Critical Security Update for Internet Explorer Available via Windows Update

As part of the Cumulative Security Update for July 2012, Microsoft has released a crtical security update for Internet Explorer 9. The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by modifying the way that Internet Explorer handles objects in memory.

The security update resolves two vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Internet Explorer 9 users on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 are affected with the issue. This security update is rated Critical for Internet Explorer 9 on Windows clients and Moderate for Internet Explorer 9 on Windows servers. The vulnerabilities addressed by this update do not affect Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, when installed using the Server Core installation option. However, the update is available for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server 2012 Consumer Preview.

The Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2719177) will be available to all the customers who have automatic updating enabled. Customers who have not enabled automatic updating need to check for updates and install this update manually.

Microsoft Acquires Perceptive Pixel Inc.; Demos Windows 8 on an 82″ Multi-touch Display

Today, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Perspective Pixel, a leader in research, development and production of large-scale, multi-touch display solutions. The announcement came at the end of the Vision Keynote at the 2012 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Network Conference.

At the keynote, Steve Ballmer introduced Jeff Han, a multi-touch researcher and co-founder of Perspective Pixel Inc., who demonstrated Windows 8 running on an incredible 82” touch screen. The awe-inspiring demo also featured the note-taking app, OneNote, and an ad-hoc collaboration called Storyboard. While the terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, Perceptive Pixel’s large-scale, multi-touch hardware and software technology will help Microsoft to enable and showcase interesting collaboration and productivity scenarios with Windows and Office.

The display unit during the demo is world’s largest projected capacitive, optically bonded multi-touch display and supports both touch and pen based input. Microsoft has also been working on table-sized multitouch tables, formerly called Surface, but now known as PixelSense.

Perspective Pixel was founded in 2006, and its technology gained widespread recognition in 2008 as CNN and other broadcasters covered the U.S. Presedential elections aided by large displays in their studios. The company also won the National Design Award in the inaugural category of Interaction Design at the Smithsonian awards in 2009. Perceptive Pixel’s patented technology is used in broadcast, government, defense, energy, higher education, engineering, and product design.


MSN Health Re-launched as Healthy Living; Fresh Design and Great Content

MSN Health, the health and wellness channel on MSN, has transitioned to MSN Healthy Living. The new site features a vibrant visual design with focused content that helps readers live life more healthfully.

The fresh experience features content from independent health experts and bloggers as well as trusted and award-winning content providers like Prevention,, HealthDay, EatingWell, Self, and more. It is curated to be the online destination for people to connect with timely and relevant trends in wellness topics, as well as expert advice on diseases, health conditions and caregiving.

The site features content across diverse categories – News, Wellness, Diet & Fitness, Nutrition, Pregnancy & Parenting, Diseases & Conditions – and includes related videos. While MSN Healthy Living doesn’t provide medical or other health care advice, diagnosis or treatment, it is a definitive and credible source of information on health and fitness with exclusive medically reviewed health content. The site’s Medical Advisory Board provides expert professional perspectives on emerging trends in disease treatment and condition management, as well as guidance for preventative health care options.

Belkin India Launches Bluetooth Keyboard for Tablets

Belkin India has launched YourType Bluetooth keyboard, a sleek and stylish keyboard available for Android tablets and Apple iPads.

The keyboard is designed with comfortable well-spaced keys and facilitates a convenient typing experience. A spring mechanism underneath each key ensures a tactile response with every stroke, ensuring faster and error free typing. Belkin claims that the keyboard allows 6o hours of active usage and comes with a 2,000 hour standby battery life. The device comes with an integrated stand to place the tablet at your preferred viewing angle. It also offers function-specific keys for copying and pasting text, volume and music control. Belkin’s YourType™ Bluetooth keyboard is priced at Rs. 3699 and comes with one year limited warranty.

“It gives us immense joy to innovate products that are inspired by the needs of our consumers. Belkin strongly believes in creating technology solutions that add great value without altering the technology lifestyle of its users.”

