Transfer Contacts from one Cell Phone to another


Did you just buy a new cell phone? The first thing that you’re probably looking to do is copy all the phone numbers and other contact information from the old phone to your new one.

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MS preps emergency patch for Windows shortcut peril

Warning of an uptick in attacks, Microsoft plans to issue an emergency update to patch a critical Windows vulnerability that hackers are exploiting to seize control of PCs.

The patch, which fixes the way Windows parses shortcut icons, will be released on Monday at around 10 a.m. California time. It comes two weeks after reports surfaced that unknown hackers were exploiting the flaw in an attempt to install malware on systems that control the operations of power plants and other critical infrastructure. At least two customer of SCADA, or supervisory control and data acquisition, software offered by Siemens have been hit by a computer worm that exploits the bug.

“We are releasing the bulletin as we’ve completed the required testing and the update has achieved the appropriate quality bar for broad distribution to customers,” Christopher Budd, Microsoft’s senior security response communications manager,” wrote. “Additionally, we’re able to confirm that, in the past few days, we’ve seen an increase in attempts to exploit the vulnerability. We firmly believe that releasing the update out of band is the best thing to do to help protect our customers.”


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Warning of an uptick in attacks, Microsoft plans to issue an emergency update to patch a critical Windows vulnerability that hackers are exploiting to seize control of PCs.

The patch, which fixes the way Windows parses shortcut icons, will be released on Monday at around 10 a.m. California time. It comes two weeks after reports surfaced that unknown hackers were exploiting the flaw in an attempt to install malware on systems that control the operations of power plants and other critical infrastructure. At least two customer of SCADA, or supervisory control and data acquisition, software offered by Siemens have been hit by a computer worm that exploits the bug.

“We are releasing the bulletin as we’ve completed the required testing and the update has achieved the appropriate quality bar for broad distribution to customers,” Christopher Budd, Microsoft’s senior security response communications manager,” wrote. “Additionally, we’re able to confirm that, in the past few days, we’ve seen an increase in attempts to exploit the vulnerability. We firmly believe that releasing the update out of band is the best thing to do to help protect our customers.” Leer más “MS preps emergency patch for Windows shortcut peril”

El dilema de ser demasiado seguro

La reciente decisión de algunos países árabes de suspender determinados servicios de la plataforma BlackBerry pone a RIM en una situación sumamente compleja. La prohibición se debe fundamentalmente a la imposibilidad de ejercer un control gubernamental sobre la información que circula a través del sistema, un sistema que fue diseñado y certificado, no lo olvidemos, para ofrecer a sus clientes corporativos una seguridad a prueba de bomba.

RIM es una empresa muy peculiar: nacida y crecida para ofrecer productos y servicios a clientes corporativos, la compañía mantiene todavía una fortísima cultura de orientación hacia las necesidades de las empresas y de sus responsables de IT, a pesar de su gran desarrollo dentro del mercado de consumo. Los principales clientes de RIM son grandes empresas y corporaciones que valoran enormemente cuestiones como la seguridad, y esta seguridad se mantiene, entre otras cosas, gracias a un sistema que cifra todo el tráfico y lo canaliza a servidores específicos situados fuera del alcance de los gobiernos, a través de un sistema de cifrado de 256 bits controlado por la propia RIM que, según afirma la compañía, impide la monitorización de cualquier entidad externa o incluso por parte de la propia RIM. Desde China, por ejemplo, resulta perfectamente posible acceder a cualquier página web, incluyendo aquellas que transgreden claramente las normas de la censura gubernamental, si se hace a través de un terminal Blackberry.


La reciente decisión de algunos países árabes de suspender determinados servicios de la plataforma BlackBerry pone a RIM en una situación sumamente compleja. La prohibición se debe fundamentalmente a la imposibilidad de ejercer un control gubernamental sobre la información que circula a través del sistema, un sistema que fue diseñado y certificado, no lo olvidemos, para ofrecer a sus clientes corporativos una seguridad a prueba de bomba.

