Nov 052012
 

According to media reports, the security firm Kaspersky has released the report of the “IT threats change” of the third quarter. As usual, some of the conclusions in the report are concerning, of which the most concerning is none of Microsoft’s product is in the 10 most vulnerable products list, which is mainly due to Microsoft introduced in the auto-update mechanism in the most recent version Windows operating system to improve the safety performance of the product.

The top 10 most vulnerable products Kaspersky released includes Oracle’s Java, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader/Acrobat, Apple QuickTime, Apple iTunes, Winamp, Adobe Shockwave Player and Adobe Flash player, etc..

Details as follows:

1, Oracle Java Multiple Vulnerabilities, the degree of risk: high risk;

2, Oracle Java Three Vulnerabilities, the degree of risk: extremely dangerous;

3, Adobe Flash Player Multiple Vulnerabilities, the degree of risk: high risk;

4, Adobe Flash Player Multiple Vulnerabilities, the degree of risk: high risk;

Adobe Reader / Acrobat Multiple Vulnerabilities degree of risk: extremely dangerous;

6, Apple QuickTime Multiple Vulnerabilities, the degree of risk: high risk;

7, Apple iTunes Multiple Vulnerabilities, degree of risk: high risk;

8, Winamp AVI / IT File Processing Vulnerabilities, degree of risk: high risk;

9, Adobe Shockwave Player Multiple Vulnerabilities, degree of risk: high risk;

10, Adobe Flash Player Multiple Vulnerabilities, the degree of danger: extremely dangerous.

The above ranking is based on the products user proportion.

A few years ago, Microsoft’s products have been in this list. However, since the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft’s product safety performance has been significantly improved. Windows 7 and Windows 8 forward a step on the basis of the Windows Vista and further enhance the safety of products. However, due to the large market share, Windows is still the main target of hacker attacks, such as Windows 8 was exposed to have zero-day bug.

In addition, Kaspersky report also provides some important data:

1,28% attacked mobile devices are running the Android 2.3.6 operating system, which was released in September 2011;

2, in the third quarter of this year, 56% sniffing attacks exploit vulnerabilities of Java;

3, in the third quarter of this year, the total number of URLs with malicious code is 91.9 million, an increase of 3% than the second quarter.

Among which the second list deserves concerning, which is why unless users must use it, or should not install Java.

Nov 012012
 

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said on Microsoft Build Conference that after Windows 8 officially listed in the past four days, the company sold 400 million units to individual consumers. The industry believes that, it is a good start in four days time for Microsoft sold 400 million units Windows 8, but they still need to work hard for to reach the expected 400 million units.

Ballmer said he was very excited to completely reconstruct the Windows, and said the most important several activities in his career in Microsoft are: IBM PC release, Windows 95 release, as well as Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Surface publishing. In this meeting, Ballmer also demonstrated new features of Windows 8 in a new generation hardware, including the search function in the sidebar; in addition, as long as using the Microsoft account and SkyDrive, you can also automatically have the roaming settings between different devices. At the meeting, Ballmer changed the lock screen wallpaper on one device, then the other computer also automatically updated the wallpaper. In addition, Samsung, HTC and Nokia mobile phone with Microsoft operating system can also automatically achieve this functionality.

Mountain Lion, Apple’s latest version OS X operating system, sold 300 million units after listing four days, accounting for 5% among Apple’s 60 million units Mac. In contrast, the Microsoft Windows system currently installed capacity is about 1.25 billion, which means that 400 million units of Windows 8 only accounted 0.3%. In addition, a year after the listing of Windows 7, its sales is about 175 million sets, while Windows Phone 8 has not occupied the main position in the smartphone market.

Oct 292012
 

According to the French Le Figaro newspaper report, the French President Francois Hollande announced support for a new legislative, which is requirements on Internet search engine like Google must pay a fee when displays links to Business News article.

In fact, France and other European countries Newspaper Association hope Google to pay for Internet search newspaper articles link. As a fight back, Google threatened to stop index French news media articles.

According to the Le Figaro, Hollande said to the representative of the local news agency last week he would have legislation search taxed fastest in January next year. This Monday Hollande will meet Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt.

The French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac said, search engines such as Google can get part of the value of the article when index news articles.

 Posted by admin at 8:57 am
Oct 162012
 

According to foreign media reports, Google made a further step in integrating personal search business, the company is now gradually integrating its products, and recently launched a test feature to help users to search all Google products in Gmail unified search location. When this feature is enabled, Gmail users will be able to search e-mail, contacts, Google Drive Docs and Google Calendar schedule of information from the Web e-mail search bar.

In fact, as early as August of this year, Google had launched the experimental features to bring Gmail search results into the Google search results, but the new test function Google launched greatly expanded product range which can be incorporated into the Google search results.

According to the users taking part in this test, the user can experience “Instant Search” feeling during the search, namely when the user enter text in the search box, the Gmail search results will be displayed simultaneously in the results below. In addition to Gmail, other Google services included in the experimental search function include Google Drive, Google documents, spreadsheets, and Google Calendar.

Currently, users can apply to try out this feature through Google official website. Applicants must have a Google Gmail account, Google Apps is not in the test list.

It is worth mentioning that, such personal search service can bring some privacy concerns. After all, after this feature is enabled, other people can take advantage of a logged public computer to search user’s Gmail e-mail information. Therefore, we believe that even Google officially launch this function, it can be only used as an optional feature for the user.

 Posted by admin at 8:45 am
Sep 062012
 

According to media reports, the market research firm comScore’s latest data shows that Apple’s share is slightly more than 33% in the U.S. smartphone market, an increase of 2 percentage points compared to April this year. comScore also found that Android market share is over 52% – an increase of 1.4 percentage points compared to April, and it is still the leader in the major smartphone platforms.

