A total of $442,000 paid in bounties to all contestants.
Well, it seems like no one was safe in this year’s Pwn2Own hacking competition as all 4 major web browsers have failed to protect the users.
The star of this contest however was Jung Hoon Lee (lokihardt) who has managed to reap $225,000 in rewards, breaking through Chrome’s security with a buffer overflow (which earned him $110,000) and then exploiting Microsoft’s Internet Explorer ($65,000 in rewards), followed by Apple’s Safari ($50,000 in rewards).
That should be enough to improve his life for good.
No full backwards compatibility for you.
As Mozilla Foundation announced the availability of original WebGL (which was based on OpenGL ES 2.0) back in 2011 and then a 1.0.2 update two years later, the development has shifted to WebGL 2 (2013) and now it looks like all companies involved are ready to share some of the progress they have made in the last year or so.
So what exactly does the WebGL 2 have to offer? According to the recently revealed preview, the new graphics library is now based on the OpenGL ES 3.0 API and aims to raise many restrictions that were present in WebGL 1 (such as ability to use more render textures at the same time), developer controlled access to antialiasing, multiple render targets and other goodies.
Now this is cool.
Despite not being available for public yet, it looks like we (finally) got a video of Spartan running on Windows 10 Preview and it does look promising.
If you don’t feel like watching a video, it covers Cortana integration and this is what It can do:
In a newly published post, the IE Team has revealed the steps they took to modernize its rendering engine (aka split it from the original Trident).
That‘s why Spartan is said to be more compatible than IE has ever been, especially due to a new web approach. Instead of analyzing the top 9000 sites that are responsible for around 88% of all web traffic (like Microsoft did in the past), they actually got to the root cause of compatibility issues and looked for patterns of trillions of urls instead.
If you have bought a Lenovo laptop this or last year and haven’t heard yet, one of the most successful PC makers has been caught installing adware on a number of machines with reports starting from mid-2014.
Basically, a software called Superfish is injecting third party ads on Google searches. Not only that, it also injects its own certificate, allowing to snoop on secure connections and decrypt them. Just take a look at this screenshot:
Fx0 is its name.
If you always dreamed about the transparent phone and read all these fake iPhone X rumors that it’s finally coming just to be disappointed every single time, good news, you might have it if you live in Japan or know someone who does.
Thanks to the recently released video, it looks like someone got their hands on the LG Fx0 phone (which was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka) running Firefox OS 2.0 and unlike other phones with Mozilla’s operating system, this one has higher than average specs (price as well), these are:
Posts a teaser.
In a pretty stale web browsers world where today’s innovations seem to be tied to the social integration, it looks like Mozilla is (almost) ready to unveil a web browser created specifically for web developers.
While the open source organization is short on details, they did reveal few things: the new web browser is said to include tools like WebIDE and Firefox Tools Adapter, and lastly, it’s coming in 7 days, on November 10th, 2014. Check the teaser below.
If you got about an hour to spare then Opera has recently posted a Google Hangouts video with Opera Max lead Sergey Lossev, where he answers questions covering the future plans, and so on.
Chasing another market.
Back in January, Mozilla has announced a partnership with Panasonic to bring Firefox OS into the living room. Now, according to the recent report by Gigaom, the open source organization is developing a streaming stick to compete with Google’s Chromecast, and yes it runs Firefox OS.