Lenovo found itself in a bit of hot water when some customers started noticing weird sponsored links in the search results on their brand-new PCs. The culprit it turns out was a little piece of adware called Superfish the company was shipping on laptops. The company listened to customer complaints and turned off the server-side portion of the app in January. It also stopped preinstalling Superfish on new machines around the same time. While Lenovo said originally that it had "temporarily removed" the software from new machines while its developers worked on an update to address concerns, it now says that it will not preload the software ever again.]]>
Popular ad-blocking browser add-on AdBlock Plus is now available on Internet Explorer, through a preview version published by the AdBlock team. While the software is rough around the edges at this stage and has very few features or settings - which is to be expected from beta software - it does function to remove ads from around the web.
The add-on is compatible with Internet Explorer 8 and above, and after you install it thanks to the download available in the source link it will be disabled by default, so you'll likely need a few browser restarts and some settings trawling before it works.]]>
Mozilla is making progress in its effort to bring Firefox to Windows 8′s new Metro environment. Firefox for Windows 8 was announced earlier this year and will support both the traditional desktop Windows environment and the new Metro interface designed for tablets and other touchscreen devices.
Mozilla’s Brian Bondy, a member of the team tasked with bringing Firefox to Metro, reports that the browser is up and running. "You can navigate the web, create tabs, bookmark pages, build history, retain cache, adjust preferences, and more," writes Bondy in a blog post reporting Mozilla’s Metro progress.]]>
Security vulnerabilities in the Java Development Kit and Java Runtime Environment that were patched in a February release pose such a security risk to browser users that the Mozilla Foundation has added older versions of the Java plugin to Firefox’s blocklist, disabling them from running within the browser.
In a post to Mozilla’s Firefox Add-Ons blog, Mozilla channel manager Kev Needham said the vulnerability “is actively being exploited, and is a potential risk to users.” Currently, the blocklist includes only out-of-date versions of the Java 6 and Java 7 plugins for Windows, but Needham said that an entry for the Mac OS X Java plugin “may be added at a future date.”]]>
Mozilla has now officially introduced the Firefox 7.0 browser for desktops (Windows, Mac OS, Linux) and mobiles (Android). The desktop release comes with improved memory handling which enables lower memory usage, while the mobile build offers enhanced functionality.
Firefox 7 for Windows, Mac and Linux also includes the following:
- Added a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems ]]>
New versions of Adobe Flash Player and AIR will be arriving by October, Adobe announced in a press release today. Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 are intended to provide “console-like quality” to game developers on PC platforms and improve performance on Android phones, and will be accompanied by support in the Flash Builder and Flex development tools by the end of the year.
The new versions of Flash and AIR will have hardware-accelerated rendering for 2D and 3D graphics up to 1,000 times faster than Flash Player 10 and AIR 2, Adobe said in a press release. The package will include the ability to display 1080p video with Flash-based apps on iOS devices with H.264 hardware decoding, as well as APIs for using accelerometers and near-field communications chips.]]>
Futuremark today let loose the 1.02 version for 3DMark 11 which brings updated to both the benchmark's Bullet physics library and SystemInfo component so as to ensure compatibility with future processors, graphics cards and other components.
Beside better hardware support, the 1.02 update also includes the following..]]>
Mozilla has released the first beta of Thunderbird 5, its next generation email messaging client.
Mozzilas popular open source Thunderbird email client has been slipped into the outfit's rapid release schedule, meaning that, as with the Firefox web browser, Thunderbird releases will be fast tracked, avoiding years of development time. Mozilla has said that it will skip version 4 altogether in order to align it with Gecko's versioning scheme. ]]>
NVIDIA have released new WHQL drivers slightly newer than the beta drivers they released last month. The drivers are the first non-beta release of the 275 release and are recommended for all users! They have the following changes since the previous beta release:]]>
Everybody chuckled when Tellme, a mobile voice company snapped up by Microsoft almost two years ago, released its smartphone voice search application for BlackBerry, instead of for Windows Mobile. Thanks to a new native application that will be released on Windows Mobile 6.5 phones this coming fall, the ribbing may entirely subside.
On Wednesday, Tellme announced the application's features and its shipping plan. Like rival voice services for smartphones, you click a hardware hotkey to initiate the program's digital ears, and from there you can begin a search, call a number, or dictate a text message. This last feature will be new to Tellme's Windows Mobile app. ]]>