Items tagged with Java

Apple can't be too happy about having that Flashback malware news hit over half a million Mac users, and on a percentage basis, that's pretty extreme. But now, hopefully, the past can be the past. A new update in OS X Software Update patches Java, enabling the program (on Lion machines) to stop automatically executing Java applets. Users can still override the new default, and of course, this security patch "removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware." If you've been dealing with the issue, or just cautious not to get it, this update looks like one you shouldn't avoid.... Read more...
Opera realizes that wireless carriers are placing limits on how much data is included with many smartphone plans. In an effort to give users the mobile web without going over their data limits, Opera has released the latest version of the Opera Mini browser. The latest version, 6.5, is available for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Symbian S60 and Java-enabled phones. In addition, the Opera Mobile 11.5 browser is now available on Symbian S60. If you're not familiar with Opera Mini and Opera Mobile, both offer cost saving features that help reduce your data consumption. With Opera Mini, remote servers compress webpages before sending them to your phone, thereby using less data. With Opera Mobile, you'll... Read more...
Microsoft's initial declaration that Windows 8 would run on ARM CPUs and early product demonstrations earned the nascent OS a great deal of attention. Since then, however, the company has remained largely silent on the features and capabilities of the new operating system, even as questions regarding the OS's support for legacy software, its UI, and Microsoft's preferred development frameworks all began to mount. The company has launched a new blog that's meant to provide additional details, but its still holding its cards close. Windows 8, according to Steven Sinofsky, "reimagines Windows." The author assures readers that Microsoft is fully committed to supporting the software and experience... Read more...
District Court judges are no strangers to outlandish demands or absurd claims, but Google and Oracle have jointly managed to push their case past Ludicrous Speed and into Plaid ("They've gone into plaid!"). In a hearing late last week, District Court Judge William Alsup informed both sides that they are "both asking for the moon and should be more reasonable." The judge questioned Oracle's estimate that Google had caused between $1.6-$6.1B in damages, particularly considering the fact that the lawyer who came up with that figure had been paid $700 an hour by Oracle to do so. At the same time, he scoffed at Google's claims that the money it's made through advertising on Android devices has... Read more...
Android's rise to dominance as a smartphone/tablet OS has reshaped the mobile OS market--but recent actions by both Microsoft and Oracle could damage the operating system's appeal. Oracle and Google are locked in an ongoing lawsuit over Android's alleged infringement on certain Java-related patents, while both Oracle and Microsoft are negotiating licensing agreements with Android device manufacturers. While this is an ongoing situation, pressure has mounted in recent weeks.  Last week, news broke that Microsoft has demanded Samsung pay it $15 per Android device. The deal is similar to one the software giant reached with HTC last year; that handset manufacturer pays Microsoft $5 per Android... Read more...
Today, Microsoft released its detailed security report covering the latter half of 2010. Industry tends in general are positive—vulnerability disclosures in 2010 fell 16.5 percent from their 2009 levels and approximately 35 percent from 2006. Microsoft's own share of the vulnerability pie rose from 4.5 percent in 2009 to 7.2 percent in 2010; the company claims this is largely because industry disclosures fell so sharply in just one year. The general decline in disclosures hides sharp changes in the nature of the exploits roaming the Internet. From the report: Malware written in Java has existed for many years, but attackers had not focused significant attention on Java vulnerabilities until... Read more...
The CTO of Mozilla and the platform architect for Microsoft's Internet Explorer are engaging in a little war of words over the format for the next version of the Javascript language. Microsoft's Chris Wilson wants to see an entirely new language supersede the existing version; Mozilla CTO  Brendan Eich wants to supercharge the existing version. "As I've frequently spoken about publicly, compatibility with the current web ecosystem -- not 'breaking the Web' -- is something we take very seriously," Wilson wrote on the Internet Explorer team blog this week. "In our opinion, a revolution in ECMAScript would be best done with an entirely new language so we could continue supporting existing users... Read more...
In an attempt to capitalize on the name recognition of Java, which is more well-known to the general public than Sun Microsystems itself, Sun will be changing its stock ticker symbol next week from SUNW to JAVA. "The number of people who know Java swamps the number of people who know Sun," Schwartz wrote. "JAVA is a technology whose value is near infinite to the Internet, and a brand that's inseparably a part of Sun (and our profitability)." Sun estimates that 1 billion consumers recognize the steaming coffee cup symbol of Java, it said in a press release. At the same time that they attempting greater name recognition with the new ticker symbol, they are also... Read more...
Wow. Gangbangers sure are getting nerdy these days. Symantec is warning about what they call "drive-by" web attacks using javascript. Computerworld has the rundown. That's what researchers at Symantec Corp. and Indiana University are saying, after publishing the results of tests that show how attackers could take over your home router using malicious JavaScript code. For the attack to work, the bad guys would need a couple of things to go their way. First, the victim would have to visit a malicious Web site that served up the JavaScript. Second, the victim's router would have to still use the default password that it's pre-configured... Read more...
Early in 2004 IBM challenged Sun to co-develop an open-source implementation of Java. Sun did not immediately warm to the idea. Though IBM has its own implementation of Java and could easily have open-sourced it, IBM believed that any open source version of Java should have Sun involved. At the same time Eric Raymond, president of the Open Source Initiative and one of open source's fathers, backed IBM and called on Sun to contribute Java to the open source community. In Raymond's opinion, the "'Sun Community Source License' promoted proprietary lock-in. He also contended that most open-source developers simply would not want any part of that. Through continued support... Read more...
I like both, but the net still comes first. Coffee is more of an internet aid really, just something to help you keep surfing. "A quarter of employees watch or listen to streaming media at least once a week from work, and 18 percent have downloaded and stored nonwork music, photos and video clips, according to a telephone-based survey sponsored by Websense Inc., which makes software that helps companies filter and monitor Internet use." And both are highly addictive.... Read more...
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