Monthly Archives: July 2011

Never Renew Your Antivirus Again

I know – I’m always harping on you to keep your Antivirus program up-to-date so what’s that headline all about? Just a way for you to save some money AND keep your home PC’s fully protected and virus free.

Vipre PC Lifetime License
Vipre and Vipre Premium are now available with PC lifetime licenses. This means you won’t be nagged when your subscription is nearing its end, and you’ll never have to pay recurring renewal fees.

PC Lifetime Licenses are good for the life of your PC; you can also get an unlimited home license that will cover up to 10 PC’s in your home for the lifetime of your PC’s.

How about the cost:
This may surprise you. A Vipre standard lifetime license is only $89 and Vipre Premium only $109.95. That’s an amazing deal for a lifetime of Antivirus protection and updates.

Vipre Lifetime Antivirus FAQ’s

Q. What does “PC Lifetime” mean?
Lifetime means for the lifetime of one PC. In other words, for as long as you have that PC, you will be covered by the Lifetime PC License. If you sell or give away that PC, the license is non-transferable.

Q. What if my computer crashes?
If your computer crashes and you have to reformat your hard drive, that’s fine and you’re completely covered. However, if you rebuild the computer with new components (in effect, creating a new computer), the license is invalid. However, because motherboards and other major components do malfunction, we do provide you a one-time reinstall of the Software in the event you make a major system change.

Keep in mind that you can install and reinstall the VIPRE Lifetime license as many times as you like, on the original computer. For example, some people like to routinely re-format their hard drive so as to optimize performance. That’s completely fine.

Q. I’m still confused. Can you explain in more detail?
The concept is simple: A person buys a computer and holds on to it for a period of time. After several years, one would typically buy a new computer, and either a) sell their old one, b) relegate it to some back attic or a dark closet, c) give to someone else, or d) throw it out/recycle it. As long as you own that PC, you’ll be covered by the Lifetime license and never have to pay for an update for that copy Lifetime copy of VIPRE. If you sell it, throw it out, give it to someone else, the license is no longer valid.

Q. What is the specific legal language in the End User License Agreement (EULA) that covers this license?

The Lifetime license is in all current VIPRE home licenses. It reads as follows:

PC Lifetime Service Policy
If your purchase includes GFI’s PC Lifetime Service Policy (“Lifetime Service”), GFI agrees to provide you with related Content Updates (defined below) for the Software for download at no extra charge for as long as you own the original computer upon which you originally installed the agent or client Software (“Original Computer”); however, if your original computer is damaged, or if you experience a hard drive failure resulting in having to rebuild or restore the original computer, GFI agrees to provide a one-time reinstall of the Software so as to continue the Lifetime Service.

Lifetime Service Restrictions
LIFETIME SERVICE IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITATIONS: in addition to the terms of this License: (a) Lifetime Service is not transferable to a new (or used) or different computer if, for any reason, you purchase a new computer; however, you may purchase from GFI an additional copy of the Software, or the equivalent product available at that time, for a fee; and (b) Lifetime Service is not transferable to another user if your Original Computer is sold or transferred to another user, if components are rebuilt into a new computer, or if the Software is transferred as maybe otherwise provided herein.

If you’d like a full copy of the EULA, you can request one from GFI and they’ll be happy to send one out. Or, you can view the EULA when you install VIPRE, in which case you will have the option of agreeing to it and continuing with the installation, or not agreeing to it and stopping the installation.

If you’re ready to buy, click the link:
http://vipreantivirus.com/software/lifetime/

If you’re already a VIPRE subscriber? Upgrade your copy with the PC Lifetime Upgrade here:
http://vipreantivirus.com/upgrade/
Enter your current product key for pricing

Spotify Makes Its US Debut

The hottest music venue in Europe opened its doors last Thursday morning to a select group of users in the United States.

Spotify, which makes Internet music-streaming software, launched the much-hyped U.S. version of its service after delays and years of negotiation.

Initially, Spotify will only be accepting new members to its free service who receive invitations from the company, one of its sponsors or a current user.

“The US is the largest market in the world,” Kenneth Parks, Spotify’s content chief, said in an interview. “We neber done a launch this large.”

Google+, the new social network, also launched recently using an invite-only scheme. Spotify plans to welcome everyone for free after several weeks.

