January 30, 2007
At a CompUSA store in Raleigh, only about a dozen people waited around to be among the first to get Vista. The store reopened at 10 p.m., offering customers coffee and discounts on other items including printers and recordable DVDs, and planned to stay open until at least 2 a.m.
The low turnout wasn't surprising, especially after Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said the company wasn't pushing the midnight sales events.
The world's biggest software maker marked the launch of its first all-new Windows operating system in five years with a marketing blitz including commercials featuring basketball star Lebron James and appearances by Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and most recognizable face.
"We have just begun to see what we can do," Gates said at an event at the British Library in London. "We will be taking entertainment to a whole new level ... even education we believe will be changed very dramatically."
Today, not only is he able to distribute his content to millions of people at no cost using a popular online video-sharing site, he has also been paid nearly $26,000 (U.S.) by the site owner.
Welcome to the new world of user-generated content on the Internet. What some people consider quirky material at best, companies are increasingly starting to view as a valuable asset. So valuable, in fact, they're willing to pay for it.
The patent, called 'Internet-based education support system and method' was granted to Blackboard in November 2006. It permits only the Washington-based company to sell Web-based software that enables teachers and students to interact outside of the classroom. Blackboard had even filed a lawsuit against rival Desire2Learn, which is scheduled to go to trial in about 13 months.
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars pits the armies of Earth against the invading alien Strogg in an online strategic shooter. Players choose to battle as one of five unique classes in either the EDF (Earth Defense Force -- humans) or the barbaric alien Strogg armies. Troops use 40+ conventional and futuristic vehicles, deployable structures, and defense systems like quad-bikes, tanks, and alien walkers for epic ground assaults; or helicopters and anti-gravity ships to lend firepower from the air.
It'll be a real shame if Duke Nukem Forever comes out before this game.
The new 4G system provides wireless transmission speeds of up to 100Mbps, which is much faster than current generation technologies, running at speeds that match optical fiber. "It testifies that the technology we've developed is feasible and brings us one step closer to put it into commercial use," said You Xiaohu, a leading expert involved in the program.
The 4G research program was first initiated in 2001, dubbed the FuTURE Project (Future Technology for Universal Radio Environment), as part of China's high-tech development plan. It is composed of 10 leading domestic institutions.
Not sure if we can relate the two figures but Rapidshare does receive fairly significant traffic from India.
The good news for Rapidshare users in India is that they can download / upload data from Rapidshare at better speeds now since the file hosting service has added a new server in India itself (dl30vsnl.rapidshare.com)
January 27, 2007
A mobile Linux coalition between several major handset manufacturers and operators has finally been christened.
The group was formed six months ago with the goal of creating an open-source platform for mobile phones. From Friday, it will be known as the LiMo Foundation. Its membership includes Motorola, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone.
Hackers are exploiting a new, unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Word that could allow them to take control of a victim's computer, Symantec has warned.
The zero-day vulnerability is the fourth in Microsoft's widely-used Word 2000 software that has not yet been patched, the security company said in its Security Response Warning.
A zero-day vulnerability refers to a security hole for which exploits are already available when it was discovered. This latest one affects most versions of Windows running Word, Symantec's advisory said.MORE...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp. and IBM have announced one of the biggest advances in transistors in four decades, overcoming a frustrating obstacle by ensuring microchips can get even smaller and more powerful.
The breakthrough, achieved via separate research efforts and announced on Friday, involves using an exotic new material to make transistors -- the tiny switches that are the building blocks of microchips.MORE...
Microsoft’s advice to those with their Xbox 360 consoles filled to the brim with demos and videos is simply to just buy another hard drive. That solution may not be cheap, as the official 20GB drive retails for $99.99. The Xbox 360 modding community, however, has discovered a solution that could prove to be much more economical.
A hacker who goes by the handle “TheSpecialist,” has released a tool that allows any Western Digital BEVS SATA hard drive to be used on the Xbox 360. A quick price search for WD hard drives find that twice the drive can be had for half the price – the lowest-end 40GB WD Scorpio drive for $50 – a cost effective, but adventurous alternative.
The AACS LA, those behind the advanced access content system protecting HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs, today responded to the recent defeat of its technology.
“AACS LA has confirmed that AACS Title Keys have appeared on public web sites without authorization,” read a statement from the AACS Web site. “Such unauthorized disclosures indicate an attack on one or more players sold by AACS licensees.”
