Bluesnarfing From Across Town?

Some guys in California, Mike Outmesguine, John Hering and James Burgess, have managed to connect to an ordinary Bluetooth cellphone from 1 kilometer away, using off-the-shelf stuff, including a high-gain antenna connected to a Class 1 Bluetooth adapter kit. Their conclusion: “A typical unmodified cell phone can be reached at a distance of one kilometer …

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Blogging Bloggers Just Want To Blog Blogs

A fair summary of blogs? Peter Hartlaub, Pop Culture Critic at The San Francisco Chronicle, writes today of the blogging phenomenon at the Democratic convention and, surprisingly, concludes that “for several moments in four days of sleepless and often stream-of-consciousness coverage, the collection of mostly young writers ably explained their existence — while raising questions …

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Closing The Door After The Phish Has Bolted

MasterCard, one of several banks discovered to have flaws on their websites that would have allowed a phisher to capture passwords, says it has fixed the problem. American Banker Online reported (subscription required) last week that MasterCard International “has confirmed finding and fixing a flaw on its web site’s ‘Find A Card’ tool that could …

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Phear Of Phishing Doesn’t Just Hit The Bankers

Beware The Fear. The blizzard of coverage about phishing (usually involving some awful pun) has done a lot to raise awareness about the problem, but is it enough? A survey by Insight Express for Symantec of 300 people (no URL available yet, sorry) shows that while three quarters of folk are aware of spyware only …

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This week’s column – OneNote Wonder

This week’s Loose Wire column is about the new release of OneNote: THE FOLK AT MICROSOFT aren’t renowned for innovation, but it’s time we took our hats off to them for OneNote. OneNote (www.microsoft.com/onenote) is a note-taking and organizing program that came out last year, and is about to be revamped with a new release …

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RFIDs And Shoplifters

Could RFID tags be used by shoplifters? Robert Lemos of CNET’s News.com writes from Las Vegas that a German technology consultant believes the Radio Frequency Identification tags “could be abused by hackers and tech-savvy shoplifters”. He quotes Lukas Grunwald, a senior consultant with DN-Systems Enterprise Internet Solutions GmbH, as telling a discussion at the Black …

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OneNote’s Price Drop

I’m a fan of Microsoft’s OneNote, but a critical one, and one of my gripes has been the price. Now that’s all changed, according to Microsoft’s Asian PR: Effective August, Microsoft has announced a price adjustment world wide for OneNote 2003 from US$199 to $99. The price adjustment will begin rolling out today with various …

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What Are Plogs, And Should We Care?

What is a plog? Seems the term is currently being claimed by at least five groups: Project blogs, suggested by MIT’s Michael Schrage in this May article on CIO Amazon’s personalized blog idea, which ClickZ’ Pamela Parker quotes Amazon as saying is a beta-testing “diary of events that will enhance your shopping experience, helping you …

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Heinz Meanz Blogz

Here’s how not to use the blog as a promotional tool: New Media Age reports that Heinz is launching its first ad campaign for baked beans in ten years this week. The campaign, aiming to “reinvigorate the brand with a newer, healthier image” revolves around an “energy-packed ‘Superbean’ character who will have his own blog …

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Exploring The Phaeton Site Map

I’m sure this isn’t new, but I just saw it and thought it was worth noting: The VW Phaeton’s UK site has an interesting 3D Flash sitemap where the pages are viewed in slices, with different coloured dots representing different kinds of content (in this case factory or car): Clicking on a particular page will …

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