Technology World Has Moved

16 06 2010

Dear Readers,

Technology World has been moved to a new registered blog called The Exciting Internet. More updates and exciting information will be posted there and this blog will stop operating from now on.

Pls visit: http://www.exciting-internet.com for more information

Thank you and happy reading! 🙂





Google releases Dashboard privacy tool

9 11 2009

I’m wondering since Google can do this by collecting all our personal profiles, I suppose other social netowrking sites such as Facebook and MySpace can do the same? Remember to read the terms and conditions before you register for anything that requires your personal details guys. 🙂

 

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Ever wonder what information Google knows about you? With a click or two, now you can find out.

Google released a feature Thursday that lets users see and control data that the Web giant has collected about them. Called Google Dashboard, the service provides an online summary of a user’s Google files — Gmail, Google Docs, Picasa photos and so on — by collecting pre-existing privacy controls in one place.

Dashboard users can review and delete recent Google searches, see recently opened and shared documents and survey their interactions with other Google-powered sites such as YouTube.

Google, which has come under fire from politicians and privacy advocates for its data-collection practices, announced the service with a blog post headlined, “Transparency, Choice and Control — now complete with a Dashboard!”

“Over the past 11 years, Google has focused on building innovative products for our users,” the company said in its official blog on Thursday. “Today, with hundreds of millions of people using those products around the world, we are very aware of the trust that you have placed in us, and our responsibility to protect your privacy and data.”

The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which has been critical of the amount of personal data Google stores, called the dashboard a small step in the right direction.

“If Google really wanted to give users control over their privacy it would give consumers the ability to be anonymous from the company and its advertisers in crucial areas such as search data and online behavior,” spokesman John M. Simpson said on the group’s Web site.

The Dashboard give the appearance of control without the actual ability to prevent Google from tracking you and delivering you to its marketers.”

Reviews in the blogosphere Thursday appeared relatively muted for a feature Google described as unprecedented in scale and level of detail.

“Sure, it’s nice to have all these in one place, should you ever want to review all your private information stored at Google at once, but there’s nothing really new about this list,” said Stan Schroeder, a blogger at social media site Mashable. “Unfortunately, it’s also an unpleasant reminder of just how much data you’re giving out to Google.”

Tech blogger Matt Asay, writing for CNET, said most Google users won’t bother with Dashboard because people are willing to sacrifice some Internet privacy in exchange for being able to store and share information online.

“Dashboard leaves Google in the prime position of being able to honestly say that it doesn’t control user data, while still delivering increasingly beneficial services based on that data,” he wrote. “It will not change the way that the vast majority of consumers use Google, but it just might change the way they think about Google.”

Courtesy of: Cnn.Com




Best iPhone Application

9 09 2009

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Determine for yourself  if the apps i listed below are useful to you. 🙂

AudioBoo lets you record and share mp3 audio files up to three minutes in length.  You can add text, titles, photos as well as geolocation info. (Free)

PocketMeter allows you to measure any room or distance using sound to bounce off objects.  You just point the iPhone’s microphone at the floor or wall and tap on the screen.  The app emits sound and measures the time it takes for the echo to return.  It can calculate distances between 8 inches and 13 feet within 0.4 inches of accuracy. ($0.99)

Sonar Ruler similarly uses echoes to measure distances up to 60 feet. ($0.99)

AppSniper is an app about apps.  It allows you to track apps when they go on sale and it tells you when they are within your price range. ($0.99)

Boxcar conveniently sends you push notifications anytime you receive a mention or a direct message on your Twitter account.  It conveniently works with most Twitter clients, so you can view a message once you receive a push. ($2.99)

Pocket Universe, an augmented reality app, is a planetarium in your pocket.  Just point your phone up to the sky, and it simulates the exact night sky above you, complete with the names of all the constellations.  The app works best on the iPhone 3GS, which has a digital compass and an accelerometer. ($2.99)

AutoStitch lets you create panoramas out of multiple pictures you snap with your iPhone’s camera. ($1.99)

Geocaching is a global treasure-hunting game where players can locate hidden containers or ‘geocaches.’  The app uses the iPhone’s GPS capability to provide a list of real-time information about geocaches near your location. It’s available in English, Dutch, French, German and Japanese.  ($9.99)





Cheaper Xbox 360!

