Ouch! It's been a bad week for Adobe Acrobat and Reader users, DailyTech's Jason Mick reports. Some visitors to eweek.com viewed PDF-based ads that attempted to redirect readers to malicious websites and then tried to download Bloodhound.Exploit.213. This vulnerability affects only Acrobat and Reader 8.12 and earlier and was patched back in November with version 8.13, but not everyone's gotten around to updating their Adobe products yet. eWeek's pulled the offending ads, and Adobe was already offering a fix - and that's the good news.
The bad news? There's an even more serious flaw on the loose that targets all versions of Acrobat and Reader, including version 9.0. There are no updates yet (the update for version 9 is expected by March 11, but version 7 and 8 users must wait a bit longer). So, what can you do in the meantime? Lots of MaximumPC readers recommend the free Foxit Reader, but if you must use Adobe, join us after the jump for workarounds that can protect you in the meantime.
Mark Zuckerberg spoke about the privacy change during a press conference earlier this week, during which time he outlined a new, community driven plan in which any controversial changes will be put to a user vote.
"Last week, we put up old terms after we put up new terms," Zuckerberg said. "We took last week as a strong signal of how much people cared about Facebook and how much they want to govern it. We're happy to roll out these polices today."
To aid with the process, Zuckerberg said Facebook will form a "user council" in which it would "invite the authors of the most insightful and constructive comments on the draft documents to serve as founding members of the group."
For some time Nvidia has been telling us that we’d be looking at an Ion based desktop sometime this Spring, but we hadn’t had any reason to believe this given that it has yet to show up in any consumer hardware. That is until recently, when some leaked slides displaying an Acer nettop, were released.
The slides tell us very little about the machine, but what we will know is that it’ll be based off of Intel’s Ion, have HDMI output, will have a wireless controller/mouse, and will supposedly be able to hang from the back of a LCD TV. As for substantial information goes, there wasn’t anything to be found.
Now, none of this has been confirmed by any sources, but there are plenty of convincing slides. So, if you want to take a gander at them and be the judge, check them out here.
Amazon's second generation Kindle eBook reader has barely had a chance to roll off the assembly line, but there's already talk of a Kindle 3, and it might ship sooner than you think. Citing un-named "market sources," DigiTimes says Amazon plans to release a new generation of Kindle by the end of this year, one that is both larger than either existing Kindle and equipped with a touchscreen.
Such a quick followup to what's expected to see popular sales in the Kindle 2 seems unlikely, however this isn't the first we've heard of a proposed eBook reader from Amazon with large proportions. One early rumor had the Kindle 2 checking in shaped like a standard 8.5 x 11-inch piece of paper (Kindle 2 measures 8 x 5.3 x 0.36 inches), but to our knowledge, this is the first we've heard of any touch functions being implemented.
Stay tuned, as we have a feeling the rumors are just getting started.
Here's a protip for all you working teens out there: You're probably going to go through more than one job that you don't enjoy doing before settling on a career that, hopefully, will be one you like. Nearly everyone follows this path, so posting on Facebook that your job is boring is the equivalent of letting the world know you brushed your teeth this morning. Except the former can apparently get you fired, as 16-year-old Kimberly Swann found out.
"Following your comments made on Facebook about your job and the company we feel it is better that, as you are not happy and do not enjoy your work we end your employment with Ivell Marketing & Logistics with immediate effect," Swann was informed.
According to Swan, she "did not even put the company's name" in her Facebook entry, only saying that her job was boring. But according to Stephen Ivell, the company's owner, it didn't come to the decision lightly. "It is just a shame that it did not work out because she is a lovely girl. For a small company, when a decision is made, one thinks long and hard about it."
Do you agree with Ivell's decision? Hit the jump and tell us what you think.
For the most part, netbooks have nipped at the heels of standard notebooks in terms of price, with some models running upwards for $500. Consumers have been willing to pay the premium for an ultra-portable, low-power PC, but weren't these things supposed to ultra-affordable, too?
