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14 Jun 12 Google promises Chrome support for MacBook Pro with Retina Display


By AppleInsider Staff

Published: 09:20 PM EST (06:20 PM PST)

Google revealed on Wednesday that it is “committed to polishing” its Chrome browser to take advantage of Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

Nico Weber, a Google Software Engineer and “Chief Apple Polisher,” posted the promise to the company’s official Chrome blog along with a screenshot of the “early results” of high-resolution support in Chrome.

“We have further to go over the next few weeks, but were off to the races to make Chrome as beautiful as it can be,” he said.

In fact, Google has already begun testing the new polish the Canary developer version of Chrome. Anandtech’s Anand Lal Shimpi said that text in Chrome Canary is “no longer ugly,” compared to the “nasty result” from the current version of Chrome. According to Lal Shimpi, Chrome’s results come because it uses Apple’s text display API but renders to a Retina-unaware “offscreen canvas before scaling the text and displaying it on a web page.”

Though Chrome Canary addresses the rendering issue, Lal Shimpi did note it still “renders text differently” from Apple’s Safari.

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Source: Google

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Left: Chrome; Middle: Chrome Canary; Right: Safari | Source: Anandtech

Apple released the new MacBook Pro on Monday at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The 15-inch laptop’s new Retina Display features a resolution of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels. Demand for the laptop is currently outstripping supply, as shipping estimates for it on Apple’s Website are currently at three to four weeks.

Retina Display-optimized updates of Apple’s own Mac software have begun steadily rolling out. For instance, Apple released new versions of Final Cut Pro X, Aperture, and iPhoto on Monday.

Article source: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/06/13/google_promises_upcoming_chrome_support_for_macbook_pro_with_retina_display.html

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22 May 12 Google Chrome becomes most used Web browser


Google Chrome surpassed Internet Explorer last week as the world’s most used Web browser, according to a statistic released Monday.

The Google Web browser received more usage than Microsoft’s browser during the week of May 14 to May 20, marking the first time Chrome has received the highest traffic for a full seven days.

Chrome is now ahead of Internet Explorer, with Firefox in third place and Apple’s Safari a distant fourth, according to the website StatCounter.

Google would not address the statistic from StatCounter directly, but the company did put out a statement.

“It’s great to see more and more people around the world experiencing the speed, simplicity and security of Chrome,” a spokesperson for the company said in an email. “We continue to remain focused on building a better browsing experience so that people can enjoy a better web.”

But while Chrome is finally No. 1 worldwide, there are still certain regions on the planet where Internet Explorer holds the title.

In the U.S., Chrome was still in second place, and that held true to a dramatic degree in some countries like Japan and China, as noted by The Verge.

However, the opposite held true in other countries and regions. In India, Chrome is the most used while Internet Explorer falls to third place, and in South America, Chrome brings in almost half of all Web traffic.

All in all, this is good news for Google because while browsers themselves do not make money, ad clicks from their search queries do. With more people using Chrome now, Google can rest assured its search engine is the default for most Web surfers.

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Article source: http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-google-chrome-browser-20120521,0,3235434.story?track=rss

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05 May 12 People under 35 prefer Chrome and Safari


Recent reports by Forbes magazine and technology news source Ars Technica say that Internet Explorer from Microsoft Corp. is regaining the lead as the world’s most popular browser. I’m skeptical. I don’t know anyone who uses IE by choice—except maybe my grandparents.

So, I polled a roomful of my twenty-something peers who agreed that when it’s up to us, it’s Google Chrome. If we were a Mac crowd, I’d expect the same for Apple Safari. (IPhones and iPads run Safari by default, as do all Macintosh devices.)  Only when forced to—for example, when IE is already installed on a company computer—do my friends and I use the Microsoft browser.

Then I looked for some evidence to counter the claims of Internet Explorer’s popularity and found what I wanted: The graph below, compiled by e-mail ad platform provider LiveIntent.

LiveIntent sends millions of e-mail newsletters worldwide each day on behalf of more than 100 publishers. It uses third-party databases to obtain demographic information about who opens the messages.

The data show that the younger set indeed prefers Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari browsers to Internet Explorer. Moreover, the majority of those aged 21 to 35 in the LiveIntent pool open e-mails with the iPhone. Although iPhone users account for less than 25% of the total e-mail opens, the great popularity of the Apple device in that age range is apparent. Many consumers also open e-mails on Android mobile devices—this is clearly a mobile generation. Additionally, younger consumers frequently use Firefox while on PCs.

