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India overtakes US to be No:1 in spam relaying nations

27/04 (0630 hrs IST): Security agency Sophos has published a report of the latest 'Dirty Dozen' of spam relaying countries, covering the first quarter of 2012. A press release said within a year, India had overtaken the United States to become the top global contributor of junk messages, responsible for relaying 1 in 10 spam emails.

Most spam came from home computers that have been compromised by hackers, the release said. India’s rise to the top spot comes as the number of new Internet users in the country is growing very rapidly, suggesting that computers in the country are not properly protected & that ISPs are not taking spam as seriously as they should.

At the same time last year, the UK resided in sixth place in the table, contributing 3.2% of global spam. Since then, it has fallen off the Dirty Dozen entirely and, in terms of sheer numbers, UK spam has decreased by 47%.

Spammers are increasingly finding traditional email spam ineffective, turning to Social Networks to spread these kinds of marketing spam campaigns instead. While basic marketing spam had decreased, the amount of messages that spread malware or that represent more targeted attempts to phish usernames, passwords & personal information had increased, the report said.

The top 12 spam-relaying countries for January to March 2012 are as follows:

1. India 9.3%
2. USA 8.3%
3. South Korea 5.7%
4. Indonesia tied with Russia 5.0%
5. Italy 4.9%
6. Brazil 4.3%
7. Poland 3.9%
8. Pakistan 3.3%
9. Vietnam 3.2%
10. Taiwan 2.9%
11. Peru 2.5%
12. Others 41.7%

Google Drive comes alive

25/04 (1140 hrs IST): A few days ago, we had alerted our readers that Search Engine Google would soon be launching its Cloud storage service called Google Drive. We were right. Today is that day. Google Drive is now Live. This is a Free as well as Paid service. Initially, Google Drive is offering a 5 GB Free account to all who wish to use this service. But the service is still not accessible to everyone around the globe. When we logged in for example, it said it would notify when we could start using the service, soon. 
 
Here's a video on how G Drive works
 
 


This Browser's meant for Africa

24/04 (1426 hrs IST): For those of you who still do not know this, a 22-year-old Computer Science student in Accra, Ghana, recently launched an nternet Browser called Anansi for Africa’s growing Internet users. Apparently, the Browser is doing good since its launch in December 2011, if Online reports are any indication.
 
Anansi has been downloaded over 1000 times. According to one report, Raindolf Owusu had created  the new Browser because he wanted one that could be the Hub for so many things like music. And if Africa's unreliable internet connection to boot, he also wanted a Web Browser that had offline features like a web camera.

You can download this Browser by clicking here.  

Facebook has 900 million monthy users

24/04 (0514 hrs IST): Social Site Facebook has crossed the 500 million monthly active users mark on April 20, the company stated in its filing with the Securities Exchange Commission. It does not include recently acquired Instagram's 35 million registered users, since the deal has not yet closed.

Facebook , across all platforms, now has 900 million monthly active users and 526 million daily active users, according to its own statement.

Now, a directory for Pinterest users

 
19/04 (0623 hrs IST): There's now a Website called Repinly.com which claims to make it possible to get accurate insights & stats of Pinterest, & to find top pinners public profiles, popular boards & trending pins on Pinterest.

According to a press note issued by the Site on PR Log, “Repinly.com is a Pinterest directory to find the most popular pinners, boards, and pins,” claimed Rami Madi, co-founder of Repinly.com. “It offers a clear overview and statistics on what is trending now in different categories on Pinterest.”

Madi added that Repinly.com offers invaluable stats and tools for Pinterest users to promote their accounts and connect with other pinners. “Our website offers a great opportunity for Pinterest users to promote their account by adding themselves to our directory,” Madi stressed. “Once users add themselves to the directory, they get a score based on their number of followers, pins, and activity, which indicates their influence on Pinterest in comparison with other pinners.”

Google Drive coming next week?

18/04 (0327 hrs IST): Online news reports seem to suggest that Google Inc wil launch its much-awaited Cloud storage platform, Google Drive, next week. A report in The Washington Post said this could prove to be major competition to DropBox, which is the numero uno in such services.
 
