Archive for February 10, 2009

“Netbook” is a protected trademark

Posted: February 10, 2009 in Tech

The term “netbook” is a protected trademark and is owned by technology company Psion.

Psion was informing the market since last year that they owned the trademark for the term “netbook” and that it should not be used generically.

Google is now blocking any text advert using the “netbook” term, and warns that it is trademarked.

Unless allowed by Psion, little machines will be called something else soon.


Opera goes with Carakan Javascript engine

Posted: February 10, 2009 in Tech

Opera is currently working on a new Javascript engine named Carakan for their browser. Carakan would replace Opera’s existing engine called Futhark.

Google launched their Chrome web browser with a super fast V8 Javascript Engine. Mozilla is working on TraceMonkey for the Firefox web browser. Apple has their SquirrelFish engine which is used in Safari.

Hewlett Packard announced that they are likely to offer three different variants of Windows 7 on their future netbook models.

The company is likely to support Professional and Home Premium editions of Windows 7 in addition to the Starter edition which is designed for emerging markets.

Amazon launches new eBook reader

Posted: February 10, 2009 in Tech

Amazon announced the Kindle 2 eBook reader. Kindle 2 offers a new slim design with longer battery life, faster page turns, over seven times more storage, sharper images, and a new read-to-me feature.

The new read-to-me feature basically turns the Kindle 2 into an audio book. It uses text-to-speech technology and is still an experimental feature.

Google announced its new Google Sync cloud-based synchronization services capable of linking iPhone and Windows Mobile calendars and contacts with their Google accounts and automatically keep them in sync.

Microsoft on the other hand announced that Google Sync relies on its own Exchange ActiveSync technology, which it has licensed to Google.

Google Sync is currently in beta.

HP Unveils Product offerings for 2009

Posted: February 10, 2009 in Tech

HP Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) bannered its complete line-up of product offerings during the HP IPG Big Bang event held recently.

Leading the pack was the HP Photosmart Premium Fax-All-in-One, a compact all-in-one that has the Wireless 802.11g Wi-Fi capability and Bluetooth Wireless Technology. It can also be connected via USB 2.0, Ethernet and PictBridge.

Users of this printer can also take advantage of editing and creating special projects. Last minute touches can also be done via its integrated image editor, and scanned text can even be converted to editable text through its integrated OCR software. Sodoku games, notebook paper, calendar pages, checklists, and more can be produced instantly with its Quick Form button. CDs and DVDs can also be printed with unique designs.

HP also showcased a wide line-up of printers that includes the HP Laserjet M1319f MFP, HP Color LaserJet CM2320n MFP, HP Color LaserJet CM1312 MFP, HP ColorLasetJet CP1515n, HP Color LaserJet CP1215 Printer, HP Color LaserJet CP2025, HP LasetJet P1505, HP LaserJet P1006, HP OfficeJet J3508 All-in-One, HP Officejet J3608 All-in-one, HP Officejet Pro K8600, HP Officejet Pro L7590 All-in-one, HP Deskjet 910, HP Deskjet F735 All-in-one, HP Deskjet F4280 All-in-one, HP Photosmart C5380 All-in-one, HP Photosmart C4480, and the HP Designjet Z6100.

Alongside the printers, HP also featured its Orignal Supplies portfolio that includes HP Vivera inks for inkjet printers, HP ColorSphere toners for Laserjet printers, and the HP Everyday Papers.

Hacker has successfully hacked into the websites of Russian IT security provider Kaspersky Lab and US antivirus vendor BitDefender.

According to a group called the Romanian Security Team, the hacker achieved full access to the database supporting the websites – which includes customer data – by simply altering a parameter in the URLs. They also found that they could perform SQL injections, remotely introducing harmful code into the database.

Kaspersky issued the following official statement: “On Saturday, February 7, 2009, a vulnerability was detected on a subsection of the domain when a hacker attempted an attack on the site. The site was only vulnerable for a very brief period, and upon detection of the vulnerability we immediately took action to roll back the subsection of the site and the vulnerability was eliminated within 30 minutes of detection. The vulnerability wasn’t critical and no data was compromised from the site.”