Feedly Pro introduces a search function to RSS feeds
Feedly quickly emerged as the front runner to replace Google's now defunct Reader service, giving RSS users a serviceable alternative to keep on trucking with. For those of you who made the jump to Feedly but perhaps wanted a few more features to play with, Feedly Pro is now available for everyone. It costs $5 per month or $45 for an annual subscription, the latter of which saves you $15, equivalent to three free months.
News readers are some of the most popular apps in the Android Market, but each of us has our own habits and preferences for how we take in news that interests us the most. Standalone feed readers or Google Reader clients offer more efficient methods of finding the topics that are worth our time, while apps like Pulse and News360 offer a reading experience that feels more like something you would find in a magazine. For those of us who find both sides of the equation appealing, the fine folks at Google have our back.
While it's not unusual for companies to promise a variety of things “in time for the holidays,” a patch for a zero-day bug being exploited in the wild is usually not one of them. But that’s something you can look forward to if you have Adobe Reader and/or Acrobat 9.x for Windows. In a security advisory issued on Tuesday, Adobe warned of a “critical” vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat that is being exploited in the wild. Hit the jump for more.
Outdated browser plugins pose a considerable security threat. According to a report published earlier this year by security and compliance management company Qualys, 80 percent of all browser vulnerabilities stem from outdated plugins. The company behind the browser security analysis tool BrowserCheck, Qualys has just ranked different browser plugins based on their affinity for remaining outdated.
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.
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.
Google’s ebook store has finally stepped out of the realm of rumors and entered the real world. Matter-of-factly called the Google eBookstore, it is well stocked and supports a wide variety of devices, including PCs, smartphones, tablets and e-readers. According to Google, the store boasts the largest ebooks collection in the world with more than three million titles.
Since its Google’s ebook store, books are stored in the cloud and can be bought and read in it as well. Offline reading on Android and iOS devices is supported through native apps. As for e-readers, support is restricted to only those devices that are compatible with the Adobe eBook platform. While Amazon’s Kindle is not supported, Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony Reader are probably the most notable names on the list of supported devices.
Sony has always had the home team advantage in Japan, but in the e-book world they are a bit late to the game in the land of the Rising Sun. Rumors of a Q4 launch for the Sony Reader lineup started back in May, and it looks like for once the rumor mill is actually coming true.
Starting December 10th Sony is getting set to offer the 5” pocket and 6” Reader Devices in Japan at a price of ¥20,000 ($237) / ¥25,000 ($297), respectively. In addition to the hardware release Sony is also planning to unveil its new online e-bookstore with close to 20,000 launch titles.
Given just how late to the game Sony actually is you would imagine they would be humble about their future sales prospects, but then again this is Sony we are talking about. According to a company spokesman they expect to sell 300,000 in the first 12 months, and plan to hold more than half of the Japanese e-reader market by 2012.
Is Sony setting its expectations too high? Or will Japanese consumers buy up anything Sony?
The said vulnerability, which can be used by an attacker to take control of the affected system, also affects Flash Player 10.1.85.3 (and earlier), but the hole in Flash has already been plugged with the release of version 10.1.102.64 earlier this month. Besides CVE-2010-3654, the updates also addressees a “potential issue” (CVE-2010-4091) in certain versions of Reader.
“Note that these updates represent an out-of-cycle release. The next quarterly security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat are scheduled for February 8, 2011,” said Adobe in the advisory.