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New Trojan infecting multimedia files

I don’t understand why people don’t get rid of these Microsoft’s default apps (Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer) as soon as they install their OS. They are absolutely useless piece of junks.

Most of those who have and still are using it must have noticed that you frequently are asked to download new codec when you play multimedia files thru Windows Media Player. And most of us don’t even bother to check what the codec are or what they really are for…we just click ok. Well, this might be the biggest mistake you are doing. Microsoft media formats have long been used for hijacking WMP for malicious purposes (one of the reasons why tech savvies don’t use WMP).
Just look at this new breed of Trojan which is using Windows Media Player (WMP) as its carrier. Actually there is this new malware that inserts links to dangerous web pages within ASF (Advanced Systems Format) media files. If a user plays an infected music file, it will launch Internet Explorer and load a malicious web page that asks the user to download a codec if you want to play the media file. And if you click ok the actual download is not a codec but a Trojan horse that installs a proxy program on the PC that hijackers use to cover their tracks for their other malicious activity. The malware is also said to be capable of converting files such as MP2 and MP3 into Windows Media Audio (WMA) format. So, none of your music files are safe. Once downloaded the pop up will not appear which gives a feeling to the users that the codec was successfully downloaded which is just what the hijackers want us to think. Now if the multimedia files are shared through a peer-to-peer network, anyone who downloads music or video file from an affected system will be at risk of getting infected as well.

Trend Micro calls the malware “Troj_Medpinch.a,” Secure Computing named it “Trojan.ASF.Hijacker.gen,” and Kaspersky calls it “Worm.Win32.GetCodec.a.”

The best suggestion I give is to just get rid of that damn Window’s Media Player.

iPhone 3G - Worldwide Releases

The wait is over and July 11 is today. Today Apple’s 2nd generation iPhone 3G will be released in dozens of countries worldwide. The launch started in New Zealand and Japan on Friday. The first to get the opportunity to get this so called revolutionary device were the New Zealanders when reportedly three stores opened the sale just after midnight. The Japanese were the second who followed just after a short while. It’s releasing in several other countries today and in many others soon. Right now it will be available only in Apple Retail Stores and AT&T stores.
I haven’t got the chance to get a close look at this much-hyped iPhone 3G but rumors tell that this is lighter than the first gen one and is twice faster while the price is just $199 (half the price of the 1st Gen iPhone). I’m sure the buyers of the 1st Gen must be banging their head on the wall. Anyways Apple products are always overestimated but later they go puff. Hope the same doesn’t happen with this iPhone too. Ahh!!! I forgot one thing. Congrats to Apple on the release on iPhone 3G and best of luck on it’s sale.

AniBoom - Give Life To Your Imagination

Are you fond of cartoons and animations? It’s not just kids whom I’m asking this question but I think that people of all age groups can be cartoon fans. However have you ever wondered how they are created or what is the complex mechanism that one has to go through for creating an animation to bring an imaginative character into existence? It might be just a few minutes cartoon but the time, patience and hard work to create it is more than creating a real life movie.

Anyways, if you are a cartoon lover then you might want to visit this site called where you can watch as much funny cartoons and animations as you like online. It’s a networking site where you can communicate and they’ve got unlimited cartoon clips and animations installed for you. And if you want to learn to animate then you can use their free animation software, ShapeShifter which is pretty easy and fun to use. You can upload your creations and take part in the monthly ShapeShifter challenge where you can have a chance to win Toon Boom Software. Also if you are a professional in this field, then AniBoom might prove to be a real good platform for you to express/advertise your talent and creativity. Folks might want to give you work on the basis of animations that you’ve created and uploaded here.

Right now AniBoom is just over internet but they plan to cross over to other mediums as well as TV, Cellular, PC games etc. in near future. Do watch out for the latest cartoons and animations at AniBoom.

Universal Document Converter-Convert Any Printable Documents Into A Graphical File

Few weeks ago, I faced a small problem. I had a presentation and I needed to put some stats which were in tabular formats from an excel file to my presentation slide. I could just insert the table in the slide and enter all the data one by one but that would consume a lot of my time. It would’ve been easier if I could just get that table somehow in a graphical format (.bmp, .jpeg, .tiff, etc.) so that I can easily insert it in the presentation slide. I thought of using the ‘PrintScreen’ button but the table was a little longer than the page. A friend then suggested me ‘Universal Document Converter’. I quickly downloaded it and after that it was just few seconds job to get the table in desired graphical format and insert it in the presentation slide.

Universal Document Converter gets installed as a virtual printer and works from any software that offers print support (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.). It is designed to convert documents of any type to PDF or images. One of its features that I find really useful is that you can use it to save web pages as images because you may have noticed that some webpages can’t be saved. You can see the video tutorial for additional details or how to use it and if you want to try it here is the download link.

GeForce 9800 GT performance in the original XFX

The network resource Expreview image of a new graphics card from XFX, built on the base not yet formally submitted the graphic adapter NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT.

