Items tagged with POP

Yahoo’s fresh new Mail revamp earlier this week brought a new look, new themes, 1TB of storage, and deeper changes such as disposable addresses, mail filters, automatic mail forwarding, offline access with POP, and more. It also came with a major bug. Some users have complained that they were missing emails, and it turns out that the issue is apparently that the auto-forwarding feature is switched on by default on some accounts. Thus, if those users had previously set up a secondary email address, their emails were getting sent there instead of to their Yahoo inboxes. You can see some of the mess spilling out on Yahoo's Customer Care Twitter feed. That would be an annoyance at best if your... Read more...
BlackBerry has big on security, but according to the findings of German site GeekHeim, the Canadian company has a big, nasty security flaw in its own ranks. Apparently, when you set up an email account using BlackBerry 10’s email client, you’re unwittingly sharing your login credentials with BlackBerry. “If you use one of the main functions of the phone, the email client for POP and IMAP, the complete account information including user name and password are sent to BlackBerry server without warning, without notice, without option to turn off this behavior,” said Frank Rieger of GeekHeim. Credit: Heuse Online Bear in mind that this is POP/IMAP email, not BlackBerry’s... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported that a Kickstarter project called POP, a wireless charging station that could support all mobile devices, got effectively shut down after Apple refused to allow the developer to implement both a Lightning connector and a 30-pin iPod connector in the same device. The developer, Jamie Siminoff, lamented the turn of events in a blog post and pledged to refund his backers. However, Apple has sent word out that it has (had?) changed its policy to allow the connectors to be placed side-by-side. Thus, the POP charger can live on, which should be good news for Siminoff and all his backers. Here’s the text of Apple’s statement: Our technical specifications provide clear... Read more...
The developers behind a Kickstarter project called POP (short for “portable power”), a multi-device charging station that would support virtually all mobile devices, were looking to raise $50,000 but found themselves flush with over $139,000 in support. The portable chargers looked promising, but the devs hit a brick wall when Apple denied their application to integrate the new Lightning interface into the POP devices. (Apparently, you can’t just use Lightning without expressed written consent from Apple.) Just like that, Apple torpedoed the whole project, which underscores just how powerful the company is. With the POP project dead in the water, the developers had another problem,... Read more...
Here's a quick quiz for you: Which smartphone in the U.S. accesses the mobile Internet the most? If you guessed the iPhone, you're wrong. According to metrics published by the mobile Internet ad-serving company, AdMob, More RIM BlackBerry 8100 smartphones accessed the Internet in the U.S. in August than any other smartphone--although the Palm Centro was right behind the 8100. The Apple iPhone was actually the fourth most-used smartphone in August in the U.S. for mobile Internet access (the RIM Blackberry 8300 took the number three spot).Based on traffic to the mobile Internet sites that AdMob's serves ads to, AdMob reports that smartphones account for 23.7 percent of U.S. mobile Internet traffic.... Read more...
Customizing your rig or morphing it into a different form factor has become passe. Or so says Google Trends. We checked out a graph of searches on "case mods" over the last four years and found that lookups on the term dropped precipitously for no apparent reason.Here's the indisputable visual evidence:  Why did the interest in case modding slow down? It's hard to pinpoint, but perhaps the hobby of tinkerers and creative minds has returned to the underground. What do you think? Are case mods still hot or is the trend above an accurate indicator of interest in the topic?... Read more...
You can bet Merriam-Webster wasn't consulted on this redefinition.Up to now, the way any online news publisher got one of its articles publicized through the Digg social service is by hoping enough people were interested in it to vote in favor of moving it up the Digg scale -- of giving it enough "Diggs." Starting today, however, that changes: The secret to a heavy publicity on the Digg service won't be having enough people, but having the right kind of people. And how Digg determines the right kind has already become a subject of controversy among its community. This morning, Digg founder and chief architect Kevin Rose unveiled the key to its new popularity algorithm. Described as involving... Read more...
Well, if you can hold out for three years, maybe you can skip Windows Vista altogether. Windows 7 is due out in 2010 (snicker). Microsoft is working on a stripped down operating system kernel they're calling MinWin as part of it, aimed at being small enough to work on the exploding number of devices that can run an OS; but geez, not that OS."A lot of people think of Windows as this large, bloated operating system, and that's maybe a fair characterization, I have to admit," Traut said. "But at its core, the kernel, and the components that make up the very core of the operating system, is actually pretty streamlined." Traut showed a demonstration of MinWin, which lacks a graphical user interface.... Read more...
Although many of us place our trust in GPS and satellite navigation, there have been several under-reported stories of people placing too much trust in the units, and driving into dead ends or even to the edge - though not off - of cliffs.  In a problematic area in South Wales, the first official signs in Great Britain warning of such a GPS error have shown up. The signs, introduced by authorities in rural St Hilary, in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, to warn drivers about placing too much faith in the directional gadgets, could be brought in across the country if the trial is successful. Problems were reported after foreign drivers found it difficult to understand phrases such as... Read more...