28 08 2009

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Last week, we heard news about Sony cutting their Playstation 3 price to $299. This week, another great news for console gamers, Microsoft is cutting their Xbox 360 Elite`s price by $100!. I`m still waiting for news to see if the price cut will include Malaysia as well but at the meantime, lets start saving money and get ourselves a discounted Elitebox!

*SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Microsoft Corp. is slashing the price of its high-end Xbox 360 model by $100, ratcheting up the stakes in the game console fight this holiday season.

Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) will drop the price of the Xbox 360 Elite to $299.99, it said Thursday, just days after Sony cut the rival PlayStation 3 to $299.

The price on the entry-level Xbox Arcade model will stay at $199.99, and Microsoft will phase out its mid-range Pro console, leaving it with two models. The Pro will sell for $249.99 until supplies run out. The global price cut is effective Friday.*





Introducing The Worlds First Mobile Reality Browser

6 08 2009

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Ever wondered if theres any device out there that enables you to combine both your digital and reality world together? Have you ever wish to have an ability to be informative wherever you go, by just using your mobile phone? Well introducing, Layar, the world`s first mobile augmented reality browser. Make real time purchases & check real time information;its all reality based! Now if tht isnt cool enough, check out the demo below.

This service was launched last June in the Netherlands for the first time and a lot of techy users out there are already paying attention to the usability and benefits this Layar has to offer. Let`s see if Layar will be as hot as Tweeter in future.





iPhone – Security Flaw Detected

4 08 2009

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iPhone 3GS may be a very hot and possibly the most talked topic among techy guys out there these days. When they were launched last month, the sale of this model was so overwhelming that it actually helped Apple in generating positive revenue in a single quarter, even under such economic situation.

While you were busy playing with the iPhone that you have waited for so long, have you ever wondered if there`s any security problem that might exist in your iPhone`s OS that could easily jeopardize your reputation through some information thefts etc? Well, there is.

During a Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas last Thursday, security experts presented a flaw in iPhone`s SMS service where hackers can get into your iPhone through SMS protocol to launch a Denial of Service (DoS) attack that enables them to take over your device and thn do whatever they want with the phone that belongs to you!

Imagine what would happen if someone manage to hack into your iPhone, then send out the same SMSes to all your friends in your phone book, and the same thing then happen to your friends phones. Apple would be in big trouble basically. 🙂

To counter this issue, Apple launched a new patch for their OS (patch 3.0.1) last Friday right after the security flaw presentation by the experts the day before, claiming that this patch 3.0.1 was released to fix this security flaw. I’m not really sure if this will work but do remember to update your iPhone OS as soon as possible, if you havent, and keep yourself posted on any updates regarding this issue. 🙂





China: Mobile Phone Bandits

31 07 2009

art_banditphoneI started pitying some huge mobile phone manufacturers such as Nokia and Sony Ericsson after reading an article about China being a country that manufactures counterfeit mobile phones and then exported them to other countries, and earning a fortune from it. Being a Chinese myself (well i`m a Malaysian Chinese and not China Chinese xD, just to clarify), i would say the Chinese businessmen are very smart and they are daring enough to take the risk to venture into this business, and i`m very proud of them for boosting up China`s economy (20% out of total mobile phones sold in China in 2008 were counterfeited or copied, thats a HUGE amount of money!). On Nokia’s view, I’m pretty sure i would hire a group of M16 mafias in China to exterminate these ‘bandits’.

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The fact that some of these businessmen are more creative than other original mobile phones manufacturer in terms of their promotional activities as well as their selling method (its a lot cheaper as well), their sales are taking over a huge chunk of profits from the main players such as Apple, Nokia, Motorola etc.

Whats more? They actually export their ‘bandit phones’ to other countries for sale as well? Thats amazing. So for those of you who are targeting or soon to buy the upcoming iPhone 3GS, make sure you check with Apple first to make sure they are original. You dont wanna buy an iPhone that has a label “Made in Guangzhou, China” 🙂

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Article link: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/TECH/07/29/china.fake.phones/index.html