Private Voice & Text App Opens Test Community to All Interested Parties Communicating with friends, family and coworkers is easier than ever, but at what cost?…
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Abstraction layers in software are what architecture astronauts tell you to do. Instead, however, half of all applications out there would be so easy, fun, and most importantly: productive to implement if you just got rid of all those layers. Frankly, what do you really need? You need these two: Because that’s the two things that you inevitably have in most systems. Users, and data. Here’s Kyle Boon’s opinion on possible choices that you may have. Really enjoying #ratpack and #jooq . — Kyle Boon (@kyleboon) September 2, 2014 Very nice choice, Kyle. Ratpack and jOOQ . You could choose any other APIs, of course. You could even choose to write JDBC directly in JSP. Why not. As long as you don’t go pile up 13 layers of abstraction:...
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In this post-PRISM world, basically everyone is worried about privacy (and rightly so!) — especially when it comes to cloud-based storage. Offloading your files…
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Apple’s Tim Cook made a not-so-subtle swipe last week at Internet companies that make their money by collecting “gobs of data.” In a wide-ranging interview with…
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Scala Compiler Sees Two Forks in One Week - www.infoq.com   02:38 17/09/2014
942,295 Aug unique visitors San Francisco 2014Nov 3 - Nov 7 London 2015Mar 2 - Mar 6 A week after floating the idea of a community sponsored fork of Scala,…
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Joe Raedle/Getty Images According to a report on Deepdotweb, Comcast customer representatives have branded Tor “illegal” and told customers that using it is…
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And it’s here. After months of rampant speculation (and an abnormally high number of apparent leaks), the new iPhone has arrived. In fact, two new iPhones have…
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The 15 most important things Apple announced today - www.theverge.com   11:06 10/09/2014
Trending now Everything you need to know about the new iPhone 6s and Apple Watch A big iPhone, mobile payments, and a smartwatch — Apple has finally delivered…
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How Apple Pay works and why it matters for developers - clover-developers.blogspot.com   18:05 9/09/2014
Background: Clover and First Data (our parent company) have been working with Apple to prepare for the launch of Apple Pay to support developers, merchant acquirers, and issuing banks (see First Data's press release ). Clover is enabling all merchants to accept In-App payments, and will be In-Person/NFC enabling all merchants as well (see  https://www.clover.com/features/iphone ) . Here's a bit of how it works from a developer's perspective, and why it matters. Apple Pay marks the first time a popular operating system is making payments a platform service for real-world, non-digital-good transactions, in a broad, inclusive manner that is compatible with the mainstream payments processing industry. At Clover we're particularly excited because we believe it...
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Apple shows off its long-awaited Apple Watch smartwatch - venturebeat.com   18:06 9/09/2014
CUPERTINO, Calif — Apple unveiled its long-awaited smartwatch today, the Apple Watch, to a standing ovation from the press. “Apple Watch is the most personal…
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The Trouble with Apple's Smartwatch - prsm.tc   01:58 10/09/2014
A member of Japan Airlines ground staff talks on a Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Lite smartwatch. Credit Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty The trouble with smartwatches is that it took so long for decent ones to show up. Had they arrived in the forties, in Dick Tracy’s time, people surely would have been eager to trade in their basic timepieces for wrist-mounted communication devices. Even in the eighties or nineties, when calculator watches were hot, consumers might have been impressed with a timepiece that could make a phone call. But because real smartwatches have begun to appear only in the last year or so, they face a...
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Dan Frommer wrote in Quartz about The Hidden Structure of the Apple Keynote. His analysis covered 27 events since 2007, and included things like average length,…
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Following today’s media event that saw Apple unveil both the Apple Watch and two new versions of the iPhone 6, the company has updated its website to provide…
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8 Things Missing From the Apple Watch and iPhone 6 Event - www.bloomberg.com   00:12 13/09/2014
Apple managed to pack a lot into today’s two-hour presentation, but viewers were left with some questions. And that’s not even mentioning the scarf-wearing dude…
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Хабраиндекс633,18 сегодня в 14:17 Вчера ночью в нескольких местах, в том числе на Хабре, появилась информация о базе паролей к некоторым аккаунтам на Яндексе.…
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сегодня в 17:30 В сеть попала база 4,5 млн паролей от почтовых ящиков Mail.Ru Информационная безопасность* Вчера, если точнее, то поздним вечером седьмого…
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A user of a Russian cryptocurrency forum has published a list of nearly 5 million email accounts and their passwords. The Daily Dot reports that a forum poster  known as "tvskit" posted a list of 4,930,000 email addresses  and passwords on Russian Bitcoin forum BTCsec. It was claimed that around 60% of the passwords were valid, although forum administrators quickly removed the file and redacted the passwords. BTCsec A screenshot of the email horde. Some forum users who viewed the unredacted list claimed that the passwords shown were around 10 years out of date. Other accounts shown have been suspended or deactivated for years. Along with Gmail accounts, the list also included email addresses for Yandex, the Russian search engine. The...
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сегодня в 12:32 Блог компании ESET NOD32, Информационная безопасность* На этой неделе стало известно, что некими лицами были выложены в публичный доступ данные…
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Announced at the beginning of this year, Intel’s Edison is the chipmakers latest foray into the world of low power, high performance computing. Originally envisioned to be an x86 computer stuffed into an SD card form factor, this tiny platform for wearables, consumer electronic designers, and the Internet of Things has apparently been redesigned a few times over the last few months. Now, Intel has finally unleashed it to the world . It’s still tiny, it’s still based on the x86 architecture, and it’s turning out to be a very interesting platform. The key feature of the Edison is, of course, the Intel CPU. It’s a 22nm SoC with dual cores running at 500 MHz. Unlike so many other IoT and micro-sized devices out there, the chip in this...
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JetBrains CLion C++ IDE First Impressions - prsm.tc   18:00 10/09/2014
This post describes my first impressions from taking the new JetBrains CLion C++ IDE (currently in alpha) for a spin. I’ve been a loyal user of another IDE made by JetBrains – RubyMine, which I’ve been using for Ruby on Rails and Node.js projects. This IDE is one of the best that I’ve used, so I was excited to hear about the public release of an alpha version of their C++ IDE. It was particularly interesting to me as I mostly use a Mac but I haven’t looked at using XCode for C++ projects, so getting a familiar-feeling IDE on a Mac would be great. What do I want from an IDE? There are a few...
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Google Voice Is Dying and It's Beautiful - prsm.tc   17:59 10/09/2014
I am a huge fan of what Google Voice can do. That's why I've been calling for a mercy kill , so that its best features can thrive in something other than a limp husk of a service. And now that Google is finally beginning to merge Voice into Hangouts , the process has started in earnest. This is very good news. Google Voice has always offered fantastic functionality. It gives you one free, web-based phone number that can ring any phone you own. It delivers voicemail messages to an online inbox that will automatically (try) to transcribe them for you. It let you send texts from a horrible Chrome extension. These are fantastic features and I do not want them to go away. Who would? But Google Voice has always suffered from one huge failing: Google does not care about it. The...
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How Amazon Web Services Uses Linux and Open Source - www.linux.com   11:07 10/09/2014
Amazon Web Services first launched in 2006 with one instance and one operating system: Amazon Linux. The cloud computing giant has since expanded to offer…
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Fire Sale: Amazon Cuts Price of Fire Phone to 99 Cents - mashable.com   16:47 8/09/2014
Six weeks after hitting the market, Amazon is slashing the price of its Fire Phone to just 99 cents with a two-year contract. The price change comes just a day…
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Google releases demo of LastPass/1Password competitor - www.slashgear.com   01:45 7/09/2014
Built in to Chrome in the newest experimental build you’ll find a password generator that may make the creators of 1Password and LastPass sit on the edges of…
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Dell shows off upcoming 5K ultra sharp monitor - www.kitguru.net   12:12 8/09/2014
4K monitors are only just beginning to gain traction in the market amongst consumers but Dell is set to outclass them all with its upcoming ultra sharp 5K…
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Хабраиндекс317,56 сегодня в 17:10 Последнее время ни один пост от нашей компании не обходился без традиционного вопроса от читателей «А когда же выйдет ваша…
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вчера в 23:32 1000000 паролей от почтовых ящиков Яндекса утекли в сеть Информационная безопасность* Сегодня на одном довольно широко известном ресурсе…
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The Celebrity Photo Hack Goes Far Beyond iCloud - mashable.com   18:15 3/09/2014
The cache of stolen celebrity photographs, including nudes of stars Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, may have only surfaced on Sunday, but evidence suggests…
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One of the common bits of advice you’ll see people giving you around this celebrity picture hack is to enable two-factor authentication on your accounts —…
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Apple patches 'Find My iPhone' exploit - www.zdnet.com   13:41 1/09/2014
Apple has patched an exploit with its Find My iPhone online service that may have been leveraged by hackers to get access to the recent wave of leaked celebrity…
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Screenshot from security blog Proofpoint showing a recent phishing attack aimed at getting access to JPMorgan Chase. It’s not clear whether this phishing attack…
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If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to the RSS feed , like us on Facebook , or sign-up for the free email newsletter which contains computer security advice, news, hints and tips. Thanks for visiting! Talk about a flip-flop. A bizarre article was published by Russian security company Kaspersky on Wednesday. But you won’t be able to find it on their website now. Entitled “Why we should not be afraid of being watched while online”, the article was posted on the Kaspersky Academy website – a project run by the company to “support young talents in IT security”. Here is part of the article’s conclusion: there are many more [reasons] why you shouldn’t be paranoid and try to conceal your location...
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November 09, 2012, 8:00 AM — Those clouds got mad math skills. flickr/ kei51 The cloud, it's a term thrown around in casual conversation these days. Microsoft's ad campaign directed “To the cloud!", Apple crams iCloud down your throat at every opportunity, billboards on my commute say nothing more than “Cloud Computing" on them. Most people don't even know what it is or what it means, and frankly they don't care, it just sounds cool. To the layman, the cloud is synonymous with the internet itself, and if they're talking about SaaS products, they're basically right. To developers dealing with cloud computing it's more complicated however. To be clear, I'm talking about public cloud computing in terms of...
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Official: Google Kills Authorship - searchengineland.com   11:34 29/08/2014
After three years the great Google Authorship experiment has come to an end … at least for now. Today John Mueller of Google Webmaster Tools announced in a…
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Have you ever counted the number of Linux devices at home or work that haven’t been updated since they came out of the factory? Your cable/fibre/ADSL modem, your WiFi point, television sets, NAS storage, routers/bridges, media centres, etc. Typically this class of devices hosts a proprietary hardware platform, an embedded proprietary Linux and a proprietary application. If you are lucky you are able to log into a web GUI often using the admin/admin credentials and upload a new firmware blob. This firmware blob is frequently hard to locate on hardware supplier’s websites. No wonder the NSA and others love to look into potential firmware bugs. They are the ideal source of undetected wiretapping. The next IT revolution: micro-servers The...
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How Microsoft could beat Google and even AWS to lead the cloud - www.infoworld.com   18:25 29/08/2014
Microsoft Azure took an unexpected dirt nap last week. This is not good news for Microsoft, which identified the Azure IaaS and PaaS cloud as key to its…
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Parallels IP Holdings GmbH has unveiled  Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac  to the general public, one week after making it exclusively available to existing users. The app, which makes it easy to run Windows in a virtual environment in OS X, launches with the promise of drastically improved performance and better battery life, plus adds new features and promises compatibility with the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite, currently in public beta. Performance improvements focus on the speed of opening Windows documents, with Parallels claiming files should now open almost 50 percent quicker than previously. Those running Parallels on...
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Alex Heath (9:16 am PDT, Aug 28th) Apple has sent out media invites for its previously rumored September 9th event, so now it’s official. “Wish we could say…
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Dropbox Launches New Pro Features, Cuts Pricing - www.macstories.net   11:03 27/08/2014
In a blog post, Dropbox announced changes to their paid tier today, cutting the price of Dropbox Pro to $9.99/month with 1 TB of storage and introducing new…
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What your wi-fi reveals about you - www.bbc.co.uk   17:23 26/08/2014
When walking through the centre of a busy city it is easy to feel anonymous. Set against the cacophony of sharing and declaring that happens online, it can be…
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Free beer! Now Amazon has cloud developers' attention - www.infoworld.com   14:38 26/08/2014
You know the hunt for developers is getting tough when free beer enters the equation. Amazon.com will reopen a “pop-up loft” in downtown San Francisco this fall…
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VMware Teams For Enterprise Container Adoption - www.datacenterknowledge.com   14:37 26/08/2014
VMware, Docker, Google and Pivotal are teaming up to help enterprises run and manage container-based applications on a common platform at scale. The…
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ScreenshotMicrosoft founder Bill Gates. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides made major updates to its iPhone and iPad apps Monday that could potentially replace…
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Dropbox’s Mailbox for desktop beta opens to the public on Tuesday. Nick Statt/CNET When Dropbox’s product design team begins rolling out the desktop version of…
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Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup Amazon Web Services (AWS) has leveled up its US government security certification, winning the right to handle more sensitive work from the Department of Defense (DoD). The company has, of course, blogged the news that it has won provisional authorization to operate levels three to five of the DoD's cloud security model. Level one and two certification, which AWS already holds, allows it to provide public-facing services involving unclassified material. The company says it has now won provisional approval to operate at levels three through five. Those levels involve more sensitive but still unclassified data, so while AWS is making much of the change, its GovCloud servers...
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Look who is building a streaming dongle now: Microsoft is getting ready to launch its very own Chromecast competitor, according documents filed with the FCC…
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Bjarne Stroustrup designed the C++ language  in 1979, and the general-purpose language for systems programming has become a mainstay for developers everywhere, despite competition from Java, JavaScript, Python, Go, and  Apple's newly unveiled Swift . Now a technologist at Morgan Stanley and a professor at both Columbia University and Texas A&M University, Stroustrup spoke with InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill about C++'s role today and about other happenings in software development, including Google's Go and  Apple's Swift  languages. InfoWorld:  Where do you see the role of C++ today, when you have popular scripting languages like Python and JavaScript along with languages like Java and even Google's Go? How does C++...
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Apple has no shame in pushing back product deadlines - www.tuaw.com   18:00 21/08/2014
Former Apple User Experience designer and evangelist Mark Kawano recently penned an interesting piece for Inc. detailing some of the lessons he learned during…
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Plausible anti-Chromebook fightback or Microsoft throwing oranges at a gorilla? HP has called it the Stream and it’s the first model of what Microsoft hopes…
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Cryptolocker might be dead and buried , but there’s a new piece of malware looking to take the Ransomware crown. It’s called TorrentLocker, and it’s positively evil. TorrentLocker is said to borrow features from both the infamous CryptoLocker ransomware, as well as CryptoWall. Despite being a derivative of these malware programs, the security researchers who discovered and analyzed it – iSIGHT Partners – are referring to it as an entirely new strain. iSIGHT Partners are a well respected security research firm based in Dallas, Texas with offices and employees in 16 countries worldwide. Consumers hit by TorrentLocker will find their files encrypted with strong, near-unbreakable encryption, and will only be able to get their files back by paying...
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A senior cryptography expert has claimed multiple fundamental issues in PGP - an open source end-to-end encryption standard to secure email. PGP or Pretty Good Privacy , a program written in 1991, uses symmetric public key cryptography and hashing that allow both Privacy and Security , as well as Authenticity . Privacy and Security ensure users to exchange messages securely and Authenticity proves the origin of those messages. But PGP is a complicated multi-step process, which requires users to keep track of the public keys of other users in order to communicate. Despite clumsiness of the PGP implementation, the popular Internet giants such as Google and Yahoo! have looked forward to integrate it into their popular email services. The complexity of...
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Over the past few years, we’ve heard from many users that they love our Community Edition, and wish there was a simple way to buy support for it. Now there…
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Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests - www.theregister.co.uk   01:52 18/08/2014
Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup IBM Research has run done a side-by-side comparison of the KVM hypervisor and containerisation…
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In most of the world, the Year of Desktop Linux never happened. In southern Germany, though, the city of Munich has spent the last 10 years migrating away from…
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Ryan Lackey (left) holds up a prototype PORTAL travel router during his Def Con presentation with Marc Rogers (right). The news over the past few years has been spattered with cases of Internet anonymity being stripped away, despite (or because) of the use of privacy tools. Tor, the anonymizing “darknet” service, has especially been in the crosshairs—and even some of its most paranoid users have made a significant operational security (OPSEC) faux pas or two. Hector “Sabu” Monsegur, for example, forgot to turn Tor on just once before using IRC, and that was all it took to de-anonymize him. (It also didn’t help that he used a stolen credit card to buy car parts sent to his home address.) If hard-core hacktivists trip up on...
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Systemd: Harbinger of the Linux apocalypse - prsm.tc   12:18 18/08/2014
Credit: gnuckx/Flickr Now that Red Hat has released RHEL 7 with systemd in place of the erstwhile SysVinit, it appears that the end of the world is indeed approaching. A schism and war of egos is unfolding within the Linux community right now, and it is drawing blood on both sides. Ultimately, no matter who "wins," Linux looks to lose this one. The idea behind systemd was to replace the aged Init functionality and provide a sleek, common system initialization framework that could be standardized across multiple Linux distributions. systemd promised to speed up system boot times, better handle race conditions, and in general, improve upon an item that wasn't exactly broken, but wasn't as efficient as it could be. [ First look: Docker 1.0 is ready for prime time |...
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Slack is killing email - prsm.tc   23:11 12/08/2014
It’s been four years since Stewart Butterfield last sent an email to a work colleague. His team long ago replaced email with a chat app that plugged in to all their favorite services like Twitter, GitHub, and Dropbox. It worked so well that, when Butterfield’s game Glitch went under, his company decided to launch their chat app to the world and reboot their company. Slack users spend nearly 10 hours in the app every day In the six months since launch, Slack, as the app’s called, has been growing at a breakneck pace. Over 125,000 people use the app every day, among them 13,000 teams at companies as large as eBay, Sony, Yelp, and NBCUniversal. Active user numbers are expected to double by year end, but more importantly, engagement is off the...
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Microservices and the Big Ball of Mud - prsm.tc   17:28 12/08/2014
The concept of the Big Ball of Mud has been around for many years and we reported about it back in 2010 . The concept is nicely summarised in this article too: A BIG BALL OF MUD is haphazardly structured, sprawling, sloppy, duct-tape and bailing wire, spaghetti code jungle. We’ve all seen them. These systems show unmistakable signs of unregulated growth, and repeated, expedient repair. Information is shared promiscuously among distant elements of the system, often to the point where nearly all the important information becomes global or duplicated. The overall structure of the system may never have been well defined. If it was, it may have eroded beyond recognition. Programmers with a shred of architectural sensibility shun these quagmires. Only those who...
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Harvard University scientists have devised a swarm of 1,024 tiny robots that can work together without any guiding central intelligence. Like a mechanical flash mob, these robots can assemble themselves into five-pointed stars, letters of the alphabet and other complex designs. The researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering in Cambridge, Mass., reported their work Thursday in Science. ...
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AWS innovation is what's driving adoption, not price - www.techrepublic.com   16:09 15/08/2014
Cloud By Matt Asay August 15, 2014, 11:47 AM PST // mjasay Despite early marketing hype, public cloud computing has never been popular because it’s cheap.…
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Virtual servers: No safer than any other kind - prsm.tc   23:13 15/08/2014
Once upon a time, we used to think in terms of one hardware server equals one server operating system. Then, along came KVM, Hyper-V, VMware, and all the rest of the virtual machine (VM) hypervisors and more recently Docker with its containers . Now the idea of a single server operating system on a solo box is downright quaint. Don't think, however, that just because your servers are virtual instead of physical that they are somehow safer from security threats. They're not. As Symantec stated in its new report, Threats to virtual environments , "Virtual machine hosting servers are not any [more] secure than any other type of server. They are just as vulnerable to malware or targeted attacks." Indeed, there are some security threats that are...
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99.99% uptime on a 9-to-5 schedule - Scalyr Blog - blog.scalyr.com   00:15 16/08/2014
Being “on call” is often the most dreaded part of server operations. In the immortal words of Devops Borat, “Devops is intersection of lover of cloud and hater…
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The Web is Broken and We Should Fix It - prsm.tc   20:30 15/08/2014
Via @roundtrip , this conversation from July: There’s actually a pretty simple alternative to the current web. In federated wiki , when you find a page you like, you curate it to your own server (which may even be running on your laptop). That forms part of a named-content system, and if later that page disappears at the source, the system can find dozens of curated copies across the web. Your curation of a page guarantees the survival of the page. The named-content scheme guarantees it will be findable.  It also addresses scalability problems. Instead of linking you to someone’s page (and helping bring down their server) I curate it. You see me curate it and read my copy of that page. The page ripples through the system and the load is...
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Представлен релиз Seafile 3.1, открытой платформы для создания сервиса облачного хранения данных, организации совместной работы и синхронизации информации. В…
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Why bother having to learn HTML5, JavaScript, PHP, CSS and XML, when you could just learn one? Well, that's exactly what an NSA-funded project at Carnegie Mellon University seeks to achieve . The "polyglot" programming language is called Wyvern—the name comes from a a mythical dragon-like reature with two legs instead of four—and is designed to help unify the way apps and websites are created. The researchers explain : "Web applications today are written as a poorly-coordinated mishmash of artifacts written in different languages, file formats, and technologies. For example, a web application may consist of JavaScript code on the client, HTML for structure, CSS for presentation, XML for AJAX-style communication, and a mixture of Java, plain text configuration...
