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Facebook acquires Snaptu to bolster 'dumb phone' mobile apps

Facebook has plunked down between $60 and 70 million on mobile app developer Snaptu, which creates Java-based applications for feature phones. Snaptu had been hand-picked by Facebook to develop its non-smartphone app, and the acquisition means Snaptu will now be part of the internal team. Snaptu's reach goes beyond Facebook, of course: the company's mobile app also integrates with Twitter, Picasa,...

Opera Mobile Store, powered by Appia, goes live for Mobile and Mini

It's not the first browser to get its own app store, but the Opera Mobile Store is... well, another app store. The Store has just launched and is powered by Appia, which offers a white-label app store system for carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, as well as some top-tier handset manufacturers. The Store will appear on Opera Mobile and Opera Mini Speed Dial pages and give users...

Google Chrome beta update brings faster JavaScript, GPU acceleration, Web app backgrounding

Google's Chrome beta update brings with it a slew of goodies for the adventurous users who prefer slightly more cutting-edge features over tried-and-true stability. Version 10.0.648.82 hit the beta channel earlier today, and it affected just about every piece of the browser, from the settings interface to the rendering engine. First and foremost, the already-impressive V8 "Crankshaft"...

BlackBerry PlayBook may be able to run Android apps, thanks to Dalvik

When RIM acquired QNX, it was all but certain that the days of Java-powered BlackBerry OSes were drawing to a close. That doesn't mean RIM plans on ditching support for all those legacy BlackBerry apps developed for use in the enterprise, however. Boy Genius Report has received information that RIM intends to support those apps by way of a virtual machine -- and what better Java VM to use than...

Cross-platform Boonana Trojan can infect Mac OS X through Java

Bad news for Mac users -- a cross-platform Trojan that can infect the OS is currently being tracked, masquerading as a video. Boonana, official designation 'trojan.osx.boonana.a,' or 'OSX/Koobface.A' depending on who you want to go with, is being spread across Facebook and other social networks with the old 'Is this you in this video?' ploy. Appearing on people's Facebook pages, the link launches...

Microsoft report shows massive spike in Java exploits

Move over, Flash and PDF -- there's a new contender in the race for the "browser plug-in exploit" title belt! According to the numbers Microsoft has crunched, Java appears to have locked up 2010's number one spot. You don't often see Java's name splashed across the headlines, however, which is why the Microsoft report shocked me a bit. From personal experience on my workbench, I also know that...

Customize your in-game music with a simple add-on for World of Warcraft

Are you bored with the default WoW music? It's great and all, but after five and a half years, you might be a little weary. Picking flowers is great, but mining mithril ore to the Rocky Fanfare theme is even better! Or perhaps you're of the other, older, lore nerdy school: you love one of the Blizzard tracks so much that you want it to play all the time, no matter where you are! Well, you're in...

IOGraph maps your mouse movements on Windows, Mac, and Linux

IOGraph is a Java application that traces your mouse movements while you work. The screenshot above shows about 1:20hrs of my work, during which I took a break (it shows up as the large blob near the middle). The reason there's a large blank area on the right side is that I have a dual-monitor setup. I usually use the right-side (secondary) monitor for displaying information, while keeping...

Sikuli uses screen shots to run scripts, is amazing

If you ever find yourself doing repetitive task on your computer, pay attention. Sikuli is an important step toward removing the barrier between the average computer user and programming. Normally, to make a computer do a repetitive task, you'd need to understand a programming language like Java, Objective C or C#. To perform some remedial task like starting iTunes and kicking off a play...

Livescribe's Pulse smartpen store hands-on

There's little to add to my glowing review of the Livescribe Pulse smartpen I wrote for TUAW last year. This is one of those gadgets that you show people and it looks like magic. It kinda is magic, I think. But this year's model introduces an app store for the pen (plus some nifty paper products), making it a desirable platform for anyone who takes their notes seriously. Read my review for...

Turn your head and cough, Firefox! Mozilla's plugin check is live

Whichever browser you happen to be using, there's more to keeping it up to date than running automatic updates for the browser itself. There are all those nasty plugins -- like Flash, Java, and Quicktime. Each one presents new opportunities for malware pushers, so an outdated plugin can put an unsuspecting web user at great risk. Mozilla announced a while back that they were tweaking the "What's...

XCube is a 3D cross-platform Rubik's Cube sim - Time Waster

I haven't owned a Rubik's Cube for ages, and the last one I had was in pretty rough shape. Like a lot of young kids in the 80s I sometimes got myself out of a jam by peeling off the stickers and rearranging them. So as I was looking around for a Time Waster to share with you all today, I came across XCube. It's a 3D Rubik's Cube simulator written in Java, so it will run on any system with the...

Record screencasts from your web browser with ScreenCastle

ScreenCastle is a Java-based tool for recording screencasts from your web browser. If you've got Java installed on your computer all you have to do is visit ScreenCastle and click the big red record button. A window will pop up asking you to select the area of your desktop that you want to record and decide whether you want to capture audio from your microphone. That's pretty much it for the...

ScreenToaster web based screen recorder adds audio capture

ScreenToaster is a web-based screencasting utility that works via a Java applet. That means that as long as you've got Java installed you can use ScreenToaster to record screencasts on any computer running OS X, Windows, or Linux without installing any additional software. Last time we looked at ScreenToaster it had a few limitations. You couldn't record live audio and you couldn't save...

Sun releases x64 Java browser plugin

First Adobe released its first alpha of a 64-bit Flash plugin for Linux, and now Sun has stepped up - providing a 64-bit Java plugin. This time, however, Windows users haven't been left out in the cold. Java SE 6 update 12 is now available through Sun's Early Access Program, and there are downloads for both Linux and Windows platforms. It's been a long time coming (as you can see in the...