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+ - Dyn (formerly DynDNS) Discontinues Free Service

Submitted by yakatz
yakatz (1176317) writes "Several years ago Dyn cut back significantly on their free Dynamic DNS service. In an email sent to users today, Dyn announced that the service will be ending on May 7th.

The full email:

To our Dyn free hostname users:

For the last 15 years, all of us at Dyn have taken pride in offering you and millions of others a free version of our Dynamic DNS Pro product. What was originally a product built for a small group of users has blossomed into an exciting technology used around the world.

That is why with mixed emotions we are notifying you that in 30 days, we will be ending our free hostname program. This change in the business will allow us to invest in our customer support teams, Internet infrastructure, and platform security so that we can continue to strive to deliver an exceptional customer experience for our paying customers.

We would like to invite you to upgrade to VIP status for less than $20 — a 25% discount good for any package of Remote Access (formerly DynDNS Pro). By doing so, you'll have access to customer support, additional hostnames, and more.

Here's how you get this done in two easy steps:

— Login to account.dyn.com.
— Click here to add Remote Access to your cart at the 25% off VIP rate. The discount will be applied upon checkout.

We thank you for your usage of Dyn through the years, and hope to continue to support you through Dyn Remote Access or other products for years to come. Visit our FAQ page or this blog post for more information.

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+ - Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote->

Submitted by yakatz
yakatz (1176317) writes "Microsoft announced that OneNote, including the full desktop program, will be free for anyone who wants to use the program. A version of the program for Mac also appeared in the app store yesterday. This means that a native edition of OneNote is available for most platforms (including iPad, iPhone and Android, but not Linux or Blackberry). Microsoft will continue to offer a paid version of OneNote with "business-oriented" features (including SharePoint support, version history and Outlook integration). The partial rebranding of OneNote also includes some new tools like a program specifically designed to make it easier to take a picture of a whiteboard.
Is this a signal that Microsoft decided that they need to compete with Apple by making their productivity applications free?"

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Google

+ - Google Apps free edition no longer taking new customers->

Submitted by yakatz
yakatz (1176317) writes "In the all-good-things-come-to-an-end department, Google has announced that they are no longer taking new users for the free version of Google Apps. An source at Google who would like to remain anonymous said that, like others in the freemium market, they found that businesses outgrew the free service very quickly and want support or more features without paying. Many hosting companies, including the host I use, Namecheap, offer integration with Google Apps to take a load off their mail servers. This move will certainly affect them."
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Windows

+ - Screenshots of Windows 8 Installer->

Submitted by yakatz
yakatz (1176317) writes "Coming soon after rumors that OEMs can pick up an early build of Windows 8, a Russian website has screenshots of the upgrade (translation, original here, english summary here) from Windows 7 to Windows 8 (ending in a blue screen, which is no longer blue).
This screenshot of the desktop is telling."

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+ - Tech trouble at London Olympics before it starts ->

Submitted by yakatz
yakatz (1176317) writes "The countdown clock to the 2012 games in London failed less than a day after it was unveiled. There was also trouble with the ticket payment processing system (which only accepts Visa cards) which did not allow card-holders whose cards' expire before August to purchase tickets.
Not a great way to get started."

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+ - How to do security research

Submitted by yakatz
yakatz (1176317) writes "I am a CS student and I have been looking for a good security related research project.
The trouble is I am afraid of being sanctioned for uncovering security problems in a system. Other students have been threatened with criminal prosecution by University officials (which is stopped when a tenured professor steps in). It seems to be normal now that companies sue to cover up security research instead of fixing the problem.
This story from the Washington Post only deepens my concern.

So my question is: How do you do security research without the risks of ending up in court or in jail?"
Hardware

+ - Disturbing trend with computer hardware? 1

Submitted by yakatz
yakatz (1176317) writes "I have noticed over the last few months that I have had many requests for just-out-of-warranty service for hardware problems.
For example, a customer with a 13-month old computer gets "USB over current error" on ever boot.
I tried contacting Dell, since I have been having the most trouble with Dell computers. Dell regular tech support and Dell parts keep directing me to Dell out-of-warranty support, who wants to charge me a fortune just to re-diagnose that a USB port is broken.
At this point, some of my customers have given up and would just buy the replacement parts, but Dell is making it very hard to obtain exactly the same parts.
I am wondering if anyone else has noticed this trend? Does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with these issues (i.e. talking to manufacturers, not diagnosing the problems)?"
Google

+ - Google is REALLY dropping IE6 (corrected)

Submitted by yakatz
yakatz (1176317) writes "Google just sent this message to all of the Google Hosted Apps admins:

Dear Google Apps admin,
In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology. This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5. As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers.
We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar.
Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.
Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser. We will also alert you again closer to March 1 to remind you of this change.
In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to enhance your product experience. We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products for businesses.
Thank you for your continued support!
Sincerely,
The Google Apps team

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Google

+ - Google is REALLY dropping IE6

Submitted by yakatz
yakatz (1176317) writes "Google just sent this email to all of their Google Apps admins

Dear Google Apps admin, In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology. This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5. As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers. We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar. Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above. Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser. We will also alert you again closer to March 1 to remind you of this change. In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to enhance your product experience. We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products for businesses. Thank you for your continued support! Sincerely, The Google Apps team

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