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It’s not as momentous as landing on the moon per se, but it’s still pretty exciting to announce that the next free update in the ZoomText 10 cycle is here and we now fully support Internet Explorer 9!  Along with that, we also added reading support in the Thunderbird email client, improved performance when running ZoomText with JAWS, added Portuguese language support, fixed a bunch of bugs, and more.

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On Monday, Apple offered the first glimpse of iOS 6 during the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. Though the updated mobile operating system won’t arrive until sometime this fall, it’s never too early to start drooling over the new features. We already covered the flagship features of iOS 6—like seriously updated Siri, majorly overhauled Maps, and systemwide Facebook integration—so here’s a look at some cool features coming in iOS 6 that you may have missed.

A new Share screen

In iOS 5, when you tap to share a photo, you get a long list of sharing actions to choose from—whether it’s posting to Twitter, sending an email or iMessage, or some other option. iOS 6 adds Facebook sharing as an option, along with sharing to various Chinese social networks. (That’s a nod to how important the Chinese market has become to Apple.) But Apple decided against cramming more buttons into that panel.

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Fixed-lens glasses are so last year -- if U.K.-based company Eyejusters has anything to say about it, that is.
Eyejusters' "SlideLens" technology enables users to turn a dial on one of the glasses' temple arms to slide two lenses across one another and thereby adjust the focus. That just might help some of the world's estimated 670 million people who need glasses but don't have them manipulate their own prescriptions.
Eyejusters calculates that its two types of glasses -- positive power (to correct near-sightedness) and negative power (to correct far-sightedness) -- could help roughly 90 percent of people whose poor vision can be corrected using glasses.

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Apple has released an update to iTunes that addresses a few outstanding bugs in the program and adds support for Mountain Lion.
According to the update's Web page, the update improves performance and addresses problems involving syncing with a first-generation iPad that holds an iBooks textbook; photos syncing out of order; and unexpected deletions of apps and iTunes playlists.
In addition to these fixes, the update adds support for the iOS 6 beta that was released to developers today at WWDC 2012. The update is a 170MB download for OS X users, but is also available for Windows (both 32-bit and 64-bit) as a smaller 75MB download. These are available through Apple's Software Update services but can also be downloaded from the iTunes Web site.

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Hot off the heels of making its way into those tiny Roku boxes, Slacker has struck yet another deal for your very own listening pleasure. The streaming service just announced it's now offering a total of six "live" stations from The Worldwide Leader in Sports, including ESPN Radio, Deportes, and regional ones such as New York, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. Naturally, the ESPN offerings will allow users to listen in on live events such as this year's NBA Finals and the ongoing Euro 2012 soccer football tourney.

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If it wasn’t obvious before, it’s crystal clear today. The dedicated portable GPS device is dead, with Apple and Google playing pallbearer to Garmin, Magellan and TomTom’s hardware businesses.

Between last week’s hastily organized Google Maps event, where the search giant showed off a new interface, new features and — most importantly for Android users – offline map downloading, and Apple’s new Maps app announcement at WWDC, a dedicated device for mapping and navigation comes across as superfluous. Or even worse, incredibly low-tech.

Smartphone adoption continues unabated, and with it, built-in, carrier-installed and third-party mapping apps are flourishing.

Apple’s latest move with iOS 6 is a swift blow to portable GPS devices, third-party apps available in the App Store and automaker installed navigation systems – not to mention its tenuous relationship with Google.

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Like anyone else who uses their laptop computer primarily to work and not play, I found myself salivating over Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Retina display, announced yesterday during the company’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference.

And who wouldn’t, really? With a 15.4-inch display at 2880×1800-pixel resolution, an up to 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8 gigabytes of 1600 MHz memory and up to 512 gigabytes of solid-state storage — oh, and that slim 0.71-inch profile — the thing is both a marvel and a powerhouse.

But cool your heels, people. It’s highly unlikely that this computer was designed for you (and even me). Unless you were the corner office-inhabiting type who bought the first-generation MacBook Air — or a video editor.

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The hardware, software and service offerings unveiled during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address Monday made for the biggest story to come out of the event. But there was another, a story told in numbers — really big numbers. Liberally sprinkled throughout the keynote were a bunch of metrics and data points that collectively amount to a brief State of the Union for Apple.
Below, a rundown of those numbers:

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A direct link exists between the infamous uranium enrichment sabotage worm Stuxnet and the newly uncovered Flame mega-malware, researchers have claimed.

Russian virus protection outfit Kaspersky Lab said in a blog post yesterday that although two separate teams worked on Stuxnet and Flame, the viruses' programmers "cooperated at least once during the early stages of development".

The smoking gun, in the lab's opinion, is a component in an early build of Stuxnet that appears in Flame as a plugin.

The New York Times revealed this month that Stuxnet's infiltration of Iran's nuclear programme, and subsequent knackering of the Middle East nation's uranium centrifuges, was a joint effort by US and Israel. The project, publicly uncovered in June 2010, was initiated by the Bush administration and continued under President Barack Obama.

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This fall, the incoming college freshman of Seton Hall's Class of 2016 will a little something extra, on top of their meal plan and course catalog and extra-long twin bed: A Nokia Lumia 900.

Apparently born out of the New Jersey college's partnerships with both Nokia and Microsoft, each matriculating student will receive his or her own Microsoft phone, as part of the school's Mobile Computing Initiative.

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