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Thursday, April 28, 2005

OurColony.net Delivers Possible Xbox 360 In-Game Image

Viral/marketing campaign website Ourcolony.net has yet another teaser image for us, this time an image that may, or may not, be an in-game snap from a forthcoming Xbox 360 title. It may of course simply be taken from some kind of tech demo designed to show off the graphical grunt of the console. Either way here it is:



We have to say that the scene is certainly vibrant with lush flora and impressive lighting effects, and if a legit in-game snap gives us a new indication of what to expect in visual terms from titles gracing Microsoft's next-gen console. Nope, no brains splattering on walls in this one, but we can definitely imagine our level 50 warrior stalking through that forest on a quest for riches, fame and glory.

Also check out the possible Project Gotham Racing 3 (Xbox 360) screen:

(Click image for Hi-Res version).

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Yahoo Launches 'My Web'

Yahoo announced earlier today that its personal search engine was released for testing earlier today. Similar to Google's 'My Search History', the Yahoo service allows users to share their favorite websites via e-mail, IM, or a new tool called Yahoo 360. Yahoo said its service will also enable registered users to create their own search archive by saving their favorite webpages as well as search results and history.

Users can also annotate webpages and publish them via RSS feeds in order to share the information to a wide audience. Yahoo said 'My Web', which is available at http://search.yahoo.com, is a new product that uses ideas from technology rolled out six months ago in the company's personalized search portion of My Yahoo.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Nokia Adds Yahoo! Services

Nokia and Yahoo today announced an agreement that will pre-install a set of services into Nokia smartphone running Symbian OS. You will be able to check your email, use yahoo search for mobile and download ringtone, wallpaper and games.

The first Nokia devices with Yahoo! internet services are the Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681 and the Nokia 6630. More devices will be announced on April 27. The existing Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681 and Nokia 6630 owners will be able to download similar applications over-the-air in the same markets starting from the second half of 2005.

NEC to supply embedded DRAM for Xbox 360

NEC’s embedded DRAM technology will be incorporated in Microsoft's next-generation Xbox platform, the companies said today.

NEC’s eDRAM graphics chips are manufactured in the company’s 300mm wafer fabrication facility and are to play a key role in the Xbox graphics subsystem, the companies said today, promising to deliver stunning high-definition graphics to the gamer's experience.

“The next-generation Xbox platform will provide gamers with a highly advanced graphics experience,” said Todd Holmdahl, corporate VP of Microsoft’s Xbox product group, in a statement.

“NEC Electronics’ cutting-edge embedded DRAM technology plays a vital role in enabling our graphics engine's performance, while its manufacturing process provides a reliable resource that can deliver the volumes required to support what will be an extremely popular gaming platform,” he added.

Microsoft To Add A Black Box To Windows

"According to ZDNet, Microsoft plans to add the software equivalent of a 'black box' flight recorder to Windows. According to the article, 'The tool will build on the existing Watson error-reporting tool in Windows but will provide Microsoft with much deeper information, including what programs were running at the time of the error and even the contents of documents that were being created."

Monday, April 25, 2005

First 500 Terabytes Transmitted via LHCGlobal Grid

"When the LHC Computer Grid starts operating in 2007, it will be the most data-intensive physics instrument on the planet. Today eight major computing centers successfully completed a challenge to sustain a continuous data flow of 600 megabytes per second on average for 10 days from CERN in Geneva, Switzerland to seven sites in Europe and the US. The total amount of data transmitted during this challenge -- 500 terabytes -- would take about 250 years to download using a typical 512 kilobit per second household broadband connection."

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Google's First Quarter Profit Soars Nearly Six-Fold

Google's first-quarter profit increased by nearly six-fold as the online search engine leader's rapid growth continued to soar beyond analysts' expectations.

The company's net income rose to $369.2 million ($1.29 per share) compared to $64 million (24 cents per share) in 2004.

Google's total revenue increased from $651.6 million to $1.26 billion, which is a lot higher than Wall Street's prediction of $1.16 billion and earnings of 78 cents per share.

Google's shares jumped 6 percent in after-hours trading to more than $216.

Microsoft to ship 32-bit version of Longhorn server

Microsoft has made a commitment to launch 32-bit and x64 versions of its Longhorn server operating system. There has been, for some time, agreement from Microsoft that there would be a 32-bit version of the client, as well as an x64 version, but as far as the server version went, even during last week things were undecided. However, now the 32-bit and x64 versions will go ahead.

"We will support 32-bit and 64-bit," Bob Kelly, a general manager in Microsoft's Windows server group, said in an interview yesterday. "We're in a transition period from 32-bit to 64-bit. We believe that will take a while."

Microsoft will ship the 32-bit version of the Longhorn server so customers can run the new operating system on existing server hardware. At the time the Longhorn server version ships, Microsoft expects that the vast majority of new x86-based servers, if not all, will be shipped with x64 processors.

AOL Launches Major Campaign against Phishing

AOL has partnered with Cyota Inc. to identify and block access to suspected phishing sites through a continuous monitoring process.

When a possible phishing site is identified, AOL limits access to the site and informs members who attempt to visit it that it is suspected of being a dangerous site. In addition to sites that are fraudulently attempting to spoof pages of the service, AOL is also working to prevent access to fraudulent websites imitating other legitimate companies like banks, credit-card issuers, on-line auctions or on-line payment facilitators.

"These are sites that have all been reviewed by security staff and confirmed as likely phishing sites," AOL spokesman Andrew Weinstein said. "Blocking all access is a pretty aggressive step, but we want to aggressively protect our members from those sites."

