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Intel, Micron reveal 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology

07/28, 1:23pm

New process could be used in place of DRAM, NAND memory alike

Intel Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc. today unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to enhance any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. While superficially similar to HP's Memristor technology, 3D XPoint technology is a new and major breakthrough in memory process technology.

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Misfit launches $20 Flash Link fitness tracker, remote control app

07/17, 6:58am

Misfit Link app turns fitness trackers into programmable button

Wearable device producer Misfit is making two changes to its product range, both in terms of hardware and software. The existing fitness trackers now have a new Misfit Link app that turns the wearable into a remote control, while the Flash Link is a wearable device that works with the Link app out of the box, and offers some of the functionality of the current Flash fitness band while also lowering the overall cost to end users.

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Mozilla blocks Flash player by default in Firefox browser

07/14, 11:52am

New vulnerabilities in Flash force Mozilla to take action

Mozilla is blocking Adobe Flash from being run in the Firefox browser following a series of serious security flaws in the software. As of the most recent update all versions of Flash identified with a vulnerability have been blocked by default in order to keep the browser secure, Firefox support head Mark Schmidt advised on Twitter, though he also clarified the block is not permanent, and will be lifted in the event Adobe releases a new, more secure version.

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Adobe patches Flash Player to close new vulnerabilities

07/10, 12:03pm

Latest exploits flaw marketed by Hacking Team to governments, others

Adobe has updated Flash to version 18.0.0.203 for Windows and Mac in an effort to close yet another batch of security flaws. While no active use of the exploits had been discovered, the company had been notified earlier this week that some of the exploits had been discovered to be known by Hacking Team, a group of commercial security attackers that has sold such secrets and flaws to government agencies around the world.

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Adobe updates Flash Player to fix 'actively exploited' flaw

06/24, 1:55pm

Exploit targets professional-industry users through phishing emails

Adobe on Wednesday has released an emergency patch for its Flash Player browser plug-in due to a critical flaw that is being actively exploited in the wild. Flash Player 18.0.0.161 and earlier for Windows and Macintosh systems are affected by the issue, as is version 11.2.202.466 for Linux 11.x versions. The attack, called APT3 for the China-based organization from which it originates, uses spam "phishing" emails targeted at industry professionals to gain credentials used to steal intellectual property data.

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SanDisk shows pair of USB SSDs, one USB-C; refreshes flash drives

06/01, 8:37am

Four new products highlight speed, increased capacity

At this week's Computex in Taiwan, storage vendor Sandisk unveiled a two new products, alongside a refresh of two others. The new drives are the USB-C SanDisk Extreme 900 portable SSD, and the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD. Bolstered today are the 128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit, and the 256GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive.

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The Feature Thief: Apple taketh away, sometimes giveth back

04/24, 2:51pm

In push to move forward, beloved bits and pieces sometimes fall to the wayside

Stop us if you've heard this one: Apple takes one of its key software applications, radically changes it, losing important features along the way. Existing users say Apple has dumbed down an app that was perfect, while new users say this is fantastic, they can finally understand the application. Flash forward a few months, and Apple has stealthily added back some or all of the features. We've seen this with iMovie and Final Cut Pro, we saw it with Pages, we are seeing it now with iPhoto turning into Photos. It is a well-worn path by Apple, and if we're not fans of the way they go about it, we are often fans of how these new applications turn out ... eventually.

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HTML5 video tag is now default for YouTube

01/27, 8:59pm

Adaptive Bitrate support in HTML5 cited as factor in the switch from Flash

YouTube began testing simultaneous support for both Flash and HTML5 video delivery back in 2010, but Flash has continued to be the default in most cases unless users opted into an HTML5 only beta -- until now. YouTube announced today on their developer blog it will now default to utilizing the HTML5 video tag on certain web browsers.

