Auto manufacturers focuses on Internet services

BMW offers unlimited Internet access

BMW offers its customers a choice for a package of Internet connection regardless of the model purchased. The only requirement is to be equipped with multimedia Connected Drive system.

While many manufacturers have praised the introduction of Internet in the car, BMW is the first manufacturer that promises unlimited Internet access throughout the life of the model equipped with this function.

The brand even remember, on this occasion, that it’s the one who first introduced the on-board computer in 1980. The first radar back in 1990 and GPS navigation in 1994.

In 2010, BMW’s system is based on multimedia Connected Drive which already includes a multitude of other services, such as navigation, communication with other devices such telephone or computer, the interaction between the safety devices (night vision, head covered high, parking assistance, emergency call), and adds the ability to surf the Internet from the front seats when the vehicle is stationary.

It is even possible to surf from the vehicle rear seat, but only with the option Multimedia Station on the 5 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series GT. The option costs only 90 EUR and its validity is equal to the lifetime of the car. No subscription to pay later.

General Motors wants to update your Facebook status by voice command

General Motors is testing a software that will allow drivers to update their status on Facebook while driving, through a voice command.

GM will also test a program that reads drivers’ SMS and allow them to respond by choosing one of the preset messages with a button on the steering wheel.

The company hasn’t said when these programs will be available, but spokesman Jocely Allen said they should be evaluated very carefully to ensure it does not distract drivers attention from the road.

Google is back in business in China

Chinese authorities have renewed the license of Google services for the local market after the U.S. company has committed to respect the rules of the largest Internet market in the world, according to the number of users.

Google began in June to stop automatic redirection of users of the site for China, Google.cn, to the one of Hong Kong, uncensored, in a bid to ensure the license renewal service for the Chinese market.

The operator of the most used search engine in the world announced in early May that it wants to comply with Chinese government regulations regarding the censorship of Internet content sites.

Beijing has threatened that it will not update Google’s license because it does not approve company’s attempts to avoid regulations regarding content filtering.

China had over 384 million Internet users at the end of 2009, more than the entire U.S. population, according to Chinese government data.

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Porsche Design fall-winter 2010-2011 fashion collection

Most of the Porsche models are famous for performance but also for the wide line of accessories signed by its creative studio. The latest achievement, signed Porsche Design, is the Autumn-Winter 2010-2011 fashion collection, having more clothes and leather accessories.

Reaching its third autumn-winter collection, Porsche Design offers for their brand fans, among others, a TecFlex leather jacket, a limited edition jacket, gloves and a Cervo shoulder bag. The clothing line is complemented by several classic accessories like sunglasses, shirts and scarves.

According to Porsche Design studio, the clothes created in Zell am See headquarters, in Austria, are made to reflect an individual personality. The items can only be found in Europe Porsche Design stores and on the Internet.

Russian espionage with coded messages, posted on the Internet

And if you thought that intelligence is a forgotten legend, you’re wrong. Economic and military espionage is growing, is evolving on the Internet and it places the Russians in the foreground.

The Internet and the software techniques are tools currently used by modern spies. As recently as yesterday, the FBI released a dossier in which heroes are several major Russian spies, caught for sending encoded information on the Internet.

The technique is not really complicated. Spies encrypted data in a text file which was “hidden” in an image file. That picture was posted on various websites and the recipients of the information just saved the image and decode its data using the same algorithm.

The messages sent by the Russian spies contained various information such as location and dates of meetings or bank accounts. According to the FBI, in the homes of the suspected spies were planted microphones, and they received a specific noise similar to coded transmissions.

After that, it was just a matter of time untill FBI caught them. The young lady in the picture is one of 11 Russian spies caught by the FBI.

The soft that detects sad people on market

The program is able to recognize if those authors suffer from depression and how serious is this.

Therefore, when the program made such an detection, it scanned no less than 300,000 blogs around the world (only in English), then made the top 100 of the most depressed bloggers. The software made even a top 100 of the most optimistic bloggers.

