12/31/2006

Virtual reality to get its own network?

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A nonprofit group says it plans to build a network called Neuronet purely to support virtual-reality game and business applications.

Neuronet, which is planned to be separate from the Internet, “will evolve into the world’s first public network capable of meeting the data transmission requirements of emerging cinematic and immersive virtual-reality technologies,” according to a Thursday announcement from the Vancouver-based International Association of Virtual Reality Technologies.

The first-generation Neuronet is scheduled to go live in 2007, the group said. Consumer applications are expected as early as 2009.

“The first-generation network is strictly an R&D network and will function as a sort of sandbox for virtual reality and gaming innovators around the world to develop new applications for a second generation network,” IAVRT co-founder Chistopher Scully said in an e-mail. No services yet are signed up to use the network, he added.

Source: News.com

What Will Happen in IT in 2007?

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

ZDNet’s Paul Murphy has set out his IT predictions for 2007. Featured among the completely predictable, OpenSolaris overtaking Linux is apparently inevitable within one year. From the article: ‘By the end of the year the OpenSolaris community will be widely recognized as larger and more active than the Linux community.’ Is 2007 the year of the OpenSolaris desktop? Other ‘inevitables’ include Microsoft’s success with Vista, the continuing phase-out of Itanium, and the Cell processor powering most of the world’s super-computers.

Source: Slashdot

12/30/2006

Google Confirms Gmail Glitch

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google revealed a glitch in what may be its second-most successful service, ranking only behind search.

The company confirmed Friday that some users of Gmail, its popular email service, had their email accounts wiped out, with messages and contact information being permanently deleted.

The glitch affected about 60 users, who “lost some or all of their email received prior to Dec. 18,” Google spokeswoman Courtney Hohne wrote in a prepared statement. “We have extensive safeguards in place to protect email stored with Gmail and we are confident that this is a small and isolated incident.”

Source: thestreet.com

Looking Beyond Vista to Fiji and Vienna

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

As we all know that Microsoft Vista was originally scheduled to be released in 2003, after two years of Windows XP, but it got delayed by over five years due to various reasons. Definitely, Vista is very very improved OS over the previous versions, but the delayed in the launch has cost Microsoft, billions of dollars.

Now the question at the moment is, what exactly after Vista? Microsoft can’t afford to wait another five years for an operating system. People are becoming more aware of the choices they have, and Linux is no longer a hobbyist OS, and that day isn’t far away when it becomes simple enough to be a viable alternative to Windows. The competition is fierce. That is why, to stay at the top, Microsoft has planned a ‘Vista R2′, codenamed ‘Fiji’ which will be released some time in 2008. And after Fiji, there will be Windows ‘Vienna’. Windows Fiji, will not be a totally different OS from Vista; but it will be an add-on. Whereas Vienna will be totally different from Vista.

Source: Slashdot

Microsoft Claims Vista’s Aero Interface Doesn’t Slow PCs

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Running Windows Vista’s new Aero graphical interface doesn’t impact PC performance, a study sponsored by Microsoft claims.

According to speed measurements of more than 60 common business chores, which were conducted by North Carolina-based Principled Technologies for Microsoft, using the Aero interface “had little or no negative effect on Windows Vista’s performance.”

Matt Ayers, a program manager with the Windows Client Performance team, touted the results on the group’s blog. “We put quite a bit of effort into making sure that the new visuals were as efficient as possible, and it really paid off,” he wrote. “You can run Aero without guilt!”

Source: InformationWeek

12/29/2006

Hackers Spam ‘Happy New Year’ Worm

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A rootkit-cloaked worm is being heavily spammed to users as an attachment to “Happy New Year!” messages, a security researcher warned Friday.

The new worm, dubbed “Tibs” by Kaspersky Lab but pegged as a “Nuwar” variant by Trend Micro, comes disguised as a file attachment named “postcard.exe,” said Ken Dunham, director of VeriSign iDefense’s rapid response team, in an e-mail. Users who launch the executable will infect their PCs.

