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MS sees 'Windows Vista'
MICROSOFT will call the next version of its operating system "Windows
Vista" as it prepares to release a wave of new products after posting
its slowest-ever year of growth.

Worms do China's spying
CYBERSPACE is becoming a new battleground for the United States and
China, amid growing concerns about Chinese industrial espionage through
various types of computer worms, security experts say.

Glitch halts futures exchange
A TECHNICAL bug halted trade on the Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE) for
more than three hours.

Telstra counts cost of cables
TELSTRA says more than 16,000 of its telephone cables were accidentally
severed in the past 12 months.

Personal data 'being shared'
UNPRECEDENTED volumes of personal information on millions of ordinary
Australians are being shared between federal government departments
under dramatic extensions of a little-known "data matching" scheme,
privacy advocates have warned.

IT off income growth pace
THE incomes of ICT professionals rose less than the average recorded by
other Australian workers in the twelve months to May, a new survey has

Keycorp signs for Turkish ID
SMARTCARD payments firm Keycorp has secured a deal with the Turkish
military to supply identification cards for soldiers and their families.

China net users up 18 pc
THE number of web users in China, the world's second largest internet
market, grew by 9 million people in the first half of this year to hit
103 million, the <i>China Daily</i>has reported.


news features
Dual-vision TV a peacemaker
A NEW type of television will provide a high-tech peace treaty for those
endless family rows about who gets to watch what: the world's first
liquid crystal display that shows two completely different images
depending on where you are sitting.


Dell Latitude X1
Dell's X1 is striking, if not actually erotic to gaze upon.


Optus prowls by Telstra's crazy battle
IT seems that Telstra and its legal attack dogs don't like the nasty
taste of their own medicine, Michael Sainsbury writes.


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Hong Kong prepares wireless net

Boks claim tech advantage

Couple fined over illegal DVDs

Cable broadband at 100Mbps

Telstra to fix customer image

Nokia warns of gloomy Q3

MS profit up, outlook down

Sony shows PS3 tools

Google profit surges

Optus in $26m bid for IT firm

Ten charged in online drug raid

Ericsson cautious over profit jump

$40m loss for tech fund

Mobile slump bad for T3, Optus

'GTA' hit with adult rating


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translation is not apparent to the application user.

When using an application through Rosetta, the user may notice that
the application runs more slowly than it would on a PowerPC-based
computer with similar clock speed and memory. The difference is
smallest with applications that demand the least processing power,
such as word processors and spreadsheets, and greater with
applications that have complex user interaction, such as high-end
graphics programs.

Applications that involve processor-intensive functions, such as ray
tracing, high-end gaming, and 3-D modeling, are incompatible with
Rosetta, as are applications built for Mac OS 8 or 9, the Classic
environment, code written specifically for AltiVec, applications that
require G4 or G5 processors, and kernel extensions.

Rosetta takes its name from the Rosetta Stone, a stone tablet on
which Egyptian hieroglyphics were also written in other languages,
making it possible to decipher the hieroglyphics. The name is used by
a number of projects and initiatives that are concerned with
translation in some context. The Rosetta Project, for example, is an
initiative seeking to create an online archive of every language in
the world. RosettaNet is an organization set up by leading
information technology companies to define and implement a common set
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IPod Users Dial Up Disney

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It's Sunday night and Ricky Brigante is gathering a week's worth of Disney news, rumors and research for his weekly podcast: Inside the Magic -- The Internet's First Orlando-Based Disney Podcast. A small room in his Winter Garden home -- filled from top to bottom with Disney memorabilia -- serves as an office and recording studio. Podcasts are Internet audio feeds that can be downloaded to a personal computer and transferred to a portable audio player like an iPod or an MP3 player.
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Virus Bounties No Longer Effective

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Symantec experts believe that paying bounties to track down and prosecute writers of computer worms no longer works, blaming the shift on the changing hacking landscape. Worms and viruses are increasingly used for identity theft or to create zombie PCs used to launch distributed denial of service attacks or send spam. The quality of a computer worm has become more important than the number of systems it infects.
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Is Microsoft Warming to Linux?

