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Google Brings an Open Source Gun to the Video Codec Battle

Google on Thursday announced WebM, a royalty-free media file format for online video. With WebM, Google has thrown the gauntlet to H.264, the codec backed by rivals Apple and Microsoft, among others. Buried within the new format's FAQ was news about another Google project: Android. The next iteratio...

YouTube Ushers In Change With Obama Videos

YouTube has started to dabble in downloadable videos, offering a new download option for President-elect Barack Obama's ChangeDotGov channel on YouTube. Some of the videos, particularly the "Weekly Address" series, now sport a "Click to download" link below the play button. Previously, all videos we...

Is Firefox Fit for Enterprise Duty?

Enterprise application whitelisting company Bit9 launched an attention-getting press release last week, a document which merely bubbled for a few days until the recent Internet Explorer flaw took center stage and Mozilla pushed out a few Firefox updates. Eventually, the heat under the issue boiled o...

Packing It In: The Evolution of Online Video and Audio Tech, Part 1

The explosion in Web-delivered music and video we're seeing today just wouldn't be possible without the use of sophisticated encoded compression algorithms, or codecs, and the file storage formats in which compressed audio, images and data are saved. As Internet bandwidth and broadband access has ex...

MacBook Air, Vista Box PWNd – Ubuntu Stands Alone

After three days of attacks by leading hackers, a laptop running Ubuntu remained untouched while two others, running Mac OS X and Windows Vista Service Pack 1, succumbed. The attacks were launched at the CanSecWest PWN 2 OWN contest in Vancouver, Canada. This was sponsored by security firm TippingPo...

Inside Firefox 3’s Latest Beta Update, Part 1

Mozilla is up to its elbows in code as it works toward the final release of the third iteration of its Firefox Web browser. With the launch last week of the browser's third beta version, the open source developer has given some 500,000 developers and testers the go-ahead to put the application throu...

Mozilla Dispatches Firefox Bug Zapper

Mozilla released an update Thursday that corrects several vulnerabilities in the Firefox Web browser. Firefox 2.0.0.12 patches critical flaws that could result in Web browsing history and forward navigation stealing; privilege escalation that could allow cross-site scripting exploits; and crashes wi...

PRODUCT REVIEW

High-Def Video Brings High Value to New Kodak Camera

Video has been a perk packed with digital point-and-shoot still cameras for some time, but judging by the quality present in many offerings, it's a perk that has been treated as an afterthought by many digicam makers. Not so by Kodak. The chief of film stock -- now remaking itself as a dean of digit...

PRODUCT REVIEW

Casio Exilim Cam Packs a Host of Handy Features

When it comes to slim and sleek in digital cameras, Casio is king. One of its latest offerings, the Exilim S880, illustrates why. Not only does the new 8.1 megapixel bytecam sport the Twiggy proportions that Casio is known for -- it measures 3.72 by 2.38 by .68 inches and weighs a feathery 4.51 ounc...

Security Flaw Doesn’t Discriminate

Linux and Apple OS X users are usually insulated from the security woes of their Microsoft Windows counterparts, but that doesn't seem to be the case with a recent vulnerability involving the handling of Uniform Resource Identifier protocols. Those protocols instruct a browser to perform certain tas...

Media Player Exploits: New Vectors, New Threats

Two separate exploits involving the Apple QuickTime and the Microsoft Windows Media players could continue to plague computer users regardless of which Web browser is installed as the default on a computer system. So far, the only browser developer to announce a patch for this vulnerability is Mozil...

Patent Reform Debate: Tech Industry vs. Everyone Else

Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, and Steve Perlman, who developed Apple's QuickTime video technology and WebTV, were among the people who descended upon Capitol Hill to protest the Patent Reform Act passed by the House of Representatives at the beginning of September. Kamen and Perlman are perhap...

Firefox Fends Off QuickTime Bug Threat

Firefox users had a recent rude awakening about a vulnerability in the way Apple's QuickTime plug-in interacts with their Web browser. Far from grumbling, however, Mozilla supporters say their patch for the vulnerability says more about Mozilla's strengths than its browser's weakness. "It seems that...

Zero-Day Browser Exploits, Part 2: The Continuing Debate

The debate rages over whether open source browsers such as Firefox and Konqueror provide better zero-day attack protection than proprietary browsers such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Opera Software's Opera browser. Security experts line up on both sides of the discussion, often advising that...

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