Software developer Adobe is working on a patch for a "critical" vulnerability that is present in the company's PDF software. The bug, present in both Reader and Acrobat, will allow hackers to gain full access of a computer and is currently being exploited. You should avoid opening PDFs unless you know the sender and trust them.
The bug is present in Adobe Reader XI, 11.0.01 and earlier; Reader X, 10.1.5 and earlier; Reader 9.5.3 and earlier. Acrobat versions similarly numbered are also vulnerable. The bug is present across all platforms including Mac, PC, and Linux.
Adobe has suggested users make use of the 'Protected View" option given by the software if they have to open a PDF. An estimated time of arrival has not been given for the patch.
Unigine Corp. have just released the latest revision to their GPU benchmark, Heaven Benchmark 4.0. Heaven 4.0 is perfect for stability testing on your system, mainly for your GPU.
Heaven 4.0 has full support for DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0, works across multiple platforms - Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and includes countless settings for you to tinker with. Best of all, it has support for multi-monitor setups as well as different stereo 3D models. What's new in Heaven 4.0? Here's a list of what to expect:
- Benchmarking presets for convenient comparison of results
- GPU temperature and clock monitoring
- Drastic improvement of SSDO
- Stars at nighttime
- Improvement of lens flare
- New, improved version of UNIGINE Engine under the hood
- Detection of multiple GPUs
- Anti-aliasing support on Mac OS X
- Enhancement of automation scripts in Pro version
- New Advanced edition (see details below)
- Russian and Chinese localization
You can download Heaven Benchmark 4.0 here.
Chances are, if you are reading this article, then you have at least heard of VLC, if it's not already on your PC. For those of you who have not heard of it, VLC is the world's most popular after-market software media player, mostly because it does not need to be configured with a ton of codec packs to work properly.
Fans of the media player would like to see the software be able to stream BitTorrent files and are putting their money where their mouth is by offering $10,000 to the person who can code in the functionality to VLC.
The dev team at Video Lan, the company behind VLC, has said that if the code were right, then they would be more than happy to add a BitTorrent module to the player. The major hurdle that has to be overcome is that the torrent would need to prioritize data close to the play position in the VLC player, which is something that torrents don't traditionally do.
The Evasi0n jailbreak continues to make tracks in terms of installs. The tool for untethered jailbreaks of nearly every iOS device saw massive downloads and uptake on Monday when it was first released and demand appears to be continuing. As of Thursday night, the jailbreak had been used on approximately seven million devices.
The way this is being tracked is through the alternate app store Cydia. As of Thursday night, the app store had recorded visits from 5.15 million new iPhones, 1.35 million iPads, and 400,000 iPod touches. Altogether that works out to just about seven million new devices.
While jailbreak statistics for previous tools aren't perfectly recorded, Jay Freeman, author of the Cydia app store, says that Evasi0n has brought "insanely more new traffic" than the release of Absinthe, a jailbreak that worked for some iOS 5 versions and devices.
If you have an iOS device, have you jailbroken it yet? If not, why not?
OS X has a massive following of web developers who constantly used Linux based web server stacks to run their CMS stacks - it's actually a pretty common trend at the moment. Within Apple's OS X App Store, users can now find four of the most popular CMS's that run inside BitNami - Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla, and a generic MAMP stack (Mac, Apache, MySQL and PHP).
The issues arise when developers wanted to dev on a CMS in the local environment, files would be stored all over the place instead of a simple single directory. BitNami solves this problem by "walling-off" the CMS software and keeping everything nice in neat in a single place. This single directory structure is essential when migrating a site from a local host development environment to a live server out in the interwebs.
Traditionally web developers mitigate this issue by building a development server that is hosted on a Linux server somewhere on their local network. I have one sitting beside me at this moment with no less than six Drupal sites in the development phase.
Adobe has just issued an emergency update to its Flash software for both Mac and Windows platform. The update fixes two new vulnerabilities that are already being exploited to spread malware.
The exploits are affecting Windows PC's as well as Apple Mac devices. Mac users are tricked into downloading an MS Word files that contains the malware. Similar trickery is used to lure in Windows users.
The patch comes on the same day that Adobe announced that future versions of Flash will be able to block this type of exploit all together. Worried users can disable flash in their browser until the program can be updated. You can check to see if you are already patched by checking the flash version. If it is 11.5.502.149, then you are safe.
Since its release just yesterday, the new iOS 6/6.1 untethered jailbreak, Evasi0n, has seen itself installed on over 1.7 million devices, showing continuing want and need for these jailbreaks and jailbreak teams. The jailbreak managed to be installed 800,000 times within the first six hours yesterday.
