2/19/2005

Go Daddy to Issue Free SSL Certificates to Open Source Projects

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Go Daddy Group, Inc., parent company of GoDaddy.com, the No. 1 registrar of domain names, announced that it will issue its Turbo SSL Certificate to bona-fide open source software projects — at no cost. “Open source” software projects allow software developers free access to underlying software code, as well as the ability to read, redistribute, and modify the source code.

Go Daddy has already issued its first free SSL Certificate to binarycloud, an open source project focused on application framework and development environments for creating large-scale PHP applications. The Turbo SSL certificates which Go Daddy will issue to open source projects — a $29.95 value — are issued within minutes, have 99% browser recognition, and provide 128-bit Web server security — the highest level of encryption available on the market today.

Archos hits 100GB for portable video player

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

After adding digital-video recording capabilities to its hard-drive-based line of portable media players, Archos is turning up the volume on the capacity of its devices to 100GB.

The company announced on Friday its Pocket Video Recorder AV4100, as well as $50 price cuts to other devices in its AV400 series. The AV4100 will cost $800 and will be available in retail stores by the end of February. The 20GB AV420 now costs $500, and the 80GB AV480 costs $750.

The AV4100 joins a growing list of hard drive-based portable devices that can play back music and video and display images.

AV 4100
Pocket Video Recorder AV4100 (Source)

The devices can play back MP3, WMA or WAV files. Consumers will be able to schedule shows to be recorded by picking a time and channel or by synchronizing online with Yahoo TV Guide to get a lineup of shows to choose from. The device also displays digital images.

The AV4100 will come with a cradle that connects to a video source, such as a television or set-top box, over a USB 2.0 cable. It will have an external speaker and built-in CompactFlash reader for transferring files directly to the device. The AV4100 comes with a 100GB 2.5-inch hard drive and a 3.8-inch color screen.

Mobile Phone Virus Found in United States

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The world’s first mobile phone virus “in the wild” has spread to the United States from its birthplace in the Philippines eight months ago, a security research firm said on Friday.

The virus, called Cabir, has spread slowly into 12 countries and marks the beginning of the mobile phone virus era, which could one day disrupt the lives of many of the world’s 1.5 billion mobile phone users.

The biggest impact of the relatively innocuous virus, found in about 15 variations so far, is draining mobile phone batteries, said Mikko Hypponen, director of Finnish anti-virus research company F-Secure

Hypponen said Cabir was found on Monday in a technology gadgets store in Santa Monica, California, when a passing techie spotted a telltale sign on the screen of a phone in the store.

“It’s interesting (the Cabir variant) has now been found in the United States, but it’s not the end of the world,” said Hypponen.

The mobile-virus threat will grow in the future as virus-writers become more sophisticated and phones standardize on technologies that make it easier for viruses to spread across not just specific devices but the whole industry.

The danger is small at the moment, in part because of the range of handheld technologies. This is unlike the personal computer world dominated by the Windows operating system made by Microsoft Corp.

Also, many handheld device makers have recently released new mobile phones equipped with anti-virus software.

Source: Reuters

iPod mini moves to color screen

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Within the next two weeks Apple will announce an updated iPod mini with a color screen and higher capacity hard drive, Think Secret has learned.

Highly reliable sources have confirmed that the next iPod mini will gain a full-color active-matrix TFT screen while the form factor will remain largely unchanged. The color screen will be able to display colors clearly and brightly regardless of ambient lighting, even outdoors in direct sunlight. The new screen will be about the same size as the current iPod mini display and will sport a 176×132 resolution.

The next iPod mini will also pack a higher capacity Seagate drive. Sources hinted at a 6GB drive, but Seagate currently only offers its 1-inch hard drive the iPod mini would use in a 5GB capacity. The possibility always remains that for a customer as large as Apple, Seagate may quietly roll-out a 6GB version of its ST1 Series hard drive alongside the new iPod mini.

Pricing on the new iPod mini will remain the same at $249. Expect the new iPod mini to be announced early next week, if not the following week at the latest.

Source: Think Secret

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