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The University of Michigan's Center for Information Technology Integration (CITI) and Schlumberger have developed a Web server entirely contained on Schlumberger's Cyberflex Access, a Java-based smart card.
Webcard is written in Java and accessed through an OpenBSD tunnel device.
"We're trying to extend the smart card's reach, and one of its strong points is the fact that it's tamper resistant," says Peter Honeyman, director of CITI and principal investigator of the CITI-Schlumberger research partnership. "Furthermore, you can be sure nobody is hacking into your Web server when it is in your wallet or purse."
Smart cards have traditionally been accessed through arcane application interfaces. In contrast, Webcard can be accessed by any Internet-capable Web browser.
"The Java card allowed us to create something smaller than anyone thought plausible," Honeyman says.
The Webcard server supports a simplified subset of the HTTP, TCP, and IP protocols -- and its size is reduced even further because only one connection is active at any time and the server does not return pages with inline content such as images. Project researchers say it would not be difficult to extend Webcard's capabilities.
You can download the source code for the Webcard application and its supporting environment, download the tunnel daemon, and read the technical report at:
Symantec Corporation has announced the release of the VisualCafé 4 development environment for Java.
VisualCafé 4, which incorporates tools from partners such as BEA Systems, IONA, Oracle, and PointBase, takes full advantage of the advanced features of Java 2.
VisualCafé Standard Edition and VisualCafé Expert Edition are available now; VisualCafé Enterprise Edition will be available by spring.
The Standard Edition costs 9.95, the Expert Edition 99.95, and the Enterprise Edition ,799.95. Current Professional and Database users will receive a discount if they upgrade before December 31, 1999.
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Anticipating the day that cell phones are the preferred Internet-enabled device, Nokia has introduced an open server platform for mobile applications.
You can use the Nokia WAP Server to tailor company-specific applications so that roaming users can securely access corporate networks -- or create a new space in the rapidly evolving dot-com economy we all know and love.
According to Nokia, an estimated 15 percent of the mobile phones sold in the world next year will support WAP (the Wireless Application Protocol). With the Nokia WAP Server you can tap into that market. Its features include:
The Nokia WAP Server starts at 0,000.