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Microsoft And FBI Cracking Down On Digital Theft Malware

Having a computer virus can be a scary, expensive, and sometimes, even dangerous thing to deal with. A virus can cause serious damage to your computer, corrupting files on your hard drive, and slowing down your computer’s processor by adding pop-ups or other malicious software that could render your computer, virtually, unusable. There are plenty of different viruses out there, but one is making headlines now due to theft!So what is the new malware that is corrupting peoples’ computers across the internet? It is a software called “Sirefef botnet, or ZeroAccess. The malware was designed to steal from advertising companies that pay to have their advertisements on different sites. While the virus itself is not technically putting the money anywhere, such as in a Swiss bank account or into a some shady company located in the Caribbean Islands like you see in the movies, yet it’s still costing advertisement companies quite a lot of money. The virus will infect the computer, and will the direct the computer to click on some 48 ads, or so, per hour. With the infected computers causing the clicks on ads to continue to jump, it is causing the advertising companies to pay fees for the fake clicks as they are not real human traffic. The virus has already costed companies an estimated $2.7 million for each month that the virus has been active.In case you were a bit concerned about where the virus has been lurking, it has been affecting any device that is running a Windows OS. It’s been hijacking various search results, attaching itself to the link, and then downloads itself onto the victims computer after the link has been clicked. Well Microsoft and the FBI are not taking this crime sitting down.Microsoft does, in fact, have a digital crime unit for situations just like this and the division has technically “successfully disrupted” the malware. “How?”, you may ask. Well based off of what both Microsoft’s digital crime unit division and the FBI have done in tandem, that have effectively increased the cost and risk for cybercriminals and hackers to continue conducting their fraudulent business. The have effectively halted the botnet program’s efforts, for now at least.Research on the virus done by the University of California showed that roughly 1.9 million different computers were infected with the virus back in October. The other frightening fact was that 800,000 out of those 1.9 million get on the internet daily, which is in turn costing many of the online advertisers more and more money.

While yes the virus has been disrupted, it is not yet fully out of sight. The FBI and Microsoft are still using all of their resources to crack down on these cybercriminals and hackers that have infected many home and business computers already.

Getting a computer virus is no laughing matter. If you feel that your computer, or other device running windows, may be infected, be sure to have it tested and update your anti-virus software if you have not done so already. It could mean the difference between a clean computer and an infected one.

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New Gmail Update Lets You Save Attachments Straight to Google Drive

Gmail has a new update out now that will let you save attachments directly to Google Drive from within your message.

Google announced news of the update on its official blog and showed off the new feature with an accompanying GIF to show it in action.

There is more than one cool thing about this new update. First, attachments can now bee seen as previews at the bottom of a email. This means instead of just seeing a bunch of file names that you have to download in order to figure out what they are, you can now “preview”. The previews conveniently open up in a separate browser tab as well. This way you see a preview of the files within the message itself. Previewing brings up a full screen view of the file, and you can navigate through several attachments the same way you flip through a slideshow.

Gmail users on smartphones with the iOS and Android operating systems have been enjoying these features for some time already. It’s really nice and refreshing to see it introduced to desktop users as well now.

The bigger deal here though, is that now you can save attachments directly to your google drive. All you do is click on the Google Drive icon that you see when you hover over the attachment and choose where to send it! This is extremely convenient and sure to be a huge help for all gmail users.

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Comparing File Sharing Services

File Sharing ServicesAs our world begins to revolve more and more around digital communications and online data sharing, file sharing services and cloud storage providers are becoming more and more important for various markets. From massive businesses and online companies, to teachers, students and small businesses, to individuals and freelance workers, the need for secure, convenient and reliable online file sharing is paramount. For this reason, we’ve seen a number of different services crop up and evolve in recent years – some from established tech companies, and others from independent providers.

Despite the availability of these services, however, it can be difficult to choose which one to trust for your business or personal needs. With that in mind, here’s a brief look at 5 of the most popular file sharing and cloud storage providers on the market.

MediaFire

This is basically a system that simplifies large-scale file distribution without any tie to a larger service to manage all your files. With MediaFire, you can upload files up to 200MB in size and send them out to pre-organized lists with “drag-and-drop” ease. It’s a great tool for administrators of any kind who want a simpler way of emailing and sharing with lists.

Dropbox

Known by many as the most convenient name in cloud storage, Dropbox simply offers you a folder in which you can drop files for immediate syncing across your devices. Drop a file into your Dropbox app on your Samsung Galaxy S4 and access the same file seamlessly on your Apple computer – device doesn’t matter at all. Strategic distribution and sharing options are also available.

Hightail

This is a fairly strong service previously known as “YouSendIt” that covers various tiers of file sharing needs. From simple uploading to mass distribution, as well as user login security, the service covers all the bases. One factor worth noting, however, is that while the free version offers 2GB worth of storage, individual files cannot exceed 50MB.

