Archive for September 17, 2008

US-based McAfee said fans searching for information and pictures of Brad Pitt, or downloads, wallpaper and screen savers, have an 18% chance of having their PCs infected with a virus, spyware, spam, phishing and adware.

According to McAfee, Brad Pitt screensavers, Beyonce ringtones and Justin Timberlake downloads are the most dangerous celebrities / items to search for on the internet because cybercriminals use their names to lure victims.

The top lists includes:

1. Brad Pitt
2. Beyonce Knowles
3. Justin Timberlake
4. Heidi Montag
5. Mariah Carey
6. Jessica Alba
7. Lindsay Lohan
8. Cameron Diaz
9. George Clooney, Rihanna
11. Angelina Jolie
12. Fergie
13. David Beckham
14. Katie Holmes
15. Katherine Heigl

RIM answer to iPhone – The Storm

Posted: September 17, 2008 in Tech

Verizon has put the BlackBerry Storm 9530 coming soon page online, which gives Research In Motion (RIM) fanatics a glimpse on what to come for the Blackberry devices.

The Storm – previously known as the Thunder, is the first touchscreen device from RIM.

The 3G Storm surpasses the iPhone 3G spec in several ways, with a 3.2 megapixel camera compared to the iPhone’s 2.0 megapixel snapper, removable memory and battery, and picture messaging.

No details of the Storm’s pricing or availability have been released yet.

Canon U.S.A. announced four new models for its line of PowerShot point and shoot digital cameras. The new models include the G10, the SX10 IS, SD990 IS and SD880 IS.

Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH Camera
The PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH camera showcases enhanced specifications such as 14.7-megapixel resolution, 3.7x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilization and Canon’s new Quick Shot Mode for even faster shutter speed.

Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH Camera
The successor to Canon’s widely popular PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH camera, the PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH camera boasts improved specifications such as 10.0-megapixel resolution and 4x wide-angle Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilization. In combination with the latest DIGIC 4 image processor and Motion Detection Technology, the wide-angle zoom lens has been improved, enabling consumers to capture large and small group shots with ease, while on vacation or attending social gatherings.

Canon PowerShot G10
The PowerShot G10 digital camera offers serious amateur shooters and professional photographers several essential ingredients for a flagship model, including Canon’s new DIGIC 4 image processor, 28mm Optical Image Stabilized lens and RAW mode. This trilogy of style, performance and image quality is an ideal professional complement for anyone seeking the photo quality of a DSLR, combined with the convenient size of a point-and-shoot.

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
The PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera. The new digital camera features a wide-angle (28 mm — 560 mm) 20x optical zoom lens, an Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), Canon’s new DIGIC 4 image processor and a smooth, curved grip that fits in the hand comfortably. This compact camera is capable of capturing long-range shots of soccer field action from the bleachers or sunsets from your hotel balcony easier. Photographers can now quickly zoom in close enough to capture facial expressions and details from far away.

Dell and Ingram Micro said that the credit crunch will hurt corporate and consumer spending.

Dell shares fell 11% following its warning. Other tech stocks that ended lower include computer memory chip maker Micron Technology, which fell 7.8%, and storage maker Seagate, which fell 8.2%.

Dell said it is committed to working aggressively on cost initiatives that will benefit its profit-and-loss book over time, with improved growth, profitability and cash flow.

EU to investigate Google and Yahoo! ad deal

Posted: September 17, 2008 in Tech

The European Commission (EU) will soon launch an investigation into the proposed advertising tie-up deal between two of the internet’s biggest players, Google and Yahoo! The Commission said it is unsure if the alliance will pose a problem or not.

Both Yahoo! and Google said the deal is limited to their web properties in the US and Canada and does not cover Europe. EU only has jurisdiction to investigate the arrangement if it affects trade between EU member states.