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Experts at SophosLabs, Sophos's global network of virus, spyware and spam analysis centers, have reminded internet users to be on their guard following the discovery of a spyware Trojan horse that displays pictures of a potential Russian love match while secretly stealing information.

When first run on a user's computer, the Troj/Keylog-HD Trojan horse displays a slideshow of 3 photographs of a young woman called "Victoria Stasova". Accompanying the photographs is a love heart and an AOL email address.

However, while the pictures are being displayed, the malware steals keypresses and information from the infected user's PC which could allow hackers to plunder bank accounts and commit identity theft.

"One of the ways in which malware like this could work is that computer users could find themselves being chatted up online by someone who they believe is a potential lovematch, and then be sent the slideshow as the virtual romance blossoms. Having found new love victims may rush to run the slideshow with their head in the clouds, and not realise their finances are being consigned to the gutter", said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos.

Although Sophos has not seen a large number of reports of the Trojan horse, it recommends that users ensure their anti-virus protection is up-to-date and they exercise caution about which programs they choose to run on their computers.

Dell's smallest and most environmentally friendly consumer PC, the Studio Hybrid, has been launched.

Available immediately here, the Studio Hybrid is about the size of a collegiate dictionary and depending on the location or decor, can be set up in a vertical or horizontal orientation, and be personalized with a choice of seven optional, interchangeable external finishes or color sleeves: Bamboo, Emerald, Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Slate, and Topaz.

"The design and craftsmanship of the Studio Hybrid alone are enough to cause you to do a double take," Michael Tatelman, vice president, Dell global consumer sales and marketing. "Combine that with the performance of this little beauty and its environmentally smart DNA, and you’ve got something truly unique – something that you can make your own."

The Hybrid PC is about 80 percent smaller than the typical desktop minitower, and uses up to 70 percent less energy. It is Energy Star 4.0 compliant and the packaging was designed to be environmentally responsible with 30 percent reduced packing materials, by weight, as compared to typical tower desktops. Packing materials are 95 percent recyclable with 75 percent reduced printed documentation on average as compared to other desktops. A system recycling kit is included in the package.

With a starting price of $499, the Hybrid PC allows Wi-Fi networking, has a wireless keyboard and mouse, a Blu-ray Disc drive and TV tuner.

Dell also expanded its Inspiron family with the addition of the Inspiron 518 desktop and Inspiron 13 laptop.

The Inspiron 13 laptop is designed for students, with a starting weight of just under 5 pounds, and encased in glossy Pacific blue with black trim. Features include a 13-inch high definition display, capacitive touch media buttons, 8-in-1 media card reader and slot-load DVD drive. Optional features include built-in wireless networking, built-in webcam and Bluetooth connectivity.

A special $699 configuration of the Inspiron 13 will be available at Wal-Mart in the U.S. starting August 3. Fully configurable systems will be available on on a global basis later in the month.

The Inspiron 518 desktop has a gloss-black exterior with chrome accents. Features include DX10 integrated graphics for casual gaming, optional 500 GB hard drive, optional quad core processors.

The Inspiron 518 starts at $349,(monitor not included) and is available immediately on

Innovative design


Decent battery life

Good FM radio reception
Keypad will take getting used to

Image quality is just about okay

Audio player sound is too low

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Sony Ericsson’s Cyber-shot range of mobile handsets come in some trendy designs. As they carry the name of Sony’s digital camera range, the expectation of similar performance is unavoidable. Then again, we have to take into account that we’re not talking about a dedicated device but a multipurpose gadget designed for various needs and requirements. We put the Cyber-shot C902 through some rigorous tests over the last ten days, and here’s our take on it.

Form Factor

The C902 is definitely a good-looking handset. It’s sleek and slim, and the lines running along its edges make it even more eye-catching. The 'hidden' camera is a unique feature. All you need to do to activate or reveal thecamera is slide up the upper portion of the handset (just above the display) and voila, out pops a 5MP camera with a flash and a sexy blue neon light. The secondary camera for video calling is located in the front and doesn’t need to be activated by sliding, it’ll work as is. That is if we ever get to use it for its primary feature. Hullo! No 3G yet!

The 2-inch display has a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and 256K colors. When the camera is activated, a set of touch-sensitive shortcuts (for camera options) appears all around the display. What I had a problem with is the keypad. Although it’s quite large, the keys are a bit hard and took some getting used to.

This 10.5mm thick handset has SE’s proprietary connector port for USB and a handsfree kit located on one side. Thankfully, like the Walkman series, the C902’s handsfree kit comes with a 3.5mm adapter. On the other side are the volume/zoom keys and the shutter release for the camera. It doesn’t have a hot swap slot for the M2 card (2GB provided) on the outside but you’ll find it under the rear panel. The rear panel is a bit tricky to open, so avoid fiddling with it unless necessary.

Features and Performance

The C902 offers all the basic applications: a Calendar, a Task option, Notes, Timer Stopwatch, Calculator and a Code Memo feature. Like all SE handsets that are 3G capable and have a secondary camera, the C902 also has a dedicated application for video calling. The menus can also be customized – from a simple grid to rotating icons and single icon views –  to make it look a bit more interactive.

Kodak today announced the latest addition to its Z-Series and M-series line of digital cameras - The Kodak Easyshare Z1015 IS and the Kodak Easyshare M1093 IS.

Easyshare Z1015

The camera offers both long-distance and wide-angle shots with the 15X SCHNEIDER- KREUZNACH VARIOGON Optical Zoom Lens (f/2.8 28mm wide-angle) with image stabilization lens.

It offers a click-to-capture speed of <0.22 sec and can manage HD pictures and videos. The Kodak Easyshare Z1015 IS Digital Camera will be available from September 2008 at US$349.95 MSRP. Easyshare M1093

An affordable camera, the M1093 is for the style conscious and includes easy features like the Smart Capture feature that identifies the scene and adjusts camera settings for any environment, automatically. Image stabilization and blur reduction technology reduces blur caused by camera shake, subject movement or fast-action situations.

The Kodak Easyshare M1093 IS Digital Camera will retail for US$199.95 MSRP from September 2008.

One more day to go before Apple opens its doors to the eager mobile users standing in queue to get their hands on the iPhone 3G. It’s been a long run for the iPhone and it’s come a long way. I still believe it has a long way to go though. Of course anyone who’s been keeping up with the facts will know that Apple has the designed the iPhone 3G to be unlocked only from an Apple or AT&T store. This unlocking procedure, according to an Apple will take about 10 – 15 minutes.

Apart from the information that US customers will need to under go a credit check by providing their Social Security numbers and or credit cards and now this, you’ll have to have an immense amount of patience especially after waiting in long lines. Good luck guys. Hope it’s worth it.

Stay Tuned.

This has to be one of the smartest ideas i’ve seen in a long time.
Last year Mr peng yu-lun devised a system which, when implemented at mrt stations, will negate the need for trains to stop or decelerate at all stations, when approaching the station itself. The idea as you’ll see in the video below, is to have a separate designated carriage for people wishing to board or alight the train which waits at the platform. The carriage then attaches to the train as it passes underneath and eventually rests on the roof until the next stop approaches and the carriage detaches and comes to a halt.
Have a look at the clip.

One advantage that immediately springs to mind is a presumably huge energy saving due to the fact that the main train would no longer have to stop and start on a regular basis.
I came across this video by complete mistake today on a chinese version of youtube and subsequently spent what seemed like a lifetime trying to find related information that wasn’t in taiwanese. If anyone can translate the audio i’d be grateful. the only written info i could find was from the ‘taiwan headlines’ website, which can be read here.


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