Like most consumer items, the lower the price point of a phone, the less exciting the design. Obi Worldphone co-founder (and former Apple CEO) John Sculley and…
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Software A technical official from the German city talks about the trickiest issues it faces and how users have taken to the alternative operating system. By…
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The Amazon Fire phone did not fair so well. James Martin/CNET Following Amazon’s failed efforts to break into the smartphone space with its Fire handset last…
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Cloud storage is great for holding onto data that isn’t needed for fast, interactive applications. But for jobs that need near-instantaneous data access, the lag time incurred in moving data to and from a distant site—whether it’s a public cloud or a plain old data center—has proven a huge obstacle. Boston startup ClearSky Data thinks it can solve that problem with its proposed Global Storage Network that will tier customer storage, putting key critical information close to the customer’s key applications, less critical data at a “point of presence” site within 120 or so miles of the customer, and less time-sensitive archival data at the least expensive public cloud provider of the customer’s choosing. Initially, it...
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Epic fail: five of the worst software bugs in history - www.experimentus.com   02:40 24/08/2015
The term ‘bug’ predates the computer era. In fact, it goes back at least as far as Thomas Edison, who used it to describe ‘little faults and difficulties’. But,…
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Вышел Go 1.5 - habrahabr.ru   09:26 20/08/2015
вчера в 22:14 Go* Сегодня, 19 августа 2015, проект Go с гордостью представляет Go 1.5 — шестой стабильный релиз языка Go. В этой версии было сделано множество…
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Go 1.5 Release Notes - golang.org   02:26 20/08/2015
The latest Go release, version 1.5, is a significant release, including major architectural changes to the implementation. Despite that, we expect almost all Go…
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OnHub – Google - on.google.com   14:49 22/08/2015
Today, we’re using Wi-Fi in ways our old routers were never meant to handle. That’s why we built OnHub, a new router thoughtfully designed for you and your home…
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The surprise guest at LinuxCon in Seattle this morning was none other than Linus Torvalds, the driving force behind the Linux kernel and a central figure in the…
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Need something to spark a bit of creativity this week? How about a super clever hack for Amazon’s $5, single-purpose Dash buttons? The Dash buttons were…
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The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered Google to remove links from its search results that point to news stories reporting on earlier…
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You know Samsung isn’t afraid to taunt Apple with ads. But now, in the name of marketing, the South Korean company is introducing a program that aims to lure…
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Report: Samsung Prepping 18.4-Inch Tablet - www.pcmag.com   00:17 22/08/2015
If the standard 7- or 10-inch tablets aren’t quite large enough for your needs, Samsung might have just the thing. SamMobile reports that the Korean tech giant…
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Traditional Testing will be Dead Soon! - www.agilebuddha.com   00:13 21/08/2015
Repeated software-development tasks are getting automated through the application of Continuous Delivery and DevOps . Developers are taking more and more…
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When Is Flash Finally Going to Die? - gizmodo.com   00:38 21/08/2015
Apparently the answer is pretty much never, despite the efforts of Apple, Google … and now, Amazon. The mega-retailer made the announcement this week in the…
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If you want to use Windows 10 on a Mac with either Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion, you’ll have to strongly consider buying a new version of your…
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Once again Google is all set to solve another real world problem for us and this time around it is something which should come as a shock to many of us – a…
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Проект Mozilla анонсировал новый API WebExtensions для разработки браузерных дополнений, который придёт на смену традиционному API в будущих выпусках Firefox.…
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Knocki, Knocki, Who's There? - GeekDad - geekdad.com   01:20 21/08/2015
Intelligent, wifi-connected hubs are common–simple devices that attempt to make “plain” places smart are everywhere and more seem to appear on the market…
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It looks like the Ashley Madison hackers aren’t done releasing data they pilfered from the company in July. As reported by Motherboard, another set of data has…
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Reports have claimed for years that Apple is working on a new bigger iPad, but the company has yet to actually launch the device. However, one of the most…
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вчера в 12:22 Привет, Хабр! Сегодня мы рады представить совершенно новый продукт в линейке JetBrains — Hub 1.0. Он служит единой точкой входа для наших…
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Some fresh news in from the gang developing IntelliJ IDEA 15, with the expansion of the handy ‘Locate Duplicates’ feature. The new addition also gives options…
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Safari is Not the New IE, But... - developer.telerik.com   12:09 19/08/2015
Developers love to hate on browsers. In recent memory that browser has always been Internet Explorer due to Microsoft’s decision to slow down browser…
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GitHub today launched GitHub Desktop for Mac and Windows — you can download it right now from desktop.github.com. Yet this debut begs the obvious question:…
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What to Make of Amazon’s Work Practices? - www.bothsidesofthetable.com   11:56 18/08/2015
There is much discussion about this weekend’s article in the NY Times regarding Amazon’s work practices. People seem polarized between, “that’s what it takes to…
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Microservices in Stark Relief - www.russmiles.com   15:51 13/08/2015
(Note: the following has been summarised from the book “Antifragile Software: Building Adaptable Software with Microservices” book)For the past 14 years we’ve…
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Announcing Docker Toolbox - blog.docker.com   14:30 13/08/2015
Today we’re announcing a new installer for Mac OS X and Windows called Docker Toolbox. We’ve been hearing again and again that it can be difficult to get up and…
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Container Control: Experts Weigh in on Docker's Drawbacks - solutions-review.com   21:39 14/08/2015
If you work IT and have a pulse, then you’ve heard the hype surrounding Docker and their Linux containers. Chances are you’re up to your ears in it. Lately, it…
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Google Has 'Destroyed' the Market for Java - sudosecurity.com   00:25 15/08/2015
Oracle has expanded the scope of its ongoing copyright battle against Android and accused Google of “destroying” the market for Java. Oracle made a request late…
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You Can Now Run Windows 10 On Your Mac - social.techcrunch.com   00:54 15/08/2015
Thanks to Apple updating Boot Camp, that is. If you have had a hankering to try out Microsoft’s latest operating system — and I can recommend at least taking it…
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Неприкасаемый Oracle - habrahabr.ru   17:25 13/08/2015
12 августа в 11:26 С 1995 г. в продуктах Oracle было найдено 3896 уязвимостей, и их количество продолжает расти. Исследовательский центр Digital Security…
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Announcing General Availability of Google Cloud Dataflow and Cloud Pub/Sub - googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com   14:11 12/08/2015
By the time you are done reading this blog post, Google Cloud Platform customers will have processed hundreds of millions of messages and analyzed thousands of terabytes of data utilizing Cloud Dataflow , Cloud Pub/Sub , and BigQuery . These fully-managed services remove the operational burden found in traditional data processing systems. They enable you to build applications on a platform that can scale with the growth of your business and drive down data processing latency, all while processing your data efficiently and reliably. Every day, customers use Google Cloud Platform to execute business-critical big data processing workloads, including: financial fraud detection, genomics analysis , inventory management, click-stream analysis, A/B...
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BMW owns Alphabet.com and it's not selling it to Google - mashable.com   02:33 12/08/2015
Perhaps Google (Alphabet?) should have googled its new name before it decided to restructure the whole company. The New York Times reports that Google’s new…
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Ubuntu One file syncing code Open Sourced - insights.ubuntu.com   18:48 10/08/2015
By Martin Albisetti on 10 August 2015 Today, we’re happy to be open sourcing the biggest piece of our Ubuntu One file syncing service. The code we’re releasing…
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Google’s senior vice president Sundar Pichai is becoming CEO of the search giant as the company restructures. Current CEO Larry Page announced the following in…
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Everyone who knows anything about technology companies will be familiar with multi-billion dollar success story Atlassian. What they may not know is one of the…
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Dropbox and Others Not Prepared for Man-in-the-Cloud Attacks - www.cloudwards.net   01:08 8/08/2015
A new report out is showing the cloud may not be as secure as users hope. This is all because of a new attack known as the Man-in-the-Cloud is compromising…
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Next iPhone event once again rumored for September, new iPads might come with it! | iMore
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On Twitter, Benedict Evans points to fascinating polling data indicating that the answers to this question1 are changing dramatically. In 2013, just two years…
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Should Software Companies Be Legally Liable For Security Breaches? - social.techcrunch.com   01:31 7/08/2015
It’s a truism that all software has bugs and security holes. It’s another that license agreements invariably make software vendors immune to liability for…
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A week after researchers discovered a new privilege escalation zero-day vulnerability in Apple’s latest version of OS X 10.10.4, an exploit has appeared…
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One set of researchers explains how a modification to your Macintosh’s boot-up firmware can persist undetectably and spread through peripherals to other…
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Get More Done: 5 Ways to Master Your To-Do List - zapier.com   23:00 4/08/2015
Get app recommendations, in-depth productivity guides and expert tips on marketing and sales. For many of us, our to-do list rules our world. But the way in…
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In addition to being the “Leo” in Ask Leo!, I administer web servers and websites for a few friends and organizations and host email accounts on my own servers…
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Why Google+ failed, according to Google insiders - prsm.tc   22:31 28/07/2015
Google announced on Monday that you’ll no longer need a Google+ account to login to YouTube or any of Google’s other websites. Moving forward, you’ll only need a Google account to use these apps and services — not a Google+ account. This follows a handful of changes to Google+ that the company has been making over the past several months. In March, Google announced its plan to change up its strategy with Google+ by breaking it up into two separate sections: Streams and Photos. In a sense, this was an indication that Google had given up on pitching Google+ as a social network meant to compete with Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. This didn’t come as a surprise — Google+ never really caught on the same way social...
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Your Ubuntu-based container image is probably a copyright violation - mjg59.dreamwidth.org   11:47 21/07/2015
If you generate a container image that is not a 100% unmodified version of Ubuntu (ie, you have not removed or added anything), Canonical insist that you must…
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The flaw, says researcher Zimperium, exists in the media playback tool built into Android, called Stagefright.
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Americans work a lot. The vast majority of us go above and beyond the typical 9-5, Monday-Friday routine, working between 45-55 hours per week. So when energy starts to lag and the day gets that much longer, most of us turn to chemicals and quick fixes to get the boost we need. It’s hard to stay motivated. But in the long term, the second (or third) cup of coffee, the after-lunch 5-hour energy shot, or the bag of peanut M&Ms you down at 3 A.M. are doing more harm than good. You’re cheating yourself with sugar and caffeine. Fortunately, there are other energy hacks you can implement that will work as well, if not better than, the elevator-Snickers at way past go to bed time. Here are nine such hacks to stay motivated and how to implement them into your schedule...
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Dumb MongoDB admins spew 600 TERABYTES of unauthenticated data - www.theregister.co.uk   11:41 21/07/2015
Shodan hacker John Matherly says system administrators have exposed some 595.2 terabytes of data by using poorly-configured or un-patched versions of the…
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Comment Your Fucking Code! - prsm.tc   23:30 18/07/2015
You’re the elite. You know Clean Code by heart, you dream of SOLID design, and you unit-test every line you write. Your code is so self-documenting you don’t even need to write comments! Then this rant is just for you! Because let me tell you something: Without comments, working with your code is still a fucking pain. No matter how elite you are and how awesome your code is, without some intelligently placed explanations it is still an unusable and unmaintainable pile of shit. I never ranted before – not here at least – but I have to do it now or my head will explode! So please forgive my tone. After calming down I will write a more levelheaded post about the topic. Self-Documenting Code The next time I stumble across an interface or a class of yours...
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Thoughts On Comments - blog@CodeFX - blog.codefx.org   01:24 1/08/2015
Wow, telling people to comment their fucking code really hit a nerve. The reactions covered the whole spectrum from “just read Clean Code, dude” to “maybe some…
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Less than two weeks before Intel announces new desktop Skylake processors, likely to be used in future Macs, at the Gamescom trade show in Germany on August 5,…
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google-photos-your-timeline Google Maps has a brand-new trick you should know about, but the feature is also terrifyingly scary, as it proves how much information big data companies can hold about their customers. DON’T MISS: Huge leak: This is the OnePlus 2 Starting today, Google Maps will let you explore Your Timeline , a new menu that shows you all the locations you went to that  Google  kept track of on your behalf. In addition to checking out what places you have visited on a certain day, you’ll also be able to see what pictures you have taken at that location with Google Photos. The feature can be quite useful if you plan to keep track of the places you travel to and easily find photos related to those places that you’ve saved...
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Microsoft Windows 10: 5 Reasons To Be Excited - www.forbes.com   01:57 24/07/2015
Forbes Tech News: Windows 7 users will find Windows 10 easy to use: http://t.co/9U3HY8ISFG http://t.co/z5VWVucDDL
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Kubernetes, the open-source container management tool Google launched last February, hit version 1.0 today. With this update, Google now considers Kubernetes…
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Why the Open Code of Conduct Isn’t for Me - dancerscode.com   10:42 22/07/2015
Github recently announced that they are adopting a new code of conduct for their open source projects. Specifically, it is the Open Code of Conduct, published…
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Gmail is gearing up to rollout customized emails for business minded users. The new package will be exclusive and starts with the price of $2 per month. The customized emails will let you change your email address from the default : you@gmail.com to something like you@your_company.com Cool isn’t it? The minimum fee offers just 15 GB storage while Gmail for Work comes with 30 GB and added support. See further details in screenshot above. The feature isn’t yet available for everyone yet. It appears it’s being rolled out gradually. Like this: Like Loading...
