Archive for February 17, 2008

IOC allows blogging at Beijing Olympics

Posted: February 17, 2008 in Tech

The International Olympic Committee has finally given its permission to allow athletes competing in the Olympics to blog.

IOC said in its statement that they consider blogging as a legitimate form of personal expression and not a form of journalism.

Bloggers would not be allowed to post any visual or audio material during the games. They are also prohibited from posting any confidential information on third parties.

After the success of Asus Eee PC, Asus launches their next ultraportable laptop – the U6S.

The U6S sports a 12.1 inch LED backlight WXGA display with 1280×800 resolution and Asus Splendid Video Intelligent Technology, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7500, 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM, 160GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G graphic.

Other features include Bluetooth connectivity, Gigabit LAN, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, integrated MDC Fax Modem and optional HSPDA adapter, integrated 0.3 MP camera, built-in speaker and microphone. Also ASUS claim that U6S design provide low heat and noise.

It weights 3.46 lbs, dimensions are 11.7″x8.6″x1.2″.

Yahoo! updates Video service

Posted: February 17, 2008 in Tech

Yahoo! launched a totally revamped and updated Yahoo! Video service.

Some of the new features in the updated Yahoo! Videos:

1. They have now made available a new player which supports 16:9 video.
2. They are covering a wide variety of video content including music, movies, TV, news, sports etc.
3. They are now allowing members to upload files of up to 150 megabytes.
4. Users would be able to now create own curated video experience with embeddable playlists.
5. Yahoo! Video profiles are also update and can have more information.

New York Times to cut 100 jobs

Posted: February 17, 2008 in Tech

The New York Times announced that it will cut 100 newsroom jobs this year, due to financial pressures.  This is equivalent to 8% of the papers’ current 1,332 newsroom workforce.

Earlier, Tribune Co. also announce that they will be cutting 500 of their workforce.

IBM is launching a free multiplayer online game, PowerUp, challenging teenagers to help save the planet “Helios” from ecological disaster. The game is part of IBM’s TryScience initiative.

The game, which can be played alone or together, features a planet in near ecological ruin where three exciting missions for solar, wind and water power must be solved before sandstorms, floods or SmogGobs thwart the rescue.