Homeland security is understandably a hot topic right now as the U.S. remembers the 9/11 terrorist attacks that took place 10 years ago. In light of the aftermath and the advances in technology since then, a new report by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance warns that the U.S. needs to take steps to increase cyber intelligence that can better predict and prevent cyber attacks.
Almost half of the computer users in the world are criminals; no good, stinkin’ pirates who pilfer programs they don’t hold the proper licenses for. At least, that’s what the Business Software Alliance (a trade group whose entire purpose is stopping the use of pirated software) says after conducting a 15,000 user study in 32 countries. You’re probably a hypocrite, too – at least according to the BSA numbers.
For as long as PCs have been around, Americans have been the ones buying them. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the old Stars n’ Stripes dominated the PC salescape when you remember that the field was pioneered by US-based companies like Apple and IBM. Now, that streak has come to an end; a new report says that China surpassed the US in both PC shipments and sales in the second quarter of 2011.
Screwing around on the Internet is the new Solitaire; it’s what you do at the office when the boss isn’t hovering over your shoulder. But is all the secrecy really necessary? A new study doesn’t seem to think so. In fact, the researchers behind the report say that blowing off some steam on Facebook or YouTube makes workers more productive than any other type of break.
When someone says the word "Zombies," we immediately mutter the word "Cool" in a low voice and think back to the fun zombie-killing action in Shaun of the Dead or Dead Rising 2. But while zombie movies and video games may strain the outer edges of awesome, zombified computers just suck. If you live in the US or UK, we have bad news: a recent report studying malware distribution claims that your computers are the most valuable compromised computers in the world.
So how do you spend your typical day on the Internet? If you spend most of your time trying out new Chrome extensions, trolling forums or debating the pros and cons of one computer chassis over another, congratulations; you've taking the Maximum PC ethos to heart. Even so, you're probably forgetting just how often you shoot off emails or sift through Google search results. A new report says that those two activities are still the most popular time-sucks online. Shocker, huh?
Us Americans may not enjoy the same blazing-fast broadband speeds as our South Korean friends, but that doesn't stop us from getting our YouTube on. The majority of us may not even need bigger pipes, if a new report by Pew Research Center is true: according to the group, a whopping 71 percent of online American adults make use of video-sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo. That's a lot of "Cookie Monster Sings Chocolate Rain."
Just ask Lightning McQueen; it's all about speed. Pure, unadulterated, untapped Internets, flowing through your mouse finger and delivering all the Netflix, MOG and MaximumPC.com you could ever want, before you know you even wanted it. We just told you yesterday that some folks in Britain have just begun to drink deep from the broadband well. How are we holding up here in the US? Are our connected tubes more Speed Racer or Red Racer? Akamai's newly released "State of the Internet Q1 2011" spells it out for us. Be forewarned, Americans; the news ain't pretty.
Remember that old Johnny Carson bit where he pretended to be the swami and guessed the contents of an envelope he held over his forehead? Maybe some of those psychic powers transferred over to us here at Maximum PC. No, we're not saying we can pick tomorrow's lotto numbers, but damn we have a knack for timely scheduling. Hot on the heels of our ARM vs. x86 feature – you've checked it out, right? – comes the news that ARM processors are projected to be the driving force behind nearly a quarter of all notebook PCs by 2015.
Your mom may have warned you not to judge a book by its cover, but if Jersey Shore has taught us anything, it's that people will eat up anything as long its wrapped in an attractive package. As it turns out, shiny objects trap the attention of computer users, too. A new study published by Australia's University of Melbourne suggests that even though malware and botnets rear their ugly heads more and more frequently these days, computer users are more likely than ever to trust websites – as long as they look pretty.