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Why You Don't Need 2 Factor Authentication - prsm.tc   00:43 19/07/2015
Tweet TL;DR because 2FA == password manager. 2FA, as many other things in infosec, is full of myths and stereotypes. I stumbled upon this link where lots of people demand bitbucket to add 2FA. For what? Let’s talk about some myths of 2FA. Myth 1. What you “know”, what you “have”, blah blah Wikipedia page about multi factor auth . There are no “knowledge” and “inheritance” factors, there’s only possession factor. You possess a password by having it in your neurons (or whatever used for memory), you also possess your fingerprints (fingers happen to be attached to your body since you was born). Therefore there are no “3 categories” that can be used for authentication,...
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Introduction I have an account at StackOverflow .  Follow the link and check out a few stats: I've been a member for almost four years at the time I'm writing this. I've scored over 14,000 points in their gaming system. I'm in the top 3% of their contributors overall as of this writing. I point this out not to brag but to make sure it's clear that I'm not writing this because of "sour grapes" or because I'm not getting the recognition I think I deserve.   Indeed, to be blunt, I'm getting way too much recognition, but more on that below. Overview If you're a software developer of any kind, and if you haven't been sleeping under a rock, you know of Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood's StackOverflow (and broader StackExchange ecosystem)....
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Google has hundreds of tools and features. Most of us are familiar with those such as Gmail and Google Translate, but there is so much more. Here are a few cool things you can do with Google that we’re pretty sure you didn’t know about. #1. Set a timer. Imgur Type in the length of time you want followed by the word “timer,” and Google will set up a timer complete with an audible alarm. #2. Explore Mars. Imgur Go to Google.com/mars to see a map of the surface of Mars. You can even choose to view mountains, craters, dunes, and spacecraft landing spots. #3. Find and download awesome fonts for free. Imgur Choose from hundreds of free, open-source fonts complete with customizable...
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Just get rid of Java finally - prsm.tc   16:41 17/07/2015
Headlines about Adobe Flash zero-day exploits and calls for the execution of Adobe Flash dominated headlines over the past week or so in the wake of the Hacking Team hack . Meanwhile, Oracle pushed out a security update. The Oracle update fixed 193 security vulnerabilities—yes one, nine, three…just seven short of 200—including 25 just for Java. While we’re tossing Adobe Flash overboard let’s send Java with it. Java and Flash are like the twin harbingers of doom when it comes to computer security. They’re like a devastating tag team attack. At any given point if there isn’t a zero-day flaw to exploit in Adobe Flash there’s probably one in Java—and vice versa. In a post imploring users to update or...
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сегодня в 09:35 Ненастоящие сеньор-девелоперы, или почему годы опыта ни о чем не говорят перевод Опытный программист из Торонто Мэтт Бриггс так любит свою…
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Why We Hate Change - www.liquidplanner.com   11:16 17/07/2015
We often hear that people don’t like to change. On one hand everyone has a lot of stories about people resisting change and preserving the status quo. And yet,…
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The full stackoverflow developer - christianheilmann.com   11:13 17/07/2015
In a few talks and interviews I lamented about a phenomenon in our market that’s always been around, but seems to be rampant by now: the one of . Prompted by…
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In just three short years, Amazon DynamoDB has emerged as the backbone for many powerful Internet applications such as AdRoll, Druva, DeviceScape, and…
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Acadine Technologies CEO Li Gong speaks in March, when he was still Mozilla’s president. Stephen Shankland/CNET A new startup emerged Wednesday with a new…
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Every time the market for PCs doesn’t seem like it could get worse, it does. Worldwide PC shipments saw their biggest drop in nearly two years, market researchers said this week, reaffirming the ascendancy of mobile and the steady demise of the personal computer. Research outfit Gartner tracked a 9.5 percent decline in shipments in the second quarter of this year compared to the same time a year ago, posting a tally of 68.4 million units. Meanwhile, researchers at  IDC , which doesn’t count tablets in its report, calculated an 11.8 percent drop year-over-year to 66.1 million PCs shipped. To put that number into context, Apple said in its most recent earnings report  that it had sold 61 million iPhones...
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The Incredible Shrinking PC Sales - prsm.tc   21:21 14/07/2015
The hits just keep on coming when it comes to PC sales — and not in a good way. Worldwide PC shipments have taken their biggest hit in nearly two years during Q2 2015 — a reality that is causing echo effects through retailers and makers of computers, chips and PC software. Shipments were down 9.5 percent, year on year, to 68.4 million units, according to Gartner, a research firm. IDC, on the other hand, tracked an 11.8 percent drop, year on year, to 66.1 million shipments during the quarter. That difference likely comes up because IDC does not count tablets as computers, Gartner does. Both firms released PC sales reports on Wednesday. Lenovo led the PC vendor pack again, followed up by HP in second place and Dell...
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The company whose technological genius was actually sought after by NASA to bring to fruition the concept we now call “the cloud,” may now be undergoing the most painful period of its transition. In an effort to sustain its position as a leader in the managed cloud space, on Monday, Rackspace announced it is opening up cloud management services for another provider’s cloud: in this case, Azure. “Today is the next exciting step forward for Rackspace with Microsoft, and I couldn’t be more proud to introduce Rackspace Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure,” said Rackspace President and CEO Taylor Rhodes, in a public announcement at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando. Rackspace President and CEO...
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Even as the MongoDB leaders at the recent MongoDBWorld 2015 event geared up to answer queries regarding the new and upcoming enhancements made to the leading NoSQL database that will be a part of MongoDB 3.2 release, there was a lot of buzz around the swappable storage engine, a part of the MongoDB 3.0 release that happened in February. And not without a reason since it has proved to be a significant upgrade from the original default engine MMapv1. Swappable storage engine and the integration of WiredTiger As more and more users build complex data-driven apps, there cannot be a “one-size-fits-all” storage technology . With the new pluggable storage engine API introduced in MongoDB 3.0 ,...
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Microsoft is focused on helping customers improve their productivity and collaboration in today’s cloud-centric world. That was the message from Microsoft CEO…
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Why the Apple Watch is flopping - www.engadget.com   13:29 12/07/2015
MUST READ: Ellen Pao has resigned as CEO of Reddit The Apple Watch, despite years of hype before it was even announced, appears to be flopping after all. It…
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Amazon Web Service’s API Gateway, billed as a service that can connect apps to enterprise legacy systems, has the potential one of the company’s more critical…
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samsung-2tb-ssd Samsung’s smartphone sales may not be living up to expectations these days , but the company is still a powerhouse for cutting-edge technology. If you want further proof of this, consider that Samsung this week became the first company in the world to offer consumer solid-state drives that come with a whopping 2TB of storage. FROM EARLIER:  Hooking Your Home Up with Solar Power? Here are the Essential Questions You Need to Answer Samsung on Monday took the wraps off new 2TB versions of its 850 PRO and 850 EVO SSDs that double the maximum amount of storage available on earlier versions of those products. Even though the new SSDs offer twice the storage of the 1TB models, they have the same physical dimensions and come in a case...
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Использование теории конечных автоматов в операционной системе corezoid позволяет разработчикам больше времени заниматься своим любимым делом - ТВОРЕНИЕМ…
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While Slack has scooped up most of the hype in the enterprise collaboration space over the past year, Convo has been busy rebuilding its own offering from the ground up. Today it’s launching new Web and Mac apps that showcase an improved feed, rich with third-party integrations. For the uninitiated, Convo is actually more of a rival to the likes of Microsoft’s Sharepoint than Slack. Here at The Next Web, we use it to collaborate on the stories we write. Its threaded comments and the ability to annotate documents and images make it much more of a serious tool for newsrooms and other ‘mission critical’ workflows than Slack’s lightweight but difficult-to-follow activity feeds. It’s an approach that has allowed...
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Why desktop apps are making a comeback - medium.com   22:39 10/07/2015
Most software products need an interface. That interface can come in different forms, but usually boils down to either an installed program, or a browser-based…
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Will the Cloud Destroy IT Careers? - prsm.tc   02:04 9/07/2015
7/7/15 By Greg Ness More than a decade ago Nicholas Carr wrote Does IT Matter , a provocative book that shocked many CIOs because of its dire predictions for the future of IT .  Per Carr, IT would mature and decision drivers would shift from innovation (a growth focus) to cost control (maturity and commoditization).  Here is a synopsis from the Amazon listing: Carr shows that the evolution of IT closely parallels that of earlier technologies such as railroads and electric power. He goes on to lay out a new agenda for IT management, stressing cost control and risk management over innovation and investment. Carr was partially correct in his assessment yet greatly underestimated the ability of IT to drive continued...
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Go GC: Solving the Latency Problem in Go 1.5 - sourcegraph.com   09:53 9/07/2015
Richard L. Hudson (Rick) is best known for his work in memory management including the invention of the Train, Sapphire, and Mississippi Delta algorithms as…
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Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Officialy Released! - blogs.oracle.com   09:47 9/07/2015
We are proud to announce the availability of: Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0. This release contains significant improvements, with a large number of enhancement and…
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Why Apple Will Switch the Mac to ARM - prsm.tc   23:53 8/07/2015
Image courtesy of the iFixit iPad Air 2 Teardown Towards the end of the Bitcode article , I speculated that it would help to make ARM Macs realistic from a compatibility perspective. The two main reactions to the article seemed either to focus on whether Bitcode could accomplish anything I suggested, or to focus on the ARM Mac angle. To the first point, I admitted in the article that I was oversimplifying in the interest of accessibility to a broader audience. In retrospect, I should have gone into more depth on how it would actually work technically. I concede that Bitcode alone can’t get the job done. But Bitcode plus Apple’s control of every other aspect of the development environment (i.e., the ability to extract and upload additional info that would...
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CHIP – The World’s First $9 Computer - ardevon.com   17:58 4/07/2015
The Raspberry Pi popularized the concept of the micro-PC with a compact and an extremely cheap device. Now a new player, Next Thing‘s CHIP, joins the race to…
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Amazon has quietly expanded its Cloud Drive service – a competitor to Dropbox, Google Drive and other online file hosting services – to mobile platforms, with…
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Every so often, Amazon brings us something special. Its new Cloud Drive app isn’t one of those products. At best, it’s a week one prototype that should have…
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In a modern Hades, inbox zero would be a replace trying to fill a bottomless well with a sieve as a pointless task designed to drive you crackers. What a waste of human endeavour. The internet is awash with advice on how we can go through life with an inbox as immaculate as Gwyneth Paltrow’s privates. People have complex filing systems and all sorts of rules about answering any email that will take you less than two minutes immediately (the people who write these articles clearly never have to make the school run.) But I have to ask you: Really? You’re going to file all that nonsense? For what? All so you can look at an expanse of white when you open Gmail? Big whoop. It’s just the modern version of paper pushing. Why move an email from your inbox...
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Docker, CoreOS, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are now working on a new standard for software containers with the help of the Linux Foundation. Other members of…
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one2touch-flipcover Bluetooth keyboard accessories are terrific for smartphone users who miss the physical keyboards of old. After all, no leading smartphones ship with physical keyboards anymore. If you’ve been pining for physical keys on your Android phone or iPhone though, there’s a new alternative to Bluetooth keyboards that has one huge advantage: It never needs to be recharged. DON’T MISS:  The Secret Sites Cord Cutters Use to Stream Pay TV and Movies for Free The  one2TOUCH Flipcover Keyboard is a new smartphone accessory that Geeky took a look at during CE Week in New York this past week. The device doesn’t look particularly special, but it’s the keyboard cover’s guts that we’re most interested in....
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Eclipse Project Mars - New and Noteworthy - www.eclipse.org   23:13 26/06/2015
Previously, example method “test1” would raise a potential null pointer warning at point (3). To correct this issue the merging of information leading towards…
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Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly assumed that Microsoft acquired the rights to R Project from Revolution Analytics. As Revolution Analytics chief community officer David Smith has since stressed , “R is owned by the R Foundation,” not Microsoft. The author apologizes for the inaccuracy, though he continues to believe it would be foolish of Microsoft to reimplement R to get around the GPL, which is the main argument. Microsoft has become an open source advocate , with CEO Satya Nadella declaring that Microsoft must go "open source internally" even as it engages more with external open source communities. But not all open source, apparently. According to sources, Microsoft is evaluating a rewrite of GPL-licensed R, the open-source...
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Douchebaggery - blog.codinghorror.com   20:13 26/06/2015
David Heinemeier Hansson has a problem with Windows as a programming platform. I would have a hard time imagining hiring a programmer who was still on Windows…
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Why offices are where work goes to die - swizec.com   21:07 26/06/2015
They say that in an early stage startup we should all sit together in a big room while working. They say it increases collaboration. And it does. There’s more…
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Google hasn’t announced it yet, but the company earlier this year started offering free beta access to Cloud Source Repositories, a new service for storing and…
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The 'arbitrary rule' that was holding Microsoft back - www.businessinsider.com   02:31 24/06/2015
Once upon a time, Microsoft was famous for its resistance to Linux, a free operating system that was developed by a community of enthusiasts and independent…
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Facebook today is releasing its Nuclide integrated development environment under an open-source license. Facebook first unveiled Nuclide at its F8 developer conference in March. In recent weeks the company gave early access to a limited number of people , but now it’s available to everyone for free. With Nuclide , Facebook has sought to simplify native mobile app development and go beyond both other IDEs (such as AppCode and Eclipse) and simpler text editors (such as GitHub’s Atom , which Nuclide builds on top of). The idea is to pack the power of IDEs while cutting down on the time developers can spend starting them, recovering from crashes, and indexing code. Nuclide is just the latest Facebook software to become available to developers in...
