Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as the next version of Photoshop will not support Windows XP, Microsoft has found preloaded malware on PC production lines in China, Internet Explorer 8 users will lose browser support for Google Apps in November, and more.
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- New Firefox for Android Beta supports more devices
A new Reader Mode and more device support are the leading features of the newly released beta of Firefox for Android 16, the open source mobile web browser. The extended device support in the new “experimental” build is based around its ability to run on smartphones that use an older ARMv6 processor architecture.
- New FoxBrowser for iPad talks Firefox Sync
Soon after Mozilla discontinued development on Firefox Home, developer Simon Grätzer released Foxbrowser on the iOS App Store. The application is an open source browser for the iPad that can synchronise tabs, bookmarks and browsing history with desktop and Android instances of Firefox.
- Google adds ‘Do Not Track’ to latest Chrome test build
Google is jumping on the privacy bandwagon, adding Do Not Track tools to Chrome.
- Chrome for Android update strengthens sandbox
The Chrome version for Google’s Android mobile OS has been updated to improve the browser’s sandbox. The changes make it harder for malicious web sites to break out of their containment and compromise the rest of the processes running in the browser.
- Opera 12.10 Closes In on Beta Release, Adds Retina Display Support
Opera announced a beta candidate for version 12.10 of their web browser; Marlin is on hold for the moment. This means that there are still plenty of loose ends to tie up and that this release is a development snapshot, not yet ready for a wider audience.
- Windows XP users to lose Google Apps support in Internet Explorer
Per its year-old policy on supporting browsers, Google will discontinue support for IE8 when version 10 ships in November.
- Mozilla shows off Firefox OS
Mozilla has shown off a recent build of its Firefox OS for mobile devices, demonstrating more of the open source operating system’s features and functions. The demonstration video is embedded in the post.
- Microsoft said to have finalized Windows Phone 8 OS
Microsoft is believed to have shipped the RTM version of Windows Phone 8 operating system, according to sources. Now it’s time for carriers and handset makers to test and preload before the October 29 launch.
- openSUSE to support secure boot in next release
The latest release of openSUSE, 12.2, which became available last week, does not have support for secure boot. However, it does have support for the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, or UEFI.
- Upcoming Features of GNOME 3.8
Even if GNOME 3.6 has not yet been released, the GNOME developers have published some of the features that will be implemented in the next major release of the desktop environment, GNOME 3.8.
- Gmail Users Can Now Send and Save Attachments to SkyDrive
A new enhancement for the service is available and involves Gmail users, providing them with the possibility to easily save attachments on SkyDrive, while also being able to send files directly from the cloud storage. These new capabilities are available courtesy of Attachments.me, which took advantage of the new SkyDrive APIs to connect SkyDrive with Gmail.
- Opus: a new, free, open audio codec that outperforms everything else
The IETF has finished its standardization effort for Opus, a new free/open audio codec that reportedly outperforms all other codecs on all axes.
- Microsoft readies Office 2010 to Office 2013 upgrade program
Microsoft is said to be prepping to launch its latest Office upgrade offer this fall, and give qualifying users a choice of different Office versions to which they can move.
- Adobe: Next Photoshop won’t support Windows XP
Windows XP has been tremendously popular, but support for the 11-year-old operating system is waning. The next Photoshop will require Windows 7 or later.
- Windows 8 gets ‘browser ballot’ amid EU antitrust probe
European user of Windows 8 can now select their choice of browser, amid an European antitrust investigation into Microsoft’s failure to include the software in Windows 7.
- Apple to iPhone 5 buyers: No free 30-pin adapter for you
Some Apple Store sites were listing the adapter as free with the new iPhone, but that information was wrong.
- BlackBerry sinks to zero sales in ‘a meaningful number’ of stores
An analyst claims that BlackBerry devices are being squeezed from retailer shelves, further hurting RIM’s chances of turning things around.
- Zuckerberg: Facebook to move into search
Facebook CEO says that “at some point” Facebook intends to get into the search business.
