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Microsoft releases Vista update

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336w ago - Microsoft has released a service update for all versions of its Windows Vista operating system.

The computer giant claims that the update improves the stability, security and performance of the software.

The update, or service pack, includes some fixes released before now and adds many new ones as well.

Microsoft has warned that the update could clash with some security software and other programs customers may have installed on their machine.

Handy help

Those using Vista can download the update directly from Microsoft or wait for it to be automatically installed on their machine in mid-April.

On the Windows Vista blog, Nick White, Microsoft's product manager for the software, said those installing Service Pack One (SP1) may have to download and install some other "prerequisites" before the update can be applied.

The pre-requisites are generally updates to other programs or components of Vista to ease the passage of SP1.

Mr White also warned that some device drivers may also have to be refreshed before SP1 can be installed. Old drivers from RealTek AC, Intel and Symantec are known to stop SP1 being installed.

Advice about drivers and prequisites is provided on the Vista blog and in support articles.
 

Blu-ray Security Update IS More Anti-Consumer Than Anti-Piracy

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359w ago - The Blu-ray camp has been playing with the anti-piracy protection fire and once again consumers got burned. The addition of the BD+ copyright protection technology rendered recent Blu-ray discs basically unplayable, as several such players don't support the new protection software.

The BD+ technology was finalized in June, 2007 and therefore, it affects all the players released previously.

According to initial reports, the BD+ discs won't play at all on LG Electronics BH100 and Samsung BD-P1200 players. Sony's S1 and several Panasonic models still offer playback capability, but the "playback" has actually been stretched to the limit thanks to the extremely slow load times.

Samsung has already managed to issue a firmware update, which can be downloaded from its site. Also, Sony announced that the PlayStation 3 will play BD+ movies after the 1.93 firmware is applied.

The first two movies to feature the BD+ technology are Twentieth Century Fox's The Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and The Day After Tomorrow.

This might be just the start of a firmware frenzy that won't last for some time. It's understandable that companies are eager to do everything in their power to protect their...
 

Sony confirms security problem

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365w ago - Electronics giant Sony has confirmed a recently discovered security flaw in some of its products that could leave PCs vulnerable to attack by hackers.

The firm said that the fault, which affected software packaged with memory sticks, was developed by a third-party.

Sony said it was conducting an internal investigation into the problem and would offer a fix "by mid-September".
 
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