Spotify will let people choose from any of 15 million songs to hear for free — up to 10 hours per month, with each track listenable up to five times. For the first six months, however, people who enter during the invitation period are exempt from the monthly limit.

After that, users can lift the restrictions by paying $4.99 a month or buying songs individually, like iTunes. The smartphone apps can be accessed for $9.99 a month, which includes unlimited streaming and the ability to save copy-protected music for listening offline.

Spotify differs from iTunes in the way you listen to music. iTunes is a store from which you purchase, download and then play the music. Spotify doesn’t require any downloading – you just stream the music to/through your device.

The ability to create and share playlists with Facebook friends has created a beehive mix-tape culture of more than 10 million users in Europe.

Operating from a small office in Stockholm, Sweden, Spotify quickly spread its tentacles across Europe. But during the past couple of years, the company has been caught in a web of bureaucracy. Record-label executives have expressed concern that Spotify’s free offering devalues music and doesn’t drum up significant revenue.

“They (the record companies) wanted to be careful,” Parks said. “Spotify has always had a view that the free experience was core to what Spotify was all about and key to get users to invest in the service.” Spotify CEO Daniel Ek echoed that belief at a technology conference in December, as he has in several public appearances before that and likely will again at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference this week.

The four major labels and Spotify have finally settled their disputes and in the time since, the record companies have given the go-ahead to competing digital music initiatives such as Rdio, MOG and, most recently, Apple’s iTunes.

Sign up to request an invitation for a FREE account here:
http://www.spotify.com

If you’re ready to spend a few bucks a month you can sign up here right now:
http://www.spotify.com/us/about/what/

Spotify’s Facebook Page
http://sv-se.facebook.com/Spotify

Google+ experiences some growing pains

Since its debut in late June, Google+ has captured much of the tech world’s online conversation.

The chatter is generally positive, with tech bloggers cheering Google’s new social network as a cleaner and more robust alternative to Facebook. But there have been some bumps on the road.

Over the weekend, Google admitted to inadvertently “spamming” some Google+ users with notification e-mails — the messages the company sends out if another user adds you to their “circles” of contacts on the site or comments on one of your posts.

Instead of sending those notes out only once, as intended, Google+ sent them “over and over again,” Most Google+ users seemed quick to forgive the slip-up and chalk it up to growing pains.

Google+ offered this explanation “For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications. Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over and over again. Yikes, we didn’t expect to hit these high thresholds so quickly, but we should have.”

It’s unclear exactly how many people have joined Google+, and the service undoubtedly has far, far fewer users than Facebook, which leads the field with 750 million users. The fact that the Google+ community is still relatively small is no surprise for two reasons: First, the site is so new; and second, it still isn’t public, meaning you have to get a personal invitation in order to sign up — at least for now.

Current Google+ users have been pointing out features of other social networks that either don’t exist on Google+ or aren’t easy to use.

One is the idea of “institution pages,” which, on Facebook and Twitter, let companies put out info about new products, news stories and such. There’s no such feature to date on Google’s new social network, although Google has said that it’s working on adding this.

Another is celebrity verification. On Twitter, for example, if you go to Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber’s profile page, there’s a little “verified account” badge next to the name, which is a signal to visitors that it’s actually the account of a celebrity. On Google+, it’s unclear if accounts are real or fake.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Google+ page stirred up news on the blogosphere because it’s interesting that the leader of a competing social network would join this new service, and because it was unclear if his page was real. Blogger Robert Scoble cleared this up in a text message conversation with Zuckerberg, who said that this was indeed his Google+ account.

Similar authenticity issues have popped up with the Google+ pages of Kanye West, Nancy Pelosi and Michael Dell, among others.

Facebook is not resting on its laurels, announcing last Wednesday it will add Skype video chat to its pages, aiming to spice up the appeal of the world’s No. 1 Internet social networking service while fending off increased competition from Google.
By incorporating free video chat directly into its service, Facebook will give its members another reason to use the site more often and for longer periods of time. Facebook’s Skype service, initially limited to one-to-one video chat, will be free.

The agreement, announced by Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, deepens the company’s cooperation with Microsoft which is in the process of buying Skype to build up its web presence.

Zuckerberg said Facebook has surpassed a record 750 million users. The new service, rolling out from Wednesday July 6th, could also be a huge boost for Skype, which currently has about 145 million regular users.

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