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Google+ Is A No Go In China

June 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Google+ Is A No Go In China

The United States biggest creditor (China) has taken steps to stop Google+ right after it was debuted to the world yesterday.  While some people may claim it is all part of a communist plot to crack down on dissent; this time it may not be the case this go round. For those of you, who are late to the game, be advised that Google+ is the firm that tried to introduce social networking to China.  Again social networking is thought to be a threat for oppressive governments because it allows its populations... 

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Experts Say “TDL-4″ Botnet Is Practically Indestructible

June 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Experts Say “TDL-4″ Botnet Is Practically Indestructible

A new and improved botnet that has infected more than four million computers is “practically indestructible,” software security experts say. “TDL-4,” the name for both the bot Trojan that infects PCs and the ensuing collection of compromised computers, is “the most sophisticated threat today,” said Kaspersky Labs researcher Sergey Golovanov in a detailed analysis Monday. “[TDL-4] is practically indestructible,” Golovanov said and others agree. “I... 

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Samsung Seeks To Have iPad And iPhone Imports Banned

June 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Seeks To Have iPad And iPhone Imports Banned

Samsung requested that the U.S. International Trade Commission ban the importation of Apple’s iPhones, iPads and iPods, ratcheting up its fight with Apple. The filing, dated Tuesday, states Apple’s iPhone, iPod digital music player and iPad tablet infringe on five of Samsung’s patents involving telecommunications standards and user interface inventions. Samsung also filed a fresh patent lawsuit against Apple in a Delaware federal court on Wednesday. The complaints are the latest... 

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Skype Debuts Video Calls For Android Devices

June 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Skype Debuts Video Calls For Android Devices

Skype, which is being gobbled up by Microsoft for $8.5 billion, debuted a new service on Thursday allowing users of Android phones to make free video calls to Skype contacts, including those on Apple iPhones. The company whose name has become synonymous with Internet calling said its updated Android app would initially support video calling on selected HTC and Sony Ericsson Phones, with more devices to follow shortly. “We are committed to bringing Skype video calling to as many platforms... 

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Brightest Quasar Discovered

June 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Brightest Quasar Discovered

Scientists have discovered the most brilliant object yet from the infancy of the cosmos, a super-bright galaxy that challenges notions of how extraordinarily massive black holes evolved. The brilliant enigma is a quasar, a stage that some galaxies go through when lots of material falls into the supermassive black holes at their cores, giving off light as it does so. The quasar, assigned the name ULAS J1120+0641, is the most distant one found to date. It is by far the brightest object discovered from... 

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WoW Goes Semi Free-to-Play

June 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
WoW Goes Semi Free-to-Play

Hugely popular MMO World Of Warcraft is now free to play up to level 20, with no limits on time or the number of characters that can be created. Free to play gamers won’t be able to access certain features like guilds, voice chat or to collect more than ten gold, but can access the quests available to paying subscribers. Previously the MMO only offered free ten day trials. Blizzard also announced that players with an existing account will receive the Burning Crusade expansion pack for free. Characters... 

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Survey Finds E-Readers More Popular Than Tablets

June 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Survey Finds E-Readers More Popular Than Tablets

More people are using e-readers than tablets, according to a Pew Research Institute study. The Pew survey of 2,277 adults that finished on May 22 found that 12% of Americans owned an e-reader device in May compared to 8% who owned a tablet like Apple’s iPad. Also, ownership grew faster for e-readers like the Nook or Kindle than ownership of tablets over the six months between November 2010 and May, the Pew survey found. The telephone survey found that Hispanic Americans are the fastest-growing... 

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Apple Website Ripe For Hacking

June 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Apple Website Ripe For Hacking

According to the Ethical Hacking group YGN, Apple’s website for developers is virtually wide open and gives the opportunity for hackers to introduce malware such asphishing attacks to gain access to subscriber’s vital personal information. One group known as Networkworld identified three holes on Apple’s website that arbitrary URL redirects, cross-site scripting and HTTP response splitting. That said, these holes could allow hackers to arbitrarily redirect to other websites and make phishing... 

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Microsoft Patents Skype Phone Call Snooping Technology

June 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Patents Skype Phone Call Snooping Technology

A newly patented Microsoft technology named Legal Intercept that would allow the company to covertly intercept, monitor and record Skype calls is raising privacy concerns. Microsoft’s patent application for Legal Intercept was filed in 2009, well before the company’s $8.5 billion purchase of Skype this May. The patent was granted last week. From Microsoft’s description of the technology in its patent application, Legal Intercept appears similar to tools used by telecommunication... 

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China Develops Online War Game,’The Glorious Mission’

June 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Gaming
China Develops Online War Game,’The Glorious Mission’

China’s People’s Liberation Army has created its first online military game, called “The Glorious Mission,” to train soldiers in combat skills and technological awareness, the China Daily reported. The online game is a first-person shooter and players can take part in individual or group missions. The game, which features PLA weaponry and realistic battle scenarios, took 32 months to complete, the newspaper reported. “I think it is possible the game will be made open... 

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New Alien Planets Discovered

June 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
New Alien Planets Discovered

A European space telescope has discovered 10 previously unknown alien planets, including two Neptune-like objects that circle the same star, researchers announced today (June 14). France’s CoRoT satellite detected the 10 alien planets, all of which are gaseous like Saturn or Jupiter. However, they exhibit a range of masses, densities, orbital characteristics and other properties, researchers said. The new discoveries highlight the diversity of worlds beyond our solar system and boost the confirmed... 

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Microsoft Introduces Cloud Version Of Office

June 28, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Introduces Cloud Version Of Office

Microsoft is making its biggest entry yet into the mobile, Internet-accessible world of cloud computing this week, as it debuts a revamped online version of its hugely profitable Office software suite. The world’s largest software company is pushing its twenty years old set of applications — including Outlook email, Excel spreadsheets and SharePoint collaboration tools — into an online format so that customers can use them on a bevy of devices from wherever they can get an Internet... 

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Phone Apps Contributing To Distracted Driving

June 28, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Phone Apps Contributing To Distracted Driving

First it was talking, then texting. Now mobile apps are distracting young drivers, with more than a third of college students surveyed saying they use them while behind the wheel. New research from the University of Alabama (UAB) demonstrates that even drivers who have reported previous accidents involving mobile phone applications can’t resist using them while driving. “It’s astounding, scary. Very little of this is urgent business. It’s socializing and entertainment,”... 

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Google Says Half Million Android Devices Are Added Daily

June 28, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Says Half Million Android Devices Are Added Daily

Mobile customers are activating more than half a million Android devices every day, and week-to-week growth in gadgets running the Google Inc software is at 4.4 percent, so says Android chief Andy Rubin. Rubin did not disclose, in his Tuesday announcement on Twitter, how many of the devices being activated are smartphones and how many are tablet computers, a relatively new competitive battleground in wireless communications. On December 8, Rubin had tweeted that daily Android phone activations had... 

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Nevada Introduces Bill For Self-Driving Cars

June 28, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Nevada Introduces Bill For Self-Driving Cars

It looks like self-driving cars may be closer to being a reality than most people would’ve thought– at least in Nevada. The state passed Bill 511 last week, authorizing executives at the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to begin developing a set of rules of the road for autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles. This is the first step in what could be a lengthy process in getting autonomous cars, which are designed to use artificial intelligence, computer sensors and GPS instead... 

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