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Apple iOS 5 Released Today!

In an ironic sort of requiem for the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs last week, the release date for Apple iOS 5 is finally upon us. It promises a wealth of new features, such as wireless syncing, iMessage for any device, and a new notification center to replace those annoying red push alerts we’ve come to know and love.  Interested in a guided tour? Schedule an Ask-A-Trainer appointment and one of us will walk you through the new horizon that is iOS 5, from installation to configuration and everything in between.

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despite lawsuits, RIAA fears piracy

The RIAA has taken action against 30,000+ against individuals who share files, including targeted college students. Joel Tenenbaum, a 25 year old graduate student at Boston University took the RIAA to court and now owes $675,000. But the RIAA fears Joel is still file sharing despite the absurd amount of money he owes for the action.

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Apparently, Google Doesn’t Rule the World!


While surfing tech news everywhere today, I came across an article that told me that Yahoo! Mail still is “king” of email, adding 6 digits worth of new accounts monthly, thus, killing Google’s Gmail by about 70K new users per month.

If you would have told me this fact over dinner I would have called you a liar. After spending many a day on the UW Campus it seemed quite clear that Gmail ruled the electronic message delivery system.

Goes to show you that I don’t know everything after all.

The following is from Cnet News:

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Windows 7 could make PCs fun. . .

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[ Originally published by Wired Magazine | by Brian X Chen | “First Look: Windows 7 Shapes Up as Microsoft’s Best OS Yet” ]

Good news, everyone! If you’ve been stuck in a time loop using Windows XP, which is nearing eight years old, or Windows Vista, which is just annoying, you can finally break free: Windows 7 is almost here. Microsoft delivers a slickly designed, vastly improved OS that will warp you to the world of today. This upgrade is big, and it’s hugely recommended for Microsoft users.

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Facebook just bought the rights to nearly everything you do online. . .


[ Originally published by the Washington Post, as “Facebook Cornering Market on E-Friends: Fight to Own Social Media Heats Up.”  | by Chadwick Matlin ]

Facebook just bought the rights to nearly everything you do online. And it cost them only $47.5 million.

Facebook’s purchase of FriendFeed, an obscure social-media platform, is potentially momentous. To understand why, we must understand FriendFeed, a start-up that is ubiquitous among techies and unknown to everybody else. It’s a sleek application that acts as a clearinghouse for all of your social-media activities. Post something to Flickr? That will show up on your FriendFeed page. Digg something? FriendFeed will know. Post to Twitter from your phone? FriendFeed will syndicate your tweets. Once you initially tell it where to look, it will collect everything and tell it to the world.

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Is Adobe the next (pre-2002) Microsoft?

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It’s a sad reality that there are people out there who want nothing more than to make your computing life miserable.  Many people are aware that anti-virus software is important, and do their best to keep it installed and updated.  However, anti-virus software just isn’t enough.  Operating systems release patches, as do many software programs, that need to be installed immediately when they are available.  It’s kind of a pain to do it, but it’s more of a pain when your system crashes and your data is lost and/or compromised.

The UW CIO site has a lot of useful information related to securing your computer and online activity.  Software Training for Students also offers a Security Health Check Up class to help you get started securing your computer.

You might be saying, “I own a Mac, so it doesn’t matter.”  Think again.  Read the article below to learn about the increasing number of security vulnerabilities in programs like Adobe Reader and Flash Player.


[Originally posted on CNET News | August 6, 2009 | by Elinor Mills]

If you’re a criminal and you want to break into a network, a common attack method is to exploit a hole in software that exists on most computers, has its fair share of holes, and isn’t automatically updated.

In 2002, that would have been Windows. Today, it’s likely to be Adobe Reader or Flash Player, whose share of vulnerabilities and exploits are on the rise while Microsoft’s is falling.

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Marines Ban Twitter, MySpace, Facebook

Originally posted by Noah Shachtman on | Marines Ban Twitter, MySpace, Facebook

Marine Using Twitter

The U.S. Marine Corps has banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites from its networks, effective immediately.

“These internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due to information exposure, user generated content and targeting by adversaries,” reads a Marine Corps order, issued Monday. “The very nature of SNS [social network sites] creates a larger attack and exploitation window, exposes unnecessary information to adversaries and provides an easy conduit for information leakage that puts OPSEC [operational security], COMSEC [communications security], [and] personnel… at an elevated risk of compromise.”

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