Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Hacker Selling Yahoo Mail Exploit for $700

A hacker has begun selling what they claim is a zero-day exploit that will let criminals hijack control of Yahoo Mail users' accounts. The hacker, who goes by the moniker The Hell, posted a video marketing a $700 exploit kit on the secretive Darkode cybercrime market on Monday. The video was later spotted and re-posted onto YouTube by security blogger Brian Krebs.

"I'm selling Yahoo stored xss that steal Yahoo emails cookies and works on ALL browsers. And you don't need to bypass IE or Chrome xss filter as it do that itself because it's stored xss," 

TheHell proclaimed in his marketing video.

"Prices around for such exploit is $1,100 - $1,500, while I offer it here for $700. Will sell only to trusted people Bcuz I do not want it to be patched soon"

The exploit infects users machines via a malicious email link and reportedly targets a cross-site scripting (XSS) weakness in Yahoo.com .
TheHell claimed that when clicked the malicious link exploits a cross-site scripting bug that lets criminals steal Yahoo Mail cookies. The cookies can then reportedly be used to log into and steal control of any compromised Yahoo mail account.


Tech Comics

I just Laugh again and again :D

Monday, 26 November 2012

Google Planning to Lunch Touch ChromeBook

Microsoft is not the only one who thinks touch-screen laptops are a good idea, it appears. Google is reportedly planning a touch-enabled Chromebook for the end of 2012, and may even sell it under its own brand.

Google has ordered 20 million units of the device from its Taiwan-based manufacturer, Compal, the Chines Newspaper reports. The report says the size of the order indicates it’s “tentative,” though it’s probably a decent size for Chromebooks, which have not been huge sellers for Google. Sales have so far been so small that NPD, a research company that measures sales of electronics, does not even bother mentioning them.

A touch Chromebook mirrors what Microsoft has done in Windows 8 — putting touch-screen abilities into the “traditional” form factor of a laptop. However, it’s unclear if Google will modify Chrome OS on the new machine to better work with touch as Microsoft did with Windows. Or it could be the first product to run both Android and Chrome, or a merged version of both (it’s been rumored Google is planning to unite the two OSes).

The report says Google could release the new Chromebook as early as December, though the last month of the year is generally regarded as a poor time to launch a new product.

What would you like to see in a touch Chromebook? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Google Pakistan is hacked

Early Saturday morning, attempts to access search engine Google led to a page which appeared and behaved in a manner quite unlike the familiar logo and search bar one is used to. Google had been hacked and defaced.
The defaced webpage appeared only on the Pakistan sub-site for the search engine, www.Google.com.pk. Those who access Google from within Pakistan are usually redirected to this portal. Though soon, the redirect stopped working and one was taken to the international page Google.com for search queries.
Hackers swapped the Google logo and a search bar with an image of two penguins walking on a bridge. A message in Turkish read (translated through Google translate):

“Eboz of a friend always there for me My homies have not shot by me with every breath”
It further added the line “Downed Pakistan” to confirm the webpage had been taken down.
At the bottom of the page, the hackers added a big question mark followed by the tag line that when translated read:
“Hello friends who are still alive, not dead!”


Google Now has received a lot of acclaim over the past few months, and now it’s received the “Innovation of the Year” award from Popular Science as well. The publication praised Google’s voice-enabled personal assistant/psychic stalker app as “the first virtual assistant that truly anticipates your needs” and singled the way it “quietly keeps track of searches, calendar events, locations, and travel patterns.” Popular Science also could not resist throwing an elbow at Apple’s (AAPL) Siri voice assistant, which it said seemed “outdated” compared to Google Now.

For those who need a refresher on Google Now, it’s an application that uses search history and location history to figure out what information users might need at what times, such as being able to tell users how long their typical commutes will be given current traffic conditions, and being able to figure out how long in advance users will have to leave for them to make appointments. Google Now can also send out notifications to users telling them that they’ll need to leave at a given time in order to make a meeting based on their location and traffic conditions.

( Via - BGR )

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Apple Tells Samsung How Much HTC License Is Paying

Apple has been ordered to help Samsung's legal battles a little, with a court telling it to share full details of the 10-year settlement it struck with HTC recently. Only it's not going to be made public.

Apple has already sort of complied, providing Samsung with a heavily redacted version of the deal's terms that deletes 33 words from the agreement. This edited version of the text fails to show the financial details of the agreement between Apple and HTC, which is likely the most critical part of it as far as Samsung is concerned.

