* On July 27, Skype, a free telephony service, released its Skype for Windows Version 1.0 software featuring its new SkypeOut enhancement. SkypeOut will allow Skype users to make pre-paid calls to regular landline or cellular phones. Another enhancement of the Skype software is a feature that enables file transfers. Learn more about Skype at www.skype.com.
Minimum system requirements to run Skype for Windows include a PC running Windows 2000/XP, 400 MHz processor, 128MB of RAM, 10MB of free hard drive space, a Sound Card, speakers and microphone and an Internet Connection. Note: A dial-up connection must be at least a 33.6 Kbps modem or any broadband connection such as cable or DSL.
* Additional hardware devices have been added to the list of hardware that are compatible with StanaPhone. Wi-Fi-enabled pocket PCs and cell phones in combination with the StanaPhone software can provide a great communication team. Users will be able to make and receive inexpensive calls anywhere in the world. Check out the StanaPhone-compatible hardware at www.stanaphone.com/hardware/.
* Many former and current PayPal users received an e-mail around July 30 in regards to a class action settlement. The settlement stems from a class action lawsuit against PayPal alleging that the company unfairly froze or limited access to user accounts. For the record, PayPal denies any wrongdoing but has agreed to the settlement. If you were among Internet users who opened a PayPal account between October 1999 and January 2004, you may be entitled to benefits from this settlement. For more information or to file a claim, visit www.settlement4onlinepayments.com/.
Microsoft has released a worm removal tool that will aid in removing Mydoom (A, B, E, F, G, J, L and O), Zindos (A) and Doomjuice (A and B) worm variants. The tool can be used on computers running Windows 2000/98/98SE/ME/XP or Windows Server 2003 operating systems. It can be downloaded here. The file size of the tool is only 120KB.
Microsoft has released a critical patch to address the flaw in its Internet Explorer Web browser. Immediate action is recommended in getting this patch applied, whether you currently use IE or not. Learn more and download the patch.
MSN Live chat events
Aug. 10: Pop trio Hanson and tourmate Ingram Hill chat at 7 p.m.
Aug. 12: Singer Patti Scialfa chats at 7 p.m.
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