Steve Jobs is always trying to stay a cut above his competitors with magical and revolutionary moves they can not possibly previse being their run-of-the-mill selves. These magical and revolutionary tools of Steve Jobs' one-upmanship are, often, not only too arcane for his rivals but also for security officials at Japanese airports, who reportedly confiscated the Apple CEO's shurikens (also known as Ninja Stars) when he was about to board his private plane at Kansai International Airport on his way back home from a family vacation in Japan in July, 2010.
According to the latest issue of Japan's SPA! magazine, Jobs was found carrying Ninja throwing stars in his carry-on luggage by security officials at the airport. The story goes that he was barred from boarding his own plane with the shurikens, even though he tried to impress upon the officials that he was unlikely to gain anything from hijacking his own plane. According to the report, he finally left Japan without the magical and revolutionary shurikens, vowing never to return.
But an Apple spokesperson, while confirming the visit, described the incidents mentioned in the report as “pure fiction.” He further added, “Steve had a great time and hopes to visit Japan again soon.”
This, in fact, is a revised version of the report. As per the original, Google was the company with the highest percentage of unpatched flaws in H1 2010. However, Google was quick to dispute IBM's claim that it had left 33 percent of critical and high-risk bugs in its software unpatched: “We learned after investigating that the 33% figure referred to a single unpatched vulnerability out of a total of three — and importantly, the one item that was considered unpatched was only mistakenly considered a security vulnerability due to a terminology mix-up. As a result, the true unpatched rate for these high-risk bugs is 0 out of 2, or 0%.”
But this wasn't the lone mistake in the original, which also erroneously rated Oracle-owned Sun as the vendor with the highest percentage of unpatched vulnerabilities in the first half of 2010. But that honor now belongs to Microsoft.
“After we released our trend report this week, we received feedback from two software vendors regarding the severity and remedy information for some of the vulnerabilities behind this chart,” IBM said in a blog post.“As a consequence of this feedback, we have manually reassessed the CVSS scoring, remedy information, and vendor information for every vulnerability that impacted the percentages that appear in this chart.”
New tablets are being announced thick and fast. Although almost everyone, from unknown startups to noted tech companies (and the Indian government), seems to be eyeing the tablet market, Apple has a vice-like grip on the fledgling market. But the report suggests that US consumers interested in tablets are closely monitoring the tablet market for upcoming tablets from Apple competitors.
Don't feel bad if your broadband provider is giving you the cold shoulder, you're not alone. According to Broadbandchoices, some 46 percent of complaints never get resolved, and that's actually better than last year's numbers.
"The number of respondents that told us that their complaint was not resolved successfully improved since our survey last year when over half (54 percent) of complaints were going unresolved, but broadband providers still have work to do if they are to win back customer confidence," said Michael Phillips, product director at Broadbandchoices.co.uk.
Confidence in their broadband provider isn't something consumers seem to have. Of those who chose not to complain about one issue or another, 39 percent said they felt it would be too much of a hassle, while more than a third -- 34 percent -- said they didn't think their broadband provider would do anything about it.
According to the Security Labs Report released by M86 Security Labs, advanced cyber attacks are both on the rise and becoming ever more sophisticated in nature.
"We're seeing that as one way the attackers are specifically trying to get around some of the security technologies in the marketplace," said Bradley Anstis, vice president of technology strategy at M86.
Also in the report was a list of the top 10 countries hosting malicious code, with the U.S. topping the list at 43.3 percent. In a distant second was China with 14.1 percent, followed by Russia and Germany with 4.1 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively.
At the recent D8 conference, Steve Jobs said the PC industry would be minimized in favor of touchscreen devices. Well, if it's going to happen, it isn't happening yet. Forrester Research has just released some new projctions showing strong future growth across the PC industry; tablets included. Their report says that over the next five years, PC sales will increase by 52%. The only category of computers set to see a decline is the venerable desktop PC.
Forrester also points out the increases in sales of tablets will likely cannibalize netbook sales, bypassing them in 2012. The report claims that tablets will account for 23% of computing device sales by 2015. While the desktop may be declining in 2015, Forester claims they will still be used by more consumers than any other variety of computer. If Forrester is correct, we can all cling to our desktops for just a little longer.
