9/30/2006

Just One More Release Before Windows Vista Goes Gold

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft will release just one more build of Windows Vista for testing before the code goes gold, said Brad Goldberg, the general manager for the Windows client business group.

That build will be made available to a limited group of between 50,000 and 100,000 testers in October, and follows the interim Vista build that Microsoft released on Sept. 22.

Goldberg declined to say if this final test build would be known as Release Candidate 2, adding that the company is focused, from an engineering perspective, on targeting the group of testers from whom it most wants one last set of feedback.

Source: eWeek

Microsoft Steers Firefox Users Wrong On XP SP1

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft, which will end support of Windows XP SP1 in less than two weeks, incorrectly flags users running Mozilla’s Firefox browser that they need to update when they visit the Windows Web site.

The Redmond, Wash. developer has warned users of the four-year-old Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) several times that it will stop all support for the operating system Oct.10, the next regularly-scheduled patch date. It has repeatedly recommended that users update to
Windows XP SP2, which can be downloaded free of charge from the company’s Web site.

On that Web site, however, users running Windows XP SP2 and Firefox are incorrectly told that their PCs must be upgraded. Internet Explorer users, on the other hand, are given the correct information.

“Your computer is not up to date with the latest version of Windows XP. Upgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) today to help keep your computer secure,” the site tells Firefox users.

Source: Yahoo

Apple Fixes 15 Flaws, Updates Mac OS X To 10.4.8

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple Computer Inc. on Friday updated Mac OS X 10.4 to patch 15 vulnerabilities in the operating system and bundled software that can let attackers run malicious code, crash the computer, or gain unauthorized access to the machine.

According to the alert that Apple released alongside the update, more than half of the fixed flaws can lead to “arbitrary code execution.” In plain English, that means a hacker could hijack the Mac and install his own software on the system. Four of the bugs are in Flash, the Adobe-sold animation player bundled with Mac
OS X.

Source: AFP

Iranian video game offers chance to blow up U.S. tanker

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A new Iranian computer game sets players the task of blowing up a U.S. tanker in the Gulf to block the sea route for much of the world’s oil supplies, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

The game, “Counter Strike”, invites players to plant two bombs on the oil tanker to sink it and make the strait of Hormuz impassable, the Jomhouri-ye Eslami daily reported. About two-fifths of globally traded oil passes through the channel.

The game illustrates a warning by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said in June that oil exports in the Gulf region could be seriously endangered if the United States made a wrong move on Iran.

Source: Reuters

Yahoo allows outsiders to innovate on Yahoo e-mail

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Yahoo Inc. is set to allow outsiders to create new services using the world’s most popular consumer e-mail program, in the broadest move the Web has yet seen to enlist independent programmers to build a company’s products for it.

Officials of the world’s largest Internet media company said on Friday it planned to give away the underlying code to Yahoo Mail, one of the crown jewels of its business, in a bid to encourage software developers to build new applications based on e-mail.

The move to open up the underlying code of Yahoo Mail — used by 257 million people — is designed to spark development of thousands of new e-mail applications built not only by Yahoo engineers but by outside companies and individuals.

Source: Reuters

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