Check Out the Latest Updates to Norton 360 2013

Updates have been made to the entire line of Norton products, including Norton 360. The latest version of this popular computer protection software now comes equipped with more benefits, advanced features, and a higher level of protection than ever before. First introducing many of the changes in the beta versions released for trial in late 2012, the 2013 suites are now in full effect and available for purchase and download directly from the Norton website.

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Improvements have been made to existing protection features, while a social media and anti-scam protection has been added to what Symantec is now labeling the “five layers of patented protection” that Norton 360 embraces. In addition to the Antivirus and Internet protection software, a new Scam Insight tool, called “Norton Safe Web for Facebook,” will provide regular scans of Facebook timelines to ensure that you are not one of the 10 who fall victim to fake links and scams. Meanwhile, IP tracking has been enabled in Insight, allowing for Norton to do a more efficient job finding out where threats are originating. Other updates have also been made to the Insight and Browser Protection tools.

The release of this updated version of Norton 360 was made to coincide with the release of Windows 8. Norton products are now fully functional on Windows 8, with additional benefits to boot. The user interface of Norton 360 has been adjusted to be more user friendly and compatible with the Windows 8 operating system, and integration with the Window’s new Anti-Malware (ELAM) technology allows for faster speeds and swifter action by the security software. You can purchase the newest edition of Norton 360 (or download a free 30-day trial) directly from Norton’s website or from antivirusbarn.com.

BlackBerry’s Recent Outage Adds Headache To RIM

Late last night I received a message from my friend asking me to check the internet for the recent BlackBerry outage. He has been freaking out of not receiving any BBM (BlackBerry Message) from his girlfriend in the Middle East for the past 8 hours. According to him, this is obviously not possible as they used to exchange messages in minutes interval before it happened.

When I Googled it, I found out that there has been a massive number of complaints of service problems from BlackBerry users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. It includes messaging and browsing delays. RIM admitted the problem and they blamed it on a core switch failure and said that it is “working to restore normal service as quickly as possible.”

This recent problem has been causing headache to RIM, the Canada based company which created the amazing phone. Before it happened, the company has been hurdling over its lost share with Apple and Google. They used to lead the smartphone industry and now they placed third in terms of operating system. They also participated in the recent tablet PC hype but their Playbook wasn’t able to keep up.

I’ve been a BlackBerry user and so far the phone served me well. It satisfies all my tech needs from instant messaging, social networking, email processing and even booking my favorite concerts via Lava Tickets has been very easy. I recently booked an Enrique Iglesias Euphoria Tour event for a friend using my phone. Whenever my friends ask me to switch phones I would definitely not listen to them. Carrying a a BlackBerry phone gives you a certain pride that only a blackberry user could ever feel. Lucky that I wasn’t able to experience the recent outage as it would really affect my satisfaction rating to them. I’m pretty sure that they can solve all these things in time.

R.I.P Steve Jobs; Apple Founder Dies At 56

Techy Savvies are but in mourn at this very moment as the person behind one of the most successful inventions in the world of technology now rests in peace. Steve Jobs, Apple Inc’s co-founder who has been struggling against pancreatic cancer finally gave up the fight against it and has let go of the world.

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me.… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful—that’s what matters to me. -Steve Jobs

Jobs spent his entire life creating wonderful things for everyone to enjoy. Apple wouldn’t be Apple if not because of him and losing him would really make a big difference. “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built and this spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple,” said the company in a statement.

In the past few months, Jobs seemed to have known that his life couldn’t hold on that long. He filed an indefinite leave last January and gave up his role as CEO last August 24 of this year because he knew that he isn’t capable of the job anymore. A man who truly knows his limits and because of what he did, there has been a smooth transition of office in the company that he truly loves.

His family released a statement saying, “Steve died peacefully surrounded by his family. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. “We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief”

To Steve Jobs, Your great work would always be remembered. Thank you for everything.

Xbox 360 is Still the Top-Selling Console in the U.S.

Despite a variety of consoles out in the market, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has been the top-selling gaming console in the United States for 14 of the past 15 months, according to Microsoft’s official blog. It trumped two other popular gaming consoles—Nintendo Wii and Sony’s PlayStation 3—to maintain its spot at the top. NPD Group, a New York-based independent market research firm, states that Xbox 360 has sold 308,000 units in August alone, making it the best-selling console in 2011 thus far.

Microsoft’s recent partnerships with Disney and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) seem to indicate a bright future for the company, saying that a line-up of new titles are slated to be released during the upcoming holiday season. The much-anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which has a huge number of devoted fans, is expected to hit stores on November 8th.

Tallest Solar Tower to Rise in Arizona

In the never-ending quest to find and create more energy to supply the ever increasing demands for sustainable and renewable power, more and more companies are tapping into the unlimited resources of the sun.

