Air France Tests Cell Services

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Air France has become the first airline to offer international passengers e-mail and text-messaging service that's based on standard cell phone technology. The catch: It's only available on a single Airbus A318 aircraft in the...

Blockbuster Tests Pricing, New Formats

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No. 1 movie rental chain Blockbuster Inc said on Thursday it was testing pricing for its rental formats and will experiment with its store layouts to add downloading stations, books or beverages in a bid...

ICANN To Start Tests Of Non-English Domains

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Next week may begin a test of non-English Internet addresses, enabling local users to create Web pages and domains. If successful, non-English top-level domains, such as ".com" or ".net", could be used by the finish...

GM Tests Technology To Raise Fuel Economy 15%

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Detroit automaker General Motors Corp. says it is testing a new combustion process that could increase fuel economy in conventional engines by up to 15 percent. The announcement comes as fuel economy has become an...

Nintendo Tests Interactive Fan Network

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Nintendo is testing a pilot program this season at the Mariners' Safeco Field. For a fee, the Nintendo Fan Network will upload a program onto the user's DS Lite and allow fans to order food...

Symantec Tests Software-As-A-Service For Backups

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Symantec is launching a software-as-a-service platform aimed at bringing security offerings to small- and medium-sized businesses. The Cupertino, California-based security company has announced that the Symantec Protection Network – Online Backup Service has gone into...

Google Tests Directory Assistance for Phones

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Google has staged on-and-off again tests stretching back to 2002 of ways to allow phone users to use their voices to ask for information, rather than telephone keypads or other more cumbersome approaches. Now, the...

Yahoo Tests Customizable Alpha Search Engine

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Yahoo Incorporated is quietly testing a search engine which users can customize by adding, removing and rearranging components. Yahoo Alpha, which is hosted on an Australian domain, offers a default results page with a list...

Microsoft tests "pay-as-you-go" Software

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Microsoft has been quietly testing a new "pay-as-you-go" software rental service in South Africa, Mexico and Romania. The service allows users to pay a monthly fee of around $15 for the use of Office 2003...

Ask Tests New Search Interface

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Deciding that 5.9% search share isn't enough, InterActiveCorp (owner of Ask.com) has launched a publically available search site with a new three-paned interface. The left pane of the search results provides a control panel that...

Google tests expanded search option

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Google is testing an enhanced search feature that presents users with additional result information. Screenshots of the service appeared on the web earlier this week showing search results with an expansion button that presents longer...

Best Buy Quietly Tests Selling Used Games

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Best Buy today confirmed that four stores in Illinois and California have begun selling used video games, a market that major retail chains have kept away from and left to stores such as Gamestop and...

Google tests tool to aid Web indexing

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Google has launched an experiment to speed Web site information and changes to its index. Web site administrators--whether they manage a single-page site or corporate Web site--can use the free program called...

Yahoo tests blend of blogging, networking

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Yahoo Inc. is preparing to introduce a new service that blends several of its website's popular features with two of the Internet's fastest growing activities — blogging and social networking. The hybrid service, called "Yahoo...

Music industry tests digital-only releases

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As an unsigned band, the Shazam has never gotten the perks enjoyed by acts attached to major record labels. "The budgets we've used probably wouldn't even pay the catering on a major-label...

Microsoft Tests Antivirus Product

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Microsoft is alpha-testing its upcoming antivirus product, according to industry sources. They claim the antivirus software works as a "behavior blocker" that monitors different events and actions on computers. If the event or action is...

Yahoo tests new home page

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C|Net News.com reports that one of the webs most popular sites Yahoo is giving its home page a new look and feel. What's odd about this is how Yahoo is slowly making the changes....

Tests to uproot Windows passwords begin

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Microsoft and RSA Security on Wednesday started beta testing a product designed to phase out the use of traditional passwords and replace them with automatically generated passwords from a SecurID token. SecurID...

Apple iTunes wins AAC listening tests

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Apple's iTunes has emerged victorious in a series of listening tests run by the CD Freaks Web site. The report explains that a number of tests were run by members of the public of five...

Sony Ericsson tests multiplayer m-games

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Sony Ericsson has begun trials on a multiplayer mobile gaming system that will allow up to eight players to compete in real-time. The multiplayer mobile gaming service will initially include two games....

Wal-Mart Tests Its Own Web Music Service

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. launched a bare-bones Web site Thursday to test its new 88-cents-per-song online music service, hoping that its cheaper price will lure listeners from more expensive competitors. Other sites, such as Apple Computer...

AOL tests streaming-video IM service

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America Online is quietly testing streaming video for its instant-messaging products now that the government has lifted restrictions against launching such a feature. [U]Later this year the Internet giant plans to release a beta version...

Adobe Tests Anti-Piracy Technique

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Adobe Systems Inc. has begun testing online activation of its Photoshop 7.0 application in Australia as a way of stemming the illegal use of its software. If the pilot is successful, and so far it...

Spam-bot tests flunk the blind

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An increasingly popular technique for preventing e-mail abuse is frustrating some visually impaired Net users, setting the stage for a conflict between spam busters and advocates for the disabled. Many companies have...

Apple denies fiddling G5, Xeon tests

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Apple has defended its benchmark comparison of its new Power Mac G5 and two Dell Pentium 4 and Xeon-based systems, stating that the tests performed and the way those tests were conducted is all above...

AOL tests new IM chat bot

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As part of its continuous push to market its AOL Instant Messenger program, America Online is testing a new instant-chat robot that answers questions from AIM users about weather and stocks. ...

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AOL tests standalone e-mail product

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America Online is testing a standalone e-mail client that could set the stage for a features battle with Microsoft in the market for Internet-based communications software. Called "AOL Communicator," the new software bundles a beefed-up...

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AOL tests secure IM

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VeriSign and AOL are testing a secure version of AOL's instant messaging service to sell into enterprises, it emerged during VeriSign's analysts day on Thursday last week. According to reports from the...

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Gateway tests waters of music business

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The Poway, Calif.-based PC manufacturer is examining a number of strategies that could effectively turn the company into a player in the music publishing and distribution business. Gateway already maintains a site,...

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AOL 7.0 tests Netscape browser

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America Online said Thursday that it has begun testing technology developed by Netscape Communications within its software, fueling speculation that it may replace Microsoft's Internet Explorer as its default Web browser. In...

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Nvidia tests PC waters with AMD chipset

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Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia will make a show of nForce next week. The new Nvidia nForce chipset for AMD Athlon/Duron, announced in June, will make its debut next week in motherboards and desktop...

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