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30 Dec 12 Google Chrome temporarily blocks Twitpic.com for malware risk


Google has blocked access to Twitpic.com, a popular photo sharing tool for Twitter, after identifying it as a malware risk. Some users are also complaining that Twitter’s own t.co URL shortener service is also broken at the moment but we are not sure if the two are incidents are linked in any manner.

Interestingly, pics posted via Twitpic appear in the expanded mode on Twitter when viewed on Google Chrome. We should hopefully get an update soon on the situation. It is unlikely for the block to remain for long and in all probability the affected services are working it with Google as we file this post.

UPDATE: Twitpic denies there is anything wrong with its service to invoke the malware notice and is trying to contact Google.

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Article source: http://www.bgr.in/news/google-chrome-temporarily-blocks-twitpic-com-for-malware-risk/

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29 Dec 12 Google Chrome Browser Cracking Down on Extensions


The Windows version of Google Chrome is one of the most widely used browsers. And Google is now tightening restrictions on browser extensions that install themselves without full notification to users.

This may be frustrating for companies that bundle browser extensions with their standard user download packages. But it will make the Chrome browser more secure and set a positive security example for browser extensions generally. And for the IT community at midsize firms, this is a welcome development.

Browser extensions have become an all too popular vector for malware exploits. This makes better protection of browsers good news for all users–not just individuals using a browser to surf the Internet, but companies that depend on the open Web to reach out to customers.

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As Seth Rosenblatt reports at CNET, Google Chrome for Windows will now require most browser extensions to get explicit user acknowledgment and permission before the extension can be installed. Two new features in Chrome 25 will enforce the new rules.

The only extensions exempt from the new requirement are those that come directly from the Chrome store, and are thus under the Google aegis.

According to Peter Ludwig, Chrome product manager, the previous policy of allowing silent installation of third-party extensions had been “widely abused” to install extensions “without proper acknowledgement from users.” Henceforth, third-party extensions will be disabled by default. A notification box will say that an extension has been installed and give the user the option of enabling it.

Another feature in Chrome 25 will make this protective functionality retroactive. Existing third-party extensions will be disabled, with a prompt allowing users to re-enable them.

In Line With Mozilla

The new protective functionality brings Chrome into line with Mozilla Firefox, which already requires notification by third-party add-ons. The move may be unwelcome by some companies and other organizations that have incorporated browser extensions in their uploads. But comments on the CNET piece were strongly supportive of the move.

IT professionals at midsize firms have a strong stake in measures that strengthen browser security. Browsers are users’ doors to the open Web, an environment that allows midsize firms to compete on an even playing field.

The mobility era is already posing a challenge to the open Web, as app-ification and walled gardens make the full Web harder to reach. The continued availability of safe, secure browsers is a key protection against the fragmentation of the Web and dominance by large vendors. This makes the latest Chrome for Windows protections a very good move for midsize firms.

This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

Article source: http://midsizeinsider.com/en-us/article/google-chrome-browser-cracking-down-on-e

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28 Dec 12 Google Chrome: No More Silent Extension Installs


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Article source: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/google-chrome-browser-wars,20005.html

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27 Dec 12 Download Google Chrome free for iOS devices


Here’s how you can download the Google Chrome app free for your iPad, iPhone, iPad mini or iPod Touch.

Download the Google Chrome App Free From iTunes
1. Go to the Google Chrome app preview page in iTunes.

2. Click the View in iTunes button.

3. Click the Free button to download the app.

4. Sync your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad mini with iTunes to install the Google Chrome app.

Download the Google Chrome App Free From the iOS App Store
1. Open the App Store on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad mini.

2. Search for “Google Chrome” (without the quotes).

3. Tap the Free button to download the app and install it on your iOS device.

Here’s a description and screenshot of Google Chrome for iOS devices:

“Browse fast with Chrome, now available on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Sign in to sync your personalized Chrome experience from your computer, and bring it with you anywhere you go.

Search fast
• Search and navigate fast, directly from the same box. Choose from results that appear as you type.

Simple, intuitive experience
• Open and quickly switch between an unlimited number of tabs. On your iPhone and iPod touch, flip through tabs the way you would fan a deck of cards. On iPad, swipe from edge to edge to switch tabs.

Sign in
• Sign in to Chrome to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Pick up right where you left off.
• Send pages from Chrome on your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline.

Privacy
• Open a tab in Incognito* to browse without saving your history. “

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Article source: http://www.itworld.com/mobile-wireless/331070/download-google-chrome-free-ios-devices

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26 Dec 12 Intel to Take on iPhone 5S, Galaxy S IV with New Smartphone Platform


Intel (NASDAQ:

INTC

) is reportedly building an all-new smartphone platform to
compete more effectively in the mobile device market. According
to
DigiTimes

, the company will unveil the platform — along with new Atom
processors designed for lower power consumption — at the 2013
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The event is scheduled
to take place at the end of February.

