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New vulnerability in Internet Explorer 7, 8, and 9 allow hackers to remotely control your Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 computer
A couple back-to-back Java vulnerabilities hit the cyber waves a few weeks back. The cyber criminal gang that exploited those vulnerabilities seems to have developed a new zero-day attack. This time the attack has Internet Explorer in its crosshairs.
Security researchers are reporting there is a new zero-day vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer — IE 7 and 8 on Windows XP, and IE 9 on Windows Vista and Windows 7 — that allows scumbags to remotely install malware on infected computers.…Read More »
This newly discovered Lesula monkey from Africa looks like it could be from an animated movie [Amazing Photo of the Day]
Recently scientists discovered a new monkey species in Africa; more specifically, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This species, named Lesula, is only the second monkey discovery (no pun intended) in the past 28 years, so it is definitely a huge thing in scientific circles.…Read More »
We all know Android and iPhone/iPad have killed BlackBerry marketshare over the past few years — yet RIM refuses to throw in the towel, claiming they can still be competitive. If iOS and Android’s current domination over BlackBerry could be put in a cartoon, what the cartoon depict?…Read More »
As far as the industry is concerned, Yahoo is a dying breed. Because of its lack of competitiveness in the services and products it offers, users are flocking away from Yahoo and to its rivals — especially when it comes to search, a once-staple product in Yahoo’s portfolio.…Read More »
Last month the tech world was buzzing with the possibility that Microsoft will aggressively price the Windows RT Surface tablet at $199. While there still are no concrete facts on the pricing of Microsoft’s tablets, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer more or less just crushed the chances of a Surface tablet appearing in the Kindle-Fire-like price range.…Read More »
We have already shared with you a stunning time-lapse video of space as seen from the ISS. Today we have another awesome time-lapse to show you; this time it is of a meteor shower over Joshua Tree National Park.
The following video, titled “Ascendance”, is by photographer Henry Jun Wah Leeis.…Read More »
Since its inception, Firefox has been notorious for excess RAM usage, often in the form of RAM leaks. While Mozilla claims to have fixed RAM issues in recent Firefox updates, and has done a fairly good job for the most part, it is still possible to see Firefox consuming a huge chunk of your RAM — especially if you keep the browser continually open for long periods of times and have a lot of tabs open.…Read More »
Okay, I know most people are probably sick of hearing about the Apple v Samsung lawsuit that concluded last month but I just came across a bloody hilarious comic, so I must share.
Before we get to the comic, a little background context is required.…Read More »
Would you step out on this transparent glass balcony situated on the 103th floor of the Sears Tower? [Amazing Photo of the Day]
I’ll be the first to admit I have a fear of heights. Not the type of “OH MY GOD I AM GOING TO DIE SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME BEFORE I FAINT AND FALL TO MY DEATH” type of fear, but I don’t do well when it comes being in close proximity of danger.…Read More »
No one on a capped data plan wants to go over their monthly — or daily or whatever — limit because overage charges are often extreme. So you would think carriers would have a system in place to ensure accurate counting of data usage,.…Read More »
It does take a genius to know the Galaxy S III is iPhone 5′s biggest competitor. It also doesn’t a take a genius to know Samsung is going to attack Apple on all fronts. So it isn’t surprising Samsung has conjured an ad that pits the Galaxy S III in a favorable light when compared to the iPhone 5.…Read More »
iPhone 5 pre-orders have begun. The phone will reach consumer hands in a little under a week from now. If you are living in the USA and want an iPhone 5, there are three very important facts you need to know before you make the decision on which carrier to purchase the iPhone 5 from.…Read More »
In August 2011 Microsoft started an investigation into fake copies of Windows coming out of China. For this investigation, Microsoft employees bought 20 brand new PCs from various Chinese vendors and took them back to HQ to test for forfeit copies of Windows.…Read More »
On March 6, 2012 six British soldiers were killed in the Lashkar Gah area of Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device (IED). Two days after this incident Azhar Ahmed — a 19 year old from West Yorkshire — posted the message “all soldiers should die and go to hell” on Facebook.…Read More »
I’ve recently made a few changes to dotTech and would greatly appreciate any and all feedback you all have.
A few months ago I decided to make a major change in what dotTech covers. Instead of just doing reviews and tips and tricks, dotTech started posting interesting tidbits on the happenings of the tech world.…Read More »
Ever notice whenever a new iPhone comes out there is a group of people that cannot stop praising it and there is a group of people who cannot stop hating it. …Then there is a group of people that secretly wish they had an iPhone and thus voice their jealousy by ragging on Apple and the device?…Read More »
The following is a photograph of… I have no bloody clue. It looks like it may be some sort of residue from a man-made explosion, such as a flare, but the captions on the photo claim it is from nature. So the best way I can describe the following photo is by calling it a bleeding cloud or, as I so elegantly put it in the title, a cloud bleeding blood.…Read More »
Anyone that has lived in the desert knows how dangerous a dust storm can be. However, dust storms have a pretty side to them, too — if even from the sky. The following is a photograph of the aerial view of a dust storm that is hitting or about to hit Phoenix, Arizona USA.…Read More »
…or Nokia copied the old iPod Nano with the Lumia. It depends on which side of the fence you sit on. If you are confused, let me explain.
