Stories by John P. Mello Jr.

Car gadgets threaten drivers' privacy

For many drivers, the cockpit of their car is a sanctum sanctorum, a place where privacy is sacrosanct. That's becoming less so, however, as high-tech gadgets are introduced to find out what you're doing behind the wheel.

iPhone safer from hackers than Android

Android-based smartphones are more vulnerable to attacks by hackers and electronic viruses than the iPhone, according to the chairman of the world's largest provider of security software for corporate servers.

U.S. still top spammer, report says

At the end of 2010, the United States remained on top of the "Dirty Dozen" list of spam relaying nations compiled by IT security firm Sophos.

Worm planted in fake Microsoft security update

It's Tuesday, time for more security patches from Microsoft right? Not quite. It seems the malware crowd is exploiting Microsoft's routine of releasing fixes on Tuesdays and sending out fake security emails bent on infecting their targets with a worm.

Kindle Sales 60 per cent higher than expected

Amazon is on track to sell eight million Kindles this year. That's 60 percent more of the electronic readers than analysts predicted would be sold, <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-12-21/amazon-com-kindle-sales-are-said-to-exceed-estimates.html">Bloomberg Businessweek reported</a> today. By contrast, Apple sold 7.6 million <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/389929/review/ipad_with_wifi_32gb.html">iPads</a> from April to September of this year.

Watch out Android marketplace! Here comes Windows

Nattering nabobs of negativism aside, the marketplace for Windows Phone 7 apps is doing quite well, thank you. A recent analysis from IDC shows that the WP7 marketplace is growing at a faster clip out of the gate than its counterpart for Google's Android operating system. What's more, it can even be favorably compared to Apple's app store.

Yahoo backs off killing Delicious

One way to gage the popularity of a product is to propose killing it. Coca Cola found that out the hard way. Now Yahoo has discovered it too with its ill-conceived move to "sunset" the popular social bookmarking site Delicious. Unlike Coke, though, it has only taken 24 hours for Yahoo to change its tune on Delicious.

Seagate debuts fast green drive

Seagate has introduced a new high-speed, eco-friendly hard drive for low-power personal computers. The 3.5-inch desktop drive spins at 5900 RPM and includes the company's SmartAlign technology.

More than 60 tablet computers debuted this year

Although you may not have heard or seen most of them, more than 60 tablet computers produced by almost 50 manufacturers were introduced around the world in 2010. Most of the tablets have been introduced in the last 75 days, aren't branded by names most consumers would recognize and many of the slates are being sold in China, according to ABI Research, a technology analytic and forecasting firm headquartered in Port Washington, N.Y.

Comcast releases free app for Android phones

Comcast has released its free mobile app for smartphones in the Android Marketplace. The app, which was introduced for the iPhone last year, allows users of the cable providers Xfinity service to access phone, e-mail and TV functions from their cellphone.

Twitter's challenge: Personalization, co-founder says

Making Twitter meaningful on a personal level to its users is the biggest challenge facing the microblogging service in the future, according to former CEO and co-founder Evan Williams. "With 100 million tweets flowing through the system on a daily basis, there's something for everyone, but the real challenge is finding the most valuable stuff for you," he said in an interview that aired today on National Public Radio's On The Media program.

News service proposed by Twitter co-founder

A news organization with 175 million reporters around the world? Not quite. But the co-founder of Twitter, Biz Stone, wants to harness the membership of the microblogging service to create the ultimate grassroots news organization.