News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in July 2009
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Piracy Verdict Gets Student Fined $675,000
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
The verdict, $22,000 per track, is far less than the legal maximum the jury could have levied.
Set Top Shipments To Top 200M By 2013
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Many consumers are interested in a set-top box that connects to their PC and Internet.
Google Woos Business Users With Billboard Ad Campaign
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
The company that made Internet advertising what it is today has decided to promote Google Apps using really big display ads by the highway.
VoloMedia Granted Patent For Inventing Podcasting
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
But blogging pioneer Dave Winer, among others, says there's plenty of prior art contradicting VoloMedia's claims.
Amazon Kindle E-book Deletion Prompts Lawsuit
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Amazon angered customers when it remotely deleted two books in from Kindle e-book readers without notifying their owners.
Apple Fixes iPhone SMS Vulnerability
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Moving to close a hole revealed at the Black Hat security conference on Thursday, Apple has released iPhone OS 3.0.1.
When Online Marketers Betray
Commentary  |  7/31/2009  | 
One day soon, some marketing company is going to go too far in its quest for short term gains, and betray our real identities to one of its customers. Or it will turn out that one of them has been doing it all along for years.
Firefox Passes One Billion Downloads
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
The Mozilla community is celebrating Firefox's success with online and offline events.
HTC Lowers Revenue Forecast
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
The smartphone maker is feeling the heat from a downward trend in handset pricing and from China's delay in rolling out its 3G network.
ReviewCam: Video Publishing Magnified
Commentary  |  7/31/2009  | 
Magnify is a hosted solution for managing and publishing video on the web. It shares many of the traits that similar, competitive solutions have, but it's got two features that caught my attention. First (and this is a small one), it auto-tweets any new video you publish; second (and this is a big one), it lets you integrate your video with video on other public web sites. We've captured some of the nuances in a ReviewCam video.
Motorola Plans Low-Cost Android Phones
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Motorola says it will use Google's Android platform to make smartphones at feature phone prices.
1 In 10 Internet Users Buys Virtual Goods
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Nearly half of buyers report visiting virtual worlds; more than a quarter said they either own an iPhone or play social network games.
Apple Shows Google The Web Hasn't Won
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The Web may be the platform of the future, but at the moment, Web development technology doesn't provide Google with a way around Apple's ban on its Google Voice app.
Pirate Bay Tossed Out Of Netherlands
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The organizers of the Pirate Bay have 10 days to block traffic to and from the Netherlands, or face stiff fines.
Apple Doubles Time Capsule Capacity, Cuts Pricing
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Apple added a new model to the Time Capsule line, which combines backup storage with a Wi-Fi base station. The company also cut pricing to the existing Time Capsule.
Google Readies Its Book Business
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
As it prepares to become a major digital book seller, Google is striking partnerships with brick-and-mortar stores and trying to dispel concerns.
Student On Trial Admits Sharing Music Online
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Joel Tenenbaum could face up to $4.5 million in penalties if the RIAA prevails and he is found guilty of illegally downloading 30 songs.
Carriers Respond To Bans On Texting While Driving
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The four major wireless operators agree that the practice is dangerous, but not all believe national legislation is the best way to solve the problem.
Memory Chip Market Recovering
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Rising demand and limited supply will boost prices for DDR3 DRAM chips in the second half of the year, iSuppli says.
Microsoft Is Following Me On Twitter
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
I'll admit to experiencing a tiny ego frisson upon reading the email notification that Microsoft News is now following me on Twitter (and since I'll be Tweeting this, I assume someone at Microsoft News will feel the cool pleasure of a python having taken the measure of its prey).
BlackHat Bombshell #2: iPhones And Other "GSM" Phones Open To SMS Hack
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
With one bombshell already having been dropped at the BlackHat Conference (that most implementations of SSL are configured to give up everything including logins, credit cards, etc.), researchers dropped another one today when they demonstrated how the SMS infrastructures of GSM-flavored operators such as AT&T and T-Mobile are hackable to the point that cell phones can be hacked and their users can be tri
LG Reveals Latest 'Chocolate' Phone
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The handset's 4-inch, high-quality touch screen is geared toward watching videos and viewing Web pages on the go.
Nintendo Profits Tumble
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The lack of blockbuster Wii video-game titles caused Nintendo's profits to plummet 60% in its first quarter.
Black Hat Researcher Rains On Cloud Computing's Parade With Talk Of Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
iSEC Partners partner (and Black Hat researcher) Alex Stamos says there's really no such thing as cloud computing. According to him, it's just a trendy name to take your money. Regardless of what you want to call it though, the vulnerabilities inherent to it are very real. That was Stamos' message in a briefing he gave this morning at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Among the highlights of my podcast interview with him; Salesforce gets a gold star and Windows-based virtual machines are ar
Facebook May Be Friending Android
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Google's Android platform may soon become too big for the social networking giant to ignore.
RIM Releases Developer Tool For BlackBerry
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Mobile app makers can test and debug BlackBerry programs that use HTML, CSS, Ajax, Silverlight, Ruby on Rails, and other rich Internet applications.
Microsoft Takes Another Crack At Retail
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The software giant's stores are expected to sell laptops, mobile devices, software, Zune media players, and the Xbox 360 gaming console.
Russia Lags In Supercomputers, Medvedev Warns
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
It ranks 15th on the list of countries with the most powerful supercomputers, the Russian president noted, and 95 percent of the machines are manufactured in the U.S.
