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Premium-Inhalt. A Sydney Internet cafe has had its computers and severs seized by the Australian Federal Police and has plead guilty to 40 counts of copyright infringement following legal action by America's top media outlets.
Premium-Inhalt. The Australian federal government has defended its acceptance of Telstra's "non-compliant" National Broadband (NBN) proposal and said its expert panel will thrash out the details with the telco.
Premium-Inhalt. Why you must have it: Anti-malware software is annoying, what with all those alert pop-ups. Plus, it gobbles PC resources that would be better spent running a mobile simulator or 3-D game. So InfoWorld CTO Council member Marvin Anderson and his colleagues at Trexin have on their wish list the Gatekeeper Pico from Yoggie. It's a small Linux-based minicomputer that -- get this -- runs a baker's dozen of security apps, from anti-virus to stateful packet inspection, all from a USB token. Uninstall your current anti-malware software, plug in the Pico, and you're set. Because the Pico boots from Linux, it's not susceptible to the usual PC malware.
Premium-Inhalt. He's stared down many a bandit (and the occasional orangutan), but to my knowledge, Clint Eastwood never faced off against aliens, ghosts and lizard men hurling barrels of dynamite at him. Still, this would have been interesting to watch--and the idea of it makes for a great game for the iPhone or iPod touch.
Premium-Inhalt. Why you must have it: The iPod is quickly becoming the modern stereo, but its digitized files often lack the nuance of the original recordings. SRS Labs' iWow for iPod Adapter plugs into the iPod's bottom 30-pin connector and restores the audio cues in the sources, so music and video files sound more like they were intended. (SRS Labs also offers the separate iWow 2.0 software, which is an iTunes plug-in for your Mac or PC that adds the same audio restoration to music and videos played from your computer.)
Premium-Inhalt. Why you must have it: The cold glow of an LCD monitor doesn't exactly give you the mental health benefits of real windows, something that most geeks only experience in their cars. After all, datacenters, development labs, and basement workshops -- where many techies spend hours -- rarely have windows. That's where Sky Factory's SkyV comes in: You put one of these custom light boxes in your ceiling, and they adjust the scenes automatically for time of day and season, simulating the outside world, no matter where you are. The SkyV uses a high-definition display and can show a variety of scenes. (The less expensive Programmable Sky Ceiling uses a static image, with only lighting changes to simulate times of day and seasonality.) Test Center contributing editor Logan Harbaugh calls them "the ultimate gift for a cubicle-dwelling geek."
Premium-Inhalt. Why you must have it: Geeks and home theaters are a natural combination, especially when they can throw a PC in the mix. MvixUSA's MvixBox is a Linux server that InfoWorld Test Center contributing editor Mike Heck called to our attention. It can hold two SATA-II hard drives, of up to 1.5TB capacity each, for use as a media server. It's NAS for your home theater. The Gigabit Ethernet port even lets you stream HD files to your media network. On a PC, the MvixBox shows up as a hard drive to which you can simply drag media files. But the MvixBox is also an Apache server with FTP and HTTP support, so you can manage it via a browser and use it as a Web server. And it includes the Torrent Client Blog iTunes Music Server UPnP media server.
Premium-Inhalt. Why you must have it: Sitting in your chair playing games is absorbing, no doubt, but if you've been to Disneyland or a similar theme park, you know you're missing the dimension of motion. No matter how much the game moves, you sit still. That's why InfoWorld CTO Council member Marvin Anderson's gaze lingered on the Gyroxus Full-Motion Game Chair from 4th Motion. As you move your body while controlling the game, the chair amplifies your actions, so the next time you're flying in space or weaving in and out of traffic, it will feel real. You can even buy skins to customize its appearance for the games you love.
Premium-Inhalt. Why you must have it: You're shooting photos on your digital camera, but no one can see them until you get back to your Internet-connected computer. The Eye-Fi Explore changes that, using an embedded Wi-Fi radio in the SD card to upload your photos to any of several popular photo-sharing services (a year of hotspot service access is included) or to your computer over a wireless LAN. Plus, it geotags your photos based on where you took them. InfoWorld Test Center contributing editor in his Geeks in Paradise blog, and for good reason.
Premium-Inhalt. Why you must have it: Your PC is tricked out with the ultimate graphics card, the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 or 280, using every one of those 500 watts in your monster power supply. But does that card get superhot, radiating like a supernova. EVGA's GTX 200 waterblock piggybacks on the GeForce, using water and copper to dissipate the heat, so the GeForce's performance is not compromised.
Premium-Inhalt. Why you must have it: If you remember the 1960s, you'll recall those bulky neon display tubes once used in calculators. The Nixie Watch from Cathode Corner uses those quaint tubes to display the time on a large, not-so-stylish but certainly retro-geeky wristwatch. That's right -- a device for telling the current time that doesn't also make calls, receive messages, or play music. The Nixie Watch is a fashion statement that puts you squarely in the era of the original Star Trek series and the groundbreaking film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Premium-Inhalt. Why you must have it: You're busy, and your plants are getting thirstier and thirstier as you neglect them. What if they could let you know they need water? With Botanicalls' DIY Plant Twitter Kit, they can. When InfoWorld Test Center contributing editor Peter Wayner saw these at the ThinkGeek.com site, he immediately knew they belonged in the InfoWorld geek gadget gift guide. These kits let you assemble sensors that send out messages over an Ethernet connection to you via the Twitter service when they need or have gotten too much water.
