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Outlook Social Engine Connectors – 2010

Outlook Social Engine Connectors – 2010

Microsoft Corporation is putting its step toward turning outlook, its desktop e-mail program, into the main core of information for most renowned social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

On Wednesday, Microsoft is launching a “Beta” test version of the outlook social connector. The add-on software, which was previously discussed in last November, adds a pane to the main e-mail reading screen on outlook. This is most recently launched by Microsoft for testing. When the user clicks to read an e-mail message, the new panes fill up with the senders most recent used social networking activities. Those could include the addition of a business and professional contact on LinkedIn or a “what I’m doing now’ status update from Face Book.

Microsoft has a mixed record when it comes to web trends. The company’s free Hotmail and Windows Live messenger program are widely and commonly used all around the world but its Windows Live blog/ social network didn’t boil up with much steam in the face of competition from Face Book. In this case, a small start up called Xobni has built an outlook add-on that combine inbox search with content from Facebook, LinkedIn and others.

Microsoft newly launched software also treats outlook itself as a social network. If the e-mail sender and recipient are jointly working on a same document stored on a company’s server, both will see update if one logs on to make editing and posting but the new software doesn’t let people use outlook to push information back up to LinkedIn, Facebook or other sites.

People using Office 2003, 2007 and recently updated beta version of Office 2010 can download the update using outlook social connector beta.

Office 2010 will be available on stores from 2010 June.

Will Kenedy, a corporate vice president from the Office Group, said that some of Microsoft’s business customers expressed their view that their employees will become less productive if they will have all this extra information in their palms.

But Kenedy sees business friendly uses for the social networking connectors. He expressed that it could speed up processes that require a string of people to sign-off because each person in that chain could see when it’s time for him or her to weigh in.…

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PS3 Red Light Flashing – How to Repair the PS3 Red Flashing Light

PS3 Red Light Flashing – How to Repair the PS3 Red Flashing Light

Are you having the ps3 red light flashing problem? Is your console refusing to boot? Did it give three beeps before the light began flashing? If any of these happened, then you can be sure that you have the infamous and dreaded ps3 red light of death. Fixing this is not just a straight jacketed thing. This is because there are many causes. Here are a few repair tips to help you fix it.

1. Cool the Console Down

Sometimes, this problem is caused by the heat generated by it. The PS3 console is built in such a manner that heat doesn’t readily escape leading to excessive heating which may also affect other integral parts of the console like the HDD and the board.

So, cool the console down by either directing a fan towards the vents or placing it directly in front of the AC. If you have any other cooling device too, it will work.

2. Turn off the High Definition

I know this is a bummer and that it affects the viewing quality, but the truth is that the high def often generates more heat. But this is the way Sony built the console and heat is an essential part of its functions.

3. Avoid the Corners

Avoid placing the console in any corner or place where there is no proper ventilation, the reflected heat from these places tend to increase the temperature of the console resulting in more heat which of course tends to result in the ps3’s red light flashing and the console shutting down.…

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The Latest PlayStation Move Games

The Latest PlayStation Move Games

With the upcoming release move, PlayStation fans are eagerly awaiting the release of several PlayStation Move games. PlayStation Move, scheduled to be released on September 17, combines the greatest elements of the Wii remote and Microsoft’s Project Natal to create a highly responsive motion sensor controller. Sony has announced several games that will utilize the new controller.

PlayStation sports fan have plenty to look forward to once the PlayStation Move is released. Sports Champion, slated for September 7, consists of six events ranging from archery to gladiator style dueling. Sports Champions has three different modes: Free Play, Challenge Mode and Competition Mode. Competition Mode allows players to go head to head and compete with up to three friends. Players looking for a bigger thrill may find the perfect match in The Fight: Lights Out. The Fight: Lights Out is a gritty fighting game that puts players in the shoes of an up and coming street fighter. The game features online and off line multiplayer as well as a single player career mode. The Fight: Lights out will hit the shelves on October 26, 2010.

Sports games are not the only PlayStation Move games making an appearance. Fans of Little Big Planet will be thrilled to know that Little Big Planet 2 will be PlayStation Move enabled. Scheduled to be released on November 16, this 3D platformer will bring back the loveable sackboy for another round of fun. Sly Cooper will also make an appearance on the PlayStation Move with The Sly Collection. The Sly Collection will contain updated, re-masterd versions of all three Sly Cooper games. As an added bonus, Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves will be available in 3D.

