12/27/2006

PC Tools is offering Free AntiVirus Internet security

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

PC Tools announced it is offering its highly regarded AntiVirus Internet security software free to consumers who can download it.

鈥淲e know many consumers are being misled by rogue security companies providing bogus virus threat solutions. Consumers are misled into downloading these dubious products only to find they have loaded new viruses and spyware into their computers,鈥? said Michael Greene, Vice President for Product Strategy.

鈥淲e want to help consumers begin the New Year with added confidence that their security needs are met when they surf the Internet,鈥? Greene said.

The free version will provide:

  • OnGuard Protection that provides real time shields against viruses.
  • Smart Updates to keep virus definitions and other feature enhancements up to date.
  • Virus Quarantines and restores items that have been detected.
  • Logging of File Scans conducted by PC Tools AntiVirus
  • Enhanced architecture offering scanning and virus removal capability of the entire operating system by users with 鈥渓imited permission鈥? accounts.

Those who purchase the paid version of PC Tools AntiVirus also receive high-speed updates, dedicated 24/7 support, and phone assistance for a cost of only $29.95, Greene said.

鈥淲e are currently developing wraparound solutions combining both spyware and virus protection. We are also improving our scanners and reducing the footprint required to track these threats,鈥? according to Greene who added that the New Year will bring exciting improvements to PC Tool product offerings.

iTunes Visits Skyrocket 413 Percent On Christmas Day

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Hitwise today announced that the market share of visits to the iTunes website was up 413 percent on Christmas Day 2006 (December 25, 2006) versus Christmas Day 2005 as new iPod owners flocked to the web to download iTunes. In addition, the market share of visits to the Apple Store showed an increase of 110 percent when comparing Christmas Day 2006 to 2005. The Apple Store was the fourth most visited website in the Hitwise Retail Index on Christmas Day 2006.

The market share of visits to Zune.net, the site for downloading the music software for Microsoft’s MP3 player showed an increase of 1,030 percent on December 25, 2006 versus the previous Monday (December 18, 2006). However, this strong initial performance was overshadowed by the iPod, as the market share of visits to the iTunes website increased by 1,222 percent in the same period, and outnumbered visits to Zune.net by 30 to 1.

“For the third holiday season in a row, the iPod has been the must-have Christmas gift,” said Bill Tancer, general manager of global research at Hitwise. “Competitive offerings have not yet succeeded in capturing the attention of music listeners, and the surge in visits to the Apple Store shows that iPod owners are also engaged in filling and accessorizing their new devices.”

Microsoft Bribing Bloggers With Laptops

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

According to at least six bloggers, Microsoft has been sending out free top-of-the-line laptops pre-loaded with Vista as a ‘no strings attached gifts’. This ‘reward’ for their hard work on covering tech in general is coincidentally right before the launch of Vista to consumers. To be clear, these weren’t loans, they were gifts, and they were top-of-the-line Acer Ferrari laptops.

Source: Slashdot

Windows DRM is the ‘longest suicide note in history’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Copy-protection features in Windows Vista make the operating system more bloated while giving few benefits to end users, according to a new security paper.

Peter Gutmann, a medical imaging specialist, argues in the paper that Microsoft’s cumbersome approach to DRM is doomed to fail and will only succeed in pushing users towards buying faster hardware to cope with degraded performance, effectively imposing collateral damage on the rest of the industry.

Many of the criticisms Gutmann makes will be familiar to those who have followed the development of Vista’s copyright protection features however his hard-hitting prose style and warning that the Vista Content Protection specs could “very well constitute the longest suicide note in history” has reinvigorated the debate.

Source: The Register

Check-mate for Indian chess player after phone ploy

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An Indian chess player has been banned for 10 years for cheating after he was caught using his mobile phone’s wireless device to win games, chess officials said on Wednesday.

The player, Umakant Sharma, had logged rating points at a rapid pace in the last 18 months and also qualified for the national championship, arousing the suspicion of officials and bemusing rivals.

Sharma was finally caught at a recent tournament when officials discovered that he had stitched a Bluetooth device in a cloth cap which he always pulled over his ears.

He communicated to his accomplices outside the hall, who then used a computer to relay moves to him, Indian chess federation secretary D.V. Sundar said on Wednesday.

“We have banned him for 10 years,” he told Reuters. “We wanted to send a clear message to such people.”

Source: Reuters

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