Archive for November 4, 2007

iPhone Named ‘Invention Of The Year’

Posted: November 4, 2007 in Tech

Apple’s iPhone has been selected as TIME’s Invention of the Year, the magazine has announced.

TIME further credits the iPhone as a true “handheld, walk-around computer,” making it a platform rather than a limited collection of applications.

The TIME award is the second best-of laurel from a major publication within a week, the phone having previously received a Gadget of the Year title from the British magazine Stuff.

Mac Trojan Malware Spreads

Posted: November 4, 2007 in Tech

A malicious program that poses as a video engine, or codec, necessary to watch pornography could infect unsuspecting users of Apple’s Mac OS X operating system.

When a Mac user clicks on the link, they are taken to a page with the message “Quicktime Player is unable to play movie file.   The plug-in is actually a Trojan horse that hijacks the Mac’s DNS settings.

Warner Music Group withheld its content from Nokia’s new music Web site due to concerns about illegal downloads.

Warner is reportedly upset because another Nokia service, the file-sharing Web site called Mosh, allegedly allows users to distribute copyrighted material.

Google Releases OpenSocial Platform

Posted: November 4, 2007 in Tech

Google Inc. announced the public release of OpenSocial, an application programming interface to build social applications across the Web.

Google said the tool lets developers “build far-reaching applications that users can enjoy regardless of the Web sites, applications, or social networks they use.”

Google said the sites that have already committed to supporting OpenSocial — Bebo, Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, mixi, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING — represent an audience of about 200 million users globally.

Firefox releases ver. 2.0.0.9

Posted: November 4, 2007 in Tech

Mozilla has released an update to the Firefox web browser. The latest edition now is Firefox 2.0.0.9.  This latest release is essentially a stability update and does not come with any security fixes.

Mozilla said in the release notes that this update primarily fixes bugs that had been causing the browser to crash at startup, render Web pages improperly or disable add-ons for some users.