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  • Google wins landmark legal battle against Oracle

    After almost four years of legal wrangling, a US jury has ruled in favour of Google in its long-running dispute with Oracle. The jury unanimously ruled that Google's use of Java APIs to create Android was indeed fair use. Oracle had reportedly been seeking $9-billion in damages. Oracle has indicated that it will appeal the decision however. "We strongly believe that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market. Oracle brought this lawsuit to put a stop to Google's illegal behaviour. We believe there are numerous grounds for appeal and we plan to bring this case...

  • Firefox 26 says no to Java plugins

    Mozilla's flagship product Firefox just released its latest version, number 26, and although it comes with an array of features, one stands out: by default it blocks all Java plugins, you have to specifically allow each one. You might not be aware of this if you are not a techie but Java plugins are ubiquitous on the net. Though this is a rather significant shift it is not entirely a surprise -- unfortunately exploitations of Java plugins through web-based malware attacks are not uncommon and have escalated in the last few years. So much so that a site was...

  • Facebook rolls out support for Indian languages on feature phone app

    Facebook has added support for Hindi on its feature phone app, with plans to roll out support for seven more in the coming weeks. The languages include Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali and Marathi. The social networking giant has also added support for Vietnamese and Malay to the app. The move is widely seen as a bid by Facebook to make deeper inroads into India’s 1.2-billion strong population. According social stats...

  • Why you should be considering hybrid mobile apps

    If you've ever had any need to develop mobile apps, you'll probably be aware of the choice between going native or web app. For those not aware, native apps are developed using the language and platform of the phone in question (Objective C for iPhone, Java for Android etc.). Web apps, on the other hand, run in the mobile browser of the device. Like all great techie debates, the reasons for choosing one or the other relate to performance, design and even philosophy. Not everyone, however, is aware of the existence of a third option -- a hybrid of...

  • The key to USSD growth in Southern Africa

    USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data), has enormous potential to deliver new products and services to mobile customers in sub-Saharan Africa, but has yet to come into its own as a mature, fully-fledged service. Like SMS, USSD has a low barrier to entry for subscribers and customers. It is intuitive, menu-driven and works across all handsets, yet unlike SMS, USSD services and availability varies greatly across Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and regions in sub-Saharan Africa. "Just about every handset made in the last 10 years handles USSD sessions and menus, and all GSM handsets will at least handle basic USSD, which...

  • How HTML5 follows in the footsteps of Java’s proven WORA

    Java was released by Sun Microsystems back in 1996. As a new programming language, it entered a space long dominated by the likes of C; C++; Perl and many others. Java needed to bring something new to the table. At the time, every compiled programming language needed to be recompiled on every platform you wanted to run it on, often with particular fixes to handle the idiosyncrasies of different operating systems. Java was different in that it had the benefits of a compiled language, but thanks to the cross-platform 'virtual machine' it ran on, it could run anywhere without...

  • Powering your site: Technology choices

    Making the wrong technology choice can cripple your online business. It can mean expensive maintenance and development costs down the line. It could mean downtime for your website and make the simple act of publishing an article a trapeze act. You don’t want this. A site’s Content Management System (CMS) is the engine of your site, and if your engine don’t work, you’re going nowhere. Most major publishing websites are two sites in one:...