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June 30, 2010

Obama Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution

White House

The Obama administration announced on Monday, “We are now beginning the next transformation in information technology: the wireless broadband revolution.”

The announcement aims to launch U.S. business into the online world, and was outlined in a presidential memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies.

It encourages both federal and private agencies to take a few steps, including a call from the federal government to free up 500 megahertz of wireless communication spectrum, which would nearly double what is currently available. (more…)

Seagate Launches 3TB External Drive


The FreeAgent GoFlex Desk from Seagate is the world’s first external hard drive to top two terabytes of storage capacity. At 3TB and $249.99, Seagate’s FreeAgent GoFlex Desk is designed for home and office applications. Demand for storage capacity is rising, and the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk allows remote storage with GoFlexNet.

June 29, 2010

Rumblefish Launches Friendly Music: Tunes For YouTube Videos At $1.99 A Pop

Music licensing company Rumblefish last week announced a new music program for YouTube users, enabling them to buy a lifetime, worldwide music license on a selected music track at $1.99 a pop and fully edit the music into their videos.

The online store, dubbed Friendly Music, has just been pushed live.
YouTube users can use the website to access Rumblefish’s catalog of copyright-cleared songs (about 35,000 tracks strong), which they can use to create soundtracks for their videos.


Q&A: Google and China

In June, Google announced a “new approach” in its ongoing battle with the Chinese authorities over internet censorship, saying users in mainland China will now have to actively click on a link before accessing unfiltered search results.

For the past three months, users were automatically redirected to Google’s unfiltered search site in Hong Kong to get round censorship issues.

June 28, 2010

Google Chrome passes Safari in US browser share

Google Chrome is now the third-most-popular browser in the US, behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox, but ahead of Apple’s Safari for the first time, according to a study by web analytics company StatCounter.

Chrome overtook Safari during the week ending June 27, and now has a share of around 8.97 percent of the US browser market, just ahead of Safari at 8.88 percent. Internet Explorer and Firefox still dominate with shares of 52 percent and 28.5 percent respectively, all versions combined, StatCounter said. (more…)

CASIT Celebrates GTF’s Graduation

Daniel Mundra, a Graduate Teaching Fellow who spent the last year
working for CASIT, graduated from Computer and Information Science’s Masters
Degree Program this spring. Pictured here with CASIT coworkers (from left to
right) James Lewis, Carl Woeck, Cathleen Leue and Garron Hale, Daniel needed
just one year to complete the program. We wish him luck and prosperity for
the future!

June 25, 2010

Linux system compromised by backdoor Trojan

Malware concerns for Linux

A backdoor Trojan discovered in a popular Linux download illustrates that the OS is not impervious to attack.

Linux can no longer be considered impervious to attack or compromise. The bad news is that it turns out a vast collection of Linux systems may, in fact, be pwned. The good news, at least for IT administrators and organizations that rely on Linux as a server or desktop operating system, is that the Trojan is in a game download so it should have no bearing on Linux in a business setting. (more…)

Adobe to fix critical Reader hole next week

Adobe will release updates for Reader and Acrobat on Tuesday that will fix critical security issues, including plugging a hole that could be used to take control of computers and which has been exploited in the wild, the company said on Thursday. (more…)

Google remotely deletes Android apps

Apps ‘misrepresented’ their purpose in order to trick people in to downloading them, claims Google

Google has confirmed that it has remotely deleted two applications from mobile phones running the Android operating system after the apps were found to contravene Google app store policy.
Product descriptions for the two unnamed apps misrepresented their purpose in order to encourage downloads, said Google. (more…)

Steve Jobs to Lefties: Hold the iPhone 4 differently or buy a case


I received my iPhone 4 today and just as it arrived, I started seeing reports of the new antenna configuration not being so friendly to left-handed users.
Being left-handed myself, I was concerned about this issue, so as soon as the epic job of restoring my iPhone 4 from my last iPhone 3GS backup finished, I tested it.

Sure enough, as soon as I held the iPhone in my left hand like I normally do when I’m talking on the phone, the iPhone lost all connection to AT&T. Like dead, no signal useless.

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