Shaw Capital Management Online Tech News: Facebook Scam Warnings

While the rest of the world is enamored with the arrival of Google+ and caught up in the churning activity room that is Facebook, we’d like to at least wave a red flag of reality through a weekly scam list we put up.

The week started in a rather gross manner with a scam named “OMG! A Spider under the skin!”. Anyone drunk enough to click on the link after seeing the unintelligible thumbnail accompanying the post is in for something more than a scare. Instead of seeing a more detailed backstory on the claim or some sort of explanation on the photo, the user will be redirected to another page. And guess what, as a sort of test or verification, they require you to fill up a survey form first.

A particularly nasty one is a video of a fan who died at a baseball game. That’s because the story really happened and referring to it in such a manner seems very unethical. It was about a fan who fell to his death trying to catch a baseball in a particular game. Scammers trying to take advantage of such a situation can only be regarded as dangerously single-minded.

And because these scammers are easy to catch on, with the soft launch of Google+ came the pretentious invites for a privileged access to the popular social networking site. People are practically clamoring for Google+ invites; and upon seeing the profitable market, scammers jumped in the scene. End result: personal information ending in the hands of the wrong guys.

Shaw Capital Management Online is also keen on issuing a scam warning on the very tempting “1000 free Facebook credits” scheme. A message making the rounds in the Facebook-verse (or simply self-propagating virus), entices users by promising a thousand credits. It just calls a URL to be manually pasted on the address bar, which effectively draws you out of the Facebook fence and into the den of the scammers where your details could be compromised.

Most of the scams in Facebook are actually common survey nuisances which the perpetrators propagate in hopes of collecting money or other perks when they hit a certain threshold. One such scam calls attention for the users to click it by putting a “Who had blocked you?” title. For the curious Facebook users, this could potentially spell data compromise as the scammer plays on the curiosity nerve of people.

Seeing it in your friend’s wall doesn’t mean you have to lower your guard. Actually, the reason most of the scams in social networking sites have such a great exposure is that once a user clicked the malicious link, his profile will automatically display a copy of the same scam (which is, in a way, like signalling to his friends it’s legit or something). Living in the Information Age, possessing the right information is something that can save you from dealing with lots of troubles.

Hopefully, we’ve warned and informed you enough to take action and click those Report Page as Scam links in Facebook instead of the interesting links.

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Weekly Focal Tech News: July 18 ? 24, 2011

A fake Apple Store was discovered in Chinese city of Kunming, or Google+ reaching 20m users in less than three weeks after its launch, is among weekly focal tech news from July 18 to 24, 2011.

 

Fake Apple Store in Chinese City of Kunming

Located at a crowded, pedestrian-only shopping street in Chinese city of Kunming, an Apple Store was discovered to be fake by a 27-year-old American blogger working for one public health organization here though it was decorated like any Apple Store found all over the world.

After the fake Apple Store was revealed last Friday, many customers berated its staff and asked for refund. At present, there are only four genuine Apple Stores in China, situated in Beijing and Shanghai.

Inside the fake store, Apple posters are seen on the walls while iPads and Macbook computers are displayed on wooden tables

“The media is painting us to be a fake store but we don’t sell fakes, all our products are real, you can check it yourself.” an employee of the fake store said

 

Hugo Chávez Using Twitter to Run Venezuela from Hospital

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is using Twitter as an effective tool to remotely govern as undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba.

In more than 40 messages last week on his @chavezcandaga account, the powerful man had approved finance for a Caracas’s rubbish collection project, praised plans for a new park and supported the national football team.

Hugo Chávez has more than 1.8 million followers, and his messages are regularly broadcasted on state television in Venezuela

References to his treatment have been filled with optimistic slogans on Twitter

 

Google+ Reaching 20m Users in Less than Three Weeks after Its Launch

According to calculations, Google+, a new social networking site run by the world’s biggest search engine, is approaching 20 million users only three weeks after its launch. Besides, the Google+ app for iPhone, which was unveiled earlier last week, was the top free app on Apple’s iTunes Store.

The Google+ is a combination of the Facebook and Twitter models of social networking

The Google+ has been a strong rival to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook

 

Angry Birds Maker Rovio Sued by Lodsys

Small American company Lodsys based in Marshall, Texas, has sued the Angry Birds app’s maker Finland’s Rivio in a Texas court because it claims that it owns patents on the method to buy new levels inside the game. The company also started suing some of the biggest names in mobile gaming, including Electronic Arts, Atari, Square Enix and Take-Two Interactive.

Angry Birds maker Rovio is being sued by US patents firm Lodsys

 

BlackBerry’s Maker RIM Cutting 2,000 Jobs

Canadian smartphone maker RIM announced that it would cut 10% of its global workforce, or equally 2,000 jobs, as the company struggles to maintain the profitability in the face of increasing competition from Apple’s iPhone and smartphones using Google’s Android operating system. Furthermore, RIM will also restructure its second-level management with the departure of chief operating officer Don Morrison, who went on medical leave in June 2011.

BlackBerry maker RIM plans to cut 10% of its global workforce

 

BlackBerry’s Maker RIM Cutting 2,000 Jobs

 

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Jason Ford works as a web developer and an editor of a weekly technology magazine. With the passion in technology, he has published numerous articles to provide readers reliable information about technology products and hot technology events around the world.

Weekly Focal Tech News in Pictures: June 6 ? 12, 2011

Let’s take a look at the focal tech news from June 6 to 12, 2011 that were center of attention last week.

 

Big Things Unveiled at WWDC 2011

At the Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 taking place from June 6 to 10 in San Francisco, US, a series of big things were unveiled by Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his fellow executives.

The first was Apple iCloud that allows users to store documents, calendars, contacts, photos and music online as well as distribute them to other devices including Macs, iPads, iPhones and Windows PCs.

In addition, the introductions about roaring new features of iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion strongly attract attention of not only experts but also consumers.

The iCloud is free and users can get 5 GB of storage for documents

The Mac OS X Lion will be available for download through the Mac App Store with $ 30

 

Angela Voelkert Uses Fake Teen Facebook Profile to Trick Ex

Angela Voelkert from India secretly tricked her soon-to-be ex-husband, David by creating a fake teen Facebook profile and using it as an effective way to make friend with him.

David confessed to his “girl” through Facebook that he planted a GPS tracking device on his wife’s van to pinpoint where she would go and asked her to find any gang-banger, “taking care of” his wife for $ 10,000.

The fake Facebook profile of 29-year-old Angela Voelkert

 

HTC Sensation Gets WiFi and Bluetooth Signal Loss

Several tests done by Nordic Hardware showed that the mostly metal unibody aluminum rear case cover for the HTC Sensation is behind the signal loss for WiFi and Bluetooth radios. This is a little bit same to the Apple iPhone 4’s case in 2010.

If the HTC Sensation is placed horizontally on a flat palm of a user’s hand, there is noticeable signal loss

 

Ninja Crashes Stolen Car into Apple Store

A thief wearing as a Ninja and driving a stolen Honda Accord crashed the vehicle into the plate-glass front of an Apple Store in Greensboro, North Carolina with the aim at stealing expensive devices from the store. However, he then felt scared and ran away without taking anything.

Fortunately, a security guard in the store was not hurt in the incident

 

A Woman Gets Tattoos of 152 Facebook Friends

A YouTube user Suzyj87 posted a video that captured the process she tattooed the photos of her 152 Facebook friends on her arm on YouTube. The video immediately attracted nearly two million viewers. Suzyj8 shared she got permission from her Facebook friends and loves the look so much. In early 2011, rapper T-Pain also tattooed Facebook signal’s “Like” on his arm.

Suzyj87 tattooed the photos of her 152 Facebook friends on her arm

The “Like” tattoo on rapper T-Pain’s arm

 

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Derek Dooley No Longer be La. Tech?s Coach

On Friday January 15th, Louisiana released its news about coach Derek Dooley. Accordingly, Derek Dooley has accepted the offer of head coach position at Tennessee Volunteers. This means that he will no longer be athletics director and head football coach at La. Tech. Dooley will replace the position of Lake Kiffin who left for South California University earlier this week.

