Tag Archive: Internet


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Mozilla on Tuesday posted the finished versions of Firefox 7 (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows). The new release is still part of Mozilla’s fast track schedule and focuses most on running faster and more efficiently than before. Version 7 uses 20 to 50 percent less memory and also now cuts back on memory leaks and waste from Javascript.

Closing tabs now directly removes those tabs from memory and leads to more resources free as time goes on.

Other changes are minor but noticeable. The address bar now eliminates the URI from the current page and highlights the primary domain to simplify spotting fake sites. Bookmark and password syncing occurs more frequently, and the renderer now supports CSS3’s Text Overflow and web load time analytics for developers. Windows users now get hardware acceleration of HTML5 Canvas pages.

Another major Firefox revision is expected within about six weeks. Mozilla has entertained the prospects of a partial return to slower, major milestone releases but hasn’t signaled any such change coming before Firefox 8.

Thanks: Electronista

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The Google Chrome 15 Beta browser is now out for download and gets a redesigned new tab page and a newfound ability to synchronize the address/search bar history in multiple installations. The new tab page requires users navigate between apps, commonly visited sites, and recently closed windows rather than on a single page, as before. Bookmarks let users access favorites, and apps can now be arranged into customizable sections like work and productivity simply by dragging and dropping.

New app sections can be renamed as the user desires. The beta build also turns on the Javascript Fullscreen API as a default. The history of everything entered into the address and search hybrid bar, known as the OmniBox History, gets its own entry in Google Sync, letting users choose whether this gets synced to other copies of the browser. Verified sites will have the ability to install Chrome Web Store items inline.

The Dev channel is also now at version 16, with the changes less dramatic. A biggest addition is support for multi-user profiles on Mac and Windows computers. These profiles are accessed and switched within Chrome and synced with a Google account.

Thanks: Electronista

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Technological advancements have caused the increased use of wireless phones and WiFi for Internet connections. But a few people believe that all of those wireless signals in the air can affect their health. It’s a condition called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and about 5 percent of US citizens believe they feel the effects associated with this condition. However, it’s also a condition that most medical doctors simply don’t believe exists.

That hasn’t stopped certain people from trying to escape from all wireless phone, WiFi or indeed all electromagnetic signals. The BBC web site reports that many of them in the US have moved to the tiny town of Green Bank, West Virginia. It’s been designated as a US Radio Quiet Zone due to the fact that a number of radio telescopes used by astronomers and the military are in use in the area. This zone is now the new home for dozens of people who are afraid of the health effects of wireless and electromagnetic signals. One of the people profiled in the article is Diane Schou, who blames signals from a mobile phone antenna in her former home in Iowa for a variety of health problems. She claims that moving to Green Bank has been helpful for her health, saying, “Here in Green Bank allows me to be with people. People here do not carry cell phones so I can socialize.”

But are all of these people just misdiagnosing themselves? Bob Park, a physics professor at the University of Maryland, says that WiFi signals are just not strong enough to cause people to become sick. He states, “The bigger problem that we face is that in our society, driven by technological change, people have very little education. There are lots of things people need to learn and they’re not learning it. The thing that’s going to kill them is ignorance.”

Thanks: Neowin

Skype launches home phone adapter

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Skype has been branching out beyond its regular PC Internet phone service for a while now. This week the company announced a new way for its users to access their Skype account via their home landline phone. The Freetalk Connnect Me Home Phone Adapter is now on sale at Skype’s web site. The adapter will allow a landline phone to dial any Skype phone number for free. Regular landline and mobile phone numbers will still cost a fee to dial up via the home phone adapter.

The adapter will still need a PC for its initial set up. After that, the user just needs his or her home phone and an Internet broadband connection to dial any phone number. The adapter also stores up to 100 phone numbers or Skype contacts to make dialing quicker. Skype offers the adapter with some nice bundle deals. You can get the hardware with 60 free minutes to landlines and mobiles in the US for $39.99. You can also get the adapter with 12 free months of landline and mobile calls to the US and Canada and 200 free international minutes for $59.99. That same price will also get you the adapter with three months of free calls to the US, Canada and 40 other countries. The adapter still allows the phone to call from a more traditional landline connection.

