Stories by Gregg Keizer

  • Microsoft cutoff date for XP shorter than predecessors

    Microsoft will phase out Windows XP as an installation option for brand-name computer makers faster than it has any other operating system, but an analyst Tuesday said it probably wasn't a decision made to pump up Vista revenues at XP's expense.

  • Latest Vista bug may be tougher nut to crack

    The second Windows Vista vulnerability patched in the last week may be very difficult to exploit, a security researcher said Wednesday, because of the new operating system's additional defenses.

  • Microsoft patches Vista bug that snuck through beta

    Microsoft Tuesday unveiled the second stage of its April security updates by releasing five security bulletins that patched eight vulnerabilities -- including one that was missed during the company's Windows Vista beta testing and ended up in the final version of the new operating system.

  • Apple passes 100M iPod mark

    Apple has announced that it has sold 100 million of its iconic iPods since the popular music player's release five and a half years ago.

  • More problems pop up with Microsoft's ANI patch

    Microsoft has acknowledged several new problems with the emergency patch it released last week to quash the Windows animated cursor file (ANI) bug and has updated a hotfix that it's telling some Windows XP SP2 users to download and install.

  • Microsoft defends 100-day ANI patch process

    Microsoft first learned of the animated cursor flaw in Windows in December 2006, more than 100 days before it released an emergency patch. The release marked just the third time in more than two years it has released an out-of-cycle security update.

  • Apple unveils octa-core Mac Pro

    Apple has added an option to its Mac Pro desktop line that lets customers build out systems equipped with two of Intel's fastest quad-core Xeon processors, marking the first time users have been able to buy a Mac powered by eight -- yes, eight -- processor cores.

  • Here's the scoop on the Windows animated cursor bug

    When a major vulnerability affecting every flavor of Windows -- including Vista -- breaks, it only seems like chaos ensues. Okay, so it is chaos. Witness the so-far short-lived flaw in Windows' animated cursors (ANI), which picked up enough steam over the weekend to power a turbine or two. IT staff, small business users and consumers have been trying to figure out which way is up, and whether this is a Big Deal or just another security industry siren blaring in the background. This FAQ on the flaw, explains what it is, which machines are at risk and what you can do to protect yourself.