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Adobe patches latest Flash and Reader vulnerabilities

Just recently, new critical vulnerabilities were reported in Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader. While Google and Adobe managed to deliver an update to secure Chrome users, it took a few more days to put together the necessary bits for the general Flash and Reader using public. Fortunately, the work is now complete, and Adobe has posted updated downloads for both products. You should be...

Google removes Gears from Chrome, prepares offline access for Google Docs

Google Gears was launched back in 2007 -- before Google Chrome, and back when web apps were still in their early stages -- as a way for web app developers to allow offline access to documents. Gears never really caught on, and was eventually replaced by standards-based solutions. Now, Google has announced that it's finally removing support for the Gears plugin from Chrome. With Google now in...

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 for Android, BlackBerry to bring increased efficiency

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 has brought some welcome efficiency gains on our desktops, and Adobe has now announced that its Android and BlackBerry plug-ins will get in on the action as well. In a press release, Adobe states that Flash Player 10.2 will be made available soon to Android 3.0 and BlackBerry tablet users (which pretty much means people who buy the PlayBook when it comes out). There's...

Microsoft brings Firefox H.264 video support to Windows 7

Mozilla doesn't support the proprietary H.264 video format in Firefox, but Microsoft does. While Mozilla has been pushing open-source WebM as the format of choice for HTML5 video tags (with Google's help), Microsoft has released a new plug-in that lets Firefox take advantage of Windows 7's native H.264 support. The plug-in looks for HTML5 video tags and passes the video to the Windows Media Player...

Mozilla's Rainbow plug-in brings audio and video recording to Firefox

Mozilla has just announced a new Firefox plug-in called Rainbow that will let users access audio and video recording capabilities through the browser. It's similar to something Mozilla tried with audio recording while they were developing the Jetpack plug-in system, but Rainbow includes video as well. Rainbow records using open formats (Ogg Theora video and Ogg Vorbis audio), and you can set it to...

Weppy brings WebP support to most Web browsers on Mac OS X

Itching to take Google's new, JPEG beating image format for a test drive? Got a Mac? Then Nick Zitzmann's Weppy might just be the answer. A simple drag and drop and you're up and running with WebP support in Safari, Firefox, Chrome, OmniWeb, Opera, Camino and others. Weppy comes in two versions, one for WebKit-based browsers and one for browsers supporting Netscape plug-ins such as Chrome,...

Out-of-process plugins landing soon in Firefox as a minor update (3.6.4)

Mozilla has been working on bolting on a little Chrome-style crash proofing through the use of out-of-process plugins. Doing so will mean that Firefox users, too, can endure crashes by things like Flash Player, Adobe Reader, and Java, without their entire browsing session going for a dirt nap. According to minutes posted from a recent platform meeting, the change will arrive in the upcoming...

Five lesser known Firefox add-ons for web developers

When it comes to making web pages, I can whip up a rounded div or add a splash of gradient for a nice fade effect successfully with little trouble, but like many, when trying to deduce out why some stupid DIV is misbehaving, I can waste an entire day spinning my wheels. Checking out the various blogs and forums are of course a great resource, but probably my most useful and productive help...

Google Chrome to pack internal Flash, Adobe Reader plugins? Of course it is.

Flash has been blogged about ad nauseam ever since the iPad unveiling. And while your favorite Apple devices probably aren't going to be running Adobe's multimedia plug-in any time soon, Google appears to be gearing up to build both Flash and PDF support right into Chrome and Chrome OS. CNet's Larry Dignan calls this a rumor, but there's every reason to believe this is going to happen. For...

10+ great tools for safer web browsing

Today is Safer Internet Day, an annual event coordinated by the folks at InSafe -- who are all about promoting responsible Internet use. We've covered a number of great tools in the past that have the same aim, so what better day to take another look at them? Web Of Trust (WOT, Pictured) WOT is a community-powered trust and ratings system. With nearly 26 million sites rated to date, it's one...

Out of process plug-ins to land in Firefox this quarter?

Back in December of last year, out of process plugin support finally landed in Firefox's trunk builds. Today, CNet reports that Mozilla is working toward implementing the feature in a minor update - possibly Firefox 3.6.5. What it boils down to is that the crash-proofing kung fu could appear in more mainstream Firefox builds as early as this quarter. Firefox chief Mike Beltzner told CNet "It's...

A bunch of fun and productivity-boosting gadgets for Windows 7

The number of gadgets for Windows 7, both made by Microsoft and third-party developers, has skyrocketed. Only a few months ago there was little choice and almost nothing worth calling home about -- but today, you're spoilt for choice! What you have here are a bunch of the most useful (or interesting) gadgets usable with your shiny-new OS, Windows 7. Note: If you're going to be installing...

Eolas v. Everyone you've ever heard of

Tireless patent troll Intellectual Property holder Eolas has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against, well.. nearly everyone. The issue at hand deals with two patents in Eolas' possession -- the first of which was the subject of a successful lawsuit against Microsoft back in 2004. The second patent, what Eolas refers to as "a continuation of the '906...

Turn your head and cough, Firefox! Mozilla's plugin check is live

Whichever browser you happen to be using, there's more to keeping it up to date than running automatic updates for the browser itself. There are all those nasty plugins -- like Flash, Java, and Quicktime. Each one presents new opportunities for malware pushers, so an outdated plugin can put an unsuspecting web user at great risk. Mozilla announced a while back that they were tweaking the "What's...

Skype killing off Extras, developer program

Skype may be one of the most popular VoIP applications on the planet. But Skype's developer program for third party applications apparently never really took off and today Skype is telling developer that it's closing the doors to its Skype Extras service. According to the letter sent to developers, "not enough people were using them to justify our continued support of the Extras program." ...