iPhone SMS Bug Released Today

According to Forbes, today two researchers Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner plan on releasing a bug in the iPhone SMS during the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. The bug is said to allow a person to take over an iPhone via SMS.

“Using a flaw they’ve found in the iPhone’s handling of text messages, the researchers say they’ll demonstrate how to send a series of mostly invisible SMS bursts that can give a hacker complete power over any of the smart phone’s functions. That includes dialing the phone, visiting Web sites, turning on the device’s camera and microphone and, most importantly, sending more text messages to further propagate a mass-gadget hijacking.”

If that doesn’t sound scary enough, the only way to prevent the attack is to turn your iPhone off.

“If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly.”

The researchers say that they notified Apple about the bug a month ago however, Apple has not released a fix for it.

Do we know if this is actually true or not… No. Do we know if iPhones all over the world are going to be hacked today… No. If you receive an email with a single square character, should you turn off your iPhone… that is up to you!

Japan recently lauched a blue beer

Japan recently lauched a blue beer called Okhotsk Blue. The brew is made using water melted from icebergs that float each year onto Hokkaido beaches from the chilly Sea of Okhotsk

MSN launches free streaming video

Microsoft has announced a UK service that will stream full-length videos of television shows for free.

The advertising-funded MSN Video Player will be available from next week and will include over 300 hours of shows.

Microsoft said it will continue to extend the service, adding content by working with broadcasters and studios.

The "beta", or trial, service features material from the BBC's commercial subsidiary BBC Worldwide and ALL3MEDIA, including Peep Show and Shameless.

Programmes will be available in both Windows Media Video (WMV) and Flash formats, to cater for both PC and Mac users.

Initially, the pilot will not use Microsoft's Silverlight platform, widely touted as a flash alternative.

The project is an offshoot of the established MSN Video, which offers short video clips ranging from music to sport and news.

The video service ranked fifth in the UK in a recent survey of video-on-demand sites.

Ashley Highfield, Microsoft's managing director and vice president of consumer and online, said the firm is hoping to use its "unparalleled reach" to offer content to the 23% of UK consumers who watch video online.

Programmes will be streamed without DRM (Digital Rights Management) copy protection but will only be available to people with a UK web address.

The service will go head-to-head with other catch-up services such as the BBC's iPlayer and Hulu, which is expected to launch in the UK later in the year.

Hulu is an ad-funded service - owned by News Corporation, Disney and NBC Universal - that has quickly become popular in the US since its 2008 launch, offering thousands of hours of programming.

Unlike the BBC's iPlayer, Hulu and the MSN Video Player is not yet available on mobile devices.

Simon Danker, director of digital content partnerships at BBC Worldwide, said: "Exploring what works for people in the rapidly expanding on-demand space is important for us, and the MSN Video Player presents a new avenue for us to reach online audiences."


Upendra back to direction

ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗಷ್ಟೇ ಉಪೇಂದ್ರ ಅವರು ನಿರ್ದೇಶನದ ಚಿತ್ರವೊಂದು ಸೆಟ್ಟೇರಲಿದೆ ಎಂಬ ವದಂತಿ ಇದೀಗ ನಿಜವಾಗಿದೆ. ಅವರೇ ತಿಳಿಸಿರುವಂತೆ ತುಂಬ ಸಿಂಪಲ್ ಆದ ಚಿಹ್ನೆಯನ್ನು ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಚಿತ್ರ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಸೂಪರ್ ಉದ್ಗಾರದ ಹಸ್ತಸಂಕೇತ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಶೀರ್ಷಿಕೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಅಂದರೆ, ಹೆಬ್ಬೆರಳು ಮತ್ತು ತೋರುಬೆರಳು ಜೋಡಿಸಿರುವ, ಸೂಪರ್ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳುವಾಗ ಬಳಸುವ ಹಸ್ತ ಸಂಕೇತ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಹೆಸರು. ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಕತೆ, ಚಿತ್ರಕತೆ ಮತ್ತು ಸಂಭಾಷಣೆಯನ್ನು ಸ್ವತಃ ಉಪೇಂದ್ರ ಅವರೇ ಮಾಡಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡ ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ ತೆಲುಗು, ತಮಿಳು ಮತ್ತು ಹಿಂದಿ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ನಾಲ್ಕು ಭಾಷೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿದ್ಧಪಡಿಸಲು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಉಪೇಂದ್ರ.

ಕೆಲವು ಕಾರಣಗಳಿಂದ ಲಂಡನ್‌ಗೌಡ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣ ತಾತ್ಕಾಲಿಕವಾಗಿ ಸ್ಥಗಿತಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದರಿಂದ ಉಪೇಂದ್ರ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ಕೈಗೆತ್ತಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕೆಲವು ಮೂಲಗಳ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಲಂಡನ್‌ಗೌಡ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞರು ಇಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಇನ್ನು ನಾಯಕಿಯ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯಾಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣ ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಾರಂಭವಾಗುವ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಇದೆ.

Eddelu Manjunatha video

Wave protocol from google

At the Google I/O conference earlier this year, the search giant revealed an intriguing new communication service called Wave that aims to deliver concurrent messaging and collaborative editing in a single cohesive environment. The underlying Wave Federation Protocol is designed to make it possible for third parties to host their own interoperable Wave instances.

Google intends to open the source code of its own implementation in order to encourage widespread adoption of the protocol. The company took its first major steps in that direction on Friday by releasing the source code of its Operational Transform (OT) code and a simple client/server reference implementation that is built on top of the protocol. This code, which is available under the open source Apache Software License, will give developers a way to start experimenting with the protocol and potentially even building their own Wave-compatible services.

IIT's starting online teaching

The IITs have taken up an initiative of starting online teaching and thus have started offering course materials online for every engineering stream.

Many professors from all the IITs have provided course materials for each chapter and each subject..

One has to register at the link provided below and can access the course material free of cost.

Every Chapter has been described with diagrams and charts. Please spread this message to everyone, as many can benefit from this program taken up by the government and IIT.

This is just a trial period going on and hence i request everyone to register at the link given.

1] Type the following address on internet explorer http://www.nptel.iitm.ac.in

2] Click on Courses /Search

3] sign up as a NEW USER

4] And one can access any course material.
Please spread the word, so that this initiative benefits as many students as possible.