Thursday, January 29, 2009

ClickJacking Google Chrome!

Security researcher Aditya Sood have discovered a flaw affecting Google's Chrome browser that exposes it to "clickjacking". ClickJacking is hard to trace in which an attacker hijacks a browser's functions by substituting a legitimate website link with attacker's links. The bug was disclosed at, bugtrack form.
According to the description, The Google chrome browser is vulnerable to clickjacking flaw.A
clickjacked page tricks a user into performing undesired actions by clicking on a concealed link. attackers can trick users into performing actions which the users never intended to do and there is no way of tracing such actions later, as the user was genuinely authenticated on the other page.

Bugtraq: Advisory: Google Chrome ClickJacking Vulnerability.
"Attackers can trick users into performing actions which the users never intended to do and there is no way of tracing such actions later, as the user was genuinely authenticated on the other page," Sood said within the disclosure.
Google acknowledges this vulnerability and already working on it.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

TorrentTV From Myka!

If you are a movie fan and a torrent guru (you do not have to be a guru to use torrents so everyone is a guru! in our books.), Rejoice because Myka has put together Mac Mini type box with torrent capabilities and is able to attach to your TV directly.
The Myka can connect to the internet via LAN or WiFi. For connecting to your entertainment system, it has HDMI, Composite, S-Video and SPDIF ports. Since you are downloading stuff, for storage your choices are 80, 160 or 500 GB drives with Linux OS configured with BitTorrent. You could also bring videos directly from your computer to the box.
Key features as listed on site;

  • WiFi enabled - 802.11/g
  • Direct ethernet connector for direct connection
  • HDMI, Composite, S-Video and SPDIF ports for maximum flexibility
  • Internal hard drive choice of 80, 160 or 500 gigabytes
  • BitTorrent peer to peer software built in
  • USB port for expansion
So give your computers a rest and fully utilize the internet connection (broadband I hope) the full use. And enjoy some movies at the same time.
This is going to cost you some where between $299-$459, a bit steep when you can get a desktop with quad core plus or minus $500, these days.
You can read more about and pre order one here.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Google Apps And City of Canton, Georgia

Camille Wehs, the IT director for the City of Canton, Georgia says she sleeps better these days! So waht was she doing before these good sleeping days? She was battling network demons, Spam, viruses and such things on cities IT infrastructure and supporting the entire city staff from her onewoman operation.
What has given her a peace of mind is that she wisely decided to let someone else have the burden of running the servers for her, and that someone is Google and she seem to be very content with her work. She has moved the
IT infrastructure to Google Apps.

She mentions that
her fellow city employees now have more functionality at hand than they did before, from anywhere. The applications in use are instant messaging, video, and site publishing tools in addition to the basics of email, calendar, and word processing/spreadsheets. Just the same we use at my work and my home, from the same provider, Google Apps that we wrote about in 2007.

Whats more is
Camille Wehs is having a webinar, to explain how and what she did to move her IT operations to Google Apps and to answer any questions that you may have. Following is the Webinar information. You can read more her guest blog post, on Google Enterprise Blog.
Webinar next Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 1:00 PM EST, 12:00 PM CST, 10:00 AM PST

Thursday, January 15, 2009

YouTube On TV Via PS3 And Wii

If you ever thought "why can't I watch YouTube on my TV?" YouTube has come forward to answer you. Now you can really watch YT on your TV. Currently the site is available for the PlayStation 3 and the Wii, which is at But if you try to visit the site with your computer, you will be redirected to the normal homepage.
Here is the youtube blog post and from the comments it looks like people are watching TV with Wii?

Mashup Editor Going Away But Lends Functions to App Engine

Google will be shutting down the Mashup Editor in six months. But all is not lost as most of the functions are now a big part of App Engine, the new infrastructure for hosted developer applications. The team is looking forward to work with you and to help with the transition.
Google Mashup Editor Blog: From Mashup Editor to App Engine

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Google Blog Converters 1.0 Helps You To Move Your Blog Among Different Blog Platforms.

This post on MyAdlets, the blog about advertising and related information has some information that is very valuable to bloggers. You do not have to worry about being locked into a platform when you are using free blog hosting services. In any case if you are a serious blogger, get the tool and test your blog in four or five different platforms.