For retailers, this data demands attention for two reasons. One, if you’re not optimizing your e-commerce site for mobile browsing on Apple and Android devices you risk losing out on selling to younger consumers who tend to be avid buyers of fashion, electronics and home décor. Consumers quickly ignore sites that don’t render well on mobile devices. With more and more of them using smartphones to shop, the losses will only increase.

Secondly, looking ahead, retailers might consider giving less weight to Internet Explorer in testing how well their sites render on a PC.  In an extreme case, one online startup with limited resources, portfolio-hosting service 4ormat, decided to completely drop IE support for their web pages and saved $100,000, TechCrunch reported recently. For this small web site operator, paying attention to the specific demographic of its clients resulted in significant savings.

For any retailer, it’s all about knowing its customers and figuring out the best way to allocate limited resources. For the time being, many consumers still use IE, as even 4ormat realizes.

“Choosing to not support certain browsers or spending more time on other browsers is directly related to your resources and audience. Any retailer would want good support for IE7 and above, just because so many people are locked into IE in corporate environments and make purchases while at work,” 4ormat co-founder Tyler Rooney told me in an e-mail. “That said, I feel like many new retailers might see a better use of resources by degrading features on IE7/8 and spending more time on fully featured sites for mobile browsers.” He went on to cite recent reports of iPad shoppers purchasing not only more frequently, but also spending more than desktop shoppers.

The data speak, and retailers would be well advised to pay attention to the browsing trends of the increasingly mobile younger generation of shoppers.




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Article source: http://www.internetretailer.com/commentary/2012/05/04/people-under-35-prefer-chrome-and-safari

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02 May 12 Flashback Malware Robs Google of $10000/Day in Ad Revenue


password prompt displayed by flashback trojan

The authors of MacOS malware ‘Flashback’ are reaping an estimated $10,000 a day by through an additional component, Symantec reports. 

On Tuesday night Symantec reported that in addition to the much-reported spyware component, Flashback also installs an ad-clicking component that works in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari browsers.” 

Here’s how it works: when an infected user conducts a Google search, Google will return its normal search results. Flashback waits for someone to click on an ad, and once this happens the user is silently directed to another, irrelievant ad that generates revenue for the attackers.

As a result, Google doesn’t know someone has clicked into its client’s ad, and the client never knows its ad wasn’t delivered. Ultimately, Google’s advertising clients are paying for Flashback’s attackers to host ads on Google.

“There’s very little Google [or any other search engine] can do about it,” said Vikram Thakur, a principal security response manager at Symantec. “From their perspective, they’ve posted an ad that nobody has clicked on.” The only thing that can stop this is for infected users to clean their computers. 

Click fraud is a common component of Windows malware, but Thakur said this is the most sophisticated campaign he’s seen in MacOS.

Symantec said each click generates 0.08 cents for the attackers. Sounds like chump change, but if Flashback has truly infected around 650,000 Macs as reported by Dr. Web, Symantec said the authors are making upwards of $10,000 a day from click fraud. This estimate was calculated by cross-multiplying the results of another ad-clicking Trojan from last August, W32.Xpaj.B. 

Ad Click Evades Sinkhole
Thakur said the ad-clicking component is still active in infected Macs that have been sinkholed. Sinkholing blocks anticipated server domain names used by command-and-control servers, which prevents the Trojan from receiving instructions from their commander.

My coworker Neil Rubenking pointed out that the distinction with ad-serving servers is that they are not intrinsically bad—they aren’t typically picked up by security firms and don’t need to constantly change domain names.

Last week Dr. Web reported that Twitter was being used to disseminate domain names as well. If an infected machine receives an incorrectly formatted reply from a CC server, it searches Twitter for the real CC’s IP address. The Russian security firm began taking over domains in this category on April 13, but said Twitter blocked the account the next day. 

“These Guys Aren’t Amateurs”
To increase the lifecycle of this quick money-making scheme, Thakur said the malware authors introduced a “cool feature”: a whitelist. The whitelist is a list of search terms on which Flashback is NOT triggered; these are search terms typically bought into by high-profile clients like PayPal and Wikipedia who would likely notice immediately if their ads weren’t yielding clicks.

“These people aren’t amateurs,” said Thakur. “They knew exactly what needed to to be done to increase the lifecycle of this Trojan.” 

Article source: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/297323-flashback-malware-robs-google-of-10-000-day-in-ad-revenue

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09 Apr 12 Requirements: Supported browser for editing: Apple Safari, Google Chrome …


With the first Beta version of its original service released in 2008, Wix is no newcomer to the website creation arena. But Wix (free, Premium plans start at $5 per month) has just reinvented itself: Its previous offering was entirely based on Flash, and this current release leaves Flash behind for the power and ubiquity of HTML5. With the new Wix, you can create beautiful, modern-looking personal, portfolio, and business websites, without writing a single line of code and without running Flash.

