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29 Apr 12 Google details Chrome browser security-testing technology


Since late last year, Google has been using an industrial-strength testing system to identify, analyze and fix security holes in its Chrome browser, helping it significantly cut down on the number of vulnerabilities that slip through to the most recent version product in production.

Google calls the system ClusterFuzz. It’s made up of “several hundred” virtual machines loaded with about 6,000 Chrome instances, subjecting them to about 50 million test cases every day, the company said on Thursday.

The system’s capacity is projected to quadruple in the coming weeks. Since its full deployment late last year, ClusterFuzz has flagged 95 unique vulnerabilities, 44 of which were fixed before making it into the most recent stable release of the browser, according to a Google blog post.

In addition to benefiting users of the product, the detections also help open-source software used by Chrome like WebKit and FFmpeg, because Google submits vulnerability reports to their project teams.

In addition to running the tests and detecting browser crashes, ClusterFuzz is also used to manage the distribution of test cases, analyze the crashes to determine if they involve a security hole that can be exploited, and verify if a vulnerability has been properly fixed.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Article source: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/internet/3354311/google-details-chrome-browser-security-testing-technology/

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29 Apr 12 Google details Chrome browser security-testing technology


IDG News Service - Since late last year, Google has been using an industrial-strength testing system to identify, analyze and fix security holes in its Chrome browser, helping it significantly cut down on the number of vulnerabilities that slip through to the most recent version product in production.

Google calls the system ClusterFuzz. It’s made up of “several hundred” virtual machines loaded with about 6,000 Chrome instances, subjecting them to about 50 million test cases every day, the company said Thursday.

The system’s capacity is projected to quadruple in the coming weeks. Since its full deployment late last year, ClusterFuzz has flagged 95 unique vulnerabilities, 44 of which were fixed before making it into the most recent stable release of the browser, according to a Google blog post.

In addition to benefiting users of the product, the detections also help open-source software used by Chrome like WebKit and FFmpeg, because Google submits vulnerability reports to their project teams.

In addition to running the tests and detecting browser crashes, ClusterFuzz is also used to manage the distribution of test cases, analyze the crashes to determine if they involve a security hole that can be exploited, and verify if a vulnerability has been properly fixed.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Article source: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9226633/Google_details_Chrome_browser_security_testing_technology

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27 Apr 12 Google Details Chrome Browser Security-testing Technology


Since late last year, Google has been using an industrial-strength testing system to identify, analyze and fix security holes in its Chrome browser, helping it significantly cut down on the number of vulnerabilities that slip through to the most recent version product in production.

Google calls the system ClusterFuzz. It’s made up of “several hundred” virtual machines loaded with about 6,000 Chrome instances, subjecting them to about 50 million test cases every day, the company said on Thursday.

The system’s capacity is projected to quadruple in the coming weeks. Since its full deployment late last year, ClusterFuzz has flagged 95 unique vulnerabilities, 44 of which were fixed before making it into the most recent stable release of the browser, according to a Google blog post.

In addition to benefiting users of the product, the detections also help open-source software used by Chrome like WebKit and FFmpeg, because Google submits vulnerability reports to their project teams.

In addition to running the tests and detecting browser crashes, ClusterFuzz is also used to manage the distribution of test cases, analyze the crashes to determine if they involve a security hole that can be exploited, and verify if a vulnerability has been properly fixed.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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18 Apr 12 Chrome browser for Android gets new features, languages


IDG News Service - The Android OS version of Google’s Chrome browser is now available in a host of new languages and has gained several new features, but it remains in beta testing and is afflicted with a variety of bugs.

First released in February for tablets and phones that run the 4.0 version of Android, also called Ice Cream Sandwich, Chrome for Android now has its user interface in 31 additional languages and is available in all countries with access to Google Play, which was previously known as the Android Market.

New features include the ability to switch from the mobile to the desktop version of a website and to place bookmarks in the home screen in the form of shortcuts, the company said on Tuesday in a blog post.

In addition, users can now assign applications of their own choosing for launching links opened in Chrome, as well as use the browser with a Wi-Fi network that has a proxy setup.

Also new is the ability to download files to the device and to play “old style” embedded YouTube content via the native YouTube application, Google said in a related but separate post.

As a beta product, Chrome for Android has a number of known bugs, which currently include problems with font sizes, search result languages, website renderings, webpage loading and third-party application interaction, according to the Known Issues page Google maintains for this version of the browser.

People can report bugs they encounter by filling out this form.

This latest upgrade of Chrome for Android puts the application in version 0.18.4409.2396.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Article source: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9226282/Chrome_browser_for_Android_gets_new_features_languages

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18 Apr 12 Chrome browser for Android gets new features, languages


IDG News Service - The Android OS version of Google’s Chrome browser is now available in a host of new languages and has gained several new features, but it remains in beta testing and is afflicted with a variety of bugs.

First released in February for tablets and phones that run the 4.0 version of Android, also called Ice Cream Sandwich, Chrome for Android now has its user interface in 31 additional languages and is available in all countries with access to Google Play, which was previously known as the Android Market.

