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Sony® refreshes its Walkman series

Sony is excited to refresh its exclusive series of Walkman for the coming fall. Find out the newly released devices.

Sony F800 series Android Walkman

This newest addition flaunts a 3.5-inch multitouch LCD screen and incorporates Tegra 2 dual-core processor with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system. The Walkman F series features the sonically stimulating S-Master Digital Amplifier, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity. As far as the storage capacity of the Walkman is concerned, it offers 16GB and 32GB.

Also, Sony F800 series Android Walkman supports a number of video and audio codecs, including WMA, PCM, HE-AAC, MP3, WMV, MPEG4, and AVC. The best part is that this Walkman by Sony can play songs for as many as 20 hours.

Sony S770BT Walkman

Sony has also revived its budget Walkman series, by releasing S770BT series Walkman. S770BT comes equipped with 8GB of onboard storage option, a 2-inch QVGA LCD screen and a well-known circular button interface. The most favorable point of this latest Walkman is the MDR-NWBT10 Bluetooth wireless ear-buds along with 36 hours of battery life. Alike Sony F800 series Android Walkman, Sony S770BT Walkman also supports a slew of video and audio codecs, including WMA, PCM, HE-AAC, MP3, WMV, MPEG4, and AVC.

Microsoft Issues Critical Patch for Windows 7, Vista Users

Windows 7 was touted as the most secure Windows OS till date by Microsoft. However, Microsoft had to face heavy criticism from users of Windows 7 as it was considered to be plagued with different security issues.  The main security issue was related to Bluetooth bug which would allow a hacker/attacker to take control of system by sending wireless packets that contained malicious code through Bluetooth.

In response to the Bluetooth security issue in Windows 7, Microsoft said that there was a critical flaw in Windows 7 Bluetooth stack, the driver which enables the system to connect to Bluetooth devices.  The security bug would allow an attacker to gain access to the system that has Bluetooth functionality.  Microsoft further added that only system that had Bluetooth capabilities were vulnerable to any attack due to this security bug. Squashing the criticism, Jerry Brant, group manager for security response at Microsoft added that the target system having Bluetooth capability has to be in discovering mode which is not the default Bluetooth mode in Windows. Other security issues were related to kernel mode drivers and Microsoft Visio. The kernel mode drivers in Windows 7 also made system more vulnerable to an attack. The flaw was related to the improper allocation of memory when data was copied from user mode.   Other flaw related to kernel mode driver is in the way the kernel mode driver objects are managed. All these flaws would allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code in kernel mode. The vulnerability in Microsoft Visio is related to the way the binary libraries are loaded. The bug related to Microsoft Visio would allow attacker to execute remote code, if the user open a Microsoft Visio file that is located in same network directory.

Microsoft releases security patches every second Tuesday of the month to fix the security issues related to Windows OS and other windows programs. The security patch is known as Patch Tuesday. The Patch Tuesday released in month of July is mainly intended to fix the Bluetooth security issue in Windows 7. The Patch Tuesday contains a patch to fix the critical hole that is related to Bluetooth issue in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. The critical patch also contains three different patches intended to plug all holes that affect Visio 2003 and all supported version of Windows. The security patch is also intended to fix 15 vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel mode driver and a vulnerability that is related to Microsoft Visio. The latest Patch Tuesday will also fix five bugs related to Microsoft Windows Client. Security Experts and industry were eagerly waiting for this critical patch as the users are increasingly using host of Bluetooth devices on their system such as Bluetooth headsets, printers, mouse and keyboards which increased systems’ vulnerability in absence of this patch.

Microsoft Patches ‘Sexy’ Bluetooth Bug in Vista, Windows 7

Operating system and software has been vulnerable to so many threats and it is software manufacturer’s duty to provide fix to all those bugs. In the same fashion, Microsoft has recently rolled out 22 vulnerabilities in Windows operating system and Office suites, which also had the bug related to Bluetooth functionality in Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. This bug was being used to hack or highjack the nearby computer or Bluetooth enable devices.

