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 on: March 25, 2019, 05:14:04 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
A scheme to stealthily run video ads behind banner images drained users' batteries and data while they used popular Android apps.

Aniview denies any involvement and instead says the platform and banner ads and code, which were created by one of its subsidiaries, were exploited by a malicious, unnamed third party.

“BuzzFeed brought to our attention that there is an abuse activity, as an immediate action, we stopped this activity and started and continue an internal incident review,” said Aniview CEO Alon Carmel in an emailed statement. “We notified and emphasized our clients that the use of our platform must be according to our policy and the IAB and TAG guidelines.”

It’s just one of the many ways ad fraudsters siphon money out of the global digital advertising industry, which will see more than $20 billion stolen this year. This scheme in particular highlights once again how ad tech companies exploit insider access and technical knowledge to participate in ad fraud.

“I don’t even think about me being ripped off,” Julien told BuzzFeed News. “All I think about is them damaging the app’s reputation. It can cost money to [a user] and drain his battery. This is the thing that makes me really mad.” (BuzzFeed News agreed to withhold his full name and the name of his app due to concerns about people wrongly thinking it was knowingly part of the scheme.)

Here’s how the scheme works. Julien sells a banner ad, which appears in the app and is visible to his users. Then, hidden from view behind that banner, fraudsters conceal autoplaying video ads that no human being actually sees, but which register as having been served and viewed. In this scenario, Julien gets paid for the small banner ad in his app that users see, but the fraudsters earn many times that amount by stuffing far more lucrative video ads behind the banner. Ultimately, it’s the brands whose ads were shown in hidden video players that lose money to those running the scheme.

“Fraudsters are purchasing cheap in-app display inventory and are filling it with multiple video players behind innocuous fake branded display ads,” said Asaf Greiner, the CEO of Protected Media.

A breakdown of how the scheme works-click to enlarge

This type of ad fraud is known in the industry as in-banner video ads and has been documented in the past. Greiner’s team identified a new version of it last fall and said in total they’ve seen tens of millions of dollars' worth of fraudulent video ads running per month as a result.

The ad fraud lab run by DoubleVerify, a digital measurement company, identified the same in-banner video ad fraud scheme at the end of last year, according to Roy Rosenfeld, the company’s VP of product management.

He told BuzzFeed News the fraudsters “did a very good job at hiding and obfuscating what they were doing” and were “quite sophisticated in the thinking behind how they can monetize that
[video] inventory.”

DoubleVerify saw at least 60 million ad calls being made for fraudulent video ads per month, though Rosenfeld noted that not all of those ad slots were filled.

Aniview and its subsidiary, OutStream Media, were identified by Protected Media as being part of the scheme after the fraud detection firm gathered and analyzed video evidence, code, and other information during an investigation.

Rosenfeld said DoubleVerify’s investigation identified that “the Aniview player was heavily driving” the fraudulent video ad activity. He said his team identified the same code and other materials as Protected Media had.

Carmel, of Aniview, told BuzzFeed News that his company “does not knowingly engage in any fraudulent activity” and said his team has been trying to stop this activity on their platform since they were the first contact by Protected Media last month. He acknowledged that OutStream Media, the company identified by Protected Media, is a subsidiary of Aniview. But he said it had ceased operations last summer and that Aniview is in the process of legally shutting it down. He said the ad fraud documented by Protected Media and DoubleVerify was done by bad actors using the Aniview video ad platform, as well as images and code created by OutStream Media, in an unauthorized way.

“To be crystal clear, another customer on Aniview’s [self-serve] platform used this [video ad] player and is responsible for this activity and we took actions immediately to stop this activity,” he said.

“We are fighting against bad activities, pushing and focus on clean and legit activities and should not be blamed or framed for bad use of our platform."

Carmel could not say who this bad actor was or how they managed to gain access to content that was uploaded to an OutStream Media account on Aniview’s platform. He declined to identify the malicious actors or to share any details about them. He also acknowledged removing the photos and names of people, including his co-founder, Tal Melenboim, from Aniview’s website after being contacted by BuzzFeed News.

Two of the removed employees had leadership roles with OutStream Media in addition to their work at Aniview. Carmel, who previously co-founded the popular Jewish dating site Jdate, said they left the company to pursue other interests at the end of last year, and he neglected to remove them from the Aniview team page.