Skype also announced this week a new handset called the GE Digital Cordless Expandable Telephone. It’s just the latest in telephone headsets that have been released with Skype dialing features.

Thanks: Neowin

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According to a report at ReadWriteWeb, social networking giant Facebook hit a huge milestone in Internet history as it became the first website to attract 1,000,000,000,000 page views.

The statistics posted by Google revealed the top 1000 most visited website on the Internet. Not surprisingly Facebook took pole position with a monstrous 870,000,000 unique visitors – a reach of 46.9%. In second came YouTube with 790 million unique users and 100 billion page views, followed by Yahoo with 590 million users and 78 billion views. Interestingly Microsoft’s search engine Bing came in at eleventh place, being beat by Live, Wikipedia, Msn, Blogspot, Baidu and Microsoft’s own website; however it has attracted 12.4% of Internet users –9,600,000 users.

If the data collected is correct, it would mean that on average each user equates for 1150 page views individually – an astounding statistic.

The gathered data does however exclude ad networks, domains that are private (not available to the public) and adult websites, which means that there may be sites missing from the list that would otherwise be there if there were no exceptions made.

Unfortunately for Neowin, we weren’t listed however we hope to aim to get a place on Google’s list next year! (Or earlier)

Thanks: Neowin

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A new leak from Radio Shack indicates the retailer is near ready to go live as a Google launch partner on its Google Wallet undertaking. The leak, sent to Engadget, comes in the form of a memo to Radio Shack employees that specifically references September 1 as the date Google Wallet is ready. The functionality is more likely to go live later on in September, however.

Google Wallet is the first major NFC mobile payment system that relies on virtual cards to make payments at retailers that have the required hardware. The system requires users to enter a PIN code, encrypts the data and never shows the full card number after registration. The payments are kept from being hijacked thanks to a unique identifier created by a trusted services manager handled by First Data that is viewable by the bank and the phone.

Google Wallet requires Android 2.3 to be preloaded onto Android smartphones that also have the required hardware onboard. The search firm has stressed that it ultimately won’t be platform-specific and that it would support the iPhone if it added NFC.

Thanks: Electronista

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China suffered about 493,000 cyber attacks last year, about half of which originated abroad, particularly the United States and India, according to a computer security report issued Tuesday in the northeastern port city of Dalian.

Most of the attacks came in the form of malicious “Trojan” software used by hackers to gain access to target computers, according to the National Computer Network Emergency Response Coordination Center of China, the country’s primary computer security monitoring network.

The report said 14.7 percent of the malicious programs came from Internet Protocol addresses (IPs) located in the United States, with another 8 percent located in India.

International cooperation has been enhanced, the report said, citing an example of Beijing and Seoul cooperating to thwart Republic of Korea-originated cyber attacks targeting a ring-back tone website registered in northwest China in May 2010.

The report said hacking that tampers with web pages is often politically or religiously motivated, though sometimes it is purely to show off. Some government agencies’ websites are often targeted by IPs that originate from Turkey, with hackers displaying texts and pictures intended for political and religious campaigns, it said.

Hackers tampered with nearly 35,000 web pages — including 4,635 government websites — in the past year, the report said, up 67.6 percent from a year earlier. It said 60 percent of websites of ministry-level government departments are at risk of being hacked.

Concerning domestic cyber attacks, the report said an increasing number of financial institutes or online payment platforms are being fabricated. Hackers steal customer information on these fabricated websites and use it to gain access to financial accounts through online banking.

The Chinese report came days after U.S. cybersecurity company McAfee said it had no direct evidence that a particular nation is behind the global scheme and added that it never accused China of being involved. The company’s recent report discovered an unprecedented series of cyber attacks on 72 government agencies and business organizations worldwide.

China has the world’s largest online population — 485 million Internet users.

Thanks: English News