Posts Tagged ‘ Technology ’

iPod roots traced back to 1970s UK

Sep 9th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Apple has admitted that a British man played a part in developing the iconic and extremely profitable iPod, although he has so far received no money for his invention. In 1979 Kane Kramer from Hertfordshire filed a patent for a digital music player that stored just three and a half minutes of music to a solid state chip.

The Cyber Crime Hall of Fame

Sep 9th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Often the greatest tech crimes in history have little more reason behind them than “because it was there.” More often than not, a hacker sees an open window—a hole in system’s security, a backdoor, etc.—and climbs on through. And they don’t do it for any real worldly gain, but merely to prove that they can.

McAfee to provide protection on the fly

Sep 9th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

McAfee Inc. has announced McAfee Artemis Technology that uses a new Internet-based service hosted by McAfee Avert Labs to provide active protection on the fly when a computer gets hit by malicious computer code. Artemis leverages behavioral technology to examine a piece of malware that isn’t explicitly protected.

Why Is the Internet So Infuriatingly Slow?

Sep 8th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

The major ISPs all tell a similar story: A mere 5 percent of their customers are using around 50 percent of the bandwidth—sometimes more during peak hours. While these “power users” are sharing three-gig movies and playing online games, poor granny is twiddling her thumbs waiting for to load.

CIA, FBI push ‘Facebook for spies’

Sep 6th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Instead of posting thoughts about the new Avenged Sevenfold album or Jessica Alba movie, CIA and FBI analysts could use ‘A-Space’ to share information and opinion about al Qaeda movements in the Middle East or Russian naval maneuvers in the Black Sea.

10 fundamental differences between Linux and Windows

Sep 5th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Linux

Before debating the relative merits and shortcomings of Linux and Windows, it helps to understand the real distinctions between them. Jack Wallen has distilled the key differences into one list.

Dolphin speedboat makes a splash

Sep 5th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

The Seabreacher can glide on top or below water at high speed - and it has enough power to soar out of the water and fly through the air and perform stunts. The two-man craft has been designed to mimic the shape of a dolphin and self-rights whenever it splashes down.

Blog: The 5 most laughable terms of service on the Net

Sep 4th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Nobody reads terms of service agreements, those legal documents new users have to click a box to say they’ve read. And the truth is, they hardly matter to anybody but the cyber-rights-now crowd and paranoid lawyers at large Web companies. But sometimes they go far beyond protecting corporate interests into la-la land.

Google backs down over browser amid privacy concerns

Sep 4th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

Users who downloaded the search giant’s Chrome browser yesterday were asked to give Google a “perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly, perform, publicly display and distribute” any information they typed into a website.

The rise and rise of casual gaming

Sep 4th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

The Casual Games Association defines casual games as those designed for the “mass consumer”, including people who would not regard themselves as gamers. It estimates more than 200 million people play casual games over the internet each month with annual global sales of more than $2.5billion.