Sep 262012

Adobe may be best known among web developers for its much-maligned Flash Player plugin, but in recent years the company has begun shifting its efforts away from Flash to open web tools like HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Now Adobe is launching a new suite of apps for web developers working with the latest web standards.

The new Adobe Edge suite of HTML5 development tools includes Edge Animate 1.0, a tool to create HTML, CSS and JavaScript-based animations, and Edge Inspect (formerly known as Adobe Shadow), a handy tool for testing your sites on multiple devices at once. There’s also Edge Code, a fork of the Brackets code editor that’s now included in Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite.

As part of the announcement at Adobe’s Create the Web conference in San Francisco the company also showed off a demo of the still-in-development Edge Reflow, a new tool for working with responsive design layouts.

MOREAdobe’s New ‘Edge’ App Suite Doubles Down on HTML | Webmonkey |


Sep 262012

Last week, an expert explained some of the more challenging faces, but what about all of those strange one-offs that stray far from the typical smiley/frowny faces we all know?

Let’s take a look at some of the most bizarre emoticons ever. How many of them do you recognize?





MOREGallery of the Day: Odd emoticons that defy understanding | DVICE.


Sep 262012

Researchers have discovered a Java flaw that would let hackers bypass critical security measures in all recent versions of the software. The flaw was announced today by Security Explorations, the same team that recently found a security hole in Java SE 7 letting attackers take complete control of PCs. But this latest exploit affects Java SE 5, 6, and 7—the last eight years worth of Java software.

“The impact of this issue is critical—we were able to successfully exploit it and achieve a complete Java security sandbox bypass in the environment of Java SE 5, 6, and 7,” Adam Gowdiak of Security Explorations wrote, claiming the hole puts “one billion users” at risk.

Gowdiak wrote that Security Explorations successfully pulled off the exploit on a fully patched Windows 7 32-bit computer in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari. Although testing was limited to Windows 7 32-bit, Gowdiak told Computerworld that the flaw would be exploitable on any machine with Java 5, 6, or 7 enabled (whether it’s Windows 7 64-bit, Mac OS X, Linux, or Solaris).

MOREYet another Java flaw allows “complete” bypass of security sandbox | Ars Technica.


Sep 262012

At a signing ceremony at the Google headquarters on Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law state legislation that officially makes the Golden State the second in the nation to legalize and regulate autonomous cars.

Google, of course, has already developed a fleet of a dozen cars (mostly modified Toyota Priuses) and has already logged over 300,000 miles of autonomous driving on state roads.

The new law obliges the California Department of Motor Vehicles to draft regulations for autonomous vehicles by January 1, 2015.

“These vehicles have the potential to avoid accidents—we can save lives, create jobs, and reduce congestion,” said Google co-founder Sergey Brin at the event. “I expect that self-driving cars will be far safer than human-driven cars.”

MORERobot cars now officially legal in California | Ars Technica.


Sep 262012

Why should you have Facebook House Rules? Because:

Imagine that Facebook is like a playground, where your brand can regularly connect with people and build strong relationships. As you know not everyone plays fair, and each Fan Page has its bullies posting negative or abusive comments; that’s why it’s crucial to publish ‘House Rules’ that will clearly state the purpose of your Facebook Page and identify inappropriate content that can (and probably should) be removed.

Deleting posts is definitely not an advised social network practice, but there are exceptions as to when it’s acceptable.

When fans post discriminatory comments or posts, Facebook’s of­ficial terms of use will always have the last word. As an Admin, you can encourage a healthier community with your own guidelines. Not only is it good to have these guidelines, it’s becoming necessary with all the irrelevant conversations taking over the social network, so you need to provide your fans with a space for constructive dialogue that will engage them with your brand.

House Rules are usually included in the ‘About’ section, on the company’s website, or they also often appear in the page’s tabs or notes, but before you present your audience with a bunch of restrictions, check out the following basic tips:

MOREHow To Set Up Your Own Facebook House Rules – Socialbakers.


Sep 262012

Volvo Cars of North America is tapping into the aspirational nature of Pinterest by asking users to describe their ideal road trip in a new campaign it hopes will ultimately present the brand in a new light to a different audience.