Dell says yes, who now offers the Inspiron Mini 9n for just shy of two C-notes. On the outside, the Mini 9n comes with a glossy 8.9-inch LED display with a 1024x600 resolution and 'Obsidian Black' chassis. Underneath the hood sits a familiar Intel Atom N270 processor (1.6GHz, 512KB cache, 533MHz frontside bus), 512MB of DDR2-533, a 4GB SSD, Intel GMA 950 graphics, WiFi, and Ubuntu 8.04.1 pre-installed.
For a little more oomph, the standard Mini 9 runs $100 more and trades in Ubuntu for Windows XP, beefs up the RAM to 1GB, and doubles the SSD storage capacity to 8GB.
Once Intel turned its spat personal with Nvidia by slamming the GPU maker's Ion platform, which came after Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang charged Intel with attempting to "stifle innovation to protect a decaying CPU business," which came after Intel sued Nvidia over a Nehalem license, which came after what looked to be a truce between the two companies when Nvidia finally loosened its license on SLI technology for use on Intel's X58 chipset...where were we again? Ah yes, it was Nvidia's turn to publicly respond to Intel's Ion bashing in "Oh no he didn't!" fashion, and so the GPU maker has fired back with a 13-page document in defense of Ion.
While Intel's document pleads with vendors to not buy the hype surrounding Ion, Nvidia's document, titled "Nvidia Response to Intel Claims on Ion," says that the Ion gives a "faster, more feature rich, better experience." The company also dedicates three pages to quotes from Microsoft, software and game developers, and technical publications in an attempt to refute Intel's claim about a lack of support for Ion.
It's not quite the 'go-for-the-throat' verbiage we've recently come to expect from these two companies, though Nvidia did take a few jabs at Intel's Atom platform. Nvidia referred to its MCP79M/MCP7A-based Ion as a "modern 2 chip solution" compared to Intel's "4-year-old 3 chip design." Nvidia also contends that Intel's upcoming Pineview, an Atom chip with an on-die IGP, will just force consumers to use Intel graphics rather than improve performance and expand CPU support like the second-gen Ion will do.
Oh, and Nvidia did include a giant VIA Nano logo next to four smaller Intel CPU logos, which in geekville is the equivalent of flipping someone the bird. Atta boy, Nvidia.
For just over $28,000 ($28,067.31 to be exact), you could probably buy the laughable Detroit Lions football team and still have paid $28,067.31 too much. Nevertheless, that was the internet bill Chicago Bears fan Wayne Burdick received last November to watch his team eek out a 27-23 victory over the Lions.
Burdick managed to rack up the bloated bill while sitting docked in a Miami port killing time before his Caribbean cruise began. Using a wireless card plugged into his laptop, he was able to receive a feed from his Slingbox connected to his cable box. That's all well and good, except for the fact that Burdick was being charged international rates at a cost of 2 cents per kb. Ouch!
After contacting AT&T about the wrongdoing, Burdick managed to get his bill reduced to a much more 'affordable' $6000. But, there is a happy ending for Burdick. He writing to the Chicago Sun Times, the newspaper got in touch with AT&T and convinced the ISP to credit his bill for $27,776.66.
So why the high charge in the first place? Apparently Budick's wireless card was picking up an errant signal, kind of like the ones the Lions offense have been receiving from the sidelines all season long.
"We don't have to look even for five years from now to see that what we know as a mobile phone and what we know as a PC are in many ways converging," Kallasvuo said. Nokia is widely expected to enter the netbook segment, if it does actually foray into the PC market.
Yahoo has announced that it is going to officially shut down its stodgy file hosting service Yahoo! Briefcase on March 30, 2009. The service debuted about a decade ago. Ordinary users were offered 30MB of free online storage space, whereas premium users had the option of purchasing additional space to fit their needs.