Next Version of Microsoft Office Coming in 2010

April 24th, 2009 by Tanbir No comments »

Microsoft Corp.’s next version of its Office desktop programs will reach consumers next year, though not likely in conjunction with the Windows 7 operating system.

Microsoft is set to announce Wednesday that Office 2010 will be finished and ready to send to manufacturers in the first half of next year.
From there, it can take six weeks to four months or more for the programs to reach PC users, said Chris Capossela, a senior vice president in the Microsoft group that makes Office. The timing will differ for big businesses and individual consumers, and for people who buy packaged software versus those who download it.
Some industry watchers had expected a new version of Office this year, but Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer extinguished that rumor at a meeting with analysts in February.
Capossela declined to be more specific about a launch date. Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista, is scheduled to reach consumers by the end of January 2010.
Office 2010 – previously known by the code name “Office 14” – will include slimmed-down versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that let people create and edit documents in a Web browser. Consumers will have access to a free, ad-supported version, and Capossela said the company is still hammering out what to charge businesses that want a version without ads.
Microsoft plans to let hundreds of thousands of people test a technical preview of the new Office portfolio starting in the third quarter of 2009, Capossela said. The company did not say whether average PC users will have a chance to test a more polished beta version.
Microsoft also said a new version of its Exchange e-mail server will be available for purchase in the second half of 2009. When paired with the next version of Microsoft’s Outlook e-mail program, Exchange 2010 aims to prevent e-mail faux pas and would warn people against trying to “reply all” to a huge distribution list. Microsoft said it can also be tweaked to stop people from sending e-mail outside the organization, helping businesses cut down on unnecessary e-mail and prevent leaks.
A beta version of Exchange 2010 was to be made available on Wednesday.

LG Versa Phones Receive Game Pad Module Upgrade

April 24th, 2009 by Tanbir No comments »


LG Versa owners will be more than happy to play with that new game pad module which is now available. The game pad can be simply snapped-on the back of the phone and it will slide-out whenever you feel like playing a game. The 8-way directional pad comes with four dedicated SNES-style gaming buttons ready for lots of action. The upgrade will cost you $29.99 but it’s absolutely worth it.

via Verizon

Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive

April 24th, 2009 by Tanbir No comments »


Information security is something very important. Lenovo knows that very well. The Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive is a great gadget perfect for if you are one of those people concerned with protecting your data. You will need it, especially in this time when portable and mobile are increasingly taking huge part of your daily life.

The ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive has a 128-bit security encryption system. It also features a metal dome switch keypad. Is using the encryption via hardware a good choice? Yes, it is. Although the encryption system via software is extremely safe, there is a chance of faults or bugs preventing it from behaving as anticipated. This type of faults, on the other hand, does not affect hardware.

The portable ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive has the following features: high-speed USB 2.0 Interface, built-in USB cable with an integral storage slot, shock-mounted 160GB 5400 rpm hard drive, and multi-colored LED device status indicator. Definitely, this easy-to-use hard drive is an affordable and great option. The 320GB hard drive costs $219 while the 160GB one costs $179.

Image Source: Lenovo

Swedish Internet Users Backed Off to Download Illegally

April 19th, 2009 by Tanbir 2 comments »

Torrents are just heaven for people all around the world, to download nearly almost everything. But there was an amazing 30% decrease in the internet usage by the Swedish, after the a legislation which is based on the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED).

The law is to make copyright holders and authorities more powerful, to act against the people who download stuff illegally through peer-to-peer software’s. However, people are people !! 400,000 Swedes connected to the Pirate Bay tracker with no decline. It in my opinion there is no serious way to act against these kind of activities.

via [royalpingdom]

They Hang Pirates, Don’t They?

April 19th, 2009 by Tanbir No comments »

The Swedish trial of the four members of Pirate Bay is now over, and the pirates are going to jail.  Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty and were sentenced to a year in the slammer for violating copyright and running the most notorious file sharing site on the web.

From the BBC here:

A court in Sweden has jailed four men behind The Pirate Bay (TPB), the world’s most high-profile file-sharing website, in a landmark case.   Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty of breaking copyright law and were sentenced to a year in jail.  They were also ordered to pay $4.5m (£3m) in damages.

Record companies welcomed the verdict but the men are to appeal and Sunde said they would refuse to pay the fine.

Speaking at an online press conference, he described the verdict as “bizarre. “  “It’s serious to actually be found guilty and get jail time. It’s really serious. And that’s a bit weird,” Sunde said.   “It’s so bizarre that we were convicted at all and it’s even more bizarre that we were [convicted] as a team. The court said we were organised. I can’t get Gottfrid out of bed in the morning. If you’re going to convict us, convict us of disorganised crime.

“We can’t pay and we wouldn’t pay. Even if I had the money I would rather burn everything I owned, and I wouldn’t even give them the ashes.”

The damages were awarded to a number of entertainment companies, including Warner Bros, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, and Columbia Pictures.

The Pirate Bay’s first server is now a museum exhibit in Stockholm.  No copyright content is hosted on The Pirate Bay’s web servers; instead the site hosts “torrent” links to TV, film and music files held on its users’ computers.

Way to stay defiant, Sunde.  Maybe that attitude and a pack of smokes can get you more time “in the yard” in the Swedish jail.

Look, even if Pirate Bay never hosted a single file, there are pieces of information, that once assembled, become illegal.  That is a concept that online anarchists like Sunde can’t come to grips with.  Showing people how to violate copyright laws is an example of this concept.  Compiling privacy information by a government to be used to track people would be another.

Gmail Now Tells You Who You Want To Email

April 19th, 2009 by Tanbir No comments »

Not sure who else to add to that group email? Gmail Labs now has a useful “suggest more recipients” feature that suggests contacts that you might want to include in a group email based on the people you’ve grouped together as email recipients in the past.

For example, if you often send family emails to your mother, father, husband, sister and brother, when you start composing an email to your mother and father, Gmail will suggest adding your sister, husband and brother. The feature is triggered only after you’ve added at least two recipients to the email.

To enable the feature, go to Gmail Labs and turn it on as a setting. This clever feature is just one of the many nifty innovations that has come out of Gmail Labs, including offline access, contact time zones, search suggestions, an undo button, multi-pane viewing, and many more.