3/28/2006

Vista Capable Logo Revealed

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo
Vista Capable Logo

The Vista Capable PC program allows Microsoft partners that have a PC product that passed the Designed for Windows XP logo program to ship a new logo on those products that states “Designed for Microsoft Windows XP - Vista Capable.”

This program is designed for users to be able to quickly identify Windows XP PCs that can be upgraded to Windows Vista by the new Designed for Windows XP logo. The new logo will help ensure users have the correct expectations regarding their PCs’ ability to run Windows Vista.

Related: Windows Vista Capable PC Hardware Guidelines

PCWorld.com Reveals ‘101 Fabulous Freebies’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

PC World, the widely-read computer or business magazine, released “101 Fabulous Freebies” , a compilation of free services, downloads, and Web sites. Each product is fully functional, and is available without charge to consumers. Four services earned “PC World Best Bet” awards: Gmail, Blogger, Abilon, and Revver.

JBoss delivers Messaging 1.0

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

JBoss is ramping up its challenge to closed-source web servers and messaging middleware with updated editions of its software for enterprise IT infrastructures.

The company today announced JBoss Messaging 1.0 - a version of JBoss MQ re-engineered to deliver a modular messaging engine capable of shipping with or without JBoss’ application server and delivering a four-fold improvement in throughput.

JBoss said JBoss Messaging 1.0 represented the foundation layer for the company’s planned Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) due later this year, and has been improved to support enterprise-level Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs).

Source: The Register

Jobs uses his Apple shares to pay taxes

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs is walking away this month with slightly more than half of the 10 million shares of restricted stock that the computer maker granted him.

The other chunk, which represents 4.57 million shares, or nearly $296 million, was withheld by Apple to pay for income taxes relating to the vested shares, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Source: News.com

Panasonic Announces its First HD Blu-ray Disc Player

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company today announced the upcoming availability of the company’s first Blu-ray Disc player, the DMP-BD10, available this September.

Blu-ray Disc is the next generation optical disc format that features capacity as large as 50 gigabytes on a dual-layer disc and will be capable of holding high-definition movies, tens of thousands of songs, and extensive capacity for extraordinary video games and PC storage. Blu-ray Disc has the support of more than 170 leading companies including the top studios and consumer electronics manufacturers.

The introduction of the DMP-BD10 is timed to coincide with Panasonic’s release of its first 1080p Plasma TVs this fall, which can make full use of Blu-ray’s high definition entertainment capabilities. Pricing in the United States on the DMP-BD10 has not been finalized, but will be less than $1,500. Panasonic will also release a high-definition receiver that when matched with the Blu-ray Disc player will provide an unparalleled entertainment experience.

Bluetooth Adopts New Radio Technology

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Bluetooth wireless standard used in cell phones and other small devices will take a leap in transmission speed, broadening its scope to enable high-definition video and files for digital music players like the iPod.

The industry group behind Bluetooth said Tuesday that it would boost transfer speeds in the next few years by incorporating a new radio technology, known as ultra-wideband, or UWB.

Source: AP

Iran Hard-Line Regime Cracks Down on Blogs

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

On his last visit to Iran, Canadian-based blogger Hossein Derakhshan was detained and interrogated, then forced to sign a letter of apology for his blog writings before being allowed to leave the country. Compared to others, Derakhshan is lucky.

Dozens of Iranian bloggers have faced harassment by the government, been arrested for voicing opposing views, and fled the country in fear of prosecution over the past two years.

In the conservative Islamic Republic, where the government has vast control over newspapers and the airwaves, weblogs are one of the last bastions of free expression, where people can speak openly about everything from sex to the nuclear controversy. But increasingly, they are coming under threat of censorship.

Source: AP

Australia registers world’s first anti-spam code of practice

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Australian regulators registered what they said was the world’s first industry code for battling spam, a set of rules that could impose massive fines on Internet service providers who fail to help counter the plague of unwanted emails.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said the legislative code of practice will come into force in July, building on a 2003 Spam Act which focused on the spammers themselves rather than the Internet Service Providers (ISP).

The new Australian code will require ISPs to offer spam filtering options to subscribers and to put in place a process for handling users’ complaints.

It also imposes limits on the rate at which users can send emails, to prevent spammers from flooding the net with unsolicited sales pitches and other material.

Source: AFP

HP Israel CEO still on ice

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

HP is still deciding if it is to hold chief executive in Israel, Gil Rosenfeld, responsible for grey marketing of HP equipment at its Middle Eastern subsidiary.

HP has determined that grey market activities were taking place at HP Israel and is currently conducting an extensive internal investigation. Grey market activities are not unlawful but they violate HP’s own policies and its Standards of Business Conduct. HP has made no decisions as of yet, but regardless of the outcome, HP remains fully committed to the IT market in Israel.

Source: The Register

‘Party In your Pants’ iPod Accessory Ships In US

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The iBuzz, the infamous iPod-enhanced vibrator, has…er…come to the US. Already on sale in the UK, the device has now gone one sale to North Americans keen to really ‘feel’ the music, movies or even video games…

Dubbed the “music-activated orgasm machine”, the iBuzz connects to an iPod or any other digital music player, using its audio output to drive a vibrating bullet. The pack contains a set of his’n'hers spikey latex sleeves for “extra excitement”.

Source: The Register

Google’s Blog Hacked

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Late Monday, the search giant’s official blog on Blogger.com (which Google also owns), was apparently defaced by someone purporting to be Trey Philips.

Philips, whose profile on the site described him as a neuroscience major at the University of Texas, implored the search giant, “Google, fix your blog pleeasssee! <3″

He gave a vague description of how he took control of the blog, as well as an explanation for why he did it.

“P.S. Just to clear things up, I’m not associated with Google at all. I just wanted to take advantage of this before someone else with less worthy intentions did.”

Source: News.com

Fujitsu 200GB SATA Hard Disk Drive Performs Like Desktop

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., announced the MHV2200BT, a 200GB 2.5″ Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive (HDD), as part of a coordinated global launch.

The latest offering from Fujitsu builds on nearly five years of SATA development on the 2.5″ platform to provide best-in-class low power consumption, unmatched capacity at 200GB, high shock tolerance, and quiet operation. These features come together to allow manufactures to create high-end notebooks that rival the power and performance of their desktop counterparts. The MHV2200BT also features a hardware accelerator that maximizes Native Command Queuing (NCQ) performance, an important feature that enables the hard disk drive controller to intelligently and simultaneously queue and reorder up to 32 instructions, resulting in a significant improvement in overall hard disk drive performance.

At 4200 RPM the MHV2200BT has a Track to Track Seek Time of 1.5ms typ, and Host Transfer rate of 150MB/s max.

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