Windows 7 is four to five times less vulnerable to malware infections than is Windows XP.
Those are the findings of Microsoft's latest Security Intelligence Report (PDF), which detailed in depth the state of software vulnerabilities, exploits, security breaches, and malware in 2010.
Overall, the study found that infection rates for newer Microsoft operating systems with the latest service packs are consistently lower than those for older OSes, giving Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 the highest marks for security.
Looking at the number of reported infections per 1,000 computers, Microsoft found that Windows 7 64-bit had … Read more
And they said Twitter was just another useless, self-aggrandizing waste of finger-pressing.
So see what you make of this tale, related by CBC, of a Canadian who says his MacBook was stolen last week in New York.
Sean Power, who happens to be a Web analyst and all round geekish hero, suddenly remembered on Thursday that he had installed Prey tracking software and began to wonder whether he might be able to follow the alleged thief. Then he had another thought: perhaps he could tweet about this situation.
The Ottawa man began like this: "Shit! Twitter, help! Prey just … Read more
Samsung and 3D company RealD are teaming up to license a new, full-resolution 3D technology to consumer electronics makers, the companies announced today.
Discussed at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, the new technology promises better and brighter image quality. The technology brings active shutter functionality to the display, which alternates content viewing between the left and right eyes, making full use of all the display's pixels. Content delivered through the companies' technology can be viewed with RealD's circularly polarized 3D eyewear.
"RealD and Samsung's new displays look fantastic and represent the next step in … Read more
The company will kick off with an upgrade to the Galaxy S in the U.K. and Nordic countries starting as soon as the middle of this month. The upgrade would then travel through the rest of the world, reaching other European countries, North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and then other regions.… Read more
Miramax and Netflix have signed a multiyear content deal, the companies announced today.
Starting next month, "several hundred" Miramax movies, including "Pulp Fiction," "Shakespeare In Love," and "Good Will Hunting," will be made available on Netflix's streaming service in the U.S. The deal marks the first time that Miramax has ever brought its content to a digital subscription service, the company said.
"From day one, we've been very clear about the importance of digital and our desire to respond to the significant pent-up demand for our films--delivering to … Read more
Research In Motion has recalled close to 1,000 of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablets due to a glitch in the build of the operating system for those specific units, according to a May 13 memo sent to Staples and published by Engadget.
RIM confirmed the recall in a statement sent today to CNET and said few of the defective units had made it past the distribution stage and into the hands of customers.
"RIM determined that approximately 1,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets (16GB) were shipped with an OS build that may result in the devices being unable to properly … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Carolyn LaHorgue might seem like the type of teenager who would embrace digital technology. She designed her own Web site, is a Facebook aficionado, and is planning to study media and communications at New York University this fall.
Yet the 17-year-old, who lives just north of San Francisco, totes around an artifact right out of the 19th century: an analog camera that uses actual film. "It represents the individualist lifestyle," LaHorgue says.
LaHorgue is not alone. Teenagers are leading a kind of backward transition, leaving digital devices behind, at least temporarily, for technology their grandparents pioneered.
Classic film cameras, such as Holga, Diana, Minolta, and Nikon, are being chosen over smaller-than-your-fist digital point-and-shoots on the theory that it's cool to struggle with manual aperture settings. Or it's rebellious to scope out the best lighting for a shot.
The founder of file-sharing company Lime Wire agreed on Thursday to pay $105 million to the Recording Industry Association of America to settle a 5-year-old copyright case. Sure, that's a lot, but consider that the settlement figure is equal to only 7 percent of the $1.4 billion the RIAA sought.
This is likely the final chapter for LimeWire, after 10 years in operation. The two sides agreed to settle a year to the day after U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood ruled that Gorton was liable for willful copyright infringement. Later, Wood ordered that the LimeWire peer-to-peer network be shut down. The financial agreement between Gorton and the labels came amid a jury trial to determine how much Gorton would have to pay in damages.
For fans of cheap, easy-to-obtain music, a few modest reasons for hope sprung up during the two-week-long damages trial.
Edgar Bronfman, CEO of Warner Music Group, one of the four largest record companies, said under oath that he supported the unbundling of music. You might be saying to yourself: "So what?" People have had access to unbundled music for a decade now, thanks to services like iTunes and, yes, LimeWire. All I can tell you is that there are plenty of decision makers at the labels who believe the industry won't recover until consumers are buying albums again. … Read more
So here's a candidate: "The Event," a "Lost"-style serial that NBC had big hopes for last fall, but doesn't want anymore.
Comcast's broadcast network has cancelled the show in advance of Monday's upfront presentation, where it will try to sell its new stuff to advertisers. But Deadline.com floats the notion that the … Read more