Last week, Microsoft released 4 updates which are called “Bulletin” and only one update amongst these 4 updates was labeled as “critical”. “Critical” label is supposed to be considered one of the most important ratings in companies 4 step scoring systems. The other three updates were marked as “critical” which is the next most important rating after “critical.”

The number of vulnerabilities, which were released in the month of July, is equal to the count which was released in Feb this year. This count is very less as compared to the 64 of April and 34 of June.

Director of security operations, nCricle Security, Andrew Storms said that “it’s quirky, and it is remotely exploitable,” which means it makes Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating system’s Bluetooth stack very vulnerable.

Amol Sarwate, Manager of Qualys’  Vulnerability also agreed to the point and disclosed his concerns for the user who uses Bluetooth devices with their computer are the most affected  and targeted users for this bug. It is very important for a user to apply such patch as it can highjack the Bluetooth stack.

The bug “This one’s sexy” is a generic spyware which is able to access your computer using Bluetooth communication even without user’s agreement and knowledge. It is very easy for an attacker or hacker to deploy such malicious program as they can do it by simply accessing any hot-spot or free wireless internet access, said Marcus Carey, Security researcher of Rapid7. One amazing fact is that the 10 years old operating system , Windows XP, is completely untouched by this bug even if it also supports the Bluetooth compatibility.

MS11-053 is the patch which was top in the chart and Microsoft came forward in defiance saying that computer’s 48 bit Bluetooth address is impossible to crack by any user. An attacker can only obtain the Bluetooth address by any alternate method in the default state. Those alternate methods can be either via brute forcing or by capturing Bluetooth traffic over-the-air. This fact was brought forward by Jonathan Ness, engineer in Microsoft Security Response Center.

Experts pointed out the fact that it can be very fulfilling for some attackers as it can be deployed for targeted users. Like if an attacker knows you or any user holds some important data on his/her computer, they can simply take use of this bug to get information out of your system.

PC Maker Acer® Announces New Iconia Smart Phone

Acer has made another attempt to enter the smartphone market with an the new Iconia released at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona. It boasts of a 4.8 inch high resolution screen capable of supporting 1024X480 pixel screen resolution quite similar to that on many tablets, running on an Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. It is a slim phone with a 8 mega pixel camera with LED flash and also a front 2 mega pixel camera. It is powered by a powerful 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor powerful enough to make it standout among many tablets and smartphones. To complete with the multimedia experience it comes pre-packed with Dolby Surround Sound technology.

Also Acer’s famous UI interface the latest Acer UI 4.0 is part of the phone. It comes with the usual connectivity options like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HSDPA with HDMI port connectivity for video out for the ultimate in media entertainment. It also supports Adobe 10.1 for an enriching web experience.

This model along with its previous releases is part of the low priced Touch line and the sleek Liquid series from Acer. According to the press release it’s a unique design with a stretched out slim and curved shape. It boasts of a revolutionary web experience without any resizing and adjustment, you only have to scroll up and down just like your PC. It comes with Android, offering multi touch, and optimized Java Script enabled features. It also offers ultra fast connectivity via its HDSPA option at speeds of 14.4 Mbps with Wi-Fi. It supports an aspect ratio of 21:9 which allows for a rich multimedia experience and an unmatched movie viewing experience. The powerful processor with its large screen makes it perfect for gaming. It has an inbuilt 6-axis motion sensing technology with gyroscope plus accelerometer inbuilt. According to the press release with its wide screen with a resolution of 1024×480, more media content can be displayed, also all apps and widgets get a bigger display frame like Contacts, Google Maps, Email, Instant Messaging conversations, etc.
Acer is marketing it with a tag saying 100% smartphone, 100% Tablet, for those who want it all. Acer’s new release comes amid a plethora of smartphones powered by Android that are going to enter the market. Acer has clearly a lot of competition to look forward to and also the existing players and handsets like the Apple iPhone to compete against. At such a large scale, quality and unmatched innovation is what sets apart a winner phone from just another smartphone. Acer clearly has what it takes and if its Smartphones receive the same response as its laptops and PCs, it could prove to be a serious competitor to today’s stalwarts.

