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Monday February 28, 2005

[H]ardNews 12th Edition - Blair's Tech Ed.

Game Essay Leads To College:

Can playing video games get you accepted into college? Well, if you are this guy it can. Quick, if you are in high school, show this article to your parents and ask for more allowance to buy college entrance exam tools ( *cough*games*cough*).

He has been accepted at three colleges so far, thanks in no small part to his essay on playing ``City of Heroes,'' an online superhero game developed by Cryptic Studios in Los Gatos. Can playing video games get you into college? Roman Sizykh thinks so.

Hot New PTA Handsets:

While the tech geek part of me thinks this PTA technology is cool, the other part of me sees 2 billion ways for this tech to be misused by Paris Hilton.

The core benefit of PTA handsets is the synchronous video conferencing. Similar to a walkie-talkie with video capabilities, the speaker's image appears instantly on the handset screen of the user or multiple users on the call.

Opera Targets Browser Vulnerability:

Taking a cue from Mozilla this week, Opera has updated its browser to combat the security vulnerabilities that lead to phishing attacks.

Taking a cue from Firefox and others, software developer Opera is updating the latest iteration of its Web browser to combat phishing attacks that take advantage of a domain name vulnerability.