January 29, 2008 on 4:02 pm | In News | 13 Comments
Webcams have been around for awhile now, but organizations like business schools are now starting to depend on them to help authenticate candidates during long distance interviews. Check out this interesting article from Businessweek.com:
Webcam Interviews Disconnect Imposters
Phone interviews allow for possible deception, but the growing use of Webcams by schools is making it more difficult to use a stand-in.
by Alina Dikiz
Who’s really on the other end of the line during a phone interview? It could be the student on the MBA application—or a well-spoken cheater.
It used to be that business school officials couldn’t necessarily tell one from the other. But now, with the widespread use of Webcams, one avenue for potential cheating—including coaching or having an imposter sit in for the applicant—is being narrowed…
Click to read the whole story at Businessweek.com
January 25, 2008 on 1:56 pm | In Vista version | 22 Comments
If you’re using the new Yahoo! Messenger for Vista preview version, this latest Windows Vista Hotfix may be of interest to you. Recently, Microsoft released a Hotfix for the layered windows function in Windows Vista. This improves the response time of Vista applications when layered windows are being used.
In the case of Yahoo! Messenger for Vista, this Hotfix improves the response times when you’re doing things like opening menus that overlay the main interface (like the options menu or skin chooser). According to the WPF team Program Manager blog, installing this Hotfix can improve Vista Layered Windows performance up to 4x (depending on your machine’s specifications).
This Hotfix is available on Microsoft.com through the links below. If you are already running Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta, this Hotfix is included and there is no need to download it again. If you prefer not to install individual hotfixes, the Layered Windows Hotfix will be included when the final SP1 release of Windows Vista is available.
Click below to get the Vista Layered Windows Hotfix:
Vista 32-bit users
Vista 64-bit users
If you’re unsure which version of Windows Vista you have, please use the 32-bit link. Note that you need administrator privileges to install this Hotfix, and a restart will be required after installation. If the Hotfix has already been applied to your machine, a “This update does not apply to your machine” message will appear during installation.
January 22, 2008 on 5:45 pm | In Vista version | 79 Comments
Take a deep breath…and smell the refresh! In response to user feedback and some issues we wanted to fix ourselves, a refreshed version of Yahoo! Messenger for Vista Preview (2008.01.11.428) is now available. This latest version includes the following fixes and enhancements:
Performance & Stability improvements: We’ve improved overall responsiveness, including typing and switching between tabs and windows. In addition, we tackled some of the odd crashes that were occurring, so you should also find this version more stable overall.
A fresh look & feel for some areas: Attention all space-savers: now you can make the contact list even narrower. You’ll also find that some menus, like the display image picker, have been cleaned up and enhanced. Offline messages are more clearly displayed with a new “While you were out” tag and timestamp to denote the message. We also fixed a bug in the contact list so that when you choose to appear offline to a contact in your list, that contact’s name will become italicized (but remain bold).
Sidebar gadget reliability: We know some of you have had trouble loading and using the sidebar gadget that comes along with Yahoo! Messenger for Vista. We’ve made some changes that should make it possible now to drag and drop a contact into the sidebar if you’re on a 64-bit version of Vista. We also got rid of the red “X’ that sometimes appeared in place of a contact’s image.
Various bug fixes: We tackled a fix for some of the sign-in problems that have been reported from some users. We also fixed the bug where the message window wasn’t always scrolling down as the conversation progressed. And lastly, we fixed the contact list to maintain the open or close status of your groups between sessions. So if you open or close a group in your list and then sign out, the next time you sign in, it will appear the same way you left it.
Thanks in advance for installing this latest version and giving it a test drive. As always, please use our feedback form to let us know of any problems you encounter. We still have a lot of work to do but hope that these various fixes and enhancements make the Yahoo! Messenger for Vista Preview version even more enjoyable.
Senior Product Manager, Yahoo! Messenger for Vista
January 17, 2008 on 9:32 am | In 9.0 version, Features | 49 Comments
Yahoo! Messenger is a great way to share files with friends instantly. With a simple drag and drop you can send photos, music, word docs, spreadsheets – virtually any kind of file up to 2GB in size.
But everyone fears receiving a file that contains a virus; they can lurk in files from even the closest of friends. So we’re happy to announce new, enhanced file transfer security as part of the partnership between Yahoo! Messenger and Symantec.
Yahoo! Messenger has teamed up with Symantec to provide automatic file scanning for users of Norton AntiVirus 2007/2008 and Norton Internet Security 2007/2008 (for Windows). If you have one of those products installed on your PC and are using the latest Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Beta, the files you receive from friends via IM are automatically scanned in the background. If there is a potential security risk with the file you’re receiving, Norton alerts you.
Norton is the first and currently the only security software to provide this level of automatic protection to users of Yahoo Messenger 9.0*. If you do not already have Norton installed on your PC, visit http://www.norton.com/YahooIM to get Norton Internet Security 2008 or Norton AntiVirus 2008.
*The latest version of Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Beta (184.108.40.2062) is required. If you’re not sure of your version number, go to the Help menu in Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Beta and choose “About Yahoo! Messenger”. If needed, you can download the latest version at http://beta.messenger.yahoo.com.
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January 15, 2008 on 10:45 am | In Events, Mac version | 38 Comments
In case you’re headed to Macworld this week in San Francisco, keep an eye out for a team of Yahoo! Messenger for Mac engineers. They’ve been working hard so we thought we’d give them a chance to catch up on all things Mac. They are clad in Yahoo! Messenger for Mac t-shirts so feel free to stop one of them and catch up on the most recent features of our Mac application.
And as Mr. Jobs says, “One more thing…” – we are working hard to add voice capabilities to our next release. Stay tuned for more updates.