11/16/2006

NetZero launches broadband service

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Dial-up Internet service provider United Online said on Thursday that it is entering the broadband market.

The company, which sells dial-up service under the NetZero and Juno brands, will offer a new service, called NetZero DSL, using networking infrastructure leased from Verizon Communications. The service will be sold within Verizon’s DSL service area.

Source: News.com

Wii to Allow Users to Surf the Internet

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For video game addicts facing the conundrum of how to balance hours of nonstop game playing with the occasional need to know what’s going on in the outside world, Nintendo may have found a solution.

Nintendo Co.’s new Wii video game console will include ways for people with a high-speed Internet connection to surf the Web, share photos, check the weather and browse news headlines, the company said Thursday.

The company also plans an online store, accessible through the console, where people can download games or buy other items.

Source: AP

AMD designs prototype PC for the living room

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Advanced Micro Devices has created a prototype PC designed to go in the living room, a place where several companies have tried to go before but almost none has succeeded.

Resembling a stereo component, the computer is designed essentially to function as a media vault: it stores music, videos, TV shows and photos and then pipes them to flat-panel TVs and other PCs. PC makers can, conceivably, use the prototype as a reference design.

Source: News.com

Microsoft releases PowerShell

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Bob Muglia, Microsoft’s vice president of servers and tools, announced today the official release of PowerShell, an interactive command shell and dynamic scripting engine designed to simplify automation and administrative tasks on the Windows platform. Built to leverage Microsoft’s .NET API, PowerShell exposes internal system functionality and gives system administrators more flexible mechanisms for manipulating Windows.

Although Microsoft decided not to ship PowerShell with Vista, it will be tightly integrated into the upcoming Windows Server release (codenamed “Longhorn server”) and will also be available for download and supported on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista.

Source: arstechnica

Google, Yahoo, MS Agree On Web Site Mapping Standard

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The three Internet search leaders have decided to work together to make information easier to find. Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have jointly agreed to support a single, open protocol to make Web sites more visible to search engines.

On Thursday, the three companies plan to announce support for Sitemaps .90, a protocol that lets Web publishers inform search engines about content on their sites.

Source: InformationWeek

WinZip Enhances Image Compression Tasks

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Corel’s WinZip Computing division announced on Nov. 15 a new release of WinZip, version 11.0, which features improved image handling through thumbnails and a new internal image viewer.

The new internal image viewer lets users navigate through multiple images within WinZip instead of having to open up a separate application for each image.

Other features of the WinZip 11.0 include the ability for users to open BZ2 and RAR files as well as a special lossless compression method that reduces the size of WAV music files.

Source: eWeek

Soon You Could Watch Cable TV On A Cell Phone

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Embracing a technology that has unnerved media and telecommunications companies, a major European wireless provider will let customers watch their home cable TV on a cell phone if they also have a device called the Slingbox back at the house.

3 Group will launch the new service in Britain first, starting Dec. 1, followed by three more of its 11 markets in early 2007, the wireless company announced Thursday.

Two new handsets running on 3’s next-generation wireless network will feature the Sling application, which customers can use to watch any channel available on their cable TV at home. The phones also can be used to control a digital video recorder at home, pausing and rewinding live television, playing previously recorded shows, or setting up the DVR to record a program.

Source: AP

MP3 Player Used To Hack ATM

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A FRAUDSTER outwitted sophisticated banking security systems by using an ordinary MP3 music player to bug cash machines and steal customers’ credit card secrets.

Parsons, a well-known criminal figure learnt how to carry out the fraud from the example set by criminal gangs in Malaysia where the method of fraud was used with devastating effect against the banking system.

Parsons or other gang members would use MP3 portable music players to record data transmitted from free-standing ATM cash machines. The data was then converted to readable numbers using a separate computer programme.

The phone line running from the machine to an ordinary BT white socket was unplugged and a two-way adaptor inserted. The MP3 player was then placed between the ATM machine’s output cable and the phone socket.

The player would record the tones, which resemble the kind of sound emitted by a fax machine.

These were then interpreted using a modem line tap, or MLT, acquired from Canada, or passed through a computer software program bought illicitly in Ukraine.

Parsons, of Gorton, Manchester, was able to exploit his knowledge of credit card security systems to put together credit card numbers and the cards’ expiry dates. The gang used the data to encode and clone a number of credit cards.

Source: Times Online

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