11/3/2005

Google Desktop 2 Out Of Beta

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google announced the finalized version of its Google Desktop 2 application on Thursday and outlined its new features.

Dozens of new third-party Sidebar panels are now available, Google said, like iTunes, dictionary Winamp and an American Express panel to track and view credit card transactions in real time. The new software can also display maps related to the sites one visits while surfing the Net.

In addition, developers can use simple JavaScript to write plug-ins for Google Desktop 2, the company said.

Source: News.com

Microsoft buys FolderShare

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft said on Thursday that it has acquired an online file-sharing service that it will incorporate into the Windows Live service announced earlier this week.

The software maker purchased the FolderShare service from Austin, Texas-based ByteTaxi. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

The technology offers an alternate way to send large files that are too big to easily be e-mailed.

Source: News.com

Firefox Achieves 10 Percent Market Share

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Mozilla’s Firefox has managed to grab over 10 percent of the Web browser marker with its highest percentage to date, according to Web analytics firm OneStat.com on Tuesday.

The company said that Mozilla’s browser now has a global market share of 11.5 percent, an increase of 2.8 percentage points since April. Some of this growth is at the expense of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which has declined by 1.2 percentage points since April, to a market share of 85.5 percent.

The popularity of Firefox varies across the world, with a market share of 14.1 percent in the US, but only 4.9 percent in the UK, according to OneStat. Its figures are based on a sample of two million Web users worldwide.

Source: ZDNet

World of Warcraft hackers using Sony BMG rootkit

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Want to cheat in your online game and not get caught? Just buy a Sony BMG copy protected CD.

World of Warcraft hackers have confirmed that the hiding capabilities of Sony BMG’s content protection software can make tools made for cheating in the online world impossible to detect.

Blizzard Entertainment, the maker of World of Warcraft, has created a controversial program that detects cheaters by scanning the processes that are running at the time the game is played. Called the Warden, the anti-cheating program cannot detect any files that are hidden with Sony BMG’s content protection, which only requires that the hacker add the prefix “$sys$” to file names.

Source: securityfocus

IBM, Sun Team To Support OpenDocument

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IBM and Sun Microsystems will host a private meeting Friday to rally industry support for OpenDocument, a specification for standardizing documents that proponents hope will spur adoption of software that competes with the Microsoft Office productivity suite.

The meeting, which is scheduled to take place at the IBM Learning Center in Armonk, New York, is aimed at discussing with other technology companies ways to advance the adoption of OpenDocument, said Todd Martin, an IBM spokesperson, on Wednesday.

“The meeting is for those industry partners who are interested in implementing and advancing the OpenDocument specification,” Martin said.

Source: PCWorld

IBM Created A Chip To Slow Down Light

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IBM has created a chip that can slow down light, the latest advance in an industrywide effort to develop computers that will use only a fraction of the energy of today’s machines.

The chip, called a photonic silicon waveguide, is a piece of silicon dotted with arrays of tiny holes. Scattered systematically by the holes, light shown on the chip slows down to 1/300th of its ordinary speed of 186,000 miles per second. In a computer system, slower light pulses could carry data rapidly, but in an orderly fashion. The light can be further slowed by applying an electric field to the waveguide.

Researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley, have slowed light in laboratories. IBM, though, claims that its light-slowing device is the first to be fashioned out of fairly standard materials, potentially paving the way toward commercial adoption.

Source: News.com

Microsoft patches may break Web sites

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Two Microsoft security updates for Internet Explorer can break the functionality of Web sites that use certain custom applications.

The problems occur after installing the patches Microsoft delivered with security bulletins MS05-038 and MS05-052, Microsoft said in two advisories posted on its Web site Wednesday. The bulletins were issued in August and October, respectively.

Both patches can cause problems with ActiveX controls, small programs designed to perform simple tasks that can make a Web site more interactive. The MS05-038 patch can also hinder Java applications. After the patches are installed, applications that are programmed in specific ways will no longer work in Internet Explorer, Microsoft said.

To resolve this issue, Microsoft advises developers to recompile an affected ActiveX control and mark it as safe when run in an Internet browser, according to the advisory. As a workaround, users of sites with ActiveX controls that no longer work can lower their IE security settings, the company said, although it does not recommend doing so.

Source: News.com

Google offers index of public domain works

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc.’s Internet-leading search engine on Thursday will begin serving up the entire contents of books and government documents that aren’t entangled in a copyright battle over how much material can be scanned and indexed from five major libraries.

The list of Google’s so-called “public domain” works - volumes no longer protected by copyright - include Henry James novels, Civil War histories, Congressional acts and biographies of wealthy New Yorkers.

Google said the material, available at http://www.print.google.com , represents the first large batch of public domain books and documents to be indexed in its search engine since the Mountain View-based company announced an ambitious library-scanning project late last year.

The program is designed to make more library material available through a few clicks of a computer mouse and attract more people to click on the highly profitable ads that Google displays on its Web site.

Source: AP

Yahoo Redesigns Its Online Mapping Service

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Yahoo Inc. has redesigned its online maps to make it easier to get driving directions to multiple destinations and find local merchants - the latest move in the company’s duel with Internet powerhouse, Google Inc.

The Sunnyvale-based company unveils its latest mapping improvements, less than a month after Google upgraded its maps service. Yahoo’s service will be available on a test basis at http://maps.yahoo.com/beta .

Yahoo is matching some of Google’s features, such as the ability to scroll across a map without reloading a Web page, as well as introducing tools that haven’t been available previously on the Internet.

The innovations include the ability to obtain driving directions to several different city locations and have all the routes simultaneously displayed on the same Web page.

Like Google, Yahoo also is including user reviews and phone numbers of local merchants located near the site of the mapping request.

Source: AP

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