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01 Mar 12 Google Chrome hacking contest offers $1M in prizes


Google is again offering cash prizes for hackers who can find security holes in its Chrome web browser during an annual conference in Vancouver this March.

This year, hackers at the CanSecWest security conference can earn up to $60,000 for each “full Chrome exploit” related to a bug in the browser and $40,000 for each “partial Chrome exploit,” Google said on its Chromium Blog this week, ahead of the March 7-9 conference.

It is also offering $20,000 “consolation” prizes for those who find security holes unrelated to a bug in Chrome itself, but related to Flash, Windows or other drivers and therefore able to affect multiple browsers.

Google already offers prizes for hackers who find security bugs in Chrome anytime through its Chromium Security Rewards program. In two years, the program has paid out $300,000. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)Winners will also receive a Chromebook, a notebook built on the Google Chrome operating system derived from the browser.

In total, Google said it could pay out up to $1 million in prizes, a figure significantly higher than the $20,000 it offered on the first day of the conference last year and the $10,000 it was offering in addition to $10,000 from its co-sponsor, the Zero Day Initiative.

Google calls the contest “a big learning opportunity” that helps it improve its own testing and security procedures.

CBC business commentator Kevin O’Leary said he thinks the contest is a “fantastic idea” because of all the free promotion Google is getting for running the contest in the first place.

Google already offers prizes for hackers who find security bugs in Chrome anytime through its Chromium Security Rewards program. In two years, the program has paid out $300,000, including base rewards ranging from $500 to $3,133.70 for finding bugs and bonuses of $500 to $1,000 for fixing a newly discovered bug.

A number of other companies and groups have similar programs, including Facebook, which began offering at least $500 per bug last July and paid out $40,000 in the first month of its “bug bounty” program.

Article source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/02/29/technology-google-chrome-security.html

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13 Feb 12 Chrome 18 beta pumps up the graphics


Between the official rollout of Chrome 17 and the launch of Chrome for Android, it’s already been a busy week for Google’s popular Web browser.

On Thursday, however, Chrome reached yet another milestone with the release of the beta version of Chrome 18, which appears to be particularly notable for the graphics improvements it enables.


“Every day the web becomes more powerful, allowing developers to create the next generation of beautiful, immersive experiences online,” wrote Associate Product Manager Tom Wiltzius in a Thursday post on the Google Chrome blog. “In our latest Chrome Beta release, we’ve made a few enhancements to ensure users have a smooth ride in these graphics-intensive applications.”

Faster and Smoother

Two key improvements promise to deliver better graphics to a wide range of users.

First, Chrome 18 enables GPU-accelerated rendering of 2D Canvas content, which should make Canvas-based games and animations run faster and feel smoother for most Windows and Mac users, Google engineers John Bauman and Brian Salomon explained in a separate post on the Chromium Blog.

To see which features are being accelerated, users of the new beta can type “chrome://gpu” into the software’s address bar.

“This is a tricky area to optimize, due to the wide variety of hardware and operating system configurations found in the wild,” Bauman and Salomon noted. “We’ve made a series of small improvements to the way this acceleration works.”

A Helping Hand on XP

For users with older hardware, meanwhile, the new Chrome 18 beta offers another graphics boost.

Because of their older GPUs and graphics drivers, such PCs typically can’t enjoy the rich content provided by technologies such as WebGL. The new Chrome beta, however, aims to work around those limitations.

Specifically, it now enables such PCs to display 3D content via SwiftShader, a software rasterizer Google has licensed from TransGaming that will automatically kick in for users who can’t run content on the GPU.

“Although SwiftShader won’t perform as well as a real GPU, it will be an improvement for many of our users on older operating systems such as Windows XP,” Bauman and Salomon wrote.

Targeting testers and early users, the new Chrome 18 beta version is now available as a free download for Windows XP, Vista, and 7. The developers of the software are particularly interested in feedback about performance with 2D Canvas graphics content, they say, so if you decide to check it out, you’re encouraged to report any bugs.

Article source: http://www.macworld.co.uk/digitallifestyle/news/index.cfm?newsid=3336835

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11 Feb 12 Chrome 18 Beta Pumps Up Graphics, Even on Old PCs


Between the official rollout of Chrome 17 and the launch of Chrome for Android, it’s already been a busy week for Google’s popular Web browser.