Premium-Inhalt. Why you must have it: With all the computing devices we have on hand, managing backups and communications among them is increasingly difficult. InfoWorld Test Center contributing editor Stephen Hultquist recommends Apple's Time Capsule as the central place to handle many of these needs: As a 500GB or 1TB wireless hard drive (using 7,200-rpm SATA drives), it provides central storage as a network drive, plus backup capability, for both Macs and PCs. When used with Mac OS X Leopard's bundled Time Machine software, it's simply amazingly easy to back up and restore data -- too bad there's nothing as good for Windows. As an 802.11n Draft 2.0 wireless router, it can serve as your central connection hub for computers, iPods, wireless printers, and other wireless devices. There are also three Gigabit Ethernet jacks for wired devices. With its USB jack, you can connect a USB printer for sharing across Macs and PCs. Or you can connect a USB hub to share multiple printers and add storage.
Premium-Inhalt. Whether waiting for the Thanksgiving meal or basking in its tryptophan-induced afterglow, the thoughts of your favorite geek (who could be you!) inevitably turn to gadgets, dancing like sugar plums in his or her thoughts. A real geek already has the obvious toys, such as Absolutely Mad: 50 Years of Mad Magazine on DVD, a Microsoft Xbox 360, an Apple , a Garmin Nuvi 880, and one or more of the hot smartphones: the .
Premium-Inhalt. The iPhone started it, but everyone and his brother now seem to have a fancy smartphone on offer. If it's time to join the "mobile 2.0" generation, the InfoWorld Test Center can help you make the right choice. We've reviewed the new generation of mobile devices and sussed out their strengths and weaknesses.
Premium-Inhalt. The European Union's antitrust investigation of Intel is "discriminatory and partial," the chip maker complained in an action that's detailed in a recent edition of the EU's official journal, saying it's not being permitted to properly defend itself against the charges.
Premium-Inhalt. Today it's all about the turkey, but tomorrow it's all about the deals. After this year's , many electronics retailers are offering on popular tech items to fill their stores and get their cash registers ringing -- saving you a bundle in the process.
Premium-Inhalt. For better or worse, I'm an Outlook user. I say that because I like having all my mail, contacts, appointments, memos, and the like under one software roof, but find Outlook itself to be bloated, overwrought pig of a program. Fortunately, I've found a tool that makes it a lot easier to live with: .
Premium-Inhalt. There are two approaches to Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that got its name from the notion that holiday shopping will help push retailers into the black. You can get up at zero-dark-thirty and drive yourself to the nearest big-box store where you'll wind up jostling with the rest of humanity for whatever items your fellow early birds haven't already picked clean. Or you could do what I do—roll out of the rack at a decent hour, pour yourself a cup of coffee, open your e-mail client to find a message from Apple about its one-day online sale, and follow the helpful links to savings galore.
Premium-Inhalt. Telecenters in rural Tanzania have gone wireless to share Internet connections with community members and to offset costs, in the process establishing a model for the sustainable operation of local technology centers.
Premium-Inhalt. Getting up and going can be complex in the digital age. When you hit the road, you're usually accompanied by a multitude of devices that demand your care and attention. But don't fret-we've got you covered with mobile gear that will keep you connected, organized, and powered up.
Premium-Inhalt. A wave of coordinated terrorist attacks across Mumbai late Wednesday dominated the news this week, with bloggers and people using Twitter helping to get information to families and friends of those affected. Multinational technology companies are not expected to change their business strategies as a consequence of the stunning attacks, which targeted westerners.
Premium-Inhalt. I’m sure you’ve been in a store and had the idea of a lifetime. You frantically search around you for a slip of paper to jot it down, but you can’t find anything. You turn to your iPhone, but you just can’t bring yourself to use the included Notes app because of its lack of customizability and syncing. Sighing heavily, you resign yet another world-changing idea to the possibility of remaining trapped within the echoing corridors of your mind.
Premium-Inhalt. There are plenty of folks who feel a bit more thankful this week, like Connecticut schoolteacher Julie Amero and Facebook fans who hate spam. Somewhat less thankful: nosy ex-Verizon employees, SCO, Chinese censors, and fast-food aficionados who got a little more exposure than they bargained for. Are you stuffed with tech news knowledge? Prove it by carving up this quiz. Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. And could you please pass the Alka-Seltzer?
Premium-Inhalt. There will be more than 36 million laptops connected to mobile data networks in Western Europe in 2009, compared to the 26 million estimated for the end of this year, according to market research company CCS Insight.
Premium-Inhalt. Last year, in an article entitled , I explained my system for keeping my home office almost entirely paper-free, using nothing more than a scanner, its included OCR software, and some AppleScripts.
