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Amazon have loved Apple long time, oh come on, you know I was joking. Amazon wants to take a chunk out of Apple and by doing so, it needs to compete. They've got various tablets to address this, but nothing to address Siri on the iPhone 4S. Until today.
Amazing have acquired Yap, a Charlotte, N.C.-based company. It was reported that Amazon was interested in the company's speech recognition technology so that it could compete directly with Apple's Siri, the voice-controlled assistant that people seem to love.
Until just recently, Yap's servers were being used by Sprint and other carriers to convert voicemails to text. It was also shipped on a bunch of Sprint's Android-based handsets, and Yap even featured as an iPhone app. On October 20, Yap voicemail was discontinued.
We should hear more on Yap from Amazon in the coming weeks.
Our Download of the Day today is Firefox 8.0.
The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.
User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.
Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.
Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.
Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.
Mozilla's Firefox 8.0 hit the web yesterday and while the web browser side of Mozilla is enjoying their time in the lime light, Thunderbird and Lightning have received updated versions, too. Mozilla added Thunderbird to their rapid release schedule a little while back, which means users will receive frequent, periodic updates.
Thunderbird 8.0 highlights include improved speed and responsiveness, add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default, new search and find shortcuts are included, improved accessibility of the attachment list, folder switching pane widget has been removed, numerous platform fixes to stability and a number of security issues have been fixed. It's also based on the new Mozilla Gecko 8 engine.
Additionally, Lighting, which has been in beta for a few years now, has finally been polished and given the green-light to have version 1.0 attached to its name. Keep in mind, Lightning 1.0 is only compatible with Thunderbird 8.0, which means you'll need to upgrade.
Our Download of the Day today is FrostWire 5.2.7.
FrostWire, a Gnutella Peer-to-Peer client, is a collaborative effort from many Open Source and freelance developers located from all around the world.
Using the most recent version of FrostWire allows users to enjoy the best program functionality. Bugs reported in older versions have been fixed for the latest version. Any users with FrostWire 2.5 or earlier MUST update.
Frostwire's features include:
Completely Free & Open Source!
Faster Download Speeds
No Spyware. No Adware. Guaranteed.
Faster Torrent Speeds
Friendly Online Chat Rooms
Even More Connections
New & Improved Skins
Our Download of the Day today is Emsisoft Anti-Malware 126.96.36.199.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware monitors all active programs in real time for dangerous behavior (Behavior Blocking) and can detect new unknown Trojans, Worms, Viruses and other damaging programs (Zero-Day dangers) without daily updates. The signature-based security (Emsisoft and Ikarus double engine) ensures a very high recognition rate of known Malware such as Trojans, Worms and Viruses.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware provides reliable protection from:
Viruses, worms, bots.
Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers, rootkits.
Spyware, Adware, TrackingCookies.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 188.8.131.52
Manually created host rule disappears from the list - fixed.
Framework module crash - fixed.
Stack overflow crash - fixed.
Code cleanup and internal improvements.
Incomplete uninstalling of drivers bug - fixed.
Internal service crash - fixed.
Crash in quarantine module - fixed.
Occasional crashes reported by users - fixed.
Import/export settings bug - fixed.
Localization reading bug - fixed.
Our Download of the Day today is SpeedFan 4.45.
SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures.
SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some hardware (but this should be considered a bonus feature).
SpeedFan can access digital temperature sensors and can change fan speeds accordingly, thus reducing noise.
SpeedFan can find almost any hardware monitor chip connected to the 2-wire SMBus (System Management Bus (trademark belonging to SMIF, Inc.), a subset of the I2C protocol) and works fine with Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Windows Vista. It works with Windows 64 bit too.
SpeedFan can handle:
almost any number of South Bridges
almost any number of hardware monitor chips
almost any number of hard disks
almost any number of temperature readings
almost any number of voltage readings
almost any number of fan speed readings
almost any number of PWMs
Our Download of the Day today is Postbox 3.0.0.
Postbox lets you spend less time managing messages and more time getting things done. But what makes Postbox really useful is the way it lets you find and reuse all kinds of content hidden deep within your email. After all, it's your email... make the most of it!
Postbox makes it easy to search for almost anything across all of your email accounts.
Powerful Address Auto-Complete
The Addressing Widget will enable you to search for contacts by either first name, last name, or domain.
Our Download of the Day today is ClamWin 0.97.3.
ClamWin is a Free Antivirus program for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 and Vista. ClamWin Free Antivirus comes with an easy installer and open source code. You may download and use it absolutely free of charge. It features:
High detection rates for viruses and spyware;
Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database;
Standalone virus scanner and right-click menu integration to Microsoft Windows Explorer;
Addin to Microsoft Outlook to remove virus-infected attachments automatically.
Please note that ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner. You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 0.97.3
# This maintenance release updates ClamAV scanning engine and fixes these issues:
* Improved bytecode signature matching
* Other bugfixes and improvements
Philipp Esselbach from NT Compatible has posted a Windows XP FAQ which answers many questions you may have about Microsoft's new OS which is going to be offically released in a couple months. For example, "Can I upgrade to Windows XP Home Edition from Windows 2000 Professional?".Source - Email
AMD have just released the fresh out of the oven Catalyst 11.10 driver package for both 32- and 64-bit Windows 7, Vista and XP. It has some Battlefield 3 enhancements, which are very, very cool indeed. Catalyst 11.10 brings five-display Eyefinity configurations to the table, capable of 16000x16000 resolutions. Yes, 16000x16000, there's not an extra 0 there, thats sixteen thousand by sixteen thousand.
A new "bezel compensation" feature is also available, capable of adjusting Eyefinity-linked displays with different pixel densities. Just in case you didn't have your Eyefinity rig with the same monitors and/or resolutions. A bunch of fixes are included, mostly for WIndows 7; Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Lost Planet 2, F1 2010, Dirt 2, Google Earth and Mafia 2 are amongst the games or programs where crashing or corruption issues have been fixed.
Display corruption issues when running multiple monitors with Aero enabled are also fixed. The driver package supports most of AMD's DirectX 10 and DirectX 11-capable Radeon cards. You can grab the new drivers from AMD's website, through the Catalyst's software automatic updater, or through Steam.