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OS X and Mac applications have security vulnerabilities too; some people still don't believe it, but it's true. Here are the latest ones and why you need to take them seriously.
It's not just Windows XP that reaches support end of life next April on Patch Tuesday, but Office 2003 as well. This was an extremely popular version of Office, and running it without security patches will be dangerous.
When Acer debuted its $199 Chromebook it was unusual as it included a hard drive instead of flash storage. The new refreshed model still has the HDD, but doubles the memory and offers increased battery life for a higher price tag.
Microsoft has outlined the main third-party software through which cross-platform attacks Windows, Mac, and Linux computers: old vulnerabilities in Java, Adobe Flash, Adobe PDF applications, and Microsoft Office.
It's been more than week since the latest release, and there is still no fix for a Flash-crashing bug in Firefox that affects Windows Vista and 7 users.
Adobe says the feature is comparable to the Flash Player Protected Mode in Google Chrome browser, Protected Mode in Adobe Reader, and Office 2010 Protected View.
Distinguished Google Fellow Urs Hölzle discusses the challenges of scaling Google's infrastructure, coping with cascading failures and the rise of flash storage in the modern datacentre
One hot topic in storage right now is "paired storage," or the combined use of an HDD (hard disk drive) and SSD (solid-state drive), aka a flash drive. A third-party upgrade kit lets owners of the MacBook Pro give this advanced storage architecture a spin.
A Microsoft survey has found that schools are failing to embed IT in lessons, and rarely give students IT skills, a result that has surprised teachers. Microsoft UK education director Steve Beswick talked to ZDNet UK about the survey
The company has said it is working out how best to allow the private distribution of applications for Windows Phone 7, an essential requirement for many businesses that want to use it
Stories of the month - September 2010
Following a ruling this week by the Copyright Office and Librarian of Congress, it's not illegal to jailbreak an iPhone. Hurrah! It's the latest clash subcultures: Apple fans vs. the iPhone anarchists, aka the iOS Flash fanatics.
Last month I called Adobe's Flash "the new Vista," and wondered out loud about Adobe's commitment to fixing its reliability and security problems. Now that Flash Player 10.1 has been officially released, I have some initial, very preliminary data to help answer some of those questions.
Hey Adobe: Apple and Microsoft say you have reliability and security problems with Flash Player. A whole lot of my readers say the same thing. As do I. So, uh, when do you plan to address that elephant in the room?
Toshiba has announced that it's sampling 64GB NAND flash modules that could double the capacity of the iPhone and the iPod touch in 2010.
The same way that it tried to make sure that orders for Vista wouldn't drop off the face of a cliff via a Windows 7 upgrade-option offer, Microsoft is priming the partner pump with a new Office promotional deal.
Malicious hackers have found a new vulnerability in Adobe's ever-present Flash software and are using rigged PDF documents to launch exploits against Windows targets.The Adobe Flash Player flaw, which is currently unpatched, affects millions of Windows XP and Windows Vista users.
Beta versions of ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion Builder have been released, promising better integration with Microsoft Office and Adobe's Flash platform
On the Windows side of the house, Microsoft recently has been advising customers who haven't yet begun Vista deployments to skip directly to Windows 7 instead. Although the company hasn't been offering (at least not publicly) similar advice about Office, it seems a number of IT shops are doing just that and bypassing Office 2007 in favor of Office 2010.
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