A newly-discovered vulnerability in a popular open-source framework could put major companies' data at risk of theft or deletion, according to researchers who revealed the bug.
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I love Pokémon GO, but I can understand why all the news about it might be a little overwhelming if it's not your cup of tea. Here's a couple of tools that will pull your head above water if you're drowning under the poké-wave.
If your Windows chops extend in any capacity beyond novice, you've no doubt encountered the ever-cryptic Windows Registry, DLL files, User Account Control and other tools with seemingly dark and mysterious powers. Here, we'll explain some of Windows' most confusing features, so you know exactly what's happening when you go to edit them.
Mac: There's plenty of software out there to customise your Mac, but EasySIMBL takes a different approach. Instead of an app with a bunch of options, EasySIMBL lets you install your own plugins to customise apps, OS X and more.
Windows: ToutApp, one of our favourite tools to keep our Gmail inboxes under control, unveiled an Outlook plugin today that offers many of the same features for users of Microsoft Outlook on the desktop. It lets you see when recipients have read emails you've sent them, schedules messages and uses built-in templates for faster composing.
Mac: Plain text is plain text, but if it has an unusual file extension that the Finder doesn't understand, then it'll assume it's something else. This is particularly problematic with QuickLook, the feature that shows you a document preview when you select it and press the space bar. The QLStephen plugin fixes that problem.
Windows/Mac: TorChat is an instant messenger client that makes encrypted, anonymous chat and sharing files with your friends incredibly easy. Built on Tor's location-hiding services, nobody will be able to see what you're doing or who you're contacting.
Windows/Mac/Linux: Mozilla's second Developer Preview of Firefox 4.0's framework and back-end highlights a feature we'd heard was coming: separate processes for plugins. That means if (when) Flash or another plugin crashes, there's a good chance your browser won't go with it.
Windows only: Online payment service PayPal rolled out a service a few months back that lets you generate and use single-use credit cards in order to make PayPal payments at sites you might not want to give your credit card information to. The PayPal Plug-In, for Internet Explorer 7 and (at the moment) Firefox 2, makes using "Secure Cards" much easier. When you're at a site you want to pay with, you can create a card, fill a payment form with the card's details, and even check your PayPal balance, all from a drop-down menu. For regular auction buyers or those venturing into unfamiliar web territory, it could be convenient peace of mind. The PayPal Plug-In is a free download for Windows systems only. PayPal Plug-In
Windows only: iTunesControl, a free iTunes add-on, adds two killer features that make open-source player AmaroK so appealing—namely, seriously customisable universal keyboard shortcuts and a pop-up on-screen display with album art and song information. Some of this functionality is offered in other add-ons (see Adam's list of 23 great ones for examples), but iTunesControl is a preferred choice for those who really like to control their music. You can assign play/forward/back-type commands to nearly any key, including Function-switched keys for laptop users, and have the display pop-up anywhere on the screen, in any font/color/line combination you'd like. Better still, iTunesControl can be anchored to iTunes itself, starting and stopping whenever you launch the music app. iTunes Control is a free download for Windows systems with iTunes 4.6 or later only. iTunes Control
If you've got the DIY outdoors-y bug, you can make your own portable miniature stove using two aluminium cans, sandpaper, a thumb tack, razor blade, coat hanger, fiber glass, and Heet (I'm sure that's all just sitting in your go bag, right?). It's a very cool project, but if you undertake it, make sure you proceed with caution. Lifehacker prefers its readers keep their eyebrows. If you've got less goodies on hand but still need a fire, check out these alternatives.
Cool Little Miniature Stove!
Web site Treedolist hierarchically organises your to-do list, notes, bookmarks, RSS feeds, and pretty much anything else you can think to drop into it. At its most basic, you can think of it as a simple to-do list with the ability to add structured and nested lists and then filter your lists by due dates, labels, and a number of other useful methods. It gets interesting, though, when you realise that you can also add more information, like RSS feeds, and share branches of any tree with other Treedolist users. And—like any good online to-do list—Treedolist has several useful keyboard shortcuts.
The Australian's Media section had an interesting roundup of the websites which are springing up to cover (and cash in on) the upcoming federal election. It says that Google is going to launch its own election website tomorrow, replete with "video footage, user-generated content and customised information feeds."
Ninemsn will launch its Australia Decides 07 site next week, while Prime (affiliated with Channel 7) has its Federal E1ection site up and running in beta format (err, what's with the E1ection script kiddy language?).
Tipster Anthony points out it might be worthwhile/amusing to check out their Legal page as the terms and conditions include such gems as: "You automatically assign all copyrights on anything you post to them, but you're still legally responsible for it. Anyone can create any derivative works of anything you post, with the proviso that they must mention federalelection.com.au as the source (and not you)." Thanks for pointing that out, Anth and thanks Korian for the Oz story.