Free Online Shopping App Saves Safari and Google Chrome Users Time and Money

April 5, 2011 · Filed Under Internet Software, Software News · Comment 

By Helping People Optimize Their Rewards Programs, Billeo’s Offer Assistant Has Already Saved Users 2.2 Million Dollars

To address the growing number of online shoppers, Billeo, Inc. expanded the company’s popular online shopping tool, Offer Assistant, making it available on the Safari 5 and Google Chrome web browsers.

“People shouldn’t have to spend hours clipping coupons and tracking the points structure of their rewards programs to get the best deal,” said Murali Subbarao, CEO of Billeo, Inc. “We work with the major banks, credit card companies and loyalty programs to provide our users with a hassle-free way to take full advantage of their rewards and loyalty programs. Offer Assistant has already helped users save more than 2.2 million dollars – and now online shoppers who use Google Chrome and Safari browsers have access to the same savings possibilities.”

Billeo’s Offer Assistant is a browser app that helps people save time and money while shopping online. After downloading the app once, shoppers are instantly connected to thousands of high-quality offers and deals from their banks, credit and debit cards, loyalty programs and nearly 1,000 merchants. These offers appear instantly in any Google, Yahoo! or Bing search result, showing what deals are currently available for the item being purchased. Nearly one million people already use the app– saving them an average of 6 to 11 percent per purchase.

With the Offer Assistant, consumers no longer need to keep track of fluctuating points and deals offered by their rewards and loyalty programs, because Billeo shows them all the current offers from leading financial institutions and loyalty programs – including American Express, Visa, PayPal, Discover, AARP, Bank of America and Chase. Offer Assistant helps consumers take full advantage of their financial relationships.

Billeo’s Offer Assistant now works with the following web browsers: Internet Explorer 7/8/9, Mozilla Firefox 3.6/4.0, Safari 5 and Google Chrome.

To discover what kind of savings Billeo’s Offer Assistant can give you, download it at www.billeo.com.

AVG and Netlog Partner to Help More Than 24 Million Social Networking Users Stay Safe

February 1, 2011 · Filed Under Security Software, Software News · Comment 

AVG Technologies announced that it has teamed up with Netlog to launch a co-branded Security Center within the popular European social network now available at http://www.netlog.com/go/helpdesk/security/.

The Security Center powered by AVG, will inform and educate users about Internet security, provide tips and help users protect themselves from malware, spyware and other attacks by cybercriminals while they surf online. Additionally, all links within Netlog will be automatically scanned by AVG LinkScanner, warning users to refrain from opening a link when a threat is detected.

With more than 72 million members and over 150 million visitors per month, Netlog is one of the fastest-growing and most popular social networking sites amongst European youth between the ages of 18 and 25. The Security Center will be initially rolled out to 24 million Netlog users in the top six countries of the Netlog user base, which are Belgium, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Romania and Turkey. As part of the educational initiative, Netlog users will also be able to download AVG Free and Paid products at a discounted price while receiving bonus Netlog credits at http://en.netlog.com/go/downloads/. Users can also visit a dedicated AVG page to learn more about the company and apply exclusive AVG monster ‘brand skins’ to their own page at http://www.netlog.com/internetsecurity/.

“AVG is delighted to work with Netlog on this strategic initiative. Social media has become the heartbeat of our society and as such, it is particularly vulnerable to the criminal elements,” said Rocco Donnino, senior vice president of Global Strategic Alliances, AVG Technologies. “Netlog is taking incredible measures to create a safe and secure environment for their members, thus it’s imperative that Netlog users have the most up-to-date security software and information available so that they stay protected while surfing online.”

“A significant amount of Netlog users are aged 13 to 20. This age group tends to be relatively more vulnerable to online threats, which is why we attach a great deal of importance to online security. Other than guaranteeing the safest possible experience on our own site, we can now offer our users a way to protect themselves wherever they go on the web, thanks to our partnership with AVG,” said Lorenz Bogaert, CEO of Massive Media.

