Facebook ‘Hilarious Video’ Phishing Attack Spreading Fast

Facebook has been seeing an increasing number of phishing and malware attacks recently. The latest in series is a phishing attack that lures you to watch the ‘most hilarious video ever’ but when you try to click on it, it asks you for your login credentials and installs the ‘Media Player HD’ app on your Facebook account. The app not only compromises your Facebook account but also installs malware on your computer leading to a potential leak of sensitive information.

To avoid it, simply DON’T click on any such link inviting you to watch a hilarious video and if you think you have already, change your Facebook password and uninstall the ‘Media Player HD’ app. The message for the hilarious video may appear on your wall or come in as a message from one of your friends. To save yourself from such attacks you can also install a free app Defensio that will protect your wall from messages like these.

Desktop Notifications For Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome extensions have brought features to the browser and coupled with the awesome speed Chrome has, this gives us an amazing overall browsing experience. I have personally switched over to Google Chrome as my default browser and am satisfied with it.

Google Chrome extensions now have an added advantage. Chrome got a nifty feature of extension notifications whereby any installed extension can send out windows style notifications. This feature was already available to websites from Chrome 4. In the latest build, this feature will be made available to extension developers by a notification API.

One of the first to use this notification is the Gmail notifier add-on for Google Chrome. This added feature into the notification API can mean two things.

The advantage of this is that extension developers are no more limited to OS capabilities to display notifications and can easily do so using the browser. This will get clearer when more extensions use this feature to create a better user experience. Facebook and Twitter apps will be the first to follow.

Though, a downside of this is how extension developers will use this to provide some real functionality or simply for creating annoying notifications.


Woman Sues Google Over Bad Directions

With the advent of every new technology comes a variety of lawsuits. The “Walking Directions” feature of Google Maps is no different in this regard. When Lauren Rosenberg used her Google Maps on her BlackBerry to get walking directions, she claims she was misled to a busy highway and as a result hit by a car.

Lauren has sued both Google and the car driver Patrick Harwood for damages in excess of $100,000. Usually, when the “Walking Directions” feature is used at Google Maps, a warning message displays letting users know about the beta status of the feature and the potential of routes missing pedestrian paths. In other words, Google does a good job of warning users but apparently this is only limited to the web version of Google Maps and hasn’t made it yet to the iPhone/BlackBerry version.

Here is a detailed copy of the case filing.  This is yet another example where the plaintiff ended up relying more on the superficial guidance than her common sense. What would she have done if the bad directions were provided by another pedestrian or a gas station attendant, would she have filed lawsuits against them too? The scenario is no different than getting to a road block while following your GPS, do you sue your GPS company in that case or just take a detour?

Dropbox Gains The Ability To Sync Only Selected Folders

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[Windows, Mac & Linux ] Dropbox is one of my favorite utilities – I’ve been using Dropbox since its private beta days. Dropbox offers probably the easiest and simplest way of ensuring that all your files are in sync. A tiny niggle that Dropbox had so far, was that the entire sync folder was self contained. So if you had a particular set of files/documents that you needed to sync, you had to save them in folder created under Dropbox sync folder. There have been workarounds – creating symbolic links in Linux, or Junctions in Windows ( only for NTFS filesystems however) but these have been clumsy.

Yesterday, Dropboxer Michael posted a new forum thread announcing an experimental build which is capable of… well, you guessed it, selective sync. So let’s see how this works.

Once you’ve installed the build, right click on Properties, select the Advanced tab, and you’ll see that the Selective sync option is visible. However, you won’t be able to use it right away, you’ll have to wait a bit till the initial sync is complete.

Once the initial sync is done, you’ll be given an option to to select the folders that you want to sync to. Check/uncheck the required folders and you’re done!

  • While I’ll admit this is not exactly what I really wanted ( I want Dropbox to be able to sync any folder on any drive – this feature will come soon in the 0.9 release, once this experiment is successful) – for the time limited selective sync should work fine.

Bing Will Not Replace Google as Default iPhone Search

There were rumors of Microsoft Bing replacing Google search as default on the iPhone. However, some more details have surfaced on this and according to that; Google is still to remain as the default search on iPhone as it has always been.

This issue sparked when Microsoft started talking to Apple about including Bing as a search option on iPhone and not necessarily as a replacement to the Google search option.

Most mobile devices currently include the option of Google search and Yahoo search though, Google is the default option everywhere and very few people know that Yahoo even exists in the option, a fewer of them changing the option to Yahoo.

What Microsoft is trying to do for its Bing search here, is get included as a third option in that list. Given the kind of relation Apple has with Microsoft and the amount of revenues a Google search can generate, it is unlikely that the option will be changed to anything else.

Though, this rumor can turn into a reality given the tension developing between Google and Apple in their competition into common areas. Google has readily attacked Apple in the I/O conference and is being forward in this animosity. Apple has not yet confirmed the nature of this inclusion.


Amazon Officially Launches The Kindle Application For The iPad

The Amazon Kindle Application for Android might not be out yet, but the iPad version is officially out. Today, Amazon released the iPad version of the Kindle app in an official press release. The application is available in alliPad the countries, where the iPad is up for sale.

We’re thrilled to make Kindle for iPad available to readers around the world,” said Jay Marine, director, Amazon Kindle. “Kindle for iPad includes all the features customers love about Kindle for iPhone, including great selection and synchronization of their books across a variety of Kindle apps, along with a beautiful new user interface tailored to the look and feel of iPad. Kindle for iPad is the perfect companion for the millions of customers who already own a Kindle or Kindle DX, and a way for customers to download and enjoy books even if they don’t yet have a Kindle.”

