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Women are More Social, Online and Off

posted Sunday Aug 8, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Women are More Social, Online and Off

A recent report from comScore, a digital statistics company, indicates that women are much more likely to spend time on social sites than men. Now, while this seems like logical information, there are still some real surprises in the numbers. For example, it doesn't matter where in the world we are measuring - Latin America (94% of women), North America (91% of women), Europe (86% of women) or Asia Pacific (55% of women) all spend more time on social sites.

Those Latin and North American numbers are the most staggering. Over 90% of women who spend any time online, spend time on social sites. The highest growth of users on these sites? 45+ females, of course. Mom and grandma are on Flickr sharing photos, Twitter talking about what they had for lunch and Facebook finding high school sweethearts.

For more numbers from the web, hit the break.

BlackBerry OS 6 and the New Torch

posted Sunday Aug 8, 2010 by Scott Ertz

BlackBerry OS 6 and the New Torch

BlackBerry, as expected, fully revealed the newest version of their operating system, BlackBerry OS 6, and it has given the OS a much-needed overhaul. They have removed the traditional home screen and sprawling applications list with a simple, clean home screen and categorized application menus.

They also announced a new device to go with the launch of OS 6, the Torch 9800. The Torch will be available on AT&T starting August 12 and many have called it BlackBerry's first possible iPhone killer. While I would prefer that term to die (and it might now that Android has officially killed it), this might be BlackBerry's best chance to continue that trend.

For details on the new device, hit the break.

Android Really is the iPhone Killer

posted Sunday Aug 8, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Android Really is the iPhone Killer

It's official - according to Nielsen's calculations, this month marks a passing of the torch, so to speak, from Apple to Google in terms of smartphone sales in the US. New subscribers chose the Android platform 27% of the time and Apple's iPhone platform only 23% of the time. Of course, these numbers still pale in comparison to Blackberry's hold on the market with a full third of all handsets.

Normally we see major growth in the beginning of a product's life-cycle but Android isn't the baby it used to be. We have had major Android-powered handsets on the market for 2 years now, but adoption was slow until version 1.5 and now 2.1 making the platform really shine.

For more about Android's takeover, hit the break.

GSM is Easily Broken

posted Saturday Aug 7, 2010 by Scott Ertz

GSM is Easily Broken

Chris Paget is not a name you probably know, but you should. He has spent the last few years trying to show the world the vulnerabilities of some of the technology we take for granted. Last year, he demonstrated how easy it is to snag the information off of "secure RFIDs" such as the ones used in US passports. He was able to download the information from the passports without even having to leave his car.

This year at DefCon, an annual security conference, the hacker showed off his latest feat - stealing cellular phone calls. With a setup that cost him about $1,500 he was able to intercept and record phone calls from unsuspecting phones.

Want to know how he did it? Hit the break!

A Faster Way to Travel

posted Saturday Aug 7, 2010 by Scott Ertz

A Faster Way to Travel

Have you ever dreamed of living in a place where buses are cool? It might just be time for you to move to China. Beijing’s Mentougou District, to be exact. Here, Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co., Ltd has proposed a new type of bus, one they are calling the 3D fast bus, but after seeing the images, I want to call it a tunnel bus.

What is so special about the tunnel bus? Well, it takes up no space on the road. "How is that possible?" you might be asking. Well, it is, seemingly, very simple. Rather than rolling along the road on wheels, the roads will be lined with electric tracks and the bus will actually cover the road from above, leaving enough room underneath for other vehicles to pass.

For more info on the "3D fast bus" plus a video presentation of it in future action, hit the break.

Wave Good-bye to Google Wave

posted Saturday Aug 7, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Wave Good-bye to Google Wave

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but here it is. Google has announced they have stopped development on Google Wave and will only maintain the servers through the end of the year. What? You don't know what Google Wave is? Well, therein lies the problem. For those who don't know, and I will assume that is everyone reading this, Google Wave was billed as "the future of communication."

It was designed to be somewhere between the most complex instant messenger on the planet and the simplest collaboration software ever. Unfortunately, it never seemed to gain much ground as either. Wave had its share of problems and one of these, or possibly a combination of several, seems to have ended "the future of communication" here in the present.

Find out what killed Google Wave after the break.

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