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DuckDuckGo doesn't track users, says traffic rose 300 percent post-Snowden. The privacy-minded search engine DuckDuckGo announced this week that it has reached a milestone . The Google alternative now serves over 10 million searches per day. (By comparison, Google serves about 4.3 billion per day .) Back in May 2012 when Ars profiled the startup, we reported that DuckDuckGo hit an all-time record of 1.5 million searches per day . At that time, its daily search traffic had grown by 227 percent in three months. In the three years since, DuckDuckGo has continued to grow as more Internet users have become increasingly privacy-conscious online. DuckDuckGo's traffic jumped noticeably after the Snowden revelations in June 2013, and it...
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Sign up for weekly recaps of the ever-changing search marketing landscape. The Internet of Things took a giant leap forward this year with Google’s announcement of two powerful new technologies at its I/O conference , the company’s annual developer-focused gathering, in late May. What do these two technologies mean for marketers? Not only will these two innovations help bring intelligence to millions of devices, but they could very well signal the end of usefulness for your website, and the beginning of a device-specific app ecosystem. Google’s Sundar Pichai took the stage at the annual developers’ conference to unveil Project Brillo, which he described as the underlying operating system of the...
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Container Apps now available in the Azure Marketplace - azure.microsoft.com   18:06 23/06/2015
Today we are excited to build on the momentum generated at DockerCon and announce Container Apps in the Azure Marketplace. The new Container Apps category…
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CloudBees CEO Sacha Labourey: You need to make Docker part of a flow. Image: CloudBees In a move designed to integrate containers into the continuous-delivery process, the Jenkins community and Jenkins firm CloudBees have today unveiled six plugins for the popular Docker platform. The open-source plugins for the Jenkins Java-based continuous-integration tool should enable developers and DevOps teams to take advantage of lightweight Docker containers as part of their work managing application lifecycles. In addition to the Docker plugin itself, which uses Docker containers as standard build environments for better isolation and...
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Publishers are frustrated with Apple’s hasty attempt to lock them in to the forthcoming News app’s terms and conditions. Apple’s iOS 9 News app hasn’t even seen the light of day yet, but publishers are already heavily discontent with the email Apple sent out to them regarding its terms and conditions. The email essentially tells publishers what they’re agreeing to by opting in to the News app and assumes they agree unless they explicitly state otherwise. Even if publishers don’t like the terms and conditions Apple lays out, Apple is basically forcing their hands unless they later specify that they don’t agree. In that case, of course, they also don’t get to be a part of the News app. The terms and conditions...
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Today, Remind is open sourcing our self-hosted PaaS called Empire. Empire provides a 12 factor-compatible, Docker-based container cluster built on top of…
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When Apple launched its new, super-thin MacBook laptop in April, much of the initial criticism focused on its having only one port, a new type of USB called…
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Thankfully, Autopsy.io isn’t “Uber for hearses”. Rather, it’s a newly-launched site that collects stories of startup failure, with the aim of sharing the…
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Introduction Disconcerting news is shocking the IT security industry. The virus protection giant Kaspersky has been compromised by a sophisticated cyber-threat. A new, powerful strain of the notorious Duqu malware appeared in the wild after going dark in 2012. The so-called Duqu 2.0 was the malicious agent used against the security firm and many other targets worldwide. Duqu 2.0 was described by security researchers as highly sophisticated malware that exploited a number of zero-days vulnerabilities, which are listed below: CVE-2015-2360; Malware researchers at Kaspersky that first detected it revealed that among its targets there were entities linked to the negotiations about Iran’s nuclear deal and IT security firms. Duqu 2.0 targeted a...
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Why We Can't Have Nice Things - software-carpentry.org   21:34 11/06/2015
Posted 2015-06-11 by Greg Wilson in Opinion. In the beginning, there were tables: rows upon rows, with columns separated by commas or tabs or something more…
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If Google has its way, our future will be nothing less than a sci-fi movie. After creeping us out with a robotic cheetah and the Google ‘ Glass ’, Google is all set to bring forth something really amazing. Google’s Project Soli has invented a new interaction sensor using radar technology that can capture motions of your fingers at up to...
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Software engineers are lazy bastards - blog.benjaminfry.com   21:40 8/06/2015
Hacker: Java and Rust these days
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Google ( NASDAQ: GOOG     ) ( NASDAQ: GOOGL     ) recently announced that it would offer free unlimited cloud storage for its new Photos app. This was a direct response to Amazon.com ( NASDAQ: AMZN     ) , which offered the same service for Prime members last year. But whereas Prime members have to pay $99 per year, Google is now giving away the same service for free. Google's new Photos app. Source: Google This marks a major escalation in the cloud storage wars between Google, Amazon, Microsoft ( NASDAQ: MSFT     ) , and smaller companies like Box ( NYSE: BOX     ) and Dropbox. Now that Google has lowered public price expectations for cloud storage to...
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“ If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my socketReadTimeout. ” - Oscar Wilde, quoted from memory. This post is a part of the CAP theorem series . You may want to start by this post on ACID vs. CAP if you have a database background but have never really been exposed to the CAP theorem. This post showing some traps in the ‘Availability’ and ‘Consistency’ definition of CAP should also be used as an introduction if you know CAP but haven’t look at its formal definition. Delays are a hot source of confusion when using CAP. Confusion arises out of the understanding of what an asynchronous network --the network model used in the CAP proof--actually...
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Apple is launching a search engine called “Spotlight,” at a pace of 3% a quarter — if you have an iPhone or Mac you’ve been using it for a while! Google has gone from unstoppable to “about to be stopped,” in the minds of the smartest folks in the industry. Search ads are Google’s cash cow; unfortunately, for them, it seems that Google is not advancing the platform (outside of slamming massive amounts of “paid inclusion”). “Paid Inclusion” is basically the ads that consumers think are content, but are really ads. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending):  http://ctt.ec/90f3g  ] You can see this on your desktop by doing a search for “used iPhone.” The...
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Mesosphere introduces free data centre OS - prsm.tc   22:51 12/06/2015
News Alice MacGregor , CloserStill Media Wednesday 10 June, 2015 Mesosphere has launched its new data centre operating system ( DCOS ) as it pushes further for a fully virtualised industry. The company is delivering a free version of the software over the cloud, as well as an enterprise edition that can be deployed anywhere. The Mesosphere DCOS  was released as a cloud-based public beta last year across Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. The software has been designed as a unified operating system combining Apache Mesos with a selection of open source tool and some custom features. The DCOS moves away from typical virtualisation models to deliver a centralised provision of resources,...
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It’s probably not a secret that I dislike the “Agile” fad that has infested programming. One of the worst varieties of it, Scrum , is a nightmare that I’ve seen actually kill companies. By “kill” I don’t mean “the culture wasn’t as good afterward”; I mean a drop in the stock’s value of more than 85 percent. This shit is toxic and it needs to die yesterday. For those unfamiliar, let’s first define our terms. Then I’ll get into why this stuff is terrible and often detrimental to actual agility. Then I’ll discuss a single, temporary use case under which “Agile” development actually is a good idea, and from there explain why it is so harmful as a permanent arrangement....
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Phil Schiller answers some of our biggest questions about Apple’s latest products. Why does the latest iPhone still ship with just 16GB of storage as standard? Why does the new MacBook have only one USB port? Why does Apple make devices thinner and thinner rather than adding bigger batteries? At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, marketing chief Phil Schiller sat down with  The Talk Show  to address some of these questions. During the live episode of  The Talk Show,  which is hosted by  Daring Fireball’s   John Gruber, Schiller was answered one of the questions we’ve all been asking every September for the past couple of years: Why does the base model iPhone still have just 16GB...
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12 features I'm excited to see come to OS X El Capitan - www.imore.com   21:49 9/06/2015
By Serenity Caldwell Here are the coolest little features I’m excited to see come to OS X this fall. OS X El Capitan was announced at WWDC on Monday, and there…
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You can now Skype from your browser in the US and UK - www.engadget.com   00:46 6/06/2015
If you like using Skype, but the only connection you have in Squankville, USA is at an internet cafe, now you have an option. Microsoft has opened Skype for Web…
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Apple’s WWDC always brings us lots of great stuff, and this should be no different. With talk of a new streaming service, connected home and other tidbits of info circulating, next week may be really special. Apple TV No new hardware? No problem. The real rub with Apple TV lies in the experience, and we’re hearing Apple is diligently trying to bring us TV sans-cable, much like we have with Sling TV . Apple reportedly is having trouble striking deals, so there could be no new over-the-top TV service at WWDC. There could still be Apple TV news, though. Depending on what Apple has in mind for its new TV service, they may open up an SDK for developers. Apple TV also figures prominently into HomeKit , which leads us to our next topic....
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How much does a terabyte of photo storage cost? On iCloud, $240 a year. Dropbox, $100. Microsoft OneDrive, $84. Flickr, $25. Google, $0. It’s free on desktop,…
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Google is combining all of its login and identity solutions into a single platform today under the ‘ Google Identity Platform ‘ moniker. What’s more interesting…
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Best Tech Jobs In 2015 - prsm.tc   19:47 29/05/2015
With Mashable’s five lucrative tech careers for 2015, the advice is to move to the West Coast and become a ‘ killer ’ programmer or big data expert. Data Scientists tops the list at $150,000 in Seattle, Washington. Not traditionally taught in universities, according to Data Camp’s infographic  ( See Infographic – Right ) the data mining skills required include statistical capabilities, mastering appropriate programing tools (including Python and R), as well as database querying language SQL. Following closely behind are Data Engineers from Mountain View, California, making an average of $148,000, and Ruby on Rails Developers in Silicon Beach, California, raking in $147,000. Requiring expertise in formatting datasets and a...
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BGR-iPhone-6-7 Let’s be honest: Most of the leaks we’ve seen about iOS 9 have been on the dull side. Apple is placing a lot of emphasis on stability with its latest software, which means it’s not adding as many new features as it has in the past. However, 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman brings us word of a new feature that really sounds like something to get excited about. FROM EARLIER:  Watch a crazy iOS bug cause iPhones to crash just by receiving a text message According to Gurman, the new feature will be called Proactive and it will be Apple’s first attempt to build a proper Google Now rival. Proactive will combine information gleaned from multiple sources — including Siri, Contacts, Calendar, Passbook, Apple Maps and...
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Security Vulnerabilities in Docker Hub Images - www.infoq.com   22:11 29/05/2015
1,163,938 Apr unique visitors BanyanOps have published a report stating that ‘Over 30% of Official Images in Docker Hub Contain High Priority Security…
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Your browser is out of date and not supported. Click here to download the latest version of Internet Explorer. What do you think about this? There's no other way to describe it. This new gadget looks just like a little hockey puck! But it could be EXACTLY what you were waiting for to cut the cord on your huge cable bill. Follow along and I'll show you how. The "cutting the cord" movement is gaining popularity and drawing people away from cable to on-demand Internet video streaming. That puts video streaming gadgets in high demand, which is prompting fierce competition and plenty of new gadgets....
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Red Hat CEO: Public cloud "obscenely expensive at scale" - www.techrepublic.com   22:44 29/05/2015
Vitor Domingos
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Exclusive Servers running Microsoft’s cloud will be briefly out of sync with each other and official time standards on June 30, as they implement the leap…
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Chris Ball » Announcing GitTorrent: A Decentralized GitHub - blog.printf.net   22:52 29/05/2015
Vishal Chandra
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Larry and Sergey, you can brag all you want about Moonshots —your driverless cars, your WiFi for developing countries, your other marvels; and sure, I’m also happy to hear about the new Literata font for e-books . But overall, compared to the past, you just don’t care as much about the people who made you billionaires. Us. Customers. End users. Pick the term. I’m running the latest nonbeta Chrome on my HP Pavilion and using the tips I shared earlier with TeleRead community members. And you know what? Chrome is still crashing far too often. While I realize you want to add new capabilities to your browser, how about the basics? Another don’t-give-a-damn example is the Gmail mess....
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As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. According to TorrentFreak , users of Hola's free VPN claim that the company has been taking advantage of their connections. Hola isn't denying it. The service is a free VPN, after all, and the company has to find some way for the service to work—and to keep the lights on. The allegations state that Hola does two things that are a bit unscrupulous. First, when users take part in its free service, they're allegedly opening up their own connections to everyone else's traffic. "When a user installs Hola, he becomes a VPN...
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The Fedora project has announced the release of one of the most awaited Linux Distribution (of the Year 2015) Fedora 22 on May 26, 2015 . Fedora is a Red Hat Sponsored Linux distribution, developed by community supported Fedora Project. Matthew Miller , The Fedora Project Leader said.. Fedora 22 continues the groundwork that was laid by Fedora 21 while retaining the commitment to open source innovation, Fedora is know for. What’s New in Fedora 22 Distinct Editions for Workstation, Sever and Cloud. KDE Plasma 5 replaced KDE Plasma 4 from Fedora KDE Spin. You may expect clean, improved and polished user interface with better visibility. Migrated to Qt5 and KDE Framework 5. XFCE spin has been updated to XFCE 4.2 with a lots of improvement and HiDPI...
