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  MSN Is First Portal to Offer Live Holiday Shopping Help
Time: 09:44 EST/14:44 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
The MSN® network of Internet services, the world's most popular destination on the Internet, today announced new customer assistance services on MSN eShop, the one-stop shopping location on MSN. The new services, Gift Concierge and Live Online Help, offer consumers around-the-clock access to live, online customer assistance representatives. These features set MSN apart as the first portal to integrate real-time shopping help and advice throughout its site and across more than 75 merchants this holiday season. The latest updates to MSN eShop underscore the MSN commitment to remaining the smartest place to shop online.

"Increasingly, people are looking for some human interaction in online shopping, and with the new shopping features on MSN, consumers can get real-time answers and advice," said Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of MSN. "MSN is merging the personal service of offline shopping with the convenience of online shopping to gift-wrap an easier online holiday experience for consumers."


  Boom in Holiday E-Commerce Brings Fear of Increased Consumer Fraud
Time: 09:36 EST/14:36 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
This time of year, Santa is busy making his list and checking it twice. To keep up with the times, he’s probably checking that list on a computer database and then cross-referencing his address list on the Internet.

If so, Santa won’t be the only one using the Internet this holiday season: the Gartner Group consulting firm estimates consumers will spend more than $19.5 billion in online shopping transactions this holiday season -- twice last year’s total. However, the ease of Internet shopping and the anonymity of the Web combine to form a troubling specter of Holidays Yet To Come. A sizeable percentage of the commerce that will take place over the Internet this holiday season will involve counterfeit or fraudulent merchandise.

The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) estimates that trademark infringement and counterfeiting robs the United States of $200 billion annually. Internet shopping and auction sites have become a major venue for the dissemination of counterfeit goods. While the majority of Internet businesses are honest, the anonymity of the Web makes it easy for criminals to sell counterfeit and fraudulent materials.


  Security problem found in Microsoft software
Time: 09:36 EST/14:36 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Microsoft's Web browser has a security vulnerability that lets malicious programmers find temporary Internet file folders and take over a target computer, a security expert reported Monday.

Noted bug hunter Georgi Guninski reported the vulnerability on the Bugtraq security mailing list. He said the problem affects Internet Explorer 5.5 and Microsoft's Outlook and Outlook Express email clients.


  Whistler To Block Unsigned Code
Time: 09:35 EST/14:35 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Speaking at a London press conference earlier this month, Microsoft VP for IT Infrastructure and Hosting Jim Ewel announced that the upcoming Windows release known as "Whistler" will include a range of new security options, including one that will block any software lacking a valid digital signature. Though implemented in response to e-mail-attachment viruses like the Love Bug and Melissa, the new feature will extend to "every piece of code executing on the machine," Ewel told British reporters.

A Microsoft spokeswoman says that Ewel's announcement was consistent with security features in Windows 2000. "This is part of our overall commitment to security. ... Signed drivers and trusted applications are features found today in Windows 2000, and this capability will be supported in future versions of Windows," she says.


  Microsoft to translate e-books into braille
Time: 09:31 EST/14:31 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Microsoft and Pulse Data International said Monday that they are planning to develop an e-book reader for the blind and visually impaired.

The two companies said they will work together to integrate Microsoft Reader software with Pulse Data's BrailleNote, a family of screenless devices that translate text into speech and braille.

Publishers are beginning to take e-books seriously in the wake of some high-profile successes, but they have a long way to go in winning broad consumer acceptance. In the meantime, e-books may offer an enormous improvement for distributing publications into niche publishing markets, such as braille.


  Microsoft, hacker secretive about meeting
Time: 09:26 EST/14:26 GMT | News Source: InfoWorld | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Microsoft last week met with Dimitri, the Dutch hacker who recently mocked the software giant by hacking into one of its Web servers twice within one week.

Dimitri, a 19-year-old information technology student, visited Microsoft's Dutch office near Amsterdam airport. There he met with the company's public relations manager and three staffers, Microsoft confirmed.

Earlier this month Dimitri, who is known only by his first name, hacked into the same Microsoft Web server twice, the second time after Microsoft had said the security hole was patched. Dimitri created files on Microsoft's system boasting of his hack, and alerted the media.


