BlackBerry App World now live

As expected, the BlackBerry App World has just launched for US, Canada and the UK. If your software’s updated to 4.2 and you’ve got a trackball / touch screen and PayPal account, head on over to RIM’s website to download. Tell us, is it everything you thought it would be?

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Hands On With the Twitter Wingman

Twitter has exploded in popularity like a monkey navigated rocket ship, but the question on everyone’s mind is: how will the fledgling startup make money? A lot of theories have been bandies about: software solutions, premium accounts, advertising. Turns out all these hypothesis are wrong.

Twitter is getting into hardware.

About a week prior to CTIA Twitter execs invited Steven Leckart and I to get a hands on with their newest product: a piece of hardware they’ve dubbed the Wingman. it’s essentially a device that’s dedicated to one thing: twittering. lbeit with some very cool extras. The product we tested was in deep, deep BETA — many of the hardware flourishes that will be found on the finished product were not integrated yet. Still it was impressive.

When it’s launched in June 2009 (probably against the new iPhone) the Wingman will feature the following:

  • A $30 – 40 price tag with a two-year contract on Boost Mobile
  • 5-megapixel camera with xenon flash and Carl Zeiss lens
  • Integrated GPS with real time maps that allow you to locate other Wingmen in the area.
  • Bluetooth data transfers between Wingmen.
  • Dedicated hot keys for sending direct tweets, picking up new followers, and retweeting.
  • Aggregation for sorting twitters from celebs, direct messaging friends, plus dedicated news and gossip tweet feeds.
  • Some of the biggest twitterati like Shaquille O’Neil, John Mayer, and Ashton Kutcher are already beta testing this device. 

The WIRED Gadget Lab Podcast is produced by Analiza Savage, edited by Fernando Cardoso, with camerawork by Michael Lennon and still photography by Jonathan Snyder.

Comodo Firewall 3 – They Did it Again!

This article was written on November 21, 2007 by CyberNet.

Comodo Firewall 3 Summary

We’ve always been a relatively large fan of the Comodo Firewall Pro software, not only because it is 100% free but also because of its award-winning reputation. The new version pulls out all stops bringing full support for both XP and Vista 32-bit and 64-bit versions! After playing with this for a few hours I would have to say that they did it again … they created another amazing firewall that has won my heart, and my computer. We’ve got a ton of screenshots for you at the end of the article, so make sure you stick around.

Before I get started I wanted to send out a quick warning to everyone running both Vista and Avast! antivirus. There seems to be a critical issue with Avast! that prevents Vista from loading at startup, and in order to uninstall Comodo you’ll need to boot into safe mode. Updating to the latest version of Avast! will help ensure that Vista can load properly, but the startup time will be significantly longer than normal. For a status update on this issue keep your eyes peeled on this post in the Comodo forum.

I finally ended up getting Comodo Firewall Pro installed after that little ordeal with Avast!, and aside from that rather critical bug the program is stellar. During normal use of my computer Comodo only consumes 3.5MB of my memory, which is amazing when you compare that to some of the other firewalls out there. And I ran several bandwidth tests both with and without the firewall enabled, and I came to the conclusion that the firewall had very little effect on the speed of my Internet.

At first I wasn’t too sure about the redesigned interface, but it is definitely starting to grow on me. The old one was much more vibrant and lively, but the new one makes Comodo feel more like a professional app. And the popup alerts will surely grab your attention.

Personally I’m the type of user that prefers to see what Comodo is doing, and I want to see any alerts that it feels would be good for me to scan. When finishing up the Comodo setup process it will ask whether you want to run the advanced firewall filled with all of the alert goodness, or whether you just want the basic protection where it does most of the authorization itself (there is a screenshot of this below). If you’re installing this for someone else who isn’t tech-savvy I recommend sticking to the basic mode so that they aren’t bombarded with popups that they don’t understand.

Alright, lets take a look at some of the new security features, and then we’ll move over to the plethora of screenshots!

–New Features–

  • Clean PC Mode – This feature takes a profile of a new PC and all the applications in it and registers them as safe. Then, any new application trying to gain access to a computer will be denied access to the PC unless the user expressly permits it since it is assumed to be potentially unsafe. This feature prevents most types of malware and rootkits from getting installed and keeps a new PC virus and malware free.
  • Defense+ Host Intrusion Prevention System – Defense+ is one of the most advanced Host Intrusion Prevention Systems available in any desktop security program. This new addition helps to secure desktops and servers against rootkits, inter-process memory injections, key-loggers and more.
  • Advanced Network Firewall Engine – New features such as Stealth Mode to make your PC completely invisible to opportunistic port scans; Wizard based auto-detection of trusted zones; Password protection of firewall settings; Diagnostics to analyze your system for potential conflicts with the firewall and much more.
  • Security rules interface – Users can quickly set granular Internet access rights and privileges on a global or per application basis using the flexible and easy to understand GUI. This version also sees the introduction of pre-set security policies which allow you to deploy a sophisticated hierarchy of firewall rules with a couple of mouse clicks.
  • Training Mode – By selecting ‘Train with Safe Mode’, the firewall will learn how your trusted applications work and silently create rules for them.
  • Application Recognition Database – Includes a proprietary and continually updated white list of nearly 1,000,000 safe executables. The integrity of every executable is checked against this database to determine whether or not it is genuine before it allows it installation rights. Firewall Pro will alert users of potentially damaging applications before they are installed.


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Early NYC photo goes on auction block

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Digital Album: it’s a digiframe, just more capacious

Okay, so maybe this mysterious Digital Album really is nothing more than a relatively plain 7-inch digital photo frame, but the included 4GB of storage is certainly appreciated. If, for whatever reason, you honestly feel the need to keep more than a thousand or so shots of little Joey on there, the integrated SD card reader can help you take things up to 20GB overall. Also of note, there’s a rechargeable battery that can show off slideshows for around three hours, and if you leave your AC adapter at home, you’ll be thrilled to know that this one can rejuvenate via USB. It’ll ship in around a fortnight in tan /silver or black / pink, and you’ll be asked to pay £179 ($256) to take one home.

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