Citrix Sharefile

ShareFile is a file sharing service meant largely for use in business, as it is an exclusively paid service meant to handle massive documents and files with the industry’s highest standard of security. The service is also highly regarded for its ease of use, with desktop widgets meant to easily translate to an existing business online interface.

Google Drive

Similar in use and function to Dropbox, Google Drive is great for personal use. It is however somewhat limited in the services with which it is compatible. However, for Google users who prefer Google’s services, “Drive” is a very handy and easily implemented file sharing and cloud syncing service.

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One X Successor Hinted at by HTC

HTC One XHTC has already started prepping the launch of yet another flagship Android handset, one whose cutting-edge components will reportedly be firsts in multiple industries. So far, the only name the new smartphone has is the codename M7, though it is said that this device will debut at a critical juncture for HTC as the company looks to reverse a series of disappointing quarters.

The M7, much like the One X, is rumored to be headed for a Mobile World Congress debut. Even though it won’t match the One X and its groundbreaking inclusion of a quad-core processor, the M7 will be one of the first full HD handsets in the 4.7″ class, which will give it a reported pixel density of 468PPI, which is 40% higher than the iPhone 5.

In addition to that, the “SoLux” display, as it is being called, will also offer a number of visual improvements over the previous generation Super LCD2, boosting viewing angles, outdoor visibility and color accuracy.

The M7 is supposedly powered by a second-generation quad-core processor from Qualcomm, clocking in at 1.7GHz per core. There is also rumored to be 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal flash storage included in the M7 as well. The device, which will run on 4G LTE, is expected to ship running Android Jelly Bean and be skinned with the latest iteration of HTC’s UX enhancement, Sense 5.

Other features/enhancements include a dedicated, Beats-designed amplifier along with a feature to increase call clarity called Clear Words. There is also support for the next-generation WiFi standard, 802.11ac, whose theoretical through put it three times that of 802.11n WLAN networks.

As far as carriers go, the M7 is said to be hitting Verizon and Sprint in the United States and may very well be the first HTC handset to hit the top four American operators since the Touch Pro 2. We will have all the information on this mystery device as it arrives so keep checking back.

Source: UnwiredView.com – HTC M7, successor to the One X, detailed: 4.7-inch 1080p, Sense 5, much more

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Microsoft Possibly Opening Retail Stores in Europe

Microsoft retail storeWhile I can’t speak much for the economy in the United Kingdom (being a Yankee and all), word on the street is that the streets over there are full of empty shops and “Going Out of Business” signs. However, it appears as if there is a beacon of hope that could bring prosperity to the area, one with a good financial record too. I’m referring to Microsoft.

Apple started opening its own retail stores over 10 years ago and it seems as if Microsoft is ready to jump on board with that business model. Microsoft stores are still few and far between here in the United States. There is only one that I know of in my little corner of Ohio and it only opened up within the past few months.

However, it seems that the Redmond-based company is looking to expand its physical stores quickly as it is already planning to open stores in Europe. The most logical location for the first European Microsoft store would be London, though there is no word aside from a single source that claims that the company has been talking to landlords overseas.

In addition to that, Microsoft may also mimic Apple’s model by expanding to stores in larger cities as well as in small college towns. The timing of this, however, significantly depends on an assessment of the performance of the current Microsoft stores in the United States.

Microsoft has rapidly expanded its U.S. stores to about 70, with the company’s Surface tablet and Windows 8 operating system leading the charge. It appears as if Microsoft is trying to develop a closer relationship with its customers. The Apple stores have had success allowing people to come in and get hands on time with the devices and expert opinions and information about the products, something that may work wonders for Microsoft.

Source: PC World – Microsoft mulls opening UK stores to push consumer brand

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Xbox World Claims Insider Details on Future Xbox Console

Xbox World Xbox 720According to details supposedly leaked by Xbox World, the Xbox 720 (or whatever they are going to call it) will debut with a brand new version of Kinect, a Blu-ray drive and an A/V port for watching and recording broadcast TV. It makes sense that Microsoft would throw in a Blu-ray player as well as an updated version of Kinect, though the TV watching and recording is a little surprising for me.

The latest issue of Xbox World promises “next-gen secrets inside” and has reportedly uncovered several specifications on the next generation of the Xbox gaming console. Microsoft has been extremely tight lipped about the next generation of Kinect, as it has been about all aspects of the new console. However, a company document supposedly leaked back in June talked about a higher level of accuracy, stereo imaging, better voice recognition and the ability to track four players simultaneously.

In addition to that, other features are said to include directional audio, an input and output for watching and recording TV shows and an “innovative controller”. Last February Xbox World said that the redesigned controller would come with a built-in HD touchscreen, though no further information about that has been leaked.

Microsoft has also been playing around with the idea of AR, or Augmented Reality, glasses for the new Xbox at some point in the future. The new Xbox is code-named Durango and is rumored to be powered by a CPU with “four hardware cores, each divided into four logical cores” and 8GB of RAM.

