There’s a new phishing technique in use out there which involves blogs set up to steal information. Criminals are using blogs loaded with keylogging software or viruses to gather data on their victims. Dan Hubbard, research director of Websense, a filtering firm, says “The success of these attacks relies upon a certain level of social engineering to persuade the individual to click on the link.” With more than 8 million blogs out there, be careful. Keep your antivirus software up to date and scan for spyware regularly.
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It’s starting to get hard to keep up with these guys. Google has launched a video upload service, open to anyone and everyone, which seems like it will work with the Google Video indexing product.
The upload program lets you submit videos electronically to Google Video, as long as you own the necessary rights (including copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, and any other relevant rights for your content). Just sign up for an account and use our upload tool to send your videos to Google. The program is still in beta so you won’t see your videos live on Google Video immediately.
The best part - it looks like if your video gets approved, you can set a fee you would like to charge for others to view it. Obviously Google would get a chunk, but you still get your video out to the masses. Just incredible - imagine what this might do for independent film.
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Now this is funny - it seems that someone was able to hack into the computer that controls a digital construction warning sign on I-75 in Michigan. The sign was being used to update commuters on the construction status of the highway, but was changed to read “Speed limit 100 mph go go go.” Authorities say they are looking into who did it, and how they were able to do it. Maybe subcontracting things as important as highway signs isn’t the way to go.
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If you are like me, then you enjoy gaming more than you enjoy hitting the gym. PowerGrid Fitness has introduced the Kilowatt gaming fitness system with the goal of helping its users get a full workout while gaming. It isn’t another one of those gaming bicycles either. The unit basically measures the force by which you push and pull on the controller, and works by resistance. It’s versatile too, as it’s compatible with Playstation, Xbox, Gamecube, PC, and Mac rigs - but they don’t come cheap. There are several different models, and it looks like the cheapest will run you about $800 USD.
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According to a Goldman Sachs analyst, Microsoft could be aiming to bring the Xbox 360 to the market for a lot less than the rumored $399 price tag. If they are to be believed, it appears that the next Xbox will hit the market within the $249-299 price range. What’s more, they expect the console to drop in October or November for the holiday season. Another note of interest is that they are saying that Microsoft will continue shipping the current Xbox console to support the lower end of the market. This could explain why they expect to continue developing current-gen games after the 360 launches.
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Back in January we discovered that George Bush is trendy enough to carry around an iPod. Today, we are happy to bring you a bit more info on the President’s digital audio listening preferences. Apparently, Dubya appreciates the country flair - no surprise being that he hails from Texas, right? As Rolling Stone’s Joe Levy puts it, “What we’re talking about is a lot of great artists from the ‘60s and ‘70s and more modern artists who sound like great artists from the ‘60s and ‘70s. This is basically boomer rock ‘n’ roll and more recent music out of Nashville made for boomers. It’s safe, it’s reliable, it’s loving. What I mean to say is, it’s feel-good music.” The unfortunate thing about all this is that Bush apparently has about 250 songs on his iPod. Why even own an iPod if that is all you plan to store on it? Just get a shuffle.
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Amazon has a couple of good deals where Mac OS X Tiger is concerned. You can pre-order Apple OS X Tiger for $94.99 after a $35 savings. If you have multiple Macs in the house, the OS X Tiger Family Pack covers five computers, and comes out to $150 after a $50 savings. You will need to fill out this form to get your money back. We know, rebates suck - but you just can’t beat this pricing, unless you qualify for the Mac OS X Up-to-Date program.
If the few games that come preloaded onto the Apple iPod have worn thin in your eyes, iPod Arcade provides free game downloads for use exclusively on the Apple iPod. The downer here is that the coolest games like Pong, Othello, and Tetris are only available for third generation units. If you have a fourth generation iPod, you aren’t left out in the cold, but you are relegated to text games and stories. Still cool nonetheless. Hey Apple, how about some official iPod game updates?
Google once again brings another tool which aims to better the lives of its users. Google Local is now available for mobile browsers, and its interface is very simple. You enter what you are searching for in the “What” field, and then enter a zip code or city/state combination in the “Where” field. Your search will end up a Google map showing the physical location of all the search results. The project is currently in beta - but isn’t everything else Google does as well?
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It appears that students at universities that use the Internet2 ultra-high speed infrastructure have become targets of both the RIAA and MPAA. The RIAA has even gone so far as to say that they have 405 lawsuits against individuals at 18 different college campuses which they plan to file tomorrow. Those in question have been using a file-sharing application called i2hub, which allows for songs to be downloaded within 20 seconds and movies to be downloaded within five minutes. The MPAA hasn’t started to file any lawsuits yet, but they have made it known that they are watching.
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