Dart, Google's Controversial Web Language, Turns 1.0

Dart is done. Well, not completely done - anything not actually cancelled at Google is a constant work in progress - but the company on Thursday announced version 1.0 of its controversial Web programming language. Dart is designed to improve on JavaScript when it comes to programmer efficiency and software performance for Web sites and Web apps. The 1.0 release means Dart is now ready for real-world Web sites, not just for testing, said Lars Bak, leader of the project, in a blog post. And even though lots of roadblocks mean it's not possible to use Dart directly on the Web, Google offers indirect mechanisms that could make it useful while Google tries to convince other browser makers Dart is worthwhile.

New Zero-day Bug Targets IE Users

A pair of vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer currently being exploited in the wild to install malware on computers that visit at least one malicious Web site, security researches warn. The classic drive-by download attack targets the English versions of IE 7 and 8 in Windows XP and IE 8 on Windows 7, security firm FireEye warned in a company blog post Friday. However, the security researcher wrote that its analysis indicated that other languages and browser version could be at risk.

Google Launches Helpouts

Helpouts, Google’s fusion of Google+ Hangouts, Google Wallet, and its identity tools is now live. A ‘Helpout’ is a Hangout-like video chat, but instead of speaking with a friend, you are connected to a purported expert in whatever it is that you need help with. The tagline that Google has come up with for Helpouts is “real help from real people in real time.”

KitKat Promises Android for All

Google's newest version of its mobile operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat, doesn't deliver a huge list of transformative design and feature changes, like what we saw when Ice Cream Sandwich was introduced. Instead, KitKat's main purpose is to usher in a strategy from Google to get the latest Android version on all Android devices, both premium and low-end.

Google Debuts Parental Controls For Chrome

Google is officially beginning to roll out parental controls in its Chrome web browser in the form of a new “Supervised Users” feature that is live now in the beta channel for early testing ahead of its expected public release. The option allows a user, most likely a parent, to lock down the Chrome browser running on their device in order to allow and block access to certain websites, enable SafeSearch for filtering Google search results, and maintain a history of the websites visited, among other things.

Apple's iOS 7.0.3 Arrives

Alongside new iPads and Macs, Apple on Tuesday quietly released an iOS update that brings new features and fixes others. iOS 7.0.3, which went out as a free update today, brings back iCloud Keychain -- a feature that was originally slated to launch with iOS 7, but did not make it into the final release.

Apple Pushes New Version Of OS X Mavericks GM

The consensus is that Apple currently plans on announcing the details of OS X Mavericks availability and pricing during this week’s event in San Francisco. We’re hearing that, in order to kill some last-minute bugs, a quiet update has been made to the Gold Master version of Mavericks previously shipped out to developers.

Windows 8.1: New Features, but Same Problems

Microsoft is hoping for a Windows 8 do-over with version 8.1 of the operating system, but this reboot likely isn't enough to change buyers' opinions. Windows 8 was the first major redesign of the storied Windows OS in years, and its launch was accompanied by a loud and splashy campaign. For consumers, however, that largely amounted to a lot of background noise.

Microsoft Announces Update 3 For Windows Phone 8

Yesterday Microsoft announced its third update to Windows Phone 8. This is the set of new features and upgrades that will carry the smartphone platform through the holiday sales cycle. Included among the new set of code is support for faster processors, larger screens, higher resolution displays, better Internet sharing, and a set of quality of life changes that will be welcome to current handsets owners.

Google App Engine Adds New Starter Package

Google App Engine has added a new starter package to speed iOS development. The new service,  Mobile Backend Starter for iOS, is designed to speed the development of connected mobile apps without writing server-side code. The new service allows users to store data in the cloud and share it between users.

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