Friday, July 31, 2009

Kodak Introduces New Easyshare Cameras, HD Camcorder

Kodak has expanded its digital photography offerings with two new Easyshare digital cameras and a new Zi8 high-definition pocket camcorder.

Kodak has extended its digital photography offerings, introducing the new high-definition Zi8 high-definition pocket camcorder, along with two new Easyshare digital cameras. All three are designed to make it easy for everyday camera users to capture important memories and easily share them with their friends and family—and even the world.

"Consumers place high value on their images and video to strengthen and improve relationships, and have consistently relied on Kodak to help them make their personal content a part of their daily lives," says Kodak's general manger of digital images and devices John Blake, in a statement.

First up, the new Zi8 pocket digital video camera goes after the market pioneered by Flip video, and enables consumers to record video at 1080p resolution and feature electronic image stabilization to reduce blurring and shakes. The Zi8 also features a 2.5-inch LCD display, can manage 5 megapixel still pictures, and features an external microphone jack, HDMI video output, and s swing-out USB arm for fast connection to PCs for uploading and charging. The Zi8 comes with built-in software so users can easily share photos and videos on Facebook and YouTube, and works with both Windows PCs and Macs. Expect the Zi8 in September in black, raspberry, and aqua for a suggested price of $179.95.

Next up, the Easyshare Z950 digital camera features a 12 megapixel resolution and a 10× optical zoom, along with optical image stabilization and a 3-inch LCD display. The Z950 also features a fast 0.3-second click-to-capture speed for getting those action shows, and a Smart Capture mode that automatically adjusts flash, exposure, and focus for hassle-free photography. The Z950 should be available in August for $279.99.

Finally, the Easyshare M381 features a 12 megapixel resolution with a 5× optical zoom, along with a 3-inch LCD and face detection technology that can handle up to five faces. The M381 also features electronic image stabilization and easy uploading to YouTube or Kodak's own Kodak Gallery. The M391 should be available in September in light blue, black olive, and wine red for $179.99.

Udeze retires, ends comeback from leukemia

The announcement of his retirement will not diminish that.

Udeze retired on Thursday, saying his leukemia is still in remission but the side effects from the treatments for the disease were making it too difficult to continue the rigors of life in the NFL.

“I would like to thank th

-- FILE -- In this April 18, 2008, file photo, Minnesota Vikings' Kenechi Udeze(notes) speaks at a news conference at the Vikings' headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn. Defensive end Udeze has retired, ending a remarkable comeback from leukemia. He says his leukemia is still in remission but he's still dealing with side effects from treatment of the disease and is unable to play.

e Wilf family and the Minnesota Vikings organization for their support,” Udeze said in a prepared statement. “I would also like to thank my fans, friends and family for supporting me through everything. Last but not least, I would like to thank all of the medical professionals and staff in Minnesota who worked tirelessly to give me a second chance at life. God bless.”

Minnesota’s first-round draft pick in 2004, Udeze was a starter for four years and tied for the team lead with five sacks in 2007. In his career, Udeze played 51 games, with 11 sacks and 117 total tackles.

“He hates to let it go and I hate for him to let it go,” coach Brad Childress said. “But it’s really best for him.”

That he made it this close to training camp—the Vikings hold their first practice on Friday—is a remarkable achievement.

He was diagnosed in February 2008 with the disease, which is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Udeze missed all of last season while dealing with his condition and the Vikings, in a classy move, paid him while he was in recovery.

After a marrow transplant from his brother more than a year ago, Udeze started working out on the campus of his alma mater USC in hopes of making a comeback.

“I’d be lying if I said it was easy,” Udeze said in May. “There was never an easy point. The first time I went back to USC and started working out with the fellas, I fell. I took two steps and I fell.”

Eventually he worked his way back into good enough condition to make a go of it at the minicamps. He showed up at the team’s facilities looking much like the player he was before he became sick. With a big smile and a chiseled physique, Udeze took 26 snaps during the weekend and spoke of what it meant for him to be back on the field after having been through so much.

The entire team rallied around the popular defensive end who had been through so much. Udeze participated throughout the minicamp, but struggled with neuropathy in his feet, a side effect of chemotherapy.

“When it sets in, your feet start getting really numb and really sensitive, and it’s really hard to (move), especially at the level that we’re at out here,” Udeze said then.

Childress said that was eventually what kept Udeze from coming to training camp. The numbness prevented Udeze from being able to plant firmly and create any burst up the field after the snap.

“He did all that stuff to put himself in a position, but his feet kind of have betrayed him, and everything goes through the feet,” Childress said Thursday. “He had no way of knowing until he went out there and posted on it and tried.”

It took quite some time for Udeze to come to terms with the fact that he had played his last snap. Over the past several weeks he has spoken with teammates and coaches while contemplating retirement, a tough pill to swallow for a proud 26-year-old whose optimistic view of leukemia as “nothing worse than the common cold” helped get him through.

“He’s so worried about being a quitter,” Childress said. “And just the thing that he’s overcome already in his young life to be alive and thriving, (it) took him a while to come to grips with that.”

But Childress said this is not the end, for Udeze, but the beginning. He took some classes at USC while rehabilitating and expects to still be around the Vikings in the future.

“He’s alive and living and thriving,” Childress said. “Just wish him well and he’s not going to be a stranger.”

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Myth or Fact? The Older the Wine the Better

Myth. It's a common misconception that all wines improve with age. In fact, more than 90 percent of all the wines made in the world should be consumed within one year, and less than 1 percent of the world's wines should be aged for more than five years. Wines change with age. Some get better, but most do not. The good news is that the 1 percent represents more than 350 million bottles of wine every vintage.

What makes a wine last more than five years?

The color and the grape: Red wines, because of their tannin content, will generally age longer than whites. And certain red grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, tend to have more tannin than, say, Pinot Noir.

The vintage: The better the weather conditions in one year, the more likely the wines from that vintage will have a better balance of fruits, acids, and tannins, and therefore have the potential to age longer.

Where the wine comes from: Certain vineyards have optimum conditions for growing grapes, including such factors as soil, weather, drainage, and slope of the land.