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Should Google Prepare for a Battle Royal with Yandex? - www.socialmediatoday.com   00:07 16/08/2014
Right now there’s a 68% probability you’re using Google for search. Google’s dominance in search is a reality worldwide, although some countries managed to…
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VMware + Containers = Containers without Compromise - cto.vmware.com   01:37 13/08/2014
For this post, I’m temporarily taking off my VMware End User Computing hat and putting back on my Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) one. (As many of you may…
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Josh Valcarcel/WIRED Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards. Although we know they often carry malware infections, we depend on…
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Here we take a look at a selection of programming languages and compare their mean salary and demand. The data comes from an analysis of 1.5 million tech job…
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It’s been almost a year since we first announced that we were working on a new web-based platform for viewing and exploring source code. Fast forward a year of…
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Last week I wrote about Rackspace’s pivot from a pure play IaaS vendor to a managed service provider. In the article I questioned how the smaller, niche IaaS…
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Google has been working towards offering end-to-end encryption for Gmail. But now, it’s teaming up with Yahoo to make both webmail services encrypted in such a…
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Lightspeed is an idea by Philipp Sackl and Michael Verdi of Mozilla that could make the web simpler to use without sacrificing privacy or security in the…
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Facebook Unveils Its Load-Balancing System Autoscale - thenextweb.com   13:12 8/08/2014
Facebook today revealed details about Autoscale, a system for power-efficient load balancing that has been rolled out to production clusters in its data…
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RebelLabs is a technical community of passionate geeks and coders from ZeroTurnaround. They are famous for awesome productivity reports that have measured the popularity and feedback of various JVM languages, web frameworks, and developer tools for over 7 years to date. Earlier this year RebelLabs have published a comprehensive 40-page guide helping Eclipse users understand why it’s worth migrating to IntelliJ IDEA, and providing sound advice on the process. This was followed by another exhaustive report on the Java tools and technologies market landscape. Just a few days ago RebelLabs announced their own Geek Choice award for Java technologies that are most favored by modern developers. We’re excited to tell you that IntelliJ...
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A recent trend in communication is to add encryption to common forms of messaging such as email or chat. While that protects the content against snooping, provided that the implementation is not flawed in itself, it does not resolve the issue of relying on a central server structure. If you are using Whats App, Skype, or other messaging applications, you will notice that they all depend on servers that manage the data. While they may not be able to determine what is being transferred, it is likely that the majority save metadata including "from" and "to" information as well as timestamps. Bleep, which was formerly referred to as BitTorrent Chat, is a new decentralized messaging program from BitTorrent Inc. which does not rely on a centralized server...
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сегодня в 16:17 Как Airbnb удается организовывать работу своих разработчиков, не контролируя их перевод Блог компании Celecom, Управление проектами*…
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Is Amazon Web Services Really Down and Out? - www.cio.com   12:56 7/08/2014
Two weeks ago, Amazon announced its quarterly earnings, reporting a much larger net loss than expected. There was much speculation by pundits about the reasons…
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Oh look, everyone hates Facebook Messenger - prsm.tc   18:18 6/08/2014
For a massive technology company, Facebook is surprisingly dumb about apps. It has had far more flops than successful ventures when it comes to smartphone software -- in fact, the default Facebook app is just about the only one that has been able to make a go of things. In a feeble attempt at spinning off social network messaging into a standalone concept, Facebook now forces users to make use of its Messenger app, rather than choosing between it and the built-in messaging client in the primary app. The resulting bloodbath of negative reviews isn't surprising. File this one under "You could have spotted it from a mile away." Here is the overall U.S. rating breakdown of Facebook Messenger from its launch three years ago through today: Plenty of happy...
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Q&A on the Reported Theft of 1.2B Email Accounts - krebsonsecurity.com   17:14 6/08/2014
My phone and email have been flooded with questions and interview requests from various media outlets since security consultancy Hold Security dropped the news…
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Tokutek Announces New Consensus Algorithm for MongoDB - www.infoq.com   17:41 5/08/2014
934,196 Jul unique visitors San Francisco 2014Nov 3 - Nov 7 Tokutek has announced work on a new consensus algorithm with the goal of replacing the existing…
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Twitter is quietly testing a new feature that could display tweets in your timeline from accounts you don’t follow. The social platform, which is known for…
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XBMC’s name (which stands for Xbox Media Center) isn’t really relevant these days. The media center app only runs on the original Xbox through hacks, and it…
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Five signs that Amazon is the new Microsoft - www.computerweekly.com   12:45 3/08/2014
Amazon is one of the few companies that went through multiple transformations in the last decade. Whether it was offering a commission-based brokerage service…
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Neat Stuff Published on August 1st, 2014 | by Jason Louv BitTorrent Bleep—a new service for peer-to-peer chat and voice communication that should foil NSA efforts at metadata collection BitTorrent, Inc. is developing a new technology for online communication—BitTorrent Bleep—applying the peer-t0-peer model currently used for file sharing to personal messages. The technology—which is currently only available by invitation, and also only for Windows 7 and 8 (for now)—will allow voice calls and text messages without depending on a centralized server. Via Phys.org: BitTorrent Inc., the San Francisco company behind the most popular technology for sharing files online, is branching out into a new arena: snoop-proof...
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The registration of Russian bloggers has begun - gigaom.com   12:11 1/08/2014
The Russian telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor has sent out its first notices to bloggers that it wants on its registry, launched on Friday. According to…
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26 июля в 15:48 Недавно Джонатан Здзиарски (Jonathan Zdziarski), на конференции Hackers On Planet Earth в Нью-Йорке, опубликовал доклад, в котором рассказал о…
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23 July '14, 07:45pm  Follow Today, Reddit officially launched its own live-blogging platform. The company calls it Reddit Live and the feature has actually been in “semi-open beta” for a few months now – you may have stumbled across its threads covering Twitch Plays Pokemon and the  conflict in Ukraine . During the initial beta period, only Reddit employees were able to create these live streams and authorize trusted “reporters” to contribute. Now, anyone can use Reddit Live and submit their ongoing threads to a dedicated subreddit . Unlike traditional Reddit posts, these threads will update in your browser...
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According to various sources, as reported by 9to5Mac, Apple is currently set to launch the Golden Master of OS X Yosemite around October 10th. And they’re also apparently set to launch upgrades to the Mac line-up by the end of October. Included in the upgrades is a 12-inch MacBook, a device that’s been rumored since early this year, and another device featuring a 4K- display (which is assumed to be a revamped iMac). No news about that Apple TV there. iOS 8, iPhone 6 and probably the iWatch are all expected to hit the shelves in September. The latest rumor hinted that iPhone 6 could be out into the market by September 25th. It would only be natural to expect Apple to launch OS X...
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Pixelation is great for hiding faces and covering up nakedness, but it's not good for disguising text. It's so bad, in fact, that it might not even protect you at all . The explanation comes by way of Dheera Venkatraman, who expertly explains the premise in great detail on his blog . The simple version goes a little something like this: A pixelized face is generally gone for good, but text is so simple to decipher that ne'er-do-wells can find out what it is just by working backwards. Take a pixelized Social Security number from a screengrab of an email or a PDF, for example. An aspiring identity thief can simply make a copy of the image, sub in a possible SS number, pixelate the image, and see how close the pixelated image matches. It doesn't have to be perfect—a...
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Sneak peek: What's new in Couchbase Server 3.0! - prsm.tc   18:22 23/07/2014
Over the last year or so, we have been working on a vast number of features and improvements for our next major release. Today, we are ready to pull back the curtain on Couchbase Server 3.0 . With 3.0, Couchbase Architecture continues to be one of the core strengths and with this release, we have further strengthened the fundamental capabilities and extended the breadth of use cases that Couchbase supports. 3.0 release focuses on five major pillars with many large enhancements in each area: Mission Critical Scalability & Performance Optimizations for Large Data Footprint: With tunable memory, administrators can control what...
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Why '123456' is a great password - prsm.tc   01:08 21/07/2014
New research shows that "123456" is a good password after all. In fact, such useless credentials from a security standpoint have an important role in an overall password management strategy, researchers at Microsoft and Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, have found. [ The 25 worst passwords of 2013: "password" gets dethroned ] Rather than hurt security, proper use of easy-to-remember, weak credentials encourages people to use much stronger passwords on the few critical sites and online services they visit regularly. "Many sites ask for passwords, but they require no security at all," Paul C. Van Oorschot, a Carleton professor and a co-author of the research, said. "They basically want to get the email address to contact you, but there's nothing to protect." Strong...
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AWS Zocalo may signal the death of cloud storage as a market - venturebeat.com   20:52 10/07/2014
When Amazon enters any market, its objective is to drive down prices and drive out the competition. That’s what it’s trying to do with Zocalo, its new…
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Five billion dollars. That’s how much Amazon.com ( AMZN ) will rake in from its cloud computing business this year, according to a new estimate from Pacific Crest Securities. If true, it’s an incredible figure. It would mean that Amazon’s cloud revenue shot up 58 percent in a single year, from $3.1 billion in 2013. In a research note, Pacific Crest says it expects the business to keep growing at a clip, with revenue hitting $6.7 billion in 2015. (Amazon does not break out its cloud revenue figures.) The growth of Amazon’s cloud business is unprecedented, at least when compared to other business software ventures. It’s grown faster after hitting the $1 billion revenue mark than Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce.com. You...
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Nobody doubts Google's cloud intentions anymore - gigaom.com   21:56 18/07/2014
Remember when many people – including some near and dear to Gigaom — just didn’t believe that Google was serious about offering cloud services? The thinking was…
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MagSafe is really wonderful tech, the MacBook's most underrated feature . Wouldn't it be great on the iPhone too? That's what the Kickstarter for a charger and battery pack called "Cabin" is shooting for. And even if it never actually happens, it's a nice fantasy. Cabin won't upgrade your iPhone to change its charging port or anything (duh). Instead, it would provide you with a little Lightning-port plug that has a magnetic MagSafe-esque connector on the far side, which you can use easily snap the phone into the Cabin battery pack or dock. MagSafe- esque , because the magnetic snap-in functionality is where the similarities begin and end. While there are plans for a little Lighting cable adapter that make it look and function like a mini MagSafe cable, this wouldn't let you...
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17 июля в 15:26 Мы не очень любим провокационные заголовки, но если вы работаете в индустрии хостинга, то вам будет интересно узнать, что увидели мы в…
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A recent Forbes report says that Chrome on Windows uses up more battery than competing browsers, thanks to a high system timer setting. Windows uses a timer to…
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Micro Python is priming the presses. After smashing its Kickstarter campaign, the programming platform is almost ready to release its Micro Python boards into…
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After teasing us with a possible launch, Amazon has confirmed Kindle Unlimited, its all-you-can-read e-book subscription service. For $9.99 per month, Kindle…
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Desktop Containers – The Way Forward | Christian Schaller - blogs.gnome.org   17:23 11/07/2014
One feature we are spending quite a bit of effort in around the Workstation is container technologies for the desktop. This has been on the wishlist for quite…
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Google reverses "real names" policy - www.zdnet.com   20:31 15/07/2014
In a dramatic turnaround from policy created — and enforced — three years ago, Google has now reversed its “real names” policy. Users can now use any name they…
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Managed Cloud: A New Way To Stay Fast And Lean - www.rackspace.com   09:58 15/07/2014
Back when Rackspace launched as a five-person startup 15 years ago, hundreds of IT hosting companies were providing access to single-tenant servers over the…
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Hacker News: MIT And Dropbox Alums Launch Inbox, A Next-Generation Email Platform http://t.co/cYKM3GeHoR
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Save $9, Here Are The TechCrunch Staff’s Email Addresses - techcrunch.com   18:08 14/07/2014
I hate email. But there’s one thing I hate even more: people selling my email address. Currently trending at the top of Product Hunt, Pressfarm is an email…
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When Satya Nadella took over as Microsoft CEO in February, he inherited a company in the middle of huge transition. Former CEO Steve Ballmer had a vision for Microsoft that involved  chasing Apple's business model. Ballmer had declared Microsoft to be a "devices and services" company (devices came first).  On Wednesday, Nadella firmly rejected that direction. Nadella sent out a novella-size email to his employees (nearly 3,200 words!) that described a new direction: to become a "productivity and platforms" company. Instead of becoming another Apple — a company bent on controlling every part of the tech it sells — he's now looking to become another Google — a company that builds devices as state-of-the-art examples with...
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When you’re in charge of keeping many hundreds of thousands of passwords under lock and key, trust is everything. Maintaining that trust means fessing up when…
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7 Unconventional and “Crazy” Ways to Increase Productivity - www.pickthebrain.com   17:15 11/07/2014
Being productive is one of the phrases we hear over and over again in our day-to-day lives. In some contexts, it means doing work when you’re supposed to. In…
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Breach - A browser for the HTML5 era - breach.cc   14:24 11/07/2014
Everything in the browser is a module, a web-app running in its own process.Construct your own browsing experience by selecting the right modules for you. Want…
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CoinDesk (@coindesk) | Published on July 10, 2014 at 10:55 BST Download the full report in PDF form. In April we announced that CoinDesk would be publishing…
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BlackBerry states its case for the bizarre Passport - www.gizmag.com   21:47 11/07/2014
By Chris Wood July 8, 2014 The Passport is one of the more unusual smartphones we’ve seen in recent years BlackBerry’s Passport smartphone, which features an…
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Swift Blog - Apple Developer - developer.apple.com   07:15 12/07/2014
Jul 11, 2014 This new blog will bring you a behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift language by the engineers who created it, in addition to the…
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10 Technologies Your Kids Will Never Use - www.pcmag.com   21:37 11/07/2014
I was very fortunate for a kid growing up in the 1990s, with a high school computer lab fitted with all the latest Clinton-era technology. While I most fondly…
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Founded by Dropbox and MIT alums, a new startup called Inbox is launching out of stealth today, hoping to power the next generation of email applications.…
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Betaworks-owned Digg.com expanded its product lineup today with the launch of a new service – well, technically, an older service that’s been retooled and rebranded – called “Digg Deeper.” While Digg.com’s main page helps to surface the best of the web, including the top articles and videos Digg’s editors and users like, Digg Deeper is designed to offer a more personalized experience. As the company explains, Digg Deeper is “a way to see, in real time, what your friends think are the most interesting things to read and watch.” The new service grew out of betaworks’ earlier social news reading app, News.me . That product got its start as an iPad and mobile application that...
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GitHub for Mac Gets Simpler & Faster - thenextweb.com   17:04 11/07/2014
Four weeks after GitHub introduced a chunky revamp of its Windows app, the social coding platform’s Mac app has now been given a li’l lovin’ too. The latest…
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Inbox Launches Revolutionary Email Platform - prsm.tc   17:55 10/07/2014
Earlier this week , Inbox , an email platform company, sprang onto the startup stage by announcing its new developer API and cloud service for building email apps. To learn more about Inbox and its offering, ProgrammableWeb caught up with co-founder and CEO Michael Grinich. Grinich first gave us Inbox’s backstory. Grinich wrote his MIT thesis on email tools. During his research, he quickly uncovered the difficulty in working with the legacy protocols and formats that email requires. Specifically, Grinich explained: I discovered how difficult it was to add features to email apps. One big issue was the underlying plumbing (IMAP, MIME, character encodings, etc.), which is what Inbox fixes for developers. A key to Inbox’s “fix” for...
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5 key takeaways from Amazon’s big cloud day - www.networkworld.com   20:51 10/07/2014
Amazon Web Services continued to push the IaaS market forward today by challenging established cloud players like Box and Dropbox with the company’s own…
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Another privacy issue has been discovered in Google Drive which could have led sensitive and personal information stored on the cloud service exposed to unauthorized parties. The security flaw has now patched by Google, but its discovery indicates that the vulnerability of cloud data when accessed via a link can allow “ anyone who has the link ” to access your private data without any further authentication. HOW THE SECURITY FLAW WORKS The security hole addressed a risk to files that included a clickable URL on your cloud file sharing service. When someone opens the file and clicks on an embedded hyperlink, then they get sent to the website of a third-party website owner. Upon accessing this URL, unfortunately the external...
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Hacker News: Kickstarter project spent $3.5M to finish a prototype and ended in disaster http://t.co/oOaTKF2y07
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Red Hat stamps its influence on CentOS 7 - www.infoworld.com   20:26 7/07/2014
The latest update of CentOS, the free community edition of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is about to be released, according to posts on the official CentOS blog.…
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Release for CentOS-7 - lwn.net   20:23 7/07/2014
The CentOS project has released CentOS 7.0-1406. This release is the first to be built with sources hosted at git.centos.org. All source rpms are signed with…
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Why the Cloud is Killing Technology - prsm.tc   02:19 29/06/2014
by Lance Mercereau / June 27, 2014 / No Comments Cloud computing has the potential to radically alter the way organizations buy and use technology – especially in this era of analytics, when both business and IT leaders are struggling with how to harvest and get value from large volumes of data. Charles Green, an analyst at Forrester Research, has written about this...
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What is Docker and When To Use It - prsm.tc   22:37 6/07/2014
Heard of Docker, but still having trouble understanding it? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Today, I want to try to explain Docker in a few different ways. What Isn’t Docker? Before we talk about what Docker is, I will talk about what it isn’t. What is the negation of Docker? What are its limits? What can’t Docker do? Docker is NOT a Linux Container technology (like LXC) Docker is NOT limited to just LXC anymore (can theoretically manage VMs in the future) Docker is NOT a Configuration Manager replacement (like Chef, Puppet, SaltStack, etc) Docker is NOT a PaaS Docker is NOT good at linking across separate servers or VMs (yet, see ambassadors ) Docker is...
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Questioning the Lambda Architecture - radar.oreilly.com   17:50 2/07/2014
Nathan Marz wrote a popular blog post describing an idea he called the Lambda Architecture (“How to beat the CAP theorem“). The Lambda Architecture is an…
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Wednesday’s Google I/O keynote offers a window into the search giant’s world. Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web Google’s keynote presentation at its I/O developer’s conference today offered a revealing picture of the company itself: meandering, unfocused, copycat and just a little bit evil. The two-hours-plus keynote had a lot of everything , from a new version of Android to new phones, smartwatches, TVs, cars, Chromebooks and big data — but much of it was deja vu from Apple’s WWDC two weeks ago . On the surface, Google puts forward a better face than Apple. Instead of Apple’s parade of middle-aged white guys, Google strutted out a multiethnic, multicultural mix of men and women onstage. There were plenty of allusions to...
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Android L — which does not have a cute dessert name yet – is the biggest facelift Google has given Android in years. Google SVPs Sundar Pichai and Matias Duarte…
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When Google introduced Google Glass, the wearable display only worked with Android phones and tablets. It took some time, but last December Google created a…
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API v2.0 Enters Public Beta | DigitalOcean - www.digitalocean.com   12:18 28/06/2014
June 24, 2014 · 16 Comments For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been testing a new version of the DigitalOcean API. We’re now excited to invite you to try out…
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3 новинки в MongoDB 2.8 - habrahabr.ru   12:17 28/06/2014
сегодня в 01:05 MongoDB*, NoSQL* На днях я посетил грандиозную тусовку любителей NoSQL — World MongoDB Conference. Eliot Horowitz, Co-Founder и CTO в MongoDB,…
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Does your to-do list make you sad? Here’s how to change that - blog.pickcrew.com   01:03 28/06/2014
As our company grows, so do the to-dos. It gets harder to prioritize what needs to be done on any given day. In the morning, I might have my day’s tasks lined…
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Paypal’s two factor authentication flaw is open to hackers - www.theinquirer.net   09:52 26/06/2014
SECURITY COMPANY Duo Security Research has warned that it is possible to bypass two factor, or second factor authentication (2FA) protection on Paypal. Paypal…
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Java 8 Support, Top Eclipse Luna Feature - prsm.tc   00:36 26/06/2014
Eclipse Luna release day is here! As predictable as the sun rising in the east, Eclipse has shipped yet another quality release on-time. Over the past ten days I’ve been counting down the Top 10 Eclipse Luna Features that I’m most excited about . Number 1 should be no surprise to the Java developers out there. On March 18th 2014 Java 8 was launched. EclipseCon served as a launch pad for this technology with a whole host of talks on both the technology and the tools. At the same time, Eclipse released support for Java 8 through an add-on. Now with Eclipse Luna, Java 8 support is a first class citizen in Eclipse and support is available for a wide variety of Eclipse based tools. Of course the Eclipse Java Compiler supports...
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2014 is officially the Cloud’s breakthrough year. Consumers still don’t understand that the cloud is just a single word for the term "Internet server-based storage," but they are finally starting to reap the benefits. And that’s because, as I predicted , Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft are now engaged in an all-out war for your cloud storage needs and dollars. Microsoft kicked off the offensive in late 2013 by bundling 200 GB of free cloud storage with every Surface 2 tablet . Even losing a court battle and being forced to rename SkyDrive to OneDrive did not seem to slow down Microsoft’s momentum. When it finally unveiled iPad for the Office, Office 365 membership was a prerequisite for full use. OneDrive cloud storage is a key component of the...
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Moto 360 Hands-On: This Smartwatch Will Make You Swoon - gizmodo.com   22:06 25/06/2014
We just went hands-on with Samsung’s first Android Wear, the Gear Live. It was lovely and very promising. But then we just got to strap Motorola’s Moto 360 on,…
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SAN FRANCISCO — Google made a big contribution to the big data world 10 years ago, when it released a paper on MapReduce, a programming model for doing big…
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One click to deploy a RabbitMQ cluster handling over 1 million msg/sec - googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com   14:51 23/06/2014
If you develop scalable applications, you often want to use a messaging system, but you may be concerned that setting up such a system is time consuming and its throughput limits are not sufficient for your growing needs. But what if the whole setup required just a few minutes and benchmarks showed that the system was capable of processing over one million messages per second? This is exactly what we are announcing today with Pivotal. When we talked about high-throughput, low-latency messaging scenarios with our customers, they were particularly interested in RabbitMQ , a popular open source messaging system that serves a variety of use cases. We recently made it super easy for our users to deploy a dedicated RabbitMQ cluster on Google Compute Engine. All it...
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Government computers in Russia may soon be running on the ARM architecture that is today best known for powering mobile devices. Asccording to recent local…
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Tobias van Schneider lives his life like one big side project. Today, he designs and builds new products for Spotify in New York, but he couldn’t have predicted…
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Meet the Fire Phone, Amazon’s first venture into smartphones. Jeff Bezos calls it the phone built for the Amazon Prime customer. At first blush, it looks like…
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HPs "The Machine" Capable of Calculating 640TBs In 250ns 4K Gaming Showdown - AMD R9 290X & R9 280X Vs Nvidia GTX Titan & GTX 780 Ubisoft Locks The Division's Framerate at 30FPS, Graphical Fidelity to be More Important 4K Gaming Showdown - AMD R9 290X CrossFire Vs Nvidia GTX 780 Ti SLI Auto-Blow Reaches Crowdfunding Goal, Pre-Orders Now Available [NSFW] NASA's 'ShadowNet' Revealed To Be 10x Faster than Google Fiber Far Cry 4 Graphics on Xbox One & PS4 Equal to PC... I Smell Bull$***...