That's some incredible adoption, for a hack anyway. The mass jailbreaking put strain on Cydia's servers with roughly 1,200 downloads per minute. I know I had trouble with Cydia yesterday, but the wait was definitely worth it. If you have an iOS 6 device, you should consider jailbreaking the device.
Forbes talked with the Cydia appstore developer and found out why jailbreaks are rare:
According to David Wang, one of the evad3rs' four developers, the program takes advantage of at least five distinct, new bugs in iOS's code. (For reference, that's one more than Stuxnet, the malware built by the NSA to destroy centrifuges in Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities.)
The image below has been posted by developer Francois Beaufort, which shows a Chrome OS desktop with a notification system and a new app icon that hasn't been seen before.
The first four icons we are all familiar with, but that last icon - is different, showing four cascading Google-themed chat boxes. This screenshot alone opens up Pandora's box, and now we can begin to try and work out what this icon means. Could we see see a new unified messaging service from Google? We could just be looking at something new, and not a messaging system, but something to do with Google+ Messenger, or similar.
If we are looking at a world of Google releasing a unified messaging system, it would really change things for Google and their Android platform, that's for sure.
The software tool released today known as Evasi0n has garnered hundreds of thousands of downloads in mere hours. Around 270,000 users were active when the download went live and the Evad3r's team saw 1TB of server data used in just 10 minutes. The download is just under 10 MB, which means that around 100,000 copies had been downloaded.
Fast forward a couple of hours and that number surpassed 4.2TB of data used. This equates to around 500,000 downloads. While not every download equates to a jailbreak, a single download could equate to several jailbreaks in a multi-device or multi-user environment.
Of course, the tool won't keep up that sort of download rate for long, but you can see the amount of users who were waiting desperately for a jailbreak tool. We're hoping to hear a final download count for the first day, so stay tuned to our Facebook page where we will announce it as soon as we hear something.
The evasi0n jailbreak has officially been released earlier today and is capable of jailbreaking all of your iOS 6 and iOS 6.1 devices. I've given the piece of software a test run on my iPhone 5 and it is confirmed to be working and extremely easy to use. All it takes is one click on your computer and a tap on the iPhone and the device will be jailbroken.
Linux, Mac, and Windows are all supported by the jailbreaking tool, which means you can jailbreak your iDevice no matter what operating system you are using at home. You can download the jailbreak tool at the evasi0n website. Let us know if you have any trouble jailbreaking your device!
At last! The release date of Futuremark's latest iteration of 3DMark is nearly here, with a release date of February 4 at 18:00 UTC. Futuremark aren't quite talking about the Android, iOS or Windows RT versions of the new 3DMark, but at least we know the PC version is coming within a few days time.
For now, we have a tease of the new result features in 3DMark, which do not look too bad at all. Be sure that we'll update you as soon as the new 3DMark is released with download links and hopefully some articles and benchmarks covering the new 3DMark, until then - we'll see you on the benches! Bro, do you even lift?
Do you aspire to be a world traveler and just simply lack the funds required to do so? Well, you are in luck, as Google has just released over 100,000 new Guided Tours for its Google Earth software, giving you the world without ever leaving your couch.
The Tour Guide update brings in over 100,000 new tours that span popular cities, places and things across 200 countries. In addition, existing tours have beefed up with extra features. The company has increased the number of 3D flyovers as well, adding a ton of landmarks and cities to the third dimension.
"Each tour ends with a selection of photo thumbnails which were selected from Panoramio as the best representation of a given place, clicking on one of the thumbnails enables a full screen photo experience."
AMD have released their Catalyst 13.2 beta drivers, which include improvements of up to 15% in MSAA-based use within the Crysis 3 beta. There's some more performance increases, too, as well as the usual bug fixes.
These new drivers 'significantly improves latency performance' in Skyrim, Borderlands 2 and Guild Wars 2, as well as improves the single-GPU performance in Devil May Cry by up to 50%. CrossFire performance is improved by around 10% for Crysis 2 and we should see the texture flickering screen problems in DirectX 9.0c applications resolved.
You can download the new Catalyst 13.2 beta drivers directly from this link.
FinalWire's AIDA64 has been updated, with version 2.80 hitting the Internet. There's a bunch of new and improved support included, with preliminary support provided for AMD's "Richland" APU as well as Intel's "Valleyview" SoC.
A full list of the features and improvements:
- Optimized benchmarks for Intel Atom Z2760 "Cloverview" SoC
- Preliminary support for AMD "Richland" APU and Intel "Valleyview" SoC
- Improved support for Intel "Haswell" APU and Intel "Lynx Point" PCH
- APP SDK 2.8, OpenCL 1.2 Update, OpenGL ES 3.0, Simple Firmware Interface support
- OCZ Vector SSD and Indilinx Barefoot 3 SSD controller support
- GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 7470, AMD Radeon HD 7870 "Tahiti LE", nVIDIA GeForce GT 635M, nVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
More details as well as a download link can be found here.
