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News@5: Studies, Scams and Security

Studies held by Morgan Stanley and Alphawise reveal the impact of Apple's iPad on the gadget market, hinting at a significant fall in sales for notebooks, netbooks, desktops, ebook readers and Apple's owniPod touch.

Facebook is in the news for yet more privacy issues. Thankfully for Facebook, the Consumer Reports study is focussed on the users knowledge, or lack thereof, of the security measures Facebook has available. According to the study a shocking 23 per cent of users either do not know of these measures or have chosen not to enable them.

A new e-mail scam is hoping to catch out tourists left stranded abroad after volcanic ash clouds grounded their planes. The e-mail claims to be sent from CAA Chief Consumer Protection officer Frank Adam, who, for an administration fee and passport details, will send the reader £2,000 in compensation. Frank Adam is unlikely to be able to deliver on his promise, however, because he doesn't exist.

Apple has filed a patent application for cardiac sensors to be built into the iPhone in an effort to boost the smartphone's security. The sensors are to replace the less high-tech security measures currently used in most mobile devices.

And finally, Microsoft has announced the release of a security update on the MSRC blog today. The update, set to be released on 11 May, will remedy the flaws in its Windows OS and Office software, but wont cover the flaw in Microsoft SharePoint Services 3.0.