11/28/2005

Maxell focuses on holographic storage

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Information storage media company Maxell has said it will launch its first holographic storage products in September 2006. The first removable drive will have a capacity of 300GB and a throughput of 160mbps.

Holographic storage works by storing information using light-sensitive crystals. Because it uses the whole volume of the drive–whose prototype looks somewhat like a floppy disk–not just the surface, it’s possible to store much more information than is possible on a DVD.

With a single holographic removable drive, or disk, able to store 1.6 million high-resolution color photos or more than 240 hours of TV broadcast, holographic storage is starting to draw the attention of many in the IT industry.

“Holographic media makes it possible for millions of pages of information and high-definition images to be held on one small, relatively inexpensive disk,” said Steven Pofcher, senior marketing manager at Maxell.

“That’s pretty inexpensive,” Tarasoff said. “Even the first versions can store 300GB per disk, and it has 160mbps data throughput rates. That’s burning. Then combine it with random access, and it’s the best of all worlds.”

Source: News.com

TiVo to develop TV ad search service

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

TiVo Inc. the company that made its name by letting users skip television commercials, said on Monday it is working on technology that lets viewers search for specific advertisements.

The technology, which is expected to be launched in early 2006, is among the advertising industry’s latest efforts to reach consumers using high-tech products to escape the traditional ad pitch.

The advertising service will let subscribers search for a product by category or keyword, then TiVo would deliver matching commercials to the consumer’s set-top box.

The Alviso, California-based company’s development of new advertising models has been one of the key incentives to cable companies in signing a deal with TiVo, analysts have said.

Source: Reuters

Google Search API Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A vulnerability has been identified in Google API Search Engine Script, which may be exploited by attackers to inject malicious HTML code. This flaw is due to an input validation error in the search module when processing a specially crafted “REQ” parameter, which may be exploited by attackers to cause arbitrary scripting code to be executed by the user’s browser in the security context of an affected Web site.

French Security Incident Response Team (FrSIRT) rates this vulnerability as low and currently there is no solution to this flaw untill Google fixes the problem.

OpenSolaris leader leaves Sun for Amazon

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Claire Giordano, the Sun executive who led the introduction of the Sun’s OpenSolaris operating system project and its accompanying open-source Community Development and Distribution License, is leaving the company for a to work for Amazon’s A9 search engine project.

Giordano announced the move on her blog Sunday.

At A9, Giordano will be director of product management starting in mid-December. “I’m particularly jazzed about the A9 OpenSearch technology which makes it easy for content providers to publish their search results.”

Source: News.com

Sony PlayStation to Get Parental Controls

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Sony Corp. has become the latest of the video game console makers to announce parental controls in it newest machine, according to the Entertainment Software Association.

Now, all three major console makers are promising parents the means to help restrict their children’s access to violent video games.

Sony will place the controls on its forthcoming machine, PlayStation 3, according to the ESA. Users of PlayStation 2 could limit access, but only to movies, not games.

Source: AP

Samsung develops largest flexible LCD panel

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Samsung Electronics, announced today that it has developed the world’s largest transmissive TFT LCD (thin-film transistor, liquid crystal display), with sufficiently high resolution to display digital television content.The seven-inch, 640×480 (VGA-standard) flexible display uses a transparent plastic substrate that is thinner, lighter and more durable than the conventional LCD glass panels used today. Moreover, the full-color transmissive LCD panel maintains a constant thickness even when it is bent. Considered the next-generation in flat panel displays, this technology involves the use of pliable plastic instead of rigid glass substrates in TFT-LCD production.

The plastic will not break when flexed, allowing much greater freedom in commercial designs requiring flexible full-color, high-resolution display components. The seven-inch flexible TFT-LCD is optimized for mobility applications, including cell phones and notebook computers. System designers and OEMs also may apply the advanced Samsung display technology to new applications, such as fashion-enhancing or wearable electronic display designs, thanks to its differentiated flexible format. The new Samsung display is double the size of Samsung’s five-inch flexible LCD display prototype announced in January 2005.

Source: Lets Go Digital

Apple’s iPod Nano a Holiday Hit

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple Computer Inc.’s sleek iPod nano music player was among the top-selling electronic items on Amazon.com on Friday and some models sold out on a top retailer’s Web site as consumers stocked up on holiday gifts on one of the year’s busiest shopping days.

The stock of Cupertino, California-based Apple was the fifth-best performer on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index on Friday, climbing 3.3 percent to close at $69.34 and helping the index hit a 4-1/2-year closing high.

Apple’s black iPod nano with 2 gigabytes of storage, or enough to hold 500 songs, was the sixth best-selling electronic gadget on Amazon.com’s list of most popular items, which is updated hourly. A white version was No. 10 on the list.

Apple has sold more than 28 million iPods since they were introduced in 2001, helping revive fortunes of a company that was increasingly dwarfed by Microsoft Corp.’s dominant Windows desktop operating system. Apple has about 75 percent of the worldwide market for digital music players, according to market research firm NPD Group.

Source: eWeek

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