Stories by John P. Mello Jr.

  • Hackers use frequent flyer miles as currency

    Unsatisfied with stealing bank account information from their victims, cybercriminals steal frequent flyer miles, too. The miles are used as currency among some of the miscreants, according to a report released today by the malware fighters at the Kaspersky Lab.

  • Google Shopper comes to iPhone

    Millions of consumers who want to comparison shop on the fly with their smartphones have been turning to the free Google Shopper app since last February. The problem is that app was limited to the Android platform. Those days are over now that Google has announced that the shopping software is now available for the iPhone through Apple's App Store.

  • Firefox 'Do Not Track' ready for download now

    Adventuresome Firefox users who can't wait to try out the "do not track" feature can do so now by grabbing a "nightly build" of the browser. Nightly builds are for testing purposes only, Mozilla warns, and aren't as stable as beta releases.

  • Netflix rates broadband providers by bandwidth

    Have you wondered how your Internet Service Provider stacks up against the competition when it comes to delivering streaming video to your home? It seems Netflix has been wondering, too, so today it launched what will be a monthly feature at its tech blog comparing average bit rate speeds of major ISPs in the United States and Canada.

  • 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.

  • 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.