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Day: March 18, 2011

Elop confirms Nokia Windows Phones are already in the works

March 18th, 2011

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop confirmed to Reuters that his company has started developing its first Windows Phone handset. “We’re right now, today, having people work on the first Windows Phone devices,” said the CEO. Nokia announced that it would adopt Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile operating system on future smartphones during a February press event. The timeline of when …

Secure mobile payments appeal to 94% of North Americans

March 18th, 2011

A recent study conducted by payment solution provider Mobio Identity Systems suggests that North Americans are eager to see mobile payments become a reality. At the same time, however, security is a top concern for the majority of potential users. Mobio recently surveyed 1,085 people across North America and found that the overwhelming majority — …

Xobni for Gmail hits beta, Android/iPhone apps coming soon

March 18th, 2011

Today Xobni, the company behind the popular inbox management software with the same name, announced that it will begin offering a beta browser-plugin for Chrome and Firefox that works with Gmail. Xobni for Gmail creates profiles for each contact in your address book, and automatically fills in company, title, social network profiles, and more. If …

Netflix confirms ‘House Of Cards’ original programming deal

March 18th, 2011

Netflix on Friday confirmed that it will stream its first original series in 2012. Rumors surrounding a huge deal — possibly worth over $100 million — surfaced yesterday, suggesting Netflix was trying to buy distribution rights to a new political thriller called “House Of Cards.” Without revealing the terms of the deal, Netflix did confirm …

Apple could launch free MobileMe service next month

March 18th, 2011

An anonymous source speaking to iLounge has suggested that Apple will launch its free version of MobileMe in April. The source reportedly works for a major educational institution and says Apple has recommended that incoming students download a free 60-day trial version of MobileMe instead of signing up for the current version, which Apple will …

Angry Birds developer Rovio sets sights on New York IPO

March 18th, 2011

It may soon be possible for you to own your own slice of the Angry Birds empire. Days after announcing $42 million in Series A funding, Rovio’s board chairman has expressed interest in seeking an initial public offering in the United States, according to statements made to Finnish business magazine Talouselama. “The plan is to …

EMC security division hacked; RSA products used by government, military potentially at risk

March 18th, 2011

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), information management company EMC admitted that an “extremely sophisticated” attack was in progress against its computer network. Specifically targeting the company’s security division, the intruders stole confidential data related to RSA’s SecurID products. EMC acquired RSA Security in the fourth quarter of 2006 for just under $2.1 billion. RSA …

Flash 10.2 beta released for Android

March 18th, 2011

Adobe Flash support was noticeably absent from the Motorola XOOM at launch, though it was because Adobe wanted to ship Flash 10.2 as opposed to 10.1, and that’s all finally in the past. Starting today, Adobe Flash 10.2 will be available in the Android market for most Android devices — Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. It …