Apple claims Samsung already agreed to accept this redacted version of the text, but Samsung's now won the right for the full text to be released to its lawyers ahead of a December Sixth hearing in its ongoing case with Apple.

HTC recently denied it was paying Apple $8 every time it sells an Android model, claiming the estimates were "outrageous." Samsung's lawyers will soon know the real number.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

45 Amazing Social Media Statistics of 2012

The 2012 election shattered social media records from all angles, with election night taking the crown for most tweeted event ever. A picture posted and tweeted by Obama after winning the election beat the previous Facebook and Twitter records for most Retweets and ‘Likes’ ever, hitting 800,000 retweets within a few hrs and over 4 million ‘Likes’ within a few days.

Enjoy the record-breaking social media statistics below,

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Apple’s Eddy Cue joins Ferrari’s board of directors

Ferrari announced in a press release for its 2012 financials today that Apple’s Senior Vice President Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue is joining its board of directors. Ferrari chairperson Luca di Montezemolo made the announcement during a meeting of the company’s board of directors.

“I am delighted that Eddy Cue, one of the main driving forces behind Apple’s range of revolutionary products, has now joined our board. His huge experience in the dynamic, innovative world of the Internet will be of great assistance to us.”

Cue, who recently took on new responsibilities leading Siri and Maps following the departure of iOS chief Scott Forstall, also provided a statement regarding his nomination for the board:

“I am pleased and proud to become a member of the board. I have personally dreamed of owning a Ferrari since I was 8 years old and have been lucky to be an owner for the past 5 years. I continue to be awed by the world-class design and engineering that only Ferrari can do,”

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Google's Nexus 10 tablet gets torn down

We have already seen what makes the Nexus 7 tick, and the folks at PowerBook Medic have now done the tear down honors with its larger counterpart, the Nexus 10. Expectedly, there are not many major surprises to be found, but the site did note the "complete ease" of taking the tablet apart, with no glue or other impediments getting in the way. It's also confirmed that this is very much a Samsung-made tablet, with the company not only putting it together, but manufacturing everything from the processor to the flash memory to the battery.

( Via Engadget )

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Verizon is Back with Windows Phone HTC 8X

So, we have seen the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 break new ground in the smartphone scene, especially when they work in tandem with the Windows Phone 8 operating system. Well, the question of just which carrier will offer support for Windows Phone 8 has been answered all too soon, with Verizon Head Marketing Officer Tami Erwin informing CNET, “We all sell multiple Windows Phones in the fourth quarter.”

Nokia is by far and big main smartphone brand behind Windows Phone 8, although there are remnant devices from Samsung, HTC and LG as well, but the 3 mentioned companies tend to incline more towards the Android operating system as their major part is smartphone platform.

Verizon Wireless is said to be the biggest wireless carrier in the US, so to see them offering public support for Windows Phone 8 is definitely an encouraging sign. It would definitely help Microsoft’s intention of making Windows Phone a mainstream mobile operating system instead of occupying a relatively niche market as with their actual position. Will you jazz with the new Nokia on Verizon when those are made available?

( Via Ubergizmo )

Monday, 12 November 2012

Friday, 9 November 2012

Happy Birthday Firefox!! :)

The kids grow up so fast, don't they?

It seems like only yesterday I began using Firefox, but Mozilla has reminded us that today is the 8th birthday of its Firefox browser. Those 8th years, while seeming to have flown by, have had their smooth parts as well as their bumpy. The story of the "little browser that could" all began on November 9th 2004.

"The Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving choice and promoting innovation on the Internet, today announced the worldwide availability of the Mozilla Firefox 1.0 web browser." wrote Mozilla on this day in 2004.

A look back at 8 years of Firefox makes it clear while Mozilla challenges have remained constant, but the context has changed. While Google, Apple and Microsoft try to control the user experience through their (mostly) closed native ecosystems, Mozilla wants to bring the Web back as the central user experience in cell phones. The first Firefox OS devices are due to ship sometime in 2013 and will initially be focused on foreign markets, such as Latin America.

MasterCard With Touchscreen Keyboard

Standard Chartered Bank & MasterCard has unveiled Singapore’s 1st Interactive Card, which uses MasterCard’s Display Card technology. The Card is manufactured by NagraID Security and it features an embedded LCD display and touch-sensitive buttons that allow card owners to generate a One-Time Password as security measure.

