Do you secure your PC for free?

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Articles like this are so misleading….

I’m a professional technician. I clean the most infections from PCs that are “protected” by AVG, McAfee, or Microsoft Security Essentials. I use Avira, and find that it rarely “misses”, and rarely see infections on systems using Eset or Kaspersky. Everything else is just “average”.

Also keep in mind that…

1. Popularity does not equate to effectiveness. Popularity is only an indication of how well a product is marketed.

2. I recently reloaded the OS on my personal laptop. Four weeks later, it dawned on me that I had forgotten to install my security apps — with not a single infection. Which demonstrates this point: Just because you’ve used a product for years, and never gotten an infection, does not mean that it’s a great product. If you rarely expose your system to serious infections, by staying away from common sources, any product will do.

3.) It’s easy to detect and block viruses. What’s difficult is designing a security program that is “hardened” against being disabled or corrupted by a viral attack — given that new attack methods are constantly being developed — as fast (or faster) than your security program.

4.) There are other very important characteristics of security programs: Does it slow down your system? Does it interfere with other programs? Does it frequently “malfunction”? Is it easy to use?


Kiwi 2.0.2

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As Macworld senior contributor John Gruber has written, Twitter apps are a designer’s playground-while all Twitter apps look and function similarly, each offers its own take on the best way to present (and compose) 140-character missives. YourHead Software’s take, better known as Kiwi (Mac App Store link), is worth a look.

For starters, Kiwi offers plenty of customization options. The app comes packed with ten themes, and you can download more from Kiwi’s Website. I especially like iWik, which is built-in, and Soft Spoken, which isn’t.

Kiwi also makes good use of tabs. It lets you work with multiple accounts, browse saved searches, and even display saved profiles (which show all the tweets from, and replies to, a specific account) in a single, tabbed window. If you prefer to see multiple views simultaneously, you can tear off tabs into their own windows.

You can even combine multiple accounts, searches, and profiles into a single tab. This option will be especially appealing to folks still mourning Twitter’s change in @mention behavior from a couple of years ago. That change prevented users from seeing replies sent by people they follow to people they don’t follow. Kiwi’s ability to combine views works around the change-by combining Twitter profiles with your main account, you can see every tweet sent by specific individuals of your choosing.

Kiwi offers other clever innovations, too. When you click a user’s avatar, a profile window flips down, using a slick animation, to display details about the user in question. The app also lets you create filters-which Kiwi calls Rules-that you can use to highlight, stylize, or hide specific tweets. You might, for example, choose to hide any tweets that include the phrase “Dallas Cowboys,” or to highlight tweets that mention Steve Jobs.

As smartly implemented as much of Kiwi’s interface is, some of the design choices are frustrating. For example, when you double-click a reply message to see a full conversation, that discussion thread opens in a new tab; I’d rather see those conversations inline (as you can in previous Gem YoruFukurou), instead of in another tab I have to remember to close. I also could find no way to navigate directly to a user’s profile in the app; I ended up using the app’s built-in search feature to look for mentions of a given username, and then clicking the name there.

Also, once you’ve accessed a user’s profile, you can view that person’s recent tweets within Kiwi, but if you click the Favorites link to view that user’s favorited tweets, you’re instead taken to the Website in your default Web browser. I also found Kiwi’s approach to Direct Messages a bit messy-the messages appear in a chronological list, rather than organized by correspondent as they are in Twitter’s official app.

Those complaints aside, Kiwi does plenty right. I tend to rely on the official Twitter Mac app, but when I do, I miss many of Kiwi’s niceties-particularly the themes, rules, and unique combination tabs. If Kiwi could improve its conversation view and profile browsing, it could easily steal the Twitter app’s spot in my Dock.


HTC Merge Android CDMA World Phone Overview

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The world’s leading provider of smartphones, HTC has introduced its new powerful and stylish HTC Merge, which the corporation claims as its first Android-powered CDMA world phone that supports international roaming, combining 3.8? touchscreen display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera, Android 2.2 Froyo and HTC Sense into a single mobile device.

