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Thursday, October 18, 2018
 

Tech News Today

Virus steals $1 million
A Trojan virus called Zeus v3 is stealing banking information. It can initiate money transfers from an infected computer. More than 3,000 British banking customers have been infected. And over $1 million has been stolen so far.

Firefox update includes multi-touch support
The new Firefox 4 beta adds some enhanced features to the browser. These include multi-touch support on Windows 7 computers. This benefits users with touch screens. The beta also improves speed and stability

Oracle sues Google over Android and Java
Google’s Android software infringes on several patents related to Java, which Oracle acquired from Sun earlier this year, Oracle says in suit filed Thursday

Companies pick sides on Net neutrality
Tech companies are responding to Google’s and Verizon’s proposed Net neutrality rules. The proposal would create tiered Internet access with no regulation of wireless Internet. AT&T favors the proposal, but Facebook is against it

Google defends Net neutrality proposal
The company has taken a lot of heat for its joint proposal with Verizon Communications for drafting Net neutrality rules. And now the Internet giant says it wants to set the record straight.

Note: Cross posted from nutzworld.com.

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Deal of the Day: Roku HD Player for just $79.99

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Roku HD Player for just $79.99

Get a great deal on the amazing Roku HD Player.

The Roku comes with everything you need to start watching within minutes of opening the box – the standard yellow, white and red cables, both Wi-Fi and Ethernet are built in, wireless remote and batteries. Start watching instantly anywhere you have a TV and a high-speed Internet connection.

With Wi-Fi and High Definition playback capability built-in, Roku HD Player is the easiest way to stream top-quality instant movies and shows directly to your TV – over 50,000 and counting, from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, and more. The best-selling HD Player has everything you need to start enjoying endless entertainment from the comfort of your couch. No wonder it’s Netflix members’ top rated streaming player

Get your Roku HD Player for just $79.99

Technical Details

  • Start watching movies on your TV in seconds using your high-speed Internet connection
  • Instantly plays the entire Netflix Instant Watch library with your Netflix membership – no additional subscription required, viewing is unlimited
  • Instantly plays over 45,000 movies and shows from Amazon Video On Demand
  • Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) and wired internet connectivity
  • Plays High Definition as well as DVD-quality video; works with any TV

Specifications

  • Networking:  Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 support; 10/100 Ethernet (RJ-45)
  • Video Outputs: Composite video, S-Video, Component video (Y/Pb/Pr), HDMI
  • Video Modes: 16:9 HD (720p), 16:9 anamorphic (480p), 4:3 standard (480i)
  • Audio Output: Stereo (L/R RCA), Digital Optical (Toslink), Digital over HDMI
  • Remote Control: NEC protocol, supported by various universal remotes
  • Power Input: 5V, 1.5A provided by included AC adapter
  • Power Consumption: 5 watts peak, 3 watts in standby
  • Size: 5 x 5 x 1.75 inches (130 x 130 x 41 mm)
  • Weight: 11 oz (300 grams)

Get your Roku HD Player for just $79.99

Note: Cross posted from nutzworld.com.

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Freebie: Motorola Backflip plus free activation from AT&T even on upgrades

AT&T’s the Motorola Backflip Free plus Free Activation on New Plans and Upgrades from 8/15 to 8/31/10

image The Motorola Backflip for AT&T isn’t your average Android smartphone. Equipped with MotoBlur, your Facebook updates, Twitter feeds, contacts, and messages are all synced to the home screen of your cell phone. The Motorola Backflip flips backward turning your cell phone into a hands-free video player, music player, digital photo frame, and bedside alarm clock. The Backflip also features BACKTRACK, a track pad on the back of the screen to help you navigate through the phone and double tap to select.

The Backflip launches with the customizable Android 1.5, including AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, and AT&T Mobile Hotspots. The Android device has a 5.0 megapixel camera with zoom and flash, 2GB pre-installed memory card, and access to Motorola Phone Portal. Phone Portal wirelessly syncs to your from Motorola Backflip to your PC, enabling you to back up, edit, and delete all your files from your PC.

AT&T’s the Motorola Backflip Free plus Free Activation on New Plans and Upgrades from 8/15 to 8/31/10

Note: Cross posted from nutzworld.com.

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Freeware Pick

FastStone Image Viewer

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  • File Size: 4619
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7

FastStone Image Viewer displays pictures lightning-fast and lets you browse through them–but it does much more than that. You can crop, rotate, and resize pictures, and create slide shows. The program also converts images between several different file formats.

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Tech News Today

WikiLeaks to continue to publish sensitive documents
The Pentagon is demanding that WikiLeaks cancel plans to publish classified military documents. But a WikiLeaks spokesman says the site will continue to publish secret government documents. It denies that publishing such documents puts lives at risk

How long will Microsoft support XP, Vista, and Windows 7?
How long is your favorite version of Windows going to be supported? Maybe longer than you thin

Craigslist reportedly used for child prostitution
Craigslist is facing a new controversy. A Washington Post ad alleges that the site is being used for child prostitution. The allegations come from two women who say they were trafficked on the site. One says she was prostituted at age 11

Mark Hurd to Oracle? Don’t be surprised
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison defends Mark Hurd and says HP’s board just made the worst personnel decision since Apple booted Steve Jobs. Will Ellison hire Hurd to run Oracle’s hardware business?

HP stock falls after CEO ousted
HP’s CEO Mark Hurd was forced to resign last week. Hurd was accused of falsifying expense reports to hide a relationship with a contractor. Following the news, HP’s stock fell 7.6 percent. Hurd is credited with expanding the company’s offerings

Net neutrality crusaders slam Verizon, Google
Supporters of Net neutrality legislation and regulation lambasted Verizon and Google for leaving wireless networks out of a proposal for new Net neutrality rules

Windows hit with new zero-day flaw
A new zero-day vulnerability has been discovered in Windows. It can be exploited to elevate a user’s privileges. The bug affects Windows 7 and XP SP3. Microsoft is investigating the flaw

 

Tech News Today

FCC suspends Net neutrality discussions
The FCC has halted industry talks on Net neutrality policy. This follows rumors of an alliance between Google and Verizon that would kill Net neutrality. The FCC says any deal that won’t preserve the Internet’s openness is unacceptable

Skype files for $100 million IPO
The Internet telephony company plans to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering

Microsoft prepares for patch Tuesday
Microsoft is set to deliver an unprecedented number of updates tomorrow. A record 14 updates will plug 34 holes. Windows, Internet Explorer and Silverlight are all affected. From XP SP3 to 7, every version of Windows needs to be updated.

Former Actress Identifies Herself as Hurd’s Contractor
News broke late last week that HP CEO Mark Hurd was stepping down from his position. Today, we know the reasons involve some expense report irregularities and sexual harassment claims made by a former HP contractor, Jodie Fisher, star of the Body of Influence 2

Beatles catalog remains Apple’s forbidden fruit
Fab Four fans will have to continue getting their Beatles fix via compact disc. Negotiations to bring the Beatles’ music to iTunes have failed, again. Yoko Ono says the Beatles’ catalog won’t be on iTunes anytime soon.

Why Google Wave Crashed
When Google launched its real-time collaboration platform at the Google I/O conference in May 2009 the presentation blew some people’s minds, prompting effusive applause. People saw something they’d never seen before: a mash-up of e-mail, instant messaging, live editing, photo and video sharing. On Aug. 4, Google said it was shuttering Wave as an independent product and would punt the technologies to other parts of its business. See why Google Wave never caught on

 

Deal of the Day: Gateway Notebook Deal

Gateway NV5929u 15.6" Notebook, Intel Core i5-430M (2.26GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.53GHz), 4GB DDR3 Memory, 320GB HDD, DVD Super Multi-Drive, Intel GMA HD, 802.11b/g/n, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit (Black)

image The Gateway NV Notebook blends premium performance and trendsetting style for a stellar HD entertainment experience. With powerful Intel Core i5 processing, impressive graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium and on-the-go connectivity you can multitask with ease, keep up with your social network and enjoy all your digital media from the comfort of your PC.
Powerful Performance Features
The new Intel Core i5 with Intel Turbo Boost Technology automatically adapts to whatever you are doing, responding to all your needs. It dynamically delivers optimal performance and energy efficiency for accelerated productivity.
Breeze through multitasking requirements with 4GB DDR3 Memory and quickly retrieve and store files on the 320GB Hard Drive.
The Windows 7 Home Premium operating system is designed to be more reliable, more responsive, and to make the things you do every day easier — the best entertainment experience on your PC.

Buy this Gateway NV5929u 15.6" Notebook for just $599.99

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Note: Cross posted from nutzworld.com.