RIM es una empresa muy peculiar: nacida y crecida para ofrecer productos y servicios a clientes corporativos, la compañía mantiene todavía una fortísima cultura de orientación hacia las necesidades de las empresas y de sus responsables de IT, a pesar de su gran desarrollo dentro del mercado de consumo. Los principales clientes de RIM son grandes empresas y corporaciones que valoran enormemente cuestiones como la seguridad, y esta seguridad se mantiene, entre otras cosas, gracias a un sistema que cifra todo el tráfico y lo canaliza a servidores específicos situados fuera del alcance de los gobiernos, a través de un sistema de cifrado de 256 bits controlado por la propia RIM que, según afirma la compañía, impide la monitorización de cualquier entidad externa o incluso por parte de la propia RIM. Desde China, por ejemplo, resulta perfectamente posible acceder a cualquier página web, incluyendo aquellas que transgreden claramente las normas de la censura gubernamental, si se hace a través de un terminal Blackberry. Leer más “El dilema de ser demasiado seguro”

Windows 7 already more dominant than Vista

In the world of monopolistic operating systems, it certainly didn’t take long for Windows 7 to be on more computer than Microsoft’s previous, bungled platform Windows Vista.

Net Applications now reports that Windows 7 accounts for 14.5% of all operating systems on active computers, leapfrogging ahead of Vista which now stands at 14.3%.

This comes juse nine months after Windows 7 became commercially available, making it just about the quickest that any new operating system has overtaken its predecessor. If you don’t believe me, just look at Windows XP. That OS still has a 61.9% market share.

It also gives more credence to Microsoft’s statement that Windows 7 is the fastest-selling operating system ever, already making its way through 175 million sold licenses, the vast majority of which are through PC makers who now almost unanimously sell all new computers with Windows 7 installed.


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In the world of monopolistic operating systems, it certainly didn’t take long for Windows 7 to be on more computer than Microsoft‘s previous, bungled platform Windows Vista.

Net Applications now reports that Windows 7 accounts for 14.5% of all operating systems on active computers, leapfrogging ahead of Vista which now stands at 14.3%.

This comes juse nine months after Windows 7 became commercially available, making it just about the quickest that any new operating system has overtaken its predecessor. If you don’t believe me, just look at Windows XP. That OS still has a 61.9% market share.

It also gives more credence to Microsoft’s statement that Windows 7 is the fastest-selling operating system ever, already making its way through 175 million sold licenses, the vast majority of which are through PC makers who now almost unanimously sell all new computers with Windows 7 installed. Leer más “Windows 7 already more dominant than Vista”

BlackBerry Challenges Grow as Countries, RIM Collide

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, faces increasing challenges to its overseas expansion as developing countries tighten restrictions on mobile e-mail.

The United Arab Emirates, home to Middle East business hub Dubai, said yesterday it may suspend BlackBerry e-mail services in October because of concern the devices could be used in crimes. The move comes days after an official in India said that country may ban BlackBerry e-mail use and reports that Saudi Arabia could take similar steps.

“It’s a reflection of fears of cyber-security and espionage that now extend to mobile phones,” said Ron Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, who helped colleagues uncover a plot against the Indian government that involved computers in China. “It’s the type of thing that will become more common for RIM as they grapple with public policy and ethical issues in emerging markets.”


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(Updates with RIM’s global sales in fourth paragraph.)

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, faces increasing challenges to its overseas expansion as developing countries tighten restrictions on mobile e-mail.

The United Arab Emirates, home to Middle East business hub Dubai, said yesterday it may suspend BlackBerry e-mail services in October because of concern the devices could be used in crimes. The move comes days after an official in India said that country may ban BlackBerry e-mail use and reports that Saudi Arabia could take similar steps.

“It’s a reflection of fears of cyber-security and espionage that now extend to mobile phones,” said Ron Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, who helped colleagues uncover a plot against the Indian government that involved computers in China. “It’s the type of thing that will become more common for RIM as they grapple with public policy and ethical issues in emerging markets.” Leer más “BlackBerry Challenges Grow as Countries, RIM Collide”

Put All Your Club Cards on a Digital Key Ring

Quick Pitch: Never carry plastic loyalty cards again. Download “Key Ring Reward Cards” for free on your iPhone or Android device.

Genius Idea: Key Ring, a mobile loyalty card application for iPhone and Andriod made by Mobestream Media, serves the same purpose as other apps such as CardStar — mitigating loyalty card buildup.

Consumers tend to carry around cards for retailers or venues they frequent on a regular basis, including gyms, boutiques, drug stores and grocery stores. The Key Ring Rewards Card application makes a digital copy of those cards so that you can leave the physical cards at home.

