KLBJ Cyber Corner with Todd Jeffries
12/13/2012 4:40:00 AM
Holiday Gift Guide
Looking for some sweet gear for the holidays and don't mind paying top dollar? Here are some of our top luxury picks.Online: http://reviews.cnet.com/holiday-gift-guide/
IN THE NEWS: WHAT WE SEARCHED FOR THIS YEAR
You name it - we searched for it on the World Wide Web. But among the most looked-for stories for the year about to end - were the death of a music icon and the birth of an Internet sensation. The annual wrap-up of the most popular topics searched for is done by Google. And topping the list was the death of recording artist Whitney Houston. She died in February - just before she was to perform at a Grammy-eve party in Los Angeles. Also high on the list of "top-trending" searches: the number-two entry: PSY's "Gangnam Style." The Korean rapper beat out Superstorm Sandy, for the runner-up spot. Among the next biggest trending searches globally were the new iPad from Apple and the video game Diablo 3.
IN THE NEWS: ARRESTS MADE IN INTERNATIONAL CYBERCRIME RINGS
WASHINGTON (AP) - They come from more than a half-dozen nations. But the FBI said the 10 people the have arrested have a single goal: to rip people off using the Internet. The Feds say they busted 10 people as part of a probe into international cybercrime rings. The suspects are accused of being part of an online gang that swiped computer users' credit card, bank account and other personal information. The suspects come from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Peru, Britain and the United States.
ON THE WEB: LOWERING THE VOLUME ON TV ADS
CYBERSPACE (AP) - Tired of TV ads that seem to blast out of your set at a volume so much higher than the show you were watching? CALM down. Calm, in this case, is short for the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation program. The new system goes into effect today. The aim is to tone down the sound of the ads - and the new rules cover broadcasters as well as cable and satellite operators. The Federal Communications Commission adopted the rules a year ago, but gave the industry a one-year grace period phase them in. And if you sense an ad has blasted your eardrums from now own, don't think your hearing has deceived you. Suspected violations can be reported by the public to the FCC on its Web site.
Online: Federal Communications Commission site: http://www.fcc.gov
IN STORES: GOOGLE MAPS RETURN TO iPHONE
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It's baaack. And now, so is confidence that if you try to find your way someplace on your iPhone, you probably won't end up literally in the middle of nowhere. Google Maps are now back on Apple's signature smartphone. The new Google Maps' iPhone app's return comes close to three months after Apple ditched Google's app for its own build-in navigation system - and used its own maps in its newest version of its mobile OS. It was a rare bad move for Apple - as its map application was a cut below that of Google's. Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a rare company apology and even recommended that iPhone users go to Google or another company's app. Just this week, police in Australia called the Apple map app "life threatening" because it steered people looking for the city of Mildura into the middle of a remote desert 44 miles away.
Online: Google site: http://www.google.com Apple site: http://www.apple.com