When Facebook's mobile app began misbehaving on an older version of Android in late 2012, Facebook engineers had to dive deep into Android's code to figure out what was causing the mishap. In a whiteboard session today at Facebook headquarters, mobile engineering director Mike Shaver described how Facebook identified a problem in Android itself, then created a workaround for its own app so users wouldn't have to suffer.
Adobe has released the emergency update for Reader and Acrobat that it promised late last week.
The company decided to get a move on to deal with a newly-reported vulnerability that was actively being exploited, at least on Windows and the Mac.
The timeline has been pretty swift:
2012-02-12: Bug reported in a blog post by FireEye. Details scant.
2013-02-13: Adobe publishes a security bulletin, including a workaround for Windows users.
2013-02-17: (Weekend) Adobe announces patch "next week."
2013-02-20: Patch is released.
Whenever Google releases a new version of Android for its Nexus devices, it doesn’t roll out to everyone at once. It may take several days before your device receives the update, but you don’t have to wait.
Note that this only works if an OTA (over-the-air) update is actually available – for example, if you’ve got a Nexus 4 running Android 4.2.1 and you haven’t yet received a notification to update to Android 4.2.2. This won’t help if you’re using an Android device that isn’t receiving updates.
Firefox has been fast and furiously releasing new versions, foregoing the standard dot releases and going with a "rapid release" ever since 2011. Over the past two years we've gone from version 4 all the way to version 18. The latest version, 19, is expected to be officially released tomorrow and will include the ability to view PDF files natively within the browser.
A Florida personal injury lawyer has filed a Federal lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard on behalf of rock and roll icon Ernest Evans, better known as Chubby Checker, over an app developed for webOS that "adversely affects Chubby Checker's brand and value and if allowed to continue, will cause serious damage to the Plaintiff's goodwill and will tarnish his image that he has worked to maintain over the last 50 years." That app, called the "Chubby Checker," allows users to enter a man's shoe size to estimate the size of his penis. Evans' attorney is seeking half a billion dollars in damages.