Carmel was provided with a copy of the malicious code used to place the banner ads and hidden video players. In addition to using the Aniview platform and banner ads from OutStream Media’s account on it, this code included the URL as a tracking pixel to gather data on ad performance. is a domain name owned by Aniview cofounder Tal Melenboim. In an email to BuzzFeed News, Melenboim denied any involvement.

Carmel said the fraudsters must have copied the part of the code that included from an earlier OutStream demo and said is commonly used as a tracking URL by Aniview. The inclusion of this code means that only a person with access to would be able to track the performance of the fraudulent ads carrying this pixel.

Protected Media also found that a significant portion of the banner ads purchased for this scheme was bought using MoPub, the mobile ad network owned by Twitter. This does not mean MoPub was engaged in the scheme. But it does mean Twitter’s ad platform was exploited for months by fraudsters, and it earned commission on the ads bought using its tools. (Julien uses MoPub to help place ads in his app and says the company is responsive when he reports bad ads.)

“At this time, we can confirm that the suspicious activity in question is not being initiated by MoPub,” a company spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “The activity observed by Protected Media stems from an ad that is initiating other non-viewable video ads to run in the background. We are currently investigating what the potential sources of the issue could be.”

This scheme illustrates one of the central challenges in reducing the massive, multibillion-dollar fraud problem in digital advertising: Nearly every player in the supply chain, except for the brands who spend money on ads, profits from fraudulent ad delivery. Even if they’re not involved in ad fraud, platforms such as ad networks and other intermediaries earn a share of the money spent on invalid ads. This creates a disincentive to stop fraud from taking place, according to Greiner.

“It’s an unfair kind of situation because anybody who behaves well and doesn’t allow this on their platform is being left out of the profit,” he said, adding that “there’s very little penalty and there’s a lot to gain — the numbers are just enormous.”

Investigating the scheme

Protected Media first detected the use of hidden video ads in October. Though not a new ad fraud technique, the company saw this iteration grow large enough that it warranted a closer look. After seeing which video players were being used to run the hidden ads, and which ad networks the fraudsters were buying the display ad from, Protected Media reached out to the relevant parties, including Aniview, last month. (Rosenfeld of DoubleVerify said it also identified the scheme late last year and began blocking it.)

Protected Media provided BuzzFeed News with video documentation of invalid video ads running behind banners that were created by OutStream Media, Aniview’s subsidiary. These video ads were served using Aniview’s platform and the banner ads were hosted on Aniview’s website with an account in OutStream Media’s name. This demonstrates a direct link between OutStream Media and the banners that were placed in apps such as Julien’s.

Protected Media also identified that the domain name owned by Aniview cofounder Tal Melenboim was used to track the performance of the fraudulent ads, adding yet another link to Aniview.

Given that information, Greiner believes “Aniview is the group who left no room for deniability — the others can claim ignorance.”

After BuzzFeed News first contacted Aniview, the company removed the LinkedIn page for OutStream Media and deleted people from the Aniview team page on its website. Two of the removed people were Melenboim, who had previously listed himself as the founder and CEO of OutStream Media on his LinkedIn, and his wife Mazal Melenboim, whose LinkedIn lists her as the head of media operations for Aniview and the head of operations for OutStream Media.

Carmel said the couple left Aniview at the end of last year and praised Tal Melenboim as a “reputable professional” who was “an asset to Aniview during his many years of employment.”

Tal Melenboim told BuzzFeed News in an email that he and his wife are not involved in any illegal activity. “It is important for me to point out to you, that if you got the impression that Aniview/Outstream Media or someone from our team, including me or my wife, is involved in an act of not legit activity, it is simply far away from the truth.” (Melenboim said that Carmel’s English is better than his and that as a result specific questions should be directed to him.)

Carmel said the Melenboims were removed from the company website at his direction after being contacted by BuzzFeed News and said it was an oversight that they were still on the site. He offered to provide a letter from the company’s legal counsel to testify to the fact that the Melenboims had not worked at Aniview since the end of last year. He also said other employees were removed from the company’s team page at the same time.

After BuzzFeed News emailed Carmel two links that showed the scheme was still active on his platform, the activity was quickly shut off. He said that was a result of his company being given the information necessary to shut it down.

One of the links BuzzFeed News provided to Carmel went to a page at that hosted the banner ads used in the scheme. These banners were generic images for companies and products such as Coca-Cola, M&M's, McDonald’s, and Disney. If a user clicked on them they were taken to the homepage of the Google Play Store, showing that they were not real ads.

