• January 21, 2013

    Kim Dotcom Launches Mega

  • January 20, 2013

    Podcast Episode 10 Questions

    The Technology Geek Episode 10 Questions What’s the best time tracking program for Mountain Lion? What can I use for offsite backup iMac? How should I backup my Android phone? How can I make Windows 8 more like Windows 7? My Windows 7 Computer keeps rebooting what can i do? Can I get office on my mac? Can I install wordpress on mac? Is there a way to fix the screen on an old laptop? I open a program then it crashes
  • January 19, 2013

    Safe Gmail Review

    E-mail is something that everyone uses for their business and personal use so e-mail needs to be kept safe.  Your password is not the only password you need to worry about, your contacts need to protect their passwords as well. Safe Gmail is the closest thing to military grade PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) Encryption you can find in an e-mail extension.  When you encrypt your e-mail the only person that can read it is the recipient.  Both inboxes are encrypted so no messages can get stolen and after a certain time messages encrypted with Safe Gmail expired and get permanently deleted. We have all see theses keys on the internet before —–BEGIN PGP KEY——— Lots of letters and numbers —–END PGP KEY———— What this extension does it make it easier for non computer savvy users to use these pgp keys by implementing a question and answer system or an agreed upon password.  The key is then sent into the Safe Gmail’s cloud and the message is sent straight to the inbox of the recipient to insure encryption.  Then the recipient decrypts the message in their browser so Safe Gmail never sees the message. Safe Gmail is completely Open Source and has a free browser extension for Chrome and Firefox.  There are also mobile versions of this for iOS and Android phone.
  • January 19, 2013

    Podcast Episode 10

    The Technology Geek – Episode 10 Today in this podcast we discuss Time Warner Cable, Netflix at odds over ‘Super HD,’ 3D Netflix scores Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and more Time Warner content Microsoft challenges poor grade for Security Essentials StumbleUpon cuts 30 percent of its staff as it seeks profits Aaron Swartz’s Passes Away EBay sales climb 18 percent to $3.9B in fourth quarter Microsoft ‘to replace Xbox Live voice chat with Skype SkypeHide to Send secret messages into silence of Skype Calls Lenovo enters the Chromebook market with the $429 ThinkPad X131e CNET Forced to Pull Dish From CES Awards Over CBS Lawsuit YouTube Is Ready to Invest in Vevo, but the Deal Isn’t Done Cisco Linksys routers vulnerable to remote zero-day exploit Oracle Patches Java Zero Day Vulnerability Apple Ordering Less iPhone 5 Components Facebook Graphic Search Revealed Facebook’s Instagram continues to slide after an Internet uproar last month Microsoft Silicon Valley offices raided with only iPads stole IE10 for Windows 7 inches closer Google Declares War on Passwords What’s the best time tracking program for Mountain Lion? What can I use for offsite backup iMac? How should I backup my Android phone? How can I make Windows 8 more like Windows 7? My Windows 7 Computer keeps rebooting what can i do? Can I get office on my mac? Can I install wordpress on mac? Is there a way to fix the screen on an old laptop? I open a program then it crashes
  • January 18, 2013

    New Java Exploit

      On Sunday January 13th Oracle released two patches for Java Security Alert CVE-2013-0422 which included two vulnerabilities.  Oracle confirmed that the flaws were only present in Java 7 versions and did not impact Java on servers, Java desktop applications, or embedded Java.  Java is used in 3 billion machines, about 2 billion of which are desktop or laptop computers. In August of last year, Oracle issued an urgent fix to seal a dangerous security flaw within its Java software that’s left thousands of computers wide open to malicious attacks from hackers.  Now on the heels of Sundays patch there is again a new Java exploit. The new exploit is how ever selling on the Black market for $5000.  The vulnerability was found less than 24 hours after Oracle released its Sunday patch. The zero day exploit was sold to two people threw an underground forum.  The media and internet attention Oracle has received over Java will assure users that we can expect a patch very soon.  I recommend users disable Java in there web browsers until this Java exploit has been once again patched.
  • January 18, 2013

    Computer Hacking Then Versus Now

    In 1970, a 14-year-old boy named Bill Gates dialed into a nationwide computer network uploaded a virus he had written and caused the entire network to crash.  Five years later he and Paul Allen founded Microsoft. In 1973 Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak went around college dorms in California selling blue boxes that let students bypass telephone-company restrictions and make long-distance calls for free.  In 1976 Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak would found Apple. Kevin Mitnick first gained unauthorized access to a computer network in 1979, at 16, when a friend gave him the phone number for the Ark, the computer system Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) used for developing their RSTS/E operating system software. He broke into DEC’s computer network and copied their software.  He was sentenced to 12 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Kevin Poulsen is best known for his takeover of all of the telephone lines for Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM, guaranteeing that he would be the 102nd caller and win the prize of a Porsche 944 S2.  He was sentenced to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay $56,000 in restitution. At the time, it was the longest sentence ever given for cracking In 2010 Aaron Swartz, broke into a utility closet at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology he hooked up a laptop to the campus network and downloaded 4 million academic journal articles, most of them in the public domain, from a paid archive to which he had a subscription.  He faced 50 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine. The difference between then and now is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986.  Which states in section 1030: “Unauthorized access into a protected network or computer a federal crime and permits harsh penalties for those...
  • January 17, 2013