Dooley, 41, has been the head coach at Louisiana Tech for three years, compiling a 17-20 record in the Western Athletic Conference. In his third season at La. Tech, Dooley was also in charge of athletic director for the school. He played football at Virginia and has a law degree from Georgia. He was a recruiting coordinator and an assistant coach on Nick Saban’s staff at LSU.

Reports say that Derek Dooley was the fifth to be offered the coach position. However, unlike other coaches who had refused the position, he was the first one to accept it. This made fans and the La. Tech surprised.

 

Derek Dooley is son of the legendary University of Georgia head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. Father Dooley was also surprised when he heard from reports that his son will be the leading candidate at Tennessee.

Dooley was hired as the new head coach at Louisiana Tech University on December 17, 2006. Before that, he had worked as an assistant at the University of Georgia in 1996. He later spent the 1997-1999 seasons as wide receivers coach at Southern Methodist University. He also worked as the head coach of the Miami Dophins in 2005.

In this season, Louisiana Tech had one winning game and 5 losing game. But all five of those losses were by 10 or fewer points. It lost to Boise State by an average of 19.6 points, though it lost 45-35 this year, and lost to Nevada by an average of 22 points. The Bulldogs were 2-4 against Hawaii and Fresno State.

 

With Dooley’s leaving, Louisiana will have to face some difficulties as it will have to find both a head coach and an athletic director. Dooley was the only one to be in charge of holding both positions at the Bulldogs.

 

Offensive coordinator Frank Scelfo and Bruce Van De Velve will be holding the position of temporary head coach and athletic director respectively before the school can find new successors.

 

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Overview of Dell Tech Support and HP Tech Support

Computers have become a necessity of life for almost everyone. Among the top providers of computers and other products, Dell and HP stand out. This fact can be attributed to many factors including the high quality of products, effective advertising and last but by no means the least, comprehensive customer service.

Two Aspects of Customer Support

Pre sales customer service refers to helping potential customers by giving them information related to a particular product or technology. After sales services refers to helping customers with the bought product and fixing any complaints that might arise with the product. Pre sales customer service and after sales customer service, the two aspects of customer support, are two vital factors of every business model. In fact, most people while buying a product will but the one from a company which has an established customer service system. This fact is realized by almost all companies but proper execution has been carried out by both Dell and HP to record ever increasing sales.

Dell Support and HP Support – Know More

Dell support and HP Support are branched out in numerous sub branches Including Dell tech support and HP tech support. HP tech support is where you call if you have a problem with your computer or related peripheral devices. The professionals at HP tech support as well as Dell tech support will first diagnose your problem and then go on to solve it. Separate numbers are provided for directly reaching Dell technical support as well as HP technical support. Almost all software related problems will be fixed online in minimal time. However, in case of hardware problems, you will have to ship back the faulty part at the address that the technician will give you and then a new part would be shipped back to you soon. All in all, whatever the kind of your technical problem, you can completely rely on Dell support and HP support to help you with it.

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Anti Virus on the Home Computer

In this day and age having a computer with out Anti Virus is just crazy, even if you don’t go on the Internet. There are billions of viruses out there and millions being released every day; you hear about the ones on the news and think it does not happen very often but it’s happening every second of every day.

Viruses are not the only problem out there; there are bigger problems, Malware and Botnets. Malware is software that installs on your computer, with out your knowledge and can do a number of things but mostly takes note of what you are doing. Some can be completely harmless but some forms of Malware can take note of user names and passwords and send back to its makers for them to do with what they want. Image what they could do with all your banking information, scary isn’t it and believe me they are out there.

Botnets is another problem roaming round the internet at the moment, Botnets again it’s another program that gets installed on your computer with out your knowledge, normally from some dodgy website you looked at by accident where it’s down loads in the back ground. What Botnets do once on your pc, is sit there waiting for a certain day/time or order from the Botnets master to then do what ever they want to do, they now have full control of your computer. They can silently send email to millions on behalf of your email account without your knowledge. Make you out to be a spammer. They can join forces with other infected computers and work as a team to bring down web servers, company systems, what ever the Botnets master tells them to do. Scary is the word.

The good news is most antivirus will combat these, BUT you must keep them up to date and I would recommend doing that daily. The software will do this for you automatically if told to. Having anti virus software installed but not up dating is as useful as not having any installed.

