Third-party security experts are recommending that Web surfers use a browser other than Microsoft’s (MS) Internet Explorer (IE) until a serious flaw in the application is fixed. The flaw, which first surfaced about a week ago, allows cyber crooks to take control of victims’ machines by duping surfers into visiting Web sites rigged to download […]

Some U.S. cable TV customers are in for a nasty surprise this coming February 9. If they don’t already have digital cable adapter boxes, they’re going to have to have them by then to continue watching all the cable channels currently available to them. It seems that cable provider Comcast will require nearly a million […]

Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) has filed its official response to the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) call for position papers on the regulation of new media — that is, Internet and portable wireless network broadcasting. The CWTA represents Canadian cellular, PCS, messaging, mobile radio, fixed wireless and mobile satellite carriers as well […]

We’ve all giggled at the predictions, back in the 1950s and 60s, that everyone would be driving flying cars by the turn of the millennium. Of course, it didn’t happen — and nobody alive at the millennium was very surprised. But, now, the nay-sayers may have to change their tune: A real, affordable (to some, […]

While all the market surveys show North Americans cutting back on their year-end holiday shopping expenditures and, in many cases, pooling their gift dollars on one big gift the whole family can enjoy, one traditional gift-giving favourite is actually selling better than last year. A survey by market research firm NPD Group reveals that U.S. […]

Studies by health authorities have shown that children from low-income families are more likely to be less healthy than kids from well-to-do families. Now, a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkley, shows that poor kids may also be intellectually disadvantaged compared to their rich counterparts. Researchers at Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience […]

From: The N.Y. Times via — Posting user-produced videos to YouTube was, until recently, an amusing passtime for millions. Now, however, it’s becoming a lucrative job for an increasing number of full-time Tubers. As the New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports, “One year after YouTube, the online video powerhouse, invited members to become ‘partners’ […]

Internet security leader McAfee Inc. has released a major update of its popular free Site Advisor application which, “helps consumers know what is safe and what may be risky on the Web.” According to the official McAfee update anouncement, “Risky sites are indicated by a ‘Red’ rating in McAfee SiteAdvisor software after each site has […]

Round two of teething trouble with Apple’s new ‘unibody’ MacBook notebook computers is drawing to a close as users install a second firmware upgrade to address hardware hassles. The 15 in. ‘unibody’ MacBook, released earlier this fall… Apple released a patch yesterday designed to fix unspecificed problerms with the system management controller (SMC) which oversees […]

The U.K.-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) today reversed a decision made earlier this week which effectively cut off the majority of British Internet users to the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia. The IWF bills itself as: “The UK Hotline for reporting illegal content specifically: Child sexual abuse content hosted worldwide and criminally obscene and incitement to […]

Google has given Gmail users an early Christmas gift, adding a free ‘Tasks’ list feature to its GMail client. According to The Official GMail Blog, the new Tasks feature operates in a separate window which, like a Gmail chat window, can be floated outside of your Gmail workspace. While a ‘To Do’ list feature may […]

Call it another spin on electric car technology. Not exactly a new one, though. Michelin’s Active Wheel system has been around since 2004. But only recently have car makers shown a definite interest, in concert with their initiatives to get electric cars on the road within the next five to ten years. The Active Wheel […]