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Linux Distributor Mandriva Adds Internet Telephony

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Linux distributor Mandriva on Wednesday said it has integrated Internet telephony software from Skype into the open-source operating system.

Skype to announce Mandriva Linux calling today

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Big news. On Monday, Skype will announce the integration of voice with Mandriva Linux 2006. Mandriva Linux 2006 is the first, and only, Linux operating system to offer the Skype application.

Where Computer Interfaces Are Going : 3D Beyond Games

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Will we be stuck with flat rectangles on our desktop forever or will we finally live in a 3D desktop? This article discusses some alternatives and proposes a framework in which future interface designs may be evaluated.

Linux Phone Platform Gains VoIP

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Trolltech has updated its Qtopia Phone platform for Linux adding a Voice over IP and better support for wireless Latest News about wireless messaging.

In other VoIP news: Yahoo Takes Aim at Skype With VoIP Calling Feature

Laptops in mud huts

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Never underestimate the power of a good idea to transform the world. The $100 laptop is just such an idea. The idea holds hope for plugging the world's poor into 21st Century technology.

Coming soon: Online hugs

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Email and messaging over the internet may be great ways to communicate, but Singapore scientists are seeking a way to transmit hugs in cyberspace.

Linux fridge rats on your drinking habits

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A BLOKE has invented a Linux fridge that will tell you who has been drinking your beer and post it to a web page.

Nokia Declares War Against Microsoft

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Nokia's introduction of its new ESeries smartphones was more than just another product announcement. It was an open declaration of war against Microsoft. With both of them squarely targeting the North American enterprise, this could be an absolutely fascinating battle.

Solar Eclipse Oct. 3 for Europe, Asia, Africa

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If you plan to be anywhere in Europe, Africa or parts of western and southern Asia on Monday, Oct. 3, you will be treated to a solar eclipse.

Scientists discover moon orbiting 10th planet

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The astronomers who claim to have discovered the 10th planet in the solar system have made another intriguing announcement: it has a moon.

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