The AACS is taking the stance that the exploit found is a wake-up call to all licensees to ensure that the technology is implemented securely. PC software players, such as WinDVD, are particularly vulnerable to hackers.
In 2004, the European Commission found that Microsoft pushed out RealNetworks and other makers of audio and video streaming software and made Windows deliberately incompatible with rivals’ server software.
Now, IBM, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Adobe, Corel, Oracle, RealNetworks, Red Hat, Linspire and Opera are filing a complaint with the European Commission regarding Vista.
The group said Microsoft’s XAML markup language was “positioned to replace HTML”. They also say Microsoft’s own language would be dependent on Windows, and discriminatory against rival systems such as Linux, the group says. They said a so-called “open XML” platform file format, known as OOXML, is designed to run seamlessly only on the Microsoft Office platform. Vista is set to launch on Tuesday.
January 25, 2007
The air hostess says someone opened an account in her name and described her as a 'sex-struck woman'. She said the phone numbers given in the account belongs to one of her neighbors, an official at the Lok Sabha Secretariat, who has incidentally been receiving vulgar calls for sometime now. A case has been registered in this regard in Delhi, and authorities have directed its specialized cell to conduct investigations into the allegations and file a report by February 9.
The Latitude ATG meets military standards for vibration, humidity and altitude and is designed to protect against accidental bumps, moisture, and other elements that customers encounter while on the field.
The new system features a shock-mounted hard drive, spill-resistant keyboard, port covers and high durability paint and is designed to withstand challenging conditions commonly associated with military environments, construction sites and first responders, such as police and emergency organizations.
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - 20th Century Fox served YouTube with a subpoena Wednesday demanding the Google-owned viral video site disclose the identity of a user who uploaded copies of entire recent episodes of primetime series "24" and "The Simpsons."
The subpoena, which first came to light on the blog Google Watch (http://googlewatch.eweek.com/index.html), was granted by a judge in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California after being filed by the News Corp.-owned studio on January 18. It is not yet known whether YouTube has complied with the request.
In addition, a second, lesser-known video site, LiveDigital, was also served with a similar subpoena.
January 24, 2007
Access control list (ACL)
A list of access control entries (ACEs) that contain permissions defining who or what can access the object to which it is applied.
A technology developed by Microsoft that is an outgrowth of Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) and Component Object Model (COM), which allows Web developers to make Web pages interactive and provide the same types of functions as Java applets.
Ad hoc wireless network
An 802.11 wi-fi network that operates in a computer-to-computer manner instead of going through a wireless access point (WAP).
Admin Approval ModeMORE...
Airtel has launched the `Temple Offering’ service, which allows you to make a donation to a temple via SMS.
SMS offerings can currently be made to four temples: Mantralaya (AP); Siddi Vinayak (Mumbai); Dharmasthala (Karnataka); and Jalaram Temple (Bangalore). It will be soon extended to Tirupati, Shirdi Saibaba, Vaishnodevi and Mahalakshmi temples.
An Airtel user, who wishes to send a donation, just needs to type the temple keyword, the amount he/she wishes to donate and SMS “temple code amount” to 64655. As soon as the SMS is sent, it gets updated immediately in the temple records through a software deployed at the temple’s premises, which will record the amount donated, time, date and the number from which it has been made. Everything happens in real time and the donation amount goes to the temple. The customer pays Rs 4 per SMS sent.
China's online population grew by 23.4 per cent last year to 137 million people, about 10 per cent of its 1.3 billion population, the China Internet Network Information Center reported on its website.
“We believe it will take two years at most for China to overtake the United States,” the official China Daily newspaper quoted an official of the agency, Wang Enhai, as saying.
About 210 million of the United States' 300 million people are online, according to the U.S. government. China would reach 210 million users in two years if it keeps up a 24 per cent annual growth rate.
"Today marks the culmination of a process that began almost two years ago, when we brought over 30 AT companies into our labs to give them a first look at Windows Vista," said Rob Sinclair, director of Microsoft's Accessible Technology Group. "We've made these companies an integral part of our development process, and as a result an unprecedented number will have updated versions of their products available simultaneously with the launch of Windows Vista and the 2007 Office release.
You'll find a cleaner homepage, search results that look more like web search results, topics that borrow a lot from Gmail's conversations. Each group has 100 MB storage space you can use to upload files or to collaboratively edit documents. Groups are much more customizable: you can change the colors and add welcome messages.
