If my email inbox is anything to go by, Microsoft has once again gone on a Christmas Xbox Live banning spree, and once again innocent users are caught up in the crossfire.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes sifts through the marketing hyperbole and casts his critical eye over the latest technological innovations to find out which products make the grade and which don't.
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What are the companies and products that analysts and enthusiasts should be keeping an eye on in 2008? Here's what I'm going to be keeping my eyes on ...
I've long held the belief that antivirus software can be almost as bad as the malware it's trying to protect you from. In fact, I believe that it's a lot worse.
What's really behind the Wii shortages? Is it that Nintendo can't keep up with the demand, or are supplies of the console being artificially limited in order to drive up sales?
Does one OS having fewer security patches than another operating system mean that the OS with the fewer patches is the safest OS? You know, I'm not sold of that concept.
Sometimes I just don't understand Microsoft. Take this latest move for example. The company has just abandoned the "PlaysForSure" logo for the digital rights management (DRM) technology with the "Certified for Windows Vista" logo. Why is this likely to cause confusion? Well, because Microsoft uses the exact same "Certified for Windows Vista" logo for the Zune player, which uses DRM which is incompatible with the previous "PlaysForSure" model.
A forecast released by Arbor Networks suggests that the iPhone will become a major target for hackers in 2008. Do iPhone users have anything to worry about? Well, I'd say that all depends on whether there are enough users from the "stupid crowd" to target. After all, hackers follow the path of least resistance and go after the "stupid crowd"
Yesterday the media and the blogosphere engaged in a bout of collective hyerventilation over Microsoft offering free software in exchange for being able to snoop on users for three months. While this offer is now gone (according to Microsoft they have all the participants needed), it does raise an interesting question - Would you let Microsoft snoop on your computer usage in exchange for free software?
Yesterday Microsoft released the first service pack for the Office 2007 suite. I've installed it on a few systems and everything seems OK ... so far.
Despite what some websites are reporting, the RIAA is NOT saying that ripping CDs into MP3s is illegal.