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Monday, June 20, 2011

Name your dot & pay the money, anything goes.

AlJazeeraEnglish on 20 Jun 2011 - The regulatory body that oversees internet domain names, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has voted to revamp the naming system for websites, allowing them to end with words like "apple" and "orange".It will accept applications for new suffixes from January 12 next year at $185,000 per domain.

Today, just 22 gTLDs exist -- .com, .org and .info are a few examples -- plus about 250 country-level domains like .uk or .cn. After the change, several hundred new gTLDs are expected to come into existence.

Al Jazeera speaks to Larry Magid,a Los Angeles-based technology journalist for more.





The Google hacker!

Chinese cooking school named

AlJazeeraEnglish on 13 Jun 2011 - Google recently accused hackers in China of breaking into the personal accounts of U-S officials. They say the attack originated from a cooking school in the city of Jinan.Beijing has denied any state involvement, despite admitting the existence of an elite cyber wing of the People's Liberation Army.

Melissa Chan reports from Jinjan, China.





Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cyberlocker: What Is a Cyberlocker?

Why Are They Considered Music Pirate Tools?

Question: Cyberlocker: What Is a Cyberlocker? Why Are They Considered Music Pirate Tools?
 
MegaUpload, DropBox, HotFile, RapidShare, MediaFire, MegaVideo: these are just some of the cyberlocker services today. But what exactly do they do? And why are cyberlockers a threat to music and movie copyright?

Answer: Cyberlockers are 3rd-party file-sharing services. Cyberlockers are also known as 'file hosting' services. Driven by advertising and subscriptions, these cyberlockers provide password-protected hard drive space online. You have the option of sharing the cyberlocker password information with friends, who can privately download whatever contents you put in those folders. The cyberlockers range in size from a couple hundred megabytes for their free services, all the way up to 2 or more gigabytes for their paid subscriptions. These storage sizes will increase as hardware becomes cheaper and bandwidth becomes more efficient over the months ahead.

Tools for work and personal life: Much more convenient than sending file attachements, these cyberlockers are very useful for transferring documents and photos between friends. Perhaps you are collaborating on a PowerPoint show for a wedding, or you want to show your cousins your vacation photos from New Zealand. Instead of the annoying email blizzard of sending 46 photos through Gmail, you can simply drop them into your cyberlocker window through your browser. Your friends will access the content without worrying about a clogged inbox, and they can return the favor by sharing files with you.

Tools for music piracy: This is the concern for copyright authorities - because cyberlockers are so convenient and sophisticated enough to house large movie and music files, it is a common practice for people to share copies of .avi movies and .mp3 songs through their cyberlockers. And unlike bittorrent file-sharing which is traceable, cyberlockers are very hard to monitor, as they employ one-to-one connectivity which is essentially invisible to surveillance tools. Because of this convenience and anonymity, cyberlockers are an ideal tool for trading pirate movie and music files.

What are the good cyberlocker services?

There are several cyberlocker services. They each offer varying size limits for either free subscriptions (i.e. blinking advertising), or paid subscriptions (larger size limits, no advertising). Some of the more popular cyberlocker services include:

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Apple - Introducing OS X Lion.

6 Jun 2011 - Get a closer look at OS X Lion, the world's most advanced desktop operating system. With features like Mission Control, Launchpad, full-screen apps, and new gestures, OS X Lion takes Mac further than ever.




Apple unveils iCloud to cover device storage.

7 Jun 2011 - First came the iPod followed by the iPhone and then the iPad - now, the umbrella tool to service them all... the iCloud.  Apple's CEO Steve Jobs briefly returned to work from medical leave to unveil his newest baby: a remote online data storage and sharing service for the Apple platform. But its a convenience that's also raising some eyebrows over security concerns. - Al Jazeera's Gerald Tan reports.