Some Apple iTunes users who have AVG installed were in for a bit of surprise last weekend when the antivirus app alerted them to the presence of a Trojan in their music software and blocked it from loading. If you're one of those users, rest assured it was a false positive.
"Unfortunately, a recent virus database update resulted in iTunes being detected as a Trojan by AVG security products," the company explained in a statement. "We can confirm that it was a false alarm. AVG immediately released a new virus database update (definition file 270.13.29/2260) that corrected this issue."
The update came just five hours after the false positive was first reported and was "automatically released to all users by 5:30AM CET," AVG says. Prior to the update, AVG had placed several iTunes DLL files in quarantine, which prevented the music service from working.
If for some reason iTunes still isn't working after applying the update, AVG suggests restoring the deleted iTunes files from the AVG Virus Vault. To do this:
Open the AVG user interface
Choose "Virus Vault" option from the "History" menu
Locate the iTunes file that was incorrectly removed and select it (one click)
Rise and shine, Mr. Fisher… Oops, wrong game, but you can forgive us for making the mistake. After all, Splinter Cell: Conviction’s delay-borne trail of broken hearts and crushed dreams is nearly as long as the one produced by Half-Life 2 – especially now that the game’s been delayed again.
Originally Re-scheduled to launch this fall, Conviction’s now looking at an “early 2010” release date. The game’s been delayed four times, and was first set to launch in Q4 2007. Ubisoft’s saying it’ll be out between January 1 and March 31, 2010. So, why delay it again? Apparently, the game wasn’t polished enough.
“It’s just a question of polish. The team was asking that they couldn’t be with the level of quality on all the maps and all the game for the end of the year, so they had asked for more time to be able to come with a better product,” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said during a recent earnings call.
Good intentions, but – for many gamers – bad timing. BioShock 2 and Max Payne 3 already retreated into 2010, and now that Splinter Cell’s done the same, the winter gaming season just got a bit colder.
How would you like a chance to suit up and stamp out some crime before everyone with a decent rig and an eye for spandex starts doing it? If so, circle August 17 on your calendar, because that’s when Champions Online begins its open beta.
In addition, if you preorder the game from any number of outlets, you gain "guaranteed access" to the beta (we thought “guaranteed access” was implied in the term “open beta”), along with some other super-powered goodies that vary from store-to-store.
The full game is set to confuse poor crowds of bystanders that just wanted to go bird and plane-watching on September 1 – barring any horrible bugs in the open beta, of course. Seeing as how GameStop’s preorder offer is early entry into the final version of Champions, though, we don’t think Cryptic’s too worried.
The full – and slightly lengthy – list of preorder bonuses is after the break.
Palm managed to re-enable iTunes sync on the Pre barely days after Apple had managed to block it using iTunes update 8.2.1. The said update had ephemerally pulled the plug on the ability of non-Apple devices to sync with iTunes by rejecting all Vendor IDs apart from Apple’s.
Palm soon responded with an ingenious solution, the legality of which may be probed in coming days. Palm chose the WebOs 1.1 update and some USB trickery to deliver its riposte. The WebOs 1.1 update changes the USB Vendor ID associated with the Palm Pre to the one assigned to Apple. This hoodwinks iTunes into treating the Pre just like a legitimate Apple device.
“Palm believes that openness and interoperability offer better experiences for users by allowing them the freedom to use the content they own without interference across devices and services, so on behalf of consumers, we have notified the USB Implementers Forum of what we believe is improper use of the Vendor ID number by another member.” Palm told AllThingsD.
After being the first to release a 1TB desktop hard drive, Western Digital is at it again with the release of the first 1TB 2.5-inch mobile hard drive.
The drive, known as the Scorpio Blue 1TB, will be accompanied by a smaller 750GB brother as well. These are both already shipping to retailers, and will run you for $189.99 (750GB) and $249.99 (1TB).
Now, it should be noted that this isn’t truly the first drive of this size, given that pureSilicion released a 1TB SSD of this form factor, but kudos to WD on releasing the first 1TB HDD measuring only 2.5-inches.
