2/20/2006

Intel to Open Technology Center in Gaza

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Intel, the world’s largest semiconductor company, is planning to build the first information technology education center in the volatile Gaza Strip.

The Intel Information Technology Center of Excellence is intended to provide IT training to Palestinians and stimulate development of high-tech industry in an area where half the labor force is unemployed. The center is being developed in conjunction with Washington, D.C.-based American Near East Refugee Aid and the Islamic University of Gaza.

“We don’t want to discount the tension in the area … but from our perspective, we view it as something that can have a positive impact,” said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy. “If you talk to the leaders of the
Palestinian Authority, this is exactly the kind of thing they want. They want education, they want paths to improve the economic well-being of their citizens.”

Intel has had a presence in Israel for more than three decades, but over the past few years has launched an initiative to also expand its investments in the Arab world.

Source: AP

Unipage - A PDF Alternative?

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Unipage recently released a beta version of its Unipage Unifier. The Unipage encoding is a way to encode a full page with its images, CSS, Javascript, Flash, and whatnot, into just one HTML file.

The ‘Unipage Unifier’ program instantly turns any online or local page into a ‘Unipage’ that can be viewed directly in a browser. It saves the mess of files when you normally save a complete web page, but maybe the bigger scoop is that now people can use ‘Unipages’ to send content rich documents instead of PDF. But Unipages are superior to PDF in their ability to hold functionality (Javascript), Flash animations and practically anything normally possible in a web page. Together with any program that can export into HTML you can get fully styled, dynamic, portable documents instantly. And it’s free.

Source: slashdot

Microsoft Unveils Next-Generation Commerce Server Technology

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to deliver the beta version of Microsoft Commerce Server 2006, the leading Microsoft .NET-based solution for e-commerce sites designed to radically simplify the creation of full-featured Web sites. In beta release today, the product is scheduled to be released in July 2006.

With the release of Commerce Server 2006, customers will be able to link their e-commerce solutions to their existing line-of-business applications and trading partners through integration with Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 and its broad portfolio of adapters, such as those from SAP AG and Oracle Corp. In addition, Commerce Server 2006 will jump-start e-commerce deployments via a new production-ready starter site and help customers build e-commerce solutions based on Web services and service-oriented architectures through tight integration with the latest Web development technologies such as ASP.NET 2.0.

Commerce Server 2006 Beta 1 is available for download. Commerce Server 2006 is schedule to be released in July 2006. Pricing and licensing details will be available at a later date.

Google admits Desktop security risk

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Businesses have been warned by research company Gartner that the latest Google Desktop Beta has an “unacceptable security risk,” and Google agrees.

On Feb. 9, Google unveiled Google Desktop 3, a free, downloadable program that includes an option to let users search across multiple computers for files. To do that, the application automatically stores copies of files, for up to a month, on Google servers. From there, copies are transferred to the user’s other computers for archiving. The data is encrypted in transmission and while stored on Google servers.

The risk to enterprises, according to Gartner, lies in how this shared information is pooled by Google. The data is transferred to a remote server, where it is stored and can then be shared between users for up to 30 days.

Gartner said in a report on Thursday that the “mere transport (of data) outside the enterprise will represent an unacceptable security risk to many enterprises,” as intellectual property could be transported out of the business.

Google told ZDNet UK on Monday that it recognized the risk, and recommended that companies take action. “We recognize that this is a big issue for enterprise. Yes, it’s a risk, and we understand that businesses may be concerned,” said Andy Ku, European marketing manager for Google.

Gartner has recommended that businesses use Google Desktop for Enterprise, as this allows systems administrators to centrally turn off the Search Across Computers feature, which it said should be “immediately disabled.”

Google agreed that Google Desktop Enterprise would better mitigate security risks. “If you’re given a choice, choose Enterprise,” said Ku.

Source: News.com

Yahoo!Mail bans Allah and Dirty Harry handles

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Yahoo! is banning the use of allah in email names - even if the letters are included within another name.

This was uncovered by Reg reader Ed Callahan whose mother Linda Callahan was trying to sign up for a Verizon email address. She could not get it to accept her surname.

Enquiries to Verizon revealed that a partnership with Yahoo! was to blame. Yahoo! will not accept any identies which include the letters “allah”.

Nor will Yahoo! accept yahoo, osama or binladen. But it will accept god, messiah, jesus, jehova, buddah, satan and both priest and pedophile.

Source: The Register

Google Goes To Israel

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Search engine giant Google formally announced the opening of an Israel branch at a news conference Monday.

According to local Google official Meir Brand, the company is committed to “focus on Israeli Web surfers, advertisers and Web site operators, and (help them to) interface with suitable services,” the Hebrew news Web site Ynet reported (Hebrew).

Beyond that, however, little information about the company’s plans was made available. “Google doesn’t talk about its future plans. We mean to invest in our surfers, and a lot of surprises can be expected in the coming year. But over here we don’t talk about products before they’re launched. First launch, then talk,” Israeli business newspaper TheMarker quoted Brand as saying.