Now Google should focus on creating some filters for spam posts and a way to discover potentially interesting groups.
January 22, 2007
While the phone has been on the market for about a week now, Motorola today officially launched its slider, MOTORIZR Z3, which combines a powerful digital imaging system with sophisticated multimedia features.
While the slider glides open with a subtle push, the inside of the phone reveals a large, easy-to-use keypad and abstract tattoo markings.
With the landscape viewfinder and dedicated side camera key, the RIZR Z3 can be held and used just like a regular digital camera.
Over the past 15 months, Swedish bank Nordea has lost around 7-8 million Swedish kronor (about $1.1 million USD) to an online phishing scam by no less than 121 Russian organized criminals. Emails were sent to bank customers with attachments entitled “raking.zip” or “raking.exe.” The attachments were disguised as anti-spam software, but contained a Trojan which security companies called “haxdoor.ki.” According to the bank, users were redirected to a false home page, where they entered important log-in information, including log-in numbers. After users entered information an error message appeared, and said the site was having problems. Criminals then used the gathered customer details on the real Nordea website to take money from customer accounts. More via ZDNet UK
The best way to avoid this type of attack is be very skeptical of every e-mail/attachment that you open, even if you do have the greatest anti-virus software. Here are 44 tips on avoiding phishing scams!
"I am anxiously waiting for roaming rates to come down," said Maran.
The telecom regulator is likely to come with an order of slashing roaming rates, a long-standing demand of the consumers.
Once a subscriber steps out of the home network, making or receiving mobile calls is an expensive option.
Presently on a post paid connection the rental for roaming is Rs 49 and a surcharge of 15 per cent per minute on an average for different tariff schemes.
According to reports, Sun Microsystems has decided to use chips from Intel in some of its servers.
Although there is no official announcement from either company yet, it is expected sometime this week.
If reports are to be believed, the first servers from this partnership will be launched in the first half of 2007, and Sun will also sell Xeon-based workstations.
The Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group, two major forces behind the drive for commercialization of Linux, will merge to form a new all-embracing group.
Due for announcement today, the new group is called Linux Foundation, which is being backed by major vendors, including IBM, HP, Oracle, Novell, and Intel. The group will have 70 vendor sponsors in all, with members, including Fujitsu, Hitachi, and NEC.
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, and Vodafone have signed an agreement with online activists, human rights groups, and press freedom groups to draw up an Internet code of conduct to protect free speech and privacy of Web users.
These four companies will together develop a code of conduct with a coalition of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to promote freedom of expression and privacy rights. Besides, they will establish a set of rules that will govern how they deal with censorship and other restrictions on human rights.
As Semel and his top staff sat around the table in a corporate conference room named after a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor (Phish Food), $5 billion sounded unacceptably high. Google's revenue stood at a measly $240 million a year. Yahoo's was about $837 million. And yet, with Yahoo's stock price still hovering at a bubble-busted $7 a share, a $5 billion purchase price would essentially mean that Yahoo would have to spend its entire market value to swing the deal. It would be a merger of equals, not a purchase.
Terry Semel -- a legendary Hollywood dealmaker, a guy who didn't even use email -- had not come to Silicon Valley to meekly merge with the geeky boys of Google. He had come to turn Yahoo into the next great media giant. Which might explain why the face of the famously serene CEO was slowly turning the color of Yahoo's purple logo, exclamation point included. "Five billion dollars, 7 billion, 10 billion. I don't know what they're really worth -- and you don't either," he told his staff. "There's no fucking way we're going to do this!"
Semel could talk tough because he had a backup plan. Yahoo would go out and buy its own top-notch search engine and its own search-advertising technology, and it would beat Google in the emerging arena of little text ads that pop up next to search results. Semel's decision to opt for this plan B was a fateful one. It was a smart play -- but Yahoo fumbled, bungled, and mishandled its execution at every step. (More on that in a moment.) As a result, Google today controls nearly 70 percent of the search-related advertising market, an industry worth more than $15 billion a year and growing at roughly 50 percent a year.
And now Yahoo's CEO regrets they didn't buy Google. Yahoo's mistake was that it didn't understand the importance of search. When web pages started to grow exponentially, they said it's just a commodity and used third-party search engines (Altavista, Google). Why invest in a technology that just sends people away from your site? Now Yahoo has a good search engine, but most of its users don't use it because it's better (it's not), but because they use other Yahoo services and it's more convenient.
