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Adobe Buys CMS Magento for $1.68 billion

Adobe aims to capture a bigger slice of the digital-commerce industry through the Magento acquisition.

Adobe announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire Magento, a well-known eCommerce content management software (CMS). The latter is currently owned by private equity firm Permira Holdings.

The acquisition is going to cost Adobe $1.68 billion and will close in the third quarter of 2018.

Magento is popular among online stores. It offers software to build and run web stores, handle online purchases, shipping and returns. According to Bloomberg, it supports more than $155 billion in gross merchandise volume including Canon and Rosetta Stone. The CMS software offers two versions, the open source version and the paid Commerce version.

With this acquisition, Adobe aims to take on other cloud-based commerce services Salesforce, Oracle and SAP. Adobe’s own Experience Cloud hasn’t generated as much revenue as its creative software products like Lightroom and Photoshop.

There are no details yet as to what changes will come to Magento once Adobe takes the reigns. The latter says it’ll share details when it’s ready to close the deal later this year.


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Adobe releases PhoneGap 2.0

Are you a disgruntled app developer and would want to find a program that can allow you to create programs across multiple platforms?

Well, Adobe has something for you.

Adobe recently launched their PhoneGap 2.0 program, their latest entry to the open source mobile application development framework. This new program brings with it new features and improvement to the PhoneGap.

Ever since PhoneGap was launched, it has helped programmers to develop applications for multiple operating systems with standards-based HTML and JavaScript.

Adobe acquired PhoneGap when they bought Nitobi.

According to Adobe PhoneGap engineering director Andre Charland, “The PhoneGap community is bigger and stronger than ever with new contributors since last year like Google, Microsfot, RIM and HP. With a bigger community and additional resources from Adobe we’re shipping new versions of PhoneGap much faster than a year ago.”

Windows Phone 8 support was added in this latest edition of the PhoneGap. Other new features include new remote debugging tool, Cordova WebView, which is an embeddable HYML rendering control that incorporates Cordova functionality, standardized command line tooling and improved documentation.

So if you’re an avid programmer and wants to break out in the app scene, be sure to check out the new Adobe PhoneGap 2.0.

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Adobe dances to the same tune: Mobile Flash is Dying

The grim reaper may soon be coming for the Adobe mobile Flash support, and the fathers don’t even care. Adobe reps announced on June 29, 2012, which is coincidentally the birthday of the first iPhone, that Flash will die. August 15 this year marks the last of the new installations of flash for Android’s latest and greatest Jelly Bean 4.1, as well as other non-certified devices.

According to Adobe, the plugin has increasingly become incompatible to the operating system. We remember the same tune sung by previous reps a few months ago, that support will definitely drop for Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0. Still, a few protests later, Adobe finally released a working plugin that was able to cater to users who bought new Ice Cream Sandwich phones, as well as to those who updated from previous versions. Still, it seems it was just a step prolonging the inevitable.

This is further solidified by Adobe’s new stand that it will also stop certifying new devices to be compatible with flash. It seems the developers from Adobe are tired of their work with Mobile Flash and are now calling quits. The company is moving on to other things. They are not even planning to attempt to save the popular mobile plugin that Android users clamor for.

Adobe flash won’t entirely be dead. After all, who knows how many devices will run 4.1 in the first year, and how much it will even be adopted. There are still tons of devices in the wild running on Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb and some ICS. These devices which were able to previously install Flash will be able to keep their Flash plugin until the moment they upgrade to Android Jelly Bean.

Fear not. The World Wide Web is starting to catch the drift, and is slowly moving on to HTML5. Mobile Flash may eventually fade from everyone’s mind, once the web starts to get rid of it all together. Some say that it is about time, and that less opinionated Android users are the only ones that are even clamoring for the support.

For those Android users who will eventually upgrade to Jelly Bean, there is still some hope. A little bit of tweaking and know-how will allow you to install the Flash plugin to your new OS. Still, this is just installing, there is much to say about compatibility and stability, for which Adobe says they will no longer be responsible for.

Will this be the final nail in the coffin for Mobile Flash? Or will Adobe eat their words again and provide support for Android Jelly Bean? Do you even want to keep Flash on the mobile space or is HTML5 your new best friend? All I can say is that technology and people are amazing. If we lose something, something better and something new will eventually rise.

