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Daily Dose: Apple's "Magical" iPad 2 Revealed!

03.03.2011
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The much-anticipated release of the iPad 2 revealed a host of upgrades.  Apple's iPad 2 includes a lot of the big, expected new features like a dual-core 1GHz A5 processor and cameras on the front and back.  FaceTime video conferencing and VGA resolution are available through the front camera, and 720p HD-quality video through the back.  With a GPU that goes nine times faster than in the previous model, graphics on the iPad have never looked better.   Rounding out the package, Apple has also announced that they will release iOS 4.3 on March 11th along with the iPad 2. iOS 4.3 will include FaceTime and Photo Booth. New apps are being created to take advantage of the iPad 2's enhanced processing power, adding to the estimated 65,000 apps already available for the iPad from the AppStore.

Increased Oracle Ratchets up the Cost For Java/Solaris Certifications

After August 1 of this year, Oracle-certified Java and Solaris experts will be required to invest some extra dollars in a mandatory course attendance requirement.  Oracle's Education website clearly states that self study tools don't qualify for the course requirement.  Java Architect, Java Developer, Solaris System Administrator, and the Solaris System Security Administrator certification paths will be the first affected.  Developers currently seeking certification can follow the current certification plan through the end of July.

New Builds of PhpStorm and WebStorm 2.0.1 EAP Available for Download

Build 103.156 of the PhpStorm and WebStorm 2.0.1 EAP IDEs has been released for download for licensed users.  The build includes several improvements. Clarifying warnings to class declaration and extended clauses help the user avoid IDE confusion.  A "File/Save As" action has been added with an accompanying key command.  Indexing for CPU and memory usage has also been improved.

STS 2.6 M2 Awaits Your Download

The second milestone build of the SpringSource Tool Suite 2.6 improves upon the original release with the addition of support for @RequestMapping (refactoring, content-assist, and quickfix).  Updated software releases include Spring Roo 1.1.2, Groovy, Eclipse Helios SR2, and Grails 1.3.7.  The addition of a Roo Plugin Manager rounds out the refresh. Groovy Eclipse and Grails tooling are improved for enhanced performance. Users can download the new refresh here.

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