Virus spate makes Valentines vulnerable
A recent surge of viruses - three new discoveries only yesterday - puts users at risk, particularly on Valentine's day when people are more likely to open unsolicited mail in the hope of a secret tryst.
Today's Valentine special comes in the form of an email from firstname.lastname@example.org, which tells the recipient they have a card waiting for them at a Web site. ...more
Sony, NEC to merge optical disc subsidiaries
Japanese consumer electronics giants Sony and NEC have announced that they are to merge their optical disc businesses into a new joint venture. The new company to be known as Sony NEC Optiarc Inc will have around 350 employees and a combined turnover of 220 billion yen or just over a billion pounds.
Shares in the company will be split 55 per cent for Sony with the remainder owned by NEC. ...more
BBC adopts QuickTime for Motion Gallery video collection
The BBC has announced that it has adopted QuickTime for its Motion Gallery collection video footage.
The production-ready clips have been encoded in H.264, with QuickTime 7 previews that include metadata that can be searched with Spotlight. ...more
A vote for Labour on IT, but not a landslide
Labour's second term in office will have a positive effect on the IT industry, according to readers of our sister publication Computer Buyer.
Of the 187 votes cast in the July poll on the Computer Buyer Web site, 51.89 per cent supported the efforts of the Labour government, although it was a close run thing, with the poll swinging against the Government until the final week. ...more
Microsoft denies Word exploit claims
Microsoft has dismissed claims that a new vulnerability in Word could be remotely executed.
At the end of last week, information about such a vulnerability was posted to the bugtraq list, claiming that proof of concept code was available that could be used to create a Word document that, once opened, would overwrite memory space and allow arbitrary code to be run.
The person making the submission suggested that the vulnerability may not be restricted to Word, but might also affect other components in Microsoft's Office suite. ...more