Some news from the mobile world

It is time when the mobile giants are trying to do something different and something more to woo their customers .

motorola_pressmart

Motorola ,the American Fortune 100 company ,has joined hands with Pressmart Media (“the world’s online press ” as they call themselves ) to bring live news on-the-mobile to motorola users . Pressmart is based out of Hyderabad and has presence in US and UK. The users can now access the news updates on the go ! All you need is a mobile phone with GPRS connection ! and if thats not enough for you,let me add that this is a FREE service !!

htc_magic powered by Android

Now lets get into a news related to the Internet giant Google ,which has set foot to revolutionise the mobile market.I hope you are familiar about G1 , Googles first mobile based on its Android operating system . Now Vodafone has unveiled a touchscreen HTC Magic mobile powered by  new Android firmware, known as “Cupcake“, with changes based on G1 user suggestion.Some of its features include  : a 3.2 Megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, and GPS. No slide-out keyboard and you cant use any other headphones in it as a proprietorship has been obtained for the  headphone jack  .  A one line sentence, in the marketers voice ,that describes this mobile  ” This is the thinnest, nicest Android-powered device on the market.

Skype in Nokia mobiles

And now to the worlds largest manufacturer of mobile phones : Nokia . It has planned to provide full Skype support on its  N97 handset and subsequent Nokia N Series smartphones. This will allow users to make calls over a 3G or Wi-Fi network without having to pay the carrier anything above their monthly data subscription.Now thats good news for us and bad news for mobile network operators . Skype has been a favourite app of many Internet users and sure they would feel comfortabe with it in Nokia .

Its time to un-install Adobe Reader !

buffer overflow ;)Adobe Acrobat reader is a “must have ” software amongst all pc users for reading PDF docs. Of recent , Adobe has warned its users
of a critical vulnerability in Acrobat Reader 9 ,that could cause “Buffer Overflow ” ,  ultimately submitting the entire system into the hands of Hackers. Existing PDFs wont cause any issues,but be careful with the  pdfs you receive hereafter . One temporary measure is to disable JavaScript in Acrobat Reader and other Acrobat products.Adobe is expected to release a patch for Acrobat Reader 9 by March 11. Patches for earlier versions will follow.

Now you are left with two options , either you wait for Adobe to release the patch or switch over to faster,lighter and better pdf readers like  Foxit .

You can download Foxit here .

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Microsoft serious on “Downadup” issue

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This is a followup of my article on win32/conficker worm that has grabbed  attention through its widespread infection.
Even Microsoft seems to be hit by its spread. Recently , it has come forward to offer $250,000 to anyone who “catches” the worm authors.

One of the worst scenario of this worm affecting day to day operation ,is the incident where the Houston police department was forced to stop arresting people with traffic warrants because the worm spread its way through the police and city court’s computer systems.There also was a Conficker outbreak among French military computers,which led to several fighter planes being grounded until everything could be fixed.

Microsoft has joined hand with ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and other experts like VeriSign,AOL, F-Secure etc . to trace out the worm creators .

The best way to defeat potential botnets like Conficker/Downadup is by the security and domain name system communities working together..”  : ICANN chief Internet security advisor Greg Rattray.

Microsoft has implemented an Antivirus Reward Hotline at 1-425-706-1111,
and an Antivirus Reward Mailbox at avreward@microsoft.com to share tips.

  • Advice about defending against Conficker is available online here.
  • Interested in learning more about staying safe online then visit .

To date, Conficker has  infected at least 10 million PCs since first being introduced into the wild.

Meanwhile ,  my “Linux is virus free ”  notion has broken down. I came across an article by Foobar ,which explains  “How to write a Linux virus in 5 easy steps”. You  can read it here .

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Install JEdit in Ubuntu : How To

JEdit is a simple and cool looking editor designed using Java . The interface is pretty much the same in both Windows and Ubuntu. I would consider it as an alternative for kate in Windows .

To install JEdit in Windows , just download this executable.( 2.6MB)

Installing it Ubuntu is equally simpler .
You can download the .deb package
here . (3.4 MB )

If you are a geek ,who prefers to install it thru’ command line, then follow the steps below :

  • Append  these two lines to sources.list file found in /etc/apt/

deb   http://dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/jedit ./
deb-src   http://dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/jedit ./

  • Run the following line in Terminal
    sudo apt-get install update
  • Now run the following line to install JEdit
    sudo apt-get install jedit

As an alternative to all the above said packages , you are also provided with a platform independent JEdit installer .Its in .jar format.
You can get it here.

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Mac OS X package (  6.5 MB)

Slackware package ( 3.4 MB )

Source code (  1.9 MB    )

Screenshots :

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Survival of the “Darwin”

Charles Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882)

Survival of the fittest ” , a phrase popular among every educated person . And no hints are needed to guess the genius who coined it . Charles Darwin is celebrating his 200th birthday this year and his findings still revolutionise researches related to evolution .The entire scientific community—the AAAS, the National Academies of Science, Nature Publishing, the UK’s Wellcome Trust—is celebrating Darwin this year.

Theologists and rationalists still stand divided over theprincipal of evolution by natural selection and the origin of manproposed by Darwin.Biological science is very clear about the capability of a pregnant lizard to smell its enemy from a distance. It can mutate the genes of the offspring inside to give it the capacity to smell its enemy from a much longer distance. Isn’t this contrary to what Darwin said in the survival of the fittest theory?asked Prof B M Hegde, cardiologist. But Dr Kumarasamy Thangaraj, senior scientist, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, said the progress made in genetics over the past 50 years were in line with Darwin’s predictions about evolution.

The church even today negates the evolution theory.Even if one accepts the theory of evolution, it does not exclude divine intervention in the process of creation of the universe,” said Dr Paul Thelakkat, a church spokesman. Dr S. Gokul Shankar, a micro-biologist, said Dasavatharam, the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu, represented the theory of evolution.

Anyway , giving a twist to Darwin´s own words , its “survival of Darwin”.Yes the name still survives in all researches related to evolution of mankind .

Want to know  more , then go here .
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source : DC

image source : Wikipedia