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Tweetdeck and the damn gnome keyring

tweetdeckIf you are reading this article you are probably one of those who are tired of the Tweetdeck Chrome App and are wondering WHY? WHY???? you can’t get the old air app working on your 64 bit linux box.

Thousand of people managed to install Adobe Air and Tweetdeck but still can’t use the app because the app won’t let you insert details of your account.

Basically when you launch Tweetdeck you are presented with the two popups below:
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Android developer proves on video CarrierIQ is secretly logging all users actions

Big troubles for CarrierIQ as an Android developer, 25-year-old Eckhart, proves on video that all users actions are logged.
CarrierIQ also tried to silence Eckhart threatened him with legal action and huge money damages but the developer was quickly backed by The Electronic Frontier Foundation and CarrierIQ backed off.
An attempt to deny logging keystrokes is clearly undercut by the plublished video and now millions of users will start getting really really worried about their privacy.
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Chrome overtakes Firefox: another one bites the dust

The last chapter of the “war of browsers” sees Chrome overtaking Firefox after an incredible season of improvements. If you google for stats you will find different versions but, according to StatCounter, last week Chrome finally became the second most popular browser.

I’ve seen many articles about this milestone but what makes me really happy at the moment is the bigger picture: competition is speeding up modern browsers improvements and this can only be a big win for the … Continue Reading

Will ever Microsoft face its new levels of mediocrity?

Only few days ago, at the Seattle Microsoft Company Meeting, a very sad spectacle saw MS employees leaving as soon as Steve Ballmer started his speech.
MicrosoftRumors about Ballmer losing support of employees are now quickly spreading over the Internet in a period where Microsoft is facing a very big challenge: the market is quickly evolving and Microsoft is clearly struggling to keep up with changes.
I’m wondering if this will finally get Microsoft to correct its direction and think more about quality.
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Tabs.to – the short url next level

tabs.to logoWe all know about services like tinyurl, an url shortener. The web is now full of websites offering such a service but the time has come to take it to the next level.

One of my friend and colleague, developed a new version of this service supporting multiple urls… yes… MULTIPLE urls. Its name is tabs.to.

This means that it is now possible to condensate multiple urls in just 1 tiny one. Clicking on such url will open a very simple and … Continue Reading

Toshiba announces self-wiping hard-drives as security feature

toshibaToshiba, recently awarded for customer satisfaction, announced on Tuesday the next generation of security features to improve data security.

In a press release in February Toshiba already announced the new Toshiba e-STUDIOTM855SE Series with a few security features provoking a flood of comments over the Internet.

Among the features you can find 128-bit AES HDD encryption, full Network Authentication and Data Overwrite but what I’m talking about in this post is the self-wiping hard drive.

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Jim Zemlin says battle between Linux and MS is like kicking a puppy

Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation has recently declared that 20 years after Linus Torvalds developed the famous Linux kernel, the never ending battle between Linux and Microsoft is finally over and Linux has won.

Zemlin said “I think we just don’t care that much [about Microsoft] anymore. They used to be our big rival, but now it’s kind of like kicking a puppy.”

“Linux has come to dominate almost every category of computing, with the exception of the desktop”

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Dropbox big fail: authentication insecure by design

dropboxI remember spending much time discussing about Dropbox and similar systems to store and synchronise data. I was always against using such systems because of the intrinsic lack of safety moving sensible data on 3rd party systems and I was replied every single time that encryption is the key and “I don’t see how people could read your data” and so on…

At the end, bad news arrived for Dropbox and we are talking about insecure authentication by design.

Derek Newton, a Senior Security Engineer, … Continue Reading

150,000 Gmail accounts reset

GmailIt has been reported that 150,000 Gmail accounts where reset when, because of a bug, they were considered as new accounts.
Many websites have been reporting several versions leaving people with a doubt this could be just a joke.

Unfortunately for thousand of users, Google has admitted that less than 0.8% of the accounts were in fact affected but it also been investigating and giving frequent updates: the figures were soon updated reducing sensibly the entity of damages.

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Skype starts the battle against VOIP traffic limits

SkypeI’ve just read on the italian website Repubblica that Skype is finally making moves against limits over VOIP traffic on mobile networks.

I’m not sure what’s happening in all countries around the world but I know that both in UK and Italy, the only carrier allowing VOIP traffic without any additional charges is 3.

The article on Repubblica explains how Skype is attacking in particular Vodafone Italia because it is restricting VOIP traffic only to some premium tariffs: “Such a situation is … Continue Reading