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Terrorists could use Internet to launch Nuclear Attack

iran-nuclear-plantAccording to research, terrorists groups could soon use the internet to help set off a devastating nuclear attack. This may be an easier alternative for terrorist groups than building or acquiring a nuclear weapon or dirty bomb themselves. Cyber-terrorists could provoke a nuclear launch by spoofing early warning and identification systems or by degrading communications networks. Full Story :¬† Technology.am….

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Sophos: Social networking sites must improve security

PhishingSecurity firm Sophos, in their latest Security Threat Report, says that recent trends all point to the same thing; criminals are targeting social networking sites. As social portals like Twitter, Facebook , MySpace, and LinkedIn have grown in popularity, so have the attacks on their users. In response to this, Sophos says these sites need to step-up security measures. They propose that there needs to be strong awareness training for users on these sites, so that personal and business information can remain protected. Full Story : Techherald.com…..

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Apple drops to No. 5 in laptop sales

Mac BookAccording to research firm IDC, Apple has dropped from the No. 4 purveyor of laptops in the U.S. last year to No. 5 this spring. The firm estimates that Apple has shipped 12.5 percent fewer laptops than the same time last year, even as it maintained its 7.6 percent market share. Leapfrogging Apple to take the No. 4 spot is Toshiba, now estimated to be shipping 7.7 percent of all laptops in the U.S., thanks to system such as the Mini NB205 Netbook. IDG estimates that Dell remains No. 1, with 26.3 percent of the market, closely followed by HP, with Acer showing strong year-over-year growth to hit 12.6 percent of the American market. Full Story : Cnet.com….

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Study Predicts Market Dominance for Electric Cars by 2030

chinese-electric-carElectric cars could comprise 64-86 percent of light vehicle sales by 2030, provided that consumers don‚Äôt have to buy the batteries themselves, according to a new study from the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at University of California, Berkeley. To build the infrastructure for battery charging and swapping systems over the next few decades, the cost may exceed $320 billion, the study found. Full Story : Environmentalleader.com…..

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Twitter hacked by old technique — again

TwitterFor the third time this year, the San Francisco-based company was the victim of a security breach stemming from a simple end-run around its defenses: A hacker guessed the password for an employee’s personal e-mail account and worked from there to steal confidential company documents. The techniques used by the attackers highlight the dangers of a broader trend promoted by Google Inc. and others toward storing more data online, instead of on computers under your control. Full Story : Physorg.com…..

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30% Social Network Users Encountered Scams

computer-spyingAccording to research recently conducted by security firm Webroot, approximately three in ten social network users have experienced some form of a security attack, such as a virus infection or a phishing scam, on a social network in the last year. As the popularity of these social networks explodes, and more organizations ease restrictions among employees, they become more attractive for criminals seeking access to private information that can be used for profit. Full Story : IDg.no

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Lack of research could result in purchase of stolen vehicle

honda-fcx-carNearly 4 million used cars were purchased in May, up 23 percent during April, according to research. At the same time, new car sales are down 34 percent. A scam that specifically plagues used car buyers is VIN cloning, which is essentially auto identity theft used to unload stolen cars. According to the most recent numbers from CARFAX, as many as 225,000 of the 1.5 million cars stolen every year have been subjected to VIN cloning. A car‚Äôs VIN number is a unique number that serves as a way to recognize a specific car. Full Story : Macon.com….

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Online music piracy starting to slow

Ring Tone musicIllegal file-sharing declined through 2008, from 22% of web users in December 2007 to 17% in January 2009, according to research by The Leading Question and Music Ally. The report found the fall was more dramatic among 14-18-year-olds as 42% used illegal file-sharing sites once a month in 2007 but just 26% did at the turn of this year. The decrease in the use of illegal sources to obtain music comes as legal music streaming services such as YouTube and Spotify have increased. Some 65% of teens are streaming music every month from a legal source and 31% each day, according to the research. Full Story : NMA.co.uk….

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Microsoft moving Office online in duel with Google

microsoft-office-onlineMicrosoft on Monday said that the 2010 version of its popular Office software will feature online collaboration as the technology giant duels “in the cloud” with Internet titan Google. Microsoft made the announcement at the opening of a Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans. Next-generation Office, Visio, Project, and SharePoint Server programs to be released in the first half of next year are being given to tens of thousands of people selected to test the nearly completed software. Full Story : Zawya.com….

A key upgrade to widely-used Office is that online hosting will make it possible for users to access projects from any Internet-linked computers and to collaborate online in real time.

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British Royal Family Starts Tweeting, Attracts 2,000 Followers

twitterTwitter, known for celebrity gossip, drunken messages and nonstandard English, is now also home to Queen Elizabeth II. The British monarchy started what it called a ‚ÄúRoyal Twitter‚Äù account that will be run by the Web teams at royal residences Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, according to its Web site today. By 12:10 p.m. New York time, the Twitter account had more than 2,000 followers. The monarchy‚Äôs Tweets included the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle, and the queen knighting someone at Buckingham Palace. Full Story : Bloomberg.com…..