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Yes, Google’s much-hyped Internet of Things effort is called Brillo. The company announced it today at Google I/O, where senior VP Sundar Pichai described it as…
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What Google Just Announced Is a Bombshell - www.bloomberg.com   16:59 28/05/2015
What Google just announced at its IO conference is a bombshell for the future of the company. For years the search giant has witnessed the chipping away of its…
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Dropbox’s rise has been impressive: Since its launch in 2007, it has added 300 million new users across 200 countries. The company was reportedly valued at $10…
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Former Mozilla software engineer Monica Chew and Computer Science researcher Georgios Kontaxis recently released a paper that examines Firefox’s optional…
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The time has come to celebrate the good, the bad and the necessary for Java on its twentieth birthday. We’ve rounded up some of the fondest memories that the…
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Computers will have developed “common sense” within a decade and we could be counting them among our friends not long afterwards, one of the world’s leading AI…
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Google one-downs Amazon with new cloud price cuts - www.infoworld.com   21:38 18/05/2015
The race to the bottom in cloud computing continues apace, and Google is doing its best to fall the fastest. The latest Google Cloud Platform revisions have cut…
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It has been really interesting to watch Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) evolve over the last eight or nine years. At first you could launch a single instance…
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Cloud By Matt Asay May 20, 2015, 12:02 PM PST // mjasay What a difference a year makes in cloud cuckoo land! Despite increased traction from Microsoft Azure,…
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Компания Canonical провела сравнение изолированных контейнеров, управляемых при помощи инструментария LXD, и полноценных виртуальных машин, выполняемых под…
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Top 10 Remote Developer Myths Busted - X-Team - x-team.com   22:34 22/05/2015
If you’ve ever wanted to quickly scale your team with remote developers but either had a bad experience with a freelancing site or have always been turned off…
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Last week we learned that some European mobile networks plan to block advertising across their services beginning later in 2015. In response, Editor-in-Chief of…
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Представлен первый значительный релиз проекта Apache Drill, в рамках которого развивается движок для организации выполнения SQL-запросов над…
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Microservices: a real world story - prsm.tc   18:34 16/05/2015
Everywhere I turn I hear people talking about microservice architectures: it definitely feels like the latest, over-hyped, fad in software development. According to Martin Fowler: “…the microservice architectural style is an approach to developing a single application as a suite of small services, each running in its own process and communicating with lightweight mechanisms, often an HTTP resource API. These services are built around business capabilities and independently deployable by fully automated deployment machinery. There is a bare minimum of centralized management of these services, which may be written in different programming languages and use different data storage technologies.” [link] But what does this mean for software testing? And...
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Thoughts on Migrating to a Microservices Architecture - www.boringgeek.com   22:13 22/05/2015
I was recently asked when it made sense to choose to architect an application based on micro-services vs the more common approach of using a more centralized…
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Google is reportedly going to launch a new online photo-sharing service and storage option at its developer conference later this month, which Bloomberg says , will not be a part of its Google+ social network. At the moment, Google offers a photo sharing service known as " Google+ Photos ," which comes pre-installed with every Android device. Google+ Photos automatically backs up photos in the device to Google cloud storage. However, the new photo service will not be a part of Google+ network . It seems like the company’s attempts to bolster its product lineup and compete with the increasingly popular rivals like Facebook or Twitter to grow its user base. Just the way like Facebook, who acquired the popular mobile photo-sharing service...
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Ubuntu Snappy - What You Need to Know - Make Tech Easier - www.maketecheasier.com   22:15 22/05/2015
Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has released a new cloud operating system, called Snappy Ubuntu Core. While Ubuntu Core might be a familiar name to…
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No automatic posts, ever. Or log in with email Or sign up with email This is ReVault ReVault is a new type of storage that gives you the smartness and…
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Tools don’t solve the web’s problems, they ARE the problem - www.quirksmode.org   17:23 15/05/2015
Seems Facebook (which I don’t use) has put out a new product that allows iPhone users (and only them) to read news articles without leaving Facebook. John…
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As a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Eric Brewer devised the CAP theorem — a governing concept in the design of distributed systems — and…
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A Turning Point for OpenStack in the Enterprise - prsm.tc   23:42 15/05/2015
Recently I attended the CONNECT Expo in Melbourne, which included an OpenStack conference , where I participated as a speaker & panelist. The focus of that conference was about whether OpenStack is ready for the enterprise, and included contributions from Dave Medbury from Time Warner Cable, Mike Dorman from GoDaddy, and Rik Harris from Telstra, who presented their real-world experiences with OpenStack in commercial settings. One of the things that was very clear from the conference is that OpenStack is ready for the enterprise. This is probably not news to many who have been following the project for the past few years, but there definitely seems to have been a turning point in recent times, especially enterprise versions of the Juno release (such as SUSE...
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Failure to launch: Hadoop will be 'anaemic' for years, says Gartner - www.theregister.co.uk   10:14 14/05/2015
Forget the hype and the vendors chinning each other – Hadoop is still not ready for take-off. That’s according to Gartner, whose latest short story in the…
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bliki: MicroservicePremium - martinfowler.com   17:33 13/05/2015
tags: The microservices architectural style has been the hot topic over the last year. At the recent O’Reilly software architecture conference, it seemed like…
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Google Spanner : The Future Of NoSQL - prsm.tc   19:33 13/05/2015
Guest blog post by  Mohammad Tariq Iqbal Quite often, while working with  Hbase , I used to feel how cool it would be to have a database that can replicate my data to datacenters across the world consistently. So that I can take the pleasure of global availability and geographic locality. And also which will save my data even in case of some catastrophe or natural disaster. Which supports general-purpose transactions, and provides a SQL-based query language. And which has features of an SQL database as well. But it was only untill recently I found out that it is not an imagination anymore. I was sitting with a senior+friend of mine at a Cafe Coffee Day nearby and having a casual chat on BigData stuff. During the discussion...
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There and Back Again: Zynga's Tale With Amazon's Cloud - www.pcmag.com   19:53 10/05/2015
Zynga, which somewhat-famously abandoned Amazon’s cloud computing services in 2011 for its own in-house data centers, has now decided to reverse course. The…
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Rocket , a new rival to cloud-computing service Docker designed the service’s former supporters, has scored big by allying itself with search giant Google , it was recently announced. With cloud computing and app development tools have come together in a spectacular way as of late, and the biggest success story so far arguably takes the form of Docker, a cloud-based environment that provides a standardized environment to both designing, distributing and running apps across a variety of platforms. That being said, some former Docker supporters have decided they can do better, founding a new startup to out-Docker Docker. This new startup, CoreOS , revealed its own open source project in December called Rocket. Alex Polvi , founder of...
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Don’t skim this post. It may affect you – if not today or tomorrow, then at some point. If you sell desktop software through AdWords, you need to be aware of Google’s new stance against your business. Google recently unveiled a new AdWords policy on desktop software,  “Unsupported content: free desktop software” .   “The AdWords policy on unsupported content will change in April 2015. The policy is changing to prohibit the promotion of free desktop software unless the ad names the specific software being promoted and leads to the site designated as the primary online distribution source. After the new policy goes into effect, the  policy description  will be updated to reflect this...
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The Failure of Agile - prsm.tc   00:59 7/05/2015
I am proud to be one of the 17 founders/authors of the The Agile Manifesto back in 2001. I think it provided a jolt of energy, hope of a better way of doing things, of creating software and making the world work better. It was a pivotal turning point. But in the 14 years since then, we‘ve lost our way. The word “agile” has become sloganized; meaningless at best, jingoist at worst. We have large swaths of people doing “flacid agile,” a half-hearted attempt at following a few select software development practices, poorly. We have scads of vocal agile zealots —as per the definition that a zealot is one who redoubles their effort after they've forgotten their aim. And worst of all, agile methods themselves have not been agile....
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Mono 4.0 Released with C# 6 - www.infoq.com   20:44 6/05/2015
1,163,938 Apr unique visitors New York 2015Jun 8 - Jun 12 San Francisco 2015Nov 16 - Nov 20 Mono 4.0 was officially released this month. This marks the first…
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Every year, Microsoft does this thing called Build. It’s a wonderful nerd party where crowds erupt into applause over new debugging tools and coding software. It’s kind of the best. It’s also where—if you have the mental fortitude to withstand 90 minutes concerning Azure cloud containers—you might learn a thing or two about Microsoft’s software future. Build 2015 was no different, as Microsoft continued its sultry peepshow of Windows 10. Before jumping into all the new coolness, there was one big huge annoying glaring omission from today’s developer-focused festivities—a release date. Last week chip manufacturer AMD let slip during an earnings call that Windows 10 was coming at the...
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TOTAL SHARES 426 Google+ Collections: A new way to curate your digital life. Google just released its newest addition to Google+ and it’s called Collections . So what in the world is it? How do you use it? Or even better— why? Those are all great questions, and I’m so glad you asked! According to the official Google+ Page : Essentially, Google+ Collections are a way of grouping together posts in a specific category. Not only does this allow you to categorize your own posts, but other users can follow individual collections. Think Pinterest boards. Google+ users have wanted something like this for a long time— a way to follow only certain topics that people post about rather than having to follow everything they post. This is...
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Compact Windows PCs such as Intel’s NUC have been steadily becoming a more common sight across the industry in recent times, but we’ve seen none cuter than Acer’s compact Revo One RL85. The model we were sent for review runs Windows 8.1 64-bit with Bing, and crams a fifth-generation Intel Core i3-5010U CPU, 8GB of RAM and three 1.5TB 2.5in hard disks into a case that’s little bigger than a coffee caddy. Acer Revo One RL85 review: design It’s a pretty little thing. From the front, its soft curves and glossy white finish make it look more like a swanky Bluetooth speaker or an extrovert air freshener. Fortunately, it’s a bit more useful than either. Look around the rear of the Revo and you’ll see a stack of...
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Matthias Drywater
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Earlier this month, Dropbox was spotted testing an early version of an online note-taking service dubbed “Project Composer,” which appeared to have roots in the…
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Networking flaw opens millions of iOS app users to data theft - www.theguardian.com   01:53 25/04/2015
Matthias Drywater
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Tesla wants to power your home with a battery - money.cnn.com   01:50 25/04/2015
Matthias Drywater
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Google bursts into the wireless industry - www.cnet.com   01:51 25/04/2015
Matthias Drywater
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Matthias Drywater
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Matthias Drywater
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The Hidden Costs of Microservices - prsm.tc   22:53 24/04/2015
Recently there has been much buzz around the concept of "microservices." Microservices take service-oriented architecture to the next level by dividing applications into even smaller sub-units, often along lines of business capabilities 1 . Proponents of microservices point to the ability to more readily "scale up" their application in response to demand, and ability to achieve encapsulation behind the barrier of an Application Programming Interface (API). In the recent hype behind microservices, relatively little has been written regarding the costs associated with their implementation. Are microservices a justified architectural investment, or a costly, premature optimization? This article examines the costs of microservice architectures, specifically considering the increased...
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A quiet Friday morning….drinking coffee, reading the news, nothing unusual here. I remember that I need to buy socks. Good quality socks, the kind that don’t hole easily. I Google it: That’s ugly. An e-commerce result in the ‘knowledge graph’? Poorly formatted text that offers no value whatsoever? It suddenly occurred to me that I’d performed the search with AdBlock Plus active: what would display if I wasn’t blocking Google’s ads? That’s one ugly search results page. Not a...
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Ubuntu 15.04 'Vivid Vervet' Released, This Is What's New - www.omgubuntu.co.uk   16:20 24/04/2015
Well, here we are. After six busy months, one beta and a bunch of minor changes, the final stable release of Ubuntu 15.04 is now ready for you to download. Also…
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VMware is the most unusual and unexpected player in the industry to ship a Linux distribution. Here is an analysis of what forced the virtualization giant to make this move. Not long ago, VMware was a developer platform company aggressively competing with Microsoft and Red Hat. From hypervisor to an  in-memory  database to a rapid web development tool, it had everything for developers to design, build and deploy applications running in the private cloud. In 2013, VMware had to change its direction to become an infrastructure company targeting the enterprise IT decision makers. This move was mainly because of the growing threat from the public cloud adoption in the form of Amazon Web Services. VMware and its ecosystem were worried that the customers would move...
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While retailers battle breaches that have resulted in tens of millions of credit card numbers stolen, word comes from the RSA Conference in San Francisco that a…
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Enterprise IT architects and system administrators often ask me how to go about moving their existing compute infrastructure to AWS. Invariably, they have spent…
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Trending now Avengers: Age of Ultron review Google launches its own mobile network for Nexus 6 owners Construction workers in China accidentally unearth dinosaur eggs Aziz Ansari is making a Netflix sitcom with Parks & Rec producers 45 New articles Previous April 22, 2015 5:55 PM Google Fi: all the...
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If you have been using Google Authenticator or Authy for two-step verification (“2FA” for short), you may have wondered whether you should switch to 1Password , now that it offers the same functionality. You may have wondered how much of a hassle it would be to change from one app to another, and if it would be worth it. If that describes you, well, then you’re in luck, because I just completed the switch and I’m here to report my results. (Spoiler Alert: it was easier than I expected, and I already like it more than Authy, despite having really liked Authy.) There are a few “tips and tricks” which can makes the transition a little easier. “What’s ‘Two-Factor Authentication’? Is it the...
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We are happy to announce updates to Docker Engine, Registry, Compose, Swarm, and Machine. We are releasing them all at the same time so you can test and roll them out together, and so that we can ship features that span multiple tools. The features in this release are designed to improve the dev experience with faster image pulls, a preview of Docker client for Windows, and support for apps beyond the dev environment in Compose. Docker Engine 1.6 The Docker Engine has been greatly improved since 1.5, with some highly requested features in addition to Windows Client support. We could not have created such an amazing release without the help from awesome contributors. You can get started by downloading Docker Engine 1.6 and checking out the changelog here . Now...
