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BobbyeM71hxwNuance acquires MacSpeech for undisclosed amount

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Nuance Communications Inc., the speech-recognition software maker, said Tuesday that it has acquired MacSpeech, which makes speech-recognition software for Apple Inc.’s Macintosh computers, for an undisclosed amount.

San Francisco-based MacSpeech makes general-use programs and ones designed specifically for the medical and legal fields.

According to Nuance, which already makes a dictation program for Apple’s iPhone, the deal will help it produce its flagship Dragon Naturally Speaking desktop software for Macs.

Shares of Nuance rose 18 cents, or 1.3 percent, to close at $14.63.

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Posted in Product Reviews, Technical News

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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Posted in New Product Release, Technical News

BobbyeM71hxwAmetrine Audio 2010 Fire and Ice Update – ASSiGN

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Ametrine Audio has announced the release of Fire and Ice, a new synthesizer powered by the Wusik-Engine. The concept was to make a synth with two personalities: The “Fire” section covers basses, stab, synth and lead sounds, whilst the “Ice” section features pads, keys, organs, bell-tones and arps. 160 main presets are included with 250 variations. Two brand new skins have also been developed for the Fire and Ice.

Fire and IceFire and Ice is available for Windows in the VST format.


  • Powered by the Wusik-Engine.
  • 160 main presets with 250 variations.
  • Custom made Bass, Stab, Synth, Lead, pads, Keys, Organs, Bell-tones and Arpeggio sounds:

-Bass and Stabs 44
-Synth and Leads 23
-Arp and Wave-sequences 20
-Pads and Strings 30
-Bell-tones 21
-Keys and Organs 22

  • Windows Platform Only

System requirements:

Windows 95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP/Vista, 128 MB RAM Recommended.

4.2 GB free hard disc space, VST compatible host software.

(Works Great in Logic Audio 5.5)

Install Note-

  • Run WusikStation or FireAndIce
  • Drug&Drop WusikPACK file to it.

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Posted in Editorial, Purely Technical, Technical News

LolaTheriotMicrosoft moves on MVC Web apps platform upgrade

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

A second release candidate is being offered by Microsoft for its ASP.Net MVC 2 technology that enables developers to build Web applications using a model view controller pattern.

Release Candidate 2 of ASP.Net MVC 2 follows a release candidate build shipped in December that has released last week, according to Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of the Microsoft developer division, in an entry on his ASP.Net blog. The release is built for use with Visual Studio 2008 and the .Net Framework 3.5.

Guthrie said, the second release candidate] includes a bunch of bug fixes, performance work, and some final API and behavior additions/changes. Significant performance tuning improvements have been made, such as lambda-based strongly typed HTML helpers being much faster.

And among the other changes between the first and second release candidates is an ASP.Net MVC 2 validation features that performs model-validation instead of input validation, according to Guthrie. This means when a developer uses model binding, all model properties are validated instead of just validations on changed values of a model.

Also, the jQuery 1.4.1 JavaScript library is included by default.

According to Guthrie, visual studio now features scaffolding support for Delete action methods within controllers and Delete views as well. Guthrie added, they will shortly releasing the Visual Studio 2010 RC (Release Candidate), which will be available for everyone to download. It will include ASP. NET MVC 2 support built-in.

According to Microsoft, ASP.Net MVC 2 is an update to ASP.Net MVC 1.0 that shipped in March 2009. Yet Microsoft has not announced a final release date for ASP.Net MVC 2.

The MVC framework “encourages developers to maintain a clear separation of concerns among the responsibilities of the application — the UI logic using the view, user-input handling using the controller, and the domain logic using the model,” Microsoft said on a download page for the release candidate.
“ASP.Net MVC applications are easily testable using techniques such as test-driven development.”

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BobbyeM71hxwIntel rolls out oft-delayed Tukwila chip

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Today Intel took the wrappers off its high-end Itanium processor after about a year of delays, code-named Tukwila.

Originally, the new Itanium 9300 processor was slated to release early 2009 but that timetable slipped twice last year. The timing turned out to benefit Intel a bit as Tukwila comes out the same day as IBM’s long-anticipated new Power7 processor .

An analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group, Dan Olds said its good that Intel finally stepped up and delivered Tukwila and that the chip is shipping with the promised tweaks that caused the delays. “However, competitors haven’t been standing still. IBM had two revs of its Power processor during this time, with the second rev coming out today. So, Intel is still playing catch-up in this market.”

Olds added that IBM has moved a step ahead of Intel with new Power processor family. He said, the rivalry in the enterprise space is getting hotter and hotter. And with this between Intel and IBM, it’s getting interesting.

Intel officials today noted that the Itanium 9300 chip has two billion transistors and four cores, and that’s up from two cores in the previous Itanium iteration. It also has eight threads per processor. And the chip maker noted that, compared to the last Itanium release, this new processor has up to 800 percent the interconnect bandwidth and up to 500 percent the memory bandwidth.

According to Olds, the computer builders and corporate IT shops are likely more interested in the capabilities of the Itanium 9300 processor family than the reasons for the delays — that Intel changed its design mid-stream. He also added that the Itanium line has been rife with delays from the start, which has frustrated the hardware OEMs that have relied on the chip for their systems. “However, Intel discussed a four-year roadmap for Itanium today, saying that they’d be delivering new chips about every two years. It’s important that Intel hit those milestones.”

