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November 7th, 2009 by Keith

Google Chrome 4.0.223.16 Beta

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Site News, Software Companies, Web Apps, Windows

Google ChromeI have to apologise for my delay in reporting the latest software release on this site. Now that I am back, I hope to write up more reports here. Google Chrome 4.0.223.16 Beta is now released.

It is probably not a surprise to you when most of Google’s applications are labelled “beta“, but not for Google Chrome. Its stable version is at version 3.x, whereas this release is the next version of 4.x.

This new beta comes with many speed improvements. Google Chrome is becoming dynamic, with the ability to construct and change elements on web pages as fast as possible. Performance scores have improved by 30% since our current stable release, measured by Mozilla’s Dromeao DOM Core Tests!

Download Application
Google Chrome 4 Beta

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October 30th, 2009 by Keith

Ubuntu 9.10 Now Released

Posted in Business Software, Linux, Site News, Software Companies

ubuntu-910For the long awaiting fans for Ubuntu, you must be pleased to know that Ubuntu 9.10 is now available live for your download.

The new operating system is much faster, smoother and more classic (beautiful). I’m already downloading this version to replace my current Linux operating system. The mention of its optimised boot-up speed and the use of ext4 journalising filesystems is just too tempting to refuse.

Whilst I am blogging on this, my other laptop is already in the process of installing Koala Karmic (Ubuntu 9.10). If you are using Linux, perhaps, this is the best time to switch.

Download Link
Ubuntu 9.10 (Koala Karmic)

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October 25th, 2009 by Keith

Ubuntu 9.10 – Coming Soon

Posted in Beta, Development Software, Fun Stuff, Linux, Site News, Software Companies

Ubuntu 9.10Ubuntu 9.10 will be released in 4 days’ time. So, be patient! The Release Candidate versions are, however, currently available for download if you wish to test them out. In this version, there is a host of new features.

Firstly, in terms of boot up, the performance has shown in some tests, that it took much shorter time. Thanks for the enhanced Upstart script written by Scott James Remnant.

With UbuntuOne integration, Ubuntu users can use the service as a storage server and share files with fellow Ubuntu users. 2GB of storage is given as a default. The service allows synchronisation of files, contacts and Tomboy notes across all Ubuntu computers and the Ubuntu Cloud. If you require more space, additional storage is available at a monthly subscription charge.

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October 21st, 2009 by Keith

WordPress 2.8.5 Released

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

WordPress IconsAs usual, WordPress developers have released the next version of WordPress 2.8.5, in an attempt to improve security on the 2.8.x family releases.

There is no new features released in this version, but bug fixes are included in this release.

Some of the changes include:
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August 28th, 2009 by Keith

CPUZ 1.52 – With A New Look

Posted in Fun Stuff, Graphics, Site News, Utilities, Windows

The next release of CPU-Z, developed by CPUID, has raised some eyebrows. One of the most noticeable change is the revised dialog size to fit the new Intel logos.

In addition, a new validation button is added to the application, as well as a new tab named “Graphics”, which is intended to provide reports on some basic information about the graphic devices. Furthermore, CPU-Z will also be available in a native x64 version.

New Changes

  • * New design with “Graphics” tab.
  • * New 64-bit version.
  • * NVIDIA nForce 980a chipset support.
  • * Intel Core i5 and Core i3 processors.
  • * Intel Atom Z530, Pentium DC E6300 (2.8GHz) and Core 2 Solo processors.
  • * Intel P55 and US15W chipsets preliminary support.
  • * AMD Phenom TWKR support.
  • * AMD Phenom X2 “Callisto” and Athlon X2 “Regor” processors.
  • * AMD Opteron 6-core “Istanbul” processor.
  • * Improved support for Windows 7.
  • * New Intel logos.

Download File
CPU-Z 1.52 with installer (setup)
CPU-Z 1.52 32-bit (.zip, no install)
CPU-Z 1.52 64-bit (.zip, no install)

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August 11th, 2009 by Keith

WordPress 2.8.4 Released

Posted in Business Software, Development Software, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

WordPress 2.8.4 has just been released to the public. This version is to patch a vulnerability that was discovered yesterday – a specially crafted URL could be requested that allows an attacker to bypass a security check to verify a user-requested password reset.

As a result, the first account without a key in the database (which is normally the admin), would have its password reset, with the new password emailed to the account owner. Although this does not allow any form of remote access, but it can be quite annoying.

Download File
WordPress 2.8.4

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August 2nd, 2009 by Keith

Mozilla Firefox 3.5.2 Beta Released

Posted in Business Software, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Web Apps, Windows

The latest release of Mozilla Firefox 3.5.2 Beta is now available to the public for testing. It comprises some bug fixes over its earlier version:

  • * Several security and stability issues.
  • * Images with ICC profiles now render properly on all monitors.

Without a doubt, Firefox is still one of the fastest fixes produced by the community to ensure the browser is kept up-to-date. The full release note is available here.

Download Link
Mozilla Firefox 3.5.2

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July 11th, 2009 by Keith

Pidgin 2.5.8 Releases and Fixes Yahoo! Issue

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

When I was using Pidgin a couple of weeks back, I realised that it was almost impossible to log on to Yahoo! account. The first thing that came into my mind was, has my account been hacked? I checked, it seems okay. I did not bother to rectify this connectivity issue with Yahoo! as most of my contacts are from MSN. Only a few days back did I checked the update from Pidgin website that Yahoo! has changed its security protocol that disallowed previous versions of Pidgin to connect; therefore, Pidgin 2.5.8 has been released to rectify this issue.

Amongst the changes were fixes to ICQ crash, MSN crash for users with long buddy lists, Yahoo crash, as well as receiging messages from the web version of MySpace IM and signing on to MySpace IM if users have empty buddy list.

The strong recommendation from the Pidgin developers is: Upgrade to this 2.5.8 version if you have not done so.

Download Link
Pidgin 2.5.8

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July 11th, 2009 by Keith

WordPress 2.8.1 Official Release

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

A few days ago, WordPress releases the next version of WordPress 2.8.1, in which this version fixes several bugs and strengthen the security for plugin administration pages. One of the flaws was discovered by Core Security Technologies, who informed WordPress that admin pages added by some plugins can be viewed by unprivileged users, resulting in leakages of secured information.

There are also a couple of changes in this version:
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July 8th, 2009 by Keith

Google Removes Beta from GMail

Posted in Business Software, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Solaris, Web Apps, Windows

It has taken a long 5 years, and finally Google has decided to remove the beta tag from GMail. Over the years, Google has developed several Google Apps even when GMail is still in the beta stage.The fact that Google has taken a long time to pull this well-matured GMail from the beta tag has shown that Google is getting serious into businesses.

Large companies and enterprises are normally concern with beta tags; the official full release simply spell a whole new business plan for Google, leveraging on its large base of Google Apps developers.

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