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

2006 Declared Year Of The Zombies

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Broadband-connected computers commandeered by spammers drove a 30% increase in the amount of spam headed to consumer e-mail boxes and corporate networks, an e-mail security firm says.

Remotely controlled armies of computers, called zombies, spread to all regions of the world in 2006, with as many as 8 million computers spewing billions of junk e-mails on any given day, Commtouch said Wednesday in its 2006 Spam Trends Report.

On average, spam accounted for 87% of e-mail traffic this year, a 30% increase over a year ago. Spam rates, however, varied considerably by user and organization. Some small enterprises had spam rates as low as 45%, while large free e-mail providers got pummeled with rates as high as 98%. In general, business e-mail accounts received a smaller percentage of spam than consumer accounts.

Zombies accounted for 85% of spam circulating the Internet, Commtouch said. Half of all phishing attempts involved spam posing as e-mail from eBay or PayPal.

Source: InformationWeek

Kaspersky Lab Debuts Vista Support for Security Products

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of Internet security solutions that protect against viruses, spyware, hackers and spam, today announced availability of the beta version of Maintenance Pack 2 for both Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 (KAV) and Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS) 6.0, a key component which includes full support for the Vista operating system.

Free access to the beta version of Maintenance Pack 2 can be found at any of the following ftp locations:

Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0 of Vista

ftp://downloads1.kaspersky-labs.com/beta/kis6.0mp2/

ftp://downloads2.kaspersky-labs.com/beta/kis6.0mp2/

ftp://downloads3.kaspersky-labs.com/beta/kis6.0mp2/

ftp://downloads4.kaspersky-labs.com/beta/kis6.0mp2/

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 for Vista

ftp://downloads1.kaspersky-labs.com/beta/kav6.0mp2/

ftp://downloads2.kaspersky-labs.com/beta/kav6.0mp2/

ftp://downloads3.kaspersky-labs.com/beta/kav6.0mp2/

ftp://downloads4.kaspersky-labs.com/beta/kav6.0mp2/

GSN Launches ‘Saddam Hussein’s Hangman’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

GSN is deploying a new game surrounding globally controversial subject, a hangman game featuring an animated Saddam Hussein.

In this game, players will follow the traditional rules of ‘hangman’ by clicking on letters to see if they are a part of the missing word or phrase. As the real Hussein always does, the animated Saddam has a few choice words such as “Americans can’t spell” or “I laugh at your letters.” However if you succeed in solving the word saddam will hang, but if you fail he will go free.

Microsoft Adds Behavioral Targeting

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. has started linking users’ search habits with other personal information as it prepares to show more personalized advertisements.

With the use of small data files known as cookies, Microsoft can link information users provide when they sign up for Hotmail e-mail and other services with data on what they view and search for on various Microsoft sites, such as those for maps, Web journals and finance.

Microsoft uses that information to build a profile for a certain class of users - women over 30 who read financial news, for example - and sell marketers the opportunity to reach that targeted group as they surf Microsoft properties.

Source: AP

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