Archive for November 27, 2007

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.

HP Announces HP Automated Operations 1.0

Posted: November 27, 2007 in Tech

HP announced new software and services to help businesses transform IT operations and automate the full lifecycle of managing business services.

The company introduced HP Automated Operations 1.0, an integrated set of products that automates IT operations across all technology and organizational domains. This eliminates labor-intensive, ad hoc and error-prone manual processes and, in turn, helps IT organizations dramatically lower the day-to-day cost of operations.

The cost savings from streamlining IT operations allows businesses to shift resources to more strategic IT initiatives that can help fuel business innovation and growth.

SAP may sell TomorrowNow

Posted: November 27, 2007 in Tech

Senior managers of SAP’s TomorrowNow third party ERP support subsidiary, including the CEO, have resigned, and SAP is now “considering several options for the future of the business, including possible sale”.

TomorrowNow CEO Andrew Nelson and several members of his senior management team are leaving the company following SAP’s admission of inappropriate downloads of Oracle intellectual property.

Oracle slapped SAP with a lawsuit alleging that TomorrowNow performed “corporate theft on a grand scale” in downloading software from Oracle on behalf of TN’s customers.

Acquired by SAP in 2005, TN provides support services for business software from PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Siebel — three entities that have been bought by Oracle over the past few years — as well as for Baan.

Dubai International Capital buys Sony stake

Posted: November 27, 2007 in Tech

NewDawn GSE Asset Management Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DIC Asset Management (‘DICAM’) and the General Partner for the US$2 billion Global Strategic Equities Fund (‘GSEF’), today announced that it has made a substantial investment in Sony Corporation (‘Sony’), one of the world’s premier consumer electronics and entertainment companies. The investment is the third by GSEF in Global Fortune 500 companies following the recent purchase of substantial stakes in HSBC Holdings plc and EADS N.V.

Sameer Al Ansari, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dubai International Capital LLC, said: “Sony provides GSEF with a compelling investment case, consistent with our mandate of supporting premier global companies. Whilst the restructuring process at Sony is well advanced, the recent successful listing of Sony Financial Holdings is evidence of management’s ongoing strategy of focusing on capital efficiency and cash generation. The combination of Sony’s truly global brand, its leadership in product design and its global footprint will spur the business’ medium term growth as it capitalises on positive underlying trends and emerging technologies.”

Macrovision Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire certain technology assets from Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), the San Francisco-based R&D organization focused on solving complex security problems.

Upon closing of the transaction, Macrovision will own the SPDC (Self-Protecting Digital Content) technology, which formed the basis of BD+, a key element of Blu-ray’s content security platform. The purchase includes certain CRI’s patents, security software code, and related third party customer and partner agreements.