Archive for September 28, 2008

Nokia is set to unveil its first touch-screen phone – code-named “Tube” in a direct challenge to Apple’s iPhone.

The Nokia Tube (5800 ExpressMusic) will be on Symbian S60 Taco 5.0 operating system. It will also include support for the DVB-H mobile TV standard and mobile video.

The phone measures 111 x 52 x 15,5 mm, it has a 640×360 touch screen, GPS, Wi-Fi and an 8GB SD card for music, and will integrate Wi-Fi or HSDPA connectivity.

Apple Sells Unlocked iPhone 3G in Hong Kong

Posted: September 28, 2008 in Tech

Apple has made an unlocked version of the iPhone 3G available from its own stores.

The 8GB version is available for HK$5,500 (about $694), while the 16 gigs iPhone costs HK$6,200 (about $797).

The activation process is easy – simply insert the SIM from your current phone into iPhone 3G and connect to iTunes 8 to complete activation.

Read my CNET article about this development.

US-CERT is warning web users of a new cross-browser exploit technique called “Clickjacking.”

Clickjacking gives an attacker the ability to trick a user into clicking on something only barely or momentarily noticeable. Therefore, if a user clicks on a web page, they may actually be clicking on content from another page.

The flaw affects most web browsers and that no fix is available, but that disabling browser scripting and plug-ins may help mitigate some of the risks.

Clickjacking affects Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera.

Microsoft has announced that attendees of two developer conferences (WinHEC and Professional Developer Conference) will get ‘pre-beta’ versions of its forthcoming Windows 7 operating system.

Windows 7 will be Microsoft’s followup to Windows Vista. Windows 7 will still employ the same kernel technology and device drivers as Vista, Windows 7 core services will rely on Microsoft online offerings, including email, movie and photo services.

Adobe Flaw Allows Free Movie Downloads

Posted: September 28, 2008 in Tech

A security hole in Adobe Systems Flash video servers used to distribute movies and TV shows over the Internet, is giving users free access to record and copy from Amazon.com Inc’s video streaming service.

The software doesn’t encrypt online content, but only orders sent to a video player such as start and stop play. To boost download speeds, Adobe dropped a stringent security feature that protects the connection between the Adobe software and its players.

“It’s a fundamental flaw in the Adobe design. This was designed stupidly,” said Bruce Schneier, a security expert who is also the chief security technology officer at British Telecom.

Adobe said it issued a security bulletin earlier this month about how best to protect online content and called on its customers to couple its software security with a feature that verifies the validity of its video player.