9/2/2006

Call centre worker in India held over fraud

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A call centre employee has been arrested in eastern India for allegedly using the credit cards details of US customers to make online purchases.

Sulagna Ray, 23, was accused of obtaining the credit card information while selling US customers a television service as part of her job, the Times of India reported Saturday.

Ray, an aspiring fashion designer, allegedly spent 4,000 dollars using other people’s credit cards to buy an air-conditioner, microwave, cosmetics, saris, jewellery and chocolate.

The theft was discovered when a California-based firm, Syssoft Corp, complained of fraudulent purchases made through its e-commerce website, the deputy police commissioner in Kolkata, Gyanwant Singh, told the daily.

Source: AFP

Google Debute Image Labeler

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google labs released a new game / service called Google Image Labeler, a new feature of Google Image Search that allows you to label random images to help improve the quality of Google’s image search results.

How does it work?
You’ll be randomly paired with a partner who’s online and using the feature. Over a 90-second period, you and your partner will be shown the same set of images and asked to provide as many labels as possible to describe each image you see. When your label matches your partner’s label, you’ll earn some points and move on to the next image until time runs out. After time expires, you can explore the images you’ve seen and the websites where those images were found

SanDisk Launches V-Mate, a Video Flash Card Recorder

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) introduced the V-Mate Video Memory Card Recorder.

The V-Mate is a video memory card recorder, allowing users to record video from video inputs such as over-the-air television as well as cable, satellite, DVD players, personal video recorders (PVRs) like TiVo and video cassette recorders (VCRs) onto their flash memory cards. Consumers can then take their memory card from the V-Mate and insert it into their mobile phone, PDA, handheld game console like the Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable), video music player or notebook computer to play back their videos on the go.

“Today’s increasingly mobile consumer wants to be able to watch their favorite shows and videos, whenever and wherever they want,” said Wes Brewer, vice president of consumer product marketing at SanDisk. “The V-Mate is an easy-to-use, affordable way for millions of people to use their mobile phones or other mobile devices to watch video content that resides primarily in the living room when they are away from home.”

The SanDisk V-Mate lets users record up to 3.5 hours of high quality video per gigabyte, using industry-standard video formats. Memory cards supported include SD, MMC, MMCplus MMCmobile, SDHC, MiniSDHC, MicroSDHC, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo.
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Samsung to Launch Online Music Service

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. plans to introduce its own online music service to compete against Apple Computer Inc.’s market-leading iTunes-iPod franchise and Microsoft Corp.’s upcoming Zune music products.

The South Korean-based electronics giant said Friday it will work with media provider MusicNet to launch a music subscription and download service later this year in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. Samsung said it plans to later expand the service throughout Europe and Asia.

Source: AP

MySpace to Enable Members to Sell Music

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

MySpace.com will soon enable members of the popular online social networking hub to sell downloads of their original music directly through MySpace Web pages, company executives said.

The initiative, which is still in a test phase, has the potential to turn millions of computer users, many of them independent or aspiring artists already using the site to build a fan following, into online music retailers.

Los Angeles-based MySpace was expected to formally announce the venture and its partnership with San Francisco-based Snocap Inc., which developed the technology, on Tuesday.

Source: AP

It’s Official: Windows Vista RC1 Is Complete

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Platforms and Services Co-President Jim Allchin has just now posted an announcement that RC1 is complete on the TechBeta/TAP site. As per usual, Microsoft initially rolling out the code to the TechBeta and TAP programs alone, while MSDN and TechNet subscribers will be offered access next week.

Source: Windows Vista Team Blog

Browzar leaves no tracks (on your PC)

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A new browser, Freeserve’s Browzar, leaves no tracks. It’s a very small application (only 264K) that uses the Internet Explorer engine on your Windows PC (versions for Mac and Linux are in development). When you use Browzar instead of IE, nothing that happens is recorded — not your Web history, not data you type into forms or search engines, and not Web site cookies (they’re deleted when you close the application, along with your session’s page cache). What happens in Browzar stays in Browzar.

Browzar doesn’t even need to be installed into Windows. The downloadable file is a self-contained application. It can also run directly from a USB thumb drive.

However, Browzar is no security panacea. It does not stop your ISP from recording what you do

Source: News.com

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