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Symantec reports spammers take advantage of current events

Spammers don’t seem to run out of new tactics as the January 2008 State of Spam Report of Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), revealed on new findings on spam attacks during the holidays.

One of these is a new take on the 419 scam email traditionally telling stories about African dictators, a spam regularly seen by Filipinos in their email inboxes. According to Symantec, 419 spammers have discovered a new approach by stating that victims of 419 scams will receive compensation of $100,000 each, and payments will be supervised by UN officials.

To appear legitimate, the spam messages even provided some URL links as a reference to money that was allegedly successfully recovered by a 419 scam victim. At the bottom of the email, it explains how the money may be recovered and the fraudulent background of such emails may be observed.

Oil price hike, a topic currently hotly debated by Filipinos, is also being used by spammers to lure victims. The report observed oil price hike-related spam tactics that informed consumers of a downloadable tool that will allow them to obtain a list of gasoline stations with tampered gas pumps to fraudulently overcharge for gasoline. This download turned out to be a Trojan Horse. Although, the first incidents of this type of spam where aimed at Mexicans, the same tactic with different variations may be used in different countries.

In the past few years, an increase in spam levels during holiday seasons has been typically noted. Symantec observed that global spam levels in December 2007 experienced a surge, accounting for 75% of all email (up from 72% in November 2007), with an increase to 83% in the last few days prior to Christmas.

From this, it is clear that spammers will continue to reinvent how they send spam. Users are advised to adhere to several security best practices in order to minimize online threats, including:

–  Never view, open, or execute any email attachment unless the attachment is expected and the purpose of the attachment is known.

–  Use Internet security solution that combines antivirus, firewall, intrusion detection, and vulnerability management for maximum protection against malicious code and other threats.

–  Keep virus definitions updated regularly.

To learn more about the spam trends in the January 2008 State of Spam Report , log on to http://www.symantec.com.

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Posted by on January 28, 2008 in Symantec, Technology

 

ViewSonic expands display heritage with new line of HR digital picture frames

According to Parks Associates research, more than two-thirds of digital photos taken are never printed or displayed, keeping memories bottled up on memory cards and computer hard drives. ViewSonic Corp. sets photos free from the hard drive and brings them to the coffee table with the introduction of easy-to-use, digital picture frames line.

The company’s first picture frames line — the 7-inch widescreen DP701W4WH, 8-inch widescreen DF88W-523 and the traditional 8-inch DF87G533 — are affordable, stylish and versatile, and were meant to provide high-quality display for consumers to show off digital photos that may have never seen the light of day.

“From wedding days and a baby’s ‘firsts’, to family vacations and birthdays, displaying personal moments through high-quality displays is a natural next step for ViewSonic,” said Jeff Volpe, vice president of marketing, ViewSonic Americas. “Expanding our portfolio of leading-edge display technology to include picture frames is the latest example of how we are meeting digital lifestyle trends and improving how people view and share content.”

Pictures can be uploaded to the frames with a USB cable or directly from a camera’s memory card. With 128MB of internal memory standard, the frames can display and rotate nearly 106 1.2-megapixel photos. The user can browse and display photos individually, view thumbnails or create an image slideshow with transition effects.

The widescreen 7-inch DP701W4WH brings photos to life with an 800×480 resolution, 220 cd/m2 brightness and a 400:1 contrast ratio (typ) that are ideal for crisp and vibrant images. The DP701W4WH creates a smooth progression from image to image, while the white acrylic bezel makes it a perfect fit within the modern décor of today’s homes and offices. The frames can display JPEG or BMP files and also include clock and alarm functionality.

The widescreen 8-inch DF88W-523 and traditional 8-inch DF87G-533 give photos more screen space and personality with audio and video capabilities. These frames display JPEG, BMP and M-JPEG files, and the DF88W also displays MPEG2 and MPEG4 files. Showcasing photos with accurate color, the DF88W offers 800×480 resolution and 300:1 contrast ratio while the DF87G offers 800×600 resolution and 500:1 contrast ratio (typ). With 250 cd/m2 brightness (typ), images are bright and clear. Both frames already include an integrated speaker for MP3 sound, a remote control and clock, alarm and calendar functionality.

