Posts Tagged ‘service’

Spammers Defeated by own Tools

January 26, 2010

Researchers have discovered that, by turning one of the tools used by spammers to generate difficult-to-filter mail, they can achieve a higher success rate in blocking those messages.

Oh, those wiley spammers...

According to the post over at New Scientist, an awful lot of spam relies on using a relatively simple template-structure to generate a massive amount of variation across mails without a massive amount of work going into actually writing new spam messages. It’s a simple enough idea, but the new method of combating it is, surprisingly, just as simple.



HP to Roll Out Music Service

January 25, 2010

It seems that Hewlett-Packard is to offer a built-in music service with its PCs as they ship, rather than having users register for any old service later on.

Word comes via YahooNews of the move, which will see HP launching its own music service through the relatively simple medium of PCs it sells on to customers. Indeed, that could well be a more substantial market than most will have imagined, given that HP is currently the largest vendor of PC hardware in the industry (with Acer fast catching up). We’ll be curious to see just how well HP’s new service does, as well as how many of its users opt to stay with it once they’ve got their hands on their machines.


Google Offers Location-Sensitive Search

January 15, 2010

Google has announced that it is to offer location-sensitive search as an option for those of us with Android-based devices or Apple’s iPhone to offer more accurate search results.

According to a post on the Google Mobile blog from members of Google’s mobile engineering team, the project is should allow for search results to be prioritised based on a user’s current location. The example given is one in which a user searches for the word “Muse” and the suggestions that appear vary according to location. For those in the Boston example, suggestions included “museum of science boston” and “museum of fine arts boston.”


YouTube Announces Spring Clean

January 13, 2010

YouTube has announced that it’s to run an early “Spring cleaning” project to help ensure that users have a more robust on-site experience with the video service.

According to a posting on the YouTube blog, the by no practically ubiquitous video service’s staff will be setting aside a significant proportion of if time to help tighten up the site’s design and overall user experience. Of course, there’s not too much to tell us just what we can expect to see out of YouTube’s upcoming shift, but it there are some hints to be had.


Microsoft Says New Xbox Unneeded

January 13, 2010

Microsoft has responded to questions about the longevity of its Xbox 360 games console, saying that there’s no need for a new Xbox for the moment, pointing at Project Natal as the way forward.

During this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft fielded questions about the current state of the games industry, including the world and its mother asking Microsoft if it had plans to develop a new console, the successor to its fantastically successful Xbox 360. According to The Guardian, Microsoft’s serior director of Xbox product management, David Hufford, addressed the questions, saying that,


Xbox Live to be Windows Mobile Exclusive

January 12, 2010

Rumours circulating about Xbox Live making the jump to mobile platforms have now been confirmed, but it seems that the service will be made available only to those using Windows Mobile-based devices.

Word comes from Kotaku of a snap taken from Microsoft’s own marketing material, which indicates that the service, once it’s made available on mobile devices, will be known as Xbox Live Games. This move would see Microsoft expanding Xbox Live in the same general manner as it’s indicated it’d like to extend the Zune brand, making the service available on a variety of different devices.


Yahoo Closes for Christmas

December 22, 2009

Yahoo has announced that it is to close up between Christmas the January this year as part of its ongoing, and apparently increasingly extreme, cost-cutting measures.

Yahoo has been in a fairly sticky monetary situation this year, managing not to turn a loss by firing a significant proportion of its staff. Apparently, the cost-cutting continues this Christmas, with the company to effectively close-up shop over the Christmas break. Strangely enough, its staff hasn’t been given the choice as to whether or not it wants time off… it’s a choice between holiday time or unpaid leave. Seems a little hard, but that’s life.


Amazon’s Kindle DRM Cracked

December 22, 2009

Amazon’s Kindle has been the driving success behind Amazon’s digital shop for selling ebooks, where most imagine Amazon makes the real money from its Kindle line. Now though, the DRM that keeps everything secure has been cracked.

The Kindle store has been rolled out to desktops and Apple’s App Store (meaning the iPhone and iPod Touch) already, but it seems that some just can’t wait to make the Kindle’s shopping options available to other devices. Things are certainly heating up around the Kindle lately, and Apple seems happy to make the service available on as many devices as possible with BlackBerry and Mac versions both due at some point in 2010.


Amazon to See Competition on Kindle

December 21, 2009

Amazon’s Kindle has seen massive success, which drives adoption of the real reason the company got into the hardware business in the first place – it’s online store for ebooks.

Amazon’s Kindle service has now been rolled out to desktops and to the iPhone, with a BlackBerry version already on the way. Still, it looks as though Amazon’s online store isn’t to be entirely without competitors, even on its home turf, the Kindle hardware itself. It seems, at least, according to Engadget, that the Kindle’s by now effectively unchallenged online store could well be ousted by Scribd.


Microsoft/Plurk Spat Continues

December 17, 2009

Now that Microsoft has admitted that its Juku service in China was based on code stolen from Plurk’s micro-blogging setup, it seems that Plurk isn’t pleased to just accept an apology and move on.

Word comes from PCWorld that the folks at Plurk aren’t really pleased to just accpept Microsoft’s apology for plagiarising its code and move on. Instead, it seems far more likely, based on statements from Plurk’s Alvin Woon, that the company is considering legal action against the Redmond-based software giant. This is most interesting because Microsoft isn’t directly responsible for the whole kafuffle, but the “vendor” which provided its Juku social network in China.