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Economist Is Wrong To Dis Apple iPhone

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The Economist magazine, which usually is very perceptive about global business, takes a divergent path by offering a hollow analysis of the Apple iPhone in its article "Apple pipped: The iPhone may already be outdated" [From Economist.com dated Apr 13th 2007. I sum up their argument as based solely on the data bandwidth of the phone, in the short term slower GSM (Cingular's EDGE) versus the Helio Ocean (VE-DO). It is noteworthy that The Economist spends their last four paragraphs discussing WiMAX, which is far from an option- much less a market winner, for many years.

Apple TV Is Well Executed

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Yes, I bought an Apple TV the day it was announced. It's installed and operational. The packaging is consistent with Apple's nice design, set-up is simple, menu and navigation straight-forward, and viewing/listening is a great experience. Watching 320x240 formatted video on a large-screen, HDTV set is surprisingly satisfying. There is a lot of syncing to do, via ethernet cable and/or Airport wirless connection. In fact, I just ordered an Airport extreme for wireless access to the AppleTV, but I wired via ethernet for the moment.

USC/Annenberg Study Confirms Value of Layout to Memory and Reading Speed of Articles

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"Eyetracking points the way to effective news article design" is a story in the Online Journalism Review of the Annenberg Center for Communications at USC.

Featured finding #1: Rewrite + reformat = remember Writing (or rewriting) a story to meet an ideal format (may require reformatting) improved the reader's reading speed and retention of the information.

Featured finding #2: Precise and relevant editing = successful design

Performance Implications of Whole Disk Encryption

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Recently, the Inforwarrior list sent me a notice of Seagate announcing a hard disk that offers full-time, whole disk encryption.  For the right need, this seems a solid product that will perform better than software encryption. Here (2nd URL) is another article on that device.

I've always been concerned with rapid response time, so the current rush to encryption may cause it to be overused, with negative performance implications for most users.

This (3rd URL) article is solid in covering encryption and notes well the performance hit.

Attrition.org Data Loss Archive and Database (DLDOS) Should Scare Anyone

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Breaches of personal privacy and infomation loss are well documented and archived at Attrition.org Data Loss Archive and Database (DLDOS) at http://attrition.org/dataloss/. I mentioned this in a recent post, but it deserves its own. ----- URL: http://attrition.org/dataloss/

Dodgeball.com MoSoSo Mobile Social Software

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Dodgeball.com is in the Mobile Social Software (MoSoSo) space. This seems useful and easy to use. It is within Google's stable of applications, so it recognized my Google account and asked permission to use that account and log me right in. There certainly need to be clean ways to mix mobile voice telephony with the Web. This mix, of mobile phone, Web, and community can bypass existing niche players. One comment is that this application, unlike many attempts at user-generated content, rewards users (with utility) for creating online content.

Fake News Presents A Hazard To Reputations Of Clients & News Sources

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PR allows the spokesperson to take a position on industry issues or announce news. The mixing of editorial with advertising may damage the reputation of firms that promote themselves or their position with "fake news." Ultimately, undermining the value of news sources - making readers or viewers question the validity of news - is bad for advertisers, spokespersons, and the media outlets that use fake news. So far, these questions have arisen only over video news releases.

Nokia N80 Is A Great Mobile Phone

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I decided on my next mobile telephone, the Nokia N80. It's a quad-band GSM phone with the full array of the top features that i wanted. First, it is a phone, not a computer shrunk to the size of a handheld and using a computer user interface. Nokia's Symbian 60 series OS is designed for mobile phones and therefore nice to use.

Suzanne Vega Performs Virtual Concert Within Second Life

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MMO's (Multi-Player Online) Game [or MMORPG ( Role Playing Games)] offer people to present themselves through an online environment via an avatar.

I am fascinated by how businesses may eventually use this technology.

Jim's Favorite InfoSec Maillists

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Retinal scan, Retinal scanner, Biometrics,  Biometric Scanning, Identity Verification, Information Security, InfoSec

Okay, since I blogged the top software, I need to mention my favorite 2 mail lists:

Infowarrior mailing list https://attrition.org/mailman/listinfo/infowarrior via http://www.infowarrior.org/ and

ISN: InfoSec News http://attrition.org/security/lists.html

Many thanks to the organizers - and many contributors. -----

URL: https://attrition.org/mailman/listinfo/infowarrior -----

URL: http://www.infowarrior.org/ ----- URL: http://attrition.org/security/lists.html

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