10/4/2005

Apple Planning Launch Of Video iPod

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple Computer has begun production of a new version of its iPod digital music player that will be capable of playing videos, AppleInsider has learned.

Reliable sources believe the iPod could be introduced as early as next week, possibly around the time Apple releases results from its fourth fiscal quarter of 2005.

Although details are scarce, sources who claim to have seen the new iPod describe it as being similar to Apple’s 60GB iPod photo player, but several millimeters thinner.

The device reportedly sports a smaller click-wheel akin to that of the iPod nano’s, making way for a larger, higher-resolution color display that extends further down the face of the device.

Source: AppleInsider

Kaspersky Confirms Antivirus Flaw - Fix Tomorrow

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The company confirms the presence of a vulnerability in a Kaspersky Anti-Virus module used to process CAB files. Taking advantage of this vulnerability results in a malfunction of the antivirus program. This effect is present only in the Windows environment and does not affect other operating systems.

At the same time, Kaspersky Lab specialists have taken measures to eliminate the threat related to the CAB module vulnerability. First of all, on receiving the relevant data, the virus analyst team within a short time period created a package of signatures that detect possible exploits of this vulnerability (procedures that use the vulnerability to compromise a computer). This set of signatures was added to the antivirus databases of Kaspersky Anti-Virus on September 29, significantly reducing the chances of successful use of the CAB vulnerability exploits.

Kaspersky Lab experts are currently developing an emergency update of the company’s antivirus products which include the CAB module affected by the vulnerability. The revised list of such products includes: Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal 5.0, Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Pro 5.0, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 5.0 for Windows Workstations, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 5.0 for Windows File Servers, Kaspersky Personal Security Suite 1.1. Importantly, version 4.5 of Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus products is not affected by the vulnerability.

Updates eliminating the CAB vulnerability for all the programs listed above will be released on Wednesday, October 5th, 2005 and will be available for installation using standard updating procedures.

.travel Domain Is Open To Business

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A new online domain for the travel industry is open for business.

Airlines, theme parks, restaurants, tourism offices and others in travel and tourism are eligible for Web sites and e-mail addresses ending in “.travel.”

The new domain could give consumers confidence that they are dealing with a legitimate travel business or group, though the mantra of “buyer beware” applies: Operators of the domain won’t be performing any credit or criminal background checks or offering any guarantees.

New York-based Tralliance Corp., a unit of Internet communications company Theglobe.com, won approval to run “.travel” earlier this year from the Internet’s key oversight agency, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.

Since July 1, industry groups such as the Adventure Travel Trade Association and the International Hotel and Restaurant Association have been verifying that companies and organizations belong to one of 18 eligible industry sectors.

Those approved were allowed to register and use “.travel” names starting Monday.

Source: CNN

Xbox 360 Launch Lineup Announced

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Today at X05, the Xbox® brand experience for the games and entertainment industry, Microsoft Corp. unveiled lineup of games for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system as it gears up for launch Nov. 22 in North America, Dec. 2 in Europe and Dec. 10 in Japan.

Titles that will form part of the impressive Christmas holiday portfolio include these:

  • “Kameo: Elements of Power™? (MGS-Rare Ltd.). Renowned game developer Rare introduces “Kameo: Elements of Power™,? a mystical action-adventure game available exclusively on Xbox 360, in which the ability to morph into unique and incredible warriors allows Kameo to search out and battle ever-present evil. Boasting impeccable next-generation graphics and innovative gameplay, “Kameo? shines as a giant leap in game development. Continuing its legacy of creating dynamic puzzles, immersive combat and enormous environments, Rare fuses multiple genres to create a strikingly fun gaming experience destined for widespread appeal.
  • “Perfect Dark Zero™? (MGS-Rare Ltd.). Joanna Dark returns in the Xbox 360-exclusive “Perfect Dark Zero,? the prequel to the international award-winning and multimillion-selling first-person shooter “Perfect Dark®? from famed game developer Rare. A secret war has begun between shadowy corporations bent on world domination. Joanna Dark and her father, Jack, are caught up in the fight for the planet’s future. A routine bounty-hunting mission rips open a global conspiracy that will change Joanna’s destiny — forever.
  • “Project Gotham Racing® 3? (MGS-Bizarre Creations Ltd.). The popular “PGR®? franchise zooms onto the Xbox 360, expanding many of the “Project Gotham Racing? features that gamers have grown to love. “PGR 3? creates the ultimate roster of the hottest supercars in existence, introduces them to the high-definition era, and drops them into a completely new gaming world, where style rules the road. Racers define and create individually customized gameplay, and can race each other — online or offline.
  • Other games announced or shown at X05 included these:

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Judge Says No To Restricting New Yahoo Engineers

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A judge decided Monday not to bar a dozen new Yahoo employees from working on technology that they had been developing at their former employer, Nuance Communica- tions.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Kevin McKenney rejected the Menlo Park speech recognition software company’s request for a temporary restraining order against the engineers, who all resigned to work for Yahoo over the past month. However, the judge did agree to revisit the issue in six weeks, after both companies have a chance to gather evidence.