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Adobe updates Flash again due to critical security flaw

01/25, 10:29pm

All previous versions vulnerable, attacks on un-updated machines seen in wild

Adobe has again had to issue an update to the browser plug-in version of Flash due a critical flaw in the program that allows remote attackers to take over un-updated Macs or PCs, the latter running either Windows or Linux. The company urges users to update to the latest version, first issued on Friday, that patches the problem -- however, all previous versions should be considered at risk, and there are not yet any Chrome browser or standalone updaters available.

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Hands On: Photon Flash Player for iPad (iOS)

12/19, 7:08am

Get Flash applications and videos onto your iPad -- if you must

Perhaps you don't know it yet, but you are already in one of the two camps over how Apple refuses to allow Flash to work on iPads. If you doubt this because you haven't even heard of the issue, then you're in the half of the population that has simply never noticed the problem. If you do know it and you're reading this because you know it, then you are getting this problem a lot -- and you have been searching forever for a solution. Photon Flash Player for iPad is a solution. It's a web browser, like Safari, but it comes with the ability to play Flash -- and you pay for that, in how its other functionality is weaker.

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Apple pushes Adobe Flash update to users due to security flaws

11/20, 11:49pm

New tactic addresses complaints of silent disabling of outdated versions

Apple is trying a different tack in the struggle to keep Macs secure by encouraging users to either disable the Flash browser plug-in outright, or to keep up-to-date with the latest version, which routinely fixes serious security issues found in the multi-platform media player. The latest maneuver by the iPhone maker, which debuted today, is a direct pop-up prompt to update to the latest version when users visit a page that requires Flash Player. The dialogue box takes users directly to Adobe's own page for updating Flash.

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Briefly: SwitchEasy's Rave iPhone cases, wireless iPhone flash

11/10, 2:31pm

SwitchEasy announces new kickstand cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Mobile accessories designer SwitchEasy has announced two new cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus entitled Rave. Composed of a combination of faux leather and thermoplastic polyurethane, the Rave case is reflective, and shimmers when it catches the light. Its folding design allows the phone to be propped up into a kickstand, ideal for watching videos. The Rave joins SwitchEasy's line of cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and will be available online, with pricing starting at $30.

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Misfit announces Flash, a new wearable for fitness, sleep monitoring

09/16, 8:43pm

Offers many of the same tracking features as the Shine, loses the aluminum casing

Misift, the company behind the Shine fitness tracker, announced another tracker today that aims at bringing wearables to a wider audience. The Flash functions as a fitness tracker and sleep monitor, taking on the same features found in the Shine for a lower price. Where the $100 Shine was a tracker in an aluminum shell, the Flash takes a cheaper route with polyurethane and polycarbonate construction for $50.

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Google search results now warn iOS, Android users about Flash content

07/15, 4:02pm

Designed to save time wasted on incompatible content

Google has implemented a change to the way mobile search results are displayed, warning users if a website uses Adobe Flash. On devices running iOS or Android, results may now show a tag saying "Uses Flash. May not work on your device." Below this are links letting users "try anyway" or learn more about the problem.

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Apple now blocking older Flash Player plug-ins, citing security flaw

07/11, 12:03am

Latest version for Snow Leopard and higher now required for Flash to work

Following an emergency patch issued by Adobe yesterday for a vulnerability in Flash Player and Adobe AIR that the company deemed "critical" for users to upgrade to, Apple is now blocking all un-upgraded versions of the plug-in in Safari, though the warning dialog will take users to the Flash Installer page where they can obtain the patched version. Users of OS X 10.6 and higher must be running version 14.0.0.145 in order for the Flash plug-in to work normally. Windows and Linux users are also affected by the flaw.

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Adobe issues 'critical' patch for Flash for AIR, OS X, Windows, Linux

07/09, 1:00am

Flaw allows attackers to steal authenticating cookies, hasn't been seen in wild yet

Adobe has issued an emergency patch of its Flash Player technology to correct a security flaw that could allow hackers false access to thousands of popular websites -- notably Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and eBay among many others. The patch, which will update Flash to version 14.0.0.145, is considered "critical" for users of OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems. Even if users have Flash Player disabled in their browser, they may still need to update if they are using any products that require Adobe AIR.

