Geek Knowledge Updates for Obama Virus, Acer Smartphone & Eight-core processor
WORM FLOATS OBAMA’S HEAD ON YOUR DESKTOP
The odds are pretty good that this will never happen to you, but should a floating head of U.S. President Barack Obama pop up on your desktop Monday morning, know this: You’ve been hit with the Obama worm. Though it is not detected by any antivirus products right now, it is not considered to be a serious threat because it has infected so few systems. Because antivirus programs don’t detect it yet, it’s also hard to know when you’ve been infected. For more Google the news.
FIRST ACER SMARTPHONE LAUNCHING IN FEBRUARY
Acer is to launch its smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Acer may unveil more than one model and that the phones may use multiple kinds of networks, such as Wi-Fi and mobile. Acer declined to reveal additional details about the devices, such as what operating system the phones will run and when they’ll become available on February 16.
INTEL TO DETAIL EIGHT-CORE XEON PROCESSOR
Intel plans to detail an eight-core Xeon processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco next month, offering an early look at what appears to be the company’s first eight-core chip. Details of the Xeon processor that will be discussed during the February 9 presentation are scarce.
FULL-DISK ENCRYPTION FOR ALL COMPUTER DRIVES
One of the world’s largest computer drive makers published the final specifications for a single, full-disk encryption standard that can be used across all hard disk drives, solid state drives (SSD) and encryption key management applications. Once enabled, any disk that uses the specification will be locked without a password — and the password will be needed even before a computer boots.