3/30/2005

MS Launches Online Video Service for Windows Mobile

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. today announced the launch of MSN(R) Video Downloads, which will provide daily television programming, including video content from MSNBC.com, Food Network, FOX Sports and IFILM Corp., for download to Windows Mobile(TM)-based devices such as Portable Media Centers and select Smartphones and Pocket PCs.

Since the launch of the Microsoft(R) Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Center last fall, more than 20 new content partners, including CinemaNow Inc., MLB.com, MSNBC.com, MSN Music, MTV Networks Music, Napster Inc., SnapStream Media Inc. and TiVo Inc., have agreed to make video available online specifically formatted for Windows Mobile-based multimedia devices.

“The launch of Portable Media Centers in 2004 began a new era of portable entertainment, and today’s announcement solidifies the continued momentum we’ve seen for portable video,” said John Pollard, director of Windows Mobile Applications and Services Marketing at Microsoft. “With content from some of the most recognized brands in entertainment, MSN Video Downloads helps bring this vision to life, allowing people to take their favorite television shows with them whether they are on the train, waiting for a doctor’s appointment, or keeping the kids occupied in the back seat of the car.”

MSN Video Downloads is available in the United States today at http://www.msnvideodownloads.com

AMD to reveal ‘Pacifica’ processor virtualisation spec

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AMD will next month detail its answer to Intel’s Virtualisation Technology (VT) with the publication of its AMD64 platform’s virtualisation system spec.

Dubbed Pacifica, the technology will allow AMD’s 64-bit server, desktop and mobile processors to host multiple operating systems - or many instances of the same OS - simultaneously. It’s a technique well established in the ‘big iron’ mainframe world, but one makers of chips for low-end servers are keen to adopt, the better to eat into mid-range to high-end system sales.

Source: The Register

3/29/2005

‘Matrix Online’ a New Virtual Reality

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The Matrix Online After months of testing and two years since the sequels, the persistent virtual reality of “The Matrix Online” is available for U.S. gamers.

A brief reintroduction for those still scratching their heads after “The Matrix Revolutions”: When we last saw Neo, aka The One, he made a truce with the evil machines and saved the last bastion of humanity in the underground city of Zion.

A revised Matrix was formed after the renegade, replicating Agent Smith was defeated, and we saw the machines carting off Neo’s corpse to points unknown. Did he die? And what about all those people still unwittingly serving as batteries for the machines?

That’s just part of the murky mystery in “The Matrix Online,” where players can choose to ally with the Machines, the Exiles or residents of Zion for control of the new system.

“The Matrix Online” is PC only, costing $50 plus a $15 monthly subscription fee.

Source: AP

Google to Buy Web Analytics Provider

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Google Inc. took a step into the Web analytics market late on Monday by announcing an agreement to buy Urchin Software Corp.

San Diego-based Urchin sells analytic tools for measuring user experiences, tracking marketing performance and improving content on the Web. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Google announced that it plans to offer the acquired tools to both Web site operators and marketers, but the company did not say whether it will provide the Web analytics feature for free as it has done with tools from many of its past acquisitions.

Urchin sells Web analytics to thousands of popular Web sites, including those run by Fortune 500 enterprises. It offers its tools both as a hosted service and as software. It also sells through Web-hosting providers.

Google did not say whether it will maintain Urchin’s current offerings or fold them completely into Google products, and company officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Source: eWeek

AOL unveils blogging service for teens

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America Online has announced a new blogging service for teenagers.

Red Blogs
, which AOL unveiled Tuesday, allows teenagers and parents to select the level of privacy they want for their online diaries; a private blog can be kept locked. A semiprivate blog is locked to all but those who are invited to read it. And a public blog allows access to anybody on the Net.

However, blogs of younger teenagers, those between 13 and 15, will be locked from general public viewing. Similarly, with semiprivate blogs, parents must approve the list of people invited to read the journals of younger teenagers.

When AOL asked teenagers in a survey who they were more likely to share their feelings with–parents or a blog–parents narrowly won out, 51 percent to 49 percent, the company said.

Still, most teenagers, 84 percent, said they would not like to share their blog with just anyone on the Web–hence, the varying privacy levels AOL is offering.

Source: News.com

OS X Virus Competition Canceled

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Legal fears have led to the organisers of a competition to create the first in-the-wild virus to infect Mac OS to halt the event. DVForge, which builds Apple accessories, was offering a $25,000 prize to the first person to create such a virus - so far, none have bene detected in the wild.

