Stories by Keir Thomas

ChevronWP7 Hackers to Release Microsoft-approved App

By Keir Thomas | 19 June, 2011 01:45

Windows Phone 7 hackers ChevronWP7 are soon to release a Microsoft-approved app that allows users to install non-approved software. But that doesn't mean the group and the software giant have kissed and made up.

World's first virtual heist? BitCoin user loses $500,000

By Keir Thomas | 16 June, 2011 07:14

Online theft is a fact of life nowadays, but yesterday a BitCoin user woke to find his haul of virtual currency had been plundered.

Porn site users beware: Hackers may have your email

By Keir Thomas | 14 June, 2011 01:30

The mischievous computer hacking team known as LulzSec has turned its attention from consumer electronics maker Sony to the pornography industry -- at least for now.

Apple recall could affect iPad supplies

By Keir Thomas | 14 June, 2011 01:19

A recall of some Apple iPads could further constrain supplies of the popular tablet device at a time when the company is already struggling to meet demand.

Google releases Chrome 12, adds security and 3D

By Keir Thomas | 09 June, 2011 02:53

Google has released an update for its Chrome browser, bringing security and 3D improvements.

Nokia not ready for a tablet -- yet

By Keir Thomas | 05 June, 2011 02:32

If cell phone maker Nokia rolls out a tablet device one day, it will be late to a game where its competitors have a big head start.

How to check if Sony Pictures hack affects you

By Keir Thomas | 05 June, 2011 02:30

A few computer clicks is all it takes to learn if you were a victim of the Sony Pictures hack attack, but be careful.

Windows 8 and the ARM Revolution: The pros and cons

By Keir Thomas | 03 June, 2011 06:08

During Microsoft's presentation of Windows 8, a handful of the company's hardware partners showed off tablets and notebooks running the OS, some also featuring Microsoft Office. But if you looked closely, you would've noticed that missing from the equation were Intel and AMD, replaced instead by ARM chips made by rival ARM Holdings.

Google clearing up more Android malware

By Keir Thomas | 03 June, 2011 06:59

Google has had to remove yet more malware-infected apps offered in its Android Market. As spotted by the Lookout Security Team, 50 applications were infected by a variation of the DroidDream malware that hit in March. Lookout is referring to the new malware as DroidDreamLight and says up to 120,000 Android users might have been affected.

Eric Schmidt: Want security? Get a Mac

By Keir Thomas | 02 June, 2011 05:53

Speaking at the All Things Digital D9 conference, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said in a wide-ranging Q&A session that the best workstation security is offered by a Mac, coupled with Google's Chrome browser. Additionally, he suggests users of Google's services should activate two-step authentication -- introduced earlier this year -- which requires users to enter a code that's texted to their phone each time they log in on a new computer.

Technology helps pope extend reach into space

By Keir Thomas | 23 May, 2011 07:39

Technology has given Pope Benedict XVI a window into space and the astronauts he spoke to the ultimate morale boost.

Analyst: Foxconn explosion could lead to iPad shortages

By Keir Thomas | 22 May, 2011 03:44

The tech world is abuzz again with worries about shortages of popular products, this time because of an explosion at a Chinese factory that killed two people.

Firefox brings 'Do Not Track' to mobile browsing

By Keir Thomas | 22 May, 2011 03:45

Tired of advertisers that track your Internet surfing? Your mobile device can help you just say No.

No Sony PSN service anytime soon, says latest update

By Keir Thomas | 08 May, 2011 01:14

Sony is reneging on a promise to reboot its PlayStation Network and start bringing its 77 million customers back online anytime soon. Sony posted an update to its PlayStation blog Friday stating it was "unaware of the extent of the (network) attack" adding it needs to "conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system" before it can restart its network.

Android continues to win at Blackberry's expense

By Keir Thomas | 08 May, 2011 02:18

More bad news for RIM's Blackberry: A recent survey of cell phone users shows Google's Android is continuing to gobble up its market share.