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Our first edition of WIG for May is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Adobe has confirmed a ‘leaky PDF’ flaw, Lotus Notes is suffering from a huge Java security hole, iOS 7 will possibly have a visually different (flat) look, and more.

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Weekly News Links

  • Microsoft now at 400 million active Outlook.com accounts
    Microsoft has completed its Hotmail.com to Outlook.com migration and now is claiming 400 million active Outlook.com Web mail accounts. You can read the official announcement about the completion of the Hotmail upgrade and more here.
  • Microsoft frames Skype in Outlook.com inboxes
    The integration of the video chat and messaging service with Microsoft’s free e-mail service is rolling out to U.K. users now and will be available in the U.S. “in the coming weeks.” Learn more about the latest Skype feature in the official announcement here.
  • Digg to release Google Reader replacement beta in June
    Digg continues to survey people on what they want in a RSS reader. So far, it looks like the service won’t be social or free when it launches.
  • Mozilla: Look ma, no plug-in for video, apps
    The makers of Firefox team up with the 3D graphics gurus at OTOY to show off a new codec that can run high-end video and desktop apps in the browser.
  • Chrome caching to smooth out rough patches in network
    “Offline cache mode” lets Google’s browser load a saved version of a previously visited Web page. The cached version might be out of date, though.
  • Google Keep note-taking comes to Chrome
    Google Keep debuts as a Chrome Web app, bringing its simple note-taking features to Chrome browsers and Chromebooks.
  • Packaged Apps Added to Chrome Webstore for Windows & Chrome OS Dev Users
    Google has announced that Packaged Apps are available to install from the Chrome Web Store – but only for Dev Channel users on Chrome OS or Windows.
  • Java 8 is now due in Spring 2014
    What has been hinted at over the last week is now official – the next version of Java will not be released until next year. Mark Reinhold, the engineer in charge of Java at the platform’s owner Oracle, has confirmed that the new release date for JDK 8 will be 18 March 2014.
  • Firefox OS Simulator 3.0 now available
    The Mozilla developers have now released the latest version of the Firefox OS simulator. It is designed to allow developers to create and test applications for Firefox OS without having to try and get their hands on the limited supply of application-creator-oriented Geeksphone developer preview phones.
  • Apple’s iOS 7 said to be visually different, flat
    A new report says Apple’s next version of its iOS will look very different from previous iterations, though stay largely the same.
  • Google Now ‘talks’ its way onto iOS
    The mashup of personal assistant and predictive search known as Google Now gets approved for iOS. But will it take attention away from Siri?
  • Google smacks down reports that Now for iOS drains batteries
    The Web giant says the allegations that its Google Now iOS app drinks down battery juice are “incorrect.”
  • Yahoo acquires to-do app Astrid
    The company will continue to support the task management app for the next 90 days, but some users can expect refunds on paid subscriptions.
  • Google Glass’s Android code now available
    Ready to start programming for Google Glass? The tools are out there. While only a handful of Google Glasses are out, Google quietly released its Android-based core kernel code.
  • A taste of Rust
    Rust, the new programming language being developed by the Mozilla project, has a number of interesting features. One that stands out is the focus on safety. There are clear attempts to increase the range of errors that the compiler can detect and prevent, and thereby reduce the number of errors that end up in production code.

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  • Published 05/5/13

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