Mohit Anand, Managing Director, Belkin India Sub-Continent

Belkin has taken rapid strides establishing itself as a leading tech and digital lifestyle brand since 2009, and has become one of the fastest-growing tech brands in the Indian subcontinent.

Intrestingly, several companies have released Bluetooth keyboards in the recent past (I wrote about Microsoft’s Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 couple of months ago). While a lot of users have given up on desktops and laptops for tablets, typing long documents on a touchscreen isn’t very convenient as yet. A lot of my blogger friends use tablets mainly as a consumption device but use keyboards or alternate devices to research and author articles. Taking a cue, Microsoft’s upcoming tablet device – Surface – includes a physical keyboard as part of the cover panel.

MetroTwit, Another Twitter App for Windows 8

MetroTwit is a popular Twitter client for Windows inspired by the Metro design language. A preview of the app, designed from the ground up for Windows 8, is now available on the Windows Store. The app has been developed by Pixel Pixel Tucker Pty Ltd, an endeavour by Long Zheng, David Golden, and Winston Pang.

The Metro app allows you to track your Twitter feeds with interactive tiles and a multi-column layout. The app uses nifty features of Windows 8 Metro apps for a great user experience. It allows you pin multiple columns on the homescreen and provides a Snap view for quick access to tweets. The tweet options and action buttons are available in the application bar allowing maximum screen estate for the Twitter feeds. MetroTwit is one of the few applications with built-in support for edge scrolling, triggered by the mouse when it reaches a vertical screen edge

The app is developed from ground up since a port of the existing WPF app wouldn’t have been possible. Also, according to Long, it is designed for both mouse and touch from the start, a deviation from the existing Windows developer mindset.

The app scores well in terms of usability, and fits the bill for the needs of both casual and power users of Twitter. Apart from MetroTwit, Windows Store features two other Twitter apps – Rowi and Tweetro.

Sennheiser Launches Official Online Store in India

Sennheiser Electronic India Private Limited,  a wholly owned subsidiary of Sennheiser electronic GmbH / Germany since February 2007, has launched its official online store The online store will sell to Indian consumers and complement the brand’s existing distribution channels via authorized distributors.

The store allows music lovers and audiophiles to browse, choose, and buy from more than 150 Sennheiser products. The products will be delivered free of charge within 7 working days for all metros and serviceable locations in more than 10,000 pin codes across all the cities in the country. While the usual payment options are available right away, cash-on-delivery, a critical factor in Indian e-commerce ecosystem, will be launched soon. Additionally, buying the products directly from the brand allows customers to avail the best post sales service support from Sennheiser India and a 2 year warranty on every product.

Sennheiser Electronic India has launched this e-store keeping in mind the changing buying habits and growing e-commerce market in India. The e-store is for the convenience of consumers as it provides freedom to shop anytime they want even from the comfort of their home. It will also benefit our reach across breadth and depth of the country by complementing and boosting our strong distribution network in India.

– Kapil Gulati, VP – Consumer Business, Sennheiser Electronic India

The online store initiative is powered by Net Distribution, a leading e-Commerce Services company that creates and operates online shopping channels for several brands in India.

Wakoopa, the Service that made Software Social, Comes to an End

In an email to all customers, Wouter Broekhof, the Founder & CTO of Wakoopa, has announced that the service that enabled discovering software social is now coming to an end. wakoopaWakoopa Social started six years ago with the intention to build the ‘lastFM for software’. Wakoopa uses a client side application that logs the usage of software and Web applications and lets users publish this usage information on their profiles at the website. Analysis of ones profile leads to recommendations for additional software while users can write reviews, give descriptions, and tag software.

In June 2008, Wakoopa announced $1 million USD in new funding and since 2010, Wakoopa has been focused on the corporate research community. They’ve developed products such as Trailspot and QD to bring online research to the next level. Wakoopa will continue to focus on making products for corporate research market, although they’ve hinted that something is in the works for the consumers as well. The switch in priority would mean the end of Wakoopa Social.

From next week, Wakoopa Social will stop tracking your data and on June 30, 2012, the service will be closed definitively. From July 1, 2012 to the next three months, you will be allowed to download an export of your own Wakoopa data.