New features include the ability to switch from the mobile to the desktop version of a website and to place bookmarks in the home screen in the form of shortcuts, the company said on Tuesday in a blog post.

In addition, users can now assign applications of their own choosing for launching links opened in Chrome, as well as use the browser with a Wi-Fi network that has a proxy setup.

Also new is the ability to download files to the device and to play “old style” embedded YouTube content via the native YouTube application, Google said in a related but separate post.

As a beta product, Chrome for Android has a number of known bugs, which currently include problems with font sizes, search result languages, website renderings, webpage loading and third-party application interaction, according to the Known Issues page Google maintains for this version of the browser.

People can report bugs they encounter by filling out this form.

This latest upgrade of Chrome for Android puts the application in version 0.18.4409.2396.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Article source: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9226282/Chrome_browser_for_Android_gets_new_features_languages

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18 Apr 12 Chrome for Android Gets New Features, Languages


Chrome for Android Gets New Features, LanguagesThe Android OS version of Google’s Chrome browser is now available in a host of new languages and has gained several new features, but it remains in beta testing and is afflicted with a variety of bugs.

First released in February for tablets and phones that run the 4.0 version of Android, also called Ice Cream Sandwich, Chrome for Android now has its user interface in 31 additional languages and is available in all countries with access to Google Play, which was previously known as the Android Market.

New features include the ability to switch from the mobile to the desktop version of a website and to place bookmarks in the home screen in the form of shortcuts, the company said on Tuesday in a blog post.

In addition, users can now assign applications of their own choosing for launching links opened in Chrome, as well as use the browser with a Wi-Fi network that has a proxy setup.

Also new is the ability to download files to the device and to play “old style” embedded YouTube content via the native YouTube application, Google said in a related but separate post.

As a beta product, Chrome for Android has a number of known bugs, which currently include problems with font sizes, search result languages, website renderings, webpage loading and third-party application interaction, according to the Known Issues page Google maintains for this version of the browser.

People can report bugs they encounter by filling out this form.

This latest upgrade of Chrome for Android puts the application in version 0.18.4409.2396.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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17 Apr 12 Chrome for Android gets new features, languages


The Android OS version of Google’s Chrome browser is now available in a host of new languages and has gained several new features, but it remains in beta testing and is afflicted with a variety of bugs.

First released in February for tablets and phones that run the 4.0 version of Android, also called Ice Cream Sandwich, Chrome for Android now has its user interface in 31 additional languages and is available in all countries with access to Google Play, which was previously known as the Android Market.

New features include the ability to switch from the mobile to the desktop version of a website and to place bookmarks in the home screen in the form of shortcuts, the company said on Tuesday in a blog post.

In addition, users can now assign applications of their own choosing for launching links opened in Chrome, as well as use the browser with a Wi-Fi network that has a proxy setup.

Also new is the ability to download files to the device and to play “old style” embedded YouTube content via the native YouTube application, Google said in a related but separate post.

As a beta product, Chrome for Android has a number of known bugs, which currently include problems with font sizes, search result languages, website renderings, webpage loading and third-party application interaction, according to the Known Issues page Google maintains for this version of the browser.

People can report bugs they encounter by filling out this form.

This latest upgrade of Chrome for Android puts the application in version 0.18.4409.2396.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/421803/chrome_android_gets_new_features_languages/

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17 Apr 12 Chrome for Android Gets New Features, Languages


Chrome for Android Gets New Features, LanguagesThe Android OS version of Google’s Chrome browser is now available in a host of new languages and has gained several new features, but it remains in beta testing and is afflicted with a variety of bugs.

First released in February for tablets and phones that run the 4.0 version of Android, also called Ice Cream Sandwich, Chrome for Android now has its user interface in 31 additional languages and is available in all countries with access to Google Play, which was previously known as the Android Market.

New features include the ability to switch from the mobile to the desktop version of a website and to place bookmarks in the home screen in the form of shortcuts, the company said on Tuesday in a blog post.

In addition, users can now assign applications of their own choosing for launching links opened in Chrome, as well as use the browser with a Wi-Fi network that has a proxy setup.

Also new is the ability to download files to the device and to play “old style” embedded YouTube content via the native YouTube application, Google said in a related but separate post.

As a beta product, Chrome for Android has a number of known bugs, which currently include problems with font sizes, search result languages, website renderings, webpage loading and third-party application interaction, according to the Known Issues page Google maintains for this version of the browser.

People can report bugs they encounter by filling out this form.

This latest upgrade of Chrome for Android puts the application in version 0.18.4409.2396.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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19 Feb 12 Google’s Chrome/Apps VP: It’s ‘early days’ for Chrome Web Store


The Chrome Web Store, open to developers since mid-2010 and to end users since late 2010, is still at a nascent stage, but has the potential to succeed in a major way, according to a Google executive.

So far in this initial phase, Google feels it has done a good job promoting the idea of apps running within a desktop browser to consumers, as evidenced by the fact that the Store’s app installs have doubled in the past three months, said Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Chrome and Apps.

Currently, Chrome browser users install about 1 million applications from the store every day, he said during an appearance at the Goldman Sachs Technology Internet Conference, where he answered questions from a financial analyst and from audience members.

