Nokia primes Python for Series 60 devices
Python programmers can now start developing for Nokia phones - the mobile phone giant has released Python for Series 60.
The open source object-oriented language, which is more structured than the likes of Tcl and Perl, has been adapted to create commands, scripts and applications for Series 60-based devices (including the N-Gage QD and the Nokia 6630, 6600 and 7610).
'Python will make mobile application development easy and accessible to programmers seeking a fast and developer-friendly avenue to writing mobile applications,' promised Lee
Epting, VP of Forum Nokia. ...more
AOL to dump a quarter of staff
AOL may shed 5,000 staff as it explores cost efficiencies while trying to keep up with the ever-increasing number of free consimer Internet services.
The figure represents around a quarter of the company's 19,000 staff.
Across Europe, as many as 3,000 of the 3,500 positions will be transferred with its ISP division as the company moves out the ISP market. ...more
New worm exploits ancient IE flaw
Sophos yesterday alerted users to the presence of a new worm, under the name of Gibe-F or Swen.A@mm.
The worm exploits a vulnerability in MIME components of Internet Explorer, for which a patch was first issued in March 2001. ...more
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition makes public beta appearance
The long awaited public beta of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is now available. Owners of a 64-bit PC can now obtain a free trial version either through download or by ordering a CD.
Microsoft says that the public beta will run on an AMD Athlon 64 or Opteron. ...more
Autorooter worm attacks Windows RPC flaw
The US Department of Homeland Security's concerns that hackers were preparing viruses to take advantage of a recently discovered flaw in Windows have been vindicated, with the arrival of the Autorooter worm.
The almost inevitable sequence of events - from a vulnerability being identified to exploits for it entering widespread use - have been squashed into a couple of weeks.
Just two weeks following Microsoft's warning of a Windows vulnerability in the handling of the RPC (Remote Procedure Call) protocol - which allow programs running on one computer to run code on another - Kaspersky Labs has flagged the arrival of the 'Autorooter' Internet worm, which attacks vulnerable Windows NT, 2000 and XP systems. ...more