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  • Siri, the voice-controlled robotic assistant built into the latest iPhone, will be built into future automobiles, Apple announced at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference Monday. "We're working with car manufacturers to include a button that will bring up Siri," said Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iOS Software. An image displayed behind Forstall showed the logos of the car companies Apple is in discussions with: GM, Mercedes, BMW, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Honda, and Toyota. The company didn't explain how exactly Siri will be integrated or what it will do, and car companies contacted by FoxNews.com did not immediately respond with any additional details.
  • Google's digital mapping service is preparing to introduce offline access on mobile devices and more three-dimensional images of major cities as it braces for a possible loss in traffic from Apple's iPhone and iPad. Apple has decided to create their own version of Google Maps and take the product off of their iPhone and iPads. Meanwhile Google has created an offline version of the product which definitely helps when you cannot connect to a cell tower.
  • You may think you don't care but you do. Several changes that Adobe made in Flash 11.3 aim to boost the browser plugin's security and reduce its susceptibility to attacks. The most significant of those changes is the introduction of sandboxing on the Windows platform. Due to the frequent discovery of Flash vulnerabilities and the relative ubiquity of the plugin, Flash is one of the most heavily-exploited pieces of software. Adobe and browser vendors have been working to make it harder to exploit by isolating the plugin and working to ensure that users have easier access to the latest version.
  • Put this on my Christmas list. I swear if you get this for me I will never ask for anything ever again. For the super hard-core Doom fan, id Software co-founder John Carmack plans to package a 3-D virtual reality headset with special editions of the Doom 3 BFG Edition coming this fall. A head-mounted display kit that works with the game will be sold in limited quantities for about $500. "I'm hoping to have a whole bunch of these kits together by QuakeCon," Carmack said Tuesday after letting Game Hunters test drive the game. As you turn your head or lift it, your field of vision changes fluidly -- like in real life. Your weapon realistically moves independently of your head movements.
  • The computer giant founded by Bill Gates has been forced to apologise to staff and customers after an event to celebrate its Azure cloud computing platform featured a vulgar routine littered with references to sex and drugs. The "dancing Azure girls" sang obscene lyrics such as: "The words 'Micro' and 'Soft' don't apply to my p----", and references to programmers coding "fast" and "hard". Another line referred to programming languages as drugs. "I use CCS as my LSD, and XML is my ecstasy," sang the girls, as they gyrated to techno music in tiny hotpants, at a European developers' conference in Oslo, Norway. The words were also flashed up on screens around the stage throughout the performance. The event was intended to mark a significant set of updates to its Windows Azure platform but has instead sparked anger amongst delegates.
  • Apple, Inc. on Monday refreshed its MacBook hardware, announced that OS X Mountain Lion will be available in July for $20, and delivered a beta version of iOS 6 to developers. The company also has more than 66 million Mac users, triple the number there were five years ago, according to Craig Federighi, Apple's VP of Mac software engineering. Apple introduced revised models of its MacBook Air and its MacBook Pro--with a 15" model sporting a version of the high-resolution Retina display added earlier this year to the third-generation iPad tablet. The company also presented a preview of the next version of its desktop operating system, OS X Mountain Lion, as well as a beta version of iOS 6, the company's mobile operating system. (See our related story: Apple iOS 6: Best New Features.) Conspicuously absent was any mention of the Mac Pro, Apple's desktop workstation which hasn't been updated since August, 2010, or of apps for Apple TV, which had been predicted by various Apple news websites. Nonetheless, Apple did update its Mac Pro, which at the top end now features two six-core 3.06GHz Intel Xeon X5675 chips. Apple also updated its AirPort Express with support for 2.4Ghz and 5GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi.
  • Security researchers say they've found a conclusive link between the Flame espionage malware and Stuxnet, the powerful cyberweapon that US and Israeli officials recently confirmed they designed to sabotage Iran's nuclear program. An early version of Stuxnet dating back to 2009 contained executable code that targeted what was then an unknown security flaw in Microsoft Windows, a discovery that brings the number of zero-day vulnerabilities exploited by the malware to at least five, researchers from Kaspersky Lab said Monday morning. Even more significantly, they discovered that a 6MB chunk of code found in the Stuxnet.A (1.0) variant contained the guts of today's Flame. In addition to unearthing previously overlooked data about how Stuxnet hijacked targeted networks, the discovery is important because it establishes the first positive connection between the developers of Stuxnet and those behind Flame, which came to light two weeks ago as a highly sophisticated espionage platform that targeted computers in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries.
  • Google's Android leader Andy Rubin took to Twitter to brag about the success of the open-source operating system, boasting that there are more than 900,000 activations of Android per day. In what could be seen as an effort to steal some of Apple's thunder ahead of their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week, Rubin also used the message to deny rumors that he was leaving the company. "No plans to leave Google," he Tweeted. "Oh, and just for meme completeness-there are over 900,000 android devices activated each day :-)."
  • New research shows that tablet owners are more likely to be older - and far more interested in consuming content than producing it. Those demographics blow holes in popular tablet-as-PC-replacement theories. The insights come from a report last week from market analyst comScore, which also shows that nearly one in four smartphone users also used tablets during the three-month period ending April 2012. A hefty 23.6% of smartphone users reported using tablets, while just 10.4% of feature phone owners had used tablets. The report didn't offer direct evidence of why smartphone usage was predictive of tablet usage, though some educated guesses could be made. First, you'd expect smartphone adoptees to be more interested in tablets. Second, the iPhone's onscreen keyboard demonstrated to consumers that a decent computing device didn't have to have a mouse and a physical keyboard. Finally, smartphone users might be more interested in tablets because of the idea that apps bought within a particular ecosystem (especially iOS, but also Android) can be used across devices. The insights come from a report last week from market analyst comScore, which also shows that nearly one in four smartphone users also used tablets during the three-month period ending April 2012. A hefty 23.6% of smartphone users reported using tablets, while just 10.4% of feature phone owners had used tablets.The report didn't offer direct evidence of why smartphone usage was predictive of tablet usage, though some educated guesses could be made.
  • Business social network LinkedIn issued more information and advice to its users over the weekend, in the wake of a massive cyber attack in which 6.5 million passwords were stolen. 6M LinkedIn Passwords Leaked: How to Change Your Password LinkedIn Hack FAQ: What You Need To Know The company said it is working closely with the FBI to pursue the perpetrators, and wants to be as transparent as possible while preserving the security of its members.

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