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Conventional wisdom in years past was that hackers didn’t bother to exploit Apple’s OS X operating system because its relatively insignificant market share didn’t warrant wasting resources to exploit it. The reasoning was, why bother with OS X when Windows was pushing over 90 percent of the worldwide OS market? However, in recent years, Apple has seen an uptick in Mac sales and pretty much dominates the field when it comes to notebooks priced over $1,000. The higher sales profile for Macs running OS X also means more attention from nefarious parties that are ready to strike. The latest report from GFI shows that both of Apple’s major operating systems sat atop the leaderboard when it came to... Read more...
Fashion retail chain Forever 21 has found itself the target of a lawsuit for allegedly making illegal copies of Photoshop and other software applications. Adobe, Autodesk Inc., and Corel Corp. are all three claiming copyright violations in the suit, accusing Forever 21 of making unauthorized copies of various software for use on multiple company computers. "Widespread use of illegal copies of Plaintiffs’ software products (commonly known as software piracy) has caused, and continues to cause, significant harm to Plaintiffs and undermines Plaintiffs’ investments in their products," the lawsuit reads (PDF). "Plaintiffs’ bring this action as a result of Defendants’ willful, repeated and ongoing... Read more...
At this point, I think it's safe to call the security level of Adobe's Flash player "asinine". Sometimes, it feels like full-blown OSes, such as Windows, have far fewer bugs. When is the last time you remember having to update your OS with an emergency patch? Now how about Adobe Flash? Exactly. Well, since Adobe didn't put it in its New Years' resolutions to release more secure software, this is a reality that's not going to change too soon. Yesterday, the company issued a patch for bug CVE-2015-0311, one that exposes a user's browser to become vulnerable to code injection, and the now infamous Angler EK (Exploit Kit). To fall victim to this kind of attack, all someone needs to do is visit a... Read more...
Android users who are feeling bummed over the fact that Adobe's Lightroom for mobile has been available on iOS for a few months now have reason to smile today -- it's now available on Android, too! There is a caveat, however, which is that it's only compatible with Android phones at the moment, which leaves out devices like the Nexus 9 and any other tablet.Other requirements include an ARMv7-based quad-core CPU running at 1.7GHz or higher, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and Android Jellybean, KitKat, or Lollipop. Provided you meet the criteria, you can download Adobe Lightroom for mobile today.With the app installed, you can review and edit images on your Android phone, and any changes... Read more...
Few technologies make regulation-happy government officials itch like the Internet. While Spain has been garnering headlines for taxing Google News, Russia has introduced Internet laws designed to keep data about Russian users in Russia. Google now plans to close its engineering presence in Moscow, though it will maintain other operations in Russia. Image Credit: Google The new rules, which will go into effect in January 2015, require tech companies to store customer data in Russia. That’s good news for Russian data storage companies, but Western companies like Google have been concerned by the regulations. Though the reason for the new rules is ostensibly the protection of Russian customers,... Read more...
If you have Flash Player installed, and chances are pretty overwhelming that you do, you'll want to make sure that you're equipped with the latest and greatest version. Last month, Adobe issued a Flash update that blocked certain exploit kits from being able to take advantage of a user's PC, but as it turns out, that update wasn't enough to prevent against new related exploits in the future. This update, as you'd expect, helps take care of that. Adobe lists these versions as vulnerable: Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.223 and earlier versions Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.252 and earlier 13.x versions Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.418 and earlier versions for Linux The most common up-to-date version... Read more...
It’s already been a big week for Adobe, which is hosting the Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles. The company unveiled new and improved apps for mobile devices and desktop computers, and also announced a joint effort with Microsoft to improve Photoshop and Illustrator on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. If you’re a creative type and you have a Surface Pro 3, you’re in for a treat. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with Adobe Illustrator CC. Image Credit: Microsoft Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked up the partnership between the two companies at the Adobe MAX keynote and gave event goers a look at how the software has been changed to better accommodate touch... Read more...
