Archive for December 16, 2007

Google Launches Wiki Site called KNOL

Posted: December 16, 2007 in Tech

Google has revealed that they are working on a new Internet encyclopedia project codenamed KNOL.  Google said that this project would include content submitted by experts in their fields.

KNOL could possibly become a challenger to the non-profit Wikipedia project.

Microsoft Corp. released a beta version of new virtualization software called Hyper-V, and is made available as a public beta with Windows Server 2008 RC1 Enterprise edition.

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is the hypervisor-based virtualization feature included as a role of Windows Server 2008. It contains everything needed to support machine virtualization. Hyper-V enables IT organizations to reduce costs, to improve server utilization and to create a more-dynamic IT infrastructure.

Sun Microsystems has now announced that they would offer support for the OpenOffice.org productivity software suite.  The company said that they are impressed by the adoption of this open source office suite and they want to help out the project by offering support.

Support would cost starting at US$20 per user per year. This service is aimed at companies that distribute OpenOffice.org.

Judge rules for Nokia over Qualcomm

Posted: December 16, 2007 in Tech

U.S. judge ruled Nokia doesn’t infringe Qualcomm’s patents and rejected Qualcomm claims that Nokia infringed patents for a technology that prevents dropped calls.

Qualcomm said that the judgment does not address Nokia’s WCDMA or “3G” products and added that the ID therefore has no bearing on such products.  On the other hand, Nokia said it was pleased with the judge’s decision and noted that in the initial determination, the patent ‘473 was found to be invalid.

Apple patches flaws in QuickTime

Posted: December 16, 2007 in Tech

Apple has released QuickTime 7.3.1 for Panther, Tiger and Leopard via Mac OS X’s Software Update utility and on the Web.

According to the company, QuickTime 7.3.1 addresses security issues and is recommend for all QuickTime 7 users. It fixes issues with QuickTime’s Flash media handler, the handling of QTL files, and that nasty RTSP vulnerability recently discovered by Symantec.

Vulnerabilities Found In Microsoft Access

Posted: December 16, 2007 in Tech

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has issued a warning about a newly discovered hack that could implant malicious software on a computer via Microsoft’s database software program Access.

The US-CERT said it is “aware of active exploitation” of the flaw. The security hole allows hackers to create special .mdb files, the format read by Access, that will install attack commands on the victim’s computer.

Opera Files Complaint over Microsoft

Posted: December 16, 2007 in Tech

Opera Software has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft in the EU courts.  Opera accuses Microsoft of abusing its dominant position by selling its Windows operating system in combination with its Internet Explorer (IE) browser, thereby making it harder for other browser makers to sell their products.

Microsoft issued a statement saying computer users already “have complete freedom of choice to use and set as default any browser they wish, including Opera, and PC manufacturers can also pre-install any browser as the default on any Windows machine they sell.”