The said vulnerability, which can be used by an attacker to take control of the affected system, also affects Flash Player 10.1.85.3 (and earlier), but the hole in Flash has already been plugged with the release of version 10.1.102.64 earlier this month. Besides CVE-2010-3654, the updates also addressees a “potential issue” (CVE-2010-4091) in certain versions of Reader.
“Note that these updates represent an out-of-cycle release. The next quarterly security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat are scheduled for February 8, 2011,” said Adobe in the advisory.
Adafruit Industries is looking for the first (and probably the only) OK Prize laureate. What’s that you say? The Open Kinect Prize will go to the first person to deliver open-source software drivers for Kinect. Just to make sure that bragging rights and Microsoft’s wrath are not all that the eventual winner gets, the DIY electronics kit supplier has announced a $2,000 prize.
Adafruit has this to say about its maiden “X Prize type project” on its blog: “Anyone around the world can work on this, including Microsoft Upload your code, examples and documentation to GitHub. First person / group to get RGB out with distance values being used wins, you’re smart – you know what would be useful for the community out there. All the code needs to be open source and/or public domain. Email us a link to the repository, we and some “other” Kinect for Xbox 360 hackers will check it out – if it’s good to go, you’ll get the $2,000 bounty!”
Adafruit initially promised a $1,000 bounty, but later doubled it after Microsoft expressed its displeasure at the OK Prize. A MS spokesperson informed Cnet that the device features a number of software and hardware safeguards to reduce the possibility of tampering. Also, the company has vowed to “make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant.”
How excited are you about the prospect of using Kinect with a PC?
PC users have been rocking Skype 5.0 for a short while now, and now Mac users can get in on the fun, albeit in beta form. Skype 5.0 beta for OS X sports a retooled interface "that simplifies navigation and provides a more Mac-like experience," Skype announced in a blog post.
Group video calling is part of the deal, as is a new call control bar, the ability to search chat content, offline IMing, personalized contacts (via user profiles), the ability to quickly rejoin calls if your Internet connection hiccups, and floating contacts.
It's a completely different Skype app than what Mac users are accustomed to, and most would argue much improved. Not included, however, is any kind of Facebook integration like what's available in the Windows version.
Before you go feeling sorry for yourself over the slow rollout of USB 3.0 for Windows-based PCs, consider that our brethren over on the Mac side of the pond have it worse off than we do. At least we have NEC filling in the gap.
Much of the holdup is due to Intel dragging its feat, and should Mac users get USB 3.0 support before we do, it would be the ultimate slap in the face. Don't lose any sleep over it. As reported on 9to5Mac.com, Steve Jobs shot down the notion of the SuperSpeed spec coming to the Mac anytime soon.
"We don't see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example," Jobs wrote in an email reply asking why customers can't buy Macs with USB 3.0.
So there you have it. The next time you come across a Mac user, whip out your USB 3.0 flash drive and quote Daniel Tosh.
OnLive's cloud-based gaming service launched in June with Wi-Fi support conspicuously missing from its armory. While OnLive's lack of Wi-Fi support was never really a pressing concern for the vast majority of the world's population, it did matter to both the service's early adopters and detractors, with some admittedly ardent fans even stooping to such abject lows as building Ethernet loopback adapters to pass off their Wi-Fi connection as a wired one.
LaCie has expanded its lineup of USB 3.0-enabled external hard drives (maybe because the Rugged USB 3.0 mobile hard drive it launched in late April had begun pining for siblings). The Minimus and Rikiki are the company's latest USB 3.0-powered HDD offerings. If you believe in love at first sight, then an innate predilection for “sturdy brushed aluminum”will surely boost the odds of you falling for these two drives.
"The Minimus and Rikiki USB 3.0 offer our customers easy and affordable options to access the super speeds of USB 3.0," Philippe Rault, LaCie Consumer Product Manager, is quoted as saying in a release. "Since these products offer backward compatibility with USB 2.0, they will work on any PC or Mac with no worry."
According to Microsoft, Office 2011 for the Mac platform will land on store shelves at the end of October, and while that's a good two months away, Mac users will save a bundle over Office for Mac 2008.
The new version will come in two main flavors, including Office for Mac Home & Student Edition ($119 for a single install, $149 for a three-installation family pack), and Office for Mac Home & Business Edition 2011 ($199 for a single install, $249 for a two-installation multi-pack). By comparison, the latest version for Mac -- Office for Mac 2008 -- runs $149 for the Home Edition and $399 for the Business Edition.
All new versions will include Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Messenger for Mac, while the Home & Business and Academic editions will also include Outlook.
For those who just can't wait, Microsoft said that those who purchase a qualifying Office 2008 suite between now and November 30, 2010 will be eligible to download the new version at no cost. See here for terms and conditions.
Apple's latest product is so “magical and revolutionary” that the Cupertino company named it Magic Trackpad. The company, understandably, has a soft spot for multi-touch navigation. Several months after it introduced the Magic Mouse, the company has launched yet another multi-touch pointing device. The Magic Trackpad is essentially a standalone version of the MacBook Pro trackpad. However, it is significantly larger and boasts 80% more real estate than the trackpad on Apple notebooks.
Have an awesome idea for a Skype app? Well get to it! The good news for software developers for both Windows and Mac platforms is that Skype has opened up its SDK to anyone who requests it.
"We are taking Skype into new directions by empowering consumer electronic and desktop software innovators to embed Skype into their products through the availability of our new software development kit (SDK) called SkypeKit," Skype wrote in a blog post when first announcing SkypeKit in June. "We believe that every connected device can become a communication device, with the addition of SkypeKit. Likewise, desktop applications everywhere can now include Skype."
You have to act quick, however, as SkypeKit is a limited, invite-only beta release. It's unclear how many invites Skype intends to hand out or how long the beta will last.
Apple was on the verge of collapse a bit over a decade ago. But the tide began to turn with the launch of the iPod and fate has been like an Apple fanboy ever since. Contrary to what people might have imagined back then, it owes most of its current success to the wildly popular iOS family of devices and not the Mac. But merely churning out “groundbreaking” iOS-toting products every few years will not help sustain the present rate of growth. Instead, the company will need to tap into emerging markets like China.
Lenovo chairman Liu Chuanzhi believes that China will eventually emerge as the most important market for vendors. He is glad that Apple is ignoring such an important market, letting his company go unchallenged there. “We are lucky that Steve Jobs has such a bad temper and doesn’t care about China. If Apple were to spend the same effort on the Chinese consumer as we do, we would be in trouble,” Liu told the Financial Times during a rather “relaxed” dinner interview. That said, Liu was all praise for Steve Jobs, whom he called a genius and a “big pearl.”