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July 30, 2009

NewsGator Discontinues Online RSS Reader, Points To Google Reader

Filed under: Google,Technology — techobuzz @ 8:12 pm
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NewsGator one of the first online RSS readers I used back in the day, is being tossed in the deadpool by parent company in a move that signals its newfound focus on desktop applications and social computing tools for businesses.

Users of the online feed reader are kindly requested to migrate their subscriptions over to Google Reader before August 31, and NewsGator will provide step-by-step instructions and in-product reminders to make sure all goes smoothly.

Speaking of NewsGator’s desktop RSS readers, which includes FeedDemon for Windows and NetNewsWire for Macs, they have both been updated to a new version. Users of the software programs are asked to download the updated versions in the next 30 days, and in another testament to the company’s friendly relationship with Mountain View it is mostly touting the new synchronization feature with Google Reader as a selling point.

NewsGator’s focus on its range of paid applications makes sense. Yesterday, the company released an announcement about the momentum for its enterprise social networking product Social Sites, which recently hit the milestone of 1 million paying users.

NewsGator has raised $39 million to date , mostly from Mobius Venture Capital and Masthead Venture Partners.


Microsoft Wave launched

Filed under: Microsoft,Technology — techobuzz @ 7:17 pm

Microsoft Wave is a cool new site from our UK team that is something we’ve long been without – a cool site that isn’t trying to sell anything, simply showing the breadth of cool technology that Microsoft is involved in. It’s very much in the spirit of Blue Monster so I was delighted to see that image on the homepage which launched today. I’m also very happy to be one of two featured bloggers from our UK office.

I’ve been giving quite a few “innovation at Microsoft” presentations of late so at the very least this gives me a single site I can point people to following those talks. As of today it has the Microsoft 2019 video, Photosynth, Natal, Worldwide Telescope, Deepzoom and more.

Let us know what you think?

Microsoft and Yahoo: the deal is done

Filed under: Microsoft,Technology — techobuzz @ 7:15 pm
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It’s been a while coming but the long discussed search agreement between Microsoft and Yahoo is here. Remarkably, there is already a dedicated website up for the announcement including a video with SteveB and Carol Bartz.

Full terms at http://www.choicevalueinnovation.com/thedeal/pressroom/Default.aspx and

In simple terms, Microsoft will now power Yahoo! search while Yahoo! will become the exclusive worldwide relationship sales force for both companies’ premium search advertisers.

Microsoft Presents Server Quest II

Filed under: Microsoft,Technology — techobuzz @ 7:13 pm
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Do you want to try a fun and awesome game powered by SilverLight Technology? Head on over to http://www.microsoft.com/click/serverquest/ and see how you handle the challenges of ServerQuest.

Outlook UI tricks : How to copy Outlook Calendar items from one folder to another?

Filed under: Microsoft,Technology — techobuzz @ 7:12 pm
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Have you tried copying all Outlook Calendar items from one folder to another? What is the result that you got?

In Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Outlook 2003, Outlook 2002, and Outlook 2000, you cannot copy all the items in a Calendar folder when you right-click the folder, you click Copy Calendar, and then you paste in another top-level folder. Instead, this method creates a new subfolder under the destination folder.

To copy all of the items from a Calendar folder to another folder, you must select each item and then copy and paste it to the target folder.

Please refer the KB, so that you can get some alternate ways to do this.

Twitter – A New Front Page!!

Filed under: Technology,Twitter — techobuzz @ 7:10 pm

From Twitter Blog

Today we’re trying a redesigned front page for folks who are new to Twitter.com. If you’re a regular around these parts, then you won’t notice the new look unless you sign out of your account. Helping people access Twitter in more relevant and useful ways upon first introduction lowers the barrier to accessing the value Twitter has to offer and presents the service more consistently with how it has evolved.

Twitter began as a rudimentary social tool based on the concept of status messages but together with those who use it every day, the service has taught us what it wants to be. From features invented by users to applications built on the platform, we’re still discovering potential. Twitter has moved from simple social networking into a new kind of communication and a valuable source of timely information. Also, it’s fun.

Learning By Experience

Defining a “tweet” for the uninitiated and explaining how to create an account doesn’t resonate with everyone. “Why would I want to do that?” is a common reaction. However, demonstrating the power of Twitter as a discovery engine for what is happening right now through our Search and Trends often awakens a sense of wonder which inevitably leads to a much more compelling question, “How do I get involved?”

