Microsoft has updated its OneDrive iOS app to version 5.3, allowing you to view your most recent photos and albums on the Apple Watch. You can also delete photos that you don’t want to keep as well as find photos by tag.
In addition, the update brings along a new PDF viewing experience – you can now search for text within PDFs as well as swipe from page to page. Finally, you can also print your PDFs directly from your iPhone or iPad. Read more »
There is no doubt that Google is the undisputed king of the online search market, but it looks like Bing is slowly and steadily capturing market share, at least in the US. According to latest numbers from research firm comScore, Microsoft’s search engine has captured 20.1% of the US desktop search market, which means that it now powers 1 in every 5 desktop searches in the country.
As expected, Google is at the top with 64.4% market share, while Yahoo, ASK and AOL round-up the top five with 12.7, 1.8, and 1.1% market share respectively. “In total, 18.9 billion explicit core searches were conducted in March, with Google Sites ranking first with 12.1 billion (up 11%), followed by Microsoft Sites with 3.8 billion (up 12%),” the research firm said. Read more »
Every year, search giant Google comes up with something special for April Fools Day, and this year was no exception, with the company’s website coming out reversed. However, what’s different this year was that the prank inadvertently broke the website’s security.
“The prank compromised the site’s own security by omitting a crucial header that makes it vulnerable to user interface redressing attack, such as click-jacking,” said UK research firm Netcraft, which was the first to discover the vulnerability. Read more »
Google has said that its Project Loon, which involves beaming 4G mobile Internet from helium-filled balloons, is close to launching thousands of balloons. The project has been underway for a couple of years now.
“We’re getting close to the point where we can roll out thousands of balloons,” said project leader Mike Cassidy, adding that such a number is necessary to deliver reliable Internet access to users in remote areas where no other means to connect to the Internet are available. Read more »
Just days after Microsoft released a patch for a critical remote code execution vulnerability, CVE-2015-1635 (MS15-034), it has been spotted being exploited in the wild by researchers at the SANS Institute.
“Denial of Service (DoS) exploits are widely available to exploit CVE-2015-1635, a vulnerability in HTTP.sys, affecting Internet Information Server (IIS),” noted Johannes Ullrich, Chief Technology Officer of the SANS Internet Storm Center. The vulnerability affects Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2. Read more »
Looks like Facebook is staring at fresh trouble in Europe, as data protection authorities there have launched a joint probe into the way the company handles privacy.
“There is concerted collective action between five European authorities, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain,” said head of France’s CNIL privacy watchdog Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, adding that the project is being coordinated by the Netherlands. She revealed that watchdogs are also likely to look into the sharing of data between different apps such as Instagram or Whatsapp, both of which are owned by Facebook. Read more »
Just a few months after hackers breached Sony Picture Entertainment’s computer network, stealing sensitive information and effectively bringing the studio to a standstill, WikiLeaks has published the stolen data – comprising 173,132 emails and 30,287 separate documents – in a fully searchable format.
“This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation,” said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there.” Read more »
Back in October last year, Google said that it’d keep supporting Chrome on Windows XP through at least April 2015. Now that April has arrived, the Mountain View, California-based company has announced that it is once again extending the support period for the browser on the unsupported OS.
“We will continue to provide regular updates and security patches to Chrome on XP through the end of 2015,” said Chrome’s director of engineering Mark Larson in a blog post. He also encouraged XP users to update to a supported, secure operating system. Read more »
Live video streaming app Meerkat, which is currently iOS only and has got a lot of coverage recently, is finally coming to Android. In a tweet sent out yesterday, the company announced that it’s opening up the Android version of the app to external beta testers.
To join the Meerkat Android Beta program, head over to a Google Docs form (click the Source 2 link below), and fill in the required information, which includes your name, Twitter handle, and email. It isn’t yet clear when the app will be released to everyone though. Read more »
Internet giant Yahoo may be developing a messaging application that will not only include text messaging features, but will also let you share live as well as recorded video, according to a report from The Information.
“[Yahoo] will unveil a mobile app that combines live and recorded video and text, blending aspects of live video apps like Meerkat, YouNow, and Skype and the recorded video messages popularized by Snapchat,” the report said, adding that the app will be unveiled later this quarter. Read more »
Just over a week after WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton revealed that the voice calling feature will be made available to iOS users soon, the company’s support department has confirmed that efforts are underway to bring the feature to Windows Phone also.
“WhatsApp Calling for your platform [Windows Phone] is still in the works,” the company confirmed in an email, although it refused to comment on any release timelines at the moment. Read more »
Looks like HTC is developing its own answer to Android Auto. According to a Reddit poster, the Taiwanese company is working on a device, codename Cello, that is far more capable than Google’s in-car system. The user also posted what appears to be an HTC Release Note (see below).
The device is said to be powered by Android 4.4 and runs a special version of HTC’s Sense UI, dubbed Sense Automotive, which is specifically made for cars. The features it offers include: Night Vision, Sonar, Mini HMI (Human Machine Interface), DVD, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Lane Departure Warning System, Navigation, and GPS. Read more »
Back in 2012, Microsoft became the first major company to enable the Do Not Track (DNT) feature by default in its web browser, but the software giant has now said that it will change the way the feature is implemented in future versions of its browsers. This effectively means that the company’s upcoming Project Spartan browser won’t have it enabled by default.
As per the Redmond, Washington-based company, the decision was taken to comply with the latest industry standard, which says that a tracking preference expression is only transmitted when it reflects a deliberate choice by the user. Read more »
Last year saw a sharp decline in the global rate of Android malware installs, according to Google’s Android Security 2014 Year in Review report.
Adrian Ludwig, Lead Engineer for Android Security, highlighted a few of the key findings of the report in a blog post. He said that the overall worldwide rate of Potentially Harmful Application (PHA) installs decreased by nearly 50% in 2014, adding that less than 1% of Android devices had a PHA installed last year, and less than 0.15% of devices that only install from Google Play had a PHA installed. Read more »
Facebook tracks the Web movements of all its European visitors, including people who are logged out, have opted out of the tracking option, as well as even those without an account, according to a report compiled by the Belgian Privacy Commission.
“When a logged-in Facebook user visits a site with Facebook social plug-ins, Facebook receives the Facebook ID and browser ID, along with the URL of the page being visited,” the report says. “[And] when a Facebook user explicitly logs out, Facebook keeps uniquely identifying … cookies in the browser, which are then used to track logged-out users across the web.” Read more »