Oracle has just released another big security update, patching 17 vulnerabilities across various platforms -- except for Apple's Mac OS X. All the holes could be remotely exploited without authentication, which means patches should be applied as a matter of urgency, especially on systems where Microsoft Windows is being run with administrator privileges.
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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....
Neither Twitter nor YouTube is going to send you emails that lead to phishing or malware sites, but spammers may well be sending you emails that pretend to be from them. This morning, for example, I had one that claimed to be from Twitter (see photo below), with the Subject line: "Unfortunately 1 direct message rejected".
Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, two of the biggest suppliers of ARM-based processors in the smartphone market, have announced chips intended to run Microsoft Windows 8. Their arrival (probably) next year will help answer a number of interesting questions about the relative power, performance, and price of Intel and ARM chips, and the efficiency of modern versions of Windows compared with the Linux-based Google Android operating system.
Linus Torvalds, the man behind the open source Unix-like Linux operating system kernel, has signed off the release candidate version as Linux 3.0 RC1.
Some of Taiwan's PC manufacturers have complained to the island's Ministry of Economic Affairs because they have not been invited to participate in the early development of the next version of Windows, known as Windows Next or (but not by Microsoft) Windows 8 for tablets. Two of the world's largest PC manufacturers by units -- Acer and Asus -- are based in Taiwan, along with other suppliers such as MSI and HCT, and most of the large contract manufacturers.
Tesco is experimenting with an in-store 'satnav' system that helps shoppers find the products they want, using an app that runs on an Android mobile phone. It should also speed up shopping by showing customers the shortest route to pick up everything they need on a 3D store map.
No one should be surprised to learn that Amazon has retained the top spot in the fifth annual list of the UK's 100 'Hot Shops' published by IMRG and Experian Hitwise. However, there are three notable new entries, with the London 2012 Ticket site appearing in 35th place, followed by H&M (52) and Etsy (53).
Gartner has released its estimates of first quarter shipments in Western Europe, and they're not happy reading for most PC manufacturers, with the obvious exception of Apple. Shipments tumbled to 14.
Miguel de Icaza, co-founder of the Gnome project, creator of the Gnumeric spreadsheet and founder of Ximian, has now announced the founding of Xamarin. In a blog post, he says the startup will maintain and develop the open source Mono and Moonlight programs, build new commercial .
The 64-bit version of Windows 7 is the least likely version of Windows to be affected by malware, with 2.5 infections found per thousand PCs, and Windows XP SP2 the most likely, with 19.