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Firesheep extension shows just how vulnerable open wifi networks are

By: Anthony Garreffa | Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 @ 1:57 CDT

Firesheep is something that has been popping up around the place for a few days - I thought I'd share it here for the uninformed, or at least, if you didn't know - pass the news on to someone you know who uses unsecure Wi-Fi.


The above picture shows what it would look like - allowing you to login as another person on the open wifi network.

A Seattle based programmer, Eric Butler has released an extension for Firefox which shows you a graphical list of the online accounts of everyone sharing an open wifi network with you - with a simple single click, you're instantly logged in as them.

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Mobile App of the Day: YouTube for Android

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 23:55 CDT

Our Mobile App of the Day today is YouTube for Android.

The folks at Google and Android have made a pretty significant change when it comes to the mobile YouTube experience. Most people with Android phones got a pre-installed YouTube app that only updates when the OS does. Google and YouTube agreed with most of you that think that stinks, and have now released a standalone app.


For those with Android 2.2, you'll notice YouTube is now gone from the root OS and is a separate app. This allows the app to be updated separately, and the first iteration has given some significant updates. Search is smoother, vids can be viewed in portrait of landscape mode, social integration with Facebook, Twitter, and Buzz are improved, and video can be shot and uploaded within the app itself. IF the update hasn't already been done automatically to your phone, search the Android Market for YouTube or use the QR code after the break.

Flash 10.1 coming to multiple mobile platforms

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 23:29 CDT

Those with Android phones have had the Flash 10.1 love for a while now, but the big dogs at Adobe let us know that they've got their eyes on a few more platforms at the MAX conference as well. And no, it's not coming to the iPhone or iPad anytime soon.


Not only did Adobe make Flash 10.1 official for Windows Phone 7 today, but they also announced that it will be coming to WebOS 2.0, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, MeeGo, and the LiMo platform. Basically, everyone BUT Apple is juping on the Flash train. There's no official word on dates, only that they are "expected to support Flash Player 10.1" in future versions.

New MacBook Air gets it's insides prodded

By: Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 23:10 CDT

As with other Apple devices of late, the new MacBook Air has been taken down a dark alley, bashed across the head and taken advantage of - but, in a good way.


We knew this before, but with it being opened it's now confirmed - the new MacBook Air is next to impossible to do self-service on, as it uses mostly propriety components. The interior is secured using five-sided Torx T5 screws - where as the rest of the components are so customised that it would be near impossible to find them in a parts store.

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Microsoft "doubling down" on PC gamers

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 22:37 CDT

It looks like Microsoft is still going full steam ahead with it's plan for PC game retail domination... not only do they have Games for Windows Marketplace, but it's part of a larger picture for PC gamers that mean a lot to Microsoft.


I'm very vocal about this myself, Microsoft push DX11 and Windows 7 yet nearly all games produced are made on consoles first, then ported to PC with "DX11" - yet the game was created with DX9-esque hardware in mind (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3) - where the PC has all this horse power and untapped ability - yet, is not really pushed.

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Samsung set to unveil new Android device November 8th

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 22:20 CDT

Samsung's raising quite a bit of fanfare about the newest device to hit their lineup. They've pegged November 8th as the unveiling date for their newest device with this ad and the murmurs have already started about what it will be.


The stock ticker looking numbers in the ad is making most people point towards the official unveiling of the Samsung Continuum, a device that had its original leak via Engadget back on September 30th. The Android powered device features a second LED screen called the "Ticker," which makes conclusions easy to draw. Others are hoping for the first device to feature Google's new "Gingerbread" OS which has been a hot topic since Google put up a Gingerbread man on their campus.


The iPhone gets some VLC lovin'

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 20:35 CDT

Been wanting to watch a tonne of videos on your iPhone without having to tediously convert them to a format that your iPhone is able to play them back with?


Now's your chance - you can ride off into the sunset using VLC on the iPhone as it's now universal - it has gotten a speed boost too, and it's learnt a new ability, like Sylar did on Heroes - it can delete videos directly from your iPad or iPhone.

New SSD manufacturing plant opened by OCZ in Taiwan

By: Don Lynn | Storage | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 20:35 CDT

OCZ has given their solid state drive (SSD) availability a huge shot in the arm with the opening of a new manufacturing plant in Taipei today. The new facility is expected to ramp up OCZ's SSD production from 50,000 to 140,000 units a month.


After over tripling their monthly unit sales between Q1 and August this year, OCZ is looking to keep up with that demand. According to Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group, "Our new 20,000 square foot facility was set up in response to increased demand from OEMs for our Enterprise Solid State Drive products and significantly increases our monthly SSD capacity." Offering a wide variety of interface choices including SATA, SAS, Fibre Channel, PCI-Express, USB 3.0, and the proprietary High-Speed Data Link (HSDL), OCZ is making a major play in the SSD industry and with the new facility they can only hope to keep the expansion going.

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook hits the scene at Adobe MAX

By: | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 20:15 CDT

The BlackBerry PlayBook got some serious facetime at Adobe's MAX conference today. RIM and Adobe teamed up to announce an Adobe AIR SDK for the PlayBook platform with hardware integration that will give developers plenty to work with before the launch of the PlayBook next year. A fully functional PlayBook took center stage; something RIM didn't even pull off at their own event.


Being a developer on this platform is looking to be a fairly nice affair; companies like Kobo were on hand to talk about the ease of development for the PlayBook platform and RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis announced at the conference that all developers that create PlayBook apps that are approved into App World will receive a free PlayBook of their very own. That's a pretty sweet incentive to get the tablet off and running at launch. Check out a short video after the break.

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Borders announces e-reader price cuts galore

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 19:55 CDT

You know the holiday season is approaching when companies are stumbling over each other to announce price cuts on electronic devices. With the Kindle having so much success and a new Nook just around the corner from Barnes and Noble, Borders is turning to price cuts and free goodies to keep their devices on shopper's wishlists.


For the next week, ordering an eReader from Borders will come with free shipping. The $299 Velocity Micro Cruz tablet comes with a $25 gift card, $30 has been cut from the Micro Cruz Reader (now $169.99) and the Kobo (now $129.99), and purchasing any Sony eReader will score you a free Sony Reader cover with built in light. Borders is also offering 20% off all accessories with any new e-reader purchase. Our guess is this is only the beginning of the price slashing wars, so keep your eyes peeled for more deals to come.

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