The agreement is part of the AVG’s Global Strategic Alliances (GSA) group and “Trust Alliance” program focused on development, licensing initiatives and strategic partnerships in security, social media and the online community.

Panda Cloud Antivirus emerges from Beta, bringing free, proven PC Protection to the masses

November 10, 2009 · Filed Under Internet Software, Security Software, Software News · Comment 

Panda Security goes beyond the basics with world’s most lightweight and complete free anti-virus service for home users

Panda Cloud Antivirus, the industry’s first and most comprehensive free cloud anti-virus service that protects consumers PCs against the latest malware, spyware, rootkits and viruses, emerged from beta after six months of user testing. To experience the expanded performance and support capabilities of Cloud Antivirus, as well as benefit from both online and offline security protection, consumers can download the free service from Panda Security at http://www.cloudantivirus.com/.

“Since the beta release of Panda Cloud Antivirus in April, we have been judiciously testing our cloud-based protection model, making upgrades in security and performance, and listening to our user community,” said Juan Santana, CEO of Panda Security. “With Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0, we’ve really changed the game, providing our users the most powerful and lightweight free protection available on the market today.”

Recognized for being “the first anti-virus without an update button”, Panda Cloud Antivirus delivers the fastest protection against the newest and most dangerous viruses. This is made possible thanks to Collective Intelligence, Panda’s advanced system that gathers malware information from its global community of users in the cloud to automatically identify and classify new malware strains in minutes. Collective Intelligence combines local detection technologies with real-time cloud-scanning to maximize protection while minimizing resource consumption. Available in 11 languages, Panda Cloud Antivirus works under Windows XP (32 bits), Windows Vista (32bits and 64bits) and Windows 7 (32bits and 64bits) operating systems and only consumes 20 MB of RAM.

According to a recent PC World review of free anti-virus offerings:

“Among all of the free anti-virus software we tested for our latest roundup, Panda Cloud Antivirus was the best app at blocking known malware. The approach is intended to take advantage of the latest signatures without the need for signature-database updates-and if its excellent showing at detecting malware in AV-Test.org’s zoo of half a million samples is any indication, the approach works. Panda’s app produced an impressive 99.4 percent overall detection rate.”

Notable new features and upgrades to Cloud Antivirus from the initial beta include:

– New and improved interface makes Cloud Antivirus even easier to use
– Improved performance with cache optimization and memory management lowers CPU utilization and memory consumption
– New website and Collective Intelligence Monitor give users access to a list of malware from the community that is updated in real-time
– Online support forums now available at http://www.cloudantivirus.com/forum/index.jspa

Source: Panda Security

Mozilla advances the web with Firefox 3.5

Major update to browser delivers significant performance improvements, privacy enhancements, support for new Web standards, and greater customization options

Mozilla, a public-benefit organization dedicated to promoting choice and innovation on the Internet, today released Firefox(R) 3.5, a major update to its popular, free and open source Web browser. Coming one year after the launch of the critically acclaimed Firefox 3, Firefox 3.5 introduces cutting-edge features, as well as new support for a wide variety of Web standards.

Firefox 3.5 is the best performing browser Mozilla has ever released and delivers radically improved JavaScript performance, a new Private Browsing mode, native support for open video and audio, and Location Aware Browsing. The newest version of Firefox is more than two times faster than Firefox 3 and ten times faster than Firefox 2 on complex websites. With extensive under the hood work to support new technologies, Firefox 3.5 is the most powerful and complete modern browser and helps upgrade the Web experience.

Firefox 3.5 was built through Mozilla’s global, open source development process. The Mozilla community comprises thousands of passionate contributors, including experienced developers, security experts, localization and support communities in more than 60 countries, and tens of thousands of active testers. With more than 300 million active users, Firefox is the only popular Web browser created by a non-profit organization.

“So much is happening on the Web right now, it’s a great time for browsers. Firefox 3.5 brings together the most innovative Web technologies and delivers them in the most complete and powerful modern browser,” said John Lilly, CEO, Mozilla.

What’s New in Firefox 3.5:

Firefox 3.5 makes surfing the Web easier and more enjoyable with exciting new features and platform updates that allow Web developers to create the next generation of Web content. Native support for open video and audio, private browsing, and support for the newest Web technologies will enable richer, more interactive online experiences.

Performance. Firefox 3.5 includes the powerful new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine, which delivers unprecedented performance with today’s complex Web applications. Firefox 3.5 is more than two times faster than Firefox 3 and ten times faster than Firefox 2.

Open Video and Audio. Enjoy video and audio content from within your browser, without the need for plugins. Video is a vital part of the modern Web, whether it’s used to communicate, educate, or entertain. Firefox 3.5 delivers the first native integration of audio and video directly into the browser. Now everyone can easily watch open format Ogg Theora videos.

Web developers can use these technologies to design pages that interact with video content in new and exciting ways, offering richer interactive experiences beyond controlling playback and volume.

Privacy Controls. Firefox 3.5 includes features designed to protect your privacy online and provide greater control over your personal data.

While using the new Private Browsing mode in Firefox 3.5, nothing you encounter on the Web will be stored from that moment on during your browsing session. Unique to Firefox 3.5, the new Forget this Site feature can remove every trace of a site from your browser. If you want to remove all private data or activity from the past few hours, Clear Recent History, another Firefox-only feature, gives you full control over what stays and what goes.

Location Aware Browsing. Location Aware Browsing saves you time by allowing websites to ask you where you are located. If you choose to share your location with a website, it can use that information to find nearby points of interest and return additional, useful data like maps of your area. It’s all optional – Firefox doesn’t share your location without your permission.

How to get Mozilla Firefox 3.5:

Mozilla Firefox 3.5 is available now for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems as a free download from http://www.getfirefox.com/. It is also available in more than 70 languages at: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all.html.

Two free HyperStudio 5 players for Windows and Internet Explorer

July 1, 2009 · Filed Under Downloads, Home Software, Internet Software, Software News · Comment 

Software MacKiev, an award-winning software developer and publisher, and Roger Wagner, the creator and designer of HyperStudio(R), announced today the debut of HyperStudio 5 for Windows and the release of HyperStudio 5 Players for Windows and Internet Explorer.

The Windows and Mac version of HyperStudio are being presented at the NECC conference in the Software MacKiev Booth # 1412 in several different venues – from informal presentations in “Roger’s Bistro” by Roger Wagner, creator and designer of HyperStudio, to educators and middle school students showing classroom projects in the HyperStudio Theatre.

HyperStudio(R) is media fusion software for making digital creations. From animated art forms and comics, digital storytelling to virtual visits, to podcasting of school projects, HyperStudio has been used worldwide by millions of students, teachers, engineers, musicians, film-makers, and even a few rock bands. The program is accessible for the youngest users but also has the depth and professional quality that more sophisticated users make exemplary use of. In an environment where any element can be created or added within seconds, HyperStudio is the elegantly simple solution that lets users do it all in one well designed program.

The HyperStudio 5 Windows Player allows projects created in HyperStudio 5 for Windows to run on PCs while the Internet Explorer Player allows projects made in HyperStudio 5 to run on Internet Explorer 6 or higher. The release of these two players is now available by download from the Software MacKiev website.

Pricing and Availability

HyperStudio 5 for Windows and Mac OSX is available for purchase from the Software MacKiev Web store starting at $89.95 for a single computer license. Volume license discounts are available. The HyperStudio 5 Players for Windows and Internet Explorer are available immediately free of charge from the Software MacKiev Web site. Go to www.mackiev.com and follow the links to Support. The Windows Player allows users to enjoy HyperStudio 5 Windows projects on Microsoft Windows computers and works with Windows XP SP2 or later, including Windows Vista. The Internet Explorer Player lets you view HyperStudio 5 projects on Internet Explorer 6 or later.

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