Archive | February 2010

HTC is on a roll

Just a couple of months ago, almost all mobile enthusiasts waited in anticipation for the launch of Google’s first own branded phone – the Google Nexus One. Except for a few hitches, experts billed the Nexus One as one of the good smartphones available in the market today.

I am not sure if you’re aware that HTC is the one who made Nexus One for Google. High Tech Computer Corporation or HTC for short is a Taiwan-based manufacturer, makers of easy-to-use solutions that embrace the full range of mobile multimedia resources, wireless anytime and Internet on the go.
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WEB 2.0 – SMBs biggest security concern for 2010

Technological advancements brings a lot of advantages but at the same time, new security problems will also emerged as a result of all these developments. Accessing applications on the web and the popularity of social networking are just two examples of advancements, the two is also presenting new security concerns to everyone – particularly for small and medium businesses (SMBs).

A recently survey conducted by Webroot shows that I.T. managers in SMB believe malware spread through social networks, Web 2.0 applications and other Web-based vectors will pose the most serious risk to information security in 2010.
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Are you afraid of losing money? Science can explain why?

I remember a friend of mine once told me that if there’s one thing people are afraid of losing – its security. Security which is associated with money. My friend added that rich people are more afraid to lose their money than the less fortunate ones because the later don’t have it on the first place – of course my friend is joking.

But come to think of it, we are really afraid of losing money. We oftenly hear people asking “do you work to live? or do you live to work?”, primarily because people are so immersed in doing their work for one reason – to earn more money. So why are we so afraid to lose money? Is it just because we don’t want to lose everything that we’ve work for?
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From iPad to iPlump

The recent announcement of Apple latest offering called the iPad drew mix reactions from Apple fans and non-fans alike. I have yet to hear someone saying that he / she is in total awe of the new device. The common reactions are it’s overhyped and that they are expecting more from Mr. Steve Jobs.

Before the launch, speculations of a future tablet device from Apple was so high that it was branded even as the future of computing.

According to a survey released by technology shopping site Retrevo, prior to the launch, 26% of respondents said they were not interested in buying an Apple tablet. After the announcement of the iPad, 52% said they weren’t interested.
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Critical Infrastructure Under Constant Cyberattack

The coming May 2010 automated election is surrounded by controversy and a number of technological fears. It all started with the defacement of some government websites and now the much talked about importation of 5,000 jamming devices. All these sounded new to the ordinary people, but to those who belong to the I.T. industry – especially those who are involved in security knows that cyber attacks happen everyday, and the impact / cost is staggering.

In a report “In the Crossfire: Critical Infrastructure in the Age of Cyberwar”, commissioned by McAfee and authored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) found that the risk of cyberattack is rising. Despite a growing body of legislation and regulation, more than a third of IT executives (37%) said the vulnerability of their sector had increased over the past 12 months and two-fifths expect a major security incident in their sector within the next year. Only 20% think their sector is safe from serious cyberattack over the next five years.
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Social network users vulnerable to cyber crime

In every successful endeavors, there will always be two sides to every story. The success of social networking sites is something nobody expected. It has change the way people view computing. As a matter of fact, it has change computing altogether.

The benefits of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace is unquestionable. It allows users to connect with other users – be it their friends or business counterparts. But being popular and being the most visited destination on the web has its downside as well.
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Banning mobile phones in cars don’t reduce car accidents

Last year, they say when you drive, don’t text. If you text, don’t drive. The campaign drew a lot of support, and I am not surprised. How can you text and drive at the same time? If you know how to drive a car, you know that you need to put your 100% attention to the road or your endanger your own life or someone else’s life.

But a recent study released by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) study contradicts everything. The study shows that despite the ban, there is no reductions in crashes after hand-held phone bans take effect. Comparing insurance claims for crash damage in 4 US jurisdictions before and after such bans, the researchers find steady claim rates compared with nearby jurisdictions without such bans.
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