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29 Dec 12 Control YouTube, Pandora, Grooveshark, & Netflix In Chrome With Flutter’s …


If you haven’t heard about Flutter, then you probably missed our review a few months back. Flutter is a small, uncomplicated program that allows a computer’s webcam to read your gestures and control some media players like iTunes, Windows Media Player, VLC, and QuickTime.

Three simple gestures help you to move from one spot on the playlist to another, and even pause the player. Flutter supports simple gestures, and while it doesn’t have the wizardry of a Kinect yet, it can be surprisingly effective for controlling your songs and movies from a distance.

With the launch of a new version, Flutter extends its support for Chrome, PowerPoint, and Keynote. The Flutter Chrome extension now allows you to use hand gestures on YouTube, Pandora, Grooveshark, and Netflix.  The Flutter blog says:

This new version is (in some sense) going back to our roots. The installation process is very simple: the new Flutter app automatically opens the Flutter extension URL at the end of the tutorial. Simply clicking “Add to Chrome” allows you to enjoy songs, movies and more using gesture control within your browser.

A few little touches add to the user friendliness of the app. You can toggle it on and off from the icon in the System Tray. You can set a ‘Preferred’ app by right-clicking the same icon and choosing among the applications that Flutter supports. The choice basically gives you control over a preferred app even as you work on another.

The new improved version of Flutter is a welcome announcement for the New Year.

Source: Flutter Blog

Article source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/control-youtube-pandora-grooveshark-netflix-in-chrome-with-flutters-hand-gestures-updates/

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29 May 12 Chrome beats Internet Explorer in global Web browser race


We’ll just pass by with only a minor acknowledgment of the apparent desperation as you seek to find a way to pull out a win here. Though, to be honest, I cannot see why it really matters. The days of IE dominance in browsers is gone and gone for good. No one will ever be number 1 the way IE was.

But, let’s take a look at the point I would take away, were I one to fret over IE being number one.

So, developing nations are still using XP. Yeah. They’re people too and you should check that US-centric view because everyone, even your heroes Microsoft, are way past parochialism.

Microsoft wishes to encourage people to leave XP by having the browser and office suite leave it behind. All the other browser makers keep supporting XP. The web experience is no longer browser-tied. (Though, there was a death in a friend’s family last week. I visited the mortuary’s obituary page and video tributes were Windows Media Player only. Le sigh.)

I argued back in 2009 that Job 1 for Windows 7 was to get Windows users off of XP, but, Microsoft priced Win7 and set up the process to discourage upgrades from XP. I think they do this because their OEM partners would rather Microsoft was pushing the line “Time for a new computer.” Here’s the result, three years later and the still high usage of 11 year old XP is frustrating Microsoft’s goals regarding IE.

So, I come back to the point, Microsoft has to make the upgrade from XP to Win8 very easy and at minimal cost, or else they will continue to see large numbers of their users holding back on ancient os versions, and that is not in Microsoft’s strategic interests.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/chrome-beats-internet-explorer-in-global-web-browser-race/2416

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29 May 12 Chrome beats Internet Explorer in global Web browser race


We’ll just pass by with only a minor acknowledgment of the apparent desperation as you seek to find a way to pull out a win here. Though, to be honest, I cannot see why it really matters. The days of IE dominance in browsers is gone and gone for good. No one will ever be number 1 the way IE was.

But, let’s take a look at the point I would take away, were I one to fret over IE being number one.

So, developing nations are still using XP. Yeah. They’re people too and you should check that US-centric view because everyone, even your heroes Microsoft, are way past parochialism.

Microsoft wishes to encourage people to leave XP by having the browser and office suite leave it behind. All the other browser makers keep supporting XP. The web experience is no longer browser-tied. (Though, there was a death in a friend’s family last week. I visited the mortuary’s obituary page and video tributes were Windows Media Player only. Le sigh.)

I argued back in 2009 that Job 1 for Windows 7 was to get Windows users off of XP, but, Microsoft priced Win7 and set up the process to discourage upgrades from XP. I think they do this because their OEM partners would rather Microsoft was pushing the line “Time for a new computer.” Here’s the result, three years later and the still high usage of 11 year old XP is frustrating Microsoft’s goals regarding IE.

So, I come back to the point, Microsoft has to make the upgrade from XP to Win8 very easy and at minimal cost, or else they will continue to see large numbers of their users holding back on ancient os versions, and that is not in Microsoft’s strategic interests.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/chrome-beats-internet-explorer-in-global-web-browser-race/2416

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28 May 12 Chrome beats Internet Explore in global Web browser race


We’ll just pass by with only a minor acknowledgment of the apparent desperation as you seek to find a way to pull out a win here. Though, to be honest, I cannot see why it really matters. The days of IE dominance in browsers is gone and gone for good. No one will ever be number 1 the way IE was.

But, let’s take a look at the point I would take away, were I one to fret over IE being number one.

