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Skype users targeted by malicious worm that locks them out of their PCs

"Security researchers have detected a new malware campaign that attempts to infect Skype users by sending them booby-trapped links from contacts in their address book.

XP slowly losing game support

"Upcoming Assasin’s Creed 3 is among the latest games to dump XP for its shiny siblings. The game’s minimum requirements list Core 2 Duo E6700/Athlon 64 X2 6000+ and 512MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant card with Shader Model 4.0 but XP support is gone.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 team has also decided against supporting old-man-XP and it appears as if it’s just a matter of time before actual inclusion of it becomes newsworthy. Naturally, both these games will support Vista, 7 and 8."

Are We Losing Interest in Computers?

"As part of its financial website, Google allows users to compare search traffic of aggregated industries against the developing price of stock. The search traffic is normalized to the value of 1.0 and the search volume that occurred on January 1, 2004. Don't expect any dramatic revelations or search numbers or even a search volume pertaining to a single company. However, the selection of 27 industries and related search terms may cause some speculation of a changing way how we acquire information.

New Amped Wireless Wi-fi Analytics Tool For Windows Allows Consumers To Optimize Their Existing Wi-Fi Network

Chino Hills, CA — August 7th, 2012 – Amped Wireless, the leading manufacturer of high-power, long-range wireless communications products for the home and office, today announced a strategic partnership with MetaGeek, a Boise, Idaho based wireless visualization tool development company. This partnership enables Amped Wireless to compliment and strengthen its current software infrastructure.

Steam to add productivity, creative software in September

"Valve has never been afraid to push the envelope to improve Steam, especially with such offerings as Greenlight and the Workshop. Now, the company has announced that Steam will expand beyond games into the area of software..."

Valve to Steam users: No class-action suits

"Valve has issued an update to its Steam Subscriber Agreement that effectively prevents all Steam users from joining in class-action lawsuits against the company. Valve's new SSA requires that "you [the user] and Valve agree to resolve all disputes and claims... in individual binding arbitration," mimicking similar language added by EA to its Origin service agreement and Microsoft with Windows 8.

Valve says Win 8 is a catastrophe for all in PC space

"Newell said Windows 8 is "kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space". He said he fears that some top tier PC manufacturers will exit the market due to destroyed margins. Valve sees Linux as part of the solutioin and is keen on making sure it thrives.

Ninja power: open-source HTML5 toolset aims to enable richer Web apps

"Modern HTML rendering engines and emerging standards make it possible to create a new class of rich experiences that could previously be achieved only with native development toolkits—but developers need better Web development frameworks and authoring tools in order to take advantage of the possibilities. Three new open-source software projects developed at Motorola Mobility hope to address the problem.

Download Microsoft Office 2013 customer preview now

"Microsoft today released a customer preview of the next generation of Microsoft Office, which is optimized for both touchscreens and traditional desktops. While the new features of Office are definitely tailored to Windows 8, the suite will work on both Windows 8 and Windows 7. You can test it out now by going to the Office Customer Preview link. (Caution: IE might be needed to view linked page, inaddition download and installation is a bit slow.).."

Valve Will Let Gamers Pick Games To Appear On Steam

"Valve has announced a new system called Greenlight, which will allow the gaming community to select which games get chosen for distribution via Steam. Developers will post information about their games..."

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