If this report is accurate, Intel’s announcement will come
around the same time that Samsung is expected to unveil the
Galaxy S IV. The South Korean manufacturer was expected to
introduce the new phone a little sooner, but Samsung quashed that
rumor when it jumped ahead and unveiled the
Galaxy Grand

last week. The Grand runs the latest version of Google (NASDAQ:

GOOG

) Android and includes a five-inch display. Many speculate that
the Galaxy S IV will feature a screen that is even bigger, though
not as big as the Galaxy Note 2, which contains a 5.5-inch
display.

Apple (NASDAQ:

AAPL

) — which uses Intel chips in the iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook
Pro, Mac Mini and other computers — is rumored to be developing
an iPhone upgrade for an early spring 2013 release. The device,
which many suspect will be called the iPhone 5S, could be
unveiled in March.

Intel has had its eye on the smartphone market for some time.
The company is famous for manufacturing the Pentium, Celeron,
Core Duo and Core i7 brands, which have helped Intel to become
the world’s largest chipmaker.

Despite its size and massive revenue (roughly
$50 billion

annually), Intel is losing ground. It has learned that PCs –
desktops, notebooks and other forms — may not be the future. If
Intel is to maintain its spot at the top, it must build a
successful platform for the devices that stand to replace PCs:
smartphones and tablets.

Intel attempted to cash in on the mobile market when it
developed Medfield, a mobile platform used by Motorola, Lenovo
and a handful of other manufacturers. Thus far, none of the
Medfield-powered smartphones have produced a runaway success
story. Instead of hearing more about Motorola’s RAZR I, investors
have been bombarded with reports of
low shipment volumes

and the
surprising revelation

that the Medfield X86 chips did not initially support 4G LTE. The
processor also
prevented multiple Android apps

from running, including Google Chrome.

These results could be very troubling to smartphone makers
that are concerned with 4G LTE and/or Android app
compatibility.

Shares of Intel are down nearly 16 percent year-to-date.

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Article source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/intel-to-take-on-iphone-5s-galaxy-s-iv-with-new-smartphone-platform-cm202063

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24 Dec 12 Google blocks silent Chrome extension installation




Blocking sideload extensions with Chrome 25



Google has announced that when Google Chrome 25 for Windows arrives, attempts by third party applications to silently install extensions will now trigger a dialog window to be displayed and, until the user confirms the extension is legitimate, the extension will remain disabled. The company says the technique, known as sideloading extensions, was originally designed to make it easier for applications to add appropriate extensions to Chrome by modifying the registry when being installed.

The feature has, however, been “widely abused by third parties” say the company. The abuse of the extension or add-on system is nothing new; over a year ago Firefox 8 introduced similar features that slowed the install of add-ons, Mozilla’s version of extensions. Another change in Chrome 25 which is similar to Firefox’s solution is the disabling of all previously installed third-party extensions. The idea behind this change is to ensure that users audit their installed extensions and are aware of what has already been added to their browser’s configuration.

Google recommends that Windows developers use their inline installation mechanism for adding extensions in the future. This allows extensions to be served from Google’s Chrome Web Store in the background while appearing to be installed from the extension developer’s web site.

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Article source: http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Google-blocks-silent-Chrome-extension-installation-1774354.html

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22 Dec 12 Google disables silent extension installs to Chrome


Updated 22 Dec, 2012, 5:33 pm IST

21 Dec 12 Mad Mimi Releases Chrome App Integration


Mad Mimi customers can install a Google Chrome extension to see simplified, real-time notifications of their most recent email newsletter shares and sign ups.

New York City, NY (PRWEB) December 19, 2012

Mad Mimi, a popular, small business email marketing platform, launches an integration with the Google Chrome web browser. The new extension appears as a subtle Mad Mimi icon in the Chrome browser and notifies customers when their campaigns and email newsletters are shared across leading social networks or when new contacts sign up to their lists. The new app is available in the Chrome Web store, for free.

These real-time notifications inform Mad Mimi customers of the geographical locations of their audience via social networks like Twitter and Facebook, as well as new sign ups, without opening new tabs or interrupting workflow or browsing. This new integration improves workflow, providing real-time marketing feedback even when a user is not signed into their Mad Mimi account.

Marc Heiligers, Mad Mimi’s Chief of Technology, articulates what the team had in mind when the integration was built: “We built the Chrome add-on because we wanted a fun way of getting customers real-time updates for their audiences’ social activity without having to be logged into Mad Mimi all the time. I’m excited about this integration because there’s so much potential as it evolves. Right now, it notifies about social engagement and webform signups, but we may extend that to give regular summaries of stats, live mapping of activity and more.”

Installation of the Chrome app integration is complete in 2 clicks from the Mad Mimi ‘Add Things’ page.

