DukeScript brings Java to HTML5, JavaScript

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DukeScript, its name derived from Duke, the Java mascot, gives Java developers a way to build HTML5 and JavaScript applications within the comfort of the Java language.

Released earlier this month, DukeScript 1.0 is a framework for developing cross-platform mobile, desktop, and Web applications. These are Java applications that internally use HTML5 technologies and JavaScript for rendering.

“The technology is client-side technology,” DukeScript inventor Jaroslav Tulach, a NetBeans platform architect at Oracle, said this week at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco, which has a multitude of JavaScript sessions this year.

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Wild chimps learning to use tools from each other may hint at humanity’s past

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Under a tree in Uganda’s Budongo forest in 2013, Catherine Hobaiter first mentioned the strange chimp behaviors she’d seen two years before. Hobaiter, a chimpanzee researcher at the University of St. Andrews in the UK, told fellow primatologist Thibaud Gruber that she had witnessed a group of chimps using a mix of moss and leaves to soak up drinking water from a watering hole in the forest. In 20 years of research, no one had observed this behavior in this community of chimps, and yet Hobaiter had managed to capture the behavior on video — numerous times.

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Apple Watch debut in Paris attracts more fanboys than fashionistas

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The Apple Watch went on display this morning at Colette, a high-end Paris boutique that consistently attracts swarms of the hipper-than-thou. The event marked the first time that the watch has been shown to the public since company CEO Tim Cook unveiled it at a media event in California earlier this month, though it remained a decidedly hands-off affair. The watches were kept behind glass displays on the ground floor of the store, and visitors were not allowed to touch them.

Yet the chance…

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Reddit gets $50 million in funding and will share 10 percent of that with its users

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The front page of the internet has a lot more money in the bank, with Reddit confirming $50 million in new funding. More interesting than the amount raised, however, was that investors promised 10 percent of their new equity in the company will be shared with community members, a highly unusual move. While the exact mechanics of how these shares will be distributed to users is not yet clear, lead investor Sam Altman told The Verge that it will most likely use a block chain method similar to the systems used to create and distribute Bitcoin.

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Pharrell became an SNES character for his latest video and it’s a little creepy

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Pharrell’s latest music video, “It Girl,” is out and it’s very weird, guys. Just very weird. Here he is, Arby’s hat and all, singing inside what looks like a Japanese Super Nintendo dating sim crossed with an extremely fan-service-y shojo anime. While he sings — the song is kind of catchy — you can watch him leer at his It Girl from afar, with extreme closeups of his eyes thrown in every now and then. It’s bright, unsettling, and might even induce seizures in some. But most concerning of all, I’m left with that damn Pharrell sprite dancing in my head. Proceed with caution.

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Fox is remaking ‘Big’ as a television series and that’s a great idea in 2014

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Fox wants to remake Big as a television series. Finally, we have show to decode the mystery that is the man-child!

The 1980’s comedy Big, starring Tom Hanks, is being developed as a half-hour comedy by writers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, the creators of the underrated workplace comedy, Enlisted. That show — canceled by Fox in May after playing outs its first season at 9:30 PM on Friday nights, also known as viewership wasteland — was a heartfelt and funny take on life at a rear detachment U.S. Army base. In fact, the show felt too warm and kind for Fox, which for years has trafficked largely in gritty, bloody, loud and snarky programs.

But Big seems to continue a shift in a gradual directional shift for Fox, a networks that’s…

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Apple’s OS X Yosemite Reaches GM Status, Nears Consumer Launch

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os-x-yosemite-macs Apple’s OS X Yosemite operating system is arriving soon, and the fact that the developer preview just reached Golden Master status, alongside a 4th public beta preview update, means we probably don’t have long to wait. Last year, Apple released its Mavericks GM build about three weeks before it released the update to the Mac App Store for everyone to download, so Yosemite is on… Read More

Windows 10 is the official name for Microsoft’s next version of Windows

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Microsoft is officially unveiling the name for the next release of Windows today: Windows 10. While the software maker had referred to Windows 10 as codename Windows Threshold internally, today’s official naming puts any rumors of Windows, Windows TH, Windows X, Windows One, and even Windows 9 to bed. It’s simply Windows 10, marking a jump from the mixed reception of Windows 8.

