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Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 220.127.116.11.
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 18.104.22.168
Google Chrome's Stable channel has been updated to version 22.214.171.124 to fix two security issues discovered by internal Google testing.
This release also contains:-
* A new notification at startup that makes it easier to set Google Chrome as the default browser. If you don't want Google Chrome to be the default browser, you can click 'Don't ask again'.
* A new version of Gears (0.5.16.0)
Our Download of the Day today is Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9.
The award-winning Web browser is better than ever. Browse the Web with confidence. Firefox protects you from viruses, spyware and pop-ups.
Enjoy improvements to performance, ease of use and privacy. It's easy to import your favorites and settings and get started.
The latest version delivers easier navigation for everyone, including those who are visually or motor-impaired. Firefox is the first browser to support DHTML accessibility, which, when enabled by Web authors, allows rich Web applications to be read aloud. Users may navigate with keystrokes rather than mouse clicks, reducing the tabbing required to navigate documents such as spreadsheets. Firefox is also the first browser to meet US federal government requirements that software be easily accessible to users with physical impairments.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 3.0.9
# Fixed several security issues.
# Fixed several stability issues.
# Many users experienced an issue where a corrupt local database caused Firefox to "lose" its stored cookies. (bug 470578)
# Fixed an issue where, starting with Firefox 3.0.7, inline image attachments on popular webmail services (like AOL and AIM) would not display. (bug 482659)
# Large forms would sometimes take a long time to submit. (bug 426991)
# In certain cases, new windows would not have proper focus. (bug 446568)
Our Download of the Day today is Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.
Internet Explorer is the world's most popular Web browser. Security, ease of use, and improvements in RSS, CSS, and Ajax support are Microsoft's priorities for Internet Explorer. This version of IE runs on Windows XP.
The latest version of the browser includes support for:
- Accelerators - which allow supported web applications to be invoked without explicitly navigating to them.
- WebSlices - which allows portions of page to be subscribed to and monitored from a redesigned Favorites Bar.
- InPrivate privacy features.
- SmartScreen phishing filter.
Browser security is always a hot issue and of course all sides claim their browser is better (like kids in a playground). The security of three popular browsers was put to the tech recently at Pwn2Own 2009, a competition where hackers attempt to break system security in the fastest time.
Charlie Miller took home the top prize ($10,000) when he hacked a fully patched MacBook Air in a matter of seconds. He did this by exploiting a know vulnerability in Safari. The hack was performed by the MacBook's user clicking a simple link. Miller also made predictions before the competition that are shown below. They are surprisingly accurate.
The second place winner showed off a second Safari Hack and was able to hack both IE8 and FireFox but not as quickly as Safari and Miller. Apple has a long standing history of claiming to be more secure than Windows especially Vista; I wonder how they are taking this news.
Be on the lookout for a new commercial.
Read more here
Here are Miller's predictions:
Safari: hacked by 4 different people. Easy pickin's as usual.
Android: hacked by 1 person. Not too tough but no one owns one.
IE8, Firefox: Survive unscathed. The bugs to exploit equation is too hard for $5k.
iPhone, Symbian: Survive due to non-executable heap.
Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Chrome: I don't know enough to say anything intelligent. That said, they're probably hard/obscure and so survive.
Last year, Miller exploited a Safari flaw to hijack a fully patched MacBook Pro machine. He is also known for launching successful attacks against Apple's iPhone and Google's Android platform.
According to a study that has been released FireFox has more bugs and security issues that Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera...combined.
The study goes on to say that while the leading third party browser might have more problems the team behind the browser was much better at addressing them.
The Study by vulnerability-testing company Secunia, reports that FireFox had 115 reported flaws in 2008, this contrasted with 31 for IE, 32 for Safari and 30 for Opera.
By contrast Mozilla was faster out of the gate with fixes and often did not require notification for a patch to be in the works. Microsoft took 110 days to fix a couple of publicly released vulnerabilities labeled as "high to moderate" Mozilla took only 43 days on three publicly released vulnerabilities which were labeled as "less critical" or "not critical"
Read more here.
Secunia reported six incidences in which Microsoft was publicly notified of browser vulnerabilities, two of which the security company labeled as "high" or "moderate" in severity. Meanwhile, Mozilla experienced three such occurrences, all of which Secunia labeled as "less critical" or "not critical."
Microsoft took 110 days to issue patches for the two most serious flaws, while it took Mozilla an average of 43 days to address its three flaws, Secunia reported. One of the IE vulnerabilities remained open for 294 days in 2008, according to the report.
The revelation comes as Mozilla released an update Wednesday to Firefox, its second in about a month. Mozilla developers said the update fixes six critical vulnerabilities found in Firefox 3.0.6, the most serious of which could allow attackers to run arbitrary code on a victim's computer.
Yesterday I was poking around and looking for news when I came across a rather disturbing story. It was disturbing to me because I see it as a pattern of what is wrong with many of the companied we chose to buy from.
