Showing posts from February, 2012

All about android

There are multiple versions of Android available in the market today, each with slight differences. See here, how they differ and why it should matter to you. At last count, over 7,00,000 Android devices were being activated everyday according to Andy Rubin, senior vice president of mobile at Google. Late last year, Gartner estimated that Android held 52.5% of the global smartphone market, significantly higher than the nearest competitors Symbian (16.9%) and iOS (15%). There are a couple of big reasons why Android is leading the charge. The wide choice of hardware at all price points, the number of apps and constant development make sure it stays at the top of its game. These are the current versions of Android you'll get if you buy a device today.

Custom Firmware
Should You Install It?

This is debatable. On one hand, many will be satisfied with using launchers to customise their device. Using a launcher (like Go Launcher) can completely change the look of the phone/tablet — includin…

Phone can make you vulnerable to identity theft

Nearly 12 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2011, an increase of 13 per cent over 2010, according to a report released on Wednesday by the research firm Javelin Strategy & Research.

The rise in the use of smartphones and social media by incautious consumers fueled the increase in identity fraud, and 2011 was a year of several big data breaches too, Javelin said.

With the rise in credit card monitoring and more sophisticated policing by credit card companies, identity thieves are increasingly targeting users of smartphones and social media, where consumers have a tendency to be less cautious, experts say.

"The message is not that people should let their guard down," Javelin founder and President Jim Van Dyke said. "The challenge that we have is that criminals often change faster than everyday consumers or businesses."

The number of people whose information was accessed in a data breach increased by 67 per cent in 2011, largely due to some very high…

Microsoft Files Complaint Against Motorola

Microsoft announced that it filed a formal complaint with the European Commission against Motorola Mobility (and Google, who is in the process of purchasing Motorola), so as to prevent the vendor from blocking sales of Windows PCs, Xbox game console and other products.
Apparently, Motorola is unhappy with the fact that these devices provide users with the possibility to view videos on the Web or to wirelessly connect to the Internet using industry standards.

“You probably take for granted that you can view videos on your smartphone, tablet, PC, or DVD/Blu-ray player and connect to the Internet without being tied to a cable,” Dave Heiner, vice president and deputy general counsel, corporate standards and antitrust group, Microsoft,notes.
“That works because the industry came together years ago to define common technical standards that every firm can use to build compatible products for video and Wi-Fi.

“Motorola and all the other firms that contributed to these standards also made a promis…

Automatically Back Up Your Web Site Every Day

If you pay for web hosting in order to run any kind of web-based application—from your WordPress blog to a nameplate site to a file-sharing service to a social media data archive—you need to back up your web server's data the same way you back up your computer's data. On database-driven web sites, there are two kinds of data you want to preserve and restore in case of disaster: the files that make up your site (the PHP/Perl/Python, JavaScript, CSS files, etc), and the contents of your database. Further, any good backup system should make both a local copy and a remote copy of the backed-up data.

I run several database-driven sites and applications, including this blog, so my backup system has to be solid. Here's how I have it set up.

This method assumes a few things:

You're running a LAMP-based web site (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Perl/Python).You have command line access to your web server via SSH.You know how to make new folders and chmod permissions on files.You…

Disable Facebook Timeline

Facebook's new Timeline featureis rolling out to all users, and while we think it's pretty awesome—not to mention ripe for customization there are a lot of people who aren't big fans. If you don't really like the Timeline view, here's how to get rid of it.

This method won't take you back to the old layout, but it will get rid of some of Timeline's clutter, like the  cover photo, friends box, and two-column view. The layout will still be different and timeline-y, but
it will be much cleaner. It won't change anything about how other people see your profile—just how you view Facebook on your machine. All you need is an extension called Social Fixer. Here's what you need to do.

Head to and install the extension for your browser. It's available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, and any browser that supports Greasemonkey. Sadly, Internet
Explorer is not supported. Once you've installed it, navigate to You'll noti…

Government Action against Hacking Bangladesh Websites

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in Bangladesh says it has traced an Indian IP (Internet Protocol) address used for hacking 20 district portals, but acknowledges that the real identity of the hacker could be concealed. 

The hacked sites were operated by the PMO and the incident is considered to be a serious security lapse. "We have initially detected an Indian IP address that belongs to Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL), one of the largest Internet service providers in India," said SM Akash, media manager of Access to Information (A2i) team of the PMO. 

Professional hackers, however, use various methods to hide their real IP address and location, The Daily Star quoted him as saying. The Bangladesh government will ask VSNL for details of the IP address and the hacker's location, said the official. Twenty district websites operated by the PMO were hacked on Saturday. 
Some Hindi letters and ‘JAI HIND!’ were posted on the hacked websites. The hackers claiming to be I…

Add Your Campus to Google Maps and Win an Android Tablet

Google's Map Maker has been responsible for populating great expanses of the world in Google Maps. With help from volunteers and their knowledge of the places they live in has helped Google Maps provide detailed data in many countries where it wouldn't have had otherwise, either because such data is non-existent or because it would have made little financial sense for the company.

More recently, it started supporting Map Maker even in places where it already has a lot of data, notably the US. And now, it's encouraging students to get involved and start using the tool to recreate their campuses and fill in the missing spots.

"We’re kicking off the first ever Map your University 2012 competition for the United States and Canada," Google announced.From February 13th until March 9th, 2012, Google invites students studying in the United States and Canada to become local experts by updating and adding detail to their campus maps for viewing in Google Maps and Google Ea…

Linux with Mac looks: Comice OS

Softpedia is proud to introduce a new Linux distribution, called Comice OS, on February 7th, which is actually a redesigned version of the Pear OS Linux. Remember Pear OS? It's that Mac OS looking (see screenshots below) Ubuntu-based operating system introduced last year on our Linux section.

Well, it looks like David Tavares, the developer of Pear OS, prepares these days a revamped version of his Linux operating system, under the name of Comice OS.

Comice OS 4 will be built on top of the GNOME 3 interface, powered by Comice Shell, which is a modification of GNOME Shell to look exactly like a Mac OS desktop. It provides two views: Mission Control to view running apss and Launchpad to see installed apps.

Wait, that's not all! Comice OS 4 will be powered by Linux kernel 3.2 and GNOME 3.2.1. Will contain drivers for wireless networks and popular graphics cards, like Nvidia, ATI/AMD and Intel.

One of the most highlighted apps of Comice OS will be of course the Pear Appstore, which f…

Deadly Facts about online dating

In last week many internet users was using online dating sites to find someone to spend Valentine’s Day with. Unfortunately, many internauts are not aware of the privacy and security risks some of these websites expose them to. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) made a list of factors that should be taken into consideration before making an account on such a website. Users should beware: many online dating sites are taking short cuts in safeguarding the privacy and security of users. Whether it’s due to counter-intuitive privacy settings or serious security flaws, users of online dating profiles risk their privacy and security every day. Here are six sobering facts about online dating services and a few suggestions for routing around the privacy pitfalls. 1. Your dating profileincluding your photoscan hang around long after you’ve moved on. Whether you signed up on a lark or maintained an active profile for several years, your online dating profile can be lurking around long afte…