9/28/2005

Man Jailed For Showing Video Of Beheading

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A man who used his mobile phone to replay footage of a beheading in Iraq to a hotel shop worker has been jailed for 60 days.

Subhaan Younis, 23, played the images to shocked Charlotte McClay last September at a hotel in Glasgow.

Sentencing him at the city’s district court, the stipendiary magistrate said he could not understand why Younis had the images on his phone.

Euan Edment said jail was a fitting penalty for the breach of the peace.

The magistrate told Younis: “I struggle to understand why you had images on your phone entailing the death and degradation of another human being, regardless of their religion or race.

“Miss McClay was shocked, upset and distressed by the images. This is a serious offence and something she will remember for a long time, perhaps for the rest of her life.”

Source: BBC

DivX Giving Away Today Only Free DivX Create

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To celebrate DivX’s 5th Anniversary, DivX is giving away free DivX create bundle for windows 2K/XP. The giveaway is valid only for one day, all you need to do is to register your email address where a serial number is going to be sent to you in order to activate the $19.99 product.

Anti-Spyware Suits: New Era for Security Industry?

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News Analysis: Civil complaints against Direct Revenue and 180Solutions are seeking class action status. A preliminary ruling could open the floodgates and change the face of the adware/spyware industry.

The legal battle against adware and spyware programs has taken a new turn with a pair of putative class action complaints against Direct Revenue and 180Solutions, two companies facing allegations of installing online tracking software through security holes and making it virtually impossible for computer users to remove the unwanted programs.

Now that a judge has issued a preliminary order to allow one of the cases to proceed to trial, anti-spyware advocates say they believe the tide has shifted dramatically in favor of exasperated computer users.

Source: eWeek

Toshiba Delays US Launch of HD DVD Player

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Japan’s Toshiba Corp. said on Wednesday it is delaying its launch of next-generation HD DVD players in the U.S. market to around February or March, revising its plan for a year-end start date.

“We have been discussing with content holders the most effective way to launch in the U.S. market, and it will probably be in February or March,” Toshiba Corporate Senior Vice President Yoshihide Fujii told a news conference.

Japan’s second-largest electronics conglomerate said it and content holders such as film studios believe it would be best to start sales of HD DVD players in the United States on a wide scale rather than gradually.

It said it would take several months to build up inventories after starting mass-production in mid-December.

Toshiba had originally said it planned to launch HD DVD players in the fourth quarter of 2005 in both Japan and the United States, while Sony plans to put a Blu-ray disc drive in its new PlayStation game console to go on sale next year.

Toshiba said it still plans to introduce HD DVD players in the Japanese market by the year-end.

Related article: Intel, Microsoft To Back HD-DVD

Source: eWeek

Apple Responds To iPod Nano Screen Concerns

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Some customers have complained about scratched and/or broken screens on their iPod nano, leading one user to even set up a Web site to outline his problems.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller said there are two completely separate issues going on here. One is the broken screen and the other is the complaint about the iPod screen scratches.

In addressing the broken screens, the first of the two issues, Apple said that they have tracked down the problem.

“This is a real but minor issue involving a vendor quality problem in a small number of units,? said Schiller. “In fact, this issue has affected less than 1/10 of 1 percent of the total iPod nano units that we’ve shipped. It is not a design issue.?

Schiller said that if customers find they have this problem, all they have to do is contact AppleCare and their iPod will be replaced.

The second issue deals with complaints posted on Web sites that say the iPod nano screen scratches too easy, perhaps even being more susceptible to scratching than previous iPod models.

Apple said that the screens on the iPod nano are made with the same material that is found in the company’s fourth-generation iPod, which, to date, is complaint free.

“We have received very few calls from customers reporting this problem – we do not think this is a widespread issue,? said Schiller. “If customers are concerned about scratching we suggest they use one of the many iPod nano cases to protect their iPod.?

Related article: iPod Nano Owners In Screen Scratch Trauma

Source: macworld

Microsoft Explains The Reason To Back HD-DVD

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In an exclusive interview with Tom’s Hardware Guide, one of Microsoft’s lead representatives on the DVD Forum Steering Committee said that decisions regarding whether his company and Intel would back and promote HD DVD as a high-definition video disc standard, were determined only within the last few days. Prior to some critical recent developments and announcements, both companies - which had proclaimed neutrality - may have been ready to back Blu-ray.

Our decision is based mainly on where the formats are today,” Ribas said, referring to Microsoft. “A year and a half ago, both format organizations had very similar goals, and to some extent, the story of Blu-ray was actually very powerful. It had higher capacity, it had what we would consider benefits at the time. But then as time went on, and we’d seen what’s the reality of both formats today, and what were promises versus what’s proven and what’s real, that’s when we decided to make the decision.”

Blu-ray failed the Intel/Microsoft test in six critical areas, Ribas told us, referring to a document listing those areas that a Microsoft spokesperson provided to Tom’s Hardware Guide:

Source: tomshardware.com

19, Pleaded Guilty Of Using A Camcorder To Record Movies

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A new federal law aimed at discouraging camcorder-equipped movie pirates has snared its first catch.

Federal prosecutors said Curtis Salisbury, 19, pleaded guilty on Monday to using a camcorder to record movies in a St. Louis, Mo., theater and distributing his recording on the Internet.

When Salisbury worked in the box office of a theater, he and others entered the projection booth after-hours and used a camcorder and audio recorder to tape “The Perfect Man” and “Bewitched” in June, according to the plea agreement. Sentencing is scheduled to take place in a San Jose, Calif., federal court Feb. 27.

Source: ZDNet

PSP Crackers Break Console ‘Wide Open’

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Crackers this week claimed to have successfully ripped out the latest Sony PlayStation Portable firmware and replaced it with an earlier version of the code containing fewer anti-piracy features.

The procedure exploits a recently discovered buffer overflow exploit which allows code to be incorporated into image data. When the PSP attempts to display the picture, it writes data beyond the space reserved for the image and into memory used by executable code. The code inserted into the picture file is then run.

The software, posted on the internet yesterday, forces the PSP to run Sony’s firmware 1.5 updater, replacing firmware 2.0 with the older code.

One poster joyfully claimed the console is now “wide open”. The new crack allows PSP to run home brew applications and pirated games.

Source: The Register

Xbox Division Lost $4 billion

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Everyone knows that since its inception, Microsoft’s Xbox has been a money-loser. The argument always was that sales of the box would drive sales of Microsoft’s own game titles as well as hefty licensing fees from third-party publishers.

But now, according to Forbes, comes word that makes it very difficult to imagine that the Xbox could ever have been an effective loss leader.

Forbes says that the Xbox division has lost $4 billion since 2001. Four. Billion. Dollars.

Just before Thanksgiving, Microsoft will launch its next-generation console, the Xbox 360. The early word is that the 360 will also start its life as a loss leader, though Redmond insists the new box will soon be a moneymaker.

Source: News.com

8 Charged in Illegal Release of ‘Star Wars’

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Eight Californians were charged Tuesday with involvement in the illegal release of “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith” before the movie appeared in theaters.

Court documents allege the piracy began with a “screener” copy of the film at a post-production facility where one of the defendants worked and ended with the movie being released online the day before its worldwide release. “Screeners” are copies of films made available for such purposes as reviewing or for use by voters in industry awards programs.

All are accused of misdemeanor copyright infringement charges that carry up to one year in prison. One of the defendants also faces a felony count of uploading the movie onto the Internet, which carries a sentence as long as three years in prison if convicted.

Source: AP

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