January 21, 2007
Google’s current anti-phishing blacklist, which has no access protection, is here. It’s It used by the Google Safe Browsing for Firefox extension which is now part of the Google Toolbar for Firefox, according to Michael Sutton, who has spent some time analyzing it.
Brazil-based booBox is preparing to launch a set of tools for bloggers and other website owners that will help them sell items they are writing about. They’ve submitted some basic information to us, but there is clearly a language barrier and we are still digging into the details.
For now, the best way to understand how it works is by walking through the working demo on the booBox site. Go to this page and click on one of the images. Clicking on the iPod brings up a lightbox above the blog content with a number pictures of related items. Clicking on any of the items then brings up Amazon, within the lightbox, where a purchase can be made. I went through the entire checkout process and completed a purchase, so the demo works. At any point the box can be closed by the user, and they will return to the original site.
The internet search giant is working on a system that would allow readers to download entire books to their computers in a format that they could read on screen or on mobile devices such as a Blackberry.With 380m people using Google each month, the move would give a significant boost to the development of e-books and have a big impact on the publishing industry and book retailers.
Jens Redmer, director of Google Book Search in Europe, said: “We are working on a platform that will let publishers give readers full access to a book online.”
Hacker ‘muslix64′, who made it happen with HD DVD, has apparently done it again with Blu-ray. On the doom9.org forum, ‘muslix64′ says, “In less that 24 hours, without any Blu-Ray equipment, but with the help of Janvitos, I managed to decrypt and play a Blu-Ray media file using my known-plaintext attack…”
In August, we looked at a micromotor powered by bacteria created by researchers in Japan. This new microrobot will also based on bacteria, and will use flagella as power to move through the human bodies.
Wired writes that the surgical microrobot will be “small enough to pass through the heart and other organs, will be inserted using a syringe. Guided by remote control, it will swim to a site within the body to perform a series of tasks, then return to the point of entry where it can be extracted, again by syringe.”
The prototype for this microrobot (image above, video below) is as small as a grain of salt. Amazing…
January 20, 2007
It's not so difficult to believe that all things can be brought down to any size. But you'd really need to have a look at this to believe. 4 GB in a microSDHC. It's the first microSDHC to hold 4GB of memory by Kingmax. The specs prove that it's not only just size but even better. The card has set the performance level quite high. It can do 22.5 MBps in dual channel with read speeds of 150x the normal.
This card will now get popular even in the digicam and DAP categories along with it being a standard for mobile phone memory. This format of memory not only consumes less space but puts a much lower load on the batteries of the particular device it's inserted into. No idea on the pricing or availability of this small wonder.
Apple Computer made headlines with its recent release of iPhone. Now LG intends to take some of the attention away...
Yesterday, LG Electronics (Korea), along with world-renowned fashion label, Prada, announced a new mobile phone, which sports a buttonless, touch-screen interface very much like that of Apple's iPhone.
Like the iPhone, this phone too, is super-thin; it's just 12 millimetres thick, which is only about 0.4 millimetres thicker than the iPhone.
Acer India has announced the launch of their new toll-free customer service number, 1 800 11 6677 for notebooks in India.
Acer, which already provides toll-free customer support for Acer consumer desktops, will extend this service to notebooks through an Automatic Call Dispatch (ACD) system with Integrated Voice response (IVR). Calls will be routed to Acer-certified agents, trained specifically on the product category. The cases that cannot be resolved over the phone, will be assigned and dispatched to the nearest Acer Customer Service Centre along with a case history.
Representatives from F-Secure said "the Small.DAM (Storm-Worm) we posted on earlier spread very fast during the night, Helsinki time. The heavy seeding through spam was quickly obvious on our tracking screens. The worm was spread throughout the world very rapidly." The actual virus is called Small.DAM and at this time the origin of the virus is unknown.
F-Secure indicated that those who receive any of the following lines in the subject line of an email are likely recipients of the "Storm Worm" virus:
January 18, 2007
"With the proliferation of video on the Web, Adobe Flash Player is quickly becoming the de facto industry standard for delivering engaging interactive content and applications," said Emmy Huang, senior product manager at Adobe. "Now the Linux community has full access to the high volume of Flash content and applications available on the Internet today, bringing Linux developers and users to the forefront of the Web 2.0 experience."
