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Saturday, May 08, 2010

iPads - real and fake - selling out in China

iPads - real and fake - selling out in China: "New shipments are arriving every day in the hundreds, maybe thousands, to Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing. Transported covertly in the bellies of planes from the United States to China, the distribution channels are up and running, feeding a growing Chinese appetite for Apple's latest gadget du jour - The iPad.

Vendors in Beijing's electronics stores say it is a seller's market. Their iPad stashes are consistently running low with no shortage of tech-savvy Chinese willing to pay high prices f ..."



(Via China - People's Daily Online.)

Friday, May 07, 2010

Facebook's Anti-Privacy Backlash Gains Ground

Facebook's Anti-Privacy Backlash Gains Ground: "The backlash against Facebook's new anti-privacy policies is only getting stronger. It's time for the social network to respond.

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

Apple TV's Future Comes into Focus - PCWorld

Apple TV's Future Comes into Focus - PCWorld: ""



Apple TV is one 'hobby' that looks ever more like a secret fourth weapon in the company's future business strategy.

Jonny Evans , Computerworld
May 7, 2010 5:28 pm

Apple iMac 27-inch (Core i7)

Apple iMac 27-inch (Core i7): "Apple puts an Intel Core i7 into its huge 27-inch iMac desktop. It's power and beauty all rolled into one.

(Via PCMag.com: New Product Reviews.)

Apple Announces International iPad Availability

Apple Announces International iPad Availability: "

Apple announced today the international ship dates for the iPad and iPad 3G. The first nine international countries to get their hands on the iPad will be: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

The iPad will be available in these countries on Friday, May 28. If waiting in line isn't your thing, you can pre-order your iPad starting on May 10 at the online Apple Store. This should include both the iPad and the iPad 3G as Apple states that 'all models will be available' in these countries on launch day.

Apple plans to release the iPad in the following countries in July: Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.

Check your local Apple Store locations or the online Apple Store available in your country to get your hands on an iPad.

You can check out the full details by checking out the Apple Press Release.

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(Via Mac|Life all.)

What you need to know about the FCC's broadband plan

What you need to know about the FCC's broadband plan: "Network World's Brad Reed takes a quick look at the six Title II sections that FCC wants to apply to broadband providers.

(Via Macworld.)

Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Web Publishing Software Review | Macworld

Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Web Publishing Software Review | Macworld: "Adobe Dreamweaver has always offered solid tools for designing, building, and managing Websites. The latest version offers powerful tools for PHP programmers, a new tool for inspecting CSS, support for popular PHP-based content management systems, and a few simplifications that make setting up sites and building CSS-based layouts easier.

Welcome to the server side
Dreamweaver CS5’s most significant additions are aimed at Web developers building PHP-driven sites. PHP is a free, open-source Web programming language used on millions of sites (including FaceBook, Flickr, and Digg) and drives many of the most popular content management systems such as Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress."


Microsoft Pushes Users to Ditch XP With IE9 Plans, Says Analyst

Microsoft Pushes Users to Ditch XP With IE9 Plans, Says Analyst: "Microsoft's decision to abandon Windows XP with its next browser is a business move meant to push people off the aged operating system, an analyst said today

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Chinese Wi-Fi Key-Cracking Kits Provide Free, But Illegal Internet

Chinese Wi-Fi Key-Cracking Kits Provide Free, But Illegal Interne

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

Google’s New UI Makes Refining Searches Easier

Google’s New UI Makes Refining Searches Easier: "Google just gave itself a makeover. Today, the search giant unveiled a new look for its search results. ‘Today’s metamorphosis responds to the increasing richness of the web and the increasing power of search,’ the company stated in a blog post. Now, when users enter search terms they’ll see a list of options along the left-hand side, whittling down the results to, say, blog posts or images."



(Via .)

AT&T Might Stay the Exclusive Provider of the iPhone Until Early 2011

AT&T Might Stay the Exclusive Provider of the iPhone Until Early 2011: "There have been persistent reports that Apple and Verizon Wireless are in talks to end AT&Ts exclusive contract to offer the very popular iPhone, but an industry analyst says this wont happen before early next year."



(Via Brighthand.com Handheld News and Reviews.)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

FineReader Express for Mac review - Mac software - Macworld UK

FineReader Express for Mac review - Mac software - Macworld UK

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Microsoft's PowerPoint isn't evil if you learn how to use it.

Microsoft's PowerPoint isn't evil if you learn how to use it.: "How many lives has PowerPoint cost us? It's hard not to wonder after reading a New York Times story in which a parade of military brass strafe Microsoft's ubiquitous presentation software. PowerPoint, the Times reports, has 'reached the level of near obsession' in the military, with junior officers in Iraq and Afghanistan wasting many of their waking hours monkeying with slides to present at mission briefings, training sessions, and staff meetings.

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(Via Slate Magazine.)

Review: Apple’s 17-inch MacBook Pro

Review: Apple’s 17-inch MacBook Pro: "The new 17-inch MacBook Pro offers better performance, a little more battery life, and costs $200 less than the system it replaces. If you're in the market for a laptop with a larger screen, Apple has definitely improved upon past offerings with this configuration

(Via Macworld.)

Facebook Security Flaw Publicizes Private Chats

Facebook Security Flaw Publicizes Private Chats: "A major security flaw in Facebook's privacy settings allowed users to see a friend's private chats and view their friend's pending friend requests."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

OpenDNS > About Us > OpenDNS Announces April 2010 PhishTank Findings

OpenDNS > About Us > OpenDNS Announces April 2010 PhishTank Findings: "OpenDNS Announces April 2010 PhishTank Findings

PayPal, Facebook, and Banking Scams Lead the Pack
May 4, 2010 — SAN FRANCISCO - OpenDNS, provider of the world's leading Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced April 2010 statistics for PhishTank.com, the free community Web site where anyone can submit, verify, track and share phishing data. During the month of February, the PhishTank community voted over 60,000 times on more than 17,000 suspected phishes. Included among the top most spoofed brands is PayPal.

OpenDNS is the world's largest, fastest-growing DNS service. PhishTank is the only consumer-friendly, anti-phishing effort that publicly shares timely phishing data.

Highlights from the February 2010 PhishTank statistics include:

Total number of votes by the PhishTank community: 62,860

Total number of unique, suspected phishing scams reported: 17,608

Country hosting the most phishing sites: United States

Percentage of phishing sites hosted in United States: 50

Median time it took for the PhishTank community to verify phishes: 5 hours, 4 minutes

For more detailed information about PhishTank's April statistics, including the full list of most spoofed brands, please visit: http://www.phishtank.com/stats/2010/04/
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(Via .)

iPad Outdueling The Kindle In News

iPad Outdueling The Kindle In News: "

WSJapp2News Corp's Rupert Murdoch stated in an earnings call that the their Wall Street Journal app has stockpiled 64,000 active iPad users, according to AppleInsider.  The app, like its website counterpart, is free to access, but some content does require an $18 subscription or an existing one to their print edition.

Over at Kindle land, Amazon has been striving to grab digital subscribers for major newspapers, but still wants to take in some of the subscription earnings, which Apple isnt doing.  'Unlike the Kindle,' says Murdoch, 'we keep 100 percent of the revenue from the iPad.'

'Were in final discussions with a number of publishers, device makers and technology companies.  We will soon develop an innovative subscription model to deliver content to consumers wherever and whenever they want it.'  He said that this new plan, will compete with iTunes, and is expected to be announced in about a month.

On a side bar, Valleywag blog is claiming that Steve Job's is not thoroughly impressed with the limited amount of content that is available through the New York Times app for the iPad.

While the app was named 'NYT Editors' Choice,' it's getting hammered due to only offering a limited amount of Times information, and even excludes free content that is available on the newspaper's website.

Valleywag
reports, 'we hear its related to the newspapers existing agreement with the Amazon Kindle, which apparently precludes the paper from releasing a cheaper, comparable e-edition on a competing tablet.  Hence the non-comparable Editors Choice app.  The Times isnt alone on this; a number of other newspaper and book publishers are grappling with the same Kindle licensing issue.'

Image courtesy of intomobile.com

 

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(Via Mac|Life all.)

1Password for Windows

1Password for Windows: "

For those readers stuck in Windows purgatory at the office, Agile Web Solutions has something for you.

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(Via MacSparky.)

Wi-Fi Key-cracking Kits Sold in China Mean Free Internet

Wi-Fi Key-cracking Kits Sold in China Mean Free Internet: "Salesmen in China are making money from long-known weaknesses in a Wi-Fi encryption standard, by widely selling network key-cracking kits for average users.

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

Republicans Hope to Maintain Social Media Edge into Midterm Elections

Republicans Hope to Maintain Social Media Edge into Midterm Elections: "As part of a look at how both political parties are connecting with constituents on the Web, Ray Suarez reports on how Republicans and their allies are looking to harness new media in advance of this year's elections.

(Via NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Podcast | PBS.)

Google enters digital books war

Google enters digital books war: "Search giant Google plans to open a digital bookstore called Editions by the end of the year, the company confirms."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Feds Threaten Apple's Control of iPhone and iPad

Feds Threaten Apple's Control of iPhone and iPad: "If Apple is forced to change its developer agreement, will customers suffer? Of course, they will. Who wants generic Flash apps?

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

Dissecting Microsoft Office 2010

Dissecting Microsoft Office 2010: "I review plenty of software packages throughout the course of a year, and it's rare that I come across one that I believe will truly make a difference in the way...

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

Browser War Update: IE Takes Another Big Hit - PCWorld

Browser War Update: IE Takes Another Big Hit - PCWorld: ""


MarsEdit 3.0 brings rich-text editing, syntax coloring | Web | MacUser | Macworld

MarsEdit 3.0 brings rich-text editing, syntax coloring | Web | MacUser | Macworld: ""


Browser War Update: IE Takes Another Big Hit

Browser War Update: IE Takes Another Big Hit: "Internet Explorer is struggling to hold onto its market share lead within a bruising Web browser war.

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

Sunday, May 02, 2010

iPad helps lawyer win trial | Technically Incorrect - CNET News

iPad helps lawyer win trial | Technically Incorrect - CNET News: "These days, the words 'Apple' and 'law' seem to trip off the Mac like the words 'Apple' and 'Adobe'.

So, given that I know so many view the prospect of an Apple/Gizmodo showdown in the courts with rather more anticipation that they viewed Mayweather/Moseley, might I offer a new dimension to the prospective proceedings?

It seems that one enterprising, Apple-addicted lawyer, has already used an iPad to devastating effect in a court of law. No, he didn't balance it on his lap and send e-mails to his personal assistant while the judge was boring him with instructions. And, no, he didn't read his New York Times restaurant reviews while opposing counsel was sprinkling his dubious arguments with oily rhetoric.

For Peter Summerill, partner in the Utah law firm of Hasenyager & Summerill, says Apple's magic revolution actually helped him win an important trial.

Safety Tips for Twitter, Facebook, and Other 'Anti-Social Networks'

Safety Tips for Twitter, Facebook, and Other 'Anti-Social Networks': "Hackers often pay closer attention to business policies regarding social networks than the businesses do, a security consultant notes

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

New Cleanup Technique Holds Hope for Oil Spill Cleanup - NYTimes.com

New Cleanup Technique Holds Hope for Oil Spill Cleanup - NYTimes.com: ""




By LESLIE KAUFMAN

NEW ORLEANS — Officials in charge of the cleanup of a massive oil spill now approaching three Gulf Coast states said Saturday that a new technique in battling the leaks 5,000 feet beneath the sea showed promise.

Among the various weapons employed against the gushing crude has been the distribution of chemical dispersants on the water’s surface to break down the oil. The new approach involves the deployment of the dispersants underwater, near the source of the leaks. Officials said that in two tests, that method appeared to be keeping crude oil from rising to the surface. They said that the procedure could be used more frequently once evaluations of its impact on the deepwater ecology were completed.

Those experiments at the wellhead of the collapsed Deepwater Horizon oil rig were just one sign of the frantic efforts to contain the estimated 210,000 gallons a day still leaking 11 days after the rig exploded and sank.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that she was changing the federal leadership of the oil spill operations. Adm. Thad W. Allen, the commandant of the Coast Guard, is now directly overseeing the work of Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry, who had been in charge of the response. Admiral Allen was in charge of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

In his first daily briefing, Admiral Allen emphasized that capping the well was the priority.

“Estimates are useful, but we are planning far beyond that,” he said. It doesn’t really matter, the admiral said, whether it is 1,000 barrels or 5,000 barrels a day that are leaking.

Asked whether the slick was affecting shipping lanes and other offshore drilling operations, Admiral Allen said that disruptions had been minimal.

The tenor on shore among local residents was increasingly angry, with criticism directed at federal officials, who they said should have responded more quickly after the rig exploded April 20. Some said that not enough booms had been placed in the area, and fishermen noted the growing public concern over contaminated seafood, though they said such worries were premature.

Editorial: Google and Government Monitoring

Editorial: Google and Government Monitoring: "Google has unveiled a new tool that reports governments’ requests to take down material from the Internet and provide data about users. Other companies should follow suit."



(Via NYT > Opinion.)