Archive for Dec 30, 2011

Windows emergency update live today: are you patched?

Windows emergency update live today: are you patched?

There comes a time in every operating system's life when it needs to have an emergency patch slapped over a security hold in its guts, and for Windows, that time is today - and it's an emergency. What you're going to see here is a bulletin by the name of MS11-100 that acts as a sort of public service announcement as Microsoft wants you to update your system several weeks before the regularly scheduled "Patch Tuesday" in mid-January. What this patch does is to cut off access to a security hole that'd allow hackers to launch a DoS attack against people with Microsoft's ASP .NET application framework in place.

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NVIDIA high-fives Sega for Sonic the Hedgehog 4 mobile release

NVIDIA high-fives Sega for Sonic the Hedgehog 4 mobile release

Sega is coming on strong on the Sonic tip here at the end of 2011, first with Sonic CD for the mobile platform, now with Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 for Android devices sporting either an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core or Tegra 3 quad-core processor onboard! What you'll be playing here is a new vision of Sonic in the classic setup: complete with the rebirth of an old enemy and the return of no less than everyone's favorite sidekick: Tails! And just wait until you hit the go button on the video to hear that classic "SEGA" sound effect - flawless victory!

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China outlines plans for space exploration

China outlines plans for space exploration

The Chinese may be a bit upset that they were never invited to the ISS party, but they aren't sitting around angry about it. The country is set to start an ambitious space exploration program that will see them eventually aiming for manned mission to the moon. The Chinese are already working on assembling their own space station in orbit to use for research and experimentation.

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Oddest questions asked in job interviews this year by tech firms

Oddest questions asked in job interviews this year by tech firms

I have worked at real jobs in the past surrounded by people that were possibly the biggest idiots on earth. I knew we have all wondered at one point who exactly interviewed this person next to us in the office and decided they were worth hiring. If you don't know that person in the office, odds are you are that person everyone wonders about. I've never been asked a really weird question in a job interview, but I would be willing to be that many geeks have.

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Nintendo to offer a true app store for Wii U

Nintendo to offer a true app store for Wii U

We have already seen the Wii U with its superior graphics and fancy touchscreen controller and it looks really cool. If you are counting the days until that console launches you will get a kick out of this. Unsurprisingly Nintendo will be offering an app store for the game console. According to the reports that app store won't be like the DSi or the Wii stores, but will be the full-blown type.

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Stolen Stratfor member details put online by AntiSec

Stolen Stratfor member details put online by AntiSec

Earlier this week we talked about the security breach that happened with anonymous hacked the servers at a security firm based in Austin, Texas called Stratfor. The breach resulted in a huge number of passwords and credit card details being stolen. Anonymous has claimed that a huge amount of money had been donated to charity using the stolen credit cards already.

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Microsoft to launch LTE Windows Phones in 2012 on AT&T

Microsoft to launch LTE Windows Phones in 2012 on AT&T

There have been a lot of hints and suggestions of what the Windows Phone LTE offerings will look like next year. Paul Thurrott over at Winsupersite says that with all the rumors and suggestions he is just going to out the real plans and then goes on to lay out the LTE scheme. He says that Microsoft and its smartphone partners do intend lots of LTE devices next year.

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No new iPads at MacWorld in January?

No new iPads at MacWorld in January?

I always find the battle between the vague sources that are cited in reports around the web about Apple gear that is coming and other tech products rather funny. At any given time you can find sources claiming that a new product is coming and sources claiming that the product isn't coming, which is why all rumors need a healthy dose of sodium with them. Take the rumor yesterday that two new versions of the iPad would be coming in January.

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ComScore: Android still on top, Apple gets a boost

ComScore: Android still on top, Apple gets a boost

Market research firm comScore has released its November 2011 report on US mobile subscribers, revealing unsurprisingly that Android continues to take the lead in smartphone platforms while Samsung is still on top in smartphone manufacturer market share. However, Apple saw increasing growth while the others plateaued likely due to a boost from its iPhone 4S sales.

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