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Chrome falls first at Pwn2Own

At this years P2n2Own hacking competition Google's Chrome browser was the first victim. Pwn2Own is a yearly hacking contest where hackers are invited to see who can hack different products and if you are the first one to hack that particular product you win it (or prize money in the case of web browsers). At last years contest no one was able to hack Google's Chrome browser (Safari was the first one to fall last year) but in this years edition, according to PCMag, Chrome was the first one to fall.

Though Google's Chrome was left unscathed at last year's CanSecWest's Pwn2Own hacking competition, this year it was the first one to fall.

ZDNet reported that the Google browser was taken down by a group of French hackers called Vupen – the same team that cracked Safari at last year's contest.



iPad: The Good and the Bad

Since this week has been pretty much dominated by the news of the new iPad there really isn't much other tech news. AppChronicles takes a look a the new iPad and points out the good and the bad things they like and don't like about the newest Apple release. 

Well, we’re finally here. After months and months of speculation, rumors, false reports, and countless prognostications, the new iPad (that’s actually the real name, it seems) has at long last been unveiled. As you would expect after such a build up, there were a lot of expectations for the new device, so let’s go through what some of our expectations were and see if they were met.

New iPad

Yes its true, the iPad 3 is here, but its not called the iPad 3, its just called "iPad". Apple has decided to ditch the numbers following the iPad name and is just referring to this as the new iPad (which might make things confusing down the road). The new iPad has some improvements that no doubt will get Apple fans to start lining up to get their hands on the news iPad model. Gizmodo has the full rundown on what is new in the new iPad.




The Lost Cell Phone Experiment

Pretty much every avid Smartphone users worst nightmare is losing their phone. So to see just how bad losing your phone really is Symantec did an experiment with phones they specially setup to see if they'd be returned and what the person who found the phone would do with them. Symantec setup a few folders marked "Private Banking", "HR Salary Info" and it wasn't too surprising that more often than not the person finding the "lost phone" opened those folders to see what what was inside. MSNBC has the full story which is worth a read and serves as a good reminder to make sure your information is secure especially on a device like your phone that can be easily lost.

What would you do if you found a smartphone on the subway or at a coffee shop? If you're like most Americans, you'd rummage through the phone looking for photos, emails and even private banking information. And the chances are only 50-50 that you would try to return the phone.

Computer security firm Symantec Corp. recently conducted an elaborate, first-of-its-kind study on lost smartphones and shared the results exclusively with TODAY and The company set a trap for human nature, then sat back and watched. The results were not pretty. 

Windows 8 Start Button is Back!

If you've been using the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview and have been missing the good old Start Button that you've grown accustomed to there is finally some good news. Stardock has released their "Start8" program that is available for free download which brings back the Start Button in Windows 8 Consumer Preview and makes everything right again (follow this link to get the free download).




New iPad vs. Everything Else

In case you didn't hear, there is a new iPad coming. The new iPad naturally is generating quite the buzz thanks to "the Apple factor" but just how does it stack up against the competition? Engadget takes a look at new tablets from ASUS, Samsung, and Toshiba and shows you what the difference between these tablets is.

You may be thinking, how does that new iPad stack up against the best slates we've seen? Well, you're about to find out. Truth be told, two of these behemoths -- the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity 700 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 -- were just announced, but impressive spec sheets earned them a seat at the table. We'll cut out the jabbering and get right down to business. Follow us down past the break for a breakdown of features before you decide which tablet will soon be yours.

HardwareHeaven at CeBIT

HardwareHeaven is at CeBIT in Hannover Germany and they're bringing us coverage on what has been released since CES.  CeBIT is a great show and it's interesting what companies are launching in Europe that wasn't quite ready for Las Vegas in January.  Good stuff for sure.

Over at Sapphire we get to see one of the first, real, custom 7800's as well as their first Vapor chamber cooler... oh and a matter of two 7900 series cards with dual BIOS (2nd overclocked) and well into double figures of memory between them. Any guesses how much is on each card?

Ivy Bridge Preview: Core i7 3770K

AnandTech has a look at the new Core i7 3770K and finds out that this new chip from Intel has a very hefty GPU inside.  The embedded graphics is handled with the Intel HD 4000 series and it looks pretty decent as it can play Skyrim.  What amazes me, is that this chip is a mere 77W.





Mini RAM Roundup

With the price of RAM dropping like it has, it is a great time to grab some extra RAM.  Take a look at a few of the kits available today.

AMD Performance Edition 8GB DDR3-1600 Memory Kit - HiTechLegion --=-- G.Skill Ripjaws-Z DDR3 1866MHz 16GB Memory Kit - eTeknix --=-- Kingston HyperX Red Limited Edition DDR3-1600 2x4GB Memory Kit - HiTechLegion --=-- G.Skill RipjawsZ DDR3-2133MHz 16GB - HardwareHeaven

Office 15 Information

The Verge has posted up some screenshots of the upcoming Office 15 suite from Microsoft.  This new version looks pretty minimalistic and it looks like very touch-screen oriented.  This is not a bad idea as Windows 8 looks very touch-screen oriented anyway and combined with this suite, you have a very complete and product Windows 8 phone, tablet and PC experience. 

A small number of third-party partners, OEMs, and businesses have access to the code, but Microsoft is staying mum on the exact features of its next release. We previously took a closer look at Office 15 with detailed screenshots of its new Metro inspired interface, showing off the clean and simple look for the future of Office.

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