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  • Can Windows 8 Give Developers What iOS and Android Lack?

    Microsoft's future hinges on attracting developers to build Windows 8 apps. But by offering financial incentives, supporting a range of programming languages and allowing developers to write code once for multiple devices, those developers may soon follow.

  • Google addresses new JavaScript attacks

    Google's email security team has updated the Postini engine to stop a new type of JavaScript attack that helped fuel a rise in spam volume in recent months.

  • Researcher reveals Safari zero-day bug

    Apple's Safari browser contains a critical, unpatched bug that attackers can use to infect Windows PCs with malicious code, researchers at US-CERT and other security firms said today.

  • Google guru calls JavaScript a performance killer

    Nowadays, even regular web surfers know some of the things to avoid when designing a website for fast performance. Cut the number of requests to the web server. Shrink JPEG sizes. Employ a content delivery network vendor like Akamai Technologies or Limelight Networks.
    The problem is, according to Steve Souders, steps like these aimed at optimising the web server make only a tiny impact.
    "We used to tear apart the Apache [web server] code to figure out what Yahoo was doing," said Souders, who was Yahoo's chief performance engineer for several years before moving to Google in the same role.

  • Aussie devs make Wave with Google Web Toolkit

    Google's latest offering, the Web-based real-time collaboration suite dubbed Wave, began life in Sydney, Australia, as a start-up project built with Google's open source Web Toolkit project.

  • Be counted online

    Statistics New Zealand’s system, Online Census Option, provides New Zealanders with the option of completing their census forms online. The 2006 Census of Populations and Dwellings was the first time people could use either the internet response system or the traditional paper-based system.

  • Web standards on the move

    I've consistently argued that Web standards — including XHTML, CSS, DOM, and ECMAScript — can do more than we give them credit for and have plenty of room for growth. Case in point: Apple Computer's Dashboard. When Steve Jobs demoed this forthcoming technology to developers last week, he called it "Expose for widgets," referring to a current OS X feature that tiles (and scales) all open windows for easy scanning and quick access. In OS X 10.4, aka Tiger, Dashboard will extend the Expose idea to a special class of small, single-purpose apps: calculators, stock viewers, media players. You hit one key to produce a tiled display of these "gadgets" and another to dismiss them.

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