The banner ads used in the scheme[/size][/float]Carmel said these images belonged to OutStream Media and were created as test images when the company was operational last year. He said someone used these images without permission to execute the fraud.

“The banners were ONLY used for reach media demos of outstream units,” he said in an email. “After seeing in your email that someone used our banner without our permission we removed it from our server. Thank you for pointing it out.”

Ultimately what Carmel claims is that an unknown bad actor created an account on his platform, and then used banner ad images created by his subsidiary to execute the fraud scheme. He declined to share information about the bad actor’s account, citing legal concerns. He also couldn’t say exactly how this actor knew about banner ads uploaded to the account of OutStream Media — a company Carmel says was only briefly operational last year. He suggested one of the organizations OutStream had previously tried to pitch its services to was involved.

“The demo page of Outstream units was public and as well have been sent to many potential customers (BTW, one of them was Buzzfeed),” he said in an email. Carmel did not provide contact information for the person at BuzzFeed he says received the OutStream pitch. He did provide screenshots of email templates that were sent to prospective clients in May of last year that included a link to a demo.

Carmel says the same bad actor must have copied the OutStream tracking code that included, the domain owned by Melenboim. This means the fraudsters were sophisticated enough to set up and manage the scheme, but would have left in a tracking pixel that prevents them from receiving performance data on their ads.

Greiner of Protected Media said several ad tech companies engaged in or facilitated this form of fraud. Aniview was the one they gathered the most convincing evidence about. Others continue to run the scheme after being contacted by Protected Media, and in at least one case an executive from an involved company even complained about being called out.

“One of them spoke to my VP of sales and said everybody does it, why are we picking on them,” Greiner said. “It’s something we hear too often, unfortunately.”


 on: March 25, 2019, 12:46:44 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Google Chrome and Chromium-based Vivaldi and Opera already support Picture in Picture mode where the user will be allowed to view a video on top of other windows in a mini window. Since new Microsoft Edge powered by Chromium now available is in version 75, it also supports PiP and you don’t need to enable any flag for it to work.

Picture in Picture mode in Microsoft Chromium Edge

1. Launch new Microsoft Edge browser

2. Visit YouTube

3. Play any video, right click on video two times and select “Picture in Picture”

4. You’ll see the video playing in PIP mode with back to tab option in new Edge browser

Apparently, there are related flags –Enable Picture in Picture and Enable the use of SurfaceLayer objects for Videos – for PiP in edge://flags which you don’t need to think about much, but you need to enable them if Picture in Picture doesn’t work in Edge browser.

At present, Mozilla is also working to bring Picture in Picture mode to the Firefox browser, you can test it in Nightly version.


 on: March 25, 2019, 10:24:12 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt

To further increase privacy, Telegram announced today that they have added a feature that allows users to delete any message in a one-on-one chat and have it be removed from both chat user's devices.

When Telegram first introduced the "unsend" feature, users were able to remove any message they sent within the last 48 hours from both devices. To further protect user's privacy, Telegram now allows you to delete any message, no matter how old, in a one-on-one chat and have it be removed from both the sender and recipient's device.

To use this feature, just tap and hold a message until the Delete option appears. Once you click on the Delete option, you will be asked if you want to delete the message for from your own chat or on both devices.

"Today, we are giving hundreds of millions of users complete control of any private conversation they have ever had," Telegram stated in a blog post. "You can now choose to delete any message you have sent or received from both sides in any private chat. The messages will disappear for both you and the other person – without leaving a trace."

For further privacy, Telegram is also introducing anonymous sending, which strips the link back to the original account profile of a forwarded message. This removes any verifiable method that shows a forwarded message came from a particular account.

Other features announced today include settings and emoji search field and the VoiceOver on iOS and TalkBack on Android accessibility features.


 on: March 24, 2019, 10:12:09 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Over the weekend, a leaked build for the Chromium-based Edge browser has been released that is providing users with their first look at the upcoming browser from Microsoft. If you are currently using Chrome, the reports indicate that this Edge preview browser feels, performs, and basically has the same features.

Microsoft has been quiet regarding their upcoming Microsoft Edge Insider browser, but a slow trickle of leaks has provided a bit more information. With this leaked build, though, users get their first full look at the upcoming Edge browser, which from all reports feels like it has the best chance of putting a dent in Google Chrome's market share.

While many people are concerned that Microsoft switching to Chromium could put all the control into Google's hands, when it comes to desktop operating systems, this may have the reverse effect.