Every day, over 40 million attractive emails are sent, shared and tracked using Mad Mimi by customers like Red Horse Café (http://mad.ly/115c53,) a Brooklyn based coffee shop that uses Mad Mimi to send its monthly newsletter to announce events and connect with its customers. Check out Mad Mimi’s gallery and see what other small businesses are doing with their email newsletters.

Keep in touch by following @madmimi on Twitter, checking in on Facebook and keeping up with the Mad Mimi blog. For design ideas peruse Mad Mimi’s Pinterest page.

About Mad Mimi

Mad Mimi is an email marketing and newsletter service founded in 2008 by Gary Levitt, with the goal of providing a simple and elegant way to create, send, and track beautiful html email newsletters and promotions. With a unique, template-free approach to email creation and fanatical customer support, Mad Mimi is trusted by more than 100,000 businesses including, Air Canada, TimBuk2, and StumbleUpon. Mad Mimi is a privately held company and is headquartered in New York, NY.

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prwebMadmimi/Chrome/prweb10252185.htm

Article source: http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/Mad-Mimi-Releases-Chrome-App-Integration-4131194.php

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20 Dec 12 Google Chrome for iOS Updated to Fix Audio Routing on the iPhone 5


Google has released an update to its Chrome Browser for iOS that fixes an issue with audio routing on the iPhone 5.

Browse fast with Chrome, now available on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Sign in to sync your personalized Chrome experience from your computer, and bring it with you anywhere you go.

Search fast
• Search and navigate fast, directly from the same box. Choose from results that appear as you type.

Simple, intuitive experience
• Open and quickly switch between an unlimited number of tabs. On your iPhone and iPod touch, flip through tabs the way you would fan a deck of cards. On iPad, swipe from edge to edge to switch tabs.

Sign in
• Sign in to Chrome to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Pick up right where you left off.
• Send pages from Chrome on your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline.

Privacy
• Open a tab in Incognito* to browse without saving your history. To learn more, please visit: http://goo.gl/WUx02

What’s New In This Version:
Fix problem with audio routing on iPhone5.

You can download Chrome from the App Store for free.

Read More

Article source: http://www.iclarified.com/26331/google-chrome-for-ios-updated-to-fix-audio-routing-on-the-iphone-5

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20 Dec 12 MxHero’s Gmail Chrome extension aims to deliver us from the email Dark Ages


While most tools of the digital communication age continue to evolve, for some reason email has been curiously (and tragically) stuck in the past. Online email clients have replaced clunky desktop software, and spam filters have vastly improved, but at its core, email today functions much like it did in the ’90s.

MxHero, a New York City-based startup (and recent graduate from Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator), hopes to save us from the archaic limitations of email with a universal platform that can work across any email provider.

Today the company is launching a Google Chrome extension that will give any Gmail user a taste of its platform, including the ability to send a self-destructing email, notifications of when recipients access attachments, and the ability to send batch personalized emails. The latter feature is particularly intriguing, because it solves the ugly blind carbon copy hack for sending batch messages without sharing all of the recipients (i.e., putting your recipients in the “BCC” field and your own address in the “To” field.)

While the extension is MxHero’s first direct-to-consumer offering, the company’s technology has already been implemented by the likes of Zimbra, Box, and VMWare. MxHero’s technology can be implemented as both a cloud service and an on-site service (which should make stodgy IT departments happy). It also works across any email platform.

MxHero’s full suite of plugins includes the ability to control the delivery times of certain types of email (for example, all of your newsletters can land after the work day ends), a simple method for sending large attachments (despite your email provider’s limitations), and the ability to be notified if a recipient doesn’t respond to your email in time. These are seemingly simple additions, but they’ve been difficult to implement so far in decades-old email standards.

Alex Panagides, MxHero’s founder and chief executive, tried to push forward the potential of web apps with his previous firm, Inova. He’s also committed to maintaining the open nature of email standards — MxHero’s technology is open source, and it has made an API available for developers (though it’s not fully documented yet).

I’ve been testing out the Chrome extension for the past week, and I can confirm that all of the plugins work as advertised. After a short setup period (which simply involves granting the MxHero extension access to your Gmail account), you’ll see two new buttons when you’re composing a Gmail message. To use one of the extension’s features, simply choose it from the “Apps” button and then click the MxHero “Send” button (not the standard Gmail send button).

To add new features to email, the company takes some creative routes. For example, the self-destructing email feature turns your message into an image, which is what the recipient actually sees. Once the image has been viewed once, it is removed from MxHero’s server. A shady recipient can still take a screenshot of the message, but the feature still adds a helpful layer of security.

MxHero is about halfway through raising a $900,000 seed round, Panagides tells me.

Photo via Shutterstock

Article source: http://venturebeat.com/2012/12/20/mxhero-chrome-gmail-extension/

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