(Image source: Techradar)

 

BY EVAN THOMAS

ANCHOR NATHAN BYRNE

 

Is there room in your life for another browser? Yahoo hopes so. Its new Axis browser is a polished search tool for iOS devices and PCs that makes finding answers very visual.

 

“Axis provides visual preview of the sites you need, and gets you there with just a tap ... On your computer, Axis is a plugin that easily works with your favorite browser.”

 

Axis skips the traditional list of links for more immediate website thumbnails. CNET says it’s an odd play for Yahoo’s search group — maybe a little backwards at first glance.

 

“Yahoo, which still generates more than a billion dollars a year in revenue from its search division… runs ads on search result pages. On Axis, there are no search result pages.”

 

Chris Velazco at TechCrunch came away impressed with mobile Axis — the visual search works well on a touch device, and it’s very functional.

 

“The iOS app is surprisingly good — it’s more than handsome enough, it runs very smoothly (thanks mostly to its WebKit underpinnings), and your bookmarks sync between devices quickly once you make sure you’re logged in.”

 

But The Verge says the browser addon version isn’t there yet.

 

“When a search is entered, results are presented in the same fashion as the iOS app, but without the aid of a touchscreen, the experience is slow and unintuitive. More importantly, the add-on weighs down on browser performance, especially with multiple tabs open.”

 

So Axis is a decent offering, but it’s not without its hiccups. Blogger Nik Cubrilovic uncovered a pretty glaring security flaw. The Axis extension for Chrome was signed with Yahoo’s private certificate file — the text your browser uses to confirm that this extension came from Yahoo and can be trusted. 

 

“With access to the private certificate file a malicious attacker is able to create a forged extension that Chrome will authenticate as being from Yahoo! …with the private certificate file and a fake extension you can create a spoofed package that captures all web traffic, including passwords, session cookies, etc.”

 

A Yahoo rep commented on Cubrilovic’s post, and Yahoo took the offending extension offline for a fix. Sophos reports.

 

“Yahoo has since released an updated version of the extension that removes the private key.

 

Now that the original private key has been leaked to the public, Yahoo has begun using a new certificate so that the old one can be revoked.”

 

Security bugs aside, ReadWriteWeb is impressed with Yahoo’s drive amid the fallout from changing management and layoffs. But Axis probably won’t replace Google any time soon.

 

“This is the Yahoo we all want to see: one that innovates with technology, instead of in-fighting and trying to make money with patents. But I think it's stretching it to call Axis a ‘browser’. It's a shopfront for Yahoo search, but there really isn't enough reason to use it over Google search.”

 

If you want to try it out, Axis is available online for your iDevices and your preferred browser.

 

 

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Yahoo Debuts Axis Browser

(Image source: Techradar)

 

BY EVAN THOMAS

ANCHOR NATHAN BYRNE

 

Is there room in your life for another browser? Yahoo hopes so. Its new Axis browser is a polished search tool for iOS devices and PCs that makes finding answers very visual.

 

“Axis provides visual preview of the sites you need, and gets you there with just a tap ... On your computer, Axis is a plugin that easily works with your favorite browser.”

 

Axis skips the traditional list of links for more immediate website thumbnails. CNET says it’s an odd play for Yahoo’s search group — maybe a little backwards at first glance.

 

“Yahoo, which still generates more than a billion dollars a year in revenue from its search division… runs ads on search result pages. On Axis, there are no search result pages.”

 

Chris Velazco at TechCrunch came away impressed with mobile Axis — the visual search works well on a touch device, and it’s very functional.

 

“The iOS app is surprisingly good — it’s more than handsome enough, it runs very smoothly (thanks mostly to its WebKit underpinnings), and your bookmarks sync between devices quickly once you make sure you’re logged in.”

 

But The Verge says the browser addon version isn’t there yet.

 

“When a search is entered, results are presented in the same fashion as the iOS app, but without the aid of a touchscreen, the experience is slow and unintuitive. More importantly, the add-on weighs down on browser performance, especially with multiple tabs open.”

 

So Axis is a decent offering, but it’s not without its hiccups. Blogger Nik Cubrilovic uncovered a pretty glaring security flaw. The Axis extension for Chrome was signed with Yahoo’s private certificate file — the text your browser uses to confirm that this extension came from Yahoo and can be trusted. 

 

“With access to the private certificate file a malicious attacker is able to create a forged extension that Chrome will authenticate as being from Yahoo! …with the private certificate file and a fake extension you can create a spoofed package that captures all web traffic, including passwords, session cookies, etc.”

 

A Yahoo rep commented on Cubrilovic’s post, and Yahoo took the offending extension offline for a fix. Sophos reports.

 

“Yahoo has since released an updated version of the extension that removes the private key.

 

Now that the original private key has been leaked to the public, Yahoo has begun using a new certificate so that the old one can be revoked.”

 

Security bugs aside, ReadWriteWeb is impressed with Yahoo’s drive amid the fallout from changing management and layoffs. But Axis probably won’t replace Google any time soon.

 

“This is the Yahoo we all want to see: one that innovates with technology, instead of in-fighting and trying to make money with patents. But I think it's stretching it to call Axis a ‘browser’. It's a shopfront for Yahoo search, but there really isn't enough reason to use it over Google search.”

 

If you want to try it out, Axis is available online for your iDevices and your preferred browser.

 

 

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