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Pakbugs hack site shut down

Pakistani authorities have closed down the Pakbugs hacking and carding forum. This site was apparently linked to a series of hack attacks and website defacements across the globe over the last year. The Pakspider blog reports that Pakbugs has been blamed for destroying thousands of websites belonging to various government …

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Windows 7 SP1 Public beta available

KitGuru reported a few weeks ago that a public beta of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) was coming soon. Microsoft have delivered on time and you can now get the public beta for yourself. “As Gavriella Schuster and I have mentioned in previous blogs, SP1 for Windows 7 does …

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Facebook to protect children with new app

The all encompassing social networking site Facebook has agreed to use an application which should help protect the online safety of the younger userbase, according to a Reuters report. This application will appear on a user profile page when they add/bookmark it and it will allow children to report suspicious …

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Windows XP SP2 32 bit support stops tomorrow

With all the nVidia GTX460 excitement today it would be easy to forget that Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) is no longer being supported by updates from tomorrow. Yes, in case you missed it, Microsoft stop support for XP SP2 tomorrow, the six year old edition of the operating …

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Pirate Bay gets plundered

Pirates Bay, favourite site of the RIAA was recently hacked by an Argentinian expert, and he has managed to grab email and IP address of over 4 million Pirates Bay users in the process. Hacker CH Russo has stated in a blog post that he only hacked the site to …

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FireFox 4.0 Beta is released

Hands up if you like Firefox? Most KitGuru readers are well educated people if our statistics are anything to go by, as most of you are using Firefox right now. Mozilla have just released the first beta of the 4.0 beta client which is built around the Gecko 2.0 Web …

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Google fix nasty Justin Bieber YouTube hacks

Google have issued fixes for nasty cross site scripting vulnerabilities which allowed hackers to inject code into the user comment pages. IDG news service reported on this a short while ago. “Comments were temporarily hidden by default within an hour [of discovering the problem], and we released a complete fix …

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Is Opera 10.60 the fastest browser ever ?

I have been playing with Opera 10.60 since it was released yesterday and it certainly does seem to live up to the claims of record speeds when rendering Javascript. The developers are claiming 50 percent speed boosts when compared with the previous version and they have also added a plethora …

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Time to upgrade? Windows XP flaw under attack

Microsoft are admitting a huge issue right now with Windows XP – there have been over 10,000 attacks made to the operating system, due to a critical security flaw. “At first, we only saw legitimate researchers testing innocuous proof-of-concepts. Then, early on June 15th, the first real public exploits emerged,” …

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Porn makers to ditch flash – HTML5 is sexier

It looks like Steve Jobs has an unlikely ally in his battle against Adobe Flash because according to an article written by Wolfgang Gruener it looks like the porn industry will abandon flash as soon as desktop browsers fully support HTML 5. Leading adult film studio Digital Playground has announced …

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Seven copies of Windows 7 sold every second

It seems like Microsoft can finally put the ‘Vista disaster’ to bed as reports have came in that they have sold over 150 million copies of Windows 7. This means it is the fastest selling operating system in computer history. When this is translated it means that seven copies of …

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Bing v Google – the war ramps up

Microsoft are ramping up their attack on Google to try and persuade people that their search engine is a strong and viable alternative. Yesterday they released a wealth of new features which aim to turn Bing into more than just a simple search engine. Bing has been enhanced to offer …

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Brian May confirms Guitar Hero Queen

Well it was a long time coming but it appears that Queen guitarist Brian May has confirmed an upcoming release of Guitar Hero Queen. The legendary, multi faceted musician has been one of the world’s leading rock guitarists for many decades and it is good to see a British band …

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ATI to fix VLC player hardware support

We carried a story earlier today regarding video acceleration for VLC Player 1.1 and the fact that it is currently only supported with nVidia drivers. Videolan the developers of VLC player stated ““it is quite sad to be forced to recommend NVIDIA GPU, until ATI fixes their drivers on Windows, …

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AMD talk to KitGuru – BadCompany 2 fix is coming

This past Wednesday, AMD released Catalyst 10.6. We looked at video performance here and flash acceleration here. In our forums we have seen a few Crossfire users of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 complain about decreased performance in that game with Catalyst 10.6. So we went right to the source, to …

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Opera 10.6b1 – stable and nippier

It seems everyone right now is in a browser ‘update’ mode, with Safari 5, Chrome 5 beta, 64bit Firefox beta and even demos of Internet Explorer 9 hitting the public domain. Opera 10.60 beta has been recently released which offers a slew of improvements when compared to the current 10.53 …

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Catalyst 10.6 arrives and it’s free. Apparently.

KitGuru earlier today unveiled a world exclusive first look at the HD quality differences between the leading platforms. However, getting the highest scores needs the latest WHQL drivers. And they’re here. Everyone produces new drivers all the time. Drivers from nVidia are updated at least 12 times a year. You …

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Microsoft showcase ‘Kinect’ – motion gaming

Microsoft on Sunday gave press a sneak peak at a range of hot new titles to be released in the future. They also dubbed their own motion sensing  system “Kinect” – which people previously knew as “Project Natal”. In a performance constructed by Cirque du Soleil Microsoft staged ‘enactments’ of …

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Free edition of 3dmark 11 will be available

Futuremark have been creating leading PC benchmarks for many years and with the imminent release of 3dmark 11, news has just reached us that there will be a free edition available with unlimited runs. Thanks to sponsorship from MSI – Futuremark can offer a free version of the benchmark with …

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Windows 7 SP1 beta coming your way

Gavriella Schuster, part of the Windows Team has posted on his blog that there will be a new public beta of Windows 7 SP1 released next month. Schuster said: “SP1 will not contain any new features that are specific to Windows 7 itself[, but] will simply be the combination of …

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Chrome OS targets Windows – later this year

Google made a statement to inform the press that they are releasing their Chrome OS later this year. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been outspoken about Windows operating systems and has even instructed his staff not to use it, citing security concerns. Apparently Chrome OS will be more secure than …

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Facebook enhance privacy settings – after pressure

Facebook have been under pressure lately to protect their users privacy and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has blamed the issues on ‘growing pains’. Mark was keen to point out that engineers and designers have been working hard in the last three weeks to improve privacy settings. “We don’t pretend that we …

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Pacman gobbles up $120,483,800

Very few readers will have missed the recent Pacman ’30 year anniversary’ game on the Google home page, but we have been updated on usage stats. Over 4.8 million hours have been logged with the game which averages out at 36 seconds per person. Someone was very handy with a …

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RIAA in ‘haven’t a clue’ shocker – Newzbin 2 to open

KitGuru recently reported on the closure, then quick reopening of Bittorrent tracking site Pirates Bay. Another similar situation has happened this week after a long drawn out court case against popular newsgroup search provider Newzbin. After many months battling against the authorities Newzbin finally closed their doors, linking out to …

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