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Google’s Done With Internet Pornography - prsm.tc   23:55 18/06/2014
One of Google’s most bold, yet controversial stances within their corporate policy has been their stance against pornographic material. I absolutely love that Google is taking a stance against the industry, and the declining of explicit content through their platform is the first step in cleaning up the web. “Google recently sent an email alerting their advertisers – particularly pornography and other adult themed websites – that they will be implementing their new advertising policy which eliminates pornographic and sexually explicit ads. In addition, it seems Google will also no longer link to sites that contain such materials, no matter...
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Google is releasing its own independently developed “fork” of OpenSSL, the widely used cryptography library that came to international attention following the…
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Today Google launched Web Starter Kit , a download that consists of all the templates and tooling developers need to create sites that function on any device and any display.   Today’s Internet users don’t have just one device. They prefer as physical keyboard for their PCs but they want as touch screens on mobile. These days, no two screen sizes are alike. Users expect the same website to perform differently depending on the device by which it is accessed.  Since these features don’t come built in to new websites, developers have to put them there, over and over again. This is referred to as “boilerplate,” chunks of...
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If you’re looking for more proof that Google’s public cloud is a competitive threat to market leader Amazon Web Services, consider this. Just a day after Google…
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Google doesn’t mind its cloud services competing on price, but it would like to have some other competitive levers to pull. So today, the company is adding global, HTTP-based load balancing to Google Cloud Platform , along with an unrelated storage feature. HTTP load balancing is intended for spreading workloads to other regions — other continents, really — during times of overload. If a network path heading into a North America data center starts getting saturated, a new path, possibly leading to a new virtual machine, can be set up quickly in Asia. Google claims the new path can  handle 1 million requests per second without any warm-up time. This won’t work for super-latency-sensitive applications such as high-speed trading, where the...
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SSDs use a huge grab bag of techniques to make a computer feel "snappy." How long, exactly, do SSDs last? It’s a difficult question to answer because estimating an SSD’s life requires taking a whole lot of factors into consideration—type and amount of NAND used in the drive, overall write amplification, read/write cycle, and more. When we did our in-depth examination of how SSDs work a couple of years back, we looked a bit at how those factors affect drive life, but TechReport is going even further than that and has been subjecting six drives to a long-term torture test to actually measure, rather than estimate, the drives’ service life. The results are impressive: the consumer-grade SSDs tested all made it to at least 700TB of writes before failing. Three...
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Тетрису 30 лет! - habrahabr.ru   11:09 6/06/2014
сегодня в 08:39 Игровые приставки, История ИТ Привет хабр! Сегодня исполнилось ровно 30 лет компьютерной игре, разработанной в СССР Алексеем Пажитновым.…
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There have been a lot of murmurs that Amazon would turn on a new music streaming service this week, and it looks like that’s just what it quietly did a little…
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Brand death: Microsoft will phase out iconic Nokia brand name | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Mark Sullivan
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Today, Bitcoin's Doomsday Scenario Arrived - www.businessinsider.com   08:37 14/06/2014
Bitcoin prices were down more than 4% to $571 Saturday morning as the cryptocurrency faced its worst crisis of confidence since the fall of Mt. Gox. There is…
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Who have the DDoS attackers not hit? That’s the question. This morning, RSS reader and feed-syncing platform Feedly is being hit by a distributed…
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Twitter Feedly CEO Edwin Khodabakchian Just hours after the popular note-taking service Evernote announced it was struck by a denial-of-service attack, RSS news aggregator Feedly confirmed it was hit by a similar attack   early Wednesday morning . “ Criminals are attacking feedly with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS),” Feedly’s founder and CEO Edwin Khodabakchian wrote in a blog post . “The attacker is trying to extort us money to make it stop. We refused to give in and are working with our network providers to mitigate the attack as best as we can.” For those unfamiliar, a denial-of-service or distributed denial-of-service attack involves interrupting a host’s connection to the...
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вчера в 11:50 Эксперимент с мемристорами в HP Корпорация HP рассчитывает произвести настоящую революцию на рынке информационных технологий. Проект под названием…
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1,025,429 May unique visitors New York 2014Jun 9 - Jun 13 San Francisco 2014Nov 3 - Nov 7 Speaking at QCon New York on Wedneday Jeff Johnson, from the core data…
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Amazon Media Room: Press Releases - phx.corporate-ir.net   11:43 12/06/2014
Prime Music joins Free Two-Day Shipping, Prime Instant Video and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library as the newest benefit available exclusively to Prime members…
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S In the coming weeks, Comcast is rolling out a new feature that turns residential customers’ new Xfinity Wi-Fi routers into public hotspots. The rollout starts…
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What Developers Should Know About Apple’s TestFlight | Neglected Potential - www.neglectedpotential.com   06:30 11/06/2014
When Apple acquired Burstly, makers of TestFlight, earlier this year , many were hopeful that Apple was finally ready to provide developers with an easy way to manage beta testing. So naturally, developers responded to Apple’s official announcement of the (re)launch of TestFlight at WWDC with great applause. Since then, many (including Apple) have rejoiced that the days of dealing with UDIDs and provisioning profiles are over. Many already believe that TestFlight spells the end for HockeyApp . But looking at what we know so far about TestFlight, I’m not so sure that’s the case. The Promise TestFlight will bring two big changes to ad hoc app distribution as we know it. First, test devices are now managed using email addresses, rather than UDIDs....
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Использование системного менеджера systemd 198 для инициализации и управления сервисами. Компоненты systemd также задействованы вместо acpid и libcgroup; В...
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Red Hat released version 7.0 of their Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) flagship operating system today. It boasts Windows interoperability, a new default file…
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From a Username to Full Account Takeover - blog.spiderlabs.com   23:37 10/06/2014
In the past year there have been many major data breach incidents in which usernames, email addresses and sometimes even passwords were compromised. Some of…
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Linus Torvalds Q&A - Business Insider - www.businessinsider.com   16:43 10/06/2014
Continue to Business Insider » You will be redirected in seconds. Linux Foundation Linus Torvalds on stage in Edinburgh, Scotland Hello everybody out there…
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Another day, another company accepting bitcoin in an attempt to cash in on the craze. This time it’s Expedia the travel booking site that’s accepting the…
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Illustration: Getty When Google engineers John Sirois, Travis Crawford, and Bill Farner left the internet giant and went to work for Twitter, they missed Borg. Borg was the sweeping software system that managed the thousands of computer servers underpinning Google’s online empire. With Borg, Google engineers could instantly grab enormous amounts of computing power from across the company’s data centers and apply it to whatever they were building–whether it was Google Search or Gmail or Google Maps. As Sirois, Crawford, and Farner created new web services at Twitter, they longed for the convenience of this massive computing engine. Unfortunately, Borg was one of those creations Google was loath to share with the outside world–a technological...
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Анонсирован первый стабильный релиз инструментария для управления изолированными Linux-контейнерами Docker 1.0 , который признан готовым...
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This morning’s keynote from Solomon Hykes was inspiring. Just after the keynote, Solomon told me he was really nervous. But if he was, it didn’t show. The way they are building out their ecosystem is as equally inspiring as Solomon’s speech this morning. Today, there were three new projects announced from Docker: libswarm libchan libcontainer And two “secret” Docker projects were hinted at too: This is really exciting news for people building tools around Docker, however it may be less interesting to people who are just using Docker for building apps. Review the News Let’s review what this means for the Docker ecosystem:...
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Docker Misconceptions - devopsu.com   22:05 9/06/2014
Hacker News: Docker Misconceptions (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/UoVEEr)
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Thanks for nothing, jerkface - www.zdnet.com   22:28 9/06/2014
Hacker News: Thanks for nothing, jerkface (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1uxQJxB)
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Dropbox is the leading platform to store, backup and share files through the cloud storage. You can drop your files in the Dropbox folder and it will be synced in minutes if you have shared it with others. But, apart from file sharing, did you know that you can also host a website in Dropbox ? Hosting your website in a free service like Dropbox is helpful if you have a budget that is too tight for you to find alternatives. And this made possible and easy with a web service called Pancake . Pancake is a web service that allows you to serve the file with its *.pancakeapps.io subdomain and with your own domain . Sounds cool? Let’s check out how to do this. Recommended Reading: Sitedrop – A Visual Way To Share And Collaborate Via...
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После двух месяцев разработки Линус Торвальдс представил релиз ядра Linux 3.15 . Отмечается, что выпуск 3.15 является одним из самых больших по...
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A new Y Combinator-backed startup called Roost wants to succeed where RSS readers perhaps failed with the introduction of a new service that lets consumers…
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No SkyNet: Turing test ‘success' isn't all it seems - www.newscientist.com   13:31 10/06/2014
Two years ago, I met Eugene Goostman, a guinea pig-owning, 13-year-old boy living in Odessa, Ukraine. Now this quirky character – in fact a software chatbot –…
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Red Hat further raises the bar for enterprise IT infrastructure - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 designed to meet both modern datacenter and next-generation IT…
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Illustration: Ross Patton/WIRED Google is putting its considerable weight behind an open source technology that’s already one of the hottest new ideas in the…
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0xDBE. Database Tools for Higher Productivity - www.jetbrains.com   15:06 9/06/2014
0xDBE is focused on helping you deal with the most complex SQL code: schema-aware completion, on-the-fly code analysis and quick-fixes, search, navigation, and…
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Illustration: Ross Patton/WIRED Google is putting its considerable weight behind an open source technology that’s already one of the hottest new ideas in the…
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It’s Here: Docker 1.0 - blog.docker.com   14:57 9/06/2014
June 9, 2014 9:30am PT On March 20, 2013, we released the first version of Docker. After 15 months, 8,741 commits from more than 460 contributors, 2.75 million…
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Laverna, for those who are unaware, is a new web based note taking application similar in aspect to Evernote. What makes Laverna different, however, is that it is an open source project. Today, I’m going to share with you my Laverna Review. While still in beta, Laverna is still very much a functional application. When you first visit the site, you are greeted with the following: Since Laverna is a javascript web app, it requires no installation and no registration. This means you can get in and start adding notes right away. Some of the advantages to using Laverna include: Laverna can encrypt all your notes on client side with SJCL library and no one, except you can get access to it. Laverna webapp uses pagedown and ace editor. It also supports...
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I specialise MySQL Server performance as well as in performance of application stacks using MySQL, especially LAMP. Web sites handling millions of visitors a…
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The Popcorn Time phenomenon took the Internet by storm earlier this year. The software became the subject of hundreds of news articles, as it offered P2P…
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Call me maybe: RabbitMQ - aphyr.com   00:17 8/06/2014
RabbitMQ is a distributed message queue, and is probably the most popular open-source implementation of the AMQP messaging protocol. It supports a wealth of…
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WWDC 2014: iOS 8 и OS X Yosemite (10.10) - habrahabr.ru   18:01 2/06/2014
вчера в 21:54 Apple Здравствуйте! Предлагаю в этом посте обсудить анонсированные новинки ПО от Apple, а именно iOS 8 и OS X Yosemite (10.10) на юбилейной 25-ой…
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All the New Stuff in OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" - prsm.tc   20:34 2/06/2014
Apple took the wraps off of OS X at the WorldWide Developer's Conference today, dubbed "Yosemite." It'll feature a new interface with elements of iOS 7's "flat" design and color scheme, new interface, updates to iCloud and Mail, features to sync iOS and OS X devices, and more. An Updated, Flat, Translucent Interface Yosemite is full of cosmetic changes. The dock, system-wide typeface, native OS X app icons, windows, and more all borrow from iOS 7's flat design. Windows are either white or shaded black, and semi-translucent. If you liked iOS 7's approach to flat visual design, you'll like what you see in Yosemite. A More Informative Notification Center The new Notification Center also borrows from the iOS 7 notifications drop down, with a translucent black look with...
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Today at WWDC, Apple announced a huge batch of products aimed straight at the heart existing companies and apps. Here are just a few of the things that are feeling a spinning beachball target on their backs. Dropbox iCloud has never been a hugely appealing cloud storage option, that's at least partially because Dropbox and its contemporaries are so damn good. Apple's revamped iCloud Drive, though, comes with one of the best features from Dropbox: The ability to manage a folder of cloud-based files directly from a Finder window, exactly as if the files were saved on local storage. (In fairness, Dropbox is hardly the only service that offers this feature.) Though Dropbox and other cloud storage solutions aren't just going to roll over and die, Apple has a distinct advantage in...
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Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developer Conference with a glimpse into the future of OS X, iOS 8, and the developer tools that bring them to life. This is the rare event where a man can get on stage and write code for ten minutes while thousands of developers watch in stunned silence before erupting in applause. It's where Apple talks about everything it's bringing to customers, and to developers — the deeply nerdy and the user-friendly, all in one two-hour event. Rumors were flying about all sorts of hardware that might be announced at WWDC, but this was a software-focused show. OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 bring the desktop and mobile device closer...
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Apple dropped a huge surprise at WWDC on Monday, as it announced that it’s built a new programming language for iOS and OS X called Swift. The new language —…
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Craig Federighi introduces Swift during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images When Apple unveiled a new programming…
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DuckDuckGo, the search engine that positions itself as a completely secure and private search engine, is getting a big boost. Apple is making it part of Safari…
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Hoping to lure cloud developers to the iCloud platform, Apple on Monday unveiled CloudKit, which gives developers “effectively free, with limits” storage for…
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Sherlocked. It’s a word that often gets thrown around after Apple casually integrates a feature offered by some other software into one of its operating…
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Google today launched a new Chrome extension called End-to-End for sending and receiving emails securely. As its name implies, the security tool provides…
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Illustration: WIRED Google is taking another step towards an internet that can stand up to snooping from the NSA. Today, the company released the source code for a new web browser plugin that encrypts your email messages before they’re sent across the net. Dubbed End-to-End, the plugin aims to prevent interlopers from reading messages even if they gain access to the computer servers that drive your web email service of choice. So, if you’re using Googles’s Gmail, it could thwart the NSA and other snoopers even if they have access to Google’s network. The plugin isn’t yet available to the general public. The idea is for security researchers to heavily test the code before Google releases a completed version of the plugin that’s...
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Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard - www.kickstarter.com   00:26 4/06/2014
An 84 key, USB, Vintage-Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard that’s fun to type on and beautiful to look at! The Qwerkywriter is an 84 key, USB, typewriter…
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If you’re not quite sure how serious Google is about wooing business users, here’s another indication that it is: the company is working with enterprise-y…
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A recently discovered bug in the GnuTLS cryptographic code library puts users of Linux and hundreds of other open source packages at risk of surreptitious…
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The Real Bitcoin / NoSQL Failure - blog-shaner.rhcloud.com   00:47 5/06/2014
The real bitcoin / NoSQL failure did not occur at Flexcoin or Poloniex. It was a failed attempt to associate their failures with NoSQL. I read it (link), and I…
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Hacker News: Micro Python – a lean and efficient implementation of Python 3 (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1kFJz2q)
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It’s always a pleasure to get to spend time with Andrei Alexandrescu and pick his formidable mind. Here, we turn the camera on and have a frank and honest…
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Unveiled for a first time on: When it comes to file sharing, people need more storage and more privacy. The cloud is not enough:  inherently insecure, limited and slow. That's why we made Sherlybox – your own private cloud storage. So what is it? Sherlybox is a storage device powered by our special software. It delivers a new way of sharing your private files with your friends. You can share files or folders with people you trust, anywhere they are. Files are visible instantly without syncing, no bulk uploads, no data size limits. And no catch: no monthly fees.  Better Cloud: Private, invite-only Sherlybox Sherlybox creates a private, invite-only network where you can share movies, music, documents...
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AWS launches stealth bomb on VMware - siliconangle.com   11:30 2/06/2014
Amazon has just teleported its cloud into VMware’s management software with the release of its new “AWS Connector for vCenter”. The connector lets VMware…
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1,025,429 May unique visitors New York 2014Jun 9 - Jun 13 San Francisco 2014Nov 3 - Nov 7 Apache Kafka is a distributed publish-subscribe messaging system. It…
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For years we’ve been told that enterprises wouldn’t put their sensitive data into the public cloud, particularly Amazon Web Services. We’ve been reminded, over…
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Apple today announced OS X Yosemite, a powerful new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a fresh, modern look, powerful new apps and amazing new…
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Until fairly recently, Amazon Web Services was the only game in town when it came to public cloud infrastructure. Not so much anymore. Big and well-funded…
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Why the private cloud has stalled - www.infoworld.com   11:30 2/06/2014
The appeal of making your own data center cloudlike is easy to understand: Who wouldn’t want an entirely flexible commodity infrastructure, where you can pour…
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Is OpenStack Dead? - www.virtualizationpractice.com   11:29 2/06/2014
Is OpenStack dead (or rapidly dying)? We ask this question from two perspectives. First, can any OpenStack-based offering be economically competitive with…
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It's Time to Kill Surface - prsm.tc   10:59 2/06/2014
“The question that needs to be asked and answered is why hardware.” To Satya Nadella’s credit, he provided not just the answer, but the question as well. And, looked at narrowly, there were good things seen – and not seen – at Microsoft’s Surface event. Having clearly failed as a mass market device, it makes sense to focus Surface and more clearly define its use case. And, if that use case is productivity, then it also makes sense to kill Surface mini . That Nadella allegedly did just that is a great sign. Now he just needs to kill the whole line. I actually think a useful way to understand the Surface problem is to think about the Xbox. It is by focusing on the console world that one arrives at the...
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It's Time to Kill Surface - prsm.tc   10:59 2/06/2014
“The question that needs to be asked and answered is why hardware.” To Satya Nadella’s credit, he provided not just the answer, but the question as well. And, looked at narrowly, there were good things seen – and not seen – at Microsoft’s Surface event. Having clearly failed as a mass market device, it makes sense to focus Surface and more clearly define its use case. And, if that use case is productivity, then it also makes sense to kill Surface mini . That Nadella allegedly did just that is a great sign. Now he just needs to kill the whole line. I actually think a useful way to understand the Surface problem is to think about the Xbox. It is by focusing on the console world that one arrives at the...
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It's Time to Kill Surface - prsm.tc   10:59 2/06/2014
“The question that needs to be asked and answered is why hardware.” To Satya Nadella’s credit, he provided not just the answer, but the question as well. And, looked at narrowly, there were good things seen – and not seen – at Microsoft’s Surface event. Having clearly failed as a mass market device, it makes sense to focus Surface and more clearly define its use case. And, if that use case is productivity, then it also makes sense to kill Surface mini . That Nadella allegedly did just that is a great sign. Now he just needs to kill the whole line. I actually think a useful way to understand the Surface problem is to think about the Xbox. It is by focusing on the console world that one arrives at the...
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It's Time to Kill Surface - prsm.tc   10:59 2/06/2014
“The question that needs to be asked and answered is why hardware.” To Satya Nadella’s credit, he provided not just the answer, but the question as well. And, looked at narrowly, there were good things seen – and not seen – at Microsoft’s Surface event. Having clearly failed as a mass market device, it makes sense to focus Surface and more clearly define its use case. And, if that use case is productivity, then it also makes sense to kill Surface mini . That Nadella allegedly did just that is a great sign. Now he just needs to kill the whole line. I actually think a useful way to understand the Surface problem is to think about the Xbox. It is by focusing on the console world that one arrives at the...
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It's Time to Kill Surface - prsm.tc   10:59 2/06/2014
“The question that needs to be asked and answered is why hardware.” To Satya Nadella’s credit, he provided not just the answer, but the question as well. And, looked at narrowly, there were good things seen – and not seen – at Microsoft’s Surface event. Having clearly failed as a mass market device, it makes sense to focus Surface and more clearly define its use case. And, if that use case is productivity, then it also makes sense to kill Surface mini . That Nadella allegedly did just that is a great sign. Now he just needs to kill the whole line. I actually think a useful way to understand the Surface problem is to think about the Xbox. It is by focusing on the console world that one arrives at the...
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It's Time to Kill Surface - prsm.tc   10:59 2/06/2014
“The question that needs to be asked and answered is why hardware.” To Satya Nadella’s credit, he provided not just the answer, but the question as well. And, looked at narrowly, there were good things seen – and not seen – at Microsoft’s Surface event. Having clearly failed as a mass market device, it makes sense to focus Surface and more clearly define its use case. And, if that use case is productivity, then it also makes sense to kill Surface mini . That Nadella allegedly did just that is a great sign. Now he just needs to kill the whole line. I actually think a useful way to understand the Surface problem is to think about the Xbox. It is by focusing on the console world that one arrives at the...
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It's Time to Kill Surface - prsm.tc   10:59 2/06/2014
“The question that needs to be asked and answered is why hardware.” To Satya Nadella’s credit, he provided not just the answer, but the question as well. And, looked at narrowly, there were good things seen – and not seen – at Microsoft’s Surface event. Having clearly failed as a mass market device, it makes sense to focus Surface and more clearly define its use case. And, if that use case is productivity, then it also makes sense to kill Surface mini . That Nadella allegedly did just that is a great sign. Now he just needs to kill the whole line. I actually think a useful way to understand the Surface problem is to think about the Xbox. It is by focusing on the console world that one arrives at the...
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It's Time to Kill Surface - prsm.tc   10:59 2/06/2014
“The question that needs to be asked and answered is why hardware.” To Satya Nadella’s credit, he provided not just the answer, but the question as well. And, looked at narrowly, there were good things seen – and not seen – at Microsoft’s Surface event. Having clearly failed as a mass market device, it makes sense to focus Surface and more clearly define its use case. And, if that use case is productivity, then it also makes sense to kill Surface mini . That Nadella allegedly did just that is a great sign. Now he just needs to kill the whole line. I actually think a useful way to understand the Surface problem is to think about the Xbox. It is by focusing on the console world that one arrives at the...
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It's Time to Kill Surface - prsm.tc   10:59 2/06/2014
“The question that needs to be asked and answered is why hardware.” To Satya Nadella’s credit, he provided not just the answer, but the question as well. And, looked at narrowly, there were good things seen – and not seen – at Microsoft’s Surface event. Having clearly failed as a mass market device, it makes sense to focus Surface and more clearly define its use case. And, if that use case is productivity, then it also makes sense to kill Surface mini . That Nadella allegedly did just that is a great sign. Now he just needs to kill the whole line. I actually think a useful way to understand the Surface problem is to think about the Xbox. It is by focusing on the console world that one arrives at the...
