6/25/2006

Tower Records stacking up downloads

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Music retailer Tower Records is preparing to take the shrink wrap off its digital download store on Tuesday, when Tower.com/Digital goes live with a comprehensive service powered by Puretracks.

Tower will market the digital alternative across all media in tandem with the chain’s retail business, which comprises 89 stores in the United States.

Initially the store will offer a catalog of 1.2 million tracks priced at 99 cents each or $9.99 for an entire album.

Source: Reuters

Wi-fi crusader in $5 router giveaway

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

FON, a Spanish start-up on an ambitious crusade to turn home Wi-Fi connections into wireless “hotspots” for nearby users, is set to unveil on Monday a plan to hand out 1 million wireless routers for just $5 apiece.

FON, which aims to create a network of home users and small businesses to resell wireless access to passersby, said on Sunday it will subsidize $60 Cisco Linksys or Buffalo routers for $5 in the United States or 5 euros in Europe.

In exchange for receiving a $5 box, users must agree to share their wireless connections with other FON users for 12 months, the company said. Shipping and taxes are extra.

Source: Reuters

AMD’s quad-core CPU to consume dual-core power

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

If AMD has its way, then Intel’s performance-per-watt leadership claim may be short lived: The first quad-core Opterons, due in 2007 will consume the same power as today’s dual-core processors, while AMD expects Intel to increase the power envelope when adding more cores.

Source: tgdaily

Pentagon developing supersonic shape-shifting Plane

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

For years, the U.S. military has wanted a plane that could loiter just outside enemy territory for more than a dozen hours and, on command, hurtle toward a target faster than the speed of sound. And then level it.

But aircraft that excel at subsonic flight are inefficient at Mach speeds, and vice versa. The answer is Switchblade, an unmanned, shape-changing plane concept under development by Northrop Grumman.

When completed (target date: 2020), it will cruise with its 200-foot-long wing perpendicular to its engines like a normal airplane. But just before the craft breaks the sound barrier, its single wing will swivel around 60 degrees (hence the name) so that one end points forward and the other back.

Source: CNN

BitTorrent Speeds Up Downloads

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

BitTorrent released a new version of the BitTorrent client which attempts to alleviate the bandwidth problem for both ISPs and BitTorrent users, by including a protocol that will help ISPs cache BitTorrent traffic transparently. In other words, the file you think you’re downloading from another user could start coming from your ISP’s cache of popularly-traded files instead. This teamwork is evidently legal, due to current laws on network caching which allow for temporary copy of any file to be cached by an ISP without having to pay the copyright owner for that copy.

WinFS Gets the Axe

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Over at the WinFS Team Blog, Quentin Clark states that Microsoft no longer plans to ship WinFS as a standalone software component. Instead, portions of the underlying technology will be included with the next release of SQL Server (codename Katmai) and ADO.NET.

Source: Slashdot

Japan: Fewer students apply to technology programs

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The number of applicants to technology- and engineering-related departments at former state-run universities in Japan has sharply fallen over the past five years, raising concerns that the nation’s research and development capabilities will slip, Gifu University researchers said Saturday.

Source: Crisscross

Malware Installed by LiveJournal Ad

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

LiveJournal recently introduced an ad-supported level. Over the last few days an advertiser used an ad to install the ErrorSafe malware that tried to trick people into believing they had a fault on the computer that needs them to purchase a fix. The ad used a server-side setting and targetted only those outside the US, to prevent LiveJournal’s own checks from noticing it. LiveJournal has apologized for the ad and slow response.”

Source: Slashdot

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