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Google and Udacity Team Up to Teach the Basics of Android App Development Google and Udacity Team Up to Teach the Basics of Android App Development

A few months ago, Google and Udacity released their first “nanodegree” course for intermediate Android development, today, they’re going backwards to teach you the absolute basics.

How to Protect Yourself from "Malvertising" on the Web

In the never-ending battle against security threats on the internet, there’s a new enemy spreading rapidly: Malvertising, or malware downloaded to your computer when you view an ad, even if you use an ad blocker. Here’s what you should look out for, why it’s a problem, and how to protect yourself.

Keep This Java Cheat Sheet on Hand While You're Learning to Code Keep This Java Cheat Sheet on Hand While You're Learning to Code

If you're looking to learn a programming language that's cross-platform and easily accessible, Java is one of the most practical languages out there. This handy cheat sheet helps you keep track of the basics while you begin to learn.

Most Popular Programming Language for First-Time Learners: Python Most Popular Programming Language for First-Time Learners: Python

If you're planning to learn to code, the first language you should learn depends heavily on what you plan to do. However, some languages are easier and offer more portable skills than others. We asked you for your favorites, then looked at the five best languages for first-time learners. Now it's time to highlight the…

Five Best Programming Languages for First-Time Learners Five Best Programming Languages for First-Time Learners

If you're thinking of learning to code, the language you decide to pick up first has a lot to do with what you're trying to learn, what you want to do with the skill, and where you want to eventually go from there. Still, some languages are easier to pick up than others, have a community dedicated to teaching, or…

Mozilla announced today that, similar to Chrome, Firefox will be blocking plugins by default in a future version of the browser. However, most plugins will be available through a "click to allow" feature, at least for the time being. Flash will still be enabled by default. You can read more here.

Google announced today that they will begin removing support for Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) plugins like Silverlight, Google Talk, and others in Google Chrome. Popular plugins like Silverlight will stay whitelisted for awhile, but they expect to fully remove NPAPI plugin support by the end of 2014. Read more here.

Update Freezer Keeps Apple, Adobe, and Other Software from Updating Update Freezer Keeps Apple, Adobe, and Other Software from Updating

Windows: Those Apple software updates always seem to come at the most annoying time, don't they? Update Freezer manages the update frequency for a number of apps, including Apple, Adobe Acrobat and Flash, Firefox, Skype, and more.

If you haven't installed Oracle's most recent Java patch, you should do so now. F-Secure is reporting a new exploit in the wild that was patched by last week's update.

What Is Java, Is It Insecure, and Should I Use It? What Is Java, Is It Insecure, and Should I Use It?

Dear Lifehacker, It seems like every other day, Java has another security hole that everybody craps their pants over. Can you settle the Java debate for me once and for all? What is it, really? Is it the same as JavaScript? Should I disable it? Won't all my web sites break if I do?

How to Program With Java Teaches You the Basic Concepts of Programming (and Java, Of Course) How to Program With Java Teaches You the Basic Concepts of Programming (and Java, Of Course)

Learning to code is a lot easier once you know the basics. We got you started with JavaScript, but if you want to get an idea of how that translates into a language like Java, which can be used to create Android (and other) apps, How to Program With Java's got you covered.

Greenfoot Provides a Visual Playground to Help Learn Java Greenfoot Provides a Visual Playground to Help Learn Java

Windows/Mac/Linux: When learning a programming language for the first time it can be difficult to see how lines of code translate to visual elements. Free educational webapp Greenfoot provides a structured sandbox where programming students create ‘actors' that live in ‘worlds' to build simulations, games, and and…

Disable or Restrict Plug-Ins in Chrome to Prevent Malware Installs Disable or Restrict Plug-Ins in Chrome to Prevent Malware Installs

Plug-ins can open vulnerabilities in even relatively secure browsers like Chrome. Even coders, like Jeff Atwood, can fall victim. Here's how to reign in plug-ins like Java, or disable them entirely, in Google Chrome.

Chrome's Click-to-Play Plug-In Settings Moved to About:Flags Chrome's Click-to-Play Plug-In Settings Moved to About:Flags

Chrome's Dev channel recently brought in a feature that could selectively disable plug-ins like Flash and Java until you clicked to activate them on a page. Neat! But now if you go looking for the setting, it's not there. Until you enable it from the about:flags page (by typing about:flags into your address bar).…

Set Chrome to Run Flash and Other Plug-Ins On-Demand Only Set Chrome to Run Flash and Other Plug-Ins On-Demand Only

If you'd like to keep a tighter reign on Flash, Silverlight, Java, and other plug-ins, the latest Dev and Canary Build versions of Chrome allow you to set your plug-ins to "Click to play" and almost never see auto-loading web content again.

Ethercodes Is a Web-based, Collaborative Programming Notepad Ethercodes Is a Web-based, Collaborative Programming Notepad

Think of EtherCodes as EtherPad for developers. Featuring line numbers and syntax highlighting, it lets you code with a group, in a web browser, in realtime, without sacrificing some of the comforts of your favorite text editor.

Java Portable Gives Your Portable Apps Java Abilities Java Portable Gives Your Portable Apps Java Abilities

Windows: Having a portable version of Firefox on your thumb drive can be really convenient. Make Firefox, and OpenOffice.org and other apps, more adaptable and web-ready by installing Java Portable on that same thumb drive.

JavaRa Updates and Removes Old and Redundant Java Versions JavaRa Updates and Removes Old and Redundant Java Versions

Windows only: Tiny utility JavaRa cleans up older or redundant versions of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) that might be littering up your PC, and optionally updates to the latest version. It's a simple tool that just works.

Chrome Beta Update Adds Automatic Translation, Content Controls Chrome Beta Update Adds Automatic Translation, Content Controls

Windows/Mac/Linux: The latest Beta update for Google Chrome does away with the need for clever bookmarklets by automatically dropping down a translation bar when you're browsing another language. It also adds whitelist-type controls over Flash, Java, and other browser content.

Secunia Online Scans Your PC for Insecure Software Secunia Online Scans Your PC for Insecure Software

Windows only: Free application Secunia Personal Software Inspector is a great way to keep your software up-to-date and secure, but now you can scan your PC for the most common security problems from any web browser—no install required.

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