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Microsoft Scrambles to Head Off IE Exodus

The latest Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability, which was discovered by researcher Eric Romang, is causing quite a flap in the security community. It has caused even more excitement at Microsoft. Although Redmond says few users have been affected, it has responded relatively swiftly to the prob...

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Blender Graphics Editor Slices, Dices and Amazes

Blender is such a highly specialized and powerful rendering app that at least two Linux distros are built around it. This cross-platform 3D graphics application matches features and performance of the leading commercial equivalent software packages. Professional-strength rendering software is not a ...

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Microsoft Gives Hardware Partners Some Hard Knocks

Microsoft's slow crawl to the tablet market is nearly at an end. It's designed the interface of its next operating system, Windows 8, to be easy to use on tablets as well as desktops. It's created a special version, Windows 8 RT, especially for mobile ARM-based devices. It's even shoved out multiple...

Microsoft Joins Windows and WinPho at the Core

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a plethora of new features for app developers in Windows Phone 8, its next mobile operating system. Windows Phone 8 will share a core with Windows 8, meaning app devs can write one app and have it run across mobile devices as well as desktops supporting Windows 8. Wi...

The New Digitally Driven Generation of Artists

Our world has gone digital, so it makes sense that the worlds created by artists are going digital as well. A new generation of artists is blending creativity, art and technology in innovative and unpredictable ways -- a process of testing limits and pushing boundaries that artists have always done....

Fantastic Plastic, Part 4: Petro Pollution

Nurdles. Aglets. Bakelite. Cellophane. There's poetry in the myriad names of plastic, which seems fitting for a man-made substance that barely existed prior to World War II but will most likely outlast human civilization itself. And that's just the 100 billion tons of the stuff we've created so f...

Sustainability Software, Part 2: Cutting the Paper Chase

Paper and packaging, those essential components of modern life, have a massive impact on the environment and so constitute a prime target for sustainable development and practices and the software that makes it all possible. Paper manufacturing is the third largest user of fossil fuels worldwide, ac...

Sustainability Software, Part 1: It’s Easy Being Green

As the decades-old "sustainability" movement goes mainstream, many businesses are looking to software to make the eco-cause concept functional -- and profitable -- for them. Companies are facing accountability and responsibility demands regarding their roles in rescuing humanity and saving planet Ea...

Is Bartz Planning a Leaner, More Search-Focused Yahoo?

It can be argued that Yahoo doesn't need to engage in a lot of executive housecleaning and downsizing during a reorganization expected this week from new CEO Carol Bartz. The turmoil at Sunnyvale over the last year has achieved that goal for her. "They've already had a pretty significant exodus of t...

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Separation Anxiety: Obama and His BlackBerry, Apple and Steve Jobs

There's been a fair amount of snickering over the possibility that Barack Obama will have to give up his BlackBerry after his swearing-in next week, with the implication that it's just a personal habit he'll have a hard time breaking, like quitting smoking. Apparently, the security risks associated ...

The Untapped Open Source Online Gaming Opportunity

Open source software is often an unsung hero in the online gaming universe. Game engines are complex applications with core functionalities provided by numerous modules. These include a rendering engine for 2-D or 3-D graphics and a physics engine or collision detection and response calculator. In a...

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Galdos CEO Ron Lake: Mapping the Future of the Browser

The face of the Internet is rapidly changing. For instance, Web maps are no longer about finding your house online. A few years ago, map-making power remained in the hands of specialists. Today, map-making power is within everyone's grasp. In the past two years, Web giants like Google, Microsoft and...

Intellectual Property Not a Game: Microsoft Marks 5,000th US Patent

Microsoft said it has been granted its 5,000th U.S. patent, securing protection for a technology that enables multi-player and spectator online gaming and achieving a milestone that underscores a significant shift in strategy for the software giant. Microsoft said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Offic...

Gates Refreshes Commitment to ’06 Longhorn Release

Microsoft announced it will target broad availability of the Windows client operating system codenamed "Longhorn" in 2006, and make key elements of the Windows WinFX developer platform, which Longhorn provides, available for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Microsoft said Longhorn will deliver ma...

Microsoft Pegs 2006 for Longhorn Debut

Microsoft announced it will target broad availability of the Windows client operating system codenamed "Longhorn" in 2006, and make key elements of the Windows WinFX developer platform, which Longhorn provides, available for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Microsoft said Longhorn will deliver ma...

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