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Microsoft Patch Tuesday for October 2009: 13 bulletins

According to the Microsoft Security Response Center, Microsoft will issue 13 Security Bulletins on Tuesday, and it will host a webcast to address customer questions about the bulletin the following day (October 14 at 11:00am PST, if you're interested). Eight of the vulnerabilities are rated "Critical," and the other five are marked as "Important." All of the Critical vulnerabilities earned their rating through a remote code execution impact, meaning a hacker could potentially gain control of an infected machine. At least six of the 13 patches will require a restart.

Microsoft mulling 128-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 9

Believe it or not, Windows 7's successor(s) have been in the planning and early development stages for a while now. We haven't posted anything about any of them yet, but we've been watching closely to see if anything really interesting turned up. Exactly two weeks ago, it did. A LinkedIn profile, which has already been taken down, for a Robert Morgan, Senior Research & Development at Microsoft, has shone a sliver of light on the possibility of 128-bit support coming to Windows 8.

Top 11 Reasons for DirectX 11

Windows® 7 is just around the corner. Is your PC ready to take full advantage of the new operating system? Top 11 reasons why you should get a Microsoft DirectX® 11-compliant graphics card for your PC running the Windows® 7 operating system

11. Shader Model 5.0

* How it works: Latest compute and shading language developed by Microsoft, comes equipped with a new, more flexible instruction set, and also supports an object-oriented programming model that simplifies code development.

Nvidia working on CUDA-based anti-virus

Nvidia may have finally found the killer app that will bring the benefits of CUDA - its language for offloading highly parallel tasks on to the graphics processor - to the masses: CUDA-accelerated virus scanning.

As reported over on Fudzilla, the company's general manager of CUDA Sanford Russell has confirmed that his group is working on offloading the grunt work of scanning for viruses on to the GPU - potentially offering a massive speed-up over traditional CPU-based scanners.

D-Link still trying to resolve DGL-4500 issues

Posted on October 06, 2009, 02:03:52 PM. "Hey guys, I got some news.. We finally got some code but we are not releasing it out yet to you guys. You know what happened last time everyone got the code and didn't like it. That said we are hand picking customers to try out this code and waiting for their feedback. It's not going to be released as soon as you think. We will be testing in our environment, which btw we never see the issue in house. Customers that we have picked will be testing out this code and we will wait for there results.

EVGA Precision 1.8.1 released

A fresh and clean(?) version of EVGA's graphics card monitoring and tweaking utility tool Precision has now been delivered and is available for download. Dubbed v1.8.1, the new build comes with:

- Added Nvidia GeForce G 210, GT 220 and GT 240 series graphics cards support
- EVGA On-Screen Display Server has been updated to version 3.5.0. Floating injection address hooking technology, which has been introduced in the previous version, is now disabled by default and can be enabled via the "Stealth mode" option in the server's properties

Flash 10.1 coming to just about every platform but iPhone

Adobe will move to a unified Flash Player platform with version 10.1 starting later this year. It will run on most major smartphone platforms in addition to netbooks, laptops, and desktops, giving developers a single runtime to target. However, Apple's iPhone still remains a Flash-free zone.

Moblin 2.1 OS for Intel Atom* based Netbooks

The Moblin Architecture is designed to support multiple platforms and usage models ranging from Netbooks to Mobile Internet Devices (MID), to various embedded usage models, such as the In Vehicle Infotainment systems. The central piece of the architecture is the common layer we call "Moblin Core", a hardware and usage model independent layer that provides one uniform way to develop such devices.

Microsoft Talks Windows 7 Logo Program

One of the advantages that PC users always tout over Linux and Mac users is the compatibility of the Windows platform. Most things are designed for PCs, so naturally the PC works with the widest range of software and hardware. Still, with such a wide range means that there could be many things that might be incompatible or cause conflicts within the system. To mitigate this, Microsoft has created a logo program that identifies a product as "Compatible with Windows 7."

Mozilla slams Google's Chrome Frame as 'browser soup'

Mozilla executives today took shots at Google for pitching its Chrome Frame plug-in as a solution to Internet Explorer's poor performance, with one arguing that Google's move will result in "browser soup."

The Mozilla reaction puts the company that builds Firefox on the same side of the debate as rival Microsoft, which has also blasted Google over the plug-in.

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