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The winner for one last category of the Global Mobile Awards – the Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2012 award – was left to be announced and looking at the photo of smiling Nokia execs makes it easy to guess which device took that award home.

The Nokia 808 PureView, which arguably caused the biggest splash with its 41MP camera sensor, was voted worthy of the award by a panel of journalists and analysts attending the show.

Here’s what Jo Harlow, Executive Vice President of smart devices at Nokia, had to say about the award:

It’s a fantastic award because it signifies that consumer experience counts. It’s about tech, but it’s about how tech is used to make a consumer have a fantastic experience. The imaging is fantastic; the audio is fantastic; the navigation technology is fantastic.

These are first signals that we are executing against our strategy. That we’re back. That we’re bringing great products to our consumers – and that this is just the beginning. There’s lot more to come.

We have a lot of work ahead of us. We’re still a challenger, and we are going to operate as we have done in this last year to deliver these great results.

Tesla Model S Test Ride (video)

By  on February 13, 2012 in Cars

After more than a year of dreaming and drooling, I took another step closer to my silly dream car of the moment: Tesla let me ride in the front seat of a Model S.

I fully realize how ridiculous it is that only a select few actually get to ride along, let alone get behind the wheel, of a BMW/Mercedes competitor being sold on a reservations-only basis. I fully realize how ridiculous it is to, without having ever set foot in the thing, put down a $5,000 deposit on a car whose sticker price easily climbs above the $70,000 mark with options. And I fully realize how ridiculous it is to spend upwards of $80k to be one of the first in the world to take delivery of a car having no idea how the thing will handle once you load it up with seven passengers and luggage, let alone how well those giant, bleeding edge battery packs might hold up five or ten years down the road.

But Tesla’s tapped into something with their combination of Silicon Valley ingenuity, future looking clean tech, and luxury playboy moxie. Reservations for the Model S Signature are long since sold out, and plenty of folks plunked down another $5k each to reserve the new Model X crossover at last Thursday’s launch event.

As for me, I’ll have to be content to dream and drool a bit longer. My all too brief ride along in a Model S Signature made me want one all the more, but that doesn’t change the simple economics of the proposition: I don’t have the money to spend on a $60-90,000 automobile, even if it combines sexy fastback styling, room for up to seven, 5 Series– esque luxury and performance, and zero tailpipe emissions. Which is good, because now I don’t have to fret over which color to order mine in, let alone if I could possibly justify spending upwards of 60 large on a car.

54th Grammy Awards Winners List

Winners in selected major categories at Sunday’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards:

General Field

  • Song Of The Year: Rolling in the Deep, Adele
  • Record Of The Year: Rolling in the Deep, Adele
  • Album Of The Year: 21, Adele
  • Best New Artist: Bon Iver

Pop Field

  • Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: Body and Soul, Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
  • Pop Vocal Album: 21, Adele
  • Pop Solo Performance: Adele, Someone Like You
  • Alternative Album: Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Rock Field

  • Rock Album: Wasting Light, Foo Fighters
  • Hard Rock/Metal Performance: White Limo, Foo Fighters
  • Best Rock Performance: Walk, Foo Fighters

R&B Field

  • R&B Song: Fool For You, Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim & Jack Splash
  • R&B Performance: Is This Love, Corrine Bailey Rae
  • Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: Fool For You, Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
  • Best R&B Album: F.A.M.E., Chris Brown

Rap Field

  • Rap Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
  • Rap Song: All Of The Lights, Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West
  • Best Rap Performance: KanyeWest, Jay-Z for Otis
  • Rap/Sung Collaboration: All of the Lights, Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Country Field

  • Country Solo Performance: Mean, Taylor Swift
  • Country Performance by a Duo or Group: Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars
  • Country Song: Mean, Taylor Swift
  • Best Country Album: Own The Night, Lady Antebellum

Jazz Field

  • Jazz Vocal Album: The Mosaic Project, Terri Lyne Carrington & various artists
  • Jazz Instrumental Album: Forever, Corea, Clark & White
  • Improvised Jazz Solo: 500 Miles High, Chick Corea
  • Large Ensemble Jazz Album: The Good Feeling, Christian McBride Big Band

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 12, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles being broadcast on CBS. Nominations were announced on November 30, 2011 on prime-time television as part of “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night”, a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.Kanye West received the most nominations with seven. Adele, Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars each received six nominations. Lil Wayne, Skrillex, and Radiohead all earned five nominations.