Intel today said it’s committed to putting out at least two more generations of Itanium — one in two years and the next in four years.

The code name for the next Itanium processor, Poulson is expected to add an advanced multi-core architecture, instruction-level and hyper-threading enhancements and new stability features, the chip maker said.

Intel also pointed that it’ll refresh its two-socket systems with Westmere EX processors later this quarter and it’ll launch an embedded storage chip, code-named Jasper Forest, in the next several days. Intel also noted that it’ll launch an eight-core Nehalem EX chip later this quarter.

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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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Posted in Marketing, New Product Release

BobbyeM71hxwOpenOffice-based Symphony 3.0 beta adds VB support

Monday, February 8th, 2010

At Microsoft Office, IBM’s Lotus division has taken another stab, releasing a beta 2 version of Symphony 3.0, its free suite of productivity applications.

Beta-based on OpenOffice 3.x. that released on Thursday, is the first version of Symphony. Users have been asking the company to make Symphony’s features more competitive with Microsoft Office, the dominant productivity suite among corporate users. Lotus claims more than 12 million users of Symphony, which is available in 28 languages.

Jeanette Barlow, manager of Lotus Symphony, said the OpenOffice 3 code means we pick up a lot of improvements both from the ODF file format as well as the core code base. She says it is the most significant step forward since the first Symphony beta was released in 2007.

IBM Lotus, along with many others, is trying to provide alternatives to Microsoft Office, which has dominated for years. With companies segmenting their user base and assessing needs, many are looking at less expensive alternatives to Office.

One corporate hook in Symphony 3.0 is support of VB Marcos, which lets users run on Symphony customized applications built on Microsoft Office software.

Also new is support for ODF 1.2, which enhances existing Symphony access features for Word 2007, and audio/visual features that let users add content directly to slides and documents. Lotus also has added digital signature support, editing features, graphic objects rendering, richer Java and LotusScript APIs, and an add-on installer for Notes.

It also continues support for the .docx format that was at the heart of the i4i patent infringement suit against Microsoft.

Symphony 3.0 represents the first push from Lotus to update its Symphony tools, and the company plans to follow with two more releases in the coming 12 to 14 months. IBM Lotus plans to follow up Vienna with a “feature enablement and maintenance” update code-named Amsterdam by the October. The release will further refine VBA macros and Office 2007 support and include document filters for the HTML file format. The release also will include enhancements to APIs for presentation and documents, templates for business content, and central management tweaks centered on preference, policy and deployment.

In the first half of 2011, IBM Lotus plans to again update the Symphony suite with more VB macro enhancements, improve links to other Lotus software such as Foundations and Connections, and add more API enhancements.

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Posted in Opensource, Technical News

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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BobbyeM71hxwMicrosoft to Drop Linux, Unix Versions of Enterprise Search

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Microsoft announced Thursday that it will no longer offer Linux or Unix versions of its enterprise search products after a wave of releases set to ship in the first half of this year.

Bjorn Olstad, CTO for Fast and a Microsoft distinguished engineer, wrote that Microsoft would continue offering and updating standalone versions of the company’s ESP platform for Linux and Unix after it bought Fast Search & Transfer in 2008. “Over the last two years, we’ve done just that”, he added.

But the products being released this year will be the last containing a search core compatible with Linux and UNIX, he said. There is logic behind Microsoft’s decision, according to Olstad.

Microsoft is trying to make the move easier on affected customers, Olstad added.

He stated that they will always interoperate with non-Windows systems on both the front- and back-end. Our search solutions will crawl and index content stored on Windows, Linux, and Unix systems, and our UI controls will work with UI frameworks running on any operating system.

In addition, it will support ESP 5.3, the search core for the products that will be released this year, for 10 years. Customers who decide to keep running the core on Unix or Linux can “add Windows-only innovations or cloud-based services by using a mixed-platform architecture,” he said.

Microsoft is also rolling out an “upgrade program” that will “help customers evaluate our hosted solutions and/or a Windows-based deployment.”

However, “there’s no immediate action required as a result of this announcement-and I expect that most of you will stay with your current deployments for some time,” Olstad added.

According to Jared Spataro, director of enterprise search at Microsoft, a significant number of customers are running Fast on Linux or UNIX. He declined to provide specific figures. Microsoft made the announcement now in order to give those users plenty of time to prepare, he said.

According to Gartner analyst Whit Andrews, Microsoft’s promises of continued interoperability offer some comfort. “This doesn’t mean Microsoft is casting out Linux users from their customer base. There will be people running Fast on Linux right out to the 10-year limit.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s announcement raises another question: whether it will continue offering a standalone search product for the long term, given its moves to align the Fast technology with its Share Point collaboration platform.

According to Spataro, there are no plans at this time to drop a standalone version, although Microsoft doesn’t tend to “project out any further than one product wave”. “When we look at any strategy, we really are looking at market demand. [Right now] we certainly hear there’s a need for a standalone version.”

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Posted in Microsoft Technology, Technical News

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, 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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Posted in Expert's Opinions, Opensource, Technical News