TheMarker speculated that because the company has invested extensively in the new Israel office, including worker training and securing local contracts, “(Google’s) doing a lot more here than creating a search engine in Hebrew.”

Source: United Press International

Microsoft To Offer Free Wireless VoIP

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

MICROSOFT has developed a Skype-style free internet voice service for mobile phones that City analysts believe could wipe billions off the market value of operators such as Vodafone.The service is included in a mobile version of Microsoft Office Communicator due to be released this year.

It will take the form of a voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) application that allows Office users to make free voice calls over wi-fi enabled phones running Windows Mobile software.

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer dropped his bombshell at the mobile operators’ annual 3GSM show in Barcelona last week. The significance of his remarks was missed because of his effusive and eccentric delivery…”

Source: slashdot

Google Trusted Tester Program

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The Trusted Tester Program gives the friends and family members of Google employees a chance to test early Google confidential betas and let Google know what they think. To become a Trusted Tester, you first must be invited by a friend or family member who currently works at Google.

There is some irony about this program. The Google Trusted Tester program is strictly confidential, and members can not speak to anyone else about it. As friends and family of Google employees, Google trust that you’ll keep any information you learn through this program confidential. However the Google Trusted Tester program has an FAQ page that actually reveals the existence of this program.

Only Google employees can invite their friends and family members to become Trusted Testers, so unless you know someone who works for Google you can not be a part of this program.

Kazaa, record company lawyers ready for appeal

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This morning sees the return of the parties in the Kazaa case to the Federal Court for their long awaited appeal. While the earlier case was heard by a single judge (Judge Wilcox), the appeal is to be heard over five days by the Full Bench comprised of Justices Branson, Finkelstein and Lindgren.

The appeal follows the September 5, 2005 judgement, which was dubbed a “landmarkâ€? decision by both sides. The judgement guaranteed the continued operation of Kazaa, while the record companies saw the decision as striking at the heart of internet piracy. At the time, the record companies reportedly said they would not be appealing the decision.

Although widely reported as a victory for the record companies, a Kazaa spokesperson has posed the question: “If they won the case, and they declared their victory, then why are they now appealing?â€? The spokesperson pointed out that the record companies lost a number of aspects of the September 5 case, including conspiracy claims, trade practices claims, and fair trading claims.

In fact, both sides are appealing, and the appeal will be heard this week.

Source: The Register

Nintendo to drop DS for DS Lite

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Nintendo will nix its current DS handheld console this summer, replacing it with the recently announced DS Lite. The video game pioneer will also formally announce the launch date of its Revolution console on May 9, Nintendo US marketing chief Reggie Fils-Aime said last week.

Fils-Aime spilled the beans on US TV video game show Game Heads, fansite Revolution reports. Apparently, today’s DS will be phased out between August and September, presumably as Nintendo runs down stocks of the product.

Source: The Register

China to introduce face recognition system

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China has approved a biometric face recognition system which will be used for surveillance and security issues.

The system captures moving facial images and features a multi-camera technology to lower the error for mismatching. The system will be used in public places, such as airports, post offices, customs entrances and even residential communities, in the near future, according to the “China Daily” newspaper.

The system measures nodal points in the human face, such as the distance between the eyes or the shape of the cheekbones. The technology has already helped the police in Beijing solve a few criminal cases involving child abduction and supermarket blackmail in the past few years, the report said.

Source: portalit.net

IBM to Unveil Advance in Chips

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IBM Corp. is expected to announce today that its scientists have developed a technique for printing circuitry on silicon that could make computer chips significantly more powerful while extending the life of current manufacturing technology, potentially saving billions of dollars in plant reconstruction.

Most semiconductor manufacturing today uses a process called optical lithography, in which lasers imprint patterns on silicon wafers, much like silk screening, with features as small as 90 nanometers in width. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter.

As components shrink, more can be crammed onto each chip, enabling smaller devices that are increasingly powerful.

Many experts believe that using optical lithography and beaming lasers through water can concentrate the light to produce chips with features down to 32 nanometers, but no smaller.

IBM’s technique, a variation of so-called immersion lithography, is expected to be announced today at a technical conference in San Jose.

It uses an oil-like organic fluid with a higher refractive index than water, resulting in highly focused laser beams that produce lines 29.9 nanometers apart — about 3,000 times as thin as a human hair.

“This technique could be quite an attractive option to make chips at 25 nanometers,” Gian-Luca Bona, functional manager of science and technology at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, said in an interview. It could lead to processor and memory chips that are smaller, faster, cheaper and use less power, IBM says.

By extending the use of optical lithography further into the future, chipmakers can delay switching manufacturing processes, which causes downtime and lost productivity, while buying time for other technologies to mature.

IBM’s process could allow optical lithography to be used through 2013.

Source: LA Times

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