• Microsoft's new tablet Surface on display in Hollywood last month.At a conference in downtown Toronto, the fog of rumours around the release of Windows 8 was finally lifted, and it looks like it will be coming in October.

    According to CityTV, Microsoft's Windows group chief financial officer Tami Reller said that the company's latest operating system will be released to manufacturers in August, and will be made available to consumers at the end of October.

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    The October ship date confirms what industry analysts have long predicted, Computerworld reports. The website pins October 25 as the most likely release date for the operating system.

    For those looking to upgrade to Windows 8, it was announced last week that Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows XP users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99.

    Computers running Windows 8 will also go on sale, although there's still no firm release date for the recently announced Microsoft Surface tablet. Other companies like Nokia and

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  • Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch is heading to the Olympics and he's bringing some pretty impressive equipment with him to get unique angles on the action.

    In a blog on the Reuters website, Bensch explains how he'll be covering the London 2012 Olympic Games using remote cameras, which will be able to go where normal cameras can't because they're attached to photographers.

    Bensch's cameras will be mounted in overhead locations in the arenas, so they can capture the perfect moment from a different perspective. The robo-cameras will be triggered by cable wires or wireless transmitters.

    For the first time ever Bensch and his fellow photographer Pawel Kopcznski will be able to capture action from rooftop vantage points, where no human photographer can go.

    The cameras are being installed by the pair over the next few weeks, ahead of the Olympic Games. In addition to triggering the equipment remotely, the photographer can move the camera along the rigging to which it's hooked up and

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  • On July 9, thousands of Canadians run the risk of losing access to the Internet because of a years-old virus created in Estonia.

    As the CBC reported, on Monday the FBI will be turning off temporary servers that have been helping affected computers to get rid of the DNSChanger virus and return to accessing the Internet normally. Now, those who haven't taken action to fix their computers will find themselves unable to visit any websites when those servers are turned off.

    What's happening

    In brief, a group of six Estonians created the DNSChanger virus as a way to reroute Internet users' traffic to sites where the group could profit from ad clicks. The FBI shut them down as part of the two-year Operation Ghost Click.

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    To allow those who were affected by DNSChanger continue to access the Internet while they removed the virus from their computers, the FBI set up a group of temporary servers to serve DNS addresses. As of

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  • Google said Tuesday it was discontinuing its iGoogle page designed as Web "portal."It's the end of the line for five of Google's products, the company announced in a blog on July 3.

    iGoogle, Google Video, Google Mini, Google Talk Chatback and the Symbian Search App will all be shutting down this year, as Google says it hopes to further focus and streamline its product offerings.

    The blog says that more than 30 products have been closed or combined with others since the company started cleaning house last fall. Other casualties of the oddly-named spring cleaning included Aardvark, Desktop, Fast Flip, and Notebook back in September, followed by Google Buzz in October.

    In the October blog announcing Buzz's demise, Google said they would be taking out the social features of iGoogle since their social focus would now be on Google+, but that iGoogle would remain intact. It seems that over the last several months, Google has changed its mind.

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    For those not familiar with the product, iGoogle is a

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  • You're likely using the Internet for online shopping and online banking, so why not online will creation?

    Perhaps not surprisingly, there are a few services that offer it today, including Will-O-Matic, a Toronto-based do-it-yourself Internet service from a company called Dynamic Lawyers.

    Given the fact Canada's population is aging and we're turning to the Internet more than ever for various services, I thought I'd devote a blog post to online will creation.

    I caught up with lawyer Michael Carabash, founder of Dynamic Lawyers, about the product -- including who it's for, how it works and the benefits and drawbacks compared to an in-person visit to a lawyer.

    Yahoo!: OK, so what is Will-O-Matic, exactly?

    Michael Carabash: In a nutshell, it's Turbo Tax for creating a will. The online product takes users through a series of questions and as they fill out the answers, it helps them make decisions about their last will and testament. At the end, you download, print and sign a

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  • Instead of playing a strong and confident video game protagonist -- such as Uncharted's Nathan Drake or Tomb Raider's Lara Croft -- it could be equally as fun to control a hapless hero who can't seem to catch a break.

