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Google Renames Froogle to “Google Product Search”

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Google Product Search LogoGoogle announced today that Froogle (Google’s way to help you find things to buy), is now renamed as “Google Product Search”. They say this will be less confusing for people, so that they actually know what it does.

You can know find the Google Product Search at the following URL:

Personally, I think the name change is silly. “Google Product Search” is quite a mouthful, isn’t very unique and doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Froogle” does. It’d be like is Google called Gmail “Google Electronic Online Mail”. 😛 The new name is 19 letters, 12 more letters then the previous name, Froogle.

It also seems that Google put together the name change pretty quickly. Especially since the Google Product Search logo is just the normal Google Logo with the text “Product Search” and “BETA” positioned around it, not just an image.

What do you think of the name change of “Froogle” (now Google Product Search)?

IE Virtual PC Update

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

The IETeam has released an update for the IE VPC Image. The image is a copy of Windows XP SP2 with IE6. The image no longer come with Windows Genuine Advantage, since people were getting “Your copy of Windows may be Pirated” (or w/e the error is). This is because the keys for the images are deactivated, so as to prevent people from just taking the keys from the image’s Windows, and entering it into a normal copy of XP.

They have also made a VPC Image with IE7. So, now you can test IE7 on Windows XP SP2 if you can’t upgrade from IE6, or you’re on Vista, or something. So, this is pretty cool.

Both of these images expire on August 17, 2007.

Download Virtual PC 2007
Download Virtual PC Image with Windows XP SP2 and IE6 or IE7

Massive “Storm Trojan” SPAM Surge

Friday, April 13th, 2007

There has been a recent surge in Email SPAM containing the Trojan.Peacomm Virus (also know as the Storm Trojan). This Virus comes as a attachment. Trojan.Peacomm is a Password-Protected Zip file, and, when opened, will install a Trojan Virus that will install itself as a System Driver and download and install malicious programs from various other computers on the Internet.

The Subjects of these emails are usually similar to these, but may change:

  • Worm Detected!
  • [UNABLE TO SCAN] Worm Detected!
  • Worm Detected!
  • Undeliverable: Virus Det
  • Virus Detected!ected!
  • Virus Activity Detected!
  • ATTN!
  • Spyware Alert!
  • Spyware Detected!
  • Warning!
  • Trojan Alert!
  • Trojan Detected!
  • Worm Activity Detected!
  • Virus Alert!

The emails may be from the following names, but they may change:

  • Abuse Team
  • Customer Support Center
  • Customer Support Center Robot
  • Customer Support
  • Customer Support Robot

You can read Symantec’s Security Response here:

So, keep your Virus Definitions up-to-date and don’t open any emails/attachments if you can’t confirm you know who sent it. If the email looks suspicious, DON’T OPEN IT! 😛

Philips Buys DLO

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Philips, which you probably heard of before, announced today that they have bought DLO (Digital Lifestyle Outfitters), most known for their DLO HomeDock and it’s other iPod accessories.

The deal will be finalized by the second quarter, and DLO is supposed to become part of Philips Accessories line. Whether that means DLO will cease to exist under their current name, or under Philips’ name, isn’t known, yet.

DLO is best known for it’s iPod accessories, but they also make Zune and other MP3 Players. DLO is best known for the “DLO HomeDock Deluxe”, which allows you to put your iPod on the Dock, and hock the Dock up to your TV, and then you can watch your Movies, Podcasts, etc on your TV, which the included remote and on-TV Interface.

I haven’t ever used a DLO product, but I hear they’re good. Plus, they’re advertised a lot on Photoshop TV.

Source: CrunchGear. Original Article.

John Chow’s Giving Away a Zune

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Yes, that’s right, John Chow dot Com, which can help you make money on the internet, is giving away a Microsoft Zune 30GB. So, I’m entering with this post. I thought I’d enter since the Zune looks pretty cool, and you can’t buy one in Canada, yet. The Zune is worth about $250USD, so it’s a worthwhile contest.