12/14/2006

Microsoft tries to stop Vista piracy monster

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft has issued an update to Windows Vista that’s intended to stop a piracy monster.

The software maker said Thursday that the update is aimed at thwarting a technique that was letting some people use pirated versions of the operating system without going through the software’s built-in product activation. Microsoft has dubbed the approach “frankenbuild” because it works by combining test versions of Vista with the final code to create a hybrid version.
Vista’s last mile

“Windows Vista will use the new Windows Update client to require only the ‘frankenbuild’ systems to go through a genuine validation check,” Microsoft said on its Windows Genuine Advantage program blog. “These systems will fail that check because we have blocked the (product) keys for systems not authorized to use them.”

Source: News.com

Adobe to release Intel-native Photoshop CS3 beta

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Photoshop users who’ve been waiting for a version of the image-editing program that runs natively on Intel-based Macs are about to be rewarded for their patience. Adobe will release a beta of Photoshop CS3 on Friday, December 15, that’s available as a Universal Binary. The free beta can be downloaded at Adobe’s Web site by any user with a valid Creative Suite 2 serial number.

“This is a enormous watershed event at Adobe — we have never taken a flagship product and made it available this way,? John Nack, senior product manager for Adobe Photoshop, told Macworld. “It’s a way to do our best for the Macintosh customers.?

Source: Yahoo

Attack code published for third Word flaw

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A third security flaw in Microsoft Word has emerged, according to some security companies, and a researcher has published code for it that could be used to launch an attack.

Secunia and McAfee said Thursday that a buffer-overflow flaw in the word-processing application could crash a computer and ultimately let an outsider run code on a vulnerable PC.

But Microsoft said it could not confirm the existence of the vulnerability on Thursday, noting that it was still investigating the issue.

Source: News.com

Adobe tackles browser incompatibilities

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Honing in on browser incompatibility issues in Web development, Adobe Systems on Thursday is launching CSS Advisor, a Web site that documents these problems and offers solutions.

The site is geared to users of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and features best practices for Web page development.

“With CSS Advisor, the problem that we set out to solve is that people are wasting a huge amount of time trying to make their pages look the same across different browsers,” said Kenneth Berger, Adobe product manager for the company’s Dreamweaver technology.

CSS Advisor provides a central resource to show developers what they might run into, such as dealing with content overflow on an Internet Explorer page that was not a problem with Firefox, Berger said. Developers can access lists of issues focusing on margins, he said. About 30 browser issues are featured now.

Source: Yahoo

Samsung Unveils Fusion Memory Chip

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Samsung Electronics has created an innovative memory chip designed to boost the processing speed in mobile phones for handling digital video and other data-intensive applications.

The OneDRAM chip, currently in the prototype phase of development, is designed for next-genneration smartphones and handsets, as well as game consoles and other products that handle 3D graphics.

By using a new design, Samsung claims, a single OneDRAM chip can replace two memory chips in high-end handhelds and thereby sharply decrease the time that it takes to transfer data between internal processors while also saving valuable space inside.

Source: Yahoo

Google launches patent search site

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google has added another piece of search software to its arsenal, with the launch of Google Patent Search.

The patent search site, launched as a beta on Wednesday night, is designed to sift through the approximately 7 million U.S. patents by a variety of parameters including filing date, issue date, patent number and inventor.

As for its newest site, software engineers are still working on functions that allow patent searchers to easily save and print the patent information that they look up, according to a Google blog. In addition, Google’s site does not currently include patent applications, international patents, or U.S. patents issued since mid-2006, but Google said that enhancements are in the works.

Source: News.com

StumbleUpon offers auto discovery of online videos

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

StumbleUpon, which helps Web users discover sites based on the ratings of users with similar tastes, on Wednesday said it was offering a way to create personalized channels for viewing online video.

Stumble Video provides a way to watch a stream of videos from popular video sites YouTube, Google Video and MySpace that are automatically matched to individual interests, the company said.

Source: Reuters

Google wins patent for search results page design

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The design of Google’s search results page earned U.S. patent protection this week, bringing the total number of patents held by the search giant to some three dozen.

Design Patent No. 533,561, awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, covers “the ornamental design for a graphical user interface” as shown in several screen shots of the Mountain View, Calif.-based company’s search results pages.

The screen shots depict lists of the company’s search results, with blocks of news-related and sponsored advertising links at the top. A graphic of the word Google, spelled out with multiple o’s corresponding to the number of pages of search results returned, is centered at the bottom of the page.

Source: News.com

Start-up Jaxtr lets friends phone you on your blog

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A Silicon Valley start-up is gearing up to embed free, Web-based telephone services on a variety of popular social networking and blogging services, including MySpace, Friendster and Blogger.

By contrast with existing Web calling services such as Skype that are typically computer-based, or require consumers to buy special headsets or microphones, Jaxtr plans to allows users to make inbound calls to bloggers from any phone in the world.

Once registered on Jaxtr’s site a user can embed an interactive phone feature into selected blogs or social network profiles — News Corp.’s MySpace, Tagged, Friendster, Hi5, Xanga and Google’s Blogger.

Consumers will be able to click on any Jaxtr link, enter their own phone number, which triggers an instant call to their phone. Answering the phone connects the caller to the Jaxtr user’s own phone. Callers then speak phone to phone.

On a personal note, I just can’t see anyone who will use it on a public web site and let people prank call him that easy

Source: Yahoo

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