Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tech Check for 19 Feb: All About Free ... Calls, Software, Time

Verizon Wireless shakes up the cellular business with unlimited calling plans, Microsoft meanwhile gives aspiring developers free software, and a site to help you make the most of your free time... Tech Check starts now for Tuesday February 19, 2008.

Have you ever gone over your minutes? Ready to ditch your land-line but can't afford the bill for mobile airtime? Verizon today announces an unlimited calling plan for $99/month. That's right, it's finally here -- unlimited calling plans! It was only a matter of time and for those that now pay more than $100 for your cell phone, look to save a few bucks. The question now is... will other carriers follow suit?

If free minutes aren't your thing -- how about free software? The brilliant marketing minds at Microsoft are giving it away. Qualifying students are eligible to download developer tools such as Visual Studio Professional (software development suite), Expression Studio (web programming and graphic / web design) and XNA Game Studio 2.0 (video game development) and SQL Server 2005 (developer edition database engine) as well as Microsoft's Windows Server software. To find more about what Microsoft is calling Dreamspark, visit the program's website: http://channel8.msdn.com

And finally, if you are looking to fill your free time -- check out the website StumbleUpon.com. The site brings to your attention online resources you might not have found on your own -- the best and most popular of the web as voted by you. Check it out, but don't blame me if you find yourself spending more time online!

Thanks for visiting and tuning in for today's report. I'm off to Ignite Seattle and will have a complete report tomorrow... that's the latest look at tech, today's Tech Check.

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