Archive for January 6, 2008

Intel Quits One Laptop Per Child Program

Posted: January 6, 2008 in Tech

Intel announced that it no longer will support the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project and resigned from the board over the group’s demand that the chipmaker stop selling its Classmate laptop in developing countries.

Intel in a statement said that the company remains a strong supporter of OLPC’s philanthropic goals, but were unable to agree to some of their requests, most notably that Intel cease support for non-OLPC platforms including the Classmate PC.

Intel’s resignation is considered a blow to the OLPC project, but the project is still supported by the U.N., the U.S. State Department and tech behemoths including Google, Quanta Computer, Microsoft, and Red Hat.

Motorola Announces Mobile TV Player

Posted: January 6, 2008 in Tech

Motorola, Inc. announced a significant advancement in the portable media mobility experience with the introduction of the Motorola Mobile TV DVBH compatible DH01 device and mobile TV broadcast solutions portfolio. The lightweight pocket sized personal media player extends the consumer TV experience to anytime and anywhere for live TV, on-demand clips and programs saved on a DVR.

Motorola’s Mobile TV DH01 is non-proprietary and supports the DVBH broadcasting standard in addition to open standards interfaces across devices, networks and application service platforms. The Mobile TV DH01 will be smaller than a paperback novel, but have a high quality 4.3 inch Wide Quarter Video Graphics Array Screen that supports up to 16 million colors. It also includes a five-minute memory buffer for pause during live TV viewing.

Motorola’s Mobile TV DH01 has the capability to be the consumer’s all-in-one personal entertainment center by providing the following capabilities:

–  Live digital video broadcast – high technology video signal playback, indoors or outdoors
–  Record TV on supported Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard card; 90 minutes of TV video on a 256MB card
–  Convenient automatic channel scan and channel listing
–  High resolution display
–  Stunning digital video quality @ 25 fps
–  Video, music and pictures on your supported Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard cards
–  Long lasting rechargeable battery delivers up to four hours of playback time

US-CERT Warns Of Flaws In Flash Files

Posted: January 6, 2008 in Tech

US-CERT reported vulnerabilities in Flash (SWF) files that may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to conduct cross-site scripting attacks on a vulnerable system.

The flaws exist in the way that input is validated when passed to embedded ActionScript and JavaScript in the SWF file. Authoring tools that automatically generate Flash files may introduce these vulnerabilities.