MOTOROLA (NYSE: MMI) has publicly announced that about 100 Xoom devices were not cleared of all of the original owners content during the refurbishing process. About 100 Motorola Xooms were sold to Woot.com between October to December 2011 were the only tablets affected. According to Motorola, any information may be vulnerable, including: photographs, documents, passwords, usernames and more.
In their press release, they deeply apologized: “Motorola sincerely regrets and apologizes for any inconvenience this situation has caused the affected customers. Motorola is committed to rigorous data protection practices in order to protect its customers, and will continue to take the necessary steps to achieve this objective.”
Motorola is offering customers who purchased and then returned a Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi tablet to Amazon.com, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale, eBay, Office Max, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, or Staples and a few other independent retailers between March and October 2011 a complimentary two-year membership of Experian’s ProtectMyID™ Alert to mitigate any risks. Original owners are advised to contact Experian at 1-866-926-9803 to sign up for the credit monitoring service. These original owners are also advised to take precautionary measures to protect their identity, such as changing their email and social media passwords. Original owners who performed a factory data reset prior to returning the device are not impacted.
If you purchased a refurbished Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi tablet from Woot.com between October and December 2011 you are encouraged to visit motorola.com/xoomreturn or to call Motorola Mobility Customer Support at 1-800-734-5870, select Option 1, in order to determine if their tablet is affected.
To view the Press release from Motorola, please visit this site: http://preview.tinyurl.com/7amzn3p
GOOGLE is introducing a new feature to Google+’s photo app, which now makes it a bit easier to quickly tag your friends. It’s called ‘Find My Face’, and while the name leads me to recall scenes in the classic Nic Cage/John Travolta film Face/Off, it’s a feature that plenty of users will find handy.
It’s pretty straightforward: opt into Find My Face, and the next time one of your friends uploads a photo that you’re in, they’ll see your name as a suggested tag. It’s very similar to the semi-automated facial tagging that Facebook launched earlier this year, though with one key difference: unlike Facebook’s feature, which automatically opted users in, Google is asking for explicit permission before it turns it on.
Of course, the fact that the feature is opt-in means that fewer people are going to be using it. Google+ will be presenting a dialog to users the next time they visit any photo on Google+, and I’m guessing that they’ll continue to present similar reminders over the coming months for any users who haven’t chosen either to explicitly opt-in, or indicated that they don’t want to. The option will show up in this settings page.
Google’s history with facial recognition is interesting — Eric Schmidt, who at the time was the company’s CEO, previously disclosed that facial recognition was the only piece of software Google had ever held back, over concerns around privacy and potential for abuse. Because this feature is opt-in, though, and is only available to people who you know (either on Google+, or its other services like GChat), the potential for abuse is minimal.
I have often found my self trying to decide between the different sizes of devices. I hope that this little guide will help.
16GB, 32GB, 64GB?
If you’re going to surf the web, download some apps and books, watch an HD movie or two, store your favorite music, and check email on your iPad, the 16GB model should offer enough storage for you.
If you plan to do all those things, as well as keeping lots of music on your iPad, a few more HD movies and TV shows, a larger library of books, and your favorite photos, opt for the 32GB model.
And if you want to store as many songs, movies, TV shows, photos, books, and apps as you can on your iPad, the 64GB model is your best bet.
Apple has recently released Find My Mac.It has only been released to developers. The Find My Mac service was officially added to Lion in Developer Preview 4.
Find My Mac is very similar to Find My iPhone. This is because they basically kind-of do the same thing.
One downside is that Macs do not have GPS inside them so it relies on Wi-Fi.
Once it finds the lost Mac, users can send a message, remotely lock the screen, or even wipe out the entire drive. Find My Mac will probably be released this fall with the general release of iCloud. The release of iCloud will probably be very close to, if not the same day as iOS 5.