“HTC prides itself on creating unique solutions that meet the needs of different customers, and with features like a full keyboard and global 3G roaming, the HTC Merge smartphone is the perfect example of this commitment,” commented Jason Mackenzie, president for HTC Americas. “Combining the functionality of Android with the HTC Sense experience, the HTC Merge is the perfect device for those customers who are looking for a reliable mobile experience with the features and functionality of a smartphone, whether it’s at home or travelling around the world.”

Main Features Of HTC Merge CDMA World Phone:

  • Large, vibrant 3.8-inch touchscreen
  • Sliding full QWERTY keyboard
  • 5-megapixel AF camera with flash and 720p HD movie recording
  • Google Android 2.2 operating system
  • Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity

HTC Merge Android 2.2 smartphone is expected to hit the market in this Spring, but its exact availability date and price info have yet to be known.

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How to Jailbreak Your iPod Touch 4G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.2.1]

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These are instructions on how to jailbreak your iPod Touch 4G on iOS 4.2.1 using PwnageTool for Mac.

Step One
Make a folder called “Pwnage” on the desktop. In it, you will need a couple of things. PwnageTool 4.2, found here or here.

You will also need the 4.2.1 iPod Touch firmware.
4.2.1 (4G): iPod4,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw

When downloading the IPSW file, it is best to download it with Firefox since Safari often auto extracts it!

Step Two
Double click to mount PwnageTool then drag the PwnageTool icon into the Pwnage folder.

Then from the Pwnage folder double click to launch the PwnageTool application.

Click Ok if presented with a warning.

Step Three
Click to select Expert Mode from the top menu bar

Step Four
Click to select your iPod. A check-mark will appear over the image of the phone. Click the blue arrow button to continue.

Step Five
You will be brought to the “Browse for IPSW” page. Click the Browse for IPSW… button.

From the popup window select your firmware from the Pwnage folder then click the Open button.

Step Six
You will then be brought to a menu with several choices. Click to select General then click the blue arrow button.

The General settings allows you to decide the partition size.

The Cydia settings menu allows you to create custom packages so you do not have to manually install the necessary them later.

Click to select the Download packages tab. Then click the Refresh button to display all the available packages. Double clicking the package you want will download it and make it available in the Select Packages tab.

Checkmark the ones you want then Click the blue arrow button.

The Custom Packages Settings menu displays listed package settings for your custom IPSW. For know leave these settings as is. Click the blue arrow button to continue.

Step Seven
You are now ready to begin the pwnage process! Click the Build button to select it then click the Blue arrow button to begin.

Step Eight
You will be asked to save your custom .ipsw file. Save it to your Pwnage folder you created on your Desktop.

Your IPSW is now being built. Please allow up to 10 minutes.

You will be asked to enter your administrator password. Do this then click the OK button.

Step Nine
Once your ipsw has been built you will be asked to connect your iPod to the computer. Once it detects your device PwnageTool will guide your through the steps to putting your iPod into DFU mode.

Press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds.

Then release the power button and continue holding the home button for 10 seconds.

Once your iPhone is successfully in DFU mode, PwnageTool will prompt you to launch iTunes.

Step Ten
Once In iTunes, hold the Alt/Option key and click Restore.

Step Eleven
Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop using the dialog window that appears. Select the custom IPSW that was created and click the Choose button.

Step Twelve
iTunes will now restore the firmware on your iPod. This can also take up to 10 minutes. Once done you will be rebooted into jailbroken iPod OS 4.2.1!

***THANKS: Thank you to Geohot and the Dev-Teams for their hard work in making this jailbreak and tutorial possible!


Firefox 4′s last beta?

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Firefox logo

Mozilla has begun to wind down work on the next generation of its
Firefox browser. In today’s release of Firefox 4 beta 12, there are few improvements that will be instantly noticed by most users. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, what has changed are under-the-hood improvements to how Firefox 4 handles Flash and more stable overall performance.

