News briefs April 17, 2013

In a bid to get ahead of a long list of vulnerabilities in Java, Oracle Corp. has released a new version that fixes 42 weaknesses in the plug-in for browsers.

Java SE 7u21 also includes a major change in the way the plug-in operates, reports: Web sites won’t be able to force Java applets to run in a browser unless they have been digitally signed.

Oracle’s Java update Web site details that the low and custom settings have been removed from the Java Control Panel security slider.

The default setting of High permits all but local applets to run on a secure JRE. If the user is running an insecure JRE, only apps that are signed with a certificate issued by a recognized certificate authority can run. Users, however, can over-ride this.

Oracle now manages a certificate and jar blacklist repository, the web site says. This data is updated on client computers daily on the first execution of a Java applet or web start application.

Blackline safety radio for deep cold
A Calgary maker of personal safety radio transmitters for workers in challenging environments has released a new version of its device that will withstand Arctic temperatures.

Blackline GPS Corp. said Wednesday its Loner IS Arctic will run up to 15 hours at -20C, and 25 hours at room temperature.

“We designed the original Loner IS product for demanding industrial environments,” said Barry Moore, VP of product development. “Our oil and gas customers requested longer battery life while operating in even harsher, cold temperature conditions.”

The Arctic version includes features found in other Loner IS units including fall detection, man-down detection and emergency alerting. It is certified for use within hazardous environments, meeting Class I, Division 1, Groups A, B, C, and D plus Class II, Division 1, Groups E, F, and G requirements.
Angoss goes to Peterson

Shareholders of Toronto’s Angoss Software Corp. have approved the company’s takeover by a subsidiary of Peterson Partners Inc.  Angoss makes predictive analytics solutions.

Angoss announced in January that it had signed a binding letter of intent with Peterson, which offered just over a half a cent a share for all outstanding shares.

“This proposal represents a significant premium to Angoss’ current market price, and we are pleased to provide shareholders an opportunity to realize immediate value for their shares,”  Angoss CEO Martin Galligan said at the time.

Angoss’ products include KnowledgeExcelerator, a visual data discovery software and prediction tool, KnowledgeSeeker, a data mining and predictive analytics tool, Knowledge Reader, which searches and analyzes text and performs sentiment analysis, and KnowledgeStudio, which offersr advanced modeling and predictive analysis.

Customers have included Conde Nast publishing, Presidents Choice Financial and Bell Canada.



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