Stories by Ian Paul

Facebook's profile redesign: A tour

Facebook launched a new profile page layout Sunday night that emphasizes the most important parts of your life, including your biographic information, photos, education, work experience, and important relationships. The new profile layout was announced during 60 Minutes as part of an interview with company CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Rogue websites exploit flaw to track your web history

Be careful the next time you visit some of the Web's most popular porn, news, and torrent sites as they could be peeking at your browser history without your consent. Researchers at University of California, San Diego have discovered that 485 of the 50,000 most popular Websites in the world are exploiting a flaw that lets them read your browser's Web history. The offending sites include YouPorn.com, Gamesfreak.com, Newsmax.com, and TwinCities.com, according to the researchers.

WikiLeaks hounded across internet by hackers, U.S. Senator

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for WikiLeaks the site loses its URL and online data graphs, hackers continue to attack it, and U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is trying to hound the site out of existence. The outrage directed against the whistleblower site stems from WikiLeaks' decision in late November to publish a trove of more than 250,000 confidential U.S. diplomatic cables. The cables contain correspondence between American embassies throughout the world and the U.S. State Department.

iPad more desirable than Galaxy Tab, survey says

Samsung's Galaxy Tab just can't beat the iPad, with 85 percent of U.S. consumers preferring Apple's tablet to Samsung's, according to a recent consumer survey. The results are based on a study conducted by investment firm Piper Jaffray, which surveyed a paltry 65 people to reach its conclusion, according to Apple Insider.

iPad gains on Kindle in e-reader race, but does it matter?

The race to become the most popular e-reading in the United States is down to Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle, according to a recent survey of 2,800 e-reader users by ChangeWave Research. ChangeWave found that Kindle's market share dropped in November by 15 percentage points to 47 per cent of the market compared with the results from a survey ChangeWave conducted in August. Apple's iPad, meanwhile, has jumped by 16 points to take up 32 per cent of the market.

Apple iOS 4.2: The first 24 hours

Apple released iOS 4.2 into the wild about 24 hours ago, and users installing the software update have found improved HTML 5 features, quirky bugs and limited AirPlay support.

Apple readies iPad 2, report says

The iPad might be the hot tech gift this holiday season, but prospective iPad buyers may want to wait for January as rumblings about a new iPad are starting to surface.

Apple releases iOS 4.2

Apple has just announced that iOS 4.2 will be available today for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users.

iPad quandary: Buy now or wait for 2.0?

To buy an iPad or not to buy an iPad? That's the big question this holiday season after a slew of rumors and speculation surfaced saying that a next-generation iPad is in the works for 2011. The new iPad is rumored to be lighter, thinner and faster, and have a front-facing camera for FaceTime video chat.

The Beatles and Apple: The long and winding road

Rumors are flying that the rights holders of The Beatles recording catalog have finally decided to let it be and sell The Beatles albums on iTunes. That's the speculation, based on anonymous sources "familiar with the situation" who talked to The Wall Street Journal. The report followed a teaser on Apple's home page that said, "Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget." Possibly a nod to Paul McCartney's first solo hit, Another Day, which was written while McCartney was still with The Beatles.

Hacker turns Kinect for Xbox 360 into Kinect for Linux PCs

Well, that was fast. Do-it-yourself electronics kit maker and hobby retailer Adafruit recently announced that a hacker had won the company's Open Kinect Bounty. Spain-based hacker Hector Martin Cantero, who is known online as "marcan," released a proof-of-concept video Wednesday night showing the Kinect interfacing with his Linux-based laptop.

Facebook e-mail service expected Monday

Hey Facebook fans, rumor has it you may be getting e-mail addresses ending with "@facebook.com" as early as Monday. It's a thought that likely has privacy advocates cringing as even more user data would fall under the control of the world's largest social network.

Galaxy Tab reviews the anti-iPad has come

The reviews are in and the Samsung Galaxy Tab one-panel slate is a hit, mostly. Reviewers don't appear to be bothered by the Galaxy Tab's diminutive size compared to the iPad, no matter what Apple CEO Steve Jobs says. And most see the Galaxy Tab as a credible competitor to the iPad. Will the Galaxy Tab win over your heart? Will Samsung sell one million Galaxy Tabs before the end of the year, or will the electronics maker be forced to come out with a 10-inch Galaxy Tab in the near future?

Windows Phone 7 success tied to a million in sales

Critics are already debating whether Windows Phone 7 is a flop, but the phone's true measure of success will be in how long it takes to sell one million units. It all started after reports that Microsoft's new handset platform sold just 40,000 units Monday, the first day of Phone 7 sales in the United States. The financial blog The Street reported the sales numbers after speaking with an anonymous market research source "who tracks phone sales."

Rockmelt: The Facebook of Web browsers

A new Web browser, Rockmelt debuts in limited beta Monday and aims to help you keep tabs on your Facebook friends, your favorite sites, and make your Web searches faster. Backed by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, Rockmelt was first reported on by The New York Times in August 2009. At the time, Rockmelt was supposedly going to be a next-generation Web browser designed to take advantage of new Web applications and services.