Why Google TV isn’t dead yet


Google TV could eventually become popular as the default operating system for zillions of digital TV devices.

Editor’s note: This is another in a series of Business Insider commentaries debunking common tech myths.

(CNN) — Google TV is a flop so far. Consumers don’t seem to care, the TV networks don’t like it and most big gadget manufacturers haven’t started selling it yet.

But Google TV is not dead yet.

This is the sort of product that — like Android, Google’s mobile phone operating system — will likely take several years to succeed or fail.

The digital living room is far from figured out — even Apple failed on its first attempt — and Google has a big incentive to try and make something work, so it can own the digital ad market on TV sets.

The good news for Google is that the exact technique that Google used to make Android a big hit is the same way Google TV could eventually become popular: As the default operating system for zillions of digital TV devices.

In fact, that’s probably the ONLY way that Google TV could succeed.

The bottom line is that TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, movie streaming boxes, game systems and Internet routers all need an operating system of some sort, whether it’s Linux, something from Microsoft or Google TV. You can’t have a computer without an operating system.

So if Google can get a bunch of consumer electronics companies — Sony and Logitech so far, but someday Toshiba, Samsung, LG, Vizio, etc. — to make most or all of their TVs using the free Google TV operating system, then Google TV has a chance.

Google needs to repeat the Android model for Google TV — spray it everywhere.

Here’s what’s holding it back.

One of the big challenges for now is that Google TV requires more expensive hardware to power it than what goes into many TVs, including a special Intel chip. For consumer electronics companies, that means either lower margins than they get now, or higher-priced gadgets than what people probably want to pay for.

As a result, we’ve heard that some gadget makers are skipping Google TV and just using Google Android as the basis for their software. It could require more engineering to get it right for a TV, but it runs on a bunch of different chipsets, and TV makers can customize it however they want.

We’ve also heard that Google is generally OK with this, provided the devices can run some basic things, like standard Web video formats, so that things like YouTube and Google video ads can work.

Another challenge is that most consumers probably don’t even want Google TV, or any “smart TV” service. (Or at least, they don’t know that they want it.)

Consumers have certainly never bought these gadgets so far, when they were called WebTV, or any other Internet-on-your-TV system. The vast majority of video content is consumed over set-top boxes leased from cable and satellite companies, who have a tight grip on the market.

More recently, Netflix has had some success with its movie streaming service, but that’s available on basically every new gadget these days; there’s no specific need to use Google TV to watch it.

Because consumers don’t care about Google TV, TV makers have no real incentive to support it. Instead, they can keep trying to crank out their own custom user interfaces and “own” the user experience, instead of handing it over to Google.

So perhaps Google TV is just too far ahead of itself for now.

But there is time, and it makes sense that the Internet will eventually play more of a role in the living room.

And so far, Google TV doesn’t have much competition as the “Android of set-top boxes,” except maybe Android itself. It’s not like Apple is going to license the Apple TV software to Toshiba, and it’s not like Microsoft is going to share the Xbox 360 software with Sony. (Although Apple is supposedly going to let device-makers license its “AirPlay” technology, so you can beam movies from your iPad or iPhone to your TV. But that’s different.)

And perhaps the TV divisions of LG and Samsung will eventually decide, like their colleagues in the mobile phone divisions, that there’s no need to develop proprietary software platforms when a good alternative is available from Google.

Then it’s just a question of Google TV being good and cheap enough to justify using.

So that’s the opportunity for Google TV: It could either become the de facto operating system for consumer electronics and succeed as the Android for TVs and set-top boxes, or it could crash and burn.

But either way, given how slow the TV business moves, we won’t know for a while.

The opinions expressed in this column are solely those of Dan Frommer.

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Facebook hit by viral likejacking attack “World funniest condom commercial”


by Graham Cluley on May 31, 2011 |

CondomsMessages are beginning to spread across Facebook, tricking users into clicking on links which claim to point to the world’s funniest condom commercial.

The messages are spreading through a clickjacking scam (sometimes known as likejacking) which means that users do not realise that they are invisibly pressing that they “Like” the video when they try to play it.

A typical message looks something like the following (the actual link can change):

The World Funniest Condom Commercial message on Facebook

The World Funniest Condom Commercial - LOL
[LINK]
haha its really so funny ~ Dont Miss it !

The scam appears to be being perpetrated by the same gang who have been successfully spreading a “Baby born amazing effect” scam over the last several days.

Clicking on the links, which so far appear to all be hosted on blogspot.com, takes users to a webpage which urges visitors to click to watch the video.

