Archive for December 5, 2007

Gmail Chat now supports AOL AIM

Posted: December 5, 2007 in Tech

Gmail chat now offers the option to sign in to your AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) account to chat with your AIM buddies from Gmail. Your AIM buddies will populate your Contacts list, and are searchable just like your Google Talk contacts.

Note that an AIM account is required to use this feature. AIM in Gmail is not a Google Talk and AIM federation; it’s the ability to sign in to your AIM messaging account from Gmail. Gmail uses Open AIM to provide this feature.

Peru orders 260,000 OLPC laptops

Posted: December 5, 2007 in Tech

The OLPC foundation received confirmed orders for 260,000 units of the XO Laptop from the Peruvian government.  In addition, they have also received orders for 50,000 units for Mexico from the Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

Uruguay and Mongolia are two countries which have already placed confirmed orders for these machines as well.

Creative releases flash-based 32GB

Posted: December 5, 2007 in Tech

Creative has extended its Zen line of Flash-based compact handheld media players with a 32GB model.

The 83 x 55 x 12mm Zen sports a 2.5in, 320 x 240, 16.7m-colour display and the ability to play MP3, AAC and WMA music files, along with MPEG 4, WMV and DivX video, and JPEG pictures. There’s an FM radio on board too.

Western Digital has released a a 320GB version of its Passport portable hard disk drive. The Mac and PC-compatible USB 2.0-equipped drive costs US$229.99.

The drive is available in black. It works without an external power supply — it’s powered by the USB interface itself. Although it’s Mac and PC-compatible, software on the drive that provides sync and data management is Windows-only. The drive includes a USB cable and documentation.

TiVo has now announced that they are collaborating with Photobucket and Google to offer photos on their set top boxes.

Users would now be able to get access to photos hosted on Photobucket and Google owned Picasaweb services.

Adobe Systems Inc. announced the introduction of Flash Media Server 3 family of products, which provides content owners with increased protection for streaming high quality video and allows for the delivery of interactive media applications. This new product is expected to be available in January 2008.

Adobe also announced the immediate availability of Flash Player 9 Update 3 software, previously code named Moviestar. The company noted that the software, which now includes H.264 standard video support, is available for free download for Windows, Macintosh and Linux platforms.

MTV Networks has announced that they are now going to make available each and every clip from their animated comedy “South Park” series online.

The show will not be available through Comedy Central, but through Viacom’s MTV division via streaming and not download.