If you believe the source, then the accelerator based on established on 55 - nm chip technology G92-280 with 112 streaming processors, is equipped with an alternative design active air cooling system and staffed GDDR3 memory volume of 512 with 256 MB - bit interface. In doing so, the frequency formula products has the form 600/1500/1800 MHz (kernel / Shader units / memory), and its communications opportunities presented llife on the back cover two DVI connectors and one HDTV-output. Moreover, it is noted that the new bus uses PCI Express 2.0, as well as fully compatible with DirectX 10.0 Shader Model 4.0 and OpenGL 2.1.

As for the estimated cost and date of the likely emergence of product sales, then any information to that effect has not yet been given.

NVIDIA move to DirectX 10.1 at the end of 2008

After the emergence of a few months ago, information about the characteristics of a new generation of graphics processors from NVIDIA, which are known under the code GT200, and became the basis for graphics cards GeForce GTX 280/260, a number of observers noted with regret the lack of support for Applied interface DirectX 10.1, even more so that support similar functionality realized from competing products ATI Radeon 4870/4850. On questions about the reasons for such solutions developers from California said that there was no need for compulsory DirectX 10.1 support the new processors, and the desire to focus on other aspects, to improve the performance of new chips.

There was no doubt that in the future implementation of DirectX 10.1 becomes a prerequisite for successful competition in the market of graphic adapters, however, more or less reliable information about the occurrence of similar functionality in products NVIDIA has been reported. Now, the first information about future changes in the functionality of graphics cards GeForce.

Record download Firefox 3 recognized Guinness Book of Records

Experts from the Guinness Book of Records had completed counting the number of downloads third version of the browser Firefox, which were made during the first 24 hours after his release. The final figure, which was recorded as a record - 8002530. This - slightly less than the staff counted Mozilla Corporation, but still the figure of 8 million was achieved.

Last week experts is reviewing logs from servers downloads. Downloads from one computer, as well as the unfinished injection, were not felt.

C Certificate, confirming the new record will be handed over to representatives of Mozilla Corporation in London next week.

3-in-1 BluePOINTER Bluetooth headset gives laser pointer and LED flashlight

Okay, are you the type of person who adores a multi-purpose gadget? Good because we have here the BluePOINTER, which apparently is the first three in one Bluetooth headset combined with laser pointer, and LED flashlight!

I suppose one could be asking why anyone would need a laser pointer and LED flashlight on a Bluetooth headset, well if you are someone who actually uses a laser pointer and maybe an LED flashlight then surely it is better to have them in an all-in-one device rather than separates. Besides, having them in an all-in-one device saves on pocket space right, and let’s face it, it is all about convergence these days.

So, having now convinced you there is a necessity for such a device, let’s get to the nitty gritty specs. The BluePOINTER, is foremost a Bluetooth 2.0+EDR enabled headset which incorporates a 130 mAh li-polymer batterys which should provide enough energy for up to six hours talk time along with 120 hours of standby time.

However, if using the BluePOINTER as a laser pointer the battery should last up to three hours. Should you decide to operate it as the LED flashlight then the battery life is significantly reduced and will last up to approximately one hour of operation.

Size wise, the BluePOINTER measures 61 x 17.5 x 14mm with a weight of 13 grams, and is available now for the price of $90.00 from Brando.

Source - brando

8 megapixel mobile phone........ LG KC910?

When Sony Ericsson announced the C905 it may well be the industries first 8 megapixel camera phone, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the other mobile manufacturers are sleeping their time away. Because apparently LG Electronics is working on their own mobile phone to incorporate an 8 Megapixel camera with Xenon flash, and the whispers are that LG is readying the mobile phone for an October launch.

So, if these net whispers are true we could be seeing the upcoming KC910 mobile phone as one of the best mobile devices on the market. Although details are scarce, one would think LG are keeping this a tight little secret as long as they can; here are a few specs that have found their way onto the net.

The new mobile phone will be able to record video at 720×480 pixels and 30 frames per second, WVGA touch-screen, that’s 800×480, image stabilization, and face recognition, a very slim aluminium casing which is less than 14mm with a hardened glass display, and finally a brand new UI.

We have to say however all the above has not been confirmed by LG, and as it’s only a rumour we can’t be sure if the device will ever materialise. But as Sony Ericsson and the other big boys force ahead with higher pixel cameras we can’t see LG lagging behind, but moving forward and joining the rest on the tail of the 8 megapixel shooting star. Let’s all hope someone leaks a few images of this new mobile soon.

Source – unwiredview

Nokia buys Symbian, sets it free

In an effort to tackle recent advances into the smartphone world by Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android, Nokia has announced its intention to buy the remaining 52 percent of Symbian shares that it does not already own and open the mobile operating system for royalty free use.

Though Symbian software has never been popular in the US, it is used widely throughout Europe where it holds about two-thirds of the market for smartphone operating systems. Furthermore, Nokia has formed the Symbian Foundation to drive the new platform globally, together with big-name partners AT&T, LG, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone.

