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Will XP SP3 Slow Vista’s Adoption?

Analysts say that the more secure, stable and reliable Windows XP is, the less reason businesses have to upgrade to Vista in a hurry. The upcoming release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 will further slow the rate of business adoption of Windows Vista by extending the life of the older operating system, some analysts say. Microsoft quietly released Windows XP Service Pack 3...

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Microsoft Opens XP SP3 Test Build To Public

Microsoft on Tuesday continued its plodding march toward the long awaited release of Windows XP service pack 3 by opening the latest test build to the public. XP SP3 Release Candidate 2 is now available from the Microsoft Download Center to users running PCs with XP SP2 installed, a Microsoft spokesperson said in an email to ChannelWeb. Microsoft earlier this month released XP SP...

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Full Lunar Eclipse

On Wednesday evening, February 20th, the full Moon over the Americas will turn a delightful shade of red and possibly turquoise, too. It’s a total lunar eclipse—the last one until Dec. 2010. The Sun goes down. The Moon comes up. You go out and look at the sky. Observing the eclipse is that easy. Maximum eclipse, and maximum beauty, occurs at 10:26 pm EST...

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Microsoft to give students free developer tools

Microsoft wants more students using its software tools and it thinks it has hit on the right business model. It’s going to give away its software. Starting this week, college students in 10 countries will be able to get Microsoft’s Visual Studio and several other programs for free as part of an effort dubbed DreamSpark. Over the next year, Microsoft plans to offer the...

That’s the ballgame: Toshiba bows out of HD DVD

That’s the ballgame: Toshiba bows out of HD DVD

At just after 3:00 am Eastern Time, Toshiba officially pulled the plug on its efforts to promote and manufacture HD DVD home theater consoles and disc drives, announcing its intention to cease all manufacturing and promotional operations by the end of March. However, the company left open one very small door: the possibility that HD DVD may have a future in notebook PC drives....

Toshiba denies rumors; HD DVD not dead yet

Toshiba denies rumors; HD DVD not dead yet

Despite reports to the contrary spreading like wildfire around blogs and mainstream news sources Monday, Toshiba said it has not made any decision to halt production of HD DVD players, while acknowledging it is evaluating its strategy moving forward. The hubbub over HD DVD’s demise began on Friday, when a brief article published in Hollywood Reporter cited an anonymous source claiming that Toshiba was...

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Exploit code targets Microsoft Office flaw

A security researcher has posted code for an exploit targeting a component of Microsoft Office. The vulnerability lies in a conversion tool used to convert Microsoft Works WPS files into Word RTF files The flaw could allow an attacker to remotely execute code on a user’s system. Microsoft repaired the vulnerability as part of its monthly security release on 12 February. When the update...

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Microsoft clarifies its promise not to sue for OOXML

The question of which unilateral promise from Microsoft is supposed to apply to its Office Open XML format suite was supposed to have been clarified this morning by the company. At least that was the plan, and in the end, the matter may actually be settled, but in the middle, at least, there was more than a little confusion. Here is the story as...

US elections become latest malware lure

US elections become latest malware lure

The US presidential primaries have become the latest lure for spreading malware as attackers use 'videos' of candidates to tempt users into downloading Trojan applications. Researchers at Symantec and McAfee reported that malware distributors are using presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as bait for a malicious file download. Symantec warned of an attack which uses spam emails to spread a 'video' of Clinton. A file...

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Critical Linux kernel bugs discovered

Security researchers have uncovered “critical” security flaws in a version of the Linux kernel used by a large number of popular distributions. The three bugs, which allow unauthorized access to kernel memory, exist in all versions of the Linux kernel up to 2.6.24.1, including Ubuntu, Red Hat, and others. The three bugs allow unauthorized users to read or write to kernel memory locations or...