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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Avatar: The Last Airbender Review

Avatar: The Last Airbender had the potential to be an enjoyable game for both children and adults but most of that potential went untapped, and the extremely repetitive and tedious gameplay isn't likely to appeal to either audience. [more]

Industry group urges caution on U.S. plan for RFID-enabled ID cards

The U.S. government's plan to use RFID chips in a proposed passport-card program for U.S. citizens is drawing fire from groups concerned that it could undermine security and privacy.


Semantic Web Already Here

Enthusiasts talk about the coming of the semantic Web, but in many practical ways, it's already here.

Visit IT Business Edge for the Semantic Web Already Here interview.


Sony Launches PS3 Download Service for PSP

Now you can use your state of the art gaming devices to play games from 10 years ago... [more]


Blow up your text with a fiery background. [more]

New features make Checkout even easier for online merchants

Our team spends a lot of time talking with merchants to learn how Google Checkout can make selling online easier and more effective, and we're excited about some of the new features and promotions that deliver what you've been asking for:

Easy coupon creation: Create coupons from the Google Checkout Merchant Center. You can specify $-off discounts and %-off discounts, and add restrictions such as "one per customer," "new customers only," and so on. Try it now (requires a Checkout merchant account).

Email invoicing: Bill customers for purchases by sending them a Google Checkout invoice over email. The email will contain a link that your customers can click on to pay you via Google Checkout. Try it now (requires a Checkout merchant account).

Simple website integration: With the HTML API, integrating Google Checkout with your shopping cart is easier than ever. Simply add an HTML form to your website and use it to send us your shopping carts. Learn more in the new Developer's Guide.

More free processing: Earlier this month, we announced that we were processing all Google Checkout sales for free until the end of 2006. Since then, we've had such a positive response from merchants that we decided to extend the offer through the end of 2007. From now through December 31, 2007, we'll process all of your Checkout transactions for free.

Intel's quad-core CPU speeds video

You might think that four cores will be twice as good as two for all your computing tasks, but PC World's tests of the new chip tell a different story.


Left Navigation Panel

Learn how to create an exclusive left navigational panel. [more]

Let's not wait another minute

Pilot fish receives an e-mail message from a vendor support person, who explains shed like to resolve the patch issue for her companys software. All fish can think is: What patch issue?


Toshiba Announces 100GB 1.8" Drive

Toshiba ups the 1.8" ante... [more]

Gartner: HP's third quarter storage numbers drop

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s third quarter disk storage sales fell, while rivals' grew, Gartner said in a report today.


Christmas Lights

This tutorial will show you how to create animated Christmas lights. [more]

The Supply Relationship Management Disconnect

Supply relationship management can help companies control costs and also improve compliance efforts by enhancing transparency of the procure-to-pay process, says Samir Khushalani of Capgemini U.S. Yet many companies are not fully utilizing important tracking and reporting functions of their SRM systems. What gives, and how can companies derive the maximum value from SRM?

Visit IT Business Edge for The Supply Relationship Management Disconnect interview.


Nissan taps WhereNet's RFID system for supply chain

Nissan North America plans to use an RFID-based system from WhereNet Corp. to better track parts as they come into its assembly plant and keep tabs on vehicles once they're ready for delivery.


Eric Case talks Blogger Beta on videoblog

Eric Case, of Blogger and Google Developer Relations, chatted with noted videobloggers Jay Dedman and Ryanne Hodson about videoblogging, the history and future of Blogger, and the ?changing engines in midflight? that is moving to the new version of Blogger.

46 megs, QuickTime format

If you?re interested in getting started with videoblogging, Ryanne and Michael Verdi have a series of video tutorials on how to create a free videoblog using Blogger at

Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Player Released

Sony sends its BDP-S1 out into the real world... [more]

Vista security still no match for social engineering

Windows Vista is still prone to attack by three notorious pieces of malware -- mainly because the threats in question rely on social engineering to launch their invasions.


OLPCs May Get Windows XP

Operating system for OLPC still up in the air... [more]

Microformats Icons

Microformats Icons. Wonderful sets of icons to be used with microformats. [more]

Sony Acknowledges Wii as a Fun, Intuitive Product

But still sees PlayStation 3 as clear leader... [more]

Sharpen Your Aim When Job Hunting Online

Tips for improving the efficiency of job searches on the Web.


Federated CDI: When Is It Right?

Federated CDI makes a lot of sense when you're looking for up-to-the-minute information, and having a single version of the truth may not always be necessary However, for predictive analysis, the conventional data warehouse is the way to go, says Ron Schumacher of Initiate Systems.

Visit IT Business Edge for the Federated CDI: When Is It Right? interview.


Five critical network chores for year's end

Along with shopping and holiday preparations, make sure you follow these steps to ensure optimal performance and reliability in 2007.


