Only a couple of days until Blizzard's big announcement, and I'm sure you're squirming in your seat with unbridled excitement. It's a shame, then, that nothing's really happened concerning that story since yesterday. Wait! Don't go! Someone designed Pokemon in the Spore Creature Creator. That's cool, right? Jump past the break to read more about the creatively-named Sporemon as well as news of much more significance.
New Acrobat 9 adds built-in Flash and multimedia support to the venerable PDF format. That's the good news. The bad? Unless you buy (or try) Acrobat 9, you can't enjoy any of the new multimedia goodies in PDF documents just yet.
To find out what's new, how to buy (or try) your favorite version of Acrobat 9, and to learn when Reader will catch up, read on.
To find out how to get the updates you need to protect your system, keep reading.
It hasn't always been smooth sailing for Firefox fans, and complaints of memory leaks always seem to resonate with each new release. And while scattered complaints still exist for Mozilla's latest update, it appears Firefox 3 may finally have a memory management scheme ready for the masses. Mozilla claims to have reduced the effects of memory fragmentation, tweaked in-memory cache, altered the way images are stored, and squashed over 400 leak bugs, and the result, at least according to one roundup, shows the efforts paying off.
To see how Firefox fared against the competition, and whether it'll affect you, click through the jump.
StopBadware.org, using data from Google’s Safe Browsing initiative, analyzed over 200,000 websites that were engaged in badware behavior. The top two offenders on the list are China and the US. Their analysis found that a majority of the sites (52%) were based on a small number of Chinese networks. The U.S. accounted for 21% of infected sites however these were spread across a wide range of networks. It is interesting that in China 68% of the country’s infected sites are hosted on just three AS blocks versus the US, which has just 25% of it’s infected sites in it’s top three blocks. This just highlights the differences in the hosting spread.
Their research doesn’t specify a reason for this, however they “postulated that part of the reason for this could be the lack of economic incentives for Chinese hosting providers and site owners to inform their users of infected sites and/or to take action to clean or remove these sites.”
Fortunately, I go no where on the internet without my protection and a good dose of common sense.
Welcome, one and all, to the brand new Maximum PC website. Lucky for you, we saved the best for last, and it should be coming right after this column. In the meantime, why not read about what happened in the world of gaming today? Read on to hear about Diablo III, Games For Windows, and which flying creatures are the most badass -- presented in the form of a simple chart.
The 9th version of sony's multi-track Vegas video editing programs includes Vegas Movie Studio 9 ($69.95), Platinum Edition ($99.95) and the Platinum Pro Pack ($129.95) which also includes Sound Forge Audio Studio (Sony's waveform editor), extra soundtrack and visual effects and a bonus 2 gb Sony USB flash drive to boot! The Platinum Edition can even burn Blu-ray discs from your HD videocam source. Vegas is the video end of the Sony Creative Software suite (which also includes Sound Forge and Acid).
Put your virtual pencils down, you can stop signing the Save XP petition now. In an open letter to Windows customers this week, Bill Veghte, Microsoft's senior VP, squelched any hopes the software maker would grant the soon-to-be retired OS another reprieve. But while Microsoft will officially pull the plug on XP at the end of the month, it will still provide security patches "and other critical updates" all the way up until April, 2014, nearly 13 years after XP first debuted. Veghte also reiterated that XP will continue to be sold on low-end PCs, as well as offered as a downgrade option when buying Vista Business or Ultimate. And as for Windows 7? Look for the new OS sometime around January, 2010.
E3 is rapidly approaching, which means game publishers are squirreling away their biggest announcements until the fabled trade show. However, that doesn't mean they aren't tossing out a few crumbs of info here and there. Huh? What's that? Diablo 3? Oh yes, you know you want to read more.