It looks like everyone’s favorite online DVD rental service has seen 6 percent growth in just one month, and they’re now boasting over 10 million subscribers.
While many of these subscribers remain the average, web-queue using type, a significant portion of the newcomers are thanks to Xbox Live. To date, over one million people have downloaded the Xbox Live client, allowing the online streaming service to take huge prescient, and bringing in a mighty profit.
This number is expected to grow from here to 10.1-10.3 million subscribers by the end of Q1 of this year, and all the way up to 10.6-11.3 million by the end of this fiscal year.
The last thing you want to be told when buying a new car is that you shouldn't be driving it, and likewise, HTC G1 owners can't be geeked to learn that at least one security researcher is advising against using the Android-based phone's web browser.
Security researcher Charlie Miller says a vulnerability in Google Android makes it possible for hackers to remotely take control of the phone's web browser and other related processes. At that point, hackers could then gain access to saved information stored in the browser and spy on a user's online transactions, including encrypted ones.
Interestingly, Miller notified Google of the flaw back on January 21 and a patch was put forth, which the search company has given to T-Mobile. But as of this writing, T-Mobile has yet to deploy the fix.
"The Android Security Team responded by contacting PacketVideo, T-Mobile, and oCERT, a public Computer Emergency Response Team. PacketVideo developed a fix on February 5th, and they patched Open Source Android two days later," writes Rich Cannings, a Google Android security engineer. "oCERT assisted PacketVideo with coordinating the fix, and they published an advisory detailing this issue. We offered the patch to T-Mobile when it became available, and G1 users will be updated at T-Mobile’s discretion."
No word has been given on when T-Mobile expects to push out the patch.
In what's sure to appeal to pandas, ninjas, and environmentalists who just can't go green enough, DBL Distributing LLC has partnered with Micro Innovations to release a full lineup of bamboo computer accessories. Why bamboo, you ask?
DBL points out that bamboo is a natural resource that's easily harvested and replenished with almost no impact to the earth. Switching to bamboo cuts back on carbon dioxide gasses, and DBL says it can be harvested in 3-5 years instead of the 10-50 years it takes to harvest most soft and hard woods.
"There is a high demand for environmentally friendly products," states Tim Coakley, Senior VP of Merchandising for DBL. "Research suggests that customers will pay a higher price for 'green' products and technology. Micro Innovations has developed a great new eco-friendly product line-up that is stylish and speaks to an under saturated market of people who seek eco-friendly innovative technology."
Starting in April, DBL will begin selling Micro Innovations' EcoSmart Bamboo computer keyboard and mouse for an unspecified price. Shortly after, DBL will add Bamboo speakers, webcam, 4-port USB hub, media card reader, and USB keyboard, also at unspecified price points.
Stop a stranger in the street and ask them what today is and they'll most likely answer 'Friday the 13th.' But if someone tells you it's 1234567890 Day, you can bet they're a Unix geek. That's because at precisely 3:31:30 PM PST today, Unix clocks will read 1234567890.
Believe it or not, celebrations are being planned all around the world to mark the milestone. Those who live in San Francisco can raise a glass at The 21st Amendment on 563 Second Street, but parties are also being planned in places like Austria, Hungary, Dubai UAE, Armenia, and many other locales.
There's been a major push towards cloud computing during the past several months, so much so that IBM saw fit to invest $300 million upgrading 13 data centers with a cloud computing infrastructure. Dell even tried to (unsuccessfully) patent the term in anticipation of the importance the concept will play in the coming years. But are we ready to live in the cloud?
Apparently Nokia isn't, who managed to lose a full 3 weeks of user data on its Ovi service. Any updates made to profiles, images uploaded, and friendships added since January 23 have been wiped out and it doesn't appear any of that data wll be coming back.
Nokia blames the oopsy-daisy moment on a cooler that gave up the ghost in its hosting center, which caused a service interruption for several hours. Nokia's database was hit, and even though the company had been making regular backups, Nokia says its unlikely it will be able to restore the lost information.