    Whether it's a lovable loser like Leisure Suit Larry or the dimwitted Dirk the Daring from Dragon's Lair, it can be fun (and funny) when the star of the story has, er, issues.

    You can expect this kind of misadventure with Chillingo's The Act ($0.99 cents), a new "interactive comedy" for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

    You play as Edgar on a quest to find love, keep your job as a window washer and prevent your bumbling brother from getting into trouble.

    The smoothly animated game looks like a TV cartoon, but every few moments you'll be prompted to place your finger on the screen to control Edgar's action with a slow swipe left or right. It's not quite like those "quick-time events" in the aforementioned Dragon's Lair game — where you need to push up, left or right at the

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  • REUTERS/Andrea Coma Fraud investigators with the RCMP are warning Canadians of a new "Trojan" software that maliciously attempts to extort money from users through fraudulent legal threats.

    "The Reveton Trojan, once downloaded and activated, causes computers to seize and display a fraudulent message purporting to come from the RCMP, CSIS, FBI or some other law-enforcement agency," CBC reports.

    Reports of a purported legal message from CSIS earlier in the year became the first sign of the scam's presence in Canada. Once a user's computer locks, a pop-up message claiming the computer has been flagged for the downloading of child pornography appears on the screen. The user is then instructed to submit a $100 payment — via an online channel such as PaySafe or Ukash — in order to unlock the computer.

    But the scammers appear to be evolving from their original scenario.

    "More recently they've been claiming that the illegal behaviour the consumer is accused of is downloading music," says Daniel Williams, RCMP

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  • A man looks at his iPad while sitting in a cafe in central Beijing June 6, 2012.There's been seemingly endless speculation of "will they or won't they?" when it comes to Apple releasing an iPad Mini. To add more fuel to that fire, Bloomberg is reporting that there are "plans to debut a smaller, cheaper iPad by year-end."

    Quoting two sources as "people with knowledge of the plans," Bloomberg says the iPad Mini (which hasn't been confirmed as its name) would have a screen about 7 to 8 inches, and would potentially be announced in October.

    [ Related: Mozilla unveils prototype iPad browser to challenge Safari ]

    According to TechSpot, the rumours suggest it will have a 1024 by 768 resolution, despite what was reported back in May. It seems those hoping for retina display on the smaller model would be out of luck. Part of the reason for this could be so Apple can price the tablet around the $200 USD mark, although BGR reports that it will likely be priced closer between $249-$299.

    This rumour comes hot on the heels of Google unveiling the Nexus 7 at its annual I/O

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  • The cause behind Microsoft's controversial decision to remove the Start button from its latest operating system is really quite simple: people had just stopped using it.

    The lack of this flagship feature has quickly become one of the most divisive elements of the Windows 8 interface, prompting many to assume Microsoft was hell bent on familiarizing its users with the new Metro Start screen.

    But a senior executive with Microsoft cleared the air while speaking to PC Pro at this year's TechEd, the company's annual event for developers and IT professionals.

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    "We'd seen the trend in Windows 7," shared Chaitanya Sareen, principal program manager at Microsoft. "When we evolved the taskbar we saw awesome adoption of pinning [applications] on the taskbar. We are seeing people pin like crazy. And so we saw the Start menu usage dramatically dropping, and that gave us an option. We're saying 'look, Start menu

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  • Stop me if this sounds familiar: You're itching to buy a new tech toy for yourself or loved one, but when you walk into your favourite electronics store you find yourself staring at a sea of products that all seem to look the same.

    So, how on earth do you know which one to buy?

    This is why Sharon Vinderine started Parent Tested, Parent Approved (PTPA), a Canadian company that sends products out to families for hands-on testing and feedback — and only the cream of the crop get the coveted PTPA seal of approval to put on their packaging. While Toronto-based, PTPA has become popular south of the border -- appearances on the Rachel Ray Show and Fox and Friends probably have something to do with it -- and the company has also branched out to cover more than just parenting products.

    In fact, PTPA has recently launched a Geek Tested, Geek Approved seal for premium tech products. Along with sending products out to Canadian and U.S. families, yours truly was also a judge on PTPA's recent "Tech

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