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iPhone Worm Infects Jailbroken phones

Put this one in the “I told you so…” category.

What’s worse is that the phone’s wallpaper becomes a picture of Rick Astley.  I feel like humming the tune right now, “Never gonna give you up, …”

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Are you reading books on your iPhone & iPod?

Technology usually comes in waves.  Remember when CB Radio was the best (and coolest) way to communicate when outside your house?  Then came the big bag phones.  We loved the feeling of freedom, untethered from our home.  Cellular Phones have evolved into everything since.

Book readers have been around for a long time.  Over a decade ago, companies like VeriSoft, and the Guttenberg Project were creating alternatives to tactile books.

Amazon threw its marketing muscle into the Kindle last year, and since, there’s been a flurry of trying to provide potential digital book readers with many ways of accessing (and purchasing) books online.  The key to the Kindle, and everything that’s come since, is in the distribution method.  Wi-Fi has enabled Amazon to seamlessly deliver thousands of online books to readers. Barnes & Noble, and others have followed with their own devices.

Lately, Amazon, B&N, and Stanza, have made reading an online book on your iPhone or iPod as simple as downloading a song on iTunes.  This new reality has book publishers and distributors scrambling to capture a piece of this growing segment.  Can you actually read a 300 page book on a 3″ screen?  Thousands of downloads from the iPhone apps store seems to suggest that many are willing to try.

Just like the yearning for communication led us down the path from CB Radio to our modern cellular devices, it’s clear to me that we are still in the infancy of online book reading.  With so many choices entering the fray, along with improved delivery services and ever-improving technology, online book-reading may be the real growth segment for 2010 and years to come.

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Tech News Roundup – June 26, 2009

Microsoft Windows 7 to be cheaper than Vista

But still more expensive than Linux…

Who Exactly Is In Charge Of The App Store? Anyone?

Apple’s iPhone app store featured a soft-pornography app yesterday. Today, that app was removed, which everyone presumed was a move by Apple.  Do they have someone monitoring new apps as they’re included by vendors?  If Apple didn’t before, they will now…

Palm CEO: We Don’t Have to Beat Each Other to Prosper

That’s a sensible approach.  That’s usually, however, the comments of a loser.  You never hear Microsoft or Google saying, “we’ll be content to be number two in that market”.  As Tom Arnold said in the classic scene of the Austin Powers movie, “You show him who’s number two!”…

Google Voice: 5 Reasons to Use It, 5 Reasons to Think Twice

Universal Voicemail.

Facebook Tightens Privacy Controls

A beta version of Facebook’s publisher gives users more control over who can see their content.  The first thing I do when checking out a potential contractor or business relationship is to check their Facebook and Linked In profiles.

Security Essentials Does Its Job With No Frills

Yet another anti-virus package thrown into the forray.   Microsoft had 75,000 beta tester downloads on the first day.  Evidently, the world is still looking for the magic box.  MSE, (Microsoft Security Essentials) will surely be a driving force since Microsoft, more than any other vendor, has the inside track of understanding how viruses affect their products.  I’d like to see time tests once they’re out of beta to compare with Norton (which terminally slows down every Windows installation I’ve ever had).

Mozilla Adds Third Firefox 3.5 RC Version

The browser wars are heating up.  I’ve been testing Opera and Google Chrome (and Chromium in Linux Beta) in my lab and have been very happy with their performance.   More on that later…