>> [Background music] The next version of Windows will creatively be called Windows 7. Yahoo helps you follow the election online and the EU wants you to protect your ears. It's Tuesday, October 14th. I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded.
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>> The new version of Windows will officially be called Windows 7. That's what we have been calling it for months now, but the name did not become official until Monday. The original code name was Vienna, but Microsoft says that they want a moniker that's more simplistic and less aspirational. We're all for that. In fact, we like it better than Windows Me and Windows Vista. Nothing wrong with it. Simple and numerical order of things.
>> With the U.S. election just a few short weeks away, Yahoo's going to help you sort through all those state by state election polls. The company released Election 08 Political Dashboard. The online tool gives voters an interactive web page to track previous election data and poll results by various organization. In addition, the tool can project electoral vote trends; and the coolest part is that it will allow you to select political pundit by creating scenarios for your candidate to win. The web app is available at news.yahoo.com/election/2008/dashboard.
>> Juice is now flash based for your viewing pleasure. Juice is like Hooloo unless you stream video clips, shows, and movies that are ad supported. Previously, the service used a peer-to-peer method that required downloading a plug-in; but they've since conformed to serve up video flash style just like the rest of us. You can now watch video in your [inaudible] most people would prefer although Juice may be a little too late to the game. Most web video consumers will agree that we're too busy watching Hooloo to care about Juice.
>> Don't expect the PlayStation 3 to get a price cut this Christmas. The company's president said that a price cut for the game console is not going to happen this holiday season. We thought, maybe, since the Xbox recently cut prices, but Sony maintains that the PS3 is still a good deal at $399.00. It does have a Blue-ray player and 80GB hard drive, after all.
>> The Asus all-in-one PC is available for pre-order in the UK. This is a touch screen desktop machine out of the company best known for the Eee PC. It will cost 399 pounds and launch on November 20th. It will have an Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, 15" screen, 1.3 M pixel camera, and run Windows XP Home Edition. It looks like a cool little machine although we don't know if and when we'll see it here in the US.
>> If you're planning on taking a trip to see the Pyramids, be prepared to make your way around without the help of your phone's GPS. That's because Egypt's government has banned the use of all consumer GPS devices. Cars and phones equipped with the technology must have a license of approval in order to use GPS. Currently, only Syria and North Korea still ban the commercial use of GPS; and although there have been talks with authorities on releasing the ban in Egypt, agreements have not yet been reached.
>> Google and Yahoo are still trying to defend their right to work together. The companies have been going before the U.S. Justice Department to justify their joint ad deal. They're apparently trying to avoid an anti-trust lawsuit, but this process is still in its early stages so we won't see much out of it for awhile. Meanwhile, a Harvard professor published a report on Monday saying that Google is making a killing off of typos through Ad Sense. Ben Adleman is claiming that Google makes millions off of typo squatting sites. These are sites that purposely spell a popular brand name wrong but close enough. These sites run Ad Sense with ads most likely purchased by the legitimate company. When users click those ads on the typo squatting page, Google makes money. Now you may say, "Why do I care about this? It doesn't directly affect the user, after all." But it really does. First off, typo squatting is illegal; and second, Adleman is estimating that there are as many as 80,000 typo squatting domains on the US's top 2,000 websites. The legitimate companies are paying for those Ad Sense clicks. Addleman has filed a class action lawsuit which will head to court next month. The question is: Who should be held responsible for this? Google, which is simply selling the ad space, or the typo squatters themselves? Should Google be allowed to be complicit in all this? What do you think? Ring in at Loaded at cnet.com.
>> File this one away under "weird". Computer manufacturer OLO wants to make a notebook device that will require you to dock your iPhone into the hardware. The phone would be the guts of the machine and the rest of the hardware would just let you do things on your phone with the laptop interface, kinda like the Palm Folio which was a bust if I've ever seen one. The machine would basically be a shell for you to run your iPhone's version of OS 10. We don't have any more information than that including a price or release date which is just as well because, like I said, it's weird.
>> A new study from EU scientists found that somewhere between 2.5 million and 10 million Europeans could suffer from hearing loss based on their habits of listening to their music at over 89 decibels for more than one hour per day for at least five years. There was a great article in Time magazine about this three years ago. The damage you do to your hearing is irreparable so we should take it seriously. Regulators in the EU are looking to lower the limit of 100 decibels for MP3 players. This would be a good move; but if you don't live in the EU, you'll have to regulate yourself. Really. Take care of your hearing. You don't want to be one of those old people, have to constantly be yelled at to understand anything. I'm almost there myself. Believe me. It's no fun.
>> Those are your headlines for today. Don't forget to stay tuned to CNET TV Today to see what happens with that Apple press event. We're predicting [inaudible] test. And, of course, we will sum up for you tomorrow here on Loaded. See you then. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded.
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