10/13/2005

Mobile Phones And Laptops To ID Their Owner

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Finnish scientists have invented a device to make it harder to steal mobile phones and laptops by enabling them to detect changes in their owner’s walking style and then freeze to prevent unauthorized use.

The VTT Technical Research Center of Finland said the device, which is has patented but has yet to sell, could prevent millions of portable appliances being stolen every year.

“A device is equipped with sensors that measure certain characteristics of the user’s gait. When the device is used for the first time, these measurements are saved in its memory,” VTT said in a statement.

The gadget would monitor the user’s walking style and check it against the saved information. If the values differ, the user would have to enter a password.

Source: Reuters

Stem Cell Treatment Prevents Possible Amputations

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

If you have pain in your legs, it could be the first sign of a serious condition that could lead to gangrene and amputation. Now a new stem cell treatment may help patients avoid that fate.

Doctor Jeffrey Lawson says pain comes as a result of blocked arteries in the leg.

Jeffrey Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., vascular surgeon: “We designed a project to take adult stem cells isolated from a patients’ own bone marrow and inject them into the leg.”

Twelve weeks later, Winefred’s leg shows signs of regenerating blood vessels.

This new stem cell therapy is experimental. Researchers hope to eventually conduct clinical trials and recruit patients from around the country.

These stem cells are not as adaptable as embryonic stem cells, but they are showing promise in treating some conditions.

Source: ABC 7 news

OpenOffice.org Delays Version 2.0 Release

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The planned fifth-anniversary release of the ODF-compliant MS Office alternative has been pushed back to allow time for key bug fixes.

Although OpenOffice.org had planned to release the final 2.0 version of its open-source office suite on Oct. 13—the fifth anniversary of the founding of the organization—the company has decided to hold off due to a “show-stopping” problem with the software, community members said Wednesday.

Instead, OpenOffice.org will make available a third release candidate, probably by Friday, community manager Louis Suarez-Potts said.

No date has been attached to the final release, but Suarez-Potts said it could be ready as early as next week or as late as the end of the month.

Source: eWeek

Symantec Raise Renewal Prices By 33%

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Symantec has quietly raised renewal prices for its Norton antivirus and other products, a move some see as a parting shot before Microsoft enters the consumer security fray next year.

On Monday, the security software giant raised the prices Norton users pay for another year of updates to their installed products by as much as 33 percent. The updates include traditional virus signatures and product enhancements, which are a new feature and part of Symantec’s move to a subscription model.

Source: News.com

Comcast, Google Said in Talks Over AOL

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc. and Comcast Corp. are talking with Time Warner Inc. about acquiring ownership stakes in America Online’s Web portal AOL, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Under the deal, the three companies would form a new entity through which they would jointly own the Web portal, according to the person, who requested anonymity Wednesday because release of the information was not authorized.

Source: AP

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