Microsoft released another edition of its Microsoft Security
Intelligence Report (MSIR), one of the most comprehensive reports on
current global malware trends. Microsoft’s analysts point out the
overall malware removal rate on PCs climbed by 43% over H2 2007, which,
however, may not be entirely bad news, and that users, who are looking
for more secure computing environments, should stick with Vista and a
64-bit version of the operating system.
Mozilla had a big month as Firefox is closing in on the 20% market
share mark. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continues to lose share.
The global x86 processor market showed strength in the third quarter of
this year, posting 15.8% growth in terms of unit shipments. The big
winner of the quarter was Intel’s Atom processor, market research firm
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology claim to have crack
the “Internet security of the future” – the McEliece cryptosystem,
which is considered to be a candidate to safeguard Internet data
traffic when quantum computers arrive.
If you have a pacemaker or defibrillators you may want to rethink the
use of headphones of your MP3 player. Scientists now claim that MP3
player headphones can have a “potentially dangerous” impact on
implanted medical devices.
A documentary film broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 in March, 2007 entitled "The Great Global Warming Swindle," reports a very different take on global warming than is being widely reported here in the United States. Graphs depicting data gathered by independent research scientists show that in every instance of recorded temperature change, there is a direct corresponding change in the sun's intensity. When solar activity goes up the Earth warms up. When it goes down the Earth cools. Are we being misled as to the true nature of global warming? And cooling? Is this merely a political ploy? These scientists provide evidence that may be the case.
Scientists at MIT have recorded a nearly simultaneous world-wide increase in methane levels. The first increase in ten years, this one is baffling science because the data contradicts modern theories which state man's contributions are the primary source of increase for this greenhouse gas. If man's emissions were responsible, it wouldn't be a simultaneous world-wide increase.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified Martian rocks
containing a relatively young hydrated mineral similar to opal. The
first conclusion is that there was water on Mars much more recently
than previously believed and life as we know it may have been supported
for a much longer period of time.
Yahoo has been taking steps in to open its platform to the developer
community for some time now. Today, the Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS)
team opened their doors to a completely rewired Yahoo that allows
developers access to both the Yahoo network and all of the social data.
Notebook sales have been growing at double-digit rates for some time
now, keeping a PC market healthy despite negative growth rates for
desktop PCs. The question was not if notebooks would be outselling
desktops at some point, but rather when. And according to IDC, it
happened for the first time in the third quarter of this year.
Dr. Mitzi Montoya of North Carolina State University has developed a way to put a number on how realistic online virtual online words are. His measure of realness is being sought after by corporations to identify better training tools and ways to conduct business. The idea is that virtual environments cost less than moving people around the globe, lodging them, etc. If businesses pick up on this idea of going virtual, then how soon until we will see a major push toward perfecting the technology? And how far away are we today?