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Google OS May Force Microsoft to Reinvent Windows

google-plex1Google’s Chrome OS won’t be an immediate threat to Windows, but it may force Microsoft to reinvent its operating system more quickly into a product that takes full advantage of the Web and can move more nimbly across devices and form factors, analysts said. Microsoft is unlikely to have been surprised by Google’s announcement late Tuesday that it is working on a new OS for people who “spend most of their time on the Web,” as Google described it. From what has been revealed about the Google Chrome OS — which won’t be available until the second half of next year. Full Story : PCWorld.com….

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Cyber attackers target South Korea and US

computer-spyingNorth Korean hackers are suspected of launching a cyber-attack on some of the most important government offices in the US and South Korea in recent days, including the White House, the Pentagon, the New York Stock Exchange and the presidential Blue House in Seoul. The attack took out some of South Korea’s most important websites, including those of the Blue House, the defence ministry, the national assembly, Shinhan bank, Korea Exchange bank and the top internet portal Naver. Full Story : Guardian.co.uk….

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Microsoft warns of serious computer security hole

windows-xpMicrosoft Corp. has taken the rare step of warning about a serious computer security vulnerability it hasn’t fixed yet. The vulnerability disclosed Monday affects Internet Explorer users whose computers run the Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 operating software. It can allow hackers to remotely take control of victims’ machines. The victims don’t need to do anything to get infected except visit a Web site that’s been hacked. Security experts say criminals have been attacking the vulnerability for nearly a week. Thousands of sites have been hacked to serve up malicious software that exploits the vulnerability. People are drawn to these sites by clicking a link in spam e-mail. Full Story : Yahoo.com……

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New study describes risk of mobile phone virus attacks

android-g1 phoneA new study in the journal Science that is coauthored by University of Notre Dame physics doctoral student Pu Wang and researchers from Northeastern University suggests that the risk of mobile phone virus attacks will increase as a few operating systems gain more market share. The study also analyzes the pattern and speed of the spread of infection for Bluetooth and multimedia messaging services (MMS). Smart phones, which can share programs and data, could attract virus writers at a level more disruptive than computer viruses. Mobile viruses can be spread by either Bluetooth or MMS communications protocols. Bluetooth viruses can infect phones with the technology within a local area, comparable to the spread of contact-based disease. The infected phone must be moved into another tower‚Äôs range in order to infect a new set of phones. The slow spread provides time to develop protection from the virus. Full Story : Physorg.com…..

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Google Toolbar for IE speaks your language

Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer introduces revamped translation tools, giving users one-click powers of conversion over many languages. The toolbar now detects your default language setting and using the Translate button will attempt to convert the page to it. Clicking a link will automatically translate the new page, as long as its part of the same domain as the original. Forty-one languages are supported so far, from Spanish, French, Italian, and German to Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Hindi, Ukranian, and Vietnamese. Full Story : CNet.com….

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Russians Spend More Time On Social Networks Than The Rest Of World

russia_flagcomScore has aggregated some data based on its World Metrix audience measurement service and put together a study on social networking worldwide. Surprisingly, it appears that the Russians are more engaged with social networking than the rest of the planet (or the biggest slackers at the office, depends on how you look at it). The study found visitors in Russia to spend 6.6 hours and viewing 1,307 pages per visitor per month on average. Full Story : Techcrunch.com….

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Apple Issues Heat Advisory for iPhone 3G, 3GS

apple-temperature-warningApple, has issued what some might call a “common sense” warning: a support document that warns users not to keep the iPhone in an environment where temperatures can exceed 113 degrees Fahrenheit, including parked cars. But Apple also warns that CPU-intensive applications, such playing music or using the GPS while in direct sunlight may also overheat the iPhone. Apple also says that the iPhone 3G and 3GS should not be stored where the temperature can fall under -4 degrees Fahrenheit, or used in less in temperatures under 0 degrees F. Full Story : Gearlog.com…

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Toyota technology has brain waves move wheelchair

wheel-chairToyota Motor Corp. says it has developed a way of steering a wheelchair by just detecting brain waves, without the person having to move a muscle or shout a command. Toyota’s system, developed in a collaboration with researchers in Japan, is among the fastest in the world in analyzing brain waves, it said in a release Monday. Past systems required several seconds to read brain waves, but the new technology requires only 125 milliseconds. Full Story : Newsvine.com…..

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Nonprofit Organizations Lead the Way in Social Media Adoption

FacebookThe nation‚Äôs largest nonprofit organizations have outpaced corporations and academic institutions in their adoption of social media, for the second year in a row, according to a new research study, ‚ÄúStill Setting the Pace in Social Media: The First Longitudinal Study of Usage by the Largest US Charities.‚Äù The study was conducted by Dr. Nora Ganim Barnes, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Research Chair of the Society for New Communications Research and Chancellor Professor of Marketing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Eric Mattson, CEO of Financial Insite Inc., a Seattle-based research firm. Full Story : Newcommreview.com….

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Toyota Tops Quality Study

Toyota PriusTHE initial quality of vehicles has continued to improve, according to the 2009 Initial Quality Study by J. D. Power & Associates that was released last week. In fact, it improved 8 percent when compared with 2008, with Toyota models topping this year‚Äôs study. The study, which grades automakers on the number of problems per 100 vehicles, found that the industry average for all vehicles was 108 problems per 100 vehicles, down from 118 in 2008. Full Story : NYtimes.com….

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