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Apple® patches security flaws in Safari and blocks Adobe® Flash Player

Apple has issued security patches to answer four security vulnerabilities in Safari, and has blocked the outdated versions of Adobe Flash Player from running in its browser.

The four security flaws fixed were similar to those that were patched a few days before in iOS 5.1.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. All the vulnerabilities were termed as bugs in WebKit, the open-source rendering engine that powers Safari as well as Google Chrome.

What else?

In addition to this, Safari 5.1.7, which runs on OS X 10.6 and OS X 10.7 – Snow Leopard and Lion, respectively – as well as on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, was released. An update for Lion that included a bit older version of the browser was also unveiled. Lion users must download and install both updates to push Safari to version 5.1.7.

Along with the four security patches, Apple also stopped Adobe Flash Player from running on Safari if the plug-in was older than version 10.1.102.64, which was released in November 2010.

Google™ adds e-books to Android™ Market

Recently Google has taken a step forward in providing the maximum amount of satisfaction to its customers by offering a dedicated e-bookstore over the Android Market. In previous days, in order to download e-books a person had to open a website over the Internet and download a book on the PC. This was for the reason that most of the cell phones, which were available then did not support any HTML viewer or any Flash Player as well. They did not support PDF format or any other web formats, which could be displayed over the phone screen. Though the phones then had an Internet connection, yet it was quite slow and with that kind pace, no e-book could have been downloaded on the cell phone.

There was yet another problem with downloading the e-books over the cell phone. In the recent past, the cell phones, which were available in the market, did not support several kinds of file formats, which could have been easily viewed over the PC. It was for this reason that most of the people who wanted to download an e-book from the Internet went for downloading them to their PC.

With the advent of Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, the world of Internet changed dramatically and this only amplified the potentials of Internet. Now with 3G-enabled phones, one can easily open some website, which offers the service of providing e-books, and download them easily the phones. Most of the phones today have the Android operating system, which enables faster downloading of the applications that can enhance the speed. The phones also support most of the file formats, which were previously not supported. Hence, now a person can access any online bookstore and get his desired e-book.

However, one problem with that was e-books were not available for free and those sites which offered free e-books could not be relied upon. Most websites charged exorbitant rates and it was for this reason that Google introduced its own e-bookstore over the Android Market, which can be easily accessed by any person. He can simply access the Android Market and go to the e-bookstore of Google for getting the publication, which he/she wants to download on his phone.

The process is simple and can be handled easily. This feature from Google provides faster access to e-books.

How to install Flash Player (Macromedia Flash) Plug-in for Mozilla Firefox in Ubuntu

This article will describe the basic procedure involved in the installation of Macromedia Flash Player 9 Plug-in for Mozilla Firefox Browser in Ubuntu operating system. The procedure will work for Ubuntu and Debian as well.

The very first thing you need to know is your current Plug-Ins for Mozilla firefox Browser. To know about your current Plug-Ins, please log in to your Ubuntu desktop and then launch your Firefox browser. After that type in about: plugins in address bar to learn more about your currently installed plug-ins. It could be possible that on your desktop the Flash Player isn’t installed at all but it doesn’t matter as it is no prerequisite to follow this tutorial.

After knowing your current Plug-Ins installed, you need to download Adobe Flash Player 9.

Step 1: For this, go to http://www.adobe.com and click on Get Adobe Flash Player button. Make sure that you are using Mozilla firefox Browser from Ubuntu. If you are using a Windows browser then you will be redirected to the Windows version of Flash Player 9. Provided that you are using a Mozilla Firefox Browser in Ubuntu operating system then only you will be redirected to the download page of Ubuntu version of Flash Player 9.

Step 2: On the download page of Plug-in, you can choose between a Flash Player .tar.gz file and a Flash Player .rpm file but you have to select one of them (it doesn’t matter which one file you are using) and download it to your computer.

Step 3: After downloading the file, you have to install the Flash Player 9. Here I will describe that how we can install the .tar.gz and also .rpm version of the file for Ubuntu OS.

Step 4: Before starting your installation, make sure that all the browser windows are closed. Now you can precede the installation for .tar.gz Version of the file, if you have downloaded the .tar.gz version of Flash Player 9.

Step 5: Now open a command line terminal as the installer will run through a command. After opening the command line install the plug-in like this:

cd /home/falko/Desktop/ (Replace /home/falko/Desktop

with the path to the directory where you saved the Flash Player 9 .tar.gz.). tar xvfz install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz.

Step 6: Cd install_flash_player_9_linux/. After executing this command line you have to run the setup script: sudo ./flashplayer-installer. You may be prompt to ask a few questions. For example, Copyright(C) 2002-2006 Adobe Macromedia Software LLC. All rights reserved and Adobe Flash Player 9 for Ubuntu agreement.

Step 7: After accepting the agreement condition the Adobe Flash Player 9 will be installed on your machine. Now you are able to run the Adobe Flash Player as the “root” user and it will be installed system-wide. The Support for flash player plug-in is available at http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/.

It’s important to note that during installation the installer will overwrite this existing directory if an older version of Adobe Flash Player has been detected in /usr/lib/Mozilla/plugins.

Adobe to introduce new Flash Player: Square

Adobe recently has released a trial version of Flash Player plug-in that will enable Flash to be in par with new technologies emerging in the web domain. In past year web browsers have released 64-bit designs.  With the initial release of the 64 bit version, Adobe seeks to provide greater support to Internet Explorer 9 beta.