As Windows dominates the desktop/laptop OS market and if Edge performs and offers the same features as Chrome, including full access to Chrome's extensions, many users may just use Edge instead. This could offer more control to Microsoft who may be able to influence how the browser is developed and what new web standards are pushed.

This may not be a good thing for other browser developers, such as Firefox or Opera, at least it could spread some of the control among multiple organizations.

Taking a look at the Microsoft Edge 75 Browser

The leaked Edge build is based on Chromium 75 and has an internal version of, which is slightly behind Chromium's Canary version of 75.0.3744.0.  When started, Edge will ask if you wish to import data such as favorites, autofill information, and history from Chrome.

Users who have tested the leaked build have also stated that browser performs really well when browsing the web and that it is more than ready for public preview.

Microsoft has modified the layout of the browser to make it feel more like a Microsoft application. For example, the Settings pages have a left-hand navigation bar similar to other Windows 10 apps.

Microsoft also included their own services into the browser. For example, Google Safe Browsing has been removed in favor of Microsoft's SmartScreen.

Edge supports Chrome Extensions

In addition to setting up a dedicated Microsoft Extension store, Edge also allows users to enable the installation of extensions from Chrome's web store. While they state that these extensions are unverified as a warning, and rightfully so with the Chrome Web Store's track record, it does provide an enormous pool of extensions that users can install right from release.

New Edge specific experimental flags

In addition to the normal features that come built into Chrome 75, Microsoft has also added their own experimental flags to the edge://flags screen.

The new flags found in Edge 75 revolve around specific Microsoft technologies such as Fluent, PlayReady DRM, Edge Reading View, and more. A list of the known new experimental flags are listed below:

Enable CDM Override Service

Enables a service to override the specific CDM supported for certain sites by a value supplied by Microsoft. – Windows

PlayReady DRM for Windows 10

If enabled, Edge will use PlayReady DRM for the key system. This feature requires Windows 10. – Windows

Fluent Controls

If enabled, HTML forms elements will be rendered using an alternative style to align with Microsoft's design language to improve touch and keyboard accessibility. – Mac, Windows, Linux

Microsoft Edge theme

Use a light or dark theme (based on OS preferences) in your browser – Mac, Windows

Enable installation of extensions from Microsoft Store

Enables installation of browser extensions from Microsoft Store – Mac, Windows, Linux

Microsoft Edge Reading View

Enables Reading view in Microsoft Edge – Mac, Windows, Linux


 on: March 24, 2019, 08:49:19 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Huawei P30 Pro: Release date, price, specs and all the latest leaks

Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro are expected to be two of the most exciting phones of 2019, and they’re set to launch later this month. Here’s everything we know about them so far, including specs, camera features, price, and likely release date.

Sure, the company may be having trouble getting its existing wares into certain international markets, but if you can pick up the likes of a Huawei P20 Pro or Mate 20 Pro, we think they’ll leave you thoroughly impressed. With a rich bevy of features and top-notch hardware, those two handsets have got us very excited about what else Huawei will bring to the table in 2019.

Read on for everything we know so far about the rumored Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro, including expected specs, features, pricing and release details.

Image Credit: WinFuture

Huawei P30 Pro − The latest leaks

Prolific tipsters Evan Blass and Roland Quandt have published legitimate-looking press shots of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Blass’ images are embedded in the following section, while Quandt’s were posted on WinFuture.

Quandt’s picture leak comes alongside a list of alleged specs. According to Quandt, the P30 will feature a 6.1-inch, 2340 x 1080 OLED display with a teardrop notch, triple rear cameras, a Kirin 980 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 3650mAh battery, a headphone jack, IP68 water- and dust-resistance and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The P30 Pro, meanwhile, will apparently have a 6.47-inch, 2340 x 1080 curved OLED screen that doubles up as a speaker by vibrating, a triple camera system combining a 40-megapixel f/1.6 sensor, a 20-megapixel f/2.2 wide-angle sensor and a ToF (time-of-flight) sensor, the same Kirin 980 processor, this time with 8GB of RAM, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options, a 4200mAh battery and IP68 water- and dust-resistance.

The P30 will reportedly be available in black, white and blue color schemes, while the P30 Pro will come in black, white, blue and orange.

Huawei P30 Pro – Price and release date

The Huawei P30 will officially be unveiled on Tuesday, March 26, at a special event in Paris.

