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September 22, 2009 by

From Gimmiv to Conficker: The lucrative MS08-067 flaw

GENEVA -- The critical MS08-067 vulnerability used by the Conficker worm to build a powerful botnet continues to be a lucrative security hole for cyber criminals.During a presentation at the Virus Bulletin 2009 conference here, a trio of Microsoft researchers dissected the malware attacks linked to MS08-067 and found that criminal gangs are still exploiting the flaw to plant data-theft Trojans on vulnerable Windows machines.

July 7, 2009 by

Life beyond Windows 7: Microsoft updates other products

Believe it or not, Microsoft is still developing enterprise products besides Windows 7 and Office 2010. While those two are garnering most of the headlines and attention lately, other Microsoft product teams are still chugging along, rolling out updates and readying new versions

June 9, 2009 by

Motorola Rival messaging phone offers QWERTY, touch, visual voicemail

Motorola introduced the new Motorola Rival messaging phone today for Verizon Wireless, offering a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, "touch key" interface and visual voicemail.The candybar phone, which is available today in a silver-and-red or purple-and-black finish, is intended for the multimedia-minded who aren't ready to pony up the cost and data plan commitment of a true smartphone.

April 16, 2009 by

T-Mobile announces 3G-enabled Sidekick LX

Not content with just the G1 smartphone, T-Mobile today announced the newest T-Mobile Sidekick LX, featuring 3G for faster data speeds and enhanced mobile access to popular social media sites.The Sidekick LX is available for pre-order starting today on T-Mobile's site.

January 19, 2009 by

Palm Pre: Can it trump the iPhone? Will it matter?

The Palm Pre is the first smartphone innovative enough to give the iPhone a run for its money. In fact, it leapfrogs the iPhone in a several key areas. The big question is whether Palm can deliver and if it has the chutzpah to take on the Apple juggernaut.

December 20, 2008 by

Review: Samsung Behold and Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5 on T-Mobile

This year we created the ZDNet Holiday Guide and while putting together the best feature phone guide I was particularly intrigued by the Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5 and Samsung Behold from T-Mobile. My contacts at T-Mobile promptly sent them both to me for a couple of weeks and I have had trouble putting one of them back in the box. The lines between features phones and smartphones are definitely getting blurred with phones like these becoming available at some great prices. Read about my thoughts and experiences with both of these devices below and check out my image gallery that has product photos for each device.

December 1, 2008 by

Nokia updates Nokia Maps and Nokia Messaging clients and services

In addition to the amazing new upcoming Nokia N97 Nokia announced some service upgrades at Nokia World 2008. In particular there are new versions of Nokia Maps and Nokia Messaging. Nokia Maps gives you new features like high resolution aerial images, 3D landmarks, ability to share your location, and the capability to preplan your route and have it sent to your device. The new Nokia Messaging client integrates email and IM (from Yahoo!, Windows Live, Google and AOL). These two updated services are now also brought into the Ovi brand as Maps on Ovi and Mail on Ovi.

September 16, 2008 by

BenQ E72

If you value compact dimensions in a smartphone above up-to-the-minute features and performance, BenQ's E72 may be the Windows Mobile device for you. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

July 7, 2008 by

Review: Samsung Blackjack II running Windows Mobile 6.1

I've had the opportunity to check out Windows Mobile 6.1 on a couple of Professional (aka touch screen) devices (the HTC Advantage X7510 and HTC Touch Diamond), but after seeing the Microsoft announcement at CTIA it seemed like the Standard (non-touch screen) devices had the biggest changes in the user interface. I was recently sent a Samsung Blackjack II (SGH-i617) running Windows Mobile 6.1 to evaluate for a bit and have to say the device is very impressive and it is great to see a manufacturer still making non-touch screen devices. I know the device has been out for a while, but I thought readers may be interested in this model with the 6.1 upgrade installed on it. According to the latest rumor mill, those of you who own a Blackjack II should be able to get the Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade sometime in July.

June 29, 2008 by

Windows Vista, meet my Mother-In-Law

Every weekend I return home from traveling the country working at the 10,000 foot level of enterprise architecture for Fortune 500 customers, there is at least a fifty percent chance that I may be called upon to do some in the trenches desktop support work.Such drudgery is occasionally required, especially if you are to maintain your status as a Good Son-In-Law.


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