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Macromedia updates Contribute

Macromedia will begin shipping a new version of Contribute, its desktop application for Web content maintenance, in Australia in August.

Macromedia to update Breeze

Macromedia will breathe fresh life into its Breeze online presentation and training tool in September, with the addition of a new module, Breeze Live, which turns the system into an online conferencing system, the San Francisco company announced Thur...

Friskit to sue RealNetworks over patents

San Francisco technology licensing company Friskit filed suit against RealNetworks and Listen.com in a Chicago, Illinois, court on Friday, charging that the companies had infringed on its patents relating to search engines for creating nonstop play l...

Vodafone picks RealNetworks for multimedia

Vodafone Group PLC will use software from RealNetworks Inc. to distribute audio and video content to users of its Vodafone Live wireless data service, RealNetworks said in a statement Monday.

PlanetLab builds testbed for new Internet services

Intel and Hewlett-Packard (HP) are joining a consortium which aims to build a platform on which to develop "disruptive" Internet technologies, they announced Tuesday. These technologies are needed because the Internet is becoming "ossified," accordin...

Spanish eyes smile on Puretunes MP3 downloads

Web site Puretunes.com has joined the ranks of Web sites taking advantage of the willingness of Spanish authors' and performers' rights societies to sign deals allowing unlimited downloads of digital music.

Court to hear appeal in 'DVD Jon' case

Jon Lech Johansen will be returning to court to contest for a second time charges related to his development and distribution of DeCSS, a program that can be used to break the digital copy-protection mechanism of DVDs, his attorney said Tuesday.

3GSM - Still looking for the 'killer app'

After investing hundreds of millions of dollars in multimedia messaging infrastructure, the mobile phone industry is still looking for the "killer app," the overwhelmingly useful application that will drive usage of it, according to Don Listwin, chie...

XBox encryption key hackers throw in towel

The Neo Project, a group of distributed computing enthusiasts, has abandoned its attempt to crack an encryption key used to digitally sign software for Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox video game console, after just four days.

No jail time sought for teen in Norway DeCSS trial

In closing arguments Monday, prosecutors called for Jon Lech Johansen, the 19-year-old Norwegian charged with using and distributing DeCSS, a program that can be used to break the digital copy-protection mechanism of DVDs, to be given a three-month s...

Google searches shopping sites with Froogle

Search engine company Google Inc. is testing an online shopping price comparison service, Froogle, and has introduced beta versions of two other search tools, Google Webquotes and Google Viewer.

Microsoft aims to cut bugs from software recipes

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, goes the old adage: a piece of folk wisdom that Microsoft Corp.'s chief executive officer, Steve Ballmer, hopes the company can apply to software development.

Tetris tops Parisian night on the tiles

If you hear reports of giant, glowing blocks falling from the top of the French National Library in Paris this week, don't be alarmed: it's just Berlin's Chaos Computer Club (CCC) at play.

Yahoo reevaluates its mail filters

Yahoo Inc. has cleaned up filters used to protect users of its Web-based e-mail service from malicious scripts embedded in HTML-format messages, and in so doing has put an end to one of the strangest of Internet neologisms.

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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