3/10/2005

F-Secure Shines BlackLight on Malicious Rootkits

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Finnish anti-virus specialist F-Secure Corp. on Thursday announced plans to add rootkit-detection features to its product suite, joining a growing list of security vendors tackling the stealthy threat.

At the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany, F-Secure lifted the wraps off the new BlackLight Rootkit Elimination Technology, offering the tool as a free beta through Apr. 30.

After that, the company plans to integrate the rootkit-detection capabilities into its anti-virus, firewall, intrusion detection and anti-spyware products.

“This is a unique piece of technology that looks deeper into the operating system to find hidden rootkits. We’ve already seen worms using rootkit functionality, so we know it’s a serious threat,” said Ero Carrera, a virus researcher at F-Secure.

According to F-Secure’s findings, at least two worms—Maslan and Myfip—have used rootkit tricks to hide their process by manipulating operating system kernel data structures.

With BlackLight, F-Secure is promising technology to detect objects that are hidden from existing security tools while offering a simple interface for removing threats.

Source: eWeek

Yahoo updates travel site

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Yahoo has added new features to its Farechase travel Web site, the company said Thursday.

Farechase searches other Web sites for fares and rates. The upgrades are designed to let people refine their search results according to such criteria as preferred airlines, flight times, nearby airports and number of stops. People will also be able to sort results by price and departure times. In addition, the Web site will support more browsers, including Firefox, Netscape and Safari.

Yahoo began building up its travel service after taking over FareChase last year, and it began testing the site in September. Yahoo has been angling to build more-robust consumer travel services without tapping third parties.

Source: News.com

Microsoft to buy Groove Networks

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft on Thursday said it will acquire Groove Networks and make Groove’s founder, Ray Ozzie, chief technology officer at the software giant.

Microsoft said it will incorporate Groove’s “virtual office” collaboration software into its Office line of desktop productivity applications. Ozzie, the inventor of Lotus Notes and a collaboration guru, will report to Bill Gates, Microsoft’s chairman and chief software architect.

Microsoft was an investor in Groove, which has closely tied its collaboration software to Windows and other Microsoft products. “After working with Ray for years as a close partner, it will be great to have him on our senior leadership team,” Gates said in a statement.

Microsoft said that the Groove group will become part of its Information Worker division. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Source: News.com

Apple Joins Blu-ray

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced that Apple(R) will become a member of the consortium’s Board of Directors. Apple has been a leader in driving consumer adoption of DVD authoring since January 2001, with the introduction of its SuperDrive(TM), the industry’s first high-volume CD- and DVD-burning drive, and its revolutionary iDVD(R) and DVD Studio Pro(R) software applications.

Apple is also helping bring High Definition (HD) to market with a complete line of HD content creation tools for consumers and professionals alike including iMovie(R) HD, Final Cut(R) Express HD and Final Cut Pro(R) HD
editing software.

Additionally the next release of Apple’s QuickTime(R) software, QuickTime 7, will feature the MPEG developed H.264 Advanced Video Codec (AVC) which has been adopted for high definition DVDs. Apple will release QuickTime 7 in conjunction with the release of Mac OS(R) X version 10.4 “Tiger,” the fifth major version of Mac OS X that will ship in the first half of 2005.

“Apple is pleased to join the Blu-ray Disc Association board as part of our efforts to drive consumer adoption of HD,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Consumers are already creating stunning HD content with Apple’s leading video editing applications like iMovie HD and are anxiously awaiting a way to burn their own high def DVDs.”

“Apple has a long history of technical innovation around DVD hardware and software, and their support of the Blu-ray Disc format is a testament to their commitment of ongoing innovation. The Blu-ray Disc format provides the immense capacity and the revolutionary functionality that Apple’s loyal customer base will be sure to enjoy,” said Maureen Weber, chief BDA spokesperson and general manager of HP’s Optical Storage Solutions Business. “We’re thrilled about Apple joining our 16-member board, and we look forward to working with them on the development and promotion of the Blu-ray Disc format.”

The BDA was created to broaden support for Blu-ray Disc — the next generation optical disc for storing High Definition movies, photos and other digital content. Blu-ray Discs will have five times larger capacity than today’s DVDs, with a single-layer Blu-ray Disc holding up to 25 gigabytes of data and a double-layer Blu-ray Disc holding up to 50 gigabytes of data. Current DVDs hold 4.7 gigabytes on single-layer discs and 8.5 gigabytes on dual-layer discs.

Novell woos CeBIT with SUSE Linux 9.3

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Novell unveiled SUSE Linux 9.3, the latest version of its consumer Linux software, today at CeBIT. SUSE Linux Professional 9.3 including a complete Linux operating system featuring a complete set of desktop applications and home networking capabilities. It is pitched as a reliable and secure alternative to Windows suitable for both experienced users and Linux newbies.

SUSE Linux Professional 9.3 comes with a wide range of consumer applications including an office suite (OpenOffice.org 2.0); Firefox Web browser; email and instant messaging clients. It comes bundled with a range of graphics and multimedia applications including F-Spot photo organizer, the GIMP 2.2 and Inkscape graphics programs, multimedia viewers and CD/DVD burners. It also features the latest tools for setting up a secure home network (an integrated firewall, spam blocker and virus scanner), running a Web server and application development. Mono 1.1.4, KDevelop 3.2 and Eclipse 3.0.1 are all available out of the box.

Source: The Register

AMD launches its 64-bit processor for notebooks

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AMD has officially introduced its range of Turion 64 mobile processors. Aimed at the market currently dominated by rival Intel’s Centrino technology and Pentium M processors, AMD is touting the chip as bringing 64-bit performance to the notebook market.

The new range of Turion chips will initially be between 1.6 - 2.0GHz. Each will have a level-2 cache of between 512 Kbytes and 1Mbyte. This is considerably less than the equivalent Pentium M chips which have caches of between two and four times the size. However, AMD says it should have an advantage with the deployment of its HyperTransport technology, but only independent benchmarking will be able to tell for sure.

The company has launched a raft of Turion processors - models ML-37, ML-34, ML-32, ML-30, MT-34, MT-32, and MT-30. AMD says that the first letter in the nomenclature refers to the processor class. Then as the second letter approaches the end of the alphabet, `higher` letters indicate greater ‘mobility’. The numbers indicate relative performance within the processor class. Higher numbers indicate

Source: PC Pro

Google personalizes news site

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google began testing new customization features on its news aggregation site Wednesday in a salvo against competition from Microsoft.

Google News
, still in its test or “beta” phase after launching in 2002, says it will let people specify what categories of news to display on the page, giving an array of choices including results chosen by keyword.

“We’ve made a number of improvements to Google News that allow you to customize your News front page by creating sections that focus on topics you care about, for instance, your favorite sports team, technology, or celebrity,” reads a Google News page posted Wednesday. “You can also design your custom front page by mixing and matching existing standard sections from the 22 regional editions of Google News from around the globe.”

Source: News.com

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