9/18/2006

Unfinished Tolkien work to be published in ‘07

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An unfinished tale by J.R.R. Tolkien has been edited by his son into a completed work and will be released next spring, the U.S. and British publishers announced Monday.

Christopher Tolkien has spent the past 30 years working on “The Children of Hurin,” an epic tale his father began in 1918 and later abandoned. Excerpts of “The Children of Hurin,” which includes the elves and dwarves of Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” and other works, have been published before.

Source: CNN

New AOL IM Worm Spreads Rootkits and Trojans

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Research experts at FaceTime Security Labs identified and reported a new worm known as W32.pipeline that is propagating over AOL Instant Messenger. The worm delivers an executable file disguised as a JPEG, which in turn calls out to various host computers that download a variety of infection files including rootkits and Trojans that may further propagate the worm through the user’s AIM Buddy List. FaceTime researchers believe that the ultimate goal of the W32.pipeline is to create a sophisticated botnet that can be used for a range of malicious purposes.

Once the user’s PC is infected, it becomes part of a botnet and is under complete control of the hacker to use for a variety of purposes that could include relaying SPAM, performing distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on other computers or committing financial fraud against online advertisers — commonly called click-fraud. In addition, the potential is high for loss of sensitive personal data stored on the user’s PC.

(more…)

Airplane flight around Mars: what’s the movie?

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An aerospace company is designing an unmanned plane to fly around Mars and gather scientific data.

Aurora Fight Sciences has responded to a NASA’s Scout mission proposals to explore the red planet with the idea of a plane that will “take off” on its descent into Mars’ atmosphere.

Aurora Flight’s MarsFlyer project, which will build on previous designs, will be delivered to Mars in a capsule via a conventional rocket.

Source: News.com

AOL Enhances Video Search

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

AOL is nurturing video uploads, launching new tools to make it easier to publish clips to its search engines.

The company is announcing this week a program to let external developers build applications based on its video search engines, a step AOL has taken for other of its online services, like its AOL Instant Messaging platform (AIM).

With the launch of the program on Monday, AOL will publish application programming interfaces (APIs) to let developers integrate AOL video search technology into their Web sites, said Tim Tuttle, AOL Video’s vice president.

Source: Yahoo

Adobe Debut Faster Loading Acrobat With Web Conf

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Acrobat 8, announced today and Adobe has given its Acrobat reader a makeover to include video web conferencing.

In addition, it said to be significantly faster loading, one of the main complaints with previous versions.

The Acrobat 8 product line introduces several major innovations in the areas of document collaboration, PDF content reuse, PDF forms, packaging of multiple documents, and controlling sensitive information. For example, shared reviews put collaboration within the reach of virtually anyone with access to a shared network folder and Adobe Reader2. A participant in a shared review can see comments posted by others, track the status of the review, and work even when not connected - reducing duplicated work and enabling large groups to collaborate more efficiently. Acrobat 8 also enables PDF content to be exported into popular formats to enable reuse and repurposing of content.

Unlike traditional web conferencing solutions, Acrobat Connect enables users to choose a simple and easy-to-remember web address for their online personal meeting room, with unlimited usage for up to 15 participants for one low monthly fee. The personal meeting rooms in Acrobat Connect are readily available, making it easy for knowledge workers to hold spontaneous, ad-hoc meetings, while helping to save time and increase productivity. A custom URL enables fast and easy-to-remember access to each user’s personal meeting room, just like a phone number or e-mail address.

The Acrobat Connect hosted service provides users with essential collaboration tools, such as screen sharing, whiteboarding, chat, video conferencing, and audio conferencing. Acrobat Connect enables anyone with a Flash software-enabled web browser to join a web meeting without having to download cumbersome software. Because the Flash Player is installed on more than 97 percent of Internet-connected computers worldwide, the experience of joining an online meeting is hassle-free. Additionally, with one-button 鈥淪tart Meeting鈥? access from Acrobat 8 and Adobe Reader 8 software, users can also launch Acrobat Connect directly from a document to start collaborating immediately.

New laser chips to make data transfer faster

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Researchers have developed a silicon-based chip which uses laser beams rather than wires to send data between chips, removing the most significant barrier in computer design.

With the laser beams replacing wires, chip makers may be able to put the high-speed data communications industry on the same curve of increased processing speed and diminishing costs by the phenomenon known as Moore’s law that has driven the computer industry for the last four decades, the New York Times reported on Monday.

The silicon chip which can produce laser beams was developed by Intel, the world’s largest chip maker and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Commercializing the new technology may not happen before the end of the decade, but the prospect of being able to place hundreds or thousands of data-carrying light beams on standard industry chips is certain to shake up both the communications and computer industries, the report said.

Source: expressindia.com

Belgian newspapers win court action against Google

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A Belgian court has ordered Google Inc. to stop reproducing articles from French-speaking newspapers in the news section of one of its Belgian websites, a local press organization said.

The complaint against the world’s most popular Internet search engine was lodged by Copiepresse, an organization which manages copyright for the Belgian French and German-speaking press.

Source: Reuters

RealNetworks, SanDisk to Take on IPod

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

RealNetworks Inc. is teaming up with SanDisk Corp. to release a portable music player that more closely links with RealNetworks’ Rhapsody online music service, in the latest attempt to take on Apple’s iPod and iTunes stronghold.

Analysts see the deal, to be announced Monday, as a way for SanDisk and RealNetworks to join forces against a new common foe: Microsoft Corp., which recently announced plans to release its own Zune portable music player and service.

Source: AP

Powered by WordPress