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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Essential Mac Utilities: Launchers - PCWorld

Essential Mac Utilities: Launchers - PCWorld

From the Desk of David Pogue - Online, How Much Security Is Too Much? - NYTimes.com

From the Desk of David Pogue - Online, How Much Security Is Too Much? - NYTimes.com

Microsoft Begins Satisfying Customers with Windows 7

Microsoft Begins Satisfying Customers with Windows 7: "Customer satisfaction is on the rise for Microsoft -- enough to overcome ire sparked by Vista release.

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

Pakistan Action Latest in Series of Global Web Crackdowns

Pakistan Action Latest in Series of Global Web Crackdowns: "Pakistan's government officials cut off access to Facebook Thursday adding to a long list of similar acts of Web censorship around the world

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

A Bill of Rights for Facebook Users

A Bill of Rights for Facebook Users: "Does the Web 'default to social?' No, Mr. Zuckerberg, not exactly. Here are some rules of the road.

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

Google Announces Open WebM Video Format

Google Announces Open WebM Video Format: "

Google WebM
(Image courtesy of Engadget)

If you’ve had restless nights wondering what Google plans to do with the VP8 video codec since it purchased creator On2, wonder no more: The search giant has announced a new, open video format for the web built around the technology.

Engadget is reporting that Google has announced the new, open WebM video format at its Google I/O conference this week. The WebM container is based on Matroska but features the VP8 video codec the company purchased from On2 as well as Ogg Vorbis audio streams. Google claims the new format is nimble enough to support playback on low-power devices, including netbooks, tablets and handhelds, while retaining simple encoding profiles for creating them.

WebM is open-source and licensed royalty-free, and industry support has already been lined up starting with Mozilla, who is already supporting the format in their nightly builds of Firefox as of Wednesday night. Needless to say, Google will also be adding WebM support in their Chromium nightly builds at the same time, with Chrome early access builds coming on May 24th and Opera listed as ‘coming soon.’

Google-owned YouTube will also support WebM, which of course will be a nice shot in the arm for the format’s adoption in a quick way. Despite a long list of partners announced on Wednesday, Apple is thus far mum on support for the format in Safari, while rival Microsoft confirmed its half-hearted support in Internet Explorer 9, which will exclusively feature H.264 as part of its HTML5 adoption; however, VP8 playback will be supported, but the codec will have to be downloaded separately rather than as part of the application install.

Other partners for WebM include hardware makers AMD, ARM, Broadcom, Freescale, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and TI -- Engadget notes that Intel is conspicuously absent from that list -- and Adobe has also pledged software support by adding VP8 support into Flash Player.

(Via Mac|Life all.)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Why American’s Identities are Easily Stolen

Why American’s Identities are Easily Stolen: "Analysis: Technology exists to bolster security, but Americans and politicians are reluctant to use it.

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

New Exploit Resists Windows Security Software

New Exploit Resists Windows Security Software: "The new tactic sidesteps installed security measures, leaving common Windows security tools vulnerable.

(Via PC World Latest Technology News.)

Facebook Privacy: Do You Know What I Know? - PCWorld

Facebook Privacy: Do You Know What I Know? - PCWorld: ""


Psst...have you heard?

Brandon lost his virginity this weekend.

Victoria called out sick to work so she could see a concert.

And Tony -- poor Tony. Let's just say he spent some time at the doctor's office for a procedure that involved a latex glove and a lot of grimacing.

Let me fill you in on a little secret: I don't know any of these people. Thanks to Facebook, though, I know plenty of personal things about them. And I'm willing to wager that they might not realize anyone else -- their parents, their teachers, their bosses -- could just as easily know this stuff, too.

Instapaper Pro Review | iPhone News App | Macworld

Instapaper Pro Review | iPhone News App | Macworld: ""


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This is a wonderful website and also iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad application. It is such a useful tool for reading articles on the web. It eliminates graphics and allows you to easily read articles that you want to read later own. I use it with NetNewswire, my favorite Mac RSS reader. I look at me news feeds and then send the stories I want to read to Instapaper through a link in the program. Then I read them later. The MacWorld review talks about the newest version of the mobile iPhone and iPad application. Please check it out.

John H. Armwood

Tokyo couple say their 'I dos' before robot in rooftop wedding

Tokyo couple say their 'I dos' before robot in rooftop wedding: "The world's first wedding to be conducted by a robot takes place in Japan."

(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)
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Robot technology has really taken off in Japan but having a robot officiating at a wedding?  I don't think I could do that.

John H. Armwood