Saturday, February 2, 2013

[Gd] Fridaygram: flu season, 40 year old engines, evenings with tech influencers

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Google Developers Blog: Fridaygram: flu season, 40 year old engines, evenings with tech influencers

Author PictureBy Ashleigh Rentz, Google Developers Blog Editor Emerita

It’s hard to overlook: flu season is upon us with a vengeance this winter, particularly in the United States and Japan. Once again, Google.org’s Flu Trends tabulates the numbers that paint the map deep red and puts the historical data at your fingertips to prove that yes, this is worse than you remember it being last year. Take care of your health, drink lots of fluids, and consider taking a holiday to the southern hemisphere for some sweet summer days if you aren’t sick... The Australian waterfront is a beautiful shade of light green on the flu map.

If Australia isn’t far enough away from the germs and viruses (does anyone still use “virii” for the plural?), how about an excursion into near-earth orbit or beyond? Although NASA isn’t doing any human spaceflights at present, the agency is planning for the future by taking a second look at the past. Engineers of a new generation are test-firing a 40 year old engine built for the Saturn V rockets used during the Apollo missions. It’s part of the early planning for future heavy-lift rockets.

We hope you’re feeling well, but if you’re sick at home this weekend, spend some time recuperating in front of the TV with the Computer History Museum channel on YouTube. Our down-the-street neighbours often invite Silicon Valley luminaries to speak about their work and their lives. Among them, our own Eric Schmidt was there last November to tell a few stories of Google’s early days and give some insight into where the web is taking us. Get well soon!





Each week, Fridaygram nurses you back to health with a dose of data and fun for your weekend enjoyment. Fridaygram is not a doctor, please consult actual medical professionals if you are ill. Ashleigh is our blog’s Editor Emerita and fills in when Scott takes some well-deserved time off. (No, he’s not out sick today.)

URL: http://googledevelopers.blogspot.com/2013/02/fridaygram-flu-season-40-year-old.html

Friday, February 1, 2013

[Gd] Chrome Beta for Android Update

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Chrome Releases: Chrome Beta for Android Update

Chrome Beta for Android has been updated to 25.0.1364.64 on Google Play. This build will be rolling out over the next few hours. This update contains a number of fixes, including:
  • Updated graphics architecture that greatly improves fast scrolling on large pages 
  • 163439 - yahoo.com page links are not working 
  • 166233 - Cannot submit comments on facebook posts or pictures 
  • 169616 - Keyboard pops up after Chrome is closed 
  • 170653 - Scroll position is reset momentarily when double-tapping in footer/gutter on some pages 
Known Issues:
  • Lower resolution/blurry content takes time to sharpen during rapid scrolling on certain websites. 
  • Graphical corruption and flicker on some sites, particularly on maps.google.com (reloading the page can mitigate this issue). 
  • Text autosizing may break formatting on some sites. 
  • 169918: Text selection and text input handles appear at incorrect positions 
  • 158633: Overaggressive tap disambiguation popup 
  • Increased number of sad tabs/tab crashes. 
A partial list of changes in this build is available in the SVN revision log. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. More information about Chrome for Android is available on the Chrome site.

Jason Kersey
Google Chrome
URL: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2013/02/chrome-beta-for-android-update.html

Thursday, January 31, 2013

[Gd] Beta Channel Update for Chrome OS

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Chrome Releases: Beta Channel Update for Chrome OS

The Beta channel has been updated to  25.0.1364.63 (Platform version: 3428.114.0) for Samsung Chromebooks. Systems will receive this update over the next few days. This build contains a number of bug fixes, security improvements and feature enhancements.

