Just How Many People View pr0n at Work?

January 31, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Lifestyle

The seeming lack of a credible source notwithstanding, Shiny Shiny recently declared that at least 1 out of 3 people have used their office workstation to view porn—instead of getting things done for the man apparently. An alarming trend, if a third of an apparently significant group load NSFW content at work.

Let’s come clean folks: just how many times have you viewed porn at work? Personally, I have at most twice. Why let porn define your corporate career after all, when personal entertainment is easier—and definitely more satisfying—in the privacy of your own home? Comments with salacious details on how to defeat web-blocking software and watchful supervisors are especially welcome.

Microsoft’s All-American Request to Obama: Use a $3,350 Smartphone!

January 31, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

All-American PR: After Obama’s minions announced his continued reliance on his Blackberry for communication (though to a select group of people), Microsoft stepped up to attack RIM:

Microsoft, however, has questioned the wisdom of the president relying on a device whose maker is based in Canada. “You would be sending your data outside the country,” says Randy Siegel, a Microsoft enterprise mobile strategist who works on federal government projects. “We wouldn’t want the casual musings or official communications of the most important person in the world being intercepted by others.”

Even if RIM routed information through a U.S. data center, the devices aren’t built to NSA’s security specs, he says. RIM declined to comment.

So what should Obama use then? Microsoft’s Siegel of course had the answer. Read more

Nokia 7510 Now on T-Mobile Line-Up for $50—After Rebates

January 30, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

The rarity of a Nokia product getting subsidized by a US carrier notwithstanding, the Nokia 7510 (aka the Supernova) is now available from T-Mobile. The clamshell comes in three colors, features a 2 megapixel camera that can do video, a music player, and all those other pre-installed apps you’d find on a mid-range Nokia. Other features like the FM radio, microSD slot, Bluetooth, and 2.2″ QVGA screen round-out the phone.

Be warned though: The 7510 is advertised as only costing $50. But we all know such a low price applies after a mail-in rebate (which takes forever to resolve) and the willingness to sign-up for a two-year contract.

(Image from T-Mobile)

Coby Offering 4GB PMP Goodness for Less Than $50

January 30, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Portable Audio, Portable Video

For under $50, you can get a Coby Portable Media Player with 4GB of onboard memory, a two-inch display (176 x 220), and a built-in FM radio. A standard 3.5mm audio-in jack supports standard earphones and headphones, and USB 2.0 capability allows fast file transfers.

This 4GB Coby also claims “touchpad control”, 8 straight hours of video playback, as well as support for MP3s, WMAs, OGGs, WMVs, FLVs, AVIs, JPGs, BMPs, and even text files. All these features in a package that’s 0.6″ thick, 1.7″ wide, and 3.7″ long. As Devicepedia reports, ” you’ll struggle to find more for your money”.

Too bad Amazon won’t ship this out of the US, and too bad a lot of people will ignore this option for the sake of the i-Word. Check out the product page on Amazon for more details

(Image from Amazon)

Gartner: Software Not Taking Advantage of Multi-Core Tech

January 29, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops, Laptops

Looks like software makers have their own sort of catching up to do, reminiscent of consumers constantly upgrading their hardware to run the latest applications. Ironically, according to IT research firm Gartner, users will be hard-pressed to maximize their hardware, thanks to software that has consistently failed to catch up to multi-core functionality. Read more

The Mac Was Never Invincible in the First Place

January 29, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops, Laptops

Juan over at The AfterMac asks “Is the Mac Not Invincible Anymore?” To be brutally honest, this is the kind of question that is misleading at best, and naively smug at worst.

The focus of Juan’s article is a Mac OS X trojan that allows its maker to secretly take control of a computer. Estimates place the number of infected Macs at around 20,000, as of last January 21.

To be fair, Juan’s question may have just been a figure of speech, based on the widely-held impression that Apple computers are safer and much more reliable than the PC. As someone who has run pretty demanding applications on a Mac (Premiere and Maya are two examples that come to mind), I can tell you that isn’t always the case. Read more

Indian Mother-in-Laws-to-Be Rely on Cell Phones to Filter Prospects

January 28, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Lifestyle

If reports are to be believed, it seems Indian women care more about the orientation of their future son-in-laws than their fidelity—and they’re not above hiring private detectives who use technology to verify a man’s sexuality. Read more

SAS Spy Pen: Eavesdropping Made Easy

January 28, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Portable Video

It’s definitely a sign of the times when practically anyone can buy a pen with a functional video camera hidden inside. Even more so when said gadget uses consumer standards like USB 2.0 and the AVI video format for easy transfer and review of all that illicitly-acquired evidence.

With 2GB worth of storage, the SAS Spy Pen promises up to 15 hours of recorded video at 352 x 288 CIF resolution (not clear though if it can record audio as well). The lower part unscrews to reveal the USB plug, conceivably making video uploads possible right after the recording session. And if the product photos are to be believed, the SAS Spy Pen does a great job of scribbling as well. Available from Boys Stuff for £75. (Images from Boys Stuff. Thanks DVICE!)

Deal of the Week: 21.5″ Asus 1920 x 1080 HDMI Display at $50 OFF

January 27, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays

If you’re on the market for an affordable HDMI-capable display, consider the Black ASUS VH226H currently available on NewEgg.com. With a max resolution of 1920 x 1080, this monitor also features built-in speakers, and also supports DVI-input. Out of the 222 reviews left by customers on the retail site, over 3/4 give the product a 5 out of 5.

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5″ 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor Built in Speakers

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5″ 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers

More Wireless Modems Shipped Last Year Than Ever Before, Study Finds

January 27, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Press

Thanks to providers offering more 3G-based services to its customers, sales of wireless modems breached the 20 million mark in 2008, according to analyst firm In-Stat:

The market is experience two major trends, said In-Stat. Modem form factors are increasingly moving away from PC Cards toward USB modems, and embedded modems are becoming more popular. The firm predicts embedded modem shipments will exceed external modem shipments by 2011, following a peak year in 2010 when external modems will generate $2.6 billion in revenues.

This trend seems to be a rewarding one for those who invested in 3G services and infrastructure, as “investment in good times are paying dividends in lean years.” The study further reports that providers continue to increase the number of their 3G subscribers.

Unfortunately, what does this increased demand mean for the 3G consumer in general? Are service providers increasing their capacity at the same time, while attracting more customers? Will they try to support more users with the same bandwidth? Hopefully that won’t be the case. My experience with wireless broadband has been less than stellar; the consistency of a 3G signal seems more about the time of the day and your location, and less about who’s providing the data coverage.

(Image from notebookreview.com)

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