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+ - SPAM: Volkswagen Up India

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alexodsouza100
alexodsouza100 writes "Volkswagen Up IndiaThe Volkswagen Up is a small car that will be launched in India soon. Volkswagen has said it will launch just a five door version here. The Up is expected to be on display at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi in January. The Volkswagen Up displays a mature nature, a fact that most riders will appreciate. The Volkswagen Up would be a four-door version in India and would be positioned slightly below the Volkswagen Polo."
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Android

+ - Kaspersky Reports Flood Of Android Malware->

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judgecorp
judgecorp writes "Mobile malware has completely changed in the last year. Kaspersky Labs reported at the CeBIT tradeshow in Hanover, Germany. In February 2011, four percent of mobile malware was aimed at Android, while 61 percent hit on the cross-platform Java environment J2ME. One year on, and three quarters of all mobile malware is gunning for Android, with a rapid decline in both J2ME and Symbian malware."
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Iphone

+ - iPhone 4S with iOS 5.1 Shows 4G Indicator on AT&T->

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tekgoblin
tekgoblin writes "If you are a user that has an iPhone 4S with iOS 5.1 on AT&T you may have noticed your 3G symbol turned 4G. It looks like users on AT&T that are connected to the HSPA+ network are getting the 4G symbol even though it is not a true 4th generation network. Apple and AT&T made this decision because they think that the iPhone 4S is capable of 4G speeds even though it is not true 4G."
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Android

+ - Microsoft's Incomplete Response To Google Blog-> 1

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Microsoft did not address any of the major issues raised by Google such as charging $15 per device — more than what Microsoft charges for its own mobile OS.

If Microsoft thinks that the cost of few unknown patents is $15 then the entire cost of Android OS should be some thousands of dollars or more. This is what doesn't make sense.

Brad Smith will make life easier for Linux developers if they specify the patents that they claim Linux/Android infringes upon. Where is that list? Why is Microsoft hiding it and attacking one Linux player after another and demanding such an outrageous price?"

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Input Devices

Microsoft CEO Says Kinect To Support PCs Eventually 47

Posted by Soulskill
from the within-one-to-seventeen-years dept.
Ken writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that the company will support Kinect for PCs sometime in the future. The motion controller is currently only officially supported for the Xbox 360, although it has been hacked and tweaked to work on pretty much any platform that can be plugged into via a USB port. 'We're trying to move beyond gaming to include the world of socialization, movies, TV, music, and we're trying to make the whole experience accessible to everybody in the family not just the traditional gamer.' When Ballmer was asked, 'Will you plug-in the Kinect to the PC, will you go for that in the near future?' he replied, 'We'll support that in a formal way in the right time and when we've got an announcement to make we'll make it.' Note that this is completely separate from the Kinect-like controller from PrimeSense and Asus." Other readers have tipped related articles about Kinect being used to enable 3D teleconferencing and help drive a small helicopter drone.
Music

Atari Loses Copyright Suit Against RapidShare 198

Posted by Soulskill
from the game-over-play-again? dept.
dotarray writes "Online copyright lawsuits aren't all about music. Video game publisher Atari Europe recently became concerned that copies of its game Alone in the Dark were floating around one-click file-hosting service RapidShare, so it took the hosting company to court. While they won the initial case, the decision was overturned on appeal, finding that RapidShare is doing nothing wrong."
Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer Turns 15 271

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the and-the-internet-has-never-been-the-same dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Software giant Microsoft's Internet Explorer turned 15 years old on Monday. The company recently said it would launch the Internet Explorer 9 public beta version on September 15, 2010. The software giant launched the first version of the browser, Internet Explorer 1, on August 16, 1995. It was a revised version of Spyglass Mosaic, which Microsoft had licensed from Spyglass Inc."
Patents

Letter To Abolish Software Patents In Australia 166

Posted by kdawson
from the five-hundred-nerds-can't-be-wrong dept.
Ben Sturmfels writes "Over 500 members of the Australian software industry have have signed an open letter urging their government to abolish software patents. Signatories include free software luminaries Andrew Tridgell and Jonathan Oxer. In 2008 the Australian government began a Review of Patentable Subject Matter. While we missed the 2009 public consultation period, we hope to influence the government's response to the Review, due in February 2011. The letter will be presented to Minister Kim Carr in early August."
Windows

Microsoft Kills Support For XP SP2 315

Posted by timothy
from the too-soon? dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "Microsoft's announcement this week that it is preparing to end support for machines running Windows XP SP2 not only represents a challenge for the thousands of businesses still running SP2, but also is the end of an era for both Microsoft and its customers. It wasn't until 2004 that the final release of XP SP2 hit the streets, but when it did, it represented a huge step forward in security for Windows users. It wasn't necessarily the feature set that mattered as much as the fact that the protections were enabled by default and taken out of the users' hands."
Media

Scribd Switches To HTML5 177

Posted by timothy
from the let-a-thousand-documents-bloom dept.
drfreak writes "This story from OSNews describes Scribd, a site for uploading and reading documents, switching from Flash to HTML5. The major reason for the decision was that HTML5 supports all the major points of the site's previous functionality, so they saw no point in using Flash any more. The big improvement in the rollout is that documents are now first-class citizens of HTML and no longer need to sit in a Flash 'window.'"
Television

IT Crowd (UK) Coming Back For Season 4 165

Posted by timothy
from the good-thing-the-german-didn't-eat-him dept.
sammyF70 writes "Every geek's favourite non-sci-fi show (the original UK one, not the abysmally bad German and US remakes) is coming back for a fourth season! According to the IMDB's message board, it should be on the air 'Juneish.' While you wait, you can check out what kind of vintage hardware will be on the show this time, and remember: if you illegally download movies, you will face the consequences!"

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