Chrome: Nex-Gen Browser Plug-In API

Posted by Unknown | March 31, 2010 |


The Chromium Blog on Tuesday announced plan of incorporating Adobe Flash into its Chrome browser through the integration of a plug-in API. Google intends to distribute Flash with its Chrome browser, integrated into Chrome sandbox.

Flash Player have been the major platform on which a wide range of applications like games, video and enterprise Apps are run on the internet. But, given the high rate of security vulnerability and incompatibility issues of current browser plug-ins, Google have embarked on a partnership project with Adobe to help define next-generation browser plug-in API, with the sole aim of addressing the shortcomings.

Analysts have viewed the move as a plus for Adobe, given the steep competition from HTML, JavaScript and CSS standards. On the-other-hand, Google VP Engineering, Linus Upson, added that the project is expected to encourage innovations in both the HTML and plug-in landscapes, improving the web experience for users and developers alike.

The Flash Player experience in Google Chrome integration have been initially made available in the developer channel, with the full functionality to all chrome users to follow later. And developer are advised to run Chrome with the enable-internal-flash command line, to enable the built-in version of Flash.

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Geolocation: New Facebook Privacy Policy

Posted by Unknown | March 27, 2010 |


Michael Richter, DG Counsel of Facebook on a blog post on Friday announced a new proposal for revision of Facebook privacy policy and statement of rights and responsibilities to allow access to location information and permit general information sharing with approved websites on its platform.

He further added that the change is to make way to accommodate new products, and also improve ways users share and connect with the people and things in their lives.

Given the controversy trailing its earlier privacy reviews, it had afforded users the opportunity to review the proposed changes in its entirety and provide their thoughts on its Site Governance Page. And users have till April 3 to give their feedback.

However, as the changes also applies to access to third-party-sites and applications, whereby users data: comprising name, pictures, videos, general information and list of friends on their account are make public really calls for caution. And given the possibility to tagging friends location in pictures or video, as well as name, may pose some identity theft issues.

While Facebook intentions are not clearly stated-out, the possibility of opting out as contained in the proposed changes - applying to third-party-sites and applications, required to 'delete all data' if a users so requests is quite assuring.

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Security: Gmail Alert Against Intruders

Posted by Unknown | March 25, 2010 |


Google in an effort to curtail the incessant security challenge on its email platform, Gmail,  has introduced an automated notifier against suspicious account activities. The new feature notifies Gmail users on login attempts by an intruder, thereby augmenting existing security controls, and protect users account from hackers.

The feature follows a recently launched 'Last account activity' information link, all part of Google's effort to protect its email users against intruders hijacking their accounts.

Google engineering Director, Pavni Diwanji, stated that there is the possibility of linking the IP addresses of the suspicious activities with a specific individual or location. A measure that may well serve as a sure means of apprehending such cyber criminals. An automated system matches the relevant log of IP addresses of broad geographic locations and per Gmail privacy policy, determines when to display such messages.

However, these notifications are meant to warn users of suspicious activities on their account and not a replacement for internet security 'best practices.' As the new alert feature does not afford a comprehensive defense, users are advised to guard their privacy even more.

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Office Labs: Social Networking Research

Posted by Unknown | March 20, 2010 |


Microsoft, according to reports released Wednesday on its Office Labs blog had commenced experiment on incorporating micro-blogging cum social networking services in its Office Labs project with focus on business productivity.

Microsoft's attempt at harnessing the power of social networking had been evident in its earlier projects like, OfficeTalk: which applies the base capabilities of micro-blogging in a business concept, enabling employees exchange thoughts and activities within, and also potentially to anyone outside who might be interested.

Now, the company intends to incorporate same concept in a way that people and businesses will realize their value. The implementation involves using social networking tools across informal networks and creating unique collaboration efficiencies.

However, Microsoft failed to reveal much details of the service, which it was quick to label 'trying new ideas' that may never make it out of its internal testing.

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Microsoft Preview: IE9 Platform Unveiled

Posted by Unknown | March 16, 2010 |


The much anticipated peek into the IE9 platform was unveiled Tuesday by Dean Hachamovitch, GM Internet Explorer at the MIX 2010 Conference. In what was termed Internet Explorer 9 Platform preview - a new platform on which the browser intends to deal with the web, adding support to newer web technologies (HTML5), described the preview as only a framework, with the updated preview version expected in eight-weeks time.

