WebWire® | NETGEAR® Teams with DS2 to Bring 200 Mbps Powerline HD Solution to Market

WebWire® | NETGEAR® Teams with DS2 to Bring 200 Mbps Powerline HD Solution to Market

Innovative Powerline Technology from NETGEAR and DS2 Enables High-Quality, High-Definition Video Streaming for the Digital HomeSANTA CLARA, Calif. — February 22, 2006 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, and Design of Systems on Silicon (DS2), a leading supplier for Powerline communications chipsets, today announced that they are teaming to deliver 200 Mbps Powerline HD technology that will make it possible for consumers to have an affordable, high-performance, high-quality broadband connection available anywhere in the home without the need to run any cabling between rooms.

By turning any electrical outlet into a high-speed broadband connection, the fast 200 Mbps speeds provided by this collaboration will enable consumers to easily maximize the use of their network-enabled devices, such as digital video recorders, game consoles, personal computers, print servers or the NETGEAR Storage Central for storage, file, and print sharing, backups, Internet gaming, and video streaming. This proprietary technology using standardized DS2 chipsets will offer video Quality of Service (QoS) that makes it possible for users to seamlessly stream high-definition video throughout the entire home.

ThinkGeek :: Hal 9000 USB Memory Unit

ThinkGeek :: Hal 9000 USB Memory Unit

Who knew computers would be so advanced in the year 2001? Certainly not us… we were damn impressed with Furby and along comes HAL. HAL was created in 1992 at the HAL plant in Illinois… then had some minor “issues” during a 2001 space mission. Subsequently HAL’s memory units were removed for later examination and some of these happened to fall into our hands… or that’s what some Dave guy told us. Technology wasn’t quite as refined back then but these slim USB thumb drives can hold 1 Gig of your files and interface using USB 2.0, an engineering miracle at the time. All of HAL’s schizophrenic tendencies should be removed but we guarantee nothing. Watch your computer carefully for any erratic behavior and please leave your pod bay doors open.Product Specifications

* 1GB Capacity
* Tiny Size – 43.0 mm x 19.0 mm x 2.8 mm
* Dual Channel Flash Memory Architecture
* Full Compatibility with USB 1.1 and 2.0
* Compatible with most OS including Windows, Mac OS and Linux
* Read Speed ~ 26MB/sec, Write Speed ~ 20MB/sec (Via USB 2.0)

:: ADSL : Anti-competitive behaviour squeezes broadband ISP’s & consumers :: MyADSL: Technology and Broadband News

:: ADSL : Anti-competitive behaviour squeezes broadband ISP’s & consumers :: MyADSL: Technology and Broadband News

Margin squeeze and uncompetitive behaviour is nothing new to any ISP dealing in the South African broadband arena.ISPA (Internet Service Providers Association) has been very vocal on this issue. In their recent submission to the Competition Commission this organization, which officially represents South African ISP’s, asked the authority to look into Telkom’s wholesale ADSL pricing models and service provisioning.

South Africa has traditionally been a very tough market in which to address possible anticompetitive behaviour by the local telecoms giant, but in Europe the situation is very different.

Financial Times recently reported that the Spanish telecommunications group Telefónica was officially charged for anti-competitive behaviour by the European Union’s top competition regulator.

These antitrust charges revolved around the undermining of competition from broadband rivals through margin squeeze.

SA gets tech support site

SA gets tech support site

A small group of professionals has created a Web site dedicated to providing technical help in IT.The site, Techsupport.za.net, is a forum monitored by around nine operators, and allows users to register and then seek advice on technology issues ranging from hardware problems to programming questions.

“We want to inspire younger people [interested in IT], and help them get up-and-running, but also make help available to IT professionals,” says spokesperson Inarie Dreyer.

First Mac OS X worm detected

First Mac OS X worm detected

Global cyber security experts this week discovered the first virus, called Leap-A, for the Apple Mac OS X platform, which spreads via the iChat instant messaging system.advertisement
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SophosLabs explains that the worm forwards itself as a file called latestpics.tgz to contacts on an infected user’s “buddy” list. When opened on a computer, the file disguises itself with a JPEG graphic icon in an attempt to fool users that it’s harmless.

The worm, says SophosLabs, uses the text “oompa” as an infection marker in the resource forks of infected programs to prevent it from re-infecting the same files.

