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The ultimate Windows 8 upgrade FAQ

You've got questions about the Windows 8 upgrade. Can you burn the upgrade files to DVD or a USB flash drive? Is it possible to go from a 32-bit Windows PC to 64-bit? Who qualifies for cheap upgrades? I've got the answers you're looking for.

December 13, 2012

Apple debuts Fusion Drive for iMac

Apple combines traditional hard drive technology with flash storage to create Fusion Drive, an intelligent hybrid storage solution that learns what you use most frequently and puts these files on the fast flash storage.

October 23, 2012

Adobe's long battle with security flaws

Adobe has taken a few security hits lately, from the Flashback Mac Trojan and another zero-day exploit in Flash Player to malware-laden PDF files being the hacker's weapon of choice. So what gives?

October 3, 2011

Emergency Adobe Flash Player patch coming today

Less than a week after warning that hackers were embedding malicious Flash Player files (.swf) into Microsoft Word documents to launch targeted malware attacks, Adobe plans to release an emergency Flash Player patch today to fix the underlying problem.

April 15, 2011 by

Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

Hackers are embedding malicious Flash Player files in Microsoft Word documents to launch targeted attacks against select businesses, according to a warning from Adobe.This latest Flash Player zero-day attack comes just weeks after EMC's RSA Division was hit with a malware attack that used a rigged Flash (.

April 11, 2011 by

Don't F:\ with our networks

A good friend of mine from a university in north-west England got an email through from their network administrators at the end of last week, basically saying,"...every time you plug in your flash drive, we see it offloading a whole load of malicious files to the computer you're working on, and therefore impacting our network...

December 15, 2008 by

Gaping holes in RealPlayer patched

Digital media delivery firm RealNetworks has shipped a high-prority patch to cover four gaping holes in its flagship RealPlayer software, warning that the vulnerabilities could put users at risk of code execution attacks.The patch comes a few hours after Secunia released an advisory warning for one of the vulnerabilities, a heap-based buffer overflow caused by a design error within RealPlayer's handling of frames in Shockwave Flash (SWF) files.

July 25, 2008 by

IT Dojo: Disable USB storage under OS X or Windows

Hollywood would have IT pros believe that the biggest threat to network security comes from international super hackers or high school kids trying to download games like global thermonuclear war. In reality, we face a more mundane threat--our end users, particularly those wielding USB storage devices.These pocket-sized devices can store a large amount of data. But even if your users aren't planning to cart off sensitive company files, USB storage devices (external hard drives, camera, memory stick, MP3 players, etc.) can be a headache in other ways. Employees may use your networks to download music to their USB-based MP3 players. New USB flash drives, such as SanDisk's U3 smart drives, can even run software directly from the device--a perfect tool for the end-user who wants to run unauthorized software on your network.If your concerned about USB storage devices on your network and don’t feel a written policy alone will protect your data, disabling the devices is your next step.In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler, TechRepublic's Head Technology Editor, shows you how to disable USB storage devices on both Apple OS X and Windows. The United States National Security Agency (NSA) described the process in a March 2008 document from the agency's Information Assurance Directorate.Once you've watched this IT Dojo video, you can read the original TechRepublic article, download PDF version of this tip, and learn more about mitigating the risks poses by USB storage devices from our IT Dojo blog.

April 28, 2008 by

Sony + Rootkits = Trouble (again!)

Somebody over at Sony must have a thing about rootkits because once again the company is caught trying to cloak files on systems using what security company F-Secure describe as "rootkit-like behavior." This time the product afflicted is Sony's MicroVault USM-F fingerprint reader software that is supplied with fingerprint-protected USB flash drives.

August 28, 2007 by

Nokia brings "desktop search" to mobile devices

I LOVE desktop search tools like Google Desktop and Windows Desktop Search and remember talking with Microsoft about bringing this search functionality to mobile devices. Microsoft has a integrated search tool in Windows Mobile devices, but it has never been a very strong utility. I just read the Nokia press release announcing the release of Nokia Mobile Search that brings powerful search functionality from the desktop to the device. Nokia Mobile Search allows you to search emails, text messages, calendar entries, videos, music files, and more. Nokia Mobile Search indexes your compatible device for faster search results. I could not find any information on whether external storage flash cards or hard drives, like the 4 and 8 GB drives on N91 devices, are indexed. I would think this is where the real power of device search would be as storage cards get larger and larger in capacity with more and more files being stored on them.

February 7, 2007 by

Portable office on your USB flash drive

I don't know what I'd do without my USB flash drives. Over the years they have evolved from being a mere storage device where I dumped files that I wanted to take with me when I was on the move into a platform in their own right. With the aid of a few software applications and utilities (some free, some not), you can do the same to your USB flash drive.

August 16, 2006 by

By 2008 73% of mobile phones will have USB, 54% will play digital music, 14% will support WiFi

By 2008, USB ports are expected in 73% of all new-model mobile phones, up from 30% in 2004, while music playback capability is expected in 54% of new-model wireless handsets in 2008, up from 20% in 2004. Slots for removable flash-memory cards, which can be used to store and transfer music files are predicted to reach a 43% penetration rate of new phones by 2008, up from 16% in 2004.

June 10, 2005 by

Flash, PDF gain new converts

The RoboPDF software release aims to make it easy for ordinary folks to convert files to PDF, while a Laszlo development tool is designed to convert Web applications into Flash on the fly.

June 10, 2003 by

Ulead adds 3D video tools

Software maker Ulead Systems announced Wednesday the release of Cool 3D Studio, a collection of 3D text and graphics tools for video editing professionals. The software works with video and still images, as well as with animation files created in Macromedia's Flash format.

December 5, 2002 by

LiveMotion 2.0

LiveMotion is easier to use than Flash and turns out Flash movies that are just as snazzy and interactive. It's our top choice for Web animation.

July 17, 2002 by

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