A recent report by the AV-Test Institute found that exploits in Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Java account for 66 percent of Windows systems affected by malware.
In a 10-year-plus study, AV-Test uncovered that one exploit for Adobe Reader had nearly 37,000 recorded variants that exploited user machines with high levels of precision. Users with outdated software or versions known to be susceptible stood virtually no chance of avoiding malware damage without some form of protective software.
The biggest offender? Java, which had a whopping 82,000 attacks spread across different versions, making it one of the most vulnerable magnets for exploitation.
The race to secure Java is ongoing. In the meantime, users can take better precautions to protect themselves from PDF exploits by using the following alternatives to Adobe Reader:
PDF-XChange Viewer is a free, lightweight app that lets you modify, annotate, and convert PDF files.
2. Sumatra PDF
Sumatra PDF is a free and bloat-free PDF reader, known for its minimalist take on viewing PDFs. Ease of use takes priority in this open-source viewer for Windows.
Don’t want a separate viewing client? Firefox is not only a spectacular browser, but it also comes with native support for PDF files.
Mendorong jumlah pengguna aplikasi mobile adalah salah satu hal yang sering membuat pusing banyak pengembang aplikasi mobile. Hal ini karena untuk memonetasikan aplikasi mobile kebanyakan membutuhkan banyak pengguna aplikasinya terlebih dahulu apalagi jika model monetasinya adalah iklan.
Salah satu cara yang dapat dilakukan oleh pengembang aplikasi mobile untuk mendorong jumlah pengguna aplikasinya adalah melakukan promosi silang (cross promotion) dengan aplikasi mobile lain untuk saling membantu dalam mempromosikan aplikasi masing-masing.
Promosi silang sebetulnya adalah model promosi yang cukup luas cakupannya. Untuk sekarang ini, saya hanya akan membahas 2 jenis promosi silang yang paling sederhana dan biasanya gratis, yaitu: promosi silang internal dan promosi silang antar pengembang.
Promosi Silang Internal
Jenis promosi silang ini adalah di mana pengembang aplikasi mempromosikan aplikasinya di aplikasi lain yang dia buat. Promosinya biasanya melalui penempatan banner di masing-masing aplikasi. Promosi silang internal cocok digunakan jika salah satu aplikasinya sudah memiliki banyak pengguna
Promosi Silang Antar Pengembang
Jenis ini mirip dengan jenis promosi silang internal, bedanya hanya aplikasi yang diajak kerja sama untuk promosi silang adalah buatan pengembang aplikasi lain. Contohnya studio game A di Depok mengontak studio game B di Jogjakarta dan masing-masing setuju untuk menempatkan banner di game masing-masing yang mana banner-nya terhubung dengan game satu sama lain.
Untuk mengimplementasikan salah satu jenis dari promosi silang di atas bisa dibilang tidaklah sulit. Pengembang aplikasi dapat memilih apakah ingin mengkoding sendiri untuk promosi silangnya atau menggunakan layanan penyedia iklan atau layanan promosi silang untuk membantu manajemen promosi silangnya.
Untuk promosi silang antar pengembang aplikasi ada baiknya menggunakan layanan dari pihat ketiga apalagi jika tidak memiliki banyak relasi dengan pengembang aplikasi lain.
Beberapa contoh layanan yang menyediakan jasa promosi silang antar pengembang aplikasi mobile adalah sebagai berikut:
- AdDuplex (Windows Phone)
- AppFlood (Android dan iOS)
- Chartboost (Android dan iOS)
- AppsBeacon (Nokia Asha dan S40)
ualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC is probably one of the most impressive high-end ARM-based processors.
However, Qualcomm says it is planning to introduce a new iteration of the flagship SoC that promises an impressive 40 percent graphics boost, along with support for 4K Ultra HD video playback and optimized CPU architecture.
According to Liliputing’s Brad Linder, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 is slated to be the first chip based on Qualcomm’s Krait 450 architecture with Adreno 420 graphics.
Clock speeds for the quad-core chip will hit up to 2.5 GHz, with memory bandwidth capable of supporting up to 25.6 GB per second.
Additional key specs include support for 802.11ac WiFi, 4G LTE mobile broadband and advanced image (camera) processing technology.
The Snapdragon 805 will likely power a wide range of phones and tablets during the first half of 2014.
Mountain View-based Internet giant Google has lately been rumored to plan the addition of brand new, highly appealing features to the camera capabilities of the Android platform, and some more info on the matter is now available.
