Category Archives: Announcements

Leaked Images out of – 5th generation iPad

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Recent rumors indicate that Apple might soon be adding a 128GB iPad to its current line— and now we’re getting what may be our first look at the back of Cupertino’s next-gen tablet. The image appears to line up with a rumor published by Macotakara back in December, which stated that a 5th-generation iPad, bearing the same stylistic flourishes as the mini, would debut in March of 2013.

That said, it should be noted that there are some questions about the image. The name “iPad” itself appears to be either smudged or partially-wiped off the device — though we’ve seen early Apple leaks before that have featured smudged or missing printing. In any case, the pictured part does appears to be in line with current expectations, and if the final 5th-generation iPad proves to look like what’s pictured above, we’d have to conclude that Apple’s not having any further success in its efforts to double down on product secrecy.

Google Chrome launches new Beta Channel for Android

Google’s announced a new Chrome Beta channel for its phone and tablet iteration. Google’s desktop browser (on Mac Windows, Linux and Chrome OS) already has early access channels to new (and sometimes unstable) builds and now it’s going mobile. Google promises updates, likely just as regular as the big screen version, and it’ll be compatible with any Android device running version 4.0 or higher. Point your browser to the second source to sign up to the new dev channel.

Chrome 24 fixes two dozen bugs. Promising a faster Chrome.

Google’s latest browser update landed today with little fanfare from Mountain View– just a tiny blog post proclaiming a faster, more stable Chrome. Diving into the build’s change notes, however, reveal Flash updates, bug fixes and support for MathML. Not a lot in the way of consumer facing features — though Bookmarks are now searchable, via the Chrome omnibox. Not as fancy as the last release, but we never to scoff at stability and speed. Check it out at the source link below.

The biggest improvement on the user side of things is the speed increase. Google’s own Octane JavaScript test shows that this is the fastest Chrome release yet. When the beta came out in November, the company was touting that Chrome had become 26 percent faster on Octane than it was last year. Now it’s even faster.

On the developer side, Google has made sure the HTML 5 datalist element now supports suggesting a date and time and has also added support for MathML. Datalist allows you to specify a list of suggested dates and times for input elements while MathML lets you write mathematical content in a consistent way. Other additions include experimental support for CSS Custom Filters.

Aside from the usual bug fixes, speed enhancements, a new version of V8 and Webkit, here is what Google listed as being new in Chrome version 24, according to its changelog notes on the previous beta and dev updates (added in chronological order):

  • Bookmarks are now searched by their title while typing into the omnibox with matching bookmarks being shown in the autocomplete suggestions pop-down list. Matching is done by prefix. Example: if there is a bookmark with a title of “Doglettes & Catlettes” typing any of the following into the omnibox will likely present the bookmark as a suggestion:: “dog”, “cat”, “cat dog”, “dog cat”, “dogle”, etc. Typing “ogle” or “lettes” will not match.

That’s right; there was only one new feature mentioned as this appears to be largely a cleanup and stability release. We did see, however, a huge number of notes on what issues have been addressed. Bugs related to Flash, speech input, YouTube, the omnibox, bookmark sync, installing extensions, memory leaks, JavaScript rendering, scrolling, and ones specific to Windows 8 have all been squashed. The full SVN revision loghas more details.

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On the security side, Chrome 24 coincidentally addresses 24 security holes (11 rated High, 8 marked Medium, and 5 considered Low):

