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Top 10 Best Tech from 2013

I know that there are a lot of articles out there and I wanted to capture what I felt the top 10 tech items for 2013 were. In no particular order…

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Ridicule gargantuan tablets all you want. The Galaxy Note 3 may sport a gigantic 5.7-inch screen, but all that screen real estate is awesomely useful, the smartphone offers great battery life, and the included S-Pen stylus is incredibly useful if you like taking longhand notes.

A 2.3GHz processor and 3GB of RAM help power this massive device, and what you end up with is a smartphone that practically eliminates the need for a 7-inch tablet.

Massive smartphones aren’t going away—and the more we use them, the more we like them. And the Note 3 is pretty much the best “tablet phone” around.



Gun control or greedy politicians?

If nothing more then to help this girl out, I will share this video. I believe that her willingness to stand in front of what I consider greedy self serving politicians speaks volumes to this topic. You really have to stop and think why a 15 year old can put things into perspective while the people we elected can’t get out of their own way.

adBrite to cease operations on Feb 1


Yesterday many received the following e-mail from adBrite.

Dear adBrite Publisher,

Over the last few weeks, adBrite and its management have been evaluating the go-forward plan for the business. Given market conditions and certain financial liabilities, in working with our lenders, we have decided to cease operations on Feb 1, 2013.
This is a difficult decision for all of us at adBrite. However, after much deliberation this seems to be the best course of action despite the impact it will have on all the employees, clients and partners who helped build this business. There will be a team in place as needed to assist with winding down.  

Thank you for being part of the adBrite community.

The adBrite Team

with adBrite closing down their operations publishers all over the web are scrambling to fine new advertising.

Who will you switch to?

Hackers threaten to release Symantec source code tomorrow

Source: CNET

The hackers, who call themselves “Yama Tough” and employ the “Anonymous” mask in its Twitter avatar, said in a tweet Saturday it would release the 1.7GB source code on Tuesday, along with the message “the rest will follow…”

Several reports surfaced earlier this month that hackers had managed to access the source code for certain Symantec products. Symantec identified the products as Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) 11.0 and Symantec Antivirus 10.2 but said the attack did not affect any current Norton consumer products.

The hackers said they found the code after breaking into servers run by Indian military intelligence. The code was apparently left on there by mistake after Indian authorities inspected the sourced code to ensure it was secure, which is where the hackers found the code.

The group said in a Pastebin post that it had the “source codes of dozens of companies” and contained documentation describing the API procedures for Symantec’s virus definition generation service. The group’s post on the Pastebin site has since been removed, though a Google cached version still exists.

Symantec said in a statement to CNET sister site ZDNet that code posted to Pastebin was related to a 2006 version and is “no longer sold or supported.”

“The current version of Norton Utilities has been completely rebuilt and shares no common code with Norton Utilities 2006. The code that has been posted for the 2006 version poses no security threat to users of the current version of Norton Utilities,” the company said in a statement.

Rob Rachwald, director of security strategy at Imperva, told CNET’s Lance Whitney that the incident was “embarrassing on Symantec’s part” but not likely to “keep the Symantec folks awake too late at night, and certainly not their customers.”

If the source code had been recent and the hackers were able to poke enough holes in it, then exploiting the software could be possible, noted Rachwald. But there’s not much they can learn from old code.