Previously, Google was said to be working on new camera API that would bring support for RAW photography to Android, and this is now confirmed.
Spokeswoman Gina Scigliano has reportedly confirmed that support for said capabilities has been included in the hardware abstraction layer (HAL) of the operating system, namely in that part of the firmware that is in charge with direct communication with the hardware.
“Android’s latest camera HAL (hardware abstraction layer) and framework supports raw and burst-mode photography,” she said, a recent article on CNET reads.
“We will expose a developer API [application programming interface] in a future release to expose more of the HAL functionality.”
Apparently, Android 4.4 KitKat arrived with a series of hidden, Experimental Java camera APIs, in addition to featuring all the camera enhancements that Google has been packing inside Android since version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
In Nexus 5, the HDR+ mode in the camera already takes advantage of the burst mode mentioned above, though the RAW camera feature is still missing from the package.
Apparently, Google is not yet ready to make the new APIs available for developers out there, though it is expected to incorporate them into an upcoming platform version, as mentioned above.
In the meantime, however, other companies have already brought RAW photography to mobile devices, namely Nokia and Microsoft, which allow owners of Windows Phone 8-based Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020 devices to enjoy increased image quality.
In the meantime, Google will focus on the burst-mode capabilities of Android’s camera, it seems. According to Scigliano, the new HAL and future APIs are centered around burst-mode photography.
“The basic idea is instead of taking a single shot with a given set of parameters, you instead have the power to queue up a request to take multiple shots each with different parameter settings such as exposure gain,” she explains.
However, Google does agree that the imaging capabilities of smartphones are equally influenced by the hardware inside them and the software features loaded on top.
If you grab a drink with a startup founder, you’ll likely hear a few shared stories, both good and ugly, about lessons learned along the way. Getting a company off the ground is no easy task, especially when looking for funding, but learning from your own missteps (and those made by others) could put you on the path to entrepreneurial success.
Startups across northern Europe and Russia met in Helsinki this week for tech startup conference Slush to discuss which trends are surging within the space. Some tips to budding companies are simple (“stay focused” and “think ahead”) but hearing cautionary tales and words of wisdom could breathe new perspective into your own approach.
Here’s a look at what to keep in mind during the early stages of growing a startup from those who have been there before.
1. Be open
William Wolfram, founder of ecommerce company DealDash, which is valued at $100 million, believes startups shouldn’t be put off by criticism from venture capitalists in the search for funding.
“It’s basically free advice,” Wolfrom said. “A founder should walk away from a meeting with what they need to work on and what they should do. You can get so much value and feedback from VCs, even if they don’t want to invest.”
Supercell CEO Ilkka Paananen found much success with his 3-year-old company, which is the force behind two of the most popular iOS apps worldwide right now: combat strategy game Clash of the Clans and social farming game Hay Day. But his advice to startups is to stay creative and celebrate failures.
“Don’t just look at what’s popular in the App Store and see how you can do something along those lines,” he said. “Try and create something new and exciting.”
Supercell also embraces each product failure with a bottle of champagne. “We celebrate failures,” Paananen said. “We don’t pretend failing is fun — people dedicate their lives to gaming production and sometimes the products get killed — but we get so much from that failure. We analyze and talk about what went well and what didn’t. We pop a bottle of champagne to celebrate what we learned.”
3. Stay selective
Many will offer advice, but be selective with what tips you actually follow.
“Listen to the right advice,” said Jukka Laakso, CEO of Rival Games. “While going through incubator programs, we met a lot of talented people from different fields and received a lot of advice.
But if we listened to everyone, we’d be chasing our own tails. Some said making free-to-play apps is the only way to approach mobile, but because we are doing interactive storytelling, that would have been really hard to do.”
4. Get balanced
Markus Haltunnen, whose startup Small Giant launched in February, said a well-rounded founding team is crucial for success.
“Make sure your founding team is well balanced. It’s not enough that you have a group of talented people working together,” he said. “We had two graphic designers and one developer, but we knew we needed something more. It’s important to identity gaps in skill or knowledge. We were lucky to get someone else on the team who had experience talking to investors and that was key while we looked for funding.”
5. Think years ahead
Tiina Zillacus, founder of the Yoga Retreat app, said it is key to consider what you need to keep your company thriving beyond the present.
