Archive for January, 2009

Western Digital launches 2TB hard drive

Posted: January 28, 2009 in Tech

WD announced the first 2 terabyte (TB) hard drive – the world’s highest capacity drive and the latest addition to WD’s popular, environmentally friendly, cool and quiet, WD Caviar Green hard drive family. This new 3.5-inch platform is based on WD’s industry-leading 500 GB/platter technology (with 400 Gb/in2 areal density) with 32 MB cache, producing drives with capacities of up to 2 TB.

WD Caviar Green is one of the most successful product lines in the company’s recent history with its third-generation GreenPower technology, now providing 2 TB of proven reliable storage for today’s high-resolution files and graphics. WD Caviar Green drives are designed for use in USB/FireWire(R)/eSATA external hard drives, desktop computers, workstations, and desktop RAID environments.

Trojan Attacks Pirated PhotoShop CS4

Posted: January 28, 2009 in Tech

Security software firm Intego reports that pirated copies of Adobe Photoshop CS4 may contain a variant of the “trojan horse” malware first reported in copies of Apple iWork ‘09.

The malware is called OSX.Trojan.iServices.B. It affects some copies of Adobe Photoshop that are being distributed through pirate software sites. According to Intego, “The actual Photoshop installer is clean, but the Trojan horse is found in a crack application that serializes the program.”

IE8 Candidate 1 available for download

Posted: January 28, 2009 in Tech

Microsoft has finally made available the first release candidate version of Internet Explorer 8. The release has been made available for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Microsoft said that they have improved reliability, performance, and compatibility in the RC version. It also comes with the ‘clickjacking‘ protection.

Monster Worldwide has disclosed that cybercriminals broke into its database and stole user IDs and passwords, e-mail addresses, names, phone numbers and some demographic information.

The data stolen in the Monster breach can be used by cybercriminals to uncover other personal details and to create targeted phishing attacks.

Encyclopaedia Britannica goes Wiki

Posted: January 28, 2009 in Tech

The Encyclopaedia Britannica announced that it will allow users to be able to edit their reference library to keep it up to date. Under the new plan, it will allow readers and contributing experts to maintain the entries posted online.

Britannica’s president, Jorge Cauz, said: “What we are trying to do is shifting … to a much more proactive role for the user and reader where the reader is not only going to learn from reading the article but by modifying the article and – importantly – by maybe creating his own content or her own content”.

Microsoft anounced that they are going to merge their Office Live and Windows Live services under a common brand name.

Microsoft said they have made the decision to converge Windows Live and Office Live, that includes Office Live Workspace and Office Live Small Business, into an integrated set of services delivered through one single destination. Report indicated that Microsoft has plans to brand them under a unified name Kumo.

No more job cuts for now said Lenovo

Posted: January 26, 2009 in Tech

Lenovo has stated that they have no plans to cut any more jobs in the near future.

Lenovo CEO William Amelio said in a statement: “We don’t plan further lay-offs. I’m confident that with what we’ve done right now we have been able to get ourselves efficient.”

Amelio added: “We are looking at all opportunities that are out there. There is going to be a consolidation. It is going to happen.”

Pfizer Inc. is close to an agreement to acquire rival drug maker Wyeth for $68 billion in a cash-and-stock deal that could be announced as early as next week, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Pfizer will pay the equivalent of $50.19 per share for Wyeth – comprising $33 in cash and 0.985 of a share of Pfizer stock for each Wyeth share.