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Forums: Mavericks Applescript Problem

07/08, 2:35pm

Mavericks Applescript Problem

This week, MacNN Forum members assist others with troubleshooting Applescript problems, updating Flash issues with Safari, and more. One Fresh-Faced Recruit has been having problems with an Applescript after upgrading to Mavericks from Mountain Lion, and he hopes that others might be able to assist in figuring out why. Today, "jeff k" was asking fellow forum-goers if they could figure out why Safari would keep asking him to do a Flash update after he has already updated Flash.

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Adobe warns of critical vulnerability in Flash for Windows,Mac, Linux

04/28, 2:52pm

Windows exploits already active

Adobe has issued a new security bulletin warning of a Flash flaw that could allow a hacker to seize control of a computer. So far just Windows exploits have been seen in the wild, but Adobe cautions that Mac and Linux systems are vulnerable as well. The security hole is present only in older versions of Flash Player, requiring simply that people have up-to-date software.

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Adobe posts new Flash fix to block attacks linked to non-profit sites

02/20, 4:32pm

At least three websites attacked so far

Adobe has issued a new version of Flash Player, 12.0.0.70, to deal with a serious vulnerability. Security firm FireEye notes that the hole has already been used to attack at least three non-profit websites. "This threat actor clearly seeks out and compromises websites of organizations related to international security policy, defense topics, and other non-profit sociocultural issues," it writes. "The actor either maintains persistence on these sites for extended periods of time or is able to re-compromise them periodically.

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Addonics releases five-slot compact flash RAID drives

02/08, 2:00pm

Drives use compact flash or CFast to emulate SSD RAIDs

Addonics Technologies has released two storage solutions using Compact Flash (CF) cards in five slot drive configurations with the Sapphire five-slot CFast and Sapphire five-slot CF drives. The drives use CFast and Compact Flash cards, respectively, to create RAID arrays for SSD storage solutions, aimed at systems using USB 2.0/3.0 or eSATA interfaces.

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Updated OS X malware definitions block non-updated Flash

02/05, 3:22pm

Should minimize impact of exploit

Apple has silently updated malware definitions in OS X to block anything but the latest Mac version of Adobe Flash, v12.0.0.44, according to a security memo. Adobe issued the new Flash code yesterday to deal with a serious vulnerability that could let hackers seize control of a computer. Equivalent Windows and Linux patches were also made available.

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Adobe issues Flash updates for PC, Mac, Linux to fix critical exploit

02/04, 3:02pm

Threat seen in the wild, Adobe says

Adobe has released a new version of Flash Player for Windows and Mac, 12.0.0.44, to cope with a serious security hole. The company warns that exploits for the vulnerability have been seen in the wild, and that the problem could potentially allow an attacker to seize control of a computer. A matching Linux update is labeled v11.2.202.335.

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Briefly: Tiny Atom USB 3.0 flash drive, Wi-Fi Bluetooth Unlocker app

12/19, 7:15pm

Atom USB 3.0 flash drive size of a quarter, available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB

Mushkin has announced its new Atom USB 3.0 Flash Drive, which focuses on providing a small form-factor the size of a quarter. Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1, the Atom USB 3.0 flash drive enables users to leave the flash drive into the USB port while working on the go without obstruction. Offering versatility for tablet and slim notebook users, the flash drive can be plugged in and left as secondary device storage with a low power usage.

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Flash sandboxed in OS X Mavericks, Adobe confirms

10/24, 9:38am

Could limit key attack vector

Flash is now a sandboxed plugin in OS X Mavericks, according to an Adobe blog post. Using the OS' App Sandbox feature, Adobe says it has been able to limit Flash's file read/write access and what assets the plugin can find in the first place. It can no longer reach local connections to device resources and IPC (interprocess communications) channels, for instance, and network privileges are restricted such that Flash-based malware can't communicate with servers set up by hackers.

