Web browser manufacturers are taking the cue from Google and offshoring the tedious task of finding critical bugs and vulnerabilities to the users and enthusiasts. This simple yet effective method is called crowdsourcing. To make things hotter, they have included a reward system according to which, the user finding the bug is awarded a handsome sum of money.
Recently, Mozilla Firefox raised the bounty amount to $3000 and Google had to get the better of Mozilla. Therefore, it increased the maximum bounty for Chrome vulnerabilities to $3133.70 last month.
Ten bugs were fixed. However, none of the bug fixes received the top bounty from Google, which amounts at $3133.70. Google only gave away a total valuation of $10K of rewards.
The security update was released for Chrome 5.0.375.125. While one of the bugs allowed revealing passwords or spoofing the address bar content, another bug allowed hacks through malicious files.
As Gregg Keizer at Computerworld says,
Sergey Glazunov banked $4,674 for reporting four bugs, including the previous maximum $1,337 each for two of the quartet. A researcher known as “kuzzcc,” who has also reported flaws in Opera to that browser‘s Norwegian maker, took home $2,000 for uncovering a pair of Chrome vulnerabilities.
This is a record update from Google, as it has never given away such a huge amount in overall bounties at the same time. Get Google Chrome version 5.0.375.125 and other versions from here.
Google unveiled the Chrome Web Store at GDC Europe on August 16. Google developer advocates, Mark DeLoura and Michael Mahernoff, revealed that the Google Chrome Web Store, an online application store which will allow you to purchase and use Chrome Web applications will be launched in October.
The payments will be handled by Google Checkout, and here’s the important bit for developers: Google will take only a 5% processing cut, much less compared to the 30% cut which is the norm in mobile application stores. It will also support in app transactions by the first half of 2011.
The Chrome Web Store may help Google win a nice share of the social/web gaming pie. The lower cut is probably directed at luring Facebook game developers to create applications and games for the Chrome Web Store.
Source: 1UP – Chrome Web Store
Google Chrome dev version has been updated to 6.0.490.1 and this version now has out-of-the-box Apps support and also adds a new feature called Click-to-play which is similar to a Flash blocker and can be used to block content served by browser plugins like Flash, Shockwave etc.
Google Chrome dev build users (and future stable users), here is some good news for you. The latest dev build of Google Chrome now includes an integrated Plugin blocker in the form of Click-to-play, which can block Flash content and content served by other plugins used by Google Chrome.
Click-to-play is a really welcome feature since it will allow you to control what content is shown in the browser and block content on a plugin to plugin basis. To enable the Click-to-play feature in Google Chrome, just add the "–enable-click-to-play" command line switch to the Chrome shortcut.
Once you do that, you will be able to block plugin content by visiting "Options -> Under the Hood" and clicking on the "Content Settings" button.
Once you do that, click on the "Plug-ins" tab and select the radio button next to "Do not allow any site to use plug-ins" and save the settings. You can also disable individual plug-ins by clicking on the link. The plugin page is also accessible via chrome://plugins/.
Once you save the settings all plugin related content will be blocked, however, you can view or run the plugin content by clicking on the Run plug-in this time placeholder link.
The latest dev build has also enabled Out-of-the-box Apps support for Google Chrome. Users who upgraded to this version will now see apps above the most visited website on opening a new tab. There were also other bug fixes which you can view here.
Google Chrome 6.0.490.1 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux based PCs.
Many a times people tend to find some information that they want to store on their phone for later use. This information usually consists of web pages, address, and phone numbers etcetera. Usually people open the note application of their phone to save the required information. Now, if you are a Google Chrome user and use an Android based phone then the new Chrome to Phone extension is for you.
This new Chrome extension lets you share an address, a phone number, a web page URL, map or a YouTube video with your Android phone. The official Google Mobile Blog has also given few examples to demonstrate how the application works. Here is one of them :
Suppose you’re reading an interesting article on your favorite news website and need to leave for an urgent appointment. Simply click the extension icon in your browser to send the link to your phone and the device’s browser will automatically open the link, ready for you to view on the go.
However, the sad news is that this application works only on Android 2.2 devices. For people whose phones are already running on Android 2.2 (Froyo), you can download the application from the Android Market. Here is the link to the official blog post from Google.
Earlier today, it was reported that Microsoft has recommended some strange advice for users of the newly upgraded Hotmail (Windows Live Mail) service. Just last week, Microsoft finished rolling out a new user interface design to their 350 million users. Some have claimed that many of the new design features are due to the popularity of Google’s Gmail service.
According to MS, the new Hotmail UI (User Interface) is supported on the following web browsers:
â€¢ Internet Explorer 6.0+ on Windows
â€¢ Internet Explorer 6.x
â€¢ Internet Explorer 7.x
â€¢ Internet Explorer 8.x (Standards mode)
â€¢ Firefox 3.0+ on Windows and Macintosh
â€¢ Safari 4.0+ on Windows and Macintosh
â€¢ Chrome on Windows latest major version
Since the roll-out, the Hotmail forums have been alive with complaints about the new UI. This is the odd suggestion that’s been reported by The Register:
Some customers have indicated that if they use Google Chrome to view their Hotmail account they no longer encounter this problem
I guess I’d have to tag this post with WTF, because I can’t believe that anyone working for MS would ever have said that. I did a fairly extensive search of the forums and I was not able to find that advice. However, I did find dozens of posts that had been removedby the moderators. It’s possible they’ve removed that suggestion.
One thing for certain is that Microsoft should have followed the great example that Gmail introduced when they upgraded their own user interfaces. There has always been a link to take people back to an older UI, just in case they run into problems.
