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The Cloud: a short introduction

Few terms have been as simultaneously hyped and reviled as "cloud computing," but there's definitely more to the phenomenon than just a buzzword and some vague talk of "efficiencies" and "agility." We've put together this short, simple introduction to cloud computing that you can send to your CIO the next time you catch him abusing "the cloud" at a meeting. There's a kind of supply-and-demand dynamic that applies to technical terms—when a few knowledgeable insiders are hoarding a word, it maintains its meaning, but when the masses get hold of it and abuse it, it's quickly emptied of value.

Windows 7 outsells Vista by 234% in the US

While any user who's had "the pleasure" of running Vista knows this from personal experience, NPD's statistics now shed some light on just how bad the market needed Windows 7.

The NPD Group reports the initial Windows 7 (boxed) sales figures have exceeded those of Vista by impressive 234 percent in the US. Revenue growth on the other hand wasn't that great, although 82 percent better than Vista is still nice. Such revenue is reportedly a result of pre-order discounts and a "lack of promotional activity" for the Ultimate version.

Firefox turns five: Thanks for giving us a choice

Birthdays in the world of tech normally aren't that big of a deal for most folks. We tend to feel as much nostalgia toward hardware, software and services as we do toward flu shots and oil changes for the car. But even if you don't use Firefox -- and by the numbers, that's over 60% of you -- it's difficult to underestimate this once-upstart browser's impact on the way we experience the Internet, and how our software is developed in the first place.

Replacing monopoly with choice

Europe's browser wars heat up again

Complaints about Microsoft's anti-competitive browser bundling are still in full swing, even though the company said in July that it will no longer shield Internet Explorer (IE) from competition in Europe by bundling it with Windows.

Three competing browser developers have been working with the European Union's Competition Commission on the investigation into Microsoft's browser practices, and have now said that Microsoft's proposal to offer a ballot system for Windows users to select their default browser from a list is not good enough.
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Catalyst 9.11 on 25th November

Today we have new information reaches the release date of the new Catalyst 9.11. 9:11 So the new Catalyst driver is only on 25 November...(Translated)

Futuremark developing 3DMark DirectX 11 version

Over the past twelve and a half years, Futuremark Corporation has undoubtedly proven itself a premium provider of benchmarking solutions for high-performance and extreme performance systems, not only targeting the demands of enthusiast communities like XtremeSystems, but also serving the demands of system builders, OEMs, professionals, and the republic of gamers worldwide.

Worms infesting PCs worldwide: Microsoft

A Microsoft security report released on Monday warns that cyber crooks are digging into computers for weak spots to penetrate with worms - malicious software that steals control or data.

Rogue security software remained the top hacker threat to computers during the first half of this year, but the number of infections was dropping while penetrations by worms doubled, according to the Security Intelligence Report.

Windows 7 Marketshare Jumps Past 3 Percent

Windows 7 has officially been a part of the worldwide mass market for more than a week and a half and now makes up more than 3.6 percent of all PCs tracked by research firm Net Applications.

Net Applications tracks OS usage statistics through information reported by internet browser software. On October 21, the day before the official launch, Windows 7 usage was at 1.89 per cent, according to Channel Register. By launch day, the number hit 1.99 per cent, constantly rising to 3.67 percent it hit on November 1.

Unidentified bug causes massive CPU spike on 27-inch iMacs

Owners of the recently introduced 27-inch iMac have encountered an unidentified bug that reportedly causes massive spikes in CPU usage.

"I just upgraded my 24-inch iMac to the new 27-inch iMacs that just came out. Well, now EVERY Flash-based site like YouTube or Hulu runs unbelievably slow," a user named Subcide wrote on the Apple forum. "Looking at activity monitor, Flash is hitting about 100-110 percent of my CPU. It basically makes the browser unresponsive and the video is choppy."

Forum participant PenSilveltMEKY reported similar performance issues.

New DHL Notice Campaigns Deliver Backdoor Threat

Researchers with BitDefender are tracking the emergence of a new spate of phony overnight delivery notice attacks, calling out a set of threats currently in circulation that attempt to create backdoors that leave affected machines almost completely under the control of their assailants.

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