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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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Get your Google back on Windows 8.

If you’ve moved to Windows 8 and are getting acquainted with it, you may be looking for a couple of your favorite Google products that you use every day. To help you get the best experience possible on Google and across the web, we’ve designed and built a new Google Search app and Chrome browser for Windows 8 and created a simple site to help you get your Google back.

The Google Search app comes with a clean and recognizable user interface. Our new voice search lets you naturally speak questions. The image search and image previews are built for swiping. And, as usual, you get immediate results as you type with Google Instant. The doodles you enjoy on special occasions will be right there on the homepage and even show up on the Google tile on your start screen.

The Chrome browser is the same Chrome you know and love, with some customizations to optimize for touchscreens, including larger buttons and the ability to keep Chrome open next to your other favorite apps. It delivers the fast, secure web experience you’ve come to expect from Chrome on all your devices.

To get both Google Search and Chrome installed on your Windows 8 machine, head to our site and learn how to get your familiar Google apps back.

Skype for Windows 8 launches unexpectedly, available on the Windows Store.

2 Days before it was supposed to Skype for Windows 8 has launched although the website still not updated.

MSFT announced earlier that Skype will be available on the 26th but already released ahead of the schedule. Skype is now listed in the Store available for Windows 8 and RT users. If the app isn’t available in your region just yet, it should pop up sometime in the next few hours.

Integration with the People app is included, and Skype runs in the background as you’d expect in Windows 8. This is the second piece of the Skype and Microsoft puzzle, following the release of a Windows Phone client earlier this year. Skype is now building an Xbox version that will likely debut next year.

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Microsoft Surface

Ok, so today I am not in the state of mind to write about anything because I am just stunned by the preview of Microsoft Surface 2.0 tablet. Damn, just watch the trailer by yourselves guys.

Here is the Specifications of the Surace Tablets that run on Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro.

Download the wallpaper pack with amazing wallpapers of the tablet. Really. This surface is worth buying and I will bring it for sure and make an unboxing + review video of it. Promise 😉 /The Download//

Adair File Manager [AFM] Increases Download Speed by 500%. Full Free Open Source.

It all started when I was thinking about making something more bigger, more faster, more efficient, more dynamic, more clear, more crisp, less demanding and I were I reached was a preparing a Download Manager. A Download Manager increases the speed of your file downloads by making them into pieces or just using a little bit of hardware accelaration. Internet Download Manager that used to download files in parts which really helped made me disappointed one day when I was downloading a very heavy file [12.4 GB] and when the download completed, it took a Hell of Time to put the parts back into one file and guess what? My system crashed and everything I had was just a parts of corrupted Downloads.

What is AFM?

AFM stands for Adair File Manager. A software developed by the Adair Team. Adair is a web browser. What AFM does is that it simply downloads the files with Hardware and GPU Accelaration. No No, it does not take a big piece of processor memory and it does not need to Append all downloaded parts into one file.

What is the difference betweeen IDM and AFM?

AFM takes 9,000K processor memory and in other hand AFM takes 6,000K Average. Internet Download Manager while downloading iTunes-Setup.exe for testing had a top speed of 400 KBps average and in AFM while testing it’s speed it gave me a blazing and a surprising 500-600 KBps!

When tested in Adair File Manager.

When tested in Adair File Manager.

When tested in Internet Download Manager

When tested in Internet Download Manager

Although we are working day and night for the development of it’s user interface which is inspired by Windows Metro because it is easy, fast, simple and gorgeous. We are also working on the Cancel, Pause and Stop Buttons and they will be available in the next update. The first release of AFM is 3.6 Beta 2.

Opera 12 Gets Closer to a Release Candidate

A new and much more powerful web browser that will beat Google Chrome. Opera 12 Wahoo gets closer and closer to Release Candidate. Get Ready and start downloading Opera to get your hands set on the Opera BETA’s Now!

Opera just rushed out yet another development build for the upcoming version 12 of the browser. This one touches mostly on performance, the built-in e-mail client and HTML5 drag and drop.

According to the developer, the current snapshot shows significant performance improvements as far as software rendering is concerned, on Intel CPUs with Supplemental Streaming SIMD Extensions 3 (SSSE3) available. In order to make things clearer the development team created a graph that captures the performance difference between the last two snapshots.

The list of repairs in the mail client is extensive and covers issues such as browser crash when checking for messages through POP, MAPI not responding, message printing problems or losing message copies when synchronizing un-subscription from a Gmail folder.

As far as HTML5 drag and drop is concerned, the repairs addressed several crashes that occurred on dragging tabs, buttons, text or sessions.