Wix template screenshotWix features dramatic, beautiful templates that make it easy to get started making a website.To start you off, Wix offers dozens of ready-made HTML5 templates, subdivided into categories such as Kids, Music, Fashion, Food Drink, and more. There are also single-page personal profile templates, competing directly against services like about.me and flavors.me. The templates are beautiful, and don’t look anything like WordPress or other content management systems. Like Weebly, Wix uses Web fonts, so it’s not all Arial and Times New Roman: Titles are sometimes rendered in playful script fonts, and some themes use with thin, all-caps sans serif fonts for dramatic impact. The templates avoid Lorem Ipsum, opting instead for placeholder text that’s in plain English and more closely resembles actual copy. In the rare event that no template catches your fancy, you can always start with a blank slate and create your website from scratch.

Wix image insertion screenshotWix lets you customize individual components, such as image galleries.The Wix editor is a joy to use. Click an element, and you can drag it around, change its text, or edit its appearance. You can customize just about anything: A template I was editing used ribbon elements that appeared to “fold” across the left side of images. With the editor, I was able to change their direction and color scheme so that they folded onto the image from the right. Since everything is based on CSS, I only had to change one ribbon, and Wix applied the change across all of the others. For many elements, the editor offers presets you can pick from, but also lets you create your own settings from scratch for your own unique look.

Wix also makes it easy to create new pages and arrange them in the menu, as well as customize the menu itself. Pages are arranged by types, such as a gallery, text pages, a Services page, and so on. Unlike Weebly, Wix does not let you create a blog as part of your site, nor bring in other editors to help you author content and maintain the site.

Wix fonts screenshotWix supports Web fonts, which means your website can break out of the familiar Arial and Times New Roman.The other side of the coin for Wix’s ease of use is that you can’t get at the actual CSS and HTML that drive your website. Even if you know what you’re doing and want to customize things by coding, Wix will not let you do that: Everything is locked behind the editor. This also means that when you design you website with Wix, you are effectively married to the service. Wix does not support exporting your content, and monthly plans are relatively expensive for a simple web hosting service.

Wix does have a free option, but it displays a Wix banner at the bottom of your website and will not let you use your own domain name. Even the Connect Domain premium plan that costs $5 per month leaves the banner intact-to get rid of it, you must upgrade at least to the Combo plan, which is $10 per month. If you don’t mind the rates (or the banner and Wix branding), Wix’s new HTML5 version offers some of the best visual website creation tools I have seen to date.

Note: The Download button takes you to the vendor’s site, where you can use the latest version of this Web-based software.

–Erez Zukerman

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/253379/create_a_website_easily_with_wix_even_the_free_version.html

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05 Apr 12 Mass. company study finds Google Chrome has poorest security


A recent study released by iViZ Security, a testing service for Web applications founded by Bikash Barai and Nilanjan De, reported that, of the major Web browsers, Chrome had the most “critical vulnerabilities” with 152. Mozilla Firefox followed with 68 “critical vulnerabilities,” followed by Microsoft Internet Explorer (31) and Apple Safari (29).

The findings were part of a report titled “Security Comparison of Browsers: An Independent Report” that came as a result of in-depth analysis carried out by iViZ research labs covering all major browsers.

“Almost everybody uses browser for Web-surfing, social-networking and doing financial transactions over the Web. Perhaps that’s why Web browsers are most frequently targeted by hackers,” said Barai, CEO of iViZ. “There have been two reports out on a similar topic in past few months, but they were funded by different browser vendors and not surprisingly the vendor who funded the study came out on top. So at iViZ, we decided to independently check the vulnerabilities discovered in popular browsers.”

Summarizing the report, Jitendra Chauhan, who headed the research, said: “The vulnerabilities discovered should not be the sole judgment criteria. There are a multiple factors like security architecture, ease of exploitation, impact of vulnerability, window of exposure and several others. [For example] Chrome has an innovative security architecture with sandboxing capability that mitigates risk of direct code execution. This report highlights some of the interesting facts about browser security.”

Headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., iViZ Security provides a cloud-based penetration testing service for Web applications. Unlike scanners which lack in quality and consultants who are expensive, iViZ delivers consultant grade quality testing in a software-as-a-service based, cost-effective, subscription model, the company said.

The company has more than 300 customers.

Co-founder De, serves as iViZ chief scientific officer and director.

