Geekly Update - 18 April 2013
Which popular search engine is five times more likely to deliver malware links? Should you join the Zero TV movement? And what happens to your online accounts if you go offline, permanently? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter, read on...
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Bing delivers five times as many malware websites as Google, according to an 18-month study by AV-Test. Google was rated as the safest search engine, returning only 272 malicious results out of 10 million studied.
“Zero TV” households that don’t subscribe to cable or satellite services rose from 2 million in 2007 to more than 5 million today. Broadcasters are struggling to deal with the Internet streaming and time-shifting trends, which threaten ad prices and revenues.
If you press a button to scan a document and email it, you owe $1,000 to patent troll MPHJ Technology Investments. Or you can just ignore their demand letter and they’ll probably give up.
Nearly one terabyte of super-fast solid-state hard drive for 60 cents per gigabyte? That’s the new Crucial M500 SSD, delivering a max of 960 GB for $600. Smaller capacities down to $130 for 120 GB are available.
Hard drives containing customers’ personal information were stolen from VUDU, Walmart’s streaming video service, last week. VUDU says in its email alert that passwords are encrypted but that leaves names, addresses, phone numbers, and credit card info vulnerable.
TV is going to the dogs. DogTV is a cable channel and streaming service with programming designed to keep dogs stimulated while their humans are not around. DirecTV plans to charge $5.99 per month for it, not including a splashguard for your TV.
Desktop PC sales plunged 14% in Q1 2013 from the same period last year, according to researchers at International Data Corp. Windows 8 is not helping. PC sales are still predicted to be around 300 million units this year, compared to an estimated 200 million mobile devices.
A West Virginia bill would ban driving while wearing Google Glass or any other “wearable computer with head mounted display.” But don’t call its sponsor a Luddite; Gary G. Howell says, “I can’t wait to get my hands on” Google Glass.
Google added a digital estate planning service on April 10, 2013. An “Inactive Account Manager” feature lets you designate who should receive keys to your Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, and other Google-stored goodies if your Google account remains inactive for a set period of time.
Good news for RIM: Blackberry chosen by over 71 percent in survey. Bad news: the question was, “Which phone would you never, ever buy?”
Netbooks are doomed, if you were wondering. Worldwide sales have plummeted from a high of 32 million in 2010 to a projected 4 million in 2013 and exactly zero in 2015.
Tinder.com could replace Groupon. A fake “sexy girl” profile on the dating app invited 250 guys to a frozen yogurt shop; more than 70 showed up, presumably buying yogurt while they waited.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 18 Apr 2013
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