According to the release, the project will develop into beta and eventually the full version - IE9 following an eight-weeks interval. The new software released framework is still lacking a 'back button'.

The new browser version will support web technologies such as Plug-In-Free Video, enhanced graphics, JavaScript and SVG support. Also new standards to be supported includes latest update in Hypertext Markup Language for Webpages and Cascading Style Sheets for formatting (HTML5 and CSS3).

Microsoft hopes to take-on the browser wars to the forefronts with heightened and renewed interest in open web standards, technologies which it purportedly shunned previously. Albeit, now making those standards the framework of its latest product IE9.

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Android Gets Opera Mini 5 Browser

Posted by Unknown | March 12, 2010 |


Android users have something to cheer about as Opera Software announces the release of the beta version of Opera mini 5 for Android in the company blog Thursday. The new platform according to the post supports features such as speed dial, compression through opera's server to speed-up web site downloads, and 'tabbed browsing,' bookmarks and password manager.

Opera Mini 5 dramatic speed loads sites faster than the pre-installed Android browsers on both the Droid and the MyTouch 3G.

Also, the browser delivers a desktop like web interface on mobile similar to PC's - as Mini is configured to work on non-smart phones with less capable screen, and slower internet connections. But, given that newer smart phones come with alternative browser bundles, such as Apple's iPhone OS and Palm Web OS, the company faces steeper challenge.

However, this latest move to expand its hold on the Mobile browser market is viewed by analysts as timely - given the Androids vantage position. The mobile browser can run Java applications and is also available for Research In Motions BlackBerry models, and supports Windows Mobile 5 and 6.

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IE Zero-Day: Microsoft Patch Tuesday Warns

Posted by Unknown | March 10, 2010 |

Microsoft on Tuesday issued a fresh security advisory on vulnerability in internet explorer that could allow remote code execution. The vulnerability, which could allow an attacker take control of a system via malicious coded websites, is attributed to an invalid pointer reference within internet explorer accessible after an object is deleted.

The company, however, stated that all supported versions of Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail open HTML email messages in the restricted site zone, and thereby mitigates the effect of such an attack. Also protected mode in internet explorer on Windows Vista and later Windows versions helps to limit the impact of the vulnerability. Whereas, internet explorer on Windows server 2003 and 2008 respectively runs in a restricted mode (Enhanced Security Configuration) by default.

The Advisory contain workarounds, and where not applicable advices users to upgrade to later versions - IE6 and IE7 users are advised to upgrade to IE8.

The new IE zero-day bug have formed the fodder on which the browser wars is manned against Microsoft and for the second time in a roll, it has admitted that the bug is responsible for the target on Google by cyber attackers from China.

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Open Web Standard: HTML5 And IE9

Posted by Unknown | March 06, 2010 |


Microsoft's recent toolkit that allow developers to create web applications to store data locally or on the web, really calls to point a shift in the company's stance on open standards. As before now, Microsoft have been criticized for not supporting modern open web standards, which in turn have given rise to third party browser vendors like Firefox and Chrome.

Open standards have been proven to feature a more compliant browsing experience for users and better support from developers standpoint. Also making it possible to alternate browsers without having to worry about sites not responding properly.

However, tech analysts generally are of the view that Microsoft is bound to make an open announcement in support of open standards in its beta release of internet explorer 9 at the upcoming MIX 2010 conference. The open standard, HTML5 is expected to be one of the standards to be included in the conference.

Microsoft declined to comment on the claims - though enough tractions go to support the view. However, we will have to wait the proceeding week to tell.

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Google Research: Education Related Search

Posted by Unknown | March 04, 2010 |


Google has embarked on a new project to harness the amazing research capabilities of internet search - ideal for students research on subjects for tests papers. Google director of research, Peter Norvig, revealed in a presentation to the Search Marketing Expo - SMX West 2010.

Though the project is still in the early stage, Norvig iterated Google's thinking in line with exploring 'education search' and helping students to access data organized on concepts and ideas. The speed and precision with which information are mulled over internet searches need to be incorporated into the educational process - that is, curriculum based research.

Google research project tends to support long term learning process , rather than a minute answer to a given query. The idea behind it, however, stems from concern on 'deep reading' culture of young adults who have grown into the internet age.

This latest Google research innovation is very much welcome, given the vast pool of knowledge available over internet search and appropriate if harnessed to help students arrive to their true research destinations.

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