A controversial copy-protection program that automatically installs when some Sony BMG audio CDs are played on personal computers is now being exploited by malicious software that takes advantage of the antipiracy technology’s ability to hide files. The Trojan horse programs — three have so far been identified by antivirus companies — are named so as to trigger the cloaking feature of Sony’s XCP2 antipiracy technology. By piggybacking on that function, the malicious programs can enter undetected, security experts said Thursday.
The latest car kit for Bluetooth handsfree from Seecode is basically a rear view mirror which can be simply slipped onto the existing one. Other then allowing you to view the traffic at the back, this one will also show you the caller ID on the mirror. You can then choose whether to receive or disconnect the call with the aid of buttons that are once again already present on the device. The handsfree has a speaker at the back which helps in giving out clear sound without the “noise” problem. The 7 segment display can show upto 12 digits of the caller ID on the mirror before you take the call.
Sony Electronics has announced the debut of the Compactvault™ removable hard disk drive that uses Compact Flash type II slots, such as those found in digital still cameras. The new drive is designed for photo enthusiasts and so-called “prosumers”. The Compactvault drive has a capacity of 5GB, offering the increased capacity required for high quality photos and video. Measuring just over 1 ½ inches wide and less than 1 ½ inches high, the Compactvault drive can hold up to 1,600 JPEG images (at 3MB each) or 200 minutes of MPEG4 video. The new drive also features high transfer speeds of up to 12MB/sec.
Programmers Benjamin Eriksson and Mattias Pierre have announced that iDoom now runs on an iPod nano and features configurable controls. The game is a port of the classic first-person shooter to the iPod. The game requires iPodLinux and works on all first- through fourth-generation iPods, as well as the iPod photo, the pre-video color models, both versions of the iPod mini and the iPod nano. However, Mr. Eriksson and Mr. Pierre warn gamers on their Web site that iPodLinux only officially supports the first- through third-generation iPods “and will probably ruin your warranty” if it’s installed on the MP3 player.
Rogers Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) announced a major leap forward in wireless innovation – the BlackBerry 8700r Wireless Handheld will be available in Canada beginning November 29th. The BlackBerry 8700r elegantly integrates state-of- the-art hardware, software and network technologies to provide the ultimate balance of performance, design and function. The first BlackBerry device available in Canada to support high-speed EDGE network technology, the BlackBerry 8700r enables superior Web browsing, faster wireless connectivity and will operate exclusively on the Rogers Wireless GSM/GPRS/EDGE network, Canada’s largest high-speed wireless data network.
Madison – S e xual predators in Wisconsin would have to wear a G-P-S monitoring device for the rest of their lives under a bill the state Assembly passed today. The bill would require the state Department of Corrections to use global positioning technology to track anyone deemed s e xually violent under state statutes until the offender dies or is physically incapacitated and no longer presents any danger.
Serious child molesters also would have to wear G-P-S trackers for 20 years after they’re released from prison. The measure now goes to the state Senate. If that body passes the bill, it would then go to Governor Doyle, who can sign it into law or veto it. Doyle’s office says the governor supports the measure. Via – CBS58
The National Basketball Association announced today the official launch of NBA TV Broadband, a new advertiser-supported broadband video product providing visitors to NBA.com with free access to the most comprehensive and exclusive package of NBA video highlights throughout the 2005-06 NBA season. Through NBA TV Broadband, for the first time fans around the world will have access to in-game broadband highlights of every NBA game, TNT Overtime – a special online video channel showcasing TNT’s network of marquee basketball announcers, and NBA TV all-access and fantasy programming. Additionally, fans can also have the latest NBA video highlights delivered directly to their computer desktop through new Video RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds.
Matrox DualHead2Go, is the world’s first external upgrade capable of adding multiple monitor support to compatible laptop and integrated graphics-based desktop PCs that were previously limited to single screen output. DualHead2Go is a palm-sized box that connects to the existing single monitor output (i.e. external VGA output) of a computer and appears to the system as a single ultra-widescreen monitor with native support for resolutions up to 2560 x 1024*, which are twice as wide as standard resolutions. Using Matrox patent-pending technology, DualHead2Go splits the 2560 x 1024 Microsoft® Windows® desktop into a right and left half, each of which is then sent to two separate analog monitors allowing users to easily upgrade their workspace setups to experience the productivity benefits of a DualHeadÒ desktop.
Acer Japan has announced F-20 (20″) and F-19 (19″) Ferrari branded LCD monitors. Both the models are limited editions and only 1000 of each will be sold. Both the models have a Glossy black finish and the legendary Ferrari emblem on the front. The back of the LCD and the stand both are red in color. The F-19 has a 19″ LCD with a resolution of 1,280 x 1,024 (SXGA). It has a contrast ratio of 500:1 and response speed of 8ms and has stereo speakers of 2W. It measures 456 x 191 x 459mm and weighs 7.1 Kg. The F-20 has a 20″ LCD with a resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 (WSXGA+). It has a contrast ratio of 800:1 and response speed of 8ms. The F-20 has 5W stereo speakers. It measures 510 x 207 x 444mm and weighs 6.9kg.
The “RUF2-LD” series USB 2.0 pen drive from Buffalo Corp (Japan) will be available from 3 December. For the first time USB pen drive has built in liquid crystal display. The display shows the memory in use and remaining. Even when the pen drive is not used it retains the memory used. This is very useful to know how much memory is left without the use of a PC.The USB pen drive comes in two models. Model RUF2-LD256M with 256MB of capacity sells approximately for 4,980 Yen ($ 45), while RUF2-LD512M with 512MB capacity approximately for 9,800 Yen ($ 90). As for corresponding OS Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, the after the Mac OS X. It is also possible to know the type of data stored in the pen drive from the display. The pen drive weighs 20gms with 25 × 13 × 82mm (w x d x h) dimensions. It comes with USB extension cable (50cm) for flexible USB connection.