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XProtect updated, blocks non-current Flash plug-in over security flaws

09/11, 12:16am

Adobe squashes 14 security issues in latest update to Flash for browsers

It wasn't only about iPhones and iOS on Tuesday -- Apple continues to keep an eye out for potential security threats and, where possible, prevent them. A recent silent update to Apple's built-in (for Snow Leopard and higher) XProtect anti-malware software blocked all but the most recent update to Java due to security concerns, and today another update to XProtect did the same thing to all but the very latest release of Flash, as Adobe released a patch that fixes some 14 bugs that could have compromised user security.

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Briefly: Ematic's new Bluetooth speaker, new flash drives by Corsair

09/04, 7:05pm

Speakers compatible with Siri and Voice Commands

Ematic released yesterday its ESB100 Speaker, its first Bluetooth speaker product. The speaker -- comparable to a softball in size -- offers 30 feet of wireless range, as well as a line-in feature to listen directly from a non-Bluetooth device. With 35 hours of playtime per charge, the ESB100's battery is recharged with the included microUSB cable and wall charger. Including customizable foam speaker grills in blue and black, consumers can purchase Ematic's ESB100 for $40 at Wal-Mart.

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Samsung debuts 3D vertical NAND flash tech, boosts density, speed

08/06, 5:28am

Samsung 3D flash tech set to spur next-gen smartphone, tablet design

Samsung has debuted the industry’s first 3D vertical NAND flash memory architecture. Just as Intel has pushed processor technology with its 3D tri-gate architecture first seen on its ‘Ivy Bridge’ designs, Samsung’s engineers have taken a vertical to boost performance applying a similar principle to the way it designs its next-generation NAND flash designs. According to Samsung, its new design overcomes inherent technical challenges that arise when moving to 10nm processes including cell-to-cell interference while breaking through scaling limitations.

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Adobe lists updates to Flash, Edge Animate, Edge Reflow, Dreamweaver

05/06, 2:29pm

Flash rebuilt with 64-bit architecture, Dreamweaver gains CSS Designer tool

Adobe has outlined a large number of changes for its web-development products, as part of its major announcements today. Flash Professional CC has been rebuilt to be more modular and streamlined, Edge Animate CC and Edge Reflow Preview 3 add some workflow improvements, and Dreamweaver CC introduces a visual editing tool for CSS, PhoneGap build support, and other extra tools.

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Adobe completes Creative Cloud transition, revamps former CS apps

05/06, 2:18pm

Company continues subscription push

Adobe has introduced a wide range of software updates, dropping the Creative Suite branding as the company continues to embrace its Creative Cloud subscription service. New features have been added to Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash Pro, After Effects, Muse and Dreamweaver, among other titles.

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Forums: Adobe Flash update and more

04/30, 3:15pm

Adobe Flash update and more

This week in the MacNN forums, members discuss the most recent Flash update in the thread titled "Adobe Flash 11.7.7 update requires download?" which was started by "Hawkeye_a" who found it strange, especially after the recent malware scares. Yesterday "ibook_steve" reported that his Finder is showing that he has more free space on their hard drive than he does in reality.

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Forums: Debunking Linux hazards on mac, and more

03/26, 1:18pm

Linux on a Mac could be hazardous

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Grizzled Veteran "abbaZaba" questioned the veracity of a technician's report that Linux on Apple hardware could permanently damage the CPU. "Do I need Adobe Flash Player?" asks one Forum Regular who is trying to avoid a plague of pesky popups and other such annoyances.

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Apple blocks older versions of Flash in Safari

03/01, 2:03pm

Counteracts recently-discovered vulnerabilities

Apple has updated the plugin-blocking component in Safari to prevent earlier versions of Flash from being used, a new support document states. Lion, Mountain Lion, and Snow Leopard users are affected. The update comes in response to recently-discovered vulnerabilities in Flash that have already been patched by Adobe, but which could impact people who don't update on a regular basis.