The pages have the headline “The Funniest Condom Commercial”:

Click further at your own discretion – because the clickjacking scam is about to play its part in the scheme. If you try to play the video then you will be unwittingly saying that you “Like” the link, and sharing it with your friends. In this way the link spreads virally across Facebook.

By the way, there is a condom commercial shown at the end of this whole process, but the Argentinian TV advert is available for free on YouTube meaning that there was a way of viewing it which didn’t involve helping the scammers spread their link across the Facebook social network. (Oh, and the video is not that funny).

As regular readers of Sophos’s Facebook page will know, scams like this have been seen on far too many occasions.

Recently announced new Facebook security features were supposed to provide protection against clickjacking/likejacking schemes like this – but once again have unfortunately proven to be ineffectual.

If you were running anti-clickjacking protection, such as the NoScript add-on for Firefox, then you would see a warning message about the attempted clickjacking:

Here’s how you can clean-up your Facebook page.

Find the offending message on your Facebook page, and select “Remove post and unlike”. You could also choose to mark it as spam to alert Facebook’s security team.

Remove the entry from your Facebook page

Unfortunately that doesn’t completely remove the connection between the mischievous link and your Facebook page. You also need to go into your profile, choose Activities and Interests and remove any pages that you don’t want to “Like”.

Remove Funniest Condom page from your list of Likes

Of course, attacks like this would find it much harder to spread if folks were much more careful about the links they clicked on when using Facebook – and if Facebook’s in-built security was more effective at stopping clickjacking attacks.

If you’re on Facebook and want to learn more about spam, malware, scams and other threats, you should join the Sophos Facebook page where we have a thriving community of over 80,000 people.

Hat-tip: Thanks to Naked Security reader Josh for first giving us a heads-up about this clickjacking scam spreading on Facebook.

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Spam king faces jail after admitting child sex charges


by Graham Cluley on May 31, 2011 | Be the first to comment

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Leonid Kuvayev

 

 

One of the world’s most notorious spammers faces jail after admitting that he had sex with under-age girls.

Spam overlord Leonid “Leo” Kuvayev is not facing any computer-related charges at Savyolovsky District Court in Moscow, but is instead answering accusations that he sexually molested girls as young as 13 years of age in the basement of one of his businesses in Leningrad.

Kuvayev has long been a name known to the spam-fighting community, believed to be responsible – amongst other things – for billions of spams related to counterfeit drugs, promoting sites like the Pharmacy Express:

 

Pharmacy Express

Investigators claim that 38-year-old Kuvayev, who holds dual Russian-American citizenship, committed at least 60 separate sex crimes, luring some of his young victims away from local orphanages and children’s homes.

According to media reports, Kuvayev admitted his partial guilt, but claimed that the girls had consented to have sex with him.

According to a Moscow News report, when police searched Leonid Kuvayev’s offices they found a room containing a shower, sauna, jacuzzi and large bed. Sex toys, a whip and handcuffs were also seized.

Reports indicate that Kuvayev could face up to 20 years in prison for each offence.

I guess it’s always good to hear about a spammer being put out of business once and for all. Frankly, I won’t be shedding any tears when Kuvayev is sentenced.

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Sony Promises PlayStation Store Back this Week


By Matt PeckhamPCWorld    May 31, 2011 5:40 AM

Finally. The PlayStation Store should be back this week—one month after the PlayStation Network was hacked and shuttered—along with anything else still missing in action, says Sony. A press releasedropped through the official PlayStation blog Monday signaled the online service’s return to full health by June 5th in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, though excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

Qriocity members can expect all remaining media streaming services to return this week as well.

Online gaming’s been back more or less since May 15th. Sony’s list of services resurrecting this week includes “full functionality on PlayStation Store,” “in-game commerce,” “[the] ability to redeem vouchers and codes,” “full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs,” and “full functionality on Media Go.”

Is it safe to go back in the water? It’ll never feel as safe as it did prior to mid-April, but Sony says it’s safe enough.

“We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love,” said Sony executive deputy president Kazuo Hirai in a statement. “We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.”

The company had been aiming for service resumption by the end of May, but made no promises. They’re also still battling hack attacks on other company services, but short of a few planned service outages, the PSN remains up and unscathed. Next up: Sony’s “Welcome Back” package designed for PSN members as restitution for time lost. The company says it’ll promulgate final by-region details shortly.

