Wednesday, June 23, 2010

How to upgrade to iOS 4

More fun for iPhone or iPod users ... How to upgrade to iOS 4 and IOS 4 Review <--

Report: A fifth of Android apps expose private data | InSecurity Complex - CNET News

At first read, I'm not sure what to make of this article. On one level it overstates the obvious. When you have an entirely open system, bad guys may use it as a way to get malware onto your phone. You need to use some discernment. Okay. Got it.

Then in the next breath she brings up iPhone with its tightly controlled ecosystem. Sure it is possible that something could slip by, but it is highly unlikely and so far the only malware that has been found to work on an iPhone requires jailbreaking the phone. She didn't specify jailbreaking so I have to assume she means the official ecosystem which at this point doesn't make sense. Even Steve Gibson in an interview with Leo LaPorte on Security Now said that security was an advantage of Apple's closed system with the iPhone.

I almost think the author lumped iPhone in order to sell more copies of SMobile. I wonder where the report that this article was based on came from? Oh yeah, it was from SMobile, a company I've never heard of before. Now I get it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Cheapskate - CNET News

It is not often that I see a sale this good. Selected EA titles for iPhone/iPod Touch are on sale for 99 cents through tomorrow. I picked up SimCity.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bye bye bifocals, hello electronic spectacles

The electronic glasses, developed by US firm PixelOptics, can be adjusted manually to view objects at different distances by pressing a button on the side of the frames

Toshiba launches dual touch-screen laptop - Runs Windows 7.

This new dual-screen, touch-screen mini laptop design has two 7in, LED-backlit touch-screens. Toshiba says its compact size and clamshell form factor provides "unrivalled flexibility".

Sunday, June 20, 2010

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 06-20-10

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 06-20-10. You can listen live every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Pacific that's 1PM to 4PM Eastern. Join us for the live show and chat. If you prefer, you can download the same MP3 file here via ftp.

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

Ends Sunday Specials at Newegg. Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive for $100 - $30 instant coupon = $70 shipped. Weighing in at only a few ounces, it fits easily into a pocket or a purse. This drive comes with a USB 2.0 interface which does not require any power adapter. Mac and Windows. Use Promo Code: EMCYWZW53 at checkout

ASUS MS236H Glossy Black / White 23" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/HDMI 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50000:1 for $230 - $50 savings - $20 rebate = $160 shipped. Use Promo Code: EMCYWZW45 at checkout.

Western Digital External 1.5TB USB 2.0 Hard Drive for $120 - $35 instant savings = $85 shipped at Dell. This external USB 2.0 drive is preformatted for immediate use. Simply plug it in to a USB port of your system to add high-speed storage. The WD Elements Desktop External Hard Drive is an ideal choice to manage all your digital content between work and home. Ends June 23rd 6AM CST.

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Dell Small Business offers the Dell Vostro 230 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.93GHz Slim Tower Desktop PC bundled with the Dell E2010H 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $429 plus $8 for shipping. Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 250GB 7200 rpm hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, Gigabit Ethernet, and Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.

Dell is taking 30% off five Dell monitors with coupon code BWMHLGDHF9CP3R [4000 total uses]. They include:
Dell ST2310 23" 1920 x 1080 LCD for $161 shipped w/ code
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Newegg has the EVGA 01G-P3-N958-LR GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card for $45 - $20 rebate [Exp 7/10] + $2 shipping = $27 shipped. Features 550MHz core clock speed and up to 2560 x 1600 maximum resolution.

Today's App Corner: AroundMe


With travel season upon us, we are taking a look at this handy app that will help you find the stuff around you!

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) The idea that a transition to alternate energy sources needs to be some super complex ten decade process seems to me to be missing the point somehow. I think it will be the smaller less complex devices that will lead the way. We always seem to think in terms of paving over half of the Mojave Desert installing square miles of solar and wind generators. Then rebuilding the entire grid to accommodate them. I think it will be a more basic movement, one roof top at a time. To me the simpler the process the more likely the success. Another thing that seems apparent to me is that the developing world will lead the way. They do not need to replace their infrastructure, because it has not been built yet. For them local solar, or wind makes more sense that running thousands of miles of power lines. Here is a great example of a cheap solar lighting product, I would like to get one also in case I decide to go camping again.
2) This is one of those make you think articles, it would make a great Sci-Fi story line. The trouble is that in today’s world it does not sound so far out there. If you have not heard about the Artilects I am not that surprised, it was new to me. But, I realized that somehow the idea has been lurking in the back of my mind for a while now. They are talking about the ultimate evolution of man, robot, and cyborg. Article here
3) This as an article that illustrates a concept I have held for a long time. Every time I try and grasp a new theory in physics, I have thought this is most likely the problem facing man and science. The idea that the human mind just does not have the necessary capability to comprehend the problem. Our world has gotten more and more complex, the more we learn, the more obvious it is we have not yet managed to identify the question. Personally that is the way I like it, take away the mystery and all you have is boredom.
4) This is one that Joe and I found almost at the same time, I found several interesting points in the story. The headline that got me was “How Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison Killed the Electric Car”. I first learned how far back the electric cars went watching a video clip on the Baker Car at Jay Leno’s Garage site. A lot of people just do not know the history of the electric car, odd to think we could have been there many years ago, it would have saved us a lot of trouble.
5) Now for my geek link I found this article about a concept computer Sony thinks will be in our future. It looks to me like it would be enough to make Dick Tracy roll over in his grave. It seems somehow odd to me to think it was within my lifetime the idea of a two way wrist radio was so advanced to be thought of as science fiction. But, the really strange idea is by the time they actually develop something like this, it will be obsolete.