Google Blog Converters 1.0 Converts Blogs Amang Blogger, LiveJournal, MovableType, and WordPress! | MyADLETS, The Viral Frontier.
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Is Your Website Mobile-friendly ? If Not Learn From Google!

Mobile Friendly
Most websites were developed and designed for PC based web browsing and when we goto one these sites, mobile browsers display only fraction of the site in a legible manner.
So Google India Blog: Make your website mobile-friendly

Google Chrome Gets New Gears

I just upgraded my Chrome and even though it is a minor update to provide the following. Following are included in the update.

  • Update Gears to version to fix a crash with some offline applications
  • Enable spell-checking for Hebrew

Google Chrome Releases: Stable, Beta update: New Gears

Use Google Analytics To Measure Your SEO Ranking

I was reading a post by Andre Scholten, that outlined a way to measure your own SEO ranking with Google Analytics. Most people with Google AdWords are able to measure exact placement of the keywords but the rest of us need to develop or find other methods.
So Andre set out to fulfill the task by creating a Google Analytics filter and I just tested it. Yes it works great. Previously I have done such thing was when I added Google Site Search Analysis to my Analytics profile.
The above link is to his Dutch language site but since then he has done a guest post on Yoast in English. So if you would like to test your own SEO ranking, head over to your Google Analytics account while having Andres post open on another tab!

Safe Web Practices With Googles "Browser Security Handbook"

Web Browsers, Firefox, Opra, Chrome, IE are part of our day to day lives now. We even look at our phones through tiny browsers and make sure that the new phone has one.
Some people fight for browsers and some make them, better, safer everyday. Developers and webmasters try hard to keep up with challenges of being compatible with all the browsers. There are lot of camps of browser alliances and I belong to a few of them! I use Chrome and Firefox most of the time.
But this is about safe web practices, with the help of Google security folks, who have written a handbook for general public, users and developers alike!. Thanks G.
"In hopes of helping to make the Web a safer place, we decided to release our Browser Security Handbook to the general public. This 60-page document provides a comprehensive comparison of a broad set of security features and characteristics in commonly used browsers, along with (hopefully) useful commentary and implementation tips for application developers who need to rely on these mechanisms, as well as engineering teams working on future browser-side security enhancements."
Google Online Security Blog: Announcing "Browser Security Handbook"

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Google Goes To Macworld 2009

Google has gone to Macworld bringing with it the Picasa debut for the Mac OS X. But Google Mobile, Geo, & YouTube also came for the ride. But I like this on my iPhone!

Official Google Mac Blog: Macworld Has Arrived

Too bad no more Macworld!

Windows 7 64Bit Leaked To Torrent Sites

Since the Windows 7 build 7000 32-bit was leaked all over torrent sites, people were all out to break their computers with M$s latest concoction to save it's face after vista. Now they can try it with their newer computers with the 64-bit version (7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULXFRE_EN_DVD.ISO), as it is now torrent sites.
But why waste your time on virus infested torrent holes as a public beta is also expected to be announced at the CES 2009 preshow tonight. So wait!
ARS Article

Stream Music From iPod/iPhone to Every Room of Your House

Eos™ Wireless, the leader in wireless audio products, today unveiled Eos Converge™, a remarkably simple, incredibly versatile new way to stream music from a Mac/PC iPod/iPhone, Apple TV or other audio source into every area of the house.

“In the digital age your music lives on your computer, but your computer doesn’t live where you want your music. That’s all about to change,” says Jeff O’Shea, Executive Vice President of IntelliTouch and the creator of the Eos Converge Wireless System. Eos Converge brings not just some, but all the music from your computer, iPod, iPhone or other music device into every room of your house, all wirelessly and with pure digital sound quality. No more moving your music source from room to room, dock to dock just to hear your music. Simply connect the Eos Converge transmitter to a Mac/PC, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV or other audio device and stream pure digital, CD quality audio everywhere -- through walls, floors, doors and ceilings, upstairs, downstairs, inside and out. With a wireless range of up to 150 feet, Eos Converge is a rock-solid wireless transmitter/receiver system solution that harmoniously coexists with any other WiFi, Bluetooth and other wireless devices.


News Source Businesswire

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Look Ma No Keyboard, Best Ever Mac Notebook

As usual Apple takes a giant step and our ever present Onion is there to bring it to you, to your archaic computers with keyboards. Start peeling!

Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard