Oracle JDK 7u10 released with new security features

Oracle JDK 7u10 released with new security features

A few days ago, JRE and JDK 7 update 10 were released. This release adds support for the following new platforms:

  • Windows 8 on x86-64. Note that Modern UI (aka Metro) mode is not supported.
  • Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8.
  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

This release also introduces new features that provide enhanced security for Java applet and webstart applications, specifically…

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Yelp’s Stock Dips After Facebook Barges Into Local Search And Reviews With ‘Nearby’

Yelp’s Stock Dips After Facebook Barges Into Local Search And Reviews With ‘Nearby’

Facebook this afternoon released a new feature called “Nearby” that lets users search and review businesses such as restaurants, hotels and bars — and it looks like Wall Street received the memo quite quickly.

The stock price of reigning online search and review site Yelp started going down precipitously almost immediately after news of Nearby emerged at around 11am Pacific Time, 2pm Eastern. Within 20 minutes after Nearby launched, Yelp’s stock had taken a swift drop of more than 3.65 percent to as low as $18.50 a share…

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Google’s New Data Highlighter Lets You Add Structured Data To Your Sites Without Touching Any Code

Google’s New Data Highlighter Lets You Add Structured Data To Your Sites Without Touching Any Code

Google wants website owners to add as much structured data to their sites as possible in order to improve its search results and Knowledge Graph boxes with rich snippets like event listings, reviews and other information. Adding this kind of metadata to a site, however, isn’t always trivial, and many small businesses don’t really have the expertise to add microdata or RDFa markup to their sites.

Starting today, however, you won’t have to fiddle with your code to report this data to Google. The company’s new Data Highlighter now offers a point-and-click tool for tagging your site to its specifications without having to touch any code…

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Targeting The Enterprise, Openera Is An IFTTT For Email Attachments

Targeting The Enterprise, Openera Is An IFTTT For Email Attachments

Openera, an Ottawa-based startup which automatically moves email attachments into cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Salesforce and more, has raised $250,000 in seed funding, which the CEO Peter Lalonde jokes is “equal in significance to raising about a million if we were raising in the U.S.” He may be right – the company has been winning pitch competitions all across Canada for its service, which could be characterized as something like a IFTTT for the enterprise…

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Visualising Garbage Collection in the JVM

Visualising Garbage Collection in the JVM

Recently, I have been working with a number of customers on JVM tuning exercises.  It seems that there is not widespread knowledge amongst developers and administrators about how garbage collection works, and how the JVM uses memory.  So, I decided to write a very basic introduction and an example that will let you see it happening in real time!  This post does not try to cover everything about garbage collection or JVM tuning – that is a huge area, and there are some great resources on the web already, only a Google away.

This post is about the HotSpot JVM – that’s the ‘normal’ JVM from Oracle (previously Sun).  It is the one you would most likely use on Windows.  If you are using a Linux variant that errs on the side of free software (like Ubuntu), you might have an open source JVM.  Or if your JVM came with another product, like WebLogic, you may even have the JRockit JVM from Oracle (formerly BEA).  And then there are other JVMs from IBM, Apple and others.  Most of these other JVMs work in a similar way to HotSpot, with the notable exception of JRockit, which handles memory differently, and does not have a separate Permanent Generation (see below) for example…

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The “Death” Of Paper?!

The “Death” Of Paper?!

I entered a movie a few weeks ago by flashing a Passbook receipt. It was my first time doing so, and the process went about as seamlessly as one would hope. I just opened up the Passbook entry, showed it to the ticket checker and voila! Access was approved!

That movie theater experience is just one example where digital tools have overtaken the need for paper or printed receipts: I’ve taken to using mobile boarding passes when possible, rather than printing them out at the airport. I pay with Square Wallet whenever available, rather than having vendors print out receipts for me to endorse. I pay my rent, cable, phone, and all other utilities online. In the past two years since moving into my apartment, I’ve written a total of 24 checks. Just one per month, maybe less.

All small things, it seems, and things that I’m thinking less and less about. The behavior is becoming automatic, but it highlights a shift in the foundational layer of commerce and information exchange that we’ve undergone…

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What are you passionate about?

What are you passionate about?

Instagram Co-Founder Mike Krieger’s 8 Principles For Building Products People Want

Mike Krieger, Instagram’s founder, thinks you can build apps that fit in the real world by watching what people want, not guessing. He presented his eight core product design insights today at 500 Startups’ Warm Gun conference. Here’s the cheat sheet to his talk.

“Just because you’ve Googled something doesn’t mean you’ve learned,” Krieger explained in the intro to his design talk. To build something that solves a problem, “You want to know people better than they know themselves.” For example, if you’re trying to disrupt the shopping experience, you have to actually know what the existing shopping experience and behavior set is. “Go to The Gap and watch people shop for three hours,” is Krieger’s advice.

You should come away with serious insights, not just random facts. Krieger says his favorite definition of insight is “Something you’re really excited to tell strangers about on the train.”

And now, Mike Krieger’s Eight Principles Of Product Design…

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Google Research: Most Of The Time, The Smartphone You Search For Is The Smartphone You Buy

Google Research: Most Of The Time, The Smartphone You Search For Is The Smartphone You Buy

Google has just posted research findings on how certain factors affect the launch of a smartphone, with data coming directly from search. According to author Matt Seitz, the senior analytical lead at the Google Agency Blog, searches predict smartphone sales “with over 90 percent correlation throughout the launch cycle.”

With this data, the search giant has uncovered the most important factors that determine whether or not a smartphone will launch into the arms of millions of adoring fans, or to an audience that either doesn’t know the phone exists or simply doesn’t care…

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Living Apart Together: Decoupling Code and Framework

Living Apart Together: Decoupling Code and Framework

Of course you develop using the latest technologies and frameworks. You’ve written 2.5 frameworks yourself, your code is PSR-2 compliant, fully unit-tested, has an accompanying PHPMD and PHPCS config, and may even ship with proper documentation (really, that exists!). When a new version of your favorite framework is released, you’ve already used it in your own toy project and submitted a couple of bug reports, maybe even accompanied with a unit test to prove the bug and a patch that fixes it. If that describes you, or at least the developer you want to be: reconsider the relationship your code has with the framework…

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Java EE 7 chugging along!

Java EE 7 chugging along!

EJB 3.1 added a whole ton of features for simplicity and ease-of-use such as @Singleton, @Asynchronous, @Schedule, Portable JNDI name, EJBContainer.createEJBContainer, EJB 3.1 Lite, and many others. As part of Java EE 7, EJB 3.2 (JSR 345) is making progress and this blog will provide highlights from the work done so far. This release has been particularly kept small but include several minor improvements and tweaks for usability…

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