  • [$1000] [162494] High CVE-2012-5145: Use-after-free in SVG layout. Credit to Atte Kettunen of OUSPG.
  • [$4000] [165622] High CVE-2012-5146: Same origin policy bypass with malformed URL. Credit to Erling A Ellingsen and Subodh Iyenger, both of Facebook.
  • [$1000] [165864] High CVE-2012-5147: Use-after-free in DOM handling. Credit to José A. Vázquez.
  • [167122] Medium CVE-2012-5148: Missing filename sanitization in hyphenation support. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Justin Schuh).
  • [166795] High CVE-2012-5149: Integer overflow in audio IPC handling. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Chris Evans).
  • [165601] High CVE-2012-5150: Use-after-free when seeking video. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Inferno).
  • [165538] High CVE-2012-5151: Integer overflow in PDF JavaScript. Credit to Mateusz Jurczyk, with contribution from Gynvael Coldwind, both of Google Security Team.
  • [165430] Medium CVE-2012-5152: Out-of-bounds read when seeking video. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Inferno).
  • [164565] High CVE-2012-5153: Out-of-bounds stack access in v8. Credit to Andreas Rossberg of the Chromium development community.
  • [Windows only] [164490] Low CVE-2012-5154: Integer overflow in shared memory allocation. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Chris Evans).
  • [Mac only] [163208] Medium CVE-2012-5155: Missing Mac sandbox for worker processes. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Julien Tinnes).
  • [162778] High CVE-2012-5156: Use-after-free in PDF fields. Credit to Mateusz Jurczyk, with contribution from Gynvael Coldwind, both of Google Security Team.
  • [162776] [162156] Medium CVE-2012-5157: Out-of-bounds reads in PDF image handling. Credit to Mateusz Jurczyk, with contribution from Gynvael Coldwind, both of Google Security Team.
  • [162153] High CVE-2013-0828: Bad cast in PDF root handling. Credit to Mateusz Jurczyk, with contribution from Gynvael Coldwind, both of Google Security Team.
  • [162114] High CVE-2013-0829: Corruption of database metadata leading to incorrect file access. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Jüri Aedla).
  • [Windows only] [162066] Low CVE-2013-0830: Missing NUL termination in IPC. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Justin Schuh).
  • [161836] Low CVE-2013-0831: Possible path traversal from extension process. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Tom Sepez).
  • [160380] Medium CVE-2013-0832: Use-after-free with printing. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Cris Neckar).
  • [154485] Medium CVE-2013-0833: Out-of-bounds read with printing. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Cris Neckar).
  • [154283] Medium CVE-2013-0834: Out-of-bounds read with glyph handling. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Cris Neckar).
  • [152921] Low CVE-2013-0835: Browser crash with geolocation. Credit to Arthur Gerkis.
  • [150545] High CVE-2013-0836: Crash in v8 garbage collection. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Cris Neckar).
  • [145363] Medium CVE-2013-0837: Crash in extension tab handling. Credit to Tom Nielsen.
  • [Linux only] [143859] Low CVE-2013-0838: Tighten permissions on shared memory segments. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Chris Palmer).

Google thus spent a total of $6,000 in bug bounties this release. These issues alone should be enough to get you to upgrade to Chrome 24

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New XBOX 360 with Kinect and Nike+ for 299$. That’s what Microsoft is planning.

According to Amazon’s product page, the package will be shipped on December 4th. The popular consumer sales site is now taking pre-orders for the package. The deal itself is important for two reasons: the price of the Xbox 360 and Kinect hardware is in decline it would seem, as the paired devices are now selling a lower individual unit cost, bundled with other content, in this case a game that usually retails for around $50. Thus, Microsoft is selling the Xbox 360 and Kinect sensor for what could be called a theoretical $250 price point. However, that is an exaggeration as Microsoft is likely not paying full retail to its partner. Keep in mind that the the Kinect was priced at $149.99 when it was released. However, even then, a Kinect/Xbox 360 bundle was available for $299. Thus, the decline in unit costs isn’t great, as the addition of royalties to Nike as part of the package would only lessen the unit revenue for Microsoft a touch. However, as Microsoft looks to retain its top sales crown through this year and into the next, bundles like this could be key to its continued strong sales. Final note: How interesting is it that Microsoft’s Christmas sales strategy for the Xbox 360 doesn’t revolve around a serious game, but instead a workout application that might appeal to a whole family? Demographic shift indeed.

Photo credits: Futurilla

This is Google’s Nexus 10 by Samsung With Android 4.2

BriefMobile has just published what it says are the first photos of Google’s upcoming Nexus 10 tablet. We’ve heard a lot about this device since it first showed up in our logs as “manta,” and now we have a face to put with a name.

The tablet, as we all know is expected to be announced at Google’s event Monday, October 29th in NYC, and is rumored to be packing some serious specs, not the least of which being its eye-melting 2560×1600 display. Here’s a quick look at the other specs revealed by BriefMobile:

  • Exynos 5250 dual-core processor at 1.7GHz
  • Mali T604 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage (there may be more options)
  • 10.1″ Super AMOLED display at 2560×1600 with ~300ppi
  • 5MP rear camera (with unspecified front shooter)
  • NFC

Without further ado, here are the photos. (More images currently being added.)

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Source : BriefMobile

“The time is now” – Microsoft.

 

Bill Gates may have stepped down as Microsoft CEO and chief software architect nearly 13 years ago, but that hasn’t stopped him being involved in the software maker’s upcoming releases. In an interview with Microsoft’s Steve Clayton, Gates talks up the future of Windows with touch and tablet experiences, but he recognizes this is a big step for Microsoft.

“THIS IS THE BIG TIME FOR US.”

“People will be pretty amazed about the energy that Microsoft is putting behind this new wave of products, we really saved up in terms of knowing that this was such an important set of innovations,” adding “This is the big time for us.”

“The camera, speech, touch, responsiveness, speed – everything is just awesome in Windows 8” says Gates — hinting that over time Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will grow into a single platform. “Unbelievably great is what Surface is! – I got my Surface RT just recently, I’ve been using it day and night,” says Gates. “It was one of the first ones off the line and I was anxious to get one…it is absolutely incredible.”