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Wednesday Midday (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-November-2008  12:46:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This one's from Matt..

Experts are warning that next Monday (24th) will see a peak in malware levels. Security researchers have deemed November 24 "black Monday" following predictions it will herald this year's peak in the spread of information-stealing malware. PC Tools said its internal monitoring systems registered a dramatic spike in viruses around November 19 last year, three days before the American Thanksgiving holiday and about the time when many people were shopping online for Christmas presents. Based on this data, Kurt Baumgartner, the company's chief threat analyst, has predicted November 24 will be the worst day of the year for computer attacks.

The world is getting safer for soldiers, with the development of a new camera. Dubbed the I-Ball the wireless device is robust enough to survive being thrown onto a battlefield. The I-Ball's internal camera gives a 360 degree view, with images being sent from the instant it is launched. It is thought the new technology would enable soldiers to see into potential danger spots without putting themselves at risk of ambush.

USB 3.0 is a step closer with complete specifications being released. It seems like everything uses USB today from cell phone chargers to keyboards, mice, printers, and cameras. What many really want are faster USB connections. The USB 3.0 Promoters Group announced yesterday that the USB 3.0 specification was finally complete. The specification is a sort of roadmap that allows manufacturers to build controllers and products utilizing the USB 3.0 standard. The specification has now been turned over to the USB Implementers Forum, the managing body for USB specifications.

For Mac users there's a new trojan making the rounds. When visiting certain sites, the user is alerted that there is a "Video ActiveX Object Error" and is told that their "Browser cannot play this video file." The alert instructs the user to download the "missing Video ActiveX Object." If the user clicks OK, a disk image called "cleanlive.dmg" downloads (which may change in the future). Depending on the user's browser settings, this disk image may mount and installation may automatically start.

Dell has outfitted several of its computers with the new i7 chip. A baseline configured Studio XPS desktop starts out at $950 and comes equipped with Intel's Core i7 920 clocked at 2.66GHz. The sub-$1000 configuration also includes a 3GB triple-channel DDR3-1066 memory kit and a 500GB hard drive. A 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3450 provides casual gaming chores, with the option to upgrade to a 512MB HD 4850 for $200 more.A 16X DVD burner and the standard assortment of ports complete the feature-set. For those with a little more jingle in their pocket, up to 1.28TB of storage can be configured in a RAID 0 array, along with a speedier CPU in the Core i7 940 clocked at 2.93GHz.

If you own an iPhone, check out Zooz Control. So the dudes over at ZoozMobile decided to help the PC achieve a similar control system by linking your games to the iPhone's touchscreen and accelerometer. By downloading the free PC host software, and the (currently free) Zooz Control Lite app for your iPhone, you can use your handset as a very expensive, yet highly intuitive controller for your PC games.

Anti-piracy lawyers are now suing people for sharing gay porn. After going after thousands accused of sharing video games in the UK, lawyers Davenport Lyons are now branching out into other areas. This week sees them start going after those it accuses of sharing the movie ďArmy F**kersĒ, hardcore gay porn featuring Ďfarm boysí and Gestapo officers. Accusing the wrong people this time could prove very costly indeed.

Two years ago Microsoft and Novel signed a patent pact. Was it worth it? In exchange for Microsoft distributing to its customers certificates for Novellís SuSE Linux, Novell basically conceded that its implementation of Linux violated Microsoft patents and agreed its customers needed patent-enforcement protection. (Thatís not how Novell or Microsoft likes to portray the arrangement, but thatís what it boiled down to, in essence.) Since the agreement was forged, a lot has happened.

There is a Tron sequel in the works. Tron - quite possibly the best example of a movie that could benefit from a legitimate sequel - is finally getting one. And who knew? A few dedicated - and better informed - film buffs maybe. But for the rest of us sci-fi supporters, certainly on this side of the Pond, it remained a secret. It is being directed by Joseph Kosinski, a little known director currently working on a remake of Logan's Run. He replaced Steve Lisberger, director of the original, but Lisberger is staying on as a co-writer for the sequel.

What exactly did the Phoenix Rover discover on Mars? For this week's Photoshop contest, I asked you guys to show us what the Mars Phoenix really discovered that government didn't want us to know about. Well, apparently Mars is a popular destination for politicians, terrorists, Bigfoot and assorted other bizarre life forms. If most of this stuff did exist on Mars, the Men in Black would break down crying because their lives are meaningless and the government would shut down NASA immediately and return the money to taxpayers. Hit the jump for the top three, the Gallery of Champions and... the truth.

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