* A flaw recently was found in the Mozilla Web browser that could allow a computer user's system to be taken over. Mozilla quickly patched the flaw, which was caused by the browser's external protocol handler. This handler is the one that decides which external program should be launched when a certain file extension is presented. The flaw only affects systems running Windows operating systems while using one of the Mozilla, Firefox or Thunderbird Web browsers. Linux and Macintosh users are not affected. Learn more or download the patch at www.mozilla.org/security/shell.html.
* Packet8 now is offering Local Number Portability to its customers, which allows them the option to keep their landline phone numbers by having them transferred to Packet8.
* StanaPhone is offering two new services. One of its new services is called StanaCard, the first calling card with speed-dial capabilities. The SmartDial features of the StanaCard service allows those who place international calls the ease of dialing an international call as if it were a local call. Learn more about StanaCard at www.stanacard.com.
The other new service StanaPhone is offering is the use of VoIP hardware with its service. Computer headsets are the most commonly used but now StanaPhone users can use Analog Telephone Adapters (ATA) and/or USB Phones with the service. Use of these hardware devices makes the voice quality during VoIP calls clearer. Read more about the hardware at www.stanaphone.com/hardware/.
* As of July 7, Vonage allows its customers to use seven-digit dialing within the area code of their Vonage phone number. Read more at www.vonage.com/corporate/press_index.php?PR=2004_07_07_0.
* SIPphone has a few new offerings. First off, a Mac OS X version of its Xten SIP software phone has been released. Download it at http://sipphone.com/softphone/X_lite-Sipphone-Mac-1103m.dmg. The company is offering new SIP Handsets for use with its service. Learn more at http://sipphone.com/siphandset/. And finally, it is offering new hardware for power users called the FX-200 SIP Port Converter. Read more about it at http://sipphone.com/fx200/.
* Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), will be delayed a month longer than previously announced. SP2 is now scheduled to be released in August.