Vulnerability in Google Picasa

The folks at Secunia discovered a vulnerability in Picasa which can be exploited by malicious people to potentially compromise a user’s system.

According to them , the vulnerability is caused due to an integer overflow error in PicasaPhotoViewer.exe when processing JPEG files. This can be exploited to cause a heap-based buffer overflow by tricking a user into opening a specially crafted JPEG file and e.g. zooming in.

Successful exploitation may allow execution of arbitrary code.The vulnerability is confirmed in PicasaPhotoViewer.exe version, included in Google Picasa 3.6 build 95.25. Prior versions may also be affected.

To be on the safer side, update your Picasa version to 3.6 build 105.41.

Apple iPad available April 3

Apple on Friday rolled out the following schedule :

1.The iPad Wi-Fi model will be available April 3.

2.Wi-Fi and 3G models available late April.

3.All iPad models will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K. in late April.

4.Preorders for all versions start March 12 for pickup April 3.

Are you going to get one? Do leave behind your comments.

Visual Tabs brings cover flow to Chrome

If you are dazzled by the cover flow of websites feature that Safari 4 has to offer, but love the rest of the experience of Google Chrome, then take a look at Visual Tabs . Visual Tabs is a Chrome extension, which tries to bring cover flow to Chrome.

It is not a start page replacement. It pops up from the top just like other extensions do. It does not provide a 3D wall. After installing it you could look at all your opened tabs in cover flow style. You have a scroll bar down below for easier navigation.

You have different colors to choose from so that you could change the background. The size of the pop up box is also good. You could download it from here.

Apple removes WiFi Scanners from the App Store

Apple is really beating the ban hammer on both the developers as well as the users. They have removed so many apps this past month and are still going on. The latest plan being to remove WiFi Scanners from the App Store. Maybe Apple is tired of so many Apps available and wants to defragment the Store.

 3 Jacks Software on its blog said –

“We received a very unfortunate email today from Apple stating that WiFi-Where has been removed from sale
on the App Store for using private frameworks to access wireless information,”

Even WifiTrak a popular WiFi scanner has been removed today.

Apple wants to prevent users hook up their iPhones illegally to an open, unsecured connections. For some reasons it is better for the security of the device. Or there could even be a technical problem with the 802.11 radio functionality.

Google Chrome update brings in Automatic Translation

Google Chrome was updated to version . This new version allows users to get a feel of Chrome 5 before actually jumping to it. Chrome 5 is still in development therefore Google threw in an update to Chrome Beta Build so that users could try Chrome 5 features.

The new features include :-

* Automatic translation of web pages – If a user is viewing a web page which is in a language different from the one preferred by the user, then the user would have the option of translating the page using Google Translate. Google says it’s a step towards making “all the world’s information universally accessible in an easy, frictionless way.”

* A Privacy option has been added to the Chrome options dialog which offers the user the feature to control whether websites can load images, use JavaScript , use plug-ins or store cookies. You can access this by going to Options > Under the Hood > Privacy .

Apple sues HTC

Apple has sued HTC for infringing 20 iPhone patents. Earlier this year Apple and Nokia were fighting over similar issues.
Seems that the competition between the Nexus One and the iPhone has heated up a lot.

“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

UPDATE : HTC comments on the case:

We only learned of Apple’s actions based on your stories and Apple’s press release. We have not been served any papers yet so we are in no position to comment on the claims. We respect and value patent rights but we are committed to defending our own innovations. We have been innovating and patenting our own technology for 13 years.


Picnik acquired by Google

Picnik, an online picture editing tool has been acquired by Google. The tool was awesome and was used by many. You could just select your pictures from Picasa, Flickr or Facebook and tweak it on the go.

This could be really helpful for Google Picasa as this would enhance editing options in Picasa . It could even be implemented on Google Image Search for say, if you wanted to quickly sharpen a picture, you could use this.

Picnik is really excited about the acquisition by Google and here’s what they’ve got to say :

And all this leads us to today’s exciting news: we’ve just been acquired by Google! What does this mean for Picnik? It means we can think BIG. Google processes petabytes of data every day, and with their worldwide infrastructure and world-class team, it is truly the best home we could have found. Under the Google roof we’ll reach more people than ever before, impacting more lives and making more photos more awesome.
What does this mean for you Picnikers? Nothing is changing right away, but Picnik now has more potential than ever before. The team that built Picnik from the grass up will continue making advanced and powerful photo-editing easier, more intuitive and more fun, so stay tuned to hear about all the cool new stuff we’re working on. We want to thank you all for being great users, pushing us to grow and do big things. So thank you all for your continued support, and Happy Picniking!

Google Chrome Market Share Increases

According to NetApplications, Google Chrome was the only browser which gained usage share in the month of February.

Chrome gained a 0.4 % of global usage share in January whereas the rest resulted a month to month decline.
In February Chrome jumped from 5.22% to 5.61 % while other popular browsers such as Firefox and Opera only experienced a negligible shift.

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EU Anti Trust or just Extra United (EU) Plain Jealousy?

The opening of the probe by the European Union on enquiries made by three European Internet companies against Google has many undertones.

Firstly, this development tests the level of maturity of Google in taking scathing criticism positively. By covering this negative event in its blog posting, Google has proved that it would like to bring unpleasant news in the open rather than hide it. This is a sign of the confidence of the organization in handling the “resistance posts” squarely and in a transparent manner.

Secondly, it is only when personalities become important and organizations become successful that they attract the attention and jealousy of others. For Google, this is just the case. And it should be prepared for even more as with the passage of time the number of challenges from the environment in form of cases against it through the use of international dispute mechanisms, is only expected to increase.

Thirdly, those companies who have filed their complaints must be prepared to go up to the last mile themselves and stand to public scrutiny themselves. It would have been better if they could have concentrated their efforts in beating competition by way of enhancing their technological edge rather than pursuing litigation.