“If you need investors, raise enough money for the next level while still playing the current one,” Zillacus said. “Even if someone isn’t interested now, they could be later. It’s about building relationships and thinking ahead, not just what you need now but what you might need two years from now.”
Zillacus also said to approach investors who might have a specific interest in your category. “When you walk into a room of suits, they might not make decisions based on what you want (such as, for our company, their health),” she said. “Once I developed an eye for who might be right for our own interests, it was much easier to gain awareness.”
6. Forget the competition
Knowing your competition is one thing, but don’t let it fuel your every move.
“You’re more likely to be killed by lack of focus than competition,” said Juha Paananen, CEO and cofounder of Singapore-based Nonstop Games. “Some companies look too much at what competitors are doing and don’t focus on themselves.”
7. Market yourself
Will Kassoy, CEO at AdColony and former senior VP of global marketing at gaming company Activision | Blizzard, said many early startups believe a strong concept is enough to get really noticed — but it’s not.
“The slogan ‘if you build it, they will come’ doesn’t always apply,” he said. “You need some form of marketing.”
Hire a team or allocate internal resources to get the news of your brand in front of influential eyes.
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Microsoft has just unveiled the brand new Visual Studio 2013 development suite and together with it, the company also introduced cloud-based companion called Visual Studio Online.
This new service is based on Microsoft’s very own Windows Azure and comes with a freeware license for development groups of up to five users.
Visual Studio Online will, however, be offered in four different options, namely Visual Studio Online Advanced, Visual Studio Online Professional, Visual Studio Online Basic, and Visual Studio Premium with MSDN.
This last version comes with support for an unlimited number of users, as well as with integration with lots of development tools, such the desktop-based Visual Studio, Eclipse, and Xcode. It also includes support for Office 365 business apps and tools to host team projects on-premises and in the cloud.
At the same time, Visual Studio Online comes with support for Monaco, a new coding environment specifically designed for the cloud. According to ZDNet, Microsoft recently revealed that work on Monaco has started three years ago, as it’s based on a service providing users specific Visual Studio features right within a browser.
“Visual Studio Online, formerly Team Foundation Service, is the home for your project data in the cloud. Get up and running in minutes on our cloud infrastructure without having to install or configure a single server,” Microsoft said in the introduction of the new cloud-based service.
“Set up an environment that includes everything from hosted Git repos and project tracking tools, to continuous integration and an IDE, all packaged up in a monthly per-user plan. Connect to your project in the cloud using your favorite development tool, such as Visual Studio, Eclipse or Xcode.”
AMD has announced its next generation of PC CPUs, aimed at systems headed to store shelves in the spring and summer of 2014.
Most of the details of these new chips, and the PC hardware partners building products around them, are being held until CES 2014 in January, but AMD is eager to publicize the new code names and some performance claims early.
The previous low-power and ultra-low-power platforms, code named Kabini and Temash, are being replaced with new versions called Beema and Mullins. Both sets of parts, however, use the familiar consumer-facing A4, A6, A8, etc., branding (the higher the number, the more powerful the CPU).
The big jump, according to AMD, is that these chips are more power efficient, while also offering better performance. That’s especially important, as AMD has lagged behind rival Intel in both of these metrics for some time. The company says it is especially interested in providing quad-core CPUs for next year’s thinner, fanless PC designs.
AMD is also adding new security features to appeal to IT professionals. The Trusted Execution Environment splits the system into normal and secure domains, and may help AMD gain a bigger foothold in the corporate environment, where security and manageability is important. Like the performance gains, we expect more details early in 2014.
Recent high-profile AMD-powered laptops and hybrids have looked good on paper, but in CNET Labs testing, they have either disappointed, or else seemed overpriced for the performance and battery life offered.
For example, the recent Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite was pitched as an affordable ultrabook, but it cost $799 when launched, and the performance and battery life felt like they belonged in a less-expensive system.
Even more recently, the Toshiba Satellite Click was an ambitious attempt to build a low-cost AMD-powered hybrid. It launched at $599, which is reasonable for a Windows 8 tablet PC with a separate keyboard attachment, but the performance felt especially sluggish and the the tablet screen ran for only three hours, making the device feel more like a Netbook than anything else.
Both of the examples above may find a sweet spot at the right price, but that variable is largely in the hands of PC makers, not AMD itself. Despite a smaller PC market share than Intel, AMD has had great success in game consoles of late, as the company is providing graphics hardware for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
For the first time ever, Android has hit more than 80 percent market share for smartphone shipments worldwide.