Get the Most Out of Your Microsoft Hardware on Windows 8

If you’ve been trying the recently released Windows 8 Release Preview (If not, check out my getting ready and installation guide), your Microsoft keyboard and mouse are just as ready as you are.

If you use an Explorer Touch Mouse or Touch Mouse on Windows 7, the mouse will work great with Windows 8 too. And to top that, you’ll get the choice of a whole new set of gestures optimized for Windows 8 navigation. Since Windows 8 utilizes vertical and horizontal scrolling, the four-way scrolling on the Touch Mouse will provide a smooth and effortlessly natural horizontal scrolling experience. The Explorer Touch Mouse gives you a smooth and fluid scrolling of the new Start Screen.

For the two mice, and all other mice and keyboards from Microsoft Hardware, Microsoft has made available a new beta application to make the most out of these devices. The Microsoft Device Center allows you to customize devices from an easy-to-learn Windows 8 interface and create new shortcuts for everyday tasks and tailor your mouse and keyboard to meet your needs and work style. Once installed, you can launch the Device Center from the Windows 8 Start screen. The application allows you to configure basic and application-specific settings for all connected devices in one place. You can also explore features and access the online support and healthy computing knowledge base.

The beta application is currently available only in English in both 32-bit as well as a 64-bit version.

A Complete Guide to Windows 8 Release Preview – Requirements, Installation, Screenshots

Well, yes, Windows 8 Release Preview has been released. As Microsoft reimagines Windows, here is your chance to take it for a spin on a variety of form factors, including the new generation of touch devices. Let’s dive into the details, and get started.


  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster                 
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB  (64-bit)                
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)                
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver                

Of course, you will need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch for the touch experience on Windows 8. The OS requires a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 to access the Windows Store and at least 1366 x 768 to snap apps.


Windows 8 Release Preview is available in 14 languages – Arabic, English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. The Windows 8 Release Preview Setup program will automatically detect your current language selection. If you don’t have one of these languages selected, you can choose the language you want to download.

Microsoft has surprisingly allowed for upgrades to Windows 8 Release Preview from all Windows versions going back to as far as Windows XP. If you are upgrading from an earlier preview version of Windows 8, while your files will be saved in a Windows.old folder, it would be otherwise a clean installation with nothing else preserved.  In the most seamless upgrade experience of all, while upgrading from Windows 7, all programs, Windows settings, and User accounts and files are retained. From Windows Vista, you lose the installed programs and from Windows XP, you lose everything except the User accounts and files.

Amazon Introduces Kindle Fragmentation with Dilbert 2.0

Amazon is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Scott Adams’s Dilbert, by bringing the four volumes of the Dilbert 2.0 anthology in digital format for the first time ever, exclusively on Kindle Fire. These comic collections are available in full color and displayed on Kindle Fire with Kindle Panel View, a proprietary technology that offers an immersive comic and graphic novel reading experience.


Dilbert, the touchstone of office humor. was the first syndicated comic strip to go online in 1995 and is the most widely read syndicated comic on the Internet. The four volumes for Kindle Fire are available for $7.99 each.

  • Dilbert 2.0: The Early Years, 1989 to 1993
  • Dilbert 2.0: The Boom Years, 1994 to 1997
  • Dilbert 2.0: The Dot-Com Bubble, 1998 to 2000
  • Dilbert 2.0: The Modern Era, 2001 to 2008

The announcement clearly states that these volumes are only available for Kindle Fire devices and Kindle for Android. This is strange since Amazon is favoring one over the other amongst their own devices. I have a third-generation Kindle and I have several friends who use an iPad and buy all their books and subscribe to magazines via Kindle’s iOS app. Amazon’s disturbing move has kept us, the loyal Kindle Store customers, away. While several experts crib about the fragmentation in the Android ecosystem owing to diverse OEMs, Amazon’s step is even more annoying. Although the experience of a comic strip would be different on a colored LCD screen and a grayscale e-ink display, the choice should be left with the customers.