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Microsoft® identifies malware targeting Mac® OS X

Microsoft Corporation’s security research team has discovered a new malware that exploits an old bug in Microsoft Office. The strange thing about this malware is that instead of attacking the PCs, the bug is actually targeting Mac OS X systems.

The vulnerability, which was categorized as critical when it was discovered and patched in 2009, allows the attackers to execute remote code, which enables them to take control of a computer system. According to threat researcher Jeong Wook (Matt) Oh, a new malware utilizing the vulnerability has likely surfaced now, because not all machines are kept up to date, indicating that malware authors are taking advantage of users’ reluctance to patch.

Microsoft’s perspective

The malware is put under severe category by Microsoft, and named MasOS-X/MS09-027.A. Due to the way that the exploit code is loaded into memory, and how OS X Lion protects certain segments of memory, the exploit fails under Lion. But, Snow Leopard and earlier versions do not protect the area of memory that the malware targets, and are also vulnerable if Office for Mac is not patched.

Oh said that the RunFile function proves that it was designed specifically for OS X. He also indicated that the developers of this malware had a particular target group in mind, since it seemed they knew their target would not be running Lion.

Mac® OS X™ 10.6.6 Boot Camp removes Windows® XP support

Apple is an America company which manufactures electronic goods, computer OS, software and applications. Mac OS X is an operating system that was developed by Apple. Apart from Mac OS X, Apple is also popular for products such as iPhone, iPod and many more.

Basically Mac stands for Macintosh. Mac OS X is secure, powerful and yet easy to use with its customizable graphical user interface. Support for Windows Vista and Windows XP is available on Apple Mac OS X. You can run multiple OS even with Mac OS but before that you need to create a boot partition using the Boot Camp application. This software is developed to support multi boot on the machine. With the help of Boot Camp, we can install Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 in a multi-boot system and the option of booting different versions of Windows will be displayed at the start up boot menu.

The basic purpose of Boot Camp software on Mac machines is to enable multi boot with different versions of operating systems. While using the Boot Camp application, we have to make sure about the back up of the system as there is no guarantee about data loss during the installation of a multi-boot system.

Microsoft Windows 7 operating system also provides compatibility with the Boot Camp utility. You can easily install Windows 7 using Boot Camp so that you can have the latest Windows version in your multi-boot menu.

The latest version of Boot Camp software is Boot Camp 3.2. Along with the major advantages of the latest version of Boot Camp there are some disadvantages also. The advantages of the new version of Boot Camp include stability support to operating system, as it supports only the latest release of operating systems but you must have a working Internet connection during the installation so that the drivers regarding the machine can be updated directly via web support.

The major drawback of Boot Camp’s latest version release is withdrawal of support for Windows XP and Windows Vista. If you want to run Boot Camp from your Windows XP OS platform, the error code “0x80070005” will be shown. This is a technical error which means that the upgraded version of Boot Camp will not work with Windows XP as it is designed to run with Windows 7.

Bing™ Visual Search Now Lets You Compare Apps

Bing Visual Search allows the “search by picture” feature, integrating the Silverlight technology, based on the .NET framework and Windows Presentation Foundation. It is a cross platform and a cross browser plug-in. The next generation Microsoft .NET offers media experience and rich interactive applications for the web, with features similar to those of Adobe Flash. Silverlight is compatible with Microsoft Windows and the Mac OS X operating systems. In fact, a free software Moonlight developed by Novell, in cooperation with Microsoft has made available the Silverlight functionality to even Linux and other open source platforms.

The Bing Visual Search App is known in for ease of browsing through the large collection of Windows Phone 7 applications. This has been further updated with a new feature to compare Windows Phone 7 applications. On accessing the Bing Search for Windows Phone 7 applications, the new compare tab/button provided allows you to look-up as many as 5 apps in comparison at the same time. This global comparison between similar apps or difference between the apps, at a single glance is a key breakthrough. Well, this wonderful development with integration of Windows Phone 7 with the internet, allowing comparison of apps, has once again brought Microsoft to the top of the marketplace.

Apple® App Store

At the 10th anniversary of Wikipedia, its founder Jimmy Wales, is said to have expressed concern over the amount of engagement that Apple’s iOS is controlling. Considering that Apple controls what applications are let into the store as well as what is accessed on the online store, Wales says it constitutes a closed system. One cannot blame Apple as it is not an act of monopoly but a safeguard against pirating. There are other alternatives to it from Google, the Android software. Wales is not the first to make a statement about Apple’s App Store policy as being open with their policy. The ongoing debate between Google’s Android versus Apple’s iOS has been a long one. Many still think that it would land Apple in trouble with the regulators. Apple is following a closed system. Safari is the native browser for iOS of Apple. Safari is a graphical web browser developed by Apple and distributed for free on the Internet. It was first distributed in January 2007 as a public beta version on the Mac OS X and has been downloadable for free.

When free software is downloaded, one has to get the permission from Apple. This point has been considered a closed system of operation by Wales. However, Wales admitted that while Wikipedia was open in approach to anyone who wishes to make a contribution was too complicated to fine tune and edit. Wales also seemed to play down the Internet neutrality debate and many arguments involved hypothetical dangers.

Wikipedia is an open and free community built website encyclopedia with thousands of articles contributed by its users. Where there is so much of openness, the policies of Apple on free downloads is more of a closed system and this seems to be a threat to the Wikipedia website’s policies of the open net sourcing. The question now is does the proprietary nature of content required for the new age mobiles threaten the open nature of the Internet? The answer is that the market is being split into smaller units by these organizations. Such fragmentation benefits individual companies.

Apple’s censorship looms large in the face of the existing openness of the Internet. Apple controls the working of the Apps Store and the rules are not going to be a boost to innovations.

How to Make a Schedule on Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is the most popular program by Microsoft. It’s a part of Microsoft Office Suite. It’s a spreadsheet application that has written and developed by Microsoft for Windows and Mac OS X and it has features like calculation, pivot tables, charts, graphs etc. It has the basic features of all spreadsheets. In MS Excel you can use a grid of cells that can arranged in numbered rows and you can make letter names columns also to organize the data alteration like arithmetic operations. Microsoft Excel has programming aspects Visual Basic Application by that you can employ a wide variety of numerical methods and the MS Excel has variety of collaborative features that can allow completely hide the spreadsheet from users it’s a decision support system.

Most of the people use Microsoft Excel’s Spreadsheet, Charts and Graphs but Microsoft Excel has lots of utilities. By using Microsoft Excel you can create checklists and inventories also for your household goods to daily schedules. If you want to make schedule in Microsoft Excel then don’t worry it’s an easy task, when you have build the basic template then you can make schedules for a big range variety of applications.

Following are instructions in steps to make a Schedule on Microsoft Excel.

Step 1:

First of all decide a start time and end time for your schedule, decide that which time of format you want to use and what time of addition that have require.

In Microsoft Excel you can select twelve hour and twenty four hour clock formats and as well as number of display formats and make sure that what kind of look you want for your schedule before you start to make it.

Step 2:

You can now type a start time into a cell and if it doesn’t look right then don’t worry you can change it easily. Now start the time in the cell directly below and then type the next time addition like if your schedule begins at 8 am and you are using addition of 30 minutes then you can type 8 in cell A2 and type 8.30 in cell A3, now highlight two cells that you filled in and then right click on them. Now you can choose Format Cells and select Time for the Categories column and you can now choose the format that you want for your schedule from the Types column then just click Ok.

Step 3:

Now you can Copy the highlighted cells down and the column until then you reach at your end time. When the both cells are highlighted from the starting, Microsoft Excel will maintain the same addition between cells like they are copied. You can now add events to your schedule in the cells close by their time slots and then you can add borders and highlight colors to make the schedule fairer and more readable.

Use all above steps to make a Schedule on Microsoft Excel.

VLC Player for Windows 7 Released

VideoLAN is a project that is engaged in the development of software for playing video and other media formats across a local area network that is LAN. It originally developed two programs just for media streaming, VideoLAN Client (VLC) and VideoLAN Server (VLS), but most of the features of VLS has been integrated into VCL with the synthesis named as VLC media player.

As a student endeavor at Ecole Centrale Paris (in France), the project started taking the shape but after the release of the software under the free software/open source GNU General Public License. With the time passing by this project is now a multinational with the development team spanning 20 nations.

VLC media player is a potable multimedia player, encoder as well as a streamer supporting a huge number of audio and video codecs and file formats and also DVD’s , VCDs and various streaming protocols. It is also able to stream overnetworks and to transcode multimedia files and saves them into various formats. It is one of the most independent platforms players that are available with versions for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BeOS, Syllable, BSD, MorphOS, Solaris and Sharp Zaurus. It is widely used with over 300 million downloads as of Nov 2009.

VLC media player is a free and an open source media player and multimedia framework written by the VideoLAN project.

The default distribution of VLC included a large number of free decoding and encoding libraries and even on the Windows platform. It avoided the need for finding or calibrating proprietary plug-ins. Most of the VLC’s codecs are provided by the libavcodec library from the FFmpeg project, but it uses mainly its ownmuxer and demuxers. It mainly gained its distinction as the first player to support playback of encrypted DVDs on Linux by using the libdvdcss DVD decryption library.

With time passing by, many new versions were launched with all the new software and latest technologies to let it integrate with a variety of other programs. Just like another development Version 1.0.0 of VLC media player was released on 7th July 2009, culminating 13 years of development.

VLC has recently launched the latest version of media players for Windows 7. VideoLAN and VLC development team has come up with the latest version of media player as VLC 1.1.4.1 VLC 1.1.4.1 is a forth bug fix release of VLC 1.1.x brach.

This latest version named as VCL1.1x brach has rectified all the improvements and also the bug fixes that everyone for longing for. It is supposed to pay all the multimedia files including Audio CD, VDC, DVD and various protocols related to streaming videos. Apart from it, the latest version of VLC player is capable of converting media files and transcodes.

The all new VLC player does not require any external codec, codec pack or any program code to work efficiently.

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