Resident Evil fans will be glad to know the Resident Evil 5: Gold Addition is already PlayStation Move enabled. Resident Evil 5 brings Chris Redfield to a remote African village in search of a new threat. Armed with a new partner, Sheva Alomar, the two must fight to stop the latest threat. The Gold Addition includes two new episodes, A�Lost in NightmaresA� and A�Desperate EscapeA� along with two new costume packs. For those that enjoy adventure games with a twist, Heavy Rain is a great choice. Released on February 23, 2010, Heavy Rain takes interactive story telling to new level as players shift between four different characters all caught in a stunning, emotional action adventure game.

PlayStation Move games expected to be released in the near future include: Beat Sketcher, Heroes on the Move, SOCOM 4: US Navy Seals, SingStar Dance, Time Crisis Razing Storm, Sorcery and more.…

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Console Gaming, Then and Now

Console Gaming, Then and Now

We all remember pong, in fact, it’s still around. Cell phones, MP3 players, retro game reinventions still bring us Pong and many of the other classic games we know and love. Console games two decades ago(about when I was born) were very primitive. People often used number pads to enter in commands, those commands would then translate to an action on a screen. Some consoles were actually housed in wood, not plastic. It wasn’t until Nintendo released the NES that the market really exploded.

Nintendo had achieved something that the competition had not. The NES(Nintendo Entertainment System) was sleek, clean and it featured cartridges(games) that could be bought and inserted into the system to play. Many, many games were made for the NES and it was on top of the world for the time.

Nintendo later announced the Super NES, which had taken advantage of the newest technology at the time. This was the tipping point where 2-D smoothed into 3-D. The N64 was the next step, Sony was close behind with the Playstation. The N64 was still using cartridges while the PlayStation used discs. This turned a lot of game publishers away from the N64 because it meant developing for 2 different technologies.

This Brings us up to the year 2000. You have 3 major competitors; Sony’s PlayStation 2, Microsoft’s Xbox and Nintendo’s Gamecube. All have 3-D graphics and immersible gameplay but the Xbox and PlayStation 2 appealed to more hardcore gamers while the Nintendo kept a fun casual gamer environment. The Xbox and PlayStation 2 did something that the Gamecube did not, online multiplayer. For the first time, gamers would be able to use the Internet to play with each other. This took video games to a whole new level.

With today’s consoles hot on the market(Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii) it is only a matter of time before we see another big breakthrough from console games. There are technologies in the works that will hopefully have gamers moving and controlling game characters in a life-like manner. If the last decade in changes are any indication of the changes to come, then we have a lot to look forward to.…

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Sony’s Big E3 Announcements For 2009

Sony’s Big E3 Announcements For 2009

Various rumours gained increasing momentum during the build up to the E3 technology show in early June. Perhaps the most persistent rumour was that of a PlayStation 3 price cut and a new PSP handheld gaming device. The PS3 price reduction didn’t happen, although the new PSP did. We the take a look at Sony’s major E3 announcements.

Perhaps the biggest announcement was the first one. Sony unveiled a new PSP handheld console called the PSP Go. The main feature of the device is a moveable screen which slides open to revel the controls which appear to be much improved from the previous generation PSP with a more PS3 like layout including the introduction of an analogue stick. This new sliding screen allows the device to be a claimed 50% smaller and around 40% lighter than the original PSP. In what could be considered an admission of defeat, the UMD (Universal Media Disc) drive has been discontinued, a move which will surely see the disappearance of this little-loved proprietary format. In its place is a memory stick card slot (using the M2 format) along with 16GB of internal memory. Built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communication technologies also feature. The PSP Go will hit the shops in October 2009 for $249.99.

The second big announcement from Sony was a motion controller for the PS3 games console. The control system works in conjunction with the PlayStation Eye motion-sensing webcam which tracks the motion of the player around the room. The demo showed the player replicated on the screen, usually with some sort of weapon being held in their hand such as a light sabre or a sword. The technology is clearly a play on Nintendo’s Wii motion control system and looks to take the original Wii controller a stage further by using full body movement. It is interesting to note that Microsoft also launched a similar system at E3, although it has to be said that the Sony system looked a lot closer to making production than the Microsoft system.

