Now this is pretty weird. If you use Google Search, you might be aware that the tool can do a lot more than just finding stuff. It can convert measurements, currencies, do instant translations, and even make calculations for you. But what happens when you enter an equation that the engine misinterprets as an impossible query?…Read More »
One thing that has been eluding the internet is a global web identity; one identity that one can be used across all websites and forums. While inroads have been made with other services, because of its popularity, Facebook is the closest we have so far to a universal digital identity, and many websites are taking advantage of this by using Facebook Connect.…Read More »
32% of computers around the world are infected with viruses and malware, according to Panda Security
Most anti-virus companies like to release yearly reports based on their findings throughout the year. Panda Security is no exception and has released its ’2012 Annual Security Report’. In this report you will find some stats that may or may not shock you.…Read More »
Be sure to run Windows Update this Tuesday, Microsoft is going to release a monster update that fixes 57 vulnerabilities — including a critical Internet Explorer bug
Every second Tuesday of every month Microsoft releases patches of its products on Windows. This day has come to be known as ‘Patch Tuesday’. And this upcoming Patch Tuesday is going to be one you don’t want to miss.
In total, this Tuesday (February 12) will see twelve patches being released that address a total of 57 vulnerabilities across various different Microsoft software, including Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, .NET Framework, and Windows itself.…Read More »
Microsoft Surface Pro 128GB version is sold out within a few hours — a sign of success or clever marketing?
Microsoft Surface Pro 128GB, the version of Microsoft Surface tablets that runs Windows 8 Pro, has sold out in the United States within hours of being available online. Is this a sign of success for Microsoft’s tablet endeavor… or is it a sign of clever marketing on the part of Microsoft?…Read More »
I remember back when we got our first computer. We were so excited about not only the computer itself but also finally being able to have dial-up AOL (America Online) — including hearing the awesome “You’ve Got Mail” jiggle every time we would log into AOL.…Read More »
A report from China is claiming that an iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 have been spotted at one of Apple’s supplier factories. While the iPhone 5S was reportedly familiar-looking as expected, the iPhone 6 had a nearly 5-inch display. Investor site BrightWire has translated the report from Chinese site Laoyaoba.com:
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“A source told Chinese mobile phone information site Laoyaoba.com that he has seen the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 at Apple’s suppliers.
Hackers have managed to access one of the US Federal Reserve’s websites and steal a “limited amount of data,” according to a statement. The notice that was sent via the Fed’s Emergency Communication System, however, warned that email addresses, phone numbers and other contact information had been stolen and published.…Read More »
It’s no secret that Google likes airplanes, in fact, that’s how they first demoed Project Glass at Google I/O last year. Google currently has its private planes, including their own Boeing 737 and 747 jets, parked at the Moffett Federal Airfield.…Read More »
“You don’t need [a zero-day exploit] to attack most Android devices if consumers are running 13-month old software,” says Chris Soghoian. Soghoian is principal technologist and senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union. He believes that the reason why there are millions of Android phones in the hands of users today that are vulnerable to hacking, is because of the wireless carriers and hardware manufacturers.…Read More »
Scientists from the University of Surrey in the UK are getting ready to launch their latest satellite, on February 25th. It’s called the STRaND-1, and it has a very interesting characteristic. It’s powered by a smartphone. A Google Nexus One to be exact.…Read More »
Microsoft tells users to ditch Gmail for Outlook.com because Microsoft “doesn’t go through your email to sell ads”
So while we take a break from all the Apple versus Samsung lawsuits, why don’t we shift our attention over to the brewing Microsoft versus Google battle. This time, we have Microsoft on the offensive with their current “Scroogled” ad campaign — which also cost them a seven figure amount.…Read More »
A law in England is now requiring all dogs to be microchipped by April of 2016. The chip is for identification purposes, and would allow lost pets to be reunited with their owners. It will use RFID technology, and contain a 15 digit code — 3 digits serve as a country identifier, along with a 12-digit unique serial number.…Read More »
What happens when you put together Apple’s Siri, a Raspberry Pi, and the SiriProxy hack? Well, this guy used those things and a long weekend after Christmas to put together one of the most impressive Siri-related hacks yet. Check it out at the video below:
His garage door, thermostat, TV, and surveillance system are all controllable by Siri — and it works pretty well too.…Read More »
Before looking at any statistics, most people are aware that the current dominators of the handset market are Apple and Samsung. Just how dominant were the two rivals during 2012? According to Canaccord Genuity, Apple and Samsung accounted for 103% of handset profits for the entire year.…Read More »
Looks like Android 5.0 isn’t the only thing Google has planned for its Google I/O conference, at least if this video is talking about a real product in development. If it is indeed real, Google will be launching a laptop that would match Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro’s in pixel-density, while also possibly adding a touchscreen.…Read More »
Microsoft Surface Pro reviews roundup: what reviewers from three different blogs say about the tablet
Microsoft’s Surface Pro has received its review treatment on the Internet, and there’s an underlying theme hidden in a lot of the reviews. If you were consider getting Microsoft’s latest tablet/laptop, you might wanna check these out first.
The Verge liked the device’s performance and solid 1080p display, but the device itself and all the stuff it’s trying to do, paired with its design, become a deal-breaker:
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Even a well-executed Surface still doesn’t work for me, and I’d bet it doesn’t work for most other people either.
You probably read the headline and thought, “wait, what?” Don’t worry, it’s exactly what you think it is. A bizarre North Korean propaganda video has been taken down by YouTube after video game publisher Activision filed a DMCA complaint.