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A QUIC update on Google’s experimental transport - blog.chromium.org   00:49 18/04/2015
Last year we announced QUIC, a UDP-based transport protocol for the modern Internet. Over the last quarter, we’ve been increasing the amount of traffic to…
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New MacBook Review: Stupidly Thin - gizmodo.com   18:43 17/04/2015
Gizmodo: New MacBook Review: Stupidly thin http://t.co/TNj46Dbcsp http://t.co/JAVGiZwfME
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It’s no secret Apple doesn’t give a fig for do-it-yourself device repair, but some of its laptops, iPhones, and tablets have been friendlier than others. The new MacBook, it turns out, is decidedly on the unfriendly end of that scale. The iFixit team has published its exhaustive step-by-step teardown of the MacBook, and declared (with near-visible frustration), “It’s like they took note of iFixit’s repairability scale, and actually tried to hit zero.” The full teardown is available online, but it’s not a happy read for anyone who likes being able to replace broken hardware. Not only does the MacBook retain the “standard” Apple features, like pentalobe screws and glued-down batteries, the entire system has...
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Google Cloud Dataflow Now Open for Business - www.datanami.com   21:43 16/04/2015
Google today formally took the wraps off Cloud Dataflow, the hosted offering designed to allow developers with average Java and Python skills to build…
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A new report from researcher Ovum and managed service provider FireHost concludes that companies aren't exactly confident in their cloud providers' ability to provide the right level of security. In the survey of IT pros, 92 percent are concerned about the shared cloud infrastructure's security, 92 percent are concerned about a lack of control over where the data resides, and 91 percent are concerned about a lack of visibility into security controls. We see these kinds of surveys fairly often. They don't actually tell you whether the cloud is secure, only that IT pros perceive that cloud providers lack security. But in reality, cloud security is much different than what these surveys indicate. Indeed, the larger cloud service providers are doing a good job....
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Last Friday, a myterious product called Project Composer made its way to Product Hunt, the suddenly trendy online community where a lot of new products are…
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It looks like Dropbox has a new app up its sleeve. The company appears to be beta testing a new note-taking app called “Project Composer,” which combines notes,…
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Amazon Amazon has a new product that seems so simple, it's hard to believe it's a product at all: It's called the  Amazon Dash Button . It's a small plastic device with a button and a light. When you press the button, it sends a message to Amazon to order a refill of some product, like a new bottle of Tide laundry detergent or a new order of Gillette razor blades. And that's all it does. Dash Buttons have adhesive backs, and the idea is you'd stick them near the place where you store each product. So you'd put the Tide button on your washing machine, the Cascade soap button on your dishwasher, the Folgers coffee button on your coffee machine, and the Gillette razor...
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The Horror of Amazon’s New Dash Button - www.newyorker.com   22:47 2/04/2015
Amazon’s new Dash Button, which will allow shoppers to reorder frequently used domestic products like laundry detergent or paper towels with the click of a…
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by Robert Locke “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” – Unknown Recruiters have to get through hundreds of resumes in a short time. Research suggests that the average hiring manager takes less than one minute to peruse a resume. Other studies show that they can do this initial check in six seconds. Larger companies use applicant tracking software to make the initial selection and they do that in a split second! So, what are they looking for and what should you avoid mentioning? You have to try and get inside the typical recruiter’s mindset, which will reflect what is in the job description. If you can do that, you can enormously improve your resume . Here are 20 things that will guarantee your resume ends up in the trash:...
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Google Gmail users hit by software glitch - www.bbc.com   01:21 11/04/2015
Hacker News: Gmail users hit by software glitch http://t.co/tOp7mzdHmy
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Snapseed , Google’s own photo editing application that introduced tons of people to the world of overdoing HDR effects, received a massive update this morning, bringing new effects, an overhauled user interface, and a shiny, flat icon.  While the basic use of the app has gone unchanged, such as the dragging of your finger to scroll through effects and sliders, icons and navigation throughout the app has been changed. When you open the app, you are asked to select a photo for editing. From here, there is a huge list of edits you can make to a photo, such as applying an Auto Awesome-like effect, where the app will choose the best edits for any given photo, or you can scroll through the contrast, saturation, shadows, and ambiance all by yourself....
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Linux 4.0 is almost upon us! It’s codenamed “Hurr durr I’ma sheep.” Yes, seriously. Linux kernels have weird codenames . Setting aside the head-scratching title, Linux 4.0 isn’t a massive change from Linux 3.19. It would have been named Linux 3.20, but lots of people wanted to see Linux 4.0. As Linus Torvalds himself said , “the strongest argument for some people advocating 4.0 seems to have been a wish to see 4.1.15 - because ‘that was the version of Linux Skynet used for the T-800 Terminator .’” Reboot-free kernel patching The biggest feature (aside from dragging us ever closer to the robotic hellscape seen in the Terminator series) is live kernel patching. When an update—perhaps a critical...
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LG may have just outed an 8K iMac - prsm.tc   18:00 10/04/2015
Apple's suppliers take a $50 million blood oath on new model secrecy, but it looks like someone from LG didn't get that memo. In a press release explaining why 4K is now passé (really?), the company's display division inadvertently leaked an iMac with an incredible 8K screen. While discussing its own 98-inch 8K TV, it said "Apple has also announced that they will release the 'iMac 8K' with a super-high resolution display this year." Unfortunately for LG, Apple announced no such thing, meaning the Korean company may have revealed information meant for its eyes only. An 8K iMac is far from implausible, as Apple already has a 27-inch 5K retina iMac with 5,120 x 2,880 pixels. On top of that, VESA's new DisplayPort 1.4a standard now...
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April 10th, 2015 at 4:07 am - Author Anton Shilov In a bid to ensure that its Windows operating system can address all segments of the personal computer market, Microsoft Corp. in the recent quarters has worked hard with various hardware manufacturers to drive down prices of PCs to $200 and even $150 per unit. While hardware makers are hardly happy with the return of netbooks, Google seems to be glad about availability of such systems. Microsoft is working with PC makers on ultra-low-cost personal computers in order to not let Google and its Chrome OS into its stronghold, the PC market, where Microsoft Windows has been dominating for decades. To lower the cost of notebooks with Windows, Microsoft reconsidered its pricing policies and redesigned Windows...
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The Release Candidate version is now ready for testing   The Chromixium OS 12 photos VIEW ALL  Chromixium is a new distribution of Linux based on the upstream Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system, built around the Chromium web browser, and designed from the ground up to look and act like the Chrome OS operating system created by Google. Chromixium has been in Beta since February 2015, but it was recently promoted to the Release Candidate stage of its development cycle, which means that the final Chromixium 1.0 release is around the corner. Powered by a Linux kernel 3.13 LTS (Long Term Support), Chromixium boasts the latest version of the Chromium web browser with the Pepperflash plugin for viewing...
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сегодня в 12:22 Microsoft представляет новые контейнерные технологии для следующего поколения облака перевод В современном мире, когда облачные технологии…
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The Project Spartan interface is attractively minimal. When announcing that a Windows 10 Preview with the new Project Spartan browser was available , Microsoft made clear that the browser ain't done yet. What we have now is an early iteration of the company's take on a legacy-free forward-looking browser—a browser that's going to ditch the venerable Internet Explorer name. Superficially, everything about the browser is new. Its interface takes cues from all the competition: tabs on top, in the title bar, the address bar inside each tab. The look is simple and unadorned; monochrome line-art for icons, rectangular tabs, and a flat look—the address bar, for example, doesn't live in a recessed pit (as it does in...
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Amazon EFS - aws.amazon.com   12:03 10/04/2015
Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is a file storage service for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances. Amazon EFS is easy to use and…
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Amazon Launches New File Storage Service For EC2 - social.techcrunch.com   22:05 9/04/2015
At its AWS Summit in San Francisco, Amazon today announced the launch of the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), a new storage service that provides a common file…
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Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2015 - stackoverflow.com   19:05 8/04/2015
Every year we run a survey. This year, more developers answered more questions than ever before. 26,086 people from 157 countries participated in our…
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Big Data is Really Dead - smartdatacollective.com   16:10 5/04/2015
Big Data is Really Dead | SmartData Collective IDG Enterprise’s 2015 Big Data and Analytics survey shows that the number of organizations with…
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Microsoft Brings Office Lens to Android and iPhone - www.thurrott.com   22:50 2/04/2015
After a year-long reign on Windows Phone, one of Microsoft’s best mobile apps is coming to the competition: today, the software giant is releasing Office Lens…
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Google Releases a Tool to Launch Android Apps on Desktops - thenextweb.com   21:42 2/04/2015
Google has opened up its App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) to developers so they can run their apps on any desktop with a Chrome browser, reports Ars Technica. ARC…
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Apple gets religious, Microsoft smashes Windows, Google takes a day off, Facebook culls Friends, vowels get banned, and MakeUseOf announces new offshoots. Apple Officially Becomes a Religion I think Apple could legitimately claim they are a religion. — Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) March 30, 2015 Apple has officially become a religion, making the transition from technology company to technology cult. Apple already has places of worship in the form of Apple Stores, and many millions of followers who line up each Saturday to pay their respects. As part of the transition, the company/cult has released a holy book detailing the story of how Apple was founded in the Garage of Jobs. Followers will now be officially known as Fanboys...
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Google has unveiled a whole new type of Chrome device, and it's one that can fit in your pocket. It's called the Chromebit, and it's essentially a Chromebook crammed in a dongle. This tiny little package contains a Rockchip 3288 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC memory, a USB 2.0 port, WiFi 802.11 ac support, Bluetooth 4.0, a Smart Ready controller and an ARM Mali 760 quad-core GPU. Just like Intel's Compute Stick , all you have to do to get the Chromebit working is to attach it to any display with a HDMI port, and voila, you've turned it into a computer. Unlike the Intel stick though, the Chromebit's HDMI end actually swivels around so that the dongle doesn't stick out in an unsightly way behind a monitor or TV. As for battery life, well, Google says it doesn't...
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Stephen Lam / Getty Apple CEO Tim Cook On Tuesday, word leaked that Apple was buying a tiny 40-person database startup called FoundationDB and a source tells us that this move is really freaking a lot of people out. Neither Apple nor FoundationDB has publicly acknowledged the purchase yet (we've reached out repeatedly and asked for comment). But there's plenty of evidence that it happened and that Apple also immediately shuttered FoundationDB. For some context, FoundationDB is a type of noSQL database. That's  a popular type of database for Web applications, and it's cheaper to use than traditional databases like Oracle because they spread themselves across many low-cost commodity servers. An Oracle database prefers to be loaded onto a big,...
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Amazon is trying to compete with Dropbox, Google and Microsoft with it’s Unlimited Cloud Drive option. The new service goes beyond simple a simple photo storage solution and can now handle video, music and e-books. Amazon has nixed the free option with photo storage and now demands that their users subscribe to Prime in order to keep on using the service. You can store unlimited photos and up to 5 GB of everyday files. If you are not a Prime member, it costs $11.99 per year. The Unlimited Everything plan basically has no limits on storage and is $59.99 per year. Not everyone is excited about this new product offering. Serious video editors and film makers lament that Amazon only has a 2 GB file upload limit, which prevents them from storing their media...
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FoundationDB has been acquired by Apple . A notice on their community site explains that they have pulled download links, and their client libraries now return 404 on GitHub . To database customers, this is a good lesson: assuming FDB did not coordinate with customers ahead of time, this instantly cost at least some FDB customers millions of dollars. It will be months of painful work to migrate, and now they must abandon the person-years of operational expertise they worked hard to accumulate. Learn from their pain. The worst possible place to take a risk in your production applications is your primary datastore, and that is especially true if it is client-facing. If you incur catastrophic data loss, or if the company goes under, it might cost you your entire business....
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The Linux desktop battle (and why it matters) - prsm.tc   00:47 28/03/2015
Jack Wallen ponders the problem with the ever-lagging acceptance of the Linux desktop and poses a radical solution. I have been using Ubuntu Unity for a very long time. In fact, I would say that this is, by far, the longest I've stuck with a single desktop interface. Period. That doesn't mean I don't stop to smell the desktop roses along the Linux path. In fact, I've often considered other desktops as a drop-in replacement for Unity. GNOME and Budgie have vied for my attention of late. Both are solid takes on the desktop that offer a minimalistic, modern look and feel (something I prefer) and help me get my work...
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5 Reasons Dart Failed to Hit the Mark - prsm.tc   00:45 28/03/2015
Dart, the JavaScript helper language Dart stepped tantalisingly closer to its next big milestone release today with the GA of Dart 1.9 . Whilst the community had previously been eagerly anticipating 1.9, packed with features like async/await and Dart Analysis Server, when the announcement finally came, the reception was fairly muted. This lacklustre response was largely due to Tuesday’s announcement that Dart will no longer be pushed as the default language for the web , and won’t be integrated into the Google Chrome browser. Instead, the Dart development team will be focusing their energies into compiling Dart to JavaScript, embracing its time saving...
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Cord-cutters have plenty of streaming-TV options, but Amazon just upped the stakes. The company revealed several new upcoming features for its Fire TV products on Tuesday, including support for external USB storage and the sort of wireless networks found in hotels. The announcements seem strategically designed to set Amazon's TV devices apart, as few competitors—and none of its top rivals—offer similar options.  See also: Amazon's Fire TV Stick Aims To Compete With Chromecast The timing is impossible to ignore. The Amazon news lands just after a report claiming that Apple wants to reinvigorate its TV initiatives. But with the iPhone company likely waiting for its Worldwide Developers Conference in June to reveal its intentions, there’s plenty of...
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A behind-the-scenes look at some of our dedicated hardware.   Photos: Zachary Conger The Cloud–a much-hyped term describing the practice of hosting data and services on remote and often shared servers–is a compelling way for the enterprising startup to get their business off the ground.  As leading providers Amazon, Rackspace and Softlayer mature their offerings, companies large and small are finding the Cloud to be a good partner over the long haul.  A respected colleague of mine once told me that Amazon’s tools in particular have allowed his company to be extremely nimble and efficient, making it well worth the swelling costs and one-size-fits-all approach. But for some companies, there is an inflection point at which it makes sense to...
