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Submission + - Chrome 45 Launches, Automatically Pauses Less Important Flash Content Like Ads

An anonymous reader writes: Google today launched Chrome 45 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android with some expected changes and new developer tools. You can update to the latest version now using the browser’s built-in silent updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome. First and foremost, Chrome now automatically pauses less important Flash content (rolling out gradually, so be patient). This has been a longtime coming from both Google and Adobe, with the goal to make Flash content more power-efficient in Chrome: In March, a setting was introduced to play less Flash content on the page, but it wasn’t turned on by default, and in June, the option was enabled in the browser’s beta channel. Now it’s being turned on for everyone.

Submission + - Tangerine Dream Founder Edgar Froese Dead at 70 (rollingstone.com)

frost_knight writes: Edgar Froese, founding member and keyboardist of the long-running band Tangerine Dream and an electronic music pioneer, passed away after suffering a pulmonary embolism on January 20th. Froese was 70. He played a pivotal role in the development of krautrock, new age, and electronic dance music.

Submission + - Microsoft Launches Open Source Tool For Testing JavaScript Across Browsers

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft today launched BrowserSwarm, an open source tool to help Web developers automate testing of their JavaScript frameworks and libraries across devices and browsers. To take advantage, all you have to do is sign up for free here. Microsoft’s pitch is simple: quality frameworks are the foundation for the modern Web, but framework developers often don’t have the resources to test across browsers. As such, BrowserSwarm aims to save them time and server resources by letting the cloud take care of the heavy lifting: no need to set up multiple-browser and device testing environments.

Submission + - VLC For iOS Returns On July 19, Rewritten And Fully Open-Sourced

An anonymous reader writes: VideoLAN revealed some very exciting news today: VLC for iOS will be back in Apple's App Store by tomorrow (July 19). The company tells TNW the app will be available for free worldwide, requires iOS 5.1 or later, as well supports the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

As you can expect, VLC for iOS version 2.0 will be open-source. This time, however, its code will be available online (also by tomorrow), bi-licensed under both the Mozilla Public License Version 2 as well as the GNU General Public License Version 2 or later.
Operating Systems

Submission + - CentOS 6.4 Released (centos.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 derivative CentOS version 6.4 has been released just 15 days after it supstream provider. According to the release notes some of the major changes include the addition of Microsoft's Hyper-V drivers and that Samba is now upgraded to the latest upstream version. Among other new features are full support for parallel NFS as well as the inclusion of virtio-SCSI, which makes it possible to connect directly to SCSI LUNs and offers better scalability compared to virtio-blk.

Submission + - Apple offering replacement program for iPod nano 1 (apple.com)

aedil writes: Much like it did earlier in Japan, Apple, Inc. is now offering a replacement program for select iPod nano 1st gen units due to the battery manufacturing problem that poses a potential hazard if the battery overheats. This problem is apparently more likely to occur as the battery ages.

Of course, they do want the original unit to be sent in first, with a replacement to be shipped within 6 weeks, and there is no mention whether the replacement is a refurbished 1st gen nano, or some other gen nano.

GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - GRUB 1.99 released with support for ZFS and BtrFS (gnu.org) 1

kthreadd writes: GNU GRUB has been updated to version 1.99. Among the many improvements are support for two new filesystems, BtrFS and ZFS. For Linux users this means that it's now possible to move to BtrFS entirely and not use it only for non-bootable volumes.

Submission + - Oracle Solaris 11 Express Released (oracle.com)

gtirloni writes: Today Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11. It can be downloaded here (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/downloads/downloads-sol11-168267.html) and is bound by the OTN Developer License (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/licenses/solaris-cluster-express-license-167852.html). Oracle also announced that this is not a beta or preview but a full supported release aimed at everybody developing, testing, prototyping or demonstrating applications running on the latest Solaris release (not allowed to be used in production).

Submission + - Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 released (oracle.com)

comay writes: Today Oracle released its latest version of Solaris technology, the Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 release. It includes a large number of new features not found in either Oracle Solaris 10 or previous OpenSolaris releases including ZFS encryption and deduplication, network-based packaging and provisioning systems, network virtualization, optimized I/O for NUMA platforms and optimized platform support including support for Intel's latest Nehalem and SPARC T3. In addition, Oracle Solaris 10 support is available from within a container/zone so migration of existing systems is greatly simplified. The release is available under a variety of licenses including a supported commercial license on a wide variety of x86 and SPARC platforms.

Submission + - Oracle and Apple Announce OpenJDK Project for OSX (oracle.com)

HnT writes: Oracle and Apple® today announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OS® X. Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client. OpenJDK will make Apple's Java technology available to open source developers so they can access and contribute to the effort.

Submission + - Apple Kills Java on OS X! (apple.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Apple have announced that they will depreciate Java support on OS X and will no longer provide support for it in future releases of OS X.

"As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of Java that is ported by Apple, and that ships with Mac OS X, is deprecated.

This means that the Apple-produced runtime will not be maintained at the same level, and may be removed from future versions of Mac OS X. The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products."

They have also banned Java applications for the Mac App Store.

"3.3.1 Applications may only use public APIs and frameworks included in the default installation of Mac OS X or as bundled with Xcode as provided by Apple, deprecated technologies (such as Java) may not be used."

It is not yet clear if Oracle will step up to take over from Apple but it must be frustrating for all the java developers that have supported OS X over the years by developing cross platform applications for it.


Submission + - Java deprecated by Apple (apple.com)

awe_cz writes: As mentioned in document describing latest Java update Apple clearly considers Java deprecated technology.

"As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of Java that is ported by Apple, and that ships with Mac OS X, is deprecated.

This means that the Apple-produced runtime will not be maintained at the same level, and may be removed from future versions of Mac OS X. The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products."

Sad day for all Java developers, indeed.

Submission + - File Sharing Ends in Sweden (thelocal.se)

An anonymous reader writes: The Swedish Pirate Party lost big time in the general election in Sweden today with only 0.7 % of the votes. This in conjunction with the latest WikiLeaks scandal in Sweden and the upcoming Pirate Bay trial is probably likely to mean the final end of Sweden as the file sharing heaven. Sweden has long been seen as the place for many file sharing related sites due to lack of governmental copyright restrictions but this is now likely to change as the xenophobic party Sverigedemokraterna is entering the Parliament with no block having majority.

Submission + - Which Eclipse Plug-Ins Do You Use? (dynamicalsoftware.com)

anomalous cohort writes: I'm sure that the /. devs already know about the Eclipse IDE which is most noted for its rich variety of plug-ins but which plug-ins are the best? The Eclipse Marketplace currently lists 887 tools. I assure you that any instance of Eclipse with all of those plug-ins installed would take a very long time to load. So, my question to those coders who use Eclipse is this. What is your short list of "must have" plug-ins?

Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.