The firm put up the cash - which would have gone to the first person to infect two G5 PowerMac computers running Mac OS X 10.3 connected to the internet without firewalls or antivirus protection - in response to a warning from Symantec that the Apple OS would come under increasing attack from viruses. Jack Campbell, chief executive at DVForge, said: “I have taken the difficult decision to cancel our contest. I have been convinced that there may be legal issues stemming from such a contest, beyond those determined by our own legal counsel prior to announcing the contest.”

Source: Neowin

Toshiba preps minute-charge ‘miracle’ battery

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Toshiba new batteryToshiba has developed a Lithium-Ion battery capable of being charged to 80 per cent of its full capacity in under 60 seconds. Filling it up takes just “a few more minutes”, the company boasted today.

Toshiba ‘one-minute charge’ Li-ion batteryThat’s considerably faster than today’s Li-ion rechargeables which can take 1-4 hours to reach 80 per cent capacity, and even longer to fill completely.

Toshiba also claimed the new cell offers a greater longevity than today’s Li-ion batteries, losing only one per cent of its capacity after 1000 charge cycles, according to the results of its own charge-discharge testing.

Source: The Register

3/28/2005

Adobe Set to Announce Photoshop CS2

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Adobe is planning to announce a major upgrade to its popular Photoshop image editing suite next Monday. Details slipped out in an accidental early posting of a press release, which has since been removed.

Dubbed Adobe Photoshop CS2, the new release promises better tools to fix common image problems such as red eye and blemishes, as well as updated support for raw, or uncompressed, images. The software is expected to start shipping in May.

Source: Beta News

Terror organization use Google Ads to promote & Recruit

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Hamas AdIt is a well known fact that terror organizations maintaining and operating web sites. But they also use the internet鈥檚 search king, Google to advertise their presence.

Ynet, a leading Israeli news web site discovered on Sunday that the Terror organization, Hamas, is using Google AdWord program to place paid advertising for the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades web site. Izz al-Din al-Qassam is the military wing of the Hamas.

The Hamas Add appear after searching for words like 鈥淗amas鈥?, 鈥淛erusalem鈥?, 鈥淕aza,鈥? 鈥淧alestine,鈥? 鈥淛ihad.鈥?.

A day after Ynet called Google and pointed out the fact that its services are used to promote terror organizations, Google removed the advertisement from AdWord.

Telecom giants join forces against hackers

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High-profile telecom and networking companies are banding together to crack down on hackers.

The new Fingerprint Sharing Alliance hopes to help its members, which include British Telecommunications, Cisco Systems, EarthLink, MCI and NTT Communications, more effectively share information on individuals responsible for launching online attacks. Other organizations involved in the collaboration, which was announced Monday, include Asia Netcom, Broadwing Communications, Verizon Dominicana, XO Communications and the University of Pennsylvania.

Members of the Fingerprint Sharing Alliance will automatically send one another data on computer hackers as they observe or experience new attacks. By immediately alerting other communications companies when they’re being threatened, members of the group hope they can more effectively guard against online attacks and infrastructure hacks that cross network boundaries.

Source: News.com

Sony Ordered to Halt PlayStation Sales

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Sony Corp. said on Monday it was ordered by a U.S. court to halt sales of its blockbuster PlayStation consoles in the United States and pay $90 million in damages to a California tech company, Immersion Corp. whose shares jumped more then 5 percent.

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), Sony’s gaming unit, said it would appeal the decision by a California federal court in the patent infringement case.

For the time being, Sony will keep selling PlayStations as the order — which covers the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, two game controllers and 47 software titles — will not go into effect before the appeal, an SCE spokeswoman said. Sony will be paying compulsory license fees to Immersion, she added.

Immersion, a small, California-based developer of digital touch technologies, claimed Sony Computer Entertainment infringed on its technology that makes a game controller vibrate in sync with actions in games, the Japanese game maker said.

Source: Reuters

Microsoft, EU Agree on New Windows Name

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BRUSSELS, Belgium - Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced an agreement with European Union antitrust regulators on the name “Windows XP (news - web sites) Home Edition N,” with “N” standing for “not with media player,” for a reduced version of its Windows media software sold in Europe.

Microsoft’s “XP Professional Edition” will also include the “N” for versions sold without the media player.

The agreement is part of talks between the EU and Microsoft to implement an EU fine against Microsoft last year, totaling a record 497 million euros ($665 million) after the EU ruled the company abusively wielded its Windows software monopoly to lock competitors out of the market.

The EU ordered that Microsoft offer consumers an version without media player, and compatible with competitor software, like Real Player.

Source: AP

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