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This morning I was on the Tom Joyner Morning show trying to help out Sybil and the team. Co-host Sybil recently found herself almost biting the bait on an internet scam via email called “phishing” these scams try to obtain your private information by posing as legitimate services. Roland as brought up the recent news about the Apple virus, if you need info on that look here.
Below are some ID theft tips! I WANT to make sure ALL the listeners are protected so here are the tips I shared on air:
- Watch out for “phishy” emails. The most common form of phishing is emails pretending to be from a legitimate retailer, bank, organization, or government agency. The sender asks to “confirm” your personal information for some made-up reason: your account is about to be closed, an order for something has been placed in your name, or your information has been lost because of a computer problem. because they suspect you may be a victim of identity theft!
- Don’t click on links within emails that ask for your personal information. Fraudsters use these links to lure people to phony Web sites that looks just like the real sites of the company, organization, or agency they’re impersonating. If you follow the instructions and enter your personal information on the Web site, you’ll deliver it directly into the hands of identity thieves. To check whether the message is really from the company or agency, call it directly or go to its Web site (use a search engine to find it).
- Never enter your personal information in a pop-up screen.Sometimes a phisher will direct you to a real site, but then an unauthorized pop-up screen will appear, with blanks in which to provide your personal information. If you fill it in, your information will go to the phisher. Legitimate companies, agencies and organizations don’t ask for personal information via pop-up screens.
- Protect your computer with spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and a firewall, and keep them up to date. A spam filter can help reduce the number of phishing emails you get. Anti-virus software, which scans incoming messages for troublesome files, and anti-spyware software, which looks for programs that have been installed on your computer and track your online activities without your knowledge
Microsoft Internet Essentials is Free at: http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/mse.aspx
- Only open email attachments if you’re expecting them and know what they contain.
- Job seekers should also be careful. Some phishers target people who list themselves on job search sites. Pretending to be potential employers, they ask for your social security number and other personal information.on the phone. But if you’re contacted out of the blue and asked for your personal information, it’s a warning sign that something is “phishy.” Legitimate companies and agencies don’t operate that way.
- Act immediately if you’ve been hooked by a phisher. If you provided account numbers, PINS, or passwords to a phisher, notify the companies with whom you have the accounts right away. For information about how to put a “fraud alert” on your files at the credit reporting bureaus and other advice for ID theft victims, contact the Federal Trade Commission’s ID Theft Clearinghouse,www.consumer.gov/idtheft or 877-438-4338, TDD 202-326-2502.
- Report phishing, whether you’re a victim or not. Tell the company or agency that the phisher was impersonating. You can also report the problem to law enforcement agencies through NCL’s Fraud Center,www.fraud.org. The information you provide helps to stop identity theft.
Design nerds were excited this week to find that Muji mobile apps are now featured on the landing page of their website. Personally, I’m very excited to see what the minimalist Japanese store has come up with.
The apps are clean and stylish, living up to Muji’s reputation as a leader in minimalist aesthetic. For those not familiar with the brand, the name Muji is derived from the first part of Mujirushi Ryōhin, translated as No Brand Quality Goods. Muji’s mission is to achieve simplicity, but a simplicity gained through a complexity of thought and design.
The apps available are Muji Calendar, Muji Notebook and Muji to Go. The Calendar app definitely looks great, but Notebook is my favorite. Muji Notebook provides a simple outlet for creativity with handwriting recognition, sketch tools, and four different page types (ruled, gridded, quadrant, and plain). You can even import photos and PDF files to the app which can be resized and laid out on the pages for editing. The main feature of Notebook above other sketching apps (and the reason that I’m a fan) is its minimalism of design while still offering a bevy of features- it’s deceptively streamlined and yet feature-rich.
Muji Calendar is a fully featured calendar, and makes sense as an extension of Muji’s line of stationery. It includes the option to sync with Google Calendars, but this isn’t necessary if you aren’t a Google Calendar user. It uses familiar gestures like pinch-to-zoom, and organization is presented in rich, muted reds and grays consistent with Muji’s overall brand aesthetic.
