1/4/2006

AMD Plan Unites Internet and Television

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is about to go live with a plan to meld broadcast and Web content, which could make for more active television viewing.

The Sunnyvale, Calif., chip maker will unveil the plan, dubbed AMD Live, at this week’s 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Under Live, AMD will work to help get broadband-connected PCs and televisions talking.

The company aims to make it possible for the couch potato to spice up a given program such as an auto race, accessed via a television by adding additional and more detailed Internet content from a PC.

The effort is important, AMD said, in that it could open the doors for new types of programming, but without necessarily requiring people to purchase special adapters, sometimes called set top boxes, which are often required now.

To further the goal—and to counter its larger rival Intel Corp., which on Thursday is expected to detail Viiv its new brand and platform for multimedia-oriented consumer systems—AMD intends to set up Live as a brand for media-savvy PCs.

Source: eWeek

BlackBerry users face security threat

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Windows users know that opening a malicious e-mail attachment can wreak havoc on their PC. It appears BlackBerry users have to use caution too.

Opening a malicious image sent via an e-mail on the popular mobile devices could disable a user’s capability to view attachments, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said Tuesday.

The problem occurs because of a software flaw in the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, RIM said in a posting on its customer support Web site. An attacker would have to craft a special TIFF, or Tagged Image File Format, to perform the attack, the company said.

RIM has developed a fix for the problem. The software upgrade will be made available as soon as testing is complete, the company said.

Source: News.com

Symantec buys IMlogic in all-cash deal

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Security company Symantec leaped into the nascent market for protecting instant messaging systems on Tuesday, announcing that it has agreed to acquire IMlogic, one of the sector’s top players.

Financial terms were not released. But Carlin Wiegner, a senior director of Web security at Symantec, said in an interview with CNET News.com that the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has agreed to pay all cash for 100-employee IMlogic, and expects the deal to close later this quarter.

IMlogic, headquartered in Boston, sells the IM Manager software, which promises to safeguard public and corporate IM networks while providing companies with a means to monitor and archive IM traffic.

Source: News.com

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