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Impinj releases Gen 2 high-speed RFID tags

Radio frequency identification technology supplier Impinj is to release RFID tags based on the Gen 2 specification. Gen 2 can boost read rates to up to 1,500 tags a second, which is about five times faster than established specifications. Gen 2 tags are also designed to reduce interference in working environments where multiple readers are deployed.

WildPackets showcases unauthorised Lan sensor

WildPackets will showcase its system to locate unauthorised rogue wireless local area network access points at the Wireless Lan Event 2005 on 20-21 April at Olympia in London. The Wireless Sensor enables network engineers to rapidly troubleshoot 802.11a/b/g wireless Lans and to identify and locate rogue access points and other security threats which can compromise legitimate traffic.

Mozilla pop-up blocker bans Flash and Java ads

The Mozilla Foundation has released a beta pop-up ad blocker for its open source Firefox browser to deliver improved blocking capabilities. The browser already contains a default pop-up blocker, but this cannot handle pop-up ads launched by Flash and Java plug-ins. This has been addressed in the new beta version. Mozilla said it was responding to the increasing number of advertisers that are using plug-ins to launch pop-up ads. The beta version allows users to "whitelist" sites where pop-ups should be allowed.

ISS launches two newanti-spyware models

Internet Security Systems has launched two new models in its Proventia line of intrusion prevention appliances to include network spyware blocking and improved policy management. The Proventia G400 and Proventia G2000's anti-spyware capabilities have been added in response to other providers starting to incorporate spyware security in their offerings as spyware malware becomes an increasing problem for enterprises.

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