The new Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker was released on Tuesday by IDC, which detailed third-quarter numbers for all smartphone shipments worldwide. A total of 261.1 million smartphones were shipped during this quarter, 81 percent of which run Google’s operating system. A study by Strategy Analytics last month revealed nearly the same numbers, showing that Android gobbled 81.3 percent of the global smartphone market in the third quarter.
There are several smartphone manufacturers that run Android on their devices. Of these vendors, Samsung gained the most market share. The Galaxy S4-maker ruled 39 percent of all Android smartphone shipments in the third quarter. The majority of the other vendors saw market share within the single digits or less.
Not only must Google be giving itself a pat on the back, but Microsoft should also be pleased by the third-quarter numbers. During the quarter, Windows Phone shipments jumped 156 percent year-over-year. While Windows Phone market share is still small — less than 5 percent — these numbers do show that people are purchasing the smartphones at a rapid rate. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reported similar numbers in September showing that Windows Phone is increasingly gaining in the world market.
For Windows Phones, Nokia appears to be the smartphone maker of choice. A whopping 93.2 percent of all Windows Phones shipped in the third quarter were made by Nokia.
“Android and Windows Phone continued to make significant strides in the third quarter. Despite their differences in market share, they both have one important factor behind their success: price,” IDC’s Mobile Phone team research manager Ramon Llamas said in a statement. “Both platforms have a selection of devices available at prices low enough to be affordable to the mass market, and it is the mass market that is driving the entire market forward.”
Overall smartphone shipments were up 39.9 percent year-over-year in the third quarter. According to IDC, average smartphone selling prices have decreased as of late as demand for cheaper phones grows. The average price is now at $317, which is 12.5 percent lower than last year.
One exception to the lower price is for large-screened smartphones, or phablets. The average phablet price is currently hovering around $443; however, this is still 22.8 percent lower than last year’s average phablet price of $573.
“Almost all successful Android vendors have added one or more 5- to 7-inch phablets to their product portfolios,” IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker program director Ryan Reith said. “And Nokia’s recent announcement of the Lumia 1320 and 1520 put them in the category as well. In 3Q13, phablet shipments accounted for 21 percent of the smartphone market, up from just 3 percent a year ago. We believe the absence of a large-screen device may have contributed to Apple’s inability to grow share in the third quarter.”
And, this brings us to Apple. While iOS does well in the US, it’s not as popular in the world market. In the third quarter, Apple held 12.9 percent of the market share, which is a 1.5 percent decline from last year. However, the company’s shipments were up from 26.9 million during last year’s third quarter to 33.8 million in this year’s third quarter. According to IDC, some of this market share decline could be due to soft demand in the weeks before the launch of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iOS 7 in September.
Accelerometers, gyroscopes, NFC, and gesture recognition are predicted to be the big winners in mobile devices. These mobile technologies are projected to make the greatest penetration gains over the coming years, according to a recent study by analysts at ABI Research.
“Hands-free operation or gesture recognition is soon going to become a key differentiator in high-end flagship smartphones, media tablets, and smart glasses,” said senior analyst Joshua Flood.
“Samsung’s latest Galaxy S4 has already incorporated the technology within its handset and has received significant plaudits for its new innovative user experience. Furthermore, with a host of new smart glass products soon to be released, it is easy to imagine the usefulness of the interface with this product.”
In 2013, almost 12% of smartphones shipped will have vision-based gesture recognition capabilities.
Accelerometers and gyroscopes play a crucial role with today’s mobile devices, enabling devices to be more intuitive and take action without a user pressing a button. Simple actions like switching from portrait to landscape when a smartphone is tilted are made possible by including these components.
Additionally, the fast growing mobile gaming market is highly dependent upon smartphones including gyroscopes, which enhance gaming experience. Nearly half of the smartphones shipped this year will include these MEMS sensor types.
NFC has been one of the most talked about mobile technologies that has not quite taken off. The technology has primarily been focused around mobile payments; however, mobile OEMs have begun to see other potential capabilities for the technology such as photo-sharing and location information tag points that could open a huge market for advertising and marketing campaigns.
Within three years, it is anticipated one in two smartphones shipped will include NFC and have gesture recognition capabilities. Furthermore, accelerometers and gyroscopes will be the “norm” with most smartphones.
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- Adobe and Java vulnerabilities leave Windows open for exploitation
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