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Java Platform, Micro Edition

Java Platform, Micro Edition or Java ME is a computing platform for development and deployment of portable code for embedded and mobile devices. Java ME was known as Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition or J2ME; the platform uses the object-oriented Java programming language. It is part of the Java software-platform family. Java ME was designed by Sun Microsystems, acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2010. Developed under the Java Community Process as JSR 68, the different flavors of Java ME have evolved in separate JSRs. Oracle provides a reference implementation of the specification, but has tended not to provide free binary implementations of its Java ME runtime environment for mobile devices, rather relying on third parties to provide their own; as of 22 December 2006, the Java ME source code is licensed under the GNU General Public License, is released under the project name phoneME. As of 2008, all Java ME platforms are restricted to JRE 1.3 features and use that version of the class file format.

Should Oracle declare a new round of Java ME configuration versions that support the class file formats and language features, such as those corresponding to JRE 1.5 or 1.6, it will entail extra work on the part of all platform vendors to update their JREs. Java ME devices implement a profile; the most common of these are the Mobile Information Device Profile aimed at mobile devices, such as cell phones, the Personal Profile aimed at consumer products and embedded devices like set-top boxes and PDAs. Profiles are subsets of configurations, of which there are two: the Connected Limited Device Configuration and the Connected Device Configuration. There are more than 2.1 billion Java ME enabled mobile PDAs. It is popular in sub-$200 devices such as Nokia's Series 40, it was used on the Bada operating system and on Symbian OS along with native software. Users of Windows CE, Windows Mobile, MeeGo and Android can download Java ME for their respective environments; the Connected Limited Device Configuration contains a strict subset of the Java-class libraries, is the minimum amount needed for a Java virtual machine to operate.

CLDC is used for classifying myriad devices into a fixed configuration. A configuration provides the most basic set of libraries and virtual-machine features that must be present in each implementation of a J2ME environment; when coupled with one or more profiles, the Connected Limited Device Configuration gives developers a solid Java platform for creating applications for consumer and embedded devices. The configuration is designed for devices with 160KB to 512KB total memory, which has a minimum of 160KB of ROM and 32KB of RAM available for the Java platform. Designed for mobile phones, the Mobile Information Device Profile includes a GUI, a data storage API, MIDP 2.0 includes a basic 2D gaming API. Applications written for this profile are called MIDlets. All new cell phones come with a MIDP implementation, it is now the de facto standard for downloadable cell phone games. However, many cellphones can run only those MIDlets that have been approved by the carrier in North America. JSR 271: Mobile Information Device Profile 3 specified the 3rd generation Mobile Information Device Profile, expanding upon the functionality in all areas as well as improving interoperability across devices.

A key design goal of MIDP3 is backward compatibility with MIDP2 content. The Information Module Profile is a profile for embedded, "headless" devices such as vending machines, industrial embedded applications, security systems, similar devices with either simple or no display and with some limited network connectivity. Introduced by Siemens Mobile and Nokia as JSR-195, IMP 1.0 is a strict subset of MIDP 1.0 except that it doesn't include user interface APIs — in other words, it doesn't include support for the Java package javax.microedition.lcdui. JSR-228 known as IMP-NG, is IMP's next generation, based on MIDP 2.0, leveraging MIDP 2.0's new security and networking types and APIs, other APIs such as PushRegistry and platformRequest, but again it doesn't include UI APIs, nor the game API. The Connected Device Configuration is a subset of Java SE, containing all the libraries that are not GUI related, it is richer than CLDC. The Foundation Profile is a Java ME Connected Device Configuration profile.

This profile is intended to be used by devices requiring a complete implementation of the Java virtual machine up to and including the entire Java Platform, Standard Edition API. Typical implementations will use some subset of that API set depending on the additional profiles supported; this specification was developed under the Java Community Process. The Personal Basis Profile extends the Foundation Profile to include lightweight GUI support in the form of an AWT subset; this is the platform. Sun provides a reference implementation of these configurations and profiles for MIDP and CDC. Starting with the JavaME 3.0 SDK, a NetBeans-based IDE will support them in a single IDE. In contrast to the numerous binary implementations of the Java Platform built by Sun for servers and workstations, Sun does not provide any binaries for the platforms of Java ME targets with the exception of an MIDP 1.0 JRE for Palm OS. Sun provides no J2ME JRE for the Microsoft Windows Mobile based devices, despite an open-letter campaign to Sun to release a rumored internal implementation of PersonalJava

Deaths of Thomas and Rosemarie Uva

Thomas Uva and Rosemarie Uva were married ex-cons from Ozone Park, Queens. Thomas Uva got out of prison in May 1992 at the age of 28, he and his 31-year-old wife, who worked as the getaway driver, started holding up mafia social clubs throughout New York City that were owned by the Gambino crime family and the Bonanno crime family. As a result, mafia families put out an "open contract" to kill the couple. On the morning of Christmas Eve 1992, the two decided to go out on a last-minute Christmas shopping drive, they got into their car. As they got to the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and 103rd Avenue, Dominick Pizzonia, a Gambino family capo shot the couple several times in the head, their bodies were discovered moments when the car rolled through the intersection, collided with an oncoming vehicle, came to rest against the front curb of nearby residence. The victims, their killer, all lived in the same neighborhood of Ozone Park, about half a mile from the murder scene. There have been speculations that the murders were done by Bonanno family soldiers Anthony Donato and Vincent Basciano.