As ever with these teasers, this isn’t the kind of announcement that’s big on detail, though it is a touch less cryptic than usual. The phrase “Rules were made to be rewritten” appears alongside photos of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame cathedral, all photographed with immaculate tight zoom.

As for pricing, according to WinFuture, an apparently trusted source has revealed the prices for the entire Huawei P30 and P30 Pro lineup. The long and short of it is that you’re looking at Samsung Galaxy S10 family prices.

The entry-level Huawei P30 will start at €749, which is around £640. That model comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. We’re also expecting the non-Pro version to be a little smaller, and to come with ‘just’ the three cameras, rather than the four found on the P30 Pro.

And those extras won’t come cheap, apparently. The Huawei P30 Pro version that comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage will reportedly set you back €999, or around £855. Upgrading to 256GB of internal storage will push it up to €1,099 – or around £940.

Finally, there's rumored to be a 512GB version, but no price is available yet – though you’d imagine that would push it easily over the £1000 mark.

Furthermore, prolific tipster Evan Blass has got his hands on pictures that suggest Huawei has a pre-order bonus in the works.

A Sonos speaker would be pretty useful incentive to get people ordering the P30, not a million miles away from the free earphones Samsung offered with pre-orders of the Galaxy S10.

And if you think a Sonos speaker sounds too generous to be true, don’t forget that pre-orders of Huawei’s P20 Pro last year would get you a free pair of Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones, worth £325.

Huawei P30 Pro – Camera

You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that, once again, Huawei is going big on photography.

Huawei CEO Yu Chengdong took to Weibo in March with a series of P30 posters that don’t leave a great deal to the imagination. Each contains a photo with an element zoomed in on in a circle in the middle of the picture. If that wasn’t clear enough, all of them have ‘Huawei P30 Series’, ‘#rewritetherules and the launch date printed alongside the lead image.

                                 ▲ click to enlarge ▼

And the latest P30 rumors should have camera-lovers very excited indeed. Huawei has confirmed the P30 Pro smartphone will include a periscope-style camera lens, with the company promising it will deliver ‘super zoom’ capabilities.

The periscope design gets around one of the major barriers to offering lossless zooming capabilities on cameras. By placing the lens on its side, smartphone manufacturers are able to maintain the slim design of a modern handset.

The company is rumored to be including a 10x optical zoom within its highest-end flagship device, which would be a huge breakthrough in smartphone photography that could allow us to get much closer to our subjects without losing visual fidelity.

The promotional shots embedded above point to the new periscope camera, but it’s important not to get too carried away just yet.

Although some of the pictures here look like they could well have been captured on a top-end smartphone, some felt like a stretch to us. It turns out that skepticism was entirely warranted.

Not only were the pictures taken on DSLR rather than the P30, Gadgetmatch also spotted that one of them – an incredible shot of a volcano erupting – is a decade old. You can buy and download it right now from Getty Images. Another image from the collection –  a young child reaching out to stroke a duck – looks like it’s come straight from this photographer’s portfolio. 

To make matters worse, this isn’t the first time that Huawei has been caught out implying that DSLR camera shots are taken on their products. A selfie was supposedly taken by the Nova 3 smartphone last August was later shown to be done via DSLR.

“We’ve been made aware that there might have been some misunderstanding regarding our recent Huawei P30 Series teaser posters,” Huawei said in a statement. “We would like to reiterate that those are, in fact, only teaser posters, and are only intended to hint at the unique new features that will come with the Huawei P30 Series.

“Huawei has acquired the licenses to the original images and the posters are artistic renditions of said features only.”

Huawei has updated the images on the Weibo post with a small disclaimer added to the bottom-left corner of the photos. The text now explains that they are creative adverts only intended for reference.

Image Credit: Spigen

Huawei P30 Pro – Design and display

While the P30 range is expected to be officially unveiled at the end of the month, as mentioned above, we already have a very good idea of what to expect of them, looks-wise.

In addition to WinFuture and Evan Blass’ leaks, MobileFun has a whole range of cases for both the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro smartphones, but the clearer pictures come courtesy of Spigen.

The most obvious feature is in the camera array on both devices. While the P30 has three lenses on display, like last year’s P20 Pro, the P30 Pro seems to pack a four-camera array.

The P30 also appears set to ditch the physical fingerprint reader, presumably in favor of the in-screen version debuted on the Mate 20 Pro.

And despite the hole-punch cutout serving as potentially the biggest smartphone design trend of 2019, based on these images, it seems that neither P30 variant will go the way of the newly-launched Honor View 20.