Now let’s say you have a computer that is not on the internet (this is very rare these days) and you have to move some files onto it. You can do this one of 2 ways copy them onto a portable device (portable hard drive, DVD, CD, USB memory stick) and transfer them that way or a cable between the both. The problem with both these ways is you have just opened up for virus to get in. They could be on your portable device or on the computer you are connecting to and as soon as they see a network connection come up they hop on over, happens all the time. Bulk of virus are made to look for active network connections so as they can infect (spread) to as many as possible.

So again having anti virus software (and there are great free versions out there) that update every day is a must in this day and age I cannot stress this enough, whether you are on the internet or not.

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Laptop or Desktop Computer for 2011

There is no doubt that laptops have replaced the desktop computers to quite an extent. Now people prefer to have a small yet portable laptop instead of having a huge sized computer system which by no means fits in a place.

The desktop computers are known for occupying a lot of space. How can you manage to set aside a big part of your average sized room to set up a computer that covers the maximum fraction?  The desktops not only have additional components such as keyboard, Central Processing Unit (CPU), mouse, speakers etc but it also requires a table to be placed on.

In addition to the mentioned components a typical working person or even a student needs to have a printer and scanner as well. Though laptops do not have in built printer or scanner and you have to have these additionally but laptop itself is comparatively small in size. Unlike desktop, a laptop has inbuilt keyboard and mouse that cut down the call for added components.

Whenever we think of having a desktop computer the first thing that hit the minds is the bundle of wires lying here and there.  It necessitates a number of wires which cannot be put aside and the risk of falling over also increases.

On the other hand there are only few wires that we can attach to a laptop and not every wire requires an extra switch. Moreover the cables are not very long to get clipped on the wall sides. Nonetheless if you want you can plug your laptop to a big screen, separate mouse and keyboard.

A laptop will always serve as a normal desktop computer and you can take it to any place you want. This is the best ever thing that cannot be done with a desktop as it cannot be carried along. Your laptop can travel with you and is capable to be used anytime anywhere. Now the office worker can work in their way to office or a student can complete his assignment while sitting in a college cafe.

A lot of energy can be saved with the use of a laptop because it can be used for 4 to 5 hours easily once fully charged but the desktop computer needs constant electrical supply to function.  The laptop also comes with rechargeable batteries so that you do not have to change the battery each time it becomes low.  Simply plug them in a switch board and let it charge for some time after which you can unplug and start working.

Numerous laptops have Wi-Fi or wireless internet connections in them that reduce the use of LAN or Local Area Network.  With the WIFI in a laptop, internet websites can be browsed when you are travelling and hence can communicate with friend and co workers without getting tensed about the wires or losing connection. Considering the entire facts one can say that laptop is indeed a best investment in 2011 for both work and enjoyment.

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Slow Computer Fix – The Fastest Way To Slow Down Your Computer In Minutes Without Computer Knowledge

 

The most common question that computer users could ask is how can I fix slow computer. If your computer’s performance gradually lose after a few months of use, the most likely reason for it in the registry of your computer and you can repair registry and easy to fix slow computer, without a technician or spending money for the expensive upgrade.

Register is the key if you want to slow computer problems. It’s like a database that contains information and settings for all programs and devices on your computer records. If there is something wrong with the registry, you can see some of the programs will not work at all, even the whole Windows operating system will not function properly.

Almost every time you install or remove a program or a driver, there will be multiple items left in the registry. Overtime more and more entries will be added to the registry, and you can change your computer performance will gradually lose registry errors start to show up and stop your computer freezing or from time to time.

To fix slow computer problem, you need to control panel and the Add / Remove utility, then remove the useless programs on your computer, this will free up memory in the computer to allow you to get more entries in the registry open cause the computer to slow down.

Next thing to slow your computer to fix is to run a free registry scan to find all registry errors and outdated information in the registry, this can only be done in a few minutes.

Usually registry errors are invisible and there is no way for you to find them without a specific register program, this error causes the windows to keep looking for programs that do not even have thus prevent your computer from the computer properly and works smoothly.