The Kindle application for the iPad will give the users access to over thousands of book available in the Kindle Store.

The notable feature of the Kindle App for the iPad includes :

*The Kindle Application for the iPad features a page turn animation, and has an interactive and simple UI. The application has been tailor made for the large screen of the iPad.

* Synchronize bookmarks, highlights, and notes among various Kindle compatible devices

* The Kindle Application allows users to dim the iPad screen brightness, right from within the application

*The Kindle Application for the iPad features up to three different background colours for reducing the strain on the users’ eye.

Here is the link to the official press release.

XBMC Drops XBox Support, Still Available Unofficially

XBMC is the best media center application for Linux. It is open source software and works great on modified Xbox consoles. XBMC has been highly successful on the Xbox console though now, its support will be removed by XBMC developer officially.

XBMC developers are presenting the argument that they are too involved in the development of XBMC on PC and an Xbox is posing as a whole new platform to them. To resolve this, they are leaving the support for Xbox to a dedicated developer who goes by the name of  Arnova.

Times have changed. The XBOX has hard limits for what it can handle. Some users are satisfied with these limits, and we encourage them to use XBMC there if they are happy. But it is a popular misconception that official XBOX development is still taking place by the team, so we have decided to set it free. We have enough on our plates already, and worrying about a deprecated platform just increases our workload. A few days ago the XBOX branch was finally removed from our subversion repository.

But loyal XBMC for XBOX users fear not! In addition to his role as an XBMC developer, Arnova plans to continue development on the XBOX — just not here.  You can find the new project’s home  at sourceforge. We’re leaving it in his hands to decide how to handle the project’s administration. How he manages the forum, bug tracker, scm, developers, etc. is up to him. In other words, don’t complain to us ;-)


Verizon To Launch Two New Motorola Droid Phones in July

Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon will be releasing two new Motorola Droids in the month of July. Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said, “We will introduce new Droid products in the Verizon franchise.” He also said that Verizon would be promoting the two new droids along with Motorola, similar to what they did for the original Motorola Droid/Milestone. The original Droid was heavily promoted by Verizon and Motorola in the US.


The original Motorola Droid was a saviour for Motorola. It helped the company gain a respectable market share, and prevented the company from shutting down. The two handsets, which Motorola will launch along with Verizon, will be the Shadow and another handset about which no information is available. Hopefully, at least one of the phones will sport a physical QWERTY keyboard.

In other Motorola Shadow news, remember the Motorola Shadow prototype which was found in a gym? Apparently, the guy who found the phone has been fired from his job by the senior officials from Verizon. Luckily, the guy was an intern and his internship was going to end this week.

Sony Ericsson Declines to Comment on Android 2.2 (Froyo) Upgrade

Sony-Ericsson-Xperia-X10-Android-Update Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 hit the shelves last month and the X10 Mini will become available in most parts of the world over the next few days. The Xperia X10 product line is a commendable effort from Sony Ericsson. This is all the more impressive since the Xperia X10s are SE’s first Android handsets.

In many ways, Xperia X10’s biggest advantage is the UX platform – a custom Android shell with dazzling features like Timescape and Mediascape. However, it is also turning out to be Xperia’s biggest drawback. The heavily modded user interface (UI) means that Sony Ericsson is having a much harder time keeping up with Android’s feverish release cycle.

It has already been confirmed that Sony Ericsson will be updating its Xperia X10 product line to Android 2.1 this fall (Q4 2010). However, this is clearly not enough to appease the hundreds of thousands of Xperia owners around the world. Earlier this month, Google delivered Android 2.2 (Froyo), and Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) is scheduled to be released this fall. This would leave Sony Ericsson hopelessly behind.

Xperia owners and fans have been petitioning for a well-defined upgrade path. However, for the moment, Sony Ericsson seems content to keep mum. Mattias Holm, product public relations manager at Sony Ericsson, confirmed to PC World that Sony Ericsson will be implementing later versions of Android in its products. However, at this stage it is premature to disclose information about individual products.

At first glance, Holm’s statement seems to indicate that Sony Ericsson may not upgrade all of its handsets to Froyo Android versions. However, given that the Xperia X10s are all that Sony Ericsson has managed to release so far, this seems a bit unlikely. It’s equally improbable that Sony Ericsson would leave out the big brother and just upgrade X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro. So, there is hope yet for Xperia X10 owners. But, the wait is probably going to be a long one.

Firefox 64-bit Builds, Now Available For Windows, Linux and Mac

Up until now, Firefox lovers using a 64 bit operating system were restricted to using only the builds provided by their operating systems or, the ones they could get off the Mozilla-x86-64 project at http://wiki.mozilla-x86-64.com/X64_Build. This is going to change soon.

Mozilla has started rolling out nightly builds for Firefox on Mac and Linux and will soon start doing the same for Firefox on Windows as well. The 64 bit version is already available for Mac and Linux. The Windows version will arrive soon and the final version of the next release, Firefox 4 will see releases for both x86 and x64.

This can significantly improve the global browser-share of Firefox as people on x64 still keep struggling to get a feature rich and pluggable browser. Though, just a 64-bit build of Firefox would not do the trick as most plugins like the ones for Java and flash are available only for the 32 bit system.

The build is an experimental one and has many unresolved bugs. It can cause loss of data and of you still want to try it out, download it from the Mozilla Public FTP server.

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