Before tossing out your first-generation iPhone for the iPhone 3G we're all anticipating on July 11, you'll need to wipe off personal data, including your passwords and user IDs. CNET's Tom Merritt shows off three paths to iPhone data-cleanliness using iTunes for Mac and Windows. The first method is simple, but will likely leave a swatch of information behind. The second method is for the ultraparanoid with a lot of time on their hands, and the third method averages techniques to get the data coffers mostly spotless. Check it out.
SAN FRANCISCO--The inner workings of Google just became a little less secret.
The search colossus has shed only occasional light on its data center operations, but on Wednesday, Google fellow Jeff Dean turned a spotlight on some parts of the operation. Speaking to an overflowing crowd at the Google I/O conference here on Wednesday, Dean managed simultaneously to demystify Google a little while also showing just how exotic the company's infrastructure really is.
On the one hand, Google uses more-or-less ordinary servers. Processors, hard drives, memory--you know the drill.
On the other hand, Dean seemingly thinks clusters of … Read more
LG has just announced the latest addition to its Black Label series--think Chocolate-- the LG Secret. It's set to be a stylish new phone for fashonistas who want something that looks sexy and functions, er, sexy.
It's also going to be the slimmest 5-megapixel camera phone ever made, at 11.8 millimeters thick, with support for shooting video at 120fps into DivX format. There's also built-in photo and video editing features, including the rather alarming 'facial editing' and technology that automatically alters the lighting in a photo to produce a more enjoyable image.
Other features include … Read more
The men of the 404 go the distance with Frank Warren, compiler of Post Secret, one of the coolest sites on the Internet. We talk about the project, how it started, most common secrets, and even infidelity. Yes, we said it.
Plus, if you still want to win an edition of Weird USA, send us your best animal-human hybrids of the 404 hosts, Randall, Jeff, and Wilson. Free invitations are available to A.viary, if you click on the link from the 404 page.Listen now: Download today's podcast
AUSTIN, Texas--Here's my secret: I cried during Frank Warren's keynote speech.
Of course, I wasn't alone. All around the ballroom where Warren, the founder of the PostSecret project, was giving Monday's South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) keynote address, people were misty-eyed. And for me, things he said throughout his talk had tears rolling down my face.
It's not surprising, though. For those unfamiliar with PostSecret, it's the project Warren has been doing for several years where he encourages the public to send him anonymous postcards with some sort of personal secret. Over the years, … Read more
Upgrading Notepad on your PC isn't hard, and the added oomph you get for your efforts definitely makes them worthwhile. CNET Executive Editor Tom Merritt shows you how to switch to Notepad 2, and keep the old Windows Notepad from reversing the coup.
Responding to an urgent e-mail about your compromised bank account is tempting, almost involuntary. That's exactly what phishers are counting on when they link you to a false site and pump you for personal details. Learn how to skirt their tricks in this Insider Secrets video, and remind yourself of other ways to avoid suspicious Web sites that might not have your best intentions in mind.
Some of us at Crave freely concede our disdain for all forms of mutating gadgetry that combine disparate functions just because they can. But every once in awhile, one comes along that actually proves useful--and they're often as mundane as they are practical.
Case in point: USB flash drives generally don't turn heads, and Kingston's "DataTraveler Micro Reader" is no exception. Just look at the name--it says it all. Still, that doesn't mean it isn't useful. What makes this one different is a hidden compartment that stores and reads microSD and Memory Stick … Read more
Sometimes the only way to endure the oppressive winter gray is to daydream of warmer climes, so even the silliest summer gadgets can look pretty good this time of year. And this one certainly fits the bill.
The "PODilllow" may look as ridiculous as its name, but it's the price one must pay for a perfect tan. It's like a portable version of the face cushion on a massage table, but with one important difference--it has a hidden compartment for your MP3 player (and other must-have possessions) so you can drift off to the tunes with … Read more
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Good riddance: Facebook has banned the "Secret Crush" application due to reports of its affiliation with a notorious spyware manufacturer.
The social-networking site confirmed the breakup on Monday: "Facebook is committed to user safety and security and, to that end, its Terms of Service for developers explicitly state that applications should not use adware and spyware," a statement from the company read. "We have contacted the developers and have disabled the Secret Crush application for violating Facebook Platform Terms of Service."… Read more