One visual change has been to move hover-over links to the bottom of the window, rather than place them in the location bar as was done in the previous beta. Along with the changes to Flash handling and stability, Mozilla said in its release notes for Firefox 4 beta 12 that the browser now has better integration of add-ons with hardware acceleration support.

The company hopes that this beta will be the last, according to an updated roadmap. The release of the twelfth beta indicates that all the hard-blocker bugs, the highest-priority problems with the in-development browser, have been fixed. Barring major problems with the remaining bugs, users can expect a release candidate soon.


Get Superpowers for Free With Champions Online Free for All

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Champions Online, a massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game based on the Hero System tabletop roleplaying game, was released in 2009 by Cryptic Studios to an average reception. It seems that few wanted to pay $15 a month for another MMO…so in late 2010, Cryptic converted Champions Online to a free-to-play model, similar to what they did with their Dungeons Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited. The entire Champions Online Free for All game is free, but there are certain limitations on the free account. Custom or special character archetypes (such as a necromancer type called The Void), premium items, and free customer service, are all restricted to what’s now called the Gold account, which remains at $15 / month. But the underlying game is now free for everyone.

Champions Online Free for All screenshotChampions Online Free for All lets you customize a great deal. For instance, Sharpclaw is a feral female feline with a bow and arrow.Champions Online Free for All has you strictly as the hero, unlike DC Universe Online or City of Villains, which gives you the option of being bad. You’re given an insane level of customization, even on the free account–more so than any other MMO I’ve played. Your hero can look strikingly original without a lot of effort. And the animation-style, cel-shaded graphics make your hero really pop out of the background.

Unfortunately, the customization is the bright spot in the game. I’m spoiled by DCU Online, but Champions Online is firmly rooted in traditional massively-multiplayer online games. Your character moves slowly and attacks slowly. You hit the key to perform the special attack and watch it happen, and there are no combo attacks. You don’t immediately begin with a travel power and can’t scale up buildings or double jump or other crazy things that DCU Online lets you do. Champions Online seems very down to earth and low-key in comparison, so it’s easy to get bored with it. The backbone of the game is the same Hero System rules the tabletop game is based on, so veterans of the paper-and-pencil version will feel right at home here.

Champions Online has a lot of content and is certainly better than the aging City of Heroes. (Created by the same company, Cryptic Studios, in 2004, but later sold to its publisher, NCSoft, City of Heroes has quite a bit of content, but the graphics are dated and it’s very slow paced and punishing to new players by today’s standards.) Neither City of Heroes nor Champions Online really hold a candle to DC Universe Online. However, Champions Online has one major thing going for it … it’s free. And for a free MMO, it’s loaded. Even with the restrictions on the free account, you get more and better content than some pay MMOs, let alone other free ones. Give it a try!


iPad News: Verizon Debuts Macho New Xoom Ad

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Companies that want to sell stuff to guys like to do it with macho imagery, implying that you’ll be a real man if you use this product. They do it for cars, beer and deodorant—now Verizon is doing it for tablet computers. Does this commercial make you want to buy a Xoom instead of the iPad 2?

20110226 VerizXoom2 iPad News: Verizon Debuts Macho New Xoom Ad

Forget those namby-pamby iPad ads with their music, recipes and cute kids—here’s a tablet computer for real men! At least that seems to be what the ad agency that dreamed up this silly commercial wants you to think. This new ad from Verizon Wireless touting the Motorola Xoom is aimed at boys who like their toys.

The spot, entitled “Vendetta,” features a handsome, hunky superhero type fighting against some sort of scary sci-fi monster with only his trusty Xoom. Kinda like that fantasy the kid in “Christmas Story” had about his Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle, only with a more expensive toy.