    EBay Sales Jump 18 Percent

    EBay’s sales climbed 18% to $3.9 billion in revenue during the fourth fiscal quarter, up from $3.4 billion during the same period a year earlier.  EBay is happy about the jump claiming it was due to doubling digit user growth across its portfolio as well as strong gains in mobile adoption.  EBay mobile has doubled its transaction volume over the previous-year period. The fourth quarter is always the best for online shopping companies as bargain-hunting holiday shoppers flocked to EBay’s Internet shopping mall and PayPal’s digital payment service.  The results announced Wednesday served as the exclamation point on the best year yet for eBay in the company’s 18 year history. EBay hopes to continue its growth by focusing on the expansion of EBay and PayPal services in countries like Brazil, India, Russia and China.
  • January 16, 2013

    Facebook Graphic Search Revealed

    Facebook again beats the speculation proving once again they are not a hardware company and not releasing a Facebook phone or tablet, but has moved ahead with a new feature call Graphic Search. Facebook Graphic Search goes straight after Google’s bread and butter.  You can search through the massive piles of information, photos, music, “likes,” and other data on the social networking giant’s servers. The new feature is not released yet.  Within the next few weeks, a few hundred thousand users in the U.S. will get a chance to use the new search functions as Facebook seems to want test the new feature before rolling it out to everyone. If you would like to be a part of those few hundred thousand users you can sign up here. There are some concerns with the new feature the new Facebook Graph Search is a phishing scammers dream because the attacker can narrow down specific targets, and customize emails or Facebook messages using compelling details about their lives, their friends, the things that interest them, and the places they’ve visited. Facebook has built in a privacy tool not sure how many people are going to use it but time will tell.  The hopes of most security researchers are this tools might be a major eye opener for people to see how much data they are sharing. Facebook has received some other unexpected slack with this announcement investors and shareholders were hoping for a Facebook phone or tablet.  Shares in the company have been shaky and launching a mobile initiative would have helped the the company’s revenue ability by making money on smartphones and tablets.
  • January 15, 2013

    Apple Ordering Less iPhone 5 Components

    Apple shares fell after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company has cut its orders for iPhone 5 components due to weaker than expected demand and the product not selling well.  Apple which has fallen to 5.5% market share behind Nokia 19.2% and Samsung at 22.9% which both sell the droid operating system on their own hardware. People have been quoted as saying the first iPhone was a head of its time and for first 2 to 3 years there were innovative now they are playing catch up.  There is other possible reasons why Apple has cut their component orders from Samsung. On October 12, 2012 Reports said Apple is planning to shift production of its ARM-based microprocessors from Samsung to the Taiwanese chip-baking giant TSMC as early as next year. Back in October 22, 2012 there was a report that Samsung was cutting LCD supply chain to Apple.  Later Samsung claimed the rumor to be false. In early November 12th 2012 I be leave Samsung hit Apple with a 20% price increase on mobile processors. Apple is moving some of their production to the United States. Apple and Samsung are in law suits over patent infringement. The holiday season has come to an end and United States still has tough economy I am not saying Apple sales are not slowing down.  What I am saying is I think it’s possible that maybe the orders for iPhone 5 components are slowing down because Apple is planning a hardware vender change or a product direction change time will tell.
  • Tech site CNET was forced to remove the Dish Hopper with Sling from its “Best of CES” awards due to ongoing litigation between parent company CBS and Dish.  The Hopper was going to be awarded “Best in Show” award.  As most people know CNET owned by CBS was in charge of giving out the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) awards. The two companies are in a legal battle over the Hopper’s ad-skipping technology the same way TiVo got in trouble for their skip button and was forced to remove.  What a lot of people don’t know is you can still enable the button by using an unlock technique which can be found here Because of a legal battle CBS laid down a ban that CNet won’t be allowed to even review Dish products, much less give them awards.  CNET will no longer be reviewing Dish products until the litigation is settled. The site, however, said the ban “only applies to product reviews, not news about the companies.” Leo Laporte who was in Vegas giving out the Podcast awards along with attending CES made it a point to talk about this travesty on TWIT and The Tech Guy podcast and was out raged over the lack of journalistic integrity on both CNET and CBS’s part. As more blogs and podcasts are acquisitioned by larger corporations there is a concern that the legal or financial interests of those parent companies might cloud the news coverage of the outlets they own.  We have starting seeing this not only with CNET but by AOL buying Engadget and Techcrunch. While CNET insisted that its news coverage will remain unbiased, the blackout on reviews is troubling to many, as they are largely reviewed by most tech sites as part of the objective, reporting process