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Adobe issues 'emergency' Flash update to stop new malware

02/07, 10:00pm

Exploits affect both platforms, one targets the Mac specifically

Adobe has issued a patch to update Flash on both the Mac and Windows platform in order to fix two new vulnerabilities already being exploited "in the wild" to spread malware. One of the targeted attacks using the exploit works equally well against Mac users as it does against Windows users. Visitors are tricked into downloading and opening MS Word files that contain malicious Flash content, while the other vulnerability users a similar technique but only affects Windows users.

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Kingston creates world's highest-capacity USB flash drive

01/07, 3:29pm

Flash drive with 1TB capacity accompanied by smaller drives

Memory manufacturer Kingston is to release what is claimed to be the world's largest-capacity USB 3.0 flash drive. The high-capacity DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 will have a version shipping later this quarter with a total storage of 1-terabyte, while others in the range will ship at the same time at more standard capacities.

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Google rolls out secure Flash Player for Chrome for Macs

11/13, 8:55pm

Google cites Flash as vector for malware

Google announced today a new, more secure version of Flash Player for the Mac version of its Chrome Internet browser. The update brings increased protection against malware, which Google noted in its announcement of the update is a major vulnerability with Flash. The search giant has been working with Adobe since 2010 to improve the security of Flash Player, and the new version relies on a new plug-in architecture aimed at making the feature more secure.

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BBC uses Adobe Air to replace Flash on Android

09/19, 4:32pm

Media Player app launches video on website, iPlayer

The BBC is rolling out a way to help it's Android apps to function without Flash, by using Flash. A custom app called BBC Media Player (Google Play) will allow British users to watch and listen to BBC on-demand content from their mobile device, even when Adobe pulls Flash from Android for the second, and potentially final, time.

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Samsung fabricating 128GB storage, 2GB LPDDR3 for mobiles

09/18, 8:12am

Samsung pushes mobile memory technology forward

Samsung Semiconductor has started fabricating 128GB flash storage chips and 2GB LPDDR3 DRAM modules for mobile devices. Currently, most high-end smartphones are shipping with a maximum of 64GB of internal storage, leaving users with media-heavy libraries unable to take their music collections with them. The introduction of the new modules should go a long way to alleviating this problem, although pricing will remain a key factor in adoption.

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Adobe Flash makes brief return to UK Play Store for BBC

09/02, 5:05pm

Adobe bows to partner pressure, revives mobile Flash temporarily

In a slight reversal, Adobe has returned its Flash media player to Google's UK Play Store. According to the BBC, the move comes following pressure from Adobe's "strategic partners," including the BBC itself, who asked that Adobe continue to support mobile Flash, as that is the technology underpinning many of their applications.

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ZTE Flash to launch on Sprint in October

07/28, 10:11pm

Possible flagship phone from Chinese manufacturer

Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE may be launching a flagship-level handset on Sprint later this fall. The ZTE Flash has shown up in what appears to be an internal document acquired by TalkAndroid. The document shows off a good deal of specs for the device, which represents something of a departure for ZTE, as the company's phones are usually more underpowered affairs.

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Adobe: web standards perform 80 percent of Flash features

07/03, 3:39pm

Adobe to push ahead on post-Flash plans

Adobe Systems believes web standards have achieved most of what Flash is capable of handling. In an interview with CNET during Google I/O, the senior director of web platform and authoring at Adobe, Arno Gourdol, suggested that web standards are "close to 80 percent" of Flash, as the company moves away from its multimedia platform.

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Adobe not supporting Flash on Android Jelly Bean

06/29, 9:27am

New Flash installs also being disabled on Google Play

Adobe will stop supporting Flash Player in Android from Android 4.1 onwards, with new installs of Flash on the mobile OS ceasing altogether in the near future. A company blog post has announced that there will not be a certified implementation of Flash Player on Jelly Bean; development and testing of Flash for the new version of Android has already ceased.

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Google admits Chrome browser culprit in MBA crashes

06/29, 3:29am

Problem may also involve Flash, reported to Apple

A member of the Apple Support forums posted yesterday that an employee of the company had told him that "the specific combination" of Google's Chrome browser, it's built-in version of Flash and the Intel HD 4000 chip found in the latest MacBook Airs was causing a problem that Apple was working to fix, with some owners reporting frequent crashes and even kernel panics as a result of the issue.

