9/14/2005

Google Personalized Graduated

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google launched the first version of the Google personalized homepage in May. It started as a project on Google Labs in response to numerous requests from people who wanted to add at-a-glance info by the Google search box. Today Google graduated the Personalized home page from Labs and add a Personalized Home link on the Google homepage.

Google personalized homepage allows you to add your favorite feeds, bookmarks, view your gmail messages and add a weather forecast for various locations on right on your homepage.

Google To Start $4 Bln Stock Sale

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc. the world’s most popular Internet search engine, on Wednesday is set to begin a stock sale that could net more than $4 billion in proceeds, according to data provider Dealogic.

Google went public in August 2004 and announced the follow-on offering in a regulatory filing last month. It has said it expects $4.11 billion in net proceeds from a shelf offering of 14.16 million Class A shares.

Sparking interest in the stock sale are the enormous gains reaped by shareholders who took part in the initial public offering. The scarcity of the company’s shares compared with other new IPOs helped to fuel demand.

Source: Reuters

Symantec Introduces Norton Ghost 10.0

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the release of Norton Ghost 10.0, backup and recovery application.

Norton Ghost 10.0 captures the contents of the entire drive. Norton Ghost 10.0 provides personalized protection through best practice storage detection. This technology automatically detects when new storage devices are added to the computer and determines which drives should be backed up and which are optimal storage destination locations. New recovery point capabilities focus on points in time rather than images, conforming to the way users think about backup and recovery. Event-triggered recovery points are also provided, enabling users to create personalized recovery points based on user-initiated events. In addition, performance throttling adjusts system resource usage based on present computing needs to more effectively utilize resources when creating recovery points.

Another new feature in Norton Ghost 10.0 is the ability to reconcile recovery points, which helps reduce the amount of storage being used by each recovery point set. In the event of an improper system shutdown, such as a power failure or hard reset, Norton Ghost 10.0’s reconciliation capabilities allow consumers to continue to perform incremental backups on their system for the same initial base - even when the system’s state has changed between baseline and scheduled recovery points.

Norton Ghost 10.0 includes support for 128-, 192- and 256-bit AES encryption strengths, ensuring stored data is not accessible to unauthorized users. In addition, Norton Ghost 10.0 provides a centralized backup and recovery status that allows consumers to view all drives on a system, the levels of data protection assigned to each and recommendations based on backup activity. Norton Ghost 10.0 works with a wide range of hard drives and removable media, including CDR/RW and DVD+R/RW drives, USB and FireWire® (IEEE 1394) devices, and Iomega® Zip® and Jaz® drives.

Ghost 10.0 is scheduled to be available in late September.

Paris Hilton Hacker Barred From Accessing The Internet

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A Massachusetts teenager has pleaded guilty to hacking into the cell phone account of hotel heiress and Hollywood celebrity Paris Hilton.

The 17-year-old was sentenced to 11 months’ detention at a juvenile facility for a string of crimes that include the online posting of revealing photos and celebrity contact numbers from Hilton’s phone. As an adult, he will undergo two years of supervised release in which he will be barred from possessing or using any computer, cell phone or other electronic equipment capable of accessing the Internet.

The teenager also pleaded guilty to making bomb threats at two high schools and to breaking into a telephone company’s computer system to set up free cell phone accounts for friends. He also participated in a group attack on data-collection firm LexisNexis Group that exposed personal records of more than 300,000 consumers. Prosecutors said victims of the teen’s actions have suffered about $1 million in damage.

Source: Washington Post

WebCam Live! Motion - A Breakthrough in Webcam Design

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WebCam Live! Motion Combines Motorized Pan-N-Tilt Movement with a Wide-Angle Lens to Deliver MaxView Unmatched 200-Degree Horizontal and 105-Degree Vertical Views.

Creative (Nasdaq: CREAF), announced a breakthrough in webcam design with the WebCam Live!(R) Motion. Featuring MaxView(TM), a combination of motorized Pan-n-Tilt and a ViewPlus(TM) 76-degree wide-angle lens, in addition to Smart Face Tracking, the WebCam Live! Motion quietly and smoothly follows user movements during video instant messaging. Capable of capturing high-resolution panoramic images with one easy click.

Motion automatically follows users’ natural movements during conversations, so they don’t have to continually make manual adjustments to stay centered in the field of view. Users can select Smart Face Tracking so the WebCam Live! Motion follows the movements of one person, or they can leave it off to include the whole group. Ideal for broadband users, the Creative WebCam Live! Motion incorporates true high-speed USB 2.0.

The WebCam Live! Motion includes Creative’s comprehensive WebCam Center application, which enables the following:

  • Capture of live video or images, including a Panoramic feature that enables capture of a full 200-degree view of any space at high resolution;
  • Remote monitoring — for remotely capturing images of home or office which can be automatically uploaded to a website;
  • Motion detection — to record video of any movement near the WebCam Live! Motion and e-mail an alert that motion has been detected. The video can then be broadcast or saved to the PC;
  • Time lapse video — captures and replays snapshots taken over a period of time, enabling quick replay of a flower blooming or other event that would be difficult to capture in real time.

Intel Chips Cost Only $40 To Make, Says In-Stat

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By continuously upgrading its production equipment to the latest technology, Intel Corp. maintains a low cost per chip of around US$40, according to a report issued by industry researcher In-Stat.

Although Intel sells a variety of chips, including lower-cost NOR flash memory chips and computer chipsets, its lowest-priced desktop CPU (central processing unit), one of the Celeron D series, fetches US$69 while its top PC chip, the Pentium Extreme Edition 3.73GHz, sells for US$999, according to Intel’s latest price list, released on Sunday. The most expensive chip on the list is its premium server chip, the Xeon 3.33GHz, at US$3,692 each.

The world’s largest chip maker is able to keep costs low by continually using more advanced production technology. Semiconductors are carved out of large silicon wafers, thousands at a time, and better technology means more chips can be made on each wafer.

Intel declined to comment. The company collects cost-per-chip information for internal use but does not make that information public, said Laura Anderson, an Intel representative in Hong Kong.

In-Stat said its figures were based on its own research estimates and did not come from Intel.

Source: macworld.com

Google Launches Blog Search

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google has introduced its long awaited blog search service, becoming the first major search engine to offer full-blown blog and feed search capabilities.

Google’s new service (in beta, naturally) is available both at google.com/blogsearch and search.blogger.com. Google blog search scans content posted to blogs and feeds in virtually real-time, according to Jason Goldman, Google product manager for blog search.

“We look for sites that update pinging services, and then we crawl in real-time so that we can serve up search results that are as fresh as we can,” said Goldman.

Google defines blogs as sites that use RSS and other structured feeds and update content on a regular basis.

Although Google Blog search focuses primarily on content published to the blogosphere, it’s not a true full-text search across all sources, according to Goldman. This is because some publishers only syndicate excerpts of content via RSS. Google’s blog search indexes all of the content it finds in feeds, but does not attempt to access and index the full content available on a publisher’s web server.

Source: searchenginewatch.com

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