Goodin used several different compromised Earthlink email accounts to send thousands of unsolicited emails posing as AOL's billing department, and directed recipients to bogus payment websites. He was also convicted on a number of other counts including wire fraud, possession of unauthorized credit cards, misuse of the AOL trademark, and attempted witness harassment.
After the first phase rollout of the Conditional Access System (CAS) in the notified areas of Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata, the government of India is planning to extend the system beyond metros to other areas. A decision on this is expected soon.
Talking about the government's plans, P R Dasmunshi, Information and Broadcasting Minister, said that they are satisfied with the implementation of CAS in the notified areas, and are now looking to expand further as part of CAS Phase-2 and Phase-3.
Meanwhile, after orders from the Delhi High Court, CAS was rolled out in notified areas of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata from December 31 last year. The system is under implementation in Chennai since 2003.
Adobe has released a major upgrade to Adobe RoboHelp, "Adobe RoboHelp 6", a flexible user-friendly system to create, manage, and publish software help systems, knowledge bases, and documentation for desktop and Web-based applications.
According to the company, RoboHelp 6 provides all the desktop functionality that authors need to create advanced help content such as table of contents, index, glossary, graphics, special effects, and context-sensitive help. The software is compatible with most formats, and leverages the benefits of other Adobe products, thus providing a richer experience.
It looks like Asus has a new PDA phone in the works. At least that's what the iF Design Awards product gallery is telling us.
Named Pegasus, this super slim (15.4 mm) Windows Mobile gadget combines phone, PDA, and GPS navigation system into one sleek package. It has a numeric keypad, jog dial, and allows for simple one handed control. The camera body is finished with brushed aluminum and diamond-cut edges to accentuate superior taste and a feeling of luxury.
No further details are available at this time, but the name of this PDA phone (Pegasus was the original name of Asustek. They dropped first 3 letters for higher directory listings), makes us wonder just what plans Asus has for Pegasus' future.
For the rest of the specs, not to mention details on pricing or availability, it looks like we'll just have to wait for an official announcement.
January 16, 2007
It is a mobile phone with a difference. It comes with a card embedded with a radio frequency identification technology by which banks can store an array of data: saving accounts, loans taken and repayment schedules. And, of course, all the details now put on a piece of paper called the Kisan credit card.
Bharti Airtel has tied up with the State Bank of India for a pilot project that could dramatically transform the face of rural banking. Launched a few months ago by creating bank accounts with data on a radio frequency identification card instead of in a passbook, the project hopes to superannuate the Kisan credit card.
Being tried in nine villages in Pithoragarh (Uttaranchal), Medak (Andhra Pradesh) and Mizoram, its proponents say commercial launch could be just a year away.
January 14, 2007
Content includes the city specific information for tourists on the weather, sightseeing, shopping, dining, events. Also provided is information on embassy contacts, emergency numbers. The monetization? Local promotions.
Yahoo! India has launched its 'Ask The Planet 2007' initiative, on Yahoo! India Answers. This open forum, which was launched in June 2006 in the US, is deigned to provide answers and opinions to questions relating to socially relevant issues in the Indian subcontinent.
The video, shot in the US, shows Prasad clad in Gandhi's trademark attire, pole dancing and stripping for an audience. Records on YouTube show the video, called 'Time to get sexy' was uploaded a month ago.
Based on the currently running MotoRIZR Z3 Motorola has launched the MotoRIZR Z6. This is an EDGE version of the phone.
The Z6 will have an upgraded interface supporting Windows Media Player 11 connectivity. The phone will have a new better QVGA screen and will weigh 10 grams less. The same 2 MP camera with some improvements is expected and the whole phone will be available in the mid of this year.
Animax, in association with Sify Gamedrome, has announced the first annual "Animax Grand Gaming Challenge 2007" to be conducted across 66 cities in the country.
This gaming competition will see gamers compete with each other in several online gaming categories, including Sports, Racing, Strategy, and first person shooter. Games like Counter Strike, FIFA, NFS UG2, Defense of the Ancients, and Gunz Online will feature in the competition.
The preliminary rounds are scheduled to end on Feb 2, following which, four zonal semi-finals will be conducted in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Bangalore, starting Feb 8, 2007. The mega event will round-off with a final showdown at the Atria Mall in Mumbai on Feb 28, 2007.
Justin Uberti, who joined Google after working on AIM for almost 9 years, comments on this issue:
January 11, 2007
go2web2, normally an even tempered blog, points out that new startup SuperGu copies everything about Digg except their name and goes off on them a bit. And to add insult to injury, they say it was “inspired by Meneame, Del.icio.us and Reddit,” ignoring Digg completely.
