Archive for April, 2009

[News] Panda Cloud Antivirus: The next big antivirus or a failed attempt?

April 29, 2009 11 comments

Panda Security SL, the Spain-based security company, launched a new, free antivirus software today. Panda Cloud Antivirus offers free protection against viruses, spyware, adware, and rootkits. But what makes it different from other antivirus softwares is the “cloud” feature.

While most antivirus softwares require daily updates to keep their “signature,” or information on viruses, up-to-date, Panda Cloud uses information stored on Panda’s own servers. The virus information will be on Panda’s servers, not your computer. The program will have to communicate with the server in order to function. The software on your computer doesn’t do the work; the data monitoring center does.

As a result, the program uses less memory than competitors.

This idea does have a major problem. First, your computer has to be connected to the Internet for Cloud to function. This could be a major problem for people with bandwidth limits (Verizon BroadbandAccess limits you to 50MB or 5GB per month). If they’re not careful, their limits could easily be passed and each megabyte would cost extra (like $0.25 a MB). Somone with an accidental $250 bill would not be happy with their “free” antivirus.

Free antivirus softwares have been successful in the past. Millions use AVG Free Edition, avast! Home Edition, and Avira AntiVir. Will this cloud feature lour in millions more, or will it just use too much bandwidth? We have yet to find out.

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[Closure] GeoCities

April 29, 2009 Leave a comment

In April 2009, Yahoo! announced that they would discontinue GeoCities later in the year, as users moved to social networking sites to create personal web pages.

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[Closure] Yahoo! Briefcase – March 30, 2009

April 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Yahoo! Briefcase offered free digital storage of files. The storage allowance on the free version was only 30 MB, and the maximum individual file size was 5 MB. Briefcase was discontinued after many users had switched to alternatives, such as Windows Live SkyDrive, which now offers 25 GB of free, secure storage.

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[Closure] Jumpcut – December 16, 2008

April 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Jumpcut was a service from Yahoo! offering free online video editing, hosting, and sharing. On December 16, 2008, Yahoo! no longer let users upload videos, but the videos currently there would still be viewable. In June, Jumpcut will be completely shut down.

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[Closure] Tickle

April 28, 2009 Leave a comment

This image appeared on Tickle's website after it was closed

Tickle was a website offering social networking services and free tests, including the “Classic IQ Test.” Tickle survived the Dot Com Boom and was aquired by in 2002. discontinued Tickle and launched TestQ, which specializes in free career and money-related tests.

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