You can download the free app and use it to scan the barcodes on your loyalty and club cards. To get started, select “Add Card” and click yes or no to specify whether or not the card in question has a barcode. If it does, the app will then let you scan the barcode, identify the retailer and create a digital copy. If the card doesn’t have a barcode, you can manually input the membership ID in lieu of the barcode scan.



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Quick Pitch: Never carry plastic loyalty cards again. Download “Key Ring Reward Cards” for free on your iPhone or Android device.

Genius Idea: Key Ring, a mobile loyalty card application for iPhone and Andriod made by Mobestream Media, serves the same purpose as other apps such as CardStar — mitigating loyalty card buildup.

Consumers tend to carry around cards for retailers or venues they frequent on a regular basis, including gyms, boutiques, drug stores and grocery stores. The Key Ring Rewards Card application makes a digital copy of those cards so that you can leave the physical cards at home.

You can download the free app and use it to scan the barcodes on your loyalty and club cards. To get started, select “Add Card” and click yes or no to specify whether or not the card in question has a barcode. If it does, the app will then let you scan the barcode, identify the retailer and create a digital copy. If the card doesn’t have a barcode, you can manually input the membership ID in lieu of the barcode scan. Leer más “Put All Your Club Cards on a Digital Key Ring”

How Small Businesses Will Use Social Media in the Future

This series is supported by Gist, an online service that helps you build stronger relationships. By connecting your inbox to the web, you get business-critical information about key people and companies. See how it works here.

growth imageShort of saying we’ll all be doing business from Foursquare-fueled hover cars, the future of social media and small business is very much an unknown. While most social media-savvy businesses undoubtedly have an online presence, the ability to then monetize online efforts is still in its infancy.

The usual suspects — Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare — have already proven to be great ways to engage with an audience and promote a brand, but what are the next steps in using these social networks to earn real money for your small business?

Soothsaying necessarily has its limitations. In order to peer into the future of small businesses and social media we took a step back and tried to build cases based on the evolution of trends and some successful examples. Below, find some key ways that your business can develop those ideas to (hopefully) earn some good old-fashioned cash.
New Platforms

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It’s clear that social media will continue to evolve both in its appearance and its offerings. It is unclear, however, whether this means that our beloved Facebook and its ilk, will be replaced by entirely new platforms, or whether it will become more robust as it’s used for more complex actions.

“I have a hard time seeing Facebook ever going away,” said Scott Scheper, an entrepreneur and VP of Strategic Partnerships at Yontoo. Rather than e-mail blasts or bursts of self-promotion, Scheper suggests that small businesses try to create added value. “… Something that people have a lot of fun doing that you can put your brand into subtly. It’s kind of like product placement and getting eyeballs on [your brand] without having a stand-out ad.”


This series is supported by Gist, an online service that helps you build stronger relationships. By connecting your inbox to the web, you get business-critical information about key people and companies. See how it works here.

growth imageShort of saying we’ll all be doing business from Foursquare-fueled hover cars, the future of social media and small business is very much an unknown. While most social media-savvy businesses undoubtedly have an online presence, the ability to then monetize online efforts is still in its infancy.

The usual suspects — Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare — have already proven to be great ways to engage with an audience and promote a brand, but what are the next steps in using these social networks to earn real money for your small business?

Soothsaying necessarily has its limitations. In order to peer into the future of small businesses and social media we took a step back and tried to build cases based on the evolution of trends and some successful examples. Below, find some key ways that your business can develop those ideas to (hopefully) earn some good old-fashioned cash.


New Platforms


adly image

It’s clear that social media will continue to evolve both in its appearance and its offerings. It is unclear, however, whether this means that our beloved Facebook and its ilk, will be replaced by entirely new platforms, or whether it will become more robust as it’s used for more complex actions.

“I have a hard time seeing Facebook ever going away,” said Scott Scheper, an entrepreneur and VP of Strategic Partnerships at Yontoo. Rather than e-mail blasts or bursts of self-promotion, Scheper suggests that small businesses try to create added value. “… Something that people have a lot of fun doing that you can put your brand into subtly. It’s kind of like product placement and getting eyeballs on [your brand] without having a stand-out ad.” Leer más “How Small Businesses Will Use Social Media in the Future”