8/7/2006

Apple completes switch to Intel chips

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple Computer Inc. completed its switch to Intel Corp. microprocessors and previewed its next-generation operating system Monday, shifting attention — for the moment — from the company’s troubles surrounding the mishandling of stock options.

CEO Steve Jobs, speaking to thousands of engineers at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference, showed off Intel-based Macs for professional users and servers for businesses. They replace the last Apple machines to run PowerPC chips built by IBM Corp. and Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

Source: AP

Microsoft Drops Name IE 7+

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. has dropped the name Internet Explorer 7 , which was to be the name of the Web browser in the upcoming Windows Vista operating system.

After receiving “overwhelming” feedback — much of it negative — from people through its IE blog, Microsoft decided to stick with Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP and Vista, rather than add the “plus” sign for the latter.

Source: TechWeb

MySpace selects Google search system

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Fox Interactive Media said on Monday that signed a multiyear deal to use Google Inc.’s search and advertising system to direct traffic across its network of Internet sites, including the wildly popular MySpace.com.

Google said it had agreed to pay Fox at least $900 million in revenue share payments based on certain traffic and other commitments promised by Fox over the next three years and nine months, beginning in October.

Source: Reuters

AMD to drop ATI brand

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Update
AMD not eliminating ATI brand, reports false.

Chip guru AMD has announced that it’s going to drop the ATI brand name following its takeover of the Canadian graphics underdog. Gareth Cater from AMD told Custom PC that ‘the new company will be called AMD,’ meaning that we could shortly be seeing AMD-branded Radeon graphics chips.

Source: pcpro

AOL releases search data on 500,000 users

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

While most search engines offer researchers some access to their data (both Google and Microsoft do this, for instance), they also recognize that releasing the complete search history of 500,000 users from March to May of this year might pose certain privacy risks.

Not AOL. The newly-free service posted a complete three-month set of search queries on Sunday, only to take it down several hours later. By that time, though, the data was already in the wild—and what interesting data it was.

AOL did replace usernames with random numbers in a bid to protect privacy, but because each user’s queries were given the same random number, it was simple to see a person’s complete search history.

Source: arstechnica

AOL Gives Free Kaspersky Anti-Virus To All Online Users

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

AOL today launched a new free anti-virus program — called Active Virus Shield — for all online users at no cost. Active Virus Shield is powered by Kaspersky Lab, one of the largest Internet security solutions providers in the world, and offers advanced detection technology to stop viruses, spyware, malware and Trojans before they attack, as well as real-time scanning of files and email. The software automatically updates every hour, offering an easy and convenient way for consumers to protect themselves from the thousands of new Internet threats created each month.

AOL will also allow IE users to install a free security toolbar when they download Active Virus Shield. The toolbar will include a real-time update on their computer’s security status via Active Security Monitor, a password manager, pop-up blocker, and a link to the Whois domain registration database to find more information on potentially suspicious sites.

In addition to Active Security Monitor and Active Virus Shield, AOL’s other security offerings include the AOL Safety and Security Center, a comprehensive security suite available for free to all online users, and AOL Total Care, a premium package of security and computing tools (currently in beta testing).

Airlines to replace ‘no smoking’ with ‘no mobile’

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“No mobile” signs are to replace the outdated “no smoking” signs above airline seats with the introduction of in-flight mobile phone services in Europe next year.

Air France will be the first airline to try out the satellite-based technology early next year, followed by the U.K.’s BMI and Portugal’s TAP.

The “no mobile” sign will show a mobile phone crossed out and will be illuminated during takeoff until the plane has reached a certain altitude in order to ensure there is no interference with mobile networks on the ground.

“After takeoff, an announcement will be made that passengers are allowed to use their mobile phones. At this point the ‘no mobile’ sign will be turned off,” a spokesman for OnAir told Silicon.com.

Google warns on ‘unsafe’ websites

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Google warns on ‘unsafe’ websites Google warning page, Google The warnings will pop up before people visit a site Google has started warning users if they are about to visit a webpage that could harm their computer.

The warning will pop up if users click on a link to a page known to host spyware or other malicious programs.

The initiative comes out of a larger project cataloguing programs that plague people with unwanted ads, spy on web habits or steal personal data.

The warnings will be seen by anyone using the search engine who clicks on a link to a site identified as harmful by the Stop Badware coalition.

Source: BBC

Topix.net expands news archive

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Online news service Topix.net on Monday said it has expanded its local news archive to provide a year’s worth of articles from thousands of news Web sites.

Topix, based in Palo Alto, California, also said it will add an “interactive click-o-gram,” a graph that lets people see when the topics they are searching for made news over the past year.

By adding these features, Topix hopes to bring more users to its Web site and increase revenue, which it makes through advertising that runs on its search pages.

Several popular search sites like Google Inc.’s Google News and Yahoo Inc.’s Yahoo News allow users to search for items over a period of several weeks.

But to find older news, users typically must check an individual news Web site’s archives or run a search through the main search engines of services like Google. Sites like Lexis-Nexis and Factiva offer years of search services that can cover several decades, but for a fee.

Source: Reuters

Photonic Breakthrough Allows ‘Lab-on-a-Chip’

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Georgia Tech researchers have shrunk an optical device called wavelength demultiplier (WD) by combining into one crystal three unique properties of photonics crystals. This optical discovery opens the way to sophisticated and cheap bio-sensors mounted on ‘lab-on-a-chip’ devices — sensors to run blood tests, detect chemicals in water supplies or for drug testing. Their new WD is less than a millimeter in all dimensions rather than the several centimeters of other currently available WDs. And it should not cost more to produce.

Source: Slashdot

U.S. to Issue RFID-enabled Passports despite warnings

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The State Department is on track to start issuing passports containing radio frequency identification (RFID) chips this week, despite warnings from some security experts that such systems could be accessed or tracked by hackers.

The new program will start in the Denver passport office and be in full production through the agency’s 17 passport facilities across the country by mid-2007. All U.S. passports are expected to include RFID chips containing personal biometric information by 2017.

Source: computerworld

Nation of Cameroon Typo-Squats the Entire .com Space

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The .cm (Cameroon) ccTLD operators have discovered that since their TLD is simply one omitted letter away from .com, that there is a gold mine in the typo traffic that comes their way. Accordingly, Cameroon has now wild-carded its ccTLD and is monetizing the traffic.

Source: circleid.com

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