January 2013

Mozilla pulling plug on auto-running nearly all plugins

” By default, Firefox will, in future, only automatically run the content of the most recent version of Flash – all other plugins will default to “Click to Play”. The changes, announced on Mozilla’s security blog as a way to put users back in control of plugins, will increase the security and stability of Firefox. “ 30 January 2013 Source: The H Open: News and Features More  Mozilla pulling plug on auto-running nearly all plugins Go get it.

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Tablet News Week of January 20th

Lots of Samsung news this week as well as the good, the bad and the ugly in regards to Microsoft. All external links go to Tom’s Hardware unless otherwise stated. Tablet Announcements: More news on Samsung’s upcoming 8-inch Galaxy Note Phablet: Pictured: The 8-inch Galaxy Note Bound for MWC – SamMobile site has posted a picture (not yet authenticated by Samsung) of the monster Phablet. Samsung’s Massive Galaxy Note 8.0 Spotted in the Wild – Italian site dday.it published a picture of the 7.9-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 8. No work whether the tablet in the photo is the final model or…

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The Slow Painful Death of Linksys

Linksys is the consumer division or Home Networking Business Unit of Cisco making networking equipment for home and small business users. This includes the all-in-one wireless router/hub/switch, wireless bridges, networking using your home’s wiring, etc. There has been rumors since last December that Cisco was going to sell off this division and those rumors included to Belkin. However, Linksys had previously denied such rumors. On Thursday, January 24th, Belkin announced they have enter into an agreement to acquire Linksys. Belkin said that it plans to maintain the Linksys brand and will offer support for Linksys products as part of this transaction. All valid warranties will be honored by Belkin…

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Intel Leaving Desktop Board Market

Intel made a bit of a surprise announcement on Tuesday, January 22nd. They have announced they will be slowly discontinue production of desktop motherboards over the next 3-years when they will be out of the market completely. Intel says they are going to focus instead on on other aspects of the PC industry, such as reference designs for Ultrabooks and all-in-ones, along with its Next Unit of Computing (NUC). While this is great news for other desktop PC motherboard manufacturers such as MSI and Asus, is this a sign that the traditional desktop PC is going the way of the VCR? The tablet market has grown by leaps and bounds in the past…

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However, they are not for consumers. These Firefox OS (formerly Boot to Gecko) phones are being made by a Spanish company GeekPhone for the purpose of allowing developers to create apps for the new platform. Currently there are two phones the Keon and Peak which both house 4 GB of ROM, 512 MB of RAM, a MicroSD slot, 802.11n wireless networking, light and proximity sensors, GPS, an accelerometer, as well as a camera flash. The lower end Keon has a 1GHz Qualcom Snapdragon S1 processor, 3.5-inch screen, 1,580mAh battery and a 3-megapixel camera. While the higher end Peak has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon…

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Mozilla Announces Two Firefox OS Phones

However, they are not for consumers. These Firefox OS (formerly Boot to Gecko) phones are being made by a Spanish company GeekPhone for the purpose of allowing developers to create apps for the new platform. Currently there are two phones the Keon and Peak which both house 4 GB of ROM, 512 MB of RAM, a MicroSD slot, 802.11n wireless networking, light and proximity sensors, GPS, an accelerometer, as well as a camera flash. The lower end Keon has a 1GHz Qualcom Snapdragon S1 processor, 3.5-inch screen, 1,580mAh battery and a 3-megapixel camera. While the higher end Peak has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon…

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AMO Blocklisting malicious Codec add-ons

From the Mozilla Add-ons Blog: A group of malicious add-ons going by various names like Codec, Codec-C and Codec-M have been added to the add-on blocklist. This is a new type of block that covers multiple add-on ids, so we want to cover all of our bases…

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Remove duplicate bookmarks in Firefox

I just installed this and was surprised at how many dups I had. Deleted a dozen or so just to check it out but will go back to it later. ” Bookmarks are both my bread and butter and also the bane of my existence. Honestly, I began collecting them in the mid 90′s and still have the same file, although a steadily added-to version of it. In the early days I backed up the file to a CD and later an external hard drive. Then Xmarks came along to save me. Now Xmarks-like ability is built right into browsers…

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Fix for Thunderbird not opening links

” I have configured the Thunderbird email client to block links from being opened when I click on them. This may sound strange to some as it makes it less convenient to open links posted in emails but it improves the security of the system.“Some Thunderbird users may on the other hand experience issues opening links in emails even though they’d prefer that to be available to them. If you are one of them read on how to fix the issue in the email client. Note that this is just one of the solutions and that it may not be…

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Tablet News Week of January 13th

Not as much Tablet news this week around now that CES has wrapped up. All external links go to Tom’s Hardware unless otherwise stated. Tablet Announcements: Gigabyte Announces Two Windows 8 Tablets – The 11.6-inch S1185 and the 10.1-inch S1082. Both seem to have decent specs and both will use Windows 8 Pro. Pricing not yet announced and likely won’t be until we get closer to the February 2013 and March 2013 releases for the S1082 and S1185 respectfully. Archos 80 Titanium tablet has same resolution as iPad Mini for $169 [C|Net] – Mentioned this new product line from the French…

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