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I love my MacBook Air. I’m sure you love whatever MacBook you’re using, too. We wouldn’t trade them for anything, right? An additional USB port or two would be nice, though. Especially if you have an iPhone and an iPad, plus some other devices you might need to connect to the laptop. While the new devices will now use USB-C, the norm will still be the regular USB for quite some time. So what do you do to solve that “always one USB short” issue? Here’s one nifty solution: InfiniteUSB. InfiniteUSB is a simple yet elegant way to create more USB ports. 6 Ways to Get Around the New MacBook’s Single USB-C Port Each plug has a connector on one end and a USB port on the other. Because of the USB port on each plug, you can...
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IntelliJ IDEA 14.1 is Here! - blog.jetbrains.com   12:42 24/03/2015
What makes a better Spring present than a fresh update for your favorite Java IDE? We’ve worked hard this year to make it happen. Go ahead and grab IntelliJ…
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Elasticsearch 1.5.0 Released - www.elastic.co   00:14 24/03/2015
Clinton Gormley March 23, 2015 Today, we are pleased to announce the release of Elasticsearch 1.5.0, based on Lucene 4.10.4. This is the latest stable version…
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Buster Hein (9:35 am PDT, Mar 23rd) LED backlighting coming soon? Photo: Apple Apple redesigned the LED backlights for the new MacBook keyboard, and it appears…
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Last week TD Canada’s social media team on Twitter provided some really, really bad password advice, in response to a customer’s concern their latest iOS update…
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[GUEST POST] I started exploring the cloud computing world around 5 years ago, and I must admit that my initial understanding of the cloud was a disaster. At first, it was difficult to find a comprehensive definition, but I finally settled on one from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). It clearly defined the cloud’s attributes and models, and removed my doubts regarding what falls under the cloud umbrella. The experience that I had finding this definition made me realize that I wanted there to be an easier way for others to find it, as well. Therefore, I decided to create my own list of cloud guidelines. This was a turning point in my cloud journey, as it pushed me to teach many students and IT professionals about cloud computing. Stumbling...
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Say you’ve got a laptop with just one or two USB ports, but you want to plug in a mouse, a smartphone, a flash drive, and an optical disc drive. You could invest in a USB hub. But the makers of InfiniteUSB have another idea. They have a line of USB cables that are also USB ports. Plug one cable into the USB port on your computer and there’s a port in the back which you can use to plug in another cable… and another one… and another one. The product has already been designed, but the developers are seeking money to mass produce InfiniteUSB cables through a Kickstarter campaign . A pledge of around $20 (give or take, depending on the reward levels that are left when you read this) reserves an InfiniteUSB Kickstarter Special Edition cable which...
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These days a good indicator to whether new technology concepts will be appealing to the consumer is if the makers run a successful crowdfunding campaign. The new project from Canadian company Neptune Inc, called the Neptune Suite has done just that, as they have smashed their indiegogo campaign goal of $100k and raised $861k after just 3 days. Neptune are not new to this type of project, as their first campaign ended successfully and now retailers stock the product. That product was a standalone smartwatch called the Neptune Pine. The Neptune Pine is probably the largest smartwatch in the world, in fact if it had hair there would be cavemen chucking spears at it!...
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As we previously reported , Microsoft is using a tried-and-true trick to help generate revenue for Azure, its competitor to Amazon Web Services and one of its most important products. And people who closely follow the company are starting to ask questions about how many customers are really using its cloud (known as "consumption" or "usage"), and how much revenue is coming from this trick. Microsoft isn't ready to talk publicly about those numbers. But a source has shared some of some of them with us. Various sources have also shared details of how Microsoft is fixing this cloud consumption problem. It is pressuring its salespeople not just to sell the cloud, but actually to get their customers to use it. Some salespeople are not happy with the change,...
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Adobe Unveils the Document Cloud With an Upgraded Acrobat - thenextweb.com   00:03 17/03/2015
If you are familiar with Adobe’s Creative Cloud, then a new cloud formation, announced today, will operate on a familiar concept. Adobe has announced its…
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I don't love the single responsibility principle - www.sklivvz.com   23:34 16/03/2015
courtesy of wikipedia Did you ever happen to disagree with a colleague on the single responsibility principle and its application? Let’s try to understand why…
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Power BI Designer provides self-service ETL and visual analytics in a unified, seamless experience. It is a free desktop data discovery tool that can be downloaded (32-bit and 64-bit options) and installed side-by-side with any version of Office or Excel on Windows.  You can also get the Power BI Designer install file from the Downloads section of the Power BI Preview site located under the gear icon in the top right menu.  Notably Power BI Designer has no dependencies on Office or Excel versions.  It uses an embedded local instance of Analysis Services in Tabular Mode for desktop analytical reporting.   Power BI Designer unifies the formerly separate Power BI Excel add-in tools: Power Query, Power...
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Apple’s newest MacBook is clearly designed to set the stage for all Apple notebooks to come – it has a dramatically thin body, which measures only 13.1-inches deep at its thickest point, and a 12-inch display with an very small surrounding bezel. The screen has Retina resolution of 2304×1440, with a 16:10 aspect ratio, and the computer has just one port for power and data input/output (plus a 3.5mm stereo jack for headsets). It really is, top to bottom, a computer that pushes the edge of technical advancement forward, and Apple’s decision to call it simply the “MacBook” signals that this is the way of the future. In person, the computer’s technical achievements are even more stunning than they were on stage. The notebook weighs...
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5 things Apple didn't say about the new MacBook - mashable.com   21:35 9/03/2015
Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook sure is a beautiful notebook. It’s only 13.1mm thick and weighs two pounds. It’s got a beautiful high-res Retina display and it up…
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11 марта в 22:46 Поисковый гигант представил новую версию семейства ноутбуков Chromebook Pixel, впервые появившихся два года назад. Новые хромобуки доступны в…
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IBM Exposes Critical Dropbox Vulnerability - www.esecurityplanet.com   02:11 12/03/2015
Dropbox patches flaw that could have exposed users to risk. IBM today is publicly disclosing a flaw that it found and reported to Dropbox, impacting the…
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Google Open Source Blog: Bidding farewell to Google Code - google-opensource.blogspot.com   15:57 12/03/2015
When we started the Google Code project hosting service in 2006, the world of project hosting was limited. We were worried about reliability and stagnation, so…
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Google has accidentally leaked the personal details of more than 280,000 customers, Ars Technica reports. The fault first appeared back in mid-2013 — but it has…
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Introducing Google Cloud Storage Nearline: (near)online data at an offline price - googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com   12:27 11/03/2015
The amount of data being produced around the world is staggering and continues to grow at an exponential rate. Given this growing volume of data, its critical…
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Apple iOS 8.2 Has Two Nasty Surprises - prsm.tc   19:39 10/03/2015
iOS 8.2 gets a lot right . Don’t let the Apple Apple Watch compatibility fool you, the update is mostly about optimisations and bug fixes and in this regard it is the company’s most diligent release to date. Yet 24 hours on what has become clear is there are two nasty surprises awaiting users. Nasty Surprise Number One The first: WiFried lives on. The infamous bug which causes heavily degraded, and sometimes entirely broken, wireless performance has not been squashed by iOS 8.2. The scourge of WiFried has resulted in dedicated websites and a quick Google search turns up more than 70,000 results. WiFried has also resulted in the single largest thread on the Apple’s official Support Communities forum. At the time of...
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View this image › Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the new Apple Watch during an Apple event on Monday, March 9, in San Francisco. Eric Risberg / AP Let’s get…
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The New MacBook Isn't What You Think - gizmodo.com   16:53 9/03/2015
Apple’s new MacBook is slick and svelte. It only weighs two pounds! But before you get too excited about how great this tiny (gold) laptop might fit into your…
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For years, if you’ve used BitTorrent, you’ve probably used µTorrent to manage and control torrent files. The software is the most popular Torrent client online with an estimated 100 million users, and its valued for its small footprint and rich feature set. µTorrent has been including adware for several years (despite warning people in its install against installations that attempt to charge for the program), but it may have crossed a line this time — numerous users are reporting that installing the program also silently installs an application called Epic Scale. Epic Scale is shady looking, to say the least. The company website claims a straight link between installing Epic Scale and benefiting charities — literally. The...
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Why Apple joining the Dow Jones is a big deal - prsm.tc   16:29 6/03/2015
Tim Cook has helped lead Apple to new heights. Photo: Bloomberg On March 19, the world’s most valuable company will join the world’s top stock index. In a feat of great irony, Apple is replacing none other than AT&T on the Dow Jones Industrial Average this month. And even if you don’t care about the stock market, for Apple it’s a big deal. While already the most valuable company in the world by a long shot, joining the Dow cements Apple as a blue-chip stock and household name in the eyes of Wall Street. Basically, it signifies that Apple is here to stay as a global economic force. “Apple is the clear choice for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the most recognized stock market measure,” said David M. Blitzer, chairman of the...
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Virtual reality is a lot like the flying car: It’s always juuuust a few years off. But recently — just this week — the VR hype has reached a fever pitch. And let me tell you this is no Virtual Boy bullshit. When we look back at the past through rose-coloured VR headsets, this is the moment where we’ll see that it took off. Between the announcement of Valve and HTC’s Vive headset at Mobile World Congress, and the slew of Game Developer Conference announcements that have followed , the crawl towards virtual reality has turned into a flat out race. This isn’t the ’90s. VR is here to stay. The tech exists… I know, I know. You’re sceptical. And you have every right to be! We’ve all been...
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Java Now Dumps Adware on to Macs, Too - prsm.tc   15:11 6/03/2015
There are a lot of reason not to use Java —but here's one more to add to the list. The latest release of Oracle's ubiquitous software now also dumps a load of crapware on to your Mac. Java has long installed adware onto Windows PCs, but now it also does the same to OS X too. The update instruction for Java 8 Update 40 on Mac explain that "Oracle has partnered with companies that offer various products." If you don't pay attention when you install the software, you'll be burdened with hi-jacked search function and ad-laden results thanks to Ask.com. Of course, there's increasingly less need to use Java —but if you do, from now on you should be careful when you update it. With Lenovo's Superfish incident fresh in our memories...
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Paperspace wants to run your computer in the cloud - getprismatic.com   21:46 5/03/2015
Paperspace wants to run your computer in the cloud - Prismatic
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When Sync was first conceived in a Palooza, it was a simple idea: create a tool for people to move files directly between devices. It was a little piece of…
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The myth about how Amazon's Web service started just won't die - www.pcadvisor.co.uk   17:48 2/03/2015
There’s a rumor that goes around cloud circles about how Amazon.com created what is now the multi-billion dollar infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud…
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There’s some recent discussion about the sky falling for XMPP at Google. See this blog post by Dan York for example. In reality, we don’t know the state of XMPP…
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Google+ officially splits into Photos and Streams - www.theverge.com   02:32 2/03/2015
Google is splitting Google+ apart, breaking the social network’s photo element away from what it’s now calling “Google+ Streams.” Bradley Horowitz, a longtime…
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If you had told me last December that in the first part of 2015, a smartwatch would make headlines across the world, shatter sales records, and create a constant stream of refreshes, hashtags and bad puns, I would have naturally assumed you were talking about Apple Watch. For the past five months we’ve been anxiously awaiting the “early 2015” debut of Apple’s first wearable, an entry so important it’s basically put its Android Wear competitors on ice as buyers wait to see what Apple Watch can really do. But while we need to wait at least another 30 days (well, maybe less ) to strap one on our wrists, Pebble —humble Pebble—went ahead and one-upped Apple, LG, and anyone else planning to show off a new smartwatch at next...
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Top 10 software failures of 2014 - prsm.tc   01:30 28/02/2015
1. Amazon 1p price glitch Just two weeks before Christmas, some of Amazon’s third-party retailers in the UK saw their wares reduced to just 1p each thanks to an hour-long pricing software glitch. Eagle-eyed shoppers had a field day, but scores of small businesses were left having to absorb heavy losses. It is still unclear what compensation, if any, they will receive from Amazon.  2. UK airspace closed Over 150 flights from London airports were cancelled and hundreds more delayed on 12 December last year. A server in Swanwick running the UK’s National Air Traffic Services (NATS) flight data processing system went down as a result of a software flaw. NATS has experienced a number of technical failures since the Swanwick base opened. Worryingly,...
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Porn gets back to its high-tech basics - prsm.tc   23:09 27/02/2015
Chris Morris | CNBC An attendee at the 2015 Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas demos the Oculus virtual reality glasses. Utherverse was letting fans strap on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to visit a virtual adult world called Red Light Center during last month's Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. The lines to demo the product were, in some cases, longer than the lines to meet flesh-and-blood porn stars. In the demo, subscribers could enjoy a virtual lap dance, which was motion-captured by adult superstar Tera Patrick, and even take dancers to virtual rooms and observe a VR orgy. Virtual reality could become a $4.6 billion industry by 2018, estimates...
