Safari browser sheds users, mimicking IE

Apple’s Safari browser, like rival Internet Explorer (IE), has lost a significant number of users in the last two years, data published Wednesday showed. The most likely destination of Safari defectors: Google’s Chrome. According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, in March 2015, an estimated 69% of all Mac owners used Safari to go online.…

Java 9 gets a release date: July 27

Java Platform SE (Standard Edition) 9, a planned modularized upgrade, remains on target for release in July, an Oracle official said this week. Java Development Kit (JDK) 9 is set for release on July 27. It will include a long list of capabilities, including modularization, a read-eval-print loop, ahead-of-time compilation, and a memory-saving improvement for…

Walgreens names new CIO

Walgreens has promoted Steve Turner to CIO, effective April 1. The company veteran oversaw the pharmacy retailer’s foray into Hadoop data analytics. Turner will work with outgoing CIO Abhi Dhar during the transition. “Steve‚Äôs experience and his deep knowledge of our systems position him well to move into this new role,” a Walgreens spokesman told…

AWS says a typo caused the massive S3 failure this week

Everyone makes mistakes. But working at Amazon Web Services means an incorrectly entered input can lead to a massive outage that cripples popular websites and services. That’s apparently what happened earlier this week, when the AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) in the provider’s Northern Virginia region experienced an 11-hour system failure. Other Amazon services in…