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Kama Sutra PowerPoint Helps Hackers Deliver Malware

We'd like to think that our readers are savvy enough to avoid opening strange e-mail attachments that claim to be PowerPoint presentations about the Kama Sutra and feature executable file extensions. If you're not so savvy, know that a new piece of malware making the rounds comes in the form of an e-mail attachment called "Real kamasutra.pps.exe." Open it up, and you'll be presented with a series...

Insane Animation Actually Makes Google Docs Presentation Interesting

Google has been systematically expanding the Docs feature set for several years. It seems a group of geeks finally realized the full potential of that diversification process, and their Docs manipulation recently resulted in a surprisingly captivating creation. Sporting some awesome geek-hop handles, Tu+, Namroc, Metcalf and the Consulate General Alex C., the crew generated -- apparently with "no...

Duke Senior Karen Owen's Provocative PowerPoint Goes Viral, Embarrasses Everyone

When Karen Owen put together a mock senior "thesis" on her sexual conquests at Duke University, she thought it would provide some innocent amusement for her and her friends. Once the 42-page PowerPoint presentation found its way to the Web, though, the 22-year old's personal joke quickly became a viral sensation -- much to the embarrassment of those involved. In her presentation, titled "An...

Afghanistan PowerPoint Tirade Results in More Military Dismissals

Back in June, General Stanley McChrystal lost his command of the U.S. armed forces in Afghanistan because of critical quotations attributed to him in a Rolling Stone feature. Apparently, not much has changed in the past two months under replacement General David Petraeus. This week, the Army reportedly dismissed 61-year-old Col. Lawrence Sellin from his staff officer position in Afghanistan after...

Microsoft Launches Office 2010 With Web Apps and More Mobility

Share At a live event in New York City yesterday, Microsoft launched its Office 2010 software package. The ubiquitous productivity suite, available now for volume license holders, can be downloaded starting May 11th, and will hit store shelves in June. The updated package focuses on making Office more mobile and Web-friendly, which is likely Microsoft's response to the growing popularity of...

Is PowerPoint Oversimplifying Our Military Strategy?

We like to believe that the U.S. military knows a thing or two more than the rest of us. Your devoted Switched team, for example, would be hard pressed to dismantle an IED, no matter how many times we've seen 'The Hurt Locker.' But it turns out that the men and women in uniform are entangled in the simplifying software magic known as PowerPoint, no different from the soporific strategy meetings...

PowerPoint Celebrates 25 Years of Boring Slideshows

It's a staple in classrooms and boardrooms across the U.S.A. -- the obligatory PowerPoint presentation. For the past 25 years, whenever and wherever there are people called upon to present information, Microsoft's slide show app has been there. While a fairly convenient way to organize and present a topic, the software's not without its faults, either. BBC News recently gave a rundown of the...

How to View TIFF and PowerPoint Files in Your Browser

Slowly whittling down the number of things it can't do to make your life easier, Google has just added a new feature to its Gmail powerhouse -- namely, the ability to view TIFF and Microsoft PowerPoint documents in your browser, without having to save the files on your computer and reopen them in another application. The addition comes just a few months after the company added support for...

PowerPoint Users Vulnerable to Trojan Attacks

Once merely the bane of presentation attendees, Microsoft's PowerPoint presentation tool is now the bane of security experts everywhere, and the latest in a long line of Microsoft vulnerabilities. Microsoft has issued a warning, telling people to be careful when opening PowerPoint presentation files. This latest security hole allows hackers to run malicious code remotely if a user opens one of...

Will Podcasts Replace Professors?

A recent psychological study suggests that iPods and podcasts might be stealing some thunder from collegiate professors and lectures, we've learned from Ars Technica. Psychologist at the State University of New York in Fredonia, Dani McKinney based the report, entitled "iTunes University and the classroom: Can podcasts replace Professors?", on a study of 64 students. After being encouraged to...

Warner Music Pushing 'Music Tax' With Focus on Universities

Warner Music Group (WMG) has begun pitching its controversial "music tax" to universities, some of which are expressing interest, TechDirt reports. This "music tax," the brainchild of WMG's recently hired online mastermind Jim Griffin, would constitute a "covenant" between WMG and the "tax"-payer, by which the payer could download music freely and WMG would not file suit. The "tax" is really an...

Ad Agency Mails PowerPoint About Layoffs To Entire Company...Ouch

We don't want to presume that the higher-ups at Carat Ad Agency sent a mass PowerPoint file to all of its employees detailing how some of them were going to be fired as some sadistic power-trip...but we will anyway. Here's what happened... Powerpoint files detailing how layoffs should be executed and to whom they would affect was circulated throughout the entire company. Whoops. That stinks....

Google Prepares PowerPoint Competitor

Word was posted last night on the Official Google Blog that Google would be bringing Tonic System's online presentation technology to its Google Apps suite. We all knew it was only a matter of time before Google released a presentation application to flesh out its online office offering. With Google Docs and Spreadsheets already available, the obvious next step was to take on Microsoft PowerPoint,...