Archive | December 2008

Beware of ‘Scarewares’

Free Security Scan Could Cost you Time and Money
by: Jerry Liao

Have you experienced surfing the web and then all of a sudden a popup message appears offering a free virus scan? Aside from being free, unsuspecting users will say yes to the offer just to make sure that their computers are free from viruses.

This kind of free virus scanning offer is called “Scareware” because they exploit a person’s fear of online viruses and security threats, and make money out of it.
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I.T. Movers and Makers of 2008

In the spirit of looking ahead to 2009 and with high hopes for a better information technology year, it is good to look back and review the innovations that made a mark this 2008, news and development that hugged the I.T. limelight. What are the products, solutions, services that made a big impact on the I.T.industry and will play a big role to the innovations of the coming years.
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Women wants Internet than to have Sex
by: Jerry Liao

To highlight how important the internet is nowadays, Intel commissioned the services of Harris Interactive to conduct a survey entitled ““Internet Reliance in Today’s Economy”. The survey indeed proved that people finds the internet very important, but at the expense of something equally important to some – SEX.

Harris Interactive polled 2,119 adults and 46% of women said they will opt to forgo sex for two weeks instead of giving up access to the Internet for the same period. Oucch!. Can you imagine husbands setting up a romantic mood for their wives only to be turned down because of the internet?

But wait, the survey also indicated the 30% of men would also opt to forgo sex for two weeks instead of giving up access to the Internet for the same period. Double oucch!.
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Sex and the PC

Survey shows Teens Sharing Nude Images Online
by: Jerry Liao

Being able to communicate with practically anyone online has its advantages and disadvantages. Camera equipped mobile phones is no different. It’s so easy to take pictures and send it to friends and relatives anytime and anywhere. The same can also be done with computers or notebooks, with webcams fast becoming part of a PC, users can just click away and send it to anyone they like.

I came across a survey released by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and revealed that one in five teenage girls say they have electronically sent, or posted online, nude or semi-nude images of themselves.

To all the parents reading this, you may want to continue reading on so that we will know how to deal with this reality — whether its already happening to our kids or not, its good that we are a couple steps ahead of them right? The survey was done in the U.S.
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Computing in the Sky

A Cloud Centric Operating System
by: Jerry Liao

The idea of being able to boot up your computer from the internet seems to be a rocket science thing before, but now it’s just one offering so to speak. Good OS, most known for its gOS Linux recently announced “Cloud,” a new operating system that boots into a browser with Google, Yahoo! and Live in seconds, and optionally boots into Windows.

Cloud uniquely integrates a web browser with a compressed Linux operating system kernel for immediate access to Internet, integration of browser and rich client applications, and full control of the computer from inside the browser.
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The Power Within

Charge your tech gadgets only with your voice
by: Jerry Liao

What do you do if you need to make an important call to a business partner or to a friend? Or you need to open your notebook computer only to find out you forgot to charge your device.

Panic will be the first reaction, frustration will come in second, and then its either you will look for the nearest mobile phone charging station or will look for a friend who will allow you to insert your SIM into use his/her phone. For notebook users, looking for the nearest internet cafe would be a solution.

Battery life remains a major concern for popular mp3 players and cell phones that are required to perform an ever-expanding array of functions. But beyond mere consumer convenience, self-powering devices are of major interest to several players.

Wouldn’t it be great if we can charge our mobile phones, notebooks and other devices by mere our voice?
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Everything But the money

Social Network Users Less Receptive To Advertising – IDC
by: Jerry Liao

Social networking sites are considered one of the most if not the most visited websites nowadays. People from all walks of life will have their own pages at Friendster, MySpace, Facebook and others. Coupled that with their friends who has their own pages as well — the traffic would really be enormous.

And when you talk about web traffic, online advertising will definitely be around the corner. Does it automatically follow that huge online traffic is equivalent to effective online advertising? The answer can be found in this latest survey released by IDC.

Although the survey was done in the U.S., it will still somehow give us an indication of how effective online advertising is. The Internet crossed all boundaries, classes and signaled the death of distance right? Here’s the IDC survey:
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When the going gets tough – the tough get going

Mobile phone sales are affected by economy slowdown – Gartner
by: Jerry Liao

Most of the people I talked to are saying that the year 2009 will be one of the toughest times the business industry will face. Some companies are saying that they will be happy if they could just maintain their 2008 sales performance for 2009. In other words, a zero growth for 2009 is already acceptable to most.

What particular sector of the tech industry will be affected by the slowdown? I would say all, particularly the consumer products. Budgets of the consuming public will be the tightest during this crunch that is why people will only buy the so-called “necessities” rather than the “luxuries”.

How do you think this worldwide problem would affect the mobile phone industry? Here’s what Gartner has to say:
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