Rexdude (747457) writes "PGP has been around for decades — there are digital signature/encryption plugins available for email and messenger clients, but I'm yet to see anyone using them normally outside of big companies. For example, Lotus Notes transparently supports certificates and encryption — you can set it up to encrypt mail by default and it's totally transparent to everyone within the organization. Yet I've never seen this happen for private use. There are PGP and OpenPGP plugins for everything from Thunderbird to Jabber clients, and now even on Android there's ChatSecure. But apart from a couple of fellow geeks, nobody's interested." top
Rexdude (747457) writes "Firefox continues to be criticized for their new versioning system and being a memory hog. People talk about Chrome, IE9, Opera as alternatives — but do Slashdotters ever use Seamonkey? I've never seen anyone mention it in any discussion on browsers. The successor to the original Mozilla Suite, it has a fullblown email/news/RSS client, Chatzilla, and an HTML editor. Also several other default features that would require separate extensions for Firefox. And they don't update their versions like crazy either, the current version is 2.13.1. I've been quite happy with it so far, it's snappier to use than Firefox. How many people on Slashdot use Seamonkey, and what has been your experience? (Note — I'm not affiliated with the project)" Link to Original Source top
Rexdude (747457) writes "Syria is using technology developed by Californian company Blue Coat Systems to monitor and censor internet access. Blue Coat denies having supplied the software, claiming to comply with US export regulations, and says they may have got it via a third party reseller." Link to Original Source top
Cloned drug sniffing dogs prove successful in S. K
Rexdude (747457) writes "A prize drug sniffing dog at Incheon Airport in S Korea was cloned 4 years ago, and now the clones have proved to be much more successful at becoming sniffer dogs themselves compared to regular dogs. Not as controversial as human cloning, but are we going to see genetic copyrights on prized animal breeds in the future?" Link to Original Source top
Rexdude (747457) writes "In a shocking move, Nokia has announced that Windows Phone 7 will be its focus going forward. Symbian/Qt/Meego will continue for a while, but Nokia now plans a 'new ecosystem' with Microsoft, while murdering what it already has. Rejoice, iOS/Android fanboys." Link to Original Source top
Rexdude (747457) writes "Microsoft is spending millions of dollars in going after pirates (not casual downloaders/torrent seeders but the ones that stamp out DVDs by the thousands for sale) — some of these are linked to criminal gangs. In my opinion, the more they crack down on piracy, the more it will drive people towards other alternatives (read Linux)." Link to Original Source top
Rexdude (747457) writes "A new system being developed by Oblong Industries harnesses gesture technology that uses special surfaces and displays that can track hand movements, providing the operator is wearing the special conducting gloves. The system works with images and videos, and has been dubbed the “G-Speak” spatial operating environment (SOE)." Link to Original Source top
Rexdude (747457) writes "The title sounds sensationalist, but this is quite a scary precedent. Republicans and teabaggers don't like the 'tyranny of the majority' and would prefer to replace democracy with a free for all freemarket." Link to Original Source top
Rexdude (747457) writes "Finally, a non US-centric view at the smartphone market, along with predictions for 2010. Interesting take- he says Nokia remains king of the smartphone market despite gloating over the premature demise on various (mostly US centric) tech blogs, and continues with analysis/prediction of all other major players." Link to Original Source top
Rexdude (747457) writes "Apple has filed a patent that forces users to interact with an ad. FTFA: "Its distinctive feature is a design that doesn’t simply invite a user to pay attention to an ad — it also compels attention. The technology can freeze the device until the user clicks a button or answers a test question to demonstrate that he or she has dutifully noticed the commercial message. Because this technology would be embedded in the innermost core of the device, the ads could appear on the screen at any time, no matter what one is doing."" Link to Original Source top
Rexdude (747457) writes "Fring is a free voice cum normal chat client for mobile phones. It supports voice and text chat for Google and Skype, and text only chat for yahoo, ICQ, MSN and AOL- all using a data connection (Wifi/GPRS/3G, take your pick). You can also transfer files to your contacts (who must also have this client installed).
Currently supports Windows Mobile, Symbian UIQ(SonyEricsson and Motorola) and S60(Nokia) devices. I tested it with Google talk over wifi on my Nokia N82; it worked perfectly with no lag.
Will such services be accessible/pose a threat to existing players in closed markets like the US? You could save a ton on voice calls by using only your data plan to talk to people (assuming you're on an usage unlimited plan).
Imagine a future where all cities are carpeted with wifi/wimax or equivalent signals- we could just use a SIP client like this and not ever require a regular cellular phone network!" Link to Original Source top
Rexdude (747457) writes "Cory Doctorow discusses what a mess the US mobile market is, with all the players (operators, handset makers and the RIAA) blaming each other for
the problems. He's proposed an interesting solution- interoperable SIM cards that users can swap seamlessly between operators depending on the services offered. Whether this can be implemented remains another story." top
Rexdude (747457) writes "The upcoming Nokia N81 will have support for a music store. In another case of operator tyranny, Orange has threatened to not offer the phone to their subscribers unless Nokia works with them to ensure 'that the customer experience is paramount'. Read the original post to this story here, including the author's own strongly worded case for ditching operators and buying unlocked phones." Link to Original Source top
Rexdude (747457) writes "From this article -AT&T's declaration that only 146,000 Apple iPhones registered on its network in the first two days it was on the market has led to widespread shock at what is now being seen as the device's failure and a down period for Apple shares, sliding 7.5 per cent over a few days last week, a fall of some $10bn in total market capitalisation
Is this over reaction? Too much to expect within the first two days? Or is the association with AT&T causing the problem?
Selling the phone over the counter without forcing a contract would definitely have helped.." Link to Original Source top
Rexdude (747457) writes "Here's a list of predictions from 'The Internet' magazine at the end of 1994. It highlights the major changes and events on the net as it was back then (20 million users only, for starters).
Seems a throwback to a relatively more innocent time, when the unwashed masses had not taken over the net as much as today. And look at the reverence accorded to long dead protocols like Gopher!"