Internet, Computing & Cellular

Writer urges Internet junkies to 'switch off' and think

Like tens of millions of others, US technology writer Nicholas Carr found the lure of the worldwide web hard to resist -- until he noticed it was getting harder and harder to concentrate.

Hackers Resurrect Tupac With Bogus Story on PBS Website

PBS officials say hackers have cracked the network's website, posting a phony story claiming dead rapper Tupac Shakur was alive in New Zealand, and a group that claimed responsibility for the hacking complained about a recent "Frontline" investiga...


Lady Gaga Album Demand Melts Down Amazon

John Kell The Wall Street Journal 24.05.2011
Lady Gaga Album Demand Melts Down Amazon

Amazon.com Inc.’s one-day, 99-cent promotion of Lady Gaga’s highly anticipated second studio album, “Born This Way,” is resulting in downloading delays on the Internet retailer’s website due to high volume, the company said Monday.

Up to 20 million Americans 'overcharged' by AT&T for data usage

AT&T are 'systematically overcharging' up to 20 million Americans who use their iPhone or iPad to access data on the go, an investigation has uncovered. The lawsuit alleges the phone giant routinely over charges customers between 7 and 14 per cent...


Hong Kong Tourism Board and Cathay Pacific Airways launch augmented reality mobile applications

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and Cathay Pacific Airways announced their joint initiative – DiscoverHongKong Mobile App Series – one of the first smart phone travel application series in the world that makes use of the augmented reality techn...

Android smartphones face data breach threat

Tim Bradshaw Financial Times 19.05.2011
Android smartphones face data breach threat

Owners of Android smartphones are being warned to avoid public WiFi networks after researchers found a security flaw that could affect the vast majority of devices based on Google’s software.


Secret Service interrogates 7th grader for his Facebook posting

A Tacoma seventh grader faced federal interrogation at school for what he posted on his Facebook page. His mom said it all happened without her knowledge or permission.

US outlines global plan for cyberspace

LOLITA C. BALDOR and DARLENE SUPERVILLE My Way News 18.05.2011
US outlines global plan for cyberspace

The Obama administration laid out plans Monday to work aggressively with other nations to make the Internet more secure, enable law enforcement to work closely on cybercrime and ensure that citizens everywhere have the freedom to express themselve...


FCC asks Apple, Google to location-tracking forum

In its first look at the growing controversy about location tracking by smartphones, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has invited Apple (AAPL.O), Google (GOOG.O) and consumer advocates to a forum in late June.

Software piracy remains a critical issue in Hong Kong

Anuradha Shukla Computerworld 17.05.2011
Software piracy remains a critical issue in Hong Kong

Software piracy remains a critical issue in Hong Kong even though the percentage of pirated software installed on Hong Kong PCs fell to 45 per cent during 2010.


California Bill Lets Parents Edit Children's FB Pages

A new state bill in the California State Senate could make social-networking sites like Facebook take down personal information and photos for account users under 18 and require more private settings.

Facebook paid PR firm to smear Google

Josh Halliday The Guardian 13.05.2011
Facebook paid PR firm to smear Google

Facebook has been caught secretly paying a top public relations firm to plant negative stories about Google in the US media. Burson-Marsteller, one of the world's largest PR firms, attempted to get USA Today, the Washington Post and other high pro...


How bin Laden emailed without being detected by US

ADAM GOLDMAN The Stamford Advocate 13.05.2011
How bin Laden emailed without being detected by US

Despite having no Internet access in his hideout, Osama bin Laden was a prolific email writer who built a painstaking system that kept him one step ahead of the U.S. government's best eavesdroppers.

App Shows Breast Implants Before and After

Samantha Murphy Yahoo! News Canada 12.05.2011
App Shows Breast Implants Before and After

A plastic surgeon has created an app that performs virtual plastic surgery on photos to show women curious about breast implants what it would be like to have a different bra size.


Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8.5bn in biggest deal in history

Microsoft is on the verge of buying Skype for $8.5billion - despite the Internet phone service making a loss of $7million last year. The deal would be the biggest in the 36-year history of the world's largest software company. Microsoft has traile...

Skirmish shuts down Beijing Apple store

Jo Ling Kent CNN 10.05.2011
Skirmish shuts down Beijing Apple store

Beijing, China -- In China, Apple products are hot. Long lines of eager customers and swarms of lurking scalpers are typical each time Apple launches a new product here.


Blogger announces own death after battle with cancer

A Canadian man who blogged about his battle with cancer has died, but not without leaving a post-mortem message.

Hong Kong consumers and business users enjoy the lowest telecommunications service charges

An international tariff benchmarking study commissioned by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) found that residential and business users in Hong Kong pay as low as one-tenth of the telecommunications charges as their counterparts...


Prototype: The PaperPhone has a flexible electronic display, is extremely lightweight, made out of a thin-film, and can do everything a smartphone currently does

In an industry where unbreakable and smaller are best, the world's first interactive paper computer looks set to dominate for years to come.The PaperPhone has a flexible electronic display that is set to herald a new generation of computers.Extrem...

Ads, Promising Photos Of Dead Osama Bin Laden, Deliver Viruses

As U.S. officials debate whether or not to release bloody pictures of a dead Osama bin Laden, hackers and scammers are using links and emails promising those pictures to try to infect your computer.



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