Apple today announced a new security update for users of Mac OS X v10.3.9, Mac OS X Server v10.3.9, Mac OS X v10.4.9, and Mac OS X Server v10.4.9. The most serious of these vulnerabilities is for CoreGraphics in which an attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted PDF file, resulting in an application crash and an overflow allowing the execution of malicious code. Other serious patches include those for Bind, Fetchmail, and GNU Screen. The update is available from within Mac OS X via the Software Update pane … Read more
The University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine spent six years developing a computerized system, called Caveman, that produces larger-than-life 3D images of the human body, and can show how the passage of time--the fourth dimension--affects the body systems being studied.
Part of the medical school's Sun Center of Excellence for Visual Genomics, which was opened in 2002 in collaboration with Sun Microsystems, Caveman features a booth called the "Cave," where physicians, researchers, patients and students wearing special glasses can view oversize 3D images of body parts, diagnostic scans, X-rays and other objects projected by the computerized system.… Read more
LOS ANGELES--I'm really wishing I brought my X-wing with me down here today.
As I arrived at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the opening of Celebration IV, the biggest Star Wars fan fest ever--which just happens to be timed to the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars--I saw endless numbers of people decked out in the attire of both the Empire and the Rebellion.
Which made me think I should suit up and join the fight. Alas, I left my wings at home.
But anyway, there are thousands of people here, many of whom … Read more
We've given up: The endless proliferation of remotes in our household is out of control. We've tinkered with so-called universal models, but they either don't seem to work or, more likely, we're just too "challenged" to figure them out.
The only solution, at least in the near term, may be a reduction in their rabbit-like numbers by consolidating them in sub-categories. To wit: The new "Universal Gamer" may not take care of everything in the house, but it at least claims to work with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 (if not … Read more
Penguins aren't generally considered the speediest animals around, but this weekend one of the birds will be zipping around the track at the Indianapolis 500. Two Linux enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to increase the visibility of the open-source operating system by getting a penguin-adorned car into the big race.
Their grassroots effort, called Tux 500, is aimed at raising funds to sponsor a Linux-sponsored race car operated by Chastain Motorsports. While the original fundraising goal of $350,000 appears to be out of reach, as of Thursday morning, Tux 500 had collected more than $16,300, with … Read more
Slowly but surely, Sony's beginning to unlock more and more of that multimedia horsepower under the hood of the PlayStation 3. The 1.80 firmware upgrade--available as an automatic download to PS3s everywhere--adds a variety of features to the console, most of which bolster the system's AV prowess. The main upgrades are as follows:upscaling of games and DVDs: DVD movies, PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2 games can now be upscaled to HD resolutions up to 1080p (games can upscale via component or HDMI, while DVDs are only upconverted via HDMI). streaming of digital media to PS3 via … Read more
Due to a combination of aging and parental amnesia, we've often noted our appreciation for anything that improves our failing memory. (At least, we think we have.) So even though this device may have been intended mostly for the elderly--we're not there yet, thank you very much--it's something that just about anyone could use.
"MedSignals" is a pill container that automatically keeps track of when you take your medication, beeping when it's time for a dose and making note of each time a lid is opened to avoid duplication, according to Medgadget. The portable … Read more
Like many other TV makers, Sony has been working on screens made with organic light-emitting diodes for some time to produce paper-thin displays as well as save energy. But ratcheting up the competition even further, it just unveiled what it calls the world's first flexible version.
The company claims to have developed a new technology that uses plastic instead of glass to make OLED screens that can actually bend (hopefully without breaking), according to Pink Tentacle. Its 2.5-inch prototype weighs only 1.5 grams--that's 0.053 ounces for the metric-challenged among us.
There's no specific product … Read more
That, at least, is what the dock for Creative's "Zen Wav" looks like to us. But the youngest in the family is often spoiled, so we're not really surprised. The Wav is the latest of an ever-growing list of siblings from Creative, this one featuring a 1.5-inch color LCD and 2GB of memory in an aluminum case for about $114 on the Singapore market.
This is one of those products that really makes us wonder if some companies have too many employees--a situation that inevitably leads to solutions in search of a problem. Nokia may be suffering this workforce malady if its latest brainchild is any indication: a mobile phone that warns of approaching lightning. Yes, you read that right.
We thought we'd dispensed with this misguided idea in an item a month ago that cited (and mocked appropriately) a "personal lightning detector." But nay, apparently one of the largest phone makers in the world thinks this is a valuable feature, … Read more