Category archives for: Linux/Unix

Firefox 34 Adds Hello Chat and Yahoo as Default Search


Mozilla has released Firefox 34, the latest version of its multi-platform web browser. As promised last month, the update makes Yahoo the default search engine. People upgrading from a previous version, however, are only being prompted to switch engines in a pop-up message; clicking “Later” leaves Google search in place. Some improvements on the desktop […]

Google’s New Dashboard Powers Users to Manage Devices

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Google recently made available a new online tool people can use to control which devices have access to their Google Account. The Devices and Activity dashboard shows users all the devices that have accessed their account during the previous 28 days. Users can see the name of the device along with when and where it […]

Facebook Launches ‘Im Safe’ Tool for Disasters and Emergencies


Facebook recently announced Safety Check, a service allowing people affected by natural disasters and other situations to indicate they are all right. The service works automatically, to a certain degree. For example, if a natural disaster occurs, Facebook will create an event for that disaster, such as an earthquake or hurricane. All Facebook users in […]

Google Increases Cash Rewards for Chrome Bugs

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Google is increasing the rewards in its bug bounties program, as it tries to make its software more secure. The search company is updating its reward pricing range to between $500 and $15,000 per bug, up from the previous maximum of $5,000 for a high-quality report, with an increased focus on discovering potential vulnerabilities within […]

Khronos Group Releases New OpenGL Spec

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The Khronos Group make a number of announcements regarding OpenGL today at SIGGRAPH 2014. On top of a number of industry implementations of OpenGL ES 3.1, the group announced the release of OpenGL 4.5. Khronos also unveiled a new project called the Next Generation OpenGL Initiation, in turn asking for participation in the project to […]

Google Adds Voice Calling to Hangouts

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Google recently made it possible to connect Google Voice phone calls through Hangouts on the web. When using Google Voice in a desktop browser, the phone tool now lists Hangouts as an option when making calls. Googler Alex Wiesen explained that it works even if the user isn’t using Hangouts in Gmail, and it doesn’t […]

Adobe Releases ‘Critical’ Patch for Flash for AIR, OS X, Windows, Linux


Adobe has issued an emergency patch of its Flash Player technology to correct a security flaw that could allow hackers false access to thousands of popular websites — notably Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and eBay among many others. The patch, which will update Flash to version, is considered “critical” for users of OS X, Windows […]

Avast Anti-Virus Forums Hacked – 200,000 User Accounts Stolen


PC security and anti-virus vendor Avast experienced a data theft over the weekend, with the losses coming in at nearly 200,000 accounts potentially at risk. Stolen are user’s nicknames, user names, email addresses, and hashed passwords. The company has issued a blog post informing users of the breach, and the forums have been temporarily shut […]

Mozilla Updates Firefox to Vesion 29 – Modernized UI Increased Customization Options

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The latest incarnation of the Firefox web browser has introduced a major redesign of its user interface. The Australis design scheme, first introduced in mid-2012, makes Firefox version 29 look sleeker with curved tabs and a cleaner interface, with some aspects of the browser modernization scheme also spreading from the desktop version to the Android […]

Adobe Warns of Critical Vulnerability in Flash for Windows, Mac, Linux


Adobe has issued a new security bulletin warning of a Flash flaw that could allow a hacker to seize control of a computer. So far just Windows exploits have been seen in the wild, but Adobe cautions that Mac and Linux systems are vulnerable as well. The  security hole is present only in older versions […]

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