Last night Yahoo introduced Axis, a browser extension/ mobile app designed to turbo-boost Internet searching. It's a bold new front in the Search Wars. But it was accompanied by another, less savoury release, discovered by Nik Cubrilovic, an Australian entrepreneur:Â Yahoo accidentally leaked its private encryption key for the Chrome version. This is part of the certificate that secure websites and browser extension bear to prove that they're legitimately software created by who you believe to be true. The exposure of the certificate could allow a malicious coder to release code masquerading as a legitimate Yahoo app but carry out whatever data-scraping or other instructions the coder desired. Yahoo quickly apologized, and released a new version for Chrome that does not contain the offending certificate data, but the implications of the slip have yet to be concluded.
Today Yahoo!Â launched Yahoo! AxisÂ a whole new way to search and browse the Web across any deviceâ€”Yahoo! Axis. Itâ€™s an innovative new mobile browser and desktop plug-in that gives people visual search results (as they type), ultimately providing a more direct path to whatever theyâ€™re looking for online. Think of it as a personal companion for your daily explorations of the Web.
You can download Axis as a standalone mobile browser for your Apple iOS devices here, and for major, HTML5 enabled desktop browsers, you can download the desktop plug-in here. Check out our video that walks you through how Axis saves you time whether on the desktop, mobile or tablet device.
Yahoo! Axis comes equipped with handy features that unify searching and browsing.Â For example, our one-step search lets you preview and interact with visual search results without ever leaving the page youâ€™re on. Itâ€™s the end of the back button! And our instant answers show the information you want as you type common searches like finding movie times, sports scores, stock prices and more.
Axis also includes a personalized home page that contains your most recently visited sites, bookmarks and articles you plan to read later. This personalized home page stays with you across your desktop, iPad and iPhone, keeping whatâ€™s important to you in one easy, centralized spot. No matter what device you started on, you can easily pick up where you left off when you switch devices.
Axis even has a few bonus features for iPhone and iPad users, like simple swiping to quickly get from one search result to the next, a bar that combines the search box and address bars into one, and sharing so you can easily post any page youâ€™re viewing to Twitter or Pinterest.
Internet Explorer associated with an exploit? Color us shocked. Facetiousness aside, it’s seriously about time you switched over to Chrome or Firefox (as a mitigation tool; not a foolproof solution), and if you’re a desktop user relying on Flash Player, well… it’s about time you updated that, too. Adobe has just released a security update for Flash Player 126.96.36.199 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.52 and earlier versions for Android 4.x, and Adobe Flash Player 184.108.40.206 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x. We’re told that these updates “address an object confusion vulnerability (CVE-2012-0779) that could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.” Adobe specifically mentions an exploit that targets Flash Player on Internet Explorer for Windows, where a user is duped into clicking on a malicious file delivered in an email message. Hit up the source link for more information on getting your system out of The Danger Zone. Which, conveniently, can be looped as you update with a click after the break.
Another major release by mozilla for firefox on 31th Jan 2012. A gift to firefox lovers with this new version 10.0 . I would like to share some of the key update and few unresolved issues still pending in firefox.
New features in firefox 10.0
Last April, Google announced their plans for Google Cloud Print (GCP), the service that powers printing on Chromebooks as well as a new generation of connected apps and devices. The goal of GCP is to enable simple, secure printing from any app on any device to any printerâ€”and with the latest cloud-ready printers, you can also print without using drivers or cables.
Since launching earlier this year,a vast community of enthusiastic users and developers became part of GCP. More than 6 million printers have already been connected to GCP using Google Chrome; dozens of cloud-ready printers have been released or announced by manufacturers like Epson, HP and Kodak; and the developer community has released a flurry of apps and extensions to enable cloud printing from both Android and iOS.
While developers and printer manufacturers have embraced GCP, we’ve also released a variety of improvements to the service. You can now share and control access to your printers so your friends and family can use them too. With â€œSave to Google Docs,â€ itâ€™s easy to save your online receipts and confirmation pages to an archive in the cloud. The management page has a new tablet-friendly design and a â€œPrintâ€ button so you can upload and print files to your cloud printers from anywhere.
Finally, webmasters can add the print button element to their site to enable printing functionality for tablets and mobile phones.
People with Chromebooks have always had access to the latest and greatest Google Cloud Print features, but today google starting with the latest release of Chrome, anyone using the browser on Windows, Mac and Linux will be able to print any webpage to Google Cloud Print. Theyâ€™ve also turned on print preview for Chromebooks, so youâ€™ll get the same familiar experience wherever you use Chrome.
In the coming months, google will enable GCP from more Google products and work with partners to add more printers and printing services. Happy printing!
Apple has updated Safari on March 10, 2011, bringing the browser to version 5.0.4 for Windows and Mac. Although, as specified by the version number, this isn’t a major release that adds new features and functionality, it’s a highly recommended update because of the sheer number of security vulnerabilities that it fixes: 62. These vulnerabilities are detailed in a dedicated Apple knowledge base article. While Apple doesn’t assign severity levels to the vulnerabilities found in its software, thus making it harder to quickly grasp the importance of such problems, Naked Security reports that 57 of those 62 bugs can be exploited if the user simply visits a specially constructed website. So, in a word — update!
Today Mozilla announced the launch of the Social Media Toolkit.
The Mozilla Social Media Toolkit is a set of tools that allows you to leverage social media to market Mozilla and Firefox in your region and beyond.Â The toolkit contains everything youâ€™ll need from best practices, tips and tricks, to design assets for both Facebook and Twitter.
Firefox Home, a free application, is now available for download on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
Firefox Home provides access to your Firefox desktop history, bookmarks and open tabs on your iPhone. Get up and go and have exactly what you are looking for on the Web on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Firefox Home uses your browser data, securely synced from Firefox on your desktop to the cloud, to let you search and browse quickly and efficiently. You can view the sites you want directly in Firefox Home, open them in Mobile Safari or share them with friends via email. Your Firefox data is private and only you have access to it. Continue reading
Firefox 4 Beta 1 is now ready to download and test! This first version gives an early look at whatâ€™s planned for Firefox 4. Stay tuned, because there is more to come and mozilla plan to release new beta versions every two to three weeks. Your feedback is essential to help shape the product which is why theyâ€™re launching now to hear from you early in their development process.