Last year Nokia unveiled the Lumia 800, the first ever Windows Phone device by Nokia.…Read More »
TechCrunch, a technology blog, holds regular ‘Disrupt’ conferences where a bunch of geeks gather to talk about geeky stuff. At the most recent ongoing conference in San Francisco, TechCrunch interviewed Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook. The interview itself is roughly 30 minutes long and has a good amount of information in it (feel free to watch it if you want) but there is one big bombshell Zuckerberg casually dropped — Facebook is working on its own search engine.…Read More »
When it comes to smartphone/mobile security, there are two types of malware.
First there is socially engineered malware. This type of malware, typically in the form of apps, works by tricking users into installing it and then proceeds to abuse access allowed by the operating system — such as apps that text premium numbers to steal money from you.…Read More »
By now many people are sick and tired of the courtroom battles going on in the mobile industry. In particular, some people feel Apple is overreaching with its patents and intellectual property and, in the process, Apple is stifling competition. If you think Apple vs Samsung or Apple vs HTC or Apple vs Motorola is ridiculous, you will just love this one: Apple is suing online Polish grocery store A.pl because of its name.…Read More »
At the unveiling yesterday, Apple’s Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, claimed the new iPhone 5 is the “world’s thinnest smartphone” thanks to its 7.6mm belt size. An Apple executive is somewhat of an authoritative figure in the mind of people, so the Internet was buzzing about how the iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world.…Read More »
Microsoft elaborates on Office for Windows RT, tells us it is “fully-featured” but has some missing functionality
Ever since Microsoft announced Windows RT tablets (aka Windows 8 tablets running on ARM-based processors) will come bundled with Microsoft Office, there have been a lot of questions as to exactly what that means. Will Office on Windows RT be like Office on regular Windows?…Read More »
Comedian shows people an iPhone 4S, tells them it is an iPhone 5, and listens as they praise the “better” iPhone 5 [iSheep moment]
Ready for a ridiculously funny iSheep moment? As I’m sure many people know by now, the iPhone 5 was unveiled yesterday but will not be available until September 21. Jimmy Kimmel, a popular comedian known for his night shows, figured this is a perfect moment to play a prank.…Read More »
The e-mail ban issue mentioned yesterday has been resolved and my host has restored access to port 25. This means dotTech e-mails will resume from now onwards. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and would like to take this moment to remind you to please *not* mark dotTech e-mails as spam.…Read More »
Ever seen a crocodile before? No, on Facebook doesn’t count. Neither does in a movie or photo. I’m talking about in real life, going eye to eye with a scaly, green beast. Yeah, well, if you haven’t I don’t know what to tell you… because I haven’t either.…Read More »
With all the iPhone 5 leaks over the past years, including 3D mockups, it may be hard to wrap your head around what the real iPhone 5 looks like. Indeed when I first saw photos of the real iPhone 5, I immediately thought to myself “are you sure that isn’t a fake mockup because they look so damn similar”.…Read More »
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Do you know what a ‘skypunch’ is? According to Terry Boswell, skypunch is a “rare meteorological phenomenon where ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover.” Yeah… doesn’t sound so cool in words but, damn, it looks awesome in a photo.…Read More »
Apple’s much-anticipated press event of the year is tomorrow where it is expected to reveal the new iPhone, may that be iPhone 5 or new iPhone. This whole year has seem a steady flow of leaks related to the iPhone 5, from rumored specs to supposed parts and even fully assembled devices.…Read More »
Google didn’t invest more in patents because they “didn’t really believe rounded corners were patentable”
Ready for a shot across the aisle by Mountain View? In an interview with Bloomberg, Google vice president of corporate development David Lawee explains how the recent patent war has been a “wake up call” for Google. Lawee talks about Google, and people in general, not knowing the value of patents and Google not properly “investing in the patent ecosystem”.…Read More »
Want to know how much power Apple has? Simply see how Best Buy is prepping for both “iPhone 5″ and “New iPhone”
Apple pulled a fast one over the world earlier this year when debuting the “new iPad” instead of “iPad 3″. With the iPhone 5 — or should I say new iPhone — literally around the corner, a retail giant in the United States is taking no chances.…Read More »
Google has a list of words it likes to censor from Google Search’s ‘Instant’ (i.e. how search results are shown as you type search queries) and ‘Autocomplete’ (i.e. how Google recommends search queries based on what you have typed so far).…Read More »
Surfing dolphins… surfing what?! Yeah, it may sound like something out of a movie or a cartoon, but I have a photo to prove surfing dolphins are real.
The following is a photograph of a beach in Sydney, Australia. As you can see, behind a paddle boarder are clearly nine dolphins riding an Australian wave:
…And you felt proud of yourself for learning how to ride a bike without training wheels.…Read More »