Now it’s wait-and-see. Sony needs to convince us the new security measures render the service all but bulletproof. Doing that requires a certain measure of transparency, by which I mean divulging hack attack details, especially where the company manages to fend off hackers without service interruption. With future attacks inevitable, publicizing victories may become as important as admitting (and swiftly rectifying) losses.

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TRENDnet Doubles Your 450 Mbps Wi-Fi Fun


TRENDnet TEW-692GR 450 Mbps Concurrent Dual Band Wireless N Router

TRENDnet announced a new three-stream N concurrent dual-band router.

The TEW-692GR 450 Mbps Concurrent Dual Band Wireless N Routerhas two radios that can simultaneously support maximum link rates of 450 Mbps when set to 40 MHz mode and used with three-stream N adapters.

Other features include Gigabit WAN (1) and LAN (4) ports and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) support.

TRENDnet also recently announced a dual-band three-stream N USB adapter.

The TEW-692GR comes with a three-year warranty and will start to ship before the end of June at an MSRP of $249.99.

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Google uses new tool to track dengue fever hub


Screenshot of dengue fever map

Google is using search patterns about dengue fever in an attempt to help health officials prepare for outbreaks.

It hopes to develop an early-warning system by monitoring dengue-related search terms by users in Bolivia, Brazil, India, Indonesia and Singapore.

Google said that its results are collected in real-time, whereas official data can take weeks to be analysed.

In 2009, Google used a similar approach to track the spread of flu.

“Using the dengue case count data provided by Ministries of Health and the World Health Organization, we’re able to build a model that offers near real-time estimates of dengue activity based on the popularity of certain search terms,” Google software engineer Vikram Sahai wrote in a blog post.

Google Dengue Trends is automatically updated every day, thereby providing an early indicator of dengue activity.”

The project was developed together with Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

The methodology for the project has been shared in an article for the Public Library of Science’s journal on neglected tropical diseases.

Real correlationThe tool is part of Google Correlate, a new service which connects search analysis with data collected in real life.

Correlate was created following Google’s success with Flu Trends in 2009, a tool which tracked searches for flu-related searches worldwide.

Public health officials were able to use the data to distribute vaccines and treatments more effectively.

Google published a report in Nature, the highly-respected journal, and soon received attention by other researchers hoping to use the service to monitor other issues.

Correlate, launched last week, allows experts to upload their own data sets to compare against Google searches.

The software highlights when the real world data and online searches share the same patterns, such as flu outbreaks occuring at the same time as a large number of searches for “treatment for flu”.

Professor Peter Sever, an expert in disease prevention from Imperial College London, said the tool could prove very useful for researchers that currently collect data using slower methods.

“It will of course be highly selective because you’ll be picking out the people who are using Google, but of course year on year that’s an increasing proportion of the population anyway,” he said.

Apple iCloud launching on June 6


Apple’s cloud based music service iCloud to launch on June 6th. As per reports, it is expected that iCloud will also works in a similar way to Google and Amazon music servicesiCloud will allow users to store music in the “cloud” to be streamed to devices like the iPad or iPhone.

In a press statement sent to Pocket-lint, the company says that Apple will unveil its next generation software – Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS X and  iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch along with iCloud launching.

Read more: http://www.techieblogie.info/2011/05/apple-icloud-launching-on-june-6.html#ixzz1NwUusQ4x

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Pentagon: “If you are Hacking, you are Inviting Missiles” :An act of War


Cyber War comming Soon_graphics by bijay_deadbj

The more serious side of computer hacking. From today’s Wall Street Journal:

The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force.

The Pentagon’s first formal cyber strategy, unclassified portions of which are expected to become public next month, represents an early attempt to grapple with a changing world in which a hacker could pose as significant a threat to U.S. nuclear reactors, subways or pipelines as a hostile country’s military.

In part, the Pentagon intends its plan as a warning to potential adversaries of the consequences of attacking the U.S. in this way. “If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks,” said a military official.

– By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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3 websites hacked by Indian Girl Hacker – TriNitY !


Till now we was just listen about that, some Hackers (boys) do hacks and sites defacements, But wait ! Here we have an Indian Girl with codename “TriNitY” .TriNitY is I think 1st Indian hacker who is in news for defacing some websites. The list of websites hacked by her :

http://demo-l.jahoma.de/administrator/images/index.html
http://www.upes.edu.vn/trinity.htm
http://www.xzdm.gov.cn/trinity.htm

Sites may get recover, You can check deface page mirror at :
http://mirror.sec-t.net/defacements/?id=28312
http://mirror.sec-t.net/defacements/?id=27353

 

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