Friday Morning Cyber Corner

IN THE NEWS: REPORT EXPECTS DROP IN PC SALES THIS YEAR

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- There's a new report that says for the first time in 11 years, sales of personal computers worldwide will decline this year. The forecast is being issued by the research firm IHS iSuppli. And it projects that there will be nearly 349 million PCs shipped this year. While that seems like a lot, it represents a 1-percent decline from the nearly 353 million shipped last year. That's a small drop. But even so, it's the first time PC sales haven't grown since 2001. Insiders blame the drop on the growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers. Meanwhile the PC industry is hoping the new version of the Windows operating system will fan the interest in desktops and laptops. The new OS goes on sale later this month.

IN THE NEWS: HACKERS HIT FLORIDA COLLEGE COMPUTER SYSTEM

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) -- Looks like the computer incursion at Northwest Florida State College is much bigger than first thought. Officials now say hackers were able to swipe the confidential information of nearly 300,000 students statewide -- as well as that of the school's president. At first, it was believed the problem involved only employees at Northwest Florida State. Officials with the Florida Department of Education say the records that were stolen include the names, Social Security numbers and birth dates, as well as ethnicity and gender information for students eligible for the state's Bright Futures program for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years. Officials say it was a professional, coordinated attack -- and the information had been used to either obtain loans or to take out a Home Depot credit card.

ON THE WEB: ONLINE VEEP DEBATE REACTION

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art has come up with a major online resource that offers access to hundreds of the museum's publications. MetPublications includes nearly 650 titles published from 1964 to the present. And it covers art, art history, archaeology, conservation and collecting. The site includes a description and table of contents for almost every title, as well as information about the authors, reviews, awards and links to Met titles by author and theme. The museum says eventually the access could expand to include nearly all books, bulletins and journals published by the museum since its founding in 1870.

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Metropolitan Museum of Arts Publications site: http://www.metmuseum.org/ metpublications

IN STORES: NETFLIX TO OFFER CLOSED CAPTIONS

BOSTON (AP) -- A change is coming to Netflix. The online video streaming company will now offer closed captions on all TV and movie content. The change will take effect by September of 2014. The offering of closed captioning services is part of a settlement with a deaf Massachusetts viewer who sued Netflix. The company agreed to the settlement earlier this week in a federal court in Springfield. Closed captions are currently available on 90 percent of Netflix's content -- as measured by hours watched. Captions can be shown on most of the more than 1,000 devices which can use Netflix. But many devices and operating systems, like Google's Android, didn't exist when the company was launched in early 2000s. Other online streaming providers, such as Hulu and Amazon, also have been trying to increase their captioned programming.

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Netflix site: http://www.netflix.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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