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Tech News Today

Security flaw could let hackers control iPhone, iPad
A new vulnerability has been found in Apple’s iOS. It could give a hacker complete control over an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. A user only need view a tainted PDF online

Microsoft releases final IE9 preview, beta due in September
Internet Explorer 9 continues its steady pace toward a final release. Today’s milestone is an important one. The fourth and final Platform Preview, like its predecessors, is intended for developers to test their web sites and report bugs

Motorola latest to announce iPad challenger
The iPad has renewed interest in tablet computers. Motorola is the latest to say it will offer a similar device. As with Motorola’s Droid smart phone, the tablet will use Google’s Android. HP, Lenovo, LG and BlackBerry manufacturer RIM are also working on tablets

For Kevin Mitnick, staying legal is job one
Famed hacker must be wary even about playing social-engineering games at security conferences. What’s a onetime "bad guy" to do

HP settles government contracts suit
HP will pay $50 million to resolve a suit with the Justice Department. Since the late 1990s, HP allegedly submitted false claims to the government. The claims were for technology contracts. HP denies wrongdoing

Google buys Slide for social-gaming push?
TechCrunch reports that Slide, founded by former PayPal exec Max Levchin, has sold for $182 million–impressive, but less than half its reported $500 million valuation from a few years back

Government body scanners store images
The Electronic Privacy Information Center says body scanners can store photos of those scanned. It also says the nude images can be transferred to USB drives. The scanners are used at federal courthouses and airports. The TSA denies the claims

 

Tech News Today

New BlackBerry takes on iPhone
RIM has unveiled a new touch-screen smart phone. The BlackBerry Torch will be available on AT&T’s network. It uses the new BlackBerry 6 operating system and includes a physical keyboard. It will cost $200 with a 2-year contract

BlackBerry 6 Appeals to Business Users, Media Junkies
BlackBerry 6 has gained some features designed to appeal to businesses, while making an effort to keep users tempted by the slick UI and multimedia capabilities of Apple and Android phones. But RIM still needs to shake up its BlackBerry lineup.

Hands On with the BlackBerry Torch 9800
RIM this week unveiled the Torch 9800, the first BlackBerry to feature both a touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard. It’s also the first smartphone to run Blackberry OS 6.

Android sales top iPhone
Android phones account for 27 percent of smart phone sales. Android has surged ahead of the iPhone by four percent. But this may change. Sales of the new iPhone 4 have yet to be tallied The majority of smart phone sales continue to go to Blackberry

Sign into multiple Google accounts at once
Google is rolling out a new feature that lets you sign into multiple Google accounts at once. This is a pretty great feature, and one that will save many people a lot of time

Are e-book prices being fixed?
Connecticut’s Attorney General is investigating whether Apple and Amazon are fixing e-book prices. Prices for New York Times best sellers are the same at several online stores.

IE use grows, again
Internet Explorer gained market share for the third consecutive month in July. Its share is up 1 percent since May. Slightly more than 60 percent of Web surfers use IE. Firefox ranks second with 23 percent of the market. Microsoft attributes the gain to IE8’s enhanced security and privacy features.

Dvorak: 3D, Who Needs It?
John Dvorak isn’t exactly thrilled about Hollywood’s recent push toward 3D movies. He lays out the problems–and a solution–in his new column

Facebook reveals man’s double life
An Ohio woman suspected her husband of cheating. What she didn’t expect to find was his other wife. A Facebook page revealed photos of a Disney-themed wedding and Target gift registry

 

Tech News Today

Decades-old glass finds high-tech use
Corning invented Gorilla Glass nearly 50 years ago. Gorilla glass is hard to break, scratch or dent. It’s also flexible, making it ideal for gadgets like touch-screen phones and TVs. Analysts predict the expensive glass will become a billion-dollar business.

AT&T & Verizon to turn phones into credit cards?
Bloomberg reports that AT&T and Verizon Wireless are working with Discover and Barclays to launch a service that would allow people to use their smartphones as credit cards

Jailbreak released for iPhone 4
Last week, the U.S. Copyright Office determined hacking an iPhone is legal. Now, a jailbreaking tool has been developed for iOS 4. iPhones, iPads and iPod touches running the latest software can be jailbroken. Apple says that hacking the iPhone can violate its warranty

RIM lights up its BlackBerry Torch
Company takes the wraps off its next-gen device at a New York event Tuesday morning. As expected, it has a touch screen and runs the new BlackBerry 6 OS

Microsoft squashes shortcut bug
Microsoft has released a fix for a desktop shortcut flaw discovered last month. The flaw could allow a hacker to take control of a target computer. All Windows versions are vulnerable. The patch was sent out via Windows Update

Estimate: two years and $100 million to "Internet Armageddon"
A former NSA computer espionage expert was asked how long and how much money it would take to bring down America’s cyber infrastructure. The answer: $100 million, using about a thousand "cyber-soldiers" and requiring about two years of work

U.S. Customs inspects Wikileaks editor’s gear
Customs officials detained a volunteer editor for Wikileaks. They searched his laptop upon his arrival in New York. He visited the United States to attend a hacker convention in Las Vegas. FBI agents also questioned him at the convention.

 
 
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