Microsoft still seems to be using it’s released products for beta testing and many Hotmail users are angry that they’ve been chosen as the guinea pigs. By the way, I just tried out the new Hotmail, and it worked fine for me â€¦ but I was using Google Chrome.
If you have your own tips on using Hotmail or it’s problems, be sure to comment below or email me.
Twitter recently launched a new feature called "Who to Follow" where they display a list of suggestions of people you should be following on Twitter based on certain algorithms. Though this feature could be handy once in a while, it is always in your face whenever you visit the twitter web interface.
Now the problem here is that Twitter does not provide users with an option to disable the suggestions list, and you will have to either use a browser extension or Greasemonkey script to disable the "Who to follow" suggestions box on the Twitter web interface.
Google Chrome users have a choice with two different extensions which will allow you to disable/hide or move the "Who To Follow" suggestions box. The Hide Twitter suggestions extension completely removes the suggestions box, whereas the Hide Twitter suggestions PLUS extension will move the box to the bottom of the sidebar so that it is not in your face every time.
If you are a Firefox, Opera or Internet Explorer you can use a user style to hide the "Who to Follow" suggestions box in Twitter. To do that, open this link in the browser you are using and choose the options provided to you. If you are using Firefox or Internet Explorer you might need to install additional software or add-ons for your respective browser in order to use the User Style.
That’s it, till Twitter provides a way to disable the "Who To Follow" suggestions, you could use this trick to hide it from your web interface.
As a designer or website developer, you would want to try and vary the fonts you use on a webpage to get the best typography for it, however, doing this through CSS could take a little effort.
Google Font API Tester is a Google Chrome extension which will allow you to test the fonts made available through Google Font Directory on any website without having to make any physical changes to the code.
Techie Buzz Verdict
The Google Font API Tester Google Chrome extension is a pretty neat extension which will save developers and designers some work when they want to make use of fonts from the Google Font Directory, however, this extension is not useful for testing other fonts.
My advise to the developer would be to extend this extension and allow users to somehow also use other popular fonts currently being used on websites, that way it could be used by people who want to test websites with fonts like Arial, Verdana and so on without having to make physical changes to the code.
Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5
Downloads for this post – Download Google Font API Tester
I recently reinstalled a copy of the regular Google Chrome browser after getting rid of my dev channel version. I also had to re-install my favorite Chrome Extensions once again. I decided to check out the most recent WOT (Web of Trust) extension, just so I wouldn’t accidently advise anyone to go to a bad website. While looking around, I found a new extension that you may like.
The Ultimate Chrome Flag extension gives you instant safety and web site information on the pages in your browser. The types of information that are displayed:
â€¢ Website country location
â€¢ Google Page Rank
â€¢ Alexa Page Rank
â€¢ Google Trends
â€¢ McAfee Site Advisor ratings
â€¢ WOT safety ratings
After installing this extension, you’ll see a new icon at the very end of the address bar in your browser. By default, the icon displays a country flag and a WOT rating (red, yellow, green) for safety. All you have to do to get information on a site is to click on the icon. Here’s what you’ll see at a bad website:
Always keep your eyes open for the red dot on the country flag. As shown here, this site can’t be trusted. You can find out a great deal more in each category by clicking on the blue text in the pop-up.
Just for contrast, I’ll show you the information for a good website. Do you see how the dot on the flag is green instead of red?
There are a some very nice options that let you change the information displayed and the icon displayed. Here’s a screenshot of the settings page:
Get the Ultimate Chrome Flag extension
Note: For those using Firefox, a similar addon called FlagFox is available.
Techie Buzz Verdict:
If you are using the Chrome web browser, and you’d like more information about sites you aren’t familiar with, this is an awesome tool. The Ultimate Chrome Flag extension is definitely going to be one of my favorite extensions. Maybe it will be one of yours now.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)
Web designers and developers have a constant need to find out image sizes and even though there are a number of browser extensions that let you measure pixels on a web page, however, they all require multiple steps. On the other hand, ImageResolution is a Chrome extension that lets you find the size of an image by simply placing your mouse over it.
As soon as you hover your mouse on any image, whether its a thumbnail or a full-size image, the extension immediately displays its size on the top right corner of the browser. No buttons to click and no lines to draw. Just a dead simple functionality with a no-hassle interface.
You can also change the font size and background color of the display by changing the options. It is a must-have extensions for anybody who constantly work with images. The upcoming version of the extension will also add a feature to allow users to quickly view the weight (KB) of any image by just placing your mouse over it.
Download ImageResolution for Chrome here.
[Windows] For those of you who surf the breaking wave of browser technology, there’s a new option. Google has added the Canary build of the Chrome web browser, which runs the latest developer builds. In addition, it installs alongside your regular Chrome browser and doesn’t share it’s settings, cookies and extensions. Unfortunately, it’s only available in Windows at this time.
You won’t see a big difference in the new Canary build, except for the fact that you’ll have the latest features, such as Extension Sync and JumpLists. You will see a new icon for the program and it’s shortcuts. It is a brilliant canary yellow, as shown here.
Previously, there were three options for installing Google’s Chrome web browser. You were only able to run one of these at a time.
The ability to run Canary with another copy of Chrome already installed is very helpful to some of us. For example, I know someone who is already running three different web browsers on her PC. That let’s her simultaneously log in as three different peeps in YoVille. For most geeks, having a stable copy of your browser, in addition to the Dev version is a matter of playing it safe. If the new version breaks or gets funky, you’ll always have the stable version.
Techie Buzz Verdict:
Awesome. I use Chrome as my default browser and this additional build is a must have for me, since I like to write about new features. If you want to experience the latest and greatest features, it’s an easy new option for you.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)