The screen shots do look just about identical - SuperGu hasn’t just copied the Digg idea but the look and feel as well. We’ll see if Digg fires up the lawyers, or turns the other cheek.
The Nokia N76 is a slim and stylish folding portable multimedia computer supporting WCDMA 2100/EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 or EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 for some regions. Take pictures with the 2 megapixel camera or play music without opening the phone using dedicated media keys and the external (128 x 160 pixels) 262k color display. Enjoy videos and graphics with crystal clarity on the 2.4” QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) 16M color main display in portrait or landscape mode and listen to music using stereo headphones with the built-in 3.5mm headphone jack. The Nokia N76 also features Java MIDP 2.0 support with additional Java API’s, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0 and MicroSD memory card support.
Apple's (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile , Research) iPhone is an interesting product, but its sales goal is not very high, Anssi Vanjoki, the head of the multimedia unit at Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile , Research) was quoted as saying on Thursday.
Apple unveiled its much-anticipated take on the smart phone on Tuesday, presenting a sleek device with a large screen that combines a phone, an iPod and instant messaging.
"It is quite an interesting product but it is lacking a few essential features, such as 3G, which would enable fast data connections," Vanjoki, whose multimedia unit is a direct rival to Apple, was quoted as saying by Finnish business daily Taloussanomat.
Michael Jensen shows that it is quite easy to spam MyBlogLog (recently acquired by Yahoo), and he used TechCrunch as the guinea pig for his experiment. We, like many other blogs, display the MyBlogLog widget (right bottom sidebar), which shows recent visitors, along with their photo, to the site.
All he did was create a new account with the advertising he wanted included as the image. He then opened TechCrunch in the Opera browser and set it to autorefresh every minute or so. The result was that the “user” kept coming back to TechCrunch and popping to the top of the widget. Some of the traffic that clicked through to the user page on MyBlogLog made its way back to the destination site.
No sooner has Apple Computer unveiled its "iPhone" at the ongoing MacWorld 2007, Cisco has announced filing a lawsuit against Apple in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
The suit seeks to prevent Apple from infringing upon and deliberately copying and using Cisco's registered 'iPhone' trademark.
Since obtaining the 'iPhone' trademark, Linksys, a division of Cisco, has been shipping new iPhone products. On Dec 18, the company further added new products to its iPhone family.
January 10, 2007
Capping literally years of speculation on perhaps the most intensely followed unconfirmed product in Apple’s history — and that’s saying a lot — the iPhone has been announced today (9 Jan 2007)
Yeah, we said it: “iPhone,” the name the entire free world had all but unanimously christened it from the time it’d been nothing more than a twinkle in Stevie J’s eye (comments, Cisco?).
Following LG's combined Blu-ray and HD-DVD player, Warner has decided to tackle the problem in a different way by launching a dual-format disc, calling it the 'Total Hi Def' disc. The disc will have both Blu-ray and HD-DVD compatible content and will also be dual-layer capacities. A Superman Returns THD disc was used to demonstrate the concept.
No titles have been announced yet, but Warner has announced that discs in this format should be out by the second half of the year.
Polaroid has just shown off a few products in their Swinger series of portable media players, two of which have WiFi support.
The MPA-28216 has WiFi, a 30GB hard drive, a 2.8-inch screen, and also plays back AVI and WAV files. The expected cost is around $280 (Rs. 12,400) or if you want, a WiFi-less version for $260 (Rs. 11,500), around the third quarter this year.
The MPA-44315 is also a WiFi media player, but it has a larger 40GB hard drive and a wide-aspect 4.3-inch touch screen. This is expected for around $350 (Rs. 15,500) and a WiFi-less $330 (Rs. 14,600).
Within 18 months Microsoft will introduce gaming to the Zune in order to compete with the game capable iPod.
From Bloomberg: “Zune, introduced in November, has failed to take market share from Apple’s iPod, partly because the device lacks iPod features such as games and TV programs, said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at JupiterResearch.”