Beyond Pilot SOAs

SOA advice: Control the development process.

Visit IT Business Edge for the Beyond Pilot SOAs interview.


The Webmail Threat

Companies are concerned about the security of corporate e-mail. In most cases, however, companies aren't attentive to the parallel threat of Webmail.

Visit IT Business Edge for The Webmail Threat interview.


Abstract Christmas Wallpaper

In this tutorial we will create Christmas wallpaper with gifts. [more]

Microsoft, Novell Should Rethink Their Patent Pledge

If Microsoft believes Linux code infringes its patents, the company should simply ask the "suspect" coders to cease and desist, says a leading Linux community site editor.

Visit IT Business Edge for the Microsoft, Novell Should Rethink Their Patent Pledge interview.


Creating Shapes: Box

Introduction to the brush tool; create a box shape. [more]

Rapala Tournament Fishing Review

The controller may fit the bill, but Rapala Tournament Fishing just isn't the big catch that virtual anglers were hoping for. [more]

Understanding Histograms by Example

The histogram can be confusing to a lot of new digital photographers, but it doesn't have to be! In this tutorial you'll discover what the histogram is, how to read it, and why it's important to you when shooting digital photographs. [more]

Lightning Brush

Customizable lightning at your fingertips. [more]

Vintage Movie Poster

Learn how to convert an image into a vintage movie poster using Photoshop. [more]

Heroes of Annihilated Empires Review

The colorful presentational coating is tasty, but unfinished features and rotten artificial intelligence keep Heroes of Annihilated Empires from reaching its potential. [more]

Kirby Squeak Squad

Though Kirby Squeak Squad rarely finds a way to challenge you, it's a clever and cute enough platformer to recommend to most DS owners. [more]

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Review

Portrait of Ruin is a great game not because of what it does differently, but because it stays true to the familiar Castlevania design and delivers a fun, lengthy adventure. [more]

Infineon Tests 3D Packaging with Multi-gate FinFETs

Multi-gate FET technology appears to be an answer to continuing Moore's Law... [more]

TiVoToGo DRM Protection Cracked

Playback now available on any device... [more]

Blockbuster Gives Free Rentals to Netflix Clients

The free hand strikes in the online DVD rental market... [more]

Brief: Microsoft offers preview of performance management tool

Microsoft today released the first Community Technology Preview of its integrated performance management software, PerformancePoint Server 2007.


The mobile user interface challenge

Mobile and wireless columnist Craig Mathias says something is wrong when even an engineer like himself finds it difficult to use mobile devices and other technology.


Q&A: Todd DeLaughter explains his move from HP to Opalis

Todd DeLaughter, president and CEO of Opalis Software, talked about his company's automation software for IT operations and how it can help IT staffers better respond to outages.


Q&A: The evolution of project, portfolio management

"People are talking a lot about enterprise-wide project management," according to Primavera Systems CEO Joel Koppelman, who noted in an interview that better management can save money and move projects along faster.


Sun, StorageTek sued for copyright infringement, fraud

Sun Microsystems faces another intellectual property lawsuit as Netbula files suit for copyright infringement and fraud related to the use of certain core technology. The problem apparently stems from arrangements made before Sun's 2005 purchase of StorageTek.


Aegis Mini pocket drive comes in 80GB capacity

Compatible with the Mac and PC, the Aegis Mini comes in 30GB, 60GB and 80GB capacities.


Chip maker outsources global data network to Verizon

AMI Semiconductor's plan to outsource its global WAN to Verizon Communications worked out, at least in part, because AMI retained top IT workers after the deal was signed.


AdSense Help Forum in French

Parlez-vous français? If so, head over to the new AdSense Help Forum for French-speaking publishers: Forum d'Aide AdSense. In the forum, you can share your AdSense knowledge, ask troubleshooting questions, and discuss a wide range of AdSense topics with other publishers. A Google representative nicknamed 'AdSensePro' will also occasionally read and respond to your posts.

If you don't speak French, don't worry -- the AdSense Help Forum is also available in Chinese, English, German, Japanese, and Portuguese.


Smart Phones Call Out to Consumers

Any difference between consumer and business 3G is fading. Indeed, clinging to outmoded delineations between sectors is roughly the equivalent of 40-year-olds thinking about television as the handful of channels that existed in broadcast-only days. We’re beginning to have trouble keeping track of the ways in which people can gain access to programming. 3G as a business-heavy [...] [more]

China?s Spending on R&D Up, Passing Japan?s

There’s plenty of arguments on both sides of the divide over just how far China has to go before it poses a real threat to the technological supremacy of the U.S. and other advanced economies. Some argue it’s not really close. Others point out that it is ahead of the U.S. as an IT exporter already, [...] [more]