2/26/2006

Apple to offer films to download on iTunes

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

APPLE, whose iTunes internet music site sold its billionth tune last week, is preparing to launch a film download service. An announcement is expected as early as this week.

The news will represent another move in Apple’s strategy to network computing and entertainment products around the home so music and video can be wirelessly streamed from one device to another. Films downloaded on to an Apple computer from iTunes could be transferred through an Apple Airport wireless connection to a digital television or stored on a video iPod.

Using the success of Apple’s iPod, the world’s most successful portable digital music player, and iTunes, Apple’s hugely successful music download service, as a springboard for a film download service makes perfect commercial sense for Apple chief executive and founder Steven Jobs.

Source: thebusinessonline.com

Matsushita to enter SLR digital camera market

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co on Sunday unveiled its first interchangeable lens-type digital single lens-reflex camera it has jointly developed with Olympus Corp in a move to enter the SLR digital camera market by the end of the year.

A prototype of the camera, LUMIX DMC-L1, was displayed at the PMA 2006 International Convention, a trade show that started Sunday in Orlando, Florida.

Source: crisscross

Tip: Configure The Right Data Execution Prevention (DEP)

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a set of hardware and software technologies that perform additional checks on memory to help prevent malicious code from running on a system. In Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, DEP is enforced by hardware and by software.

The primary benefit of DEP is that it helps prevent code execution from data pages, such as the default heap pages, various stack pages, and memory pool pages. Typically, code is not executed from the default heap and the stack. Hardware-enforced DEP detects code that is running from these locations and raises an exception when execution occurs. If the exception is unhandled, the process will be stopped. Execution of code from protected memory in kernel mode causes a Stop error.

DEP can help block a class of security intrusions. Specifically, DEP can help block a malicious program in which a virus or other type of attack has injected a process with additional code and then tries to run the injected code. On a system with DEP, execution of the injected code causes an exception. Software-enforced DEP can help block programs that take advantage of exception-handling mechanisms in Windows.

However if a program is failing and you want to disable DEP, or if you have a new CPU that supports DEP you might want to always enable it. You can do it in two ways:

The first way is via the system properties.

  • Click Winkey+Break
  • Go to the Advanced tab
  • Click the Performance Settings button
  • Click Data Execution Prevention tab
  • Use one of the following procedures: Click Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only to select the OptIn policy. or Click Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select to select the OptOut policy, and then click Add to add the programs that you do not want to use the DEP feature.
  • Click OK two times.

The second way is to update the boot.ini file

To configure DEP to switch to the AlwaysOn policy by using the Boot.ini file, follow these steps: (more…)

New York pans skyscraper escape pods

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The idea emerged after Jonathan “Yoni” Shimshoni and a team of aspiring inventors in Israel watched a television documentary about victims trapped on the upper floors of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Shimshoni recalled seeing the towers ablaze and thinking, “This is nuts. This shouldn’t have to happen.”

The team came up with a $1 million escape device with expandable cabins that could be lowered like lifeboats outside a high-rise in distress. A prototype tested in Tel Aviv drew praise from politicians, public safety experts and the landlord of a Manhattan skyscraper, who offered his property for a pilot program.

Then Shimshoni received a discouraging letter from the city’s Office of Emergency Management. He was told, in short, that the project was unworthy of the necessary building permits.

The letter was a blow to Shimshoni’s company, Escape Rescue Systems. But the CEO — a 55-year-old former Israeli military officer with a doctorate in public policy from Princeton University — insists it wasn’t fatal.

Shimshoni believes public opinion and political pull could change the city’s position.

Source: CNN

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