Archive for July, 2011

Tens of Thousands Flee From BT and Virgin

July 30th, 2011 07:10 admin View Comments

The Internet

twoheadedboy writes “The two biggest ISPs in the UK are losing thousands of customers. Earlier this week Virgin reported it had lost 36,000 cable broadband customers. BT, meanwhile, has seen around 125,000 active consumer line customers flee this quarter. With that many customers leaving, where are they going?”

Source: Tens of Thousands Flee From BT and Virgin

No Set-Top TV Device Market Domination For Google

July 29th, 2011 07:14 admin View Comments


itwbennett writes “According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, returns of the Logitech Revue (Google’s set-top box) exceeded sales in the first quarter. Explaining why sales were so poor, Logitech Chairman Guerrino De Luca went way out on a limb, saying: ‘There was a significant gap between our price and the value perceived by the consumer.’ So significant that ‘Logitech must take a $34 million charge in the first quarter, which more than comprises the company’s Q1 net loss of $30 million,’ writes blogger Chris Nerney. ‘In other words, Google TV is pushing Logitech into the red!’”

Source: No Set-Top TV Device Market Domination For Google

WD’s Terabyte Scorpio Notebook Drive Tested

July 29th, 2011 07:19 admin View Comments

Data Storage

MojoKid writes “Recently, Western Digital stepped out and announced their new
1TB 9.5mm Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch notebook drive. The announcement was significant in that it’s the first drive of this capacity to squeeze that many bits into an industry standard 9.5mm, 2.5″ SATA form-factor. To do this, WD drove areal density per platter in their 2.5″ platform to 500GB. The Scorpio Blue 1TB drive spins at only 5400RPM but its performance is actually surprising. Since areal density per platter has increased significantly, the drive actually bests some 7200RPM drives.”

Source: WD’s Terabyte Scorpio Notebook Drive Tested

Facebook To Pay Hackers For Bugs

July 29th, 2011 07:25 admin View Comments


alphadogg writes Facebook is going to pay hackers to find problems with its website — just so long as they report them to Facebook’s security team first. The company is following Google and Mozilla in launching a Web ‘Bug Bounty’ program. For security related bugs — cross site scripting flaws, for example — the company will pay a base rate of $500. If they’re truly significant flaws Facebook will pay more, though company executives won’t say how much. ‘In the past we’ve focused on name recognition by putting their name up on our page, sending schwag out and using this an avenue for interviews and the recruiting process,’ said Alex Rice, Facebook’s product security lead. ‘We’re extending that now to start paying out monetary rewards.’”

Source: Facebook To Pay Hackers For Bugs

New Cases Indicate iPhone 5 Will Be Thinner, Longer And Wider

July 29th, 2011 07:53 admin View Comments

iPhone 5 launch in September

The iPhone 5 rumor mill is working overtime. This time, folks at 9 to 5 Mac have published images of what they claim are iPhone 5 cases.

The purported iPhone 5 cases suggest that Apple’s next generation iPhone will be longer and wider than the iPhone 4.

9 to 5 Mac report:

Our new images are clear and there are appears to be a slight – not major – tear drop in the design. The case goes thick to thin from top to bottom. In addition, the sources who provided us with these two new cases have shared some dimensions. According to them, the case is 5 inches tall and 2.8 inches wide. These are tight cases so the iPhone 5 dimensions should only be a few millimeters smaller than those numbers. For comparison, the iPhone 4 is 4.5 inches tall and 2.31 inches wide.

If the purported iPhone 5 cases turn out to be the real deal, then it means:

  • iPhone 5 will be thinner.
  • iPhone 5 will be longer and wider (5 inches tall and 2.8 inches wide) than iPhone 4 (4.5 inches tall and 2.31 inches wide).
  • The fifth generation iPhone will get a slight tear drop design.
  • The mute switch will be moved to the opposite edge of the iPhone.

It needs to be seen how Apple plans to handle the increase in screen size if it ends up launching an iPhone with a larger screen.

A MacRumors forum member has created an iPhone 5 mockup based on the purported cases:

What do you think about the possibility of these design changes in the next generation iPhone? Let us know in the comments.

[via 9 to 5 Mac]

Source: New Cases Indicate iPhone 5 Will Be Thinner, Longer And Wider

Pakistan Tries To Ban Encryption

July 29th, 2011 07:34 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “Pakistan has a new Telecoms Law going into effect, which requires widespread monitoring of internet usage. In response, new reports are saying that the country is banning encryption, including VPNs, because it would interfere with the ability of ISPs to monitor internet usage.”

