Archive for October 12, 2007

Microsoft Patches Excel 2007 Math Flaw

Posted: October 12, 2007 in Tech

Microsoft officials say they have fixed a problem that causes the latest version of the company’s Excel spreadsheet program to produce multiplication errors.

The patches will be offered via Microsoft Update and eventually included in Office 2007 SP1.

Calculations resulting in values between 65534.99999999995 and 65535 were displayed as 100000, while results between 65535.99999999995 and 65536 appeared in spreadsheets as 100001.

Opera announced Nintendo has started distributing the much-anticipated new version of the Internet Channel for Nintendo Wii. The Internet Channel now features new ways to share, communicate and enjoy the Internet Channel by adding support for a USB keyboard and enhanced ways to communicate with your Wii friends.

The new Internet Channel for Nintendo Wii carries additional usability improvements. Users can now copy information from a Web page and paste it directly into the search field. Users may also store nine more favorites, bringing the total to 56.

The Nintendo Wii also embraces Web content and applications in a revolutionary new way with the debut of Widget View Mode in the Internet Channel. By surfing to widgets.opera.com users can browse Opera’s collection of community-built, Opera-tested Web applications immediately ready to run on the Nintendo Wii Internet Channel.

Widgets available now include calendars, news readers, Internet radios and other fun applications. Users of Opera’s desktop browser will immediately recognize their favorite widgets on this new platform. Web developers can publish widgets on Opera’s website to make them available to Wii users.

Sony Unveils 4X Blu-ray Disc Writer Drive

Posted: October 12, 2007 in Tech

Sony Electronics today announced its second generation internal Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) writer drive for the computer aftermarket, which boasts 4X BD-R and 16X DVD+R recording speeds.

The new BWU-200S model cuts BD-R burning time by half compared to the first generation model, allowing for a full 50GB BD-R disc to be recorded in about 45 minutes. It also features improved DVD burning speeds, making it a multi-format combo burner that eliminates the need for more than one drive in a system.

Oracle announced the contribution and a preview release of an enhanced Oracle Call Interface (OCI8) database driver for PHP. This helps bring breakthrough scalability to PHP applications, further enhancing PHP as a viable development environment for mission-critical applications.

The OCI8 database driver for PHP supports important Oracle Database features such as connection pooling and fast application notification, enabling a single industry-standard server to support tens of thousands of database connections while providing higher availability.

Many Asian currencies have risen against the U.S. dollar this year, making exports more expensive and their foreign exchange reserves less valuable. But economists say regional governments should not be too worried about the trend.

The Philippine peso rose to its highest level against the U.S. dollar in seven years this week, while the Singapore dollar hit a 10-year high. In India, the rupee has risen 12 percent this year. The Indonesian rupiah, South Korean won, Taiwan dollar and Thai baht also have strengthened steadily.

Song Seng Wun is a regional economist for CIMB-GK Research in Singapore. He says Asian governments are not taking aggressive measures to stop the trend.

Now, Asia is booming. At the same time, worries about an economic slowdown and the mortgage crisis in the United States, are driving a wave of currency appreciation in Asia. The recent cut in U.S. interest rates also hurt the dollar.

A weaker dollar makes Asian exports more expensive for American consumers. But Song says Asian governments are not too concerned about rising export prices, in part because most regional currencies are in the same situation. That means no one country is being priced out of the market.

Starbucks Recalls China Made Kiddie Cups

Posted: October 12, 2007 in MISC

Starbucks is recalling around 250,000 children’s cups because the cups pose a choking hazard. The coffee company recalled the plastic products because they can break, leaving sharp edges and small pieces children can choke on.

This is another item on a list of recalled products that were manufactured in China. Other recalled products include many children’s toys as some were painted with paint that contained dangerous amounts of lead.

The recalled cups with protruding faces of a ladybug, a turtle, a bunny, and a chick were sold in Starbucks stores.

Starbucks is offering a free beverage to anyone who returns one of the cups.