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It's Time to Kill Surface - prsm.tc   10:59 2/06/2014
“The question that needs to be asked and answered is why hardware.” To Satya Nadella’s credit, he provided not just the answer, but the question as well. And, looked at narrowly, there were good things seen – and not seen – at Microsoft’s Surface event. Having clearly failed as a mass market device, it makes sense to focus Surface and more clearly define its use case. And, if that use case is productivity, then it also makes sense to kill Surface mini . That Nadella allegedly did just that is a great sign. Now he just needs to kill the whole line. I actually think a useful way to understand the Surface problem is to think about the Xbox. It is by focusing on the console world that one arrives at the...
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It's Time to Kill Surface - prsm.tc   10:59 2/06/2014
“The question that needs to be asked and answered is why hardware.” To Satya Nadella’s credit, he provided not just the answer, but the question as well. And, looked at narrowly, there were good things seen – and not seen – at Microsoft’s Surface event. Having clearly failed as a mass market device, it makes sense to focus Surface and more clearly define its use case. And, if that use case is productivity, then it also makes sense to kill Surface mini . That Nadella allegedly did just that is a great sign. Now he just needs to kill the whole line. I actually think a useful way to understand the Surface problem is to think about the Xbox. It is by focusing on the console world that one arrives at the...
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Summary Google is making the Scalawagons of Oz a reality with its self-driving car. The key concept here is that Google is pushing the limits of innovative technology. The stock is undervalued as compared to the industry. I remember being fascinated as a kid by a book written by John R. Neill titled, The Scalawagons of Oz. The story is a continuation of L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz creation. My fascination came from the idea that the Scalawagons were smart vehicles that would take passengers wherever they desired. Just sit down in the car, tell the Scalawagon where you want to go and the car transports you to your destination without the...
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WWDC kicks off Monday June 2nd , and as usual we're expecting exciting things from Apple's annual developer extravaganza. It's almost a given that we'll get a parade of updates to iOS and OS X, but what else do Tim Cook and Co have planned for the party? Here are our best bets. It's that time of year again! Next Monday at WWDC, Apple's going to trot out its latest… Read more Read on iOS 8 Every year at WWDC Apple introduces the latest update to its mobile operating system. Let's just call it iOS 8 because duh. Last year's iOS 7 flat design was a complete overhaul—the most significant in the platform's six year history—and while we're not expecting quite that level of change in iOS 8, there will definitely be some improvements. The new...
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Dropbox CEO: "We're Not Cutting Prices" - readwrite.com   00:34 30/05/2014
A hundred gigabytes of storage, enough for years and years of photos, costs $9.99 a month on Dropbox. Google Drive, a largely similar service, costs $1.99, or…
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It's the End of the Web As We Knew It - programming.oreilly.com   00:38 30/05/2014
For the past 15 years, Google has enforced the classic “HTML as foundation” architecture at the heart of the Web. Content creators and the developers who…
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One Year After the RSS Apocalypse - inessential.com   00:15 31/05/2014
Google Reader shut down July 1 last year — so it’s been almost a year. As a developer who used to write an RSS reader, as an avid follower of the category, I’ve…
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Jeff Atwood ( @codinghorror ) is one of the industry’s quiet legends of coding, most famous for co-founding what became Stack Overflow , the popular developer Q&A site that boasts more than 150 million page views per month. What I find most interesting about Atwood, however, is his focus on trying to understand human behavior. He uses open source to create places on the Web where people are self-motivated to participate and share high quality information and advice with others for free. His next endeavor aims to reinvent how we think about online discussion forums, those vital and yet often overlooked communities of like-minded individuals who stir up interesting conversations and help each other out with...
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This May Be The 3D Printer We’ve Been Waiting For - theultralinx.com   00:18 31/05/2014
Let’s face it – 3D printing is a rather luxurious technology. Very few can afford printing machines and expensive materials. It is also difficult to learn how…
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What is a Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) Attack? - thenextweb.com   00:16 31/05/2014
Zuk Avraham is the CEO and founder of Zimperium. You grab your coffee, connect to the coffee shop’s Wi-Fi and begin working. You’ve done this a hundred times…
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Getting started | mapdb - www.mapdb.org   12:23 31/05/2014
MapDB has very power-full API, but for 99% cases you need just two classes: DBMaker is builder style factory for configuring and opening a database. It has…
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The Daily Wit: Graphene Could Change Everything - thedailywit.blogspot.com   00:02 31/05/2014
For starters, let’s clarify what the hell graphene even IS. Not being a scientist and lacking the lexicon necessary to explain its specific scientific…
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Google spits out about 4 million search results per minute (among many other duties), which consumes a lot of energy. According to a recent blog, it cut its…
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Google’s uber-geeky research into neural networks — to make computers work more like human brains — looks a lot smarter. While most of us were thinking that…
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The following post is from Gurdeep Pall, Corporate Vice President of Skype and Lync at Microsoft. It’s been an interesting evening here in Rancho Palos Verdes,…
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Google Stars Extension for Chrome Leaks: Hands On - thenextweb.com   00:14 31/05/2014
We’ve known for a while now that Google is testing a new favoriting service called Google Stars, aimed at helping users save, share, and organize Web content.…
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Vagrant Cloud: Organizations, Box Hosting and the end of Beta - www.hashicorp.com   00:36 30/05/2014
Today we take Vagrant Cloud officially out of beta, release pricing plans, hosted boxes, organization support with ACL control along with share customization.…
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Password reuse lands Find My iPhone users in expensive hot water - blog.agilebits.com   14:14 28/05/2014
There are plenty of examples as to why friends shouldn’t let friends reuse passwords, but some users of Apple’s Find my iPhone have become the latest omen of…
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Forget Price. The Real Cloud War Is About Features - www.forbes.com   14:16 28/05/2014
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, and Microsoft have been consistently dropping their prices in the battle to become the low cost provider of compute, network,…
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Postmortem for outage of us-east-1 - www.joyent.com   18:10 28/05/2014
May 28, 2014 - by The Joyent Team We would like to share the details on what occurred during the outage on 5/27/2014 in our us-east-1 datacenter, what we have…
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One of the official webpages for the widely used TrueCrypt encryption program says that development has abruptly ended and warns users of the decade-old tool…
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Manifesto for Async Software Development - asyncmanifesto.org   14:50 23/05/2014
After many years of developing software using Agile methodologies like Scrum, the time has come to value: Modern tools and flexible work environments over…
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Google today announced that CoreOS, a specialized Linux distribution for computing at the scale of companies like Google and Facebook, is now officially…
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I made this claim off-handedly in another question because I thought that it was a common opinion these days but maybe that belief of mine is an artifact of the…
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Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is designed to destroy the laptop - www.theverge.com   17:58 21/05/2014
Microsoft has unveiled a new Surface Pro 3 device at a press event in New York City today. Like the previous Surface tablets it still includes a kickstand, but…
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Published time: May 22, 2014 15:04 Screenshot from sputnik.ru Russian state-owned telecoms company Rostelecom has launched a trial version of its Sputnik search...
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They're small. They're portable. They don't cost very much, and they don't run Windows. Sound familiar? If you're thinking back to the heady days of the very first netbooks, so are we - but while Chromebooks do sound awfully like netbooks, that doesn't mean they're bound to suffer the same fate. According to industry analysts NPD, from January to November last year Chromebooks' share of the commercial market rose from a titchy 0.2% to an impressive 9.6%. Of the six and a bit million laptops shipped to education, business and public sector organisations via distributors in the US NPD says 1.6 million were Chromebooks, and in the run-up to Christmas three of the four best-selling laptops on Amazon were Chromebooks. The UK figures aren't quite so dramatic, but...
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Day in and day out dozens of millions of people use BitTorrent to share files online. Most of these transfers are coordinated by public trackers such as OpenBitTorrent, but torrents also work without trackers thanks to Mainline DHT . The BitTorrent Mainline DHT creates a network of users through which people can find peers sharing the same file. This makes the BitTorrent ecosystem more stable, especially since public trackers tend to go offline every now and then. Since it was first introduced nearly a decade ago the BitTorrent DHT has been growing steadily. However, this changed last week when researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology noticed a dramatic increase in peers. “Since 2010, the DHT size has been relatively stable. It grew from 6 million to...
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Google is apparently planning to offers subsidized, commercial-grade Wi-Fi hardware to small and medium-sized businesses, The Information reports, alongside…
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Hardware By Nick Heath May 23, 2014, 4:12 AM PST // @nickjheath When Andrew Huang was eight years old his dad bought a clone of an Apple II PC. Peering at the…
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Apple To Announce 'New Hardware' - prsm.tc   00:40 22/05/2014
Apple's big annual conference for developers, WWDC, starts June 2 with a keynote from its top executives at 1 p.m. ET.  While most people expect the event to focus entirely on new software, Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac teased Wednesday , " Also, according to sources, Apple is planning to unveil new hardware at this year’s conference." What will it be? We have no idea. We're expecting something minor like a MacBook Air with a high-resolution retina screen. Last year, Apple announced a new Mac Pro at WWDC. It didn't release the Mac Pro until the end of the year.  This year, Apple is expected to update its Mac operating system to look more like the iPhone's software. It would make sense to have a sharper screen for the MacBook Air to highlight...
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Stop the presses: Has the average web page actually gotten SMALLER? - www.webperformancetoday.com   18:15 21/05/2014
According to the HTTP Archive, the average top 1,000 web page is 1491 KB in size, 5% smaller than it was six months ago, when the average page reached a record…
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Here Is What's Wrong With Your To-Do List - prsm.tc   21:58 20/05/2014
Whether you’re a fervent disciple of the to-do list, or a begrudging list-maker, most of us can’t work better and faster without a to-do list. Yet, to-do lists always seem to frustrate and overwhelm us. Sometimes there are just too many things to do and you just can’t seem to overcome that. Based on data from the  iDoneThis  app: 1. 41% of to-do items are never completed. 2. 50% of completed to-do items are done within a day. 3. 18% of completed to -do items are done within an hour. 4. 10% of completed to- do items are done within a minute. 5. 15% of dones started as to-do items. Based on this data, you’ll always have unfinished tasks; tasks that do get completed are done quickly; and  what you get done often doesn’t...
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Surface Pro 3 wages war with MacBook Air - prsm.tc   21:58 20/05/2014
Microsoft has revealed the Surface Pro 3 , and the new Windows tablet's main rival is clear: Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air . The OS X ultraportable was brought up on-stage during Panos Panay's presentation announcing the Surface Pro 3, and promptly slapped on a scale to show how the two hold up in terms of what you'll feel in your bag. The MacBook Air comes in at 1.25kg in 13-inch form. In contrast, the Surface Pro 3 is 800g and only 9.1mm thick, though that's without a keyboard cover attached. It's not just in terms of weight that the Surface Pro 3 bests the MacBook Air, Panay argued during the presentation. Thanks to the higher resolution...
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Microsoft Finally Surrendered To the iPad. Good! - prsm.tc   22:54 20/05/2014
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is many things. It's thinner, it's faster; it's all of the superlatives that come when you out a New and Improved version of anything tech. It's also a white flag. Microsoft has finally accepted that Surface can't take on the iPad. But it might just be able to take the MacBook Air. No More Mini The rumor mill before today's Surface event pointed squarely at a Surface Mini. That would have made sense, were Microsoft truly committed to tilting at the iPad's windmills. They've got a small tablet? We've got a small tablet—with a small keyboard . If you're going to fight a hopeless war, might as well attack on all fronts. We didn't get a Surface Mini, though. Instead we got what might better be described as a Surface Mega. Its 12-inch screen places...
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Why Software Doesn't Follow Moore's Law - prsm.tc   00:09 20/05/2014
Post written by Brian Maccaba Brian Maccaba is CEO of Waratek, a specialist Java virtualization company based in Dublin, Ireland. In 1965 Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, predicted that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits, which had doubled every year since they were invented, would continue to do so for the foreseeable future. That prediction proved remarkably visionary. So why haven’t computer systems achieved the same advances in speed, power and capacity promised by Moore’s Law? By this I mean in terms of visible and useful outputs, the amount of work achieved for a given investment in computer systems and operations. Despite a ten-fold increase in microprocessor performance...
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If you are running a stable version of the Dropbox client on your devices you may have noticed that files only start to synchronize to other devices once they…
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Microsoft adds Amazon to its hit list - gigaom.com   00:02 19/05/2014
Amazon and Microsoft are definitely partners — users can run a bunch of Microsoft software on AWS — but the companies are increasingly at odds now that…
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Canonical releases OpenStack-in-a-box - prsm.tc   01:36 18/05/2014
Ubuntu developer Canonical unveiled its Orange Box offering, introducing a ‘metal-as-a-service’ concept, which is essentially a private cloud in a flight case running a range of open source software. It’s billing the platform as a low-risk way to deploy OpenStack and Cloud Foundry on premise. The 29cm x 21.3cm x 54.5cm flight case packs up to 10 nodes, each based on Intel’s quad-core i5-3427U CPU with 16GB of RAM, 120GB SSD storage and gigabit ethernet. It weighs about 32kg all told and comes pre-loaded with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit, but Canonical said the box can be used to deploy OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Hadoop, and lots of juju “charms” – best practices and templates for the juju DevOps tool. “The Orange Box is a...
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If you think that the primary role of IT is to assign email addresses, address network outages and control the software you can access, then it’s time for a perspective shift. While they still handle many of these tasks, today’s top IT teams see themselves as productivity leaders, as we learned when we hosted ten heads of IT from the Bay Area’s most innovative companies for a roundtable discussion last week. From scaling technology to support hypergrowth, to optimizing new office space, to finding tools that promote company culture, the hottest issues facing the IT leaders we talked to all point to the evolving role of IT in the enterprise. As these industry leaders see it, their mission is to identify and implement solutions that make the...
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The Daily Beast Tech + Health The design world is utterly dependent on a single software cloud. What happens when it suddenly goes down? Imagine you’re working in an office building and the lights on every floor suddenly go out and stay out. Hours pass, then an entire day, and the office is still dark. When the power company bothers to acknowledge that there’s a problem, they don’t say when the juice might come back. So they wait frantically in the gloom. That despair is not unlike what over a million designers, graphic artists, and developers who rely daily on Adobe’s Creative Cloud Suite felt on Wednesday and Thursday as the service went down for over 24 hours. Launched in 2013, the Creative Cloud Suite (CCS) is a web-based package of design and...
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Google Now will remind you to pay your bills - gigaom.com   22:00 16/05/2014
Remembering to pay your bills sounds easy, but as anyone who has paid a late fee can attest, it’s easy to forget. That’s why the new Google Now cards which…
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Agile Decompiled: Test Driven Development - java.dzone.com   22:04 16/05/2014
I wrote my first program in Z80A when I was 14 on a ZX Spectrum and ever since I have been hooked. I love writing code of any flavour as well as being…
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Mockists Are Dead. Long Live Classicists. - www.thoughtworks.com   12:53 13/05/2014
The recent “Is TDD Dead?” hangout between DHH, Martin Fowler and Kent Beck has made the level of dissatisfaction about too much mocking and stubbing when writing automated tests pretty clear. DHH expressed his strong opinions about fundamentalism around tests that can’t access collaborators. This has also been a key point in Martin’s recent post . The three of them claimed to “mock almost nothing”. The “Can you sleep at night?” test Kent Beck emphasized, that at the end of the day as developers/programmers, it’s our job to make sure we sleep at night knowing we didn’t break anything. Very different from early days when developers would just commit code and wait for a different group of people...
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Go Home SCRUM, You’re Drunk! - blog.jaywayco.co.uk   18:51 16/05/2014
Scrum is great for managing an agile environment right? It puts the development team in charge, puts product owners in a position where they can’t input on how…
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вчера в 14:19 Компания Microsoft сделала шаг навстречу разработчикам, выложив на Github исходный код следующей версии ASP.NET (vNext), а также примеры…
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The 5 types of programmers - prsm.tc   20:53 13/05/2014
In my code journeys and programming adventures I’ve encountered many strange foes, and even stranger allies. I’ve identified at least five different kinds of code warriors, some make for wonderful comrades in arms, while others seem to foil my every plan. However they all have their place in the pantheon of software development. Without a healthy mix of these different programming styles you’ll probably find your projects either take too long to complete, are not stable enough or are too perfect for humans to look upon. The duct tape programmer The code may not be pretty, but damnit, it works! This guy is the foundation of your company. When something goes wrong he will fix it fast and in a way that won’t break again. Of course he...
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Matthias Drywater
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Last year, Ars documented how Skype encryption posed little challenge to Microsoft abuse filters that scanned instant messages for potentially abusive Web links. Within hours of newly created, never-before-visited URLs being transmitted over the service, the scanners were able to pluck them out of a cryptographically protected stream and test if they were malicious. Now comes word that the National Security Agency is also able to work around Skype crypto—so much so that analysts have deemed the Microsoft-owned service "vital" to a key surveillance regimen known as PRISM . Further Reading Think your Skype messages get end-to-end encryption? Think again Ars catches Microsoft accessing links we sent in our test messages....
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Distributed Systems and the End of the API - writings.quilt.org   13:37 12/05/2014
This is a written (expanded) narrative of the content from a talk I first gave at PhillyETE on April 23rd, 2014. It mostly follows the flow of the presentation given then, but with a level of detail that I hope enhances clarity of the ideas therein. The talk’s original slides are available , though the key illustrations and bullet points contained therein are replicated (and somewhat enhanced) below. When audio/video of the talk is published, I will update this page to link to it. I have two claims of which I would like to convince you today: The notion of the networked application API is an unsalvageable anachronism that fails to account for the necessary complexities of distributed systems. There exist a set of formalisms that do account for these...
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In April, Twitter announced that it had had enough of trying to bend existing database technologies to its unique needs, inspiring the company to build its own database called Manhattan . Last week, I spoke with the trio of Twitter engineers — Chris Goffinet, Peter Schuller and Boaz Avital — who built the database to get a higher-level view of Manhattan beyond its technological underpinnings , to get a better sense of how prevalent Manhattan will be inside Twitter and what its creation says about software development at web scale. Here’s what they had to say. Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater Manhattan was designed to be a generic key-value store that can handle a large number of Twitter-specific use cases, from...
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сегодня в 00:29 В последнее время в научных публикациях всё чаще упоминается алгоритм достижения консенсуса в распределенных системах под названием Paxos. Среди…
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сегодня в 10:35 Блог компании Exodus System LLP, IM* Похоже, удел каждого более-менее успешного независимого мобильного мессенджера — быть купленным крупной…
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сегодня в 14:08 Карьера в IT-индустрии , Учебный процесс в IT , Исследования и прогнозы в IT За последние десять лет через меня прошло...
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An iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton The complications behind creating a small screen for something like an iWatch are immense, but Apple has bought the company it may need to make it all possible. TechCrunch reports that Apple has acquired LuxVue Technology , a small California-based company that specializes in “microLED-based displays for consumer electronics applications.” It turns out that microLEDs could work very well with wearables. LuxVue has several patents related to microLED technology, which requires less battery life and offers better screen brightness than the current  OLED displays that are out there. Google Glass uses OLED for its tiny heads-up display, but there has been talk of microLEDs being used in the...
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Cuddletech | Why SysAdmin’s Can’t Code - prsm.tc   23:36 9/05/2014
Most systems administrators are quick, perhaps too quick, to tell you “I’m not a coder.”  Oddly, this admission normally comes after boasting about how many programming languages they know or have used.  Why is this?  Can this be changed?  Here is my 5 step plan on how any SA can become an honest to goodness programmer. Step 1: Find a problem you care about solving, for yourself SysAdmin’s don’t actually use tools, they study them. The point isn’t to solve a problem but rather to know how to solve a problem if the need ever arises. SA’s are filling their tool chests full of handy hints and useful solutions for nearly any problem that can be encountered. Whats more, this is a subconscious tendency…....
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OpenStack now does NoSQL - prsm.tc   22:58 9/05/2014
Chalk up another notch for OpenStack's growth as a platform. Tesora, an OpenStack developer outfit that focuses on the Trove database component, is announcing partnerships with both Red Hat and MongoDB, the better to give OpenStack the power to manage NoSQL solutions. OpenStack's Trove subcomponent was created to allow databases to be managed within OpenStack with the same flexibility and transparency as any other resource, such as storage or networking. It's not an experimental technology, either; it's being used right now by eBay and Rackspace in live production. Until now, the only kind of database that could be provisioned under OpenStack was MySQL. Starting there made sense, sinceMySQL is ubiquitous, well-understood, and the most likely candidate for the kind...
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Software startups are fun. In the early days, you have an idea, and a few developers (usually including one of the founders) cranks away and manifests that idea into an application that sort of works -- every other day, except Mondays, or on days when you're giving an important demo. Hopefully (if you're smart), you get the software into the hands of real people as early in the process as possible. If you're even smarter, you get some of these people to part with money in exchange for suffering the pain and agony that you're going to invariably subject them to. This getting money from your users is called "selling software" and although it seems quaint in this age of advertising-driven business models, it used be all the rage back in the day, trust me. As time...
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Ten weeks ago, code-hosting giant GitHub introduced its latest creation: a text editor named Atom . Now, the company is opening it up to the public after an apparently successful invite-only phase. Atom is now available for Mac users and is open source, naturally. The company plans on releasing Linux and Windows versions very soon. “There is no other platform more flexible than the web, and so we built Atom using the same technologies. Extending Atom is as simple as writing JavaScript and CSS, two languages used by millions of developers each day, making it remarkably hackable,” the company wrote in an official blog post. “Today, we’re open sourcing the rest of Atom, which includes the core application, Atom’s package...