Many of the Online reports that spoke of Google Drive were based around a report from The Next Web. This particular story, based on a leaked document provided by a source claiming to be a Google Drive partner, said the service would be available for mobile, Mac & PC. The report also said the service would give all users 5GB of storage for free.

Apple developing tool to remove malware

12/04 (0631 hrs IST): Apple is in the process of developing a tool that will detect & remove the Flashback virus from infected Macs, the company said Tuesday.

Readers may recall that an estimated 600,000 Macs were infected with this virus, originally discovered last year. The botnet originally disguised itself as an update to Adobe Flash & infected machines when users executed the program.
 
Apple said in a Blogpost that for Macs running Mac OS X v10.5 or earlier, users could better protect their machines from this malware by disabling Java in their Web Browser(s) preferences.

YouTube founders onto new project

11/04 (1431 hrs IST): YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley & Steve Chen are on the verge of launching a Website. It's all hush hush for now, though.
 
The Site is called Zeen & basically has to do with Online magazines. But details beyond that are not forthcoming. When you go to Zeen, you are asked to log on using any one of your Social Networking accounts. Once you have done that, you can register the name of your proposed magazine. The acceptance message goes somewhat like this..."we're really excited to show you what we've been working on, and we'll send you an email when it's ready to go. In the meantime, we sent you an email to verify your email address. Bye till then!"
 
The Site’s tagline promises to help “discover & create beautiful magazines”.

Hurley & Chen had started YouTube in 2005 with Jawed Karim, another co-worker from PayPal. YouTube was acquired by Google in 2006. The 2 then started AVOS Systems, which has since acquired del.icio.us.

Calling all Indian Tech Startups

11/04 (1420 hrs IST): Microsoft BizSpark India Startup Challenge is an effort to find entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas that can significantly impact their markets. This is a platform by Microsoft for those Start-ups which can leverage the power of the latest technologies to build Applications that impact the future of business.

Microsoft is looking for a business plan that is innovative & is scalable. The software giant wants a business plan to be submitted including an Executive Summary, bio-datas of founders, business description, among other things, for those who wanna participate in this competition.

You can click here to register.

Sina View - Flipboard's Chinese counterpart

07/04 (1351 hrs IST): It may be the local partner of Social Aggregator Flipboard in China, Sina has launched Sina View, its own service to compete with the former.

Sina View is for iPad & includes a number of Flipboard-like functions. Flipboard had brought its service to iPhone users in China last month.

Soon, you may be able to wear your PC on your eyes

06/04 (0345 hrs IST): This Website normally stays aware from topics revolving around hardware but since this new development promises to "revolutionize" the ways of the Internet, we had no choice but to report it. These days it would seem, most of the Internet related news revolves only around Search Engine Google or Social Network, Facebook. Anyways, coming straight to the point - Google has sparked off a fresh round of buzz on the Web with its announcement of 'Project Glass.'  It has released details of this hi-tech reality eye glasses in a brief introduction on Google+, yup, the same like in one of those sci-fi movies. The minimalist design glasses will have a microphone & partly-transparent video screen that places information over the view from the users’ right eye. And guess what, the glasses will also display information such as emails, video chat, Google Search & GPS.
Yes, say it! It's almost like wearing your PC on your eyes! (We generally do not use exclamatory marks in your news reports, this is a rare occasion).
 
So, what does Google say about this "revolutionary" concept? As of now, it would seem that the Search major is playing its cards close to its chest. In a post on Google+, it said a "group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do."
 
As was to be expected, the Online world is agog with speculation on how 'Project Glass' would change the way we do things on the Web. Or will it, question some skeptics. 
 
Here are some links to those reports, happy reading.
 
http://www.pcworld.com/article/253259/googles_project_glass_eyewear_next_big_google_flop_or_hit.html#tk.nl_dnx_h_crawl
 
http://www.techsling.com/2012/04/video-google-unveil-high-tech-eye-glasses-of-the-future/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+techsling+%28TechSling%29

A more stable Chrome 18 released

02/04 (0548 hrs IST): Search Engine Google has released Chrome 18 on its stable channel. Chrome 18 has incorporated a number of security bug fixes, immediately after hackers breached the browser's defenses during a recent challenge competition.
 
In its release notes, Google has said the bug fixes it has implemented "represent the start of hardening measures based on study of the exploits submitted to the Pwnium competition."