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August 11, 2010

Google Buys Eclipse, Ajax/Java Provider Instantiations

Google has acquired Eclipse-based commercial software tools and services provider Instantiations for an undisclosed amount, the two companies announced this week. (more…)

August 10, 2010

Microsoft delivers monster patch batch

Microsoft today issued a record 14 security updates to patch a record-tying 34 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office and Silverlight.

Q&A on the JailbreakMe Vulnerability

What is this all about?
A: It’s about a site called that enables you to Jailbreak your iPhones and iPads just by visiting the site.

Q: So what’s the problem?
A: The problem is that the site uses a zero-day vulnerability to execute code on the device.

Q: How does the vulnerability work?
A: Actually, it’s two vulnerabilities. First one uses a corrupted font embedded in a PDF file to execute code and the second one uses a vulnerability in the kernel to escalate the code execution to unsandboxed root.


BBC put together a crude game for a smartphone that also spied on the owner of the handset

BBC News has shown how straightforward it is to create a malicious application for a smartphone.

Over a few weeks, the BBC put together a crude game for a smartphone that also spied on the owner of the handset.

August 9, 2010

Colleges breach students’ sensitive information

College students nationwide can be especially vulnerable to identity theft because they often give out personally identifiable information. Some universities have even been known to use a student’s Social Security Number (SSN) as their student identification number, sometimes displayed on a student ID card.

Over the last year, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) estimates that more than one million students, alumni and faculty have been affected by a data loss, or breach, of personal information. (more…)

Chrome extension forces secure Google searches

Google now offers an extension for Chrome that automates the process of adding the secure Google search siteas a search engine to the Chrome 6.x branch. Google SSL Web Search is an extension, still in beta, that works with Chrome 6.0.419.0 and later on Windows and Linux computers.


First robot able to develop and show emotions is unveiled

Nao, developed by a European research team, models the first years of life and can form bonds with the people he meets

When Nao is sad, he hunches his shoulders forward and looks down. When he’s happy, he raises his arms, angling for a hug. (more…)

August 5, 2010

ADVANCE NOTIFICATION: August 2010 Microsoft Security Bulletin Release

On August 10, 2010, Microsoft is planning to release fourteen (14) new security bulletins. Below is a summary. We are releasing 14 bulletins addressing 34 vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, SQL, and Silverlight. Eight of the bulletins carry a Critical severity rating, and six are rated Important. (more…)

Is There a Future for Computer Labs?

Though centralized PC labs have been an important part of both campus space planning and IT infrastructure for the last two decades, this may be changing. With the advent of laptop computers, it is becoming increasingly common for students to own personal computers.

In fact, about 83 percent of students at four-year-colleges own them, up dramatically from 36 percent in 2003 (though the number of laptop toting students at community colleges is probably somewhat less).

With universities looking to cut costs, it might be tempting to limit or reduce the amount of space dedicated to computing labs, as well as to reduce the number of publicly available computers. This would save the cost of purchasing new PCs and the costs of supporting them. Consider that yearly maintenance can cost upwards of $500 per device. (more…)

Radical New Computer Memory?

Research by scientists at Stanford University and RIKEN has revealed new clues on the microscopic processes by which resistance in certain materials is dramatically altered by the presence of magnetic fields.

Reported in Science, the discovery provides fundamental insights toward the development of radically new memory and switching devices. (more…)

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