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Patches galore in Microsoft's biggest ever Patch Tuesday

"Microsoft has patched a record 64 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office and five other software packages, many of which allowed attackers to remotely install malware on end user machines. The most important fixes addressed a vulnerability in the Internet Explorer browser that was exploited in last month's Pwn2Own contest. Although details were kept confidential, hackers have begun exploiting the critical flaw in real-world attacks, Microsoft warned. The use-after-free vulnerability affects versions 8 and earlier of the Microsoft browser."

This Is What Xbox Live System Update Testers Are Getting In The Mail

"Hopes of trading in the copy of Halo: Reach Xbox 360 system update testers are getting for participating flew out the window this morning, as these lovely warning covered Reach discs began arriving on testers' doorsteps. Several testers have sent us pictures of the mailings this morning, as the disc-based wave of the next Xbox 360 system update testing gets underway. From what we've heard there are two testing groups: One that is receiving discs, and another that is strictly doing things on a downloadable basis."

Educational building blocks: how Minecraft is used in classrooms

"With its open-ended nature and robust creation tools, Minecraft has been used to create some amazing things. And as one teacher learned, those very same elements that make the game so compelling also make it a great educational tool.

Mozilla Aims to Speed Up Slow Firefox Add-Ons

"Firefox add-ons are a great way to add features and improve security in Mozilla's browser, but they can seriously slow performance too. Now Mozilla is taking action against those speed-killing extensions. In an April 1 blog post, Mozilla product manager Justin Scott outlines a series of initiatives designed to minimize delays caused by add-ons. "Firefox performance is extremely important to our users, especially how quickly it starts up and loads websites.

World Backup Day: what are you doing to make sure you're covered?

"When you rolled out of bed this morning, did your thoughts turn to preserving your data in the case of hardware failure? If so, you either work with databases or you remembered that today, March 31, is World Backup Day. In fact, it's the first World Backup Day. The concept emerged from our sister site, reddit, where one intrepid redditor suggested the idea a week ago, and the reddit community quickly jumped onboard.

NVIDIA 270.51 Driver Improves Performance & Adds New Features

"Click here to download our latest and greatest set of drivers, 270.51. Including a number of new features, the 270.51 driver set also boasts numerous, notable performance gains in standard gaming modes, SLI gaming modes, and 3D Vision gaming modes.

Mozilla Launches Firefox 4 for Android

"Mozilla, a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Web better, is excited to release Mozilla Firefox 4 for Android. Firefox delivers an intuitive interface, unparalleled customization and support for modern Web technologies. To make mobile browsing effortless and fun, Firefox provides seamless and secure access to personal data across desktop and mobile devices, including browsing history, bookmarks, open tabs, form data and passwords.

Crytek Continues Updates

"PC version of Crysis 2 gets more fixes. Crytek continues to address a number of issues that have caused problems for players of the PC version of Crysis 2. While we continue to hear of issues with PC users that are having problems activating Crysis 2 on the PC, the latest update does not seem to fix this issue; however, the work around of re-entering your multiplayer key from within the game does seem to work for many. The latest patch addresses the USB headset issues with some brands.

PCMark 7 Announced For Windows 7

"Futuremark®, the developer of the world's most popular benchmarking software, announced PCMark® 7 today, a new benchmark offering complete PC performance analysis for Windows 7. PCMark 7 includes 7 separate test suites combining more than 20 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, web browsing and gaming. A release date has not been announced though the official website states that PCMark 7 is coming soon. http://www.pcmark.com/

Firefox 4 Final RTM Official Download

"After twelve betas and two RCs (Release Candidates), Mozilla has finally announced and released the final RTM/RTW version of next generation Firefox 4 web browser. Firefox has redesigned user interface (GUI) especially to functionality of tabs management, greatly improve performance and page rendering speed with Gecko 2.0 engine and new JägerMonkey JavaScript engine, in addition to GPU hardware acceleration support.

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