To be fair, we should point out that Contacts on Ovi is a beta service, and as such, end users shouldn't be caught too off guard when problems occur. It just happens that in this case, the data loss demonstrates a potential danger of cloud computing.
Remember the mock Retail Experience Center Microsoft was showcasing last month? The Redmond software company posted a video and several photos of what looked like a genuine Microsoft store front, but it didn't really exist. Now Microsoft is saying that not only will the concept soon become a reality, but it has hired someone (David Porter) as corporate VP of Retail Stores to help roll out the Microsoft-branded stores.
"There are tremendous opportunities ahead for Microsoft to create a world-class shopping experience for our customers," Porter said. "I am excited about helping consumers make more informed decisions about their PC and software purchases, and we’ll share learnings from our stores with our existing retail and OEM partners that are critical to our success."
So now that we know these stores are going to exist, when can we expect them? Answering that question will be Porter's first order of business, in addition to pinning down planned locations and other specifics, Microsoft said.
Porter will begin working for the software empire on February 16, 2009.
The PC Gaming Alliance talks a big game, but can it own the court, get the girl, and save PC gaming? Well, no, but only because 2009’s ostensibly pivotal Game Developers Conference hasn’t gone down yet. Duh.
“At our launch we stated clearly that we were attempting to stabilize the consumer experience with PC gaming by advocating a starting point that is a playable experience. We are still hammering away at this and expect to provide an update at the Game Developers Conference this year,” PCGA president Randy Stude told Big Download.
In addition, the PCGA’s anti-piracy-movement-that-may-actually-on-occasion-buy-drinks-for-piracy will also do something at GDC. Maybe a dance number. We don’t even know.
“The anti piracy sub-committee has adopted a charter and will provide updates at a future date. I don't want to steal their thunder. The membership of the PCGA is growing based on this effort and we expect to announce the charter at the Game Developers Conference,” said Stude.
GDC’s taking place from March 23-27, if you wanted to know. It’ll probably alter the course of history forever, so don’t blink.
Looks like Blizzard’s shadowy new MMO is kicking it into high gear. Today, World of Warcraft lead designer Jeffery Kaplan finally typed /gquit of his own accord (and didn’t end up naked in the middle of Orgrimmar) – leaving behind World of Warcraft in favor of Blizzard’s “unannounced MMO.”
“I wanted to take a moment to let the community know that I’ve switched roles here at Blizzard to work on our upcoming, unannounced MMO. World of Warcraft has been such a central part of my life these past six and a half years, and it’s success would not have been possible without the tremendous community around it, so I wanted to say thank you to all our players who’ve shared this amazing experience with us so far,” Kaplan said.
Does this mean that WoW is taking an exceedingly slow drive over to the retirement home, though? Kaplan said no, but in a far less succinct manner.
“I still plan to be very involved with the future course of World of Warcraft, but will leave the day to day operations of World of Warcraft to my partners in crime, Tom Chilton and J. Allen Brack.”
Unfortunately, if Blizzard’s “one frontline release per year” strategy holds up, we probably won’t actually play this game – or maybe even hear anything about it – until at least 2011, assuming StarCraft II hits in 2009 and Diablo III in 2010.
In other words, don’t cancel your WoW subscriptions just yet, folks.
Online beguilers are leaving no stone unturned in propagating malware. They have shown remarkable pliancy in adapting themselves to the ever-evolving cyber landscape. They have realized that the best places to ply their diabolical trade are the ones with massive traffic. As nothing rivals social websites in popularity, such cyber haunts have endeared themselves to malware authors.
Although the machine’s return to action was scheduled for November 2008, the restart was pushed to July 2009. Now CERN has further delayed the re-launch. Around $24 million dollars have already been spent in repairing the gargantuan machine. You can expect more apocalyptic predictions during the time leading to its relaunch.