Premium-Inhalt. Letting you play music, movies, and games, the iPhone and the iPod touch could be two of the best time-wasters ever built. But with the right third-party applications installed, they can also give you a whole new mobile workspace. No, they can't replace a laptop when it comes to real productivity. But you can use them to stay in touch with your Mac back at the office, update your to-do list when you're away from iCal, and more. Here are nine applications that can help your iPhone and (in some cases) iPod touch make you more productive, not less.
Premium-Inhalt. Job description: The software implementation analyst ensures that deployments of new applications or upgrades are planned and carried out correctly. They act as a bridge between the software developer and the IT infrastructure team that handles installation and maintenance, says Carlo Carbetta, vice president of operations development at CIO Partners, an executive search firm. They determine whether the applications interoperate with existing systems and plan for customization or integration work. This person may be involved in testing, creating documentation and dealing with end users.
Premium-Inhalt. Asus announced today that it plans to release a $200 (£130) netbook next year, two years after it announced the first Eee PC at Computex 2007 with the promise that the mini laptop would be available at that price point.
Premium-Inhalt. Home broadband customers planning to watch the BBC's new online streaming service have been warned they may exceed their ISPs' download limits.
Premium-Inhalt. Two high-profile Mac fans have hit out at the recently released RIM BlackBerry Storm. Comic, author, presenter and actor Stephen Fry calls the BlackBerry Storm "shockingly bad" and "embarrassingly awful". New York Times technology guru David Pogue renames it "the BlackBerry Dud".
Premium-Inhalt. HTC, maker of the original Google phone, is boasting that demand is so high that sales will reach a million by the end of the year.
Premium-Inhalt. Users want unified communications - and the technology will actually save money in a recession, according to research commissioned by Mitel.
Premium-Inhalt. Network equipment maker Airspan and operator Freedom4 have shown a laptop roaming seamlessly between WiMax networks on different spectrum bands. The companies say this will help operators build credible WiMax networks using limited radio spectrum, and give users an alternative when 3G networks run out of steam.
Premium-Inhalt. A new analysis of botnets has come up with a possible reason for their prodigious ability to infect PCs - many anti-virus programs are near to useless in blocking the binaries used to spread them.
Premium-Inhalt. UK outfit Cellcrypt has updated its voice-over-IP (VoIP) call security software for mobile phones to support Windows Mobile hardware for the first time.
Premium-Inhalt. Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) is to offer a security bundle for its customers that will allow them to locate their laptops, as well as protect confidential data, in case of theft.
Premium-Inhalt. DSG International has cut £75 million from operating costs, through an aggressive IT and business change programme.
Premium-Inhalt. Businesses are turning to their chief information officers for help during the recession, according to a new report.
Premium-Inhalt. The use of mind mapping software is becoming increasingly common in corporate America, but who wants to fork out hundreds of dollars just to create these tangled bubble diagrams at home? Thankfully, you don't have to. At less than $20, Markus Müller's MindNode Pro 1.0.3, is a fun, colorful, and simple-to-use application with a learning curve so shallow even your boss could figure it out.
Premium-Inhalt. US-based desktop virtualization company Ncomputing Inc. is confident of capturing major sectors in the Philippines with its virtual PC networking products designed especially for emerging markets.
Premium-Inhalt. The amount of money and labour that financial institutions have spent on securing their perimeter makes them a less fruitful target for cybercriminals. But it's the small to medium-sized businesses that are the seldom-discussed goldmine now, said an executive with Cupertino, Calif.-based Symantec Corp.
Premium-Inhalt. Reaffirming their commitment to green computing, technology giants Intel and HP recently announced their respective planet-saving initiatives at the "Greenergy" forum, a slight twist from the traditional Synergy event that the two firms have been jointly organizing for the local media since 1997.
Premium-Inhalt. Microsoft's Arc Mouse takes a different and unique approach to mouse design. It looks like, well...an arc. And it actually folds so it doesn't take up a lot of room in a laptop bag.
Premium-Inhalt. President-elect Barack Obama will soon outline an that likely will include billions of dollars for infrastructure projects, such as roads, bridges and new schools. Obama also is hearing calls for new funding to improve the information infrastructure and the virtual highways it runs on, and to broaden access to high-performance computing (HPC) systems.
Premium-Inhalt. Happy turkey day, all you lucky folks across the pond. I'm overseas and turkey-less, so while you'll be sleeping in then waking to lazily baste Butterballs (or , we don't play favorites here at Game On) and savoring the smells of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme wafting from pans of stuffing, I'll be admiring the lead-colored skies out my flat's bay window here in sunny ol' England. (This is where J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a book that's full of gloomy gray stuff -- now I know why.)
Premium-Inhalt. British prosecutors are investigating whether incumbent operator BT illegally tested an online advertising system without users' consent.
Premium-Inhalt. Taiwanese smartphone developer High Tech Computer (HTC) debuted its biggest threat to the iPhone 3G yet earlier this week, the HTC Touch HD, and I had a chance to use one for a few hours on Friday.
Premium-Inhalt. Plans to reform Europe's legal landscape for the telecoms industry remain on track, after nearly being derailed at a tense meeting of government ministers Thursday.