There is just no possible way to drain its clean, free and readily available supply of light and heat regardless of how many solar panels collect it.

And so, adding to the growing solar projects being pursued is an Australian company with plans to build its solar tower in Arizona. And it is massive.

At 2,600 feet, it will prove to be the biggest solar energy collector to date once built. To stand just below the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, this structure will make it as the second tallest building the world and twice as tall as the Empire Stage building.

According to company officials of EnviroMission, the project owner, not only will it harness solar power but it will do so with no manpower and very little maintenance for 80 years. It is also projected to generate 200 megawatts of power; enough to provide for 150,000 homes.

“Malleable” Biomaterial Suitable for Soft Facial Tissue Replacements

There is no shortage of materials that can reliably be shaped and molded to replace hard components like bone when doing reconstructive surgery. But suitable replacement for soft tissues, particularly for facial use, is lacking. Those that are available leave much to be desired and are particularly problematic when used for correcting bigger deformities.

But researchers at John Hopkins University developed an injectable biomaterial that is transplantable. This new material can help in rebuilding the usually hard to fix parts. It is half-synthetic and half-biological and is straight-forward to administer, requiring no surgery. It can be shaped after being injected then set in place using green light.

The material is a blend of hyaluronic acid – a biological component already used for tissue replacement – and polyethylene glycol, the synthetic component. It can be plied after injection allowing doctors to shape it to proper form before setting it using green LED light of a specific wavelength.

A Robot Impervious to Landmines

A new remote-controlled robot designed to clear landmines can withstand as much as 17 lbs. of explosives without sustaining any damage.

Made of hardened steel, the Digger DTR D3 has a rotating tungsten hammer up front that digs about a foot into the ground and pulverizes things upon contact; including landmines, but not before detonating them.

The D3 is operated from a safe distance. It features a “V” shaped hull to protect it from damage while reinforced grates cover the air-intakes which might otherwise be vulnerable to shrapnel. It can effectively clear land of all mines while also removing any and all forms of obstructions.

It is not immune to breaking down, however. But the manufacturer has taken great lengths to make the Digger easily repairable. The engine and other internal parts are relatively easy to access. It also provides plans to enable the user to build spare parts themselves. This is quite essential in far locations; which is where you would expect landmines to be in the first place.

Graphene, ‘Super Paper’ is Stronger Than Steel

What is two times harder, six times lighter, ten times stronger than steel and totally recyclable? Graphene, that’s what. These advantages produce a next-generation material that can greatly improve aviation, automotive and other heavy industries by decreasing fuel requirements, and therefore, pollution.

The University of Technology in Sydney, Australia revealed a new type of graphene nano paper. To make it, t he process involves milling and purifying raw graphite in a chemical bath. This step reshapes its molecular structure that makes it able to be pressed.

The resulting sheet has “excellent thermal, electrical and mechanical properties – including excellent hardness and flexibility,” the researcher said.

For years, car and plane makers have taken advantaged of modern aluminum processing technology to make their vehicles lighter. Incorporating graphene materials into these products would only result in much lighter machines.

There is much supply of this raw material in Australia and the researchers appreciate the increase in demand of graphite from the industry.

Heart Monitoring… There’s an App For That

A new system under development holds a lot of promise in the area of monitoring our heart. The Human++ system is a wireless body area network (BAN) that creates a link between our body and Android smartphones. The current version is a dongle with a necklace. The lace is actually a low-powered ECG sensor that reads and interprets electrocardiogram readings and then communicates it to the dongle. The dongle, on the other hand is connected your Android phone via its microSD slot. This enables the system to monitor and track your body, even in real-time. It can even inform your doctor if you having a heart attack through Wi-Fi or 3G.

It is currently limited to Android. Smartphones that have no microSD slot can not interface with the system. Although using a Bluetooth connection is a possibility, systems such as these are required to operate with low power requirements. Bluetooth requires far more power than RF.

IMEC, the Dutch research firm that develops the device received positive reactions when it introduced it to the Wireless Health Conference in San Diego.

Safe Drinking Water from Diesel Exhaust

A new condensation process being developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory can recover water from burning diesel fuel. The process is efficient enough that it can produce up to 85% of water per unit of diesel while removing contamination and impurities making the water suitable for human consumption. The approach could also be adapted for other uses like capturing vapor from power plant exhaust.

Water that is produced from condensation and used fuel is nothing new. Earlier approaches where rejected by the military for being costly and impractical. Back then, it required cooling the exhaust to enable the water to condense. That approach required extra equipment that is heavy. This new system, however, can take water molecules even while in its vapor phase, doing away with the earlier requirement and other costs and inconveniences.

This improvement is achieved by having a series of ceramic tubes and running the diesel exhaust through it. These tubes have microscopic pores that suck water vapor, channeling them to the other side. Using this capillary action, the membrane is able to condense the water from the exhaust.