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Caution : Firefox’s storage of passwords January 26, 2007

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Here’s a general warning for Firefox users: Saved passwords are not safe if you do not create a master password. If you use Firefox and you want to see for yourself, go to Firefox’s Preferences, visit the Security tab, and press the Show Passwords button. This will show all your passwords in plain text for anyone to see.

You can enable a password to protect this (check the Use a master password box, then enter a password), and you will then have to use the password once per session to unlock all the other passwords being stored. This affects both the PC and Mac versions of Firefox.

Why this matters: If you bring your Mac in for repair, anyone working there can see all your passwords by simply launching your browser. Your password my be your Social Security Number at some sites, such as banks or mortgage companies. Ergo, your financial information would be available to anyone who wanted it.

So if you use Firefox, add a master password to give yourself some level of protection.


When You’re Treasurer, You Can Steal 800 G’s January 26, 2007

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Calling Law & Order: Parent Company Embezzlement Team, because the former treasurer for NBC Universal was arrested yesterday. The feds say Victor Jung stole $800,0000 from his employer, using it on trips, a Hamptons summer home, and private planes. And how did he do this? He created a dummy corporation, NBCU Media Productions, and funneled the money in there.Jung spent $56,000 to rent a four-bedroom Sag Harbor home last summer and used $87,000 to pay off one month’s AmEx bill. And apparently $387,000 was spent on private jets to Miami, Antigua, and the Turks and Caicos. The Marquis jets offered shrimp cocktail, Veuve Cliquot, and Grey Goose vodka – yes, Marquis Jets, as in the company the second season Apprentice idiots had to create an ad campaign for! It is true NBC Universal synergy!

Jung, who worked at NBC for 12 years, had left in the past six months, though it’s unclear whether he was fired or resigned. He was arrested at his home on the Upper West Side, and his lawyer says he “plans to vigorously defend himself against these charges,” which should be interesting, because setting up a dummy corporation and booking jets isn’t very inconspicuous. And can we say that 30 Rock has gotten so much better?

Get Visual Voicemail January 26, 2007

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f the iPhone visual voicemail feature is the one thing you’re most looking forward to, then check out callwave. By redirecting your voicemail to their free voicemail service, you can access any of your voicemails at any time (from your computer). There’s even a widget version (OS X and Yahoo) that lets you hear messages in any order you like.Along with that, Callwave also sends you a text message and an email telling you you’ve missed a call. Not quite the Visual Voicemail of the iPhone, but cool for its desktop integration. When we tried it, the audio quality was decent enough to use as a full-time voicemail solution.

Product Page [Callwave via Mobile Mag via Lifehacker]

Bad Ipod HardDrive Fix January 22, 2007

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My iPod suddenly began hanging when playing a song, and would then freeze. After resetting it, the Apple logo came up, and there was a distinct clicking sound as the hard drive spun up, died, spun up, clicked, and died again. This repeated several times while the Apple logo was showing, and then progressed to a sad iPod picture (and at other times, a folder question mark picture).


Steven Colbert Explains the Cingular, AT&T Deal January 17, 2007

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Still confused about what the hell is going on with the Cingular and AT&T deal? Here, allow Steven Colbert to explain it a little bit better. He is getting pretty good at regurgitating the flaccid tech news. time.jpg

Microsoft Entertainment Desktop 8000 Keyboard January 17, 2007

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The Bluetooth keyboard itself is quite nice. With a gentle ergonomic curve, its scissor-keys give you a pleasant tactile feel that’s not too sensitive, yet not too heavy. The usual bevy of multimedia buttons appear in the peripheral of the peripheral, and can be programmed to work with whichever media player the user prefers (not Windows Media Player 11 for us).


The backlit keys dim in reaction to the ambient light. In addition, Microsoft has built in a proximity-sensing function that turns the backlight off after you’ve removed your hands from the keyboard, and turns it back on as your hands approach. This uses a static electricity sensor not unlike those used in laptop touchpads. We had heard of the proximity feature, and were hoping it would do magic, such as setting our instant messengers to “Away” status for us when we went to get another beer, but its range is only about six inches, so that’s impractical.

Besides sensors across the bottom of the unit, the keyboard sports what we’ll call a “clickpad” in the upper right-hand corner. Much like an iPod’s Clickwheel, it’s a touchpad with reactive corners. This can be used to navigate the mouse around the screen. There are also a left-click and right-click buttons on the left hand side.

Other notable controls include touch-sensitive function keys, a Call button to activate Windows Live for full-motion web meetings (with the right hardware), a Media Center button on the right, and a Windows Start button. Microsoft keyboards currently include a Start-menu button, but this one is centrally-located under the spacebar, and pulses when the backlight is off. By clicking it, the Start menu comes up. Start typing, and Vista starts searching. A cool feature, since Search is the buzzword with Vista. Also, holding down the button and hitting the tab-key will reorganize your windows into Flip 3D, allowing the user to cycle through them until they find what they want.

There are other pieces to the keyboard, but all typical, such as battery indicator and self-destruct, you know, the usual stuff found on wireless keyboards.

All of this interfac-inating is done via the one part that actually plugs into your PC: the dock. It also does duty as a Bluetooth dongle, a charging cradle for the keyboard and mouse, and a 2-port USB hub. It’s finely designed and easy enough to be thought of as out of the way until you need it, and isn’t distracting at all. The keyboard slides in neatly, while the mouse can be docked for lefties or righties equally.

All in all, it’s a fully-functional, fun-to-use, high-end interface package that is efficient and pleasing to the eyes and hands. The $250 price tag might be a little much for most users, but for power users or those with special needs, it’s not a bad way to go. It should appear on shelves soon, and it signals the start of many new Vista-themed accessories to come.

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Iphone Photos January 10, 2007

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iPhone combines three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching — into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers. So it ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone.

charge your cell phone by placing on pad January 9, 2007

Posted by farshadf in Buy this, Interesting.
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wild_charge1.jpgWe’ve heard tell of the Wild Charge system that replenishes power in cellphones, PSPs, notebooks and iPods, and now we can confirm: It really works.

We played with the system for a while tonight, putting the special cases on cellphones and attachments on iPods, and then suddenly those devices begin charging as soon as you place them on the metallic strip.

How the heck does this thing work?

It uses non-inductive technology to pass the current from strip to device without all that falderal you usually have to go through to charge it.
The company says we’ll be seeing the first charging strips for sale in March, and the larger laptop-sized charger will be shipping in June.

This is the real deal, folks—get your $49 ready, and that includes one “enablement case.” Additional cases are $10 – $20, depending on the device.

Check out on GIZMODO.com .

How to Get the Cheapest Flight Every Single Time January 4, 2007

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Happy New Years 2007 January 2, 2007

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Check out these panoramas by Jook Leung