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Mozilla Firefox 3.5.2 Update

Mozilla Firefox 3.5.2 Update

Changelog: Chrome privilege escalation due to incorrectly cached wrapper Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.9.1.2/1.9.0.13) Location bar and SSL indicator spoofing via window.open() on invalid URL Heap overflow in certificate regexp parsing Compromise of SSL-protected communica

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Nokia Hybrid Slider E75: For People Who Enjoy Lots of Buttons

Nokia Hybrid Slider E75: For People Who Enjoy Lots of Buttons

The long-since-leaked E75 has been announced by Nokia, offering bring a new form-factor to Nokia's smartphone lineup. We've known about the E75 since November, but here's the rundown: a 2.4in, 240x320 screen, S60 OS, full 3G capabilities (CDMA and GSM), 3.2-megapixel camera, 4GB of storage wit

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Steam Mover Relocates Applications to Free Up Space on Your Primary Drive

Steam Mover Relocates Applications to Free Up Space on Your Primary Drive

Windows only: If your primary hard drive just isn't large enough to hold all the software you need on a day-to-day basis, then Steam Mover is the perfect tool for the job—assuming you have another storage drive handy. Steam Mover was originally designed to help hardcore gamers move their downlo

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Android On The HTC Touch

Now showing, Android on the HTC Touch: [HTML1] Android Phones. Perhaps even more than an abundance of killer Android applications, people want Android Phones. For the most part, folks are looking to the future to learn about what NEW handsets will come out sporting Android. But others, like the gu

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Lighting The Oceans With Wave Power

Lighting The Oceans With Wave Power

The Wavelight concept coverts mechanical energy captured by ocean waves into electrical energy to illuminate a series of LED lamps. Each lamp is tethered to its neighbor with a weight anchored to the sea floor. The lights are designed to attract attention for rescue operations or to warn passi

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IBM Roadrunner Tops Cray as the Official World's Fastest Supercomputer

IBM Roadrunner Tops Cray as the Official World's Fastest Supercomputer

It's like a geek soap opera. Just last week, Cray bragged that their updated Jaguar XT supercomputer was the world's fastest. Now this week, IBM responds to the trash talk with a number one ranking of their Roadrunner system on the newly published Top500 supercomputing list. Both the IBM and

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Dell Studio XPS 8000, 9000 Desktops Look Good, Use Latest Intel Chips

Dell Studio XPS 8000, 9000 Desktops Look Good, Use Latest Intel Chips

The sleek multimedia PCs can be configured with Intel's new "Lynnfield" Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The 9000 takes-over from the Studio XPS 435 with new "performance graphics options", while the 8000 has a smaller, but similarly-styled case design. The Studio XPS 8000 starts at $800, and t

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A Traditional Terracotta Roof That Happens to Harness the Sun

A Traditional Terracotta Roof That Happens to Harness the Sun

There are plenty of technical hurdles keeping the masses from decking out their roofs with solar panels, but their general ugliness doesn't help much either. Tegolasolare puts their photovoltaic panels second to the surrounding architecture, not the other way around. The Italian company's red

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DFX Audio Enhancer 9.103 For All + KeyGen

DFX enhances your music listening experience by improving the sound quality of MP3, Windows Media, Internet radio and other music files. With DFX you can transform the sound of your PC into that of an expensive stereo system placed in a perfectly designed listening environment. Renew stereo depth, b

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ATI's Latest Radeon Graphics Card (HD 4850) Benchmarked: Mid-Range, As Expected [Ati]

ATI's Latest Radeon Graphics Card (HD 4850) Benchmarked: Mid-Range, As Expected [Ati]

ATI's next line of Radeon graphics cards—the RV770-based 4800 series—doesn't officially launch until June 25, but Hot Hardware's got benchmarks already on the first shot, the mid-range $199 Radeon HD 4850. It's prompted a response from Nvidia in the form of the $229 GeForce 9800 GTX+, a speedier

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Windows Vista SP2 Features and Fixes Unveiled, Beta Announced

Kevin Tofel of jkontherun has put together a fairly comprehensive list of what’s inside the Vista SP2 update—just as the beta rolls out to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Here is what users can expect:

Highlights (Although the original list has since disappeared from jkontherun, ZDNet managed to snag the info):

•Built-in Hyper-V hypervisor
•Event logging support in SPC
•Fixes for DRM issues from WMP upgrades
•Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless
•Functionality to reduce resources required for sidebar gadgets
•Improved power settings for Windows Server 2008

The complete list of features:

Emerging Hardware Support

•SP2 contains Blue tooth 2.1 feature pack supporting the most recent specification for Blue tooth technology
•Ability to record data on Blu-Ray media,
•Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration to Windows Vista SP2,
•exFAT file system now supports UTC timestamps, which enables correct file synchronization across time zones.
•SP2 provides support for new form factors, such as ICCD/CCID. new form factor support –example USB form factor as opposed to PCMCIA).
•Support for the new VIA 64-bit CPU
Security

•SP2 includes all previously released security updates, and builds on the proven security benefits of Windows Vista
•Secure Development Lifecycle process updates, where we identify the root cause of each security bulletin and improve our internal tools to eliminate code patterns that could lead to future vulnerabilities
•Reliability
•SP2 addresses previously released reliability updates, as well as addressing crashes, caused by code, discovered since the launch of SP1
Performance

•Resume performance when Wi-Fi connection is no longer available after resume from sleep
•Inclusion of Windows Search 4 for improved indexing performance, improved relevancy in search, broader indexing scenario inclusion, as well as new Group Policy integration for Windows Search,
•Improvements to the RSS feeds sidebar gadget to improve update performance and responsiveness
Application Compatibility

•It is our goal that applications that run on the Windows Vista Operating System today and are written using public APIs will continue to work as designed on Windows Vista SP2.
•Previously released Application Compatibility updates are included in Windows Vista SP2.
•Spysweeper and ZoneAlarm now working with POP3 email accounts
Administration and Support Improvements

•Customers installing .net framework 3.5 service pack 1 will notice shorter download and installation times with Vista service pack 2 or Windows 2008 service pack 2 already installed,
•Service Pack Clean up tool (Compcln.exe): This tool helps restore the hard disk space by permanently deleting the previous versions of the files (RTM & SP1) that are being serviced by Service Pack 2.
•Single installer for both Vista & Server 2008
•Ability to detect an incompatible driver and block service pack installation or warn users of any loss of functionality
•Better error handling and providing more descriptive error messages where possible
•Better manageability through logging in system event log
•Componentization for Serviceability of the installer
Some Specific Fixes/Additions Include:

•Inclusion of Hyper-V
•Event logging support in SPC
•DNS Server now listens over ISATAP address
•Fixes DRM issues from WMP upgrades
•Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless
•Reduction of resources required for sidebar gadgets
•Improved power settings for WS08

It is not a mind-blowing upgrade, but there are definitely some useful tweaks in there. If you want to play around with it before it is expected to ship this April, Microsoft will make the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Beta available to everyone through a Customer Preview Program (CPP) starting on December 4th via TechNet. [Jkontherun via ZDNet and The Windows Team Blog]

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