Asus To Launch Android Based EEE Pad in March 2011; Prices it Below $399

Asus had announced two new tablets in Computex 2010 — the EEE Pad EP101TC and the EP121. It recently announced that it would be shipping the 10.1 inch EP101TC with Android 2.2 Froyo.

Today, Jerry Shen, CEO of Asustek announced that the Android based EP101TC will be priced below $399. It will be the third EEE Pad release.

Asus Android Tablet EEE Pad EP101TC

The first, he said, will launch in December 2010 — the EEE Pad EP121, a 12 inch tablet which will run Windows 7 Home Premium and will be powered by a Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processor. It will be priced at around $1000. It will come with a docking station which will transform it into a laptop.

The second EEE Pad will be a 10 inch tablet which will run Windows Embedded Compact 7. It will be priced in the $399 – $499 range.

Detailed specifications of any tablet aren’t available yet.

The tablet space is surely heating up. Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Notion Ink Adam are set to launch in that time frame. We should soon see a deluge of iPad alternatives.

via PC World

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Activation Technologies Already Cracked

Windows-7 You have probably heard by now that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 includes the anti-piracy update (KB971033) that was released earlier this year. However, it appears that Windows 7 is still as crackable as before.

The original WAT update killed more than 70 cracks available for Microsoft’s newest desktop operating system and promised to kill any new cracks that cropped up through signature updates. Although Microsoft succeeded in nixing several loaders that misused OEM SLP keys, many others managed to find a work around.

The Windows 7 SP1 beta has just been released, and crackers have already updated their loaders to bypass the new security measures. In the perennial cat and mouse game between Microsoft and the crackers, crackers have once again outsmarted Microsoft. However, the first service pack for Windows 7 is scheduled for the first half of next year. The Redmond based PC giant still has plenty of time to update the WAT tool’s signature and bounce back.

Windows Shell Shortcut Vulnerability Is Being Actively Exploited

Earlier this week the exploit code for a highly critical Windows vulnerability affecting all versions of Windows from XP to 7 was made public. The bad news is that malware developers are already actively exploiting this bug. Symantec has identified that the W32.Stuxnet worm, which spreads using this vulnerability, has already affected thousands of systems.

The Shell Shortcut Parsing vulnerability is a particularly worrisome bug because there aren’t a lot of things a user can do to protect himself. Even if autorun and autoplay is disabled, users can still get infected. All that the user is required to do is to open the compromised device, network share or WebDav. The only preventive measure is to disable icon rendering. However, doing so will basically cripple the Windows environment. To make matters worse, Steve Gibson from GRC research is claiming that a security researcher has already figured out a way to exploit this vulnerability through favicons.

Microsoft is obviously working hard to patch this severe vulnerability. However, an official patch may take weeks to come. Until then, ensure that your system has up-to-date malware protection, and avoid using Internet Explorer (other browsers can also be exploited, but possibly to a lesser degree).

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta Available For Downloads

Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2010, Microsoft announced the availability of Service Pack 1 Beta to the public. The new SP1 includes previous updates that have been issues through Windows Update as well as other incremental updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platform.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1

The new Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is only available to users who are using a RTM version of either OS. The SP1 is not available for users who have the Home edition of Windows 7 or Server 2008.

There is not much information available about what is included in the SP1 for Windows 7 except that there are some Minor updates included in them. Users can download the new Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 by visiting this TechNet link.

(Source: TNW) – Image via Twitpic

Microsoft To Patch 4 Critical Bugs On July 13

Microsoft is planning to patch 4 Critical bugs in various OS as part of their "Patch Tuesday" on July 13, 2010. The critical bugs affect Windows XP, , Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Office 2003 and Outlook 2002 through Outlook 2007.

Most of the patches will fix critical remote code execution in the above listed software and are recommended updates. The critical fixes will be available through Windows Update and may require system restarts.

The Windows 7 patch is for systems running 64 bit version. You can view the entire security bulletin and affected software and vulnerability by visiting this link.

Windows 7 Sells 150 Million Copies

Looks like we are dealing in millions again. Microsoft has had a record of sorts by selling over 150 million copies of since October 2009, that turns out to 7 copies every second since launch.


Windows 7 is one of the best operating system ever created by Microsoft. After the farce Microsoft created called , people have embraced Windows 7 with open hands.

In January Microsoft had said that Windows 7 is the Fastest Selling OS in its history, and the sales figures definitely show that it is indeed making Microsoft a lot of profits. Now hopefully Microsoft will also emulate the same success with the Windows Phone 7 and platform.

If you are new to Windows 7, this of Tips and Tricks for Windows 7 will come in handy to you.

JBS Wallpaper Switcher – Better than the one in Windows 7

display-ico [Windows Only] Those of you who are using Windows 7 may already be familiar with the awesome built in wallpaper (background) switcher. It allows you to choose a set of wallpapers and set them up so that they change at certain time intervals. You might want the wallpaper to change once a day or once every hour.

Actually, the only reason I call it an awesome feature is that it’s built right into the Windows settings. There have been third-party applications around, long before Win7, that allowed you to switch wallpapers as needed. Keith has written about one of them here.

Sometime after Keith wrote that piece, I saw a comment from one of our readers. Mitchell McKenna wrote: I recommend John’s Background Switcher. Let’s you bring in photos from facebook, picasa, etc. to use in backgrounds as well.


