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ITProPortal Evening Roundup 15-05-12

Although parental controls have been around on Windows since Vista, the upcoming version will bring a plethora of new features as well as a much easier way to manage data and apply controls on certain accounts. Parents can now create a "child" account in Windows 8, one that can be either local or synced with Microsoft's Live ID, simply by marking a checkbox when the account is created. This action will turn on the Family Safety feature, also known as the parental controls.

AMD has unveiled its second-generation A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) codenamed "Trinity". These are aimed at ultra portable notebooks and all-in-one computers, although traditional laptops and desktops will also employ Trinity. AMD claims the new APU offers "best in class" performance alongside new heights of efficiency, with the chips boasting double the performance per Watt in comparison to the firm's previous generation.

An entry for a device called SCH-I535 has been recorded on NemaMark2 and could be Verizon's version of the Galaxy S3. Interestingly, this version appears to be sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, almost certainly the MSM8960. Other than the fact that it is a dual core model and is 4G/LTE enabled, its Adreno 225 GPU means that it excels in graphics benchmark, reaching up to 60fps in NemaMark2.

Earlier this week, Apple released two software updates that deliver recent OS X Lion security fixes to Macs running OS X 10.5 Leopard. The updates are related to vulnerabilities in Java and Adobe Flash Player for Macs in response to the Flashback Trojan infecting over half a million Mac machines worldwide.

Two separate reports, based on anonymous sources, point to Apple's change of heart towards its graphic processors suppliers. Apparently, the rumoured new range of the MacBook Pro will feature Nvidia's GPUs instead of the graphic processors from AMD. The current MacBook Pro, 15-inch and 17-inch models, rely on AMD's Radeon HD 6750M and 6770M graphic processors. The smaller version features an integrated Intel graphics chip.