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IT security and control firm Sophos is urging computer users once again to patch against a critical bug in how Microsoft Windows handles animated cursors (ANI files) as hackers exploit the problem by sending out emails related to professional party girl Paris Hilton and hardcore actress Jenna Jameson. This latest …
by newsguy 30 in Networking ()
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Somewhat surprisingly, Apple has admitted that they can no longer stick to the Leopard schedule that had previously planned this spring of 2007 as the release for the new operating system being brewed by the developers of Apple, and so you should expect it 4 months later, says Apple. Reasons …
by John A 1,896 in Mac OS X ()
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IBM has today announced a breakthrough chip-stacking technology in a manufacturing environment that paves the way for three-dimensional chips to extend Mooreâs Law way beyond traditionally expected limits. The âthrough-silicon-viasâ technology allows different chip components to be packaged much closer together, resulting in faster, smaller and lower-powered systems. This breakthrough …
by newsguy 30 in Linux and Unix ()
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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) today announced the outcome of a jointly organized workshop in Bangkok, Thailand which addressed plans for the implementation and development of Next-Generation Networks (NGN) in the region. With over 180 experts from 24 countries attending, including representatives of international …
by newsguy 30 in Networking ()
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I have been a supporter of RAID for the longest time; after all it would be crazy not to like something that brings efficiency and protection to the data storage process. RAID has certainly provided both, but that was then and this is now, and it is time for RAID …
by happygeek 1,589 in Networking ()
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Today, Apple announced that they have now sold over 100 million iPods , which comes after they had released the first iPod 5-and-a-half years ago. Grammy award winner John Mayer said about the iPod: "Without the iPod, the digital music age would have been defined by files and folders instead …
by John A 1,896 in Hardware ()
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What better use of an iPod than to save a soldier's life by stopping a bullet? This photo appears to prove it, although the actual story was that the iPod alerted the soldier to the fact that he had been shot, but it was his armor that actually stopped the …
by John A 1,896 in Hardware ()
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Open source means that it's not possible to pirate the software, right? Well, somehow OpenBSD developers have found out exactly how you can do that, by copying sections of some Linux wireless drivers (released under the GPL of course) and then releasing them under OpenBSD's less-restrictive license, allowing proprietary use. …
by John A 1,896 in Linux and Unix ()
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In an effort to bring Firefox users closer together, Mozilla has released a conceptual design dubbed "Coop" that would give Firefox the ability to share "photos, news stories, links" with other users, reports Computerworld . Mozilla of course, says that this is purely conceptual, and that this is as far …
by John A 1,896 in Microsoft Windows ()
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Leading security vendor Kaspersky Lab has uncovered the first ever proof of concept virus designed with the sole intention of infecting the iPod media player. Like all proof of concept viruses though, Podloso poses no real world threat to users. For a start it requires a Linux installation, not on …
by happygeek 1,589 in Hardware ()
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Without further ado , Apple has added a new build-to-order option to their Mac Pro that allows 2 Quad Xeon processors instead of the previous 1, promised to run at 3 Ghz, and making the Mac Pro the first 8-core Mac. The upgrade doesn't seem like a huge one, as …
by John A 1,896 in Hardware ()
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The latest Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics has been published, and makes fascinating reading for anyone geek who really cares about the effect that technology has upon the environment. Greenpeace ranks the leading mobile and PC manufacturers on their global policies and practice with regards to eliminating harmful chemicals as …
by happygeek 1,589 in Mac OS X ()
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The latest lawsuit against Vista, so it seems, is now attacking the marketing methods that Microsoft used to sell PCs. The prosecutors claim that Microsoft mislead customers by allowing PC manufacturers to place stickers on the machine that said "Vista capable", when in fact many of the PCs sold were …
by John A 1,896 in Microsoft Windows ()
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It seems like Apple is nearing a day we'd never think would come. This time it seems official. According to the reports, Apple and EMI have formed a deal that would not only allow Apple to sell EMI's music on their store (quite possibly The Beatles), but "large portions of …
by John A 1,896 in Hardware ()
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Proposals for a virtual red light Internet district have been overturned for the third time during a contentious meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Portugal. Concluding business at the meeting, a resolution rejecting a proposal from the ICM Registry to create an .xxx top …
