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3 Ago/10

The web attack that leads hackers straight to your home

The web attack that leads hackers straight to your home

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Is it possible, is there such a thing as an attack that can tell a hacker where you live?  The BBC has revealed that a specially booby-trapped website can tell a hacker where you are to only a few metres. The attack was dreamt up by security expert Sam Kamkar who demonstrated at the Black Hat hackers conference a website exploiting common shortcomings in a router to reveal it’s real-world location. He tricked the router...

3 Ago/10

Opera 10.61 And 10.70, The Next Opera Releases

Opera 10.61 And 10.70, The Next Opera Releases

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Opera users who follow the development of the web browser closely may have been confused by the two versions of Opera that are currently developed and offered as snapshots by the development team. Release snapshots by the Opera Desktop Team were alternating between Opera 10.70 and Opera 10.61 releases. The issue became even more confusing as build numbers did not add up on first glance. Some build numbers of Opera 10.61 releases...

2 Ago/10

Twitter sees 20 billionth tweet

Twitter sees 20 billionth tweet

Twitter’s micro-blogging service has always been popular, and with people such as Stephen Fry entertaining the masses, it’s popularity can only grow as more and more people sign up to follow the musings of person A or X. Now though the service has recorded it’s 20 billionth tweet from a graphic designed based on Tokyo known as GGGGGGo_Lets_Go. The Tweet “So that means the barrage might come back later all at once.” was recorded at 1544GMT on Saturday. ...




1 Ago/10

UAE to block the Blackberry?

UAE to block the Blackberry?

After previous problems in the country, the United Arab Emirates is now set to at least temorarily block RIM’s Blackberry phones in the country, saying they pose a “national security risk”. The rules regards internet usage and decency in the country are fairly strict and all ISPs are required to have filtering equipment to block innappropriate or offensive websites and content.  The difference with the Blackberry though is that all of the data on the phones is filtered...

1 Ago/10

Start Menu Cleaner, Remove Empty Folders And Invalid Shortcuts

Start Menu Cleaner, Remove Empty Folders And Invalid Shortcuts

Many Windows users make the experience that the Windows start menu seems to grow all the time, even if the installed software count remains more or less the same. Many applications that are installed add an entry to the start menu, which would not be a problem if the uninstallation routine would remove those entries again. The results are empty folders, and invalid program shortcuts in the start menu. Only users of advanced uninstallers, like Revo Uninstaller, do not have to cope with...

31 Lug/10

RIM to launch Blackpad?

RIM to launch Blackpad?

It could be the worst branding exercise since technology company Blick launched their glossy white Internet radios and suddenly realised they wouldn’t be able to sell them in South Africa.  Now Research in Motion, the company behind the amazingly popular Blackberry mobile phones has now registered the domain name blackpad.com. The Blackpad is rumoured to be a tablet computer to rival the iPad (the image below is only an artists’ impression).  Not much is known about...

31 Lug/10

Comodo Programs Manager

Comodo Programs Manager

Comodo Programs Manager replicates and extends the functionality of the Windows Uninstall A Program Control Panel applet. The free software application offers several maintenance related tasks, including uninstallation of programs, drivers, services, Windows features and updates. The interface displays the maintenance tasks on the left sidebar. Selecting an entry displays its contents in the main window, this are for instance all installed programs if the Programs task is selected, or...

30 Lug/10

Remove TV Commercials With Life Extender

Remove TV Commercials With Life Extender

Recorded TV shows usually contain one or multiple commercial breaks, which most users would probably like to remove to save storage space, and watch recorded tv shows without interruption. A typical 30 minute TV show has between five to ten minutes of advertisements, which means that removing those ads from the video will save between ten to twenty minutes of playtime and storage space per hour. Life Extender automatically removes TV commercials from recorded videos. The program works...

30 Lug/10

Stuxnet Rootkit Remover

Stuxnet Rootkit Remover

Stuxnet is family of new threats that have emerged in mid July 2010, with the majority of infected computer systems in Iran, Indonesia, India and the US. The rootkit is distributed by direct attacks, email, infected executables and the recently discovered lnk shortcut security vulnerability in Windows. Stuxnet uses the aforementioned .lnk technique to install additional malware components. It first injects a backdoor (Worm:Win32/Stuxnet.A) onto the compromised system, and then drops...

29 Lug/10

Youtube Ups Video Limit to 15 Minutes, So What?

Youtube Ups Video Limit to 15 Minutes, So What?

The news was just posted over at the official Youtube blog that the video length limitation on Youtube has been increased for “normal” Youtube users. The limit has been raised from 10 to 15 minutes. We want YouTube to be the best place to upload video. Without question, the number one requested feature by our creators is to upload videos longer than 10 minutes. We’ve heard you, and today we’re pleased to announce that we’ve increased the upload limit to...

