Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows – includes Skype Access, call transfer and more
Skype Access – pay by the minute for WiFi access using your Skype Credit with a single click.
A little thing – but an important for many of you who use Skype in a small business environment. With Skype 4.2 Beta, you can transfer calls to one of your Skype contacts free of charge, or to a landline or mobile at our standard low rates. Many of you have requested this feature, and it’s a pleasure to bring it back.
Net card fraud tops $82m: Australian Payments Clearing Association
Figures from The Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA) showed fraud on cheques, credit and debit cards rose from 7c in every $1000 of payments to 9c, an increase of almost 30 per cent.
The biggest contributor was an increase in fraud where the card was not present, mostly transactions over the internet. The amount of transactions on Australian cards in this category of fraud increased from $65.5 million to $82.1m in the 12 months to June.
Google offers search by sight
The experimental search-by-sight feature, called Google Goggles, has a database of billions of images that informs its analysis of what’s been uploaded, said Vic Gundotra, Google’s vice president of engineering. It can recognize books, album covers, artwork, landmarks, places, logos, and more.
“It is our goal to be able to identify any image,” he said. “It represents our earliest efforts in the field of computer vision. You can take a picture of an item, use that picture of whatever you take as the query.”
Space elevator entrepreneurs shoot for the stars
Here’s how I usually explain it: Imagine spinning around while holding a piece of string attached to a tennis ball. The string goes taut; that’s centrifugal force. The same holds true for the rotating Earth. Put a counterweight in geosynchronous orbit, drop down a superstrong equivalent of that string and attach it at the equator. Voila! You have an elevator tether, up which you could run a freight car the size of a 747. (The car would be propelled by a laser beam — that implausible technology is a column all its own.)
The main trouble with a true space elevator is that we don’t yet have materials strong enough to build the cable. The miracle fiber known as carbon nanotubes is getting stronger by the year and is already being used for body armor. If progress continues at the current rate, we should be able to build an elevator-ready tether in a decade or so
Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs to be streamed live online The event will be streaming of the event on the Tennis Australia website using new adaptive ‘Smooth Streaming’ technology adjusts the video stream to suit the viewers’ available bandwidth without interrupting their viewing experience. The Microsoft Silverlight ‘Smooth Streaming’ technology has already been implemented with Mocrosoft’s Zune movie streaming.
Facebook faces criticism on privacy change
MP3 players face noise limits recommended by EU
UK trails on super-fast broadband say OECD figures
Aid agencies ‘must use new tools’
In pictures: Denmark’s eco house
Apple and Nokia’s battle hots up
Decision delayed on Meteosat team
Germany unveils world’s largest weather supercomputer
Battery made of paper charges up
‘Cryo-egg’ to predict sea levels