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Dell follows competitors with LED flat panel monitors of its own

Dell on Thursday took the wraps off a new line of flat panel displays that feature LED backlighting and consume less than half the power of comparable monitors, the company claims. But the G2210 and G2410 use lower-quality screens than Dell's top-of-the-line UltraSharp models.

Both LED displays feature contrast ratios of 1,000:1 and a brightness of 250 cd/m2. Dell says the response time is 5ms, and has included VGA and DVI-D connections, with HDCP supported on the latter. The resolution of the G2210, a 22-inch widescreen, is 1680 x 1050 pixels, while the 24-inch G2410 is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Happy Holidays 2008 from BetaNews

As 2008 winds down, we at BetaNews would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for all of the support we have received from our devoted readers, software authors and downloaders over the past twelve months.

This has been a difficult year for many, but one that has also inspired a generation to stand up and participate in a way that hasn't been seen in decades. The arrival of 2009 brings promises of change, and hope that better days are ahead, that we can fix the problems caused by years of bad governing and a corrupt financial system.

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PDC 2008: Recapping a week with Windows 7 and Azure

With the debut of Windows 7, Office 14 and its Web counterpart, along with a completely new Windows "operating system" for the cloud called Azure, PDC 2008 was a week that didn't let up. For those who didn't catch all of the news, here's a quick recap of our coverage.

Microsoft welcomes a new member to the Windows family: Azure

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TiVo users can soon watch Netflix movies on-demand

Finally following through on a partnership that was announced over four years ago, Netflix subscribers will soon be able to stream movies directly to their TiVo DVR.

A limited beta test has begun where TiVo users can browse more than 12,000 movies and TV episodes available through Netflix's "Instant Watching" service, where it streams video over the Web instead of mailing a DVD. The companies expect to expand the capability to all TiVo users by early December.

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PDC 2008: Mike Nash answers your questions about Windows 7

Yesterday we asked you to tell us what you wanted to know about Windows 7. We posed many of these questions to Mike Nash, corporate vice president of Windows Product Management. Read on for the answers.

Note: Not all of the questions were answered, so we will post a follow-up later this week with more details on icons, SSD drives, security, file copy speed, Aero and more.

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PDC 2008: More details on the new Windows 7 Taskbar

At PDC 2008, Microsoft took the wraps off Windows 7 and showcased its new dock-like Taskbar. But the revamped Taskbar isn't in the pre-beta build distributed to attendees, so we went hunting for more details on Windows 7's most prominent new feature.

First up, Quick Launch is officially dead. Microsoft will be leaving the Quick Launch folder in Windows 7 for backwards compatibility, but any shortcuts stored there will never show up. Deskbands (like an address bar in the Taskbar) still exist in Windows 7, but must also support rendering on the transparent Glass UI.

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PDC 2008: Live blog of the Microsoft Research keynote

Day three of PDC 2008 kicks off with a morning keynote from Rick Rashid, Senior Vice President for Microsoft Research. The company's robotics efforts are expected to be a prime topic of discussion for developers here.

We will be live-blogging the keynote as it takes place. Refresh this page for updates.

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In-depth with the Windows 7 Media Center

If you're a Windows Media Center user, you don't want to miss an in-depth look at what changes are coming with Windows 7. Microsoft's Charlie Owen, who works on Media Center, goes through every new feature along with screenshots.

The new Media Center is available in the M3 build of Windows 7 that is being distributed at PDC. Some of the additions include: an on-screen keyboard, H.264 playback, bigger video thumbnails, Turbo Scroll for those with large libraries, and revamped photo capabilities.

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Windows 7 will be lean, faster, and even embedded

Just two weeks after releasing Windows Embedded Standard 2009 based on Windows XP, Microsoft said Tuesday that the next version -- code-named "Quebec" -- will be built atop the Windows 7 code base.

The news is significant, because it indicates that Microsoft is serious about making Windows 7 capable of running on devices with limited power. During the PDC keynote Tuesday, Microsoft Windows head Steven Sinofsky showed the audience a netbook (or sub-notebook) running Windows 7. Most netbooks currently ship with Windows XP or Linux.

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What do you want to know about Windows 7?

Update: We have posted the answers to some questions

We're going to be sitting down shortly with Mike Nash, Vice President of Windows Product Management, who heads up Windows 7 development. Now that the news and screenshots are out there, what else do you want to know about Windows 7?

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PDC 2008: Live blog of the Windows 7 keynote

Day two of PDC 2008 begins this morning with a keynote address featuring Ray Ozzie, Steven Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie and David Treadwell. The focus of today will be Windows 7 and the introduction of new user experiences in Windows. The next release of Windows Server 2008 will also be discussed.

We will be live-blogging the keynote as it takes place. Refresh this page for updates.

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PDC 2008: More details on Windows Azure, the Internet operating system

BetaNews sat down Monday afternoon with Amitabh Srivastava, the corporate vice president and distinguished engineer who heads up Windows Azure, to find out more details on Microsoft's new operating system for the cloud.

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Microsoft issues security update for Windows 7 pre-beta

Although PDC 2008 attendees won't receive Windows 7 Milestone 3 build 6801 until Tuesday, Microsoft has already issued a security patch for the pre-beta version of Vista's successor. This early version of Windows 7 is quite similar to Vista, and will likely require the same security fixes.

"A security issue has been identified that could allow an authenticated remote attacker to compromise your Microsoft Windows-based system and gain control over it," Microsoft says on the download page. x86, x64 and Itanium versions of the patch are available.

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PDC 2008 FAQ: What is Windows Azure and why should you care?

The big news for day 1 at PDC 2008 was the introduction Windows Azure, Microsoft's "operating system for the cloud," and its associated Azure Services Platform. Microsoft also outlined future plans for its own online services. We've put together a quick FAQ to help you digest the news and what it means.

What is Windows Azure and the Azure Services Platform? Windows Azure serves as the foundation for developing applications that run in the cloud. What this means is that it essentially turns servers across the Internet into a massive distributed operating system, running applications that both interact with PC-based software and run within a Web browser.

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PDC 2008: Live blog of Ray Ozzie's online services keynote

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie is set to open the company's Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles with his morning keynote address that is expected to cover Microsoft's efforts in the cloud with new online services.

Ozzie will be joined by Amitabh Srivastava (Internet services platform), Bob Muglia (Server and Tools) and David Thompson (business software). We will be live-blogging the keynote as it takes place. Refresh this page for updates.

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