1/24/2011

Pirate Bay Crew Instill More Fear Into The Music Industry

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

For years The Pirate Bay has been a thorn in the side of the music industry, but things could be about to take a turn for the worse. Over the past days rumors of a new project titled “The Music Bay” have been circling, and now a Pirate Bay insider has just confirmed to TorrentFreak that the major record labels have good reason to be afraid, very afraid.

music bayA few years ago the Pirate Bay crew registered a domain name that until now hasn’t been very active, themusicbay.org. At the time it was registered there were plans to create the most efficient music sharing system ever built, but these were put aside as other projects needed more urgent attention.

In recent days, however, rumors started to grow that The Music Bay domain might be put to use after all. It is currently setup to serve ads for The Pirate Bay website, but this spring it could be hosting a special surprise for the music industry.

Cellcom and Iway launch Internet system for cars

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Start-up Iway Mobile and Cellcom, Israel’s largest mobile phone operator, launched on Sunday a communications, Internet and entertainment system for the automobile.

While the Comodo Console will be sold first in February in Israel, where it will be marketed exclusively by Cellcom, Iway is in talks to sell the product to cellular operators in other countries over the next six months.

Iway founder and Chief Executive Danny Knafou said the first countries would likely be France, Russia and China.

The operating system is programed for 20 languages, including Russian, Arabic and Chinese, and more will be added.

Comodo includes a 4.3 inch touchscreen, speakerphone, a rear camera to increase security when in reverse, a GPS antenna and a cellular modem for an always-on connection to the Internet via a 3G cellular network. The driver can listen to radio stations from around the globe.

While mobile handset makers are focused on developing phones that are faster, smaller and better designed, Iway said it concentrated on giving the driver a different experience.

To ensure drivers’ safety, videos can be watched only when the car is not moving, and emails can be received but not sent. Text messaging and chatting services are not available, and the 80 applications can be activated with two clicks.

Knafou said he did not know of any other similar product.

The three-dimensional navigation system warns drivers when approaching a dangerous road or intersection and can alert when the driver is exceeding the speed limit or to problems up ahead, such as camels on the road.

1/21/2011

Schmidt to step down as Google CEO

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Eric Schmidt will step down from his role as Google’s CEO in April and be replaced by co-founder Larry Page.

Schmidt, who joined Google in 2001 to become its chief executive, will stay on as executive chairman after he leaves his CEO role on April 4. According to the company, he will focus on deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership. He will also continue to act as an advisor to co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

“We’ve been talking about how best to simplify our management structure and speed up decision making for a long time,” Schmidt said in a prepared statement. “By clarifying our individual roles we’ll create clearer responsibility and accountability at the top of the company.”

1/19/2011

Facebook thinks twice on giving dev access to phone, address data

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Facebook has put off its plan to allow developers access to users’ phone numbers and home addresses. The company posted an update on its Developer Blog Tuesday morning, saying that it got “useful feedback” about the decision and that it would be making changes so that it’s clearer when users are about to share such sensitive info. As a result, the “feature” is being turned off until a better solution is found.

Privacy advocates got up in arms after the company announced that developers would be able to access a whole new level of personal info through its API, as long as the users gave them permission. Security firm Sophos issued a solemn warning on its blog about the move; the firm pointed out that Facebook app developers already manage to trick users into giving them access to personal data, and the situation will only get worse with real addresses and phone numbers in the mix.

Less-than-honest developers could use the data to spam users via SMS or sell their info to marketers, and could even expose them to theft or physical attacks. And even though Facebook would likely pull access to any apps that break the rules, that usually happens after the fact

More HP webOS tablet details leak, with images

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The release date of one of HP’s upcoming webOS tablets, codenamed Opal, popped up on Engadget this afternoon courtesy of an anonymous tipster, along with renders of a second model codenamed Topaz. Some of the Topaz’s specs, like a front-facing camera and buttonless bezel, could be seen from the renders, while a release chart for Opal indicates most models will be out by September of this year.

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Rendered front and back shots of the 9-inch screen Topaz tablet show it will have a microUSB outlet, front-facing camera, and no buttons on the bezel or sides. Engadget speculates that the HP tablets will have a three-speaker arrangement, with two on the left side and one on the right, for stereo sound in both landscape and portrait mode.

1/11/2011

Google’s Consumer Electronics Show 2011 Reveals Honeycomb OS

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google always has a lot going for it and new products coming out in 2011 showcase the Android operating system on myriad of products. The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas had many new gadgets that showed a growing presence of Google in the consumer electronics industry.

What’s the buzz about Motorola’s Xoom?

The Motorola Xoom will debut the new Google Honeycomb operating system. The Xoom was named best tablet PC at the CES. Only a video preview was available according to PC Magazine. Honeycomb isn’t quite ready yet, which is why it didn’t have a demonstration model ready for the CES quite yet.

The product will be available sometime after the spring after Google perfects the new operating system

MS Looking Into Windows Phone 7’s ‘Excessive’ Data Use

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft has told BBC News that it is investigating why some handsets running its Windows Phone 7 software are sending and receiving “phantom data”.

Several net forums detail complaints from people that say their phones are automatically eating into their monthly data plans without their knowledge.

Some have complained that their phone sends “between 30 and 50MB of data” every day; an amount that would eat into a 1GB allowance in 20 days.

Ballmer: Kinect to support PCs in the future

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has promised that the company will support Kinect for PCs sometime in the future. This is news that should make Bill Gates a very happy man. The motion controller is currently only officially supported for the Xbox 360, although it has been hacked and tweaked to work on pretty much any platform that can be plugged into via a USB port.

IBM received nearly 23 patents per working day in 2010

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The US Patent and Trademark Office awarded IBM an average 16 patents per day in 2010, for a total 5,896. Second-ranked Samsung received 12.5 patents per day, or 4,551 for the year. Not be left out, Microsoft’s daily average was 8.5, or 3,094 per day. So, the three companies awarded the most patents, all from the tech sector, received 13,541 patents, or 37 per day. But wait! There are only 261 days in a typical working year, making the per-day totals for IBM, Samsung and Microsoft much higher: 22.6, 17.4 and 11.8, respectively.

1/9/2011

Google Bangladesh Site “OwN3D by TiGER-M@TE”

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Techcrunch just got an anonymous tip that Google’s been ‘hacked’ – sure enough, visitors of the company’s Bangladesh search site (Google.com.bd) see a defaced landing page rather than the usual search site. As far as I can tell, www.google.com.bd functions properly, so whether this really constitutes a ‘hack’ is up for debate.

Local Bangladesh media, including online newspaper bdnews24.com, reported on the news as well, quoting a CTO of a local ISP, who confirmed the hack.

1/5/2011

StumbleUpon Surpasses Facebook For Social Media Traffic Generation

Filed under: — Aviran

How can a site with 12 million users send more traffic than a site with 600 million users? When your site is specifically designed to do nothing but send traffic. StumbleUpon may be small compared to sites like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, but it sends the most social media traffic around the web according to the latest numbers by StatCounter.

StumbleUpon CEO Garrett Camp is excited about it, announcing it to the world via Twitter at 1am EST this morning:

Facebook Users Upload Record-Breaking 750M Photos Over New Year’s Weekend

Filed under: — Aviran

A record-breaking 750 million photos were uploaded to Facebook over New Year’s weekend, the social network announced Tuesday afternoon.

The news follows a much bigger announcement made Monday: namely, that Facebook has received $450 million in a new round of funding from Goldman Sachs and $50 million from Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies.

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