Archive for January, 2008

Middle East coping with Internet disruptions

Large swathes of Asia, the Middle East and north Africa had their high-technology services crippled Thursday following a widespread Internet failure which brought many businesses to a standstill and left others struggling to cope.

One major telecommunications provider blamed the outage, which started Wednesday, on a major undersea cable failure in the Mediterranean.

India’s Internet bandwidth has been sliced in half, The Associated Press reported, leaving its lucrative outsourcing industry trying to reroute traffic to satellites and other cables through Asia.

Reports say that Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain are also experiencing severe problems.

Nations that have been spared the chaos include Israel — whose traffic uses a different route — and Lebanon and Iraq. Many Middle East governments have backup satellite systems in case of cable failure. story

Security threats not gender specific, nor is knowledge

When it comes to online security, everyone thinks they’re an expert. Especially men, it seems, as a new “report” funded by security software maker AVG suggests. The company says that, like most things, men tend to think that they know more about online security than women. That’s apparently not true, however, as AVG states that everyone suffers online attacks equally, despite what they may think.

The findings come from a survey of 1,400 adults in the UK about their own knowledge of security while using the ‘Net. Men were exceptionally confident in their own security prowess, and only 4 percent of them said they didn’t know what kind on online protection they had in place.

But confidence doesn’t always translate into reality, it seems. AVG’s survey found that a third of all users—both men and women—had suffered some form of identity theft. And when asked whether they would change their habits as a result, only 20 percent said that they would. I guess when it comes to being complacent, men and women are on equal ground. link

Gateway wants your videos

Gateway is having a contest. Basically make a crazy, viral video about Gateway computers and you win a sweet pc plus a 30″ lcd monitor!! Is this a sign to come? Big corporations tapping into the YouTube nation for dollars? Who’s betting some moron will get into legal trouble while trying to win this computer?

“Are you prepared to do anything (within legal limits and according to reasonable common sense) to impress the Gateway judges? Do you have what it takes to win? Are you a virtuoso with garden shears, capable of creating an ‘udder’ masterpiece in your parents’ backyard? Or maybe you’re a true artistic revolutionist, like the guy who shaved his eyebrow for a Gateway® 24″ LCD?” link

Gadget: WiiPhone

The WiiPhone is one of those mods just adored by the House of Giz. It’s the bastard son of a Wiimote and a common or garden-variety DoCoMo cellphone, stuck together by a clever guy who’s good at this kind of stuff. I particularly like the wrist strap, to stop unnecessary accidents (just ask another writer here, whose CrackBerry met an unfortunate end when it hurtled to the floor following a difference of opinion he had with his wife). Anywii, take part in our exclusive poll below the gallery.

Gizmodo

iTunes video rentrals not for every iPod …

A number of iPod owners have discovered that their recently purchased iPods won’t work with Apple’s new iTunes video rentals, even though the iPods have video playback capabilities.

As of Tuesday, the issue had been raised multiple times in Apple’s support forums. So far the company’s only response has been to confirm that movie rentals work only with the iPhone, iPod touch, iPod classic and the third-generation iPod nano. Earlier iPods, including fifth-generation iPods sold before the September 2007 release of the sixth-generation iPod classic, are incompatible with rented videos.

“This is false advertising,” says Raymond Blanchard, a disgruntled iPod owner. “I demand an upgrade or fix.” (link)


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