The move is an important one and will probably fuel proliferation of not only Symbian-based devices, but also of mobility applications and software for the platform. This also leaves Apple, Microsoft, RIM and Palm as the only major providers of proprietary mobile platforms. The Symbian Foundation is expected to start operating during the first half of 2009, subject to the closing of the acquisition.

Google introduces new Media Server application

In what appears to be their first attempt at invading people’s living rooms, Google has introduced its latest Windows app: Google Media Server. This tool works alongside Google Desktop to locate media files on your computer and on the web (most notably YouTube), making them available across a standard home network to UPnP compatible devices such as the PlayStation 3.

It makes sense that Google would want people to have as many ways as possible to watch their YouTube videos (and of course ads) on their TVs. The company already streams videos via third-party devices like the Apple TV and HP's Media Smart TV, but the new tool could help them reach new crowds. Unfortunately, Google Media Server does not work with the Xbox 360 due to legal issues.

The tool is currently available as an early beta, so it’s hardly ready for prime time. If you are the early adopter type, however, you can download the Google Media Server here.

OCZ introduces 3GB SODIMM kits

OCZ announced this week that they will be expanding their SODIMM kits, bringing a new 3GB DDR2 kit to the table. The memory maker is offering the kit as an upgrade to laptops with 1GB or 2GB of RAM without going all the way to 4GB, saving a bit of money in the process. They specifically mention the “graphics-intensive” Windows Vista as a prime reason to upgrade.

Saving money might be a good reason, but OCZ didn’t mention exact pricing – other than saying the memory modules are “priced aggressively and targeted at the value-minded consumer.” Whatever the cost is, it’ll get you OCZ's standard lifetime warranty and DDR2 modules that run at a nice 5-5-5-15. The kits also come with a 1GB and 2GB stick in the box, which is an anomaly for most.

Two great time-saving tips for Firefox 3

You have likely heard it a million times already, Firefox 3 is a very nice improvement over version 2, especially in the performance department. And while many still prefer to stick to their own improved versions of Opera and Safari (sorry IE, you are a disgrace right now), Firefox is by far the most used alternative browser. I believe that comes in part thanks to its flexibility for customization and the myriad of useful add-ons you can get for it.

I can’t stress enough the add-on part. From webmaster tools, to simple functionality tweaks and social networking integration. My following tips, however, lay on the side of about:config tweaks (that is, you have to manually apply these yourself in the settings registry by running the about:config command on the address bar). So here we go:

Search from the address bar
Firefox brought wide support for the secondary search field that will directly Google anything you type, however I found asking myself, why two text fields? Why not re-use the address bar, so it will go to full URLs directly or will Google any other keywords I type in there (by default Firefox uses Google’s I’m feeling lucky option = going to the first search result directly, which I don’t think is ideal most of the time).

You can change this behavior by entering the about:config command in the address bar, then filter the preference list by typing keyword. The option called keyword.URL should appear. Change its value from the default to:

That should do the trick. Now Google directly from the main address bar.

Make zoom settings tab independent
Firefox 3 upgrades zoom functionality present in previous versions by replacing font-only zoom to full page zoom which scales images and all other page properties. This may work to your advantage most of the time, but if you have many tabs opened for the same site, Firefox will think you want to zoom-in in all those tabs under the same domain. Personally I find this annoying.

So, enter the config zone and look up for the entry called browser.zoom.siteSpecific, then set it to False. This will prevent the browser from automatically zooming in all tabs from the same website.

Bonus tip
Did you know that you don’t have to type “www” or “.com” every time you enter an address? For example, just type “techspot” in the address bar, then use Ctrl + Enter to make it a full .com URL.

ICANN expands top level domain name options

In what is seen as the biggest expansion to Internet domain name space yet, the ICANN yesterday approved a plan to introduce new top-level domains along with the option of applying for customized ones. In other words, customers will soon be able to choose top level domains that are more descriptive or specific such as .free, .travel, and .tech instead of settling for existing ones such as .com, .net or .edu.

According to the proposal, domain name applicants will be able to “self-select” any top level domains they fancy, provided they aren’t “contrary to generally accepted legal norms relating to morality and public order” or infringe on someone else’s intellectual property. Customized top level domains won’t come cheap, however. The fee for each application will be “in the low six figures in American dollars,” and the first customized top level domains are expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2009.

YouTube takes 75% of U.S. video site market

Google is used to being king of search, and increasingly they are becoming used to being king of web video as well. YouTube continues to prove its success, despite numerous setbacks and legal disputes. According to recent statistics, YouTube has grown 26% to dominate 75% of U.S. traffic to web video sites, putting just about every other video service to shame. This marks a continuing year after year trend in which YouTube viewership is expanding.

We must now wonder if people like Mark Cuban are regretting calling YouTube a bad investment. Google originally acquired YouTube back in 2006 and have so far remained true to their promise of letting YouTube largely run itself. So far it has been very successful, though I don't know if it has compensated them for the $1.65 billion they poured in on top of all the legal costs involved in protecting it. Google has stated they intend to expand YouTube's "Advertising" potential, though didn't shed much details on how.