Archive for June, 2007

Gateway Recalls Faulty Battery Packs

Posted: June 22, 2007 in Tech

Gateway, Inc. launched a voluntary recall of approximately 14,000 lithium ion battery packs. Under certain conditions, these battery packs can overheat and create a potential fire hazard. The company is cooperating with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to act in the interest of customer safety.

The affected battery packs were shipped as the primary or spare battery pack for Gateway 400VTX and 450ROG series notebooks sold during a three-month period from May 2003 to August 2003.

Creative Introduces Zen Stone Plus

Posted: June 22, 2007 in Tech

Creative introduced an exciting new choice in MP3 players to complement the recent introduction of the ZEN Stone MP3 player. The new Creative ZEN Stone Plus is a featherweight 2GB MP3 player with a rich selection of features, including FM radio, voice recording and more.  Like the ZEN Stone, the Creative ZEN Stone Plus comes in six high-gloss colors: black, white, red, blue, pink and green, and it features a smooth contoured design, so it feels naturally comfortable in your hand.

The Zen Stone 1GB MP3 player is priced at $39.99 while the 2GB Zen Stone Plus is priced at $69.99.

Watching or downloading YouTube video clips could put you at risk from identity and data theft, according to Secure Computing and ComSentry Network. They warn that the recent expansion by YouTube into Europe could put users of the video sharing network at risk. Peer to peer networks are also blamed.

The chief YouTube culprit is the Ziob trojan, which poses as a fake video file and then bombards users with ads. The ads have the potential to contain ID stealing code.

Yahoo! announced that it has signed partnership agreements with six major mobile operators across Asia, representing a combined subscriber base of nearly 100 million. These new partnerships focus on distribution of Yahoo!’s popular mobile search service, Yahoo! oneSearch, which launched in Asia in May of this year.

The six mobile operators are Globe Telecom (Philippines), Idea Cellular Limited (India), LG Telecom (Korea), Maxis Communications Berhad (Malaysia), PT Telekomunikasi Selular “Telkomsel” (Indonesia) and Taiwan Mobile (Taiwan). These strategic partnerships demonstrate Yahoo!’s commitment to becoming number one in mobile services and establishes the company’s strong early leadership position across Asia in mobile audience reach, mobile search services and mobile monetization.

By distributing Yahoo! oneSearch these six major operators will make it easier for people to search for and find better results and instant answers on their mobile devices. Yahoo! oneSearch gives consumers access to news, Web images, financial information, weather conditions, Flickr(TM) and Web and mobile Web sites, as well as makes it easy to navigate to other web sites.

A computer malfunction at United Airlines halted all departures systemwide for two hours Wednesday, forcing the delay or cancellation of nearly 300 flights, the carrier said.  Spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said the airline did not know the cause of the problem, which affected the systems United uses to dispatch flights for departure.

United said about 268 domestic and international flights were delayed for an average 11/2 hours and 24 domestic flights were canceled. No international flights were canceled, Urbanski said.

Yahoo! Inc. announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Jerry Yang, Yahoo! co-founder and long-time board member, as Chief Executive Officer. Terry Semel, current Yahoo! Chairman and CEO, will assume the position of non-executive Chairman and serve as an advisor and important resource for the company’s senior management team, while also working closely with the Board. The Board also named Susan Decker, formerly Executive Vice President and Head of Advertiser and Publisher Group, as President of the company.

Intel Classmate PCIntel Microelectronic Philippines advanced its 1:1 e-Learning project with the delivery of 50 units of Intel-powered classmate PCs to the Muntinlupa Elementary School.  Muntinlupa is one of two public schools identified by the Department of Education (DepEd) to receive Intel-powered classmate PCs, Intel’s specially designed laptop for students in graqdes Kindergarten through 12.

Other groups supporting this intiative are Gearing Up Internet Literacy and Access for Students (GILAS), which is providing connectivity through its telco members, and the Foundation for IT Education and Development (FIT-ED), which will train public school teachers on how to use PCs and integrate technology into the curriculum unser the Intel Teach program.

EMC Corporation announced the results of an EMC sponsored research from IDC entitled “The Expanding Universe: A Forecast of Worldwide Information Growth Through 2010”. The report reveals that the 2006 digital universe was 161 billion gigabytes (161 exabytes) in size.

Other key findings: IDC projects a six fold annual information growth from 2006 to 2010, and nearly 70% of the digital universe will be generated by individuals by 2010.