One of the first things we did upon installing Windows Vista was to turn of the User Account Control (UAC). Why? Because we didn't want all the pop-ups generated by the darn thing. And most people we know have turned it off as well. If we were to be generous, we would say the pop-ups are confusing.  If we were to be honest, we would say they are annoying.  "The things that were scaring us away from Vista were the hardware requirements and UAC," says Omar Ghneim, network administrator for EXCO Resources, an energy company based in Dallas. "We tried Vista on a few administrators' machines, but they couldn't handle the pop-ups and we went back to XP the next day."Ghneim says he could not... Read more...
It's no secret that despite the unveiling of Windows Vista, many continue to purchase Windows XP with their computers.  For some, it's the lack of drivers or compatible software that forces them to stay with Vista; for others it may be the fact that Vista simply doesn't add enough for them to move from an OS they've used and (more or less) trust.It seems that the continued popularity of Windows XP has forced Microsoft to release a new Service Pack: SP2c.  The reason: they were running out of activation keys. The new build, dubbed SP2c, includes no fixes or feature changes, but was created simply to address the shrinking pool of product keys. XP Pro SP2c, which has been released to manufacturing,... Read more...
68 million people played video games on a console last month, and an astonishing 42% spent that time playing on the last generation Sony console, the Playstation 2. Nintendo's Wii has garnered a lot of press for its explosive sales and fun, intuitive controller; but if you add sales of the Playstation 2 and Playstation 3, they add up to about the total number of Wiis sold last month. People won't stop buying and using Playstation 2s. The numbers suggest that older machines remain popular despite last November's high-profile debut of Nintendo Co.'s Wii and Sony's PlayStation 3, which had 4 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. Nintendo's GameCube ranked fourth with 5.8 percent.... Read more...
A recent survey ranked YouTube number one when it came to online video sites.  There was some pretty stiff competition too, especially from companies that might seem like they should have cornered this segment years ago, such as Time Warner/AOL: "YouTube's share of the U.S. online video market was 60.2 percent in May, according to Hitwise. Its closest rival, News Corp.'s MySpace Videos site, had 16.08 percent of market share, the survey of Web surfing habits showed.YouTube's sister site, Google Video, held 7.81 percent, while Yahoo Inc. had 2.77 percent and Microsoft Corp.'s MSN, 2.09 percent, according to the study." The real interesting fact here is that if you added up the total visits... Read more...
Well, whether or not it's more popular is debatable, but it MySpace has recorded more page views than Yahoo last month. A few factors could skew those numbers a bit, but it does show the kind of rapid growth MySpace is seeing. Once just a little known online profile sit, it has exploded in popularity and is now one of the most popular hangouts on the web. "ComScore warned, however, that a one-month change could represent an aberration. Furthermore, Yahoo's page views could be diminished by the company's growing use of Ajax technology for maps, e-mail and other services. Ajax is a set of tools that speeds up Web applications by summoning... Read more...
OCZ Technology Expands Popular SD Dual Product Line to Now Offer 133X Speeds Sunnyvale, CA - October 30, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the addition of high-speed 133X parts to the cutting-edge OCZ Secure DigitalTM "Dual" Series. The new memory cards will offer a solution for enthusiasts who not only seek the convenience of USB port access, but require high speeds for their digital cameras and electronics. "To meet the demand of the latest generation of more advanced SD based digital cameras, OCZ expands our top selling SD Dual lineup with new 133X speed cards," commented Alex Mei, VP of Marketing... Read more...
Popular Mechanics is out with their "Breakthrough Awards," and it's an interesting bunch of people and things ranging from cheap space travel to learning to ride a bike. To beat out the hundreds of candidates we find each year and win a Breakthrough Award, an advance has to solve problems, expand horizons or engage the imagination of millions. It really has to matter. The visionaries on the following pages have made such strides - attacking the energy crisis with a better light bulb, saving lives with replacement organs, fighting Third World poverty with a low-tech peanut sheller, and more. They are problem solvers on a grand scale.... Read more...
IBM, Intel Propose Innovative Extension To Popular PCI Express Computing Standard INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 27, 2006 - IBM and Intel Corporation, with support from dozens of other companies, have developed a proposal to enhance PCI Express* technology to address the performance requirements of new usage models, such as visualization and extensible markup language (XML). The proposal, codenamed "Geneseo," outlines enhancements that will enable faster connectivity between the processor -- the computer's brain -- and application accelerators, and improve the range of design options for hardware developers. Applications that will benefit include visualization, such as complex weather... Read more...
Corsair Expands Popular XMS PRO and XMS XPERT Product Families with New DDR2-800 Low Latency Offerings -- Shipping immediately, the new TWIN2X2048-6400C4PRO and TWIN2XP2048-6400C4 aim at enthusiasts who demand uncompromised performance with real-time memory activity indicators - Fremont, CA (June 27, 2006) - Corsair Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today announced the introduction of two new DDR2-800 low latency 2GB kits. Designed with the advanced users in mind who demand performance, aesthetics and functionary in one package, the new TWIN2X2048-6400C4PRO and TWIN2XP2048-6400C4 memory kits are optimized for the current AMD socket AM2 platform... Read more...