So even if Microsoft does add gaming and wireless video sharing to the Zune, it’s still not the cultural icon that the iPod so is. Will the Zune ever outrun the iPod? When will Microsoft drop the Zune phone is the question…
January 9, 2007
Ok so it’s official and confirmed from Yahoo: They bought MyBlogLog. This was first rumored to be happening in November, but was never confirmed and we updated our post to reflect that. This morning the news broke again but was pulled immediately afterwards. Now it’s popped up again. Since I had no idea if it was going to stick this time, I called Bradley Horowitz, Yahoo’s VP Product Strategy, and he confirmed the acquisition. And Om Malik was actually at dinner with co-founder Scott Rafer when the deal was finalized, so it’s a definite deal.
MyBlogLog will be part of the Yahoo Developer Network and report in to Chad Dickerson (who reports to Bradley). The size of the deal is not being confirmed, although rumors put it at $10 - $12 million.
The weekend (Jan 5 to 7, 2007) witnessed some intense, cut-throat gaming at the Logitech Crossfire PC Gaming competition held at Nehru Center in Mumbai.
According to the organizers, at the fest, both gaming pros and amateurs donned their annihilating best avataars - using Logitech gaming peripherals - mice, keyboards, game-pads, racing wheels, the works.
A team of five from Mumbai calling itself 'Accuracy Teamwork Experience' or 'ATE' emerged undisputed winners in "Counterstrike", which was incidentally the most popular game at the event.
Visa International says it will make purchases by cellphones commonplace in the next few years, thanks to a collection of technology it rolled out Monday.
The company's decision to throw its weight behind a concept that has been around for nearly a decade comes as the use of smart phones is exploding.
“Clearly what is happening in the world of handsets is very germane to our business,” said Patrick Gauthier, a senior vice-president for Visa. “It was very important that we start to step up.”
Designed by Sunman Kwon, this is The Finger Touch concept phone, and as you can see it has a Samsung logo on it. A very unique concept of all the phone concepts i’ve seen.
The keypad is projected from the round part of the actual device onto your hand, while your fingers act as the keypad. Sort of like the Bluetooth virtual laser keyboard, only on your hand.
Lonely? Want someone to talk to? Go to ChaCha, a new search engine, and talk to a guide real time about your search. As long as you remain somewhat on topic, I’ve found that the guide will talk to you as long as you like.
There are two ways to search on ChaCha. They have a more traditional search engine that has good but not deep results. But the cool service is guide driven, via an instant message screen on the page. While I found that the results were not nearly as good as Google, it is a lot of fun to talk to the guides.
Sony Ericsson has broadened its Walkman phone portfolio by introducing the "W200".
The W200 Walkman phone, according to Sony Ericsson, includes all key features needed to take the first step towards 'music on your mobile'.
The W200 can store up to 37 full length tracks, and can support up to 18 hours of music listening. It enables simple transferring of music from the PC with the Disc2Phone music management software bundled with it.
Talking about the new Walkman phone, Steve Walker, Head of Product Marketing, Sony Ericsson, said, "The W200 is an affordable music phone that compliments existing MP3 players. It's not everyday that you want to carry lots of devices with you; and with the W200, you have enough music storage for your current playlist, and if you get tired of these, the FM Radio allows you to quickly tune-in to your favourite drive-time show."
January 8, 2007
LAS VEGAS/HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's largest cellphone maker, Nokia, unveiled slim new multimedia handsets at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show in an answer to stiff competition from rivals such as Motorola.
The Finnish company, which makes one in three phones sold globally, has suffered from a lack of thin models in the last two years as consumers sought slimmer phones following the success of Motorola's RAZR.
At 13.7 millimeters, the new Nokia N76 phone is as slender as most slim-line models from smaller rivals. The RAZR is 14 mm thick and lags far behind in terms of features.
Nokia plans to launch the new ultra-thin Barracuda phone later in the year, although it has not yet revealed the measurements of this offering.
Yahoo will give users a preview of what it will be like to use a new and improved version of Yahoo Messenger on Microsoft's Windows Vista at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show this year.
Yahoo will show off an early version of Yahoo Messenger optimized for Vista, with new features that take advantage of some of the user interface enhancements Microsoft has added to the OS.
But wait -- was that a pig flying past my window just now? Evidence is mounting that major labels may start to prefer the MP3 format, as impossible as that used to seem.
Here are seven reasons why MP3 is the future of the music industry:
The model BH100, dubbed “Super Multi Blue,” will play discs in the Blu-ray format, backed by a group led by Sony Corp. LG is a member of the Blu-ray consortium.
It will also play discs in the rival HD DVD format, which is backed by a consortium headed by Toshiba Corp.
