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Adobe releases flash patch to counter malware attacks on OS X and Windows

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: PC / Laptop, Software

Adobe Flash

A new patch by Adobe Systems fixes the two Flash player vulnerabilities currently under attack. The attacks install malware and targets both Macs and PCs. The targets all seem to be Flash versions for OS X and Windows. The patch, however, is also available for Linux and Android.

The exploits target Safari as well as Firefox, of which the vulnerability is classified as CVE-2013-0634. The vulnerability is also reportedly tricking Windows users into opening Word documents containing the Flash content.

The bug, according to Adobe, was discovered by members of the Shadowserver Foundation, Lockheed Martin's Computer Incident Response Team and MITRE.

Read More | Adobe via Ars Technica


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Hulu coming to the iPad?

Hulu iPadWhen Apple introduced the world to the original iPhone, YouTube wasn’t part of the equation, but in the weeks leading up to launch, Steve Jobs revealed that YouTube would in fact have a dedicated app built right in to the iPhone and that the company had started the task of re-encoding their videos to H.264 format, which plays nice with the device. Fast-forward to today, and we are hearing similar rumblings as it pertains to Hulu and the .

The biggest complaint we are hearing about the iPad is that it lacks Flash support, which means that a device that seems to be perfect for watching videos on Hulu, has no way to actually accomplish that task. However, it seems that Hulu is already hard at work on an iPad-compatable version of the site. Now, we don’t know if this is actually going to be a Hulu app, similar to what YouTube has on the iPhone, or if Hulu is simply switching up it’s Flash player and adding support for HTML5. The nice thing here is that Hulu has been using H.264 compression in their videos since the beginning, so the only real change that needs to be made to be iPad-compatable is to allow videos to be played outside of the Flash player, and HTML5 solves that perfectly.

At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if a week or two prior to the launch of the iPad, Apple let’s us know that USA-based iPads will ship with Hulu supported from day one.

Read More | TechCrunch

YouTube launches opt-in HTML5 video player

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Internet, Software

YouTube has just launched a new experimental HTML5 video player, which would replace their Flash player for supported videos. Flash has long been seen (with good reason) as a resource hog, so switching to the HTML5 browser should show a dramatic performance increase. One user reported a resource drop of over 50% when using the HTML5 player when compared to the Flash version. You can get in on the action, as long as you are using either Google Chrome or Safari 4.0 or above (although we’ve heard that it also works with recent versions of Firefox.) The only catch here is that videos with ads, annotations, and captions will still play in the older Flash player, and you won’t get fullscreen support. Of course you can try it out, and if you don’t like it, you can just turn it off.

Read More | YouTube HTML5 Video Player

Running Snow Leopard? You’d better upgrade Flash Player

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Internet, Software

Oddly enough, amidst all the tweaks, fixes, and refinements in is an old version of the Adobe Flash Player. Specifically, the version of Flash Player that is included in Snow Leopard is 10.0.23.1. Problem is, the newer 10.0.32.18 includes fixes for a few security holes that, we assume, you’d prefer weren’t left on your system. If you’re running Snow Leopard and haven’t upgraded Flash yet, head on over to the Flash Player download page to take care of it.

Read More | Adobe

Koobface Virus on Facebook

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Misc. Tech

VirusMcAfee has announced that a Koobface variant virus is hanging out on Facebook. The subject line message states, “You look just awesome in this new movie.” Open it and it tells you that your flash player is out of date and gives you a download site to update your player. Apparently the worm has been around since August but the variant is new.  Next time you are hanging out on Facebook, remember your flash player is just fine.

Read More | Telegraph

Microsoft Lowers Prices on Zune Players and Accessories

Zune 16GBWe told you yesterday about the Zune Pass being such a sweet deal and you probably countered with, “But I don’t have a Zune.” Microsoft is pleased to announce that they have lowered their prices on their flash-based products just for your. Effective now in the U.S. and Friday in Canada, the 4GB model is now $99.00, the 8GB is $139.00, and the 16GB Zune drops $20.00 to $179.00. There are also accessories that have been marked down, so you have no excuse.

Read More | Zune via c/net


Adobe Goes Mobile

Open Screen LogoAdobe has decided, perhaps in competition with MS Silverlight, to attempt to get its flash player on more cell phones, handhelds, and set-top boxes. The company believes that their current flash player is on more then 98% of all desktops and their Open Screen will utilize Flash Lite and build on mobile products. For one thing, they will stop charging licensing fees and will publish info about their coding. Adobe is hoping the move will make things easier on film and TV companies, and is working with SonyEricsson, Nokia, LG, and MTV and other companies.

Read More | BBC

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