10/26/2006

Acer: Vista Home Basic is a lemon

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft is effectively smuggling through a price hike for Windows Vista - by making the entry-level version so poor that no-one will want to use it.

So says Jim Wong, senior veep at Acer, the world’s number four PC maker, who told UK hack Jon Honeyball: “The new [Vista] experience you hear of, if you get Basic, you won’t feel it at all. There’s no [Aero] graphics, no Media Center, no remote control.”

Wong notes that the Premium Version of Vista is 10 per cent more expensive than XP Home. This will increase PC build costs by 1-2 per cent, which the PC makers will have to soak up, he says.

Source: The Register

Google goals: more ads, less spam, go green

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Blogoscoped blogger Philipp Lenssen has gotten ahold of an internal Google document that details the company’s goals for 2006. Among them are: to sell $1 billion of new ad inventory, which is the number of page views a site has available for advertising; to focus on getting rid of spam in the top 20 user languages; to increase the accuracy of information collected; to push communities and content; and to “increase the scale of innovation,” according to Blogoscoped.

Source: News.com

AOL Patches Critical Browser Bug

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An ActiveX control shipped with AOL’s Web access software can be used by attackers to hijack users’ PCs, security companies said Thursday. AOL has released a fix, and urged users to log on to obtain it.

According to Reston, Va.-based iDefense Labs, America Online 9.0 Security Edition — which is based on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6.0 browser — uses an ActiveX control dubbed “YGPPDownload” that can be exploited using two separate flaws in the control’s code.

Source: TechWeb

AllofMP3 hit by Danish court ruling

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Much reviled Russian music site allofmp3.com has been hit by a Danish court ruling which forces internet service provider Tele2 to block access to the site.

The Copenhagen City court ruled that Tele2 must do its best to ensure its subscribers cannot access the site. AllofMP3, or iTuneski as its known round here, insists it is illegal but various international royalty groups insist it is not.

Source: The Register

HP now takes PayPal

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Hewlett-Packard announced on Thursday that customers can use PayPal when shopping online at the HP Home & Home Office Store, at HPshopping.com. HP also said that online customers can use credit cards or an “e-financing program” to purchase goods.

Source: News.com

IE7 spoofing bug pops-up

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Security researchers have identified a pop-up address bar spoofing weakness in Microsoft’s newly released Internet Explorer 7 browser. The flaw, first reported by security notification firm Secunia, might lend itself to phishing attacks and remains currently unpatched.

The security bug creates a means for hackers to display a popup with partially spoofed address bar where a number of special characters have been appended to a URL. Only part of the address bar will be displayed, creating a possible mechanism to trick users into believing they are visiting a trusted site rather than one controlled by hackers.

The weakness has been confirmed to exist in IE7, running even on a fully patched Windows XP SP2 system. Secunia has constructed a demo designed to illustrate the flaw which can be found here.

Source: TheRegister

IBM gives chips a cooling rinse

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Researchers develop a system that squirts water over the surface of a processor to cool it–which could promise benefits for server farms.

Researchers at IBM’s Zurich labs have developed a “chip cap” filled with a network of channels that can help capture the heat generated by microprocessors and other semiconductors and transport it somewhere else. The design of the hierarchical channels was inspired by similar branching systems found in nature, said IBM, which disclosed details about the project at the Power and Cooling for Data Centres Summit taking place in London this week.

Source: News.com

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