Items tagged with Adobe Flash

It’s safe to say that Adobe Flash is one of the most disliked pieces of software in the modern computing era. What started off as an innovative way for users to experience interactive content and simple online games has transformed into a resource hog and significant security risk. Software vendors have taken extreme measures to scale back support for the plugin and Adobe itself has announced that Flash will soon be on the chopping block. This week, we’re learning that Google is taking further steps to ensure Flash’s demise. Starting in the fourth quarter, Google Chrome will default to HTML5 instead... Read more...
It’s been a rough week for Adobe and its Flash plugin. This week, Microsoft announced that it is hitting the pause button on unnecessary and excessive Flash content on webpages, and now we’re learning that Adobe had to scramble to patch up yet another zero-day exploit in Flash. This latest exploit is especially nasty as it uses a security hole found within Flash to allow nefarious parties to infiltrate Windows 10 machines and install ransomware. As we’ve seen by recent ransomware outbreaks at hospitals around the country, this is serious business. The exploit was initially discovered by Trend Micro... Read more...
After major web browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox decided to push Flash further into irrelevancy, Adobe finally saw the writing on the wall and announced that Flash would be put out to pasture. The internet rejoiced at the news, but it will still be quite a while before we are completely rid of the resource hogging and battery draining scourge that has haunted us for years. To that end, Microsoft is trying to at least make the transition a bit easier to bear with the announcement that Windows 10’s Edge browser will gain the ability to “intelligently auto-pause” Flash content that... Read more...
It seems as though most (if not all) Internet users are awaiting the day when Adobe Flash is finally eradicated from the face of the earth. The Adobe Flash Player plugin has long been a security liability, resource nightmare and battery hog (for mobile users). Although Adobe has announced that it is winding down the use of Flash in favor of HTML5 development, we still have to deal with critical exploits until judgment day arrives. Hence the company has rushed out an emergency patch for Adobe Flash player. According to Adobe, the most serious exploit, CVE-2016-1010, has already been “used in limited,... Read more...
We’ve been saying it for years: Adobe needs to go ahead and kill Flash. Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs called for Flash’s demise five years ago and at the time, it seemed like an impossibility. But after a half decade of increasing security exploits and performance degradation in even the most powerful PCs, the Internet has quite effectively turned its back on Flash. Companies like Amazon, Google and Firefox have all given Flash the cold shoulder in recent months and the lapses in security show no signs of slowing down. Adobe has finally gotten the hint and is retiring the Flash brand. “Flash has played... Read more...
Can I get an “Amen” from the congregation? The planets are aligning and it appears that more heavy-hitters are throwing support behind taking down one the Internet’s greatest villains: Adobe Flash. Back in June, we brought you news that Google would be introducing a new “Intelligent Pause” function to Chrome that would disable all Flash content by default (or give Chrome the option to choose what Flash content is deemed worthy). If for some reason you actually need to access a blocked Flash element on a site, you will have the option to click on the element to re-enable it. Google favors HTML5... Read more...
Adobe Flash is going down! Flash has been a boil on the butt of the Internet for years, but we’ve just put up with it despite the often horrid performance and numerous security lapses. However, some recent high-priority hacks using Flash as a conduit have only increased the number of people calling for the demise of the most hated piece of software on the Internet. Twitch, the online game streaming giant, is the latest to announce that it will move away from using Flash (Google’s competing YouTube Gaming service debuted with HTML5 support). Twitch’s efforts to distance itself were aired earlier... Read more...
Motorola's original Droid smartphone was a big hit. Now, the company has released an update to this popular phone in the form of the Droid 2. Like its older brother, this smartphone will be hitched to Verizon Wireless' network. It will also offer a slide-out hardware keyboard as well as Android 2.2, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, and 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities. Other key specs include 8 GB of preloaded on-board memory and an 8 GB microSD card, a multi-touch 3.7-inch display, and a 5-megapixel camera. The Droid 2 by Motorola will be available at www.verizonwireless.com on August 11 and will hit Verizon... Read more...
Adobe has announced today at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, that it is working on a new version of its Flash Lite Distributable Player, which is designed to bring Adobe Flash 10 functionality to smartphones. The Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player is available now as a beta for 11 Windows Mobile and 11 Nokia S60 (Symbian OS) devices (the list of compatible phones can be found here). According to Adobe, "Flash content reaches over 98% of Internet viewers with over 30M swf files online today. Moreover, 80%+ of web video is in Flash." Which means that any mobile device... Read more...