Adobe issued a substantial update to its Creative Cloud platform back in June, and today, it's rolled-out another - just in time for the company's MAX conference. Despite the fact that only three or so months have passed since that June update, there's an incredible amount of meat with this one. The new personalized Welcome Screen For starters, 9 mobile apps have either been updated or added, and multiple desktop applications have been enhanced, either for performance, capabilities, or touch. In particular, Illustrator's desktop interface will suit touchscreens much better than before, while Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro have been updated as well. This update also brings the first... Read more...
In a move to supplement its list of applications available on its Chromebooks, Google has announced a partnership with Adobe on its official website. The new partnership will bring Adobe’s Creative Cloud onto Chromebooks starting with a streaming version of Photoshop. Google revealed that the new feature will be available first to U.S.-based Adobe education customers as part of a beta. Named Project Photoshop Streaming, is exclusive to consumers who have a paid Creative Cloud membership. Those who apply will receive a response within three to four weeks. “This streaming version of Photoshop is designed to run straight from the cloud to your Chromebook,” said Google Chrome product... Read more...
Adobe has today released an updated version of its Flash plugin to address "critical" issues, and believe us when we say that no time should be wasted in making sure you get that up-to-date version. At the core, this bug could result in remote code execution being possible, which is to say that somebody could potentially run malicious code on your PC, or ultimately take control of it. This vulnerability was discovered by Google security researcher Michele Spagnuolo and a tool called Rosetta Flash. This tool has the ability to translate a standard SWF Flash file into standard alphanumeric characters, text that the Flash plugin would still be able to interpret. The important bits, as told by Michele:... Read more...
Here's a bit of good news -- a new study shows that we're not a bunch of couch potatoes flipping through cable and satellite TV channels all day. The bad news? We may have simply transitioned our viewing habits to connected devices. However you want to slice it, Adobe today released its Q1 2014 Video Benchmark Report and in it stated that online TV consumption across all devices grew a staggering 246 percent year-over-year. March was a particularly busy month, as it set a new record in total authentications. Game consoles and over-the-top (OTT) devices showed the biggest growth with a 539 percent increase in market share. And for the first time ever, iOS apps leapfrogged ahead of Internet browsers... Read more...
Four major technology firms agreed to pay a combined $324.5 million to settle what essentially boiled down to a wage-fixing lawsuit. Employees of Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel alleged that their employers conspired to suppress salaries by secretly agreeing not to poach talent from each other. More than 64,000 workers were represented in the lawsuit. The employees settled for far less than the $3 billion they were planning to seek if the case went to trial, which was set for May 27. Federal antitrust law allows for damages awards to be tripled, so the four companies involved could have potentially been fined $9 billion if the employees took the case to trial and won. Plaintiffs in the case allege... Read more...
Do you consider yourself a storyteller blessed with the gift of gab? If so -- or if you simply have a sexy voice you want to show off -- you might be interested in Adobe Voice, a new animated video app for iPad users. Adobe's new app pits you as the engaging storyteller/narrator and allows you to create and share video stories without any filming or editing. The app is fleshed out with over 25,000 professionally designed icons, which you can supplement with millions of images available on the web or your own photo collection. Adobe's vision is to breathe new life into static presentation formats by injecting your voice. You can create stories for fun and share them via social media, email, personal... Read more...
We've suspected that 3D printing would be the next underground technology to emerge on the mainstream scene, and it's nuggets like this that continue to support that belief. With a major showing at CES this year, the 3D printing world is poised to make a serious impact in Main Street, and even Adobe can't ignore it. The famed software giant has just announced 3D printing capabilities within Adobe Photoshop CC. It's available right away to cloud-based customers, enabling them to "easily and reliably build, refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs." With today’s release of Photoshop CC, designs can be printed to a locally connected 3D printer or via built-in access to popular online... Read more...
Malware writers are a tricky bunch, and if you're not suspicious of every little thing on the Internet, you could fall prey to one of their many tactics, like spoofing software updates. It's not really a new method, though apparently serving up fake updates for Google Chrome and a fake media player update that appears to come from Adobe are popular right now. To make it look even more authentic, both updates are digitally signed by valid VeriSign code signing certificates, ZDNet reports. This isn't the first time malware writers have tapped VeriSign to appear legitimate, though it's not always the preferred method because it's expensive. Sometimes there are telltale signs of malware. In this... Read more...
