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Valve Adds "Recommended Games" Feature to Steam Functionality

Steam came to Mac OS X this year, and it was good. But as of today, it might get a bit better. Gaming giant Valve has announced the “Recommended For You” referral services on Steam.

The “Recommended For You” services on Steam are designed to help gamers discover new games and DLC (downloadable content) based upon their tastes, recent purchases and recent recommendations by friends.

Recommendations will appear both on the “Recommended For You” pages as well as in your Steam Community News Blotter. In addition, individual game pages will now include Recommendation info, providing gamers with even more information on Steam’s title base.

For full details, check out and happy gaming!


Safari 5.0 AutoFill Feature Could Leave Your Information Vulnerable

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Security researcher Jeremiah Grossman discovered a security vulnerability that could give any website the ability to steal user information from Safari’s AutoFill feature that grabs user information from Address Book on the Mac. Apple countered Grossman by releasing Safari 5.0.1 that supposedly corrected the issue, but Grossman has found another potentially dangerous way to grab user information from Apple’s flagship web browser.

To get the user information, Grossman setup a “game” whereby the user needed to type a “U” to jump. When the user typed the U, the text was placed in the country field, telling Safari to go ahead and automatically fill out the entire form with personal user information, including first name, last name, city, state, email, phone, street, country, and the zip (or postal) code.

“To perform our attack requires tiny bit of end-user trickery. Two button presses to be precise. A malicious website detects (ie: IP address) the country the victim is from. For our purposes here we’ll assume the “US.” The attacker invisibly (CSS transparency) sets up the aforementioned form and forces the keystroke focus into the country element. Notice how this is done in the video on the right side of the screen, which only visible for demonstration purposes. Next the attacker entices the victim to type “U” (first character of “US”) and then press “TAB.” And BAM! That’s it! Data stolen,” says Grossman on his blog.

Grossman also posted a video showing the exploit in progress, which you can find on his post.

Apple has yet to address this potential exploit, but with any vulnerability like this, you can always combat the problem by turning off the affected feature. By disabling the AutoFill feature in Safari, you are essentially killing this hack. You can disable AutoFill by navigating to Safari > Preferences > AutoFill and unchecking the box labeled “Using info from my Address Book card.”

via MacRumors


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Bing Adds Transit Directions To Maps Feature


Fans of mass transit can now look to Bing Maps for transit directions.  But due to the initial release, only Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, and Vancouver are available, according to Bing Community.

Mass/public transit is growing and Bing says that there’s more than 10.7 billion public transit passengers per year just in the US.

One large feature is that transit information is featured alongside each route option.  With this, users can compare route options based on what they already know of the transit functionality and personal preference.  Options are available for bus, subway, light rail, and local rail. 

Bing has also added landmark information.  If you were to say, open up a movie theater’s detail pages, you’ll be able to see what’s playing in the “nearby” panel.  You can also get details on operating hours.  Or if you’re in Seattle, and need some info on the Space Needle, you can get contact information, related businesses, and additional details in the results.

If you’re in the above cities, or perhaps on your way to visiting there, check out the new offerings here!

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