A total of 78 awards were presented following the Academy’s decision to restructure the Grammy Award categories. Paul McCartney received the MusiCares Person of the Year award on February 10, 2012, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, two nights prior to the Grammy telecast.LL Cool J is set to host the show. It is the first time in seven years that the event will have an official host.

On February 8, 2012, the Academy announced that the 54th Grammy Pre-Telecast Ceremony will stream live internationally. The show took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center and was streamed live in its entirety internationally at Grammy’s official website and CBS Television Network. The ceremony was co-hosted by Dave Koz and MC Lyte. A total of 68 awards was presented in the Pre-Telecast ceremony. This year’s official poster is designed by Architect Frank Gehry.

The night before the awards, Whitney Houston died in Los Angeles, and show producers quickly planned a tribute, with Jennifer Hudson performing. The awards show began with a Bruce Springsteen performance followed by a LL Cool J prayer for Whitney Houston. Adele, with six nominations, won all six awards, tying the record for most wins by a female artist in one night with Beyoncé. Foo Fighters and Kanye West followed with earning five and four awards, respectively.


Microsoft Readies Valentine’s Day Windows Patches

By Colin NeagleNetworkWorld    Feb 12, 2012 5:38 am

Microsoft Thursday said that the second Patch Tuesday of 2012 will see nine security bulletins, four of which were deemed critical.

Three of the four critical bulletins address vulnerabilities in Windows, one of which also targets an Internet Explorer flaw that Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of Qualys, says should be treated with the “highest priority.” This is because browser-based vulnerabilities have been exposed more quickly of late than those for legacy software, Kandek says.

The fourth critical bulletin targets the .NET framework and Silverlight. As for the remaining bulletins, all five are rated “important.” Four address vulnerabilities in Windows while another resolves an issue with Office and Server Software.

With the release, Microsoft will exceed the seven bulletins issued last month, as well as nearly tripling the number of vulnerabilities addressed, from eight in January to 21 this month.

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However, when the trends of the past few years are taken into account, the second Patch Tuesday of 2012 is a sign of continued progress for Microsoft security. Paul Henry, security and forensic analyst at Lumension, called this Patch Tuesday a “pretty sweet Valentine’s day” for the IT professionals responsible for implementing the bulletins, especially when compared to the last two years. Microsoft sent 12 patches and addressed 22 vulnerabilities in February 2011, a year after issuing 13 bulletins that addressed 26 vulnerabilities.

Especially coming off a similarly light January Patch Tuesday, in which seven bulletins were issued but just eight vulnerabilities were addressed, Henry says there are signs of optimism for Microsoft security.

“We’ve had two fairly light patching periods in a row, with just seven from Microsoft last month,” Henry says. “Clearly, the company’s renewed focus is paying off.”

Tuesday’s upcoming patch will bring the total number of security bulletins in 2012 to 16. In comparison, Microsoft had issued 14 combined patches in the first two months of 2011, following a light, two-patch month in January 2011.

Despite the slightly higher total in overall bulletins compared to the same time last year, Henry has said security improvements in updated versions of Microsoft products have been evident in the continued decline in security patchesIn 2011, Microsoft issued 100 patches, down from 106 the year prior. The company also saw its lowest level of bulletins rated critical in 2011, at 32, since it began issuing them monthly in 2004.

Colin Neagle covers Microsoft security and network management for Network World. Keep up with his blog: Rated Critical, follow him on Twitter: @ntwrkwrldneagle.

ShmooCon 2012


Welcome – ShmooCon 2012 – January 27-29

Different – ShmooCon is an annual east coast hacker convention hell-bent on offering three days of an interesting atmosphere for demonstrating technology exploitation, inventive software and hardware solutions, and open discussions of critical infosec issues.  The first day is a single track of speed talks called One Track Mind.  The next two days bring three tracks:  Build It, Break It and Bring It On.

Affordable – ShmooCon is about high quality without the high price.  Keep in mind that space is limited and we’ve sold out quickly every year.

Accessible – ShmooCon is held in Washington, DC at the Washington Hilton Hotel, just a few short blocks from the DC metro.  Fly into DCA, IAD or BWI or take a train to Union Station and you’re just a short cab ride away from the con.Entertaining – Brain melting from all the cool tech you’re learning?  Be sure to check out the other events running during ShmooCon, including the Hacker Arcade, ShmooCon Labs, Hack-or-Halo and more.  Saturday night is party night, where typically we throw an off site bash just to shake things up a bit.