their devices in for an iPhone or a Nexus One.

The transition to open source isn’t necessarily all wine and roses, though. As different developers take the open source code in different directions, there is a risk of the platform forking and creating some confusion as far as which Symbian will work with which Symbian smartphones.

Making Symbian open source may stop some of the hemorrhaging of market share Symbian has experienced, and it is almost guaranteed to extend the useful life of the platform. However, it is still yesterday’s smartphone platform and Symbian’s days are still numbered–the number is just higher now.

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BobbyeM71hxwMalicious Firefox Add-ons Installed Trojans

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Last night, Mozilla announced that two experimental Firefox add-ons, Master Filer and the Sothink Web Video Downloader version 4, infected victim PCs with Trojans when either add-on was installed.

The small-distribution extensions were previously available via Mozilla’s add-on site, but have since been removed. According to Mozilla’s post, the Master Filer add-on had been downloaded about 600 times and installed the Bifrose Trojan. The Sothink Web Video Downloader version 4 slipped in the LdPinch Trojan, and had been downloaded about 4,000 times.

According to the open-source organization, the malicious add-ons managed to sneak by the one malware scanner (unnamed in the post) used by Mozilla. The organization says it will now be scanning with two additional detection tools.

If you happen to have installed either of these malicious add-ons, note that removing the add-on will not remove any installed Trojan. You’ll need to run a separate antivirus scan and disinfection to clean your system. Mozilla’s post includes a list of antivirus software currently known to detect the particular Trojans involved.

This unfortunate incident makes clear why relying solely on one antivirus scanner is never a good idea, as no one program detects everything. Since this has happened at least once before with an infected Vietnamese language pack, I’m curious why Mozilla doesn’t simply switch to uploading all add-on submissions to the free Virustotal.com, which uses about 40 different engines to scan each submission. I’ve also asked Mozilla which scanner it had been using. If I get that information I’ll add it to this post.

According to Mozilla, it had been using ClamAV as its sole scanner prior to this incident. I’d guess Mozilla feels it’s a natural match as an open-source app, but the ClamAV engine didn’t fare well at detection tests when I reviewed the Windows version of the program, ClamWin.

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BobbyeM71hxwApple Addresses iMac Flicker Problem with Update

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Apple has posted a firmware update, 27-inch iMac Display Firmware Update 1.0, to address persistent flickering problems in Apple’s largest iMac.

On Apple’s Web Site, the issue is heavily documented in this support thread, should fix what users have called intermittent flickers lasting a quarter of a second or so. But the fix won’t solve another concern: complaints of yellowing in the monitor, which Apple requires users return the monitor to an Apple store.

However, Apple has issued what appears to be a standard warning or disclaimer: “If your screen remains black after applying the update, contact Apple Care or an Apple Authorized Service Provider. If you continue to experience image corruption or display flickering, make sure you have also installed the 27-inch iMac Graphics Firmware Update 1.0. If you are still having display issues after successfully completing both firmware updates, contact AppleCare or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

The graphics firmware update, issued in December, was supposed to address ATI Radeon HD 4670 and 4850 graphics cards that may caused image corruption or display flickering. We can only assume the fix didn’t work, however, necessitating the second update.

It’s difficult to say whether Apple has solved the problem, as one user pointed the inherent problem with support forums: once the problem is fixed, people no longer visit the site, as their problems have been solved.

User “Aaron Stroot” reported: I have a week 45 27″ iMac i7. It has had minor screen flickering since the beginning, but it never really bothered me enough to worry about exchanging it. I never saw the flickering in Windows 7 so I figured it was a software thing that could be fixed, he added.

“Anyways, here is my experience:
1) First firmware update – seemed to fix it, but flickering came back after a day.

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BobbyeM71hxwChrome Has 5.2 Percent of Browser Market, Ahead of Goal

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Google may not be winning over the multitudes with its Nexus One “superphone,” but the search giant is gaining ground in the 21st century browser wars. Google’s Chrome browser grabbed market share in January from its key rivals, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox.

According to NetApps, Chrome finished January strong, with a 5.2 percent market share. Although a 0.6 percent gain may not immediately rattle the dominance of well-entrenched players like IE and Firefox, it does show a steady flow of users to the youngest player in the browser market.