- Your palm will be your next password
Intel has demonstrated new ways for devices to recognize individual users.
Image courtesy of The Official Microsoft Blog. (PDF report file is linked in first paragraph.)
- Microsoft: Malware preloaded on PC production lines in China
The company finds cybercriminals had infiltrated unsecure supply chains to hijack brand new computers, prompting an operation to disrupt the emerging Nitol botnet, and over 500 other strains of malware.
- Report: Half of Android devices have unpatched holes
Researcher says carriers are more focused on developing new products than securing the old ones.
- Chat app used by activists has security flaws, say critics
Security bloggers are piling on with the criticism of WhatsApp, saying there are serious problems with how data is protected from prying eyes in the popular mobile IM software.
- BlackHole 2.0 gives hackers stealthier ways to pwn
A new version of the BlackHole exploit kit is now out on the web and ready to start infecting. The developer of the toolkit, who goes by the handle “Paunch,” recently announced the availability of Blackhole 2.0, which removes much of its trove of known and patched exploits, and replaces them with a whole new crop—along with features that will make it harder for antivirus companies and site owners to detect trouble.
- Vulnerability in SSL encryption is barely exploitable
Researchers have discovered that, where data sent over an encrypted HTTPS connection has undergone prior compression, the door is opened to attackers who, by modifying the data traffic in a targeted manner, are then able to crack the encryption. Browser makers have, however, already reacted by disabling the additional functions which enable the vulnerability.
- Microsoft to deliver Flash update to Windows 8 users ‘shortly’
Microsoft has reversed course on a decision it announced last week. According to an official statement, Windows 8 users will receive critical security updates for Flash Player “shortly.” But larger questions remain.
- Possible hosting error hinders Apple’s Software Update
A hosting error — ‘NSURLErrorDomain error -1100’ — is causing a number of users to see error warnings when attempting to update their Macs.
- Microsoft Issues First Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Updates
Windows 8, Microsoft’s next major operating system release, won’t arrive on the market until the end of the next month, yet the company is already issuing updates for it, while preparing some more of them for the near future.
- Apple closes more than 160 security holes in iTunes
The latest update to the Windows version of Apple’s popular iTunes media player closes an alarming number of security holes. According to the company, iTunes 10.7 for Windows addresses a total of 163 vulnerabilities, all of which are in the WebKit browser engine used by the media player to display HTML-based pages in its iTunes Store.
- Google Gets Serious about Chrome Security on Linux
Google was a bit slow in the beginning getting its Chrome browser ready for Linux. That’s now changing as Google is now set to take advantage of an advanced Linux kernel feature that could well make Chrome on Linux more secure than any other OS.
- PHP 5.5 should reduce password sloppiness
Version 5.5 of PHP will come with an API designed to allow administrators and developers to safely store passwords. With its help, developers will be able to use just one line of code to generate a secure salted password hash using bcrypt.
- Is Microsoft forgetting what it knows about security process?
With the fight over who can put a browser on Windows RT still simmering away and with Windows RT tablets only a month off, now is not the time for Microsoft to make careless mistakes with Windows 8.
- Microsoft axes many of its Forefront enterprise security products
Microsoft is ceasing development of many of its Forefront products, choosing, instead to integrate more security capabilities into a number of its other products and services.
- Identifying state-sponsored malware increasingly difficult
The rising sophistication of cybercriminals is blurring the characteristics between their tools and state-sponsored malware, making it harder to attribute attacks.
- Kaspersky: Shamoon malware nothing more than ‘quick and dirty’
Kaspersky’s analysis of Shamoon malware has concluded it was a job pulled off by talented amateurs.
- Windows 8 Removed Nine Features from Windows 7
Which are the 9 features that have been removed or replaced? Learn from this article.
- Tablets Compared
Great chart and short accompanying article at iMore. Comparison is on Kindle Fire, iPad, Nexus 7, Surface RT, and Playbook
- “It’s the ISP”
A humorous comic looking at reasons why people who work with computes seem to have a lot of spare time.
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