Archive for August, 2007

YouTube Challenger gets a name – HULU

Posted: August 31, 2007 in Tech

News Corp and NBC Universal announced that they had named their new online video site Hulu (http://www.hulu.com).

The two companies said the site would be in the testing mode in October, and would be open to a limited number of users.  Visitors to Hulu.com would need to sign up to get an invitation to be allowed to test the service and view content on the website in October.

Hulu will also be used to distribute video clips on many of the Web’s most popular destinations, including Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp.’s MSN, Time Warner Inc.’s AOL and News Corp.’s MySpace.

Fake YouTube Email Infect PCs

Posted: August 31, 2007 in Tech

Security provider Sophos is warning Internet users about the latest disguise being used by malicious software authors in their attempt to infect people’s personal computers (PCs) — an e-mail claiming to point to a YouTube video.

The security company further said that clicking on a link inside the e-mail will send surfers to a web page containing a malicious script and a Trojan horse designed to compromise the user’s PC and turn it into a zombie.

If infected, victims’ computers can be used by hackers to steal personal information, spam out malware and junk e-mail, or launch distributed denial of service attacks against innocent parties.

Microsoft announced that its first service pack for its Windows Vista operating system will be released early 2008 with the company shipping a beta to 10,000 to 15,000 testers.

The update will include operating system updates, bug fixes, and enhancements to improve performance, reliability and application compatibility of Vista.

Earthlink Eliminates 900 Jobs

Posted: August 31, 2007 in Tech

EarthLink, Inc. announced a corporate restructuring plan. This plan will reduce operating costs across the company. The restructuring will begin immediately and be completed by the end of the year.

Approximately 900 jobs will be eliminated and the company will close its Orlando, FL; Knoxville, TN; Harrisburg, PA and San Francisco, CA offices and substantially reduce its presence in Pasadena, CA, and Atlanta, GA.

Earthlink is a provider of Internet access and related services to individuals and businesses. Includes web mail, user start page, and resources.

Nokia confirms that the microphones incorporated with its business oriented phone the E90 Communicator has defects.  Early users of the E90 phones complained about background noise during phone calls.

In addition to the defective microphone, users also reported about the scratches on the internal 800×320 pixel screen due to the keyboard keys touching the screen when folded.

Nokia said the issue has been rectified although the problems has put deliveries on hold.

A new sports car for the hacked iPhone

Posted: August 30, 2007 in Tech

Teenage iPhone hacker George Hotz who hugged the headlines for his reportedly successful hacking of Apple’s iPhone is reaping a handsome reward for his work.

Hotz said a mobile phone repair company named CertiCell offered to make a trade for the iPhone for a Nissan 350Z and 3 8GB iPhones, and Hotz on his blog said he agreed.

Terabyte storage on removable discs

Posted: August 30, 2007 in Tech

Israeli company Mempile announced it has successfully created a system to make 1 terabyte optical discs which they call ‘TeraDiscs’.  It has 200 physical layers of about 5GB each on this disc.

A Mempile disc contains light sensitive molecules (chromophores) capable of switching between two distinct states upon the application of light.  This provides for true three-dimensional accessing of small volumes within the material, allowing the writing of data bits selectively within the bulk of the material.

The technology is currently limited to WORM (Write Once, Read Many).

Logitech offers new USB headsets

Posted: August 30, 2007 in Tech

Logitech unveiled two new PC headsets that make PC-Internet calling, listening to music and gaming more comfortable, more enjoyable experiences.

The Logitech ClearChat Pro USB headset is features proprietary laser-tuned audio drivers, an audio equalizer switch and a noise-cancelling microphone.  It also lets users swap between different modes, including “Internet calling”, “music listening”, and “gaming” modes.

The Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB headset features a padded headband and plush ear pads for exceptional comfort.  Both headsets will be available in the US in September.