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Project Phoenix by AOL–First Look Video & Screenshots

 

AOL is launching new email aggregation service with features which include:

  • Aggregation of Aol, Yahoo, Gmail, Comcast, and other email accounts into one inbox.
  • A "Quick Bar" or shortcut bar above the inbox with short email, IM, text, Facebook and Twitter status update capabilities.
  • Three inbox views — "expanded," which allows viewing of the first few lines of each email, "compact" (think traditional), and and the Entourage-like "reading pane."
  • Web browser-like tabs for switching between user inbox and messages.
  • A Mapquest sidebar adjacent to the email body that automatically detects addresses listed in open emails and offers directions
  • A photo sidebar that aggregates photo attachments.
  • New optional email domain names  besides "@aol.com", user options will include @ygm ("You’ve Got Mail"), @games, @wow, and @love.com

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What do you think of it?

Source : CNN Money

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Does Apple really own Coverflow and Time Machine Concepts?

Apple Insider recently posted about the patent trial which Apple lost recently. Coverflow and Time Machine are two visually appealing concepts in Mac OS X which Windows doesn’t have. Though one can argue that these are not a most usable features. Coverflow doesn’t make sense when you have 250 albums and you will swipe through album arts to find an album. Here is the info on patent trial,

Mirror Worlds LLC filed the lawsuit in 2008, alleging that Apple had infringed on patents for creating "streams" of documents sorted by time. According to Bloomberg, a federal jury sided with Mirror Worlds on Friday, although specific details of the ruling were unavailable.

Mirror Worlds’ patents were based on research by Yale professor David Gelernter and then-doctoral student Eric Freeman. Gelernter emerged as a prominent computer scientist in the 1980s, eventually developing a time-based method of organizing data that he dubbed "lifestreaming." Patents for the concept date back as early as 1999 (1, 2, 3, 4).
In a March interview, Gelernter told Big Think that though he no longer held the patents for the suit, which he was told is the "largest lawsuit in patent history," he was still upset about not getting credit for the ideas.
Gelernter sees the Mac OS X features Spotlight and Time Machine, as well as the iTunes Cover Flow feature, as being taken from his ideas on "lifestreaming."

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Happy Birthday to Microsoft Security Essentials

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I still remember the day when Microsoft Security Essentials was first released in beta through Microsoft Connect.I was pretty excited on that day because before the release ,my friends used to hunt for Anti-virus programs online. They were not willing to pay for the programs, so they usually search for Antivirus programs through Torrents,File sharing sites,etc. The funny part of their activity is they usually get viruses, malware,etc. with the file they download. Usually most of them report me that their PC is slow, it may be due to virus. There was no clear solution at that time for me to offer them. But then came MSE,the star. The number of people asking help from me for PC maintenance reduced folds. MSE was announced as a free alternative to consumers alone. But now Microsoft has announced MSE for SMB’s too. MSE team has shared some highlights of MSE from the past year.

· Originally introduced in 8 languages and 19 countries around the world, Microsoft Security Essentials is currently available and supported in 25 languages and 74 countries globally.

· Microsoft Security Essentials is certified by two of the industry’s leading independent certification authorities: International Computer Security Association Labs (ICSA) and West Coast LabsIt also received the most recent VB100 Award and as well as certification from AV-Test.

· Beginning in October Microsoft Security Essentials will be made available to small businesses on up to 10 PCs for free.

· Microsoft Security Essentials was made available for online partner distribution, as a pre-install on OEM PCs and for distribution by publications as covermount software.

· Microsoft Security Essentials received the PC Advisor Awards 2010 – Best Free Software award and is rated by Consumer Reports as a “Best Buy”.

So what’s in store for Enterprise customers? The solution is Forefront Suite of products. Here is a comparison of MSE with Forefront.

fcs-vs-mse

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Microsoft: 0, Google: 23

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Finally someone have done this.I thought of doing the same comparison.I think Google should be stopped from acquiring start-ups.They are announcing one each week.If Google makes it in Consumer space,IBM does it in Enterprise space.IBM is so serious about other niche solution providers,adding them to its stack.What do you think of this matter?Microsoft has made zero acquisition.I think Microsoft’s strategy is to partner with other companies.They have partnered with

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • WordPress
  • Yahoo,etc

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