9/14/2006

“Star Trek” heads back to TV with digital makeover

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Four decades after Capt. Kirk and crew zoomed off at warp speed to “the final frontier,” the iconic sci-fi series “Star Trek” returns to broadcast television this week with an extensive digital face-lift.

CBS Paramount Domestic Television, a unit of CBS Corp., is digitally remastering all 79 episodes of the original series to enhance the show’s 1960s-era visual effects with 21st-century computer-generated graphics.

Digitally created images will replace the miniature-scale models used for exterior shots of the various spacecraft on the show, including Kirk’s Starship Enterprise and the enemy war vessels of the alien Klingons and Romulans.

Shots of distant galaxies and planets also will be touched up with computer graphics to give them greater depth. The flat matte paintings used as backdrops on the surface of the strange new worlds visited by the Enterprise crew will be digitally enhanced to add texture, atmosphere and lighting.

Moreover, the music and sound for the show’s opening sequence have been rerecorded in state-of-the-art digital stereo, and William Shatner’s classic 38-word introduction, beginning with “Space, the final frontier,” has been digitally remastered.

Source: Reuters

Microsoft wants more Vista testers

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Microsoft said on Thursday that it is looking for more people to give Windows Vista a try.

The software maker said that the Release Candidate 1 version offered up earlier this month is now being opened up to consumers who were not already testing the new operating system.

Microsoft is looking for more testers, as it works to iron out the bugs in Vista. After several delays, the company hopes to release Vista to large business customers in November and start selling it broadly in January.

Source: News.com

Verizon takes over Microsoft TV code

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Unhappy over the memory footprint of applications and delays in rolling them out, Verizon has ditched some of Microsoft’s television software and has chosen instead to write its own. The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon was adamant about meeting deadlines as it struggles for a foothold in the TV market dominated by cable and satellite operators. When it decided that Microsoft couldn’t meet the timetable, Verizon deployed engineers of its own from Texas and India to work on the software, most of which was then rolled out on time.

Source: arstechnica

Exploit Posted for New IE Zero-Day

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Security researchers in China have published detailed exploit code for a new zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft’s dominant Internet Explorer browser.

The exploit, which was posted to XSec.org and Milw0rm.com Web sites, could be easily modified to launch code execution attacks without any user action on fully patched Windows machines.

Officials in the MSRC (Microsoft Security Response Center) could not be reached to respond to the latest warning, which adds to a list of known high-risk vulnerabilities that remain unpatched.

According to notes embedded in the exploit code, the flaw is a COM Object heap overflow that was tested and confirmed on Chinese-language versions of IE 6.0 running on Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2000 SP4.

Malicious hackers typically use code execution browser bugs to launch drive-by attacks to load Trojans, bots and other forms of malware on Windows computers.

Microsoft Reveals Zune

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Microsoft Corp. today unveiled details of the first products to be released under its Zune brand.

Available this holiday season in the United States, Zune includes a 30GB digital media player, the Zune Marketplace music service and a foundation for an online community that will enable music fans to discover new music. The Zune device features wireless technology, a built-in FM tuner and a bright, 3-inch screen that allows users to not only show off music, pictures and video, but also to customize the experience with personal pictures or themes to truly make the device their own. Zune comes in three colors: black, brown and white.

Zune software can import audio files in unprotected WMA, MP3, AAC; photos in JPEG; and videos in WMV, MPEG-4, H.264.

New Office 2007 Beta 2 Available To Download

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Microsoft plans to make the final public test build of Office 2007 available on September 14 to the more than 3.5 million testers who were part of the company’s Beta 2 test program.

Microsoft will allow Office Beta 2 testers to download for free the Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh (TR) from the Microsoft Office Preview site

Source: microsoft-watch

MapQuest Driving Directions Find Voice

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MapQuest Navigator provides audible turn-by-turn voice directions with GPS from the phone handset by downloading a Java application to the phone and typing in the destination.

It also downloads enough information about the route, so if a driver makes a wrong turn, the application has enough information to make the necessary corrections in the route without going back to the server for more information.

MapQuest Navigator will set users back about $9.99 per month and currently offered by Sprint.

Source: InformationWeek

Apple iPhone slips out in Paris?

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Apple’s eagerly anticipated ‘iPhone’ may have made an unscheduled appearance in public this week - on the front page of a Paris newspaper. French publication 20 Minutes on Tuesday splashed a picture of the device on an edition of the paper timed to coincide with the opening of Apple Expo Paris.

French phone-oriented website PDA France snapped the cover, revealing a black, iPod-like handset with numeric pad, call make and break keys and an iPod Shuffle-style clickwheel-esque navigation control.

Source: The Register

Creative announced the ZEN Vision W

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Creative announced the ZEN Vision W portable video, photo and MP3 player. Designed for a compelling movie-watching experience, the widescreen Creative ZEN Vision W features a high-resolution, 4.3-inch, 16:9 format, color TFT display. The ZEN Vision W supports Amazon Unbox, which offers thousands of television shows, movies and other video content from more than 30 studios and networks.

The ZEN Vision W is available in a 30GB model priced at $299.99 that can carry up to 120 hours of video, or a 60GB model priced at $399.99 that can carry up to 240 hours of video.

Both the 60GB and 30GB models support a wide selection of video formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4-SP, MJPEG, DivX 4 and 5 and XviD, for playback of video clips and movies downloaded from the Internet. The Creative ZEN Vision W also supports TiVoToGo, for viewing of TV content recorded on a TiVo personal video recorder, and digitized home movies transferred from the PC. The removable rechargeable battery provides up to 4.5 hours of video playback.

For sharing pictures or video with family and friends, a convenient composite AV-out connection enables stunning full-color, 720 x 480 image output on any size NTSC TV screen, or 720 x 576 image output on any size PAL TV screen. Users can watch slide shows set to favorite music, which can be played through headphones, the built-in speaker on the face of the player, or by connecting speakers.

Segway Recalls Segway Personal Transporters

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Segway Inc initiated a voluntary product recall to upgrade the software in Segway Personal Transporters (PTs).

Segway PT owners should contact the company at 800-750-6557 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit http://www.segway.com to register for a free software upgrade. No hardware changes are required.

Owners outside the U.S. should contact the Segway authorized distributor in their country to learn how to obtain the free software upgrade. A condition has been identified in which the Segway PT can unexpectedly reverse the direction of the wheels which can cause a rider to fall. This can occur when the personal transporter’s speed limiter tilts back the machine to slow it down and the rider goes off and then back onto the personal transporter within a short period of time.

The voluntary recall applies to all Segway PTs sold to date including all Segway PT i Series, e Series, p Series, XT, GT and i2 models. The Segway x2, due for release later this month, is not affected by this recall and all new shipments of the i2 are being shipped with the new software release.

Nintendo to offer Wii console in Japan in Dec 2

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Nintendo Co. Ltd. said on Thursday it will start selling its new game console, the Wii, on December 2 in Japan for 25,000 yen ($212), making it the third and last major game maker to bring a next-generation console to market.

Source: Reuters

Microsoft says Vista Europe launch on track

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Microsoft said on Thursday it was on track to launch its Windows Vista operating system in Europe in January but again asked the European Commission to detail concerns it may have with the system.

“The release of Vista, as far as we are concerned, remains on track. However, we have received no clarity as of yet from the Commission over their concerns,” said a Microsoft spokesman at the release of a study it commissioned on the potential economic gains from Vista.

“To say nothing creates an uncertain environment. We urge the Commission sooner rather than later to come forward with their concerns,” the spokesman said.

Source: Reuters

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