SMIL, you're on candid camera
There's a new W3C standard for creating interactive multimedia presentations on the Web: SMIL 2.0.
Standing for Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language, SMIL concerns the presentation of video, audio and text. ...more
Small local banks targeted by phishing attacks
Phishing attacks are targeting small local banks that may previously have been hoping they were off the radar.
Internet monitoring group Netcraft says it has seen a spike within a single day of attacks on regional US banks and credit unions, which had not been targeted in the past. This flurry was followed by further attacks on a string of small US banks. ...more
IBM's Java-based software for next-gen telephony
IBM has announced the latest version of WebSphere, an open-standards-based system that supports Java APIs for intelligent networking.
The application server is already in use by seven of the top eight US telcos for back end operations such as customer care and billing.
Using the software, IBM has introduced a "follow me" service, which routes incoming call to wherever you are, based on information in your computer's calendar, so callers would be routed to your office phone at work, but your mobile when at a conference, for example. ...more
Fujitsu to shed thousands of jobs
The hi-tech downsizing continues with news that Fujitsu is to cut 10 per cent of its workforce.
Sixteen thousand jobs are to be shed by the Japanese technology giant as part of a restructuring process, with two thirds of these expected to be outside Japan. The Japanese economy is struggling with a long-standing recession, of course, and the global PC and chip markets are still not providing any relief. ...more
Skype embeds itself with SkypeNet and SkypeWeb APIs
Internet telephony pioneer Skype has announced that it is releasing new tools that will enable webmasters and programmers to build its VoIP and IM functionality into websites and applications.
The news comes hours after Google launched its first foray into the world of instant and voice messaging, although Skype's service is still unique in enabling computers to call not only other PCs but also landline and mobile phones, albeit for a price.
Since its debut three years ago Skype has registered 51 million users, from 150 million downloads, two million of whom use its paid-for services. ...more