You might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but Toshiba proved you can bake new tricks into old technology. The company this week beefed up its NAND flash portfolio with SmartNAND, its next generation 24nm NAND flash technology. What makes SmartNAND different from previous NAND products is that it comes with a control chip that supports error correction code (ECC), removing the burden of ECC from the host processor while minimizing protocol changes, Toshiba says.
Chip makers Intel and Micron are in the process of seeing how low each company can go, and it has nothing to do with the Limbo. Instead, it has everything to do with shrinking NAND technology even further with the goal of doubling down the density of their flash chips by the time summer rolls around. Aside from being impressive from a technological point of view, lower density chips ultimately lead to lower cost solid state drives (SSDs).
The internet is a lot of things to a lot of different people. Some come online to work, others to goof off as hard and as often as possible. For those that fall into the latter group, there are a lot of options to keep you entertained and non-productive for hours at a time. Memes, webcomic and streaming video all fit the bill. But once The Oatmeal gets cold, and the LOLcats somehow stop being funny, where can professional-grade pooch pumpers get their online ya-yas out? We’ll tell you: Incredibox, our Cool Site of the Week.
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.
Apple has made its war against Adobe Flash a very public affair, but a new heavyweight has arrived to pitch in their support for the cause. Mozilla’s VP of products Jay Sullivan told Fast Company in a recent interview that flash was “plug-in prison”, and felt strongly that emerging standard such as HTML5 should be used whenever possible to help speed up its demise.
Google Chrome has become a leading browser in just a few years, thanks in part to the rapid pace of development. Google is frequently pushing out updates to the beta and developer channels, with the stable release getting the final product. It was just a month ago that version 9 became official, and Google has announced today that Chrome version 10 has left beta, bringing with it a slew of new features.
After the hubbub over the lack of initial Flash support on the Motorola Xoom, Adobe has deemed it necessary to issue a statement on the matter. The previous "Spring 2011" timeframe for Flash to rollout was not sitting well apparently. On the Adobe blog, The company posted that it will be just a few weeks until Flash 10.2 is ready for tablets.
More details continue to emerge as the Motorola Xoom inches closer to launch. We recently learned the Xoom 3G would ship for $800, while the Wi-Fi only version will ship for $600. That's a bit higher than some had hoped, and now it's looking like it won't ship with Flash support until later this year, according to an ad on Verizon Wireless' website.