Apple has released a massive security update containing no fewer than 24 patches designed to fill a variety of holes in OS X. According to the official Apple security advisory, a majority of the issues addressed, if left unpatched, “…may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.” Apple recommends that all affected […]

‘Wanted — Alive: The guy(s) behind the Conflicker worm.’ Microsoft (MS) has made a rare move, publicly offering a bounty of (US$250,000 for information leading to the apprehension of those responsible for the Conflicker worm, which has infected an estimated 12 million computers worldwide since it started circulating last October. Unlike some viruses and other […]

From the ‘Living IN Technology’ department: A German architect has unveiled what may be the answer to housing migrants, refugees, the urban poor and people left homeless following natural disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes and tornadoes. Gerd Niemoeller says his 36 sq. m / 390 sq. ft. Universal World House (UWH) is light, weather resistant, […]

There’s an old adage that ‘one person’s meat is another’s poison’. Well… Japanese researchers have recently confirmed that one company’s effluent may be their fortune. Engineers at a major Japanese sewage treatment facility say they’ve recovered dramatically higher yields of gold from the sludge they process than those reported by some of the world’s richest […]

Security research organization PandsLabs says cyber crooks are infiltrating the popular Digg news-sharing online community. According to the official PandaLabs Blog, baddies are signing up as regular Digg members but are recommending links to Web sites designed to entice visitors to clink on links that will install malware on their computers: Malware distributors have been […]

Microsoft(MS) celebrated February Patch Tuesday yesterday by issuing four critical patches, two of which plug serious holes in Internet Explorer (IE). According to the official Security bulletin, the IE cumulative update shipped yesterday patches two critical vulnerabilities that ‘could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer.’ […]

Seventeen major Internet companies including MySpace and Facebook have joined in an effort to protect children across the European Union. Under an agreement signed this week in Luxembourg, the participants will post a ‘Report Abuse’ button on their Web sites giving participants under the age of 18 ‘inappropriate contact or conduct’ by other community members […]

The Save Our Net coalition, formed almost two years ago to champion the concept of Net Neutrality in Canada, called on all its supporters — and all Canadians — this week to make their feelings known to the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) about Internet traffic management proposals to be considered in official […]

Google says the new standard version of the service (Google Earth 5.0) will fill the needs of most current Plus users. And the standard version remains free. As the official Google letter to Plus users explains: Our Google Earth Plus customers told us GPS tracking is one of the main reasons they choose Google Earth […]

Cyber criminals have found a new way to steal from you. They’re hacking Facebook profiles to con users’ friends. Here’s how it works: An impostor gets into your Facebook account and sends your friends a shocking message. “Joe had a heart attack in Grenada!!!” Or, “Amy is in jail in Mexico!!!” The variations are endless, […]

Google is just full of new features and enhancements, these days! The latest is Multiple Inboxes display for GMail. As developer Vivi Costache explains in the Official GMail Blog: I’m seriously into filters and labels. All the email I get related to Flash goes under my ‘flash’ label, everything about paragliding goes under ‘flying’, and […]

A committee of the UK House of Lords last week issued a report recommending a sharp reduction in the overwhelming and growing tendency of governments and corporations and institutions of all kinds to spy on Britons. To put it more simply, Lord Goodlad, Chair of the Lords Constitutional Committee, observes UK residents are now surveiled […]