software

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20
Aug
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Fake Antivirus Forces User Uninstall of Legit A/V

Hackers are running a new social engineering scheme that tricks users into uninstalling their legitimate anti-virus program protecting their computer, and using a rogue product instead. Those behind the duping scheme have leveraged a clone of the ... CoreGuard (fake) Antivirus product and relabeled it as AnVi Antivirus. Both products are rogue. Rogue antivirus products have become a reoccurring problem for security companies, though one particular security software firm, Symantec, noted that this method of attack differs from rogue antivirus products of the past. Symantec, AVG, Microsoft ... (view more)

Tue
10
Aug
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Your Smartphone App May be Watching You: Report

Computer users aren't the only ones who need to worry about their privacy and security. A new report from San Francisco-based Lookout Inc., a mobile phone security firm, reveals that smart phone applications may be closely monitoring users and ... relaying that information to others. (Source: yahoo.com ) Personal Data Secretly Transmitted to Third Parties Nearly 300,000 free applications for Apple's iPhone and phones built around Google's Android software were scanned by Lookout, Inc. Results of those scans found that many of those apps were secretly pulling sensitive data off user phones and ... (view more)

Fri
06
Aug
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Easy Duplicate Finder Review

Update 2010/10/04: The free trial download for Easy Duplicate Finder is at the bottom of this article. Click here to go there now , or continue reading our review. Note that the special discount ends Oct 29, 2010 at 11:59PM EST. Get it before it's ... gone! How many files are stored on your computer? Is it 10,000? How about 50,000 or 100,000? Of the files stored on your computer, how many of them are duplicates and which ones are safe to remove? Unless you're unusually interested in computer technology, you probably don't have any idea how many files are stored within your computer system -- let ... (view more)

Fri
23
Jul
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Beta Software

When software is developed, it goes through a number of stages before it is officially released to the public. This document briefly explains this process. Software Release Development Life Cycles Pre-Alpha (Development) Pre-alpha refers to all ... activities performed during the software project prior to testing. These activities can include requirements analysis, software design, software development and unit testing. Pre-alpha software is rarely ever released to the public. Alpha (Developer Testing) The alpha phase of the release life cycle is the first phase to begin Software testing. In this ... (view more)

Fri
23
Jul
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Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Debuts (Beta)

Microsoft has unveiled an updated edition of its free security software, dubbed Microsoft Security Essentials. The new edition of Security Essentials is currently in beta edition and offers several new features. Debuting in September 2009, Microsoft ... Security Essentials replaces Windows Live OneCare which was based on a paid subscription model. At the time, OneCare was seen as a potential threat to the commercial cyber security market. (Source: pcworld.com ) Although there's no evidence yet of a significant effect on sales of premium security products, most reviews of Microsoft Security ... (view more)

Tue
20
Jul
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Algorithm

In mathematics and computer science, an 'algorithm' is an effective method for solving a problem expressed as a finite sequence of instructions. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and many other fields. Each algorithm is a list of ... well-defined instructions for completing a task. Starting from an initial state, the instructions describe a computation that proceeds through a well-defined series of successive states, eventually terminating in a final ending state. Expressing algorithms Algorithms can be expressed in many kinds of notation, including natural languages, ... (view more)

Fri
16
Jul
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MS Office 2010 Sales Disappointing: Report

According to a recent report by tech industry analysts NPD Group, sales of Microsoft's new Office 2010 software have been "disappointing" since its launch several weeks ago. (Source: pcmag.com ) NPD Group says sales of Office 2010 aren't terrible; ... right now, they're the same as sales for Office 2007. However, they're far below the numbers Microsoft expected, numbers that would have been closer to the sales of Office 2007 in the period after its launch. Poor Office Sales Could Mean Big Trouble for Microsoft The slow start is bad news for Microsoft, which earned an enormous sum ( ... (view more)

Thu
17
Jun
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Office 2010 Discount by Amazon, Despite Strong Sales

Amazon has slashed the price of several versions of its Microsoft Office 2010 applications suite. Cuts have been as high as 13 per cent at the online retailer, which insists the reductions have nothing to do with weak demand. Leading the cuts is the ... Home and Student version of Office: Microsoft lists the software at $149, but Amazon currently posts it at just $129. Receiving slightly less drastic cuts is the Home and Business edition, available for $259 (usually $279) and the Professional version, listed at $459 by Microsoft but sold by Amazon for a whopping $499. (Source: informationweek.com ... (view more)

Fri
21
May
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Easy XP to Win7 Upgrade Program Likely Illegal

An independent software company is offering a program it says will smooth the process of upgrading from XP or Vista to Windows 7. But there are questions about whether or not it breaches Microsoft licensing conditions. The package, called Desktop ... Upgrade to Windows, comes from Parallels. The firm specializes in virtualization software, most notably a package allowing Mac users to run Windows, which can be particularly useful for those making the leap from a PC to a Mac. The software aims to deal with two major upgrading headaches: one is that, with the exception of moving from one edition of ... (view more)

Tue
11
May
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MS to Face Challenges With Free, Web-based Office 2010

Microsoft is set to launch their latest software suite, Microsoft Office 2010, which is slated to be released next month. (Source: wikipedia.org ) In an effort to compete with Google's 'Google Docs' software, however, Microsoft is releasing an ... alternative version of Microsoft Office, called Office Web Apps . The Office Web Apps version is available to the public at no charge, but will be supported by advertisements instead of a per-user license fee. Google Docs, Google Apps, compared to MS Office Google Docs is essentially a stripped-down version of a web-based word processing, spreadsheet ... (view more)

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