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  • Java 9 plays catch-up, adds REPL for faster feedback

    Java developers are slated to get REPL (Read-Eval-Print-Loop) capability via jshell with next year's planned Java 9 release.

  • Open-source startup hopes to change the way businesses visualize data

    A Boulder, Colorado-based startup announced today that it has raised $3.6 million in seed funding to build the commercial version of the SlamData open-source project, helping businesses visualize semi-structured NoSQL data.

  • 'Invisible' payments key to mobile success, says Braintree

    Making the payments process 'invisible' is an important part of what makes the mobile experience delivered by companies such Airbnb and Uber so effective, according to Tyson Hackwood.

  • CommBank to pilot Offers app with Westfield

    The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) will be running a trial of its new 'Offers' app with Westfield owner Scentre Group.

  • Samsung banks on JavaScript, Node.js for IoT

    Samsung looks to leverage JavaScript as a mechanism for IoT (Internet of things) development with its IoT.js project.

  • NSW to launch digital identity for government services

    Service NSW will launch a digital profile for state government services that will minimise the number of times that people have to hand over their personal details.

  • IT hears the siren call of free Windows 10 upgrades

    Even enterprise IT professionals are taken with Microsoft's free upgrade offer to Windows 10, according to a recently-released poll.

  • Salesforce tools let customers snap together new mobile apps

    Mobile apps now figure almost as prominently in enterprises as they do in the consumer world, and on Tuesday Salesforce rolled out some new DIY tools that aim to help business users "roll their own" apps as needs arise.

  • Test like crazy for Java happiness, report says

    Small, responsive and dedicated performance teams tend to be the ones that produce the highest-performing Java code, according to a study released today by RebelLabs.

  • Java devs abhor Oracle's plan to kill private APIs

    Key Java proponents are up in arms over the planned elimination of private API capabilities, specifically sun.Misc.unsafe, in the upcoming Java Standard Edition 9 release.

  • Most Android phones can be hacked with a simple MMS message or multimedia file

    The vast majority of Android phones can be hacked by sending them a specially crafted multimedia message (MMS), a security researcher has found.

  • JRuby upgrade promises better performance

    JRuby, a veteran among languages other than Java riding atop the JVM, will be upgraded Wednesday with the release of JRuby 9000.

  • 9 ways developers can rebuild trust on the Internet

    The Internet is a pit of epistemological chaos. As Peter Steiner posited -- and millions of chuckles peer-reviewed -- in his famous New Yorker cartoon, there's no way to know if you're swapping packets with a dog or the bank that claims to safeguard your money. To make matters worse, Edward Snowden has revealed that the NSA may be squirreling away a copy of some or all of our packets, and given the ease with which it can be done, other countries and a number of rogue hacker groups may very well be following the NSA's lead.

  • Nadella: Despite Cloud push, on-premises products still matter to Microsoft

    Microsoft is pushing hard to get businesses to use its Azure cloud platform, but CEO Satya Nadella said Tuesday that the company hasn't given up on its products tailored for companies that still have on-premises data centers.

  • Microsoft reports first quarterly loss since 2012 after Nokia write-down

    Microsoft has reported its first quarterly loss in three years, largely as a result of a $7.5 billion write-down for its acquisition last year of Nokia's devices and services business.

  • Senators propose bill to tighten vehicle security, privacy standards

    Two U.S. senators today filed a bill that would require the federal government to establish standards to ensure automakers secure a driver against vehicle cyber attacks.

  • Microsoft's TypeScript 1.5 falls in line with ECMAScript

    TypeScript, Microsoft's variant of JavaScript, will be upgraded to version 1.5 this week.

  • There's more to municipal broadband than public funding, says report

    U.S. communities looking for faster broadband service than incumbent ISPs provide have alternatives to the increasingly controversial choice of seeking to publicly fund a network, according to a new handbook for city officials.

  • Esri to unveil mapping tools in R

    Esri is set to announce an open-source software bridge that makes it faster and easier to move mapping data between ArcGIS and R. The aim is to help R users tap into an organization's GIS data housed within ArcGIS, a popular platform for high-powered geo-analysis, without the need to generate intermediate files. However, the code will also work to pull in any vector or tabular data supported by ArcGIS -- including but not limited to Shapefiles -- whether or not that data is stored within ArcGIS.

  • Microsoft Visual Studio understands a world beyond Windows

    Once devoted chiefly to developing desktop and server Windows applications, the Microsoft Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) is increasingly resembling a Swiss Army Knife, able to support myriad computing platforms, languages and runtime environments.