PS3 Skyrim lag problem caused by bookshelves? Now fixed? PC beta patch notes suggest so

Gerald Lynch Gaming, Tech Digest news 5 Comments

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may have won game of the year awards left, right and centre, but that didn't bring much joy to PS3 owners of the massive RPG. A game-breaking bug on the version for Sony's console…

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Gadget FAIL? Try turning it off and back on again in 27% of cases

Gerald Lynch Gadgets, TD Tips, Tech Digest news 1 Comment

Ever taken a screwdriver to the innards of a beloved, dying gadget in the hopes of breathing new life into it? Well you shouldn't bother according to the Gadget Helpline, as in many cases there is a much simpler solution;…

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Apple support throws up fix for iPad Wi-Fi woes

Gerald Lynch Apple, iPad, Tech Digest news 1 Comment

Quite a few iPad owners have been complaining that their new tablet devices wont play nice with their Wi-Fi internet connections. Weak signals and unrecognisable Wi-Fi networks are being blamed on the iPad's small antenna, but Apple believe they may…

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Security fix on its way to Internet Explorer

Gerald Lynch Computer Security, Internet, Tech Digest news 3 Comments

Microsoft are about to roll out a security update that should see users of Internet Explorer 6 protected from the attacks that have caused the French and German governments to condemn the browser. The vulnerability highlighted by the recent phishing…

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How to: Fix your parents' PC remotely with TeamViewer

Duncan Geere Software 8 Comments

Teamviewer did a fantastic job this morning when I used to it to help my Dad troubleshoot a network issue. Despite him living in a remote village in eastern France, I was able to quickly and securely view his desktop. If I’d wanted to, I’d have been able to conduct a presentation, transfer a file, or join a VPN.

All he needed to do was install a small program, and give me a userID and password. Seriously – if my Dad could manage it, then it can’t have been tricky. It’s free for non-commercial use, and very functional. I can’t recommend it enough.

Now all you need to know is how to actually fix the damn thing. For that, I recommend this guide from Lifehacker. Good luck, and don’t forget to set their homepage to Tech Digest when you’re done.

TeamViewer

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Seagate Fail part two: firmware fix breaks other drives

Duncan Geere Computers, Hard Drives 4 Comments

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Poor Seagate. Late last week, the news broke that their Barracuda 7200.11 1TB drives were failing en masse. Admirably, the company’s already published a firmware fix, but maybe they pushed it out a little too fast because it’s causing 500GB drive owners’ discs to fail en masse.

The update has been taken offline for the moment, and users of 1TB and 750GB drives are reporting successful updates, but if you’re on a 500GB drive and you’ve downloaded but not installed the update, then I certainly don’t recommend doing so just yet.

Seagate Forum (via Tom’s Hardware)

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Prevx develops Internet Explorer 7 fix for latest threat

Andy Merrett Internet, Software Leave a Comment

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Anyone who ignored this morning’s warning to abandon Internet Explorer 7 (and let’s face it, there are better things to be doing over lunch than changing your web browser) can instead rejoice that the first patch for the problem has been released by Prevx.

The web site states:

Prevx have developed a utility that users can run to enable and disable Microsoft’s suggested workarounds. This utility will allow you to disable the affected component of Internet Explorer until Microsoft release a patch via their windows update software.

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