Last week, I picked up on Bruce Schneier's rip on banks that are looking to ban cell phone usage in the name of security (in hopes of preventing robberies). Then, today comes news from The Register of how camera phones are being used in South Africa to stalk and mug bank customers:South African muggers are using camera phones to capture pictures of potential victims in banks before their accomplices stalk and rob them, according to reports....
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Mary Jo Foley: Looks like calls for Microsoft to add another beta to the Windows Vista timeline are falling on deaf ears. Microsoft has begun testing internally Vista Release Candidate (RC) 1 builds.....
Here's my question: when does someone actually lose their job in this case of ineptitude? Let's see.
Today, the LA Times (by way of the Boston Globe) has a very well-written story that puts technology lawmaking into nearly perfect perspective for those who have no idea how bad things really are. In a story headlined In Information Age, Congress struggles to get up to speed, Jim Puzzanghera writes:...
Last week, I wrote about a strange DRM-esque message that Outlook displayed after I opened an e-mail with a PDF attachement. In all my years of using Outlook, I had never seen this message before and I had no idea why it was showing it to me now.
By way of Bruce Schneier, I ended up reading a giant feature over at CIO Magazine (that I haven't finished yet) that talks about how data mining is turning into one of the US Government's weapons of choice in thwarting the next terrorist attack: On the evening of Sept. 27, 2001, Howard Rubin, a computer science professor at City University of New York who had advised the Clinton administration on technology issues, was home observing Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Hebrew calendar...
Last week, I wrote about how Ubuntu (desktop Linux) is getting heaps of praise and good karma at the expense of some other traditionally compelling destkop distros including Xandros. This week however, the cards are appparently falling Novell SuSE desktop Linux's direction as eWeek is reporting that one of the three top-tier vendors -- Lenovo -- will be offering SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) as a preload option.
In the new age of live blogging, Engadget and several other sites are providing just-in-time coverage of the Steve Jobs' opening keynote. Ryan Block and team at Engadget are posting pictures and providing the play-by-play.
A couple of weeks ago, I podcasted my personal caught-on-tape customer service experience with Bank of America where the customer service representative (CSR) or someone she talked to made up a story to explain why the non-800 (toll-free) phone number on the back of it's ATM cards wasn't working. It's imperative for that number to work if you're a Bank of America customer and you're oversees and the card isn't working for some reason.
David Ciccone over at MobilityToday.com has a great collection of photos of an as-of-yet unreleased camera-phone version of Research in Motion's BlackBerry 8100 series.