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Microsoft’s Soapbox vs YouTube September 19, 2006

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U.S. software giant Microsoft started the BETA testing period of it’s new site “Soapbox,” which was launched to compete with the popular “YouTube” internet site where video images are shared.

In a bid to get a share of the billion dollar advertisement pie of the internet giants like Google and Yahoo, Microsoft launched “Soapbox” at http://soapbox.msn.com.

Soapbox will host numerous kinds of video images, from old TV programs to videos recorded by users; however, only a limited number of people will benefit from this service during the test period.

According to the Nielsen/NetRatings Company, about 34 million people visited the YouTube site in August alone.

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Pantech to launch ‘auto pop-up display’ satellite phone September 19, 2006

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Pantech, the number two mobile phone manufacturer in South Korea, announced the launch of the IM-U140 handset, a satellite digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) handset that provides users with a genuinely unique mobile phone experience via its innovative display screen.

The LCD display is designed to pop up automatically at a 30 degree angle adding significantly to users’ enjoyment of movies and TV programs. The 2.6-inch QVGA LCD is the largest display featured on a DMB handset in Korea, further augmenting the portable TV viewing experience.

M.S. Yoon, Executive Vice President, Domestic Marketing, Pantech Group, said: “We have designed the touch screen on the IM-U140 model so that it vibrates when touched, enhancing the overall unique feel of the phone.

The IM-U140 features four channel stereo speakers, enabling users to enjoy a richer quality of sound when they watch the mobile TV or play mobile games. In addition, the handset features a 3 megapixel camera with useful modes such as image stabilization, auto focus and white balance, providing users with higher picture quality.

The new model also has PictBridge functionality, which enables the transmission of photos directly from the handset to printers. Other user-friendly features include an MP3 player and electronic dictionary.

The IM-U140 handset will become available in Korea this month and will be marketed under Pantech’s SKY brand. 

Nokia, EA team up for mobile gaming September 19, 2006

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Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications, and Electronic Arts, the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company, announced a collaboration that will see EA become a major supplier of mobile games to millions of Nokia mobile device owners through Nokia Content Discoverer. This solution allows mobile customers easy access to downloadable content through a collection of shopping mall “stores” on their mobile device. Initially, customers will be able to download seven EA titles, Tetris, Tetris Mania, The Sims 2, Doom, FIFA 06, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06 and FIFA Street 2 this holiday season.

Starting in mid-2007, EA intends also to support the launch of the Nokia next generation mobile games platform with top EA titles that will be custom-designed for S60 devices.

“Nokia shares our vision of making it easy for people around the world to find and play the best quality games on their mobile phones. We are looking forward to working more closely with Nokia on promoting a delivery system that propels mobile gaming forward,” said Mitch Lasky, senior vice president, EA.

“The core of Nokia’s games strategy is to make it easy for people to find, buy and play great quality mobile games and we’re excited to expand our relationship with EA to help make that possible,” said Jaakko Kaidesoja, director, games, Multimedia, Nokia.

Launching the first half 2007, Nokia’s next generation mobile gaming platform makes it easy for people to find, buy, play and share rich and immersive games on a range of Nokia smartphones. EA intends to deliver a range of popular EA SPORTS and EA branded mobile titles at the launch of this next generation mobile gaming initiative.

Electronic Arts Inc. develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. In fiscal 2006, EA posted revenue of $2.95 bln and had 27 titles that sold more than 1 mln copies. EA’s homepage and online game site is www.ea.com

Microsoft releases Windows security fixes September 19, 2006

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Microsoft has released several security fixes for its Windows operating system and Office software, and rereleased two previous patches, CNN.com reports.

The software maker said one of the patches fixes a defect in a version of its Office Publisher software that carries the company’s highest “critical” rating.

The company also rereleased another fix for a critical flaw in some versions of the Internet Explorer browser, because it had discovered an additional security concern.

The company also said it was rereleasing a patch to fix a critical flaw in some Windows systems because the previous patch may cause a glitch in certain situations.

Apple patches QuickTime September 19, 2006

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Apple Computer on Tuesday released an update to its QuickTime media player software that fixes seven security flaws, all of them serious, ZDNet reports.

The security flaws in QuickTime are all due to the application’s failure to properly check and sanitize files in several formats: H.264, QuickTime, FLC, FlashPix and SGI. An attacker could craft a malicious file in any of those formats which, when opened, would fully compromise a vulnerable system or cause QuickTime to crash.

There are no known exploits for the flaws. Apple regularly provides security updates for QuickTime, and often the flaws are in the handling of various file formats. Experts have said that cyberattackers are increasingly looking for flaws in applications.

Apple repaired the flaws in version 7.1.3 of QuickTime, which is available via the company’s Software Update service and from the QuickTime Web site.