AThe interactive payment card has an embedded LCD display and
touch-sensitive buttons for entering one-time passwords

The Display Card is a creative 2-in-1 device, which combines the functionality of a standard payment card with a state-of-the-art security token. In the future, it could incorporate additional functions like indicating your available credit balance, loyalty points, recent transactions, and other real-time information. Matthew Driver, South East Asia president for MasterCard Worldwide, said:

                “With the continued growth in online and now mobile initiated remote payments, consumers are naturally demanding increased security. The innovative features of the Display Card serve to address this need, whilst empowering consumers to do so much more with their payment cards.”

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

U.S. Court Orders Apple To Pay $368 Million Damages

Apple cannot catch a break in the courts right now. In the latest legal blow for Cupertino, a U.S. court has ruled its FaceTime video calling technology infringes four patents owned by technology company VirnetX. A U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Texas has ordered Apple to pay more than $368 million in damages to VirnetX.

The patents in question are U.S. Patent Nos. 6,502,135,  7,418,504, 7,921,211 and 7,490,151 — which include a way of establishing a secure coma link.

Apple has the option to appeal the decision. We have reached out to Apple and VirnetX for further comment and will update with any response.

Commenting on the win, Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President, said in a statement: “We are extremely pleased with the outcome of our suit with Apple. This victory further establishes the importance of our patent portfolio.”

The BBC reports that the damages award is around half the amount VirnetX had originally sought. It also notes that VirnetX has previously secured a $200m settlement from Microsoft over similar claims.

Apple’s recent legal woes include a U.S. judge dismissing a patent licensing case against Motorola Mobility, a U.K. court sticking by a ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablets do not infringe the design of the iPad, and a Dutch court ruling that Samsung does not infringe an Apple multitouch patent. Apple also recently got into hot water over the wording of a legal statement it was required to carry on its U.K. website.

( Source TechCrunch )

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

End Of An Era: Live Messenger to be retire, Now Users Transitioned To Skype

We've heard plenty of rumors about Microsoft's plans for Skype. Finally the company is showing its cards on the table. After dedication of working to bridge the gap between Messenger and its VoIP purchase, its aging IM platform will indeed be retired and users migrated to the more video-focused property. Redmond hopes to complete the move during the first quarter of 2013, after which Messenger will be retired everywhere except in mainland China. Users of both services will be able to merge their accounts and combine their contacts, while those with only a Microsoft account will have to transition to a Skype. Though, rest assured, your Messenger buddy list will automatically be transferred. With the imminent death of this MSN downward, it's clear that Microsoft is positioning Skype not just as a VoIP client, but as an all-in-one messaging solution meant to take on the likes of Google Talk, with its Voice and Hangouts features.

( Via Engadget )

Android's 5th Birthday :)

While Apple launched the first version of iOS in 2007 with the first iPhone, Google made a play over a year later to challenge Apple for the smartphone market. 5 years ago today, Google, along with other companies such as Samsung, HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola and more, officially revealed that development had begun on the Android OS.

Even though Android was officially announced 5 years ago today, it would still be another year or so before the 1st Android-based smartphone, the T-Mobile G1, went on sale.

Today is officially Android's Fifth Bday, and the world has seen the OS become a huge force in the smartphone industry. Many hardware makers now create Android devices, which has gone through 4 major versions and several minor updates. A few days ago, a report claimed that 3three out of every 4four smartphone shipped worldwide in the third quarter of 2012 had a version of Android inside.

While Android has been highly successful on smartphones, the OS has not been as successful on tablet devices out of the gate. However, that may be changing. As we reported earlier today, the market share for Apple's iPad has gone down even as Android tablets from companies such as Samsung and Amazon have seen gains.

( Source- Neowin )

Monday, 5 November 2012

How To: Skype Multi Login (No Patch) Windows XP or Win 7

After and with Skype ver. 4.0, Skype Company introduced a new feature of multiple users login on a single Computer for Windows XP "Switch User" Feature. The following steps will show you how to create a new shortcut for opening a new Skype window with a different Skype User Account ID.

  • Right click on the Desktop and select 'New' then select or click 'Shortcut'.
    Copy the below line (with quotes) and paste it in the text box where it says "Type the location of the item".

    "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /secondary
  • Click 'Next' 
  • Give the new shortcut a new name 'Skype Multi Login' 
  • Click 'Finish'

Now You can run the new Skype multiple instances with different Skype IDs.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 30 million copies sold

Less than six months on the market, and now over 30 million sold: Samsung Galaxy S3 is by far the most popular Android smartphone ever. And just like the Samsung Galaxy S2 seems the popularity of the Galaxy S3 to have underestimated.

