Nokia Wants to Sue Apple

Nokia said that it is looking into suing Apple over the iPhone. According to a report by BBC News, Nokia claimed that it had not been compensated for its technology which is used by Apple in the production of it's iPhone. The report also claims that Nokia is accusing Apple of trying to get a 'free ride on Nokia's innovation'.

The issue has cropped up because Apple is said to be using innovations which Nokia has developed through an agreements with about 40 firms. The agreement therefore allows these 40 firms which include most mobile phone handset makers to use the firm's technology, but Apple is not one of the 40 firms.

Apple was unable to be reached for comment.

Mobilefun UK

Mobilefun UK is one of the few websites found around the UK which has done an online business the correct way. With that said, it is no huge wonder why they have gained numerous awards including being voted as one of the best online mobile related website in the UK.

The website is generally easy to use with accessories such as the iphone accessories found easily on the accessories panel. This means that users of Mobilefun UK will benefit in saving time as the buttons for accesories are easily located.

Apart from that, looking for a particular item is not as hard as other rival website with MobileFun UK because you can easily type in any word for the item you are looking for in the search column and get a huge result on the item. Take for example if you are looking for the iphone case, you just need to type it in, and click the button search to get related results instantly.

Finally, the website is a huge heaven for those looking for iphone car chargers which are now considered a very vital item in any automobile because the website has a huge collection of these sort of chargers. In addition to that, the systematic desin of the website, and the use of good contrast of colors are vital in making this website easy to use.

Kingston Introduces DataTraveler 410

Kingston has unleashed its Data Traveler 410 USB Flash Drive for Malaysian users. It is suppose to have a speedier transfer rate at 20MBps for read and write. According to news from The Star, the new USB Flash Drive will come in a maximum capacity of 32GB and includes SecureTraveler software which will provide users an option to protect their data with a password.

This new flashdrive succeeds Kingston’s consumer-level DataTraveler Generation 2, DataTraveler 101 and DataTraveler 112 drives which read and write speeds are only 10MBps, but for the ordinary flash drive user, the increase of speed does nothing significant to the original use of a flash drive, which is to store data for easy access.

Celcom Experience Network Failure

One of Malaysia's largest telco, Celcom experienced major network failure for 10 hours reported The Star. The paper quoted that a huge rise in traffic during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri caused the network failure, and it was experienced throughout Malaysia with subscribers hugely being unable to make and receive calls.

Celcom, which has a huge penetration rate in Malaysia has always been subjected to service disruptions by users, although this recent one could be considered among the biggest ever. Nonetheless, their aggressive promotions and campaigns have helped rise their subscription by huge folds last year. The service was retained on Friday after the Aidilfitri traffic increased decreased gradually.

Intel Launches Core-i Series

The Star reports that Intel, holder of the world's largest microprocessor in computers to date, has released it's latest Core i7-870 (2.93Ghz), Core i7-860 (2.80GHz) and Core i5-750 (2.66GHz). According to the report, the biggest difference between the Core i7 series and the Core i5 is that the Core i7 supports Intel’s HyperThreading technology while the Core i5 does not.

Customers wishing to upgrade their computer's to this new processor however have to be ready to pay a hefty price because not only does the processors come at RM2199 (at the lowest), but also needs a brand new motherboard to go with it, hence putting in the possibility of other new enhancements to be included for better performance such as a new RAM and Hard Disk..

These processors all come with an 8MB of Intel SmartCache, integrated PCIe controllers and an all-new LGA 1156 socket.

Battle of the Digital Books

Google which is trying to dominate the internet's huge marketing potential via introducing a huge online library hit a snag yesterday as the US Justice Department has urged a New York court to reject the deal. According to BBC, the deal would see copyright and also anti-trust issues emerge.

The deal according to Google would benefit global book readers as access on books will be unlimited to those whom wish to read it via its newly created Book Rights Registry. Nonetheless, Amazon whom is well known for publishing digital book argues that Google's move is unfair to authors, publishers and others whose works would be the subject of a compulsory license for the life of the copyright in favor of Google and the newly created Book Rights Registry.

At the current moment, Yahoo and Microsoft are another two giants not in favor of Google's move, and it now depends on whether the New York court would eventually deny Google's ambition.

IE8 Saves Real Power

When it comes to using less power, or in other words, draining less energy. IE8 or Internet Explorer 8 wins the race ahead of it's other rivals. According to AnandTech, IE8 wins the title of most power conserving internet browsing software, while Apple's Safari earned the title of most energy consuming browser. A report by Softpedia indicated that IE8 was evidently the winning browser without much competition based on the results from the AnandTech test. This latest test prove that not all is loss for IE8 as there has been numerous other significant events which also conclude that IE8 does have some favorable features in comparison to Google's Chrome and Mozilla Firefox which is seen to be riding high among internet users nowadays.