It seems that yet again Microsoft has been dragged into court over the bundling of IE with Windows. This time Mozilla (the makers of FireFox) get to chime in and be a Third Party consultant to the hearing committee.
With this new status Mozilla will be given access to confidential documentation and be able to voice objections in the EC's hearing over IE.
Now here is where it gets disturbing; Microsoft is in court for bundling IE, but I do not see Apple sitting next to them for Bundling Safari.
FireFox and Opera claim that by bundling IE Microsoft is attempting to kill competition and consumer choice. So how is Apple not guilty of this also? And given the fact that FireFox is the primary default browser for most Distros of Liux how are they not guilty of the same thing they accuse MS of? I also find a comment made by Mitchell Baker (From Mozilla) very funny. She states in her blog "I've been involved in building and shipping web browsers continuously since before Microsoft started developing IE," now correct me if I am wrong but Mitchell Baker did not get hired by Netscape until November 1994 (and then in the legal department covering IP Protection) MS began development on IE from Spyglass Mosaic in the summer (June - July) 1994. It seems like someone got their timelines wrong.
To me the problem seems to stem from companies wanting to beat down other companies, bad press, FUD (fear uncertainty and doubt) are the methods I see being used more often than simply making a better product and letting people know about it in a positive way. I am not making any statements that one browser is better than the other, as in the end it really boils down to personal taste and need.
I hope that we will see this turn around in the future but with everyone pulling out the lawsuits lately I have my doubts.
Firefox users were treated to a new version of the IE replacement browser today.
FF version 3.0.6 hit the internet and is reported to fix several bugs, security issues and enhance performance and stability.
If you do not have FireFox yet you can grab the latest version from Mozilla. If you already have it you can update straight from your browser.
Microsoft has just made available the first release candidate (RC1) of Internet Explorer 8 which brings some interesting new features such as web slices and Accelerator as well as a bunch of security related enhancements. It can be installed on both 32-bit variants of XP and Vista as well as Windows Server.
IE8 focused on how people really use the web. Consumers want a browser that makes the tasks they do every day faster and easier. The activities people spend their time on define real-world performance: navigating to websites, working with tabs, searching, keeping track of changing information (like traffic or an auction), and using the information from one site with another (as in getting a map).
Everyone wants a trustworthy browser that keeps them in control and protects their safety. Developers want great developer tools, great interoperability, and a powerful platform that enables them to innovate. For some people, accessibility is crucial; for some organizations, policy, administration, and deployment are essential.
BBC News have their take on it and talk about whether or not IE8 has the goods to win back the hearts of many users who felt the need to switch to an alternative such as Firefox in the past.
If you'd like to give it a shot, you can find it for download here.
Internet Explorer 8 is the next browser from Microsoft. I will come packaged with Window 7 and is available as a standalone BETA (BETA2) or part of Windows 7 BETA1.
This Beta has been out for sometime (I installed it last year in November). And not much has changed. I still get the odd lockup as well as some render issues when I leave a window minimized for too long. You would think by now we would know what the next step is.
Well you need wait no longer. Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager, Internet Explorer has posted on the IE 8 Blog about what is to come.
Unfortunately it is not really anything.
He says that now is the time to download and install IE8 Beta 2 and test it out. There will be one more public release in Q1 2009 (as a release candidate) and follow up with the final and many patches after that.
Read more here
We will release one more public update of IE8 in the first quarter of 2009, and then follow that up with the final release. Our next public release of IE (typically called a "release candidate") indicates the end of the beta period. We want the technical community of people and organizations interested in web browsers to take this update as a strong signal that IE8 is effectively complete and done. They should expect the final product to behave as this update does. We want them to test their sites and services with IE8, make any changes they feel are necessary for the best possible customer experience using IE8, and report any critical issues (e.g., issues impacting robustness, security, backwards compatibility, or completeness with respect to planned standards work). Our plan is to deliver the final product after listening for feedback about critical issues.
We will be very selective about what changes we make between the next update and final release. We will act on the most critical issues. We will be super clear about product changes we make between the update and the final release.
The call to action now for the technical community is to download beta 2 (if you haven't already) and let us know about your experience. Next, please prepare for final testing with public update so you can let us know - quickly, loudly, and clearly - if you find absolutely critical issues with it before the release of the final product.
Google has finally taken the wraps off of Chrome its brand new browser.
This release is sure to cause a stir on the internet as people line up grab the final version of another Google Product.
I know of many in the...um shadier side of the internet that are also eagerly awaiting the masses to have this new Google toy.
Read more at TechConnect Magazine.
As recently confirmed but a lot sooner than we expected, Google's speedy browser, Chrome has now officially shed its beta skin with the release of its 126.96.36.199 version. According to its maker, this fifteenth Chrome release features:
- Better stability and performance of plug-ins (particularly video).
- Bookmark manager and privacy controls. It's now easier to switch between another browser and Google Chrome with the bookmark import and export features, and we added a new simple way to manage large numbers of bookmarks, too.