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Gone in 2 minutes: Mac gets hacked first in contest

It may be the quickest $10,000 Charlie Miller ever earned. He took the first of three laptop computers — and a $10,000 cash prize — Thursday after breaking into a MacBook Air at the CanSecWest security conference’s PWN 2 OWN hacking contest. Show organizers offered a Sony Vaio, Fujitsu U810, and the MacBook as prizes, saying that they could be won by anybody at...

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Vista SP1 fails to spark migration

Microsoft’s latest efforts to persuade customers to upgrade to its much-maligned Vista operating system have met with a cool response from users. Historically, Microsoft’s first service pack for one of its marquee products – such as Windows – provides the impetus for users to upgrade. As Gartner analyst, Stephen Kleynhans recently noted, customers see SP1 as the sign that the OS has reached maturity...

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Mozilla Expects to Release Firefox 3.0 Final in June

Mozilla Corp. Thursday confirmed that it will release the final beta of Firefox 3.0 shortly, and that it expects to deliver the finished browser to users in June. Firefox 3.0 Beta 5 has been code-frozen, said Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla’s vice president of engineering, and is working its way toward release. “That will be the last beta for Firefox 3.0,” he said. Once Beta 5...

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Despite rumors, Windows XP SP3 still not quite ready

With Windows Vista Service Pack 1 out the door, Microsoft was largely expected to release Windows XP SP3 last week or this week. It didn’t, instead making public a Refresh build of SP3 Release Candidate 2. Microsoft says it “made this release candidate available in order to receive further user feedback prior to the release of Windows XP SP3.” But many users are wondering...

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Comcast opens up negotiations with BitTorrent on bandwidth

In a surprise announcement, the BitTorrent and Comcast will partner to address issues of network management and architecture, as well as content distribution. BitTorrent could be described as the bane of the cable industry’s existence when it comes to high-speed Internet services. Users of the file-sharing service routinely consume a large percentage of the available bandwidth, and Comcast has throttled some connections. Approximately half...

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AMD transforms into a platform company, to release triple-core CPUs

It builds CPUs, chipsets, and now with ATI, it builds graphics processors. So beginning today, AMD is radically reforming its marketing strategy, arguing now that it takes all three components together in harmony for customers to realize value. Between now and April 7, AMD will be releasing its first triple-core processors, announced last September, along with performance upgrades to all three of its quad-core...

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Mozilla addresses memory corruption issues in Firefox 2 fix

Mozilla issued its 13th update to alternative browser Firefox 2, fixing six issues, two of which the company called critical. “Some vulnerabilities and weaknesses have been reported in Mozilla Firefox, which can be exploited by malicious people to bypass certain security restrictions, disclose potentially sensitive information, conduct cross-site scripting and phishing attacks, and potentially compromise a user’s system,” security firm Secunia said of the...

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Windows XP SP3 RC2 Refresh Available

A new “Refresh” version of Windows XP Service Pack 3  Release Candidate 2 was made available Tuesday on Microsoft  Update, according to Microsoft representatives. The primary goal of the release is for its developers to validate improvements to the Windows Update procedure, but a couple of minor additions were also included. As with the previous RC2, you need to download and run a small...

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Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on DVD for $5

There are a lot of users out there who are still stuck on dial-up, so updating to Vista SP1 won’t be an easy task for them. Thankfully they can order the Vista SP1 DVD from NewEgg for $5.00. It’s a great deal for those with dial-up or those who would like to have a hard copy of the service pack. NewEgg always has very...

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Windows XP SP3 Due Next Month, Report Says

Microsoft will release Windows XP Service Pack 3 during the second half of April, according to a report from a Web site that has correctly predicted recent Windows ship dates. TechARP.com, a Malaysian Web site that nailed Vista SP1’s release-to-manufacturing (RTM) date last month as well as its release to Windows Update last week, said that Microsoft will wrap up work on XP’s third...