Phishing attacks rocket as defences crumble
Phishing attacks continue to escalate both in numbers and sophistication according to Internet monitor Netcraft.
The headline figure is that the firm's anti-phishing toolbar stopped 609,000 confirmed phishing sites last year. The figure dwarfs the respective figure for 2005: just 41,000. ...more
EMI receives Warner takeover approach
EMI has confirmed that it has received an approach from Warner Music Group about the possibility of a merger.
In a brief statement EMI said that Warner has yet to submit a concrete proposal, nor is there any certainty that this approach will lead to an offer being made.
The two companies have been carrying on a will-they won't-they relationship since the turn of the century. ...more
FireWire given Apple leg-up
Growth in the variety and number of FireWire devices available should be on the increase following the release of a new developer kit.
Apple has made its FireWire Reference Platform free to developers, following its April acquisition of Zayante, which used to charge for the kit.
FireWire is a technology originally developed by Apple to connect various devices to computers and to each other. ...more
The low-down on... optical disks
This week Hewlett-Packard unveiled the dvd100i, the world's first DVD+RW drive, bringing the number of different DVD drive formats available to a mind-boggling seven.
Add to this ten or more different CD formats and anyone could be confused into giving up optical media for good. After all, who knows what's coming next?
And if this isn't perplexing enough, not all manufacturers call their DVD drives, 'DVD drives'. ...more
The Audigy or the Extigy
A sound attachment.
Creative Labs has announced the launch of its Extigy external sound card - available at the end of March for ?149.99 including VAT. ...more