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One of the juiciest tidbits of the week had to be the rumor that Microsoft applications that run on the Linux operating system may be just around the corner. Could it be that someone at Microsoft started looking at the Linux phenomenon and realized that if you can't beat 'em, sell software to 'em? Obviously such a move would give a big boost to the momentum and credibility of the Linux desktop movement, so I wouldn't advise holding your breath waiting for the release of Microsoft Office for Red Hat.
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CRM Goes Wireless

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CRM is about being able to access your customer information readily, and for the consultants at Rocket Builders who are out on the road talking to clients a good deal of the time, that means the ability to access customer relationship management information while away from the office. The Vancouver, B.C.-based marketing consulting company used to access that information, which resides on Microsoft Business Solutions CRM, on the road using laptops. But this wasn't a very practical solution, says Dave Thomas, a partner at Rocket Builders.
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Nokia's Disconnect

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Nokia is a victim of its own success. The Finnish cell-phone giant, which has one-third of the global market for handsets and is a top-ranked seller of wireless networks, has done more than any other company to democratize mobile telephony -- especially in the developing world. Wireless phones have become so ubiquitous that researcher Gartner now forecasts sales will approach 780 million units this year and more than 1 billion worldwide in 2009.
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LinuxFund names new director, schedules payouts

In an effort to restart, the LinuxFund credit card program, intended to
benefit the Linux and open source community, has named a new executive
director and announced it will begin funding open source projects

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Windows Vista draws, jokes, scorn, approval

CNET writes "Reaction to the name for the next version of
Windows runs the gamut. No, it doesn't stand for virses, infections,
spyware, trojans and adware."

Sun Plans to Make All Its Software Free

OSNews writes "Sun Microsystems president and COO Jonathan Schwartz on
Thursday cited the company's plans to eventually offer all of its
software for free as a way to build communities around its

Build a Wireless ISP on Linux

OSNews writes "Setting up a wireless Internet Service provider (WISP)
for your office or neighborhood doesn't have to be a taxing or
expensive ordeal. If you build your network from easy-to-buy equipment
and use Linux, you can use the power of shell scripts to make network
management easy. This article gives you the tips and scripts you need."

Mozilla 1.7.10 Released

OSNews writes "Mozilla 1.7.10 (release notes), a security update to the
Mozilla Application Suite, is now available for download. There was no
Mozilla 1.7.9 release: it was cancelled after it was discovered that
changes in the equivalent 1.0.5 releases of Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla
Thunderbird caused some problems."

Windows Vista, Server and IE 7 Betas to Arrive in

OSNews writes "Microsoft confirmed that it will deliver the beta 1
version of Longhorn Server on August 3, along with the beta 1 release
Internet Explorer 7. They'll be available along with the beta 1 version
of Windows Vista, the next-generation Windows formerly known as
Longhorn, which Microsoft announced friday morning."

Amiga Turns 20

OSNews writes "20 years ago on July 23rd the Commodore Amiga was
unveiled at the Lincoln Centre in New York. For the launch Commodore
had hired Andy Warhol & Debbie Harry (lead singer of Blondie) to
demonstrate the Amiga's graphics capabilities. Despite many dificulties
the Amiga is still around today both as a company and as a community."

USB Devices Can Crack Operating Systems

OSNews writes "Vulnerabilities in USB drivers for Windows could allow
an attacker to take control of locked workstations using a specially
programmed Universal Serial Bus device, according to an executive from
SPI Dynamics, which discovered the security hole. However, SPI tested
attacks on Windows systems, but any operating system that is
USB-compliant is probably vulnerable."

Photo retouching tools at your fingertips

For a powerful companion to Picasa2, try The Gimp (Gnu Image
Manipulation Program, 2.2. the open-source alternative to
industry standard Adobe Photoshop line. This isn't exactly a tool for
beginners - it originally was developed for Unix and Linux, and there
also are full-featured versions for Windows and MacOSX. The Gimp has
all the retouching tools you'd ever want, generally modeled after
Photoshop's. But you won't find one-button automation of color
correction, lighting and so on. Nor does it incorporate a cataloging

FingerGear releases Linux-based Computer-On-a-Stick Flash Drive

FingerGear is introducing the Computer-On-a-Stick Flash Drive. The
Computer-On-a-Stick is a bootable USB 2.0 Flash Drive featuring a
complete onboard Operating System. Based on Linux 2.6.x Kernel with
Gnome GUI Desktop, the device comes in configurations with 256MB,
512MB, 1G, 2G, 4G, and 8GB. The device also features the OpenOffice
Productivity Suite, along with many of the most commonly used desktop
and Internet applications. The Computer-On-a-Stick allows users to take
their entire software environment with them and move from hardware to

Smartphone OS shares: Symbian - 76.2%, Linux - 13.7%, PalmOS - 4.6%, Windows - 4.5%, RIM - 1.0%

Embedded Linux powered 13.7% of smartphones shipped worldwide in Q1
2005, up 412% from 3.4% in Q1 2004, according to Gartner. Windows
Mobile smaprtphone shipments also grew, rising 50% from 2.9% in Q1 2004
to 4.5% in Q1 2005.

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