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Hotmail used to launch extortion scam

Posted by Parth Barot on December 15, 2006

A Hotmail user logged into their account this week to find that scammers had deleted all their e-mails except for one, which was from a hacker demanding cash in exchange for restoring the lost information, according to Websense. Websense said this scam is a variant of ransomware, which is a malicious program that encrypts documents on the victim’s computer and asks for a payment in order to decrypt the files. Had this been the owner or an employee of a small business, the company’s intellectual property (IP) would have been at risk.

Joel Camissar, country manager at Websense ANZ, said that the Hotmail account of the victim is thought to have been hacked after they used a spyware-infected computer in a Spanish Internet cafe. The hackers had deleted everything from their inbox, outbox and removed all their contacts.

Source @ ZDNet Australia

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ATI Catalyst 6.12 for Windows

Posted by Parth Barot on December 15, 2006

AMD/ATI have released their latest set of video card drivers for the ATI Radeon line of video cards. New 32 and 64-bit drivers are available for both Windows XP and Windows Vista. Note that the .NET framework (1.x or 2.0) is required if you want to run these drivers with the Catalyst Control Center.

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Skype users to get lie detectors

Posted by Parth Barot on December 15, 2006

Users of Skype should be careful what they say: the company behind the popular VOIP software is offering the KishKish Lie Detector as an add-on to the product.

The software performs a stress analysis of the voice by analysing audio streams in real time, and illustrates this to the user. It’s one of a number of add-ons that BATM have created for the Skype platform. Paul Amery, director of the Skype developer programme says:
“This is a really excellent application, and the kind of thing we want to see more of. Lie Detector is the latest in a variety of product in our premium add-on programme which greatly enhance the Skype communication experience.”
So far, no date for the rollout or price has been announced.

Source:BBC

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Next OS X rumored to feature new GUI

Posted by Parth Barot on December 14, 2006

Mac OS X’s Aqua has matured very slowly over the last few years. It seems like many OS X users are tired of Aqua and ready for a new revolutionary GUI to compliment and enhance the experience of using a Mac. An increasingly popular theme for Apple’s latest applications have been smooth unified metal and dark glass. With each major update to one of Apple’s applications, its seems like the days with blue gel scroll-bars and candy bar progress bars are ending.

Its no question that Leopard will feature a new GUI, but no one really knows what it will look like. Its no doubt that Leopard will feature resolution-independent graphics support that will allow for greater resolution displays with the same and windows sizes. However, the details of the interface have not yet been revealed, but many are hoping that we will see the final announcement of Leopard features at Macworld 2007, where chances of a GUI announcement are high.

Apple Gazette has featured a new rumor from a supposed insider that has claimed that the new GUI that will replace Aqua will be nicknamed ‘Illuminous’. Apple’s latest trend in its software GUI is a darker, flatter, translucent, reflective, “illuminating” glass appearance.

The genesis for this rumor started earlier this year when Apple posted a position on Monster.com seeking a senior visual interface designer “to conceive, design and develop future enhancements to Aqua, the dynamic user interface for Mac OS X”.
source: AppleGazzete

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Dell Believes in Blu-Ray Win, Consumers Say Otherwise

Posted by Parth Barot on December 14, 2006

Dell Inc., one of the largest suppliers of personal computers on the globe, said on Monday that the Blu-ray disc format will eventually win the war between next-generation digital video disc formats because of broad industry support. To confirm the claim, Dell introduced its new laptop with Blu-ray disc optical drive.

“Blu-ray optical drive technology has gained broad industry support and we believe it will become the optical drive standard of the future,” said. Alex Gruzen, senior vice president, Dell Product Group. The Blu-ray disc format is fighting against HD DVD format to replace DVD in future.

Meanwhile, monitoring of consumer discussions by Cymfony research firm reveal that more people are impressed by HD DVD rather than by Blu-ray and there are just a few discussions of Blu-ray advantages over HD DVD in the forums over the Internet.

source: Xbit Labs

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Samsung squeezes DRAM and SRAM into OneDRAM

Posted by Parth Barot on December 14, 2006

SAMSUNG says it has developed a prototype ‘fusion’ memory chip that can significantly increase the data processing speed between processors in mobile applications. Dubbed OneDRAM, the chip is will find its way into mobile phone handsets, game consoles and in other digital applications, especially those that use three-dimensional graphics, the company said today.

The 133MHz 512Mb device obviates the need to use two separate processors – a communication processor and a media processor – in mobile devices. The new OneDRAM channels data between the processors through a single chip eliminating the need to also specify DRAM and SRAM chips for buffer memory.

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Samsung squeezes DRAM and SRAM into OneDRAM

Posted by Parth Barot on December 14, 2006

SAMSUNG says it has developed a prototype ‘fusion’ memory chip that can significantly increase the data processing speed between processors in mobile applications. Dubbed OneDRAM, the chip is will find its way into mobile phone handsets, game consoles and in other digital applications, especially those that use three-dimensional graphics, the company said today.

The 133MHz 512Mb device obviates the need to use two separate processors – a communication processor and a media processor – in mobile devices. The new OneDRAM channels data between the processors through a single chip eliminating the need to also specify DRAM and SRAM chips for buffer memory.

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