10/31/2006

Sony warns of PlayStation 3 scams

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Sony Corp. issued a warning Tuesday against false promotional offers for its upcoming PlayStation 3 video game console.

A number of Web sites have been promoting pre-orders on discounted or bulk shipments of the game system - without the cooperation of Sony, the company stated.

Company representatives did not name the sites but suggested consumers can avoid potential scams by purchasing PlayStation products only from authorized retailers and resellers, which includes well-known stores such as GameStop, EB Games, Best Buy and Wal-Mart.

The PlayStation 3 system, with models priced between $500 and $600, is set to go on sale in the U.S. on Nov. 17, though only in limited quantities.

Source: AP

Toshiba giving away free movies with HD DVD players

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The battle for the next generation of high definition video formats is often portrayed as this generation’s VHS versus Beta, but there is one aspect to the struggle that was not present in the old days: what if neither format gains popularity with consumers? Most people agree that as HDTV sets become more common in homes, consumers will start to demand higher resolution movies than standard DVD can offer. But that day may not be coming as fast as electronics companies are hoping. Toshiba, in an effort to spur HD DVD sales in the runup to the Christmas season, has started offering three free HD DVD movie titles with the purchase of a new HD DVD player.

Source: arstechnica

Microsoft to release Office Live on November 15

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. said on Tuesday it plans to launch a set of Web services next month aimed at helping small companies manage business contacts, calendars and online communications.

After months of testing, the world’s largest software maker plans to launch Microsoft Office Live in the U.S. on November 15, the same day it will roll out a test, or beta, version in France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.

In a change from the test product it released in February, Office Live will also include a feature to allow small business owners to buy advertisements, tied to certain keywords, to appear alongside Microsoft’s Live Search results.

Source: Yahoo

Music publishers say Kazaa deal reached

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The music publishing industry reached a tentative deal with operators of the Kazaa file-sharing network over claims of copyright infringement, an industry group said.

Publishers pursuing a class-action suit against Kazaa informed U.S. District Court on Monday that the peer-to-peer network had agreed to pay “a substantial sum” under the agreement, the National Music Publishers’ Association said in a statement.

The amount of the settlement was not disclosed. It is subject to final approval by the association board.

Source: AP

Virus writers target web videos

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The growing popularity of online video has caught the attention of malicious hackers and hi-tech criminals.

Security firms are reporting more and more instances of booby-trapped Windows codecs - file compressors - required to play some video formats.

Some of the codecs let users play types of net-based video, but also have spyware and adware wrapped inside.

Others, say experts, are outright fakes that just want to infect victims with data-stealing programs.

Source: BBC

Java EE 5 SDK Update 1 released

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Sun has released the Java EE 5 SDK Update 1, as well as a new Java EE-related download bundle, the Java Application Platform SDK. The Java EE SDK Update focuses on bugs and documentation, while the Java Application Platform SDK adds support for composite application development with JBI runtime and BPEL, identity management and web services security through Access Manager functionality to the traditional Java EE SDK.

Source: theserverside

US ID thieves target kids

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US-based identity thieves are using the details of children to conduct fraudulent trades, according to New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton who reckons up to 400,000 kids may become victims of identity theft, AP reports.

Clinton is proposing legislation to fine credit card firms and banks who issue loans without checking the age of beneficiaries. It beggars belief that financial institutions aren’t doing this already. The Democrat’s proposed legislation is part of her campaign platform ahead of the upcoming US mid-term elections.

Source: The Registe

Gateway to Support Overclocking

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Gateway today introduced the FX530 Series Desktop PC. Geared towards enthusiasts, the FX530 comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Extreme processor with ATI RADEON x1950 and x1900 CrossFire Edition Graphics. In addition, the FX530 will support Intel’s next-generation Quad-Core processing technology when available.

All FX530 models are Microsoft Vista Premium Ready and are eligible for a for a free upgrade to Vista Home Premium via the Express Upgrade Program.

A surprising part of Gateway’s announcement is that the Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 dual-core processor can be ordered overclocked from the factory while retaining the full warranty. However, it is unknown what the clockspeed increase will be, or whether or not the end-user will have any control over clock frequencies.

Source: DailyTech

Microsoft repackages Vista and Office ‘07, literally

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Microsoft is trying really, really, really, really, really hard to show you that its Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite are going to be different. In order to further underscore that point, they’ve changed the packaging: rather than coming in cardboard boxes like most software does, Vista and Office ‘07 are housed in plastic cases that–according to the Windows Vista Team Blog–are supposed to “protect the software inside for life-long use.”

Source: News.com

Google acquires wiki tool developer

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc. has acquired a California startup that develops online collaboration tools known as wikis.

The announcement came Tuesday through separate Web log postings by Google and JotSpot Inc. Terms were not immediately disclosed.

Wiki tools, popularized by the online encyclopedia
Wikipedia, let users to create, modify and even delete information on what others in a group have worked.

As JotSpot makes the transition to Google’s systems, new registrations have been suspended.

Source: AP

New iPod shuffle available worldwide this Friday

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple announced Tuesday that its second-generation iPod shuffle will be available in stores worldwide beginning Friday, Nov. 3, 2006. The tiny iPod shuffle holds 1GB of music and costs $79.

About half the size of the original, the new iPod shuffle is crafted from aluminum and measures about half a cubic inch in volume. It weighs one ounce and incorporates a built-in clip that lets you attach the iPod shuffle to a pocket or shirt.

With 1GB of storage, the iPod shuffle can store about 240 songs, according to Apple, and features about 12 hours of battery life per charge. Like the original, there’s no display on the new iPod shuffle. A switch lets you select play order or shuffle mode.

Source: Yahoo

Windows Firewall Can Be Disabled

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Hackers have published code that could let an attacker disable the Windows Firewall on certain Windows XP machines.

The code, which was posted on the Internet early Oct, 29, could be used to disable the Windows Firewall on a fully patched Windows XP PC that was running Windows’ Internet Connection Service (ICS). This service allows Windows users to essentially turn their PC into a router and share their Internet connection with other computers on the local area network (LAN.) It is typically used by home and small-business users.

The attacker could send a malicious data packet to another PC using ICS that would cause the service to terminate. Because this service is connected to the Windows Firewall, this packet would also cause the firewall to stop working, said Tyler Reguly, a research engineer at nCircle Network Security, who has blogged about the issue.

Source: Yahoo

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