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Dynamoo writes "Remember the HTC Wallaby? Probably not, but this influential proto-smartphone is ten years old this year. It helped to shape the smartphone market before there even *was* a smartphone market, and was HTC's first quaintly-names "Wireless PDA" product." Link to Original Source top
Dynamoo writes "Ever wondered how criminals can spirit away the products they buy with stolen credit cards? The answer is that they use surprisingly sophisticated but very shady reshipping centers to launder the goods on their way to Eastern Europe. The bad guys make the money, but it's the mules doing the reshipping who will eventually get caught." Link to Original Source top
Dynamoo writes "Microsoft are to issue an out-of-band patch for a serious and well-publicised flaw in pretty much all versions of Internet Explorer. This is the sort of thing that administrators will want to roll out as quickly as possible so that their end-users can continue to surf for pr0n in safety." Link to Original Source top
Dynamoo writes "The good news is that Microsoft have announced free anti-virus software for consumer from next year. The bad news is.. well, exactly the same.
Although Microsoft's anti-malware products are pretty good, this move could drive many competitors out of business and create a dangerous security monoculture.. and you can see that major rivals will be lawyering up already. On the other hand, many malware infections could be prevented even by basic software.. so is this going to be a good or bad thing overall?" Link to Original Source top
Dynamoo writes "Context-sensitive ads are all the rage, but Telephore is the first one to bring them to your mobile phone.. nope, not text messages, but spoken ads that interrupt your call!
What is even more troubling is that Telephore analyzes your conversations with a sophisticated voice recognition system and stores them for later reference. Is this too much power to give to a private company? There's some further analysis and some leaked info that indicates that this could be a real privacy nightmare.. what's worse, is that it may well be coming your way very soon." Link to Original Source top
Dynamoo writes "Perhaps you'd thought that cellphone design was getting a bit predictable? Well, Toshiba have certainly done something different with the Toshiba G450. It's a very lightweight device, but also very strange looking with a tiny screen and a very peculiar keypad arrangement.
Announced at this week's Mobile World Congress, the G450 is a 3.5G phone with an MP3 player, USB connectivity and that's about it. Is there really a market for this type of device? Or is the G450 destined for obscurity?" Link to Original Source