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CBSSports.com Offers Live Final Four Coverage Online

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CBSSports.com Offers Live Final Four Coverage Online

March Madness on demand just got better with Final Four coverage online. Watch the finals Monday night from your computer with live streaming video. This is only the second time in history a sporting event is being shown live and streaming online. With television ratings up 7% compared to last year for the NCAA tournament, an online option for the Final Four made sense to all parties involved; Including the NCAA and CBS Sports.

Sponsors Make It Free

This standard and high definition coverage is offered for free thanks to a number of sponsors. AT&T, Coca Cola, and Pontiac have been instrumental in bringing this great product to million of viewers online. So catch Michigan State vs North Carolina in high definition from anywhere that has an Internet connection Monday night.

Renter Foreclosure Alerts. What?

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Renter Foreclosure Alerts. What?

RealtyTrac is now offering renters an alert service if their landlord is about to be foreclosed on and they will subsequently be evicted from there rental, according to a press release today. How strange is it when renters need to worry about their landlords losing their properties? Seems that if the rent is coming in, there shouldn't be an issue. But according to RealtyTrac some landlords are using rents for other purposes than paying their mortgage payments.

Landlord Foreclosure

According to national statistics, 30% of all foreclosures are on non-owner occupied homes. And during 2008, 2.3 million homes went into foreclosure. With 2009 possibly having more foreclosures, the number of renters losing their place of residence is more common than some would think. So for $24.95 a year, RealtyTrac will alert you by email about your current residence or properties you are considering moving in to. This is an introductory rate, so cancel before the foreclosure rate in American drops significantly.

Ultimate Steal Promotion Gives Away Microsoft Software

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Ultimate Steal Promotion Gives Away Microsoft Software

Today Microsoft kicked off their Ultimate Steal Promotion for students at the largest US Black Colleges and Hispanic student organizations at universities across the country.  Students in these select groups can download the complete Ultimate 2007 Office Suite for a small fee of $59.95 which is roughly a 91% discount on the normal price of the top selling Microsoft software package.

Students Use the Tools Extensively

Microsoft is proud of the benefits students achieve by using their office suite for higher education purposes. Students use the software for organizing their work load, making presentations, and managing class projects. Microsoft also feels the exposure to their common business tools will give students a step-up when applying for business careers after graduation.

Internet Explorer 8 is Good for Developers

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Internet Explorer 8 is Good for Developers

In a release about Internet Explorer (IE) 8, Microsoft explores why the new browser will be good for developers. At the recent developers conference, Mix09, Big Softie demonstrated why their new browser provides better performance, easy web development, improved security and more. Some larger Internet properties were on hand to explain how they are using the new browser to create a better experience for users.

New Features

A couple enhancements that Microsoft feels will benefit developers are Accelerators and Web Slices. One Riot testified that users using web slices along with better search functionality visited their site 18% more than previously. ESPN likes the ability to offer one click access to much of the content on their site to web surfers that are looking for in-depth sports information.

DivorceNetwork.com Launches Social Network

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DivorceNetwork.com Launches Social Network

If you have been affected by Divorce and are looking for a social network online for support, advice, events, giveaways and resources, DivorceNetwork.com new social networking service is perfect for you. In a press release today, the social network DivorceNetwork.com describes itself as a mix between Google and Facebook for the divorced community.

Forums and Blogs

The website features a number of forums and blogs for useful advice on divorce. The "I got screwed" forum is for open discussion on difficulties with lawyers and judges during a divorce. The site also offers information on the three stages of divorce; breaking up, the legal process, and moving on afterward.

ATM Skimming Leads to 1 Billion in Losses for Consumers

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ATM Skimming Leads to 1 Billion in Losses for Consumers

In a press release this week by ADT Security Services, the company announced a new security product for ATM operators that will eliminate skimming of customer data and large amounts of theft from the stolen data. Skimming occurs when an electronic device is placed over the debit card reader of an ATM to obtain card information in addition to a small camera to find pin numbers for access. These two pieces of information are transmitted wireless to a criminals laptop where the information is collected and used to withdraw large sums of money at a later time. Over $1 Billion is stolen annually in by this means.

Anti-Skim ATM Security Solution

ADT has brought out their Anti-Skim ATM Security Solution which prevents skimming of ATM data. The solution is adaptable to all models of ATM devices in the United States and Canada. It prevents skimming by detecting any device other than a debit card placed into the card reader and also detects devices placed outside of the card reader. It can trigger a silent alarm to alert authorities if a detection has been made.

Valeo Cameras Installed on new BMW 7 Series

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Valeo Cameras Installed on new BMW 7 Series

The wave of the future in automotive safety is perfect visibility in all situations according to a recent Valeo press release. Valeo has begun to install 3 camera systems into new BMW 7 Series automobiles. With these camera systems there is a rear camera which provides wide angle images of the terrain behind you car. Distances are enforced on the images with dynamic lines drawn, which change as you begin to move your car in reverse. Ultrasonic sensors also display obstacles that you are approaching long before you need to make adjustments.

Similar cameras and sensors are installed on the front of the car to provide perfect visibility and warnings about oncoming traffic, pedestrians, and bicycles. In future models, five cameras will be used to give a panoramic view of one's surroundings.

Apple Releases New Version of Safari

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Apple Releases New Version of Safari

According to a press release by Apple released today, the latest version of Safari is ready for release. Their public beta of Safari 4 is available for installation on both the Mac on Windows based PCs. This new version is able to run Javascript code close to 4 times faster than the prior version with something Apple calls the Nitro engine.

Wedding Solutions Publishing announces WedSpace.com

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Wedding Solutions Publishing announces WedSpace.com

Wedding Solutions Publishing announced a new social media website for those looking for wedding information and solutions, WedSpace.com. The company which is one of the major wedding solution publishers already provides content on WeddingSolutions.com and UltimateRegistry.com but hopes the new media site will provide a more interactive environment for users according to a press release this week.

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