Could the world use yet another browser? Sure, if security is at the forefront of your mind. At the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest that took place this week, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari all fell prey to remote code execution exploits by the second day. Not to make a mountain out of a mole hill, this isn't unusual, as every year hackers gather at CanSecWest's conference to show off their skills for prizes.
The tech colossus has reportedly assigned ‘tens of engineers’ to the project
Virtual reality was all the rage at the recently-concluded Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, with the SteamVR-powered HTC Vive headset stealing the show and some of Oculus Rift’s gradually-accumulated thunder. But brace yourselves for another head-turning entry into the nascent VR market. According to the Wall Street Journal, an effort to develop a VR-optimized version of Android is currently underway at Google. This, the paper says, is the search engine giant’s response to last year’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR by Facebook.
For those who use Outlook.com, they will have to rely on Skype for all of their communication needs. In an email to its users, Microsoft announced that it will be removing Facebook and Google Chat from Outlook.com. It is a move that is unsurprising given how much Microsoft has invested in Skype.
You have options when it comes to Chromebooks. Some have touch displays, a few are rugged so they can endure a day at the playground, many are relatively inexpensive at around $200, while others like the Chromebook Pixel ($1,300) are quite a bit more. But one option you don't have is buying a Chromebook powered by AMD -- it's either ARM or Intel. That may change someday, but for now, AMD simply isn't interested in the Chromebook category.
Stop us if you have heard this one before. A person goes to YouTube in order to watch a 15-second clip of cats doing what cats do, only to watch a 30-second ad before that person can even watch the video. Funny, right? We didn’t think so. However, it appears that YouTube is implementing a subscription service that will make its videos ad-free so that you can watch all of the cat videos you want without having to ponder life's mysteries as you wait for an ad to end.
Google-branded hybrid device is reportedly being developed by Quanta Computer
Google is getting ready to give Wintel-powered 2-in-1 devices a run for their money with a Chromebook-tablet hybrid of its own and the device is expected to be ready by the end of this quarter, notorious rumor monger Digitimes said Friday in a report citing unnamed sources in the “upstream supply chain.”
Companies working on a fix can now apply for a 14-day grace period after 90-day disclosure deadline
The whole fracas over Google Project Zero team’s disclosure of three Windows zero-day bugs before Microsoft could fix them may now be old news, but it seems to have done enough to get the former to revisit its bug disclosure policy. Google’s bug hunters took to the official Project Zero blog on Friday to announce a number of key changes to their disclosure policy.
Free storage is out there for the taking. Earlier today we told you about Microsoft's desire to reward you with 100GB of free OneDrive storage simply for signing up for Bing Rewards. Well, it turns out Google is in a giving mood as well, just to a lesser extent -- in recognition of today being Safer Internet Day, Google will inflate your Drive storage by 2GB just for taking a quick security checkup.
Well, this was a long time coming. As Chromebooks grow in popularity, so does the risk of one being stolen -- it's just a numbers game, really. It sucks if that happens, but on the bright side, Google has issued an update that will finally allow admins to place lost or stolen Chrome OS devices in a disabled state. They can flip the switch right from their web-based management console.
You're not supposed to know it, but Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Taboola have been paying the developers of Adblock Plus to stop blocking ads on their respective websites, according to a paywalled article in the Financial Times. The deals are confidential in nature, though FT says it was able to confirm that they do in fact exist. If true, it raises some questions about the transparency of one of the most popular browser extensions ever made.