A computer science student at Stanford University has discovered a hole in Adobe Flash that could be used by an attacker to furtively enable the victim’s camera and microphone. The vulnerability is not in Flash itself, but the Adobe Flash Settings Manager page. More details about the vulnerability can be found after the jump.
It was three years ago when Adata chairman Simon Chen declared the DRAM market the worst it's been in 15 years. Perhaps his early recognition of how bad things had become ultimately helped Adata weather the ongoing storm and make business decisions that, in the fourth quarter of 2011, will grow the company's revenues by double digits. How is that possible when the only thing DRAM players talk about anymore is cutting production?
We've always known that Macs are susceptible to malware, but without a significant portion of market share, why should anyone bother? Now that numbers are up, Mac users are finding out that their platform of choice is also vulnerable, and it's not just Windows users who have to be on the lookout. The latest threat eating away at Apple PCs is a trojan horse that tries to dupe users into thinking it's a harmless Flash Player installer.
HP didn’t do much with the Touchpad, but they did at least prove that there is a healthy market out there for a $99 tablet. RIM isn’t quite ready to go that crazy with its struggling Playbook just yet, but they have started to test the waters. Last week RIM dropped the price of each model of playbook by an even $100 in Canada, and also began offering an additional $100 gift card at two of the country’s biggest brick & mortar retailers, Future Shop and Best Buy. How has it been working out so far? Both retailers are reporting they are officially sold out.
Mobile devices are becoming an increasingly important battleground in the Web wars, one in which Adobe's Flash Player and HTML5 will fight most of their skirmishes. Adobe today announced its prize fighters in Adobe Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3, both with support for full hardware accelerated rendering for 2D and 3D graphics.
With subscription services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, downloadable content from iTunes and Amazon, and freebies from Crackle or YouTube It’s getting harder to justify paying for cable. For those of us who prefer our time in front of the tube stimulate, rather than rot our brains, DocumentaryHeaven may be the final push we need to usher our cable TV and satellite subscriptions out the door.
Even though Steve Jobs retired, his mammoth, forward-looking hit-or-miss vision is still leaving its fingerprints all over the tech industry. Case in point: Adobe Flash. By now, everyone knows that Apple refused to allow Flash to run on iOS systems. For the Metro (read: mobile) version of IE10 in Windows 8, Microsoft’s not only blocking Flash functionality, it's jumping whole hog on the HTML5 bandwagon and restricting plug-ins entirely.
All eyes have been on Microsoft ever since its BUILD conference got underway in Anaheim, California on Tuesday. While Redmond is using the new event primarily to acquaint developers with Windows 8, it’s also giving just about everyone else a glimpse of the operating system’s future in the process. Talking about the future, there seems to be an emerging consensus around the tech world that it’s going to be pretty bleak for plugins like Flash and Silverlight.
Google has added a new feature to YouTube that will hopefully make the viewing experience better for all of us. Users will now have access to a handy web-based video editor when uploading clips. This isn’t a serious product for splicing together clips, like the one in Google Labs, but it provides the essentials. Users can adjust video properties, audio, and add effects in just a few clicks.
Apple has gone to war with just about anyone who dares to compete with its iOS lineup, suing where possible and spreading FUD when they can’t. Before the lawyers ever threw the first punch however, there was the original rivalry, Apple vs. Adobe. Many analysts believed that Steve Job’s unwillingness to embrace flash would be the death of the platform, but amazingly, it thrived. HTML5 video spread across the web like wildfire, starting with YouTube, and moving to just about every content creation site worth visiting. Adobe put up a brave front, but has finally thrown in the towel, and announced how it will address flash on iOS going forward.