Muji To Go might be handy for travelers. It’s basically just a collection of useful tools including world clocks, Forex currency converters, weather reports and a calculator.
There’s a fourth app (also free), but it’s basically a glorified catalog for their clothing line. Interesting to look at, but not a lot of application there.
At the San Francisco PayPal developer’s conference last week, PayPal released an apps platform with a fully integrated set of small business buyer, and seller tools embedded right onto the PayPal site.
PayPal Apps will now allow developers to ship SaaS applications directly to the PayPal website, which will enhance PayPal’s services. It’s similar in theory to eBay’s apps for Sellers, or the newcomer and rival for market share storebrain. The new platform, which launched with a number of pilot partners last week, will be publicly released next year.
Shipping and order management startup, Shipwire Anywhere, has partnered with PayPal for this launch. Shipwire Anywhere will give developers a complete suite of shipping tools and multi-channel order management to manage their shipping without ever leaving the PayPal site. Other initial apps partners like Bill.com, CreditKarma, Expensify, Freshbooks, and Zuora are already building apps into PayPal.com.
The San Jose company also announced a new product: PayPal Business payments. This allows businesses to receive any payment, matter how large, for a low 50 cent fee. Launch partners using this product include Bill.com, Expensify, Freshbooks, Harvest, Plastic Jungle, and Zoho.
With Ebay apps for sellers already out there in the market, great new products from established companies like PayPal, and creative and hungry upstarts like storebrain, it is clear that the future of e-commerce is now. It is an exciting time that we live in where we can leverage tools like these to take care of business logistics and spend more time focused on the bottom line.
Android users can have very different mobile experiences depending on their platform version. Many people haven’t been able to use Android 2.2 (also known as Froyo), since some Android devices don’t support it, or the company that makes their handset doesn’t offer it yet. If you think it’s not important to have the latest and greatest, or that what you have works fine for you, check out this list of new features included with the Froyo upgrade and see if this is the type of thing that you might be interested in.
First, the Bluetooth voice dialing feature. It’s straightforward- just press the button on your Bluetooth earpiece and say the name that you want to call. Reports indicate that Froyo’s Bluetooth dialing has more consistent recognition accuracy than a similar feature on the iPhone.
The cloud-to-device messaging allows you to send applications, video, messages and other files directly to other Android phones. Look for this capability in your business apps, allowing quick sharing of info, in the very near future.
Flash is still not installed by default, but you can go to the Android Market and install Flash from there. Once installed, Flash content performs well in the default browser.
If you’re like me, your phone doesn’t have enough space for all of the applications that you want. Android 2.2 solves this problem by allowing you to install applications directly onto a SD card, which is upgradable and often swappable. Note: not all applications are compatible with these install options, but newer apps increasingly implement this capability.
The search bar has also been given an upgrade. With Froyo, there is now a drop-down that allows you to search from a customized list of dynamic sources. Once configured, you can search for content on Google, in your tweets, in your email or calendar, or practically anywhere else on your phone from one single search box.
“Update All” is a new feature that allows you to update all applications (if there is an update available) at once. This is similar to the popular updating functionality of the iPhone.
Finally, Wi-Fi tethering is built into 2.2. - making your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot. Not all carriers allow this feature, but it is super cool to be able to have your own network in your pocket in a pinch.
There are also some other updates in this release, including updated camera features and an updated Gmail app. For a full rundown, check out the press release from Android at their developer site .
On Tuesday Microsoft announced the debut of Office 365, which will be a combination of the online versions of Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync. The Redmond giant has launched a beta release of the cloud-based Office suite in 13 countries. They’re branding this new product as the “next generation in cloud productivity”.
What does this mean for mobile business? It means the same functionality that has made Microsoft Office the gold standard of business computing without being tethered to our PCs. It’s Office when you are out of the office. New collaboration features allow groups to work on projects in a simple and secure way.
