Saturday, October 28, 2006

P903i: Super secure phone?

This is a great mobile phone for users who can't get to keep a mobile for a month without it being stolen. Forbes has this good news:
A new mobile phone in Japan takes security pretty seriously: It can recognize its owner, automatically locks when the person gets too far away from it and can be found via satellite navigation if it goes missing.

Amazing right? This is one interesting feature:
Then, if the facial-recognition feature is turned on, before accessing the handset a user has to take a picture of himself with the camera. The phone analyzes features such as distance between the eyes and unlocks if the image matches the stored data.

A separate function recognizes whether the eyes are blinking - in case someone tries to show the owner's photo to gain fraudulent entry. Not only that, a four-letter password can be added to this process, to guard against an identical twin getting unauthorized access.

Wow! If this doesn't make you drool, then there's something wrong with you.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Hacker cracks Ipod, Itunes playback restrictions

Someone's challenging Apple. Mercury News delivers the news.
A hacker known for cracking the copy-protection technology in DVDs claims to have unlocked the playback restrictions of Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod and iTunes music products and plans to license his code to others.

The move by Jon Lech Johansen, also known as "DVD Jon," could pit the 22-year-old against Apple's lawyers, experts say, but if successful could free users from some restrictions Apple and its rivals place on digital music.

Today, songs purchased from Apple's online iTunes Music Store can't be played on portable devices made by other companies. Songs purchased from many other online music stores also won't work on iPods because they similarly use a form of copy-protection that Apple doesn't support.

Well, well, well, Apple should do open-source now. It would be great to welcome the tasty red fruit to the free world.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Microsoft to release ZUNE Player on November

Microsoft must have been really jealous of Apple's success on IPod. Thus, the software giant also wants to have a piece of that success by actually giving its rival a run for its money.

All Headline News reports that Microsoft will release its own version of IPod called Zune.
Unveiling its rival to the iPod, Microsoft's introduced its new Zune music player. While the device looks a lot like an iPod, acts a lot like an iPod and will cost about the same as an iPod but it has two features which Apple's iPod doesn't offer: a new subscription music service, and the ability to share music with other Zune users through a wireless connection.

The Zune player, which will cost around $245 and have 30 gigabytes of memory, enough to hold about 7,500 songs. It also will feature a 3-inch screen and a built-in FM transmitter (tuner), and will come loaded with about 25 songs and other content.

IPod dramatically raised the level of the ultimate music experience and Microsoft is there to steal the throne. Will Zune prove to be worthy challenger? We'll soon find out.