Press Release

Google Adds Search History Feature

Google has released My Search History (Beta). Login with your Google account (like your Gmail account), and a search history feature will be integrated right into the Google.com homepage. You can then retrieve pages you've previously found by either clicking on calendar dates, or by performing a full-text search.

Article from Google Blog

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Spammers mine p2p to find e-mail addresses

A security expert said that spammers are now using new techniques to mine p2p networks for e-mail addresses, and it proved to be a lucrative work.

"All it takes is one person you know, who you've sent an e-mail address," said Reshef. "This friend of yours has your e-mail address somewhere in his files, likely in his Outlook .pst file. He doesn't know P2P, and rather than share just some songs, sets the file-sharing software to share his entire hard drive, including his Outlook .pst file for spammers to find and see."

Blue Security set up 500 new e-mail accounts and shared those addresses in several files on a PC connected to eDonkey 2000 and Gnutella p2p networks. Within a day they had received 100 pieces of spam, within three days it had increased to 300 spams and two weeks later each address was getting more than 100 spam e-mails a day.

Sober worm makes a comeback

A new version of the Sober worm has been recently discovered by the companies producing security solutions. Some companies call this version Sober-N, while others called it Sober-M. The worm spreads through a .Zip attachment of an email message written in English or German.

The infected emails are sent by an Internet surfer who claims he got the recipient’s address by mistake, trying in this way to make the user access the attachment that contains the virus. The subject of the infected messages is "I've_got your EMail on my_account!" or "FwD: Ich bin's nochmal" and the attachment is your_text.zip, having 73 Kb. Like all previous versions, Sober only infects Windows.

The body of the mail has the following text:
"Hello,
First, Very Sorry for my bad English.
Someone is sending your private e-mails on my address.
It's probably an e-mail provider error!
At time, I've got over 10 mails on my account, but the recipient are you. I have copied all the mail text in the windows text-editor for you & zipped then. Make sure, that this mails don't come in my mail-box again. bye"

Experts believe the sender is using on purpose bad English to make the message credible.

BlackSpider Technologies declared that since yesterday, over 86,700 messages have been sent to different British companies. The majority of antivirus distributors rated this version of the worm as having a medium level of danger. Since the first version in October 2003, 14 close relatives have found their way to email and file sharing networks.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Google's Unveils Local & Map Services for UK

Now British websurfers can enjoy the Local and Map services offered by Google. Today Google Inc. unveiled Google Local UK and Google Maps UK. Allowing users in the UK to use innovative local business search and beautiful interactive maps.

Symantec Releases Beta Version of Spyware Solution

Symantec Corp., yesterday released the public beta version of its 'Norton Internet Security (NIS) 2005 AntiSpyware Edition', which provides protection from spyware and adware.

According to the company, the beta version is being designed to provide real-time detection and automatic removal of spyware from users' computers and prevent new spyware risks from impacting the PC in the future. In addition to spyware protection, Symantec's NIS 2005 AntiSpyware Edition will continue to include intrusion prevention, firewall, privacy protection, virus protection, spam filtering, and content filtering features.

The security solution is being designed to support the Microsoft Windows 2000/XP operating systems along with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or above and is scheduled to be available from the second quarter of the year for an estimated retail price of US$79.95.

Seagate Unveils High-Speed 120 GB Laptop Drives

Seagate Technology announced late yesterday an expansion of its notebook hard disc drive line, bumping capacities up to 120 gigabytes (GB).

Highlighting Seagate's notebook product line are 7,200- and 5,400-rpm models that provide the highest capacities available -- 100 GB and 120 GB, respectively -- in laptop drives.

The three new models are the Momentus 7200.1, offered in capacities up to 100 GB at 7,200-rpm, the Momentus 5400.2, available in capacities up to 120 GB with 5,400-rpm speeds, and the Momentus 4200.2, available in capacities up to 120 GB.

Seagate also is offering Serial ATA as an option for Momentus 5400.2 and Momentus 7200.1 drives to deliver a 1.5 gigabits per second interface speed and NCQ (Native Command Queuing).

Microsoft targets mobile workers with software extensions

Microsoft Corp. announced it will extend the capabilities of its new Office Live Communications Server 2005 to wireless devices including those running its Windows Mobile platform, as well as BlackBerry gadgets from Research In Motion Ltd.

Under the new offering, Microsoft said it will develop software for wireless devices to access various Communications Server functions, including instant messaging, presence and contacts services. Microsoft said the offering will allow mobile employees to work more efficiently.

The Communications Server software for Windows Mobile devices will be available later this year. The software for RIM's BlackBerry devices will also be available by the end of this year.

UK court orders ISPs to reveal 33 filesharers

A British judge today ordered five ISPs to name another 33 music file sharers. The individuals concerned had uploaded more than 72,000 music files to the internet, according to a statement by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), which sought the court order as part of its broader legal offensive against illegal downloading on P2P networks.

The ISPs concerned have two weeks to give the UK record companies' trade association the names and addresses of the file sharers. The case brings the number of people in the UK to face legal action for illegal file sharing up to 90. These people will face claims for compensation and the legal costs in pursuing them, the BPI warns.

BPI General Counsel Geoff Taylor said: "This court order should remind every user of a peer-to-peer file sharing service in Britain that they are not anonymous. These 33 people will now face paying thousands of pounds in compensation. We are continuing to collect evidence every day against people who are still uploading music illegally, despite all the warnings we have given. If you want to avoid the risk of court action, stop file sharing and buy music legally."