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Linux меняет версию на 4.0 - geektimes.ru   01:55 28/02/2015
25 февраля в 17:43 Linux*, Операционные системы* Поводом стал результат голосования в Google+ ТорвальдсаЛинус Торвальдс принял решение о том, что следующая…
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RancherOS | Rancher Labs - rancher.com   01:58 28/02/2015
In RancherOS, the Docker daemon runs as PID 1, the first process the kernel starts. We call this instance of Docker “System Docker,” as it is responsible for…
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25 февраля в 11:50 Ноутбуки*, Google* Оригинальная версия Chromebook Pixel Google готовит к выпуску новую версию флагманского ноутбука Chromebook Pixel,…
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Google has opened sourced gRPC , a RPC framework used internally to connect cloud microservices. gRPC comes with support for 10 languages, making it attractive for creating back-end cloud services for mobile applications. gRPC is a language and platform-neutral RPC system developed and used internally by Google in many areas including cloud computing services, and they are going to expose most of their public APIs through such endpoints. Google considers gRPC a “bandwidth and CPU efficient, low latency way to create massively distributed systems that span data centers, as well as power mobile apps, real-time communications, IoT devices and APIs.” While it can be used in many scenarios, gRPC is targeted primarily at microservices. A service...
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For the past couple of years, I’ve always carried one of those miniature fold-up flash drives on my key chain. It’s invaluable for those moments when then internet is broken and the world will stop turning if you don’t transfer those photos and that slide deck right the hell now. But if that flash drive would also serve as an emergency phone cable, I would be the happiest geek on the internet. The Sparrow is a crowdfunding project for a flash drive/phone cable that clips onto your keychain. The design is brutally simple — the cable is short, and the connectors at both ends house magnets, so when not in use, it can be clipped through the keychain. The flash drive comes in 16GB, ($US35) 32GB ($US49) and 64GB ($US79) versions, with...
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Digital footprints are almost impossible to erase. At least, it seems that way right now. But thousands of years down the line, how will people be able to see old photos we’ve captured, or open old files we’d written — especially if the computer systems we’re using now are completely obsolete by then? Even if Google and Apple don’t exist in the year 2115, how can we ensure our files, photos, movies, and more, can be preserved for ages to come? How can we future-proof our content for generations way down the line?  “That’s the key issue here: How do I make sure in the distant future the standards are still known that can correctly interpret this carefully constructed object?” Vint Cerf, one of the...
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Why SSDs are obsolete - prsm.tc   23:31 27/02/2015
SSDs were built because there are billions of SATA and SAS disk ports available. Filling some of those ports with SSDs promised to be quite profitable - a promise fulfilled in the last 5 years. But now that non-volatile memory technology - flash today, plus RRAM tomorrow - has been widely accepted, it is time to build systems that use flash directly instead of through our antique storage stacks. The various efforts to decrease latency - SATA 3, NVMe, and others - still add layers of software between our applications and our data, creating complexity and wasting CPU cycles. A recent PhD thesis got me to thinking about this. Special Feature...
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Why We Killed Off Code Reviews - eatcodeplay.com   22:26 25/02/2015
Update: Some really good discussion happening over at Hacker News. Like many devs these days, most of us at RealScout have worked in some variation of the…
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Google-owned Blogger bans sexually explicit content - www.theverge.com   11:03 24/02/2015
Google-owned blogging platform Blogger will no longer allow its users to post sexually explicit content, the company confirmed today. In a statement sent via…
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FAA Kills Drone Delivery Programs - prsm.tc   01:05 23/02/2015
On Sunday, the Federal Aviation Administration effectively ended any commercial attempts at drone delivery services in the U.S. Several companies have been researching and experimenting with the idea of delivering their products via drone in recent months.  For instance, Amazon announced it’s intention to distribute its goods to consumers via drone in 2013; the ultimate goal being single day delivery.  In Australia, Google has experimented with drone deliveries as well. However, these plans have been quashed thanks to burdensome regulations from the FAA. In a 195 page proposal , the Federal Aviation Administration laid out its regulations for the commercial use of drones.  Several of the new rules directly prevent the advancement of any...
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Device tracking is what we all can make good use of sometime in our lives. Whether it’s about tracking your bikes or the luggage at the airport, a device tracker will help you keep a track of your precious belongings no matter where you go. The fact that they are connected to your iPhones  only makes the tracking process easy and accessible for today’s tech savvy generation. But to be honest, I think I am still not satisfied with the kind of device trackers we’ve had in the market till date. Primarily because of their small detection radius which can stretch to hundreds of feet maximum since they all use Bluetooth wireless technology for tracking. So once my bike crosses that limit, I am left with no clue as to where it could be next. Sometimes...
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A year is a long time in technology, but the past 12 months has seen one of the most surprising and exciting shake-ups in recent history: Microsoft and Google have swapped places. In my opinion this is the current situation. In 2015 Satya Nadella led Microsoft has become a progressive, open, web services company. By contrast Google grasps at ageing revenue pillars and neglects the present to concentrate on scattergun projects which overpromise and underdeliver. How Google Is Becoming Microsoft Google’s pillars of ads and search have become its Windows and Office. Both are being chipped away by more targeted advertising within social media and the compartmentalisation of an apps-based world. Your details and desires are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and...
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Microsoft Is Really Turning It the Fuck Around - prsm.tc   17:33 19/02/2015
It's tempting to think of Microsoft as some aging dinosaur. But it's wrong. Change has been building for almost a year now. Yes Windows 8 was a mess, and the Xbox One's early days were embarrassing, but Microsoft's been sharpening its game with impressive speed. And now it is once again , hands down, the most exciting company in tech. You've no doubt heard about the biggest beats in Microsoft's recent turn-around story. The Xbox One one is hella cheap and Kinect-free. Windows 10 is bringing back the Start Menu for real. There's a wacky faceputer on the horizon. And more recently Microsoft has been snapping up some great apps . These aren't flukes, or just lucky shots in the dark. This is the crack of a well-aimed and confident swing...
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Why 2015 Is the Year of PaaS - prsm.tc   23:44 20/02/2015
No matter where one turns in the technology industry today, everyone is talking about PaaS -- so much so that Gartner named 2015 as “the year of PaaS.” The question is, why now? After all, the concept of PaaS has been around since the term cloud computing came into use. And the PaaS arena saw its first industry validation in 2010, when Salesforce acquired the online PaaS company Heroku. A clear shift has taken place, bringing PaaS to the fore now. Why now? Is it because PaaS was a murky concept that has only recently been better defined? Is it better understood by end users, who didn’t really get platform services in the past? From my perspective, the answer should not be sought within the concept of PaaS or the idea that people understand it...
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Microsoft Azure may still be an underdog when it comes to cloud computing, but there’s good news for it in a new survey of technical professionals released by Rightscale . 12 percent of all respondents to the survey said that they have applications running on Azure’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings, and 9 percent of them are using Azure’s platform as a service (PaaS) tools. That’s enough to make Azure the second and fourth most used cloud platform. It’s still leagues behind Amazon Web Services, which is used by a whopping 57 percent of the professionals surveyed. AWS and Azure both saw usage share gains in the past year, too – up from 54 percent usage for AWS and 6 percent usage for Azure’s...
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There are all sorts of futuristic universal remotes on the market these days, but many are tied into your phone, spread across multiple components, or part of some ambitious crowdfunding effort. The new Ray Super Remote is none of those things, offering multifaceted control of your home theater in a sleek design that looks and feels like your phone, without tying up its resources. The interface for the remote is setup a lot like the phone you use everyday, with a low-friction touchscreen so you can easily see what’s available, as well as tactile keys on the side for volume and mute, and even a sleep/wake button. The remote links to your Wi-Fi to allow for easy setup, and utilizes Bluetooth 4.0, and Infrared to work with devices both old and new. Related: ...
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The race is on to make the thinnest computer, and Lenovo’s X1 Carbon is certainly in it to win, boasting a fifth-generation Intel Core processor, up to 256GB of solid-state storage, and a keyboard that experienced typists are sure to fall for. We may be in love. Features Lenovo’s long-running X series continues in the X1 Carbon 2015 edition, and while this computer isn’t made to handle every possible task you can throw its way — it won’t make games or video editing fly — it is focused more on the general worker who needs something thin and well spec’d to go. So what’s inside this machine? For the 2015 model, Lenovo is relying on fifth-generation Intel Core processors, with the Core i5 5200U in the first two...
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Dell XPS 13 Review - prsm.tc   23:38 20/02/2015
Battery Life Battery life is something that has changed drastically in just the last several years. Improvements to all parts of the typical laptop have contributed to some fairly massive increases in battery life. With the XPS 13, we have a unique opportunity. Not only is this our first Broadwell-U based notebook to be reviewed, but this is also the first chance we have had where we can test two virtually identical computers, but with different resolution displays. We have known for some time that higher resolution, and especially higher pixel density, displays can have a significant impact on battery life, but with these two laptops configured virtually identically except for the display, we can get a good look at the trade-offs between a super crisp display, and...
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Active vs. Passive Server Monitoring - prsm.tc   21:58 20/02/2015
Server monitoring is a requirement, not a choice. It is used for your entire software stack, web-based enterprise suites, custom applications, e-commerce sites, local area networks, etc. Unmonitored servers are lost opportunities for optimization, difficult to maintain, more unpredictable, and more prone to failure. While it is very likely that your team has a  log analysis initiative, it’s important to determine if you are only responding to what the logs tell you about the past, or are you planning ahead based on the valuable log data you are monitoring and analyzing? There are two basic approaches to server monitoring: Passive and Active. They are as much a state of mind as a process. And there are significant differences in the kinds of...
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Google Webfonts, The Spy Inside? | The FontFeed - fontfeed.com   19:09 20/02/2015
Google Webfonts, The Spy Inside? | The FontFeed
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StackOverflow Considered Harmful? | Coding the Wheel - codingthewheel.com   19:06 20/02/2015
I closed my StackOverflow account today, bringing my seven-year relationship with that site to an end as I join the ranks of a small army of bloggers and…
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CuBox-i4Pro has been unveiled by SolidRun, which is an Israeli startup and first came up with CuBox back in 2013. It is quite similar to Rasberry Pi and Arduino boards – comes with mini computers merged onto a single board. Apart from packing quite a punch, it also comes with affordable price and that’s us being really modest. It measures 55 mm and is equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It sports a 4GB micro SD card loaded with Android while also being capable of running Debian Linux. It has been built with a Freescale i.MX6 Quad core System on a Chip (SoC) and features 2GB of RAM (64bit @ 1066Mbps). There is also a Vivante GC2000 graphics processor and a real time clock with backup battery. Although the device can be used as an Android...
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In potentially the largest bank heist on record, an Eastern European hacker ring is stealing an estimated $1 billion from banks by infecting computers with…
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A multinational gang of cybercriminals infiltrated more than 100 banks across 30 countries and made off with up to one billion dollars over a period of roughly…
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Announcing the General Availability of Azure Machine Learning - blogs.technet.com   17:28 19/02/2015
This blog post is authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of Information Management & Machine Learning at Microsoft. We built Azure Machine Learning…
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News broke last night that Lenovo has been shipping laptops with a horrifically dangerous piece of software called Superfish, which tampers with Windows’…
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HTTP/2 Specification Is Final - ma.ttias.be   12:07 18/02/2015
February 18th, 2015. A day that, for better or worse, will change the internet. The IESG has formally approved the HTTP/2 and HPACK specifications, and they’re…
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WonderCube accessory has everything except the kitchen sink - www.slashgear.com   21:36 16/02/2015
How many “smart” keyrings and chargers have you come across lately? Three? Five? A dozen? If you’ve lost count, here’s one more to add to your list. WonderCube…
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Apple learning to make self-driving car source - www.reuters.com   14:04 14/02/2015
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Technology giant Apple (AAPL.O) is learning how to make a self-driving electric car and is talking to experts at carmakers and automotive…
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RapidShare to shut down on March 31, 2015 - venturebeat.com   14:56 10/02/2015
RapidShare has announced on its website that it is shutting down. The service will end on March 31, 2015, after which all accounts will no longer be accessible…
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Top 5 new tech arrivals in 2015 - prsm.tc   21:01 13/02/2015
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Your Xbox will listen to you. Your TV will listen to you . And now, if you’re not careful with its new voice recognition features, Google Chrome will listen to you, too. Welcome to the Internet of Things: Where the electronics you bring into your house are now smart enough to outsmart you, and keep tabs on everything you do… potentially for the highest bidder. According to Sean Sullivan, security advisor at F-Secure, the fine print on Google Chrome’s Voice Search Hotword feature may record a few seconds before you speak and send it to Google—not a company with the greatest track record on respecting privacy . Now, a few caveats. One, it’s just a few seconds on a minor (and still beta) Google product—hardly an evil master plan...
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Will Groovy soon be an Eclipse or Apache project? - jaxenter.com   00:25 14/02/2015
As Pivotal’s final weeks of Groovy sponsorship draw to an end, the latest developments show a promising outlook in terms of new funding and movement. But who is…
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Is our love affair with the tablet really over? - prsm.tc   21:00 13/02/2015
Last year I read an article which provoked such a strong reaction that I clipped it to Evernote and set a reminder to revisit it a year later. A year later, my reaction hasn’t changed. The article was entitled, “ Our Love Affair With the Tablet is Over ,” and I still disagree with much of what the author wrote. Yes, tablet shipments are down. We’ve covered that trend on TeleRead , but does it mean we don’t love our tablets? Maybe not. I think declining shipments say less about how much we love them and more about how we don’t upgrade them as often as our phones. That makes sense to me. I use my phone heavily enough that I need to charge it every night. I don’t charge my iPad...
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Private cloud's very public failure - prsm.tc   19:54 12/02/2015
Private clouds are doomed to fail, and OpenStack may not be the answer. Matt Asay explains. No wonder private cloud vendors have started calling themselves "hybrid" clouds: the private cloud vision has failed -- utterly and completely. Gartner analyst Tom Bittman asked why 95% of private clouds are failing, but the answer seems clear: the very notion of a privately provisioned cloud service is contradictory and nearly always doomed. Unfortunately, the odds of failure may skyrocket when enterprises turn to OpenStack. Fail early, fail often Roughly five years ago, Amazon Web Services (AWS) executive Andy Jassy spotlighted the problem with private clouds: "Companies usually are not...
