By Gregory MonePosted 01.14.2008 at 10:52 am 0 Comments
USA Today is reporting that A La Mobile, a small software developer, plans to announce today a host of new applications designed to run on the Google-backed operating system, Android. For now the applications are installed in an HTC smartphone, and include a browser, camera, games, contacts manager, audio player and more. HTC is just one of 34 companies in Google's Open Handset Alliance, so this is really just the start. Google says to expect an Android-based phone later this year.
By Gregory MonePosted 10.11.2007 at 1:14 pm 4 Comments
This must be an illusion. Are PC makers actually trying to out-cool Apple? Gateway might be running in third place in the PC market, but the company's latest model suggests that it's taking the lead in design.
The new One, a desktop with a wireless mouse, keyboard and all-in-one flat-panel LCD monitor, ditches the under-the-desk annoyance of the traditional tower with tangles of wires and cables snaking out the back. Like the iMac, the hard-drive and DVD slots have melded with the screen. Only a single power cord extends out the back. Sure, we're not quite at the everything-wireless stage that some MIT scientists see in our future, but this is an encouraging trend.
News of the new PC broke two weeks ago, and USA Today's tech columnist gives Gateway's One a strong review here.—Gregory Mone
By Gregory MonePosted 08.06.2007 at 10:40 am 0 Comments
An e-mail worm that infects personal computers continues to spread after officials first detected it in Europe and the U.S. earlier this year.
The worm, known as Storm, initially tried to trick recipients with a dramatic news story. By clicking on a link to the fake story, recipients would effectively open their PC's doors. Security companies fought back, but Storm mutated, turning up in the form of e-cards from known contacts.
Researchers from the security firm SecureWorks announced at this week's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas that they've been tracking the worm, and uncovered the scam behind it. Apparently the people behind Storm are using their growing network of infected PCs to spread encouraging news about penny stocks. People fall for the ploy, buy the stock and drive up the price. Then the Storm folks sell, and cash in on the difference. How to avoid falling prey? Follow the same directions we keep hearing over and over again: Update your anti-virus software and don't click through on suspicious links.—Gregory Mone
By Gregory MonePosted 07.17.2007 at 3:29 pm 0 Comments
Until recently, electronics manufacturers have been more concerned with producing faster, smaller, sleeker products than with what would happen when we the consumers started throwing our old gadgets away in favor of the latest model. Many PCs and devices are often laden with dangerous chemicals, and theyre total energy hogs, too. But now, according to an article in the USA Today, this situation is starting to change, as manufacturers begin to take the impact of their products on the environment much more seriously. In June, Dell announced a green initiative, and weeks before that, Apply announced its intention to clean up its products, too. This is good news, because according to Greenpeace—which recently released a scorecard ranking companies in terms of their environmental impact—Jobs and his crew rank near the bottom. Nokia holds the top spot.—Gregory Mone