How the wine was made (vinification): The longer the wine remains in contact with its skins during fermentation (maceration), and if it is fermented and/or aged in oak, the more of the natural preservative tannin it will have, which can help it age longer. These are just two examples of how winemaking can affect the aging of wine.

Wine storage conditions:
Even the best-made wines in the world will not age well if they are improperly stored.

So keeping that case of wine at the top of your closet in the hallway shouldn't be your first choice if you are looking to invest. Great wines for aging should be kept at an approximately 55-degree temperature and 70% humidity.

Myth or Fact? The Older the Wine the Better

Myth. It's a common misconception that all wines improve with age. In fact, more than 90 percent of all the wines made in the world should be consumed within one year, and less than 1 percent of the world's wines should be aged for more than five years. Wines change with age. Some get better, but most do not. The good news is that the 1 percent represents more than 350 million bottles of wine every vintage.

What makes a wine last more than five years?

The color and the grape: Red wines, because of their tannin content, will generally age longer than whites. And certain red grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, tend to have more tannin than, say, Pinot Noir.

The vintage: The better the weather conditions in one year, the more likely the wines from that vintage will have a better balance of fruits, acids, and tannins, and therefore have the potential to age longer.

Where the wine comes from: Certain vineyards have optimum conditions for growing grapes, including such factors as soil, weather, drainage, and slope of the land.

How the wine was made (vinification): The longer the wine remains in contact with its skins during fermentation (maceration), and if it is fermented and/or aged in oak, the more of the natural preservative tannin it will have, which can help it age longer. These are just two examples of how winemaking can affect the aging of wine.

Wine storage conditions:
Even the best-made wines in the world will not age well if they are improperly stored.

So keeping that case of wine at the top of your closet in the hallway shouldn't be your first choice if you are looking to invest. Great wines for aging should be kept at an approximately 55-degree temperature and 70% humidity.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Steps to Wholesale Mp3 Players From China

Nowadays, more and more people are doing business with China wholesaler. A fast growing business opportunity on the Internet is wholesaling MP3 players from China. MP3 players purchased directly from China wholesalers typically cost up to 40 percent lower than average wholesale prices. This leaves plenty of room for profit when reselling products to your customers. Below are 7 steps about how to wholesale MP3 players from China.

Locate one or more suppliers of MP3 players in China. Research the companies you are considering doing with business with to make sure they are legitimate wholesalers. If you are sourcing from overseas, you may not have the luxury to converse face-to-face with your suppliers. The only handles you have are their track record. You may check out their business practices at Better Business Bureau if they are located in US. If not, find out which are the national or government agencies that govern business registrations and licensing. Drop a note to find out if there have been complaints lodged against them. Of course, there are other avenues to find out more such as work-at-home or auction forums. These are great places to educate oneself on the reseller business and be alerted to scams.

After you have decided your wholesaler, find a web hosting site to set up a website for reselling your MP3 players. You will need to decide if you want a designated or shared serving hosting company. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Shared servers are considerably less expensive and may prove to be adequate for small business. Dedicated servers are more expensive but may be necessary for large business.

Sign up for a PayPal merchant account which will allow you to process customer orders using credit cards.

Establish a shipping agreement with one or more shipping companies for ground, air and ocean shipping options.

Decide on warranty and return policies for your customers and make sure these are accessible on your webpage.

Advertise your MP3 site on the internet. A good, inexpensive way to do this is by approaching owners of other sites that compliment yours and requesting to do a banner exchange program with them. This will allow you to advertise your site on their site in exchange for them advertising on yours.

Register with the internet search engines to help bring traffic to your site.

Top Youtube Utilities That You Should Know

There's no doubt Youtube is definitely the biggest video community.Because of that, there are certain company/people taking advantage by creating a software or extension for Youtube. These extensions or software actually very good since it can help you to ease your work.Some of us would like to watch the Youtube video offline, some of us want to modify the video and many more.

Here's I will tell you "Top Youtube Utilities That You Should Know" .
#1 Youtube Video Accelerator
SpeedBit Video Accelerator is another good software which can accelerate your you tube streaming. It works on the same principle of Download Accelerator. It opens multiple channel and grabs the video and streams faster.

#2 Firefox Add-on - Video Downloader

Media Pirate has developed an firefox add on called as the video Downloader which allows those videos embedded in flash player to download right to your hard disk.Media Pirate helps you to download videos from many sites like Youtube,,,, and many more that I cannot listed here..

Download Video Downloader add-on here..

#3 Online Youtube Remixer

Youtube Remixer is actually an new online service that will allow Youtube users to edit, change and spice up their Youtube videos from within Youtube itself. The great new web service is powered by the Adobe Premiere Express Technology and supports insertion of graphics, text and audio as well as overlays and in-video transitions.

Visit Youtube Remixer..

#4 Youtube Video Player - FLV Player
Usually, the online videos that we downloaded from the Net are in flash video format which is FLV. So, you might encounter error when you play the .flv video with player like Media player. It is best for you to download the FLV player. FLV player is using simple GUI and easy to control the video. alternatively, you can play .flv video with Media Player Classic or VLC player but you have to install the codec first.
Download FLV Player...

#5 Online Youtube Converter
Right now, I can see that a lot of website offering FREE online service that allos you to convert Youtube videos from .flv format to another like .3gp, .mp3, .avi and so on.Here's a few site that provide that kind of service :-

a) ConvertTube.Com

b) ConvertDirect.Com


d) ConvertYouTube.Com

Get familiar with this tools and have fun !!!

Bell ready to seize the moment

Ian Bell departs for another low score on the stroke of lunch, West Indies v England, 1st Test, Kingston, February 7, 2009

Some men fill a room with their aura as soon as they step into it, others seem to shrink when all eyes turn towards them. Kevin Pietersen, who has been ruled out of the rest of the Ashes after undergoing an operation on his Achilles tendon, falls emphatically into the former category. The challenge for Ian Bell, the man who will replace him at No. 4 in Thursday's third Test at Edgbaston, is to prove he does not belong exclusively in the latter.

It's hard to envisage two more contrasting characters in the entire England set-up, and you'd certainly never have imagined either man being earmarked as a like-for-like replacement for the other. But that's how it's set to pan out this summer, with Bell earning his Test recall through Pietersen's misfortune, but deserving it as well on the back of a 60-plus average for Warwickshire in the County Championship.