Are you an NVIDIA GPU user? Planning on checking out the Crysis 3 multiplayer beta that starts tomorrow? If so, you should really consider picking up the new 313.95 beta driver that NVIDIA has released as they are touting Crysis 3 improvements of up to 65 percent, which should really help you get your game on.
Crysis 3 is said to be another machine crusher, so any boost in performance is definitely appreciated--and needed. The 65 percent boost is specifically for the GTX 690, which I don't think most of you are using. However, some performance increase can be seen all the way down to the GTX 560.
The driver also includes SLI profiles for Crysis 3, DmC: Devil May Cry and Warframe. If you use multiple GPUs in your system, this is also an important driver update. GTX 670 owners can expect the following performance increases:
- Up to 28 percent in Assassin's Creed III
- Up to 11 percent in Civilization V
- Up to 8 percent in Far Cry 3
- Up to 6 percent in Just Cause 2
- Up to 5 percent in Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Up to 5 percent in Dirt 3
- Up to 5 percent in Batman: Arkham City
- Up to 5 percent in Far Cry 2
- Up to 4 percent in Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- Up to 3 percent in Shogun: Total War
- Up to 3 percent in Stalker: Call of Pripyat
The first release of Piriform's CCleaner for 2013 is here, with version 3.27 now released and ready for consumption. Version 3.27 of CCleaner includes improved support for Windows 8, with additional cleaning for the Windows Metro version of Internet Explorer 10.
Piriform have also updated the Google Chrome and Firefox support for the latest release versions. If you have CCleaner installed, your installation should be updated automatically, if you don't you can grab it right here.
Below is a list of what has been added, or improved in CCleaner v3.27:
- Added cleaning for Internet Explorer 10 Metro.
- Added Google Chrome v24 support.
- Improved Firefox compatibility on v17 and newer.
- Improved Google Chrome extension compatibility.
- And many more...
Back in August we reported that MPEG had released a new draft for a video codec, H.265 - now, the video format has been approved by the ITU. This approval could eventually see Ultra HD 4K video to future networks, as well as making streaming HD video on low bandwidth mobile networks.
H.265 is known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and is designed for high-quality streaming, even if it's on a low-bandwidth network. With all of the online streaming users do these days from their smart devices, this has been a long time coming. The new approved standard will give publishers the ability to stream 1080p video with around half of the required bits that is required today thanks to its improved compression abilities.
This should make HD streaming a reality for households, like mine, where you don't have an ultra-fast Internet connection. Better yet, on mobile connections it'll be a godsend. Being able to stream HD or Full HD video over your mobile network in better quality, while using less bandwidth (and hence, data) will be great.
I don't mind Origin, as it mostly sits in the background and all I use it for is Battlefield 3 - for now, until SimCity launches - but now the digital distribution platform from Electronics Arts has launched onto Apple's Mac OS X.
EA have announced they've released an alpha of Origin for Mac, and will give alpha testers a free copy of Bookworms from PopCap Games. Unfortunately, that's the only game you'll be able to play right now, as Origin's built-in games store isn't working in the alpha version. Cloud-based saves, and chats are available in the alpha version, though.
Another downside to this, is that some people will think that with EA launching Origin on the Mac, that they'll be able to play games like Battlefield 3 on their Mac's. This won't happen just yet, with EA saying that individual development studios will decide if it's worth their time to port the game and get it running well under OS X. Only a "few thousand users from the US and the UK are being accepted into the alpha.
Futuremark's upcoming new 3DMark is set to be quite different to the previous iterations of the benchmarking software, as it moves into cross-platform territory. Futuremark President Oliver Baltuch has come out and said that he is constantly bugged with questions of when the new 3DMark will arrive, to which he says:
I cannot confirm a launch date with now. Simply put, 3DMark will be ready when it's ready, which we expect will be sooner rather than later.
It is nice to know that it's coming "sooner rather than later", and that it's cross-platform. I quite excited for the new 3DMark, being able to test something between devices is going to be utterly awesome for us here at TweakTown to give you, our dear, awesome readers a much better benchmarking method across multiple devices and platforms.
The XDA Developers forum are at it again, with a leaked skin of the Sense 5 UI skin from HTC thanks to forum member mdeejay. The XDA Developers forum member has reportedly got a working port of the upcoming skin.
We can see from the leaked screenshots that it features a new UI that is much simpler than Sense 4+ lockscreen, which is more along the lines of the stock Android skin itself, which I personally prefer. The same widgets move over to the apps screen, where in the below image we have Sense 4+ on the left, and Sense 5 on the right.