Image credit: Mobile Fun (left), Weibo (right)

Instead, there’s a small and round dewdrop-style notch. It’s a design touch that we’ve seen on a number of phones already; from Huawei’s own Mate 20, to the OnePlus 6T and the Oppo RX17 Pro/R17 Pro.

As for the rest of the screen technology, there’s no clear word yet on what these phones will actually offer up in terms of resolution. They both appear to support excellent screen-to-body ratios with almost no bezel and only the hint of a ‘chin’ on both counts, while, again based on their predecessors, the P30 might use LCD technology while the Pro will likely pack an AMOLED panel.

Another rumor claims both the P30 and the Pro model will get the OLED treatment this year, according to Chinese publication QQ (via GSMArena).

The additional image above (right) is a clearer, case-free render, picked up by website Techenguru but originating on Chinese social media site Weibo, also showing the P30 Pro’s quad-camera array and a notch-laden screen, however, the latter appears to adopt a sharper ‘U’ shape than the dewdrop form of the previous visuals.

The Huawei P20’s sliver of a fingerprint sensor

Huawei P30 Pro – Additional features

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro was the first of the company’s phones to showcase an in-display fingerprint sensor, and logic would suggest that this technology will persist with the P30 series, at least on the Pro model.

Despite extended FullView displays on last year’s phones, both still managed to squeeze a more conventional fingerprint sensor underneath the display, along with each phone’s bottom bezel.

With the dewdrop notch seen in the renders only leaving room for a front-facing camera, there’s every chance that Huawei has ditched the depth-sensing face unlock technology that is utilized on the Mate 20 Pro.

The teaser video embedded above includes more than one nod to audio, with the imagery of a speaker cone and multiple instances of what could be considered visual representations of soundwaves.

While Huawei’s most recent devices already offer stereo sound output from both their speaker grilles and earpieces when playing media, the company might be planning on upping the audio credentials with its next flagship handsets

Huawei P30 – Performance

On the inside, we expect the P30 to arrive with the 7nm Kirin 980 processor last seen in the brilliant Mate 20 Pro.

Contrary to this hypothesis, however, some believe that the P30 series will showcase a newer Kirin 985 chipset – an as yet unannounced incremental upgrade over the 980 that focuses on providing improved performance and an integrated 5G modem.

As it stands, the Kirin 980 is already an excellent SoC, placing Huawei’s devices up against the best rivals on the market in both raw benchmarking tests and real-world usage. It also packs in a dual NPU (neural processing unit) for AI tasks and operates on an impressively efficient 7nm manufacturing process.

Considering how fresh the 980 still is, it only really falls short of the mark if Huawei has its heart set on using a chip with an integrated 5G modem. The Kirin 980 is already equipped to support 4.5G LTE (offering speeds of up to 1.4Gbps), which is arguably more useful as users will be able to benefit from the best possible speeds currently available across the far more established 4G network.

Instead of releasing a new chip, however, the company only need to add its Balong 5000 modem to the mix to give the Kirin 980 (and any phone powered by it) 5G browsing speeds.


 on: March 24, 2019, 03:23:23 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
This could be your new default browser on Windows

Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chromium. The software maker has been testing versions of this browser internally at Microsoft, and now The Verge has secured an exclusive first look at the early work thanks to a source who wishes to remain anonymous. While the previously leaked screenshots made Edge look very similar to Chrome, Microsoft is adding its own touches and animations to make it look and feel like a Windows browser.

When you first install the Chromium version of Edge, Microsoft will prompt you to import favorites, passwords, and browsing history from Chrome or Edge (depending on your default). The setup screen also prompts you to pick a style for the default tab page before you start browsing.

Most of the user interface of the browser is a mix of Chrome and Edge, and Microsoft has clearly tried to add its own little touches here and there. There’s a read-aloud accessibility option, and it simply reads the page out loud as it does in existing versions of Edge. Some features that you’d expect from Edge are missing, though. Microsoft hasn’t implemented its set aside tabs feature just yet, and write on the web with a stylus isn’t available. A dark mode is only available via a testing flag right now.

Microsoft also has support for extensions and a dedicated extensions page for ones that it has approved. You’ll also be able to install Chrome extensions from Google’s online store, just by flipping a switch in the extension's settings. We’ve tried a number of extensions like 1Password and Ghostery, and they work just like you’d expect them to in Chrome.

