8/23/2005

Intel tweaks EM64T for full AMD64 compatibility

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Intel is preparing to update its Pentium 4 core, the better make its 64-bit processors more compatible with AMD’s 64-bit processors, company documents seen by The Register reveal.

The new core, dubbed ‘G-1′, will replace the current ‘E-0′ core in Q4. According to a note sent to Intel customers, samples of the updated processors will ship on 17 October, with full shipments commencing just under a month later, on 14 November.
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The tweak, which will require a BIOS update, adds a pair of instructions to the EM64T instruction set: LAHF and SAHF. These two codes copy content back and forth between the chip’s status flags and its AH register.

Source: The Register

Intel Details New Microprocessors

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Intel Corp. showed off three microprocessors Tuesday based on a next-generation technology that tries to maximize performance and power efficiency while minimizing electricity bills.

The new chips, expected to become available in the second half of 2006, are partly based on the design in the Pentium M — the processor component of the company’s popular Centrino technology for notebook computers. It also will share some features with the Pentium 4 underlying architecture.

Source: AP

80% Of Enterprise Desktops Are Infected With Spyware

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Webroot released on Tuesday its second quarterly State of Spyware Report that shows enterprise computers are not winning the battle against malware penetration. The report concludes that uncleaned spyware infections are festering in corporate networks and are letting in even more malware.

According to the spyware report, more than 80 percent of enterprise desktops are infected with spyware. That report also found that the number of spyware traces in the wild has doubled and that possible spyware distribution sites have quadrupled since the last quarterly report was released.

“We’re seeing a lot of migration from low-revenue, click-through infection sites to more extensive spyware attacks,” said Brian Kellner, vice president of enterprise products for Webroot. Kellner said spyware writers are getting much more sophisticated and are succeeding in attacking much more personal information. He said the company’s research has found several hundred thousand spyware distribution sites this year alone.

Top Spyware Threats

  • CoolWebSearch — a Web page hijacker that redirects web searches through its own search engine and might change Internet Explorer settings. It usually installs via malicious HTML applications or flaws in Java Virtual Machines.
  • Elite Bar — a Web page hijacker that tracks Web visits and delivers pop-up ads on the basis of surfing preferences. It also can change settings. Its usual distribution method is with freeware.
  • PowerScan — tracks Web habits and displays pop-up ads. It also can download and execute third-party programs without user consent. It usually infiltrates via ActiveX downloads from Web visits.
  • Look2Me — a new breed of spyware that monitors Web surfing activity and reports to a centralized server. It updates itself and installs other spyware applications at the system level, making it difficult to detect and remove. It usually installs via ActiveX downloads and by vulnerabilities in common Web applications.
  • PurityScan — difficult to remove, it monitors Web surfing activity and reports to a centralized server. It updates itself and installs other spyware applications. It spawns pop-up ads and can degrade browser performance. Its is typically bundled with popular peer-to-peer, music-sharing software such as Grokster and Kazaa.
  • Clkoptimizer — tracks Web surfing habits and populates computers with pop-up ads. It might download third-party programs and usually installs via ActiveX downloads.
  • Other similar spyware components in the most popular threat category are ISTBar, AbberInternet, 180search and Web Search Toolbar.

Security experts recommend that users — both at home and in the enterprise — install antispyware software to protect themselves from such threats.

Source: newsfactor.com

Japan plans test of ‘new Concorde’

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Japan’s space agency plans to launch an arrow-shaped airplane at twice the speed of sound high over the Australian outback as early as next month in a crucial test of the country’s push to develop a supersonic successor to the retired Concorde.

The test follows a three-year hiatus since the first experimental flight of the unmanned aircraft, dubbed the next-generation supersonic transport, prematurely separated from its booster rocket and crashed into the desert.

“We’ve made some improvements so that won’t happen again,” Takaaki Akuto, a spokesman for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, said Tuesday in Tokyo. “This is a pretty important test.”

A successful mission will pave the way for additional experiments as JAXA aims to develop a plane that can carry 300 passengers at Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound, making the run from Tokyo to Los Angeles in about four hours.

Source: CNN

Google Preps Google IM - Take On Skype ?

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Neowin.net reports, inquisitive Neowin member Tom Servo, taking a que from member CarlNewton tried to connect to talk.google.com using his Trillian client.

What he got was a secure XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, alternatively known as Jabber) server waiting for connections.

Another hint on the preparation of Google is pointing the browser to talk.google.com will cause google server to redirect the browser to http://www.google.com/talk/ (currently the page does not exist), but all the signes are there for a new tool soon to be released by the search giant.

Update: Report by eWeek says that Google Talk goes beyond text-based instant messaging using a computer keyboard to let users hold voice conversations with other computer users, the newspaper quoted a source as saying.

If confirmed, the combined computer text and voice-calling service would put Google in competition with a similar service pioneered by Skype, which has attracted tens of millions of users, especially in Europe, to its own service.

Sony Frees Music For File-Sharers

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The first net service provider aimed at people who want to share music legally has struck a significant deal with global music giant Sony BMG.

Playlouder MSP, launching at the end of September, will let its customers share Sony licensed music with others on its network.

In return, Playlouder will pool some of its broadband subscriptions to share with music rights owners.

The deal is seen as a groundbreaking move to use file-sharing legally.