This marks Volvo’s first foray into Pinterest and marks the launch of the car manufacturer’s official Pinterest channel.

In the new promotion, Pinterest users who create a pinboard named “Volvo Joyride” through September 26 and pin the Volvo model S60 T5 AWD along with their favorite road trip destination, stops, attractions, outfits, songs, and other items that make up their ideal trip will be entered to win one four-day lease of the aforementioned car. Winners receive additional road trip perks, including a two-night hotel stay and gift cards for gas, food/beverage, clothing, and music.

Three winners will be selected with the most re-pins, likes, and comments.

According to Linda Gangeri, manager of marketing platforms and technologies, Volvo Joyride has over 600 participants to date.

And, so far, Volvo’s new Pinterest page has five boards, 77 pins, and about 775 followers.

Gangeri says Volvo had a soft launch on Pinterest in August.

MOREVolvo Starts Its Engine on Pinterest Campaign | ClickZ.


Sep 262012

With the rebirth of MySpace, introduced by a slick video featuring Justin Timberlake, new owner Specific Media (and Timberlake) is looking to get the social network’s swagger back. The new look centers on a image-heavy, horizontal layout similar to Pinterest. Taking pragmatic view, the new MySpace incorporate “rivals” Twitter and Facebook but will remain focused on music.

Specific Media purchased MySpace for $35 millon from Rupert Murdoch after he, several years earlier, had paid $580 million.

In the video, we are told MySpace will be “staying true to our roots in one important way – empowering people to express themselves however they want.”




MOREOMG! OMG! MySpace Gets Its Swagger Back! – Adrants.


Sep 262012

DudaMobile in February reported that nearly 20% of visits to small business sites led to an immediate call to the business e.g. with click-to-call, with some local businesses skewing much higher e.g., pizzerias at 32%, car services at 27.8%. But businesses have to earn that call with a mobile-friendly site that puts that phone number above the fold and in eyeshot. Google concludes from the new study that non-mobile friendly sites actually damage a company’s reputation: 36% of respondents said they felt like they’ve wasted their time by visiting those sites, and 52% of users said that a bad mobile experience made them less likely to engage with a company.

MOREGoogle Warns, 6 in 10 Will Leave Your Mobile-Unfriendly Site – MarketingVOX.


Sep 252012

I’m not the only one to be getting these spammy direct messages on Twitter that lead to bogus Facebook links. Apparently a lot of people have been complaining of these messages, according to Sophos analyst Graham Cluley who wrote about it on the Naked Security blog.

Different variations of the direct messages include, “your in this [link] lol” and “lol ur famous now [link]” (I got this one too).

Of course, I didn’t click on the link. However, according to Cluley, those people that do click are led to a video player that says, “An update to Youtube player is needed.” Users are asked to download what is supposedly called “FlashPlayerV10.1.57.108.exe,” but Sophos antivirus products detect it as Troj/Mdrop-EML, which is a backdoor Trojan that can copy itself to accessible drives and network shares.

A Slate reporter wrote that he clicked on the bogus link and was directed to Facebook where he was told he had to log in to access an app. It’s unclear if this link also contained some sort of virus, Trojan, or malware.

MORETwitter users may be victims of direct message malware | Security & Privacy – CNET News.


Sep 252012

Apple’s iPhone 5 beat Samsung’s Galaxy S3 in a display tech “shoot-out” at screen testing firm DisplayMate Technologies.

The iPhone 5’s Retina screen is the best smartphone display that DisplayMate has tested to date, according to results the firm posted today.

iPhone 5: “It is a significant improvement over the display in the iPhone 4,” said DisplayMate’s Raymond Soneira, who cited much lower screen reflections, much higher image contrast and screen readability in high ambient lighting — the latter, the highest he’s ever tested.

DisplayMate — which gave the display an “A” — also cited improved color gamut and factory calibration that “delivers very accurate colors and very good picture quality.” The Retina iPad is the only thing that beats it in accuracy, according to Soneira.

MOREiPhone 5, Galaxy S3 displays go head to head — iPhone wins | Apple – CNET News.