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Microsoft advises users to refrain from using Safari

Microsoft Security Advisory 953818

Security flaws in Apple’s Safari web browser are nothing new. Apple has been very good at keeping quiet about security issues regarding Safari, but its giant rival, Microsoft, has been taking a different and more vocal approach. Last Friday, Microsoft released Security Advisory (953818) that warns users of a “blended threat” caused by the combination of a security hole in Safari and the way Windows XP and Vista handles executables located on the desktop.

iriver ‘P.ple P10′ PMP, 4-inch touchscreen

iRiver P10

Nope that’s not a portable GPS unit. In fact, its the latest portable media player offering from iriver, dubbed the “P.ple P10.” First introduced at CES 2008, the P10 was expected to release Q1 2008, but iriver was a little late in their delivery. Regardless, the company has now officially launched their iPod Touch rival in two forms: The iRiver P10 Standard ($328) and Pro ($398). Spec-wise, both models sport a 600MHz processor running a stripped down version of Windows CE, 4-inch TFT touch screen, 800×480 pixel resolution, e-book reader, and a 33GB hard drive. Both models also support PDF, Word and Excel files, and can playback Flash, MPEG, WMA, XivD, MP3, and WAV file formats. However, the P10 Pro adds an electronic dictionary (in English, Chinese, and Japanese) and a DMB digital TV tuner that’s only usable in Korea (so, I doubt this will make it Stateside).

Polaroid ZINK printer officially announced, priced

Polaroid PoGo

Polaroid has given their ZINK printer a price tag and release date – July 6th at Best Buy and July 20th through Target — both selling it for $149. The pocket-sized product will be marketed as the Poloraid PoGo, which is short for Polaroid-on-the-go. The Polaroid PoGo supports full color printing through cell phones and digital cameras via Bluetooth or USB (PictBridge compatible). The PoGo weighs a measly eight ounces, but don’t let the size fool you. It can print 2×3-inch borderless photos in less than 60 seconds. It’s a shame that Polaroid has quit the instant film market, but if you miss those old school Polaroid cameras, this is as close as you’ll get to sharing your photos instantly.

Dell’s mini notebook spotted

Dell mini notebook

With the gaining popularity of ultra-portable and low-cost notebook computers, like the Asus Eee 701 PC, HP 2133 and 3K RazorBook 400, it is no surprise that Dell is jumping in on the mini notebook arena. Fortunately, Gizmodo was able to spot the company’s supposed offering when Brian Lam caught Micheal Dell at the All Things Digital conference carrying a small red notebook sporting the Dell logo. Unfortunately, Dell is being tight-lipped and wasn’t willing to spill the beans on the specs.

3K drops the price of the RazorBook 400 to $299

RazorBook 400

Originally priced at $399, the ultra-portable RazorBook 400‘s price tag has been slimmed down by $100. The Linux powered ultra-portable laptop boasts a less than 8 second boot up time, but unfortunately, the RazorBook 400 isn’t quite up to par with the Eee PC 701 performance wise. Granted neither notebooks can be considered “powerhouses”, however, the Razorbook’s $100 price difference might just be enough to offset its lackluster performance for casual users. Whether or not its sudden price cut is related to its performance woes, it seems 3K Computers is fed up with bloggers comparing it to the Eee PC and has therefore released a statement defending the RazorBook’s measly 400MHz processor:

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Sprint defends its 5GB bandwidth cap

After several cries and complaints, Sprint has finally explained its decision to cap its “unlimited” data usage plan to 5GB a month, plus 300MB a month of off-network roaming. According to Sprint, the new limit is plenty enough, since it only affects 0.5% of customers. Sprint also notes that the limit applies to both existing more »

Get cashback by using Microsoft’s Live Search

Live Search Cashback

Worth about $20 billion, the search engine industry no doubt belongs to online giant Google. According to the market research firm comScore, Google currently holds 61.6% of the search engine market, while Microsoft only holds 9.1%. After failing to buyout Yahoo, it appears Microsoft is shifting its game plan. In an effort to gain market share from Google, Microsoft has now launched a cashback program to users of its Live Search, the company’s online search engine. The program works by offering visitors rebates on products they buy through using the search engine. Microsoft says that 700 merchants offering over 10 million products are participating in the program. Merchants include: Barnes & Noble, Circuit City, eBay, Foot Locker, Sears, OfficeMax, Home Depot, and Hewlett-Packard, to name a few. The participating merchants have agreed to pay Microsoft a fee for each purchased product generated through Live Search. Microsoft will then forward the fee to the user (buyer) in the form of a rebate (up to 30% of the purchase price).

Sprint hops on the 5GB data usage limit bandwagon?

Sprint is probably the only wireless carrier to offer a true unlimited data plan. However, according to a Sprint employee on the SprintUsers forum, this may no longer be the case. A reportedly leaked internal memo has revealed that Sprint is now enforcing a monthly 5GB data usage cap on its Phone as Modem (PAM) more »

AU Optronics introduces the Curved Display

In what might be a world’s first, AU Optronics has unveiled its touch-sensitive Curved Display at the 2008 Society for Information Display in Los Angeles. The Curved Display is manufactured by using a special thinning technology and a conventional TFT-LCD process on glass substrate. Sporting a 100mm curved radius, it utilizes a backlight system that more »

Samsung shows off its Quad HD 82-inch LCD

If you thought Westinghouse’s 52-inch 2160p Quad HDTV was impressive, check out what Samsung showcased at the 2008 Society for Information Display (SID) in Los Angeles — an industry first, 82-inch Quad HD LCD. Sporting a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, the massive TV panel utilizes a red/green/blue LED backlight, which results in a 50% increase more »

Gigabyte M700 UMPC to come with IPTV

Gigabyte M700

The Gigabyte M700, was announced back in March, but at the time not much else was known. The only features we were aware of at the time was its 1.2 GHz VIA processor, 7-inch touchscreen display (1024×600 resolution), 1GB RAM (2GB maximum), 40/60GB hard drive, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, front and rear web cams, and dual ExpressCard slots with Wi-Max support.

Fast forward to today and we now know that Gigabyte is pushing the M700 as a mobile entertainment center. The 1.43-pound device will be sporting a digital TV tuner with IPTV support in its base station, allowing it to stream TV content over a network similar to a Slingbox. The premise is to simply connect your TV source to the base station and watch streaming live TV on the tablet. The docking station will have various audio/video inputs, a SD card slot, IR port, and an optional optical drive. Gigabyte has chosen Windows Vista Home Premium as the OS and has equipped the M700 with a three hour battery life. The device is expected to go on sale Q3 2008, for a yet to be determined price tag. In the mean time, check out the video preview below.

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Comcast to acquire Plaxo

Comcast and Plaxo logos

Remember the rumor back in February that Google was buying Plaxo for $200 million? Well, for the most part, it turned out to be a trumor. However, instead of Google making the purchase, it turns out that Comcast is doing the buying. The cable company plans to utilize Plaxo to deliver upcoming social-networking features currently in the works for their TV, Internet, and phone service. Plaxo will be used to bridge all three Comcast services together, linking devices such as TVs, DVRs, and wireless devices. The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but the two companies have already been working together in developing SmartZone, an online portal available to millions of Comcast broadband and phone customers that provides easy access to several communications tools (e.g., email and voicemail) — all in one place.

Plaxo was founded in 2001 with an original premise of keeping users’ address books updated by automatically sharing data among friends. With the emergence of social networking sites, the start up company now offers capabilities to keep in touch with family and friends by sharing photos, videos, and messages. According to the Plaxo blog: