Saturday, May 15, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO — Google said on Friday that for more than three years it had inadvertently collected snippets of private information that people send over unencrypted wireless networks.
The admission, made in an official blog post by Alan Eustace, Google’s engineering chief, comes a month after regulators in Europe started asking the search giant pointed questions about Street View, the layer of real-world photographs accessible from Google Maps. Regulators wanted to know what data Google collected as its camera-laden cars methodically trolled through neighborhoods, and what Google did with that data.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Antivirus Firm Warns of Messaging Worm - PCWorld: "A new instant messaging (IM) worm has been spotted using a number of evolved techniques to beat installed security programs and catch even suspicious users off-guard.
Three Reasons to Make the Move to Office 2010: "Microsoft Office 2010 has a variety of new and improved features, but are they compelling enough to be worth the upgrade?
I really wonder if it is worth it? I, like most users barely use the available features in the current versions of office, Office 2007 for P.C. and Office 2008 for Mac.
John H. Armwood
Thursday, May 13, 2010
By Kirk McElhearn, Macworld.com - May 11, 2010
At its simplest, LaunchBar is an application launcher: you press a keyboard shortcut (Command-Space by default) and type a few letters of the name of the item you want to open, and LaunchBar displays a list of programs whose names match what you typed; if the desired program isn't the first match, you use the arrow keys to select the one you want. Press Return to launch the selected item. Because LaunchBar learns from what you’ve done before, after a few times typing xl and then choosing Microsoft Excel, you won’t even need the arrow keys—Excel will appear at the top of the list.
In addition please listen to the excellent Mac Power Users Podcast dealing with Launchbbar:
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Microsoft Office 2010 Rocks Desktop, Fizzles Online: "Microsoft's suite upgrade is solid, but the accompanying Web Apps are surprisingly puny.
Business & Technology | Big leap: Microsoft makes free version of Office, its cash cow | Seattle Times Newspaper
When Microsoft launches its latest business and personal software suite Office 2010 on Wednesday in New York, it will introduce a free version, Office Web Apps, to compete with Google.
By Sharon Pian Chan
In the beginning, there was word processing.
Then, simply, Word.
Spreadsheets became Excel. Presentation software, if it was ever known by such a name, was simply PowerPoint. Long before Google's preeminence in search, Microsoft dominated business and personal software with a suite known as Office.
The company launches its latest version, Office 2010, on Wednesday in New York — and the stakes couldn't be higher.
Apple: “The iPhone Still Sells Better Internationally”: "Apple responds to yesterday's study that showed Android phones are outselling iPhones in the U.S.
Google Exec: Microsoft Too Far Behind in Cloud Apps: "Q&A: Googles Dave Girouard says when it comes to competition, theres Microsoft ... and Microsoft
Monday, May 10, 2010
Data – the data or info category consists primarily of things like your contacts, calendar, bookmarks, notes, email accounts, etc. This information can either be syncd via iTunes or wirelessly via MobileMe or Microsoft Exchange (although Notes currently can only be syncd via iTunes).
Media – the media category consists of your music, movies, music videos, TV shows, podcasts, audiobooks, ringtones, iTunesU and now iBooks. This content can either be syncd or managed manually.
Photos – well this category is pretty self explanatory. Its your photo library and all of your photo albums. Your photos can either be in iPhoto or simply in a folders and subfolders.
Apps – last but certainly not least is your Apps that youve downloaded from the App Store.
Now that you know what the four categories are the content from these four categories can live on one, two, three or four different computers. In my house I sync my iPhone, iPad and iPod touch between two computers. I have a MacBook Pro that is my main everyday computer and we have an iMac that is our 'iTunes media server'. Of the four categories above I sync my Data, Photos and Apps with my MacBook Pro and I sync my media with my iMac. This works great for me because it means that I dont have to keep every song, movie, TV show, etc. that I own on my MacBook Pro.
How do I sync between more than one computer?
This is where most people get scared off. First off the categories cant be split if youre syncing. So photos have to be on one computer or the other, not both. Same with Apps, etc. The only thing you could get away with splitting is if you set your media to 'Manage Manually' then in theory you could drag content onto the device from more than one authorized computer. I prefer to use syncing, which brings me to the big scary message.
When I set up a new device I start with my MacBook Pro and in iTunes I UNCHECK 'Open iTunes when this iPhone is connected' and then I UNCHECK Ringtones, Music, Movies, TV shows, Podcasts, iTunesU, and Books. Basically all of the media category. I perform my initial sync and all is good. Then I unplug the device and move to the iMac and plug it in. In iTunes I uncheck Info, Apps and Photos and I enable all of the media categories. Now when I hit the sync button Im going to get a big dialog box warning me that this iPhone (or other device) is syncd with a different iTunes library and if I continue its going o erase the content. Thats what stops people dead in their tracks. YES! This is OK, all it means is that its going to erase the MEDIA content, not the other content from the other computer. It will put on the media you just enabled. Once this second sync is done your Apple device is now configured to sync between the two computers. You can go back and forth syncing between the two whenever you need to. So If I want to sync new notes , Apps or photos I sync with my MacBook Pro. If I want new movies, songs, or iBooks I sync with the iMac. Ive been doing this ever since the first iPhone came out in 2007 and most recently with the iPad. It works great!
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Min Liu, a 21-year-old liberal arts student at the New School in New York City, got a Facebook account at 17 and chronicled her college life in detail, from rooftop drinks with friends to dancing at a downtown club. Recently, though, she has had second thoughts.
Min Liu, thinking about her career, has begun removing personal information from the Web.
Concerned about her career prospects, she asked a friend to take down a photograph of her drinking and wearing a tight dress. When the woman overseeing her internship asked to join her Facebook circle, Ms. Liu agreed, but limited access to her Facebook page. “I want people to take me seriously,” she said.