These represented the two major announcements at the show. Other news surrounded new and upcoming games. Some notable highlights were a live demo run of Uncharted 2, a live demo of the war game M.A.G showing a staggering 256 live network players playing in real time through the internet. Some new games were also announced including a PS3 exclusive by Rockstar (developers of GTA4) called Agent and based in the 1970’s. A new game from the Metal Gear Solid stable called Peace Walker was also announced, along with a little trailer to accompany it. The game is due in 2010.

That concludes our brief look at Sony’s E3 2009 announcement.…

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Find All the Latest Phone Gadgets

Find All the Latest Phone Gadgets

It seems like every day new developments are made in technology and one of the more rapidly developing areas of technology involves the mobile phone. People all over the world have come to depend on their mobile phones to conduct their businesses as well as their personal and social lives. As cell phones have become increasingly popular, accessories and phone gadgets have been created to help users personalize their mobile phones and to make them serve even more functions. From car chargers to stylish cases and downloadable applications, phone gadgets take a variety of forms and perform a variety of functions.

When it comes to cell phones and gadgets, some online suppliers know all that there is to know. As one of the leading online suppliers in electronic gadgets, gadget suppliers make it their business to provide their customers with a huge selection of items at very low prices. These suppliers have all kinds of phone gadgets to offer from a variety of convenient chargers to fashionable, decorative gadgets. No matter what kind of product you are looking for, the internet is sure to have something that catches your eye.

There is a wide selection of phone gadgets in the category of mobile phone chargers. There are a variety of options for the popular iPhone including the Traveling Wall Charger, the Home/Car Charger, and the regular Wall Power Charger. Bluetooth headsets are another popular category in phone gadgets. Bluetooth headsets provide the user with hands-free access to their calls and many online suppliers make this privilege available at a low cost in comparison to many of the top electronic stores. In addition to the more functional phone gadgets, online gadget suppliers also offers a variety of fashionable gadgets such as LED lights, decorative casings, and key chains to attach to your mobile phone. No matter what your style is, the internet has a variety of fashionable phone gadgets available for you to choose from.

Many internet gadget suppliers are proud to offer their customers great products at low prices. Not only do most of these companies offer competitive prices, but they throw in free shipping and a 30-day money back guarantee to sweeten the deal. Customers all over the country have discovered what internet gadget suppliers can do for them. What are you waiting for? Shop online now for all the latest mobile gadgets at great prices and styles that will be perfect for you.…

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PlayStation 2 Video Games – A Closer Look

PlayStation 2 Video Games – A Closer Look

PlayStation 2 video games were the bees-knees back before the arrival of the PlayStation 3 and the competitive Xbox 360. Now they’re a much underrated relic of gaming history, and are put aside for the much more expensive PS3 and Xbox360 games. But who needs the extra graphics? Who needs the modern gaming? Anyone who knew the joy of PlayStation 2 in its day will easily play PS2 games and have just as much fun as on any newer console. So let us look at some of the best PS2 games, so that we can buy them at ridiculously cheap prices and smite the modern game developers.

The Final Fantasy games are eternal, evergreen, cult following games, and anyone who became hooked on them at their birth, or even later on the newer consoles, will no doubt still enjoy them just as much on a PlayStation 2. The last proper installment on PS2 was Final Fantasy XII. It was a huge advancement in graphics and playability, with nearly endless amounts of game-play time, and can be picked up for a meager price compared to the game time offered.

If you’re a soccer fan, you will know that the game rules do not change all that often. And, not surprisingly, neither do the console versions of the game. The graphics can only go so far when rendering a field from above, and the controls are generally kept as they are. So, although new games are released every year, you would be better off simply sticking to a good old PlayStation 2 version. What’s the difference?

But if these games don’t grab your attention, look out for some of the other PS2 classics. There’s Jak 3, for quirky, challenging and other worldly missions; Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, for a comprehensive experience of the Metal Gear experience; Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, that classic open world, sadistic game-play crammed with hundreds of missions in the unique and hilarious San Andreas environment; and, lastly, Burnout 3, for high-octane, unreal, speed-crazed fun that lasts all the way up until the caffeine in your system wears off.