Microsoft is offering up sync support for extensions in the settings interface for this new version of Edge, but it doesn’t look like it will be available straight away. The page notes that “more of the features listed above will become available for sync in the coming months.” You can only currently sync favorites, but not settings, history, extensions, open tabs, passwords, and autofill information.

For an early version of Edge built on Chromium, Microsoft’s new browser feels very polished. It’s also very fast to launch and browse around with. If Microsoft can keep up this good work and keep Edge optimized in the future, I can’t see a reason to need to use Chrome on Windows anymore. I would never have recommended Edge before as it was often slow, clunky, and didn’t always work with websites properly. This new Edge feels entirely different, thanks to its Chromium backend.

It’s not yet clear when Microsoft will make this new version of Edge available publicly, but given the most recent internal builds are stable and work well, it’s likely to arrive very soon. We’ll keep you updated on exactly when Microsoft plans to start beta testing its Chromium-powered Edge browser.

Update, March 24th 7 AM ET: Microsoft Edge (Chromium) does support dark mode via a testing flag.


 on: March 24, 2019, 03:08:14 PM 
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Tesla is the latest company to adopt Chromium engine for the web browser in the cars. The company has been working to implement Chromium and the news was confirmed by Elon Musk.

Musk replied to a Tesla owner who complained about the consistency of the web browser on Twitter. He said that the company is working on an upgrade.

Unfortunately for Tesla, the system has already been hacked. Yesterday we reported that hackers have broken into several systems at Pwn2Own 2019. The systems included Tesla’s new Chromium-based browser experience. Fluoroacetate targeted the infotainment system (Chromium) on the Tesla Model 3 using a JIT bug in the renderer and won $35,000 and a Model 3.

While the hack is definitely bad news for Tesla, it’s good that the exploit was discovered before the public rollout. This gives Tesla an opportunity to fix the bug before the rollout and make sure it’s not exploited by hackers in the future.


 on: March 24, 2019, 03:01:17 PM 
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Pwn2Own 2019 is currently running and if there is one thing which the contest admirably demonstrate it is that there is no such thing as a completely secure system.

In the last two days hackers, by simply visiting a specially crafted web page, have defeated Safari on MacOS, Edge on Windows 10, Firefox on Windows 10, and have also managed to escape out of two virtual machines with the ability to run code on the native hardware.

See the collected results below:

Day One

1000Fluoroacetate (Amat Cama and Richard Zhu) targeting Apple Safari plus a sandbox escape in the web browser category.

Success: – The Fluoroacetate team used a bug in JIT with a heap overflow to escape the sandbox. In doing so, they earn themselves $55,000 and 5 Master of Pwn points.

1130Fluoroacetate (Amat Cama and Richard Zhu) targeting Oracle VirtualBox in the virtualization category.

Success: – The Fluoroacetate team returned with an integer underflow and a race condition to escape the virtual machine and pop calc on the underlying OS. They earned another $35,000 and 3 points towards Master on Pwn.

1300anhdaden of STAR Labs targeting Oracle VirtualBox in the virtualization category.

Success: – anhdaden uses an integer underflow in Orcale VirtualBox to go from the client to the underlying OS. In his first Pwn2Own, he earns himself $35,000 USD and 3 Master of Pwn point.

1430Fluoroacetate (Amat Cama and Richard Zhu) targeting VMware Workstation in the virtualization category.

Success: – The Fluoroacetate duo finished their first day by leveraging a race condition leading to an out-of-bounds write in the VMware client to execute their code on the host OS. The earn themselves another $70,000 and 7 more Master of Pwn points.

1600 – Phoenhex & qwerty (@_niklasb @qwertyoruiopz @bkth_) targeting Apple Safari with a kernel escalation in the web browser category.

Partial Success The phoenhex & qwerty team used a JIT bug followed by heap OOB read, then pivoted from root to kernel via a TOCTOU bug. It’s a partial win since Apple already knew 1 of the bugs. They still win $45,000 and 4 points towards Master of Pwn.

Day Two

1000Fluoroacetate (Amat Cama and Richard Zhu) targeting Mozilla Firefox with a kernel escalation in the web browser category.

Success: – The Fluoroacetate team used a bug in JIT along with an out-of-bounds write in the Windows kernel to earn themselves $50,000 and 5 Master of Pwn points.

1130Fluoroacetate (Amat Cama and Richard Zhu) targeting Microsoft Edge with a kernel escalation and a VMware escape in the web browser category.

