Month: August 2010

Bad news for Microsoft: Verizon returns all Kins

In the second half of July it became clear that the partnership between Verizon and Microsoft has ended regarding the sale of the Kin series smartphones. Verizon decided to return all unsold units back to Microsoft after having already pulled out both Kin One and Two from its online sales. The beginning of the end This latest turnout is the logical end of what is thought as one of Microsoft’s worst attempts to get ahead of its rivals Google and Apple in the smartphone market. The company had announced in June that it would discontinue the Kin brand since it wanted to focus on a Windows 7 phone. The phone was also not going to make it to Europe at all, since the entire team of developers, previously working on Kin, was now moved to the OS division. Causes for the failure Although exact numbers are not known, the rumors are that the unbelievably low sales have also aided the decision to return the Microsoft stock. The number of Kins sold from both One and Two series varies somewhere between 500 and 9000, despite the huge amount of money Microsoft put in advertising it. On possible reason for this could be the pretty high price of $70 for Kin One and $100 for Kin Two – considered a little bit too much to ask for a phone, that claims...

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Microsoft’s Confirmation of a Zero-day Shortcut Exploit

After numerous reports that a hacker had devised malware that was able to bypass security and exploit many corporate machines, Microsoft has finally admitted that a vulnerability flaw existed in the system. They still have not officially released a fix or said when to expect a patch. What the malware does The Stuxnet rootlet exploits Microsoft’s *.ink (shortcuts) files and gathers information from industrial systems and possibly even downloads more malware, such as rootkits, onto the host’s system. The bad thing is that an increasing number of hackers hear about this flaw and start to create their own virus variations of the Stuxnet. More serious than expected What was at first deemed by Microsoft as a limited attack to specific targets is now considered a serious threat with over 5000 detected attempts to compromise Windows based PCs. The exploit is considered to be a serious security concern as it is capable of hiding itself by using a legitimate digital certificate by Realtek Semiconductor – a fact, which VeriSign discovered only last week. Nobody is exempt All Microsoft systems are readily vulnerable to this attack including the Win XP, which Microsoft has recently ceased to support in terms of critical updates and patches. The rootlet is capable of bypassing the securities of Windows Vista and Windows 7 too – a fact that many antivirus and firewall companies have given an alarming...

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AT&T Sets Plans to Increase its Software Sales with Smartphone Apps

AT&T is a large multinational company, which has been developing and utilizing different types of services of many software service vendors. For example, Connect Mobile, another new product launch by AT&T has just hit the market and spread immensely. The service allows its users to participate in conference calls. Similarly, AT&T workbench makes it a lot easier to manage large corporate web apps using the iPhone. Application development as part of Diversification efforts AT&T is developing its attempts to build and sell business applications for wireless devices. “Dumb pipes” come to links that move data from one point to another without adding any additional value. In the world of smartphones, AT&T does not prefer to be called a provider of “dumb pipes”. So to generate income, create client loyalty and cut back client turnover, the company trades apps to 14 industries like those in manufacturing, financial services and building. In addition to this, it also has software that goes through industries for uses like handling fleets of trucks. There is more though, the company has built up a portfolio of many hundreds of software packages for wireless devices that will help with numerous things like taking dictation and making electronic forms to synchronizing sales-force automation technology on smartphones. AT&T is stepping into the application development world in an impressive manner as they transform their business from desktop to wireless...

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Foursquare talks about collaboration with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!

Foursquare’s co-founder Dennis Crowley recently announced that the location-based equivalent to social networks is currently in negotiations with Internet search giants, hoping to create a data partnership that will allow integration. He believes the data Foursquare will contribute to search engines will enrich the results generated. According to him, this could repeat Twitter’s success but with location information rather than messages. Twitter was the first social network to join forces with the search engine giants, granting them a commercial license to show the “tweets” in real-time. Of course, this was at the cost of a few million dollars. It seems that Foursquare believes that such an investment will be greatly beneficiary in the future. Truth or hearsay No one in Google, Microsoft or Yahoo has denied this statement yet, however none of them have said anything specific either. Apparently, the idea is that Foursquare would optimize and anonymize its feeds regarding the trendiest places now and feed it into the search engines. With this integration, users would be able to browse bars and restaurants in locations near them as in search results. They would then get points or badges for a certain number of visits. Foursquare could actually be considered a success, since it recently reached two million users. It also has a commercial valued of ninety five million dollars. In addition to that, it already has integrated applications...

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Install AOL on Windows Vista

AOL is one of the eminently popular Internet software which handles all your needs like web browsing, e-mailing and instant messaging.AOL is currently accessible in two versions: AOL 9.5 and AOL Desktop Version 10.1. AOL is quite handy to use. Installing AOL on Windows Vista is simple and uncomplicated and it involves some simple stages. These are few simple instructions which can give you a simple idea about the installation process: First check if your device is compatible with this software. If it is then go to desktop and double click on “Internet Explorer” now just click on the icon on task bar. You will get the internet browser open. Now enter the URL http://daol.aol.com/software in the address bar of your browser and press the enter button. In the case of any difficulties while downloading you can go to any online helpline article like “Unable to download AOL”. When you get the AOL page just scroll down under “services”, click “downloads.” Now you will move to the page named as “Free AOL download” .Before you start downloading it is recommended that you terminate all open applications. Now you will have two options to choose from “AOL 9.5’ and “AOL desktop version10.1,”choose any one of these according to your requirement and click the “download now” button. After the successful installation you will get a prompt message stating that “you have...

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