"I do have a lot to offer to England," said Bell, who has missed each of his country's last eight Test matches since February, the longest period he has spent out of the side since making his debut in 2004. "When you've played and become a regular, and that gets taken away from you, I think that tells you how much it means to you, and how much you miss it. You do a lot of thinking inside about what you want to do when you get that next opportunity. This is an opportunity I probably didn't think I was going to get this summer, and hopefully I'll take it with both hands.

"Of course, with someone like Kev, he's a world-class player and you're going to miss that," he said, "but we know as a batting unit what we have to do to win this Test match. We all have our own sort of tempo, Kev has his methods, I have my methods and strengths, and I have to play to them. I can't go out and play like Kev, I've just got to go out there and think about how I want to score my runs, and make sure we get a good first-innings score."

Aside from the identity of the man he has to replace, the circumstances couldn't really be better for Bell. England have a lead in the series thanks to their historic win at Lord's; Australia's bowlers are low on confidence after a shocking and decisive display in the first innings of that match, and the third Test is taking place at Bell's home ground of Edgbaston, a venue where bat has dominated ball for two seasons solid. In the post-Warne and McGrath era, he has a glorious opportunity to improve upon a ten-match Test record of 502 runs at 25.10 against Australia, which is more than 15 runs below his overall Test average.

"I know that my record against Australia is the weakest out of all the countries I have played, and that's up to me now to turn around," he said. "It's a new-look Australia to the one I've played in the past, and it's up to me now to go out and perform, and contribute to the team by playing well in this Test match. It doesn't worry me what other people think, I just have to get myself ready [because] I know how I can play at my best." It would be quite some development for Bell to emerge as the hero of England's Ashes summer. Four years ago in his first full season of international cricket, he batted once again in that No. 4 position, and struggled to seven single-figure scores in ten Ashes innings. Eighteen months later, his returns improved to the tune of four half-centuries in five Tests, but his image did not, as Shane Warne handed him the geeky nickname of "Shermanator", a taunt that resurfaced in his newspaper column this week.

"Warne's a legend, what more can you say about the guy?" said Bell in response. "I think he's tried to pick on the whole of the England team, and this week it's been my week to cop a bit. I don't have to play against Shane Warne this week, so he can say what he wants, but if I want to get rid of that name tag I have to play well against Australia, and that's fact. I've played well against other teams in the world, and now I have to do it against the 11 guys out there."

Even though the reputation of the bowling attack is several notches lower than Bell has previously experienced in Ashes competition, he's not a character who's likely to get complacent in a hurry. "Warne and McGrath are legends of the game, but this is a good Australia side as they showed at Cardiff," he said. "You can't just walk into a Test match against Australia and do what you want. You have to get stuck in and work hard for everything, and I fully expect that against this team, even though they haven't got Warne and McGrath."

The players within the current Australian set-up are rather more diplomatic in their opinion of Bell than their former team-mate, although Michael Clarke did allude to the possibility that they were rather pleased to have him in their sights rather than Pietersen. "England will be disappointed to lose Kevin," said Clarke. "Any time a very good player is no longer playing it will give the team a boost, but it's important we concentrate on Ian. He is a wonderful player and has been successful around the world. We have to study Ian and look at where he scores his runs. We know he's a good player."

Whatever happens this week, Bell believes he is fighting fit for the challenge, a legacy of the strenuous fitness work he put in during England's tour of the Caribbean in February and March. After being made a scapegoat for England's humiliation at Kingston in the opening Test of the series, Bell did not play again in the series, and instead worked hard with Reg Dickason, the team's security advisor, boxing on the beach at 6 o'clock in the morning, and using a rare break from the front line to work on an area of his game that goes beyond mere batting practice.

"Reg helped me through for two months that could have gone either way," said Bell. "I could have been sitting on my bum not doing a lot, or getting up and making sure that by the time the England season came around I was physically ready to just worry about cricket, and nothing else. By the end of our sessions I'd be on my knees, but Reg was good to me, he wanted to work me hard and by the time the season came around I'd used that opportunity to absolutely nail something that, with the amount of cricket we play, we don't often get that window to do."

The circumstances of Bell's axing in the Caribbean provided a particular spur for his sparring sessions. A loose shot on the stroke of lunch on the fourth day at Sabina Park set in motion a collapse of such dramatic proportions that the game was all over by tea, with England rolled over for an embarrassing 51. "After Jamaica, a Test like that, your last Test, there are a lot of thoughts in there about how you want to carry on. There was a lot of motivation in there for wanting to train hard that winter, so that I could take my opportunity."

Even after the training, Bell still had to wait, and the size of the task he faced to get back in the side was brought home to him on the first day of England's home season against West Indies at Lord's in May, a fixture he had not missed since 2006. "The first time the guys walked out [of the pavilion], watching that on the screen here at Edgbaston, really hit home to me what it means to be involved in a Test match for your country. Because of the game I was playing here, I very quickly had to get that out of my mind, but for [the] first ten minutes I couldn't think of anything else. That told me how much it hurt."

And so it all comes down to the chance he has before him. A clear run through to September is his if he wants it, with Pietersen laid low and few other contenders making their presence known on the county circuit. "At 27, I still have a lot to offer international cricket," said Bell. "I thought I'd have to wait a lot longer to get this opportunity, but this is a chance I've got to go and show people how good a player I am."

Pressing Ctrl+C? Now, think twice

CHENNAI: Everytime you do a harmless keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C in your computer, the text you copy online may be stolen on the web.

This copied data is accessible on the internet when you visit websites that use a combination of javascript and ASP or any server-side-language like jsp, php, from which the data that you copy can be transferred to another server. Most websites are javascript enabled.

Not convinced? Try copying some text and just visit, a website that provides free source codes and projects. You necessarily need not even press the ‘paste’ button.

The ‘paste’ happens automatically. The website just provides an example of what could potentially happen to you, especially if you have copied your credit card details, bank details or any other sensitive information.

