USB Cables – From friend to foe

Everyone who’s into computers surely are familiar with Universal Serial Bus or more popularly known as USB. Almost all peripherals uses USB to establish communication between USB devices and a host controller like PCs and notebooks both for Windows and Macs.

USB can connect computer peripherals such as mouse, keyboards, digital cameras, printers, media players, flash drives, Network Adapters, and external hard drives. For many of those devices, USB has become the standard connection method. So can a USB device do any harm to your computer?
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Facebook Shutdown – Hoax, Hype and Hope

This announcement alledgedly coming from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg created quite a stir from the socia networking world:

Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut down in March. Managing the site has become too stressful.

“Facebook has gotten out of control,” said Zuckerberg in a press conference outside his Palo Alto office, “and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness.”
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Kaspersky website compromised by hackers

It makes us feel somewhat uneasy everytime we hear news about people who are experts in their respective fields not doing their jobs well. Like people in uniform involved in murder or corruption cases, politicians engaged in illegal activities, doctor malpractice, and many more. Professionals should do their job well and do them according to people’s expectation – to be professional and do their job right.

That is why the recent news that the download website of Kaspersky USA was compromised by hackers didn’t come as a pleasant news to me. The protector suddenly becomes the attacker.
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2011 – The Year of Android?

The battle for OS supremacy is heating up as usual with the launch of Windows Phone 7, Apple OS updates, and Android. Why is it important to capture a big chunk of the mobile OS pie? Simple – the one who controls the mobile OS, in a way will dominate or will have an advantage in the mobile market.

Who are the players? iPhone, Android, Palm, RIM, Windows Phone 7 and Symbian. Who is leading or who will dominate the mobile OS market?
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iPad wannabes are DOA – Steve Jobs

Yes, this is what Apple CEO Steve Job said during Apple’s conference call – that 7 inch tablet has no future, to extent of saying that these products will be “dead on arrival”.

Some other claims of Jobs:

– users need to “sand paper to sand down your finger”
– developers cannot make quality apps on a 7 inch screen
– tablet users have already have smartphones
– Google’s Android operating system isn’t open
– Tweetdeck should work very hard to create an Android version of its browser app
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Teens go crazy with mobile texting

Call it later or what, because a recent study released by Nielsen Company showed that US teens are actually sending 3,339 texts a month or an average of 111 text messages per day. Is that a shocking development? I don’t think so. Here in the Philippines, I would say the local teens are sending 100 messages in like an hour or so.

I may be exagerating the figures but it’s not impossible given the unlimited texting offers of telecommunication companies. Local teenagers can actually send as many text as they want – so 111 text messages per day.
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Facebook New Security Features – Onetime Passwords and Remote Logout

Social networking site Facebook recently introduced two new features that according to Facebook will add more security to users – one time passwords and remote logout. Let us first examine what these two features are:

OneTime Passwords
The one time password is intended primarily for those who login the Facebook from computers at public places, such as Internet cafes. Any user just needs to send an SMS to a short number, and he/she will immediately receive a one-time password, which will be valid for 20 minutes. As of now the service will be available in US only.
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