3/4/2006

Google GDrive is not a rumor

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An interesting article by Greg Lindon points to some slide comments from Google’s Analyst Day Power Point presentation last week. The presentation was removed from Google’s website but the text is still available in Greg’s post. These notes clearly state efforts have been put towards “infinite storage” in terms of GDrive.

“With infinite storage, we can house all user files, including: emails, web history, pictures, bookmarks, etc and make it accessible from anywhere (any device, any platform, etc). We already have efforts in this direction in terms of GDrive, GDS, Lighthouse, but all of them face bandwidth and storage constraints today.” — excerpt from Analyst Day presentation notes.

The GDrive service will provide anyone (who trusts Google with their data) a universally accessible network share that spans across computers, operating systems and even devices. Users will no longer require third party applications to emulate this behaviour by abusing Gmail storage.

Source: ZDNet

Skype 5-way Calling Limit Cracked

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

It turns out when Skype limited 10 way calling to Intel Processors only it really was arbitrary! Maxxus has a patched version of Skype that allows 10-way calling regardless of the processor installed.

There’s also info about the patch: “The patch is the result of two phases: code analysis and design of the patch. The code analysis, or reverse engineering, reveals the relevant code block, which overrides Skype’s limitation for Intel’s dual-core CPUs. The patch design isolates the minimal set of instructions that need to be modified to cancel this limitation.” Windows only so far.”

Source: Slashdot

AOL to roll out free e-mail to non-profits

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

AOL, the Internet service provider unit of Time Warner Inc., on Friday said it will not charge legitimate not-for-profit organizations and advocacy groups to have their e-mails authenticated and delivered to consumers.

The decision addresses an outcry from political and civic activist groups, which said AOL’s plans to charge mass senders of e-mail a fee to reduce junk mail amounted to an “attack” on the “free existence of online civic participation.”

The company said that it is seeking to make it “crystal clear” that nonprofit groups would have all their e-mails delivered, including enabled Web-links and images, contrary to recent criticism in the media by advocacy groups.

“There will be no requirement, ever, for not-for-profits who deliver e-mail to AOL members to pay for e-mail certification and delivery,” Charles Stiles, AOL’s Postmaster, said.

The company said it is also offering to pay for the e-mails of qualifying groups to be validated by a third party.

Source: Reuters

Highwall to Launch ‘Anti-Virus System’ for Wireless

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Highwall Technologies on March 6 will launch a software package designed to prevent wireless LAN security breaches without a network overlay of hardware sensors.

Highwall Enterprise 4.0 focuses on the end points in a network, detecting rogue access points and unauthorized clients.

“We basically treat wireless devices like a virus,” said Rich Swier, CEO of Highwall in Sarasota, Fla. “This is the equivalent of an anti-virus system for wireless.”

Swier said that while hardware sensors are a good idea for administrators concerned about wireless attacks, many of his customers are more concerned about how wireless devices pose direct threats to their wired networks.

The software finds problems such as rogue access points on the wired network, laptops being used as gateways into the wired network when their users inadvertently leave the radios on, ad hoc networks between two wireless devices, and unauthorized clients on a wireless LAN.

Source: eWeek

Samsung unveils new MP3 player to challenge Apple’s iPod

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

South Korean electronics giant Samsung will unveil its new portable music player on Sunday in a direct challenge to the now iconic iPod, one of the world’s best-selling products from US rival Apple.

Samsung’s new flash memory MP3 player, called the YP-Z5, will be released first in the United States on the home turf of its rival. Europe will have to wait until late March and Asia until May to see the new contender for dominance of the lucrative MP3 market.

The YP-Z5, priced at 199 dollars to 249 dollars, is designed as a head-on challenger to Apple’s newest iPod nano, which costs 149 dollars to 249 dollars.

Samsung says price alone is not a decisive factor. Instead, the South Korean firm is playing up the capacity and user friendly aspects of the YP-Z5.

It boasts that the device offers a bigger color display screen and a longer battery life and also offers a more comfortable user interface

Source: AFP

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