Article source: http://www.indusbusinessjournal.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=90D7F74294A2453CAC7ADCFFFBF8DB17

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06 Mar 12 Google fixes 14 Chrome bugs before hackathon


Google pushed out another update to its Chrome Web browser Sunday, fixing 14 holes three days before Chrome’s trial by fire in an annual hacking competition.

The latest version, 17.0.963.65, fixes errors with cursors, backgrounds and plug-ins not loading, as well as issues with copying and pasting text and using touch controls on websites, according to the official Chrome blog.

It also pushes out the latest version of Adobe Flash Player, which ought to restore functionality to the “Plants vs. Zombies” app that’s been unusable since the last Chrome update in mid-February.

As is customary with Chrome updates, Google will be paying the finder of each patched flaw $1,000. But this update brought added prizes — three of the four people who found the latest round of bugs have been so prolific recently that Google’s giving each of them an extra $10,000 just for being “awesome” and bringing “significant pain” to bugs.

“We have always reserved the right to arbitrarily reward sustained, extraordinary contributions. In this instance, we’re dropping a surprise bonus,” wrote Jason Kersey of the Chrome team on the blog posting. “We reserve the right to do so again and reserve the right to do so on a more regular basis!”

On Wednesday, several teams and individuals will begin the three-day Pwn2Own hackathon at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, B.C., trying to crack the most recent versions of Apple’s Safari, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer. All will be running on fully patched versions of Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

Chrome has made it through the last two Pwn2Own contests unblemished.

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Article source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46633321/ns/technology_and_science-security/

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13 Feb 12 Chrome for Android comes with Easter eggs





Chrome for Android comes with Easter eggs

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Open more than 99 tabs in Chrome for Android, and a tab button that doesn’t have room for a three-digit number just gives you a smile.
(Credit: screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET)

Shortly after Google released its Chrome browser for Android, enthusiasts are finding the Easter eggs tucked away into the software.

One draws attention to the fact that the browser doesn’t have the eight-tab limit of Apple’s Safari on iOS. The browser shows a button showing the number of tabs; tapping the button takes a person to a page with all the tabs showing. But there’s only room for two numeric digits in the button.
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Article source: http://asia.cnet.com/crave/chrome-for-android-comes-with-easter-eggs-62213368.htm

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13 Feb 12 Chrome for Android comes with Easter eggs





Chrome for Android comes with Easter eggs

chrome for android
Open more than 99 tabs in Chrome for Android, and a tab button that doesn’t have room for a three-digit number just gives you a smile.
(Credit: screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET)

Shortly after Google released its Chrome browser for Android, enthusiasts are finding the Easter eggs tucked away into the software.

One draws attention to the fact that the browser doesn’t have the eight-tab limit of Apple’s Safari on iOS. The browser shows a button showing the number of tabs; tapping the button takes a person to a page with all the tabs showing. But there’s only room for two numeric digits in the button.
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Article source: http://asia.cnet.com/crave/chrome-for-android-comes-with-easter-eggs-62213368.htm

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11 Feb 12 Webkit Use by Google Chrome, Apple Safari Could be Next IE6


Dominance of a single browser is rarely a benefit for the evolution of the Internet.

As we are moving past IE6, the co-chairman of the W3C CSS Working Group, Daniel Glazman, is warning web designers that a similar pain in the neck is growing. Websites that are built entirely with Webkit browsers in mind are threatening to turn Webkit browsers into a “de facto standard” and create another monopoly.

According to StatCounter, Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari owned about 34 percent of the browser market in January. In February, that share will be climbing to nearly 36 percent and closely match the market share of IE. More significantly, Chrome 16 alone has accounted for more 26 percent of the HTML5 browser market this month and almost 30 percent if we include Safari 5.1, far ahead of IE9 with about 12 percent and Firefox 9 10 with a combined 16 percent. IE8 still has about 20 percent of the market, but does not support HTML5.

“Without your help, without a strong reaction, this can lead to one thing only and we’re dangerously not far from there: other browsers will start supporting/implementing themselves the -webkit-* prefix, turning one single implementation into a new world-wide standard,” Glazman wrote. “It will kill our standardization process. That’s not a question of if, that’s a question of when.”

In a call to action, Glazman is asking web designers to stop designing websites for Webkit only, “in particular when adding support for other browsers is only a matter of adding a few extra prefixed CSS properties.” He directly addressed Apple and Google to prevent Webkit from taking over the browser world and requested the submission of “complete technical proposals for the proprietary CSS-like properties” in Chrome and Safari to support the open web.

Article source: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/webkit-google-chrome-apple-safari,news-14139.html

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