MicroWorld Kicks Off 32-City Road Show In India

Through this programme, the company aims to strengthen the relationship with resellers as well as expand its reseller base in small towns and cities.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009: MicroWorld has kicked off a 32-city road show programme in India. Starting from July 16, 2009, the road show will cover 32 cities in the country over a period of two months. This programme is aimed at educating and informing partners and resellers about eScan.

Through this programme, the company is planning to meet all its partners in tier II and tier III towns and cities to understand and address their concerns and to add new partners to its network. These road shows will provide demonstrations to all the resellers about the existing security issues and how eScan is the best fit for the current security scenario, said the company. Partners and resellers can also benefit from the special offers on spot purchase of eScan products.

"This road show is a part of our programme to strengthen the relationship with our resellers in small towns and cities. It will educate and empower our channel partners which will enable us to get closer to our end users. There is also the Monsoon Bonanza scheme that is currently on and offers exciting prizes such as holidays at exotic locations, multimedia mobile phones, refrigerators, DVD players and many more," said Anil Gupta, head, national sales, MicroWorld. "We also hope to expand our reseller base in these cities."

The programme will cover all the four zones of India touching 32 cities, concludes the company.

This Week's Horoscopes for Your Love Life

aries (Mar. 21st-Apr. 20th)
Just as too many cooks can spoil the broth, too many lovers coming in and out of your life (double entendre intended) as though you had a revolving bedroom door installed with a flashing neon sign above, reading, “Open 24 hours, everyone welcome!” can ruin your sense of intimacy (not to mention increase your chances of catching STDs). Try to focus your attention on one thing at a time. The objects of your attention will thank you for it in the morning. (Note: if you’re in a monogamous relationship or experiencing a bit of a sex drought right now, you may just need to stop multi-tasking at work.)

taurus (Apr. 21st-May 20th)
People are strange, when you’re a stranger, faces look ugly, when you’re alone. Yeah, we know Jim Morrison died at twenty-seven, wrote god-awful poetry and had a tendency to pull out his penis on stage, but the man had a point: socializing can look strange and ugly from the outside. But some strangers have good candy, and some of them look as good in black leather as the Doors frontman. This week, approach the oddest ball in the room and befriend him/her. At the very least, you’ll get a one-night stand with a beautiful stranger.

gemini (May 21st-June 21st)
Please don’t take this the wrong way: Shut up! That’s right, just zip it. This week, you’ll need Imodium A-D for the mouth, if you know what we mean. If you must speak, then be absolutely sure to think first. Otherwise, your good looks alone should be enough to get you through to next Monday.

cancer (June 22nd-July 22nd)
One of Lo’s biggest regrets (and embarrassments) in life is the fact that she was a cheerleader in high school. Yes, this site’s resident hardcore feminist used to prance around (and badly, we might add) in an ugly short skirt and a wool sweater like a sauna for the good ol’ boys playing football. Don’t make Lo relive those painful memories by having us metaphorically whip out the pom-poms and give you your own personal pep rally right here. Whatever it is you’ve been thinking about doing, just go for it! ‘Nuff said.

leo (July 23rd-Aug. 22nd)
Don’t make promises to your lover that you know you’re going to have trouble keeping or you’ll find yourself in an embarrassing situation. Like having your bunny boiled in a big pot on your stove. Just try explaining that one!

virgo (Aug. 23rd-Sept. 22nd)
You can’t lose if you get out and mingle with interesting people this week. We’re not saying that you won’t put your foot in your mouth three or four times (if you’re not sure she’s pregnant, don’t ask when the baby is due), and we’re not saying that you’ll go home with a pocketful of phone numbers (one if you’re lucky, and we’re not saying that the DJ will play all the songs you request–especially if you keep requesting “It’s Raining Men” at the hippest club in town). However, overall, on the balance, you’ll come out ahead. We think it’s worth taking the chance and stepping outside.

libra (Sept. 23rd-Oct. 23rd)
You’ll want to get out and party this week. Hell, don’t we all? If you’re going to be pissy-faced to all your co-workers and too hungover to get any work done because you raged on a school night, you may as well make it worthwhile. So go some place you’ve never been before. If that’s shaking things up a bit too much for ya, at least visit your local hangout on a different night (we hear Tuesday is the new Thursday) so you’ll encounter a different group of regulars.

scorpio (Oct. 24th-Nov. 22nd)
For all you Scorpios out there who aren’t in a long-term relationship, but want to be: You will meet someone who will factor into the equation for quite a while if you attend organized events that interest you–jazz concerts in smoky dives, book readings at local bookstores, volunteer house-building for the less fortunate, industry conferences at Howard Johnsons, “Latin Groove” classes at fitness clubs, etc. Don’t say no to things to do this week, or you risk inadvertently saying no to people to do for weeks to come.

sagittarius (Nov. 23rd-Dec. 21st)
Prick up your ears this week. That should satisfy the p.... in your life.

capricorn (Dec. 22nd-Jan. 20th)
You will be full of great ideas this week. If you are on the go all the time, however, it will be difficult for those interested in you to keep up. Stop and smell the rose-scented shampoo in your lover’s pubic curls.

aquarius (Jan. 21st-Feb. 18th)
Isn’t it always the way: you have a few drinks, meet someone with a sparkle in their eye, exchange a few meaningful life stories, find out all these things you have in common, take off each other’s clothes and look deep into each other’s eyes before passing out, only to wake up three hours later to realize that the sparkle was the way the light hit their glasses, that the only thing you have in common is a fondness for Jim Beam, and that they apparently don’t wash very regularly. Occasionally, it works out and people end up getting married this way. But it’s rare. To be on the safe side, get to know new friends first, fondle orifices later.

pisces (Feb. 19th-Mar. 20th)
Just because Jealousy keeps showing up on your doorstep, doesn’t mean you have to invite it in for dinner. You know how Jealousy gets, belching at the table and hogging all the seconds. If Jealousy gets a place-setting, you risk driving away those you love.

The 5 Worst Makeup Mistakes

Top makeup and style bloggers answer wOw’s most pressing beauty question: What is the biggest beauty mistake the over-40-year-old woman makes?

