There are serious security issues with Java – so serious that McAfee, the computer security company, is recommending you turn off Java unless absolutely necessary. From CNET:
Security Explorations conducted tests on a fully patched Windows 7 machine, and was able to exploit the bug using the Java plugin in the latest versions of most popular browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera). While the error was only tested on Windows 7 32-bit, being in Java means it is not limited to the Windows platform and will affect anyone with Java installed on their systems, be it Windows, Linux, Mac, or Solaris.
Apple has been so concerned about Java that it removed it from OS X releases after 10.6 (Snow Leopard). If you are running either Lion or Mountain Lion, you do not have Java on your computer unless you installed it yourself.
Have you seen the new NOOK HD tablets? There’s both a 7″ [starting at $199] and a 9″ [starting at $269] model. The tablets are beautiful and Barnes & Noble does have a huge selection of books and magazines, but it’s still lacking in other media and apps. Hopefully, their collaboration with Microsoft will help improve that.
If, like me, you’re concerned about where Twitter’s headed, this article from ReadWriteWeb may help explain what’s happening. I love Twitter on Flipboard for both reading and conversation, but if that’s taken away from me, Twitter will become significantly less interesting. I’m sure Flipboard is planning for that eventuality and I’m guessing they will have an amazing alternative ready . . . Oh, and if you’re as fascinated with space as I am, you might want to subscribe to Flipboard’s Space feed.
Camera+ [iPad - $0.99] – the amazing camera app for the iPhone – has now come to the iPad bringing “professional quality shooting and editing” features to your iPad. I love the iPhone edition but I’m not sure how much I’d use my iPad to take pictures . . . Right now both editions are on sale for 99¢.
TextExpander [Mac - $34.95, iOS - $4.99] recently updated the desktop app to version 4. Over at Mac|Life, you’ll find a very nice article on getting started with TextExpander. Elements 2 [iOS -$4.99], a very nice notes app that supports Markdown, now also supports TextExpander.
The folks at CottageArts.net are having a lot of fun with Instagram – even making a gorgeous calendar page using their photos. See if it doesn’t inspire you too.
Google now lets you sync your contacts with Apple. ReadWriteWeb has the details.
New Kindles start arriving next week! Stay tuned to see if they live up to all the promotion.