Microsoft To “Patch-up” Flaws In Windows

Microsoft has released a “critical” update for its operating systems that patches a high-profile vulnerability dating back to Windows 2000.

Microsoft has launched a emergency patch for a critical vulnerability that criminals are exploiting to install malware on all supported versions of the Windows operating system. Attackers could potentially gain control of an unpatched computer through a weakness in the way Windows handles desktop shortcut icons. The weakness was particularly worrying because users did not have to open a file for malware writers to exploit it – only a folder containing an infected .lnk extension.

Usually the company issues patches to fix software flaws just once a month, but the seriousness of the bug has forced the software giant to issue an emergency patch outside the normal schedule.
The patch up though is unavailable for Windows 2000 operating system.

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Twitter To “Suggest” Friends for You

Published on August 2, 2010 by in Social, Technology

Twitter has launched a new feature Friday called “Suggestions for You” which directs users to other Twitter accounts they may find interesting.

Twitter will now help you find friends with similar interests, thanks to its new search engine called “Suggestions for You” which looks at several factors and then determines who on Twitter may share your interests.

The accounts recommended to users will be chosen depending on a number of factors including who the user is, and who the user already following, and who they follow, so it should provide some interesting new people to converse with you may of otherwise never known about.

If users like a suggestion they can click “follow” and visit their profile page, otherwise if you don’t want that recommendation, click “hide” and Twitter will not show that option again.

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Google To Make Signatures More Stylish

Google has now given users a set of new options that allows one to set their personal custom signatures that may include images as well.

Previously Greasemonkey scripts for Firefox and browser plugins have tried a lot to enable the colour change of the signature but failed to do so. Now Google’s software has finally made it possible and the users can see a custom rich text editor just like in Gmail’s compose mode. With the help of this new feature, people can change the color, alter the font and even insert images and links in their signature.

To change your signature in Gmail, click on “Settings,” and scroll down to the “Signature” section. You’ll see a new signature editor which contains the same functions that are at your disposal when you compose an e-mail.

In addition to that users can now use varied signatures for different email addresses. The new feature will allow users to send mails to every email address in their account with a distinct signature.

To customize signatures for particular addresses, users can edit the signature for each account from the Settings page by changing them.

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Nokia To Provide Free Handsets To Villagers

Nokia is all set to provide free phones to over 500 households in five villages of Uttar Pradesh as part of its 15 years celebration.

Celebrating its 15 years in India, popular handset producer Nokia is all set to launch Ujjwal, a project aimed to provide 100 per cent household mobility in 5 villages in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh. As part of the project Nokia today said it would provide free phones, preloaded with Nokia Ovi Life Tools which contain information on agriculture, education and entertainment, to over 500 households in five villages of Uttar Pradesh.

Nokia said the initiative aims at driving inclusive growth and pushing socio-economic development in the region through mobile connectivity.

According to Nokia India Managing Director D Shivakumar, rural consumers through Ovi services will be able to access information related to weather forecasts, crop advisory services like information on probable diseases, weather-based disruptions and tips for successful harvests.

In order to have a far reaching impact and to ensure the implementation of the project in the five villages, the company has tied up with Datamation Foundation, a dedicated NGO working in the area.

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Now 15 “Extra”-Minutes On YouTube

Published on July 30, 2010 by in Technology

YouTube has increased the video length limit from the current 10 minutes to 15 minutes starting from today.

Bowing down to user’s requests, popular online video sharing website YouTube has increased its video length limit from the current 1o minutes to 15 minutes. Previously YouTube first users could not upload clips that were longer than 10 minutes, in order to get away from the time-limit users uploaded videos by splitting up shows into 10-minute separate entries.To promote the change, YouTube is asking users to create their own “15 Minutes of Fame” videos. Users will be asked to submit videos with a 15-minute mark in length, and the winning entries will be featured on the homepage. The deadline to submit a “15 Minutes” video is Aug. 4. Tag it “yt15minutes” and the winners will have their videos featured on the YouTube homepage.

And users who have had their videos rejected for being too long will have to go into “My Videos” and delete the video before trying to upload it again.

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Indiatimes Introduces New Social Networking Site

Facebook and Twitter better be geared up for competition on the social networking line with the release of a desi social networking site.

In a first ever attempt to revolutionize social networking through mobiles; Indiatimes today has announced the launch of Hibuddy, the first ever voice social networking and blogging service for mobile users. Users just have to call 58888199 and create their voice channel, through which they can connect to millions of other users, with similar interests. Therefore, users looking for social networking, no longer need to be connected to the internet, and can easily find friends right from their mobile phones

In addition to that users have the option to voice blog, where users can showcase their talent on voice, in terms of sharing jokes, shayari, astrology, stock tips or anything they feel they are good at. Now the others users, who are looking for this content, will be following these channels, to enjoy the content, making it a complete C2C continuum. All in all, users can do a host of activities like singing songs, listening to shayari, giving opinions on latest movies and join groups/forums of similar interests with friends and potential friends.

Hibuddy also offers a variety of channels that will entertain and appeal to the youth. The service that is currently available in reliance network will soon be extended to all other networks.

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