Being the first to buy new tech isn't always the best strategy and this may be especially true for wireless networking products. Jump on the train of non-standardized products - such as draft-n devices - too quickly and you may end up with a router that is incompatible with final products. However, Asus breaks away from the industry by offering a guarantee for a free upgrade.
Wireless equipment maker D-Link today announced its first phone that not only offers a Wi-Fi feature set, but also works as a regular, unlocked cellphone.
Chicago (IL) - According to media reports, a pair of hackers said on Saturday that the Firefox Web browser, commonly perceived as the safer and more customizable alternative to market leader Internet Explorer, is critically flawed. A presentation on the flaw was shown during the ToorCon hacker conference in San Diego.
UPDATE 10/3/2006 7:08 PM EST: The Firefox exploit that wasn't - Hackers backpedal
Microsoft today announced the first public beta of Forefront Security for Office Share Point Server 2007 and Windows Share Point Services 3.0.
Microsoft today announced the first public beta of Forefront Security for Office Share Point Server 2007 and Windows Share Point Services 3.0. The Forefront software is based on "Antigen" for Share Point Server, a security solution acquired by Microsoft as part of the acquisition of Sybari Software in 2005.
At the fall Intel Developer Forum (IDF), US-based IC design house Staccato Communications is expected to catch eyes on its reference design of a PCI Express (PCIe) Mini Card device that enables laptops and desktop PCs to support Certified Wireless USB and Bluetooth technologies.
Intel will spend $1 billion over the next five years with its World Ahead Program to help close the digital divide between developed and developing nations.
Skype fans can now use their mobile phones to stay connected with their contacts. VoxLib has released its VOX for Skype software which lets people call their Skype buddies and listen to voicemail simply by dialing their SkypeIn account. Almost any phone and carrier will work with VOX because the software is installed on the computer instead of the phone.
Wireless broadband capability will soon extend beyond today's PC cards that typically limit their use to notebooks that still include such a slot. We recently got a sneak preview of Sierra Wireless' external USB EVDO modem and it appears that Anydata will also be rolling out such a device soon.
Anydata received FCC approval for their ADU-E100D modem, paving the way for an introduction in the near future. The device has a footprint slightly larger than a business card and will weigh 124 g (about 4 ounces), including the integrated battery, and connects to a PC via USB 2.0.
Cable Internet service is usually fast, but apparently not fast enough for Charter Communications: The company is rolling out a 10 Mb/s (downlink, 1 Mb/s up) service. Charter partners with F-Secure to provide anti-virus, anti-spyware and root-kit detection services. Customers will also receive personal firewall software.
GE joins the growing list of companies that are offering Skype functionality in the package of a regular cordless phone. The GE 28300EE2 is based Thomson's DECT 6.0 model, which promises to deliver interference-free call quality. GE will be making the system available as a 2-phone, with the possibility to add four more devices. The 28300EE2 will surface sometime this fall for a suggested retail price of $150.
Los Angeles (CA) - Mobile high-tech workers can't always stop by a wireless hotspot to get an Internet connection. In coming months, carriers will be widening coverage while offering faster, almost wire-speed, service to phones and laptops. Sierra Wireless will make several new laptop adapters and showed them off at the CTIA Wireless convention. Company officials demonstrated an EVDO and HSDPA card and even gave us a sneak preview of an upcoming USB-cradled WWAN modem.
Los Angeles (CA) - Big network companies are furiously adding mobile phones to their traditional routers, switches and network cards. At the CTIA Wireless Convention in Los Angeles, Netgear demonstrated its Skype-enabled Wi-Fi phone and showed it off on video. The SPH101 connects with 802.11g wireless and doesn't require a computer.
Symantec has launched new versions of two of its Internet security software titles. Norton Antivirus 2007 and Norton Internet Security 2007 provide computers with safeguards against spyware, viruses, and even phishing schemes.
Security software specialist Panda Software said that it has detected a large scale phishing attack that is directed against customers Barclays Bank's online services.
Although sales of pre-N (pre-802.11n) products in the retail channel were slower than expected in the third quarter of this year, increasing demand for pre-N modules from notebooks and broadband CPE (consumer premises equipment) products in the second half will help increase growth of pre-N products, said Michael Hurlston, vice president and general manager of the home and wireless business unit at Broadcom, in a recent interview with DigiTimes.
AT&T and MobiTV today announced that the two firms will be launching a new Internet service that will allow subscribers to watch live cable programming through a broadband connection. For a monthly fee, users will be able to stream live content from approximately 20 channels, with more content promised in the future.
Los Angeles (CA) - D-Link has released a small external storage enclosure with some big features. The DNS-323 not only holds two SATA drives, but also includes a built-in FTP server, print server and Gigabit Ethernet. D-Link representatives showed off the enclosure and talked about several other interesting features in the following video.
The virtual world of Second Life has been hit with some very real criminals. Linden Lab, the owners of Second Life, has warned players that hackers have illegally accessed a database containing player names and financial information. As a precaution, the company has invalidated all accounts and is requiring players to make new passwords.
An announcement today from Vapps, a company that provides the technology for free widespread conference calling over the Internet, confirmed that Yahoo's IM will get a group-focused "Messenger With Voice" service.
Culver City (CA) - According to information posted on the FCC ID registration website on Thursday, it looks like Linksys could be jumping into the Wi-Fi Skype phone fray. The registration documents for the WIP310 at first appear to be for a phone similar to the SIP-based WIP300 that is already available.
But a more careful look at the documents reveals a "Skype-certified" WIP320 model.