The deal signals the first time that music fans can use existing popular peer-to-peer (P2P) applications such as Kazaa, eDonkey and Limewire, to share music in an unrestricted and sanctioned way.

Source: BBC

AMD Calls Intel Out With Chip Challenge

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Advanced Micro Devices dared rival Intel to put its server processors to the test in head-to-head competition, part of a public challenge AMD issued Tuesday.

The challenge, issued in the form of advertisements in major American newspapers, was timed to coincide with the the first day of the Intel Developer Forum, held in San Francisco.

AMD said it would pit its highest-performing, dual-core Opteron 200-series or 800-series chips up against the “corresponding Intel X86 server processors that are commercially available in volume”. If Intel were to accept the challenge, the test would take place in an upcoming third-party testing lab, “using industry-standard server benchmarks most relevant to customers today”, according to AMD, including SPECjbb and SPECweb, as well as measurements of energy consumption.

AMD said they had launched a web site to monitor the duel’s progess, www.amd.com/duel, and would update the site periodically. The site was down early Tuesday morning. AMD also plans to sponsor an online petition in September, presumably to encourage Intel to accept the challenge.

Source: ExtremeTech

Japanese House-Sitter Robot Hits Stores

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RoboriorWorried about leaving your house empty while you go on vacation? Japan has the answer: a house-sitter robot armed with a digital camera, infrared sensors and a videophone.

Stores across Japan started taking orders on Thursday for the Roborior - a watermelon-sized eyeball on wheels that glows purple, blue and orange - continuing the country’s love affair with gadgets.

Roborior can function as interior decor, but also as a virtual guard dog that can sense break-ins using infrared sensors, notify homeowners by calling their cellular phones, and send the owner’s cell phone videos from its digital camera.

It debuted in department stores this week, but supplies are limited. The robot is on display in a half-dozen shops, though many more are taking orders.

Such technology doesn’t come cheaply. Takashimaya will sell the machines, developed by Japanese robot maker Tmsuk Co. Ltd. and electronics company Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., for $2,600 each.

Source: AP

Sony, Toshiba give up on unified DVD format

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Groups headed by Toshiba Corp. and Sony Corp. offering competing technologies for next-generation DVDs have given up efforts to develop a unified format, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Tuesday.

For three years, the two groups have pushed to have their respective technology standards adopted to gain dominance in the multibillion-dollar markets for DVD players, PC drives and optical discs.

Toshiba, along with NEC Corp. and Sanyo Electric Co., has been promoting HD DVD, while Sony and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., the maker of Panasonic brand products, have been developing a technology known as Blu-ray.

The two groups have held negotiations on unifying their formats to persuade consumers to shift to advanced discs and to promote growth in the industry.

But negotiations fell through as neither side yielded, and time ran out to develop a format before the launch of new products from both groups, the paper said.

A Toshiba spokeswoman said Fujii just meant that the company needed to start developing software by late August for its HD DVD-based players, scheduled for release at the end of 2005.

A Sony spokesman said it has become harder to unify formats after failing to reach an agreement in negotiations in May.

Both officials agreed, however, that a unified format is still a possibility. They said a single format would be the best way, and added they would release their products as scheduled.

Source: Reuters

Yahoo, Verizon Team Up on Internet Service

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Verizon Communications Inc. and Yahoo Inc. have teamed up to launch a cheaper high-speed Internet service designed to compete against cable operators and dial-up service providers.

For $14.95, subscribers will be able to download Web pages via a digital subscriber line at speeds of up to 768 kilobits and upload data at 128 kilobits. The cheaper service, which requires a one-year contract and has a price hike after 12 months, offers Yahoo premium services, such as antivirus protection, on-demand music videos and unlimited photo storage, according to an advertisement on Yahoo’s site.

Sunnyvale-based Yahoo was expected to announce formally the Verizon launch Tuesday, but an advertisement found on the company’s Web site Monday night detailed the DSL offering. John Reseburg, a Yahoo representative, confirmed the accuracy of the ad.

When it comes to transmission speed, Verizon is far behind SBC Communications, which launched a $14.95 DSL service with Yahoo in June. SBC transmits data at up to 1.5 megabits, twice as fast as Verizon’s.

Source: AP

Google Earth Gets New Data

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

This new database has over 100 added/updated cities. It also updates the BBS layers to a snapshot from August 5th.

0 .7m/pixel
Aguas Calientes, Amman, Anchorage, Athens, Baghdad, Barcelona, Basra, Belgrade, Belo Horizonte, Boise City, Brasillia, Brisbane, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Durban, Fairbanks, Fortaleza, Guadalajara, Halifax, Helena, Honolulu, Istanbul, Karachi, Las Vegas, Lima, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Madrid, Naples, Perth, Quebec, Regina, Reval, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, San Antonio, San Jose (CA), San Salvador, Santiago, Santo Domingo, Saskatoon, Skopje, Spokane, Tunis, Vancouver, Windhoek, Winnipeg

Mt. Everest

Berlin, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, Hamburg, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Mexico City

1ft/pixel
Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Kansas City, Long Beach, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Niagara, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington DC

San Francisco, Cleveland, Lexington, Mobile, Seattle, Sea Island, Harrisburg, Salt Lake City

6in/pixel
Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Jersey City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, St. Paul, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Washington DC

Finally, the Google Mountain View Campus is at 1in/pixel.

Source: keyhole

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