The video shows dreams of future space dominance by North Korea, then eventually displays a scene of New York being attacked by missiles.…Read More »
The next-generation of video game consoles is closer than ever, with Sony rumored to announced their next PlayStation in 2 weeks. Microsoft probably didn’t want Sony to hog all the limelight, and fortunately for them some more news about the next Xbox has surfaced — it might be not good news, however.…Read More »
Jeremy Clarkson, host of the BBC’s Top Gear, recently showed off what appears to be the tiniest car. It’s called the P45, and it looks more like a go-kart where the driver wears armor. But according to Clarkson, the helmet is actually the car’s roof, the visor is its windshield.…Read More »
Were you ever too tired to clean your smartphone or tablet? Was it just too tiring a task to endure? Well, Japanese company, Takara Tomy has a solution for you! If you’re familiar with the Roomba, then this should be pretty self-explanatory — it’s a roomba for your smartphone or tablet.…Read More »
‘Six-Strikes’ anti-piracy system is powered by the same company that flagged HBO.com for pirating HBO content
I’m sure you all know what the Six-Strikes system is by now, and that it’s set to launch in a few weeks. But what do we know about the company that’s going to be flagging users who share copyrighted content?
Turns out the CAS (Copyright Alerts System) that AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon will all be powered by the same independent company called MarkMonitor.…Read More »
How much storage do you have on your cloud backup service? 40GB, 50GB? How does infinite sound? That’s what a new service, Bitcasa, is offering. Check out the video below!
So how much is infinite storage going to cost? Not so much, actually.…Read More »
Facebook’s current tracking system allows you to check-in places ala Foursquare, and add locations to your posts. According to a report by Bloomberg, Facebook expand its tracking into a standalone app that can track your location in the background so you can find friends and your friends would be able to find you.…Read More »
Dell is officially off the publicly-traded stock market and is now a private company. This was made possible through a $24.4 billion deal, which includes cash and equity from their CEO Michael Dell, funding from investment firms Silver Lake and MSD Capital, debt financing from a number of banks, Dell’s cash on hand and a $2 billion loan from Microsoft.…Read More »
In the wake of (alleged) cyberwarfare by China, US president now has the power to order (preemptive) cyber attacks
According to a report by The New York Times, a secret White House legal review has granted the president of the United States the legal authority to order preemptive cyber attacks against a target (which can be a country), when there is credible evidence of a pending attack.…Read More »
Remember the Nokia PureView 808? Sure, it ran the obsolete Symbian operating system at a time where everyone had mostly forgotten about it, but it’s 41-megapixel sensor was a first for phones — and it was also amazing. Take a look at these specs!…Read More »
A hacker has been toying with the police and the general public in Japan since last summer. The hacker has remote controlled innocent people’s computers to send killing spree threats and a bomb threat to Nintendo headquarters. This was followed by cryptic messages involving anime characters and even a microSD card attached to a kitten’s collar — I know, it sounds I’m describing a crazy Japanese thriller.…Read More »
Jailbreak users have gone a long while without a proper untethered solution for their iPhone 5 and iOS 6 devices, but a new jailbreak developer team called the “Evad3rs” have released the long-awaited jailbreak for those devices. The team isn’t new to the scene by any stretch, and includes many of the top jailbreak authors.…Read More »
Well, that didn’t take very long. Initial reports pegged a reveal around Feb. 17, but I guess HP decided to unveil its latest laptop earlier. The HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook is the first ever HP laptop dedicated to running Google’s Chrome OS, and it is officially here.…Read More »
Wine for Android lets you run Windows programs on your phone or tablet, but it is still a work-in-progress
Wine is a free Linux program that allows you to run Windows programs on Linux (e.g. run Microsoft Word on Ubuntu via Wine). Alexandre Julliard, a developer, is developing an ARM-friendly Wine compatibility layer that runs on Android. So Wine on Android mean Windows programs on your phone — if it’s fast enough.…Read More »
An upcoming book co-authored by Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen was previewed by The Wall Street Journal, and it looks like China’s reputation as of late isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
The book is called The New Digital Age, and it says that China is the ”the most sophisticated and prolific” hacker of foreign firms, as well as ”the world’s most active and enthusiastic filterer of information.” The book also talks about the Chinese government’s alleged involvement with infrastructure provider Huawei, which it believes will put the US at “an economic and political disadvantage” because ”the United States will not take the same path of digital corporate espionage, as its laws are much stricter (and better enforced) and because illicit competition violates the American sense of fair play.”
Also mentioned is the dangers posed by the country’s ”mix of active citizens armed with technological devices and tight government control…” Schmidt and Cohen believe that it is extremely volatile, could cause widespread instability and might even result in “some kind of revolution in the coming decades.” Yikes.…Read More »
Check out all of this year’s Super Bowl ads, including Samsung’s $15 million commercial and the return of BlackBerry
If you were somehow unaware of the Super Bowl going on today, well, it’s over now. And the Ravens won… Yeah. Anyway, what’s the Super Bowl without some pretty awesome ads! The commercials that air during the game have become a part of the culture, and they can get pretty pricey too. …Read More »
Acer says that their Chromebook sales are doing well and HP is about to launch their first ever Chromebook this month. The relation of these two stories? Disappointing and dropping Windows 8 sales.
Acer President Jim Wong tells Bloomberg, ”Windows 8 itself is still not successful, the whole market didn’t come back to growth after the Windows 8 launch; that’s a simple way to judge if it is successful or not.” Since being released in November of 2012, Chromebooks have accounted for 5 to 10 percent of Acer’s US shipments.…Read More »