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  • Microsoft unveils ‘Mango’ Windows Phone update

    Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its mobile phone software and new handset partners on Tuesday as it seeks to claw back market share from Apple and Google. The Redmond, Washington-based personal computer software powerhouse said the update to its Windows Phone operating system, code-named "Mango," features over 500 new features and faster browsing with Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). Microsoft said Mango will be available for free to existing Windows Phone 7 customers and will ship on new phones this fall from Samsung, LG and HTC and new partners Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE. Microsoft said it is also working on a Mango...

  • Hackers aim ruse at Apple computer users

    Hackers are out to trick Apple computer users into infecting Macintosh machines with malicious code pretending to be legitimate security software. Apple on Wednesday was warning about a "phishing scam" that stealthily directs Mac users to fake websites which pop-up bogus warnings that computers are infected with viruses. Hackers attempt to scare people into installing programs that pretend to be virus blockers but are actually malicious code. "Its ultimate goal is to get the user's credit card information which may be used for fraudulent purposes," Apple said at its support website, which detailed how to avoid or remove the virus. Names of the...

  • 48 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute

    YouTube said Wednesday that 48 hours of video are being uploaded to the video-sharing site every minute, up from 35 hours per minute at the end of last year. The Google-owned site, which was founded in May 2005, also said it was attracting a staggering three billion views a day, a 50-percent increase over last year. "That's the equivalent of nearly half the world's population watching a YouTube video each day, or every US resident watching at least nine videos a day," YouTube said in a blog post. YouTube said the footage upload rate had grown from eight hours per minute in...

  • Yahoo! Freshens its mail client

    Yahoo is not asleep at the email wheel - it's no longer the first pick it once was, but still manages to bring out new features and better functionality in it's every-few-years update cycle. This iteration is a winner, although the best features need a premium subscription. I like Yahoo Mail, and in theory there are some 284-millions users who agree with me, though many users will admit to creating numerous alternate accounts from different service providers as a trial or as an email backup facility. Yahoo tends to unveil revamped iterations of its mail service every couple of...

  • App of the week: Listbook

    This week I take a look at Listbook, an app that helps to boost productivity through its absolute ease of use and simple, but effective, design. I am, like all of you out there (but probably a lot more so), very guilty of falling into the habit of procrastination. Small and seemingly insignificant tasks, be it at home or at work, simply just don’t get attended to because they are just that: small and insignificant (and probably don’t need to be done right away). But you know how these things go, you forget about all the small things until they’re...

  • Apple looks set to launch cloud-based music service

    Just weeks after Amazon and Google unveiled their music offerings, Apple appears set to raise the bar. The Cupertino, California-based gadget-maker is expected to launch a new Web-hosted music service next month, according to multiple reports, after negotiating deals with at least three of the four major record labels. The service is likely to be presented at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which opens in San Francisco on June 6 and which has been the venue for past launches of high-profile Apple products. According to The New York Times, Apple's service will allow music stored in the Internet "cloud" to be listened...

  • S-oh no!-ny Hacked. Again

    Sony on Tuesday said its websites in three countries had been hacked with 8,500 Greek user accounts compromised, in a blow to efforts to restore confidence after a huge data breach affecting millions. Websites in Thailand and Indonesia had also been affected, it said. The Japanese entertainment and technology giant said data taken from Greek accounts included email addresses, telephone numbers, names and passwords but that credit card data had not been stolen in the latest attacks. Analysts say such breaches threaten to further damage Sony's brand image and undermine its efforts to link its gadgets to an online "cloud-based" network of...

  • HTC Flyer takes flight

    HTC has released its first real contender in the tablet market, the HTC Flyer, which goes on sale in Tier 1 markets (US, Europe, etc). It’s a 7” device using what HTC calls a “magic pen” (also known as a stylus). It’s positioned as more than a messaging and Web browsing device, as the stylus lets you take notes, sketch and do more detailed manipulation. It’s heavy on the multimedia features, with HTC Watch for video streaming (including Hollywood blockbusters) on the 1024*600 touch screen. Hardware includes a 5MP camera on the back, 1.3MP on the front, in a relatively...

  • MeeGo still defiantly developing

    Meego is still kicking. It was dumped by Nokia and Microsoft, but a dedicated team is keeping the faith, and coding away furiously. The dev team has just released MeeGo 1.2 and things are looking very promising for this Linux-based smartphone/tablet/netbook/thingum operating system. Early reports are very positive – while it’s still a bit rough, MeeGo is coming together as a contender in the netbook and media device environment, perhaps even for mobiles if a manufacturer or two picks it up. LG has been very supportive, and both Panasonic and Huawei have made noises. Intel is also still in...

  • US lawmakers query smartphone ‘apps’ privacy

    Apple, Facebook, and Google on Thursday fielded questions from US lawmakers concerned that smartphones and popular mobile "apps" were putting people's privacy at risk. "I think online privacy is a basic American right and the companies that produce apps have to be regulated," Senator Jay Rockefeller said at the opening of a hearing on consumer privacy and protection in the mobile marketplace. "With this new innovation comes gigantic risk." Members of the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee questioned a panel that included Facebook chief technology officer Bret Taylor; Apple vice president of worldwide government affairs Catherine Novelli, and Google's US...