Archive for the ‘communication’ Category

Email Secrecy Won’t Save You from Spam

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

This author makes an interesting point …

The spam wars aren’t going away soon but treating public email addresses as secret is of no benefit


Apple Passes RIM, Becomes 4th Largest Mobile Phone Vendor

Friday, October 29th, 2010

This is one of those stories that’s both surprising and “not surprising” at the same time …

It’s finally happened that embattled Blackberry Maker, Research in Motion, has lost the 4th spot of mobile handset manufacturers to Apple.

Figures from IDC and published by Engadget show that the league table now stands as…


Yahoo Mail Beta – Faster, Unlimited Storage

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Hopefully, this will give Yahoo’s search engine functions a boost too. When it comes to search engines, it’s nice to have as many alternatives as possible …

Yahoo today unveiled a new version of their online email client, improving the performance, search and spam filtering as well as unlimited storage, mobile and social media integration.


Google VP Hits Out at ‘Political’ Windows Phone 7

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Sounds like competition in the mobile phone market is getting more intense every week …

With the official launch of Microsoft’s long-overdue new Smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 7 just two days away, it’s little wonder that people at Apple and Google might be more than a little worried about the publicity it’s bound to receive and how it will impact on their own businesses.

In an interview this week with PC Magazine, Google’s Vice-President of Engineering was asked about Microsoft’s new OS.  His answer says more about Google than anything else…


The Bright Spot in Microsoft’s Mobile OS Disaster is …

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Hopefully, this serves as a wake-up call to Microsoft, and that the lesson learned here carries over to other Microsoft products too …

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

…There’s no place to go but up. But up doesn’t have to be an arduous climb.

That’s the attitude Microsoft product managers and marketers should adopt when launching Windows Phone 7. Microsoft has been humbled by upstarts Apple and Google; from that admission comes a fresh start. Windows Mobile has already lost the major battles of the mobile phone wars. Windows Phone cannot win if Microsoft plays by the rules set by its adversaries. The company must instead engage guerilla tactics, starting by leveraging off core strengths — and Xbox gaming and mobile Office simply aren’t enough. This kind of thinking might yet pull Microsoft out of the mobile OS gutter.


Thunderbird Mute Thread – Ignore Email Discussions

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

This add-on would come in incredibly handy for anyone who’s involved in a mailing list … especially if that mailing list includes a lot of overly chatty types.

When it comes to email discussions with multiple participants, it sometimes happens that the discussion takes a turn that is no longer of interest to individual users. This can be a discussion on a mailing list for instance, where other members of the list discuss specific topics. Being part of the mailing list however means that those emails arrive in every user’s inbox. It also means that all users have to deal with the messages, which often means marking them read or deleting them entirely.


Recover or Change Thunderbird Passwords

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Here’s a really cool, useful trick for people who use the Thunderbird email client …

Setting up email accounts in desktop email clients like Thunderbird or Outlook is usually a do and forget type of operation. Once the accounts have been setup they do not need any attendance or maintenance at all, unless the email provider happens to make changes to the system.

Sometimes email account information, such as the username and password, need to be retrieved. A user may want to configure the email provider on another computer, a mobile device like a smartphone or access the email directly if the provider offers webmail as well.


Windows Phone 7 – An Interface Review

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Here’s a nice, detailed review of the Windows Phone 7, which is currently being launched in Europe …

Microsoft’s new mobile operating system will be formally launched next month – but what’s it like to use? A short review of its main features

Microsoft is to launch its Windows Phone 7 series on 11 October, the Guardian understands. Emails inviting the press to a central London location that afternoon have just gone out – meaning that the phone series is ready to roll.


Twitter Goes Down and World Falls Silent

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The internet has sped up and changed the evolution of our culture in so many ways; just five years ago, there was no such thing as Twitter, yet now it’s a major cultural force that apparently, we can’t live without.

Once the news hits Twitter, it’s alive, but Facebook doesn’t feel like the place where news is made

The other evening Facebook followed the First Rule of IT support – turn it off and on again. On Thursday, it was having such huge problems with its network that the only solution, as Robert Johnson, its director of software engineering, explained on Friday morning, was “turning off the site”.

Wow. Half a billion people suddenly unable to access the biggest social network in the world.