The spot highlights the high tech features of the Xoom, like the 3D graphics engine, gyroscope and blazing speed. While all this hype might convince 10-year-old boys to beg mom and dad for a Xoom so they can develop their skills at Angry Birds, it’s not going to send anyone old enough to have a real job and a credit card down to the local Verizon store to plunk down $800 for a Xoom. Especially the potential tablet buyers who are planning to purchase one for business use.

Maybe it would be nice if the next commercial for the Xoom showed us some of the nifty things you might actually want to do with it, like stream videos, play games, shop for cool apps—scratch that last one, since you really need an iPad for that.


Super Mario Wars v1.8.04 Final R3

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6.35 Custom Firmware V14. Runs ISO’s without decrypt eboot *Updated4

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This Custom Firmware 6.35 is only for PSP-2000 model’s that can use pandora batteries. If you use this on a ta88+, PSP-3000 or PSP GO you will brick your system!

22nd Feb: v14. Add iso driver. (“Normal -UMD required-” and “ME driver -NO UMD-”)

19th Feb: V13 was just posted today by , download below updated

Update#5: Version 12 released, Adds UMD Video support. Mount in the VHS Menu.

Update#4: Checking ’s twitter page I see yet another update, this guy doesn’t stop improving it. It will now run ISO’s without the decrypt EBOOT if they require OFW less than version 6.35. Here is the changelog since we last looked at his . The download is at the bottom of this page. Read the readme inside the zip for installation instructions.

v13 changelog:

– Bug fix.
– Update NidResolver.
– Support UMD Video.
– Update OPNSSMP option. Now you can run ISO without decrypt EBOOT.bin ,if ISO’s required FW is lower than 6.35.
– Change config file name from to .
– Fix USB toggle bug in RecoveryMenu.
– Add patch to antiCFW function.
– Add OPNSSMP option.
– Update NidResolver.

Update#3: Version 9 is out, now adds the NP9660 ISO Driver.

Update#2: Version 8 is now out. Download below:

– Fix DigitalComic crach.
– Fix cursor when use skiplogo option.
– Fix ciso icon loader.
– Unlock avc video(480×272).
– Update system patch to allow syscall from kernel_mode.

Update: has released version 7 with has Fixed the NidResolver’s bug.

has updated his PSP-2000 Custom Firmware 6.35 to v6, this new update adds a VSH Menu and Recovery menu. If you hold R shoulder button on boot, it will launch the recovery menu. Just like the M33 and GEN Custom Firmwares.

Remember this is only for PSP-2000?s that can use Pandora batteries if bricked. Use this Custom Firmware at your own risk!

CFW 6.35 beta v6 for PSP2000 by

–What is this?–
This is CFW work on PSP2000.

this CFW is beta version.
you shouldn’t use this tool ,if you donft have a pandora battery handy.
This will only work on hackable psp 2000 models. other model is not supported.

–How to Install–
1. install OFW6.35 in your PSP.
2. Install 6.35PRO in your PSP.
3. Run this tool on 6.35PRO

You can install this from 6.35Custom v2 ,v3, v4 and v5 too.

Hold R trigger and turn on the psp, you can enter recovery menu.
Hold Home button and turn on the psp, you can Boot OFW !!!!!!!

– For Developers –
vshmenu_src is vshmenu’s source.
If you have a Programming skill,you can create original vshmenu!

If you create satelite.prx , put it in ms0:/seplugins/satelite.prx .
It would be loaded priority than flash0.

– Update Nid Resolver.
– Update Recovery Menu.
– Added vshmenu.
v5 -fix
– fix bug when run official UMD/PSN Games.
– Update Nid Resolver. Now you can use PSPLink!
– Update Recovery Menu
– Update Nid resolver. Now you can use Prometheus ISO loader!
v3 -fix
– fix config save functin
– Add recovery menu and bit of config.
– Update Nid resolver. Now you can use CXMB plugin !

