Archive for April, 2009

Samsung unveils LED Full HD TVs

Posted: April 29, 2009 in Tech

Samsung has announced its new televisions the B7000 and B6000 series flat-panel LED high definition screens. These cutting-edge TVs use LEDs as their primary light source, rather than traditional Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL). By using LEDs, the entire line is highlighted by superior contrast ratios and color detail, ultra-thin and wall-friendly depths and substantial decreases in energy consumption.

The Samsung B7000 and B6000 Series also incorporate a wide selection of state-of-the-art picture quality enhancements and networking features for an optimal home entertainment experience, whether viewing TV shows, movies, playing video games or accessing an expansive range of multimedia from portable devices, PCs and the Internet.

Beyond online entertainment, Samsung’s LED HDTVs can also connect to a variety of other devices and content with ease. Included USB ports make viewing videos and photos from a camcorder, playing music from a media player or accessing multimedia files from a portable drive simple.

Benefits of using LEDs include ultra-high contrast ratios (1,000,000:1 and above), slim depths (less than 1.2 inches) that allow for more artful designs, plus increased energy savings, helping earn the TVs a coveted Eco-label mark from the European Union.

The LED HDTVs also include an optimized energy savings mode that adjusts the backlight and picture quality while continuing to produce smoother, more natural images.

In its continued mission to help start-up and medium businesses with their I.T. requirements, PLDT-SME Nation launches Negosyo Boost.

PLDT-SME Nation Vice President and Head Kat Luna-Abelarde explains that Negosyo Boost conveniently bundles both broadband connectivity and business-enabling hardware devices such as netbooks and printers into one package enabling SMEs to be more competitive.

PLDT-SME Nation’s Negosyo Boost comes in three packages – Negosyo Launch, Negosyo Advance, and Negosyo on the Go. The details of the packages are as follows:

Negosyo Launch Package components:
– Broadband internet – myDSL Biz
– Voice Biz
– Netbook
– Hewlett Packard 3-in-1 printer

* Monthly recurring fee = P3,000 * Non-recurring fee = P2,000

Negosyo Advance Package components:
– Broadband internet – myDSL Biz
– Mobile internet – WeRoam
– Netbook
– Hewlett Packard 3-in-1 printer

* Monthly recurring fee = P3,000 * Non-recurring fee = P2,000

Negosyo On-the-go Package components:
– Mobile internet – WeRoam
– Mobile Landline – (2 units) PLDT Landline Plus
– Netbook

* Monthly recurring fee = P3,000 * Non-recurring fee = P2,000

Booster Package A—–Add P400 monthly for MSI Wind U100LX Netbook
Booster Package B—–Add P800 monthly for HP Mini 1100 Netbook

Symantec Security Response has observed that malware writers joining spammers in leveraging the swine flu to reach unsuspecting computer users. While samples are extremely limited, this appears to be yet another attempt by hackers to leverage current events as lures to distribute their malware.

Some of the most common subject lines consumers should be aware of include:

– Mexico on edge as reports of swine flu cases climb
– UK monitoring swine flu outbreak
– UK probes ’17 swine flu reports’
– Global panic as swine flu spreads to Europe
– US declares emergency as Mexico flu death toll rises
– Probable Mexico swine flu death toll – 103: Minister
– Swine flu case confirmed in Spain
– Are you worried about flu outbreak?

Computer users are adviced to continue observing security best practices by keeping all security and other software up-to-date and exercise caution when opening suspicious files from unknown sources.

Acer Incorporated Chairman JT Wang is forecasting global shipments of 50 million netbooks in 2010, up around 100% from the anticipated 25 to 30 million netbooks forecast to ship in 2009.

Acer believes they will take a 40% to 50% market share in netbooks 2010, which has seen steady growth from 13.5 million units in 2008, to about 27.5 million units in 2009 and an expected 50 million in 2010.

Technology is playing a role in tracking of the Swine Flu. Google Map pinpoints every reported case of swine flu around the world. From Mexico to America to Spain to New Zealand, you can follow swine flu victims across the globe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Twitter page also gives out up-to-the-second information on the latest swine flu conference calls, respirator suggestions, and recommended antiviral drugs.

Despite the reported economic slowdown, HP Philippines reaffirmed its strong commitment to the Philippine market. According to NG Tiang Chong (TC), Vice President (Personal Systems Group) South East Asia and Taiwan (SEAT) of HP, Philippines is a very important market for HP and there’s still a lot of room for growth in this region.

“We will continue to expand our product line to address the needs of the Philippine market. You will soon see our new All-in-one products, additional models for the HP mini-note line and more.” said TC.

TC added that the demand for thin client PCs will increase due to various concerns like security, cost and green computing, especially with the increasing popularity and adoption of virtualization.

HP Philippines Personal Systems Group general manager Bernadette Nacario for her part said that the continued growth of HP Philippines can be attributed to the company’s innovative products, focus, and commitment to help its customers achieved their success.

Research firms IDC and Gartner both reported that HP maintained its position as the world’s largest PC maker, followerd by Dell, Acer and Lenovo.

Symantec Corp. announced that malicious code activity continued to grow at a record pace throughout 2008, primarily targeting confidential information of computer users.

According to the company’s Internet Security Threat Report Volume XIV, Symantec created more than 1.6 million new malicious code signatures in 2008. This equates to more than 60 percent of the total malicious code signatures ever created by Symantec — a response to the rapidly increasing volume and proliferation of new malicious code threats. These signatures helped Symantec block an average of more than 245 million attempted malicious code attacks across the globe each month during 2008.

The report noted that Web surfing remained the primary source of new infections in 2008, and that attackers are relying more and more on customized malicious code toolkits to develop and distribute their threats. Furthermore, 90 percent of all threats detected by Symantec during the study period attempt to steal confidential information. Threats with a keystroke-logging capability—which can be used to steal information such as online bank account credentials—made up 76 percent of threats to confidential information, up from 72 percent in 2007.

The report found that phishing continued to grow. In 2008, Symantec detected 55,389 phishing website hosts, an increase of 66 percent over 2007, when Symantec detected 33,428 phishing hosts. Financial services accounted for 76 percent of phishing lures in 2008 compared to 52 percent in 2007.

Finally, the report found that the volume of spam continued to grow. Over the past year, Symantec observed a 192 percent increase in spam detected across the Internet as a whole, from 119.6 billion messages in 2007 to 349.6 billion in 2008. In 2008, bot networks were responsible for the distribution of approximately 90 percent of all spam e-mail.

Conficker is spreading spam

Posted: April 28, 2009 in Tech

The Conficker worm is slowly being activated according to security experts, weeks after being dismissed as a false alarm. Symantec Security Response Team reported that Conficker, also known as Downadup or Kido, is quietly turning thousands of PCs into spambots and installing spyware.

Conficker installs a second virus, known as Waledac, that sends out email spam without knowledge of the PC’s owner, along with a fake anti-spyware program, Weafer claims.

The Waledac virus recruits the PCs into a second botnet that has existed for several years and specializes in distributing even more spam.