Friday, October 20, 2017

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Nook Color gets Flash support, curated app store
With version 1.2 of its Nook Color software, Barnes & Noble turns the e-reader into a more fully functional Android tablet and marks a subtle but important shift in its marketing strategy.

Plan sparks war over wireless spectrum
Airwaves are becoming increasingly crowded. That means dropped cellphone calls and slow wireless connections. So the FCC wants to reclaim airwaves from television broadcasters. This has sparked a battle between wireless carriers and broadcasters.


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Malicious apps on the rise
Security firm Kaspersky Lab is warning users about malicious Android apps. It says that there has been huge growth in malware targeting Android. It expects the trend to grow, as hackers become increasingly sophisticated

Nintendo: Wii successor coming in 2012
The console maker says it will formally unveil the upcoming system at E3 in June. Rumors has it that the device could cost $400 and be far more powerful than the current console.

Sony: We’re ‘rebuilding’ PlayStation Network
Company’s efforts to get its PlayStation Network back online are proving time consuming. And for another day, the service is not available to gamers.

Big Apple, Big Google, Big Brother
It looks more and more like all mobile systems collect location data about you. This, in turn, has the potential both for great rewards and great abuse


Sony Twin Android Tablets unveiled

Months of rumor, speculation and excitement about a Sony tablet were topped in Tokyo just moments ago as – not one, but two new Sony tablets were unveiled to a group of journalists at a press event. The new tablets identified, for now, by the code names S1 and S2 will be powered by the latest Android 3.0 operating system and are WiFi and WAN® (3G/4G) compatible.


Video of the devices in action

Coming this fall and we cant wait to get our hands on them

Read more at the sony blog


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Amazon’s Web Services outage: End of cloud innocence?
Cloud computing is learning the harsh reality of resiliency as Amazon Web Services’ outage has crossed its second day.

New browser war, same old dirty tricks?
Have you heard? There’s a new browser war, with a suddenly re-energized Microsoft out to maintain its dominant share against upstarts like Google Chrome


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Girls face cyberstalking charges
Prosecutors may charge two pre-teen girls with cyberstalking. They posed as another girl online. They posted explicit photos and propositioned boys for sex. They even gave out the girl’s address and phone number

The iPhone 5 will work overseas
Verizon’s CFO may be in trouble with Apple. On a conference call, he disclosed that the next iPhone will be a global version. That means it will work on CDMA and GSM networks. Apple generally does not disclose details on unreleased products.


Portal 2 Review

Valve’s sequel is a mind bending masterpiece.


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Surprise–Apple’s been watching you
If you happen to have an iPhone or iPad, British researchers have discovered that Apple may be keeping track of you. British researchers have been discovered that Apple in its iOS devices has been keeping track of where you are and reporting back

Verizon shares in iPhone love
The company reports strong growth for wireless subscribers in the first quarter of 2011 as it logs a healthy start to its Apple iPhone business.

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook: Unfinished, unusable
It’s been half a year since Research in Motion unveiled its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet based on the QNX operating system. This week, RIM began shipping the 7-inch tablet. After spending a couple days with the final product, it’s clear that the PlayBook is a useless device whose development is unfinished

Malware authors target Google Chrome
Sorry, Windows users. Switching to a different browser than Internet Explorer won’t immunize you from malware attacks. The bad guys have begun preying on that misplaced confidence to push…

Asus Eee Pad Transformer starts shipping on April 26; $399
It’s a big week for Honeycomb-based tablets. Not only is the LG G-Slate now available, but the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is on the way too.

Kindle now works with library e-books
Finally, you can get free library e-books on your Kindle. It works with over 11,000 U.S. libraries. The e-books will also work on other gadgets using the Kindle app

Apple iOS tops Android in reach: Will influx of tablets change the equation?
Apple’s iOS has twice the reach of Android when the continuum of mobile devices—tablets, smartphones and mobile media players—are considered, according to comScore


Surprise–Apple’s been watching you

If you happen to have an iPhone or iPad, British researchers have discovered that Apple may be keeping track of you. British researchers have been discovered that Apple in its iOS devices has been keeping track of where you are and reporting back without your knowledge.

Apple has not commented on the revelation. The breakthrough was made by researchers at Exeter University in the United Kingdom


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Britain makes major security blunder
Britain’s Ministry of Defence accidentally posted sensitive information to the Web. A report it uploaded was improperly redacted. It revealed secret information about Britain’s nuclear-powered submarines.

Seagate agrees to buy Samsung’s drive business
In the $1.38 billion transaction, Seagate gets Samsung’s hard-drive unit, Samsung gets a stake in Seagate, and the hard-drive industry consolidates even more.

Why Google should acquire Pandora
Pandora possesses an audience, recognized brand, and an established advertising business. If Google acquired the Web radio service, it wouldn’t have to negotiate music licenses or start from scratch.

Intel: Messy quarter ahead, PC worries abound
Intel will report its first quarter results and they are expected to be messy on many fronts. The company had Sandy Bridge chipset woes, closed two acquisitions and is facing a slowdown in PC sales.

Apple sues Samsung for ‘copying’ smartphones, tablets
In what could prove to be a landmark intellectual property case, Apple has sued Samsung for allegedly copying intellectual property in making its own products like smartphones and tablet computers.


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DC legalizes online gambling
The District of Columbia is legalizing online gambling. It is the first U.S. jurisdiction to do so. A Greek company will operate the gaming. It could bring in millions that would be used to offset budget cuts.

Internet ID plan unveiled
The Commerce Department is pushing a national cyber-identity system. The opt-in system is intended to protect users from fraud and identity theft. It would use a single identity and password for all online transactions

Microsoft delivers public beta of its Office 365 cloud bundle
As rumored last week, Microsoft made available on April 18 a public beta of its Office 365 bundle of Microsoft-hosted applications.

Why is Chrome so important to Google? It’s a ‘locked-in user’
Google execs say the lifetime value of a Chrome user is extremely valuable to the company. "Chrome is a guaranteed locked-in user for us in terms of having access to Google," says CFO Patrick Pichette.

iPad 2 vs. Xoom vs. PlayBook: How the Hottest Tablets Rate
Is it just me, or is the tablet market finally starting to fill out? Now we can add the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook to the Galaxy Tab, Motorola Xoom and Apple iPad 2 and do what we always do– compare them! Get the lowdown on the leading tablets in this report.

Microsoft gives IE9 a push
Microsoft has begun offering IE9 to Vista and Windows 7 users via Windows Update. Users will need to opt to install the new browser

The End of Content Ownership
Like all those books, records and CDs you own? Good. Now start considering what the future will be like when you no longer own any physical media. I explain in this post.


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Bloggers go after Arianna Huffington
Bloggers are suing Arianna Huffington and the Huffington Post. The bloggers say they weren’t compensated for the content published on the Huffington Post. They believe their work accounts for about 30 percent of the sales value of the site

The ‘post-PC era’ might be closer than we think
PC market share numbers for the first quarter of 2011 are down 3.2 percent. The reason? Natural disasters, high gas prices, and yes, media tablets that deliver PC-like functions

FCC begins review of AT&T’s T-Mobile bid
The agency is formally looking into how the proposed $39 billion merger might affect competition, while the Justice Department considers antitrust issues.

U.S. falls behind in tech use
A study says the United States is lacking in its use of technology. According to the study, America was fifth in the world for tech use. We were beat by Sweden, Singapore, Finland and Switzerland.

Safari to add do-not-track feature
Apple plans to add a new privacy feature to Safari that keeps online advertising networks and other tracking tools from monitoring user activity.

Why won’t Internet Explorer 10 run on Windows Vista?
Why does the platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 refuse to install on Windows Vista? Maybe it’s because Vista’s short, unhappy life will end in less than one year


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Privacy ‘bill of rights’ exempts government agencies
So-called privacy bill of rights doesn’t regulate federal government’s data collection, require warrants for surveillance, or ensure data breach notification

Microsoft Streetside goes abroad
Microsoft is launching its Streetside service in several European cities. StreetSide is a direct rival to Google’s Street View. The service is already available in 56 American cities

Why Cisco killed the Flip mini camcorder
The Flip video camera line that Cisco acquired from Pure Digital in 2009 was still a hot seller. So why did Cisco abandon it?

Cyber stalking more common than physical stalking
A study says that cyber stalking is more common than physical harassment. The study also reveals two surprising facts. First, 40 percent of cyber stalking victims are men. Second, unlike face-to-face stalking, the perpetrator is often a complete stranger

Microsoft previews IE10 at Mix11 show
With the next version of its browser, Redmond plans to deepen its commitment to HTML5 and "push the boundaries of what developers can do on the Web."

iPod to get WiFi syncing? It’s about time
Apple may be considering using carbon fiber in its idevices because it works better with WiFi. Apple’s acquisition of Liquidmetal and a pair of resin patents make things even more interesting.

Democratic senator wants Internet sales taxes
Saying online retailers have an "unfair advantage," Sen. Dick Durbin is planning to end the halcyon days of Internet shopping and usher in new sales tax collection.

Amazon announces ad-supported Kindle
Amazon has announced an ad-supported version of its popular e-reader. The Kindle With Special Offers will cost $25 less than the standard Kindle. The $114 reader will be available in May.

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