So, developing nations are still using XP. Yeah. They’re people too and you should check that US-centric view because everyone, even your heroes Microsoft, are way past parochialism.

Microsoft wishes to encourage people to leave XP by having the browser and office suite leave it behind. All the other browser makers keep supporting XP. The web experience is no longer browser-tied. (Though, there was a death in a friend’s family last week. I visited the mortuary’s obituary page and video tributes were Windows Media Player only. Le sigh.)

I argued back in 2009 that Job 1 for Windows 7 was to get Windows users off of XP, but, Microsoft priced Win7 and set up the process to discourage upgrades from XP. I think they do this because their OEM partners would rather Microsoft was pushing the line “Time for a new computer.” Here’s the result, three years later and the still high usage of 11 year old XP is frustrating Microsoft’s goals regarding IE.

So, I come back to the point, Microsoft has to make the upgrade from XP to Win8 very easy and at minimal cost, or else they will continue to see large numbers of their users holding back on ancient os versions, and that is not in Microsoft’s strategic interests.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/chrome-beats-internet-explore-in-global-web-browser-race/2416

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28 May 12 Chrome beats Internet Explore in global Web browser race


We’ll just pass by with only a minor acknowledgment of the apparent desperation as you seek to find a way to pull out a win here. Though, to be honest, I cannot see why it really matters. The days of IE dominance in browsers is gone and gone for good. No one will ever be number 1 the way IE was.

But, let’s take a look at the point I would take away, were I one to fret over IE being number one.

So, developing nations are still using XP. Yeah. They’re people too and you should check that US-centric view because everyone, even your heroes Microsoft, are way past parochialism.

Microsoft wishes to encourage people to leave XP by having the browser and office suite leave it behind. All the other browser makers keep supporting XP. The web experience is no longer browser-tied. (Though, there was a death in a friend’s family last week. I visited the mortuary’s obituary page and video tributes were Windows Media Player only. Le sigh.)

I argued back in 2009 that Job 1 for Windows 7 was to get Windows users off of XP, but, Microsoft priced Win7 and set up the process to discourage upgrades from XP. I think they do this because their OEM partners would rather Microsoft was pushing the line “Time for a new computer.” Here’s the result, three years later and the still high usage of 11 year old XP is frustrating Microsoft’s goals regarding IE.

So, I come back to the point, Microsoft has to make the upgrade from XP to Win8 very easy and at minimal cost, or else they will continue to see large numbers of their users holding back on ancient os versions, and that is not in Microsoft’s strategic interests.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/chrome-beats-internet-explore-in-global-web-browser-race/2416

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16 May 12 Google Chrome 19 Debuts, With 20 Bug Patches


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Google Tuesday released version 19 of its Chrome browser, which includes fixes for 20 vulnerabilities, as well as a new feature for sharing open tabs across different devices. But Google said the feature won’t be widely available for another few weeks.

The new version of Chrome is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame. All current Chrome installations should auto-update to the latest version over the next few days.

Google releases a new, stable version of Chrome about every six to eight weeks.

With the release of Chrome 19, Google also distributed $7,500 as part of its bug bounty program. None of the patched bugs were “critical,” meaning–per the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS)–that attackers could have potentially used them to remotely execute arbitrary code. However, eight of the vulnerabilities patched in the new version of Chrome are of “high” severity, seven are ranked as “medium,” and five are of “low” severity.

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Six of the bugs were spotted by Google or the broader Chromium (Google Chrome OS) community. A low-risk, Windows-only “bad search path for Windows Media Player plug-in” bug was credited to Microsoft and Microsoft Vulnerability Research.

Full information about all of the bugs has yet to be released; Google typically waits to release detailed information until the majority of Chrome users have received related patches. But many of the patched bugs relate to memory errors in C/C++. Not coincidentally, Google said that a homegrown tool, AddressSanitizer, had been used by researchers to detect many of the patched vulnerabilities.

Unusually, Google also distributed an additional $9,000 in rewards to Aki Helin at the Oulu University Secure Programming Group in Finland, as well as Sławomir Błażek, Chamal de Silva, miaubiz, Arthur Gerkis, and Christian Holler “for working with us during the development cycle and preventing security regressions from ever reaching the stable channel.” All feature prominently in Google’s Security Hall of Fame, which lists researchers who have helped “make Chromium safer.”

Google software engineer and “tab-wrangling server jockey” Raz Mathias explained how Chrome’s new tab synchronization feature will work. “When you’re signed in to Chrome, your open tabs are synced across all your devices, so you can quickly access them from the ‘Other devices’ menu on the New Tab page,” he said in a blog post. “If you’ve got Chrome for Android Beta, you can open the same recipe tab right on your phone when you run out to the store for more ingredients. The back and forward buttons will even work, so you can pick up browsing right where you left off.”

Chrome isn’t the only browser now offering tab synchronization. Notably, Mozilla added tab synchronization to Firefox 4, which it released in 2010.

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Article source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/vulnerabilities/240000485

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