Archive for November, 2007

OLPC sued over keyboard design

Posted: November 29, 2007 in Tech

Lagos Analysis Corporation, a United States-based Nigerian-owned company with a subsidiary called LANCOR Management Limited, in Nigeria (LANCOR) announces that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the Federal High Court, Lagos Judicial Division holding at Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria against Nicholas Negroponte, One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC) and its enablers in Nigeria.

LANCOR’s lawsuit alleges that OLPC purchased two KONYIN Multilingual Keyboard models (KONYIN Nigeria Multilingual Keyboard and KONYIN United States Multilingual Keyboard) with the express purpose of illegally reverse engineering the source codes for use in OLPC’s XO Laptops.

“The willful infringement of our client’s intellectual property is so blatant and self-evident in the OLPC’s XO Laptops,” said Solicitor Ade Adedeji, “we will have no problem establishing the facts of our client’s case against OLPC in any court of law.”

Novell announced the availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10, the latest version of Novell’s enterprise-class, open source real-time operating system for running high-performance, time-sensitive, mission-critical applications.

With SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10, financial organizations can respond more rapidly to changing markets and new information, get greater application reliability and predictability, and identify and eliminate performance bottlenecks. This will allow them to increase revenue opportunities and improve service to their customers, even while reducing computing infrastructure costs.

SAP AG announced that the Egyptian government has selected SAP as its strategic IT provider for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.

Central to the development of Egypt’s growing communication and information technology (CIT) sector, a comprehensive memorandum of understanding binds the two parties to a multi-million dollar five-year agreement beginning 2008, a four-year deal with Egyptian National Postal Organization (ENPO).

In addition, both parties intend to establish a partnership for a certified SAP customer support center in Egypt in an effort to boost job creation.

Symantec Warns About New QuickTime Bug

Posted: November 27, 2007 in Tech

Symantec disclosed that Apple QuickTime contains a remote buffer overflow vulnerability that could be exploited by the hackers.

Symantec said successful exploits of the vulnerability will compromise the application and possibly the underlying computer. Failed attacks will likely cause denial-of-service conditions.

A solution is to block the rtsp:// protocol, disable the QuickTime ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer and QuickTime plug-ins in Mozilla based browsers or disable file association for QuickTime files.

Apple has admitted it is examining claims that a number of its MacBook laptops include poorly manufactured hard drives that expose users to data loss.

Data recovery firm Retrodata said the faulty drives are all Seagate 2.5″ drives that are manufactured in China, with a Firmware revision of 7.01. They are also all SATA interface. No other drives seem to be affected.

The problem is in the read/write heads which appear to fail mechanically, quickly causing deep scratches to the platter surface, and rendering the drives practically unrecoverable.

Seagate was not available for comment.

Toshiba Corp. and NEC Electronics Corp. said they will collaborate in developing technologies to process system LSI circuits with a line width of 32 nanometers.

Since February 2006, the two firms have been working together on 45-nanometer system large scale integrated circuits at Toshiba’s Advanced Microelectronics Center in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo.

The companies will step up their collaboration in a bid to accelerate development and cut costs, they said.  The two firms will consider launching joint production of the 32-nanometer chips, and will map out concrete plans next year.

Symantec Corp. launches of Norton Smartphone Security, the first consumer mobile security offering to provide a solution for both the Windows Mobile and Symbian OS in one product.

This new product features best-in-class Norton AntiVirus technology as well as a firewall and antispam for SMS (Short Message Service). Symantec designed Norton Smartphone Security to provide mobile users the same level of security that has become standard for laptops and other computing devices.

Product Features:
Norton Smartphone Security provides comprehensive security, including:

-  Antivirus – Protects users from viruses by detecting mobile threats and preventing users from accessing infected files;

-  Antispam for SMS – Automatically deletes spam messages, or filters them to a separate spam folder;

-  Firewall – Controls both inbound and outbound network traffic on the mobile device;

-  Platform Compatibility – Supports devices running either Windows Mobile 5 or 6 as well as Symbian 9 smartphones from one product.