But while it will display the full range of interactive features contained on Blu-ray discs, such as menus that appear while the film is playing, it will not play similar interactive elements contained on HD DVD discs.
LAS VEGAS — Sunday night, Bill Gates made it clear that his ambitions do not end at controlling the world of personal computers.
The chairman of Microsoft Corp. wants his company to be the dominant player connecting people with digital content, in their homes and on the go.
During the opening keynote speech of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, an advance copy of which was obtained by The Globe and Mail, he described how the company's massive reach, which touches an estimated one billion customers each month, makes Microsoft ideal to be the master of tomorrow's digital entertainment world.
Mr. Gates said the Redmond, Wash.-based company will turn its Xbox 360 game console, which already connects to the Internet, into the gateway for television programs coming into the home.
Sony Corporation has announced it will enable most of its new televisions, including high-definition flat screens, to play video from the Internet.
The company, which unveiled this plan at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, said that the drive to combine Internet and other digital video with traditional devices was part of a bid to showcase its four strategic growth areas, including video gaming, digital imaging, high definition, and mobile products.
January 7, 2007
Adobe will issue patches next week for older versions of its Reader and Acrobat Reader software, which contain a dangerous vulnerability that could be used for phishing attacks or to remotely access files on a computer.
The problem affects versions 7.0.8 and earlier of the Acrobat and Reader programs. Adobe is telling users of those versions to disable the Acrobat and Reader plug-in in their Web browser until the patches are issued.
Google has struck a partnership with a Chinese peer-to-peer file downloading service, Xunlei Networking Technologies.
The partnership will give users of the Xunlei service easier access to Google search services and multimedia content via a search link on Xunlei's home page, the companies said Friday. The deal also involves marketing development and product cooperation.
The companies did not provide financial details of their partnership.MORE...
Communications software firm, damaka, has launched Instant Messenger (IM) connectivity, allowing damaka users to chat with contacts across MSN Messenger,Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and AIM , without launching multiple IM clients.
Satish Gundabathula, CTO of damaka says, "With the addition of multi-platform IM to its white-label product suite, damaka now allows carriers, service providers, and online communities to cost-effectively deliver unified communication and collaboration services to their user base.
RIM has just made a deal with Kodiak Networks to add Push-to-Talk capabilities to their BlackBerry series of handhelds. The service is expected to hit Cingular very soon.
Kodiak plans to offer improved versions of the PTT service offered by Nextel by allowing the users to switch between regular and PTT calls and also a conference call option between the two. They also plan to integrate call waiting and presence checking features to the service.
The BlackBerry series of handhelds were always intended to be for the corporate segment, but they didn't have Push-to-Talk support. With more enterprises picking up the devices in bulk, Push-to-Talk will offer the customers more convenience in team-based communication.
F-Secure has said its "Internet Security 2007" will provide consumers with advanced protection against new and unknown threats.
The company said the new product features remarkable new features to help further strengthen its leadership in the data security market.
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January 4, 2007
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A U.S. research institute has sued Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile , Research), Samsung Electronics (005930.KS: Quote, Profile , Research) and Matsushita-owned (6752.T: Quote, NEWS , Research) Panasonic for violating a patent for Bluetooth technology, potentially putting the free wireless standard at risk.
The Washington Research Foundation, which markets technology from the University of Washington, is seeking damages from the three mobile-phone makers for using a radio frequency receiver technology without paying royalties, according to court papers obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.
A University of Washington scientist Edwin Suominen was awarded a patent in 1999 for "simplified high-frequency broadband tuner and tuning method".
BenQ, a spin off of Acer Corporation, has shut down their mobile phones division, which it had acquired from Siemens about two years ago.
BenQ Mobile incurred heavy losses a few months ago when the business didn’t pick up as well as they had hoped it would. They tried to find an investor to salvage the company, but were unable to do so. Ultimately, they filed for bankruptcy in Germany. The liquidation will leave around 3,000 people unemployed, who will be registered with a local agency for providing replacement jobs.
I never liked BenQ mobile phones much. Their designs never appealed to me and the user interface was also quite unintuitive and shabby, such as the one in the CL71. Overall, I have never found BenQ mobiles worth the money.
The company has already started trials of the IPTV service on the BSNL broadband network in Bangalore, and its IPTV and video on demand (VoD) services will be formally launched in Bangalore on 14 January, 2007, with other cities following suit later this year.