Source: neur0n / Twiiter

Download: PSP 6.35 Custom Firmware V14

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Scan receipts and reverse gravity: iPhone apps of the week

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The big Apple news out this week was the event that launched the new MacBook Pros–and they are certainly drool-worthy. All three new models are twice as fast as their predecessors, featuring quad-core Intel i7 processors for the 15- and 17-inch models, and dual-core i5 and i7 processors for the 13-inch models. The AMD Radeon graphics processors have been improved along with newly added Thunderbolt technology that lets you use a new port (along side your USB ports) to transfer data at up to 10GB per second. Read our full coverage here.

I’m not sure whether I’ll rush out and buy one of these new MacBook Pros with the
iPad 2 coming out in April, but that’s mostly because I don’t have as much use for the high-powered graphics and processing power in my line of work. I also can’t afford to buy both.

Are you in the market for a new laptop and thinking about getting a new MacBook Pro? Are you waiting to see what the iPad 2 will offer before pulling the trigger? Are you going to buy both? Let us know in the comments.

This week’s apps include a handy image-scanning app for getting quick copies on the go and a 2D side-scrolling game where you can reverse gravity with a touch of your finger.

Genius Scan+

Drag the corners of the grid to get the perfect crop of your receipt.

Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Genius Scan+ ($2.99) is an excellent app for when you’re away on business and need to keep track of expenses, letting you quickly use your
iPhone camera to “scan” receipts for your records. It also comes in handy for making quick copies of documents, shopping lists, or recipes, as examples, but really any time you need a quick copy, Genius Scan+ does the job well.

Upon launch, you have the option to use a picture in your iPhone library or to create a new one using the iPhone camera. Once you have your “scan,” Genius Scan+ lets you crop the image using a unique interface feature that lets you drag the corners of a grid around the area of the image you want for the perfect crop. Especially handy for business travelers, Genius Scan+ makes it possible to group several of your scans on to one page making for easy organization when it’s time to report your expenses.

Though the app seems like a fairly straightforward way to make copies of documents, Genius Scan+ really shines with added features to make copying and managing documents much easier. The program supports popular apps like DropBox, Elements, and Evernote, so you can sync up with other devices and computers for easy export. Along with automatic syncing with the apps listed above, Genius Scan lets you export your documents as JPEG and PDF file types, or you can simply send them via e-mail.

Among some of the other handy features, Genius Scan+ also offers page frame detection, perspective correction, and scan post-processing, so you know your results will be readable and ready to attach to your expense reports.

Overall, if you’re a frequent business traveler who wants a good method to track your many receipts or if you just want a way to scan documents (or class- and meeting-room whiteboards) for later use quickly, Genius Scan+ has the right set of tools to make it easy.

Gravity Guy

As you run, you’ll flip upside down to move through the complex levels.

Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Gravity Guy (99 cents) is a fun game that takes some ideas from the running genre of games (like Canabalt) and adds some unique features that keep the game interesting. The main game mechanic is Gravity Guy’s ability to reverse gravity, letting him run upside down on platforms and then switch back when he needs to run on the ground again. The first few levels are pretty easy, but the further you get into the game will require precise gravity switches as you speed through complex courses. To add even more tension to the action, a gravity security guard chases you the entire time (he has the same gravity switching abilities as you), waiting for the slightest slip up so he can blast you.

Gravity Guy’s control system involves only one thing: tapping on the screen to switch gravity. But you’ll need to be careful because the only time you can switch gravity is when you are running on a platform–not while in midair. This means that if you make a mistake, you’ll likely get no second chance. Fortunately, unlike other running games, Gravity Guy lets you continue from the last checkpoint, so you’ll be able to try complex areas again even if you die several times trying.

Overall, Gravity Guy is a fun diversion, even if it doesn’t rank up with the top games of the genre. The unique game mechanic makes for some interesting gameplay, especially at later levels, and you can also play four-player multiplayer, but you all have to play using the iPhone screen–possible, but crowded. Nevertheless, if you like running games and are ready for a unique challenge, check out this game.

What’s your favorite iPhone app? Do you have another use for Genius Scan+? What do you think of Gravity Guy? Let me know in the comments!


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