Xbox World’s Editor in Chief Dan Dawkins recently reported to CVG saying, “Xbox World has been at the cutting edge of Durango coverage for over 12 months. Unless something really dramatic changes, everything…will be revealed long before E3 in June.”

Source: CNET – Xbox 720 to offer Kinect 2.0 and Blu-ray drive, says Xbox World

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Android Dominates Smartphone Competition


Three years ago, in the third quarter of 2009, Google’s Android had only a 4% unit share of a smartphone market that was at the time a race between Blackberry’s RIM (19%), Apple’s iOS (17%), Nokia Symbian (38%) and not to mention

Windows (8%) and a few stragglers who shared the remaining 14% of the market.

It’s amazing how times can change, as the Linux-based Android operating system now commands 72% of the unit share of smartphone platforms after the third quarter in 2012, according to a chart posted by Asymco analyst Horace Dedui on Twitter.

In those three years, Google’s Android has effectively crushed the competition, turning the smartphone market into a race between Android and Apple’s iOS, though after Q3 iOS only holds 16% unit share of the market.

However, it isn’t going to be a cake walk for the Android platform to stay on top. Though Google is effective at getting all of the handsets into the hands of consumers, keeping these devices up-to-date with the latest versions of Android is proving to be quite difficult. More than half of Android devices are still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which hasn’t been updated since September 2011. Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, managed to get over 60 percent of users to update their devices to iOS 6 in less than a month after its release.

The key to the success of the Android platform may be that it has a wide variety of devices, ranging from inexpensive basic phones, to high-end LTE devices. Apple’s drop in market share may be due to the fact that while consumers await the release of their new products or price cuts on older iPhone models, there are plenty of Android devices to choose from.

Sources: ZDNet, Wired

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Facebook Looks to Dethrone LinkedIn and Help Users Find Jobs

Facebook Jobs AppFacebook recently announced that it is launching an app to help users find jobs. The app will include 1.7 million job listings in areas including IT/Software Development, Science/Engineering/Research & Development and Security/Protective Services. Users will be able to search jobs databases by keywords and location.

In addition to that, the app will include job listings from Monster.com, Work4Labs, BranchOut and the DirectEmployers Association. According to Technology Business Research Analyst Ezra Gottheil, “This makes sense for Facebook. They haven’t done anything like this before, but it’s a natural fit for them. People use their network already to find jobs.”

According to a recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 50% of employers use Facebook during the hiring process. Employers also use social networking sites to screen the profiles of potential employees, checking posts, pictures and video for information ranging from how much they like to party to what they might have said online about their previous job.

LinkedIn is usually used by users to find a job or business contacts online. Gottheil stated that the network does a solid job of connecting businesses and potential employees, though Facebook’s move into this area will definitely be a challenge. The fact that LinkedIn has such a solid position with job hunters means that it is going to take a lot from Facebook to dethrone it.

“Facebook’s latest move is more of a public service, basically putting a job bank on Facebook where users can see it,” Gottheil added. “LinkedIn is all about jobs. That’s the first place people look, and it’s where they post almost entirely job-related information. Facebook has a long way to go before it begins to impinge on that space.”

This new jobs app is a part of Facebook’s Social Jobs Partnership initiative, which was created back in the fall of 2011 in conjunction with the United States Department of Labor, as well as several other labor organizations.

Source: Computer World – Facebook launches app to help users find jobs

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Apple Files Lawsuit Against Motorola, Doesn’t Come Out on Top Like Suit Against Samsung

Apple vs MotorolaApple may have won big over Samsung, but the same can’t be said about its recent patent suit against Motorola. A U.S. District Court judge in Wisconsin recently dismissed Apple’s patent case against Motorola Mobility, which is now a unit of Google.

According to recent reports, Judge Barbara Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin dismissed the case with prejudice, which means that Apple will have to successfully appeal her decision to revive the case. Basically, Apple is unable to simply refile the same lawsuit in a different court.

Apple filed this suit against Motorola Mobility back in March 2011 after Motorola sought 2.25% of all net sales on iOS products that use essential industry standard patents. Different companies that own these industry-essential patents are expected to offer them under licensing terms that are supposed to be fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory.

Apple accused Motorola of seeking excessive royalty payments for its patents. These patents covered a variety of different things, including video streaming and WiFi technology. Apple is already fighting a patent battle with Google on a plethora of different fronts, as well as in multiple high-profile legal cases, which included the infamous Apple vs. Samsung battle.

Apple had generally come out on top in these suits, until the last week or so, that is. That is when Motorola had filed a motion that would have required Apple to adhere to whatever the court decided was a fair royalty rate. However, Apple didn’t go along with that idea quietly, saying that it would only agree to a court-determined rate if the rate didn’t exceed $1 per iPhone.

To be honest, the Apple patent suit thing is getting a little old. How long can they keep suing other companies in order to retain the number one spot on the market? Sooner or later Apple is going to slip up and there will be nothing the company can do to fix it, no matter how many suits they file.

Source: CNET – Federal judge tosses Apple patent lawsuit against Motorola

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