Slow internet in Malaysia again

Malaysia's largest internet service provider, TM reported that some of their undersea internet cables named Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN2) are damaged once again. Altough no reason of the damage could be made available, it is greatly suspected that the damage was caused by Typhoon Marakot.

According to TM, internet users would experience slow connection to sites located in Taiwan and the USA due to this damage. However, they also assured that their technicians are working around the clock to rectify the problem as son as possible.

British Children Doing 'Sexting'

'Sexting' or swapping sexually explicit images of oneself over mobile phones are becoming a huge hit among British children. According to Britain's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center (CEOP), there has been a huge jump in reports regarding this concerning behavior.

CEOP also said that sexting is dangerous because these children would be easy targets for bullying and victimizing as those sexual images can be used against them in the future.

The report produced by REUTERS also quoted CEOP as saying that there is no law to prosecute children distributing sexual elicit images, as the law is made up for adults, hence making the restriction of sexting very difficult.

Malaysian Government Cancels Internet Filter Plans

The Star reported that the government has decided to do away with the filter over the internet. According to the report, the government would enforce current laws including the seditious law enactment over those whom misuse the internet.

Last week, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim whom is in charge of the Information, Communications, Culture and Arts Ministry confirmed that the government is putting out a tender to filter the internet. The plan, which is said to be similar to China's failed "Green Dam" project roared Malaysia's online community with huge protest coming from almost every corner. Formar Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir also made a statement over his displeasure of such move, shall it be implemented.

Nevertheless, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was quick to quash any allegations on the plans, and today, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim himself confirmed that the plans have been shelved for good.

Malaysia Only Filter Porn

Update @9pm: Malaysian PM has said that the governmont does not plan do filter the internet.

Datuk Seri Rais Yatim, the minister incharge of the Malaysian Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture clarifies today that the planned internet filteration in the cuntry wuld only involve pornography.

In a report produced by The Star, Datuk Seri Rais was said to agree that a tender is being called out to companies whom are willing to do such filter for the country which is similar to China's Green damn project. Apart from that, Datuk Seri Rais also made it a point that pornography is dangerous to young naive children, hence the need for some regulation on internet content.

In recent days, the majority of the Malaysian online community has expressed rage over the governments possible filter of the internet, citing it is against the Malaysian Super Corridor (MSC) agreement. Speculations have also mounted to the extend that the government is trying to curb the opposition parties from using the internet to gain support. However, with this recent statement, it is expected that Malaysians will be receptive on the internet filter idea, as pornography is also considered as one of the many causes of the decline in Malaysian eastern moral values.

REDtone Wants Nation Wide Wimax License

Broadband service provider, REDtone believes that they should be given the license to introduce their WiMAX service nationwide. According to a report by the Star Online, REDtone believes they have achieved the 25% broadband penetration in Sabah and Sarawak which was set by the government.

The report also quotes REDtone as saying they currently have 1,000 broadband subscribers within Sabah and Sarawak despite the odds and difficulty faced to set up such service.

REDtones ambition to expand comes as the government is pushing hard for a 50% broadband penetration in Malaysia. Nonetheless, their presence in Sabah and Sarawak in fact remain limited and very much unknown to this date. In addition to that, their subscribtion rate is also considered a little higher than rival broadband providers.

Malaysia May Filter The Internet

The recent street protest on ISA is changing Malaysia. Reuters reported that the Malaysian Information, Communication and Culture Minister, Datuk Rais Yatim is looking at the possibility of filtering the internet access for Malaysians. He wa quoted as saying that the huge penetration of the Internet in Malaysia comes with the good and the bad, and the government would need to take steps to overcome the bad.

Malaysia, under the premiership of Dr Mahathir and Abdullah Badawi has stressed that the internet would not be filtered, hence encouraging companies such as Microsoft Corp and Sisco Systems to invest.

Nevertheless, recent months have seen websites and blogs deemed dangerous and offensive to Malaysians being blocked and closed by the government, altough not many have questioned their moves due to the fact that these website are porn and quick scheme related. However, shall Malaysia finally decide to regulate internet content in the country, there is a huge posibility to notice an oproar among the tech savvy users whom prefer to enjoy the freedom of surfing any website the like.

AVG Comes in BM Version

AVG Technologies has released a BM version of their famoust Antivirus software. According to The Star Malaysia, the BM version is available in the form of Internet Security 8.5 and Anti-Virus 8.5 and is suitable for home and small office use.

According to AVG, the products mentioned above provide protection for trojans, spyware, viruses and rootkits.

