Oracle is due to release an update to patch critical vulnerabilities that malware authors have been exploiting in current (and older) versions of Java later today. Anyone who needs or actively uses the Java Runtime Environment for work or gaming should watch for the update to go live and promptly install this update as soon as possible.
Now you might be looking at that title and thinking “What?!”, but consider what might happen if a super villain managed to stick a giant ‘space straw’ capable of reaching space into an ocean? Do you think the vacuum of space combined with the pressure of our atmosphere would allow the water to reach space or not? Vsauce discusses the question and more in this terrific video about our atmosphere.
Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Windows XP now has less than a year of extended support remaining, Dropbox is now offering business customers an IT-friendly version, the Social Media widget for WordPress has been injecting spam advertisements into sites, and more.
The look and ‘mood’ of cities at night come in an infinite variety, but all have one thing in common…a unique and colorful beauty that begs to be captured in photos. Bring the ethereal beauty of urban night-life to your iPad with the first in our series of City Lights Wallpaper collections.
While it does not happen often, every once in a while a security update to patch Windows causes more problems than it solves. Case in point, security update 2823324 that was a part of this month’s Patch Tuesday release for Windows 7. Some users have been experiencing endless rebooting or a failure of their system to restart after installing the update. To counteract the problem Microsoft has published a KB article to help get affected systems up and running again.
Sure, anybody can end a process from the Task Manager, but did you know you can also do it from the command line?
The human eye is an amazing thing with all that it is capable of seeing and helping us process, but there are times where even it needs a ‘little help’ to fully visualize something. Enter the camera…a wonderful piece of technology that can do what the human eye can not in some instances. Bill Shribman presents some awesome examples of mysteries that cameras have been able to help us solve in this terrific TEDEd video.
With the increasing focus on improving user account security, two-factor authentication has become a ‘must have’ feature for many popular online services. Following the lead of other companies Microsoft will soon join them in offering the feature to help better secure user accounts.
Do you believe momentum is conserved or not when using the Portal system? What of velocity and speed? Sixty Symbols revisits the Portal universe to debate the controversy and provide some answers to these questions.
A new era of space exploration is upon us as the first Voyager spacecraft is in the process of leaving our solar system. What new discoveries or mysteries await us? Enjoy a look at the history of the Voyager program, its early triumphs and failures, and where the program is today in this terrific 24 minute video documentary.
This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Windows 7 RTM (no SP1) will reach end of life support on April 9th, the Mozilla Project just turned 15 years old, an exploit has targeted 20,000 websites running Apache web server software, and more.
A new season is underway for those of you in the Northern hemisphere and we have just what you need to add a touch of Spring to your favorite computer. Make your desktop feel as fresh and alive as the new season with our Spring 2013 Wallpaper collection.
Do you believe in the existence of parallel universes or in a single universe only? What do you picture things ‘being like’ if you believe in the concept of parallel universes? MinutePhysics presents an awesome overview of three distinct proposed multi-verse models and a brief look at a new super-model in this terrific explainer video.
Just when you thought the changes had settled down for a bit Google has come forth with yet another surprise announcement. Google is launching a new fork of the Webkit rendering engine called Blink. The new browser engine is due to see ‘first light’ for browser users via Chrome 28.
Office 2007 saw the addition of the Ribbon feature, which some users found confusing. However, you can use it to your advantage by adding your own custom tabs containing commands you use often. This allows for quicker and easier document creation.
Yahoo and Dropbox have announced a new partnership that will provide a combination of online mail services and cloud storage for Yahoo Mail users. This move brings Yahoo onto the same level as rivals Microsoft and Google without the hassle of creating a new cloud storage service from scratch. It also furthers Dropbox’s move into the online mail arena after their recent acquisition of mobile app Mailbox.
The Mini Toolbar and Live Preview are features in Word introduced in Word 2007 and continued in Word 2010 and 2013. They can be useful for quick formatting and to preview possible formats. However, if these features annoy you, they are easy to disable.
If you are a frequent user of Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger service, then a dark calendar date is quickly approaching. Starting April 8th Microsoft will begin the process of transitioning Windows Live Messenger users to Skype.
When it was first measured in 2000, ‘HD 140283′ also known as the ‘Methuseleh Star’ appeared to be approximately 2 billion years older than the universe. Obviously something was amiss and SciShow explains how the mystery was eventually solved by scientists in this terrific video.
Mountains invoke thoughts of beauty, solitude, and peace that can be quite alluring when life becomes stressful. Enjoy a relaxing view on your Nexus 7 with the first in our series of Mountains Wallpaper collections.
As the growth and evolution of Ubuntu marches on three more releases of Ubuntu are due to reach ‘end of life’ for support and updates on May 9th. If you are running one of these editions, then it would be prudent to start making plans to update now.
Most people look at video games as a way to relax and have fun, but there are other benefits that they may not be aware of. This great video by Daphne Bavelier looks at how video games can help people learn, focus, and even multi-task.
While at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project physicist Richard Feynman sought out a hobby for amusement, but what no one might have expected though is his choice of safe cracking. Professor Roger Bowley discusses how Feynman studied the mechanical setup of the safe locks at Los Alamos and went about ‘cracking’ them in this fascinating video.
Over the weekend an early build of Windows Blue leaked onto the internet and is providing an interesting peek at the newest version of Internet Explorer. The new version comes with a tab syncing feature and surprisingly enough is masquerading as Firefox (Gecko). Microsoft has also made additional changes to the User Agent String for the browser.
Have you ever wondered why we see optical illusions? Is it because our ‘complex’ eye structure is unable to process them for some odd reason or is there another underlying cause? Learn ‘how and why’ we see optical illusions in this great TEDEducation video from Mark Changizi.