I’ve taken a look at John’s Background Switcher (JBS for short), and I have to agree with Mitch. It’s far better than any wallpaper switcher I’ve tried before. Here’s a brief list of the functions in it.

You can choose to display:

  • Individual pictures on your computer.
  • Folders containing pictures on your computer such as My Pictures’.
  • Flickr photo sharing selecting pictures by person, tags, sets or just plain random. You never know what you’re going to get next!
  • Facebook your friends photos on your desktop!
  • Vladstudio wallpapers choose from the coolest wallpapers on the net!
  • Any Media RSS feed choose pictures from sites like DeviantArt, Photobucket,LOLCats and Zooomr amongst many others!
  • Phanfare web albums keep up to date with your friends and family.
  • smugmug photo galleries yours, your friends, anybody’s!
  • Picasa Web Albums choose from specific albums or any search text.
  • Webshots if you’re a Webshots user, you can choose from your online or downloaded photos and collections.
  • Google Image Search get pictures from anywhere across the internet.
  • Bing Image Search not a Google fanboy? Then Bing is for you!
  • Yahoo! image search the internet is your oyster!
  • Runs on 98, ME, XP, 2000, Vista, 7

When JBS is running, it will show as an icon in your system tray. To get to the settings, just right click on the icon. Here’s what the settings applet looks like:


Based on what I’ve seen so far, I’d have to say that JBS is much better than the built in wallpaper switcher in Windows 7.

Check it out for yourself: Download John’s Background Switcher

Techie Buzz Verdict:

If you get tired of seeing the same old wallpapers on your Windows desktop, John’s Background Switcher may be the best solution for you. I have to rate it highly recommended, because I haven’t seen anything that does as much or does it any better.


Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

EA Sports FIFA 2010 World Cup Windows 7 Theme

FIFA 2010 is just 3 days away now and I bet that many of you might be eagerly awaiting it. If you use , you could take that excitement one step ahead by making sure that your desktop suits your mood too.

FIFA 2010 Windows 7 Theme

Microsoft has released a new official EA Sports World Cup 2010 theme for Windows 7. The theme has 10 beautiful wallpapers from EA Sports which will keep you in the World Cup Mood.

The theme is available as a free download and can only be installed on Windows 7 for now. Want more windows 7 themes, check out our gallery of Windows 7 Themes.

Download EA Sports World Cup Theme [Source]

Bing Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary With A New Official Windows 7 Theme

Bing has just turned one. Its first year of existence has been a mixed bag. While it has been fairly well received, it hasn’t really succeeded in eating away Google’s market share. Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president, Online Audience Business Group, said, “It’s been a whirlwind 12 months, with the team shipping tons of new cool features aimed at making it easy and fast to make key decisions and just get stuff done. We wanted to take a short break to say thanks”.

As a special treat to Windows 7 users, Microsoft has released the third Bing theme pack featuring some of the best background images (wallpapers) used by Bing.


Our latest Bing’s Best Windows 7 theme pack gives you even more great Bing homepage images for your desktop. Bing’s Best 3 lets you gaze at a dying star, soar over an underwater sinkhole, and get up close and personal with an adorable baby sea turtle. There are 19 wallpapers in all”, stated Stephanie Horstmanshof, Bing Managing Editor.

You can download Bing’s Best 3 Windows 7 theme from the official personalization gallery (direct link).

Great Windows Search Replacement – Agent Ransack

search-doc2-ico [Windows Only] A little over two months ago, Mythicsoft released a new version of their well known freeware search tool, Agent Ransack. Agent Ransack is a lite version of FileLocator Pro, and is free for both personal and commercial use.

Even though I normally use the Everything Search tool to find files, I like to keep Agent Ransack installed on my Windows XP machines, because it integrates with Windows and provides a much faster file search and content search when you need it. It will also work in Vista and Windows 7.

Here’s what it looks like when you launch it normally:


As you can see above, I searched for all files containing the text techie buzzand it returned the results within a few minutes. There’s a nice preview pane that lets you see inside the files you pick from the results. That’s not all the features it has, here’s a list from the web site:

• Boolean expressions
Combine search terms using the familiar Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT.

• Office formats
Support for popular Office formats including Office 2007 and OpenOffice.

• Updated UI
Brings Agent Ransack’s user interface into the modern day.

• Perl regex
Support for Perl compatible regular expressions.

• 64-bit Version
Natively compiled 64-bit version for improved compatibility.

I think the best feature is the Windows integration. You have to enable it using the Tools / Shell Integrationmenu.


When you have a file folder open, all you have to do is hit the F3 (search) key to fire up the integrated Agent Ransack. In that mode, it doesn’t look much different than the normal Windows file search.


Using it to search folders in this manner will end up saving you lots of time, and in addition, it will eliminate the Windows XP doggie spy.

Agent Ransack isn’t the fastest search tool around. The search tools that use an indexed search are faster, but an indexed search tool usually runs in the background, continuously watching your hard drive for changes. Often the index databases can be large, sometimes very large (hundreds of megabytes).

• Download Agent Ransack

Techie Buzz Verdict:

If you’d like a good, light weight replacement for the slow Windows file search, you won’t find many tools better than Agent Ransack. I have no problem giving it a highly recommended.


Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)