Apple supports the FCC's hearing-aid compatibility standard to current iPhone models. This summer, developers have released apps supporting Cupertino's Made For iPhone hearing aids.
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New updates for Internet Explorer 11 are included with the Windows 8.1 Update and will be pushed out to Windows 7 users next week as well. A key change is Enterprise Mode IE, which eases compatibility hassles with old internal web apps. And there's good news on the HTML 5 front.
Mobile web apps that use the Cordova platform for cross-platform compatibility can now be released on Mozilla's Firefox OS.
Microsoft's Windows compatibility expert, Chris Jackson, says simple changes make many apps ready for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8
I have grumbled about the lack of Linux compatibility for certain tools and apps before now. Probably top of my wish list is some sort of Skype compatibility for the rather unusual Linux variant that my Acer netbook shipped with.
Sun's Lew Tucker foresees cloud apps that are entirely self-sufficient, but says they must be unified and driven by a compatible set of protocols in order to create a global cloud of clouds
At JavaOne in San Francisco, Calif., Sun fellow James Gosling, and Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz demo Sun’s new online store. The new Java store will distribute and sell mobile apps based on the Java programming language.
Sun engineers explain how the Nvidia APX2500 chip allows developers to write Java apps on a desktop and run them directly to mobile phones
At the JavaOne Conference in San Francisco, Ken Russell and Sven Gothel of Sun Microsystems explain how the Nvidia APX2500 chip allows developers to write Java apps on a desktop and run them directly to cell phones. Users will be able to play games and navigate cities in 3D using GPS.
At JavaOne, the company unveils two new JavaFX-powered apps: Photo Flocker and Movie Cloud
Sun Microsystems demos two new JavaFX-powered applications, Photo Flocker and Movie Cloud, at its annual JavaOne Conference in San Francisco Tuesday. Rich Green, the company's executive vice president of software, shows attendees Photo Flocker, an app that allows users to search for photos by tags and display the photos in a montage. He also previews Movie Cloud, a 3D organization tool displaying dozens of HD videos at one time.
The poor performance Sun has had with Java on the full PC client is now coming back to haunt them on the mobile client. If there had been a fuller Java applications community for the PC, perhaps that would have ushered in all those apps (and ISVs) to the converged classes of devices. But alas Java on the client did not storm the world. And ME is too fragmented. And bringing an SE version down to the mobile class is the answer, huh?
In spite of a bitter battle between Novell and Sun developers, OpenOffice won’t fork – at least for now.That's the consensus among several OpenOffice developers who are locked in a bitter dispute with Sun over how the open source project is governed but who nevertheless agree that a fork would be the worst outcome for a project that has enough difficulty competing against Microsoft Office let alone Google Apps and other online services in the future.
Let me make a few guesses on the Sun Java iPhone killer platform: It will be open source, but not GPL v2, nor v3, nor CDDL; nor will it come with a Microsoft compatibility (and no-sue clause) certificate. A new license is being worked up, the MDDL (Many Developers De-lovely License). It will neither make neither the open source nor the propriety developer corps happy, and may even alienate them both. Perfect.
Sun releases Java's source code under the GPL--except for some third-party chunks and the compatibility test kit.Video: Gosling on Sun's JavaFX
Sun Microsystems Inc. has announced the long awaited release of a fully buildable open Java Development Kit (OpenJDK) for Java SE under GPLv2. They're also creating an interim governance board and a process to test compatibility against the open source code base.
Apache and Sun are sparing once again over the terms of the Java Compatibility Kit, a test suite that will be necessary if Apache ever wants to call their Harmony project "Java". ZDNet has confirmed that Sun executives are reviewing the letter in detail but aren't ready yet to provide a definitive response.
The white noise level surrounding Google's announcement last night about their new premium offering – Google Apps Premier Edition – is bound to reach epic levels and last quite a while as everyone wraps their head around what has always seemed to me to be an inevitability on a par with the sun rising in the East and setting in th West. No one should be surprised by this announcement.
Sun developer Danny Coward says "Compatibility is king", but Sun is not staying still in the Java space. At last week's JavaOne conference he unveiled some projects that R&D is working on for the upcoming "Dolphin" release of Java, due out in 2008. The proposed changes are in three areas: languages, packaging, and ease of development.
The next version of software for Hiptops has passed compatibility tests with Sun Microsystems' Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition.
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