3/7/2005

Intel hangs mesh hopes on 802.11s

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A new networking standard promises easy configuration, higher bandwidth and more flexibility for home and office wireless networks

Intel has unveiled its first proposals for 802.11s, a new mesh wireless networking standard.

Mesh networks are self-configuring systems where each node can relay messages on behalf of others, thus increasing the range and available bandwidth. W. Steven Conner, wireless network architect at Intel and technical editor of the IEEE’s 802.11s task group, told engineers at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday that at present there are no standards for this.

Source: ZDNet

Teen convicted of illegal Net downloads

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An Arizona university student is believed to be the first person in the country to be convicted of a crime under state laws for illegally downloading music and movies from the Internet, prosecutors and activists say.

University of Arizona student Parvin Dhaliwal pleaded guilty to possession of counterfeit marks, or unauthorized copies of intellectual property.

Under an agreement with prosecutors, Dhaliwal was sentenced last month to a three-month deferred jail sentence, three years of probation, 200 hours of community service and a $5,400 fine. The judge in the case also ordered him to take a copyright class at the University of Arizona, which he attends, and to avoid file-sharing computer programs.

The FBI found more than $50 million in music and movies on Dhaliwal’s computer. The illegally copied property included movies that, at the time of the theft, were available only in theaters. They included “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Matrix Revolutions,” “The Cat In The Hat,” and “Mona Lisa Smile.”

A federal task force that monitors the Internet caught on to the student and got a warrant, Garza said, adding that Dhaliwal was copying and selling the pirated material.

Source: MSNBC

The Ultimate Portable Media Player

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Imagine a new portable device that can play mp3, display pictures, record and display video (PVR), surf the internet, write and receive emails, have a calendar, notes and a phone book. A device that you can play games with it, has a 40GB drive and you can install any other application that you want. All that at a price range of $300-$400.

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AMD jockeys with Intel in multi-OS race

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Advanced Micro Devices will detail its “Pacifica” virtualization technology by the end of March. The Pacifica technology, which makes it easier for a computer to run several operating systems simultaneously, is scheduled to arrive in processors in 2006. It’s still unclear whether Pacifica and the comparable Vanderpool Technology–now officially called Intel Virtualization Technology–will be compatible.

Source: TechRepublic

Equifax Debuts Toolbar for Combating Identity Theft

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Equifax ToolbarEquifax Inc. is offering consumers a new line of defense against online fraud and identity theft. Using the free Equifax Toolbar, powered by EarthLink, consumers can quickly determine the safety levels of Web sites - before they reveal personal information that could make them vulnerable to fraud. The Equifax Toolbar also includes a pop-up blocker which can save consumers valuable browsing time on the Web.

According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, the number of phishing sites in 2004 rose from 176 in January to 1,518 in November - a 760 percent increase in less than one year. Phishing scams take the form of fraudulent emails that appear to come from legitimate businesses in order to convince recipients to browse rogue Web sites. Appearing to come from prominent banks, online retailers and credit card companies, phishing emails lure recipients into divulging personal financial data, including bank account numbers, credit card information and social security numbers.

Downloadable to any Internet user, the Equifax Toolbar offers real-time fraud detection and analysis. A key component of the Equifax Toolbar is EarthLink’s ScamBlocker(TM) which alerts consumers to known or suspected phisher sites and provides information on the safety level of each visited Web site. The tool accesses an encrypted database of known and suspected fraudulent Web sites that is frequently updated, to help protect users from the latest scams and attempts at identity theft.

In addition to fraud and identity theft protection through ScamBlocker,
the Equifax Toolbar includes the following key features:

  • EarthLink Pop-Up Blocker(SM) - Prevents advertising windows from appearing in the customer’s main browser window
  • SpyAudit - Allows consumers to run an analyzed audit report that details all spyware programs residing on their personal computer
  • Search Tool - Powered by Google(TM), this feature allows consumers to search the Web, stock quotes, white and yellow pages and email accounts

Apple faces iPod, iTunes patent violation claims

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Apple has found itself facing a pair of intellectual property challenges that separately claim its FairPlay DRM system and its iPod music player contain technologies to which the Mac maker does not have a right.

First up, Lake Forest, Illinois-based Advanced Audio Devices (AAD) alleges its patent, number 6,587,403, for a “music jukebox”, filed in August 2000 but granted in July 2003, covers the kind of thing Apple has brought to market as the iPod.
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According to the patent’s abstract, AAD’s concept covers a “music jukebox which is configured for storing a music library”. The device includes a “housing, audio input structure… for receiving audio signals, and a data storage structure… for storing audio signals”.

The key words here are “audio signals” - do the iPod’s digital audio files count as received and/or stored signals? The iPod shipped in November 2001, but it was by no means the first device to store digital music. Diamond Multimedia’s Rio - not the first, but certainly the best-known MP3 hardware pioneer - launched in 1998, long before the AAD patent. It too could be said to store a music library, albeit a small one.

AAD will presumably argue that a library means a full collection of songs rather than a subset of it, hence its patent should be more applicable to hard drive-players like the iPod rather than small-capacity Flash-based units like the early Rios.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong company Pat-rights claims FairPlay violates its US patent, number 6,665,797, which details a method of “protection of software against unauthorised use”. It discusses a “central program comprising a EI sub-program for providing identity information of the rightful user thereof for accessing a network central computer to obtain service(s) or software product(s) or alike, in which a secure operation on an account of the rightful user for payment therefore involved; and a AS sub-program for using the existence of the EI sub-program in a computer as a precondition for authorising use of those software products obtained on that computer. The central program is for managing the use of the individual sub-programs therein so that the AS sub-program can be protected from being copied individually”.

Source: The Register

Google Moves Desktop Search Out of Beta

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Google Inc. is taking its desktop search application out of beta on Monday with a release that supports more file formats and opens access to third-party developers.

Google Desktop Search 1.0 moves beyond the beta version’s Microsoft focus by introducing support for applications from the Mozilla Foundation and America Online Inc.’s Netscape Communications.

While the beta only indexed Microsoft Outlook e-mail and Internet Explorer Web browsing history, the latest release also can search e-mail from the Mozilla Thunderbird and Netscape clients and browsing history from the Firefox and Netscape browsers, Google announced.

To make more desktop data searchable, the latest release adds indexing support for the full text of PDFs to existing support for Microsoft Office formats. It also indexes the metadata of video, images and audio, such as titles or artist information.

Along with launching Google Desktop Search, the company is making about 10 plug-ins available on Monday. They include one Google developed for indexing instant-messaging sessions from the Trillian IM client and another from ScanSoft Inc. to make the full text of scanned documents such as faxes searchable using OCR (optical character recognition) technolog.

To let developers create plug-ins, Google is making a COM interface available for connecting into the Windows-based application. Developers, which could include enterprises, individuals and vendors, will be able submit their plug-ins for posting on the Google Desktop Search plug-in Web site.

Google also has addressed some of the security concerns around its beta desktop search application.

Source: eWeek

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