Source: Pakistan Tries To Ban Encryption

Shorter, Sweeter Emails: Clarify App Launches Free Beta

July 29th, 2011 07:22 admin View Comments

Clarifylogo.jpgDo you think you could write shorter, more useful emails if you composed them inside software that supported structured documents, easy screenshots and image annotations? That’s the theory behind a new app just launched in Beta this afternoon called Clarify.

Clarify was built by Blue Mango Software, the company behind the widely-loved documentation service Screen Steps. The company says that Screen Steps traditionally aimed for both documentation and communication; Screen Steps will from this point on focus on documentation and Clarify will be the communication product. For now Clarify is free and it seems to work pretty well.

I had some authentication issues and I feel like the screen capture mode is a little slow to initiate, but it’s cool. I like the idea. I think I’ll try to use if for an extended period of time and see how useful it is. I’m not excited about composing emails outside of Gmail with Rapportive, but I’ve been typing up a few emails with images, publishing them to the Clarify website, then copying the contents and pasting them into Gmail.

I suspect that many people would appreciate a service like this for composing emails. Here’s what it looks like.


Source: Shorter, Sweeter Emails: Clarify App Launches Free Beta

AT&T To Start Data Throttling Heaviest Users

July 29th, 2011 07:55 admin View Comments


greymond writes “AT&T has announced that starting on Oct. 1 it will throttle the data speeds of users with unlimited data plans who exceed bandwidth thresholds on its 3G network. AT&T is following in the tracks Verizon and Virgin Mobile in reducing data throughput speeds of its heaviest mobile data users.”

Source: AT&T To Start Data Throttling Heaviest Users

AT&T To Throttle Top 5% Of Unlimited Data Plan Customers From October 1st

July 29th, 2011 07:47 admin View Comments

Mac App Store

Last year just before Apple launched iPhone 4, AT&T killed its unlimited data plans and started offering tiered data plans to new iPhone users.

However, existing iPhone users with unlimited data plans at that time were allowed to retain their unlimited data plans even through device upgrades. But we’ve some bad news for these iPhone users who were enjoying their unlimited data plans. 

AT&T has just announced that they will be throttling smartphone users like iPhone with unlimited data plans from October.

Starting October 1, smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage in a billing cycle reaches the level that puts them among the top 5 percent of heaviest data users. These customers can still use unlimited data and their speeds will be restored with the start of the next billing cycle. Before you are affected, we will provide multiple notices, including a grace period.

AT&T said that it is taking these steps to manage exploding demand for mobile data. AT&T hasn’t mentioned how much data usage could get you in the top 5 percent list, but goes on to explain what puts someone in the top 5 percent and recommends such users to use their Wi-Fi networks:

Typically what puts someone in the top 5 percent is streaming very large amounts of video and music daily over the wireless network, not Wi-Fi.  Streaming video apps, remote web camera apps, sending large data files (like video) and some online gaming are examples of applications that can use data quickly.

The timing of AT&T’s data throttling plans is quite interesting, folks at 9 to 5 Mac speculate that it is making the changes just in time for the iPhone 5:

We’ve heard that AT&T will rejigger its insurance structure that week as well, which makes us think a certain high profile device may be launching on or around that time.

Interestingly, Virgin’s throttle also will also be implemented in the first week of October which may indicate that they’ll be carrying a certain high profile mobile device as well.

It’s a pity that while Apple is introducing features like iCloud and OTA iOS software updates, which will translate into more data usage, carriers like AT&T are putting restrictions that will deprive users of a better user experience due to reduced speeds (throttling unlimited data plan customers) or come at a much higher cost (tiered data plans).

What do you think about AT&T’s plans to throttle unlimited data plan customers? Do you think you are one of the top 5 percent of the heaviest data users?

[via AT&T]

Source: AT&T To Throttle Top 5% Of Unlimited Data Plan Customers From October 1st

Chinese Firm Launches Cloud-Based Mobile OS

July 29th, 2011 07:36 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “China-based company Alibaba looks to take on the might of Apple and Google with a cloud-based operating system. According to the company, its Aliyun OS will be based on the Linux kernel, and will also be compatible with Android apps. Launched alongside the K-Touch Cloud-Smart Phone W700, Alibaba is hoping that a 0% slice of developer profits will encourage adoption, and says it hopes manufacturers will take the platform to global markets.”

Source: Chinese Firm Launches Cloud-Based Mobile OS