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Nobody Can Save Microsoft, It's About to Die - prsm.tc   22:55 9/05/2014
NEW YORK ( TheStreet ) -- Read this excerpt from a study that made the rounds earlier this month. And then dig a grave in your backyard next to your kid's dead hamster for Microsoft ( MSFT ) : Also today, SoftWatch is releasing its benchmark study which analyzes real usage of Microsoft (MS) Office in dozens of enterprises comprising over 150,000 total users. The benchmark shows that on average an employee only spends 48 minutes a day on MS Office applications , most of it on Outlook for email. It also reveals high numbers of inactive users in the organizations; in particular PowerPoint was not being used at all by half of the employees. In addition, most of the users of the other applications used them primarily for viewing and light editing purposes, with only a small...
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Astro Teller gave a keynote at Disrupt NY to talk about what he’s doing. He is the head of Google’s forward-looking innovation lab, Google X . The team is responsible for the self-driving cars, Project Loon , Google Glass and more. And his message was very different from what you would expect. According to Teller, the truly innovative projects should become perfectly transparent in our lives. He started off his keynote by talking about car brakes and ABS systems. When you put your foot on the brake of the car, you’re not actually activating the brakes. It’s just an interface. You are actually making a request to a robot. “That is a wonderful technology moment. We don’t have to mess with it. We just say here’s what we...
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The slow adoption of Functional Programming in banks! - www.quora.com   22:26 6/05/2014
By Abdul Muhit | Oxford Knight Back in 2012 I wrote a blog covering the rise of functional programming in banks that was picked up by the HackerNews community ( The rise of functional programming in Banks ). When writing this article I noticed the use of functional programming (FP), which had minimal presence prior to 2006, was picking up dramatically in banks. My article summed up some of the reasons for the rise in FP in a traditionally OO based environments that are investment banks, and summed up stating FP work in banks would be unavoidable in the future.   Fast forward to now (2014), has the continued rise of FP in banking happened? Is FP being used by all major Investment banks? Is there plenty of work out there for candidates seeking FP work? Are OO...
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End of Moore's Law: It's not just about physics - www.cnet.com   16:42 4/05/2014
An Intel wafer. Chipmakers may find it more difficult to justify the huge costs of developing the next generations of chip technology. Intel The end of Moore's Law may ultimately be as much about economics as physics, says a DARPA director. "My thesis here is that it's time to start planning for the end of Moore's Law, and that it's worth pondering how it will end, not just when," Robert Colwell, director of the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency , told CNET. Bob Colwell Colwell gave a presentation at the Hot Chips Conference at Stanford University on Monday titled "The Chip Design Game at the End of Moore's...
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Message Attributes for the Amazon Simple Queue Service - aws.amazon.com   22:12 6/05/2014
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Commercial antivirus pioneer Symantec has finally admitted publicly what critics have been saying for years: the growing inability of the scanning software to detect the majority of malware attacks makes it "dead" and "doomed to failure," according to a published report. Over the past two reported quarters, Symantec has watched revenue fall, and sales are expected to flag again in the most recent period when the company releases financial results later this week, an article published Monday by The Wall Street Journal reported. The declines come as Juniper Networks, FireEye, and other companies have rolled out products and services that take a decidedly different approach to securing computers and networks. Rather than scan for files that are categorized as malicious,...
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Facebook Is Dead - prsm.tc   18:01 5/05/2014
I don't use Facebook much anymore, because anyone with a brain knows that Facebook is terrible. Apart from the long-standing complaints about privacy and insufferable people posting pictures of their own feet from a fucking beach, it's really only useful as a one-time thing. You make your account. You look up old classmates. And you either a) see if they still look good and then go gratify yourself to any long-dormant sexual fantasies, or b) contact those people, re-kindle your friendship, and then continue that relationship in a place that is NOT Facebook. You meet them for a drink. You email them. You text them. You ask them for a job. Once you've fully mined your past and taken away the contacts you wanted, Facebook becomes useless. It's like having a Twitter feed...
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XBMC 13.0 Gotham rises - xbmc.org   16:20 4/05/2014
04 May Posted By:  Martijn  on May 04, 2014 in  Site News We hope you are as excited about this as we are. Because here it is. The stable release of XBMC 13.0 Gotham edition. It has been months of hard work, improvements and testing since the 12.x releases. There have been around 530 commits (chunks of code change) done by 51 developers during this time. Also a large group of translators who aided in making the user interface available in your local language. So we would like to thank every one, inside and outside of Team XBMC for their hard work and effort to make this possible. Not to...
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DBaaS: The Next Killer App for Cloud Services - prsm.tc   14:49 5/05/2014
By Chip Childers Editor's note: This post by Chip Childers of CumuLogic captures context we believe of special relevance to all enterprise IT professionals, especially those with data to collect/store/process/analyze. He ends with a topic more of us from the technology world should be weighing in on. - bg As public and private cloud adoption continues to skyrocket, it's becoming more and more clear that Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is hugely important to users. This isn't really news, as much as it's a confirmation of what many were seeing much earlier in the cloud industry's maturation. DBaaS is the next killer app for cloud services. As an example, consider that DynamoDB from AWS was, after only five months in production, the fastest...
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Longtime TechCrunch Disrupt NY hackathon participants, Kay Anar and Gilad Shai showed off their hardware hack today called the “ oRouter ” – a Linux-powered, Raspberry Pi-like computer offering secure Wi-Fi access via the Tor network. The idea is to offer an affordable alternative to downloading the Tor software to your computer, as well as a way to more easily connect to Tor over mobile devices like an iPhone. Kay says the idea for the project actually came to him via a non-technical friend, who had asked him if there was something she could just plug into the back of her computer in order to secure her connection from snooping. An answer wasn’t readily available. The oRouter uses off-the-shelf components purchased at Radio Shack,...
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Hype vs. Reality - armservers.com   13:00 5/05/2014
As the ARM server market began to emerge in press and powerpoint, it was not hard to separate the hype from reality:  it was a lot of hype.  Spread by well-meaning advocates trying to change the world and give Intel a run for their money, these myths created unrealistic expectations on whether ARM chips are worthy of server applications, when they will ship, and how hard they will be to use. I applaud the early leaders including APM and AMD for their early efforts on 64-bit products.  While they have tried to balance their excitement and the uncertainty of semiconductor development schedules, there are nonetheless a few myths that need clearing up.  Here are six common ones: 1. ARM 64-bit V8 is available . Only on PowerPoint and very...
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2.3 release notes - groovy.codehaus.org   12:55 5/05/2014
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Why You Should Forget Facebook - prsm.tc   22:46 4/05/2014
Has Facebook got you fooled? Are you chasing likes for your brand page?  Paying for fans? Maybe it’s time to stop. In 2008 I joined Facebook. It was the first social media network I decided to place a stake in as my online social media home. It was fun, frivolous and free. Everyone was discovering the power of multimedia sharing of their life with friends and family. Facebook obsession was apparent and addictive. It was the new digital drug of choice and 6 years later it is the world’s largest social media playground. What made Facebook cool was that you saw “all” your friends updates.  It was hard to miss a “what I had for breakfast” share and see the latest drama and joy in a friends life. What you shared appeared....
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10 Golden Rules Of Good OOP - www.codeproject.com   17:21 4/05/2014
Introduction A good architecture means money saved in learning, maintaining, testing, fixing, extending and scaling source code. This requires more time and care for the initial development, but quickly returns the investment with great interests. Inevitably, even the best designed architectures need some adjustment and refactoring in time. Patches, modifications and last minute changes are part of the IT business, therefore, ‘quick and dirty’ solutions, when needed, should always try to confine themselves in an isolated place where that it will be easy to refactor later on, and that will affect as minimum as possible all the other components. The following guidelines are not exhaustive and are meant to be applied on top of the SOLID principles and...
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When Apple announced its most recent quarterly earnings, the worst news out of Cupertino was that sales of iPads weren't greater than in the year-ago quarter, a fact that a few pundits have now jumped on to declare that "Apple's iPad Businesses Is Collapsing." That's wrong, here's why. Ships that leak from the top There's no way to spin facts to suggest that Apple didn't sell fewer iPads in the first calendar quarter of 2014 (Apple's fiscal Q2) compared to the year-ago quarter. Apple, the only tablet maker to report its actual tablet sales, volunteered the data showing that it shipped 3.1 million fewer devices in the March quarter. Apple's chief executive Tim Cook did try to ameliorate the news by pointing out that, accounting for shifting inventory...
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Легкий python веб-фреймворк: Bottle - habrahabr.ru   19:03 3/05/2014
Введение Недавно я осознал, что на Хабре нет ни одной статьи, посвящённой прекрасному фреймворку Bottle, которым, кстати говоря,...
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From the moment you boot up, your computer leaves footprints. Websites leave tracking cookies, following you from page to page and session to session, alongside the usual traces left by your IP address. Persistent logins from Google and Facebook tie each site visit to your offline identity. If anyone really wants to go after you, they can also make a direct attack, targeting malware to track your movements in the background. With the right tools, a computer is an open book. Not this computer, though. It's running Tails, an open-source operating system designed to leave as little trace as possible, launching version 1.0 today after more than five...
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Docker-Based Development Environments - prsm.tc   13:22 3/05/2014
Vagrant 1.6 comes with a new built-in provider: Docker. The Docker provider allows Vagrant to manage development environments that run within containers, rather than virtual machines. This works without any additional software required on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. The Docker provider in Vagrant makes it incredibly easy to keep the workflow you're used to with both Vagrant and Docker while gaining all the benefits of Vagrant: cross-platform portability, synced folders, networking, provisioners, vagrant share, plugins, etc. On platforms that don't support Linux Containers natively such as Mac OS X and Windows, Vagrant automatically brings up and shares a proxy virtual machine to run Docker. This proxy VM is completely customizable, and Vagrant ensures that synced folders and...
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Earlier this month, we  introduced  our new Watchtower service  on the web. In its initial version, Watchtower checks whether a website is (or ever was) vulnerable to  the internet’s nasty Heartbleed security bug , then tells you whether it’s safe to update your password. Now we’ve taken the next major step and made it much easier to stay secure online, as Watchtower can now check  all your Logins at once, right inside 1Password for Mac. Watchtower – vulnerability alert Watchtower in Security Audit Watchtower Mac sorting items 1Password 4.4 for Mac is now available to website  and  Mac App Store customers, and it has Watchtower built right...
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Why Microsoft should buy Canonical - blog.gardeviance.org   21:31 2/05/2014
When Satya Nadella became the CEO of MSFT there was oodles of advice for what he should do - the majority of which I consider extremely poor. Alas during today's lunchtime conversation with a financial analyst, the topic came up and my friend announced that he thought MSFT should buy Red Hat. I tried to resist but he needled the point. My response was that there is a reason why he plays a poor game of chess, he rarely looks ahead and fails to understand positioning. This is why he thinks that RHT would be a good acquisition whereas the far better play would be to buy Canonical. This was followed by the usual guffaws and references to open source and Wall Street articles. So, I explained my reasoning and thought I'd write down my opinions here on how I see the world. First,...
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Earlier this month, we  introduced  our new Watchtower service  on the web. In its initial version, Watchtower checks whether a website is (or ever was) vulnerable to  the internet’s nasty Heartbleed security bug , then tells you whether it’s safe to update your password. Now we’ve taken the next major step and made it much easier to stay secure online, as Watchtower can now check  all your Logins at once, right inside 1Password for Mac. Watchtower – vulnerability alert Watchtower in Security Audit Watchtower Mac sorting items 1Password 4.4 for Mac is now available to  website and Mac App Store customers, and it has Watchtower built right in....
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Why you should not use it, at all - tim.siosm.fr   00:47 30/04/2014
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Feature Preview: Docker-Based Development Environments - www.vagrantup.com   00:44 30/04/2014
Vagrant 1.6 comes with a new built-in provider: Docker. The Docker provider allows Vagrant to manage development environments that run within containers, rather than virtual machines. This works without any additional software required on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. The Docker provider in Vagrant makes it incredibly easy to keep the workflow you're used to with both Vagrant and Docker while gaining all the benefits of Vagrant: cross-platform portability, synced folders, networking, provisioners, vagrant share, plugins, etc. On platforms that don't support Linux Containers natively such as Mac OS X and Windows, Vagrant automatically brings up and shares a proxy virtual machine to run Docker. This proxy VM is completely customizable, and Vagrant ensures that synced folders and...
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SourceTree for Mac 1.9 – Out Now! | SourceTree Blog - blog.sourcetreeapp.com   23:57 29/04/2014
By Steve on April 29, 2014 We’re very happy to announce that the next major update to SourceTree for Mac is now available. This release focusses on improved visual design in areas such as the file status and diff views, and a much improved, more streamlined commit experience. We’ve streamlined the commit experience so that it is no longer a separate sheet, but instead it’s built right in to the file status view: You can mark whole files for inclusion in the next commit (stage them in git terms) by checking the boxes in the file list: If you’re new to SourceTree, our default mode for git is simply for you to check the files you want to commit, which is more approachable to people who don’t understand staging yet....
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Development "Methodologies" | Java Code Geeks - www.javacodegeeks.com   23:55 29/04/2014
Below are several development “methodologies” that are popular and even industry-standard: Hype-Driven Development – you are either a startup, or you are given the freedom to choose whatever technology you like for your new cool-cutting-edge-distrupting-innovative-did-I-say-cool project. What technologies to use? The recently overhyped ones, of course. Let’s do it in Node.js, and you have to make it reactive, and do DevOps, even though your Linux experience is limited to running Ubuntu on your desktop, and store the data in MongoDB (it’s web-scale!). Speaking of web-scale, you will obviously need to go to the cloud. Then all of a sudden you have an unintelligible codebase, broken servers, pages take a second to load, you lose data every now and...
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Neuromorphic Computing - prsm.tc   22:17 29/04/2014
Apr 29 2014 Kwabena Boahen and other engineers at Stanford University announce that they have developed a computer chip modeled after the human brain . They call the technology “neuromorphic” and their current device the neurogrid. They say it can simulate 1 million neurons in real time, a feat that would otherwise require a super computer. The idea is that the human brain is much more powerful and energy efficient than our current computer. A mouse brain can process information 9,000 times faster than a computer simulation of its functions, while using much less energy. The article does not...
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Cloudera and MongoDB: 'We're better together' - prsm.tc   22:15 29/04/2014
Credit: loops7 Two of the biggest players in big data -- Cloudera , a name-brand Hadoop vendor, and MongoDB , creator of the leading NoSQL database product -- have decided it's better to work together. Billed in a press release as "the strategic partnership that will transform how organizations approach big data," the exact nature of the collaboration between the companies is still somewhat under wraps, but both outfits have spoken about the need to bring Hadoop and MongoDB closer in environments that demand it. In time, the collaboration might even become more than technical, but for now, both have hit upon an ideal starting point. Currently, Cloudera's MongoDB and Hadoop cross-integrate to some degree, most prominently via a MongoDB connector provided with Cloudera 5....
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What's New in Mercurial 3.0 - prsm.tc   22:08 29/04/2014
April 29, 2014 • ∞ Mercurial is reaching version 3.0. Code freeze has begun on April 17, which means that Mercurial 3.0 will ship in early May. Here’s an glimpse into what’s going on with Mercurial development, as well as a short overview of upcoming new features, experimental and otherwise. Changeset Evolution This feature has been available as an Evolve extension since Mercurial 2.1, but is still under active development and is not enabled by default. While Mercurial enables distributed version control, Changeset Evolution is a set of features that enables distributed history rewriting. “Distributed” is key here. Currently, there are only partial solutions to the problem of history...
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The iPad and MacBook Air have always competed with each other in terms of on-the-go computing, but the two have always been separated by price. No matter the specs of your dreamy iPad, you could never get an ultra-slim MacBook for the same price - until today, that is . With the 11" MacBook Air dropping down to US$899, it's now cheaper than a fully fleshed-out 128 GB, cellular-enabled iPad. That's kind of crazy. Let's compare specs: 11" MacBook Air iPad Air w/Cellular Display 11.6", 1366x768px 9.7", 2048x1536px Storage 128GB flash 128GB flash Processor 1.4GHz Core i5 64-bit A7 w/ M7 coprocessor Camera 720p...
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New Super Fast Droplet Console. Thanks, Golang! | DigitalOcean - www.digitalocean.com   13:21 28/04/2014
DigitalOcean We're Hiring! Pricing Features Community Help April 25, 2014 · 0 comments We think Go is awesome! A year ago we started looking into Go as a potential language to standardize our backend around. Since then we’ve been looking for every excuse to rewrite some of our services in Go. The first publicly visible service we’ve rewritten is our new web console. Using Go, we were able to dramatically decrease load and connection times from seconds to milliseconds. Aside from the immediate benefits, the console is also much...
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PaaS is hurting you. Here is why - prsm.tc   17:23 27/04/2014
PaaS locks you out of market forces that work in your favour. Amazon has had 42 price cuts. On top of Moore's law pushing down the underlying hardware prices, open source technologies like KVM, Hypervisor and Xen or OpenStack and CloudStack make it easy to build IaaS companies cheaper and the competition has brought the prices down even further. A Linux server for $5 month with SSD, redundant network and power, security and instant provisioning was not possible 2 years ago. Have we as PaaS customers benefitted from any of that? No! PaaS locks you out of open source. If you decided to use a NoSQL database in your application you have many options: MongoDB, CouchDB, Cassandra and many more. You can install and...
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Ninja-IDE, a swift open source Python editor - prsm.tc   17:19 27/04/2014
Ninja-IDE Is Not Just Another IDE, it is a cross platform, fast and smart code warrior. Note that the name “Ninja-IDE” is a clever recursive acronym . The best thing about Ninja-IDE is that it is a full featured Python IDE and that it is free! Not only free as in free beer, but also as in free speech (GPLv3 licensed)! I took the software for a test-drive and I discovered the following characteristics: Super responsive Excellent screen layout Great code navigation Awesome quick-search (Ctrl-K) Fantastic set of plug-ins It really stole my hearth and is now one of my favorite open source Python IDE’s. The best Python IDE’s no money can buy My...
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Software developers care too much about tools - prsm.tc   17:19 27/04/2014
Lately I see perilous situation in software development area. There are plenty of good devs so much bounded to tools. By tools, I mean mostly frameworks. I would like to elaborate a bit about that, but those are my personal opinions and they aren’t here to offend anyone. First of all, we all need to admit, that quality of modern MVC framework raised a lot, comparing with state of things few years ago. Speaking about PHP – at the time, when I attracted my attention to this language, there were pure wilderness. We did not have any strong framework (unlike Ruby On Rails, which were sine qua non choice for Ruby web development). That caused multiple projects development, some of them are dead now (or should be), some hasn’t got good market adaptation and some...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is now available for you to download and install on your computer. Backed by five years of ongoing support from Canonical, the release becomes the recommended Ubuntu version for many — but is it any good? Before you read on to find out our verdict, why not start your download now and watch our short overview of everything that’s new? Download Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (64bit, torrent) Download Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (32bit, torrent) Ubuntu 14.04 Review It’s no secret that Ubuntu’s Unity interface has its share of critics, but since its introduction as default desktop back in 2011, it has, for the most part, been welcomed by the vast majority of users. In its...
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Not everyone needs a way to tote around Edward Snowden-sized secrets in a convenient little package, but a bit of extra privacy and security is always welcome when it comes to our data. The Crypto Stick might be just what the doctor ordered. Right now, the device is in its beta stage . Inside that nondescript, black plastic housing hides a small PCB with a microSD slot and a smart card reader. Storage is fully encrypted , and all decryption operations take place on the device. None of the three private keys (signature, encryption, authentication) are ever at risk of being exposed because they never leave the Crypto Stick. To access your data, you simply punch in a PIN when prompted. CryptoStick also fully supports hidden encrypted volumes (like the ones you can create...
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Yes, the public cloud is growing – but market leader Amazon Web Services is seeing its growth start to slow down. In the first quarter of 2014, the growth rate for Amazon’s “other” revenue — which includes the Amazon Web Services public cloud business as well as advertising services and co-branded credit card agreements — came in below 51 percent year-over-year. Compare that with a year ago, when it this chunk of revenue grew 59.6 percent year-over-year, or three years ago, when it was 65.43 percent. Similar results came at the end of 2013 . The fall from the glory days of past years comes as public clouds from Google, IBM, and Microsoft look increasingly formidable. But let’s be clear: Amazon...
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TDD is dead. Long live testing. - david.heinemeierhansson.com   22:13 23/04/2014
Test-first fundamentalism is like abstinence-only sex ed: An unrealistic, ineffective morality campaign for self-loathing and shaming. It didn't start out like that. When I first discovered TDD, it was like a courteous invitation to a better world of writing software. A mind hack to get you going with the practice of testing where no testing had happened before. It opened my eyes to the tranquility of a well-tested code base, and the bliss of confidence it grants those making changes to software. The test-first part was a wonderful set of training wheels that taught me how to think about testing at a deeper level, but also some I quickly left behind. Over the years, the test-first rhetoric got louder and angrier, though. More mean-spirited. And at times I...
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Matthias Drywater
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Amazon DynamoDB is a fast, fully-managed NoSQL database. You can easily create tables, provision the desired amount of read and write capacity, and then store as much information as you'd like. Each item in a DynamoDB table consists of one or more key/value pairs, indexed by a hash key or a combination of a hash key and a range key (read more about the DynamoDB data model ), with additional indexing options in the form of Local and Global Secondary Indexes. NoSQL databases like DynamoDB are designed for scalability and consistent, high performance. This stands in marked contrast to the traditional relational database model where these attributes are not always as important as flexibility and generality. Today we are making DynamoDB even more flexible with...
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Why I think wearable tech is for creeps - prsm.tc   23:20 25/04/2014
Photo via Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media Friday, 25 April 2014 I return from a brief hiatus to discover that Nike is withdrawing its FuelBand from sale, and that Google Glass , having previously been hawked strictly by application, is now available to anyone with $1,500 to spare . What a humiliating climbdown for the brave new world of “wearable technology.” Why is this happening? Well, first of all, the watches, headsets and assorted wearable paraphernalia released to the public so far are desperately unappealing. Ugly as all hell, in fact, as I put it last night when asked to speak to Sky News about this predictable industry failure. Second, they are probably the creepiest set of products ever to come out of...
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After opening up its Power PC architecture last August , IBM on Wednesday unveiled a new line of servers built to challenge Intel’s x86 architecture inside the data center. IBM said it will deploy those servers in its SoftLayer cloud. IBM and other members of the OpenPower Foundation, which will manage Power architecture, also showed off a white box server built by Tyan, running firmware and an operating system developed by IBM, Google, and Canonical. Taken together, these and other announcements made today around the OpenPower Foundation are an effort to keep the Power architecture relevant and to provide a piece of silicon that IBM is hoping can handle big data — the next generation workload everyone’s salivating over in the infrastructure world....