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SanDisk unveils quartet of new flash devices

06/20, 1:00am

Backed by AES encryption, cloud storage software

On Thursday, SanDisk announced four new products enhancing existing product lines. Newly unveiled are the Extreme Pro microSDHC UHS-I card, the Extreme USB 3.0 flash drive, the thin Cruzer Pop USB Drive, and a new high-capacity Cruzer Glide. Each product emphasizes something different -- the SDHC card boasts fast read/write speed for a card, the Extreme USB 3.0 sports the new faster USB interface, the Cruzer Pop is extremely thin, and the extension of the Cruzer Glide line provides mass USB flash storage.

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Apple posts twin security updates for OS X Leopard

05/14, 5:50pm

Patches solve issues with Flash, Flashback

Apple has posted two separate security updates for OS X Leopard. The first, Leopard Security Update 2012-003, disables versions of Flash without the most recent security updates, and instead provides a method of getting the latest release from Adobe. Apple's update is 1.11MB and requires at least OS X 10.5.8.

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Adobe issues Flash plug-in, player 'critical' updates

05/04, 10:35pm

'Priority 1' issue affects PC, Mac, Android

A "critical" security issue that can cause the Flash plug-in to crash and allow a malicious program potential access to the system is addressed in the latest Adobe security update for both the Flash player standalone program for CS users and web browser plug-in for Macs, Windows and Android systems. Users are strongly advised to upgrade to version 11.2.202.235 on Macs and Windows, and v11.1.111.8 on Android (version 11.1.115.9 for Android 4.0).

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Phase change memory breakthrough may be on the horizon

05/04, 8:00pm

Research may lead to faster, longer lived media

A thirty-year-old concept in computer memory may be making a resurgence. Material engineers at Johns Hopkins University have turned to diamonds to change the properties of elements used in phase change memory such as used in CD-RW and DVD-RW discs. This development could lead to higher data density storage systems that both last longer and react quicker than current optical, flash, or magnetic media.

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Adobe puts CS6, Creative Cloud up for pre-order

04/23, 1:00am

Adobe CS6 ships within 30 days

Adobe began the week early with official launch details of Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud. The collection of professional tools are available for pre-order as of Monday and should ship within 30 days.

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Adobe launches first beta of Flash 11.3 for Macs

04/11, 7:45pm

Adds hardware acceleration for older models

Adobe has released a public beta of it's next iteration of Flash Player, version 11.3.300.214, which features improvements to the desktop player, as well as enhancements to AIR Mobile for developers. In the release notes, Adobe mentions that it has "relaxed" the driver gating hardware acceleration to 2006, which may mean that older cards and Intel graphic chipsets such as the GMA 950 will gain hardware acceleration in the final release.

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Adobe Flash 11.2, AIR 3.2 with 'premium' features, 3D boosts

03/28, 11:55am

Adobe Flash and AIR udpate with 3D focus

Adobe updated Flash and its offline parallel AIR with a heavy emphasis on gaming, but also with new payment rules. Flash 11.2 on the desktop will now have "premium features" to both get hardware-boosted graphics along with domain memory, but these won't be automatically free, Adobe said. Starting August 1, any Flash app that uses these "console quality" features and earns over $50,000 in app revenues will have to pay a royalty to Adobe.

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Benches still show iOS 3X faster than Android in HTML5

03/05, 8:15pm

Apple still uncontested in mobile HTML5 benchmarks

Apple still has an unambiguous lead over Google in HTML5 performance on the mobile web, app development tool maker Spaceport.io found in a head-on benchmark test. iOS devices were typically about three times faster than their Android equivalents. Even Android 4.0's flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, was still about 42 percent slower than the iPhone 4S despite newly optimized HTML5 code and a theoretically faster 1.2GHz clock speed.

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