software

Wed
16
Apr
John Lister's picture

US Spy Policy May Put Public PCs At Risk

US government officials have flatly denied having any advance knowledge of the Heartbleed bug . The bug, which has already been exploited by hackers, has resulted in exposed social security numbers of the Canada Revenue Agency and other personal ... data. It's estimated that the bug affects approximately six percent of all websites world-wide. Now, it's emerged that US spies who discover security bugs are sometimes allowed to exploit them, rather than warn the public of any imminent dangers. A report by the Bloomberg news agency suggested the National Security Agency (NSA) knew about Heartbleed ... (view more)

Mon
02
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

US Army Admits to Software Piracy, Pays $50M

The United States government has agreed to pay $50 million in compensation after effectively committing large-scale piracy. The problem? The US Army installed software on 9,000 military computers without a proper license. The software, which was ... produced by Texas-based firm Apptricity, was used to track the movement of troops and supplies in real time. The system allows staff to get a complete picture of everything they are tracking on a single screen, yet have the ability to drill down to fine detail -- such as finding which particular compartment in a vehicle or plane a specific item is ... (view more)

Mon
16
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

'Hardwipe 3.0.3', and 'Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool 5.4'

Hardwipe 3.0.3 Worried that the files you recently deleted are still accessible from your computer? Then give Hardwipe a try. As the name suggests, this program performs a permanent sanitizing for your computer, forever eliminating any files you no ... longer want. http://www.hardwipe.com Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool 5.4 Protect your computer against various malicious software programs -- including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom -- using Microsoft's own Malicious Software Removal Tool. This tool check your computer for any infections and then helps you take immediate action. http://www. ... (view more)

Wed
24
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

Bill Gates Predicts Future of Higher Education

Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates says he believes the Internet is phasing out the traditional college experience. According to Gates, in this new educational environment downloading lessons and lectures -- just as one would download a ... song or movie -- will replace attending in-person lectures. Gates made the prediction during his keynote address at Microsoft's recent Research Faculty Summit 2013. Future Students to Download Courses, Gates Suggests The change, which Gates called "profound," could result in students using the Internet to download lessons or even entire courses ... (view more)

Fri
10
May
Dennis Faas's picture

Microsoft: Boxed Software Gone 'Within a Decade'

Microsoft says it expects to phase out boxed software within the next decade or so. The firm feels confident that, over the course of the next ten years, people will become more comfortable with downloading their favorite software. "We think ... subscription software-as-a-service is the future," Microsoft noted in a recent blog on its official Office website. "Within a decade, we think everyone will choose to subscribe because the benefits are undeniable." (Source: pcworld.com ) Subscription-based Office 365: A Sign of What's to Come Microsoft has already initiated the process of moving away from ... (view more)

Fri
19
Apr
Dennis Faas's picture

Retina-Tracking Software Coming to Android Devices

A team of PhD students from IT University of Copenhagen has developed new software that eliminates the need to physically touch a mobile device in order to perform simple tasks, like scrolling up and down a web page. Instead, the new technology uses ... eye movements to perform these same functions. The students initially pursued their idea -- which has since been branded "Eye Tribe" -- as a collaborative submission for their European StartupBootcamp accelerator program back in 2011. The team has since grown into a small startup company, including twelve full-time employees who continue to build ... (view more)

Thu
14
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

Microsoft Office 365: Six-Month Trial Now Available

Microsoft says students can try the online edition of Office 365 free of charge for up to six months. It's also offering a one month trial to people who aren't students. The student offer is for a three-month subscription to Office 365 University ... that allows students to install copies of Office software on two different computers (including PCs or Macs). The University edition includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access. The subscription also means you can use online editions of this software on any computer with an Internet connection. Although the standard ... (view more)

Fri
08
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

Microsoft Dumps Office 2013 Transfer Ban

Microsoft has agreed to drop a rule forcing Office 2013 buyers to re-purchase the software if they bought a new computer. The change follows a hostile response from Microsoft customers. The controversy arose because of the way Microsoft's Office ... 2013 software licensing works. Microsoft has always taken the approach that you don't buy software outright but pay for the right to use it under specified conditions. In the past, most Microsoft licenses were transferrable. This meant that as long as you only ran the software on one machine at a time, you could reinstall the software if you changed ... (view more)

Fri
22
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Adobe Flaw Could Allow Hackers to Infiltrate a PC

Adobe has issued a fix for what it is calling a top-priority security flaw. The bug could allow hackers to seize control of affected machines. The update fixes problems with Adobe Reader, the software used to open and view PDF documents. It also ... affects Adobe Acrobat, the software used to create PDF files. Although Acrobat is not as popular as Reader, many people will be running at least one of the two programs. The flaws involve memory corruption and buffer flow vulnerabilities which could allow a hacker to force a computer to crash. It's a tactic that's more likely to be targeted at ... (view more)

Tue
19
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Facebook Hackers Use 'Watering Hole' Tactic

Facebook has confirmed it was attacked by someone using a particularly sophisticated hacking technique. It says it doesn't appear the hackers were able to access any user data, but the site says it is taking the issue very seriously. The hackers ... didn't use the direct approach favored by many would-be attackers who either try to simply access a website's public servers, or send bogus emails to staff in the hope of tricking them into opening infected attachments. Hackers Lay Trap for Developers Instead, the hackers breached security at an external website used by developers of mobile ... (view more)

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