Overall, Google has doubled its market share, and in January saw the second-largest gain since rolling out the browser in September 2008. Google has already surpassed Apple’s Safari in the browser wars, making it the third-most-used browser.

Google has exceeded its goals, hitting five percent well before its September 2010 deadline. Google aims to reach 10 percent by September 2011 but could reach that number this year if its growth rate holds steady.

Digging Deeper Into IE Usage

Weeks after the bad publicity around Internet Explorer 6 and its role in the China-based attacks on Google, Internet Explorer lost half a percentage point of market share in January, according to NetApps. That leaves Microsoft with 62.2 percent of the browser market, a record low.

Microsoft has steadily seen its share of the market eroded by the likes of Firefox, Opera and even Apple. Google seems to be putting another dent in the browser market leader. Microsoft has lost 10 percent of its market in the past 12 months while Google reached its 5.2 percent mark.

Looking a little deeper, IE6 saw a 0.9 decline in market share to 20.1 percent. IE7 also suffered in January, dipping a full percentage point to 14.6 percent. The good news for Microsoft is that IE8 is stemming the tide of losses, at least in part. Launched last March, IE8 rose 1.5 percent in January, ending the month with a 22.3 percent market share. That makes IE8 Microsoft‘s most popular version.

Browser Round Up

The number-two browser, Firefox, also wasn’t immune to market declines in January. For the second month in a row, Firefox usage dipped. However, unlike Microsoft, Mozilla may not have as much reason to worry.

Although Firefox saw usage declines in December and January, there is no long-term trend. Firefox has only seen declines twice in about a two-year period. Overall, Firefox dipped 0.2 percent in January and still holds 24.4 percent of the browser market.

Turning to Safari, Apple gained a slight advantage, ending January with 4.5 percent market share, not enough to regain the number three spot but enough to outpace Opera, which fell to 2.4 percent.

Michael Gartenberg, a vice president at Interpret, doesn’t think the IE6 incident related to Chinese hackers has affected IE. Rather, he credits Google’s gains with the fact that the search giant regularly advertises Chrome on its home page.

“When you go to Google.com, if you are not using Chrome, you get offers to download and upgrade. When you’ve got the kind of clout Google has on its home page, it’s going to help drive adoption going forward,” Gartenberg said. “Of course, Chrome is a pretty good product, so that helps as well. It goes to show how fluid the tech market is today. It’s not easy for a small company to do a browser, but if you are a company the size of Google, you can make an impact on the industry.”

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BobbyeM71hxwGoogle offers bounty for Chrome vulnerabilities

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Google is offering a cash reward to security researchers for finding flaws in its Chrome web browser.

It would be doling out payments ranging from $500 to $1337 to developers who find and directly report security holes in the browser, said the company. The $1337 amount is an apparent homage to the hacker term ‘1337’ (pronounced “elite”.)

The payment system will apply to flaws in the Chromium open source project along with the Chrome browser and bundled components such as Google Gears.

The company was looking to bring more third party researchers into its midst, said Google Chrome security team member Chris Evans. Some of the most interesting security bugs have been fixed by researchers external to the Chromium projects, he wrote.

“Thanks to the collaborative efforts of these people and others, Chromium security is stronger and users are safer.”

Paying vendors for disclosure of flaws has been a tactic used by both developers and security vendors to encourage not only research, but responsible disclosure.

According to firm, it hopes that by offering cash rewards, researchers will report flaws to those who will patch them rather than malware writers who pay for new vulnerabilities to exploit.

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BobbyeM71hxwSun-Oracle Merger Looks Bright for OpenOffice, MySQL

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Oracle announced its intentions with Sun products, although Apple’s iPad announcement has eclipsed, and now the acquisition of Sun Microsystems is compete.

The announcement was actually a planned webcast, which reassured those worried over the fate of two open-source Sun products for small business: the database software, MySQL and the productivity suite,OpenOffice.org. The acquisition might make MySQL and OpenOffice.org even more competitive against costly Microsoft counterparts (SQL Server and Microsoft Office).

OpenOffice.org has already proven a worthy alternative to the stranglehold Microsoft has in the productivity suite space for SMBs. And Last year, OpenOffice.org reached its one hundred millionth download. Yet, Sun has still not managed to make great headway in the productivity space.