Some time before the unveiling of the Galaxy S3 appeared the news that Samsung at least 30, maybe 40 million of wanted to sell - but that number within half year, so it would be like for the Koreans quite a positive surprise to be.
We - or better yet: Samsung's accounting department - are so very curious where the counter will eventually hang. Finally, the holidays are coming, and it takes more than six months before a possible successor will enter the market. And even then the Galaxy S3 course, just hit the shelves, like the Galaxy S2 also still on sale (and sells!).

( Via Galaxy S3 )

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Facebook's TimeLine: One-column Experiment

The reason is that Facebook's current, multi-column stream is amateur-hour design that subtly irritates and frustrates mainstream users.

In fact, serving up a design that features undifferentiated multi-column stream layouts is the easiest way for social content stream companies to limit the broad appeal of their product.

Facebook's one-column experiment:

When you click your name in the upper left corner of the current Facebook interface, you're taken to your Facebook Timeline.

The Timeline has two columns of equal width and "weight," or visual emphasis, separated by a blue line.
A mostly algorithm-selected list of reverse-chronological user posts begins top left. On the right are "modules," such as "Activity," "Friends," "Photos," "Likes," "Places" and apps.

When the modules run out, the Timeline fills in the space with more Timeline posts.
As you continue to scroll down the page, you see two equal columns side-by-side all the way back in time to your birth, theoretically.

From a design perspective, the current Facebook Timeline is a train wreck.

The new experimental design makes a lot more sense. It gives more emphasis to the left column by making it wider -- it spans about 60% the width of the page, leaving about 40% to the "modules." And when the "modules" end, the space is left blank.

This subtle change doesn't entirely "fix" the Timeline's busy structure, but it improves it a lot.

If I was grading the design as a teacher, I'd give the experimental layout a solid B, and the current design a D-. Users will enjoy Facebook more once the company rolls out the redesign.

( Source Computer World )

Apple Posts Its Apology To Samsung

Apple Posts Its Apology To Samsung:

After trying to be snarly and biting with its court ordered apology to Samsung, and being reprimanded by the UK court and told to fix it, Apple has now put a second, simple, much less back-handledly “Samsung’s dumb and we are the coolest” apology on their UK webpage.This will be the end of it Hopefully.

Now, Apple has complied to the spirit of the law a little bit more, by not implying anything with its now  suitably dry apology, and by posting on its UK homepage in 11-point font as ordered. The apology on the homepage reads:

On 25 October 2012, Apple Inc. published a statement on its UK website in relation to Samsung’s Galaxy tablet computers. That statement was inaccurate and did not comply with the order of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. The correct statement is at Samsung/Apple UK judgement.

It’s best that all parties involved finally put this in the past. After all, Samsung has a its new Nexus 10 to lunch, and Apple an iPad Mini. Those two form factors are nothing alike. Finally, maybe this is over…for now.

( Source Gizmodo )

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Today Apple release the New "iPad Mini"

As usual, there's a constant stream of rumors and speculation about which Apple products are coming next. The New iPad only launched back in March, but that does not stop Apple fans from getting excited about the possibility of a redesigned - and crucially, smaller new iPad. Everyone's talking about the new iPad mini and finally now the new iPad Mini is here Today Apple releases his new gadget.

So here’s some specifications you need to know about Apple’s latest gadget...

1) The iPad mini will be hitting shops on Friday November 2. That's this Friday! Rumours that the new iPad would be called the ‘iPad Air’ or the ‘iPad Nano’ have been proven false - Apple have gone for the simple ‘iPad mini’.

2) Apple boss Tim Cook promised the pocket sized device was "not just a shrunken down iPad" but "an entirely new design".He said: "You can hold it in one hand..."

3) The iPad mini is 7.2mm thin ("as thin as a pencil!" says Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller).

4) It weighs just 0.68lbs - that’s half the weight of an iPad ("as light as a pad of paper!").

5) The iPad mini comes in black and white ("same colors as a zebra crossing!").

6) It has a screen size of 7.9in on the diagonal (as opposed to 9.7in on the big iPad).

7) It has a resolution of 1024 x 768 so all existing iPad software is compatible.

8) The iPad mini range will start at £269 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model - that’s £130 less than the equivalent iPad costs. This pricing puts the Mini in direct competition with £159 rivals such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7.

9) The iPad mini has a 5mp iSight camera and a HD FaceTime front side camera.