1) The Pressure to Be Forever Young
Too frequently we feel pressured to be forever young by artificial means, to fit into someone else’s definition of what’s hot, what’s sexy or what’s beautiful …

The biggest beauty mistake the over-40-year-old woman makes is not embracing her age. Too frequently we feel pressured to be forever young by artificial means, to fit into someone else’s definition of what’s hot, what’s sexy or what’s beautiful. I say embrace your age and wear it with confidence. If you get a wrinkle, don’t rush to make an appointment for some kind of injectable, or cover it up with too much makeup. If your hair gets a little gray, don’t overcompensate with an over-the-top hair color. Or go clothes shopping at Forever 21. Figure out what makes you feel beautiful and, most importantly, happy. Own your age, wear your experience with pride and be comfortable in your own skin. There’s nothing hotter, sexier or more beautiful. - By Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik, Afrobella

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2) Not Choosing the Best Moisturizer for Your Skin
Moisturizing your face (especially with an SPF lotion) is one of the best beauty habits you can develop. But in their quest for the fountain of youth, too many over-40-year-old women fall for the marketing hype that says more expensive means better …

Moisturizing your face (especially with an SPF lotion) is one of the best beauty habits you can develop. But in their quest for the fountain of youth, too many over-40-year-old women fall for the marketing hype that says more expensive means better. Here are two studies that have shown that the price of an anti-aging skin-care product is NOT related to its effectiveness.

First, a recent French consumer test looked at the performance of 12 popular anti-aging skin-care products in France. They found that the least expensive product, Nivea Visage DNAge, was the second most effective. The most effective was Roc RetinOx-Jour. This was a double-blind study. In it, 22 women tried each product for 28 days. The products were then awarded points based on effectiveness and other in-use categories. You can see the entire list by clicking here.

Second, there was a study done by Consumer Reports that showed there is no connection between moisturizer price and effectiveness. In their lab studies, Consumer Reports found the most effective product was Olay Regenerist (Enhancing Lotion, Perfecting Cream and Daily Regenerating Serum). One surprise was a $335 product scored among the lowest of all the products tried. The full list of products (in order of performance) can be found by clicking here.

So, don’t make this same mistake — moisturize your face but don’t spend too much! - The Beauty Brains

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3) Wearing Too Much Makeup

The biggest mistake is wearing too much makeup, which can settle into fine lines and not leave the skin looking youthful. After 40, a woman should follow this rule of thumb: S, G, L (Sheer - Glowing - Luminous) …
Moisturizing is key for older women with dry skin and/or fine lines. Applying a lightweight moisturizing makeup primer (w/SPF like Smashbox Photo Finish Primer w/SPF15) is ideal before adding foundation or tinted moisturizer. Next, pick the right foundation and only use it where you really need it. A great new drugstore formula is Cover Girl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation. Apply illuminating powder or cream strategically on the upper cheekbones, the center of your forehead and just below your lower lip to also create the illusion of lift. Laura Mercier Shimmer Loose Powder and Dior Night Diamond Powder are great choices. - Risi-Leanne Baranja of Palacinka Beauty

To read the rest of wOw's Biggest Beauty Mistakes click here

Feed Your Family for $99 a Week

The price of groceries is sky-high, and it’s becoming harder to feed a family on a budget. So we decided to challenge ourselves to create a week’s worth of meals for $99. Difficult, but not impossible. Read on to see how the heck did we did it.

1. Embrace the supermarket flyers. Comb through what each store has on sale and plan meals around seasonal produce (in this case, nectarines, cabbage and corn), which tends to be less expensive.

2. Look for less expensive cuts of meat (yes, cube steak has returned), and don’t assume protein has to take center stage. You should also compare the size of cuts in a package of meat. Go for the 2- pound package of chicken that has six small breasts rather than four large ones.

3. Draw up a meal plan. Make a grid of the week with slots for breakfast, lunch and dinner, then figure out how you can incorporate leftovers into later meals (like we did, using the deli ham twice: first in the Spanish Tortilla, later in the Super Chef ’s Salad).

4. Stick to the rules: no impulse buying, no junk food, choose generic or storebrand products for better prices.

5. Substitute. If you run out of thyme, try the oregano already in your cabinet.

Below are all the dinner recipes. Click here to see what to serve for breakfast and lunch all week. Then, when you are ready to hit the grocery store, print out this helpful grocery list to take with you.

Sunday: Spice-Rubbed Roast Pork

Serves 6
Active: 5 min
Total: 1 hr 20 min

1 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp each chili powder and paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 lb boneless center-cut pork loin
Sweet ’n’ Sour Cabbage Sauté

1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Mix sugar and the spices in small bowl. Rub mixture all over pork. Place in small roasting pan.

2. Roast 50 minutes or until instant thermometer registers 150ºF. Remove from oven and let rest 15 minutes before cutting to serve.

3. Meanwhile, make Sweet ’n’ Sour Cabbage Sauté. Cut off about a 3 1/2- to 4-in. chunk of pork; wrap and refrigerate for Tuesday’s dinner of Barbecue Pork & Beans.

Per serving: 442 cal, 46 g pro, 3 g car, 0 g fiber, 26 g fat (9 g sat fat), 138 mg chol, 282 mg sod

Monday:Spanish Tortilla

Serves 4
Active: 18 min
Total: 40 min
1 Tbsp oil
1 1/2 lb all-purpose potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large onion, chopped
1 large cubanelle pepper, chopped
4 oz chunk of ham, chopped
1/2 tsp dried oregano or Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
8 large eggs
Serve with: salsa

1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Heat oil in a 10-in. ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes and onion; sauté 5 minutes until potatoes are just tender.

2. Add chopped peppers and ham, oregano, salt and pepper; cook 3 minutes until peppers are just tender.

3. Whisk eggs in a medium bowl. Pour into skillet, shaking pan a bit to distribute evenly.

4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until center is set. Let stand 2 minutes. Run spatula around edge of skillet and under tortilla. Place serving platter over skillet and invert. Serve with salsa and green salad.

Per serving: 369 cal, 20 g pro, 40 g car, 4 g fiber, 15 g fat (4 g sat fat), 434 mg chol, 601 mg sod

Tuesday: Barbecue Pork & Beans

Serves 6 (4 dinners, 2 lunches), Makes 7 cups
Active: 10 min
Total: 30 min

2 tsp oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves)
2 cans (16 oz each) baked beans
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1 Tbsp each cider vinegar and mustard
1/2 tsp each chili powder and ground cumin
3 1/2- to 4-in.-thick chunk reserved pork loin (from Sun; about 1 lb), cubed
Serve with: cornbread (prepare and bake an 8.5-oz box cornbread mix as directed with 1/3 cup milk and a large egg.)

