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August 18, 2010

Adobe to patch Black Hat bugs on Thursday

Adobe plans to release out-of-sequence updates on Thursday (19 August) designed to patch security holes in its Acrobat and Reader PDF software revealed at the Black Hat conference earlier this month.
Updates for Adobe Reader 9.3.3 for Windows, Macintosh and Unix will accompany Adobe Acrobat 9.3.3 for Windows and Macintosh as well as cross-platform patches for Adobe Reader 8.2.3 and Acrobat 8.2.3 – earlier but still supported versions of the software applications. Thursday will also mark the availability of a cross-platform update for Adobe Flash Player

August 17, 2010

Science: Indian scientist proposes solution to math problem

Vinay Deolalikar, a scientist working at HP Labs in California

A mathematics problem with a $1-million prize attached to it and one which has major implications in computer applications, like security and machine intelligence, is claimed to have been solved by an Indian working in the United States.

Vinay Deolalikar, a scientist working at HP Labs in California, has proposed a solution to the problem, commonly called by mathematicians as ‘Is P=NP?,’ in a paper he has published online (Why P vs NP Problem is so important? Read below!). (more…)

Filming the Invisible in 4D: New Microscopy Makes Movies of Nanoscale Objects in Action

A movie revealing the inner workings of a cell or showing a nanomachine in action. A new microscopy is making such imaging possible

Key Concepts

  • Four-dimensional electron micro­scopy produces “movies” of nanoscale processes occurring over time intervals as short as femtoseconds (10–15 second).
  • The technique builds up each frame of the movie from thousands of individual shots taken at precisely defined times.
  • It has applications in a wide range of fields, including materials science, nanotechnology and medicine.


Intel aims Atom chips at storage market

OFFICE AND HOME STORAGE just got slightly more interesting with the addition of two more versions of Intel’s Atom processors.
Intel’s single-core 425 and dual-core 525 chips “offer improved performance and better connectivity” for backup platforms such as Windows Home Server and Linux, Chipzilla said. (more…)

August 16, 2010

Northwest eLearning Community Conference (local Blackboard Users Group)

The fifth-annual Northwest eLearning Community conference will be Thursday and Friday, October 21 & 22, 2010 at Clark College’s Corporate Learning Center in centrally located Vancouver, WA.

Registration is now available! (more…)

August 13, 2010

University Tries Crowdsourcing To Develop Optimal Electric Car Formula

Carnegie Mellon University has turned to crowdsourcing to develop new ideas for managing power in electric cars. Researchers at the Pittsburgh institution have announced a contest to find the most efficient methods, and the grand prize will be an electric car. The contest is a project of ChargeCar, a university-sponsored community effort for making electrical vehicle travel practical and affordable. (more…)

August 12, 2010

How to add a desktop dictionary to Ubuntu

Follow the simple steps to check your text with Google

If you do a lot of writing, a desktop dictionary tool can be a powerful asset. With it, you can highlight a word within any program and then click the dictionary icon in your menu bar, which will open a new Web browser window containing the definition of the word.

To add a desktop dictionary to your Ubuntu installation, use the Googlizer applet, which can be installed using Synaptic Package Manager. (more…)


Apple May Redefine Showing Web Content with iTV

Apple is rumored to be working on iTV, the successor to Apple TV, which CEO Steve Jobs called a “hobby.” The $99 iTV would essentially be an iPhone 4 adapted for display on TVs using iOS. Apple TV currently sells for $229, and Apple’s profit margin has been pegged at very low. Apple’s new iTV is expected to display 720p high-definition video.

Having changed the product categories of computers, portable media players, smartphones and tablets, can Apple pull the rabbit out of the hat again for devices to show web-based content on TVs? According to several rumors floating around, the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer maker may be revving up for a new try. (more…)

Education IT Poised for Growth

While the rest of the world will experience increases in education IT spending this year, in the United States, information technology will be flat through the end of 2010. But, according to research firm Gartner, growth will resume in 2011 and continue at least through 2014. (more…)

August 11, 2010

A simple guide to mail archiving in Exchange 2010

The end of third party archive solutions

With the push for larger mailbox sizes by users and increasing compliance requirements by legal departments, email archiving is no longer optional for most organisations. But thanks to new technologies available in Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2010 SP1, including a bottomless mailbox capability and support for low-cost storage options, the need to deploy third party archiving solutions is fading fast. (more…)

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