Archive for August, 2010

Can your mobile calls be intercepted? This tool can tell

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

by Elinor Mills, CNew news.com

A researcher released software at the Black Hat conference on Thursday designed to let people test whether their calls on mobile phones can be eavesdropped on. The public availability of the software – dubbed Airprobe — means that anyone with the right hardware can snoop on other peoples’ calls unless the target telecom provider has deployed a patch that was standardized about two years ago by the GSMA, the trade association representing GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) providers, including AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20012144-245.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

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Do unto others–Jasmine’s Tech Dos & Don’ts

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

by Jasmine France, CNet news.com

 Technology goes a long way toward making our personal and professional lives easier and more enjoyable. But what many people may not realize is that it can also be an integral tool in making the lives of others better. From Web-based volunteering to device donation, there are a plethora of ways you can do good with tech. Here are a few tips to get you started. With the hectic schedules that many of us contend with day in and day out, it’s easy to make an excuse not to volunteer your limited free time. But DON’T. With the variety of online volunteering options available today, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to help out a person or organization in need.

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-12519_7-20012107-49.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

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Report: Google, CIA fund predictive analytics firm

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

by Elinor Mills, CNet news.com

Google Ventures and In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA, have provided funding to a company that monitors all the noise on the Web looking for connections between people, groups, and events, according to Wired. The company, Recorded Future, offers a Temporal Analytics Engine for predictive analysis, allowing people to “visualize the future, past, or present.” In addition, In-Q-Tel and Google Ventures both have seats on the board Recorded Future and have been “very helpful,” providing advice to the Cambridge, Mass.-based start-up, Chief Executive Christopher Ahlberg, an ex-Swedish Army ranger, told Wired in an article this week.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20012213-245.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

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Report: RIM’s Blackpad set to take on iPad

Monday, August 9th, 2010

by Erica Ogg, CNet news.com

Rumors about a Research In Motion touch-screen tablet are gaining momentum. First we heard that RIM would make a tablet that would have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and arrive by December. Then we heard that RIM bought the domain Blackpad.com. The latest comes from Bloomberg, which on Friday posted a report citing two anonymous sources saying RIM’s Blackpad is coming by November–and it’s coming to take on Apple’s iPad. The tablet will be called the Blackpad, according to Bloomberg. Its touch screen will measure 9.7 inches, similar to the iPad, and the price will be “in line” with Apple’s tablet, the cheapest model starting at $499.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20012251-260.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

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Which Japanese company will win the 3D TV war?

Monday, August 9th, 2010

by Mariko Oi, BBC

3D television has been touted as the future of the moving image, but so far the technology has been slow to take off. Some of the biggest names in Japan’s technology industry report earnings later today and the likes of Panasonic and Sony are betting on 3D to drive sales of new TVs, DVD players and camcorders. Investors will be watching closely as the battle for dominance of the new technology heats up.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-10799511

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Life among the cyber-eliteBy Dave Lee

Monday, August 9th, 2010

by the BBC World Service

As one of the most influential people on the web, Joi Ito has played a part many huge online projects Joichi ‘Joi’ Ito is to start-ups what Brian Epstein was to the Beatles. With a talented eye for a promising idea, the 44-year-old has spotted and nurtured some of the web’s most famous names, with the likes of Twitter, Flickr and Last.fm all receiving his help on the path to social-networking success. Time Magazine has described him as a member of the cyber-elite, a select band of internet personalities who command enviable levels of influence on the web.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10789073

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Surfing under the radar to access restricted content online

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

by the BBC

We are constantly being told there are no barriers to communication with the internet – but in practice that is not strictly true. Companies and even countries try to fence in and block out traffic for a variety of reasons. But people have been developing ways around these geographic controls – using proxy servers, and VPNs, virtual private networks. How are the content providers responding to the challenge of virtual private networks?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/8872320.stm

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Reporters’ Roundtable: How to start a tech business today

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

by Rafe Needleman, Cnet news.com

Today we’re talking about how to start a company in 2010 and 2011. A little background: I started covering startups in 1998 at a magazine called Red Herring. I wrote a daily column about startups called Catch of the Day. Over three years, I interviewed the leaders of over 1000 companies. Most of those companies are now out of business. The methods of starting companies in that dotcom bubble were, clearly, temporary. The companies didn’t last. Today we’re going to try to learn from the last bubble, look at the current state of the economy and of technology, and try to come up with some guidelines for starting a new tech business today.

http://www.cnet.com/8301-30976_1-20012255-10348864.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

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Tighter security coming in Firefox 4

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

by Seth Rosenblatt, CNet news.com

A new JavaScript engine, HTML5, tabs on top, and a new add-on framework are not the only improvements that users can expect in Firefox 4. At Black Hat on Wednesday, a trio of security representatives from Mozilla detailed how the company plans to push the browser to be more secure for users while nudging developers toward safer coding practices.

http://www.blog.uk-prestige.co.uk/index.php/2010/07/31/exemplary-online-learning/

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Tabs get tweaked in Firefox 4 beta 2

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

by Seth Rosenblatt, CNet news.com

Mozilla’s second Firefox 4 beta debuted on Tuesday, with interface and feature improvements for Windows and Mac users, and under-the-hood changes that include faster browser launch times. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Firefox 4 beta 2 doesn’t make any radical visual changes to the browser, but it does introduce a couple of new features and support for new developer tools. The only interface change made this time around was to give Mac users the tabs on top look by default. Windows users received that feature in the first beta. This can still be reverted under Preferences. Linux users have yet to receive tabs on top by default.

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Amazon sells out of Kindle

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

by Steven Musil, CNet news.com

Amazon has sold out of its least expensive Kindle, perhaps providing further evidence of the e-reader’s popularity or signaling a new device in the offing. Anyone who has visited the popular e-tailer’s site in the past year or so has grown accustomed to being greeted by the Kindle’s image. However, as of Tuesday afternoon, the base $189 Kindle had been replaced on Amazon’s home page by the $379 Kindle DX.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20011870-1.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

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Ask.com Reverts to Its Q.& A. Origins

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

By JENNA WORTHAM, New York Times

Jeeves may be gone, but according to Ask.com, he’s anything but forgotten. Ask.com, which has tried with scant success to morph itself into a search engine on par with those of Google and Microsoft, is unveiling a new version of its Web site that delivers answers to questions, rather than traditional search results. The site, which will be introduced in a limited test version on Tuesday, is a throwback to the company’s origins, when its mascot was a dapper butler who fetched answers to questions posed by users. A few years ago, the company phased Jeeves out on its site in the United States (he later had a revival in Britain), and began to emphasize more traditional search functions based around key words and phrases.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/27/ask-com-reverts-back-to-its-q-a-origins/

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Readers Are Abandoning Print, Yet Don’t Trust the Web

Friday, August 6th, 2010

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER, New York Times

Where are people going to find news and information they trust, in a world with a dwindling number of print publications and an ever-expanding number of online publications? Readers have not yet figured out the answer to that, according to a recent report released by the Center for the Digital Future at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Almost a quarter of Internet users who also read newspapers would miss the print edition of their newspapers if they disappeared, according to the study, and 18 percent have stopped subscribing to a newspaper or magazine because they can read the same material online.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/27/readers-are-abandoning-print-yet-dont-trust-the-web/

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Have a Question? Ask Facebook.

Friday, August 6th, 2010

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER, New York Times

Facebook users already use their status updates to ask their friends questions, like recommendations for a babysitter, a restaurant or a vacation. On Wednesday, Facebook introduced a new feature, Facebook Questions, that formalizes question-asking on the site and lets people ask questions of all of Facebook. “Facebook Questions helps you tap into the collective knowledge of the more than 500 million people on Facebook,” Blake Ross, a director of product management at Facebook, wrote in a company blog post.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/have-a-question-ask-facebook/

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Researcher Releases Facebook Profile Data

Friday, August 6th, 2010

By NICK BILTON, New York Times

The file available for download contains information about more than 100 million Facebook user profiles.

A security researcher on Wednesday released a file containing the names, profile addresses and unique identification numbers of more than 100 million Facebook users. The information was corralled via a public directory Facebook makes available that lists users who are sharing at least some of their profile information with everyone on the Internet. It was collected and uploaded by Ron Bowes, a security researcher with Skull Security.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/100-million-facebook-ids-compiled-online/

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Yahoo Japan to use Google search

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

by the BBC

Yahoo Japan dominates the Japanese search engine market Yahoo Japan has said that it will adopt Google’s search engine technology, rather than Microsoft’s which is used by its strategic partner Yahoo Inc. The company said the deal would not affect the position of Yahoo Inc as its strategic partner. Yahoo Japan is 35%-owned by Yahoo Inc, but its majority shareholder is mobile phone and internet service provider Softbank, which has a 40% stake.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-10773532

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What is Wikileaks?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

 By Jonathan Fildes, BBC

 Wikileaks has established a reputation for publishing sensitive materials Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks is once again at the centre of attention as it makes public more than 90,000 secret records of incidents and intelligence reports from the US military about the war in Afghanistan. It is the latest in a long list of “leaks” published by the secretive site, which has established a reputation for publishing sensitive material from governments and other high-profile organisations.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10757263

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Can you crack the cyber-crime code?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

by Richard Westcott, BBC

Cyber-crime costs the UK several billion pounds every year but when it comes to computer experts who can help protect us, it seems we have a shortage of the right sort of people. For the first time ever, there will be a Britain’s Got Talent style competition to find UK’s finest IT workers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10758371

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Google App Inventor: 10 Apps We Want to See Pronto

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

By Clint Boulton, eWeek

Google July 12 rolled out App Inventor for Android, a software development tool that lets non-geeks build applications for Android smartphones. Designed by MIT professor Harold Abelson under the aegis of Google Labs, App Inventor lets amateur programmers drag building blocks of code onto an application palette. Abelson explained the thrust behind App Inventor in a blog post last summer: “Today, smartphones let us carry computing with us, have become central to servicing our communication and information needs, and have made the web part of all that we do. … With the ubiquity of social networking, online and offline life are becoming fused.” In this demonstration video, an amateur programmer connects her Google Nexus One to her desktop PC to build an application with App Inventor. Developers have written close to 100,000 applications for the Android platform. Here are some apps we’d like to see from the App Inventor program.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Cloud-Computing/Google-App-Inventor-10-Apps-We-Want-to-See-Pronto-431706/

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Android 2.2 Should Make Apple Nervous: 10 Reasons Why

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

By Don Reisinger, eWeek

With Google’s Android 2.2 update coming soon to several Android mobile devices, it’s time for Apple to really be concerned about its chief competitor. The new version of Android is arguably the most important since the mobile operating system’s launch, and it delivers functionality that could rival Apple’s iOS 4. Now the real battle between Android and iOS has started. And with signal reception problems spoiling the iPhone 4’s debut, Apple might want to bear in mind that success today doesn’t guarantee continued success tomorrow. Here are 10 reasons why Apple should worry about Android 2.2.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Android-22-Should-Make-Apple-Nervous-10-Reasons-Why-837143/

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Apple Debuts New Mac Pro, iMacs, Magic Trackpad

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

By Nicholas Kolakowski, eWeek

Apple is refreshing its iMac and Mac Pro and introducing a new Magic Trackpad and LED Cinema Display as part of its periodic hardware update. The devices appeared on the company’s Website July 27. The refreshed Mac Pro includes an option for two Intel Xeon “Westmere” six-core processors, for a 12-core system that runs at 2.93GHz, along with an integrated memory controller for quick access to data stored in memory. With Hyper-Threading, that becomes 24 virtual cores. Chances are, you would have no trouble playing “StarCraft II” on a system like that.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/Apple-Debuts-New-Mac-Pro-iMacs-Magic-Trackpad-173478/

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