Articles By John P. Mello Jr.

Facebook security hole jeopardizes iPhone, Android devices

A security flaw in Facebook’s mobile apps can be easily tapped by thieves searching for personal information about you.The problem is that Facebook's app for iOS and Android devices doesn't encrypt your login

Published on: April 5th, 2012 John P. Mello Jr.

Shoppers still prefer Web sites over mobile retail apps: Nielsen

Smartphone owners prefer to use retail Web sites, rather than retail apps, when researching products on the fly, comparing prices, finding retail locations, and redeeming coupons, according to a survey released today by

Published on: March 12th, 2012 John P. Mello Jr.

Obama’s blueprint for Internet Bill of Rights

The White House has unveiled a plan to create a “Bill of Rights” for consumer privacy on the Internet, and announced that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to comply when consumers choose

Published on: February 23rd, 2012 John P. Mello Jr.

ICANN now accepting Top-Level Domain applications

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has started accepting applications for new generic top-level domains, a move that has the potential to befuddle consumers and provide a gold mine for scammers.There

Published on: January 13th, 2012 John P. Mello Jr.

Hired posters degrading Web’s information credibility

In China, they're called the Internet Water Army: legions of people paid to flood online hangouts with postings and comments (primarily for marketing purposes). And according to academic researchers, they're degrading information quality

Published on: November 24th, 2011 John P. Mello Jr.

Microsoft drops mandatory camera from Windows Phone 7 specs

Microsoft quietly downgraded the hardware requirements for its Windows Phone 7 operating system in late September to make optional the inclusion of cameras in mobiles using the operating system. The move came just

Published on: November 8th, 2011 John P. Mello Jr.

ViewSonic hits $200 tablet sweet spot with ViewPad 7e

ViewSonic has unveiled the ViewPad 7e, a 7-inch Android tablet that retails for $200. The company is touting the tablet as a content consumption device that’s great for surfing, reading and mobile entertainment.ViewSonic

Published on: October 26th, 2011 John P. Mello Jr.

Massive HTC Android phone vulnerabilities reported

Security researchers say they've uncovered a flaw in severalsmartphone models produced by HTC that gives any application that hasInternet access the keys to a trove of information on the phone,including e-mail addresses, GPS

Published on: October 4th, 2011 John P. Mello Jr.

Amazon Silk browser: the good and the bad

The release of a new browser these days is more likely to elicit yawns than zeal, but Amazon changed that with the release of Silk for its new Fire tablet. While the fundamental

Published on: October 3rd, 2011 John P. Mello Jr.

Fake FireFox 7 site ranks high in search results

If you're using a search engine today to find a download of Firefox 7, be careful about the results you click on. That's because a dubious Web site called appears high up

Published on: September 29th, 2011 John P. Mello Jr.

Facebook puts more privacy controls on Android app

If you liked the recent changes Facebook made to improve privacy, then you'll want to upgrade immediately to the latest version of the social network's app for Android smartphones.The app boasts an improved

Published on: September 15th, 2011 John P. Mello Jr.

Google knew of illegal Canadian pharmacy sales, provided support

In one of the largest settlements of its kind in U.S. history, Google agreed last week to pay the U.S. government half a billion dollars for allowing its advertising system to be abused

Published on: August 30th, 2011 John P. Mello Jr.

HP TouchPad sell off could benefit Apple

HP's TouchPad fire sale could drive low-volume tablet makers out of the market, further padding Apple's market share and reducing consumer choice in the long term.Here's the scenario that's developing.Suppose HP sells half

Published on: August 23rd, 2011 John P. Mello Jr.

Businesses fret over brand protection from new XXX domains

As the world's largest Internet registrar announced its rates for the XXX adult entertainment domain set to appear in December, reports began appearing of businesses complaining about being forced to buy domain names

Published on: August 17th, 2011 John P. Mello Jr.

Fight Firesheep hackers with this free tool

If the news of Firesheep--a simple Firefox extension that allows anyone to hijack social networking or webmail sessions over unprotected WiFi networks--has you worried, a free tool to protect you from Firesheep and

Published on: November 25th, 2010 John P. Mello Jr.