Call it spyware, adware, malware, or tracking software, those hidden bits of code may be broadcasting your innermost secrets to the world. Here's how to put a stop to it. It seems that reviews these past few months have been revolving around Internet-borne content in one way or another. Last month we looked at Internet content filters ; this month we are looking at a similar but a much more transparent and malicious beast -- spyware. (Next month we will be going over anti-spam applications to see where they have come in the year since we visited them last.) One thing is sure: the worldwide spam epidemic certainly has not gone away or abated at all. And spyware seems to be shaping up as the next big "security" threat to consumers and businesses alike. While we are on the topics of spam and spyware, has anyone noticed the increase in spam purporting to provide "free" and "effective" spyware removal tools? Most of these should really be read as, "Click here to download and install this … [Read more...] about Who’s spying on you? 6 anti-spyware apps tested
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UPDATE: Business Week's "scoop" confirms my scoop I announced last November, straight from the NYC Googleplex: Google Apps for Enterprise, for a fee, is impending. ALSO: Will Google launch Apps for Enterprise soon? November 21, 2006: Google CEO Eric Schmidt is the Internet’s premiere pitch man for Web-based advertising. I heard Schmidt extol a newfound power of advertising to fund “all of the software innovation” in the cloud at Search Engine Strategies in August. Come the Google New Year, however, Schmidt is to begin funding software on a more down-to-earth basis: fees for services. I discuss Schmidt’s Internet advertising vision in “Google CEO’s new paradigm: ‘cloud computing and advertising go hand-in-hand’.” Schmidt reminisces about the “old” client/server computing business model, which he characterizes as “largely invented by Oracle”: It was a direct sales force that would … [Read more...] about Google: Who needs advertising?
People are talking and writing a lot about freemium just now as if it's a completely new business model that was invented for the Web. The term, apparently coined in response to a 2006 blog post by Fred Wilson, describes a business that delivers services or content for free to gain users, and then makes its money from charging for extra services that a subset of users are willing to pay for. The key to the model is to have an attractive-enough free-of-charge offering that spreads rapidly but doesn't cost too much to run, and a compelling set of premium services that a substantial minority of users will want to pay for. Some of the commentary around freemium in the past week has been prompted by startup Contenture's plan to offer freemium as a service to commercial websites, which prompted TechCrunch's MG Siegler to list the services he'd be willing to pay a modest annual fee to use. Social media blogger Nick Barker wrote a thoughtful blog post about the model late last week and Adobe's … [Read more...] about What your bank can teach you about freemium
Are we straining under the weight of an over-reliance on information technology? Is something ready to burst? And when something does, will fingers be pointing at IT and software creators? Arthur C. Clarke predicted a software calamity with HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey, when a computer, programmed to complete a mission, kills most of the occupants of a spacecraft. But there are plenty of real-life -- and recent -- examples of IT gone wrong. Toyota is dealing with the most massive recall in its history (for software controlling the pedal assembly). A recently merged bank locked customers out of their accounts for two weeks (as they attempting to merge two IT systems). A few weeks back, The New York Times ran an article on how a number of patients were overdosed with radiation with disastrous and tragic consequences. We're relying more than ever on systems and technology for our day-to-day existence and commerce, and at the same time, the impact of any system glitches … [Read more...] about Are big software glitches inevitable? And who gets blamed?