Beyond personal photo displaying, these frames are easy to use, which makes them ideal for businesses. Rather than ordering new signage for retail locations, medical offices and education facilities, organizations can quickly change sales and welcome signs by uploading new images to the frame to save paper and time.

All of ViewSonic’s digital frames are backed by a one-year limited warranty and will soon be sold through authorized ViewSonic resellers, distributors, retailers and e-tailers. For more information about ViewSonic’s wider range of products, or to locate authorized ViewSonic dealers, please visit http://www.ViewSonic.com.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2008 in Technology, Viewsonic

 

PowerColor Announces More DX10.1 Gaming/Mainstream Graphics Boards

For mainstream cards, HD3600 series, PowerColor introduced a complete product line to satisfy every gamer, its professional cooling system (PCS) solution provide not only standard version but also Xtreme version with overclocked function; for entry-level, HD3450 SCS, which provides a silent multimedia solution for media centers and superior image quality, with rich 3D features for the latest games, enhance performance using the latest hybrid technology.

One of many exciting things about these new series of products is that every product will bundle with free iClone2 SE software, iClone 2 transforms any desktop into a complete virtual movie studio. Create 3D characters, scenes, and special effects for films inside a total 3D real-time environment. Designed for users of any skill level, iClone is equipped to break the barriers of storytelling offering an accessible tool to bring any story to life.

HD3K series has taken full advantage of 55nm processing technology; it brings higher performance with lower power consumption. These new series offer Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1, PCI Express® 2.0, built-in HDMI with 5.1 surround audio, and also with the support for Shader Model 4.1, Universal Video Decode, and ATI CrossFireTM X technology.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2008 in Technology

 

LG Electronics joins Ati-Atihan 2008 Festival

LG Electronics (Optical Disk Drives and LCD Monitor Display) supports the world famous “Ati-Atihan” festival, which was celebrated last January 18-20 2008 at Kalibo, Aklan.

This three (3) day festive highlights the traditional “HALA BIRA” street dancing and “VIVA KAY SENOR STO. NINO” parade.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2008 in LG Electronics

 

OLYMPUS E-3

As the new flagship model of Olympus’s E Series — the world’s leading line of compact, high-performance digital interchangeable-lens SLR cameras, the E-3 has been carefully designed to offer demanding professionals the highest possible levels of picture quality, mobility and reliability. Ruggedly constructed from lightweight, rigid magnesium alloy to withstand the most severe operating conditions, the dust- and splash-proof E-3 boasts substantial improvements in performance that include the world’s fastest AF*1 with an 11-point-full twin cross AF sensor system, high-speed sequential shooting capability at 5 frames/sec., and a high-speed shutter up to 1/8000 sec.

That top-level image capturing performance is supported by an industry-leading built-in image stabilization mechanism that’s already been proven on the E-510 to effectively eliminate blur with a camera shake compensation effect of up to 5 EV steps*. Picture quality is further assured by a powerful 10.1-megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor and the high-speed “TruePic III” image processing engine, while increased data reading speed enables high-speed sequential shooting possible. Put it all together and you’ve got a camera that offers today’s highest level of digital shooting quality and performance.

The E-3 is also the first camera in its class to incorporate Olympus’s exclusive Live View function, which allows users to compose their shots on a rear-panel LCD monitor. Now made even more versatile with a dual-axis flexible-angle HyperCrystal panel that can be rotated for easier vertical shooting, Live View promises to expand the world of photographic expression into new and uncharted territory.

Traditional shooting styles are supported as well by a bigger optical viewfinder that provides a brighter, more comfortable view with a 100% field of view and 1.15x magnification. Equally importantly, the E-3 is built to withstand the rigors of professional shooting day in and day out. Made of a lightweight, rigid magnesium alloy and sealed to keep out dust and splashes, the E-3 incorporates a powerful Dust Reduction System that effectively removes any dust that gets inside the camera and a durable shutter tested to 150,000 releases.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2008 in Technology

 

STI Formally Breaks Ground on STI Academic Center in Global City

STI, the largest network of schools in the Philippines, recently held the ground breaking ceremonies of the STI Academic Center at Bonifacio, Global City.

Led by STI President and CEO Monico V. Jacob and STI Executive Committee Chairman Eusebio H. Tanco, STI officials and students were present at the site during the formal ceremonies.

