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Ninuku Archivist Turns Your Facebook Profile Into a Real Book. Great.

Facebook might not be around forever, so you might as well collect all your information while you can, convert it into a bible of embarrassment, and wait for future generations to endlessly ridicule you. That, at least, seems to be the idea behind a new service called Ninuku Archivist, the Herodotus of our socially networked generation. As Gawker explains, Ninuku Archivist essentially converts...

The Best PDF Reader Apps for the iPad

The school year's already begun for most American college students, and they are no doubt racked with the same problem that we had as undergrads: carrying around countless handouts, course packets, articles, essays and notes. Depending on the breadth of your study and the wickedness of your professors, you could be faced with a small mountain of paper for each class. (Your author recalls, not so...

Apple Plugs iOS PDF Hole With 4.0.2. Update

It was only about a week ago that the Web-based JailbreakMe iPhone hack started setting off security alarm bells across the Internet. So, color us shocked that Apple, not usually known for its swift release of security patches, released iOS 4.0.2 for the iPhone and 3.2.2 for the iPad today, sealing up that bug for good. Disabling the exploit used by JailbreakMe is the only change to this version...

JailbreakMe Leads to iPhone Security Fears

Some news outlets have gotten a little hot and bothered over the latest jailbreak app for the iPhone 4. JailbreakMe.com, which was posted this weekend by the iPhone Dev Team, allows you to circumvent Apple's lock on the device and run unapproved apps and code -- just like every jailbreak before it. What makes JailbreakMe unique is that, rather than requiring you to connect to a PC and load a...

Zeus Botnet Exploits Newfound Vulnerability in PDF 'Feature'

Just over a week ago, researchers demonstrated the PDF vulnerability that turns a so-called "feature" into a back door, through which criminal minds could infect a user's PC. Now, hackers have released an attack that takes advantage of said "feature." The widespread Zeus botnet has been updated and packaged in PDF form, and is now landing in e-mail inboxes around the world. Security firm M86...

New Attack Turns PDF Feature Into Liability

Share The PDF file, along with its dubious companion Adobe Reader, is known for being one of the weak points in a computer's security. Holes allowing hackers and malware to weasel their ways into a computer are regularly discovered in PDF files and programs. But a new way of highjacking the Adobe and Foxit readers requires no exploiting of holes or bugs; instead, it actually turns an asset of...

Supreme Court Site Gets Overdue Redesign

The Web site of the Supreme Court has finally gotten a much needed makeover. Well, in truth, it's more than a makeover; the previous version of the site, which appeared to have been designed in 1992, has been rebuilt from scratch. The new version, which looks like it was designed in 2001, is much easier to navigate, and introduces several touches for improving navigation for regular users. The...

Turn Pesky PDFs Into Word Docs

Believe it or not, you can take the pain-in-the-ass out of PDFs. Though most PDFs can't be edited, there is one freebie workaround if you're in a pinch. Go to pdftoword.com, upload your PDF, and enter the format to which you'd like it converted. Within an hour or two, you'll get an e-mail containing a regular old Word or RTF file that you can fully edit. If you're in a hurry, the site offers a...

Adobe's Reader and Acrobat Under Virus Threat, Fix a Month Away

Just about every week we have some new browser vulnerability to report, with some new flaw appearing in IE or Firefox that could let a hacker access your precious infos. Today, it's another flaw that's been discovered, but not in one particular browser. Instead, it's in something that's rather more commonly used: Adobe's Reader and Acrobat. According to Adobe's indications, the software programs...

Switched Download: Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit PDF Reader What it does: Foxit is a replacement for that unfortunate staple of every computer user's life: Adobe Reader. Foxit reads and even edits PDFs -- those files that look exactly like original documents -- without the slowdown and crashes associated with Adobe's product. What we like about it: Foxit is about as close to perfect as a piece software can get: it opens and...

Spam E-Mail Virus Returns

Back in August, we reported on a new form of spam that was sweeping inboxes around the world: the use of PDF attachments to hide product pitches from spam filters. That seeming flood of spammy attachments was apparently more of a wave, which passed quickly and seemed to be gone. But now the PDF spam scourge is back, with hundreds of thousands of these attachment e-mails being received over the...

Spammers' New Methods of Deception Uncovered

Spammers, while evil, are a crafty bunch. They constantly adapt to the security firms who attempt to stay ahead of these scam artists. It used to be that spammers were simply the junk mailers of the electronic world, assuring you were aware of the latest deals on 'personal enhancement' devices. Then viruses and spyware embedded in HTML and images became a new threat. In January, image-based spam...