New Firefox Release Fixes Critical Security Bugs

From PC World: Mozilla developers released the latest version of their Firefox browser Tuesday, version 3.0.6, which fixes several security bugs in the software.

The most critical issues are bugs in the browser's JavaScript and layout engines that could be exploited by attackers to run unauthorized software on a victim's PC, Mozilla said. The flaws also affect Mozilla's Thunderbird e-mail client and SeaMonkey Internet software suite.

Sun Releases 64-bit Java Plug-In

From DailyTech: With 64-bit adoption rising for both Windows Vista and Windows 7 installations, Sun Microsystems' latest update of Java 6 features enhanced 64-bit support.

Java 6 Update 12 will finally have a 64-bit plug-in, a feature that was first requested in January of 2003, as well as a 64-bit version of Webstart. Java Webstart enables the deployment of standalone Java software applications over a network or the internet.

Gmail tweak gives nod to folder metaphor

From CNET Gmail forsook folders for a more flexible idea, labels, but Google has begun making a change acknowledging that the older interface idea has its place.

The drawback of folders is that you must decide which one is the best location for a message you want to file--"family" or "travel," for example. With labels, you can apply both, and in Gmail, clicking either label will show that particular message.

EA to launch 'Sims 3' on June 2

From CNET Electronic Arts said on Tuesday that The Sims 3, the third full iteration of one of the most successful video game franchises of all time, will hit store shelves on June 2.

The game will be released for PCs first, and versions for the Mac, iPhone, and iPod Touch should come later in the summer, EA said.

Eurocom Crams Core i7 Into a Notebook

From Tom's Hardware: CeBit is just around the corner and considering the weather is getting colder and snowier, we’re hoping the show in German will give us something hot to keep us warm. However, while a Core i7 notebook sounds great, there are a couple of things to consider before we get all hot under the collar.

China Enters Proprietary Red-Laser High-Definition Optical Standard

From X-bit Labs: The high-definition format war is about to begin in China, but it will not be another battle between Blu-ray disc technology and HD DVD technology as state-owned Wuhan Hi-Tech Holding Group has announced HD NVD (high-definition new versatile disc) format that will compete against Blu-ray and CBHD.

Microsoft's IE loses more share, slides to new low

From InfoWorld: Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) again lost market share last month, although at a slower rate than the previous two-month stretch, but still ended at a new low of 67.6 percent as rivals continued to steal users, a Web metrics firm reported Sunday.

Apple's Safari, meanwhile, outpaced the growth of Mozilla 's Firefox for the third month in a row, according to Net Applications.

Netbooks Propped up European PC Sales in Q4, Says Gartner

From PC World: Western Europeans buying netbooks for Christmas provided some cheer in an otherwise gloomy fourth-quarter PC market.

Motorola's fourth-quarter loss hits $3.6 billion

From CNET Motorola on Tuesday reported a stunning net loss on tumbling revenue for the fourth quarter.

The net loss for the phone maker in the quarter, ended Dec. 31, was $3.6 billion, or $1.57 per share, compared with positive earnings of $100 million (4 cents per share) for the same period a year earlier.

ASUS Officially Announces Eee 1000HE Netbook

From DailyTech: ASUS is viewed by many as the father of the netbook. It was the first company to release a small, cheap notebook for consumers that quickly spawned a new category in the computer market. Netbooks have done very well with the current financial crisis around the world.


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