Fujitsu® to launch Windows® 7 business tablet

Japanese company Fujitsu has announced that it will launch a new Windows 7-based tablet computer called Fujitsu Stylistic Q550. The new Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 tablet PC is basically designed for the enterprise users, which includes high level enterprise security. The new tablet will release in Hanover, Germany at CeBIT trade show 2011. The device houses an Intel ‘Oak Trail’ Atom processor with integrated GMA 600 graphics and runs on the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.

The new Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 tablet PC comes with an anti-glare 10.1” LED backlit touch screen display which supports resolution up to 1280 x 800 pixels. It also supports touch interface, so users can operate the device with their fingers. The device offers dual cameras, one is front facing 0.3 megapixel camera and other is a 1.3 megapixel rear facing web camera. The tablet includes a 32 GB or 64 GB SSD (solid-state disk) drive with complete disk encryption. Fujitsu claims that this tablet PC will fulfill the demands of business as well as security requirements.

The Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 tablet has a stylus pen as an optional input method. With the help of inbuilt handwriting recognition software, the tablet automatically recognizes when customers are working with stylus pen. This time the tablet disables the touch input from the fingers and allows hands on screen without any interference. This pressure-sensitive pen also helps to make design charts, presentation, add texts or annotations to eBooks. Its new model includes an inbuilt fingerprint reader, smart card reader and Trusted Platform Module Chip (TPM) for security. The device combines 2 GB of RAM and integrates feature of a 3.5 mm audio jack and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 tablet includes Bluetooth, wireless LAN and optional connectivity of 3G broadband. According to the marketing manager of Fujitsu, Brad Hagan, other tablet PCs do not complete the security needs and requirements of the customers of enterprise worlds. The details of pricing and full specification have not been declared by the company yet. It has additional security features such as anti-theft protection and Trusted Platform Module. These features ensure data protection if the model was stolen or lost.

The Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 provides download speeds of 14.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 5.76 Mbps. It includes some other exciting features such as HDMI output, optional mobile broadband, a simple mono speaker, GPS functionality and SD/SDHC memory card. It provides battery life of up to 8 hours, if customers require extra power and the battery discharges they can swap battery with another fully charged. The tablet will be available across the world by the end of April 2011.

Disney set to launch an Android™ smartphone in Japan

Disney is now planning to enter the smartphone industry with Disney Mobile planning to introduce Disney Smartphones. The smartphones will be based on the Sharp Galapagos 003SH platform and run on the Android 2.2 operating system. The phone boasts of 3D experience without the need of special glasses. The new phone comes with a 3.8 inch display with an inbuilt 9.6 MP camera with the usual connectivity packages of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G and comes enabled with GPS. It provides support for Flash 10.1. It comes prepackaged with Disney branding in the form of a customized Disney themed home screen, widgets, emoticons, apps and a personalized @disney.ne.jp MMS address.

You also get to chose a Disney themed cover for your phone. It has an amazingly good user interface. The UI is a reworked Google Mobile OS with a customized Disney look, with great custom designed widgets. It comes with a 1GHz processor powerful enough to power its exciting graphics.

The Android Froyo 2.2 powering it will add many powerful features to make this phone a hit. The Android platform provides the users with the ability to switch between apps faster and smoothly without any glitches. Also it provides an enriched web browsing technique with faster browsing speeds. Java experience has also been enhanced with shorter rendering time. An added bonus is the new media framework Stagefright for enhanced media playback experience. This coupled with OpenGL ES 2.0 makes it an enriched media experience in your hand. The Disney Smartphone is poised to release soon in Japan and is targeted for families and children.

Disney which already has a big footprint in the entertainment business will ensure that the phone is marketed with the right features to ensure its sales. Disney has to ensure that the smart phone is up to the mark and proves to be a good competitor against all the Android phones flooding the market. Also Apple phones and Microsoft Phone 7-based devices are also strong competitors in this segment. Blackberry and Nokia are the other competitors.

Disney will have to sell the phone to a select segment of the market. Its 3D features may create ripples and attract interest in it. Disney had earlier tried to launch a phone targeting 10-15 year, olds but that was not successful.

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