Time and again, European Union regulators have proven they're not the least bit bashful about slapping mega corporations like Microsoft and Intel with gargantuan fines for violating antitrust laws. In fact, Microsoft has already been assessed around $1.28 billion in the last decade for various dealings in the EU, and if EU officials are feeling particularly ornery, they could penalize Microsoft up to $7.4 billion, or up to 10 percent of its revenues, for what amounts to an unfortunate "technical error."
Bug collecting can be quite the lucrative hobby, provided they're of the software variety. Google routinely pays out three-, four-, and sometimes five-figure bounties to bug hunters who find and report vulnerabilities in the company's Chrome browser, but yesterday, it took the unusual step of paying a pair of software gurus $5,000 for reporting an issue in Windows.
Friday saw the release of a critical out-of-band patch for Internet Explorer from Microsoft. The security update (MS12-063) addresses as many as five vulnerabilities, but none more important than the critical zero-day bug (CVE-2012-4969) that was made public by French researchers earlier this week, and one which even prompted Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) to issue an advisory requesting German citizens to stay away from IE. The Redmond-based company has also released a security update for Adobe Flash IE 10.
Another month is in the books, and that means another thirty-some days of browser share data to crunch and analyze. One of the problems with doing that, however is that different stat trackers report conflicting numbers. Net Applications(NetMarketShare), for example, shows Chrome closing out the summer in third place, sitting behind Firefox (second) and Internet Explorer (first) as the most used browsers on the planet. But if you head over to StatCounter, Chrome is out in front.
Mozilla took another page from Google Chrome when designing Firefox 15, which was released today. Like Chrome, the new version of Firefox features silent updates that are downloaded and installed in the background. Once installed, Firefox seamlessly and quickly switches to the new version the next time the end user exits and restarts his or her browser session.
Catching bugs in your spare time can turn into a lucrative hobby, provided the bugs you're hunting reside in Google's Chrome browser. The Chromium Vulnerability Rewards Program has shelled out over $1 million to date, putting money in the pockets of security researchers who help make Chrome more secure, and it's about to start doling out larger payments for flaws that have become increasingly hard to find.
It’s no longer hard to imagine a world where Web apps are just as powerful and popular as—if not more than—desktop apps. As inviting as such a world may seem to many, there is still plenty of work that needs to be done before web apps can give native apps a run for their money. Mozilla, for one, is doing its bit. We’re not talking about the highly ambitious Firefox OS (formerly Boot to Gecko) here. Instead,we’re referring to something much more basic: Web app support.
Just three days after Mozilla released the final version of Firefox 14 to the general public, the browser maker announced that Firefox 15 is available to download in beta form. With Mozilla's rapid release schedule in place, you won't have to wait long for the new build to go gold. Just over a month, in fact, assuming Firefox 15 is released on August 28, 2012 as currently scheduled. Should you wait for the final build to upgrade?
Mozilla has once again done what it has been doing every six weeks for over a year now. Confused? Well, we’re talking about the highly controversial tri-fortnightly practice of bundling up a handful of new Firefox features, tweaks and bug fixes, and pretending that the ensuing software package is significant enough to be rolled out as a major version update. In other words, Mozilla has once again updated its flagship browser.
Microsoft is once again in hot water with European Union (EU) antitrust officials, this time for failing to fully comply with a 2009 settlement in which the Redmond software company agreed to give customers a choice of which Web browser to use when installing Windows. For the most part, Microsoft had been doing that, except in some instances where PCs shipped to European customers with Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 pre-installed.