With antivirus signature updates still thin and over 160 servers spamming the new worm, the threat is significant, added Dunham. “The period of greatest risk is through the New Year’s holiday, when antivirus protection is the lowest for this new threat and users are most apt to click on a ‘New Year’s’ related message,” he said. “Everyone should be on guard for e-mails and other content potentially harboring malicious code during the holiday period.”

On at least one network the worm is generating as many as five spammed messages a second, iDefense reported.

Source: InformationWeek

Apple faces suit over iPod-iTunes link

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

As if its options woes weren’t trouble enough, Apple Computer Inc. said Friday it is facing several federal lawsuits, including one alleging the company created an illegal monopoly by tying iTunes music and video sales to its market-leading iPod portable players.

The case, filed July 21, is over Apple’s use of a copy-protection system that generally prevents iTunes music and video from playing on rival players. Likewise, songs purchased elsewhere aren’t easily playable on iPods.

Source: AP

French space agency to publish UFO archive online

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The French space agency is to publish its archive of UFO sightings and other phenomena online, but will keep the names of those who reported them off the site to protect them from pestering by space fanatics.

Jacques Arnould, an official at the National Space Studies Center (CNES), said the French database of around 1,600 incidents would go live in late January or mid-February.

He said the CNES had been collecting statements and documents for almost 30 years to archive and study them.

“Often they are made to the Gendarmerie, which provides an official witness statement … and some come from airline pilots,” he said by telephone.

Advances in technology over the past three decades had prompted the decision to put the archive online, he said, adding it would likely be available via the CNES website .

Source: Reuters

Firefox Creator No Longer Trusts Google

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Blake Ross the man whose scratched itch became the Firefox browser explains on his blog why he has a problem with Google’s policy of promoting their own products over competitors’ in search results. His main gripe is that the tips (e.g. “Want to share pictures? Try Google Picasa”) result in an inability for other products to compete for the top slot on Google.”

Source: Slashdot

Media, tech firms probe possible high-def DVD hack

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The companies behind an encryption system for high-definition DVDs are looking into a hacker’s claim that he has cracked the code protecting the new discs from piracy, a spokesman for one of the companies said on Thursday.

A hacker known as Muslix64 posted on the Internet details of how he unlocked the encryption, known as the Advanced Access Content System, which prevents high-definition discs from illegal copying by restricting which devices can play them.

A spokesman for one of the AACS companies, who declined to have the company identified, said they were aware of it and were looking into the claims, but would not elaborate.

The vulnerability could pose a threat to movie studios looking for ways to boost revenue as sales of standard-format DVDs flatten. In 2005, U.S. DVD sales generated some $24 billion for the movie industry.

If the encryption code has been cracked, then any high-definition DVD released up to now can be illegally copied using the Muslix64 “key,” according to technology experts.

Jeff Moss, organizer of Defcon, the world’s largest hacking convention, said in an interview that Muslix64 appears to have found a real breach in the encryption system.

Source: Yahoo

12/28/2006

Wii Gets Opera

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Nintendo and Opera Software bring the Internet to the living room couch with a free beta version of the Opera Web browser. Wii owners who are connected and have activated the Wii Shop Channel can download a free beta version of the Opera browser to activate the Internet Channel of the Wii Menu and begin surfing the Web. The final version of the Opera browser will be available at the end of March 2007, and will be free for all Wii owners to download through the end of June 2007. After June, users who haven’t already downloaded the Opera browser can go to the Wii Shop Channel to download it for 500 Wii Points.

Source: Game News

Adobe: No 64-bit Photoshop CS3

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Adobe plans to build a 64-bit version of its flagship image-editing software, Photoshop, but the upcoming CS3 version isn’t the place to make that plan a reality.

“At some point it will make sense to do a 64-bit version. That wasn’t this time around,” said Photoshop co-architect Scott Byer in a blog posting last week, addressing feedback on the public Photoshop CS3 beta asking for a 64-bit version. Issues involving technology, performance and support mean that Photoshop will remain 32-bit software for the time being, Byer said.

Source: News.com

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