Stories by Eric Mack

  • What's the deal with MySpace Tom and Google+?

    Tom Anderson has been out of the social network game for years, but lately it seems like he wants to get back in. The MySpace founder has become one of the most active and followed users on Google+ since its launch, and he also spends plenty of time on Facebook and Twitter, where he's got 191,000 followers.

  • Google+ female users increasing

    Google+ seemed like a boys club at first, but recent estimates point to a growing number of women using the Internet search giant's social networking service.

  • Free Scrabble app comes to Android, but disappoints

    Word nerds everywhere rejoiced at news this week that Scrabble is now available as a <a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=ca.jamdat.flight.scrabblefree">free app</a> for Android, but this nerd finds this latest version of the classic game a little lacking.

  • iPhone 5 rumour rundown

    In previous years, we would know what to expect in the next iPhone by now, because we would have already seen it onstage at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. But that's not the way it went this year, so we're left guessing and hanging around the rumor mill, trying to piece together an image of the iPhone 5, 4GS, or whatever they're going to call it. Here's a rundown of what we've heard so far:

  • Chrome Extension Imports Facebook Friends to Google+

    The world is already abuzz about Google+, even though it's not accessible to most. Still, many doubt that anyone, even the mighty one from Mountain View, can catch up to Facebook's half a billion (at least) active users. Unless, maybe there was a simple way to import your Facebook friends to your Google+ Circles. Indeed, there is an app for that. Actually, it's a Chrome extension.

  • Lulzsec: A Short History of Hacking

    Over the weekend, the hyperactive group of hackers who call themselves Lulzsec announced they are <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/231201/lulzsec_says_goodbye_with_new_data_dump.html?tk=rel_news">breaking up the band</a>, while also claiming that their "50-day cruise" had been planned all along.

  • Hacker civil war heats up

    In the midst of all the high-profile hacks rolling out almost daily, a hacker civil war is also under way. It's become almost as hard to keep up with the number of attacks carried out against hackers as it is to track the plethora carried out by hackers. Multiple hackers have claimed responsibility for disabling the Lulzsec website this week, while other hacking groups have made it their mission to reveal the real-world identities of Lulzsec members.

  • Anonymous plans attack on Orlando's website

    Orlando, Florida's city Website could be the latest target of hackers at noon EST Thursday if Web chatter between hackers online turns out to be true. Plans of the alleged attack are being circulated on Anonymous-related IRC channels. Anonymous is a group of loosely affiliated hackers that work together to coordinate hack attacks.

  • Mobile developers still choosing Android over iOS

    More than 5,000 iOS developers are in San Francisco for Apple's big party at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but a new report says the hippest place to be is the Android Market. The study, from Bluevia and Vision Mobile, found that 67 per cent of developers code for Android, while iOS trails at 59 per cent.

  • Windows 8: 5 questions about Microsoft's new OS

    This week, Microsoft revealed a little of what to expect from the next Windows operating system. With its Windows Phone look and touch - literally - and tiles everywhere, it will be a major refresh, but there's a still a number of unanswered questions. Here are my top five:

  • PBS hackers put Sony in crosshairs

    The group of anonymous hackers that posted a fake story proclaiming Tupac Shakur is alive and well in New Zealand on PBS' website might now be targeting Sony.

  • Zuckerberg's new diet: Kill your own

    Mark Zuckerberg has conquered the world and made half a billion friends along the way, and now he wants to conquer his own dinner. The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/markzuckerberg">Facebook founder</a> recently made the bizarre declaration that he plans to only eat meat he kills himself for the time being.

  • Sony's new woes: Phishing site found on server

    Sony is once again dealing with an apparent security breach -- this time a phishing attack on its Thai website. Earlier this morning, security company F-Secure posted a screen shot of a phishing site targeting an Italian bank that appeared to be housed under the hdworld.sony.co.th domain.