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Nintendo president says 3DS ‘isn’t dangerous’

KitGuru reported on the Nintendo 3DS last month when they issued a warning saying that the 3DS wasn’t suitable for very young children in 3D mode. President Satoru Iwata has said that the 3DS isn’t dangerous. “We are being proactive about informing our customer, even though it may not necessarily …

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Skype purchase Qik

Skype, the leading VOIP software package has announced that they are buying Qik, a small firm who specialise in mobile video software and services. Qik’s software enables users to share video clips. Skype have announced this at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. California based Qik was only founded …

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Firefox surpasses Internet Explorer in Europe

Following on from our news yesterday, we wanted to follow up with some ‘European’ specific information on the browser wars. Internet Explorer leads the way in most parts of the world, however it appears that Europe are adopting Firefox faster than anywhere else. Web Analytics firm StatCounter show that it …

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Windows Graphic Rendering Security Vulnerability

Microsoft have announced a new security vulnerability which is related to the Windows Graphic Rendering Engine. Apparently it can be used by an attacker to run arbitrary code in the context of the logged on user. Angela Gunn, senior marketing communications manager of Trustworthy computing at Microsoft said “Today we …

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Hotmail bug hits over 17 thousand users

KitGuru reported yesterday that Hotmail was giving a lot of people problems, with over 500 pages now of complaints on their support forums. Microsoft spokeswomen Catherine Brooker said “At this point it appears to be a limited issue, and Microsoft is working with individual users who are impacted. We apologize …

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Internet Explorer 9 beta, over 20 million downloads

Microsoft have issued download statistics for Internet Explorer 9 beta. A staggering 20 million+ downloads in three and a half months. This figure is a record breaker for a Microsoft beta release according to the companies blog posting recently. The beta launched on September the 15th and now accounts for …

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Hackers break PlayStation 3 ‘private key’

It has been a long time coming, but a hacking group called ‘fail0verflow’ have announced that they have deciphered the private key that Sony uses to authorise code to run on PlayStation 3 systems. With access to this private key, code can be run as if it was authorised by …

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Mozilla post user names and passwords, by accident

Many people are in for a shock today as their add on website addons.mozilla.org have accidentally posted their usernames and passwords. This mistake happened after the browser company posted a file containing email addresses, first and surnames and an md5 hash representation of user passwords on a publicly available web …

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Man spends over 200,000 years playing Black Ops

OK, we cheated a little, it’s Man with a capital ‘M’ and it includes all of them. Everyone of them. As a species. Including the females. Confused? KitGuru explains!   Data released by software publisher shows that humanity has now spent more than 600,000,000 hours playing BlackOps online since its …

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Windows 8 to run on ARM

Microsoft are due to revamp Windows 8 to support ARM processors, the leading hardware platform for mobile computer on tablets and smartphones. Windows 8 however is probably not due until 2012, or possibly 2013. ‘Windows 8’ isn’t the final release name of the upcoming operating system, but when we use …

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Firefox 4 beta 8 released, the last of 2010

Mozilla have released Firefox 4 Beta 8, the last preview it will release this year before it makes a leap into the final version in 2011. Beta 8 appeared last night, a day later than original planned and is now available for download on the official Mozilla download site. It …

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Opera 11 released, and its brilliant

Opera is a browser that really doesn’t get the credit it deserves, however with over 150 million users, it appears that a growing user base are finding something they like. Three weeks later, after a beta and three release candidates the latest version is now ready for public download. This …

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Google incorporate Flash sandbox to Chrome beta

Google have just released the security sandbox for Adobe’s Flash to the beta channel of their Chrome browser. Chrome users already running the beta build will be automatically updated to the version which includes the sandboxed Flash code. A ‘Sandbox’ isolates processes on the computer, stalling or halting malware from …

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AMD Catalyst Drivers – best on the planet?

This is a hot topic of debate among enthusiast users – which driver set is better? nVidia or AMD’s ? It would be fair to say that years ago the scales would have been tipped favourably in nVidia’s direction, but today is the situation reversed? Both sets of drivers have …

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Microsoft patch breaks records, again

For the third time in 2010, Microsoft have just issued another massive, jaw dropping slew of security patches. Their December Bulletin Release contains 17 security bulletins which address 40 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, Windows OS, SharePoint Server, Internet Explorer and Exchange. In October they broke their previous record, issuing 16 …

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Amazon avoid DDOS attack and Wikileaks book is pulled

Amazon have denyed removing am e-book detailing Wikileaks conspiracies saying that the author himself removed it from sale. An Amazon spokesperson said “We did not remove the title, and are verifying that it was removed from sale by the author.” Amazon were also fortunate to escape a denial of service …

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Google launch Chrome OS

Google have launched Chrome OS in their continued expansion into other areas of software. Chrome OS is released as a trial program that users can register for online and will eventually be offered preinstalled on a wide range of computers made by global names such as Samsung and Acer. The …

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