More Work Ahead

The open and timely exchange of information will have a positive impact on the world and Twitter has a role to play. We have a lot of work to do when it comes to the quality of our search results and trend analysis but repositioning the product to focus more on discovery is an important first step in presenting Twitter to a wider audience of folks around the world who are eager to start engaging with new people, ideas, opinions, events, and sources of information.

We’ll likely continue to make changes to the Twitter home page as we respond to feedback and ideas. We’re eager to see if encouraging a sense of wonder and discovery leads to a better first impression of Twitter.

July 19, 2009

Start Saving: PocketSmith Is A Crystal Ball For Your Bank Accounts

Filed under: Technology — techobuzz @ 5:02 pm
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Saving money is tough work, even when you’re working towards something you really want, like a new car or a vacation. First, there’s the business of actually finding someone to write you a paycheck each month, and then you have to look at that pile of cash sitting in your bank account, just begging to be spent on the latest DVD, book, or gadget that suits your fancy. And there’s always the predictable but expensive costs like rent and insurance that keep eating away at those savings, not to mention the issues you can’t plan for.

PocketSmith is a new startup that’s looking to help. The site offers a range of tools for managing your financials both now and in the future, hopefully helping you reach your financial goals in the process. This week it’s leaving beta, and is offering the first 50 TechCrunch readers to Email contact@pocketsmith.com a free premium account for six months.

There are a number of well known financial services already on the web, including Wesabeand Mint, which won the to prize at 2007’s TechCrunch 40 conference. But whereas Mint is really about looking at your spending habits and figuring out ways to save, PocketSmith is more of a calendar for finances that lets you set financial goals and track your progress over time.

Read more at http://www.techobuzz.wordpress.com/pages/start-saving….

Protocol documentation for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta

Filed under: Microsoft,Technology — techobuzz @ 4:52 pm
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The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Protocol technical documentation set provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft protocols and extensions to industry-standards or other published protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.

This allows the user to interoperate or communicate natively with Microsoft Office client and other server products. The documentation is designed to describe each protocol in detail as it is used by the Microsoft Exchange Server. Each protocol specification documents the technical requirements, limitations, dependencies, and Microsoft-specific protocol behavior.

The documentation set includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background, overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions, and technical reference information.

You can download it from: Microsoft Download Center

July 17, 2009

An App To Show You Mastercard “Priceless” Deals: Priceless.

Filed under: Technology — techobuzz @ 8:51 pm
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When I first heard that Mastercard was releasing an iPhone app called “Priceless Picks,” I thought for sure it would be a lame gimmick. But I must admit, it’s actually a kind of cool gimmick.

If you’ve ever watched TV, you’ve undoubtedly seen at least a dozen of the Mastercard “Priceless” ads. You know the ones, “So and so consumer items: $5. Such and such memorable moment paid for with your Mastercard: Priceless.” Yeah, now there’s an app for those.

Read more on https://techobuzz.wordpress.com/Pages/an-app-to-show-you….

July 16, 2009

Google Brings Location To The Mobile Web On The iPhone

Filed under: Technology — techobuzz @ 12:23 pm

Google’s updates surrounding location are now coming fast and furious. Just a few days ago it added location to Google Maps for the Chrome and Firefox browsers. Today, it brings location to the mobile web on the iPhone.

If you have the new iPhone 3.0 software and go to Google’s homepage in Safari, you’ll notice a new message below the search box that reads, “New! Try My Location to find restaurants, shops and bars near you!” If you click on the My Location link, the iPhone will pop open a dialogue asking if it’s okay for Safari to use the device’s location services to locate you. If you opt-in, you’ll see a new blue dot below the search box with your location next to it. Do a search, and it will return local results.

The fact that mobile Safari can access location is a huge feature. It’s what’s going to allow Google Latitude, Google’s location-based social network, to work on the device without a native app, as we described a few months ago. Something else that is potentially interesting about this is that Safari, like some of the other native iPhone apps, can apparently run in the background. Now, I’m not sure if it can still access location services while it’s running in the background, but that could be very interesting for something like Latitude.

And accessing functionality like location in the browser seems to tie in well with Google’s ultimate goal of having the web be the platform of choice.

For many people, such a feature will bring up privacy concerns. Here’s what Google has to say about that:

As always, your privacy is one of our top concerns. Google won’t use your location in search unless you explicitly opt in. And you can always disable the feature from Preferences at the bottom of the homepage.

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