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Stories by John P. Mello Jr.

Facebook privacy failure: Latest in long line of blunders

Facebook's latest privacy blunder is just the latest in a long line of SNAFUs for the world's largest social network. Here are some of the social network's greatest privacy faux pas.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.19 Oct. 10 05:44

Sony ditches Symbian

Sony Ericsson announced today that it's cutting the cord with the Symbian operating system, a move that may put the platform on life support. Sony Ericsson's withdrawal of support for the mobile OS means that the only major player left building phones for the platform is Nokia, which is currently in troubled financial waters.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.16 Oct. 10 10:02

It's official: Windows Phone 7 will sync with Mac

After a UK exec spilled the beans, Microsoft officially announced that it will be releasing a tool to allow phones running its Windows Phone 7 software to sync some content with Apple Macintosh computers. The official announcement lacked the promise of a tweet made earlier by the exec that Microsoft was preparing a full-blown version of its Zune software for the Mac.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.14 Oct. 10 07:43

3D TVs at top of 'Hype Cycle'

The economy isn't the only thing that goes through cycles. Hype, believe it or not, is cyclical, too, according to the analysts at Gartner, who today released their 2010 Hype Cycle report. Technologies closing in on the "Peak of Inflated Expectations" are the 4G wireless standard and 3D flat panel TVs.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.09 Oct. 10 09:10

Twitter launches another scheme to make money

As it warned us last week, Twitter launched another scheme today to exploit its 200 million users for advertising purposes. In addition, it took some baby steps toward smoothing relations between itself and third-party developers.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.05 Oct. 10 09:18

Microsoft releases Web-based suite of apps

Microsoft's Windows Live Essentials 2011, is ready for prime time. Microsoft announced Thursday it's consumer focused suite of free applications, has moved from testing mode (beta) to the final release. The productivity suite is Microsoft's flagship bundle of Web-based productivity apps for managing and sharing images online, editing video, and sharing documents and files between PCs.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.01 Oct. 10 09:11

Why Google Docs will be a 'killer app' for tablets

Google on Monday announced that it will introduce versions of Google Docs for tablets running both the Android and Apple iOS4 mobile operating systems.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.21 Sept. 10 09:24

Can Yahoo pump new life into a dead horse?

It takes more than an exclamation point at the end of your name to create excitement. Maybe Yahoo! is finally waking up to that. At least there were signs of it at the company's press event held today at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.17 Sept. 10 09:30

Twitter fixes its 'bad' homepage: The critics weigh in

Twitter's update to its homepage, that stresses community and multimedia content, is a welcome change to the staid site. Of course, when you impose order and elegance to Twitter's current lackluster homepage, you're going to get more kudos than questions. Still, you'll be hard pressed to find a dissonant voice in the chorus of opinion about the redesign of world's favorite micro-blogging site.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.16 Sept. 10 06:57

America becoming nation of apps

More and more Americans are downloading applications for their mobile phones, and even if they don't know what to do with them, the programs are becoming an important part of the technology world of cell phone users.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.15 Sept. 10 07:56

Gang uses Facebook to rob houses

Leaving the house this weekend? Telling all your Facebook buds about it? You might want to reconsider that.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.11 Sept. 10 10:33

Google goes loco with logo

With the frothing anticipation usually reserved for an Apple press event, the Web has been buzzing in recent days about an announcement Wednesday by Google that will change search as most people know it.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.09 Sept. 10 02:42

Hurd putting HP secrets in peril, lawsuit claims

HP has sued its former CEO Mark Hurd, claiming his new position as president of Oracle "has put HP's most valuable trade secrets and confidential information in peril."

Written by John P. Mello Jr.08 Sept. 10 08:09
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