28 Lug/10

Auto Wallpaper Fetcher And Changer

Auto Wallpaper Fetcher And Changer

Many computer users like to customize their operating system, and one of the most common options they have at their disposal is changing the background image of the desktop. Some like to change the wallpaper to a personal photo, while others like to download wallpapers from the Internet instead. The freeware Auto Wallpaper Fetcher and Changer offers to automate the process of downloading wallpapers from the Internet as much as possible. It supports both local and remote wallpapers, and...

28 Lug/10

Firefox 4 Beta 2 Released, App Tabs Included

Firefox 4 Beta 2 Released, App Tabs Included

Mozilla has released Firefox 4 Beta 2 yesterday, a new beta version of the upcoming Firefox 4 web browser. The new version can be downloaded from the release notes or official beta download page. It is as usual available for all supported operating systems (Linux, Mac, Windows) and languages. The “big” new feature in Firefox 4 Beta 2 is App Tabs, which resembles Google Chrome’s Pin Tab feature. Every tab in Firefox has a new option on right-click to convert it into an...

27 Lug/10

PC Usage Viewer, Displays PC Activity

PC Usage Viewer, Displays PC Activity

Have you ever asked yourself how much time you spend on average in front of your computer? Sure, you can probably estimate the time, but that would not probably be as accurate as it could be. The free software program Pointstone PC Usage Viewer displays the times the computer has been active. The application requires no background process or initial setup before it can display the PC activity. This is achieved by pulling the information directly from the Windows Event Log. pc activty The...

25 Lug/10

gHacks editor to appear on BBC2′s “Newsnight”, Mon 26th July

gHacks editor to appear on BBC2′s “Newsnight”, Mon 26th July

gHacks editor Mike Halsey will be appearing on BBC2′s premier political programme Newsnight on BBC2 tomorrow night, Monday 26th July 2010.  The programme will be shown in the UK. This is a special programme from Sheffield, Mike’s adopted home city, and he has been selected to form part of a select panel because of his experience as a teacher of English, Maths and ICT. It will be hosted by Kirsty Wark and see the panel putting questions to top politicians from the Conservative...

25 Lug/10

Youtube Adds HTML5 Embedding To Videos

Youtube Adds HTML5 Embedding To Videos

The popular video hosting site Youtube has been offering limited beta HTML5 viewing capabilities for some time now on their website. HTML5 video playback was limited to Google Chrome and Safari, and only directly available on Youtube after joining the beta channel. Webmasters and Internet users who wanted to embed videos on third party websites had no choice but to embed the Flash player, as there was no option to change the embed code to HTML5 video. Toliver Jue, a Youtube Software Engineer,...

23 Lug/10

Microsoft Security Essentials Restore Tool

Microsoft Security Essentials Restore Tool

Microsoft Security Essentials has risen in popularity ever since initial betas were released to the public. Microsoft recently made available a beta of the upcoming Microsoft Security Essentials 2 suite, and many experts expect the final version to increase the popularity and acceptance of the security software further. It may happen that users experience problems with the program, most likely after an upgrade or virus attack. Some Windows users have reported that the Security Essentials...

22 Lug/10

TreeSize Free, Hard Drive Storage Allocation Analyzer

TreeSize Free, Hard Drive Storage Allocation Analyzer

I have to take special attention to the storage space allocation of the main hard drive in my new computer. The Solid State Drive has a size of 80 Gigabytes, which fills up quickly, especially without proper disk management. Installing a single game or large application on the drive could be enough to fill it to the brim, which would result in performance drops all over the board, as hard drives react with performance drops if they are (almost) filled completely with data. TreeSize Free...

22 Lug/10

JPEG View, Fast Windows Image Viewer

JPEG View, Fast Windows Image Viewer

Many free and commercial image viewers are available for the Windows operating system. Windows ships for instance with the Windows Photo Viewer, an ok but not brilliant image viewer. Free alternatives include FastStone Image Viewer, XnView or Irfanview, commercial ones the excellent Fast Picture Viewer. JPEG View is a free Open source alternative. It can, despite its name open several image formats including JPEG, PNG, TIFF or Gif. The photo viewer sports a minimalistic design that hides...

20 Lug/10

Google Chrome, Problems Downloading Large Files

Google Chrome, Problems Downloading Large Files

For the last days, the developer version of the Google Chrome web browser has had troubles downloading large files from the Internet. Downloads of files with a minimum size of 50 Megabytes, stopped abruptly at about 30 Megabytes. Retrying the download yielded the same results. The first thought was that this was related to a single file or server, that acted up strangely. But the problems persisted and after trying to download a dozen different files, all with a file size of 50 to 200...

20 Lug/10

Dad’s Around, Windows Boss Key App

Dad’s Around, Windows Boss Key App

A boss key application’s purpose is to provide the user with a button or hotkey to instantly hide some or all of the open windows and programs on execution. Primarily designed for work environments, and non-work related tasks, boss keys can also prove to be useful in other multi-user environments. Dad’s Around is a portable boss key solution for the Windows operating system. It has been created as part of Donation Coder’s NANY 2009 challenge, a year end’s coding...