 

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Avoiding Computer Viruses

Common sense and vigilance are all it takes to have a safe internet experience. We all have heard about the thousands viruses affecting computers. This is no new news for everyone. Viruses have existed since the start of the computer era. Here are some effective tips that may be of help when it comes to avoiding computer viruses.

First, make use of a good and reliable spyware, malware or adware aside from your resident shield. Aside from you antivirus software, having additional programs like anti-adware, anti-spam, anti-spyware and the like can significantly boost the security of your computer. Be sure to run these programs every time you start your computer, or better yet put them on automatic mode where they will be the ones who will block all the pop ups, ads, spam, etc that would come out when you surf the net. Do not forget to update your security software. One common mistake of people is forgetting to regularly update their anti-virus. Having security software that is no updated is as useless as having no antivirus at all.

Also remember to turn your computer’s firewall on. If you do not know how to turn it on, search the internet or go to the help section of your antivirus’ software. Firewalls are very important. They give you protection against hackers and people who might try to get access of your computer for their own purposes. When you receive or try to plug in an external hardware like a DVD, CD, floppy disk or flash drive, always scan them properly first. Viruses can also jump from one computer to another. Do not offer your flash drives into any computer because you cannot be sure about the safety precautions that other computers have. They might have a virus in their computer and it can attach to your flash drive.

When you suspect your computer to have been infected by a virus, do not panic. If you are in a middle of doing some project, save the project first and exit the program. Close all programs that you currently are running and try opening your antivirus software. Let it scan your whole computer to check if there is really a virus that has infected the computer. Some viruses can be healed by antivirus software and they will be stored in a virus vault. They can disinfect your whole system and may request you to turn it off after you do so. Just follow the instructions and you will have a successful removal of viruses.

If you have tried running your antivirus and no virus shows but your computer is still running slow. Have an expert check your computer. There are also different factors that might have caused the lag in your PC. If a virus was detected but cannot be removed, visit your computer programmer. They might reformat your computer so be ready to give them you back up. In case you have not made a back up of all your files, talk to the programmer and inform him your dilemma. They might be able to help you out.

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Avoiding Computer Viruses

Common sense and vigilance are all it takes to have a safe internet experience. We all have heard about the thousands viruses affecting computers. This is no new news for everyone. Viruses have existed since the start of the computer era. Here are some effective tips that may be of help when it comes to avoiding computer viruses.

First, make use of a good and reliable spyware, malware or adware aside from your resident shield. Aside from you antivirus software, having additional programs like anti-adware, anti-spam, anti-spyware and the like can significantly boost the security of your computer. Be sure to run these programs every time you start your computer, or better yet put them on automatic mode where they will be the ones who will block all the pop ups, ads, spam, etc that would come out when you surf the net. Do not forget to update your security software. One common mistake of people is forgetting to regularly update their anti-virus. Having security software that is no updated is as useless as having no antivirus at all.

Also remember to turn your computers firewall on. If you do not know how to turn it on, search the internet or go to the help section of your antivirus software. Firewalls are very important. They give you protection against hackers and people who might try to get access of your computer for their own purposes. When you receive or try to plug in an external hardware like a DVD, CD, floppy disk or flash drive, always scan them properly first. Viruses can also jump from one computer to another. Do not offer your flash drives into any computer because you cannot be sure about the safety precautions that other computers have. They might have a virus in their computer and it can attach to your flash drive.

When you suspect your computer to have been infected by a virus, do not panic. If you are in a middle of doing some project, save the project first and exit the program. Close all programs that you currently are running and try opening your antivirus software. Let it scan your whole computer to check if there is really a virus that has infected the computer. Some viruses can be healed by antivirus software and they will be stored in a virus vault. They can disinfect your whole system and may request you to turn it off after you do so. Just follow the instructions and you will have a successful removal of viruses.

If you have tried running your antivirus and no virus shows but your computer is still running slow. Have an expert check your computer. There are also different factors that might have caused the lag in your PC. If a virus was detected but cannot be removed, visit your computer programmer. They might reformat your computer so be ready to give them you back up. In case you have not made a back up of all your files, talk to the programmer and inform him your dilemma. They might be able to help you out.

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