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Google today announced the addition of a couple new features to its Google Mobile App for BlackBerry smartphones. The first addition is the Voice Search service, which as its name implies allows users to conduct searches with the sound of their voice, much like on the iPhone and Android-based T-Mobile G1. To do so, users simply need to hold down the Talk button and then speak any search term into the phone.

Google Voice on Blackberry

Google Voice on Blackberry

Google sees a number of uses for this new feature, such as to help resolve common spelling mistakes or simply to let users perform searches in situations where they can’t start typing – like when driving. Additionally, Voice Search can be used in tandem with My Location – the second new feature introduced today – in order bring up location based search results determined by the BlackBerry’s GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular triangulation. Saying ‘pizza’, for example, will provide local results as well as links to mapping information.

The updated Google Mobile App is available at m.google.com for all BlackBerry smartphones using OS 4.1 and higher with the voice feature needing at least OS version 4.2. The new Storm isn’t supported for some reason, though.


Anyone who has made the switch to a 64-bit operating system will know most applications aren’t 64-bit native yet. But things have been changing fast in the past year as users move to newer hardware and computer vendors push 64-bit systems with larger amounts of RAM by default. Microsoft has previously stated it expects the majority of Windows 7 installations to be 64-bit and now the company is apparently ready to move other software in that direction as well.

Microsoft Office 14
Microsoft Office 14

ZDNet’s Ed Bott has done some digging around and reportedly found references to both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office 14 inside the ‘migwiz.xml’ file that comes with post-beta builds of Windows 7. This appears to indicate that fully native 64-bit builds of Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Visio, and Word are on the way as an option when Office 14 goes live. In addition, the file points out the ability to upgrade from either Office 2003 or 2007 to Office 14 in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors.

Regardless of how much or little effect this will have on the suite, performance-wise, it could encourage more software developers to start developing their own 64-bit applications too. The fact that these codes are to be implemented in the final release of Windows 7 later this year also confirms Microsoft’s plans to release Office 14 in early 2010, according to Bott.


Email Scam
Email Scam



Email provides us a convenient and powerful communications tool. Unfortunately, it also provides scammers and other malicious individuals an easy means for luring potential victims. The scams they attempt run from old-fashioned bait-and-switch operations to phishing schemes using a combination of email and bogus web sites to trick victims into divulging sensitive information. To protect yourself from these scams, you should understand what they are, what they look like, how they work, and what you can do to avoid them. The following recommendations can minimize your chances of falling victim to an email scam:


·         Filter spam.

·         Don’t trust unsolicited email.

·         Treat email attachments with caution.

·         Don’t click links in email messages.

·         Install antivirus software and keep it up to date.

·         Install a personal firewall and keep it up to date.

·         Configure your email client for security.


These recommendations are explained in the section “What You Can Do to Avoid Becoming a Victim.” Ignoring them may leave you vulnerable to identity theft, information theft, the abuse of your computer for illegal activity, the receipt of bogus or illegal merchandise, and financial loss.