Safari hacked in seconds at Pwn2Own 2009

Sean Kalinich | Software & Apps | Mar 19, 2009 8:10 AM CDT

Browser security is always a hot issue and of course all sides claim their browser is better (like kids in a playground). The security of three popular browsers was put to the tech recently at Pwn2Own 2009, a competition where hackers attempt to break system security in the fastest time.

Charlie Miller took home the top prize ($10,000) when he hacked a fully patched MacBook Air in a matter of seconds. He did this by exploiting a know vulnerability in Safari. The hack was performed by the MacBook's user clicking a simple link. Miller also made predictions before the competition that are shown below. They are surprisingly accurate.

The second place winner showed off a second Safari Hack and was able to hack both IE8 and FireFox but not as quickly as Safari and Miller. Apple has a long standing history of claiming to be more secure than Windows especially Vista; I wonder how they are taking this news.

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What is really new in iPhone OS 3.0?

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Mar 18, 2009 11:51 AM CDT

Yesterday was the big day for the iPhone OS 3.0 sneak peak. Many sites were all a buzz with live blogging and Twitter links covering the event.

The funny thing is that what was all the excitement about? From where I am sitting iPhone OS 3.0 only gives us things that have been on other smart phones for years, Copy and Paste, MMS, and finally a landscape keyboard.

Yet in true Apple fashion this is touted as a huge and revolutionary advance for users.

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nVidia wants Palit to become exclusive

Sean Kalinich | | Mar 18, 2009 10:20 AM CDT

AIB Palit is known as a maker of good ATi and nVidia based graphics cards. It also makes Gainward, Galaxy and Xpertvision.

Palit has been doing quite well for itself selling both brands. However there is a little green fly in the ointment now, which is nVidia.

According to a few rumors nVidia is courting Palit and would like them to become and nVidia exclusive partner. If the whispers are true nVidia would stand to gain almost 50% of the market in China and the Pacific region.

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Shuttle Introduces X Vision X50 SFF PC

Zac O'Vadka | | Mar 18, 2009 4:16 AM CDT

Shuttle announecd the new X50 SFF all-in-one PC today. The new X50 is part of the company's all-new product line.

Shuttle X50: Your vision is just a touch away

The X50 incorporates a touch screen into a 1.4 inch thin enclosure and can be used with either your finger or the included stylus. It is powered by the dual-core Atom 330 processor, has 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and 802.11n wireless capabilities.

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Iomega Updates StorCenter ix2 NAS

Zac O'Vadka | Storage | Mar 18, 2009 3:20 AM CDT

Iomega has added some new features to its StoreCenter ix2 products. The new update will be integrated into new 1TB and 2TB servers and existing owners can download the update from Iomega.

Iomega Updates StorCenter ix2 NAS

Native support for BitTorrent has been added, allowing for torrenting without the need of a PC. The StorCenter ix2 isn't the first to offer this, but itis always a welcome upgrade for those that utilize it on their computers.

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nVidia, claims nVision 09 not canceled

Sean Kalinich | | Mar 17, 2009 10:29 AM CDT

There have been some reports that nVidia has cancelled nVision 09. Well reports of nVision's demise may have been exaggerated.

At least that is what nVidia is claiming. Derek Perez from the Green Team contacted Arstechnia and explained that it hadn't actually been canceled but has been delayed.

Perez also said that it might be replaced with something smaller due to the economic crunch that was preventing people from traveling as much as they used to.

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No DRM in chip in iPod Shuffle Headphones

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Mar 17, 2009 9:21 AM CDT

Yesterday we reported that Apple had inserted an authentication chip into its headphones to prevent the use of third party headphones with its new iPod Shuffle.

Apple is stating it is not intended to lockout third party vendors at all, but is an effort to ensure that all headphones work and are able to control the iPod Shuffle correctly.

However, Apple would not comment directly and instead pointed people to Kevin Lee, the vice president of marketing and strategic business development for Monster Cable; he said it was not authentication without going into specifics.

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Boston-Power Ecolabel-Cert Sonata Batteries Avail.

Zac O'Vadka | | Mar 17, 2009 2:09 AM CDT

American based company Boston-Power has announced the availability of the Sonata Li-ion battery. The new Sonata batteries are available from HP and are currently being sold as accessories for 18 existing notebooks covers about 70% of HP's notebook portfolio.

Boston-Power Ecolabel-Cert Sonata Batteries Avail.

The Sonata batteries cost $149.99 and come with a three year warranty, backed by HP, who is the first notebook manufacturer to offer such a warranty. The new batteries also hold the Nordic Ecolabel certification.

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Broken Mobile GPU's Cost NVIDIA Millions

Zac O'Vadka | | Mar 16, 2009 11:50 PM CDT

APC Mag says that the defective mobile chips that NVIDIA sold is costing them millions in revenue to fix.

Broken Mobile GPU's Cost NVIDIA Millions

The defective chips "were sold utilizing a weak packaging material that allowed the chips to become damaged due to overheating." This has caused many laptops to have display problems such as lines across the screen, garbled displays, lockups, or even no display at all.

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