In what could be viewed as an odd move, Autodesk, known for CAD software has agreed to buy Socialcam. The deal is worth about $60 million according to both companies. The deal is expected to close within 30 days.
We can now officially add Yahoo to the list of companies compromised due to hackers. Yahoo has confirmed that the usernames and passwords of more than 400,000 Yahoo Voices accounts were stolen from their servers earlier this week and that data was posted online. Indications were the information has since been removed, but a direct link to the original source seems to still exist and is accessible whenever the load is low enough. The breach wasn't just credentials for Yahoo, but also Gmail, AOL, Comcast, Hotmail, MSN, SBC Global, BellSouth, Verizon and Live.com as well.
In this article I will outline my experiences with an in-place upgrade of my corporate Windows 7 x64 Ultimate machine to that of Windows 8 Release Preview (RP). Granted this is a release preview and not the RTM (Release to Manufacturing), but most of the underlying bits should remain the same in the end in a few months. I have a large range of software installed on this test machine, which should be useful for compatibility testing. I've included a compatibility chart to organize my findings. In addition, this setup is a multi-monitor setup of 4 screens over the two video cards to make things more interesting. This is a work in progress, as I will likely update this article over time.
Microsoft took the wraps off the Release Preview of Windows 8 the other day. Here we take a look at the enhanced look and feel of the Release Preview. If you haven't already, you can download the latest version from Microsoft from the locations below.
Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate (RC) on their Visual Studio product page.
Microsoft has just released the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC), formerly Windows Server. You can download this latest version from TechNet.
They offer both an ISO and a VHD for download from the Microsoft site. See the overview details at this location along with feature demonstration videos.
Apparently there seems to be a bug, at least in a few cases where the Skype add-on for Chrome version 184.108.40.20660 (at least this version) breaks the cut and paste ability of HTML/rich text. The version of Chrome in this case was 19.0.1084.52. If this add-on is enabled and Chrome is open and you attempt to copy text that isn't plain text, IE: HTML or Rich, upon pasting into a new document such as Word or Outlook, it simply pastes the plain text version. The issue is also apparent in Firefox and all of it definitely points to the Skype Click to Call add-on.