Monthly Archives: January 2011

Verizon announces iPhone 4

Verizon will offer a CDMA EVDO version of the iPhone 4 starting February 10.
Existing Verizon Wireless customers will be able to start pre-ordering the device on February 3. The 16GB version with a two-year contract will cost $199.99, while the 32GB version will cost $299.99. The device will be available at more than 2,000 Verizon stores, via Verizon’s Web site, at Apple Retail stores, and via Apple’s Web site.

  • 01/12/2011
  • IT

25% of PC users disable antivirus software

A new survey from antivirus and computer security firm finds that about one in four PC users admit to turning off virus protection on their PCs because they thought the programs were slowing down their computers.

That’s not a good idea because such a practice leaves the computer totally exposed to the even simplest of viruses, allowing the bad guys to include it in a botnet used to distribute malware and phishing.

Furthermore, more than three out of five (62.8 percent) have tried multiple computer security products in the span of a year on the same computer, hoping to find one they like, and nearly one in eight (12 percent) have considered getting off the Internet altogether for safety reasons.

Adapted via Yahoo News

  • 01/11/2011
  • IT

Cell Phone Users Are Gullible

Cell phone users are making really bad decisions compared to their desktop computing counterparts.

The study’s data is reveals the harsh truth. Cell phone users are three times more likely than users of desktop computers to offer up confidential login details to a phishing site, and they are also quicker to respond to phishing scams.

Rather controversially, Trusteer, the research company, claims iPhone users are the most foolish of all, accessing phishing Websites more than BlackBerry users by a factor of eight. This is especially galling bearing in mind BlackBerry is still a market leader in the US, with 36 percent of the smarphone market in October 2010 compared to the iPhone’s 25 percent. In other words, iPhone users appear to be making extra special efforts to be dumb.

Adapted via Yahoo News

  • 01/10/2011
  • IT

Amazon – Android App Store

Amazon is preparing to open an Android app store, and is currently accepting applications from developers for Android-based smartphones, according to a Amazon blog post.

The applications will be sold on the Amazon Appstore for Android, which the company expects to launch later in 2011. At launch, the Appstore will be available for customers in the U.S., and it will be compatible with Android 1.6 and higher. Users will be able to shop for applications from their PCs, which isn’t possible with the existing version of Android Market, or from their smartphones, and pay with their existing Amazon account. The store will carry free and paid applications.

Adapted via Yahoo News

  • 01/07/2011
  • IT

Voila! AT&T’s 3G Network Is Now 4G!

“AT&T Inc. flipped a switch and turned on its 4G wireless network Wednesday,” reports the WSJ. “The switch, however, was in the company’s marketing department.” Taking advantage of loose definitions for what qualifies as 4G, AT&T has simply relabeled its existing, and much-maligned, 3G network as 4G.

The International Telecommunications Union hasn’t set a hard definition on 4G, so carriers are going right ahead and calling their networks 4G. AT&T told WSJ that it was okay to do it because consumers won’t notice the difference between their HSP-plus and the new LTE network.

AT&T isn’t the only one, T-mobile did the same last year and then went on an anti-AT&T advertising spree.

Adapted via WSJ

  • 01/07/2011
  • IT

The new Mac App Store is online

It’s simple way to find, install, and manage your favorite software. To see the Mac App Store at all, you’ll need to run your Software Updates (under the Apple menu) and get Mac OS X 10.6.6 System Update, or run the combo update you can download here.

After you reboot, you’ll see a new icon in your dock, right after the Finder icon. Click that to launch the app store. Most apps cost less than you may have seen them at retail, but some, like Things, are priced higher than we’ve seen them in bundles.

  • 01/06/2011
  • IT