The biggest loser is RIM, which comes as no surprise. RIM ranked in third place with 9.5% market share. Microsoft’s efforts in the mobile market has yet to reach achievement, the market share of the last few months has not grown, but fell by 0.4 percentage points to 3.6%.

Samsung is still the largest mobile phone manufacturer in the U.S. market, the market share is 25.6%, compared to April it fell by 0.3% percentage points, followed by LG (18.4%), Apple (16.3%, an increase of 1.9 percentage points compared to April).

Mobile phone users have begun to use the various functions of the phone. comScore’s data also shows that, compared with April, the number of mobile phone users’s sending SMS, downloading applications, accessing social networking and running the browser have increased .

Aug 202012
 

Chinese Internet security company Qihoo 360 has launched a new security vulnerability response platform to invite related experts to challenge the security of its products.

The company will provide cash incentives once vulnerabilities are found and confirmed.

Qihoo 360 said this project will include two parts, its client software and website. Anyone who finds security loopholes on Qihoo 360′s official website or its software can report the information to the company. Once the existence of the loopholes are confirmed, the hackers will gain a bonus up to CNY10,000, based on the influence and seriousness of the loopholes and security exploits.

Several overseas Internet companies, including Google, Facebook, PayPal, and Mozilla, launched their own respective vulnerability reporting bonus systems. Facebook issued Visa debit cards to a batch of white hat hackers to encourage them to dig out and report security loopholes.

Qihoo 360 has a suite of software in China for desktop and mobile phones that protect users from phishing, malware, spam, and spyware attacks.

Aug 162012
 

For those who use public transportation, there’s usually an Android app that can cater your needs for maps and schedules. With that in mind, here is one more option that comes directly within Google Maps, which means that it is preloaded with almost all Android smartphones.

What I particularly like with this integration is the street maps and public transport map within the same screen. That’s very useful because you are most likely going to walk around after getting off the public transport. The only thing missing are the station exits maps which are extremely handy when the station is big.

Google Maps supports many mode of transportation: bus, metro, tram, train. That covers pretty most of what most users can find. To make the map more readable, users can opt to show/hide modes that are not needed at any given moment. In some ways, this works well because users can now save maps offline, so when they are underground, everything still works fine. This is something that iOS or Windows Phone users have yet to benefit from.

What do you use for as a public transportation app, and would you try this new Google Map feature?

Aug 152012
 

Have you read the Asterix comics that had this particular village chieftain who was always scared that the sky would fall on his head? Well, there are plenty of phobias out there in the world, but certainly having the sky fall down on our heads would be one of the least problems to have, with a zombie apocalypse having a far higher chance of happening. Well, a businessman from Yiwu, China, recently came up with his very own recipe for disaster survival – calling it “China’s Noah’s Ark.” At the other side of the doomsday escape pod had this label, “Atlantis” – plumbing new depths, perhaps?
Certainly the doomsday escape pod that you see above is nowhere near the original ark’s dimension as described, but this particular orange ball is said to be shock-proof, water-proof, fire-proof, and radiation-proof. Unveiled at a demonstration which was conducted on August 6th, where it was subject to a battery of abusive tests while the pod’s inventor Yangzong Fu remained inside as a vote of confidence as to the toughness of this escape pod. It measures 4 meters in diameter and tips the scales at 6 tons, where it will come with an asking price of $236,000.

Hopefully it will come with enough room for two so that the human race will be able to procreate and repopulate the earth in case there is an extinction level event.

Aug 152012
 

It seems that honor among thieves does not include robbing the house of a great American icon, the late Steve Jobs. His home that is located on the 2100 block of Waverley Street in Palo Alto was actually trespassed last month – July 17th, to be exact. It took a fortnight or so for the police to successfully perform an arrest on Kariem McFarlin, the 25-year old male from Alameda, after he stole more than $60,000 worth of “computers and personal items” from Jobs’ home. Just last week, McFarlin was arraigned on one count of residential burglary and selling stolen property.
With a bail of $500,000, it does not seem likely that McFarlin is going to post, and with that, there is the potential sentence of a long jail term amounting to seven years and eight months hanging over his head. No idea on what the stolen property comprised of, as both the police and the District Attorney’s office decided to keep things close to their chest, with McFarlin most probably not know that it was Steve Jobs’ residence that he broke into. It would be ironic if he were listening to tunes on his iPhone or iPod while performing the nasty act. Ah well, at least he is in custody now.

 Posted by admin at 12:36 am
Aug 142012
 

For the many of you who have used Twitter, what would you say to a rival service that requires you to pay for it? I suppose it will take a paradigm shift to be able to adapt to such a situation, but before we continue, let us take a closer look at what App.net is all about. Having hit its $500,000 fundraising target, Dalton Caldwell, the person behind App.net, figured out that ordinary folks would be willing to fork out money for an ad-free real-time social networking service, where this widely touted Twitter clone is said to be a virtual place where “users and developers come first, not advertisers”.

The San Francisco-based developer might be on to something here, where around 7,448 people are willing to fork out $50 for the minimum fee required to post to the service, while another 2,010 can pony up a Benjamin to be developers with access to back-end functionality, and another 59 did hand over $1,000 for “pro tier” access that includes phone support and a personal meeting with Caldwell. Are the 10,000 folks who backed this project financially the critical mass required to get App.net off the ground? Perhaps, but as with many other things, only time will tell and we do look forward to App.net’s commercial performance in the real world.

 Posted by admin at 5:32 am