“We’re pretty excited about the opportunity there, but it’s still early days,” he said.

The next stage is for developers to start earning money from apps, whether by selling them outright or through in-app payment features, according to Pichai.

There will be a “whole slew” of new game applications added to the store, along with more productivity applications, he said.

Asked about the Google Apps collaboration and communication suite, Pichai acknowledged that most customers are still small and medium-size businesses, but that there has been a shift toward acceptance in the past six months by CIOs of large enterprises.

As a result, Google is seeing Apps adoption among large companies and organizations accelerate, he said, offering as examples two recent big customer wins: Spain’s Banco Bilbao Vizcaya, which will roll out Apps to its 110,000 employees worldwide, and Roche Group, which will adopt Apps for its 90,000 employees globally.

“That’s a profound shift we’re seeing,” he said.

Large companies’ privacy and security concerns about the cloud-hosted model of collaboration and communication suites like Google Apps have lessened, he said.

CIOs also used to worry a lot more about the “feature gap” between the Docs productivity suite of Google Apps and an on-premise competitor like Microsoft Office, but now their priorities have started to shift, he said.

Now, it’s becoming more important for enterprises to have a productivity suite that can be deployed across multiple devices, including phones and tablets employees bring to work from home, he said.

“The current model of how you use productivity apps is extremely tied to a Windows-centric view of how you use them,” he said, adding that as that model changes, the “value proposition” of Google Apps gets a boost.

Of course, archrival Microsoft sees things differently. Asked for comment about Google’s announcement of its Roche Group customer win on Thursday, Microsoft said via email that the announcement is an attempt by Google to “build credibility with the enterprise audience.”

“As Google’s past history has shown, winning customers is one thing, keeping them is another,” Microsoft said.

Microsoft has said that Office 2010 is the fastest-selling consumer version of Office in history: A copy is sold worldwide every second. Office 365, the cloud suite Microsoft launched last year as a Google Apps competitor, is on track to become one of Microsoft’s fastest-selling products ever, it said. And about 80 million people use cloud applications from Microsoft, including Office 365, its predecessor Business Productivity Online Suite and the Live@edu suite for schools and universities.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Article source: http://www.techworld.com.au/article/415843/google_chrome_apps_vp_it_early_days_chrome_web_store/

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18 Feb 12 Google’s Chrome/Apps VP: It’s ‘early Days’ for Chrome Web Store


The Chrome Web Store, open to developers since mid-2010 and to end users since late 2010, is still at a nascent stage, but has the potential to succeed in a major way, according to a Google executive.

So far in this initial phase, Google feels it has done a good job promoting the idea of apps running within a desktop browser to consumers, as evidenced by the fact that the Store’s app installs have doubled in the past three months, said Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Chrome and Apps.

Currently, Chrome browser users install about 1 million applications from the store every day, he said during an appearance at the Goldman Sachs Technology Internet Conference, where he answered questions from a financial analyst and from audience members.

“We’re pretty excited about the opportunity there, but it’s still early days,” he said.

The next stage is for developers to start earning money from apps, whether by selling them outright or through in-app payment features, according to Pichai.

There will be a “whole slew” of new game applications added to the store, along with more productivity applications, he said.

Asked about the Google Apps collaboration and communication suite, Pichai acknowledged that most customers are still small and medium-size businesses, but that there has been a shift toward acceptance in the past six months by CIOs of large enterprises.

As a result, Google is seeing Apps adoption among large companies and organizations accelerate, he said, offering as examples two recent big customer wins: Spain’s Banco Bilbao Vizcaya, which will roll out Apps to its 110,000 employees worldwide, and Roche Group, which will adopt Apps for its 90,000 employees globally.

“That’s a profound shift we’re seeing,” he said.

Large companies’ privacy and security concerns about the cloud-hosted model of collaboration and communication suites like Google Apps have lessened, he said.

CIOs also used to worry a lot more about the “feature gap” between the Docs productivity suite of Google Apps and an on-premise competitor like Microsoft Office, but now their priorities have started to shift, he said.

Now, it’s becoming more important for enterprises to have a productivity suite that can be deployed across multiple devices, including phones and tablets employees bring to work from home, he said.

“The current model of how you use productivity apps is extremely tied to a Windows-centric view of how you use them,” he said, adding that as that model changes, the “value proposition” of Google Apps gets a boost.

Of course, archrival Microsoft sees things differently. Asked for comment about Google’s announcement of its Roche Group customer win on Thursday, Microsoft said via email that the announcement is an attempt by Google to “build credibility with the enterprise audience.”

“As Google’s past history has shown, winning customers is one thing, keeping them is another,” Microsoft said.

Microsoft has said that Office 2010 is the fastest-selling consumer version of Office in history: A copy is sold worldwide every second. Office 365, the cloud suite Microsoft launched last year as a Google Apps competitor, is on track to become one of Microsoft’s fastest-selling products ever, it said. And about 80 million people use cloud applications from Microsoft, including Office 365, its predecessor Business Productivity Online Suite and the Live@edu suite for schools and universities.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/250226/googles_chromeapps_vp_its_early_days_for_chrome_web_store.html

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