Google releases Chrome 28 with Blink browser engine

Google on Tuesday released Chrome 28, the first polished version of the browser to use the company’s home-grown “Blink” rendering engine. On Windows, the upgrade also sported Google’s new notification service that lets developers of Chrome apps and add-ons display messages and alerts outside the browser window.

The upgrade was the first since May 21, when Google shipped Chrome 27 and touted some minor performance improvements.

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Google announced in April that it was dropping the open-source WebKit browser engine — at the time also used only by Apple’s Safari — and was instead launching Blink, a WebKit variant, to power Chrome. Since then, Opera Software’s Opera has also adopted WebKit as an interim step before it eventually moves to Blink.

Google cited difficulties in adapting WebKit to Chrome, and in the first weeks after the announcement, stripped copious amounts of unnecessary-for-Chrome code from the fork that became Blink. Previously, only the rougher “Dev” and “Beta” builds of Chrome relied on the Blink engine. Users can verify that Blink is present by typing chrome://version/ in the Chrome address-search bar, dubbed the “Omnibox.”

Also included in Chrome 28 is new support for more sophisticated notifications that appear outside the browser pane and display even when the browser’s not running. “Packaged apps” — ber-Web apps that look and behave like “native” code written specifically for the underlying OS — and add-ons can push brief messages and alerts to Chrome users after their developers have enabled the feature.

Only the Windows version of Chrome 28 currently supports these next-generation notifications, but Google promised that the feature would soon make its way to OS X and Linux. On a Mac, Chrome notifications are not integrated with OS X Mountain Lion’s Notification Center.

Along with the debut of Blink and notifications, Chrome 28 contained patches for 15 security vulnerabilities, one of them rated “critical,” Google’s most serious threat ranking. According to Google’s terse security advisory, that flaw was a memory management bug — dubbed a “use-after-free” vulnerability — in the browser’s network sockets code.

But while Colin Payne, who reported the bug, received an impressive reward of $6,267.40, another researcher was handed triple that. Andrey Labunets was paid a record $21,500 for filing several vulnerability reports, including two in the Google synchronization service and an unknown number of others that Google said were “…since-fixed server-side bugs.”

That last phrase and the amount paid were clues that Labunets discovered one or more flaws in a core Google service. In April, Google boosted bounties for vulnerability reports in its core websites, services and online apps, resetting the top reward to $20,000 for remote code executable bugs, those that attackers could use to slip malicious code onto a server or into an app or site.

Labunets is no stranger to large bug bounties. Earlier this year, after reporting a string of weaknesses in Facebook’s authentication protocol, Labunets was awarded $9,500 by the social networking giant.

Altogether, Google this week paid bounties totaling $34,901 to six researchers, including Payne and Labunets, for reporting eight different bugs. Through Tuesday, the Mountain View, Calif., company has awarded nearly $250,000 thus far this year

Samsung Galaxy S4 Software Will Increase

Kansas – Some telecommunications companies in the United States, such as Verizon, AT & T and Sprint are currently in the process of major reform efforts on a smart phone that is now being loved, Samsung Galaxy S4. Although there is no official announcement from them, any reports from various sources stating the same thing.
According to a report quoted by CNET site, with updates on Samsung Galaxy S4 users can move apps from internal storage to microSD card. This capability can empty the internal storage. So that the performance can be optimized.
Other updates to security software yitu Samsung Knox and bootloader. Developmental changes are also located in the settings are easy to apply and other additional software.
Users of Samsung Galaxy S4, just need to wait for an official announcement about this renewal. Sprint and AT & T amid spreading rumors this renewal. While Verizon is working on desktop software via Samsung Kies.

Lenovo ThinkPad T440s, Ultrabook 14 Inci Full HD Artikel Baru CPU Intel Haswell & baterei 3-Cell Ganda

The presence of an Intel Core 4th generation Intel Haswell known as it turns out has brought blessing for Lenovo to immediately roll out the latest models of ultrabook and ThinkPad T440S Lenovo ThinkPad claimed to be the first to adopt the power of the processor.

Unlike most existing ThinkPad notebooks, Lenovo ThinkPad T440S This is more aimed at business users. Especially with premium features that it has, making super thin and light laptop is equipped with resilient chasing bandage made ​​of carbon fiber and magnesium, water resistant keyboard, touchpad with support for 5-point click and gesture, and a pointer nub in the middle of the keyboard , as well as dual battery setup that allows you menggonta-replace (remove plug) one batereinya without first turning off the existing system.

Lenovo ThinkPad T440s is itself supplied by feature 14-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1600 × 900 option pixels or 1920 × 1080 pixels (HD + / FHD). As for users who want greater convenience in operation there, Lenovo also provides a choice of touch screen and support for NFC wireless technology.