Success: – The Fluoroacetate team used a combnation of a type confusion in Edge, a race condition in the kernel, and finally an out-of-bounds write in VMware to go from a browser in a virtual client to executing code on the host OS. They earn $130,000 plus 13 Master of Pwn points.

1400Niklas Baumstark targeting Mozilla Firefox with a sandbox escape in the web browser category.

Success: – Niklas used a JIT bug in Firefox followed by a logic bug for the sandbox escape. The successful demonstration earned him $40,000 and 4 Master of Pwn points.

1530Arthur Gerkis of Exodus Intelligence targeting Microsoft Edge with a sandbox escape in the web browser category.

Success: – In his Pwn2Own debut, Arthur used a double free in the render and logic bug to bypass the sandbox. The effort earned him $50,000 and 5 points towards Master of Pwn.

Day Three

1000Team KunnaPwn targeting the VCSEC component of the Tesla Model 3 in the automotive category.

Withdrawn: – The Team KunnaPwn team has withdrawn its entry from the automotive category.

1300Fluoroacetate (Amat Cama and Richard Zhu) targeting the infotainment system (Chromium) on the Tesla Model 3 in the automotive category.

Success: – The Fluoroacetate duo used a JIT bug in the renderer to win $35,000 and a Model 3.

While the hackers have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of the contest, the ultimate aim is that these vulnerabilities have been closed off before malicious actors are able to use them against us, but it does remain worrying that no matter how many holes companies manage to patch, hackers are still able to come back with new vulnerabilities the next year.

Read more about the event at the Zero Day Initiative blog here.


 on: March 24, 2019, 02:28:44 PM 
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As the work on the new Microsoft Edge browser advances, more details are appearing online. The latest leak has also confirmed that Microsoft will launch its own extension store and it will allow users to sideload extensions from Chrome Web Store which is a big deal.

Microsoft Chromium Edge project was announced in late 2018 and the new browser will use the resources that power Chrome. Although the browser will be based on Chromium, it will have its own unique appearance and experience.

Microsoft is expected to retain the look and feel of the current Edge in the new version. As per rumors, Microsoft Chromium Edge looks like a combination of current Edge and Google Chrome. At the moment, the preview version lacks Fluent Design but it could be implemented in the near future.

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As you can see in the above screenshot, the core UI and features of Microsoft Edge is untouched but some features like web drawing, settings tabs aside are missing.

The browser is also getting some Chromium features. For example, there is a profile picture of the account next to the address bar. In addition to the profile picture, Edge now has a new Chrome-like menu but with icons.

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Microsoft Chromium Edge does have features from Chrome and the interface is quite similar as well, but this is going to change in a couple of months when the work on the project advances. Chromium Edge is still in the initial days of development.

Dark mode and extension

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Microsoft Chromium Edge will support dark mode and it will also respect Windows 10’s theme settings.

Microsoft is also planning to maintain its own extension store where the software giant will offer native extensions.

As expected, users can also install and run Chrome extensions in the new Edge browser. Chrome extensions can be installed directly from Chrome Web Store after enabling third-party extensions option in Edge settings.

Chromium Edge could be a decent alternative to Chrome and a perfect choice for those who like Chrome without Google services.


 on: March 24, 2019, 02:13:48 PM 
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Speaking at the Photonics West 2019 convention recently, Microsoft’s Steve Sullivan, GM for their Mixed Reality Studio, explained how the 3D capture service currently works and their ambitions for the future.

Their stages, which are scattered around the world, allows companies to create holograms of dynamic people and performances. With the recorded content, consumers can interact with holograms in augmented reality, virtual reality, and on 2D screens. In the past, Microsoft has released some holographic video content (Buzz Aldrin, George Takei, Reggie Watts, and Max Frost).

The stage currently uses 106 synchronized cameras, half normal and half infra-red, to capture dynamic performances, and they currently have capture facilities in San Franciso, Los Angeles and London. Microsoft plans to expand to more high-end studios in 2019, but also to create “smaller, more scalable” kits which can be given to creators and academic labs to get the technology out there.

Currently, the technology is mainly in creating content for entertainment, but education and training is also an increasingly large market. Microsoft creates content for all platforms, including even Magic Leap, making the studio more a back-end for the 3D industry that a subsection of the Mixed Reality division of Microsoft.

Microsoft said that ultimately they hoped to make the technology as common as photobooths, and see consumers creating holograms of loved ones as a way of preserving their essence.

See Sullivan’s talk here.


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