The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain is wrapping up their week of reviews and gadgets to see and what came out of it was the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S III phone was rated as the best for 2012. It beat iPhone. It beat the Microsoft Windows 8 phones – hands down. But what’s in the future for smart phones? Firefox. Yea, the browser for desktops, laptops and mobile devices now has it’s own operating system. Built with HTML 5 and by a large group of volunteers, as Mozilla has always been known for, it is the new contender up against Apple, Android and Microsoft. http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/partners/
Matter of fact, phones with the Firefox OS showed up in Spain this week for demonstration. The phones are starting out in “developing nations” and will gradually perfect itself and begin opening up in North America. The phones themselves are not bad for low-end smart devices, coming in under $100. And the operating system is worth the wait … here’s a video about it … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1ZpXnKWDJU
If you use Microsoft Windows 7, you will soon be offered to download and install the new Internet Explorer 10 browser. Actually built for the Windows 8 operating system, IE 10 was expanded to include the older system. The facts are, the majority of Windows operating computer owners use Internet Explorer despite the problems each of the IE browsers have had in the past – mainly security issues that can cause a hacker or virus to enter the computer and take over the computer and rob the owner of personal information. Whenever a new version of the browser is released it’s with the hope that things have been fixed and the user is relatively safe when surfing the web or banking online, for instance. Me? I will install to upgrade my Windows machines, but I still use Firefox and Chrome as my browsers of choice. They’re proven safer and more secure. Here’s a review of IE 10 on CNET … http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3514_7-57571231/ie-reborn-internet-explorer-10-arrives-on-windows-7/
Last but certainly not least, the DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG) was created to help remediate Rove Digital’s malicious DNS servers. The DCWG helps monitor DNS servers run by ISC, under court order, and as an ad hoc group of subject matter experts, includes members from organizations such as Georgia Tech and Internet Systems Consortium. All that said, visit their website to check and ensure your internet connection is secure. If the page displays a problem, you can use their system to fix it. http://www.dcwg.org/
=== HuMoR ===
My wife called me after driving to an appointment. She arrived and I could tell from her voice that she was getting frustrated. Finally she said, “I know I had my cell phone with me. And now I can’t find it!”
I replied, “Aren’t you talking on it?”
There was a solid period of stunned silence as the reality of the situation sank in, followed by, “You are NOT going to tell anybody about this!”
The young man says to his date, “I really like the perfume you’re wearing. What’s it called?”
The young lady looks puzzled for a minute then searches through her purse, finally dumping the contents on the table between them. She searches through the pile and finally finds a small spray bottle. She examines the label and announces, “Here it is … ‘Unforgettable’.”
The Manhattan Commuter train was packed. Suddenly there was a jingle on the floor. Most necks were craned. One elderly gentleman, however, bent down and picked something up.
He then asked, “Did anyone drop a half dollar?”
“I did,” answered three men at once.
“Well,” said the elderly gent with a smile, “here’s a dime of it.”
That’s what I have for you this week … make it a good weekend friends, and until next, may God bless you and keep you safe.
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