Criminals may have found a way to get you to click on malware without you even knowing. Worse, they might also be able to open the microphone or Webcam on your PC to eavesdrop.
Called Clickjacking, the process allows the attacker to trick you the user into clicking on something only briefly visible on the screen. While it's mostly a problem for the browser makers, it also affects Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun's Java.
Although clickjacking, which may contain up to half dozen specific vulnerabilities, has been around for years, it has recently come to the attention … Read more
Intel-backed start-up ZPower may be the first to introduce an alternative to the ubiquitous lithium-ion laptop battery, with a silver-zinc technology the company says will make its debut with a large laptop maker in 2009.
The company promises up to 40 percent more run time than current lithium-ion batteries, and says its batteries are 95 percent recyclable.
ZPower made the announcement ahead of the Batteries 2008 conference in Nice, France, which began Wednesday, and where ZPower's chief executive, Ross Dueber, will be presenting ZPower's take on silver-zinc technology, also known as silver-oxide.
Silver-zinc batteries were initially developed for … Read more
The creaking electricity grid got a shot in the arm on Tuesday from venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which is leading a $75 million investment in smart-grid start-up Silver Spring Networks.
The money will fund the company's expansion globally, Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr said in a statement. He called implementation of the smart grid "one of the most important clean-technology initiatives of the coming decade."
Early this morning, Malaysian time, video-link aggregator QuickSilverScreen.com's site posted the following message: This morning we were falsely accused of hosting copyrighted content by the Malaysian government, in result our host (located in Malaysia) asked us to shutdown the QSS main site server. We still have full control over all our servers and are working with our host & the malaysian government to find a solution for this stupid mistake. We expect to be up and running within a few hours/days
More to come as the story develops.
That's tomorrow, Saturday, Apr. 19. Your day to celebrate the old way of buying music, where you got into your car and drove to a local store and talked to the clerk and sifted through the racks and maybe experienced the delight of finding an old CD you'd forgotten about, heavily discounted or expensive and rare. Or maybe you heard a great tune spinning in the background and bought it, like I did with The Monochrome Set's Strange Boutique and PiL's Second Edition and Wilco's amazing live CD (their best album, in my opinion), Kicking Television. … Read more
Smart-grid company Silver Spring Networks has raised $17.4 million, the latest in a string of investments in the sector.
Foundation Capital and Edison Electric Institute were the investors, according to VentureWire, which reported the news.
Silver Spring Networks does software and devices aimed at utilities that are looking to upgrade to smart-grid infrastructure.
The company makes devices on utility poles that can broker information over IP (Internet Protocol) from people's home smart meters and grid operation centers.
Utilities are starting to invest in advanced meters and networking to make power distribution more efficient and cut down on service … Read more
John Brennan, a senior vice president of Adobe's Platform group, has left the company to join the middle-market effort of private-equity firm Silver Lake, called Silver Lake Sumeru.
An important executive in Adobe's merger with Macromedia, Brennan had led Adobe's Creative Suite product group, as well as development of platform technologies such as Flash, PDF (Portable Document Format), and AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime).
Silver Lake Sumeru on Thursday said Brennan will work with the firm to improve performance of "established middle-market technology companies."
One of the most prominent private-equity firms, Silver Lake has attracted other … Read more
Japanese game console makers have this habit of re-releasing products in different colors. Look at the Nintendo DS and PS2--it's hard to keep track how many different variations those products come in. So it comes as little surprise then that the PS3 isn't spared such treatment, too. Presenting the satin silver version of the PS3, which has just been announced in Japan.
The Windows and Mac operating systems are both intended to be easy to navigate so you can get to your files quickly. Ideally, once our computers are fully booted up it should only take us a couple of steps before we can start working (or playing, as the case may be). While Windows Explorer and the Finder are adequate for navigating apps and files, it still takes a few unnecessary steps before you can get started.
While both operating systems offer a quicker option than digging through folders--Windows has the Quick launch bar and Mac offers the Dock--they tend to … Read more