Digium releases VoIP 'software appliance'

Asterisk creator Digium today announced what it calls its "first software appliance", aimed at getting an Asterisk-based VoIP PBX up and running within 30 minutes.

Atheros intros dual-band draft 11n chipset and wireless network processors

Atheros today launched its "highest performance 802.11n solution to date".

Intellon says powerline IPTV biz is good

Powerline networking chipmaker Intellon yesterday announced that twelve service providers in Europe and Asia are using its HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo powerline chipsets for in-home standard definition IPTV distribution.

SpectraLink announces dual-band enterprise Wi-Fi phones

SpectraLink today announced its next-generation Wi-Fi telephony handsets. The new NetLink 8000 Series handsets are said to be the first commercially available "enterprise-grade" handsets to support 802.11a, b and g WLANs.

Hitachi offers new NAS-aimed multimedia search

The embedded business group division of Hitachi has teamed up with digital home technology provider Blue Peach to offer the NAS Digital Media Server, the flagship device offering the two companies' new multimedia content management system.

Quicktime bug poses immediate threat

An exploit in the Apple Quicktime application is the headliner in a project known as the Month of Apple Bugs (MOAB), aimed at unveiling security holes in the Mac OS X operating systems.

Wireless USB nears last hurdle before launch of consumer products

Almost three years after it debuted at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), wireless USB remains one of the most promising implementations of ultra wideband (UWB) short-range radio technology, but it is still waiting for its day to hit the market.

Taiwan earthquake disrupts Asian Internet access

Two powerful earthquakes are to blame for ruptures of undersea cables off the coast of Taiwan, causing disrupted Internet access for much of East Asia, with online service being unavailable for up to three weeks in the hardest hit areas.

Santa Claus' website hacked

Santa Claus reached out for a little help from Stopbadware.org this week.

Lie detector for Skype watches over voice communications

Software company Kishkish offers a small add-on for the Skype instant messenger that promises users who are paranoid about the trustworthiness of the people they are talking to. The "Lie Detector" analyzes stress levels in voices and promises to expose, if a conversation partner is honest - or not.

Axis adds megapixel day/night netcam

Axis Communications today announced the company's first two-megapixel network camera designed for professional security and surveillance applications. The AXIS 223M Network Camera provides high image detail in day or night lighting conditions.

Almost 8% of U.S. households now using VoIP - Market Research

In-Stat, a technology market research firm, says almost 8% of U.S. households are using Voice Over IP (VoIP). Leading the pack in VoIP services is Skype with 2.1 million households, followed closely by Vonage and Time Warner Cable with 1.7 and 1.6 million respectively.

Intellon raises $18 Million in financing

Leading HomePlug chipmaker Intellon Corporation yesterday announced it has raised $18 million in new equity financing.

VTech announces Internet-browsing and Wi-Fi phones

VTech today announced two multi-handset cordless phone systems with Internet access features. One is DECT 6.0 based, the other connects via Wi-Fi.

Verizon to build trans-pacific optical system

In a sign of the stronger economic ties between the U.S. and China, Verizon Communications is part of a plan to spend $500 million building the first high-speed optical communications line linking the two countries.

Opera adds phishing filter to browser

Opera has added a phishing filter to warn about fraudulent websites in its newest browser. Upon browsing to a website, Opera 9.1 will check the address against a database of possible scam websites. Fraudulent sites will be marked with a red exclamation point next to the address, while good sites will have a yellow padlock beside the address.

Skype TV coming soon

Skype may be good for something other than Internet calls. According to the Financial Times, the company is working on a peer-to-peer television service that could legally deliver videos to millions of users. Code-named 'The Venice Project', the service will stream videos and encrypt videos directly from the content owners and Skype hopes this will bypass copyright issues that have dogged other video sharing sites.

Yahoo fixes critical Messenger flaw

Yahoo has issued a patch for a vulnerability in Yahoo! Messenger that could allow attackers to crash chat sessions and execute code. The vulnerability was rated as "Highly Critical" by the Secunia security website and involved an ActiveX module inside of the popular chat program.

More than 1.25 million people sign up for DSL each week

A new study shows that worldwide 1.25 million people are signing up for DSL every week and that the total number of subscribers has hit 173 million. The study also shows that there are more than 263 million broadband customers which include cable, fiber to home and other technologies.

Mozilla rolls out Thunderbird 2.0 beta

Mozilla has rolled out a beta version of its upcoming Thunderbird 2.0 email program. The free client is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms and includes cosmetic enhancements along with keyword tagging of emails. Color-code keywords can now be added to emails which can then be sorted into virtual folders.