Late last week SteelSeries unveiled three new products: the SteelSeries Kinzu Optical Mouse, the SteelSeries 9HD mouse pad, and their latest flagship product, the SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse.
The Xai will feature a 10.8 megapixel per second sensor, which is capable of processing 12,000 frames per second at 5,001 CPI at a movement speed of 150 inches per second. And, for further personalization, it’ll come with SteelSeries ExactAim, SteelSeries ExactRate, SteelSeries ExactSens, SteelSeries FreeMove and automatic lift distance calibration. But, most importantly, it’ll come equipped with an LCD on the back, so that you can store all your settings within the mouse itself, instead of having to reinstall drivers on every machine that you use.
There’s no word yet on how much these will cost, but they’re slated for an August release.
After three years, a team of programmers have finally laid claim to the $1 million "Netflix Prize" - a competition that invited teams to test their programming mettle and improve upon the online movie rental service's movie recommendation algorithm by 10 percent.
While progress had been slow going, the 10 percent mark was finally broken last month after several top teams joined forces to form BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos. With a score of 10.08 percent, it looked like BellKor was ready to cash in on the reward, however their announcement put into effect a 30 day last call period for other teams to submit their work.
A team called The Ensemble did just that, turning in an algorithm that scored 10.09 percent, giving the team the lead over BellKor. BellKor would manage to tie the score with under 30 minutes left in the competition, but 4 minutes before close, The Ensemble turned in the top submission of 10.10 percent, stealing a victory in what turned out to be a nail-biting race.
Netflix is expected to formally announce the winner once it confirms the data.
According to news and rumor site DigiTimes, BenQ believes it can capture the third rank position in Taiwan's netbook market before the end of 2009, a goal the company hopes to achieve with the release of its new 11.6-inch netbook.
Dubbed the JoyBook Lite U121 Eco, the new netbook sports an HD-ready 1,366 x 768 LCD, Intel Atom Z530 processor (1.6GHz), 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, and other standard netbook goodies. The new JoyBook also boasts BenQ's Q-Charge technology which, according to Danny Yao, general manager of BenQ Taiwan, allows for six hours of usage time with just one hour of charging.
With the help of its 11.6-inch JoyBook, BenQ said it expects its quarterly netbook shipments in the third quarter of 2009 to surpass 10,000 units and do battle with MSI for the No. 4 spot.
As we close up yet another month of freeware goodies, it's important to look back and reflect on some of the awesome programs that received a version bump in the past 30 days. It was tough to nail down five free applications that not only upgraded themselves to a new iteration, but ones that successfully packed new and interesting features into their latest builds. There's no overarching theme this week save for that. It's a grab-bag of awesome new software to install; if the lack of a unifying concept horrifies you, don't worry. I'll list out all of this month's freeware roundups in the article below, which you can use as a guide of-sorts to travel back to safer downloading waters.
Click the upgrade button (okay, the jump) and check out the best of this month's updated freeware!
Solid state drives continue to go through growing pains, and not even Intel can avoid having to beat back bugs in this relatively new market. After some customers reported slowdowns following extended use with the first generation of X25-M SSDs, Intel pushed out a firmware update to fix the problem. Now it appears the company's new 34nm X25-M G2 SSDs are also in need of a firmware update, but for a different problem.
According to OEM system builder Puget Systems, a defect exists in the new drives which causes data corruption if a password is set on the drive in the system BIOS and then is changed or disabled later.
"There was a lot of confusion, but it was clear that something was wrong with these first units - enough so that Newegg and other online vendors had also pulled them entirely from their sites," Puget wrote in a blog. "We too stopped listing them, and began contacting our customers who were expecting us to ship them out this afternoon."
Puget says Intel was able to work out a firmware fix for the problem rather than rework the drives, however the updated firmware won't be available for another two weeks. In the meantime, Intel has stopped shipping the new drives until the fix is fully implemented.