To find PlayStation 2 video games you would be best off looking them up on Amazon, but, if you’re eager to score a good deal, try bidding on Ebay, as there are tones of people looking to sell some of their old games and consoles. So, if you want a cheap, fun gaming experience, look no further than PlayStation 2 games.…

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Checking Out Sony PSP Demos Before You Buy the Real Thing

Checking Out Sony PSP Demos Before You Buy the Real Thing

We all know how hard it is to decide on which PSP game to plonk your hard earned cash down onto the counter for. I mean, you don’t want to end up with a dud game that you’ll never play. Sure, you could trade it or sell it on again, but that’s just more hassle. If you can get a decent game in the first place then you’re saving yourself a lot of trouble. That’s where Sony PSP demos come in. Demos allow you to try out a section of the games before you decide whether or not to buy the full thing. This s a great idea, especially in these troubled times.

There are plenty of Sony PSP games to check out that you can download demos for. These demos will give you a taste of what to expect with the game in terms of playing it and how the thing looks and sounds, saving you the hassle of discovering you’ve bought any old rubbish.

More and more games companies are discovering the possibilities of delivering content over the internet, making it easier for you guys to download the latest Sony PSP demos and get to grips with the games before you buy them. This works out really well for companies as they can get some much needed feedback on their new titles, and it works out even better for the consumer as you’re able to see exactly what you’ll be in for with the full release. As a customer, this makes great sense, especially here and now in these financially tight times.

Trying out Sony PSP demos is really quite simple. You can easily get hold of a number of new game demos online, namely at places such as the Sony PlayStation Store. If you have a Sony PlayStation 3, then you can enter the store via the menu. These can be saved to the PS3’s hard drive and transferred to your PSP for playing handheld via the USB connection.

You can also download these great demos directly to your PSP if your unit is connected to the internet. If that fails, then you could always try the PlayStation store online via your home computer. The latest Sony PSP demos are a superb way to get in on the gaming action without risking losing money on bad games.…

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PS3 Game Review – Mega Man 10

PS3 Game Review – Mega Man 10

When Capcom released Mega Man 9 in 2008, it immediately became clear that there was a real market in making games like it’s 1989. The combination of gamer nostalgia, tight gameplay, and hardcore challenge got great reviews and sales on the downloadable console game market. But now the last of those elements, the challenging gameplay, can be adjusted in Capcom’s second bite at the apple, Mega Man 10. This game introduces “Easy Mode,” a typical choice in most video games, but one that the long-running Mega Man series has actually never seen before. With most other features remaining very similar to 9, the most important consideration here is whether you think Easy Mode adds to the game, or perhaps hinders it.

Easy Mode makes hits to your character less damaging, hits to enemies more damaging, takes out some enemies here and there, and, perhaps most helpfully, puts new platforms down to prevent most falling deaths. These changes make a giant difference, and at least guarantee that you’ll live to see the end of the game this time with only a little work. It certainly expands the audience for the game, as surely many confronted Mega Man 9 two years ago only to die at the ends of Jewel Man one too many times and quit. Those same gamers can have an experience more on level with the difficulties of most games today, and breeze through the title.

Technically, the addition of an Easy Mode can’t hinder the experience, because the gamer can simply choose to play on the normal difficulty if they wish. However, the fact remains that some players will cruise through the Easy Mode in a little over an hour, and fail to see what’s so special about the Mega Man series. The fun comes in conquering the really tough challenges, in mastering each level layout one by one. When you’re not simply compelled to overcome these hard circumstances to see the rest of the game, players become less likely to willingly go through it. More players can beat the game, but it’s possible that less will actually be having fun.

Mega Man 10 also adds in a challenge mode with dozens of shorter challenges for the player to complete. Some are simply boss fights from the main game, but most are like very short levels that focus on one specific skill, like perfect jumping, or destroying a specific type of enemy. This feature would be perfect, if it weren’t so tedious to retry a challenge. After you fail, the game spits you back out to the challenge menu, rather than simply including a “retry” button, which wastes a frustrating amount of time in-between each session.

Proto Man, before a paid DLC component, is included in Mega Man 10 from the get-go, giving a slightly different experience one can try. He is hurt more by each enemy blast, but he has a shield that protects him from many hits to compensate. That small difference, along with a sliding ability and the appearance change, are all the variety you get, but it’s still certainly a welcome addition.

Mega Man 10 doesn’t try to add too much to what made its predecessor successful, which is just fine. The gameplay is still pitch-perfect, and the additions all add up to make it a more solid product for a wider range of gamers.…