The new Flash version is called “Square” which is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. Users can download the beta release from Adobe labs, however one will have to manually update the software.

The release of the beta version comes in lieu of the current trends in the web browsing experience. With the increase in multimedia applications and web technologies like HTML 5, it becomes imperative for Adobe to adapt flash to new web browsing technologies.

As the IT industry is transitioning towards 64-bit computing, various technologies from processors to multimedia applications are taking advantage of the transition. The major advantage for these entities is that 64 bit computing significantly enhances the speed of searching and processing data on a computer. When it comes to applications and web browsers, they can take advantage of the 64 bit computing experience, by providing renewed acceleration in streaming videos and interacting with multimedia applications.

Flash Player “Square” leverages the new GPU support available with Internet Explorer 9 Beta to deliver a faster and more responsive user experience with Flash-based content. As a result users can expect greater web browsing speeds, to handle multimedia components in a web page.

Firefox improved- no more crashes of Flash Player

One of the most popular browsers in the world of internet browsers is Firefox from Mozilla. The browser has undergone serious changes and has provided users from all around the world with a secure and interactive browsing experience throughout history. They have provided users with a light yet attractive interface in order to make sure that you get the best browsing experience from the World Wide Web.

Firefox 3.6.4:

Though the version of Firefox was expected quite earlier but the version has recently been launched. Like every time, the developers have tried to minimize the number of bugs with this version even. The most notable change is the protection against third party plug-in that has Adobe Flash on the top of the list. The previous versions of browser were having bugs and didn’t allow the browser’s built-in feature to install the plug-in at the first place.  You were supposed to make the installation manually by going to the source website, downloading the installation file, closing Mozilla Firefox and other similar browsers that were supposed to be integrated with Flash, execute the file and then install it completely.

The major issue was not this alone, while you were amidst a session watching some of the flash based movies or games or anything, you would encounter an error that The Flash plug-in has crashed and you need to reload the page to try again. This problem was frequent enough to bug you again and again. You even had no report generated against the errors.

Development Changes:

The browser has improved in the crash protection section that has been a key feature of the competing Google Chrome. Crash protection tries to minimize the frequency of Flash and other third party plug-in crashes. In addition, in case the third party plug-in crashes, you are not required to restart your session as the whole browser used to crash.

The latest development has removed a number of bugs in the structure of Firefox and therefore you get added protection against many of the issues that used to be there. In addition, this latest version features some of the addition security updates as well. The crash protection enables browser to use the out-of-process plug-in technology that runs all third party processes as a separate process. These major plug-ins include Flash, Quicktime and Silverlight that used to be the most frequently crashing plug-ins. The plug-in used to crash the whole of your browser and you used to lose your current session, the latest development avoids this and crash in the plug-in is a crash at the plug-in level only. The browser would be running normally while the page section with the implemented plug-in won’t work. You would be required to refresh the page in order to make sure that you have what you want.

Limitations:

The crash protection feature is available to Windows based systems and Linux based systems only. There are serious structural issues in the browser development therefore crash protection is not available to MAC OS users. The structural issues need to be catered properly therefore the developers have promised to remove the bug by the time Firefox 4 would be in the market.

Adobe Battles for Flash Bashing

The flash player software comes for free and powers most of the webs into screens, video clips, Inserted advertisements, animated typography, and rich graphics. Flash these days is installed on 98% of personal computers across the globe. It is coming of use to around 85% of top 100 websites. Flash delvers 70% of online games and 75% of web video. Whatever animated content you view on the web is likely to be running on Flash. Be it online game, Online Movie, Online Players, Online Advertisements everything is powerfully and interactively delivered by Flash. According to company’s count, around 95% of smart phones have Flash capability in them. The lone holdout is Apple and its iPhone and iPad.

Shantanu Narayen the CEO of Adobe has worked with Apple from 1989 to 1995 has full plans to take Flash beyond the PCs on every smart device possible. Steve Jobs the CEO of Apple is favouring HTML5. He said in a conference that “Flash looks like a technology that has had its day,” In his view Flash is a bug-ridden battery hog. He favours HTML5, a still evolving technology that does many of the same things as Flash. Jobs described Flash as a resource hungry, battery consuming application. Before this statement was voiced by the CEO of Apple, Adobe was already in progress with the development of Flash 10.1. Flash 10.1 is being designed to make video streaming and playback smoother. It will be supported by most of the latest smart phones and has iPhone-like touch screen features. Gestures like pinching the image will make it shrink or widening them would make the image to zoom. Adobe says that this new application is also better for conserving battery power.

When it comes to Flash Players role in revenue generation for Adobe, it turns out to be minimal. The real revenue generator for the company is its Creative Suit, which is a collection of Graphic Designing, Video Editing, and Web Development tools that uses Flash technology. On 22nd June Adobe achieved a 34% year over year growth, which the company has attributed to strong demand for the latest version of Creative Suite. Second quarters turnover was recorded as whopping $943 million.

Adobe’s goal in recent future is to get Flash install and running on as many mobile devices as possible. Nokia, Research in Motion and Palm will be using Flash on all soon-to-be launched mobile phones. Google is also emerging as an ally with Adobe by announcing Google TV which will be powered by Flash. Soon Google is expected to release its own tablet computer that will support flash.

Adobe isn’t betting that HTML5 goes away, but the company believes that evolution of HTML5 will take years and will easily take a decade for it to emerge as a technology complimentary to Flash.

Lastly Narayen quoted “We expect Flash to be a part of all the devices that count,”

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