by happygeek 1,589 in Networking ()
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Microsoft is aiming to broaden your web surfing horizons with their new "Deepfish" software available for the next version of Windows Mobile. Among other large improvements over the previous browsers used on the PDAs, this one includes a thumbnail view, which will allow you to view content in a scaled-down …
by John A 1,896 in Microsoft Windows ()
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IT security specialist Sophos is warning anyone with a website about recently uncovered evidence that spammers are hacking into legitimate sites in order to sell drugs. Online pharmacy spam, be it under the Viagra or just general prescription drug banner, has become one of the most annoying and persistent forms …
by happygeek 1,589 in Networking ()
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Since Microsoft announced that they had reached the 20 million mark of Windows Vista licenses, people have been criticizing the numbers, and rumors have been swirling that the numbers are straight-out made up. Recently, PCMag published an article stating how the numbers did not add up with Vista sales. Microsoft …
by John A 1,896 in Microsoft Windows ()
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Having a professional interest in security, and a personal distrust of politicians and their promises of providing the same, I was not at all surprised by the findings of a BBC TV investigation that has just been broadcast in the UK. Inside Out, a news reporting and investigative documentary series …
by happygeek 1,589 in Networking ()
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If you had any doubts that the code that powers the applications you use is secure, then it's time that you see this in perspective. Because very unsurprisingly, the SANS exam of developers scored terrible overall in terms of security . With the increase of hackers and such on the …
by John A 1,896 in Networking ()
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Wireless networking has, in my rather sadly predictable geeky opinion, made computing not only a whole lot more accessible but sexy as well. In fact, I might even go so far as to say that the social Internet service explosion would not have happened, or certainly not happened as quickly, …
by happygeek 1,589 in Linux and Unix ()
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Web security company ScanSafe has published its latest monthly Global Threat Report that looks at corporate usage of the web. The results should not be shocking as we all know that if you give someone free access to the Internet at work then they will abuse that access if at …
by happygeek 1,589 in Networking ()
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Apple's digital hub, known as the Apple TV, has finally started shipping. It's aiming to bridge the link between your media and your TV, providing a wireless digital hub through which you can transfer your content to watch, namely the content purchased through the iTunes store. How much does it …
by John A 1,896 in Hardware ()
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Red Hat's been the king of Linux for a while -- but as of lately, it's been quite some time since they released an update to their enterprise edition of their distribution, RHEL. 2 years in fact. Now, Red Hat has finally released a new version of RHEL: REHL 5. …
by John A 1,896 in Linux and Unix ()
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The MHW2040AC Parallel 2.5-inch mobile hard disk drive has a capacity of just 40 GB, a rotational speed of 4,200 rpm and an 8Mb buffer size, so why is Fujitsu making such a fuss about it? Perhaps it has something to do with the temperature tolerance, this thing will comfortable …
by happygeek 1,589 in Linux and Unix ()
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A number of users are reporting that the new Kaspersky AV component in the latest ZoneAlarm Security Suite 7 is broken. And broken in such a way as to leave your system unprotected while appearing to be fully functional. The problem manifests itself after a successful installation with the AV …
by happygeek 1,589 in Networking ()
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Reports have come in over the weekend of a series of dawn raids by the Metropolitan Police on a number of terrorist suspects with Al-Qaeda connections in London. All the suspects have been arrested. The raids follow the seizure of computer files last year suggesting that the target of their …
by happygeek 1,589 in Networking ()
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It's just been around a week since the previous threat of cracking Vista almost worked -- until we found out it was fake. Well, this time around, a Vista crack appears to be working this time, as numerous reports have said that it works, and the crack has already been …
by John A 1,896 in Microsoft Windows ()
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The Symantec State of Spam report is always something to look forward to, although it can often make depressing reading. Everyone is plagued by junk mail, filters are straining under the load, and spammers are managing to stay on top of their evil trade by employing cunning new techniques to …
by happygeek 1,589 in Hardware and Software ()
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Intel's finally received the kick-in-the-pants from its rival AMD, and, trying to kick that reputation of having hot chips has decided to revamp its server quad-core Xeon chips. The new chips, which have started shipping, use a mere 50 watts of power. It also has a 60 percent reduction from …
by John A 1,896 in Mac OS X ()
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