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When is a big screen TOO big? Samsung unveils the aptly named Mega-phone with 6.3inch screen
[It is the biggest smartphone on sale, with a giant 6.3inch screen. Samsung's new Mega Galaxy handset look more like a tablet than a phone - and has already been slammed as 'just too big'. Samsung hopes the big design will appeal to commuters and others who regularly watch films on their gadgets.] Read [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2309980/Now-really-mega-phone-Samsung-unveils-giant-handset-6-3inch-screen.html]here[/url]. The screen size could be really useful. But I absolutely don't like phablets. I'd rather prefer a tablet and a phone.
What happens in an internet hour: New research reveals how we REALLY spend our time online
[Researchers have revealed what people really do online - and say a quarter of their time is spent on social networking sites. The study analysed the anonymous behaviour of 25 million internet users worldwide - and found social networking, entertainment and shopping were the most popular pastimes.] Read [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2309884/What-happens-internet-minute-New-researcher-reveals-REALLY-spend-online-time.html]here[/url]. Very interesting.
Microsoft planning a smart watch of its own
Microsoft is working on designs for a touch-enabled watch device, executives at suppliers said, potentially joining rivals like Apple in working on a new class of computing products. Read [url=http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/04/15/microsoft-planning-smart-watch-its-own/]here[/url] and [url=http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2013/04/microsoft-working-on-smartwatch-too-says-report/]here[/url].
Could the next iPhone roll up to fit in your pocket?
[list] [*]Samsung and Apple both believed to be experimenting with 'flexible glass' [*]Projects expected to produce screen that can be rolled or folded up when not in use[/list]It could be the next big revolution in electronics - gadgets you can simply fold up to put in your pocket. Read here [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2309270/Will-iPhone-fold-Manufacturers-set-reveal-bendable-gadgets.html]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2309270/Will-iPhone-fold-Manufacturers-set-reveal-bendable-gadgets.html[/url]
Facebook Home and HTC First Review: A Nice Place to Visit, but Not Quite Home
Read here [url=http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/facebook-home-htc-review-facebook-takes-face-phone/story?id=18916810#.UWwySUprEe0]http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/facebook-home-htc-review-facebook-takes-face-phone/story?id=18916810#.UWwySUprEe0[/url]
Chris Hadfield Tweet - pictures of the Earth taken from ISS space ship
I have been invited by a friend of mine to follow [url=https://twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield]Chris Hadfield's Tweet on Twitter[/url]. The man is Canadian Astronaut, currently living in space aboard ISS as Commander of Expedition 35. As many of you know, I am not a big fan of social sites (in fact I hate Facebook but I am quite uncertain about Twitter) but my friend told me that I have to see the tweet because there are amazing pictures of the Earth taken from the ISS daily. I have to admit they are really astonishing and even if I am not going to set up a Twitter account I will surely bookmark this site for my daily visit. Enjoy!
Google : Plan your digital afterlife with Inactive Account Manager
]Not many of us like thinking about death — especially our own. But making plans for what happens after you’re gone is really important for the people you leave behind. So today, we’re launching a new feature that makes it easy to tell Google what you want done with your digital assets when you die or can no longer use your account.] Read [url=http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2013/04/plan-your-digital-afterlife-with.html]here[/url]. I like it. Very useful and interesting. :)
The Swiss Army gaming tablet
[Take a Windows 8 tablet. Add Nvidia graphics. Mix in a snap-on controller. Toss in a TV-friendly dock. Suddenly, what was a gaming PC in theory can become a console; step back, and a tablet becomes a gaming handheld. This is the promise that the Razer Edge provides: a [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/microsoft-surface-pro/]Surface[/url] for the gaming set, if you will. It's a novel idea that no one else has made tangible yet, and the Razer Edge stands alone in that regard.] Read here [url=http://www.cnet.com/laptops/razer-edge-pro-core/4505-3121_7-35561052.html]http://www.cnet.com/laptops/razer-edge-pro-core/4505-3121_7-35561052.html[/url] [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/2768i0BF07DB8AB969650.png[/img]
365 Days Remaining Until XP End Of Support. The Countdown Begins
[b]Posted on: Apr 08, 2013 [/b] [url=http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/default.aspx]Windows Springboard Series Blog[/url] Today marks the start of the 1-year countdown of when we stop supporting Windows XP. Many of you saw the post this morning on the [url=http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/business/archive/2013/04/08/a-year-from-now-support-for-windows-xp-ends-now-what.aspx]Windows For Your Business[/url]blog. Over the past few months I have gotten a lot of questions on what that means exactly. Here are some answers to help explain what end of support is and what you need to do to move to a modern OS like Windows 7 or Windows 8. [b]Microsoft will end Extended Support on April 8, 2014. Why?[/b] In 2002, Microsoft introduced its [url=http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-us&x=12amp;y=13#tab1]Support Lifecycle policy[/url] based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. Per this policy, Microsoft B
Facebook wants to know MORE about you...
An interesting article on CNN-Money yesterday is making Facebook look more like Big Brother than every. "For the first time, Facebook ads will target specific users based on their past buying history -- even if the purchases happened offline. Facebook unveiled the new feature for advertisers, called "Partner Categories" on Wednesday." [url=http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/10/technology/social/facebook-offline-ad-target/index.html]Full Article[/url] I think I will go back to making most of my purchases with plain old cash. (Oh, and yes, I generally refuse to give my ID, name, phone number, or any other personal information when making purchases: I keep the receipts in case I need to make a return.)
Why It's Too Late for an Android 'Facebook Phone'
Why It's Too Late for an Android 'Facebook Phone' Facebook is set to announce on Thursday new software for Android phones that will transform them into "Facebook phones," brining features such as the news feed and chat to the foreground. Leaks from the App Police website indicate that the experience, Facebook Home, would come pre-loaded on an HTC phone and soon be available for download from Google Play. However, the young people who set mobile trends might see Facebook Home as more of a hijack than a feature— especially since they've moved on from Facebook to other mobile networks. >> Learn More: [url=http://www.technewsdaily.com/17589-too-late-for-facebook-phone.html?cmpid=520740]http://www.technewsdaily.com/17589-too-late-for-facebook-phone.html?cmpid=520740[/url]
How secure is Android? Until the first frost.
[b]Android Phones Release Confidential Contents When Frozen[/b] Android is the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, but it’s also the least secure: Most security firms agree that Google’s little green robot is the most popular place for new malware. While Android is exceedingly susceptible because its code is famously open source, a team of German researchers have discovered a new vulnerability in the operating system, which essentially bypasses Google’s data scrambling encryption system introduced in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to reveal the phone’s hidden data. Engineers at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany, released a report on Thursday that explains how freezing an Android phone can help law enforcement or forensic workers expose a scrambled Android phone’s contact lists, photos, browsing histories and more. [url=http://www.ibtimes.com/android-phones-release-confidential-contents-when-frozen-1115287]Full article[/url]
Microsoft accuses Google of pushing services to Android
[b] 9 April 2013 Last updated at 07:08 ET BBC News [/b] [b] [/b] Microsoft has accused rival Google of pushing Android handset makers to use its applications such as YouTube and Maps. Along with Oracle, Nokia and 14 other tech firms, Microsoft has filed a complaint with the European Commission. The group, known as FairSearch, argues that Google is abusing its dominance of the mobile market. In response to the filing, Google said: "We continue to work co-operatively with the European Commission." [b]Trojan Horse[/b] [b] [/b] "We are asking the commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market," said Thomas Vinje, Brussels-based counsel for FairSearch. "Failure to act will only embolden Google to repeat its desktop abuses of dominance as consumers increasingly turn to a mobile platform dominated by Google's Android operating system," he added. Android is now the dominant mobile operating system, accounting for 70% of
Long-distance 3D laser camera unveiled by Edinburgh team
[b]9 April 2013 Last updated at 07:43 ET BBC[/b] A camera able to create 3D images up to one kilometre (0.62 miles) away has been developed by a team in Edinburgh. Physicists at Heriot-Watt University developed a technique which uses lasers to scan almost any object. With extra research, the camera's range could extend to 10km (6.2 miles), the team said. It will primarily be used to scan objects such as vehicles - but is unable to detect human skin. The reason is that skin does not reflect the laser in the same way as most other objects - meaning for those wishing to evade the camera's gaze, stripping naked is an option. Beyond capturing images of objects, the technology could also be used to keep track of the movement of rocks, or foliage growth. [b][url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22079704]Full Article[/url][/b] [b] [/b] More spying Great if your a mannequin. :D [b] [/b] [b][i]TH[/i] [/b]
Programs Opening Randomly
Well, yesterday I went to our computer office to put down some stuff. The home-screen was visible, so I saw the wallpaper. I couldn't notice if any windows were open, but anyways, I returned to the computer a few minutes later and lots of windows were open. Nobody was on it. I remember iTunes was the current task, and I looked down at the desk and heard music. iTunes started playing a song by itself.... I can't remember if I clicked another song, but another one started playing. I eventually closed iTunes and Firefox windows started opening. I typed Ctrl + Alt + Del and went to the tab 'Users' and all I could see was the Owner (us). So I started closing out a bunch of other programs and went to YouTube to see a video on how to see who's hacking your computer... I opened up CMD during the video, and when I went back to type, all the text was gone. I didn't see the program being opened during the video and I didn't see text being erased either. At this time, I already was doing a scan
Next Xbox 'always' on? #dealwithit
*Update: A short while after this Tweet caused quite a stir, [url=http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2013/04/11/microsoft-creative-director-adam-orth-reminds-us-all-of-the-perils-of-twitter/]Mr. Orth joined the ranks[/url] of former Microsoft employees.* If you've been following all the different rumors going around about Microsoft's next Xbox, you'll know that the two most-talked about ones are the possible elimination of used games and the NextBox will require an active internet connection. About two months ago, [url=https://community.webroot.com/t5/Techie/No-more-used-games-Wrong-Answer-says-GameStop/td-p/25564#.UV8Qijdn2Jo]I posted [/url]the latest on these rumors, the first of which was quickly bashed by Gamestop, saying that demand for Microsoft's next console would significantly diminish if the tech-giant does decide to pull the plug on used games (still nothing concrete at this point). But what about the second, 'always connected' rumor? According to an
Facebook Shows Off Its Flavor of Android
By SOMINI SENGUPTA | New York Times – 4 hours ago [b] [/b] [b]MENLO PARK, Calif. —[/b] Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, said the company has developed new software to showcase the social network on mobile devices powered by Google’s Android operating system. “Today our phones are designed around apps, not people,” said Mr. Zuckerberg at a news conference at Facebook’s headquarters. “We want to flip that around.” Home converts the Facebook news feed into the home screen on the user’s phone. Pictures take up most of the real estate, with each news feed entry scrolling by like a slide show. Messages and notifications pop up over the home page. To “like” something on the newsfeed requires no more than a double-tap. Facebook apps are within easy reach, making the phone essentially synonymous with the Facebook ecosystem. The company will not show ads immediately on the phone home screen, which Facebook is calling Cover Feed, but it is very li
Google faces European privacy probe
I feel terrible asking such an elementry question but here goes... Suppose I allow a Jave update to install, however, it is fake. Since I allowed the update, will Webroot still catch this and intercept the install? I know in the previous years, if a user allowed an install, the security program would ignore the potential risk because the user allowed it. :manfrustrated: I've always wondered to what extent security breaches can be eliminated if users allow the install. -- Rob
Android malware can infect your PC. Here is how to protect yourself.
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/1750i0C6643B273C89C45.gif[/img]Recently, two applications designed with malicious intent were discovered within the Google Play application store. The apps were built with a façade of being utility cleaners designed to help optimize Android-powered phones, but in reality, both apps had code built in designed to copy private files, including photos, and submit them to remote servers. The applications, named SuperClean and DroidClean, did not stop there. Researchers also found that the malware was able to AutoRun on Windows PC devices when the phones were paired, and infect the main computer. The malware was designed to record audio through the computer’s microphone. AutoRun has often been used as a method of infection, and Microsoft has since sent a security fix out to Windows XP/Vista/7 in order to disable the exploitable element. In some cases, however, the feature might have been re-enabled by the user for conven
Google Nose Beta Release Announced
Technology is advancing at an increaingly rapid pace. We have all heard about the new Google Glass, and now they are introducing the next step in tech. [url=http://www.google.com/landing/nose/]Google Nose Beta[/url] has been announced today on [url=http://google.com]Googles website[/url]. This is an exciting new tech, and I can think of a lot of cool uses for it. Accoriding to the short video presentation provided by Google, "In the fast paced world that we live in, we don't always have time to stop and small the roses. Now, with Google Nose Beta, the roses are just a click away." Enjoy reading about this exciting new tech everyone, and remember.... Happy April Fool's Day!
Microsoft fined by European Commission over web browser
[b]BBC 6 March 2013 Last updated at 07:02 ET [/b] [b] [/b] Microsoft has been fined 561 million euros ($731m; £484m) for failing to promote a range of web browsers, rather than just Internet Explorer program, to users in the European Union (EU). It introduced a Browser Choice Screen pop-up in March 2010 as part of a settlement following an earlier EU competition investigation. But the US company dropped the feature in a Windows 7 update in February 2011. Microsoft said the omission had been the result of a "technical error". But competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said the action was unprecedented, adding he wanted to deter any company from the "temptation" of reneging on such a promise. In theory the watchdog could have fined the firm 10% of its global annual revenue, which would have totalled $7.4bn based on its 2012 report. "We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologised for it," a spokesman for Microsoft said following th
Microsoft's next Windows Blue test build said to be a public preview
[b]Summary: Microsoft's Windows Blue operating system update may be on its way to a public, consumer preview in the next few months. And it might even be free, according to the latest scuttlebutt.[/b] [b] [/b] More rumors about Microsoft's next Windows release, codenamed Blue, are trickling out from Win8China.com, a site known for leaking information about new Windows releases. Though I cannot corroborate all Win8China's specifics, I'd say based on previous Windows Blue tidbits I've heard, the site's latest Blue information seems largely believable. In August 2012, I blogged about Microsoft's Windows Blue work, noting that [url=http://www.zdnet.com/windows-next-just-call-it-blue-7000002535/]a summer 2013 debut was the internal Microsoft delivery target.[/url] On February 24, Win8China claimed that the release-to-manufacturing phase for Windows Blue is supposedly June 7, with retail availability planned for August 2013. Looking back, [url=http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-hits-
Samsung's new Galaxy S4-The Specs
Yesterday, , I posted a [url=http://community.webroot.com/t5/Techie/Galaxy-S4-before-the-Galaxy-S4-Announcement/m-p/30572#M549]report of leaked review[/url] about the Samsung's rumored Galaxy S4 before the behemoth electronic manufacturer unveiled the 9-month awaited flagship phone in all of it's glory in NYC. And the rumored review proved to be pretty darn accurate in spoiling the design. Nevertheless, the event still had the world watching. Now, almost a full day after all the major tech reporters got their initial hands-on impressions, I'll break down the specs (now that they are certain). [list] [*]OS-Android's latest 4.2.2 Jelly Bean [*]Design-Looks very much like the S3 with a few tweaks: Larger screen (5 inches), higher resolution (1080p), better battery (2,600mAh), less plasticy-feeling plastic, and two color options-white and "Black Mist" [*]Processors-faster and will vary depending on the market (1.9GHz quad-core or 1.6 GHz octa-core) [*]Improved camera (13MP rea
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