Adobe has announced the release of Flash Player 10.3 for Android, Linux, MacOS, and Windows. The latest stable release of Adobe’s ubiquitous plugin packs a bunch of new features and security enhancements. But its most notable user-facing feature is the ability to clear hitherto hard-to-delete Flash cookies, or local shared objects (LSOs) as they are formally known, from the comfort of the web browser’s privacy settings. Hit the jump for more.
Several technology goliaths, including Apple, Intel, and Google, are being accused of high-tech hijinks in a California class action lawsuit. The suit accuses the firms of running afoul of antitrust laws by allegedly conspiring to fix employee pay. The lawsuit also accuses the technology firms of entering into "No Solicitation" agreements with one another. The complaint, which was filed on behalf of Siddharth Hariharan, a former software engineer at Lucasfilm and founder and CEO of InEarth, seeks restitution for lost compensation and treble damages.
Adobe today released its Creative Suite 5.5 (CS 5.5) to U.S customers, a significant update that kicks off the company's new subscription payment model. Potential customers have the choice of paying for the package outright with prices ranging from $1,299 to $2,599 (upgrade pricing also available), or essentially rent the software on a month-to-month basis or annual subscription.
Adobe on Thursday began serving up security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat slightly ahead of schedule, but not a moment too soon. The out-of-cycle updates address critical vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited in the wild, enough so that it's drawn the attention of the Department of Homeland Security/US-CERT. Left unpatched, it's possible for remote attackers to execute arbitrary code and take control of an infected system, giving them unfettered access to user data, as well as being able to crash their machine.
In the world of photography, Photoshop is the industry standard in post production work--capable of doing nearly anything to any given photo. Though the rabbit hole is extremely deep, there are a few simple steps you can take to spruce up your images quickly and efficiently.
The decision to rent/lease or buy presents itself at every turn. You'll face this decision when shopping a new car, relocating to a new home or apartment, and even when it comes to picking out movies. But what about software? Part of the reason why open-source programs like GIMP exist is because the average user is either unable or unwilling for fork over several hundred dollars for a legitimate copy of Photoshop. What if you could rent a license instead? That's the question Adobe hopes to answer with the release of its new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product line.
Yet another reason to choose Google's Chrome browser over all the rest, it's the only one no longer affected by a critical Adobe Flash Player bug currently running wild. Google was able to issue the fix ahead of schedule because of its close collaboration with Adobe. The Flash Player comes embedded in the Chrome browser, and as a result of Google's and Adobe's buddy system, Google receives early access to updated Flash builds.
Adobe said it discovered a critical vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Reports have already surfaced that the security flaw is being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks through a Flash (.swf) file embedded in a Microsoft Excel (.xls) file delivered as an email attachment. A fix is on the way, but it won't arrive until next week Adobe says.
Adobe kicked off the week with a security advisory warning users of its Flash Player about a zero-day bug that is reportedly “being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks via a Flash (.swf) file embedded in a Microsoft Excel (.xls) file delivered as an email attachment.” The vulnerability has also been confirmed to affect the auth.dll component that accompanies certain versions of Reader and Acrobat X, but the company has yet to come across any exploits targeting them.
Hit the jump to find out more about the vulnerability, including when exactly Adobe hopes to have it patched.
If you're an Android user, be prepared to be 'Flashed' by Adobe with version 10.2 of the Flash Player. According to Adobe, this latest update will be available for download through the Android Market beginning March 18th, which is this Friday. This is a production GA (General Availability) release for Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) devices capable of running the Flash Player, and a beta release for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets like the Motorola Xoom.