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Social media overrated as retail information sources, according to survey

Social media overrated as retail information sources, according to survey

Survey says social media channels are hyped up as sources of retail information

KubasPrimedia’s Major Market Retail Report, a survey of over 1,500 consumers on their retail shopping habits and store preferences, says that social media channels are overrated as sources of retail information.

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THE PIRATE BAY: A THUMB IN HOLLYWOOD AND THE MUSIC INDUSTRY’S EYE SINCE 2003

THE PIRATE BAY: A THUMB IN HOLLYWOOD AND THE MUSIC INDUSTRY’S EYE SINCE 2003

 

By Greg Johnston, computer guy

Popular Internet file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (thepiratebay.org) was again in the news last week, as police from various European Union countries raided a number of premises in Sweden believed to be associated with The Pirate Bay, including university residences. It was believed the police raid was seeking information on IP addresses of file-sharers hosting high-quality movie downloads. Continue Reading

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MANY POPULAR WEB SITES HIT BY MALWARE INFECTIONS

MANY POPULAR WEB SITES HIT BY MALWARE INFECTIONS

By Greg Johnston, computer guy

Earlier this week, the Calgary Beacon had the misfortune of becoming the subject of news rather than a conduit for news, when a malware infection of the WordPress web publishing servers used to post Beacon stories caused readers clicking on Beacon article links to be redirected to a site hawking phony anti-virus software, issues I’ve written about previously for the Beacon. Continue Reading

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EARLY REPORTS OF iPHONE4 ANTENNA PROBLEMS MINOR GLITCH IN GREAT GADGET

EARLY REPORTS OF iPHONE4 ANTENNA PROBLEMS MINOR GLITCH IN GREAT GADGET

By Greg Johnston, tech guy 

Down in the U.S., the iPhone 4 has been available just over a week now, where it has broken Apple and industry sales records already. Here in Canada, we as usual wait for cool tech to eventually make it to our market – sometime in late July, supposedly, but given that Apple has had trouble meeting existing demand, it is not hard to imagine that date slipping further, possibly well into September. Continue Reading

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OFFICE 2010 STARTER EDITION

OFFICE 2010 STARTER EDITION

By Greg Johnston, computer guy 

Following up on last autumn’s release of Windows 7, a major revision and improvement of the much-reviled Vista operating system, Microsoft is following up with a new version of it’s other flagship product, Office, version 2010 taking the place of 2007.  While a full review of MS Office 2010 would be beyond the scope of today’s article, a look at Office Starter Edition is a good place to start, since it will be coming pre-installed on most new Windows PCs. Continue Reading

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STEVE JOBS AT D8: A POST-PC WORLD, BUT BIG NEWS LEFT FOR NEXT WEEK

STEVE JOBS AT D8: A POST-PC WORLD, BUT BIG NEWS LEFT FOR NEXT WEEK

By Greg Johnston, computer guy 

On Tuesday evening, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, spoke at D8: All Things Digital conference in Rancho Palo Verdes, CA for an hour and a half in a Question and Answer session to kick off the conference.  Big news is expected next week at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, and Jobs was not letting the cat out of the bag early on either the anticipated new iPhone, or other expected news such as whether Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) will continue to be supported.  But he was surprisingly frank on a range of topics relating to both Apple and technology generally, such as the role of the iPad, newspapers, television, the spat with Adobe over Flash, and the infamous lost iPhone prototype. Continue Reading

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WIRELESS NETWORK SECURITY

WIRELESS NETWORK SECURITY

By Greg Johnston, computer guy 

Wireless networking has been around long enough, most of us take for granted, much like cell phones – yet wireless networking has really only been readily available to consumers for under 10 years, and popular for perhaps eight years.  In today’s column, I focus on wireless network security, looking at a bit of background that explains how we got to where we are, and a checklist of basic wireless security. Continue Reading

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WINDOWS 7 LIFTS MICROSOFT OUT OF VISTA DOLDRUMS

WINDOWS 7 LIFTS MICROSOFT OUT OF VISTA DOLDRUMS

By Greg Johnston, computer guy 

New customer satisfaction numbers from the University of Michigan’s annual American Customer Satisfaction Index indicate that with the successful Windows 7 operating system release last fall, Microsoft has gotten itself out of the customer satisfaction doghouse that the much-mocked and disparaged Windows Vista banished the software giant to for three long years. Not only have the customer satisfaction numbers recovered from their pre-Vista dip, they are in fact at a new high for the five years the study has looked at software. Continue Reading

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RESEARCHERS UNCOVER MOTHER OF ALL WINDOWS HACKS

RESEARCHERS UNCOVER MOTHER OF ALL WINDOWS HACKS

By Greg Johnston, computer guy 

I’ve written fairly regularly here in the Beacon about the importance to home and small business computer users of good security practices – anti-virus, firewalls, up-to-date OS and applications, strong passwords, and just being aware of threats.  Hopefully, readers do so, and have a healthy measure of paranoia/caution about online transactions and personal information generally. Continue Reading

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APPLE’S JOBS FLAMES FLASH

APPLE’S JOBS FLAMES FLASH

 By Greg Johnston, computer guy 

Late last week, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs posted a rare open letter on Apple’s website, laying out Jobs’/Apple’s reasoning (is there really any distinction between the two?) for barring Adobe’s Flash from the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.  It was an unusual move, but possibly comes as a pre-emptive strike against both media criticisms, and Adobe Systems, developer of Flash software, who are in turn reported to be behind US Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission anti-trust investigations into Apple’s move to bar Flash. Continue Reading

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