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Zamzar launches free file conversion via email

The Zamzar website, which converts files between formats, has launched a new service: it will now convert files submitted by email. This could be particular useful to smartphone users who are often emailed files that their device is unable to display.

February 10, 2012 by

Verifying your GNU/Linux installation downloads

Over the years I have not really paid much attention to verifying downloads for the GNU/Linux installation discs when I download them. I used to just download the ISO files, burn them, and sometimes I would use the self-verifying media check that Red Hat does at the very beginning of the installation process.

November 8, 2011 by

Microsoft declares victory over Linux, names Apple and Google main rivals

Normally, reading a company's annual report is an exercise in sheer boredom. But this year Microsoft's lawyers allowed some actual competitive insight to sneak into the 10-K reports it files with the SEC. Linux has been neutralized, and Apple is first on the list of archrivals.

August 14, 2011

Music industry negotiating over 24-bit downloads

For hi-fi fans, the most depressing aspect of the digital music revolution has been the reduction in sound quality. Just when we were hoping to get better-than-CD quality sound from disc formats such as Sony's Super Audio CD (SACD) or DVD-Audio, we were hit with the double whammy of low bit-rate MP3 files and, sometimes worse, the UK's low bit-rate DAB digital radio.

February 22, 2011 by

Microsoft confirms Excel flaw; outlines defense

The Microsoft Security Response Center has confirmed ongoing attacks against Excel and is recommending that users either run files through a tool that strips out exploit code or block Office 2003 and earlier formats except for those from trusted locations.

January 15, 2008 by

Google Desktop for Linux

Developed in Google's Beijing engineering office, Google Desktop for Linux is ready for prime time. This software is finally available on all major operating systems (Windows, Mac and Linux) -- providing quick access to files on your computer through the desktop search utility.

June 27, 2007 by

Google Docs to support PowerPoint presentations soon

If you dig around the language files in Google Docs, you will find what appears to be traces of a new service preparing for launch soon. Meet Google Presently -- an online presentation creator that will likely read and write the most common formats like Microsoft PowerPoint and Open Office Impress.

February 4, 2007 by

Google Base now supports Word and PowerPoint

Garrett Rogers who covers all things Google for us here on the ZDNet blogging network has the skinny (and some screen shots) on some new file formats supported by Google's Google Base service: Google has updated the uploader tool on Google Base, allowing users to associate more types of files with their items.  Until today, uploading was restricted to images — but now users have the option to upload PDF's, Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets and more.

August 4, 2006 by

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