Black Hat Researcher Cracks Algorithm For Creating Social Security Numbers
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
Though it's not the bombshell that was dropped by Moxie Marlinspike, another researcher is here at BlackHat briefing attendees on how he cracked the Social Security Administration's code for creating social security numbers and how governments and organizations must respond now that SSNs are not secure in their commonly used contexts as passwords and identifiers (includes podcast interview).
Intel Unveils New Investments In Green Technology
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Intel invested about $10 million in companies offering energy management tools for IT, the utility industry, and remote home monitoring and energy management.
Intel Sees Windows 7 Adoption Speeding Past Vista
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Intel rejected Vista for its own 80,000 employees, but expects Windows 7 to be adopted much more quickly than Vista was.
Bombshell From Black Hat: Almost All Implementations Of SSL Are Configured To Give Up Everything
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
No edition of the Black Hat conference would be complete without a few security bombshells; The ones where attendees learn that a huge swath of their digital security -- previously thought to be totally secure -- is little more than a house of cards that, thanks to some Black Hat researcher, just came tumbling down. Here in Las Vegas, Moxie Marlinspike is one of those researchers and he's here demonstrating how SSL is that house of cards. Think your implementation of SSL is secure? Think again.
The Cell Phone Shortfall That Wasn't
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
Verizon just reported a big profit dip for the last quarter, and plans to cut 8,000 jobs. It's no news that companies are suffering in this rotten economy of ours, but am I the only one who was surprised that Verizon's results had next to nothing to do with cell phones?
Intel Reaches For Ever Smaller Processors
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Intel hopes it can expand beyond its core PC business, into smartphones and other mobile gadgets, by betting on next-generation 32-nanometer processors.
Online Music File Swapping Trial Underway
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The recording industry is squaring off against a Boston student charged with illegally downloading music over the Internet.
Lawmakers Aim At Texting While Driving
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The proposed legislation would reduce federal highway funding for states that don't ban texting or sending e-mails while driving.
Black Hat Podcast: Popularity of Social Nets Puts Spotlight On Dangers Of Cross-Site Request Forgeries
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
Today is the first day of the infamous Black Hat Briefings taking place at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas and most of what the attendees will hear today is being presented publicly for the first time by the various researchers in the building. Today, for example, is the day that many researchers reveal their discoveries and exploits but in some cases, they hold back on the tools or details needed to replicate their research until the impacted vendors and organizations have an opportunity
Google Updates Mobile Gmail App
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The search giant has made it easier for Android and iPhone users to use Gmail on the go by shortening URLs.
SaaS Under A Cloud Of FUD
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
Cloud computing is still a long way from becoming a mainstream technology because of persistent fears about security and reliability that are stoked by entrenched vendors at every opportunity.
Apple Fears Jailbroken iPhones Could Kill Phone Networks
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Fighting an attempt to win a copyright law exemption that would sanction the use of unauthorized iPhone software, Apple claims phone networks are at risk when it's not in charge.
Verizon Reveals App Store Details
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Developers will get to keep 70% of the revenue from sold apps, and Verizon said it will aim for a more transparent approval process than Apple's App Store.
T-Mobile Picks Up Touch Pro 2
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The Windows Mobile handset is aimed at mobile professionals, and it features Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, and a full QWERTY keyboard.
HP Dinged By Greenpeace Over Enviro-Friendly PCs
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Greenpeace defaced the roof of HP's headquarters, protesting use of toxic materials; HP says all its new commercial PCs will be free of brominated flame retardants and PVCs by fall 2010.
Twitter A New Tool For British Civil Servants
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The microblog service is seen as a way to update the public on news releases, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, and government actions during a crisis.
Unsheathing The Double-Edged Sword Of Black Hat 2009 In Vegas
Commentary  |  7/28/2009  | 
"What I'm about to teach you could land you in jail and destroy your life and family if you choose to use it for nefarious purposes." These words and others like them have been repeated many times in the nearly 50 security classes being given during the training portion of Black Hat, now onto its fourth day in Las Vegas. The "classrooms" here at Caesar's Palace are filled with everyone from self-proclaimed hackers (their badges say so) to digital forensics s
ReviewCam: Glue Sniffs @ Social Integration
Commentary  |  7/28/2009  | 
Are you logged into Facebook? MySpace? Twitter? LinkedIn? What about your e-mail? Any Wikis? All at the same time? Are you crazy?! Now, if you could just take your social and business relationships with you around the web, getting and giving feedback, learning and sharing along the way . . . Glue, from two-year-old startup AdaptiveBlue, is just scratching the surface of this concept, and demonstrated its technology in our latest ReviewCam.
I Want To See Firefox 7.0
Commentary  |  7/28/2009  | 
The Mozilla Foundation has revealed some possible interface changes that might come with Firefox 4.0. The fiddling with tab placement and button functionality is probably smart, but it certainly isn't visionary. I want to see the future.
Verizon Seeks Court Approval Of Advertising Accuracy
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
AT&T has charged that Verizon's claims of having "America's Most Reliable Wireless Network" are misleading.
Graphics Chip Sales Point To PC Market Recovery
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Shipments rose 31% in the second quarter, an indication that computer makers are preparing for a robust back-to-school season.
Texting While Driving Is Deadliest Task
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Study results suggest text messaging should be banned for all drivers says Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
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