Described as Microsoft’s “most comprehensive platform ever,” Windows 10 will offer a tailored experience for all hardware across a single platform family. And it turns out that’s intentional. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore pointed to the millions of customers still using Windows 7, and said the company wants to make their transition to Windows 10 much more comfortable…

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If Windows 10 is the Tesla to the Windows 7 Prius, what was Windows 8?

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Microsoft has “hundreds of millions of Windows 7 users” that it wants to convert to the latest version of its operating system, which has just been revealed under the name of Windows 10. In presenting the changes and upgrades in the next Windows, Joe Belfiore stressed how familiar it will be for Windows 7 users, deploying a car analogy for the jump being as significant yet familiar as that form a first-gen Toyota Prius to an all-electric Tesla.

“We want all these Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first-generation Prius… and now with Windows 10 it’s like a Tesla.”

It’s not the nicest compliment Toyota has ever received, but the implication’s clear: Windows is slicker, more advanced, and purer…

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Windows 10 will be available late next year, preview coming tomorrow

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The next major version of Windows, Windows 10, will be available late next year. The new operating system is being unveiled today at an event in San Francisco, where Microsoft announced its name and has begun detailing new features, including the return and makeover of the Start Menu, the introduction of multiple desktops, and a new universal search feature. Microsoft isn’t hiding that, for mouse and keyboard users, this is a move back toward what Windows users are used to and away from the contentious changes in Windows 8. “It gives the familiarity of Windows 7 with some of the elements of Windows 8,” Windows chief Terry Myerson says.

While most PC owners won’t start using Windows 10 for a while, developers and enthusiasts can get…

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Microsoft just unveiled the future of the command prompt

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Surely the crowd-pleaser at today’s event, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore unveiled Windows 10’s biggest improvement yet: the command prompt. Your mom is probably very excited to hear about it. Power users will now be able to use CTRL+V to paste in directories, which is actually a welcome change. Copy and paste is important. (Especially for those of us who’ve been able to do this in command prompts for years on other OSes). But don’t worry, it still looks exactly as you’d expect it to look. It’s also probably not touch-enabled. Sorry.

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Watch how Windows 10 works with touch interfaces

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During its big unveiling of the new Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft demonstrated a feature called Continuum, which is designed to make it easy for users to switch between touch interfaces and non-touch environments. One of the biggest criticisms of Windows 8 was that it was difficult for users of mice and keyboards to navigate the interfaces designed for touch, and touchscreen users had trouble navigating the traditional desktop that works so well with a mouse and keyboard.

With Continuum, Microsoft appears to be taking that criticism to heart, and it says the new interface design smoothes those transitions. Microsoft says this interface was built specifically for devices such as the Surface Pro 3 and Lenovo Yoga, which have…

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Bellabeat Debuts A Trio Of Health-Tracking Products For Moms-To-Be And Beyond, Including Jewelry, A Monitor And A Smart Scale

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Shell_3 Fitness-minded individuals have devices like the Fitbit to track their steps and activities. Expectant mothers have Bellabeat. The startup has been selling a low-cost “connected system” that allows moms-to-be to track their pregnancies, including being able to hear, record and share their baby’s heartbeat via a pocket-sized ultrasound tool. Today, the company is releasing a… Read More

Pebble Gets A Permanent Price Cut, Plus Background Sleep And Activity Tracking

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pebble-steel Smartwatch pioneer Pebble is hoping to make its platform accessible to more people with a permanent price drop of $50 and $30 for both the original Pebble and the Pebble Steel, putting them at $99 and $199 respectively. Pebble is also further iterating on its platform, with new added activity and sleep tracking features, both of which can run in the background, albeit at a slight cost to… Read More

Microsoft Announces Windows 10

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Windows_Product_Family_9-30-Event-741x416 This morning at an event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the next version of its Windows operating system: Windows 10. The name is definitely not in line with expectations, but also comes on the heels of rumor talk that it could pick up another title. Happily, the last 943 people to cover the operating system got the name wrong. I am among them. Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will launch… Read More

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