Friday, September 30, 2011
Google, which has a history of lobbying for patent law reform, has been the target of many patent litigation suits. Google's relative infancy means that it has a lot less patents in the vault than big-hitters like Microsoft, Oracle and IBM, and buying Nortel's portfolio of 6,000 patents could provide better protection against patent litigation in the future. It's worth noting that both Apple and RIM have showed interested in the portfolio, too.
Mashable speculates that the patents -- which are nearly all telecoms-related -- will be used to defend against Oracle's attacks on Android's use of Java. We reckon that Google is simply looking to cover its future endeavors in the world of networking. In the absence of patent law reform, and continued threats to net neutrality, owning a bunch of telecoms patents sounds like a very sensible move.
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The service streams games in HD to just about any connected device you can imagine, from iPhone to PS3, and even Roku boxes and LG Internet-ready televisions. The basic subscription will set you back $99 for the season, and a Premium sub is an extra $20 (and adds DVR functionality, multi-game PIP, and more).
MLB At Bat is available for Android and iOS and both apps run to $14.99 US.
Microsoft is currently offering excellent discounts on eighteen Xbox Live Arcade titles including Trials HD, Outland and Shank. Most of the games are discounted by 50%, although there are one or two exceptions. These special offers are valid until next Monday, October 3rd.
I’ve flipped through the North American, European and South African marketplaces, and can confirm that the specials apply to all these regions. However, some of the featured XBLA titles such as Outland are not yet available from the South African marketplace, so expect a smaller selection of discounted games to choose from if you’re using a SA account.
The full list of XBLA titles currently on special are as follows:
- Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter - 400 Microsoft Points (usual price = 1200 MSP)
- Outland - 400 (800)
- Yar’s Revenge - 400 (800)
- Islands of Wafku - 400 (800)
- Trouble Witches Neo - 400 (800)
- Bionic Commando: Rearmed - 400 (800)
- Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2 - 600 (1200)
- Trials HD - 600 (1200)
- Shank - 600 (1200)
- Monday Night Combat - 600 (1200)
- Moon Diver - 600 (1200)
- Section 8 Prejudice - 800 (1200)
- Might & Magic Clash of Heroes - 800 (1200 - Gold members only)
- Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime - 400 (800)
- Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale - 800 (1200 - Gold members only)
- Blade Kitten - 400 (800)
- The Maw - 400 (800)
- Star Raiders - 400 (800)
The exploit, which used specially-crafted Flash embedding in Excel spreadsheets, was first reported on March 15 and has since been fixed. RSA was hacked sometime in the first half of March when an employee was successfully spear phished and opened an infected spreadsheet. As soon as the spreadsheet was opened, an advanced persistent threat (APT) -- a backdoor Trojan -- called Poison Ivy was installed. From there, the attackers basically had free reign of RSA's internal network, which led to the eventual dissemination of data pertaining to RSA's two-factor authenticators.
The attack is reminiscent of the APTs used in the China vs. Google attacks from last year -- and indeed, Uri Rivner, the head of new technologies at RSA is quick to point out that that other big companies are being attacked, too: "The number of enterprises hit by APTs grows by the month; and the range of APT targets includes just about every industry. Unofficial tallies number dozens of mega corporations attacked [...] These companies deploy any imaginable combination of state-of-the-art perimeter and end-point security controls, and use all imaginable combinations of security operations and security controls. Yet still the determined attackers find their way in."
What we'd like to know, though, is whether the attack on RSA was caused by Adobe's lackadaisical approach to patching Flash -- or was it the other way around? Was it the RSA attack that first brought the zero-day vulnerability to Adobe's attention?
Could this be Seat's version of the Volkswagen Up!? Skoda recently showed off its take on the Up! runabout, the Citigo, and it's plausible that VW wants to make the biggest statement possible with the little car. The diminutive hatchback could also be employed to help reverse Seat's fortunes - remember, in May of 2010, the Spanish brand was put on notice about its financial performance. An innovative and inexpensive city car could help round out the planned portfolio expansion.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show, our sister UK site reported that Seat was working on a sporty version of the Up! that would be "good to drive." However, there wasn't any additional information at the source site, so we aren't sure how much of the image above is an actual photo and how much is rendering. We expect it would still come, as the rest, with either the 59- or 74-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-clinder engines.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Thursday, September 29, 2011
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This week’s Media Create hardware chart sees the 3DS maintain its ascendancy as sales of Nintendo’s mercurial handheld continue to climb. The 3DS now enjoys a healthy lead over its closest rivals, with 70 159 units sold during the last week compared to 39 452 PS3 systems shifted.
The console with the best percentage gain this week is the Xbox 360. Can you guess what made a few extra thousand Japanese consumers flock to purchase Microsoft’s console? One game is responsible for the sales surge and that game is none other than Gears of War 3. It went on sale on September 22nd in Japan and helped boost Xbox 360 numbers to 3 897 units - a 200% increase from last week.
Other consoles such as PS3, PS2, PSP and the various DS models enjoyed small gains, but nothing like what the 3DS experienced this week - that is, an 11 322 unit improvement over the previous accounting period.
Will the 3DS continue to dominate the charts for the foreseeable future, or will PS Vita trounce it from December onwards despite the latter selling for a much higher price?
Be sure to also check out this week’s software chart to see which games proved to be the most popular purchases in Japan.
- 3DS ? 70 159
- PS3 ? 39 452
- PSP ? 28 533
- Wii ? 14 034
- Xbox 360 ? 3 897
- DSi LL ? 2 991
- DSi ? 2 351
- PS2 ? 1 517
- DS Lite ? 86
- PSP go ? 15
Source: Media Create
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Amazon's big Kindle Fire announcement day has come and gone, and a lot of you may be scratching your head trying to figure out all the news that happened while you were stuck at work or school. We've taken the time to provide a handy set of questions and answers ourselves, and we think they would make a great starting point. Of course, you can (and should) dive into the discussion in the Kindle Fire forums to talk it all out as well. Hit the jump and have a read.