Dr. Aric Sigman, a psychologist and author living in the UK, argued his case at a conference of childcare specialists that children under the age of nine should not be allowed to use a computer. It's not that they'll muck things up, but the other way around - computers are wreaking havoc on their brains, Dr. Sigman says.
"There is evidence to show that introducing information and communication technology (ICT) in the early years actually subverts the very skills that government ministers said they want children to develop, such as the ability to pay attention for sustained periods," Dr Sigman said.
"The big problems we are seeing now with children who do not read, or who find it difficult to pay attention to the teacher, or to communicate, are down to attention damage that we are finding in all age groups."
We think he might have said more, but quite frankly, we had a tough time paying attention. Must have been all that Oregon Trail from back in grade school.
The folks at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) quite clearly possess two passions, and two passions alone: ensuring broadband access for every American and sporadically astonishing everyone with the most incredible facts about broadband usage in the country. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had claimed in a report that actual broadband speeds in the US trailed promised speeds by at least 50%. Now, a survey commissioned by the FCC has revealed that nearly 80% of broadband users are unaware of their connection's speed.
The survey conducted by the Abt/SRBI and Princeton Survey Research Associates International polled 3,005 adults. Men fared a little better than women, with a “whopping” 29% of male respondents aware of their broadband connection's speed as compared to only 10% of the women that were surveyed. When categorized based on their age, respondents aged 65 years or more were found to be the most ignorant of the lot.
“Today, most people just know that their home broadband speed is supposed to be ‘blazing fast.’ They need more meaningful information to know exactly what speed they need for the applications they want to run, and what provider and plan is their best choice,” said Joel Gurin, chief of the consumer and governmental affairs bureau of the FCC.
The FCC is enlisting the help of UK's SamKnows Limited to more accurately measure actual broadband speeds. In fact, SamKnows is currently on the lookout for up to 10,000 volunteers for this ambitious project. Each volunteer will have their broadband connection monitored using a special set-top box installed by the UK-based company. All those interested in volunteering can apply here.
In a report issued on Thursday, market research firm iSuppli said the semiconductor industry is on track to generate $300.3 billion in revenue this year, which would be a 30.6 percent boost from the $229.9 billion generated in 2009.
If iSuppli ends up being right, 2010 will be a record year for the worldwide chip industry, toppling the previous record of $275 billion set in 2007. It would also be the second time in 10 years that the industry noted a more than 30 percent increase in revenue. The first time was back in 2000 when chip makers saw a 36.7 percent increase, which was largely attributable to the rise of the Internet.
"Building on the continuing expansion in sales that followed the downturn in late 2008 and early 2009, the semiconductor industry is set to achieve remarkable revenue growth and record size in 2010," said Dale Ford, an analyst with iSuppli. "Chip sales growth this year will be fueled by a number of key factors, including continued strong consumer demand for hot electronic products, diligent inventory and capacity management efforts among chip makers, and the arrival of innovative technologies at both the component and end-system levels."
Even with the positive outlook, Ford warns that the economy remains "the biggest wild card," with a number of financial and economic trouble spots that could ultimately stunt growth.
Even as the economy starts to pick back up, times are still tough in the tech industry, and that's not so bad for HP. According to two separate research reports by Gabriel Consulting Group and Alinean Inc., businesses are increasingly moving away from Sun Microsystems and IBM, and migrating over to HP's budgeted solutions.
"When Bernalillo County needed to provide additional services to residents, we turned to HP to provide an infrastructure that could help us cut costs and implement applications faster," said Paul Roybal, chief information officer, Bernalillo County. "By deploying Integrity server blades with HP-UX, we decreased the number of physical servers, improved overall performance as well as reduced power and cooling requirements by 40 per cent."
Seizing the opportunity, HP makes it easy for customers to switch by doing things like offering a Solaris Software Transition Kit to simplify the migration of Solaris applications to HP-UX.
Citing a 2009 report by Alinean titled "The business value of HP-UX 11i V3," HP is pointing out to potential customers that over a three-year span, HP-UX 11i v3 running on HP Integrity BL870c can lower total cost of ownership by 23 percent compared to IMB AIX 6.1 running on IBM BladeCenter JS23.