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Slim For iPhone Helps You Keep Up With Facebook, LinkedIn And More, Without Obsessively Checking For Updates
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
In our state of continued information overload, and because of the growing number of services which we have to check in order to keep up with the information that matters to us, things get missed by even the most active social media users. A new startup called Slim wants to change that, and is today launching an iOS application which allows you to discover and be alerted to the most important life events from your friends and colleagues – like births, anniversaries, job changes, and more.
Today, there are already a number of companies attempting to make sense out of the noise that’s out there by leveraging the data on social services, then applying their own unique algorithms to present things you shouldn’t have missed. For example, I have a folder on my iPhone dubbed “Summarize” filled with apps that do similar things to Slim (or at least play in the same general news summary space), including things like Prismatic, Clipped, Thirst, undrip, Wavii, Circa, Antenna, NewsWhip, and, until recently, Summly. Some of these are more focused on summarizing news stories, while others are meant to filter through your social media accounts, like Facebook or Twitter, for example.
But, combined, what they point to is that we’re now in search of tools that help us address the real-time nature of information flow and what it’s doing to our abilities to keep up and stay engaged. Just because news moves in real-time, that doesn’t mean people do.
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
If you are still using Windows XP – or you know somebody who does – Microsoft would like you to remember that you only have 365 more days before the company will end all support for the operating system it launched in New York on October 25, 2001. Both Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014, and XP users will stop receiving any new security updates, hotfixes and support (free or paid) from Microsoft. Worldwide, just under 40 percent of all desktops and laptops still use XP today, according to the latest data from Net Applications’ NetMarketShare.
Microsoft already ended mainstream support for Windows XP back in April 2009, but continued to offer extended support for commercial customers and security updates for all customers.
After April 2014, Microsoft writes, using XP is an “at your own risk” situation for “any customers choosing not to migrate,” and migrating will likely become costlier the longer a business stays on XP.
Originally posted on Oogle's Blogs:
Russian security researchers have discovered that most of the 3G and 4G USB modems/sticks produced by Chinese hardware manufacturers, provided by mobile operators and telcos to their subscribers are wide open to attacks.
According to the researchers who tested many 3G and 4G modem sticks obtained from various telcos over the past few months, USB sticks produced by chinese hardware manufacturers Huawei and ZTE pose serious security threat.
The security researchers, Nikita Tarakanov and Oleg Kupreev have already managed to show many ways to attack the modems through software vulnerabilities.
Originally posted on The Geek Peninsula:
Virus Bulletin 2003 (Thanks, Helen, for digging up a copy for me! I can’t believe I didn’t keep a proofed version.)
David Harley; Fact, Fiction and Managed Anti-Malware Services: Vendors, Resellers and Customers Divided by a Common Language; Virus Bulletin Conference Proceedings, 2003. Copyright is held by Virus Bulletin Ltd, but is made available on this site for personal use free of charge by permission of Virus Bulletin.
This paper was on a topic very dear to my heart, at the time: part of my job was liaising with a company to whom part of our security was outsourced, against my advice. That would be the part of the job description section labelled “in-house scapegoat”.
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