Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ikea's Biggest Product Launch In Years: A TV, Sound System, And Blu-ray Player | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

Ikea’s Biggest Product Launch In Years: A TV, Sound System, And Blu-ray Player

Ikea’s first television comes with the furniture built in. We talk to the designer behind the company’s bold foray into consumer electronics.

Last week, Ikea shared a plan much bigger than a new veneer. It was the Uppleva, their first foray into consumer electronics (if you don’t count all those lamps and discount batteries). The Uppleva is a Scandinavian home-theater cabinet with a twist: A 40-inch TV, sound system and Blu-ray player are built in with discreet wiring, all controlled with a single bundled remote.

Uppleva will work similarly to other Ikea products. Buyers will go to a store, customize their furniture, and assemble it at home. Different finishes will be available, and shoppers will even be able to decide between a straight, angled, or swiveling neck on the TV, which will be available in a “limited but meaningful” amount of sizing options beyond 40 inches. The cabinetry itself will require a screwdriver, glue, and patience, but the electronics--manufactured by TCL--come fully assembled, minus facade. No soldering irons required.

It’s a good idea. Electronics are only becoming more integrated into the home, and televisions are ugly commoditized products. Still why is Ikea doing this now? We asked Francis Cayouette, lead designer of Uppleva, to find out.

“As you know in the '50s and the '60s it was quite normal to see a TV or a radio built into a cabinet, probably because it was easier to bring the technology into homes,” Cayouette tells Co.Design. “Then the electronics came out of the box to become products on their own, expressing more and more the performance and the technical features with fancy and sometimes over exaggerated details. This probably due to the fact that the electronics are normally sold on a shelf, competing side by side for their technical and hi-fi design features.”

But now “technology is so much a part of our everyday life that we don’t need to see it as a separate technical product,” he says. “The electronics don’t need to look technical anymore.”

Whereas most electronics bathe themselves in blinding LEDs, Uppleva opts for clean lines and plenty of white space. It’s even less technical and more furniture-like than Dieter Rams’s classic, appliance-like electronics from the '60s--you know, minus the unignorable 40-inch television staring you right in the face.

“The feedback we got is that people consider their TV as a piece of furniture. Why does it need to look like a spaceship then? It just doesn’t fit in most people’s home!” writes Cayouette. This problem with
“spaceship” design doesn’t just apply to the exterior, but all the way to a TV’s UI. So Cayouette worked closely with TCL in Ikea-izing the experience. “For instance, Ikea uses a lot of pictograms on their packaging. I wanted to bring this here and create a very clean and simple interface.”

If Uppleva is priced for the masses--and Cayouette indicates that it is--the product will be a runaway success. How many of us furnish a new living room, complete with a new television when we move? How many of us love everything about our home theater but the ugly stand and the tangle of cables excreting from its back? And what showroom can sell us on a chic, uncomplicated lifestyle better than Ikea’s?

Don’t be surprised if Uppleva influences a renaissance in cabineted TVs after it’s released abroad this June, with competitors from powerful retailers like Target, or even style-oriented electronics manufacturers like Samsung. (Best Buy could transform into a furniture store overnight.) And Cayouette agrees. “Considering the enormous interest, I wouldn’t be surprised to see other manufacturers follow this route in the future,” he writes.

And we wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing a whole lot more electronic options in Ikea products soon.

Posted via email from Tony Burkhart

Flashback Cleanup Still Underway—Approximately 140,000 Infections | Symantec Connect Community

great to hear this being proactively squashed!

Flashback Cleanup Still Underway—Approximately 140,000 Infections

Today’s blog is a quick follow up to the OSX.Flashback.K issue. The statistics from our sinkhole are showing declining numbers on a daily basis. However, we had originally believed that we would have seen a greater decline in infections at this point in time, but this has proven not to be the case. Currently, it appears that the number of infected computers has tapered off, but remains around the 140,000 mark.

As there have been tools released by Symantec and other vendors in the past few days concerning this threat, the infection numbers should have seen a dramatic decrease by now. If you suspect that your Mac has been infected with OSX.Flashback.K, it is recommended to install the latest patches, ensure that your antivirus is up to date with the latest signatures, and to use the free Norton Flashback Detection and Removal Tool.


Please note, the sinkhole domain was unavailable on April 12th

Command-and-control (C&C) servers

Further analysis on the domain name generator (DNG) algorithm has revealed that Flashback does not limit itself to using “.com” as the top level domain (TLD).

It chooses from the following five TLDs:

  • .com
  • .in
  • .info
  • .kz
  • .net

The graphic below lists the upcoming C&C servers that are to be contacted by OSX.Flashback.K over the coming week.



The recent Oracle Java SE Remote Java Runtime Environment Denial Of Service Vulnerability (CVE-2012-0507) used to distribute the Flashback Trojan has now also been seen to be distributing another Mac threat: OSX.Sabpab.

OSX.Sabpab has also been seen in targeted attacks distributed with malicious Word documents exploiting the Microsoft Word Record Parsing Buffer Overflow Vulnerability (CVE-2009-0565).

Again, it is paramount that you have the latest antivirus signatures installed and have applied the latest available patches for both the operating system and third-party applications.

Payload C&C server

The Flashback payload is considerably larger than the initial stage downloading component. Analysis is ongoing; however, one of the new features of the Trojan is that it can now retrieve updated C&C locations through Twitter posts by searching for specific hashtags generated by the OSX.Flashback.K hashtag algorithm.

Removal tool

Please visit our website for more information about this threat and how to protect your computers from harm at www.symantec.com. A free detection and removal tool for the OSX.Flashback.K issue, “Norton Flashback Detection and Removal Tool”, is freely available for download.

Update [April 20, 2012]

A recent Dr. Web blog post reveals our sinkholes are receiving limited infection counts for OSX.Flashback.K.

Our current statistics for the last 24 hours indicate 185,000 universally unique identifiers (UUIDs) have been logged by our sinkhole.

A sinkhole registered at IP address is causing Flashback connections to hang as it never closes the TCP handshake, in effect preventing Flashback from hitting subsequent domains.

Tony Burkhart

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Posted via email from Tony Burkhart