Adobe is trying to downplay a recent security breach by saying that "cyber attacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today," and even though that might be true, it's unlikely to provide comfort to the 2.9 million customers whose data was compromised. Hackers made off with Adobe customer IDs, encrypted passwords, customer names, encrypted credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders, Adobe said. In a separate incident, Adobe said hackers gained illegal access to source code of numerous Adobe products. The company believes the attacks are related. With source code in hand, cyber criminals can more easily identify potential... Read more...
Adobe had much to boast about during its third-quarter earnings call this week, and not surprisingly, much of that revolved around its Creative Cloud service. On that front, the company has said that it's just reached the 1 million subscriber milestone; most notable for the fact that these are not cheap subscriptions, starting out at $20 for a single app license, and $50 for the kit and caboodle. Despite the initial success, many have wondered if the company's major focus on the cloud would come and bite it down the road, a question that only heightened earlier this month when the company announced its plans to entice more to move over to Photoshop CC. As part of this promotion, any owner of... Read more...
The digital world is here, and there's really no getting around it. In the gaming sector, physical media still rules, and in the movie realm, Blu-ray Discs are still selling. But the digital creep is happening. Netflix and streaming outfits are dominating, and even software outfits such as Steam are doing quite well in moving software over mere tubes. Adobe is a major software player that has promised to fully commit to the cloud by the end of next year, giving us one less boxed package to consider in the future. In the meanwhile, it has just launched a low-priced entry into its renowned services. The Photography Program will cost users $9.99/month (if you get in by December), offering users... Read more...
If you live in the United States, chances are that you don't think much about the prices other people pay for US products. Everyone is generally aware of the exchange rate, so it's logical to assume that a game, PC, or other product costs the same here as it does in England or Australia, save for shipping costs and taxes. It might surprise you, therefore, to learn that companies like Microsoft and Adobe make huge profits off foreign customers by drastically inflating prices well beyond their US equivalents. Sixty years ago, there was some logic as to why a product made in America would cost more in Australia than here, and the Australian dollar, historically, was much weaker than the United States'... Read more...
There's no reason for Windows 8 and Windows RT to be treated like second class citizens, so why isn't Adobe's free Photoshop Express program available for either platform when you can grab it on iOS or Android? That would have been a good question a week ago, but is no longer valid, as you can now find the freebie photo editing app in Microsoft's Windows Store. "On-the-go photo editing was never so fun, fast, and cool. Touch your way to better-looking pictures with automatic fixes and filters," Adobe explains on the app's product page. "Get your pictures to pop! And after sharing, you'll be the talk of your friends. This isn't like the full version of Photoshop that's available for desktop systems,... Read more...
When it comes to distributing software, Microsoft and Adobe are certainly on the same page insofar as they both believe that software-as-a-service is the future; it’s only a matter of time before boxed software is a thing of the past. However, the two companies apparently differ sharply on the timing of the move. Earlier this week, Adobe announced that it would discontinue its Creative Suite and other CS products, so going forward any new customers will have to rely on the Creative Cloud, which requires a subscription-style membership as opposed to the purchase of a physical software box. Microsoft believes that Adobe pulled the trigger way too early. “Unlike Adobe, we think people's... Read more...
Adobe is getting the word out that a flaw related to its Acrobat and Reader software can cause some data leakage from PDFs. The company’s Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) noted the issue on its blog and promised to solve the problem with the next security update to Adobe Reader and Acrobat, which is slated for May 14th. Adobe's headquarters in San Jose, Calif. Image credit: Adobe Adobe views the data leakage issue to be a “low severity” problem, as the only information that ends up being exposed is the users IP address and timestamp. The problem only occurs when a “specially crafted PDF” is opened, according to Adobe. Security firm McAfee Labs, which... Read more...
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