On Thursday, however, Chrome reached yet another milestone with the release of the beta version of Chrome 18, which appears to be particularly notable for the graphics improvements it enables.

“Every day the web becomes more powerful, allowing developers to create the next generation of beautiful, immersive experiences online,” wrote Associate Product Manager Tom Wiltzius in a Thursday post on the Google Chrome blog. “In our latest Chrome Beta release, we’ve made a few enhancements to ensure users have a smooth ride in these graphics-intensive applications.”

Faster and Smoother

Two key improvements promise to deliver better graphics to a wide range of users.

First, Chrome 18 enables GPU-accelerated rendering of 2D Canvas content, which should make Canvas-based games and animations run faster and feel smoother for most Windows and Mac users, Google engineers John Bauman and Brian Salomon explained in a separate post on the Chromium Blog.

To see which features are being accelerated, users of the new beta can type “chrome://gpu” into the software’s address bar.

“This is a tricky area to optimize, due to the wide variety of hardware and operating system configurations found in the wild,” Bauman and Salomon noted. “We’ve made a series of small improvements to the way this acceleration works.”

A Helping Hand on XP

For users with older hardware, meanwhile, the new Chrome 18 beta offers another graphics boost.

Because of their older GPUs and graphics drivers, such PCs typically can’t enjoy the rich content provided by technologies such as WebGL. The new Chrome beta, however, aims to work around those limitations.

Specifically, it now enables such PCs to display 3D content via SwiftShader, a software rasterizer Google has licensed from TransGaming that will automatically kick in for users who can’t run content on the GPU.

“Although SwiftShader won’t perform as well as a real GPU, it will be an improvement for many of our users on older operating systems such as Windows XP,” Bauman and Salomon wrote.

Targeting testers and early users, the new Chrome 18 beta version is now available as a free download for Windows XP, Vista, and 7. The developers of the software are particularly interested in feedback about performance with 2D Canvas graphics content, they say, so if you decide to check it out, you’re encouraged to report any bugs.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/249721/chrome_18_beta_pumps_up_graphics_even_on_old_pcs.html

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10 Feb 12 Chrome 18 Beta Pumps Up Graphics, Even on Old PCs


Between the official rollout of Chrome 17 and the launch of Chrome for Android, it’s already been a busy week for Google’s popular Web browser.

On Thursday, however, Chrome reached yet another milestone with the release of the beta version of Chrome 18, which appears to be particularly notable for the graphics improvements it enables.

“Every day the web becomes more powerful, allowing developers to create the next generation of beautiful, immersive experiences online,” wrote Associate Product Manager Tom Wiltzius in a Thursday post on the Google Chrome blog. “In our latest Chrome Beta release, we’ve made a few enhancements to ensure users have a smooth ride in these graphics-intensive applications.”

Faster and Smoother

Two key improvements promise to deliver better graphics to a wide range of users.

First, Chrome 18 enables GPU-accelerated rendering of 2D Canvas content, which should make Canvas-based games and animations run faster and feel smoother for most Windows and Mac users, Google engineers John Bauman and Brian Salomon explained in a separate post on the Chromium Blog.

To see which features are being accelerated, users of the new beta can type “chrome://gpu” into the software’s address bar.

“This is a tricky area to optimize, due to the wide variety of hardware and operating system configurations found in the wild,” Bauman and Salomon noted. “We’ve made a series of small improvements to the way this acceleration works.”

A Helping Hand on XP

For users with older hardware, meanwhile, the new Chrome 18 beta offers another graphics boost.

Because of their older GPUs and graphics drivers, such PCs typically can’t enjoy the rich content provided by technologies such as WebGL. The new Chrome beta, however, aims to work around those limitations.

Specifically, it now enables such PCs to display 3D content via SwiftShader, a software rasterizer Google has licensed from TransGaming that will automatically kick in for users who can’t run content on the GPU.

“Although SwiftShader won’t perform as well as a real GPU, it will be an improvement for many of our users on older operating systems such as Windows XP,” Bauman and Salomon wrote.

Targeting testers and early users, the new Chrome 18 beta version is now available as a free download for Windows XP, Vista, and 7. The developers of the software are particularly interested in feedback about performance with 2D Canvas graphics content, they say, so if you decide to check it out, you’re encouraged to report any bugs.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/249721/chrome_18_beta_pumps_up_graphics_even_on_old_pcs.html

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