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Scammers Use Malaysia Airlines MH370 As Bait

Posted: March 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Hack!, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Scammers Use Malaysia Airlines MH370 As Bait

Scammers Use Malysia Airlines MH370 As Bait

Scammers are a lowly bunch, they’ll use almost anything as bait to lure in the unsuspecting, the latest scam doing the rounds is targeting people searching for news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, steering them to a fake Facebook page which is designed to generate money for scammers.

According to a blog-post by Websense’s Carl Leonard, the faux Facebook page looks completely legitimate at first glance. “The lure websites have been configured to appear like a legitimate Facebook page, complete with sharing button, suitable graphics, and relevant links.” :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATED! Windows Users Refuse to Ditch XP …Much to Microsoft’s Chagrin

Posted: March 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! Windows Users Refuse to Ditch XP …Much to Microsoft’s Chagrin

Windows Users Refuse to Ditch XP ...Much to Microsoft's ChagrinMicrosoft is a little over a month away from killing off its überpopular Windows XP operating system – April 8, 2014 – However, it seems that punters aren’t entirely in agreement with the tech-giants death yell.

February’s trends for XP and Windows 8 were unwelcome news at Microsoft, but perhaps not unexpected. In the past weeks the company has been reduced to asking customers for help in shrinking XP’s still-strong presence and has reportedly severely slashed the price of Windows 8 licenses to makers of low-priced devices in an effort to boost sales.

Much to the chagrin of Microsoft, for the second month in a row, Windows XP and Windows 8 both defied the maker’s wishes, XP, which Microsoft just wants to go away, gained user share, and Windows 8, the OS Microsoft hopes will fuel sales of new devices, flatlined in February.

Windows XP increased its share by .3 of a percentage point in February, ending the month at 29.5 percent of all personal – desktop and notebook – computers globally. In January, XP had gained a quarter of a point. The fact that the well-aged operating system accounts for a third of all Windows based PCs also has to have Microsoft tearing out strands of hair. Killing off the OS is likely to upset once loyal Microsoft devotees, but is anything likely to halt the funeral? Not a hope in hell according to Microsoft

UPDATED! 16 March, 2014: Microsoft has upped the ante in its lame attempt to lure users away from it’s almost defunct OS, offering a $50 carrot for users who buy a new Windows 8.1 device :: Read the full article »»»»


Twitter Fights Off the Thought That it’s Peaking

Posted: February 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: BLOGGING!, Social Media, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Twitter Fights Off the Thought That it’s Peaking

Twitter Fights Off the Thought That it's PeakingTwitter has suffered a massive loss in its first published financial results since the social networks highly anticipated US stock market debut last year, and though the company might not have been surprised, punters took a different view, with shares dropping almost 25 percent in value.

Twitter told shareholders it lost $US511 million/$AU573 million in the last three months of last year, that’s despite a doubling of revenue from 12 months ago to a better-than-expected $US243 million/$AU273 Million.

Financials aren’t the only woes the micro-blog are suffering, Twitter seems to be testing a new heavier design and it’s users haven’t been receptive of the changes. The new layout is reported to include a look described by many as a cross between Facebook and Google plus. Format changes in the past – including their most recent small change – have upset a bunch of users :: Read the full article »»»»


Apple Agrees to Refund Unauthorised Child Purchases

Posted: January 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cult of Apple | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Apple Agrees to Refund Unauthorised Child Purchases

Apple Agrees to Refund Unauthorised Child PurchasesConsumer electronics giant, Apple, has agreed to refund at least $AU36 million to US customers whose children made purchases from its online App Store without parental consent.

The US Federal Trade Commission – FTC – says Apple has also agreed to modify its practice – which until now had allowed children to make purchases on a mobile device 15 minutes after a password was entered.

FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez says Apple failed to inform parents of the 15-minute window that could allow children to make purchases ranging from $1 to $100 for each app.

Ms Ramirez says that because of the loophole, “children ran up millions of dollars in charges without their parents’ knowledge and consent,” a violation of federal rules, saying that “consumers will be obtaining full redress” for any unauthorised charges :: Read the full article »»»»


Top Five Reasons it was Good to be Google in 2013

Posted: December 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Amazon, Android, Cult of Apple, Facebook, Google, Hardware, Smartphone, Social Media, Standout, Tablet, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Top Five Reasons it was Good to be Google in 2013

Google Moments 20132013 marked Google’s 15th anniversary, however the search giant that is Google showed zero complacency, exuding none of the fanfare of previous world-dominating tech monoliths, indeed for many the landmark celebration went completely unnoticed.

For Google 2013 was simply another year, steaming on to solidified its place at the center of almost every arena in internet economy.

In the quadrangle of the internet age, sidled up with Apple, Facebook and Amazon, Google is the only one to have competed in all arenas including: retail, hardware, television,  social networking and search. Although it performed better in some arenas – wink wink, Plus Google – it’s a hardship to write-off Google from any of them.

Google’s 2013 success was the result of a largish range of new product releases, acquisitions and long term project coming to fruition. From Google Glass, Chromecast, Play,Moto X and all the way back to it’s roots, search.

The one thing Google hasn’t done is remained still. We’ve rounded up some of Google’s most important moments of this past year, moments that contributed to the giants exponential tech-rise :: Read the full article »»»»


Australian Arrested Over Silk Road Bust

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Arrested Over Silk Road Bust

Silk Road ArrestsA Queensland man who allegedly helped moderate the now defunct online drug bazaar Silk Road has been arrested as part of an international police operation.

Peter Phillip Nash, 40, was arrested yesterday at his Brisbane home by Australian Federal Police as part of an operation that also captured two others named in an indictment issued by the US Justice Department.

Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis has confirmed Nash’s arrest, saying he is wanted in the US “for conspiracy to traffic narcotics, conspiracy to commit computer hacking and conspiracy to commit money laundering”.

Andrew Michael Jones, 24, was arrested in the US, while Gary Davis, 25, is believed to be in Ireland, according to the department officials.

If found guilty, he will face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Nash appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday and was remanded in custody.

Speculation on the arrests came to a head on Friday morning, after a contributor to Reddit claimed her boyfriend – a moderator for Silk Road 2 – was arrested :: Read the full article »»»»


I’d Almost Trade My Bianchi Fixie For Ralf Holleis’ 3D Printed Pista

Posted: November 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Grilled Motoring News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on I’d Almost Trade My Bianchi Fixie For Ralf Holleis’ 3D Printed Pista

Ralf Holleis’ 3D Printed Pista

I ride a Pista, and for a long time I’ve thought it – my chrome-moly limited edition Bianchi – the most perfect Pista ever built, aesthetically and trackside.  German übergestalter Ralf Holleis has just broken my dream, creating the above stunning super lightweight track bike, the VRZ 2 BELT, resplendent with 3D – lasercused – printed titanium lugs :: Read the full article »»»»