Jacob expresses that this new facility of STI “is the perfect emblem of our 25th anniversary as a pioneering educational institution.” He goes on to say that, “STI is honored to be able to educate thousands of well-rounded students with the best quality of ICT-enhanced learning in a world-class education establishment.”

The STI Academic Center is a 2,632-square-meter property leased to STI by the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) for 25 years. The eight-story STI Academic Center will house a research and development center, amphitheater, state-of-the-art gymnasium and highly advanced information technology, healthcare, business, and hotel and restaurant management facilities for students.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2008 in STI

 

Packeteer Rolls Out New Unified Central Management System for Complete Intelligent WAN Application Delivery

Packeteer, the global leader in WAN application delivery, announced the availability of IntelligenceCenterTM a comprehensive application and WAN management platform that enables enterprise and service provider customers to easily monitor, enforce and optimize application performance levels with advanced, graphically-rich and highly customizable reporting capabilities. IntelligenceCenter provides a single sign on Web 2.0-based interface with simplified portal access to each of its performance monitoring and reporting, policy enforcement and Packeteer system configuration modules. The IntelligenceCenter system, which is comprised of the IntelligenceCenter Console the IntelligenceCenter Reporting Module and the highly efficient IntelligenceCenter Data Collector will scale to centrally manage up to 2,500 PacketShaper, iShaper and iShared appliances concurrently.

Among the most strategic new features of IntelligenceCenter’s modular architecture is a new Application Performance Monitoring Portal. TM This enables customers to define, monitor and set threshold-based performance levels for all file-based, transactional, voice and video applications. This ensures that existing applications perform to the highest performance standards and streamlines the process of troubleshooting new application rollouts.

“While WAN optimization continues its rapid inroads as one of the most strategic network infrastructure technologies, the table stakes are being raised yet again,” said Peter Sevcik, president of NetForecast. “Enterprises and service providers are now starting to demand WAN-based application service level agreements. Simply put, they want absolute assurances that any data, voice and/or video application can be delivered within measurable performance and reliability service level parameters to any user at any location, especially during peak load conditions. Packeteer’s IntelligenceCenter is playing an instrumental role in delivering on this promise.”

What’s in IntelligenceCenter

· Centralized reporting and device management: IntelligenceCenter aggregates application performance data from multiple Packeteer sources, enabling performance monitoring and device management for all enterprise network locations across thousands of devices through a single interface. The new platform also supports multiple data formats, including Netflow-5, Packeteer-2 FDR, XML, and SQL to support a broader range of analyses for application optimization.

· Single sign-on across CMS modules: The IntelligenceCenter Console provides a single location for accessing key performance and configuration data. This allows IT administrators to monitor enterprise-wide performance through the same interface used to configure policies, troubleshoot issues, and manage device roll-outs.

· Extended Application Visibility: IntelligenceCenter extends Packeteer’s industry- leading application visibility capabilities by monitoring average and peak utilization, network efficiency, response times, connection-related statistics and more by application and host on a network-wide basis. It also reports on and validates MPLS usage, configuration and compliance for all applications. This provides network managers with a network-wide perspective on application performance for granular troubleshooting all the way down to specific users at specific sites.

· Advanced Customizable Reporting: In response to pent up customer demand, IntelligenceCenter allows customers to access and display network traffic and application performance in whatever format they choose. For example, customers can create reports that compare application performance and response times at different sites during certain business hours or validate that applications are being mapped to the correct classes of service on an MPLS network. This new reporting capability is a critical element of Packeteer’s Intelligent Service Assurance strategy.

“While IntelligenceCenter has been designed to make application delivery and WAN optimization radically more simple and effective today, it is also the starting point for a whole new class of products that will change the way applications and services are delivered to any user anywhere across global networks,” said Packeteer CEO and President Dave Côté.

“By unifying application SLAs, performance monitoring and reporting, and device management into a single dashboard that is easy to use and navigate, we’re giving administrators unprecedented network visibility and control. This will become increasingly valuable as enterprises gain a deeper understanding of their application performance to set policies that assure service levels and fully leverage business processes.”

Product Availability
The IntelligenceCenter Console is available free of charge to Packeteer customers and orders are being taken. The IntelligenceCenter Reporting Module and Data Collector are also available now and are priced based on the number of devices managed and the rate of application flows supported, respectively.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2008 in Technology