Not only that, the article is a laptop with a 0.83-inch thick and weighs 1.5 kg has also been equipped by Mini DisplayPort and VGA, 3 USB 3.0 ports, 4-in-1 SD card reader, combo jack, and a smart card reader , HD anti-noise microphone dual stereo speakers with support Dolby ® HomeTheater ® v4 and two standard 3-cell battery that could have staying power usage up to 6 hours.

While about availability and price, unfortunately not yet known specific info related to it so far.

Polytron Wizard II smartphone Crystal W3430

Bening sequel

In this year, seems the more prevalent use of multiple processors on a variety of devices. The goal, presents a better performance on the gadget. Polytron also updating its lineup via Crystal Wizard II (model W3430) which has brought dual core. This increase is expected to bring better ability for the device to process the data.

U3-435-PolytronJika the previous Wizard series (W2400 – PCplus 418) Polytron still using single core 1GHz CPU, the W3430 used MT6577 1GHz dual core processor from MediaTek. This is the CPU that was booming among gadget makers from China and locally. This is thanks to a hefty CPU capabilities at more affordable prices. Unfortunately, the capacity of the main memory is still 512MB. This seems intended to suppress the price of this product.

In this product, Polytron has upgraded on the screen. Now, the Super AMOLED panel used so that the screen resolution is 480 × 800 pixels looks sharp and bright. Cool again, to protect the screen the “nodes” added a layer of solid glass Gorilla Glass to prevent scratches / collision. Polish on the screen seems to be a mainstay on the successor Polytron highest smartphone (currently) on the market.

In addition to presenting a brilliant visualization, graphical interface in Polytron Wizard Crystal II W3430 is also quite interesting, including Skins Theme. Here also have prepared some useful applications such as Kingsoft Office for processing documents to popular social media applications. Polytron also provides access to applications through the facility suggested Suggested Apps and TelkomStore (provided by PT Telkom). Media’s own internal storage capacity of 4GB device. This storage is divided into two 2.1 GB for installation applications and about 400 MB to be accessed by users.

One of the coolest mainstay in Polytron Wizard Crystal II W3430 is a quality 8 megapixel camera. The resulting image quality is quite good PCplus according to its class. Panoramic photo function that combines nine photos were fairly decent. These features include HDR (High Dynamic Range) to get good photos in dimly lit situations.

Although the kitchen spur that is not too high, Polytron Wizard Crystal II W3430 still having an excellent features. Various facilities such as AMOLED + screen Gorilla Glass coating, a dual SIM connection, to access to perform system tuning is an attractive offer. This device is suitable for those who want to look unique among popular brands.

Nokia Asha Series 4 Can Now WhatsApp

Nokia has released an update (update) for large-scale software Asha series phones. In this update, a series of feature phones that are able to enjoy the service WhatsApp chat application.

The series for the first time getting support WhatsApp application is Asha 305, Asha 306, dual-SIM variant of Asha 308, and Asha 310.

Thus, the Asha series is now able to use the application WhatsApp is Asha 201, 206, 300, 302, 303, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, and 311.

In addition, this software firmware update also improves the ability of e-mail exchanges, YouTube launcher, and an increase in social experience.

Some features, such as quoted from GSM Arena, Wednesday (10/07/2013), it will be available specifically for a particular model. However, this update will be available for all the Asha phones are equipped with touch screen.

This update is available over the air (OTA). If you do not want to do the update by the way, the user can also do it through the computer using Nokia Suite application.

If you want to update by OTA, users simply go to the “Menu”, select “Settings”, “Phone”, and “Device Updates”. As a final step, select “downl.phone sw”.

Just for advice, sometimes quite large software update files. Therefore, use WiFi networks to reduce the cost of credit.

‘Portable’ computer from 1979 wins CNET’s old tech contest

CNET’s From Old School to Tech Cool Contest asked our Facebook fans to share photos of old tech, with the ten most popular qualifying for a chance to win the Panasonic TC-PST60. This plasma TV is a 2013 Editors’ Choice and the only TV to ever receive a 5-star rating from CNET.

Congratulations to Garret W, whose photo of an old-school portable computer won the contest. TV reviewer David Katzmaier selected the winner from among the top ten vote-getting entries.

“There was a lot of great old tech among the final photos,” said David, “but I liked the ‘portable’ TRS-80 computer from 1979 best. With a monochrome monitor, separate keyboard, archaic peripherals and even a three-ring binder, all encased in a massive wood trunk complete with handles, it shows just how far computing and portable tech have come.”

Thank you to everyone who participated and a special congratulations to the ten finalists with the most user votes. Check out their submissions in the photo gallery below.