The results were closely studied by psychologists which revealed that 78% of the cases were correctly analyze.

We must underline the fact that the software made a complex analysis which refers to negative words such as “depression”, “sadness”, “suicide”, “death”.

The application developed by the Ben-Gurion University researchers from Israel is therefore a useful tool in order to detect people with suicidal tendencies. 

Besides, it has the advantage to be used for masses, thing that a psychologist can’t do.

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Google has deleted the private data accidentally obtained from wireless networks in Austria, Denmark and Ireland

Google Inc. apologized again for collecting personal information of users using wireless networks, indicating that they were not used for any service or product group.

The letter, signed by Pablo Chavez, director of public policy at Google, is a response to questions from congressmen for Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt.

Google says that the cars used in Street View program, which go through city streets in more than 30 countries to obtain images, intercepted inadvertently personal informations sent through unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

“We deleted all the «payload» data identified as coming from Ireland, Denmark and Austria, at the request of authorities in these countries,” said Chavez, adding that data collected in the United States will continue to be stored because of court proceedings already in progress deployment.

Internet users in several U.S. states sued the company, seeking compensation for the damage suffered. The group is accused of having violated local and federal laws, but Chavez insisted that Google has not acted illegally. “We believe we have not violated U.S. law by collecting «payload» data, configured to be accessible (ie unencrypted and thus accessible to a user equipment),” he said.

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Google warns us about the fake antivirus on Internet

According to Google, 15% of all existing malicious codes on the Internet are fake antivirus.

This conclusion was reached following a period study between January 2009 and February 2010. During this period 240 million pages were studied from 11,000 areas.

The fake antivirus is promoted through pages created in javascript which reproduce well enough the window of a program in order to fool the user.

Once installed, the false virus is very difficult to eliminate.

This will prevent installation of system updates and legitimate virus.

Google’s advise to users is to be very careful about these fake antivirus.

When you encounter such a message, it is recommended to close and restart your browser.

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Ford’s new web site revealed

Ford’s www.thefordstory.com site unveiled today a new section dubbed “Your Ideas.”

Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the Americas, showcased the new tool at the annual Society of Automotive Engineers conference in Detroit.

This new site helps Ford staff to improve their services by allowing the public to submit new ideas for future vehicles, along with suggestions upon its current offerings and technologies.

“We are going beyond traditional consumer market research, studies and focus groups,” Fields said at the conference. “Ford is turning to the social Web as an innovative way of generating new vehicle feature ideas customers really want and value.”

Chinese newspapers criticize Google’s decision to close the search engine in China

On the other hand, several major Chinese newspapers have ignored Google’s decision, which has redirected its users to the company website in Hong Kong, a former British colony which enjoys a special status.

In turn, the daily newspaper China Daily accuses Google that “has exploited its conflict with the Chinese government for political purposes” and that it falsely accused authorities in Beijing that were behind the cyber attacks against the U.S. company services.

“Attempts to politicize were hit by the strong opposition of the government and Chinese society,” notes the daily, which provides a decrease in credibility of the U.S. company.

Also, the China Daily estimated that Chinese internet users will not have too many regrets on closing the Google.cn engine.

Google might close its services from China

The publication cited as source a Chinese employee of Google China, but the information has not been confirmed by the American company representatives.

The source says the company gave employees two options after closing the portal in China: either to work for a subsidiary of the United States or for the company’s operations in Asia Pacific.

The information confirms the idea that Google will close all operations in China and not just a search engine, as previous speculation.

A Google spokesman said on Monday that the discussions with Chinese officials have not concluded, but specified that the American group is determined not to accept censorship.

Internet Service Operators are required to censor words and images that the Communist Party considers unacceptable.

Very popular international platforms, like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, are blocked in China, where the authorities do use a filter that doesn’t allow users to access banned content.