Sunday Shortbread

7 Up

  1. Ars Technica: Critical bug in newest Java gives attackers complete control of PCs
  2. PCWorld: The new ‘pure GNOME‘ Ubuntu Linux is coming this fall
  3. Neowin: Windows 8 may get Aero Glass back via modder
  4. StatCounter Global Stats: Top 5 browsers for the month of August
  5. Engadget’s hands-on with Samsung’s concept laptops
  6. VR-Zone: Pipo U1 7″ Android Jelly Bean tablet;

    dual-core Cortex A9 and Mali 400 for $125

  7. Mac Rumors: Video shows completely redesigned headphones for iPhone 5


  1. Ars Technica: Fry’s pays $2.3M to settle sex text claims


  1. Ars Technica: For Windows RT tablets, differentiation will be key
  2. The Verge’s exclusive: Nokia planning 4″ ‘Glory’

    Lumia 610 successor with Windows Phone 7.8

  3. Hey Apps: Welcome home to Windows Phone

Software and gaming

  1. Ars Technica: Mac and Windows work better

    together in latest Parallels desktop app

  2. MS Word blog: Working with tables in the new Word
  3. KitGuru’s Dust: An Elysian Tail review (XBLA)


  1. Tbreak’s Zotac Zbox nano AD12 Plus review
  2. Tech ARP’s BIOS option of the week – graphic window WR combin
  3. KitGuru reviews 8GB Patriot Viper 3 Intel Extreme

    Masters Limited Edition 2133MHz memory kit

  4. NikKTech reviews Mad Catz Cyborg F.R.E.Q.5 headset
  5. Overclockers Online reviews NZXT Avatar S mouse
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    • mutarasector
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Engadget's hands-on with Samsung's concept laptops [/quote<] Hmmm, These look very interesting, but could a war between Asus and Samsung be ensuing? A Taiwanese company vs. a Korean company - who'd a thunk it?

    • LoneWolf15
    • 7 years ago

    A serious question, as I’m curious:

    How many of you are using Java 7? I have found that every time a new full version of Java is released, it takes as much as ten months before app development catches up, or I don’t experience odd bugs, sometimes more.

    I’m still using Java 6 (just updated to u34, and then u35 in the span of a week or so). It took a fair amount of time to go from Java 5 to Java 6, and a fair amount of time to go from the final version of Java 4 to Java 5. I’m not a dev, so I don’t know what is involved regarding backwards compatibility or other app issues, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be using Java 7 until it’s significantly further in its life cycle.

      • jensend
      • 7 years ago

      Java 7 is considerably more than ten months old. I’d recommend making the switch as soon as they come out with a better patch for the most recent security issues.

      Compatibility-wise, I haven’t seen that many end-user apps breaking between Java versions.

      Of course there’s a period of shaking out bugs with a new major release, and this is why Sun/Oracle only recommend the first major version release for developers. But that period doesn’t last all that long; they started switching end users over to JRE 7 with 7u4 back in late April (which matches your “ten month” guideline fairly nicely, since Java 7 was first released in July 2011), and I think 7u4’s quality was quite sufficient to justify that.

      Java 7 has some performance benefits and a lot of tweaks that make it nicer to code in. Anybody who writes even occasional short snippets of Java has reasons to root for speedy adoption of Java 7. I haven’t done much in Java for a few years, but I switched to Java 7 a year ago despite the much-publicized bugs because a couple new features simplified and sped up a Project Euler problem I played around with one day. Only thing that ever gave me any trouble was that LibreOffice took until January to get around to releasing a version that would recognize Java 7.

      The only people who should be as cautious about new Java versions as you seem to be are admins of servers running enterprise Java apps. It seems like a lot of enterprise software is more prone to compatibility problems- relying on undocumented or hidden behaviors, etc- and if that’s your company’s infrastructure and your job, you want to be quite sure everything is hunkydory before you make any switch.

    • chµck
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<] VII. Mac Rumors: Video shows completely redesigned headphones for iPhone 5 [/quote<] Those commenter are crazy. Also, why is this news.

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      Because in the US there is post PC revolution. Frankly here in Europe Apple products are just as scarce as before……which is a good thing imo. The only people i know that started buying Apple products are old Managers trying to be hip.

        • kyboshed
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<] Frankly here in Europe Apple products are just as scarce as before......which is a good thing imo. The only people i know that started buying Apple products are old Managers trying to be hip.[/quote<] There must be a lot of those managers as iOS still has a slight lead over Android in Europe. Obviously some countries (such as the UK, France) skew in favour of Apple and others (such as Germany, Hungary) are firmly in the Android camp. [url<][/url<]

          • blastdoor
          • 7 years ago

          Makes sense. The Germans have no taste.

            • chµck
            • 7 years ago

            Those nazi uniforms were so Hugo Boss.

      • chµck
      • 7 years ago

      [url<][/url<] So many things make sense now.... Yes, apparently they are that backasswards. I like his random 90% statistic. It almost makes him sound edumacated.

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 7 years ago

    [quote=”Ars Technica”<]Researchers said they've uncovered a flaw in the Java 7 update released by Oracle [b<]on Thursday[/b<] that allows attackers to take complete control of end-user computers. The flaw in Java 7 Update 7, which Oracle released to stop in-the-wild attacks that silently install malware on end-user machines, is the latest black eye for the security of the widely used software framework. It comes after revelations that Oracle learned of the vulnerabilities under attack in April, four months before the exploits were detected. Oracle has yet to explain the delay in fixing the bugs.[/quote<] This is why some of us use NoScript.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Ya, both Adobe and Oracle should just change their taglines to “Your one stop shop for exploits”.

      • UberGerbil
      • 7 years ago

      Totally coincidentally, I just uninstalled Java from my aunt’s machine a couple of days ago. Aside from the security holes and its sneaky installation of toolbar etc (with an opt-out you have to uncheck with every update), I almost never run across anything that requires it. And the things that do I’ve never missed. So as a rule with all my family and friends it’s one of the things I automatically uninstall and then see if it’s missed. So far it never has been.

        • LoneWolf15
        • 7 years ago

        If you use LogMeIn Free to help your relatives, Java is a must.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    IV.StatCounter Global Stats: Top 5 browsers for the month of August

    Chrome holding a slight lead over IE, seemingly at the expense of Firefox. Obviously this includes mobile devices. Is the standard browser on Android devices counted as ‘Chrome’?

      • HolmesIV
      • 7 years ago

      @MMO Chrome hasn’t even been available until very recently on Android devices. (I know, go figure). Chrome (mobile) became the new standard browser on my Jelly Bean Nexus 7, but was not significantly used as a default prior to that as far as I know. By and large Chrome’s current position is based almost entirely on desktop penetration. (Chromeboxes and Chromebooks are still a pretty tiny piece of the market).

      • funko
      • 7 years ago

      The vast majority of android users use the Android Stock Browser. Chrome is a downloadable option, just like other 3rd party browsers for people running 4.0 (i think) and newer versions of Android. Ths stock browser has some functionality that Chrome still lacks, which many people still prefer

      • kyboshed
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]Obviously this includes mobile devices. Is the standard browser on Android devices counted as 'Chrome'?[/quote<] Statcounter has a separate category for mobile browsers, I don't think they're included in the main stats.

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