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Релиз Scala 2.11.0 - habrahabr.ru   01:31 23/04/2014
сегодня в 02:45 Тихо и незаметно вышла новая версия Scala. Пруф В релиз вошло много изменений и улучшений. Этот релиз делался не «в...
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The Dawn Of Cloud 2.0 And Why Google Started A Price War - techcrunch.com   13:29 20/04/2014
Editor’s note: Peter Relan is serial entrepreneur-turned-founder of two incubators: YouWeb (focused on gaming), and Studio 9+ (focused on big data, IoT, wearables, and P2P marketplaces). His incubations include OpenFeint, Crowdstar, Hammer and Chisel, Spaceport, and Agawi. Prior to founding his incubators, Peter held founding roles at Webvan and Business Signatures, as well as executive roles at Oracle and HP. Google recently announced up to 85 percent reduction in pricing for its PaaS and BigQuery services. Soon after,  AWS  and Microsoft  followed suit. Welcome to Cloud 2.0. Google did this because it could Google’s core cash engine is its paid web search/advertising business, which generates almost $4 billion...
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How Is Yahoo So Worthless? - www.theatlantic.com   13:28 20/04/2014
Yahoo is huge. It is the fourth-biggest Internet domain  in the United States. It is the fourth-biggest seller of online ads in the country. It is the most popular destination for fantasy sports, controls one the most-trafficked home pages in news, and owns   the eighth-most popular email client .  In the last three months, it collected more than $1 billion in revenue. It's very rich. It's also totally worthless. Technically, it's worse than worthless. Worthless means without worth. Worthless means $0.00. But Yahoo's core business—mostly search and display advertising—is worth more like negative-$10 billion , according to...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, a first impression - prsm.tc   13:32 18/04/2014
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS was released yesterday, 17 April 2014. This falls well with perfect timing for LUGM’s event, the Corsair Hackers Reboot . I did not wait much & downloaded the 64-bit image for a trial & to check new features. Installation was seamlessly easy as usual. On my Acer Aspire 4741 notebook it took the usual 15 mins. Booting up was fast & furious. Improvement? We could say it, though Ubuntu wasn’t known to be slow at boot-ups. I shot open a few applications & the noticeable improvement to Unity was the menu embedded in the window’s title bar instead of the top-menu-bar. It’s better than what it was previously but not yet the best improvement of Unity. For example, on a re-sized window the close button is shown on the...
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сегодня в 21:12 Блог компании ESET NOD32 , Информационная безопасность * Страсти по недавно обнаруженной Heatbleed уязвимости в OpenSSL не утихают....
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This is Amazon's smartphone - bgr.com   00:37 17/04/2014
After years of development, Amazon is finally close to unveiling the first of several own-brand smartphones. At a distance, Amazon’s upcoming flagship phone looks much like any other touchscreen phone on the market. But the company has spent years creating a unique and, at times, novel user experience that has two main focuses: Amazon products and services, and a custom 3D interface unlike anything we have seen before on a smartphone. And so begins the story of Amazon’s first smartphone. Recent reports have shed some light on Amazon’s plans to enter the competitive smartphone market with an own-brand handset. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the company’s first crack at a cell phone will be announced in June and...
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Компания Red Hat анонсировала свободный проект Atomic , в рамках которого развивается концепция похожей на CoreOS минималистской операционной...
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Компания Coverity, развивающая инструментарий для автоматического анализа кода на предмет наличия проблем безопасности и ошибок,...
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Matthias Drywater
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Amazon Merges Kindle Personal Documents With Cloud Drive - techcrunch.com   23:11 18/04/2014
Matthias Drywater
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Robert Scoble
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It’s Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet - www.wired.com   12:45 18/04/2014
Original illustration: Getty Images The Heartbleed bug crushed our faith in the secure web, but a world without the encryption software that Heartbleed exploited would be even worse. In fact, it’s time for the web to take a good hard look at a new idea: encryption everywhere. Most major websites use either the SSL or TLS protocol to protect your password or credit card information as it travels between your browser and their servers. Whenever you see that a site is using HTTPS, as opposed to HTTP, you know that SSL/TLS is being used. But only a few sites — like Facebook and Gmail — actually use HTTPS to protect all of their traffic as opposed to just passwords and payment details. Many security experts — including Google’s in-house...
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Объявлено о завершении первой стадии аудита популярного открытого приложения для шифрования дисковых разделов Truecrypt и публикации...
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Spotify Starts Shutting Down Its Massive P2P Network - torrentfreak.com   13:45 17/04/2014
When Spotify launched its first beta in the fall of 2008, we branded it “ an alternative to music piracy. ” With the option to stream millions of tracks supported by an occasional ad, or free of ads for a small subscription fee, Spotify appeared to be a serious competitor to music piracy. In the years that followed Spotify conquered the hearts and minds of many music fans. Currently available in 61 countries, the service has amassed dozens of millions of users. A true success story, one that was in part made possible due to Spotify’s heavy reliance on P2P technology. In fact, Spotify has long been one of the largest P2P networks on the Internet. When Spotify subscribers play a track in the desktop client, this could come from three sources: a cached...
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Apple has bigger plans than just song ID with Shazam deal - www.computerworld.com   22:37 18/04/2014
Computerworld - Apple will integrate music identification technology created by Shazam into the next version of iOS, according to a report by Bloomberg. But while most observers, including Bloomberg, focused on the obvious plays for Apple, others see much more in the deal and believe that Apple's intent goes far beyond simple song naming. In a story Thursday, Bloomberg , citing "two people with knowledge of the...
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Why The Clock is Ticking for MongoDB - prsm.tc   22:45 16/04/2014
Last month, ZDNet published an interview with MongoDB CEO Max Schireson which took the position that the document databases, such as MongoDB, are better-suited to today's applications than traditional relational databases; the title of the article implies that the days of relational databases are numbered. But it is not, as Schireson would have us believe, that the relational database community is ignorant of or has not tried the design paradigms which he advocates, but that they have been tried and found, in many cases, to be anti-patterns. Certainly, there are some cases in which the schemaless design pattern that is perhaps MongoDB's most distinctive feature is just the right tool for the job, but it is also misleading to think that such designs must use a document store....
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Why Docker sounds like a revolution ? - prsm.tc   13:30 18/04/2014
These two last days, I was participating to devoxx in Paris. One of the star topic of the event this year was Docker so I attempt different talk about this container technology I already has discovered in a previous JUG session. It was not an evidence that this technology was more than something interesting for DEV needing small, fast starting, small memory footprint, environment for testing. With my OPS hat, I did not catch the interest. This was before Devoxx and the different talk. The aspects I’ll detailed in this post have not been addressed during Devoxx, as much as I have seen, as mostly the DEV aspects have been addressed, I going to synthesize my opinion. To start, let’s discuss a little bit about Docker technology. I do not want to detail it a lot...
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Релиз Wordpress 3.9 “Smith” - habrahabr.ru   15:14 17/04/2014
вчера в 16:35 PHP * , Веб-разработка * , CMS * Ура, друзья, вышла новая версия WordPress — 3.9, и названа она в честь джазового музыканта Jimmy Smith . Видео-обзор...
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Mobile app developers just got a bit of a break when it comes to bringing their content to the TV screen, courtesy of LG: The consumer electronics maker released an open source Connect SDK Thursday that helps developers cast media to a wide variety of connected devices, ranging from LG’s own TV sets to Google’s Chromecast adapter to Roku’s streaming boxes. Think of it as Chromecast, but for a wide variety of devices. I got to see LG’s Connect SDK firsthand during a recent visit to the company’s Silicon Valley Innovation Lab, where I was led into a room filled with TVs. One was connected to a Roku box, another to Amazon’s new Fire TV. One was running LG’s own webOS TV platform, two featured the 2013 and 2012...
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Chrome Remote Desktop goes mobile - chrome.blogspot.com   01:51 17/04/2014
Hacker News: Chrome Remote Desktop goes mobile (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1paPxAZ)
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Hacker News: Streem (YC S12) Offers Unlimited Cloud Storage and Streaming for $20/Month (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/QeCmzh)
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In technology, it’s sometimes good to let a pioneer figure out the pitfalls of a new market. Apple’s iPod transformed music listening after countless lesser MP3 players failed to make a real dent. Google is now trying to do something similar in cloud computing. The company last month  announced price cuts  that made its cloud services cheaper than Amazon’s, the leader in cloud services for businesses. At almost the same time, Google orchestrated a flurry of  coverage of its cloud services . But whereas music players were a fragmented industry when the iPod appeared, in cloud computing Google is playing catch-up with a single market leader, Amazon, that has a track record of destroying incumbents  in every industry it gets into. What Google has...
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BitTorrent today announced its Sync file synchronization tool has gained support for network-attached storage (NAS) devices. The company has partnered with Netgear , which will offer BitTorrent Sync in its storefront, and says additional partners “will be announced soon.” The move means users will be able to access and transfer their data from a NAS device to a desktop, mobile, or other NAS device, without limits or storage fees. As BitTorrent explains it, Sync eliminates the process of having to open ports on your router, set up a VPN, choose security settings, and create user names/passwords. The company promises that Sync on NAS “ensures your data is available all the time, on all your devices.” Because Sync is based on the...
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Ubuntu chases after Red Hat with OpenStack and Docker bundles - www.infoworld.com   21:21 15/04/2014
Even if Canonical hasn't remade the consumer desktop with Ubuntu or made much of a dent with Ubuntu as a phone or tablet OS -- at least, not compared to the way Google has with both Android and Chrome -- there's no denying the presence of Ubuntu as a server. With the release of Ubuntu 14.04 on Thursday, Canonical is attempting to further define how it stands out from enterprise-centric distributions like Red Hat even as it shares features typically associated with Red Hat. To do that, Canonical is focusing Ubuntu even more on the features used by the service providers who have taken it to heart, such as Netflix, Comcast, Verizon, and NTT. Two of the key technologies revved in the new Ubuntu release, Docker and OpenStack, are quickly becoming cornerstones for how such...
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Red Hat Announces New Linux Container Projects - campustechnology.com   21:20 15/04/2014
Open Source | News Red Hat Announces New Linux Container Projects Open source software company Red Hat today announced several new Linux Container projects focused on streamlined application delivery and orchestration across bare metal systems, virtual machines and private and public clouds: Project Atomic is a new community project to develop technologies for creating lightweight Linux Container hosts, based on next-generation capabilities in the Linux ecosystem. The tools that result from Project Atomic will allow creation of a new variant of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, called Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host — which Red Hat plans to debut with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. GearD...
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Summary Apple is rumored to release two new iPhones later this year. Reports suggest pent up demand for the 5.5-inch high-end version could be enormous. Apple appears to be gearing up for a major marketing blitz. Apple still trades for a dirt cheap valuation. Apple ( AAPL ) appears to be gearing up for a major marketing blitz. According to the rumor mill, the company is about to embark on one of the most intense product launch cycles in the company's history in the second half of this year. The veracity of this claim remains to be seen. Nonetheless, one of the products is supposedly a high-resolution "phablet" type 5.5-inch version of the iPhone6. Also, an all-new redesigned...
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How can big data and smart analytics tools ignite growth for your company? Find out at DataBeat , May 19-20 in San Francisco, from top data scientists, analysts, investors, and entrepreneurs. Register now and save $200! Engineers have toiled away in recent years to make it possible for the popular open-source database MongoDB to handle lots and lots data. Now they’ve taken steps to make management of all that data a breeze. Next month, the eponymous company behind the database will add buttons to the user interface of its latest public beta test. These will enable developers to adjust capacity and add redundancy to their databases. “It’s always been something you could do, but the way you would do it is by writing scripts,” Kelly...
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Apr 08th We’ve been longtime Mongo users at Foursquare and each new version has brought enhancements in performance, reliability, and features. Mongo 2.6 has a bunch of new features that we’re excited about, but I’m going to focus on just one which might be easy to gloss over if you’re looking at the release notes. Write operations will be sent synchronously over the wire allowing for some simplifications to mongo internals that should yield performance benefits. Background Up until 2.6 all write operations were sent asynchronously over the wire. They were completely fire and forget. When a write command packet was sent to Mongo over a TCP connection, no bytes were returned by the server. In order for a client to get feedback on success,...
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6 апреля в 10:22 Беспроводные технологии * , Гаджеты. Устройства для гиков Amazon Dash — новый гаджет от компании Amazon, призванный упростить...
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вчера в 14:03 Разработка * , Смартфоны и коммуникаторы , Google Проект модульного смартфона Project Ara, от Motorola Google, развивается все более активно. Не...
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Робот-принтер - habrahabr.ru   20:37 11/04/2014
вчера в 12:34 Краудфандинг , Гаджеты. Устройства для гиков , Дизайн в IT * Привет, Хабр! Большая часть «карманных» принтеров — это...
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После двух лет разработки, компания Ulteo, основанная Гаэлем Дювалем (Gaël Duval), создателем дистрибутива Mandrake Linux, анонсировала платформу Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop 4.0 (OVD),...
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Four Tips to Become a Better Coder (That Actually Work) - m.nextgov.com   15:43 11/04/2014
While in-person courses can be a great way to build a basic foundation, I (and I imagine many other self-taught engineers) have been extremely fortunate to have some great mentors along the way who gave us tons of support and excellent advice. In the days following the  article I wrote last week  regarding coding bootcamps, many budding developers wrote in asking for more tangible advice. Below is a list of four pieces of advice that I received over the past 18 months from my mentors which I found to be the most useful in not only making me more marketable to hiring managers, but also helping me grow substantially as a developer: 1. Build and host your personal website While this seems like an obvious step, it is perhaps one of the the most...
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As Twitter is now considered the global platform for public conversation, the company’s storage requirements have grown as well. In recent days, Twitter experiences something on order of 5,000 to 10,000 tweets a second ( see the Twitter blog ) from more than 240 million Twitter accounts ( Twitter’s investor report .) Over the last few years, the company found itself in need of a storage system that could serve millions of queries per second, with extremely low latency in a real-time environment. Availability and speed of the system became the utmost important factor. Not only did it need to be fast; it needed to be scalable across several regions around the...
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More so than many large companies, Apple is a creature of habit. That's why it's easy to recommend against buying a new MacBook or iPad if history says that a new model is just around the corner. But when the company has a particularly slow stretch, like the one Apple is currently in, the doomsayers begin to ring their bells and light their fires. But after looking at the current slump in historical context, things look much different. I wanted to see just how slow Apple's recently-concluded Q2 actually was in comparison to recent years, and it pans out like this: 2011 Q1 9/26/10 - 12/25/10 MacBook Air (refresh) iLife '11 Q2 12/26/10 - 3/26 iPhone 4 (CDMA model) MacBook Pro (refresh) iPad 2 Q3 3/27 - 6/25 iMac...
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Didn't think that Raspberry Pi's namesake computer could get any more miniscule? Think again. The organization has unveiled the Compute Module , a board that stuffs the Pi's processor and 4GB of storage into the space of a stick of DDR2 laptop memory; you're looking at the tiny new device on the left. This isn't meant to show off Raspberry Pi's miniaturization skills, though. Fitting the system into a small standard connector lets circuit board builders attach whatever interfaces they like, rather than make do with the built-in ports on a conventional Pi design. You'll have to buy the Compute Module alongside a starter IO Board when the hardware launches this June, but it will eventually be possible to get the modules by themselves. Individual...
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Rackspace refuses to enlist in cloud's latest price cutting war - www.theregister.co.uk   17:35 8/04/2014
High performance access to file storage +Analysis Cloud provider Rackspace will stand on the sidelines as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft slash prices in an attempt to destroy each other's profit margins. The web hoster's chief technology officer, John Engates, told El Reg 's cloud bureau by email that "Rackspace is not a commodity cloud provider," when we asked if it would match Amazon , Google , and Microsoft's latest price cuts. "We pay close attention to market conditions and make periodic adjustments to ensure that our prices are competitive on a total-cost-of-performance basis," Engates told us via email. "We do not base our prices on competitors' rental rates for raw infrastructure. Rackspace has for 15 years charged premium...
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Millions of passwords exposed - www.politico.com   18:12 9/04/2014
SAN FRANCISCO — An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery. The breakdown revealed this week affects the encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for emails, instant messaging and a wide range of electronic commerce. Continue Reading Security researchers who uncovered the threat, known as “Heartbleed,” are particularly worried about the breach because it went undetected for more than two years. ( Sign up for POLITICO’s Morning Tech tip sheet ) Although there is now a way to close the security hole, there...
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Exclusive: this is Android TV - www.theverge.com   19:49 6/04/2014
Every so often, some enterprising computer company will claim they’ve finally fixed the TV. They’ll talk about how they’ve turned a dumb terminal into a smart computing platform that extends your work and play to a gigantic screen. Then, we’ll watch as the idea flops because they fail to line up content deals or wind up delivering a confusing, haphazard experience. That was the story of Google TV, which became the laughing stock of the industry after Google chairman Eric Schmidt bet that it would ship on the majority of new televisions in 2012. (He was sorely wrong.) But what these companies seem to be realizing as their content deals...
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Half-century milestone for IBM mainframes - www.bbc.com   19:48 6/04/2014
Mainframes were the workhorses of business for many years The IBM mainframe is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The first System 360 mainframe was unveiled on 7 April 1964 and its arrival marked a break with all general purpose computers that came before. The machines made it possible to upgrade the processors but still keep using the same code and peripherals from earlier models. Later this year the British rival to IBM's machine, the ICL 1900, also celebrates its 50th anniversary. Despite their age, mainframes are still in wide use now, said Barry Heptonstall, a spokesman for IBM. "I don't think people...
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Yahoo Looking To Enter Original Programming Game - www.huffingtonpost.com   19:46 6/04/2014
Marissa Mayer, chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc., speaks during a panel session on day four of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Google is working on yet another TV product dubbed Android TV, the Verge reported Saturday . Android TV will consist of a much simpler interface than its predecessor Google TV, and screenshots shown by the Verge actually bear a striking resemblance to Amazon’s new Fire TV, which the online retailer launched this week. Google has been cooperating with third-party developers to bring apps for services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and Vevo to the platform, but apparently also plans to support an extended list of Google services, including most notably Hangouts, which suggests that an Android TV product may include a camera for video chats in the living room. Also included is extended support for Android-based games. It’s been an open secret in the...
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Raspberry Pi made waves in recent years as a computer that you can buy for just $35. It's tiny, though, and its built-in capabilities are limited. Is there anything in the same spirit, but with more actual hardware? That's pretty much the question Chumby designer Andrew "Bunnie" Huang asked. Finding the current answers unsatisfying, he set out to create a new kind of computer: an open source laptop. See also: 14 Robotics Breakthroughs From the Past Decade "I've been a hacker of consumer electronics," Huang told Mashable . "I find myself typically designing products I don't use. I decided I wanted to design something I wanted to use." So what exactly is an open source laptop? Named Novena, it's a Linux-powered machine where every component can be modified by the user....
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How To Build A WinJS App In 10 Easy Steps - prsm.tc   21:04 5/04/2014
If you want to impress your friends, try telling them you’re in the middle of “building an app.” A few billion dollar acquisitions have turned app-building from a nerdy hobby into an indication that if you can build one, you’re inevitably going places. What we tend to forget, however, is that app just stands for “application,” a program that delivers some sort of function. So if you’re using a JavaScript library, like the newly open-source WinJS , you can put your own app online as long as you know how to copy and paste.  I built some HTML5 “apps” in an hour by blatantly plagiarizing the WinJS library’s prewritten code. That's the beauty of open-source...
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FORTUNE -- Last year's revelations of the National Security Agency's sweeping data collection programs were not particularly good for U.S. technology companies. Following the Edward Snowden leak, the D.C.-based think tank Information Technology and Innovation Foundation predicted that U.S. cloud computing companies could lose as much as $35 billion in worldwide sales over the next few years. Analysts at Forrester projected losses for Internet service providers as high as $180 billion by 2016 in the wake of the scandal. For most cloud storage and data sharing companies, that suggests rough sailing ahead. For BitTorrent, it suggests opportunity. BitTorrent -- the same company behind the eponymous and somewhat infamous peer-to-peer file sharing protocol -- has...
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Three Alternatives to Ubuntu One Cloud Service - prsm.tc   19:44 5/04/2014
Many of us had hoped it was an April Fool's prank. But Ubuntu One will, in fact, no longer be available as of June 1, 2014 and all data will be wiped July 31, 2014. This will leave a great number of Ubuntu users without a cloud service. Fear not, intrepid users, there are plenty of cloud services and tools available – each with native Linux clients – ready and willing to take your Ubuntu One data and keep it in the cloud. But out of the many services, which might be the best to suit your needs? Given what happened with Ubuntu One, many are growing leery of using services hosted by smaller companies (who could easily fold in the coming years). With larger companies making it impossible for the small guys to compete, the best bet for long-term cloud storage is to go...
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Amazon Fire TV: everything you need to know - www.slashgear.com   03:02 3/04/2014
The living room market has earned itself another contender this April with Amazon Fire TV . This device is a 4.5" x 4.5" x 0.7" (115 mm x 115 mm x 17.5 mm) box with several outputs on its back and its own dedicated remote control, aimed at being connected to your television via HDMI. From there, you’ll be using the internet to watch TV. Amazon’s services in the Amazon Fire TV are based in their own version of Android - in an unnamed operating system at the moment. It’ll be able to access a number of "services" right out of the box for TV shows, movies, and gaming. *NOTE: Amazon lists the OS of Amazon Fire TV as "Fire OS 3.0, based...
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Live Updates: Amazon's Next Big Thing in Video - mashable.com   19:09 2/04/2014
It's a pretty sure bet that, starting today, Amazon will dive headfirst into the video hardware business. The online retailer is hosting a product launch event in New York City on Wednesday, starting at 11 a.m. ET, which promises to deliver an update on its "video business." The invite, which arrived late last week, is short on precious details, though it does include an image of a living room couch with a bowl of popcorn nearby. The message is clear: Amazon is going to talk about home video, but in what form? Stick with Mashable for live updates...
