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Fri
17
Jun
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Microsoft Exec Hints at Windows 8 Release 2012, Fall

A Microsoft executive has hinted that Windows 8 could be released next fall. But it's not clear if the comments are based on genuine insider information or if they merely represent speculation. The comments came from Dan'l Lewin, a corporate vice ... president responsible for Microsoft's relationships with other businesses, both major firms and start-up companies. Regarding the Windows timescale he said, " ... if you look at the crystal ball and just say what happened in the past is a reasonable indicator of what our forward looking timelines will be .... we've made the point about having a ... (view more)

Tue
07
Jun
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US Defense Supplier Cyber Attack 'Significant, Tenacious'

The United States government has offered help after defense contractor Lockheed-Martin suffered a "tenacious" cyber-attack. It appears to be linked to problems with a system used for authorizing access from external locations. Lockheed-Martin, which ... is the leading supplier of IT services to the government, says the attack was the latest in a line of frequent attempts to breach its security, which certainly makes sense given the confidential nature of some of the material it handles. But it has described the latest attack as "significant." As a result, the company has reset all user passwords ... (view more)

Tue
31
May
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Fake Twitter, Facebook Survey Leads to Disturbing Virus

Australian police services are today sending out a warning to all Twitter and Facebook users. It seems that online scumbags are targeting social networks, using a local hot topic of debate in order to solicit a curious click, which in turn infects ... PCs with a nasty virus and an even nastier payload. The debate is in regard to a new mass-transit ticketing system that is currently under development in Australia. Users are lead to a fake survey page, where then infects PCs with a Trojan virus. Once infected, the virus automatically downloads and stores highly illegal and distasteful images of ... (view more)

Fri
15
Apr
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Microsoft Brings Web Tools to Toyota Hybrids

Microsoft has signed a deal with Toyota to put WiFi Internet access in electric and hybrid vehicles. But the services will be less about surfing the web and more about improving the driving experience. The two companies plan to develop an ... electronics system for use in both all-electric and hybrid vehicles. The first vehicles to carry the system should be hybrid vehicles released next year, with a goal to have the system in all Toyota electronic vehicles worldwide by 2015. To develop the system, the two companies have invested a combined one billion yen (approximately US $12 million) into ... (view more)

Tue
12
Apr
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Study Uses MS Kinect as Virtual Sight for the Blind

A pair of Masters students at the University of Konstanz in Germany have undertaken a study that uses Microsoft Kinect to give virtual sight to the blind. The study involves a number of strategically-placed tech devices in a given location, with ... Kinect overseeing every movement. Navigation for the Visually Impaired Originally designed for the Xbox 360 as a way for hands-free gaming, the Microsoft Kinect system has taken on new meaning -- now providing what could be virtual sight to the blind. Dubbed NAVI (Navigational Aids for the Visually Impaired), the system works by connecting Kinect to a ... (view more)

Fri
08
Apr
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Homeland Security to Issue Social Network Warnings

Prepare to get your terrorism reports dished out via social networking sites very soon. The United States government says it's considering using Twitter and Facebook to announce changes in the terror-alert system, replacing the old color-coded ... ratings ranging from "Low" to "Guarded" all the way up to "High" and "Severe". Warning System Could Start This Month The report doesn't come to us from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but instead the Associated Press, which says it recently learned DHS is considering April 27 as a start date for the new program. The Facebook and Twitter ... (view more)

Tue
01
Mar
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Internet Explorer 9 Anti-Tracking System Gets Thumbs Up

A new feature in Internet Explorer is a major boost for Microsoft's web browser "Tracking Protection" system. The feature, which will debut in Internet Explorer 9 , is a response to calls by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for Internet to make it ... easier for users to opt out of being tracked online . The FTC doesn't want sites to ditch all tracking activities, but rather desires site visitors to have the power to prevent their details being passed on to third parties. This is most relevant with advertising; for example, if a company wants to display an advertisement based around the ... (view more)

Thu
10
Feb
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New Technology Measures Sobriety via Wheel, Door Locks

A Massachusetts-based research and development facility has created a detection prototype that could determine the driving abilities of someone wishing to operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. While a number of similar systems already ... exist (such as those requiring an individual to blow into a breath-testing device before the automobile can operate), the new system would use cutting-edge, sensory technology never before added to a motor vehicle. Wheel, Door Lock Sensors Measure Blood Alcohol Level The new approach, called "The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety", uses ... (view more)

Tue
08
Feb
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'System Stability Tester 1.1.1', and 'Kestrel GX 1.1.0.5'

System Stability Tester 1.1.1 System Stability Tester tries to test the system's stability by calculating up to 128 millions of Pi (3.14159265) digits. It supports multiple calculation algorithms. For the moment only two have been implemented. The ... Quadratic Convergence of Borwein and Gauss-Legendre, the algorithm SuperPi uses. The testing process includes the creation of two or more threads. After each step of the calculation, the results of all the threads are compared. Any differences between them are reported. http://systester.sourceforge.net Kestrel GX 1.1.0.5 Kestrel GX is a free photo ... (view more)

Thu
03
Feb
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'Complete System Tuneup 2.1.0.2', and 'ArtSage 1.00.05'

Complete System Tuneup 2.1.0.2 Complete System Tuneup is an all-in-one utility designed to help maintain a PC. Its main purpose is to provide faster access to Windows system tools, including: Disk Cleanup, Disk Defragmenter, System Restore, ... Performance Monitor, and more. http://www.cilsoftware.com ArtSage 1.00.05 ArtSage is a small graphics viewer. It displays the image files (JPG, etc.) in a folder tree. Features and options include slideshow (timer, windowed / fullscreen / wallpaper, stay on top), transparency (blend, opacity), loop (pause / exit, reshuffle) and sort (forward / reverse / ... (view more)

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