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August 24, 2010

A whole new class of zero-day Windows vulnerabilities looms

Hundreds of applications you use may need fixing because of a quirk in the way Windows looks for missing programs
Microsoft just released Security Advisory 2269637 [1], warning of an entire class of new zero-day attacks that take advantage of the way many popular Windows programs are written. Perpetrators — likely to appear in the next few days — won’t take on Windows directly. Rather, they’ll rely on how Windows finds and assembles pieces of programs to get their nefarious code to run. (more…)

U Chicago Moves to IP Video Delivery

The University of Chicago is running a new delivery system to broadcast video over its network to most buildings on campus and to support real-time broadcast of campus events. The university chose Haivision’s Furnace, which was developed specifically for higher ed environments. (more…)

Apple iTunes U downloads exceed 300 million

In just over three years, iTunes®U downloads have topped 300 million and it has become one of the world’s most popular online educational catalogs. Over 800 universities throughout the world have active iTunes U sites, and nearly half of these institutions distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store®. New content has just been added from universities in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico and Singapore, and iTunes users now have access to over 350,000 audio and video files from educational institutions around the globe. (more…)

August 23, 2010

The India-based Company Unveils E-reader with 200,000 e-books

EC Media is entering the e-reader arena with their Wink e-book reader. It was recently introduced with about 200,000 e-books in their library.

The India-based company partnered with publishers Oxford University, Permanent Black, Roli, Penguin, and Harper Collins to release the book titles that can be read on the Wink e-reader once it is officially launched ans is made available for shipping and at retails stores. (more…)

August 20, 2010

Google makes Chrome devs dig into pockets

Says $5 registration fee will cut down on malicious add-ons, also announces pay-for-work program with Chrome Web Store

Google on Thursday announced that it would require new Chrome extension developers to pay a one-time $5 registration fee as a way to stymie malicious add-ons for its browser. (more…)

UO Blackboard: Instructors using Safari — «Access Denied»

If you teach using Blackboard, and are a Mac user who favors the Safari web browser, there is a very annoying bug that you need to know about. The bug was introduced when Apple upgraded to Safari 5.

As you try to add content (items with files attached) to your blackboard site, you may get an “Access Denied” message such as the following: (more…)

Voting Machine Serves a Higher Purpose: Pac-Man

Since the Sequoia AVC EDGE voting machines were known for their insecurities and easy to tamper with, security researchers J. Alex Halderman and Ariel J. Feldman at the University of Michigan decided to turn the useless voting machine into something productive – a fully-playable Pac-Man arcade machine. (more…)

Zero-day Windows bug problem worse than first thought, says expert

‘Most every Windows application’ at risk, says Slovenian security firm that’s working with Microsoft on fix

An unpatched problem with Windows applications is much worse than first thought, with hundreds of programs, not just 40, vulnerable to attack, a Slovenian security company said today. (more…)

Google Tablet Coming in November?

Today’s big rumor, coming from an un-named single source by way of the Download Squad blog, is that a Google tablet, made by HTC, running Google’s Chrome OS, and available on the Verizon network, will go on sale on November 26th this year. That’s Black Friday.

Or, maybe not: Citing similarly un-named sources among “upstream component makers,” Digitimes asserts that it’s Motorola, not HTC, that is Google’s first choice for a tablet, which Digitimes says will be based on Android. (more…)

August 18, 2010

IKEA: iPad-like devices ’will control’ the kitchen of 2040

And other predictions from the Future Laboratory

The Apple iPad will be the main control centre for the kitchen of the future, according to Ikea who has peered into its crystal ball and predicted what the culinary world will be like in 2040.

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