Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

Fintel To Cover Fiji Islands With WiMAX Using Alvarion’s BreezeMAX™

January 9, 2007

FINTEL finally decided to introduce their own broadband service. Currently, FINTEL sells bandwidth from the Southern Cross Fibre-optic cables to ISPs in Fiji (Unwired Fiji and Connect) and as a result the prices are high. Hopefully with their own ISP, FINTEL will be able to provide faster and cheap internet and data servives. Named Kidanet (pronounced as ‘keen-da-net’) ; meaning a new dawn (or sometthing like that). FINTEL has chosen the WiMAX wireless standard for their network. While details are sketchy, FINTEL has partnered with Alvarion, using their WiMAX Certified™ platform: BreezeMAX™. The equipment is said to be provided through Paclink, an Australian based I.T. company who is also a partner of Alvarion. Here is the press release on the Paclink website.

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Skype… the self out-doers!

December 19, 2006

First it was VOIP, then the lie detector (which hasnt been realeased as of yet), now near high definition TV!

The expansion of Skype continues: Skype founders are close to launching a global broadband television service offering “the best of the internet with the best of TV”. Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström said the service, codenamed The Venice Project, will offer “near high definition programmes” which users can personalise or discuss with others. Unlike other video-on-demand websites like YouTube, the Venice Project will offer channels and “high-quality and full-screen video”, Friis told the Financial Times.

He said that the peer-to-peer technology used in the service would make it possible to serve “tens of millions of users”. A source close to Warner Music confirmed that it was using the service to create channels for some of its artists, including Paris Hilton. The service is expected to launch next year. It has reportedly attracted a few big-name channels, but the company would not dislose its partners. For users to access Skype’s IPTV service they will be required to download the software, giving them access to a menu screen which can open programmes, fast forward, rewind, and pause. Sharing and commentary services will also feature as part of the new service. I feel this could reach a nice portion of popularity…

Source: [withheld]

Mozilla releases alpha version of Firefox 3.0

December 12, 2006

Oh my, this came out of nowhere!

Mozilla, only a few months ago released their final and public version of Firefox 2.0. Now they’re at it again, with an alpha version of Firefox 3.0.

Here is the screen shot

Click the links below to download for your respective OS.

Windows – 32bit version

Mac

Linux – i686

Note: the download links above point to the US English builds of Firefox 3.0 alpha. If you find links for other languages, please leave a comment with the download links.

And for those of you who know ‘code’, here is the link for the source code of the alpha build

I’ll post updates as Mozilla releases newer builds.

Cheers!

Firefox Passwords security problem

November 24, 2006

Security experts Wednesday warned that Mozilla Corp.’s Firefox browser has an unpatched flaw that lets criminals pilfer Web site or account passwords, and said that the tactic has already been used on MySpace to steal log-in information from users of the popular social networking service. Dubbed the “Reverse Cross-Site Request” vulnerability by its discoverer, the vulnerability is in Firefox’s password-saving feature. Attackers can exploit the flaw by crafting malicious HTML code that hijacks a username and password from a legitimate site, such as a blog or message forum, then transports the log-in to another site.

Users would not notice that the theft had even taken place, said Robert Chapin, who reported the bug to Mozilla earlier this month. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is also vulnerable to RCSR attack, added Chapin, although circumstances make it less likely that attackers will exploit the bug in IE. Current versions of Firefox, including 1.5.0.8 and 2.0, are vulnerable to RCSR attack; until a patch is available, users can deflect such attacks by disabling the automated password saving feature. In Firefox, users should select Tools|Options|Security, then clear the box marked “Remember passwords for sites.” Let’s hope it will be fixed soon. Anyway, still way better than all these ActiveX bugs in IE…

Source: InformationWeek