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Saturday, June 27, 2009

For Your Eyes Only

If you work on sensitive projects or just have nosy cube mates, you may have wished you had a tool to keep prying eyes from seeing what you are working on. A company by the name of Oculis Labs Inc. has a solution for the super security conscious and another for the rest of us. Check out this demo by Oculis' founder and CEO, Bill Anderson.

Shoulder surfers beware!

Source:Baltimore Sun

Friday, June 26, 2009

Google Voice - Out Of The Box

Two years ago Google purchased GrandCentral a voice mail system on steroids, and two months ago they announced Google Voice the Googlized evolution of that product. With Google Voice you receive a phone number that your contacts call, you have the ability to predetermine which of your phone numbers they are routed to: Your home, your office, your cellphone, etc. You can forward a single call to all of your phones, any combination of phones or straight to voice mail, its up to you. The service, for now, is free but you must request an invite.

According to Bits Blog a note to investors from Ben Schachter, an analyst with Broadpoint AmTechsays said "...we expect the introduction of Google Voice will help accelerate Google’s mobile penetration by creating a larger mobile ecosystem against which Google can sell/target/monetize advertisements. Additionally, we expect Google Voice to be integrated with Android and, if successful, may help increase penetration of Android-powered smartphones."

Official Google Blog

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Microsoft Releases Free Antivirus In 4 Countries

Microsoft Security Essentials beta, a free antivirus software, was available for download on Tuesday to those running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 but only if you reside in the U.S., Israel, China and Brazil.

According to the CBC "Microsoft bills the software as providing "high-quality protection" against both viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware and other malicious software. It updates and upgrades automatically."

The software will apparently be made available to Canadians when the final version of the software is released to 19 countries during the second half of this year.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Google Wants To Make The Web Faster

Google is in a sharing mood, wanting to pass along the knowledge it's gained over the years of being, well, Google. "Over the years, through continuous experimentation, we've identified some performance best practices that we'd like to share with the web community on, a new site for web developers, with tutorials, tips and performance tools."

Check out Google's plea to make the web faster...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Living By The Numbers

For those who have become health conscious, Wired has an interesting article called "Know Thyself: Tracking Every Facet of Life, from Sleep to Mood to Pain, 24/7/365" which discusses our obsession with numbers. Heart rate, calories, alcohol consumption, number of steps taken, hours of sleep, etc.. We are slowly becoming consumed by these numbers and I for one have become a recent victim. The article's author, Gary Wolf, says "The immediate cause of this trend was obvious: New tools had made self-tracking easier. In the past, the methods of quantitative assessment were laborious and arcane. You had to take measurements manually and record them in a log; you had to enter data into spreadsheets and perform operations using unfriendly software; you had to build graphs to tease understanding out of the numbers. Now much of the data-gathering can be automated, and the record-keeping and analysis can be delegated to a host of simple Web apps."

I'll have to confess, my new HTC Dream (android phone) has fueled my obsession...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Malware Authors Set Traps Via Twitter

According to CNN, "Cyber criminals have been targeting Twitter users by creating thousands of messages (tweets) embedded with words involving trending topics and malicious URLs," Sean-Paul Correll, a threat researcher for Panda Labs. These are not new attacks but a new way of luring the unsuspecting in.

"The fundamental fact is cyber criminals are highly organized with sophisticated corporate structures and business chains," said Michael Fraser, director of the Communications Law Centre at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia.

"They have R&D departments, strong distribution networks and Web sites for the discerning cyber criminal," Fraser said.

This stuff isn't going away anytime soon folks, so keep your patch levels up and your anti-virus current...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

$80,000 Per Shared Song Awarded To RIAA

24 songs shared by a single mom from Minnesota via Kazaa have been the center of a law suit brought upon Jammie Thomas-Rasset by the Recording Industry Association of America. On Friday a federal jury in Minnesota found the 32-year-old mother of four guilty of copyright infringement and ordered her to pay $1.92-million or $80,000 per song shared. Her reaction, “There’s no way they’re ever going to get that,” Ms. Thomas-Rasset said after the verdict. “I’m a mom, limited means, so I’m not going to worry about it now.”

For their part the RIAA said this in an e-mail, “When the facts are presented to juries on these issues, they take this issue seriously and appreciate the real harm that’s done to the music community,”

It's not clear whether or not Thomas-Rasset will challenge the decision but I sure hope she does. I also hope that none of the jurors have kids who have shared any music online, or they may live to regret their ruling in this case...

Source: Globe and Mail