Source: siliconvalley.com

Dell Offers An Open Source PC

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Dell began offering a new desktop PC on Tuesday with no operating system installed. The machine is designed for people who want to run open-source software such as Linux instead of Windows.

The Round Rock, Texas-based company’s Dimension E510n PC comes with a blank hard drive and a copy of the FreeDOS operating system, which can be installed by customers. The computer is part of Dell’s n-Series of PCs, which first started shipping without an operating system back in September 2002.

The desktop retails for $849 and comes with a Pentium 4 processor; 512MB of advanced DDR computer memory; a 128MB ATI Radeon X300SE HyperMemory video card; an 80GB serial ATA hard drive and a one-year limited warranty.

Source: News.com

Java And Google Toolbar Promote Each Other

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Well unlike the rumours there is no Google Office in the horizon. Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Google Inc. today announced an agreement to promote and distribute their software technologies to millions of users around the world. The agreement aims to make it easier for users to freely obtain Sun’s Java Runtime Environment (JRE), the Google Toolbar and the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite, helping users worldwide to participate in the next wave of Internet growth.

Under the agreement, Sun will include the Google Toolbar as an option in its consumer downloads of the Java Runtime Environment on http://java.com. In addition, the companies have agreed to explore opportunities to promote and enhance Sun technologies, like the Java Runtime Environment and the OpenOffice.org productivity suite.

“Google and Java are two of the most widely recognized technology brands because they provide users with online tools that enhance their lives on a day to day basis. The Google Toolbar offers useful Internet search services while Java enables richer interactive content. We look forward to exploring other related areas of collaboration,” said Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google.

eBay Fraudster To Repay £70,000

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A convicted eBay fraudster has been ordered to cough up £70,000 or face an extra two years behinds bars.

Surrey-based key cutter and engraver Simon Hurley flogged counterfeit merchandise via the popular auction website. Investigators reckon that between March and December 2003 he flogged some 6,000 items pocketting almost £105,000.

In April this year Hurley pleaded guilty to a total of 16 offences. Appearing at Croydon Crown Court last Friday Hurley was sentenced to nine months and ordered to pay £8,000 costs.

Source: The Register

Sun Will Not Enforce Its Patents On OpenDocument.

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Sun Microsystems has promised not to enforce any of its patents covering the OpenDocument format.

The Oasis Open Document Format for Office Applications is a standard backed by Adobe, IBM and Sun.

It aims to create open standards for documents that guarantee interoperability between software suites, allowing StarOffice to open and edit a document created in WordPerfect, for instance.

Source: vnunet

Katrina Web Scammer Arrested

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A Florida man has been arrested and charged with four counts of fraud after receiving $40,000 (£22,700) in donations to fund mercy flights to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

But Gary Kraser never made those fights even though he told visitors to his AirKatrina.com web site harrowing accounts of trips he had made.

According to his site, he was flying in medical supplies to the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina which hit Louisiana in August. He also said he was evacuating children and others who were in a critical medical condition.

But he needed cash to help fund the flights and told donors that “every dollar, every nickel, (would) go directly into the tanks of these pilots planes on their mission of mercy” and managed to raise $40,000 in just two days.

According to the FBI, this is the first Hurricane Katrina Internet charity fraud case brought by the Department of Justice.

Said US Attorney Alexander Acosta in a statement: “It is simply unconscionable and intolerable that anyone would seek a personal financial benefit from the horrible human tragedy caused by Hurricane Katrina.”

Source: The Register

Paramount to offer movies on HD-DVD and Blu-ray

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Paramount Home Entertainment has decided to offer high-definition versions of its movies on both HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc, the company said Sunday.

The announcement makes Viacom Inc.-unit Paramount the first major content provider to publically support both formats and comes as the two competing high-definition video disc systems prepare for commercial launch.

Source: macworld

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