Some highlights of these changes are:

  • Updated Pepper Flash version to 11.5.31.140
  • HTML5 Content Decryption Module (CDM) with WebM support
  • Improvements to network notifications shown (170011)
  • Fix to device freeze when tab pressed at login (169956)
  • Fix to allow Chrome Office Viewer to open files containing % or spaces in the name (168341)
  • Fix to crash on suspend/resume for some Samsung Chromebooks (36027)
  • Apple Bluetooth trackpad now works with Samsung Chromebooks
  • Crash fixes to networking and UI


If you find new issues, please let us know by visiting our help site or filing a bug. Interested in switching channels? Find out how. You can submit feedback using ‘Report an issue...’ in the Chrome menu (3 horizontal bars in the upper right corner of the browser).

Danielle Drew
Google Chrome
URL: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2013/01/beta-channel-update-for-chrome-os_31.html

[Gd] Dev Channel Update for Chrome OS

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Chrome Releases: Dev Channel Update for Chrome OS


The Dev channel has been updated to 26.0.1398.0 (Platform version: 3635.0.0) for all Chrome OS devices. Highlights among the numerous updates are as follows:
  • Extended Desktop Mode enabled - please help test and provide feedback.
  • Two finger swipe back/forward has returned!
Known issues include:
  • Netflix.com does not stream video.
  • The new Samsung Chromebook with 3G may have problems with the modem after returning from idle.  Workaround: deactivate and reactivate the modem or reboot the machine.
  • Audio is not working over HDMI. 
If you find new issues, please let us know by visiting our help site or filing a bug. Interested in switching channels? Find out how. You can submit feedback using ‘Report an issue...’ in the Chrome menu (3 horizontal bars in the upper right corner of the browser).

Ben Henry
Google Chrome
URL: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2013/01/dev-channel-update-for-chrome-os_31.html

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

[Gd] Dev Channel Update

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Chrome Releases: Dev Channel Update

The Dev channel has been updated to 26.0.1397.2 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame. This build contains following updates:
  • Media Gallery: Removed extension gallery watch count details (Issue: 144491
  • Media Gallery Addedsupport for mtp device media file system on Windows (Issue: 151679
  • Alternate ntp: implemented right-aligned search token (Issue: 163190
  • Alternate ntp: unpinned bookmark bar in ntp (Issue: 170417
  • Filemanager uses a smart link to the Files App help page (Issue: 139445, 170291
  • FIx for Gracefully handling the situation of duplicate public accounts (Issue: 170538
  • Added incoming intent page transition modifier for Android (Issue: 143118
  • Added a mechanism to set the default handler for a URL protocol on Windows 8 (Issue: 154081
  • Made easier to move corners of box when cropping large image in Files.app's photo editor.(Issue: 155705
  • Fixed showing auto-enrollment-cancellation confirmation dialog (Issue: 170230
  • Ensured that ChromeVox highlight moves out of a11y popup when it is closed (Issue: 165223
  • Added 'dark' versions for the LTE/HSPA/GPRS icons so that we show them correctly on the network list (Issue: 169969
  • Split Date/Time picker values from IME processing (Issue: 143540
  • Removed the Instant checks for web contents modal dialog (Issue: 157161
  • Brought back the file dialogs for chrome AURA (Issue: 170483
  • Fixes for Cellular indicators (Issue: 168935, 169979
  • Removed the NaCl SRPC proxy from Chrome (Issue: 169152
  • Updated Task Manager looks closer to the new dialog style (Issue: 166075
  • Fix to activate the last used profile (Issue: 150856
  • Fixed crash when popping up speech input bubble in CF (Issue: 156688
  • Fixed views implementation of table and tree to use the right system colors (Issue: 170368, 170370
  • Filled unexpected gap in a IME candidate window (Issue: 149185
  • NaCl SDK: Built a naclports bundle (linux only) ( Issue: 168693
  • Pop up requestAutocomplete UI when autofill server hints chrome client that it is in a multipage autofill flow (Issue: 159830)
  • Implemented new Task Manager and Edit Bookmark style, etc (Issue: 166075)
  • Implemented support of InputScope for desktop (non-Metro) Chrome (Issue: 150077)
Full details about what changes are in this build are available in the SVN revision log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

Tanya Radeva
Google Chrome
URL: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2013/01/dev-channel-update_30.html