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Adobe seen as top 2010 hacker target

Net-security firm McAfee predicts that Microsoft will no longer be the primary target for hackers next year. Instead, these evil villains of the Web will turn their attention to Adobe.

Evidence of this is the already growing number of attacks targeted to the vulnerabilities in Acrobat Reader and Flash this year. And with the tricky update process that users need to go through, as well as the overall lack of awareness that their software need updating makes it even more easier for hackers and virus writers to prey on them.

Adobe however, isn’t the only one that’s in danger in 2010.

McAfee also predicts that attacks on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook will be stronger and will cause more damage in the coming year. Trojans and malwares will also gain power in 2010. The security firm predicts that banking Trojans may gain the ability to interrupt legit transactions as well as make unauthorized withdrawals without being detected.

Lastly, McAfee discusses in their report how HTML5 could give “cybercriminals new opportunities to write malware and prey on users”.

HTML5 holds all the promises that today’s web community seeks – primarily that of blurring and removing the lines between a web application and a desktop application. HTML5-based attacks will become even more tempting once the Google Chrome Operating System is released. (It’s scheduled for second half of 2010.)

Google Chrome OS is intended for use with netbooks, and HTML5 enables not only a rich Internet experience, but also offline applications. Another motivation for attackers is HTML5’s anticipated cross-platform support, which will allow attackers to eventually reach users of many mainstream browsers.

Although the new web technology is still in the development phase, some elements are already being used by Google Chrome which means there’s also trouble brewing up for the browser.

Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/12/29/security_predictions_2010/

Symantec: Zero-day PDF exploit confirmed

Symantec has confirmed that there is indeed a zero-day “Xmas exploit” that target both Adobe Acrobat and Reader.

The zero-day vulnerability is said to be triggered by malicious PDF attachments which unknowingly being opened by recipients.

“The PDF files we discovered arrives as an email attachment. The attack attempts to lure email recipients into opening the attachment. When the file is opened, a malicious file is dropped and run on a fully patched system with either Adobe Reader or Acrobat installed. Symantec products detect the file as Trojan.Pidief.H.,” Symantec said in a blog post.

According to Symantec, they have already informed Adobe of the vulnerability.

Brad Arkin, Adobe’s director of product security and privacy, said the company learned of the attack Monday.

“This afternoon, Adobe received reports of a vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.2 and earlier versions being exploited in the wild,” Adobe wrote in a post to its Product Security Incident Response Team blog Monday afternoon.

“We are currently investigating this issue and assessing the risk to our customers.”

Symantec, for the meantime, has urged users to be “extra vigilant” this holiday season  especially when opening attachments received from unknown individuals.

Source: http://www.tgdaily.com/security-features/45078-symantec-confirms-zero-day-pdf-exploit

Adobe brings Photoshop to iPhones

Who’s a fan of Photoshop?

I bet there’s tons of people who’d be raising their hands if I was asking a roomful of people. Photoshop has indeed built its reputation as a one of the best image-retouching and editing software. Heck, some even use the word “photoshop” as a verb. 😉

So anyway, fans of the Photoshop will surely be rejoicing Adobe’s photo editing tool becomes mobile and debuts with an iPhone app today.

The free (yup, it is) app allows iPhone users to crop, rotate or change the exposure on the iPhone photos. Although the features are very limited when compared to the full version Photoshop in computers, the app isn’t at all bad.

Edited pictures can be saved on the iPhone or you can directly upload them to your account at Photoshop.com. 🙂

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2354054,00.asp

Adobe releases Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5

Adobe released updates for Lightroom and Camera Raw today.

The updates, Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5, is available for download through Adobe’s Web site or through Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2 programs.

So what’s new with these updates?

This “final” version of Camera Raw and the Lightroom has both increased their list of supported digital camera models. These new digicams include Nikon’s D300s and D3000, Olympus E-P1 and Panasonic DMC-GF1 and DMC-FZ35 cameras.

Another change that comes with the release of the two is the correct demosaic algorithms for cameras like those from Sony, Olympus and Pansonic that use Bayer sensors with “unequal green response.”

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/macworld/20090915/tc_macworld/adobereleaseslightroom25cameraraw55

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