Brett Myroff, CEO of local Sophos distributor Netxactics, says the increased uptake of the Mac OS X platform has prompted it to be targeted by malware, and urges users of all operating systems not to be complacent.

“Leap-A shows that the malware threat on Mac OS X is real,” he says.

Pffft, it is not a true virus. Bloody stoopid South African journalists.

RIAA aims to ban CD ripping – vnunet.com

RIAA aims to ban CD ripping – vnunet.com

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has reversed its position on CD ripping and now wants the practice outlawed.In a filing to the US government concerning digital rights management the RIAA and other copyright industry associations said the fact that CD ripping is widespread does not make it legal.

“Nor does the fact that permission to make a copy in particular circumstances is often or even routinely granted necessarily establish that the copying is a fair use when the copyright owner withholds that authorisation,” the filing stated.

“In this regard, the statement attributed to counsel for copyright owners in the MGM v. Grokster case is simply a statement about authorisation, not about fair use.”

This is a complete reversal of the RIAA’s previous policy. In last year’s Supreme Court MGM v. Grokster case a representative of the RIAA described ripping a CD and putting it on an iPod as “perfectly lawful”.

“It is no secret that the entertainment ‘oligopolists’ are not happy about space-shifting and format-shifting,” said the Electronic Frontier Foundation in a statement. “But surely ripping your own CDs to your own iPod passes muster. “

Techdirt:RIAA Says It’s Granting You A Favor In Letting You Use Your iPod

Techdirt:RIAA Says It’s Granting You A Favor In Letting You Use Your iPod

The recording industry has made it clear in the past that they feel they deserve money for every iPod sold, even though they fought the development of MP3 players every step of the way, claiming (oh, that again?) that it would destroy the music business. Of course, they seem to ignore that the success of the iPod alone has allowed them to start to build up a business in digital music sales. The latest move, however, is to suggest that the fact you can transfer (some) songs from CDs (that don’t have copy protection) to your iPod has nothing to do with fair use (which they like to pretend doesn’t exist) and is simply a gracious favor that the recording industry offers everyone by choice. As part of a petition they’ve filed with the government concerning the latest DMCA rule-making, they make it clear that the government should recognize transferring music to an iPod is because they alone have said it’s okay, and does not show that copying a song to another device is fair use in any manner.

Microsoft driver flaw saps battery strength | CNET News.com

Microsoft driver flaw saps battery strength | CNET News.com
Microsoft has confirmed the existence of a flaw in its USB 2.0 drivers for Windows XP Service Pack 2 that can cause a notebook to consume power at a faster-than-expected rate when using a peripheral device.

The issue, first uncovered by Tom’s Hardware two weeks ago, appears to affect certain Intel-based notebooks running Windows XP Service Pack 2. When a peripheral device was connected to a USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 port, the notebook’s battery life plunged at a greater rate than would normally be expected from the use of a peripheral such as a mouse or storage key. At the time that details of the flaw were published, Intel denied its processors or chipsets were the responsible for the issue. And Microsoft refused to confirm to CNET News.com until yesterday that the software company was responsible for the battery performance problem .

IOL: Scientists detect first neutrinos

IOL: Scientists detect first neutrinos

Hoping to unlock the mysteries of black holes and the Big Bang, a team of scientists from Japan and seven other countries has apparently detected its first neutrinos in a multiyear project under way in Antarctica.The project, dubbed IceCube, was launched in 2002, but only detected its first neutrinos on January 29, recording the faint flashes of light given off by the particles when they interact with electrons in water molecules, team member Shigeru Yoshida, a cosmic-ray physics professor at Chiba University, said on Thursday.

Yoshida said it was the first time neutrinos had been captured in a natural environment outside a laboratory, but cautioned that the results still needed to be studied and confirmed.

IOL: New teen-repelling gadget launched

IOL: New teen-repelling gadget launched

A new gadget repels gangs of teenagers by emitting a high-pitched noise that can be heard only by under 20s.Police are backing the Sonic Teenager Deterrent, nicknamed the Mosquito because of its sound, reports the Daily Telegraph.

It annoys teenagers so intensely they have to clutch their ears. Eventually they can stand it no longer and have to move on.

But because the body’s natural ability to detect some frequency wave bands diminishes almost entirely after 20, adults are completely immune.