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Google on Thursday revealed a new service that's been working behind the scenes to protect Android users from malware. It's called "Bouncer," which Google developed to automatically scan the Android Market for potentially malicious software without getting in the way of the end-user. It's Google's way of juggling an open marketplace where apps don't have to go through an approval process like they do on Apple's ecosystem, while simultaneously combating the growing threat for malware "The service has been looking for malicious apps in Market for a while now, and between the first and second halves of 2011, we saw a 40 percent decrease in the number of potentially-malicious downloads from Android... Read more...
For compatibility reasons, many corporations still insist on deploying Internet Explorer across their workforce, no matter how much the end-user complains. It's not that IE is more standards compliant than other browsers -- in most cases, the opposite is true -- but Microsoft's longstanding dominance in browser market share has forced Web developers to code their pages with IE in mind, even at the expense of sticking to proper Web code. In addition, some applications only work (or only work properly) with IE, which is especially true in the enterprise. So why do we mention all this? Well, IBM is going against the corporate grain and telling its employees to blaze a trail with Mozilla's open-source... Read more...
At some point, someone is going to rise up and challenge Apple's iPad in the tablet market, the only questions are who and when? We still don't know, but Chinese company Red Flag Software will take a stab at it by tossing its name into a hat brimming with other companies who plan on releasing a tablet. Called the NPad, Red Flag's tablet is the first to sport the open-source MeeGo operating system, and word on the Web is that it will cost less than the iPad. That isn't too surprising, considering it will be equipped with a Linux-based OS and not Windows. Specifically, early indications suggest it will be running the 1.1 MeeGo OS, and yes, it will multi-task. On the hardware front, the NPad measures... Read more...
There have been rumors of a Google-developed browser circulating for a few years now, and it appears that rumor is about to become fact. The Wall Street Journal posted a news story today confirming that a launch of Google's open-source web browser, now known as Google Chrome, is imminent..."Google Inc. confirmed that it plans to launch its own Web browser, in the latest twist in a battle with Microsoft Corp. over key Internet technologies.  The Internet company, in a posting on its Web site Monday, indicated that a beta version of the software would be available for download on Tuesday.  The company said the software is designed to make it easier and faster to browse the Web, by offering... 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...
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