Forrester’s research reported last year that 80% of businesses still use Microsoft Office. Oracle will be able to push competition against Microsoft in a way that Sun never could quite accomplish.

Oracle is also poised to offer a cloud-based productivity suite that leverages the awesomeness of OpenOffice.org into a real competitor against Google Docs/Apps.

Oracle’s plan to keep MySQL Community Edition free, as well as spend more on research and development for it than Sun did in its most recent fiscal year, bodes well for MySQL.

The database savvy of Oracle and MySQL developers can make MySQL into a formidable competitor to MS SQL and the database of choice for small to mid size business.

For small business, it’s a win. Both products will stay free; they work well already and only stand to get better with Oracle’s backing.

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BobbyeM71hxwOracle-Sun Merger could benefit small Business

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Small business has reason to cheer Oracle’s acquisition of Sun, now that it appears OpenOffice.org and MySQL look to do well–perhaps better–under new ownership.

Time will tell, but market forces may make the OpenOffice.org suite important to Sun. MySQL is protected, in part, by an agreement with the European Commission.

This week, Oracle took control of Sun and held a webcast to detail its plans. Most of those plans are enterprise in nature, but some impact SMB customers as well.

MySQL is a key Internet technology for many businesses and can be seen as competing with Oracle’s legacy database products. And the good news is that Oracle has promised to continue to offer a free MySQL and is taking a mostly hands-off approach to the MySQL commercial products, which retain their own sales and development organizations.

Oracle has already committed to a cloud-based apps suite, dubbed Cloud Office, which is positioned to compete with Microsoft and Google. OpenOffice.org could play an important part in the project, given both its installed based and the value of its technology and brand.

OpenOffice.org alternately could remain what it is today, and be totally independent of Cloud Office. Oracle has not said what will happen to StarOffice, Sun’s paid version of OpenOffice.org.

While no one will confuse Oracle with a company that specializes in small-business solutions, it has become a player there and is likely to increase its presence in that market.

Generally, Oracle has got good marks for its plans to keep most Sun products and technologies alive and even invest more resources in many of them. Both OpenOffice.org and MySQL benefit from the Oracle take-over, mostly because Sun had become so enfeebled in recent years.

For MySQL, a strong and independent Sun would be a better home, but given Sun’s lack of success in popularizing OpenOffice.org, that software might do better under Oracle’s stewardship. While OpenOffice.org recently celebrated its 100 millionth download, it took a decade and multiple releases to reach that milestone.

MySQL is much more important than OpenOffice.org, in that it powers so many Web sites and applications. When the acquisition was announced there were immediate concerns that Oracle would kill it as a competitor to its own SQL products.

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adminXbox Live points system draws lawsuit

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Xbox fans are fanatical about their console of choice, but there’s one thing they almost universally agree on: The “Points” system for buying content absolutely sucks.

In order to purchase a game or other content on Xbox Live, you have to first use your credit card to buy points. Only then can those points be exchanged for content. What peeves people so badly is that Microsoft sets the value of these points at 800 for $10 instead of something more immediately and easily convertible, like, oh, 1000 for $10. This makes everything on the Xbox Marketplace seem cheaper than it is: Shelling out 200 points feels like a $2 expenditure, but in reality it’s $2.50, a solid 25 percent bonus for Microsoft. Over time that adds up… and you’re invariably left with leftover points, since you have to buy points in bulk.

Reportedly, Microsoft is got tired due to consumer complaints that it may scrap points and go to a straight cash system — a move that it can’t undertake too soon, in my opinion. However, the botched method for points valuation isn’t the reason why attorney Samuel Lassoff is suing Microsoft. He is alleging that the company engaged in “fraudulent handling” of his account, and that he and other users of the system have been overcharged for products which were ultimately not provided.

While Lassoff mainly seems to be alleging that the points system is buggy and error-prone, more vocal complaints come from those who have alleged that their accounts have been victimized by hackers who have absconded with the balances in their accounts and even their gaming identities.

Still, don’t weep for Microsoft quite yet. Lassoff may just be looking for a quick handout, with a history of lawsuits against Google and Bally’s Casino over various wrongs committed against him.

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