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Electronic Pickpocketing Coming To A Thief Near You

If you are like me, then you are also wondering what this world has come too with all of the bad things that happen now days including the infamous pick-pocketing thieves. Today’s age is totally different from that of 30, 20 or even just 10 years ago. We have technology to thank for making our lives so much better but has it made it better or worse when it comes to theft?

Pick-pocketing is not your usually discussion at work over the morning coffee pot but nevertheless, it does still happen only now days it is happening electronically without physically removing your wallet or purse. Thieves have the capability to steal your credit card information without digging in your pocket or making away with your wallet. This new technology literally puts about 140 million people at risk, the estimated number of people with RFID enabled cards.

Ever heard of the RFID radio frequency? If not, then let me explain. RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. Basically RFID is a technology that uses radio waves to exchange data between a reader and electronic tag attached to a particular object. It allows consumers to easily ‘swipe’ their card to pay for something. All US Passports issues since 2006 have an RFID card which goes to show how frequently this technology is used.

In the case of thieves ‘electronically pick-pocketing’ you, they use a reader to read the certain RFID enabled credit cards virtually stealing its information. This stolen data can be used to recreate your credit card credentials thus allowing a thief to charge your credit card. Pretty clever isn’t it?

Not everyone has an RFID type card but it is becoming more popular. For instance, Suntrust banking is one institution that issues RFID cards and all a thief would need is a sophisticated scanner (reader) to steal your card information.

Below is a video exclusive reporting on this very issue. Are you now more fearful of getting pick-pocketed now?

 

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New Alternative Search Engine ‘Blekko’ Launches

blekko-search-engineA new alternative internet search engine called Blekko has recently launched after three-years in the making and $24 million.

You may be thinking that Blekko will be just another attempt to shake up things at Google but the objective for Blekko is to eliminate spam search results essentially allowing its users to search a subset of the web. Blekko offers new features aside from Google such as a proprietary slashtag technology.

The addition of slashtags enables an auto sequence for search queries falling into one of seven categories: autos, personal finance, colleges, health, lyrics, recipes and hotels. Whenever a user searches in one of those fields, Blekko will automatically append the associated slashtag to the query and limit the search results that specifically fall under that particular slashtag. Think if it as weeding out anything that could be remotely none-related to your search. It is almost like using the Wikipedia formula only on a search engine.

Basically, Blekko has taken Google search’s weaknesses and created a search engine that improves upon them greatly. As an example, heath, lyric and financial queries on Google or Bing return results that are dominated by poor quality content farms or even malicious sites known to host computer malware parasites. Not only has Blekko made an effort to ‘clean-up’ internet search results, but they can control your results by providing high-quality ones through their slashtag method.

Blekko is currently live and available for use. It may take a few minutes to get use to it but so far it has been an interesting experience with just me using it to search for automotive information so I can replace my car that was in an accident last month.

Check out Blekko for yourself at: http://www.blekko.com

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Sony Internet TV Rolling Out First HDTVs Powered By Google TV

sony-internet-hdtv-google-tv-1Cable and Satellite TV better watch out because there seems to be a new sheriff and deputy in town by the name of Sony and Google. Sony is finally rolling out details on the first HDTV sets that will support a new Google TV (internet TV) platform. The new ‘Sony Internet TV’ comes in 1080p LCD and LCD LED flavors under $1,500 and will be available later this month around October 24 at local Best Buy stores to start off.

The new Sony Internet TVs will have built in Wi-Fi and an included keypad remote with integrated mouse and keyboard for navigating the Google TV interface.

There will be a starting line of 24-inch ($599) Sony Internet TVs along with 32-inch ($799), 40-inch ($999) and 46-inch ($1,399). LED (LED backlit) models will also be included in the lineup with a slightly higher price of course. Each TV will have pre-installed apps including Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, YouTube and Sony’s Qriocity streaming-video service. The Google TV integration may be the forefront hit of these new TV sets. There will also be apps available to control your Google TV through an Android powered phone.

In the world of ‘Internet TV’, we have yet to see anything ‘sure-shot’ thing to stick and take off. Google TV may be the answer to cutting the cord but we won’t really know until we see these new Sony TVs on the market, faster and not-so-expensive ISP (Internet Service Provider) support and a large library of available TV programming and movies available.

Due to this news the question arises, would you dump your current cable or satellite subscriptions in place of Google TV/Internet TV service offered on one of these new Sony Internet TVs if the price is ‘right’? What would it take for you to leave your current cable or satellite TV? Is this the wave of the future?

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25th Anniversary of Dot-com: The .com turns 25 years old

How would we live our lives without the internet? What would the world be like without .com’s, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, YouTube, Yahoo and Google? I really could not even to begin to imagine a nonexistence of the internet especially after today marking the 25th anniversary of the first dot-com, Symbolics.com.

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The commercial age of the internet was ushered in with Symbolics.com being the very first .com. Of course there was a presence of the internet beforehand but having a domain name made it easier for those lucky enough to even have a form of internet access, to access a web site. Instead of entering a long series of numbers and dots, internet users could simply type in the domain address which could be something as simple as “apple.com”, “facebook.com” or “google.com”.

The emergence of the internet as we know it today took some time to get up and running. With only 100 sites to initially go online in the first 2 years of conception, the number grew to 18,000 by 1995. Today, the internet has grown to over 80 million dot-com domains but that’s not including all of the other ways people access the internet. Most of the internet growth, about 99.9% of it, has all occurred in the past 15 years.

In terms of the impact that the internet has bestowed upon the world, for the U.S. economy alone, the internet sector is estimated at around $300 billion which is 2 percent of the total. Many experts believe the internet has a much more monetary impact on the global economy now days, especially considering how many businesses have a dedicated presence over the internet.

Since the conception of the internet 25 years ago and massive growth of personal data online and rates of money transactions over the internet, it has given thieves a relatively new outlet for committing crime. We live in an age where bank robbers no longer have to put on a mask and tout a gun in demand for money. They simply get behind a computer screen to seek out their next victim for a quick payday. The internet today provides an outlet for criminals and has made a large impact on many of our lives. Even still, we all have to take precautionary measures to protect ourselves when using the internet.

Despite the downside of the internet, many web analysts and experts see a good future for the web in terms of conducting business, sharing information and even providing entertainment in a new fashion all together.

25 years is a long time and let us all be thankful for how the internet has shaped our lives.

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Visualizing the Internet: What’s Hot and What’s Not – Top Web Sites

A very interesting link I found today is of an interactive graphic that tells you what the biggest type of sites are on the internet. Within the data table provided, you can view the top 100 sites, the most used search portals, the most popular social networks, most used retail sites and the most viewed media/news outlets on the internet.

How is this information useful? Well, you could use this data to compose your own opinion about where the internet is headed and what is hot and what’s not. Basically, this information provides you with enough data to tell you what trends (sites) on the internet will have a lasting effect on the lives of billions of humans on this earth that surf the web.

Did you ever think that blogging was more popular than Social networks? What about guessing which media site gets the most traffic? I was shocked to find out that CNN does not get the most traffic out of all of the news outlets on the internet.

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Download the Nielsen top 100 web sites spreadsheet (Jan 2010)

Link to the full data charts: SuperPower: Visualizing the Internet – source: news.bbc.co.uk

After looking at the data in the links provided above, what are you most shocked about?

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