IE Wins Malware-Blocking Tests

The in-house reputation system used in Internet Explorer 8 and 9 is markedly superior at blocking social-engineering attacks than the Google equivalent used by Chrome, Firefox, Apple’s Safari, an independent test by NSS Labs has found.

Rating the browsers against a sample set of European malware URLs over 19 days in April, IE 8 achieved a mean block rate of 90 percent, leaving Chrome 10, Firefox 4 and Safari 5 in the dust on 13 percent each. Opera, which uses technology from antivirus company AVG, came in last on 5 percent.

When assessing IE 9 with application filtering turned on, the results were even more dramatic, taking that version to a mean blocking rate of 100 percent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Canon PowerShot G12

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The Canon PowerShot SX210 IS was one of our highest-rated pocket megazoom cameras of last year. Its successor, the PowerShot SX230 HS ($350 as of May 1, 2011), keeps its core strengths while adding a few notable features. Read the rest of this entry »

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Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95 Review, by Tim Moynihan January 20, 2011


The PowerShot S95 a small, most pocket-friendly camera that doesn’t sacrifice performance to achieve its dimensions. The S95 ($400 as of January 3, 2011) is a minor upgrade to last year’s highly rated Canon PowerShot S90 (it adds 720p high-definition video capture at 24 frames per second and an HDR scene mode to the S90’s array of offerings), and in many respects it’s a tiny, pocketable version of the Canon PowerShot G12. It offers most of that camera’s fun shooting modes, and its image and video quality are impressive for its size. It’s also noteworthy among the five models we tested for being the most accessible to casual shooters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google Drops H.264 from Chrome; New Flash Battleground?

By Jared NewmanPCWorld


It looks like Adobe Flash is part of another Web video debate, but this time Apple’s sitting on the sidelines.

At issue is Google’s declaration that it will no longer support the H.264 video codec in Chromium, the open source project behind Google’s Chrome Web browser. Instead, Google wants developers to encode video using Theora and its own WebM codec, which aren’t subject to licensing fees for commercial use.

Google’s decision will only have a minor impact on the average Chrome user, at least for now. Adobe Flash can still deliver H.264-encoded video, and it’s baked into to the Chrome browser. With most Web video sources running Flash on desktop operating systems, it’s not like a significant chunk of videos are going to become unavailable.

But for Website publishers who want to get away from Flash on desktop browsers, Google’s move could make HTML5 harder to implement. Publishers would have to add WebM encoded versions of their HTML5 videos to support a browser that now has roughly 10 percent of the market. As John Gruber points out, publishers may end up forcing Chrome users to stick with Flash instead, even if the world’s dominant video site (Google’s YouTube) leads the way on WebM. Read the rest of this entry »

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Flash Player 11, Adobe AIR 3 Betas Released

By Michael Burns, Macworld-U.K.

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Adobe has released public beta versions of Flash Player 11 and AIR 3. The desktop beta of Flash Player 11 offers new features for cross-platform browser-based viewing of expressive rich Internet applications, content, and videos across devices. Some of the features from the Flash Player Incubator, such as Stage 3D (codenamed Molehill) and 64-bit support, have been moved into this beta release.

Key benefits of the Flash Player 11 desktop beta include Stage3D APIs, which support highly interactive visuals to improve collaboration on 3-dimensional models; 64-bit support for Mac OS X, as well as Windows and Linux; and there’s also the ability to integrate voice/telephony into business apps using the G.711 audio compression codec and encode higher quality video locally using H.264 /AVC SW Encoding. (See also Adobe Flash Update Puts Users in Charge of Privacy

In addition socket progress events allow developers to build advanced file sharing apps like FTP clients to send large amounts of data, while the addition of HD surround sound enables delivery of full HD videos with 7.1 channel surround sound directly to AIR powered TVs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Healthcare IT Faces Deadline on New Medical Codes

By Lucas MearianComputerworld

A new federally mandated medical coding system designed to better track diagnoses and treatments is requiring a massive overhaul of healthcare IT systems that some say will be nearly impossible to complete on time.

Medical providers and insurance payers must move from the current ICD-9 coding system to ICD-10 by Oct. 1, 2013.

“A large percentage of hospitals are in the heavy analysis stage, or they’re just starting,” said Casey Corcoran, a vice president at General Dynamics Information Technology, which offers ICD-10 consulting services.

The goal is to replace 15,000 seven-digit codes for medical transactions with 68,000 new, more granular codes, but the conversion comes at a time when providers are alreadyracing to implement electronic health record systems . Read the rest of this entry »

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Cisco to Cut 6,500 Jobs in Cost-cutting Blitz

By Stephen LawsonIDG News


Cisco Systems will cut about 6,500 jobs as part of an effort to focus its business and reduce operating expenses by about US$1 billion per year, the company announced on Monday.

The layoffs will eliminate about 9 percent of Cisco’s regular, full-time workforce. In the ranks of vice president and above, Cisco said it will cut 15 percent of employees.

The company will incur about $1.3 billion in one-time costs for the layoffs, from items such as severance and termination benefits. Those costs will be incurred over several upcoming quarters.

Affected employees in the U.S., Canada and some other countries will be notified in the first week of August. Notifications will occur later in other areas, in accordance with local laws, the company said.

Also on Monday, Cisco announced it will transfer a set-top-box manufacturing facility in Mexico to Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Foxconn. No jobs will be lost in that transaction, but about 5,000 Cisco employees will be transferred to Foxconn. Read the rest of this entry »

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