Well it was only a matter of time before it would happen, and as of yesterday, it now has. AT&T has now decided to switch to a shared data plan for smart phones. It'll be called "AT&T Mobile Share" and it'll start at $40 per month plus $45 per smartphone for unlimited voice minutes and messaging and 1GB of data.
The HOPE conference, also known as the Hackers On Planet Earth is a biennial conference held in New York City, and started in 1994. It's a place were Hackers from all over can gather and talk about anything security related or about new ideas they have to improve software or what have you. It's like the technical side of summer camp for geeks.
From the "Look what I found in the parking lot" security department, comes a story of a new way to try and get people to infect themselves with malware or a trojan horse program on their computer. It seems some clever people left some USB flash drives in a parking lot hoping for someone to find them and take them home and plug them into their computers and then steal their data.
Well it had to happen sometime right? With the surge in mobile usage of the Internet in the United States, sooner or later everyone would jump into the smartphone pool. This time it's Amazon who is jumping in yelling "Cannon Ball", planning a new smart phone to take on the iPhone and Android phones.
So my friend Barb's house was broken into just this past Wednesday, July 4th at 9:30 pm on RT. 20 in East Greenbush, while she was enjoying the fireworks downtown in Albany. They took her laptop, and other assorted items as well as her new iPad she had just gotten a week before. But because she uses the free "Find my iPad/Mac" service, she has a fighting chance to get them back. The reason I'm writing this story is to educate as well as help Barb get her stuff back by posting a picture her Mac's webcam, using security software, caught of the intruder.
Do you have a Cisco brand router, like LinkSys, that you bought from WalMart or Target? Did you just recently install a software update to it or opted for automatic updates? If yes, then you and many others are using their new cloud service now for setting up and maintaining that router. And Cisco maybe watching you and selling your data.
Ever wish you had an extra second to do something? Well, you did when June 30th was changing to July 1st. An extra second was added to atomic clocks to keep in time with the Earth's rotation, and threw a monkey wrench into a few systems of big internet companies and sites.
I don't remember the exact events of that morning, but I do remember the feeling I had as I ripped open the wrapping paper on a great big box and seeing that picture of the iconic Atari 2600 with the square plastic game cartridges floating next to it. I remember the feeling of joy as I read the directions on how to connect it to my parent's TV and started playing Target Fun and Video Pinball. I was in 8 bit heaven wrapped in gold!
The big story yesterday and will most likely be for another 24 hours or so, is Facebook's announced, yet unannounced changing of everyone of their users email address on their profile to an @facebook.com email address. Once this was noticed by media and the people, "stuff" started to hit the fan.
I sense a war coming on. A war for tablet sales to get consumers to buy their product and to try and dethrone the king, the iPad. It's not a spin off of Game of Thrones, but it might as well be as Google gets ready to unveil it's own brand tablet. And with the announcement of the Surface tablet just earlier this week, it's looking to be a vicious one.
Some people are calling it Microsoft's "Apple Moment". At a very "hush hush" event in Los Angeles on Monday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed off the Surface, their new tablet device to take on the iPad. Could this one be the iPad killer Microsoft is hoping for? Or just an attempt to stay relevant?
As I had posted previously, Verizon had announced they would be killing unlimited data plans for smart phones and devices, and switch to a "shared" data plan model. You can find my video about using WiFI to help save on data plan costs in an earlier Tech Thursday. Well, the axe is falling, and "bucket" data plans will end up costing Verizon customers more, of which I am one.
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