Tech News Daily

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Talking iPod

So the rumors are everywhere as Apple tries to set the pace in terms of what will be hot for the 2006 holiday shopping season. Microsoft has announced their "iPod killer" so it's only fitting that rumors start to circulate about a talking iPod. Apple need something new to captivate the attention of consumers this year...will a talking iPod be enough?

"A new generation of machines will use sophisticated software to convert the names of bands, albums and individual tracks into recognisable speech.

The new iPod will tell you what it is about to play, removing the need for users to look at the screen while selecting music, and making the device safer and easier to use while driving, cycling or in badly-lit locations. "

Palm Pulls Treo 650 from Europe

Palm has stopped shipping its Treo 650 smartphone in Europe as the device falls foul of newly ratified environmental regulations.

The current model does not comply with the RoHS Directive that came into effect on 1 July. The regulation limits the amount of hazardous material such as lead, mercury and cadmium that can be used in electronic devices.

Palm said that it will still be able to sell its existing stock of Treo 650 phones that are already in Europe.

The company plans to introduce a new model by the end of the year that complies with the environmental rules, a spokesman told

The Treo 650 is the only Palm smartphone currently available in Europe. The company's Treo 700 model is available to buyers in North America only.

Palm's decision temporarily to shift focus away from the European market raises questions about its dedication to the region. The company has traditionally struggled in the European market.

Boy Listening to iPod Struck by Lightning

Jason Bunch was listening to Metallica on his iPod while mowing the lawn outside his Castle Rock home Sunday afternoon when lightning hit him.

The last thing the 17-year-old remembers was that a storm was coming from the north and he had only about 15 minutes before he should go inside.

Next thing he knew, he was in his bed, bleeding from his ears and vomiting. He was barefoot and had taken off his burned T-shirt and gym shorts. He doesn't know how he got back in the house.

Bunch's ears were burned on the inside, and he's lost some hearing, mostly on the right side. His hair was singed.

His face, chest, hands and right leg have freckle-size welts on them as if buckshot had come from inside his body out.

The wounds follow the line of his iPod, from his ears down his right side to his hip, where he was carrying the device. The iPod has a hole in the back, and the earbuds dissolved into green threads.

Experts claim the ipod wasn't the cause of Bunch being struck;

"There is no scientific evidence to show that lightning is 'attracted' to items like an iPod. However, if someone wearing earbuds is struck, current may travel along the wires into the ears," said Gregory Stewart of the Denver-based Lightning Reference Center. "There are documented cases of lightning traveling through wired telephones and killing the users. "

The only question I have is why was Bunch outside mowing the lawn during a storm in the first place? I think stupidity got him struck by lightning, not his iPod.


Saturday, July 08, 2006

31 Exploits in 31 Days

A hacker has stockpiled browser exploits and plans to release one flaw a day for the month of July to highlight the types of vulnerabilities affecting the world's most widely used Web browsers.

HD Moore, co-founder of the Metasploit Framework, has launched a new project called MoBB (Month of Browser Bugs) with daily releases of proof-of-concept code for flaws in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Apple's Mac OS X-only Safari and the Linux browser Konqueror.

"We will publish a new browser hack, every day, for the entire month of July. The hacks we publish are carefully chosen to demonstrate a concept without disclosing a direct path to remote code execution." Moore went on to say "We could probably release one a day for the next two and a half years without running out of bugs."


Microsoft's Digital Media Device

Microsoft will begin selling a digital music and video player before the upcoming holiday season, and its wireless capabilities will likely give it a competitive advantage over Apple Computer’s mega-popular iPod, which requires users to plug into a computer to download content, Reuters reports via USA Today.

Various media sources have been reporting for weeks that Microsoft has been working on an iPod challenger, and the most recent news about the pre-holiday release date comes from sources close to the matter who spoke with Reuters on Wednesday.

Microsoft has been making rounds to visit various record companies over the past few weeks to promote the unnamed music and video player, and it has also been pushing new media software in a bid to create an “integrated ecosystem” for its device not unlike Apple’s iPod and iTunes combination.

Via CIO.

PayPal President Quits

EBay announced a major management shakeup Thursday, as the world's largest online marketplace faces competition from all quarters, including Google, one of its primary marketing partners.

EBay said Jeff Jordan, president of its PayPal payment service, will leave the San Jose company this fall to spend more time with his family.

EBay spokesman Hani Durzy said Jordan had been considering a departure for some time, and that the timing allows experienced eBay veterans to take over at PayPal and Skype.

``There's never a good time to do this,'' Durzy said.

Durzy said Jordan's departure was especially hard on eBay Whitman, who first hired Jordan to be part of a strategic planning group in 1990 when she was at the Walt Disney Company. When Whitman interviewed for Disney's chief executive position in early 2005 -- she took her name out of the running that March -- Jordan was seen as eBay's most likely internal successor.