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So Microsoft, what took so long? On Monday, Microsoft  cut prices  on its Azure cloud services in response to the price reduction  unveiled by Amazon Web Services last Wednesday. Last year, Microsoft pledged to meet all AWS price cuts and it’s been true to its word. All the changes to Microsoft Azure pricing are outlined in this MSDN post, but in general cuts ranged from 27 percent to 35 percent off compute instances and 44 percent to 65 percent on storage. The reductions cover both Linux and Windows instances. Don’t laugh; last week Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told reporters that 20 percent of all Azure workloads run on Linux. Google kicked off this latest round of price axing last Tuesday at the Google Cloud...
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So Microsoft, what took you so long? On Monday, Microsoft launched price cuts  to its Azure cloud services in response to price reduction  unveiled by Amazon Web Services last Wednesday.  Last year, Microsoft pledged to meet all AWS price cuts and it’s been true to its word. All the changes to Microsoft Azure pricing are outlined in this MSDN post, but in general cuts ranged from 27 percent to 35 percent off compute instances and 44 percent to 65 percent on storage. The reductions cover both Linux and Windows instances. Don’t laugh, last week Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told reporters that 20 percent of all Azure workloads run on Linux. Google kicked off this latest round of price axing last Tuesday at the...
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В Израиле инициировано необычное судебное разбирательство. Иск выдвинут против четырёх основателей проекта Waze, а также...
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Microsoft Office For iPad: Who's It For? - www.forbes.com   22:35 28/03/2014
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Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter Launch WebScaleSQL - thenextweb.com   18:52 28/03/2014
27 March '14, 04:55pm Follow Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter today announced WebScaleSQL , a collaborative project bringing the engineers from these companies together to solve challenges working with massive databases. As its name suggests, WebScaleSQL is a custom version of MySQL designed for large scale Web companies. The four companies will share a common set of changes to the upstream MySQL branch, available via open source. The project will include contributions from MySQL engineering teams at all four companies, and since it will be open, others who have the scale and resources...
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Box Launches New Tools for Developers - mashable.com   22:46 28/03/2014
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Mark Twain advised people never to put off until tomorrow what they can put off until the day after, and a lot of us listen. Estimates suggest that 15% to 20% of all people are chronic procrastinators, and that share goes up for situational delay: As one example, four in five people put off retirement savings despite knowing better. Then there are the innumerable office procrastinators, many identifiable by the mere fact that they're reading this article. The devious thing about procrastination is that while we tend to shrug or laugh it off as part of the work process, evidence suggests it's far from harmless. At the root of the problem is our failure to differentiate between simply delaying a task, perhaps a healthy sign of organizational skills, and truly...
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Google-owned YouTube hasn’t had a serious competitor for years. But Yahoo would like to try: The Web giant has been working on a plan to lure some of YouTube’s most popular stars and networks to show their stuff on the site, according to several sources close to the situation. The strategy in the works — which Yahoo hopes to launch in the next few months — is aimed at taking advantage of persistent complaints by both video creators and owners, who think that they don’t make enough money on YouTube. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been mulling how to have a much bigger presence in Web video. Under her leadership, the company tried and failed to buy France’s DailyMotion and has been pushing a number of other high-profile media...
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Toward a better programming - www.chris-granger.com   21:29 28/03/2014
Hacker News: Toward a better programming (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1mbwyRo)
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Six things I wish we had known about scaling - martin.kleppmann.com   17:54 27/03/2014
Looking back at the last few years of building Rapportive and LinkedIn Intro , I realised that there were a number of lessons that we had to learn the hard way. We built some reasonably large data systems, and there are a few things I really wish we had known beforehand. None of these lessons are particularly obscure – they are all well-documented, if you know where to look. They are the kind of things that made me think “I can’t believe I didn’t know that, I’m so stupid #facepalm” in retrospect. But perhaps I’m not the only one who started out not knowing these things, so I’ll write them down for the benefit of anyone else who finds themself having to scale a system. The kind of system...
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Why your previous developer was terrible - medium.com   13:49 25/03/2014
You hired a new developer for a project you’re working on and she seems to have solved all of your problems. She’s been on the job for 3 days and she’s already suggested upgrades for 5 of your libraries and re-organized your JIRA issues. At every turn, she seems to validate your choice in hiring her. She’s found 8 bugs that were glaring and would have caused a critical meltdown. How terrible was your previous developer that he couldn’t have spotted any of this?? She’s baffled by his decision to use the XYZ framework and doesn’t understand why he chose to use Postgres instead of CouchDB for this particular application. She complains to you that the lack of a CDN is costing you HOURS in needless content serving. How could you have been so blind to not see any of this?...
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13 years ago today, Apple began shipping OS X 10.0 - www.tuaw.com   20:06 24/03/2014
OS X is now a man. 13 years ago today, Apple forever changed the trajectory of the Mac OS when it began shipping the original version of OS X for $129 -- a vestige of an era back when Apple actually used to charge for an OS. Codenamed Cheetah, the original incarnation of OS X featured a number of long-awaited under the hood improvements, not the least of which was the introduction of Aqua, a completely revamped interface and a marked departure from Mac OS 9. You might recall that Jobs, in describing OS X's interface, famously said that Apple "made the buttons on the screen look so good you'll want to lick them." The advertised features at the time read as follows: an open source, UNIX based foundation called Darwin; Apple's new Quartz™ graphics engine...
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5 Features In Java 8 That WILL Change How You Code - www.javacodegeeks.com   23:51 19/03/2014
Java 8 is packed full of some really exciting features at both the JVM and language level. While some of the features initially envisioned for this release got scoped out or pushed out to release 9, there are literally dozens of new features. Many of the new additions are under-the-hood improvements either at the compiler, JVM or help-system level. As such, while we may benefit from them, there’s nothing we need to actively do (other than install Java 8 of course) to enjoy them. Having said that, let’s look at 5 features that we feel are an absolute must for you to know about: 1. Lambda expressions Even if we really didn’t want to go mainstream here, there’s little doubt that from a developer’s perspective, the most dominant feature of Java 8...
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Hello Java 8 and NetBeans 8! - netbeans.dzone.com   23:53 19/03/2014
NetBeans IDE 8 ( release notes here ) provides out-of-the-box code analyzers and editors for working with the latest Java 8 technologies--Java SE 8, Java SE Embedded 8, and Java ME Embedded 8. The IDE also has a range of new enhancements that further improve its support for Maven and Java EE with PrimeFaces; new tools for HTML5, in particular for AngularJS; and improvements to PHP and C/C++ support.  Here's an overview of what NetBeans partners and users are looking forward to in NetBeans 8! Shai Almog (Codename One). "We use NetBeans as our primary IDE at Codename One. I can't wait to get my hands on the new features, such as instant JavaDoc tooltips when hovering over elements in the editor. However, the true value of this release is the solid...
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Yoav Landmand, CTO of  Jfrog - the creators of open source repository manager Artifactory and software distribution platform Bintray - shares his expert analysis of Java 8, and how he thinks the next generation of software from Oracle will impact the Javasphere as a whole. JAX: To what extent do you feel that Oracle have succeeded with this release? Landman: I think that this release is quite a success. Mainly because of the very important features that I guess would otherwise drive people to use languages other than Java. People were getting tired with Java and saying Oracle are not innovating enough, so with Java 8 they've really pushed it and tried to give developers some hope - which they delivered at the end of the day. All the functional stuff that they...
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Microsoft just exposed email's ugliest secret - www.theverge.com   20:59 21/03/2014
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Introducing Private Repos, Webhooks, and More - blog.docker.io   23:48 19/03/2014
The Docker.io team has been working hard on a number of new services and we’re excited to roll them out to you today.  With this release, we aspired to provide services to help users share repos with others, drill-down into repo contents, and automate and link workflows. Sharing One of the most-requested features is private repos.  Say you’re working on a project that you want to share with the world but is not yet ready for prime time.  Now you can push your work-in-progress to a private repo on docker.io and invite only specific collaborators to pull from and push to it.  When you’re ready, you can make your private repo public, and it’ll automatically be indexed and publicly searchable. All services on Docker.io to...
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Docker drops LXC as default execution environment - www.infoq.com   04:58 22/03/2014
With the release of version 0.9 Docker.io have dropped LXC as the default execution environment, replacing it with their own libcontainer . At the same time Docker now supports a much broader range of isolation tools through the use of execution drivers, which include: OpenVZ , systemd-nspawn, libvirt-lxc, libvirt-sandbox, qemu / kvm , BSD Jails , Solaris Zones , and chroot . Libcontainer is a library written in Go that provides direct access for Docker to Linux container APIs: Docker out of the box can now manipulate namespaces, control groups, capabilities, apparmor profiles, network interfaces and firewalling rules - all in a consistent and predictable way, and without depending on LXC or any other userland package. This drastically reduces the number of...
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Most of us are rarely without our smartphones in hand. These powerful supercomputers keep us connected to the world and the people we love. But we're only at the beginning; we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s possible with mobile technology. That’s why we’re so excited about wearables—they understand the context of the world around you, and you can interact with them simply and efficiently, with just a glance or a spoken word. Android Wear: Information that moves with you  Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable—watches. Going well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time, a range of new devices along with...
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How We Scale MongoDB | MongoHQ Blog - blog.mongohq.com   05:04 22/03/2014
We recently launched Elastic Deployments for MongoDB , which rep­resent the best method we’ve found for scaling cus­tomers’ MongoDB datasets appro­priately. The word “appro­priate” is, well, appro­priate when con­sidering scaling. A 10GB MongoDB dataset has dif­ferent requirements than a 10TB dataset which has dif­ferent requirements than a 10PB dataset. There aren’t hard rules for the best time to scale these data sets using more complex methods. Redundancy Discussions about hor­i­zontal scale fre­quently conflate redundancy and per­formance, but they are two separate concepts, par­tic­ularly in MongoDB. Horizontal scale in MongoDB is pri­marily used for...
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Combine and Conquer Because everything in the Wolfram Language is coherently built in, you can routinely combine functionality from vastly different areas, opening up a new level of programming and algorithm innovation. Insert Visualization Anywhere The Wolfram Language makes it trivial to insert aesthetically optimized static or dynamic visualization anywhere—bringing any aspect of your program to life. Leverage the World's Knowledge In the Wolfram Language, data and models from thousands of domains are built in, so your code can immediately know about and compute with real-world constructs. Computer Science is Built In The design and automation of the Wolfram Language makes using advanced computer science...
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The Programmer Productivity Paradox | Javalobby - java.dzone.com   01:32 20/03/2014
Programmers seem to be fairly productive people. You always see them typing at their desks; they chafe for meetings to finish so that they can go back to their desks and  code . When asked, they will say that there is not enough time to produce the  code , and the sooner they can start coding, the sooner they will be  done .  So writing code must be the most important thing, correct? If the average programmer writes about 50 lines of production code a day.  A 50,000 line program would take  1,000  man days to produce.  The 50,000 line listing can be entered by a programmer at about 1,000 lines a day or about  50  man days.  So what the  heck  are the developers doing for the other...
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Netty.docs: Using as a generic library - netty.io   05:17 22/03/2014
Netty is a framework for building network applications, but also provides foundation classes handy for other uses, even programs that do not perform socket I/O. Buffer API io.netty.buffer provides a generic buffer type called ByteBuf . It is like java.nio.ByteBuffer , but faster, more user-friendly, and extensible. User-friendliness Have you ever forgotten to call java.nio.ByteBuffer.flip() and wondered why the buffer does not contain anything? It never happens in ByteBuf because it has two indexes, one for reads and one for writes: ByteBuf buf = ...; buf . writeUnsignedInt ( 42 ); assertThat ( buf . readUnsignedInt (), is ( 42 )); It has a richer set of access methods to more easily access a buffer's contents. For example, it...
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It’s been a little over seven years since AWS launched S3 and EC2. Back then it was exciting to spin up servers in just a few minutes without signing long-term contracts. But fast-forward to 2014: there are dozens of IaaS providers offering similar capabilities. The selling points — like self-service, zero CAPEX and elasticity — that once made the cloud look exciting are not as appealing anymore, and they are no longer the differentiating factors. In the current context, selling cloud for its self-service capabilities is similar to Microsoft trying to sell the latest version of Windows only for its graphical interface. Both have become commodities with the customers taking those features for granted. So, how do new IaaS providers entering the market...
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OneNote vs. Evernote: A personal take on two great note-taking apps - www.computerworld.com   05:21 22/03/2014
Computerworld - Let the note-taking wars begin. With Microsoft's release of OneNote for the Mac and iOS , and its announcement that the Windows application is now free as well, the company has taken dead aim at the popular program Evernote. The two applications now both work on the same platforms (including mobile OSes such as Android, iOS and Windows Phone), sync your notes to your devices and include Web-based...
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Eclipse builds a bridge between desktop and cloud development - www.javaworld.com   16:19 21/03/2014
The Eclipse Foundation is looking to bridge desktop- and cloud-based development with its Project Flux, driven by technologists from Pivotal and IBM and intended to produce an architecture and infrastructure for integrating development tools across the desktop, browsers, and servers. "You can connect your Web-based tools to your desktop tools," said Eclipse Executive Director Mike Milinkovich. The back end of Flux could be described as "Dropbox for your code," he said, and code can be stored in the cloud and can be interacted with via a desktop- or browser-based IDE. Project co-leader Martin Lippert, of Pivotal, said Flux is intended to provide "a fully smooth transition between the desktop IDE experience and the cloud tooling." By bringing together cloud and desktop tools, Flux...
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Jon Snyder/WIRED Facebook engineers Bryan O’Sullivan, Julien Verlaguet, and Alok Menghrajani spent the last few years building a programming language unlike any other. Working alongside a handful of others inside the social networking giant, they fashioned a language that lets programmers build complex websites and other software at great speed while still ensuring that their software code is precisely organized and relatively free of flaws — a combination that few of today’s languages even approach. In typical Facebook fashion, the new language is called Hack , and it already drives almost all of the company’s website — a site that serves more than 1.2 billion people across the globe. “We can say with complete...
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Python 3.4.0 released - blog.python.org   14:50 18/03/2014
Python 3.4.0 has been released today. Python 3.4 includes a range of improvements of the 3.x series, including hundreds of small improvements and bug fixes. Major new features and changes in the 3.4 release series include: PEP 428, a "pathlib" module providing object-oriented filesystem paths PEP 435, a standardized "enum" module PEP 436, a build enhancement that will help generate introspection information for builtins PEP 442, improved semantics for object finalization PEP 443, adding single-dispatch generic functions to the standard library PEP 445, a new C API for implementing custom memory allocators PEP 446, changing file descriptors to not be inherited by default in subprocesses PEP 450, a new "statistics" module PEP 451, standardizing...
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www.happybirthday.net | TechCrunch - techcrunch.com   17:44 15/03/2014
Imagine going back 25 years in a time machine to meet the you of 1989. The you that was watching the Berlin Wall fall, the you that saw Jim and Tammy Baker come back to TV, the you that was probably peripherally aware of something called the Friday The 13th Virus. Now imagine telling this past version of yourself about the World Wide Web. What could you say? That it’s pervasive, now, like oxygen? It’s a constantly changing medium, a system that reinvents itself every second as the energy of a million minds is focused, laser-like, on one meme after the other? Will you tell that old you about how you don’t go to stores anymore but expect everything – from diapers to food – to be brought to you with the click of a button? Do you tell that you about...
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5 Unexpected Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder - www.huffingtonpost.com   03:34 15/03/2014
I wrote a post recently about ways that you can work smarter, not harder . As I worked through the list of techniques I'd collected, the post became so long that I had to split it in half. Here are even more suggestions to help you make your day more productive without putting in extra hours. 1. Limit your to-do list. I've written about the history of the to-do list before, and how to write a great one. One of the most counterintuitive but effective methods I've found for increasing my productivity is to limit how many items I add to my to-do list. One way to do this is by choosing one to three Most Important Tasks (MITs). These are the big, tough tasks for your day that you really need to get done. The ones that will keep you in the...
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Raspberry Pi gets its own sound card - www.engadget.com   05:37 15/03/2014
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Microsoft to offer OneNote for Mac for free - news.cnet.com   05:25 15/03/2014
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Google removes underlined links, says goodbye to 1996 - www.theverge.com   04:53 15/03/2014
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Docker 0.9: introducing execution drivers and libcontainer - blog.docker.io   21:13 12/03/2014
Fellow Dockers, Today we are happy to introduce Docker 0.9. With this release we are continuing our focus on quality over features, shrinking and stabilizing the core, and providing first-class support for all major operating systems. In addition to dozen   of   bugfixes , Docker 0.9 includes 2 major improvements: execution drivers and libcontainer . As usual, for a complete list of improvements, you can check out the Changelog . Execution drivers First, we are introducing an execution driver API which can be used to customize the execution environment surrounding each container. This allows Docker to take advantage of the numerous isolation tools available, each with their particular tradeoffs and install base: OpenVZ, systemd-nspawn,...
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Why we scale vertically: The only way is up - blog.mongohq.com   03:38 15/03/2014
In Search of the Perfect Database The perfect database is a wonderful thing. For developers, it’s a black box with unlimited storage and instant response times for any query an application user can construct. For operators and users it is always available, always backed up, and alway consistent too.  And it doesn’t exist in anything but the abstract.  That doesn’t stop us striving for the perfect database though. You can get get closer to the ideal with a single database by putting it on bigger server hardware as it grows, but really, who has a machine room full of a range of sizes of server? The logistics of shuffling data sets between those machines as demand increases, or decreases, takes any database further away from being...
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Agile Is Dead (Long Live Agility) - pragdave.me   21:11 12/03/2014
Thirteen years ago, I was among seventeen middle-aged white guys who gathered at Snowbird, Utah. We were there because we shared common beliefs about developing software, and we wondered if there was a way to describe what we believed. It took less than a day to come up with a short list of values. We published those values, along with a list of practices, as the Manifesto for Agile Software Development : Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation, and Responding to Change over Following a Plan I was proud of what we did, both the process we followed and the result it produced. And I think that the existence of the manifesto has helped developers break...
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HP Releases Another Cheap Android Tablet - techcrunch.com   03:07 8/03/2014
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вчера в 04:41 Один из крупнейших фотобанков в мире Getty Images убрал водяные знаки с 35 млн фотографий — и разрешил публиковать их...
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OS X update adding 4K support - www.product-reviews.net   18:19 8/03/2014
An OS X update is being introduced by Apple which will add 4K support to enabled monitors and devices with the retina display. This update will increase the sharpness and clarity of images, so far beta tests have yielded positive results for Mac users. This added retina display support comes as part of OS X Mavericks version 10.9.3, which will be released to the public once the beta period has concluded. Owners of Apple’s desktops and laptops will be able to enjoy double pixel retina resolution, where previously the Mac only showed up on a larger scale with window elements spread out. According to reports from 9to5mac , this upcoming refresh will now allow the retina Macbook Pro to support 4K displays with at an increased rate of 60Hz. This will no doubt which make...
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Google's looking more like Microsoft every day - gigaom.com   19:49 6/03/2014
Google continues to put the pieces of an enterprise software company partner program together around its cloud products. On Thursday it announced further refinements  of the cloud platform program– announced two years ago — adding three tiers — to its services and technology partners. The top-level Premier tier gets additional, um “premier” services in addition to the branding, partner relationship management contacts and online training that are available to mid-level “Authorized” partners. At the bottom run is the entry-level “registered” company that gets online resources and training. Services partners include systems integration and value-added reselling (VAR) partners like...
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Hacker News: With Free Version of Windows, Microsoft Gives In to the Google Way (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1gO645d)
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At Server Density, we process over 30TB of time series data points each month, so I’m always experimenting with different technologies to see if we can do things more efficiently or cheaply. Our current environment is across x2 SoftLayer data centers, both dedicated and cloud. But recently I’ve been playing around with Google Cloud. I think Google is currently in the best position to challenge Amazon because they have the engineering culture and technical abilities to release some really innovative features. IBM has bought into some excellent infrastructure at Softlayer but still has to prove its cloud engineering capabilities. Amazon has set the standard for how we expect cloud infrastructure to behave, but Google doesn’t conform to these standards...
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10 Things You Should Know About Running MongoDB at Scale - highscalability.com   19:34 5/03/2014
Wednesday Mar 05 2014 10 Things You Should Know About Running MongoDB at Scale Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8:56AM Guest post by Asya Kamsky , Principal Solutions Architect at MongoDB. This post outlines ten things you need to know for operating MongoDB at scale based on my experience working with MongoDB customers and open source users: MongoDB requires DevOps, too. MongoDB is a database. Like any other data store, it requires capacity planning, tuning, monitoring, and maintenance. Just because it's easy to install and get started and it fits the developer paradigm more naturally...
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NoSQL is a hot buzz in the air for a pretty long time (well, it's not only a buzz anymore). However, when should we really use it? Best Practices for MongoDB NoSQL products (and among them MongoDB) should be used to meet challenges. If you have one of the following challenges, you should consider MongoDB: You Expect a High Write Load MongoDB by default prefers high insert rate over transaction safety. If you need to load tons of data lines with a low business value for each one, MongoDB should fit. Don't do that with $1M transactions recording or at least in these cases do it with an extra safety. You need High Availability in an Unreliable Environment (Cloud and Real Life) Setting replicaSet (set of servers that act as...
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This is Nokia X: Android and Windows Phone collide - www.theverge.com   03:25 25/02/2014
It’s official: the Nokia X Android phone is here. Microsoft might be buying Nokia’s phone business shortly, but the Finnish smartphone maker is still pushing ahead with the launch of three Android-powered handsets today. The Verge first revealed details about Nokia’s plans in December, and the company is now ready to talk specifics about the X, the X+, and the XL. As expected, all three combine Lumia-style design with low-cost hardware aimed at the masses, from a large 5-inch screen on the 109-Euro XL to the 4-inch display on the 99-Euro X+. The X will be released for just €89 in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and a few other global locations,...
