After Obama’s website, black hats have now managed to sow the seeds of deceit in Google video search results. Security firm Trend Micro has discovered that that about 400,000 queries trigger Google Video search results that “have a single redirection point, and one that eventually leads to malware download and execution.” The black hats have been able to manipulate search results to their advantage using simple SEO techniques. For this purpose, they have reserved several domains and populated them with keywords.
According to Trend Micro, the malware executable, dubbed WORM_AQPLAY.A, proliferates using removable and network drives. The malware executable is disguised as an Adobe Flash installer. The malware only prompts the user to download the malicious Flash installer when he reaches one of the malefic video websites being run by the black hats.
Looks like the experiment took a few wild swings at Ubisoft’s wallet, because Prince of Persia’s upcoming “Epilogue” DLC will be avoiding the PC altogether – instead giving the game’s story a proper happily-ever-after only on Xbox 360 and PS3.
“Unfortunately for business reasons we won't be seeing any PoP DLC appear. Sorry guys!” Ubisoft’s community manager stated succinctly when speaking of Prince of Persia’s PC iteration.
Epilogue, unlike the bulk of DLC currently on the market, will – as its name implies – actually expand Prince of Persia’s plot, as well as its jungle gym-approved gameplay. Players will face off against a new boss known as The Shapeshifter, who, er, takes the form of two previous bosses, but without being a total cop-out.
In addition, both Elika and the Prince will add a couple new tricks to their racing rapport, and the game’s difficulty is taking off its kid gloves.
In other words: PC gamers are seriously missing out here, and should a direct sequel to Prince of Persia leap the gap that its DLC couldn’t, we might be in for some serious confusion.
Been admiring those sleek new netbooks, but you already sank your ready cash into a smartphone? If Microsoft's patent application is approved, you might already have half a netbook. As reported by The Register, Redmond has applied for a patent on a so-called "Smart Interface System for Mobile Communication Devices," which would transform your humble smartphone into the practical equivalent of a netbook. According to El Reg:
Although similar features have already been seen in existing cradles, Microsoft’s model would be equipped with a dedicated processor and memory. This would be used for storing and executing the on-board OS and an application for handling communication between the phone, peripherals and other connections, such as Wi-Fi.
Microsoft's patent application says that the device will use USB and "other suitable connector interfaces," and is designed to connect to TVs, monitors, mice, keyboards, printers, drives, and networks. There's a long way between a patent application and real hardware, but what would make you more (or less) likely to give a real-world version of this a careful look? Join us after the jump and sound off.
The Eurocom Clevo laptops have been the focus of a fair amount of attention since they were leaked last month. When the idea of a laptop sporting Intel’s Core i7 chip comes across one’s mind, they can’t help but be a little enticed.
Well, we’ve finally gotten some details on just what the 17-inch model of the Clevo laptop will have under the hood, and this certainly isn’t a casual user’s notebook. At the base, it’ll have the options of a 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz or 3.2GHz Intel Core i7. Storage wise, there will be three 500GB hard drives, adding up to a staggering 1.5TB of space, and 8GB of DDR3 for memory. And finally, the graphical capabilities will come in the form of an Nvidia G280.
There’s some speculation on just when it’ll be released, but Q4 of this year would be the safest bet. There’s still no word on pricing, but if start working out if you are looking to snag one of these bad boys – it all weighs in at a whopping 11.9 pounds.
On January 31, you may have thought the entire internet had fallen prey to what would have ranked as the fastest spreading worm in the history of the web. That's because for about an hour on Saturday morning, all Google search results were flagged with a warning saying "This site may harm your computer," including Google.com. Clicking a marked site would bring up yet another warning.
So what exactly happened? Well, it wasn't a worm, and the internet wasn't under attack (no more than usual, anyway). Instead, Google said it ultimately boiled down to human error.
"Unfortunately (and here's the human error), the URL of '/' was mistakenly checked in as a value to the file and '/' expands to all URLs," Google explained on its blog. "Fortunately, our on-call site reliability team found the problem quickly and reverted the file. Since we push these updates in a staggered and rolling fashion, the errors began appearing between 6:27 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. and began disappearing between 7:10 and 7:25 a.m., so the duration of the problem for any particular user was approximately 40 minutes."
Google initially said it gets its list of malicious URLs from StopBadware.org, which StopBadware.org said isn't true. After several updates, Google's final statement says it "works with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to come up with criteria for maintaining this list," but that fault untimately fell on Google.
According to the Korea Communications Commission, there are currently plans in place that will enhance the country’s broadband speeds to 1Gbps by the year 2012. For a frame of reference, that’s 200 times as fast as the average 5Mbps DSL connection here in the United States.
In addition to the wired infrastructure, Korea is hoping to upgrade their wireless broadband to at least 10Mbps. The KCC is encouraging the WiBro standard as a way to boost their own speeds to ten times the current rate.
This growth comes as a big part of the Korean IT framework stimulus boost, which will cost a planned $24.6 billion and create 120,000 jobs. Let’s see if the planned upgrades here at home will allow us to keep up with such ambitious endeavors!
It looks like Facebook is finally planning to capitalize on all that precious information that its 150 million users put on their profiles by creating one of the world’s largest market research databases.
“I had tons of people saying 'this could be so incredible for our business'. It takes a very long time to do a focus group, and businesses often don't have the luxury of time. I think they liked the instant responses,” stated Randi Zuckerberg, Mark’s sister and Facebook’s global markets director, regarding the possible monetization of the social networking site.
Some experts say that this move comes in the wake of a double whammy of economic troubles brought on by their failing advertising revenue and the ever-growing cost of electronic data storage.
AMD can use any help it can get, and for awhile, the chip maker looked like it was going to get it from a 3.6GHz Phenom II X4 quad-core processor. Not only would that represent the fastest-clocked quad-core by either AMD or Intel, but it would also be the fastest-clocked processor regardless of cores.
German website News-AMD recently said AMD would release the speedy 45nm chip in Q2 2009, but it appears the site was mistaken. According to TomsHardware, the site went offline due to "incorrect interpretation," and is now back online with an updated release schedule. Rather than Q2 2009, the site says a 3.6GHz Phenom II X4 is likely by the end of the decade, which means potentially waiting until 2010.
In the meantime, AMD's Phenom II X4 950 (3.1GHz) is still expected to debut in Q2 2009 with support for socket AM3. The new chip will support DDR3-1333 memory, come with a 4GHz HyperTransport interface speed, boast 8MB of cache, and have a 125W thermal envelope.
Forget about the mythical $100 laptop, India's $10 laptop project not only serious undercuts the former price point, but it supposedly exists. The low-cost portable PC represents the efforts of the Indian government's ministry of science and ministry of technology, and a prototype is expected to be unveiled tomorrow in Tirupati, India.
Despite the impending release, specifications still haven't been announced. However, some reports say the $10 laptop will come with 2GB of memory, WiFi connectivity, storage expansion options, and consume just 2W of power.
How it all translates to a single Alexander Hamilton greenback is a mystery, or even the current pre-production cost, which sits at about double. "At this stage, the price is working out to be $20 but with mass production it is bound to come down," R P Agarwal, secretary, higher education said.
Netflix continues to enjoy immense popularity as a subscription-based movie rental and streaming video service, a business model which Netflix CEO Reed Hastings previously said would stay the same going forward.
"We don't plan to enter the pay-per-view segment, where Apple, Amazon, Sony, and others focus, or the ad-supported segment, where Hulu, YouTube, and other compete," Hastings said in July 2008.
Maybe success has gotten to Netflix's head. Since Hastings' statement, Netflix has made major gains to its streaming service, which is now found on Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, offered through a standalone Roku player, integrated into select Blu-ray players, and even is available on some TiVo units. More homes than ever now have easy access to Netflix's streaming catalog, and a new customer survey seems to suggest that Hastings and company might be reconsidering Netflix's position as a subscription-only business. One of the questions being asked is whether customers would be willing to pay an additional $10 per month to stream "HBO original series and movies."
It's unclear how quickly Netflix would make new episodes of, say, Big Love available for viewing after first appearing on HBO, or whether new episodes would be available at the same time. But what is clear is that Netflix has become too large to ignore other business models. Even if survey respondents shoot down the idea of a $10/month HBO add-on, one has to wonder how long it will be before additional services find their way onto Netflix.
Would you pay a premium for HBO content through your Netflix account? Hit the jump and sound off.