JAVASCRIPT: JavaScript as the Language of the Cloud. JavaScript is the essential glue that holds cloud apps together. A decade in the software industry is like a century in other fields. Browsers are no longer dumb terminals, and JavaScript has emerged as a tool for building cross-platform apps. Expensive and bloated Java application servers declined in popularity years ago. Node has emerged as a platform for server-side JavaScript. Read more

NODE.js: Node.js Welcomes Microsoft’s Chakra JavaScript Engine. Node has traditionally been focused on Google’s V8 JavaScript engine, but adding ChakraCore support will allow developers to target more platforms. Read more

JAVA: PayPal is the Latest Victim of Java Deserialization Bugs in Web Apps. The company’s Java-based, back-end system was vulnerable to an attack that researchers have warned about for a year. Read more

ORACLE & JAVA: Oracle Pushes Java Fix: Patch It or Pitch It. Oracle has shipped an update for its Java software that fixes at least eight critical security holes. If you have an affirmative use for Java, please update to the latest version; if you’re not sure why you have Java installed, it’s high time to remove the program once and for all.Read more


NETWORK SECURITY: Juniper Will Repatch Its Netscreen Operating System. Company says there’s nothing wrong with the current patch, but redoing it will make ScreenOS more robust. Read more

THOUGHT LEADER ON LINUX… AND MORE: Why Linux Is Still Better Than Windows 10. Why one writer dumped Windows and switched to Linux 13 years ago, and Amazon wants its Android OEMs to integrate its services into their phones. Read more

APPLE: Safari Suggestions Bug Causes Browser Crashes in iOS and OS X. A server-side problem with the Safari Suggestions feature in recent versions of iOS and OS X appears to be causing Safari to crash and hang for some users. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith helped to identify the issue overnight, though it has also been discussed in a pair of Reddit threads in the Apple subreddit. The problem appears to be causing hanging and strange behavior in OS X and outright crashes in iOS. Going to Settings > Safari in iOS (or to the Safari Preferences and then the Search tab in OS X) and disabling the Safari Suggestions feature appears to fix the problem, or you could try using another browser. Read more

MOBILE: 5 Gmail App Alternatives for Android. For most Android users the stock Gmail or Email apps on smartphones and tablets is plenty. They have enough features or functionality to complete most daily tasks. But…not everyone wants to use Gmail. Here’s a list of five or so great Email app alternatives for Android. Read more


SIGN ON FOR IT SECURITY SUPPORT FROM BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain Data has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS = EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.

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