Chrome Themes

Google has introduced themes for their web browsing tool, Chrome. According to a CNET report, there are 29 themes made availabe by Google. Among the theme's made available are Transparent, Star Gazing and Dots.

Meanwhile, high riding Mozilla Firefox on the other hand has introduces their version of a themed web-browser since March this year, calling it 'Personas'. With having almost a 5 month head start, Firefox boast of over 20,000 themes to date, leaving Chrome gasping for users.

Nevertheless, it is important to note that Chrome has managed to 'steal' some of Firefox's loyal users due to it's practicality, and its speed in loading.

Is your password strong?

Passwords are vital nowadays. Every private application or account online needs a password.

The main question is: "How secure is your password?"

Acording to Microsoft, "A strong password should appear to be a random string of characters to an attacker. It should be 14 characters or longer, (eight characters or longer at a minimum). It should include a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols."

This basically means that a good password would be difficult for even yourself to remember, hence making it dificult for others to copy. Microsoft also provides a free online application known as 'Password Checker' to check wether your password is strong or not. It can be found here.

While it is good to have a strong password, it is also advisable to change your pasword once a while .

MySpace introduced MySpace Mail

MySpace has taken social networking into a new whole level by intorducing MYSpace Mail. According to a web report, MySpace Mail would be made available to all 130 million MySpace users in stages in a couple of weeks.

The e-mail service would end with MySpace users putting their username infront of ''. According to a statement by MySpace, the new MySpace Mail signals the readiness of MySpace to take on larger companies such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. At the current moment, MySpace Mail is still at it's beta phase testing, and once ready is expected to boast a lot of additional functions, most notably thier unlimited storage space.

Curently, MySpace is gaining stiff competition with Facebook, while old time favourite, Friendster is finding itself lagging behind.

Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) Does Little for Windows 7

ZDNet reported that Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), which is used primarily to detect pirated Windows has failed once again. This time, it is with Windows 7, Microsoft's latest product which is set to be launch very soon.

According to ZDNet, whenever Microsoft found a vunrebility in their system, hackers would be quick to get around it, hence creating new patches to enable unlicense use of the software. The latest problem with Windows 7 comes with hackers finding a leak to the Loveno OEM master key, hence giving them unlimited access to the genuine product.

Windows have been trying hard to counter piracy through the years, but their effort has largely been dissapointing.

Firefox Hits 1 Bil Downloads

The second fastest web browsing software , Mozilla Firefox has announced that they hit the 1 billion downloads note. In a report by PC World, it is reported that the figures do not account for the billions of Firefox users already using the software world wide.

Mozilla Firefox has long been one of the most preffered web browsers after its introduction to internet users in 2004. However, Google's new Chrome is catching up with the user usage rate, and it has already beaten Firefox in terms of speed, taking over Firefox's crown ever since Chrome was introduced to the market.

The Internet Explorer(IE) by Microsoft on the other hand has found itself sidelined by many heavy internet users due to it's slow loading time, despite it's reputation of being more user friendly on many web pages.

No More IE in Windows

Microsoft has finally agreed that future Windows operating system can do without Internet Explorer for the time being. In a news report published by AFP, Microsoft was quoted as saying that users will be able to install other competing web browsers without much problem, and at the same time opt to un-install Microsoft's Internet Explorer from their Windows operating system.

This move is seen as a win-win situation by Microsoft, as they try to fend off the European Union litigation anti-trust battle with them.

Although it is unsure how the un-bundling of IE in future Windows would impact Microsoft, it is good to know that the consumers on the other hand would have more control over what web browser they would prefer to use on their systems.

Nonetheless, despite Microsoft's claim the IE would still be a preferred browser by many, most tech-savvy internet users seem to be turning to Google's light weight Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as good options to replace IE's heavy and slow loading.

Bing Replaces Yahoo!

In a much shocking news, Yahoo Inc finally decided that their search engine would be 'sold' to Microsoft whom has unveiled Bing as an alternative search engine to users a few weeks ago.

It what seems to be a move to quash Google's dominance in the search engine market, Microsoft's Bing search engine will power the Yahoo website and Yahoo will in turn become the advertising sales team for Microsoft's online offering.

With that fact in mind, reports online suggest that Yahoo would concentrate on their multimedia content and fantasy leagues which are considered un-rivaled in the internet.

According to analyst, as Google remains as the top search engine at the moment, Bing would have a lot of catching up to do to even pinch Bing.

A quick look at Bing reveals that it has a light, yet interesting interface for interaction, but search results for any certain search or maybe called 'bing' came back rather disappointing. Indeed, it is certainly what one would expect from a new search engine, but with Microsoft's large capital, they might eventually match Google in terms of search result, although it is largely doubtful whether Google will ever give in from being the number one search engine world wide.


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