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Samsung and Apple have more than half the smartphone market

Samsung and Apple are eating up the smartphone market – which, in turn, is increasingly eating up the mobile phone market, according to new figures released by the research company IDC. In the first quarter of 2012, the two companies’ joint share of the smartphone market edged past 50% for…

World record for fastest motorized toilet

Stunt woman Jolene Van Vugt was flushed with pride Wednesday after setting a new land speed record for the fastest motorised toilet. Van Vugt, a former Canadian motocross champion, steered the contraption through some early wobbles to 75 kilometres per hour (46 mph) in Sydney, seven kilometres more than the previousGuinness world record. Police…

Religious websites riskier than porn for online viruses: study

SAN FRANCISCO — Web wanderers are more likely to get a computer virus by visiting a religious website than by peering at porn, according to a study released on Tuesday. “Drive-by attacks” in which hackers booby-trap legitimate websites with malicious code continue to be a bane, the US-based anti-virus vendor…

Hackers pick Google’s pocket with Mac virus

SAN FRANCISCO — A virus infecting Macintosh computers is picking Google’s pocket by hijacking advertising “clicks,” tallying as much as $10,000 daily, according to Internet security firm Symantec. A component of the widespread Flashback virus targets Google search queries made using Chrome, Safari, or Firefox browsers and directs people to…

Media watchdog group: Internet freedom threatened by ‘hasty legislation’

Governments across the world – including those in the US and UK – are posing a threat to internet freedom through “hasty” legislation passed due to security fears, the head of an international media watchdog has warned. Dunja Mijatovic, the representative for freedom of the media for the 56 countries…

Microsoft counts on allies in mistimed tablet market

Microsoft is counting on friends to make it a hit later this year when it crashes a tablet computer party at which Apple has been the star ever since the launch of the iPad. The US software colossus turned a draining patent lawsuit withBarnes & Noble into a mutually beneficial alliance that could make…

Racial profiling at airports? Here’s an app for that

WASHINGTON — Travelers who suspect they are victims of profiling by security screeners at US airports can now lodge a complaint in minutes, thanks to a smartphone application released on Monday. The Sikh Coalition, supported by African American, Latino and Muslim civil rights groups, said its FlyRights app can be…

Court returns MegaUpload founder’s cash, cars

Kim Dotcom, the eccentric founder of cyber-locker website MegaUpload, will have more than $800,000 in assets returned to him thanks to a decision Monday by the High Court of New Zealand, according to Radio New Zealand. The decision comes on the wake of a fresh political scandal set off by…

Microsoft ventures into ebook market with Barnes & Noble

Microsoft teamed up Monday with US bookselling giant Barnes & Noble in a venture aimed at grabbing a bigger share of the rapidly growing market for electronic books. The world’s biggest software group will make a $300 million investment in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary focusing on the bookseller’s…

British court orders ISPs to block The Pirate Bay within weeks

Britain’s internet providers have been ordered by the high court to block access to the filesharing website The Pirate Bay. The high court on Monday told five leading internet service providers (ISPs) , including Sky and Virgin Media, to block the site in the UK after ruling that it breaches…

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