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When Adobe announced that it would be moving its entire suite of creative software into a cloud based subscription model, analyst and industry insiders everywhere thought that this would finally solve the piracy issues that have
plagued benefited Adobe for years. As it turns out, that was not the case.
Not even a full 24 hours after it was released, Adobe's Photoshop Creative Cloud has been pirated. Photography website Fstoppers is reporting that pirated copies of the just released software are already popping up on BitTorrent sites.
The files reportedly do not require authentication through Adobe's servers as the pirated software takes advantage of the software's offline mode.
Java is notoriously full of security holes, with several being exploited earlier this year and sending Oracle scrambling to patch them up. Oracle's latest Java patch brings with it fixes for some 40 security holes. Because of all of the security patches, Oracle recommends that you apply the patch as soon as possible.
34 of those major security fixes are in the client distribution of Java 7. Of those 34, eleven were given the highest security risk score from Oracle's Common Vulnerability Scoring System. This patch is important to apply as all but three of the exploits are exploitable over the network without any authentication.
Eric Maurice, Oracle's Director of Software Assurance:
Oracle recommends that this Critical Patch Update be applied as soon as possible because it includes fixes for a number of severe vulnerabilities. Note that the vulnerabilities fixed in this Critical Patch Update affect various components and, as a result, may not affect the security posture of all Java users in the same way.
Apple has released an update for Java 6 on Mac OS X. This update brings with it important security updates, reliability improvements and compatibility improvements. This Java 6 update is available from Apple, while the newer Java 7 is available directly from the developers at Oracle.
Apple details the improvements to Java 6:
Java for OS X 2013-004 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_51.
On systems that have not already installed Java for OS X 2012-006, this update disables the Java SE 6 applet plug-in. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled "Missing plug-in" to download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.
Please quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.
See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5717 for more details about this update.
See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information about the security content of this update.
Early this morning Microsoft announced the release of it's revamped Office 365 for Business. Microsoft says that the updated service now has new features and offerings tailored to the needs and budgets of small, medium-size and large organizations.
In addition to updated Microsoft Lync Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint Online services, business users can now get the rich Office applications they are familiar with, on up to five devices, delivered as an always up-to-date cloud service. Office 365 features enhanced enterprise social capabilities with SharePoint and Yammer today, and Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, instant messaging (IM), and voice by June.
"With Office 365, everyone from large enterprises to small businesses to individual consumers can now benefit from the power of Office and the connectivity of the cloud," said Microsoft Office Division President Kurt DelBene. "This release unlocks new scenarios and delivers capabilities that far surpass anything available in browser-only solutions."
I'm a huge advocate of Google Now and use it on the daily, but the great Google Now style voice search has just reached the latest Chrome stable build for the desktop - version 27.0.1453.93 to be exact.
It's not perfect yet, but it is working as a basic voice search and response service right now. If you want to try it out, make sure that your Chrome build is the latest updated version, if not - click the Help button. From there, give it a few seconds to check your version, and let it restart. When you're back in Chrome, check out http://www.Google.com and then click the microphone you'll see in the search box.
Chrome will ask you for some permission to listen to your voice, and from there you can blast Google for answers.
Spotify have started publishing a top 50 list of the most streamed and most shares music through their streaming service. The top 50 lists are being made available as widgets for website owners, who can embed them on their websites.
Best of all, music lovers can listen to the top 50 tracks for free, without having to sign in or even register for Spotify. Why are Spotify doing this? Well, it would be a great way to get users to notice the service, take a look around, enjoy it and then sign up for their premium subscription. Right now, the music streaming service features over 24 million active users, but only 6 million of those are paid subscribers.
The top 50 charts should update automatically every Monday at around noon EST, with charts from previous weeks continuing to be made available for review, but it's not clear if users will be able to stream from them.
Futuremark announced the next version of the PCMark benchmarking software this morning. The new PCMark 8 has long been anticipated in the custom PC world, and Futuremark did not let us down. The new benchmark includes several long awaited features such as battery life and native application testing.
This marks the first time Futuremark has combined battery life testing with performance testing in PCMark. The new test can measure power consumption during benchmarks and estimate battery life, or testers can use the Battery Life Loop Mode to loop a test until the battery is almost dead, for more accurate results.
PCMark is known for its tests that are based on common use scenarios such as web browsing, photo editing, video chat and gaming. PCMark 8 steps this game up considerably by now featuring new testing based on productivity and creativity apps from Adobe and Microsoft.
PCMark 8 is now entering its final stages of development and is expected to release some time at the end of Q2 2013. The benchmarking software will be available in several flavors including a bare bones basic free version, as well as a fully featured Pro version intended for the serious testers who want access all of the data.
Amazon has debuted a new piece of desktop software dedicated to music. The new Cloud Player is part of Amazon's mission to bring its music service "everywhere" and is extremely focused on the music. Cloud Player already existed as a web app, but lacked some of the features that come with a dedicated desktop app.
For instance, the desktop software is capable of storing music offline, something the web app simply couldn't do. The Cloud Player app is also capable of scanning for stored music that hasn't been added to a user's locker. A Mac version is currently in the works and Amazon advises that Mac users "stay tuned."
Google's VP9 video codec is nearly complete, YouTube will use the next-generation compression technology
Come June 17, Google are looking to finish their VP9 video codec. From there, the Mountain View-based company will use their next-generation compression technology in both Chrome and YouTube. Matt Frost, senior business product manager for the WebM Project, said in a blog post:
Last week, we hosted over 100 guests at a summit meeting for VP9, the WebM Project's next-generation open video codec. We were particularly happy to welcome our friends from YouTube, who spoke about their plans to support VP9 once support lands in Chrome.
What is the WebM project? It is Google's project for freeing Web video from royalty constraints, with the WebM technology combining VP8 with the Vorbis audio codec. VP9 transmits video much more efficiently than the VP8 codec, and will be a huge milestone for Google and potential Web-video allies like Mozilla who hope to see royalty-free video compression technology spread across the Internet.
AMD announces new and improved hardware acceleration features for Adobe Photoshop CC and Premier Pro CC
AMD has announced that it has significantly improved hardware acceleration for Adobe's Photoshop Creative Cloud and Premiere Pro Creative Cloud services. The company says that the collaboration between Adobe and AMD to provide high-quality, impressive performance to creative professionals everywhere has been achieved by fully tapping into AMD compute and graphics processing leadership through cross-platform open standards like OpenCL and OpenGL.
"AMD and Adobe are working together to help provide powerful solutions that enable creative professionals to speed workflows and increase throughput, boost productivity and creativity, and fully realize their creative vision," said Neal Robison, senior director, Software Alliances at AMD. "AMD APUs and graphics coupled with Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC push the boundaries of what's possible and help artists of virtually all talents and disciplines make the imagined real."
At the moment, the biggest improvements can be seen in an all new "Smart Sharpen" feature and updated Blur Gallery. There is no word if the CS6 versions of Photoshop and Premiere Pro will get these updates, but I am willing to bet that they will not be seen on any version of any Creative Suite products.