1. Heat oil over medium heat in large skillet or saucepan. Sauté onion and garlic 3 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients, except pork.

2. Bring to boil, reduce heat and cover; simmer 15 minutes.

3. Stir in chopped pork, cover and simmer 5 minutes more or until pork is heated through. Serve with coleslaw and cornbread.

Per serving: 479 cal, 31 g pro, 58 g car, 14 g fiber, 14 g fat (4 g sat fat), 60 mg chol, 1,027 mg sod

Wednesday: Asian Chicken Thighs

Serves 4
Active: 5 min
Total: 20 min

1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
1 Tbsp oil
1 clove garlic, minced
4 chicken thighs (1 1/2 lb), skin removed
Peanut Ramen Noodle Salad

1. Mix teriyaki sauce, oil and garlic in ziptop bag.

2. Add chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.

3. Coat grill with cooking spray or oil. Heat grill. Add chicken and grill over medium heat 15 minutes, turning as needed, until cooked through.

Per serving: 192 cal, 21 g pro, 2 g car, 0 g fiber, 11 g fat (2 g sat fat), 72 mg chol, 585 mg sod

Thursday: Grilled Cube Steaks & Peppers with Potato Planks

Serves 4
Active: 10 min
Total: 35 min

2/3 cup oil
1 Tbsp minced garlic (3 cloves)
1 1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp red wine or cider vinegar
1 lb cube steaks (about 4), halved
1 1/2 lb potatoes (3 large), scrubbed and cut in 1/2-in. lengthwise slices
1 red pepper, halved lengthwise
2 cubanelle peppers, halved lengthwise

1. Whisk oil, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper in small bowl until blended; remove 4 Tbsp to large ziptop bag. Add vinegar and steaks. Marinate 15 minutes at room temperature or at least 2 hours in refrigerator.

2. Pour remaining oil mixture into another large ziptop bag. Add potato slices and pepper halves. Shake to coat with marinade; refrigerate 1 hour.

3. Heat outdoor grill or stovetop grill pan. Remove potatoes and peppers from bag, saving marinade. Grill potatoes 18 minutes, turning once. Grill peppers 8 minutes, turning once. Slice peppers into strips; toss with reserved marinade.

4. Remove steaks from bag; discard steak marinade. Grill steaks 3 minutes, turning once. Spoon peppers on top of steaks; serve with potato planks.

Per serving: 565 cal, 31 g pro, 35 g car, 5 g fiber, 34 g fat (4 g sat fat), 68 mg chol, 274 mg sod

Friday: 2-for-1 Pasta Primavera

You’ll get two meals from this chockful-of-veggies pasta. Save the leftovers (about 8 cups) and toss with Italian dressing, or just a bit of red wine vinegar, for a healthy pasta salad lunch.

Serves 8 (4 diners, 4 lunches)
Active: 15 min
Total: 35 min

1 box (about 14 oz) whole-wheat penne
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 lb zucchini, quartered lengthwise, sliced crosswise
1/2 lb yellow summer squash, quartered lengthwise, sliced crosswise
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 box (9 oz) frozen peas
1 can (14½ oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth
12 oz plum tomatoes, chopped
Serve with: grated Parmesan and crushed black pepper

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook as package directs; drain pasta and return to pot.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add zucchini and yellow squash; cook, stirring often, over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.

3. Add garlic and peas; cook 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in broth and bring to a simmer.

4. Pour vegetable mixture over pasta. Add tomatoes; toss to mix and coat. Transfer about 8 cups of pasta to a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate up to 2 days.

Per serving: 251 cal, 11 g pro, 47 g car, 7 g fiber, 4 g fat (1 g sat fat), 0 mg chol, 179 mg sod

Saturday: Super Chef’s Salad

Serves 4
Active: 10 min
Total: 15 min

2 large eggs
2 romaine hearts, cut in thick shreds
1 can (15 to 16 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 medium cucumber, sliced
2 plum tomatoes, cut in wedges
1 cup shredded Cheddar
4 oz fully cooked ham, cut in strips
Serve with: your favorite dressing

1. Bring eggs (and water to cover) to a simmer in a small saucepan. Simmer 1 minute. Remove saucepan from heat; cover and let stand 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Peel eggs and cut into wedges.

2. Put romaine in a large salad bowl. Top with eggs and mounds of remaining ingredients.

Per serving: 336 cal, 22 g pro, 31 g car, 6 g fiber, 14 g fat (7 g sat fat), 148 mg chol, 728 mg sod

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Contador, Armstrong trade barbs after Tour

MADRID (AP)—Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong are sniping again after a fragile truce during the Tour de France.

Contador, who secured his second Tour win on Sunday in Paris, said he had no admiration for the American as a person and tensions between the two had a negative effect on the Astana team. Armstrong, the seven-time champion who finished third in his first Tour since 2005, responded that Contador should “drop this drivel.”

“My relationship with Lance Armstrong is zero,” Contador said late Monday in his hometown of Pinto outside Madrid. “He’s a great rider and he did a great Tour. Another thing is on a personal level, where I have never admired him and never will.”

Armstrong, who had criticized Contador as being inexperienced earlier this year, responded with his own salvo on Twitter.

“Hey pistolero, there is no ‘I’ in ‘team’. what did I say in March? Lots to learn. Restated,” Armstrong wrote.

The “pistolero” remark stems from Contador’s habit of celebrating victories by shooting an imaginary pistol.

“Seeing these comments from AC (Alberto Contador). If I were him I’d drop this drivel and start thanking his team. w/o them, he doesn’t win,” Armstrong added. “A champion is also measured on how much he respect his teammates and opponents.”

Contador and Armstrong entered this year’s Tour jousting for position as the Astana team leader—an unusual situation in cycling, where team’s normally have a clear No. 1 rider who is supported by the rest of the squad.

