Friday Follow-Ups: AVG, MSN, Helio, Etc.
Updates on some recent (and one not-so-recent) stories:
* Grisoft, the Czech developers of the AVG anti-virus program, have made it a little easier to find the free version of this application--something I complained about at the start of this month. The "update now" window that pops up if you're running AVG 7.5 still pushes the $54.99 AVG Internet Security, but clicking the "Stay protected. Click here to see all AVG 8.0 products" link at the bottom of that prompt now takes you to a page offering the free AVG 8.0 (here's a direct link to download that, if you're still getting lost).
* If you've bought songs off Microsoft's now-defunct MSN Music service, they won't start to self-destruct until 2012 at the earliest instead of Aug. 31. The company announced this change of plans in a notice e-mailed to customers last week:
After careful consideration, Microsoft has decided to continue to support the authorization of new computers and devices and delivery of new license keys for MSN Music customers through at least the end of 2011, after which we will evaluate how much this functionality is still being used and what steps should be taken next to support our customers.
But you'd still be wise to convert your purchases into an open, unrestricted format now, not later, as I outlined in April.
* Remember the Helio mobile-phone service? Maybe not, unless my July 2006 review somehow stuck in your mind. Well, things haven't gone too well for Helio--today, Virgin Mobile announced it would buy the company in a transaction valued at just $39 million. This is the latest in a series of flame-outs by much-hyped "MVNOs" ("mobile virtual network operators" that re-sell the services of larger carriers) such as ESPN Mobile and Amp'd.
* Finally, two items from the mistakes-were-made department. The June 1 Help File incorrectly said that you can't delete one site from Internet Explorer 7's history list (to do that, click the star icon at the top left of IE's window to open its "Favorites Center," click the "History" heading, right-click on the site's address and select "Delete."). And yesterday's review of the Flip digital camcorder incorrectly said that iMovie '08 can't edit files shot with this $180 device. It now can, thanks to a software update Apple issued earlier this month.
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