Kurt DelBene, president of the Office Division at Microsoft said:
“Office 365 is the best of everything we know about productivity, all in a single cloud service. With Office 365, your local bakery can get enterprise-caliber software and services for the first time, while a multinational pharmaceutical company can reduce costs and more easily stay current with the latest innovations. People can focus on their business, while we and our partners take care of the technology.”
The Office 365 site went live earlier this week. Those interested can use the site to register to participate in the beta program. Microsoft has not announced the date of the public release of Office 365, although they have said that the suite would be widely available in 40 countries by next year. Full press release here.
Windows has finally announced launch dates for nine new WP7 handsets. Despite the name, the new Windows 7 phones are more than Microsoft’s desktop OS simply jammed onto a handset (an often-stated and apt criticism of the unpopular Windows Mobile). Some models will be available in European and Asian markets by October 21st, and by early November in the US. Established manufacturers like Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung are producing these handsets, which will be compatible with most carriers world-wide. The handsets produced by these companies will include the latest Snapdragon processors. A full list of the handsets can be viewed over at the blog Engadget.
Microsoft’s slogan for the Windows 7 phone OS, “Glance and Go”, fits with their plan to deliver a product that streamlines everyday tasks. This would be partially accomplished by using WP7′s customizable “Live Tiles”, which is what they call their updated interface. The difference between Windows Phone 7, and competitors is that other platforms are fundamentally app launchers with screens full of icons, WP7 has a set of dynamic tiles which update with changing content from the phone’s apps. The idea is that all that’s relevant to a user is not buried inside apps, but highlighted on the phone’s primary screens.
EA Games has also announced Xbox Live-enabled games for Windows Phone 7 in the fall. Titles include “Need for Speed Undercover”, “Tetris”, “Monopoly” and “The Sims 3.” Xbox Live integration is a feature that I’m excited about, since I (like most tech folks) love video games. Windows also touts Metro, their slick new UI, and integrated support for Microsoft Office Mobile, Zune, Bing, and Windows Live (which includes a free “Find My Phone” service).
As previously rumored, Cisco has now announced its new telepresence product, called “Umi”. Although it has great specs and some interesting features, the price point seems a bit high when compared to other new options on the market.
Umi has high definition output and its 1080p HD camera boasts the latest bells and whistles. Videos made with Umi can be shared on Facebook, YouTube and through e-mail. However, these features come with a hefty price tag- $600 for the hardware and a $25 per-month or $275 annual service plan, which makes it slightly more costly than our initial speculations.
In other tech news, Google has announced their intent to move into your other home screen with the debut of Google TV. Partnered with this was Logitech’s announcement of their Revue device, which will be a complete media box (including Google TV capability). The set top box retails for only $300, and DISH Network customers can get the Revue at a discounted $180.
Logitech will sell an optional camera for $150 that enables HD video calls and has similar features to Cisco’s Umi. Logitech’s camera can be hooked into the Revue (or any Google TV device) to enable a full telepresence suite for your home system.
So for $450 (or $330 if you have DISH Network) and with no monthly cost, it’s possible to get HD telepresence, GoogleTV, and a lot of really cool entertainment features for your home media setup- a no-brainer, really.
Logitech will also launch Revue with several apps:
Vid HD for video calls
Netflix to watch streaming movies (unlimited membership required)
Pandora and Napster to stream personal music stations/libraries
Twitter to post or read tweets while watching TV
CNBC app designed specifically to show real-time stock information and customized watch lists, as well as “exclusive” video content
Logitech Media to browse photos, music, and video from a computer networked to the device
Logitech Alert Camera Viewer to see your security cameras on TV
The Revue includes the follow ports:
Logitech unifying technology to connect up to 6 Logitech accessories
HDMI in and out ports
Two IR blasters
Two USB inputs
SPDIF to connect digital optical cable.
Using Revue will require an HDTV with HDMI, Ethernet or WiFi, and a Cable or Satellite set top box with HDMI out.