FILE -- This is a July 11, 2009 file photo showing seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, left, and teammate and rival Alberto Contador, of Spain, right, climbing towards Col de Port , France, during the 8th stage of the Tour de France cycling race from Andorra to Saint-Girons, France. Contador and Armstrong are sniping again after a fragile truce during the Tour de France.

While Armstrong briefly held a slight edge over the Spaniard in the first week, Contador proved too strong in the mountains and was able to pull away for a decisive edge in the Alps.

On a couple of occasions, Armstrong questioned Contador’s tactics during the race, saying they went against the good of the team.

“It was a tense situation,” said Contador, who also won the race in 2007. “We didn’t have fluid communication despite the fact that we were the two main riders on the team. And this meant the rest of the cyclists and the technical staff also felt a bit of tension.”

Armstrong is launching his own U.S.-based team for next year, while Contador’s future with Astana remains uncertain.

“Wherever I go I will look for a teammate who is with me 100 percent,” Contador said.

The iPod Is Dead. Long Live the iPod

Traditional versions of the iconic device are a thing of the past, but future iterations will have a long and vibrant future.

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I was recently cleaning out a closet and came across an interesting artifact: my first iPod.

It was nearly eight years ago that I was among the very first people in New York City to carry around the first-generation iPod. About the size of a pack of cigarettes, it was advertised with the tagline "A thousand songs in your pocket." I can even remember the song used in the first TV spot: Take California by The Propellerheads.

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Since then, I've upgraded to a 2007 model boasting a 160-gigabyte hard drive that makes holding a mere thousand songs seem quaint. Before long, I will no doubt be waxing nostalgic about this music player as well—one that, at not even half full, holds 5,231 songs, 141 videos, and 228 podcasts.

First Quarterly Drop in iPod Sales

The iPod as many of us have known it is on the wane and giving way to a more feature-rich family of devices that in time will bear little resemblance to the trailblazing digital music players that helped Apple capture 70% of the North American market. Evidence of the iPod's decline came July 21, when Apple disclosed its first quarterly decline in iPods sold. In the three months ended in June, Apple (AAPL) sold 10.2 million iPods, versus 11 million a year earlier.

Anticipation of the drop-off is "one of the original reasons" Apple developed the iPhone and the WiFi-enabled iPod touch, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said on a July 21 conference call with analysts. Apple is prepared for lower sales of what it calls "pocket products:" the iPod shuffle, nano, and classic.

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At the same time, the iPod business "will last for many, many years," Apple believes. The company has good reason to want to extend the life of a product line that's generated $38 billion on sales of 218 million units, catapulting Apple ahead of SanDisk (SNDK), Microsoft (MSFT), Toshiba (6502.T), and others.

Flash Memory Is Cheaper

What will iPod's next generation look like? Most of Apple's energy is going to be devoted to the iPod touch, the most advanced and versatile version of the iPod.

My prediction is that one of the first casualties of Apple's emphasis will be the hard drive-based iPod classic. Flash memory is cheaper, consumes less power, and resists abuse better than hard drives, so future high-capacity iPods will most likely be based on flash.

I'm also betting those high-capacity models will look more like the iPod touch, and less like my iPod classic. If history is any judge, Apple will revise its iPod lineup in September, as it has every year since 2005.

A Mic Would Broaden Appeal

Besides a refresh of the iPod nano (it's been revised every fall since its introduction), you can also expect a more advanced version of the iPod touch. The next touch will come with 64GB of flash memory.

And since it runs virtually all of the same applications that the iPhone does, then it stands to reason that the touch will starting taking on more hardware features to accommodate applications. Aside from music and video, it's now already marketed as a handheld gaming machine, a communications device, and a handheld Web device. In a limited way it can even be used for navigation.

Over time, the touch will do even more. Consider its appeal if Apple were to add a microphone that lets you make calls on Skype (EBAY) or other Internet-calling services, without the need for the awkward headset that's required for such calls now.

You could talk on it as if it were an iPhone, and the mic would put in double duty for simple audio recordings like meetings, lectures, and voice memos.

How About a Camera?

The touch should really have a camera, too. And is there any reason why that camera can't be better than the one in the iPhone? The latest iPhone 3GS sports a 3-megapixel camera sensor, while the latest phones from Nokia (NOK) have an 8-megapixel sensor. Apple could split the difference and give the touch a 5- or 6-megapixel sensor, giving it the ability to take really gorgeous pictures.

And if the touch has a camera, then it should support video. All that added memory leaves plenty of room for clips, and the Wi-Fi connection makes it easy to send them directly to YouTube (GOOG) and other video-sharing sites. And while Apple has resisted adding memory-card slots to its handhelds in the past, now that the Mac has a slot for SD memory cards, is there any reason the iPod touch (and for that matter a future model of the iPhone) can't have a slot for Mini-SD cards for added storage capacity?

While we're wish-listing, why should the iPhone be the only device in Apple's lineup that can help you get from one place to another? Why not add a GPS chipset, and let the iPod touch become a full-fledged personal navigation device? The touch's limited navigation features currently only work when Wi-Fi is present. This is fine when you're in a city, but no help when you're on the road. With excellent personal navigation devices from Garmin (GRMN) and TomTom (TOM2.AS) selling for as low as $120—more than $100 below the entry-level touch—why consider navigation a premium, iPhone-only feature?

However Apple answers that question, what's clear is that traditional versions of the device are a thing of the past—and future iterations will have a long and vibrant future.

Hesseldahl is a reporter for

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Razzak, Shakib seal Bangladesh win

Bangladesh 246 for 9 (Ashraful 57, Shakib 54, Roach 5-44) beat West Indies 194 (Smith 65, Razzak 4-39)
by 52 runs

Abdur Razzak celebrates one of his four wickets, South Africa v Bangladesh, Twenty20, Johannesburg, November 5, 2008

Shakib Al Hasan, yet again, was the architect of Bangladesh's success as he delivered a fine allround performance to lead his team to a 52-run win in the series opener in Dominica. His fighting half-century helped his team post a formidable total on a slow pitch; his tactic of opening the bowling with left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak succeeded in denting West Indies early in their chase, and his dismissal of Devon Smith helped strangle the resistance which threatened to cause an upset. Mohammad Ashraful and Mahmudullah backed the effort with important contributions while fighting through a disciplined bowling performance led by Kemar Roach's five-for.

