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January 21, 2013

Facebook Searches While Myspace Does Tunes

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Facebook's new Graph Search was unveiled last week as they hope to keep their billion users to stick around. The people, place and thing service will help find information from friends and other user profiles. While most analysts seem to like the idea, this is something that will take some time for full implementation and acceptance.

Meanwhile, for those who eagerly awaited a rebirth of Myspace, the time is nigh. Out in beta for awhile, the new version is welcoming old and new users alike as it is a separate site. The site is heavily into music, including an audio player pinned to the screen. By the way, you will have to download Chrome to access the site.

Via Myspace

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January 2, 2013

Seventeen Million Activations on Xmas

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It was certainly a very merry, electronic Xmas. According to a recent Flurry Study, 17.4 million activations took place on December 25 for iOS and Android devices. This was up an incredible 332% increase from the daily December average and more than doubled from last year's total. More tablets were activated on that date than phones and iPads dominated the category. The
KindleFire HD
did well, too. Check out the entire survey for more details.

Via Flurry

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December 4, 2012

AT&T Still Consumer Loser

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It's time for Consumer Report's yearly carrier comparison and, as per usual, AT&T was rated the worst in terms of customer service. However, they did win in the area of best 4G LTE service so if you tend not to care about happy service reps, this might be acceptable.

Verizon took the top spot for assistance and voice and data service. Sprint and T-Mobile is somewhere in the middle but we find that this kind of survey really doesn't account for brand loyalty. You can read the entire report online or in the January 2013 issue which is out now.

Via Consumer Reports

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October 1, 2012

Facebook Offers Real Gifting

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Apparently Facebook is not content enough to oversaturate us with ads or suggestions. While you can still poke and/or chat with your friends, they would prefer you send them a real gift. When one of your buds is having a birthday or other special event, the service will notify you and make suggestions for purchase. The usual gifting ideas exist here like teddy bears, gift cards or cakes. Another ka-ching for the Zuck.

Via Facebook

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July 16, 2012

Check for Email Identity Theft

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With the latest password leak from Yahoo, the 400,000+ email addys came from their older Contributor Network and those who worked for Associated Content prior to May 2010. Sucuri has a handy tool that, once you enter your address, will let you know if yours was accessed.

You can also check other emails as some of the leaks were Gmail, Hotmail, AOL and Comcast.net. If that is the case, they suggest that you change your password, including any that matched others or change all of them with separate passwords.

Via Sucuri

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July 12, 2012

B612 Foundation to Map Larger Asteroids

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Scientists say that we have only located about 1% of a half million large asteroids that could potentially harm the planet. Ex-NASA staff and Ball Aerospace engineers formed the B612 Foundation in Mountain View, CA. They plan to launch a $200 million Sentinel telescope in 2017, the first privately funded probe. It has an HD camera with small detectors that scan moving objects beginning at 50 meters in diameter. A map is to be made with the images.

Via B612 Foundation

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July 11, 2012

Detroit Man Trapped in Trench

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Nowhere is there more evidence of instant networking than watching a local story unfold. A man was working on a sewer or water line on Detroit's West side when he got buried up to his neck in dirt. The man is responsive and is wearing an oxygen mask. Another man was also trapped and freed.

Update: The man has been rescued by incredible emergency workers who toiled for about 3 hours to dig through the dirt that seemed never ending. With all the problems the D has seen lately, it is stories like these that renew our faith in humanity and prove that our city workers are worth even more than they earn.

Update: It turns out that there were three originally trapped and that the third man was talking to his rescuers after he was freed and taken to the hospital. It seems odd, after following along for the last three hours, that so many details, like how many were trapped, could have been conflicting.

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July 7, 2012

Test DNS Before July 9, aka Malware Monday

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If you go here and see this, run, do not walk to your fave computer professional to remove the DNSChanger malware before Monday, July 9. The malware was first detected in 2007 and spread internationally. The FBI asserts that if you do nothing, you might just lose your interweb connection.

Via FBI

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June 26, 2012

Apple To Hold Summer Camps

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Apple has found an alternative to sending kids aged 8 - 12 to summer camp or having to endure three months of endless video gaming. They have established filmmaking camps at their retail outlets beginning July 23. Two 90 minute sessions will teach them how to use iMovie and GarageBand to create their own video classics. Optional Apple Camp Film Festivals on Saturdays give them the chance to share their creations.

Via Apple

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May 15, 2012

AT&T Ditches White Pages

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Landlines are becoming a thing of the past as most only use cell/smartphones so AT&T, in an effort to cut costs, has managed to kill white pages in about 75 different markets. While this will not affect yellow pages, areas that approved the changes are required to pay $1.99 (plus air time) for each 411 directory assistance call. Customers can also request a CD-ROM of home listings.

The latest Public Service Commission to consider sending white pages only to those who request them is in Louisiana, who will decide by May 23. At the very least the plan will save a few trees.

Via AT&T

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April 30, 2012

Take DNSChanger Trojan Test

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The FBI set up DNS servers to replace malicious ones last year after capturing an Estonian cybergang who loosed the DNSChanger trojan. If you still have one on your PC, you may lose connection permanently by July 9 which means you will not be able to turn it on again no matter how much verbal abuse is involved.

To learn more, consult the link below or head over to the DNSChanger Eye Test. Green means you are safe (unless your ISP redirects you) while Red is a bad thing.

Via FBI

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April 25, 2012

Senate Passes Mandatory Black Boxes for Autos Bill

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Once again Big Brother rears its ugly head as the Senate has just passed a bill that would make it mandatory for automobile makers to include a "black box", like those used in aircraft, in all new cars by 2015. While the primary reason is to record and use data if assistance is needed, this gives the government access to that information with a court order. The bill is expected to pass in the House as well.

Via Infowars

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April 23, 2012

Apple Denies Allowing eBook Price Fixing

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Following last week's todo concerning the price of eBooks, Apple seems to have welcomed the chance to go to trial over the allegation that the company allowed five of the major publishing houses to set their own prices to compete with Amazon's lower rate of e-books. Two major publishers, Hatchette Book Group and HarperCollins have already settled out of court, and Simon & Schuster is working on an agreement.

Apple lawyer Daniel Floyd said, "We believe that this is not an appropriate case against us and we would like to validate that" although the price hike came right before they released the iPad. Should Apple and the other two companies be found guilty, watch for the floodgates to open to class action suits and lower prices for the rest of us. The European Comission is looking into the problem and some Canadians are already filing suits. The U.S. District Court hearing is set for June 22.

Via DOJ

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April 18, 2012

Fight Flashback With Free Tools

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Roger Thompson, a researcher from ICSA Labs, recently commented that Mac viruses were rare because there were so many PCs out there for the last couple of decades that spammers naturally used them. Apple is working on a permanent solution for Flashback. So far, they have released a tool for for Mac owners running OS X Lion without Java which is available here.

Two companies have issued free tools available for detection and removal for the 600,000 infected. The Finnish anti-virus company F-Secure has a FlashbackRemoval zip file that you can download and the Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky can help identify it as well.

Via USA Today

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