  ActiveWin: Microsoft Encarta Reference Suite 2001 DVD - Review
Time: 06:52 EST/11:52 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Byron Hinson
Encarta 2001 DVD - ReviewI have posted up my review of Microsoft newly release Encarta 2001 Reference Suite DVD. This DVD-ROM version contains all of 7 CD's of the reference suite and a bit more all on the one DVD-ROM. Here is a snippet from the review:

The first new addition to Encarta 2001 that you are likely to notice is the "Encarta Today" area at the bottom of the home area. This is the first place that the internet is being blended more and more into Encarta as each new version comes out. Encarta today is updated every day as expected, with new articles or information on helping you achieve better grades or special reports on certain special dates of the year.


  ActiveWin.Com: Microsoft Casino -- Review
Time: 05:10 EST/10:10 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Julien
On the look for a cool new smart game? If so check out the review of Microsoft Casino I've just posted! Here is a snippet from the review:

Microsoft regularly releases ‘smart’ games that aren’t dedicated to hardcore gamers. With the release of Microsoft Casino, Microsoft has introduced the first Casino game that costs nothing when you play with it but that earns nothing too. This game will open the doors of Casinos to everyone and promises to bring you a lot of fun due to the challenging games. The game has many interesting aspects: the first one is that you can loose thousands of virtual dollars without impact on your finances, the second one is that you can live a Casino experience while being at home without going to the real thing. The final aspect I found in this game is if you’re not a Casino addict like me you’ll learn the rules of all these popular games so you’ll be able play a little poker with some friends next time they ask and not actually lose.



Official Launch of Intel Pentium 4


  Intel Officially Launches Pentium 4
Time: 13:55 EST/18:55 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Julien
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 20, 2000 - Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor, its newest microprocessor for high-performance desktop computers. Clocked at 1.5 Ghz and 1.4Ghz, the Pentium 4 models are priced at $819 & $644 each (in 1000 unit quantity). The Intel® Pentium® 4 processor is designed to deliver end-user appreciable performance gains for today's and tomorrow's Visual Internet, including Internet audio and video streaming, high-performance 3D graphics, digital photography and digital video, speech recognition, multimedia, and MP3 encoding. Saving time when encoding to MP3 music files, higher frame rates for 3D games, and more quickly creating, editing, and sharing professional-quality video are just a few areas where the Pentium 4 processor can deliver end-user appreciable benefits. With innovative features such as Hyper Pipelined Technology, 400 MHz System Bus, Execution Trace Cache, and Rapid Execution Engine the Pentium 4 processor delivers awesome performance for today's Visual Internet but is also designed for where the Internet is going. Major computer makers and software suppliers around the world have spent months readying products based upon the Pentium 4 processor. All major desktop PC makers have Pentium 4 processor-based PCs or workstations under development. Many manufacturers are expected to start taking orders today and will begin delivery of PCs based on the Pentium 4 processor. The Intel Pentium 4 chip is the first CPU to use a brand new architecture since the release of the Pentium Pro, five years ago. Several new features are included in the Pentium 4:
  • Hyper Pipelined Technology, which enables the Pentium 4 processor to execute software instructions in a 20-stage pipeline, as compared to the 10-stage pipeline of the Pentium III processor.
  • Rapid Execution Engine allows frequently used Arithmetic Logic Unit instructions to be executed at double the core clock. The industry's first 400 MHz system bus speeds the transfer of data between the processor and main memory.
  • In addition, 144 new instructions have been added to further speed the processing of video, audio and 3-D applications. These and other technical innovations make Pentium 4 processor-based PCs the ideal machines for creating and experiencing Internet media.

The Intel Pentium 4 is designed to work with Intel i850 chipset that'll soon equip top notch motherboards. Intel 850 chipset features dual RDRAM memory banks complement the Pentium 4 processor's 400 MHz system bus, providing up to 3.2 gigabytes of data per second. Intel also announced availability of the Intel Desktop Board D850GB, which supports the new Pentium 4 processor in the ATX form factor. Stay tune on ActiveWin.Com as we'll review and benchmark this new processor in the next few weeks.


You can read more of the past months news in our News Archive for September and Previous October News.

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