Glad to see RIM (Research In Motion) the makers of the Blackberry releasing a new phone. It’s titled the Torch 9800 available on Aug. 12th on AT&T for $199.00 w/2 yr contract! I have always been a fan of the Blackberry form-factor and it’s hyper-focus on the business user! My business partner Nicole, is a loyal BBerry user no-matter-what. She calls it her “workhorse”. I know plenty of Bberry users that will be excited about the new changes since the Torch 9800 is the 1st Blackberry with a slide out keyboard, touch-screen (not the clicky screen from before) and the new operating system OS6 which brings the Torch a new interface, better multimedia use with dedicated apps like YouTube app and a Podcasts app. Most of all it has a new browser!!! It features tabs for accessing multiple sites simultaneously, double-tap to zoom and pinch to zoom. Another big plus for Bberry people is the Universal search–allows you to to search through email, messages, contacts, music, videos as well as extend search to the Internet or to discover applications on BlackBerry App World.
Check the video to see it in action: (WILL YOU GET THIS PHONE ?- tell me in the comments)
Additional BlackBerry Torch Smartphone Features
- Approx. 4.4″ (5.8″ open) x 2.4″ x .57″ and weighing 5.68 ounces
- 3.2″ 360×480 capacitive touch screen display
- 35 key full QWERTY backlit slide-out keyboard, designed to feel optimally balanced when opened for typing
- Optical trackpad, 624 Mhz processor with 512 MB Flash memory
- 4 GB built-in memory storage plus a microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards; a 4 GB card is included giving users 8 GB of storage out-of-the-box
- 5 MP camera with flash, continuous auto focus, image stabilization, scene modes, geo-tagging and zoom, as well as video recording at up to 640×480 resolution
- Built-in GPS for location-based applications and geo-tagging & Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g/n)
Until recently, when a disaster happened you would typically think about physical actions and volunteerism that would be necessary, in other words on-the-ground human capital resources. That traditional thought process is rapidly changing due to organizations like Crisis Commons and the many, many software developers who are lending their expertise to assist in creating very critical technology tools to assist individuals and organizations dealing with disasters. Recently, that display of rapid techie involvement for a common solution was demonstrated in the development of a new mobile application called Oil Reporter.
SEE VIDEO OF my CNN report:
What can the app do?
The app enables you to use your phone to report what you are seeing on the ground. For example you can upload video, photos and text, documenting areas and wildlife affected by the oil spill. The app asks you questions like, How much oil do you see?, Is there widlife present?, What’s the impact to wetlands? In the app you can also follow all the tweets taking place about the spill so you can stay informed and there are links to volunteer organizations. The app is a free download!
To the Batmobile-let’s go!
The Oil Reporter mobile app was developed in a lightning-fast 3 days and made available on not one but 2 different mobile platforms, the iPhone and Android phones. To get this created and out the door so fast there were 3 main partners in the effort–1) the app was created by developers from Intridea 2) they used a mobile software platform called Titanium from Appcelerator & 3) Crisis Commons an international volunteer network of technical and biz professionals with major, major tech skillz :-) drawn together by a call to service.
How can you get involved?
2) Attend the Washington DC, Crisis Camp Saturday June 5th!
4) GET the WORD OUT! If you know developers or individuals working for relief organizations they could also be using the free and open-source data to create their own custom apps to help with documentation and recovery. So please tell as many people as possible about this free resource!
It’s official the White House has an iPhone app! I installed the app 1st thing this morning to see its features etc… The app is free and has no advertising associated with it. I’ve placed calls into my White House contacts to schedule an interview with the app developers. The app has a very clean design and very simplified interface. One feature that stands out is live video streaming. With this app you can watch White House public events live streamed! There are many times that I’d like to tune in to a press briefing or other live event and I’m not near C-span but I always have my phone with me.
For example later today I’ll be on the road but I’ll be tuning in to an 11:30 press briefing from my iPhone in-bewtwen meetings.
And next week it going to be interesting to watch how people react to viewing the President’s State of the Union speech next week on their phone. 1st State of the Union watched live from the 1-foot experience.
What are your thoughts on the White House making an iPhone app? Cool, a means for propaganda, useless, effective?