Week in Geek: New Security Hole Found Just Hours After Latest Java Update Released

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By Akemi Iwaya on September 2nd, 2012

Our first edition of WIG for September is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Firefox 16 Beta introduces new command line feature for developers, Google to restore passwords lost using Chrome iOS app, new password stealing malware is targeting Linux & Mac OS X users, and more.

Special Note: The title refers to the latest security update of Java just released this past Thursday. Please refer to our article on disabling Java here.

Skull and crosshair targeting scope clipart courtesy of Clker.com.

Weekly News Links

Image courtesy of Ars Technica.

  • Firefox 15 arrives, supports compressed textures for impressive 3D gaming
    The update brings a number of noteworthy enhancements, including new built-in development tools and enhanced support for cutting-edge Web standards that enable sophisticated gaming experiences. Under the hood, Firefox 15 introduces a new optimization that can radically reduce the browser’s memory footprint for users who rely on many add-ons.
  • Mozilla previews “command line” in Firefox 16 Beta
    Web developers will be able to drive Firefox from the command line thanks to one of the new features that has appeared in Firefox 16, which has just arrived in the Firefox Beta channel. The Developer Toolbar sits at the bottom of the browser’s window and provides quick, keyboard-driven access to many of the developer features in Firefox. Post has a video of the new feature in action.
  • Mockups of the Upcoming Firefox for Windows 8
    While Firefox for Windows 8 is not quite ready, Mozilla has a pretty good idea of how the “modern” UI version of the browser is going to look like. And it’s going to look a lot like the Android version. Post has images of the mock-up design.
  • Thunderbird 15 activates instant messaging
    Following the arrival of Firefox 15, the Mozilla Project has released version 15 of its open source Thunderbird email client, which includes security improvements, some new features, instant messaging support and an updated user interface.
  • Ubuntu One Added to Thunderbird 15 Filelink
    The Ubuntu community should know that Ubuntu One is now one of the online storage providers for Mozilla Thunderbird 15.0’s Filelink feature (a feature previously added to Mozilla Thunderbird 14).
  • Google Chrome Wrench Icon to be Replaced
    Google Chrome’s familiar ‘Wrench’ icon is to be replaced by a new icon. The ‘Wrench’ icon is used to denote the settings menu and has been present in every release of Chrome since 2008. If you’re on the bleeding edge of Chrome development (i.e. the dev channels) then you’ll already know this; the new icon has been in place for a few weeks.
  • 10 New Apps Heading to ChromeOS
    10 new applications are to ship in future versions of Chrome OS by default. Google hopes that adding the apps will make Chrome OS easier to use ‘out of the box’.
  • GNOME-flavoured Ubuntu Spin Coming October 18th
    It’s official: a pure GNOME edition of Ubuntu is to be released later this year. ‘Gnomebuntu’, to be based on Ubuntu 12.10, will be released on October 18th – the same day that Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu all release their latest versions.
  • GNOME 3.6 beta arrives with redesigned message tray
    After a delay of almost a week, the GNOME project has announced the release of GNOME 3.5.90 – this constitutes the first beta for GNOME 3.6, scheduled to arrive at the end of September.
  • The truth about Goobuntu: Google’s in-house desktop Ubuntu Linux
    For the first time, Google reveals some details about its desktop of choice: Ubuntu.
  • HP launches first version of Open WebOS in beta
    HP delivers the open-source version of WebOS in beta, with the hope of putting previous criticisms to rest.
  • ‘GIMP Magazine’ Launches Sept 5th
    The first issue of ‘GIMP Magazine’ is set to drop on September 5th. The free magazine, which aims to publish four issues a year, features works from various creatives in the GIMP and free-software communities.
  • Google begins reminding users of friends’ birthdays
    Following Facebook’s lead, the Web giant will note when someone in a user’s Google+ circle marks another year on the planet — on Google.com
  • Google Map Maker users can now share their maps via Google+
    Those of you who build and tweak your own maps via Google’s Map Maker can now share them with your circles on Google+. Your Google+ contacts can view and comment on the maps you create through the Google tool.
  • Google+ starts to deliver for businesses
    The social network is making its way slowly but surely into the Google Apps enterprise portfolio, kicking off with a trio of features.
  • Several Zune Music Features Are Getting the Axe, as Xbox Music Looms
    With Xbox the premiere “entertainment” brand at Microsoft, services that used to carry the Zune brand are being discontinued. Microsoft announced to its remaining Zune Pass users that some features were going to be disabled this past Friday, in preparation for the Xbox Music launch, later this year.
  • Google to restore passwords eaten by Chrome iOS app
    A bug involving the Incognito anonymous-browsing feature was wiping out users’ saved passwords as well as some other data. But Google says it’s got the issue in its sights.
  • Facebook ad targeting to use e-mails, phone numbers
    A new tool for advertisers lets them target ads to customers who have already used their services.
  • Why offering free apps may be more profitable than charging users
    John Manoogian, co-founder and CTO at 140 Proof, makes an interesting observation about making money in the App Economy: free apps may deliver more returns than the micro-paid apps.
  • Internet addiction fueled by gene mutation, scientists say
    A variation in one gene, CHRNA4, is more prevalent among those who are addicted to being online than those who are not — and is in fact significantly more common in women, say researchers.

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Skull and crosshair targeting scope clipart courtesy of Clker.com.

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 09/2/12
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