10) Its Wi-Fi is twice as fast as the big iPad, plus it has a dual core A5 chip and LTE download.

11) Oh yes it has a whooping 10 hours of battery life.So sorry iPad 2 users...

12) According to big-man Phil, Apple are  "so far ahead of the competition I can't even see them in the rear view mirror!"

13) Apple will come in for some flak for "responding to competitors instead of pioneering their own way", according to Ovum’s principal analyst, Adam Leach. Then again, Apple would have been foolish not to fend off the competition - especially with the Christmas market just around the corner.

( Via Mirror News )

Compact Review of HTC 8X

The HTC Windows Phone 8X is the “signature handset” of Windows Phone 8, the product of the company’s partnership with Microsoft for the newest version of its mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8. Announced last month, the phone is set to make its way to AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon by the end of the year.

One of the 1st phones to hit the market running Windows Phone 8, the handset will help set the tone for Windows Phone 8 in the mobile marketplace.

Consider November the rebirth of Windows Phone and, with that new beginning, expect an array of new phones packed with new tricks all trying to impress the money out of your pocket.

Like Android there's plenty of choice too, with HTC, Nokia, and Samsung all believing they offer the best solution for those looking to go Windows Phone 8. All have their advantages, but does the HTC 8X have what it takes to be "The Windows Phone"?

Compact Review of the HTC 8X:
One of the standout features of Windows Phone is its Start Screen. Fully customizable, the screen is populated by individual tiles representing each app — the same kind of experience you’ll find in Microsoft’s recently released Windows 8 operating system.

Meant as a quick access point for apps you use often rather than a storage place for all your apps, tiles can be dragged and arranged wherever you would like them to be on the screen.

Some tiles are “live,” meaning the information displayed on them changes. So, a weather app might display the temperature outside with a picture of, say, a rain cloud if it’s raining. A sports app may show the score in the game your favorite team is playing in.

As the user, you decide which apps earn their own tile space on your home screen, how big they are, and where those tiles are located.

The tile design was present in Windows Phone 7, but with Windows Phone 8 Microsoft has expanded on the interface, giving users the ability to not only customize the color of the tiles on the screen, but also the size of those tiles.

Now available in three different sizes, you can adjust tile size by pressing and holding a particular tile on the screen and then taping on an arrow that appears on the bottom of that tile.

The lock screen on the phone can be customized with a picture form your photo library, a built-in image or an image from Bing. Windows Phone 8 also allows you to display information from apps on your lock screen. For instance, your Facebook account can also provide the palette for the lock screen on the phone, pulling photos from your Facebook account — either as a whole or specific albums that you specify.

I chose to have the lock screen pull from the photos I have uploaded to Instagram as well as my mobile uploads to Facebook. The result was a pretty interesting rotation of some of my favorite recent pictures that changed almost every time I picked up the phone.

Microsoft Surface: 5 million tablet to share

Today day tablet. ASUS introduces the Padfone 2, interesting concept smartphone and tablet two in one, and Microsoft begins to move to the imminent launch of Surface. And it does seriously. Yes, because Steve Ballmer recently had reduced the importance of the tablet for Microsoft, saying it expects to sell only a few million devices. The game down but was discovered. The Wall Street Journal reported Microsoft orders from home for about 3/5 million tablets next quarter. And the fact that Microsoft really believes in his tablet is also seen in the communication. Just today have launched a TV commercial in the United States entitled "Movement" which will be accompanied by a very aggressive marketing campaign. Steve Ballmer is no joke.

The arrival in store was announced on October 26, just in time for the newly arrived iPad mini probably. Concepts and different potential, mind you, but the sector remains the same.

No coincidence that Microsoft has waited a long time before announcing the price of its tablet, until now, as it happens. Those interested can pre-order a fact directly Surface.com and make sure the 32GB version for $ 499 and the 64GB at $ 699. Certainly not prices "affordable" such as the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire. It simply means that the viewfinder there is only one brand: Apple, with its 17 million tablets sold last quarter is the benchmark in the industry. And a few hours ago Apple has just officially announced the event on October 23 at 19:00 hours local Italian where presumably present the much talked about iPad Mini.

We'll see if Microsoft Surface will be enough to restart. PC sales are, in fact more and more in free fall, in the third quarter of the requests in the sector fell by 8% compared to 2011 and the prospects are brighter. The tablet market can therefore no longer be an accessory for Microsoft, at all costs has become a certainty to start again, and soon.

( Via Woorup )