[Gd] Beta Channel Update

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Chrome Releases: Beta Channel Update

The Beta channel has been updated to 25.0.1364.58 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame. This build contains improvements in stability and fixes for few other issues including:
  • [171725] Windows controls have red overlay
Full details about what changes are in this build are available in the SVN revision log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

Jason Kersey
Google Chrome
URL: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2013/01/beta-channel-update_30.html

[Gd] Stable Channel Update

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Chrome Releases: Stable Channel Update

The Stable channel has been updated to 24.0.1312.57 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame. This build contains the following fixes:
Full details about what changes are in this build are available in the SVN revision log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

Dharani Govindan
Google Chrome
URL: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2013/01/stable-channel-update_30.html

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

[Gd] Chrome OS Management Console Update

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Chrome Releases: Chrome OS Management Console Update

The Chrome OS Management Console in the administrator control panel has been updated. This update brings new user policies including:
  • Video input
Known issues are available here. Enterprise customers can report an issue by contacting support.

Lawrence Lui
Google Chrome
URL: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2013/01/chrome-os-management-console-update.html

Monday, January 28, 2013

[Gd] Show off Your Security Skills: Pwn2Own and Pwnium 3

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Chromium Blog: Show off Your Security Skills: Pwn2Own and Pwnium 3

Security is one of the core tenets of Chrome, but no software is perfect, and security bugs slip through even the best development and review processes. That’s why we’ve continued to engage with the security research community to help us find and fix vulnerabilities. Recently, HP’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) announced details for the annual Pwn2Own competition, to be held at the CanSecWest security conference taking place March 6-8 in Vancouver, BC. This year we’ve teamed up with ZDI by working together on the Pwn2Own rules and by underwriting a portion of the winnings for all targets. The new rules are designed to enable a contest that significantly improves Internet security for everyone. At the same time, the best researchers in the industry get to showcase their skills and take home some generous rewards.

Today we’re announcing our third Pwnium competition—Pwnium 3. Google Chrome is already featured in the Pwn2Own competition this year, so Pwnium 3 will have a new focus: Chrome OS.

We’ll issue Pwnium 3 rewards for Chrome OS at the following levels, up to a total of $3.14159 million USD:

  • $110,000: browser or system level compromise in guest mode or as a logged-in user, delivered via a web page. 
  • $150,000: compromise with device persistence -- guest to guest with interim reboot, delivered via a web page. 
We believe these larger rewards reflect the additional challenge involved with tackling the security defenses of Chrome OS, compared to traditional operating systems.

The attack must be demonstrated against a base (WiFi) model of the Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook, running the latest stable version of Chrome OS. Any installed software (including the kernel and drivers, etc.) may be used to attempt the attack. For those without access to a physical device, note that the Chromium OS developer’s guide offers assistance on getting up and running inside a virtual machine.

Standard Pwnium rules apply: the deliverable is the full exploit plus accompanying explanation and breakdown of individual bugs used. Exploits should be served from a password-authenticated and HTTPS-supported Google property, such as Google App Engine. The bugs used must not be known to us or fixed on trunk. We reserve the right to issue partial rewards for partial, incomplete or unreliable exploits.

Pwnium 3 will take place on-site at the CanSecWest conference on March 7.

Posted by Chris Evans, Google Chrome Security Team
URL: http://blog.chromium.org/2013/01/show-off-your-security-skills-pwn2own.html

[Gd] Come learn more about OpenSocial at ApacheCon US in Portland this February

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OpenSocial API Blog: Come learn more about OpenSocial at ApacheCon US in Portland this February

I'm excited to announce the OpenSocial Foundations presence at ApacheCon NA in Portland at the end of February. We have two great sessions lined up...
As a foundation, we are very excited to be participating in this event, and look forward to helping more people become aware of this open standard for social business middleware.
URL: http://blog.opensocial.org/2013/01/come-learn-more-about-opensocial-at.html