On May 11, 2007, Dominick Pizzonia was convicted of plotting to kill the couple, but the federal jury found the government did not prove he had killed them. Former Bonanno family underboss Sal Vitale said that he and Joseph Massino had a conversation with John Gotti Jr who told them, "we took care of it". For years, investigators suspected Junior Gotti, along with other members of his immediate crew, played a role in the murder but was never charged, Gotti denied he had any involvement, their story has been fictionalized in the 2015 movie The Wannabe. Christmas Eve Murder Article Quick Article

Dave Fipp

Dave Fipp is an American football coach serving as the special teams coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. Fipp attended La Jolla High School, in La Jolla and graduated in 1993. In addition to playing football for the La Jolla High School Vikings, Fipp was a ranked pole vaulter in the state of California and at one time held La Jolla's record with a mark of 15’5”. A 1997 graduate from the University of Arizona, Fipp played for the Arizona Wildcats football team under head coach Dick Tomey from 1994 to 1997; as a walk-on, Fipp led Arizona's special teams unit in tackles as a sophomore in 1995. He received a scholarship prior to the 1996 season and was the Wildcats’ starting free safety in 1996 and 1997; the 1997 Wildcats were among the top defensive units in the Pacific-10 Conference and ranked 12th nationally in rushing defense. He graduated from Arizona with a bachelor's degree in family studies in 1997. Fipp began his coaching career at Holy Cross as a secondary coach and special teams coordinator in 1998.

He returned to his alma mater, the University of Arizona, for the 2000 season as a graduate assistant and coached the safeties. When former Arizona defensive coordinator Rich Ellerson took the head coaching position at Cal Poly in 2001, he brought Fipp with him as his secondary coach. Fipp was promoted to defensive coordinator for the following two seasons before he left to take the same role at University of Nevada. Fipp spent the 2004 season at Nevada working for Hall of Fame coach Chris Ault as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach; the Wolf Pack's pass defense was 21st nationally and third in the Western Athletic Conference in yardage allowed. Fipp left Nevada for San Jose State as one of Dick Tomey's first hires after Tomey was named head coach in December 2004. In 2005 and 2006, Fipp was the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach before being named the defensive coordinator for the 2007 season. During his three seasons working with the Spartans’ defense, San Jose State yielded an average of 27.2 points a game including just 20.8 points a contest in 2006, the fewest given up by the program in 16 years.

San Jose State's defense allowed. In 2006, the Spartans kept five teams scoreless in the second half as San Jose State went on a 9-4 win-loss record and the 2006 New Mexico Bowl title. One of the youngest defensive coordinators in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision, Fipp accumulated six seasons as a defensive or co-defensive coordinator at NCAA programs before leaving to coach in the NFL prior to the 2008 season. Fipp spent three years with the San Francisco 49ers as assistant special teams coach; the 49ers credit Fipp as playing a critical role in the team's excellent special teams play. In 2009, Punter Andy Lee earned his second Pro Bowl selection after ranking 2nd in the NFL in gross punting average and net punting average. Running Back Michael Robinson was named a Pro Bowl alternate as a specialist for his work in all phases of special teams, marking the second consecutive season he had earned the recognition. Kicker Joe Nedney continued his successful career with Fipp's guidance, finishing the 2009 season ranked 38th on the NFL's all-time scoring list with 1,063 points.

In January 2011 Fipp joined the Miami Dolphins staff as assistant special teams coach. According to rankings compiled annually by The Dallas Morning News, the Dolphins finished the 2011 season ranked 2nd for overall special teams performance. Ranked 24th in 2010, the Dolphins 2011 second-place ranking represents the greatest year-to-year improvement of any team in the league; the Dolphins finished 4th in the 2012 rankings, making them the only team to finish in the top five over the past two years. In January 2013, Fipp was hired by Chip Kelly as the Philadelphia Eagles special teams coordinator, replacing Bobby April. Since taking over in 2013, the Eagles’ special teams units have accounted for 12 touchdowns, leading the NFL in the past six seasons. During this period, Fipp's special teams units were first in blocked punts for touchdowns and first in total kicks and or punts blocked while finishing second in committing the fewest special teams penalties, second in number of punts blocked and second in total number of blocked kicks including punts, field goal and extra point attempts.

In this same period, Fipp's units finished third in total number of punts returned for touchdowns, kickoff returns for touchdowns and total returns for touchdowns. In his second year with the Eagles, Fipp's unit was recognized by the Dallas Morning News' annual rankings as the top special teams in the league; the 2014 unit accounted for a franchise-best and NFL-leading seven touchdowns and a league-best six blocked kicks. The Eagles special teams unit again finished in the top five following the 2015 season, ranked fifth according to the Dallas Morning News' annual rankings. During the 2016 season, Fipp's special team's unit set an Eagles' franchise record in the return game with a 27.314 kickoff return average, ranking second in the NFL. They led the league with 5 kickoff returns of greater than 50 yards, were the only team to score multiple touchdowns on kickoff returns with two; the Eagles finished second in the NFL in punt return average with 12.9. Following the 2016 season, Fipp's group was again rated the top special teams unit in the NFL by the Dallas Morning News' annual rankings, finishing first in two of the past three seasons.

Fipp won his first Super Bowl ring when the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Fipp lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey, with his wife and their three children: daughters As