It takes a lot to make a post-Friday lunchtime ZDNet UK editorial desk go Wow! - in fact, it can be easier to detect life on Mars than movement of any kind hereabouts during the pre-bank holiday final straight. But we went Wow! just now, as we discovered a new LCD monitor from Samsung. It looks pretty standard - 18.5", 16:9 aspect ratio, 1,366 x 768 pixels, 250cd/m2 and 1,000:1 aspect ratio, the sort of stats that would normally mark a display out as pretty mediocre. Only this one has no power supply. It runs entirely from USB. Admittedly, it has a two-plug USB cable - and at 6.3 watts, it's right at the top end of what even two USB sockets in parallel can supply - but all you have to do is plug those in and off you go. No mains, no batteries, no handy-dandy miniature nuclear reactor. This amazing ability is due to very efficient LED backlighting and a highly transmissive LCD panel - although the LEDs do have a mere 30,000 hour lifetime instead of the 50,000 hours of their less … [Read more...] about Samsung builds 18.5 inch monitor with no power supply
After reading this newspaper article, it is tempting to think of Xerox as a company whose future is uncertain, perhaps even in peril, barring miraculous feats of innovation that can reinvent the company. In the article, Xerox's India boss, Rajat Jain, admits that with all the movement towards going green in the West involving striving for a lower carbon footprint and naturally, less photocopying and printing, the company is experiencing a 5 to 7 percent decline in the printing business. However, places like India are booming, growing upto 10 percent a year. Not only are places like China and India showing an unabated appetite for photocopy machines, many are gravitating towards a 'pay per page' service model, where corporates buy the service rather than the equipment. And as the article points out, a developing economy means hundreds of millions of application forms to fill out in the telecom, banking insurance and a plethora of other sectors. In short, print is not going … [Read more...] about What Xerox can learn from Kodak’s disintegration and Fuji’s re-invention
Every day, amid the flurry of product launches and announcements about the next big thing, a few items make us sit up, turn to our cubicle neighbor and say 'hey, this is kinda cool.' Today, it's the about one startup is bringing clean power to folks living in developing countries. Mosaic, the California startup that allows the public to invest in solar projects , received $1 million from Verizon Powerful Answers at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. Mosaic will use the funds to develop an app that will allow American investors to give loans to community solar projects in developing countries through their mobile phones. Folks living in the developing countries will use their mobile phones to make payments. Why is this worthy of our attention? Mosaic is finding a way to link capital from the crowdfunding community, a burgeoning solar micro and mini-grids markets and folks who don't have access to traditional bank accounts. Mosaic is working … [Read more...] about Inventive idea of the day: loans by mobile phone
posted on 18 Jul 2014, 19:13 8 1. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014) If it was a rooted handset, with voltage settings decreased, it would've still have 35% left. posted on 12 May 2017, 04:03 0 58. Darth_Awar (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 May 2017) I swapped my 2,800mah battery for a Japanese made 3,800mah battery in my Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus! posted on 18 Jul 2014, 19:21 4 2. devonblue4u (Posts: 68; Member since: 12 Apr 2011) I have an S4 with Imperium rom. It has all the S5 features incl. UPS mode. Who sez S5's have all the fun. Long live Devs! posted on 19 Jul 2014, 03:21 1 38. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013) I feel sorry for you. My sisters galaxy s4 is very laggy. The gallery takes 2 seconds to launch. posted on 19 Jul 2014, 09:31 3 44. devonblue4u (Posts: 68; Member since: 12 Apr 2011) Uh, that's one of the reasons why you flash over stock rooms, isn't it? :) 53. cezarepc (Posts: 718; Member … [Read more...] about Comments for : Samsung Galaxy S5’s Ultra Power Saving Mode is put to the test
Up until recently, SAS Institute could have been called the software industry's best-kept billion-dollar secret. That was before Jim Goodnight, co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of the world's largest private software company, went into high-profile mode this past year, appearing on American mainstay TV shows "60 Minutes" and "Oprah."The attraction for the mainstream media is that Goodnight appears to be an "anti-Bill Gates," a soft-spoken executive in an era of rapacious corporate chieftains, running a highly successful company based in Cary, N.C., where laid-back staff extol great company benefits that make company employee retention rates legendary throughout the high-tech industry. Even veteran industry analyst Mike Schiff, at Current Analysis, has called SAS the "gentle giant." But make no mistake: Goodnight is as ambitious as the next software mogul and his goal, bluntly stated in this IDG News Service interview, is to dominate the world financial software market … [Read more...] about Interview: ‘Gentle’ SAS out to conquer (banking) world
An old cell phone is encased in solar panels, perched high in the tree canopy in the middle of the rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia. It's constantly listening to the sounds of the forest — the insects, the leaves, the wind, the hundreds of species of animals.Inevitably, the phone will catch one more sound: that of a chainsaw, cutting down a tree up to one square mile away. The sound and location data is automatically sent to the cloud, and an alert is sent to rangers patrolling the forests who can stop the loggers in their tracks. Stopping them could change the course of climate change. About 17% of greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation, according to the World Wildlife Fund. One of these devices protects enough trees from logging to prevent 15,000 tons of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. Rainforest Connection is the startup behind this project, and it was recently fully crowdfunded on Kickstarter, raising $167,000. The goal was $100,000. It's no $5 … [Read more...] about How recycled solar powered phones could save rainforests and change how the tech industry tackles climate change