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IBM Unveils $1 billion Platform-as-a-Service Investment - www.thestreet.com   03:22 25/02/2014
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- IBM ( IBM ) revealed a more than $1 billion cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) investment on Monday, opening its middleware to the cloud for the first time and bolstering the connectivity of enterprise applications and data to the cloud. The investment was disclosed to more than 9,000 clients, partners and developers at IBM's Feb. 23-26 cloud conference in Las Vegas, which kicked off in earnest on Monday. The investment starts with IBM's launch of "BlueMix," codename for a new PaaS, open beta, that combines IBM's software, third-party and open technologies. BlueMix will be providing DevOps in the cloud to facilitate effective and rapid construction of enterprise applications by developers, independent firms and enterprise teams. BlueMix runs...
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Samsung анонсировали Galaxy S5 - habrahabr.ru   21:02 24/02/2014
сегодня в 00:19 Сегодня, 24 февраля, состоялась презентация Samsung, на которой компания анонсировала свой новый флагман. Ниже я...
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Yandex suite of free Android tools sidesteps Google - reviews.cnet.com   07:42 22/02/2014
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The Letter | 8th Light - blog.8thlight.com   18:48 21/02/2014
We need to become a self-regulating and self-policing profession. The stakes are simply too high to allow software to remain in the current ad-hoc limbo of hackers, heroics, and hermits. Consider how much software you interact with every day. Your alarm clock, your cell phone, the television and cable box, the remote control, your toaster oven, your watch, your car, the train to work, the cash register at Starbucks, the coffee maker at Starbucks, the elevator you ride, etc. etc. The list is virtually endless. Nearly every aspect of our daily lives, nearly ever corner of our civilization is somehow touched, controlled, managed, or influenced by software. Think about that again. Virtually every aspect of our lives has a software component; and yet we exert absolutely no...
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Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called  Project Tango , and it's ready to get the phone into developers' hands to see what the technology is capable of. Google says that the phone will learn the dimension of rooms and spaces just by being moved around inside of them — walking around your bedroom, for example, would help the phone learn the shape of your home. The hope is that by creating a robust map of the world, Google's phone could eventually give precise directions to any given point that needs to be reached. It's an ambitious project, but that should be no surprise given who it's coming from: Tango comes out of the Advanced Technology and Projects group — one...
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At this point it's a forgone conclusion that Microsoft is going to enter the digital assistant space in order to keep pace with Android and iOS. Its offering, code named Cortana (after a Halo character), is reportedly set to debut as part of Windows Phone 8.1 , which we're expecting to get a glimpse of at Build. While the final shape of the app has yet to be confirmed, recent leaks hint that it will borrow heavily from Siri and Google Now, blending what many see as the best features of each. According to the Verge , Cortana will replace the standard Bing search and feature a circular animated icon as its primary UI element. The icon will use the highlight color you've chosen and bounce around the screen or frown when you ask it a question. In addition...
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OSv : Cloud Operating System for Virtual Machines From Creators of KVM - thecustomizewindows.com   03:28 20/02/2014
OSv is a Cloud Operating System for Running on Virtual Machines From the Creators of KVM . KVM is familiar to Linux users and fans of virtualization. Previously we talked about CoreOS , which is a Cloud Operating System,  CoreOS and Net-install of a custom linux distro  on Cloud Servers and How to Boot Custom Network Operating System on Rackspace . Today, we will introduce you to a new Project named OSv, which is a result of the decision to surpass the shortcomings of virtualization regarding cloud operating system, which wil be able to interact with the hardware directly without Linux intermediaries or other systems, resulting in better performance. Read about Kernel Based Virtual Machine (KVM) here. Basics on OSv, Cloud Operating System for Virtual...
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5 Things To Expect From The Samsung Galaxy S5 - readwrite.com   07:33 22/02/2014
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MUST READ: Google Mail unzips password protected files - cyberwarzone.com   03:29 20/02/2014
Security researcher Brian Baskin has published a research which could conclude that GMAIL is actively trying to brute force password protected files. The researcher zipped a file with a virus and what happened next will blow your mind.  His blog reads:  As a professional malware analyst and security researcher, a sizable portion of my work is spent collaborating with other researchers over attack trends and tactics. If I hit a hurdle in my analysis, it's common to just send the binary sample to another researcher with an offset location and say "What does this mean to you?" That was the case on Valentine's Day, 14 Feb 2014. While working on a malware static analysis blog post, to accompany my  dynamic analysis blog post  on the same sample, I...
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Cloud boom is on for real, researcher says - gigaom.com   21:53 16/02/2014
Researcher IHS Technology expects spending on cloud infrastructure and services to hit $174.2 billion in 2014, up 20 percent from $145.2 billion last year. Perhaps more to the point, it expects this growth rate to continue with enterprise spending on cloud to soar to $235.1 billion by 2017. That would be triple the amount spent on cloud ($78.2 billion in 2011.) While researchers may differ on how much cloud spending will grow going forward, they all agree that it’s on the upswing — which is why IBM , Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, Microsoft et al are rushing to adapt to the new model and to cloud-first upstarts like Amazon Web Services. The Structure Show — what’s up with Hadoop Cloudera chief strategy officer Mike Olson sat in with us...
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Java And Scala: Former Competitors Now BFFs? - readwrite.com   01:05 21/02/2014
The Scala programming language celebrated its 10th anniversary last month while Java 8 is poised for its “final” release in March. Ironically, the two languages that competed for so many years are starting to look increasingly similar. Java still tops the charts but Scala has gained new adherents due to its emphasis on functional programming. As Java 8 adds significant Scala features, there's a case to be made that Scala will diminish.  Though there's still plenty of reason to think  Java 8 will obviate much of the reasons people turn to Scala , I recently sat down with Martin Odersky, the creator of the Scala language and chairman of Typesafe , to get his assessment of where things stand between the two...
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Google Cloud SQL now Generally Available with an SLA, 500GB databases, and encryption - googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com   04:14 20/02/2014
Hacker News: Google Cloud SQL now available with an SLA, 500 GB databases, and encryption (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1kXtqe5)
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Feature Preview: Boxes 2.0 - www.vagrantup.com   23:48 19/02/2014
Vagrant 1.5 will feature a revamped system for finding, downloading, and using boxes. With Vagrant 1.5 boxes will be easier than ever to find, build, use, update, and share. For new users, Vagrant becomes much easier to use, and for existing users, the box system becomes much more powerful with new features to help teams using Vagrant. Here are some quick highlights of the new box system: box names are now as simple as hashicorp/precise64 , which acts as both the address for the box as well as the name. A single box address can represent a box for multiple providers, so you no longer need to special-case box URLs depending on the provider in use. Boxes are now versionable, so you can deploy box updates and users of that box are notified when updates are available. And finally,...
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My colleague Lesley Mbogo has some good news for users of the AWS Elastic Load Balancing service. -- Jeff; We have made several enhancements to Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) to further improve the security of your application traffic, making it easier for you to better protect the confidential data and privacy of your users. Today, website operators are expanding encryption across their applications and are often using HTTPS by default to secure all web traffic. As this trend continues, many AWS customers will rely on ELB to terminate HTTPS/SSL traffic at the load balancer in order to avoid having to run the CPU-intensive decryption process on their EC2 instances: Last year, we added support for the TLS 1.1 and 1.2 protocols, the latest industry standards...
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Another day and another acquisition — and another one that is jaw dropping and seemingly insane. Less than a week after Japan’s Rakuten acquired Viber for $900 million , Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced that he is buying WhatsApp for a whopping $16 billion in cash and stock. Add another $3 billion for WhatsApp employees may get over next few years in restricted stock, and this becomes a $19 billion company. When I think about the deal, it actually makes what investor Paul Kedrosky calls “ridiculously rational” sense. It keeps WhatsApp out of the hands of Google and most importantly takes out an aggressive competitor for “attention” from the market. Facebook is going to end up competing with...
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StackOverflow , the coding-focused Q&A site that’s proven to be an essential tool for professional and amateur programmers alike, had an approximately hour-long outage Sunday morning that affected a number of users. According to StackOverflow’s parent company StackExchange, the cause was a DDoS attack against its network provider . The issue has been “partially mitigated” and the site is back up and running now, StackExchange says. Reports of StackOverflow’s outage started to hit Twitter and Hacker News at around 11am Pacific Time Sunday, and continued for about an hour. The panicked (and often humorous) notes of programmers who were unable to access the site during their planned Sunday coding sessions show just how valuable the...
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The New Normal: 200-400 Gbps DDoS Attacks — Krebs on Security - krebsonsecurity.com   09:43 15/02/2014
Over the past four years, KrebsOnSecurity has been targeted by countless denial-of-service attacks intended to knock it offline. Earlier this week, KrebsOnSecurity was hit by easily the most massive and intense such attack yet — a nearly 200 Gpbs assault leveraging a simple attack method that industry experts say is becoming alarmingly common. At issue is a seemingly harmless feature built into many Internet servers known as the Network Time Protocol (NTP), which is used to sync the date and time between machines on a network. The problem isn’t with NTP itself, per se, but with certain outdated or hard-coded implementations of it that attackers can use to turn a relatively negligible attack into something much, much...
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Part of the magic behind Android is that it is open-source, meaning anyone can grab the OS and run with it, as we’ve seen with customized Android forks like Amazon’s Fire OS. There is no denying that Android is truly open and free at its heart, but critics attest that Android “as we know it ” might not be so open or free in reality. In order to qualify for Google Play certification, OEMs have to go through several hoops and need navigate a list of “do’s and dont’s” if they want to be approved. Without Play certification, a device can’t have Google Maps, the Play Store or any of the great apps that we generally associate with Android — which basically makes the device useless for most major markets....
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Humans Account for Less Than 40% of Global Web Traffic - mashable.com   05:53 15/02/2014
Matthias Drywater
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When you think ChromeOS, chances are the first thing that comes to mind are Chromebooks. Since 2012, though, Google and its hardware partners have also been quietly selling its Chromeboxes , the desktop equivalents of the ChromeOS laptops. Now that Chromebooks seem to have found their place, with very solid sales according to the latest data, the company is starting to put the Chromebox concept back into the spotlight and positioning it as a platform that goes beyond traditional desktop computing. At the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas today, for example, Google is highlighting how Chromeboxes can power – you guessed it – digital signage. Making this work is pretty straightforward and goes a bit beyond the traditional kiosk mode Google has long enabled on...
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Wednesday February 12, 2014 12:27 pm PST by Juli Clover Apple is working on a platform that combines OS X and iOS to boost iPhone and iPad sales, according to J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz (via CNET ). He believes that a combo operating system, which he has termed "iAnywhere," would work in tandem with an iOS device docked to a secondary display, running as a full-blown computer. "While not a new idea, our global tech research team believes Apple could be on the cusp of introducing a new category with iAnywhere, a converged MacOS-iOS operating system that allows an iPhone or iPad to dock into a specially configured display to run as a computer," Moskowitz said. "In our view, this...
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While consumers are certainly still buying Windows 8, the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft is not getting the same amount of love as Windows 7 did. That seems to be the general consensus, but now there’s data straight from the horse’s mouth to back that claim: at 15 months, Windows 8 sold 100 million fewer licenses than Windows 7 did, according to Microsoft’s own sales figures. Microsoft today revealed that Windows 8 has passed the 200 million mark. The two operating systems grew at the same rate for their respective first six months, but then at some point things slowed down for Windows 7′s successor: We can’t say when exactly the slowdown occurred because Microsoft didn’t share any new Windows 8 sales...
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Venture capitalist and erstwhile open source entrepreneur Peter Levine thinks it's dumb to try to emulate Red Hat. In a TechCrunch post , Levine insists it's almost certain we won't "see another Red Hat" as "the odds are long and the path is littered with the corpses of companies that have tried the support model." Levine is right, of course. But then again, we already knew this.  Redmonk's Stephen O'Grady argued back in 2006 that we wouldn't see another billion-dollar open source company like Red Hat. Indeed, it has been a long, long time since anyone has mustered a serious attempt to emulate Red Hat like-for-like—the one exception being Hortonworks . It turns out there are other open source-friendly ways to build...
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Microsoft’s marketing chief Tami Reller gave the impression to some at Goldman Sachs’ technology conference Thursday that Office for non-Windows platforms isn’t go to happen . That’s a direct contradiction of statements by then-CEO, Steve Ballmer, in September of last year. So which is it: Is Office for iPad coming or not? Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley says it is and perhaps sooner even than a Metro or touch-friendly version of Office for Windows 8.1. In a post on Friday, Foley shared information from her sources, saying the code name for the software is “Mirimar” and that it’s expected in the first half of 2014 . There’s no information yet on how the software would be made available, but I agree...
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Thirty years after Steve Jobs buried the Lisa mouse in Aspen, Colorado, the antique will make its television debut next week. During the June 1983 International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA), Jobs reluctantly wore a bow tie and actually predicted technologies like the iPad, wireless networking, and the App Store. He navigated his presentation with a Lisa mouse, which was later added to a collection of items donated by conference attendees and buried in the "Aspen Time Tube." Later renamed the "Steve Jobs Time Capsule," the 13-foot tube was meant to be re-opened in 2000, but organizers apparently failed to draw a clear enough treasure map, and actually forgot where it had been buried. Thanks to modern technology (some probably provided by Apple), the National Geographic...
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5 Ways To Burn Out Programming - blog.braegger.pw   11:04 12/02/2014
I've only recently come out of my burnout, despite it happening years ago. It sucks. It sucks bad. But looking back, I can see many of the causes crystal clearly, that weren't so apparent at the time. Here's a list: 1. Think about your project and only the project Let's face it. Business wants you to make the best product you can "for our customers". You put off fun features for the sake of missing a deadline. You plan and analyze and break a project into sets of deliverables that then must be coded by a monkey (you). You demo it, gather feedback, iterate. All without thinking anything for yourself. But newsflash: you started programming because you thought it was fun, why not keep programming because it's fun? Take that little extra time to...
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Join Google, Microsoft, Apple and 500+ other companies at TNW Europe 2014! By Emil Protalinski , Friday, 14 Feb '14 , 08:21pm
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When Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield was building an online game several years ago, he and his team of designers and developers built their own hacked-together IRC-based replacement for instant messaging and email as a way of getting things done. After he shut the game down last year and was looking for something else to do, Butterfield decided his workflow software was worth refining, and the result is Slack , which launched to the public today. If there’s one market that is filled to the brim with competitors — even more so than consumer photo-sharing apps — it has to be workflow or collaboration services. There are large, project-management style suites like Basecamp (which 37signals announced it is now focusing on full time), as well as...
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вчера в 21:31 Веб-аналитика * , NoSQL * , Информационная безопасность * — How do I authenticate? — You don't! это цитата из FAQ memcached . Да, в memcached по умолчанию не предусмотрено...
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Matthias Drywater
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GitHub Octoverse 2013 - octoverse.github.com   19:20 8/02/2014
You did some amazing things last year. In fact, A LOT of amazing things. 3 million new users Like @tomschenkjr , Chicago's Director of Analytics who has been making public repos for his city with bike routes, bike rack locations, building footprints, and more . 7 .4 million pull requests Like this one from @xke , a product manager with a running habit who has been learning to code over the past year and had her first Pull Request accepted by the Boston Marathon. 152 million git pushes Like...
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Долгожданные умные часы от Apple разрабатываются в строгой секретности. Но это не мешает появляться все новым слухам и...
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Google Nexus 8 set for April launch, says report - news.cnet.com   02:43 8/02/2014
Matthias Drywater
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On Wednesday, Github announced that maps would be “diffable”—a silly-sounding term that means much in the world of Github. It’s a small and even long-expected feature, but an important one, and one that aids Github’s role in the emerging ecosystem around open data. First, a gloss on some terms. Github is a San Fransisco-based startup whose main product—also called Github—helps developers manage different versions of a project’s code. Many developers already use a piece of software on their computer called git to manage versions of code, and Github gives them a place to store Git’s files in the cloud and collaborate with others about them. It also provides messaging functions that sometimes supplant company...
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14 Things You Didn't Know About the Macintosh - www.pcmag.com   03:37 25/01/2014
Think you're an Apple Macintosh expert? Check out these 14 bits of trivia that may have escaped your attention over the years. Contents As you may have heard, the Apple Macintosh has been around for 30 years  as of today. Over the course of its lifespan, the Mac has garnered itself a fairly intricate set of folklore and bits of trivia, some of which are more well known than others. Here are some things you may not have heard about Cupertino's most famous computer platform: 1. The Lisa's name was for a reason. The extremely expensive Apple Lisa, which predated the Mac, was named after Steve Jobs's daughter Lisa. The $10,000 computer, on the other hand, featured advanced preemptive...
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Спустя два года с момента выхода ветки FreeBSD 9 представлен релиз FreeBSD 10.0, ставший одним из самых значительных релизов за историю...
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If you've been using LogMeIn's free account, you might, nay will , need to find another option. The remote desktop service is no longer offering its gratis service, forcing existing users to either migrate to one of the paid accounts, or move over to a competitor . Users who bought LogMeIn Ignition for iOS or Android, however, will receive "significant" discounts and the promise of a gentle transition to the subscription offerings. It looks like there isn't much time to hang around either, with users being given seven days to decide what they want to do. This period starts from the next time you log in, so if you haven't done so yet, and don't need the service right away, you might be able to buy yourself some thinking time at least. If you use...
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The Linux desktop crew is a hardy bunch. Despite it being abundantly evident that the Linux desktop has lost whatever slim chance it once had to be relevant, Linux advocates continue to wring their hands and say , "We kinda already won!... Sort of." While it's true to say—and I've been saying it for years —that Linux  qua Android now reigns as the "desktop" champion, it's equally true that Linux has completely failed as a desktop operating system. The reason is pretty simple: Linux has never been easy or useful enough for Valerie. The Best OS For Valerie Valerie is the lady who cuts my hair, and has done so every six weeks or so for the...
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Hacker News: New Amazon EC2 M3 Instance Sizes and Lower Prices for S3/EBS (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/KBQaR4)
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How Google controls Android's open-source software - www.theguardian.com   03:45 25/01/2014
Android software is free and open-source, but without Google Play, a device will have minimal functionality. Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters • This article was amended on 24 January 2014 to reflect a clarification from Google that it does not charge manufacturers for Android licenses. The idea that Google’s Android mobile software is both “free” and open-source is so often repeated that it is virtually an article of faith online. There’s only one problem: neither is strictly true. While the basic Android software is indeed available for free, and can be downloaded, compiled and changed by anyone, it doesn’t include the apps that...
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Scala Turns Ten Today - www.infoq.com   00:02 22/01/2014
Ten years ago today, Michel Schinz announced the first implementation of the Scala programming language . When announced, it was describe as "a language that smoothly integrates object-oriented and functional programming" and which "is designed to express common programming patterns in a concise, elegant and type-safe way." The original announcement reads: We'd like to announce availability of the first implementation of the Scala programming language. Scala smoothly integrates object-oriented and functional programming. It is designed to express common programming patterns in a concise, elegant, and type-safe way. Scala introduces several innovative language constructs. For instance: Abstract types and mixin composition unify ideas from object and module...
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Advertisements It’s the beginning of a new year, and for tech fans, it means looking ahead and making predictions regarding what we may or may not be seeing from the market’s biggest names. Naturally, speculation pertaining the next iPhone, unofficially dubbed the iPhone 6 , has been rife, and throwing in another suggestion today is Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, who has suggested, among other things, that the next Apple handset will feature a 4.8-inch display. Not only would this comfortably make the iPhone 6 the largest, in terms of the screen, to date, and with the iPhone 5 being the only Apple smartphone to increase the display size (a paltry 0.5-inch bump in seven years of iPhone), it would be the most significant jump. This is, of...
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When it rains, it pours. Right on the heels of being named DB-Engines' 2013 Database of the Year and Linux Journal's Best NoSQL Database , InfoWorld has given MongoDB its 2014 Technology of the Year award , alongside Amazon Web Services and GitHub, among others. More than just point solutions to finite business problems, InfoWorld's list includes technologies that " point the way to the data centers, clouds, and applications of tomorrow. They’re the innovations that are changing the way we work and do business," as  Doug Dineley, executive editor of InfoWorld’s Test Center, declares .  Sometimes innovation is about lower costs. For example, one of the biggest advantages Hadoop brings is enabling data analytics on commodity hardware, as opposed to the...
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Code is not literature - www.gigamonkeys.com   00:12 22/01/2014
20 January 2014 I have started code reading groups at the last two companies I’ve worked at, Etsy and Twitter, and some folks have asked for my advice about code reading and running code reading groups. Tl;dr: don’t start a code reading group. What you should start instead I’ll get to in a moment but first I need to explain how I arrived at my current opinion. As a former English major and a sometimes writer, I had always been drawn to the idea that code is like literature and that we ought to learn to write code the way we learn to write English: by reading good examples. And I’m certainly not the only one to have taken this point of view—Donald Knuth, in addition to his work on...
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Has CEO Marissa Mayer failed to turn Yahoo around? - economictimes.indiatimes.com   09:26 20/01/2014
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Math Is Not Necessary for Software Development - www.mutuallyhuman.com   06:39 18/01/2014
Hacker News: Math is not necessary for software development (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1eNbIG3)
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MapDB - www.mapdb.org   08:14 18/01/2014
Features Concurrent - MapDB has record level locking and state-of-art concurrent engine. Its performance scales nearly linearly with number of cores. Data can be written by multiple parallel threads. Fast - MapDB has outstanding performance rivaled only by native DBs. It is result of more than a decade of optimizations and rewrites. ACID - MapDB optionally supports ACID transactions with full MVCC isolation. MapDB uses write-ahead-log or append-only store for great write durability. Flexible - MapDB can be used everywhere from in-memory cache to multi-terabyte database. It also has number of options to trade durability for write performance. This makes it very easy to configure MapDB to exactly fit your needs. Hackable -...
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Microsoft more trusted than Apple, study says - news.cnet.com   06:32 18/01/2014
Trusted? (Credit: Microsoft/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET) Trust me, there aren't many people (or things) you can trust these days. Everyone is out for themselves, ready to take advantage -- often, it seems, because it's just so much fun to take advantage. However, I know you have a weak spot. You can't hide it. I have the research to prove it. You really, really trust Microsoft, don't you? How do I know this? Well, while you were at CES wondering what part of your body you would like the gadget-makers to snatch next, I found a piece of highly trustworthy research conducted by Forrester. I know this research is trustworthy because it costs $499 to buy it . This research, reports Geekwire , revealed the true inner feelings of America's consumers....
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