West Indies showed few signs of learning from their mistakes in the Test series. Inept footwork combined with poor shot selection from their batsmen produced a top-order collapse on a track favouring slow bowlers. Shakib, without hesitation, opened the bowling with Razzak, who made a successful return to international cricket after being suspended for a suspect action. Accustomed to sharing the new ball - he had opened the bowling in the 2007 World Cup - he struck with his second ball, trapping Dale Richards in front and returned to bowl Travis Dowlin, who was found cutting too close to an arm ball. Razzak stuck to a flat trajectory, varied his pace, got the ball to grip and surprised the batsmen with both turn and bounce.

The arrival of the left-handed Floyd Reifer immediately prompted another ploy from Shakib. Mahmudullah - the offspinner who had dismissed him on four occasions in the Test series - was brought on, and he soon had the West Indies captain swinging across the line to be caught at point.

West Indies had to rely on their old hand Smith, and again on Dave Bernard, who struck three half-centuries in the Test series, to stage a recovery. The pair opened up once Razzak was given a break, using their feet and opting to play the spinners straight while ensuring the strike kept rotating after the second powerplay. Smith's workmanlike 65 included just three fours, but he pierced the field with consistency while Bernard, the more cautious of the two, was prompt to see off any quiet phase with the pressure-relieving boundary. Their stand of 78 came close to even out proceedings before Shakib made the change, bringing himself on in the 29th over to trap Smith in front while sweeping across the line. The call was marginal as it appeared to be just clipping leg, but proved decisive. Bernard scored just one run off Shakib's next over, and holed out one ball later to put the visitors firmly in control. Though the lower order kept the crowd intrigued, stepping up the pace, Razzak hit back with two more wickets to seal the finish.

The comprehensive win marked a contrast to the start of play for Bangladesh. The hosts delivered the best possible start to the Dominican crowd witnessing their first international fixture, when Roach got opener Tamim Iqbal to edge one first ball. The overnight and early morning showers had made their mark on the pitch, and the four-pronged pace attack was expected to thrive on the movement on offer. But Roach and debutant Nelon Pascal, another slinger on the international scene, faced a counter-attack.

Determined to make amends for a woeful Test series, Ashraful showed signs of regaining form. Along with Junaid Siddique, he crafted a methodical stand laced with traces of his usual flamboyance. Being instinctively aggressive, they went for their shots and despite the early loss, anything pitched up or dropped short was promptly dealt with. Though there were the inevitable plays and misses from Ashraful, it was not his often senseless style of batting which had proved his undoing on many an occasion. Good balls were treated with caution and the loose deliveries, like the two rare ones from Roach in his fourth over, were cannoned through cover and over midwicket.

The pair dealt mainly in boundaries in the first Powerplay but became subdued once the restrictions were lifted. Sammy and Bernard maintained a tight line and gave very little away despite a spread out field. The boundaries dried up, the singles were infrequent and one of the batsmen snapped not too long after Reifer tempted him by taking the second Powerplay. Siddique's failed attempt to clear mid-off earned Bernard his reward for persistence. The combination of Roach - who dismissed Raqibul Hasan with the first ball of his second spell - and Bernard worked superbly as both remained consistent with their lines, teasing the batsmen just outside off. Bernard, in particular, displayed accuracy and excellent stamina, bowling ten overs on the trot.

With the surface beginning to hold up and the spinners introduced, Ashraful and Shakib shed their aggressions and relied on nudges, dabs and sweeps. And when the time for acceleration came, it was Mahmudullah who cut loose, breaking a 104-ball boundary drought with a six off Lewis. Shakib joined in the act to smack two fours off Nikita Miller to reach his half-century. Though Roach bagged three wickets in his spell to complete his haul, 43 runs had come off the final powerplay, boosting Bangladesh to a match-winning total.

Microsoft offers choice of browsers in Windows 7 to satisfy EU

It hopes to address competition concerns raised by the European Commission

Computerworld - Microsoft has offered to provide a choice of Web browsers with its upcoming Windows 7 operating system to ease concerns of competition regulators in the European Union, the EU's competition authority confirmed Friday.

Microsoft proposed including a "ballot screen" that would make it easy for Windows 7 users to install a competing Web browser, set it as the default and disable Internet Explorer (IE), the European Commission said in a statement. PC makers would also be able to install competing Web browsers and disable IE.

"The Commission welcomes this proposal, and will now investigate its practical effectiveness in terms of ensuring genuine consumer choice," it said.

The Commission raised concerns in January that Microsoft's practice of tying IE with Windows might be anticompetitive. Later, in June, it said that simply separating IE from Windows might not be sufficient to ensure competition.

After that warning, Microsoft said it would ship a version of Windows 7 in Europe without IE, to make sure it complied with the law. On Friday it said it would continue shipping that version, called Windows 7 E, to PC makers until the Commission decides whether to accept the ballot option.

"PC manufacturers building machines for the European market will continue to be required to ship E versions of Windows 7 until such time that the Commission fully reviews our proposals and determines whether they satisfy our obligations under European law," Microsoft said.

Microsoft has also made proposals to the Commission about disclosing information to achieve better interoperability between Windows, Windows Server and third-party products, the Commission said Friday. It is also investigating these proposals, it said, declining to comment further.

Microsoft said the interoperability efforts also include Office, Exchange, and SharePoint. "Like the Internet Explorer proposal, the interoperability measures we are offering involve significant change by Microsoft," the company said.

"We believe that if ultimately accepted, this proposal will fully address the European competition law issues relating to the inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows and interoperability with our high-volume products," the company said, adding that it would mark "a big step forward in addressing a decade of legal issues."

The EU has already won an earlier competition case against Microsoft. In May 2004 it fined the company a record $794 million and ordered it to sell a version of Windows in Europe that did not include Microsoft's Windows Media Player software, to restore competition in that market.

Few PC makers sold the version of Windows without WMP, however, and the remedy was widely seen as ineffective. The Commission is keen to extract more effective remedies from Microsoft for its latest objections.

Microsoft said it would publish its latest proposals "in full" on its Web site "as soon as possible."

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