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Cloud / By Jaikumar Vijayan | Posted 2015-02-11 Email Print …
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Microsoft just patched a 15-year-old bug that in some cases allows attackers to take complete control of PCs running all supported versions of Windows. The critical vulnerability will remain unpatched in Windows Server 2003, leaving that version wide open for the remaining five months Microsoft pledged to continue supporting it. The flaw, which took Microsoft more than 12 months to fix, affects all users who connect to business, corporate, or government networks using the Active Directory service. The database is built into Windows and acts as a combination traffic cop and security guard, granting specific privileges to authorized users and mapping where on a local network various resources are available. The bug—which...
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Why You Need A High-Refresh / 120Hz-plus Monitor - prsm.tc   16:57 13/02/2015
By Jeremy Laird on February 12th, 2015 at 9:00 pm. Last week we rolled out the first in a new series of why-you-need-stuff posts . The idea being, assumptions about what is good and why come a little too easily with the ongoing churn of PC hardware news and product launches. So, let’s go back to basics with these assumed goodnesses. I kicked off with IPS monitor technology and while healthy discussion of the pros and cons of IPS ensued, so did some wailing and gnashing of teeth that a gaming website had appeared to be dismissive of high refresh rates and glossed over 120/144Hz. This was because high refresh rates are a separate issue from panel type. Something worthy of a post of its own....
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Don’t waste time tracking technical debt - prsm.tc   15:29 13/02/2015
For the last couple of years we’ve been tracking technical debt in our development backlog . Adding debt payments to the backlog, making the cost and risk of technical debt visible to the team and to the Product Owner, prioritizing payments with other work, is supposed to ensure that debt gets paid down . But I am not convinced that it is worth it. Here’s why: Debt that’s not worth tracking because it’s not worth paying off Some debt isn’t worth worrying about . A little (but not too much) copy-and-paste . Fussy coding-style issues picked up by some static analysis tools (does it really matter where the brackets are?). Poor method and variable naming. Methods which are too big. Code that doesn’t properly follow...
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Apple just fired a shot at Google Apps and Microsoft Office - www.businessinsider.com   14:10 13/02/2015
Apple has stepped up its efforts to hit its two biggest rivals — Microsoft and Google — where it hurts. Apple has opened up a public beta that allows anyone, PC…
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Apple’s iOS 9 is going to be focused on improving stability and zapping bugs, according to a new report from the reliable 9to5Mac.
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Twitch made streaming video games into a hugely popular phenomenon, so what could be next big livestreaming thing? Perhaps it’s watching other people code. An…
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Samsung unveiled the Gear VR in September, based on the Oculus Rift. LG now has its very own head mounted virtual reality headset made specifically for the LG G3 smartphone. LG has worked on this project with Google and has kept it under the wraps for the most part. It is based on the Google Cardboard platform, which was a simplistic virtual reality headset shown off a few months. The device has slots for the rear buttons and speaker grille as well. The plastic case also has a  neodymium ring magnet which can pair with the sensors on the smartphone and let you use it without having to touch the display. This is a cool feature to have on a virtual reality headset. LG has merely announced this device but has failed to divulge details on pricing or...
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Netflix’s latest security repo, dubbed the ‘Dirty Laundry’ Project, is designed to help monitor unintentional data leakage of sensitive assets by staff. The in-house development is soon to join an already growing arsenal of security tools that have been open-sourced by the video streaming site. Proactive measures Introducing the platform at the recent SchmooCon 2015 event, Netflix engineers Scott Behrens and Andy Hoernecke said it contributed to proactive security as a solution to challenges of a modern infrastructure, namely operations that are primarily in the cloud. With roughly over 1,000 developers working at Netflix, and no security gates when pushing production, this platform has been designed to help...
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Google By Matt Asay February 8, 2015, 7:16 AM PST // mjasay Google is not yet top-of-mind for enterprises looking to spend big on the public cloud, with Google…
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Was 2014 the end of enterprise computing? - gigaom.com   16:48 9/02/2015
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Anthem: How does a breach like this happen? - www.csoonline.com   16:39 9/02/2015
Remove all the hype, all the sensationalism, and Anthem’s security dilemma is no different from one that any other large organization would face. Was this…
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One user of the newly available Raspberry Pi 2 computer has discovered a pretty weird flaw with the new hardware: If you shoot the cheapy computer with a camera…
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I thought i had successfully wrapped up my rant on how "smart" phones aren't, but evidently there's still work to do. Some people don't get what's important or what innovation is. This morning, while looking for Ubuntu Phone un-boxing videos (I found some), I also stumbled on an opinion piece entitled "The first Ubuntu phone is here, and it's lame" by Mike Wehner who has evidently come late to the Ubuntu Phone party. I won't get into all the details but here are select "treasures" from his piece: "Underwhelming." "A soft ball." "A step backward." "The specs aren’t exactly impressive." "A phone that is so middle of the road it could be arrested for jaywalking." "Two broken promises in the same press release (referring to Canonical's publicity)." "This first...
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Google's Miles Ward tells us how Google plans to let its cloud customers run like Google... for less. Google is not yet top-of-mind for enterprises looking to spend big on the public cloud, with Google claiming just 5% of the cloud infrastructure market , compared to Amazon Web Services' (AWS) 28% and Microsoft's 10%. Rather than settle for also-ran status, Google has a strategy for up-ending the cloud market to its advantage. The game plan? Spend big, charge less. How much more is Google spending? In 2014, Google spent double what Microsoft and Amazon spent on cloud infrastructure ($10.9 billion vs. $5.3 billion and $4.9 billion, respectively). And yet, according to Google's Miles...
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Bye Bye, iPhoto: Apple Reboots With Photos for Mac - www.wsj.com   21:38 8/02/2015
Apple is taking another shot at helping us manage all of the heaps of selfies and vacation snaps scattered across many iDevices. This spring, Apple plans to…
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Getty Images Clearpath Robotics was founded six years ago by three college buddies with a passion for building stuff. Its 80 employees specialize in all-terrain test rigs like the Husky, a stout four-wheeled robot vehicle used by researchers within the Department of Defense. They make drones too, and have even built a robotic boat called the Kingfisher. But there is one thing they will never, ever build: a robot that can kill. Clearpath is the first and, so far as we can tell, only robotics company to pledge not to build killer robots . The decision, made last year, was simple, says co-founder and CTO Ryan Gariepy, and in fact it’s even helped the company recruit robot experts who’ve been drawn to Clearpath’s unique ethical stance. That’s...
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Why Twitter finally caved and returned to Google - gigaom.com   18:20 6/02/2015
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Twist Design/Shutterstock Twitter added a total of four million new users last quarter, a number that seems surprisingly low. During the company’s earnings…
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Raspberry Pi 2 boasts more memory and faster processor - www.telegraph.co.uk   11:45 2/02/2015
A new version of the Raspberry Pi single-board computer has been unveiled in London today, boasting more memory and a new processor that is six times faster…
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New Multi-Core Raspberry Pi 2 Launches 76 - prsm.tc   00:20 2/02/2015
69891919 story Posted by samzenpus on Sunday February 01, 2015 @11:00PM from the brand-new dept. First time accepted submitter MicroHex writes Coming in at the same $35 price-point that has come to be expected from the Raspberry Pi, it looks like the new Model 2 will be packing a quad-core ARM processor with a GB of RAM. From the article: "The Raspberry Pi Foundation is likely to provoke a global geekgasm today with the surprise release of the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B: a turbocharged version of the B+ boasting a new Broadcom BCM2836 900MHz quad-core system-on-chip with 1GB of RAM – all of...
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Recently Twitter announced the rollout of new features , most notably the ability to have group messages. Being interested not just in technology, but also having a keen interest in unintended consequences, I was intrigued by this. You see, up until now when you wanted to communicate on Twitter you had three options, you could send a private message to one user, assuming they were following you, you could post publicly or you could set your entire tweet stream to private and only share it with approved followers. The end result of that, was that Twitter became sort of a public market, for better or worse. As an event unfolded, for example, you could use a hashtag to follow along with others thoughts, jokes, etc. and contribute to that public conversation, or you...
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I came across the following great site on Stumbleupon today - programming-motherfucker.com  - and as a developer had a great laugh before realising that in my day job I'm really the guy the site is having a swipe at! The site aims it's gun firmly at the door of managers, whether they practice agile, XP, Scrum, waterfall etc and pokes fun at the agile manifesto: Whilst the site may be a bit tongue in cheek (obviously taking inspiration from Pulp Fiction), a huge challenge of managing developers can be the fact they can see you as a roadblock in the way of them producing code. Ultimately you are responsible for the success or failure of a project and as a result you have probably applied a process to the team to help you ensure your team are progressing in the...
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Apple's crazy iPhone sales prove that hardware still matters - www.theverge.com   23:45 30/01/2015
Francis Reyes
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Apple’s newest iPhone customers aren’t just old customers upgrading older devices – in fact, the vast majority are migrating from other platforms. Apple CEO Tim…
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The best Gmail app for the iPhone is now made by Microsoft - www.theverge.com   01:04 30/01/2015
Matthias Drywater
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Airbnb headquarters in San Francisco. Emily Hagopian The gospel in the Valley these days is startups must be “design-led.” Sure, your founders have to be engineers, but your first hire had better be a designer. This is due largely to the current state of technology, particularly apps. As things get easier to build, fund, and support, good design is one of the few remaining competitive advantages. But once a startup gains any kind of scale, can it really be “design-led”? How do you structure a creative organization experiencing hyper growth? “That foundation hasn’t really been in place at the companies you see today, because they’re all young businesses,” says Alex Schleifer, Airbnb’s new head of design....
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VMware is bringing key Google services to its cloud - gigaom.com   23:45 30/01/2015
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Facebook Outage Deep Dive - prsm.tc   18:57 30/01/2015
In the late evening of January 26th, Facebook had its largest outage in more than four years. For approximately an hour both Facebook and Instagram (owned by Facebook) were completely down, along with numerous other affected sites such as Tinder and HipChat. Facebook’s own post mortem and statements suggested the outage occurred “after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems.” Now, three days later a lot has been written about the outage, much of it only partially accurate. Let’s take the Facebook post mortem as a starting point and see how the outage unfolded. Follow along the blog post with the interactive data set using this share link of the event. You’ll want to take a look at the HTTP Server and Path...
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Huge Security Flaw Leaks VPN Users' Real IP-Addresses - torrentfreak.com   13:05 30/01/2015
The Snowden revelations have made it clear that online privacy is certainly not a given. Just a few days ago we learned that the Canadian Government tracked…
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After smashing through its original crowdfunding goal of $380,000 in just over two hours, eventually raising $1.8 million before the campaign closed in…
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Steve Francia: Better community relations. Image: Docker With a quadrupling of contributors over the past year, the open-source Docker container project has unveiled a new structure aimed at dealing with that accelerating growth. The reorganisation, which itself went through the community's design process, is intended to increase Docker's openness and accessibility, and enable the project to increase in size massively without affecting core qualities, such as response times and good communication. To achieve those goals, a triumvirate of chief architect, chief maintainer and chief operator is taking the reins: Docker founder and CTO Solomon...
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This new router will slow your internet speeds to a crawl – and you’ll be glad it did When I was a kid, I didn’t have access to an Internet-connected smartphone or tablet filled with all sorts of interesting ways to help me pass the time. But that’s an argument I’ll try not to bring up (too much) when I’ll eventually have to talk to my own kids about how much time they’re spending online compared versus homework or chores. No, my plan is to limit their mobile device use without taking their gadgets away, and now there’s a company that can help me do it. FROM EARLIER: Meet Coolbox, the smart toolbox you deserve The VexBox is an “Internet throttle” for parents , a router they can control from a...
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Dell offers new Ubuntu Linux workstation laptop - www.zdnet.com   21:23 29/01/2015
In 2007, Dell became the first major computer OEM to sell pre-installed Linux on their computers. Today, Dell continues to support desktop Linux. In its latest…
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Jamie Allen, Typesafe‘s Director of Global Services published an interesting point of view on Twitter: Pivotal’s move to end support of Groovy is a stark…
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PlayStation, Meet Spotify – PlayStation.Blog - blog.us.playstation.com   05:32 29/01/2015
Hello everyone! I’m thrilled today to introduce a new music destination called PlayStation Music, with Spotify as the exclusive partner. We’ve partnered with…
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Slack, the enterprise collaboration service that has raised $180 million and proven to be a runaway success with 365,000 daily active users, has made another…
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Nobody Knows What an iPad Is Good for Anymore | WIRED - www.wired.com   03:36 28/01/2015
Lai Seng Sin/AP In 2010, the year the iPad debuted, Steve Jobs famously compared tablets to PCs using the analogy of cars and trucks. Trucks were essential when…
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Want complete control over your Mac via your iPhone or iPad? Enter – Alfred Remote, the one app to rule your Mac remotely via your iOS device. For more…
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вчера в 14:48 Йон фон Течнер — один из соавторов старой Оперы, выпускает новый браузер Vivaldi. Под катом описание, много картинок и ссылки на скачивание. С…
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An extremely critical vulnerability affecting most Linux distributions gives attackers the ability to execute malicious code on servers used to deliver e-mail,…
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Abusing Contributors is not OK | Curious Efficiency - www.curiousefficiency.org   21:08 25/01/2015
As reported in Ars Technica, the ongoing efforts to promote diversity in open source communities came up once more during the plenary Q&A session with Linus…
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Mark Burnett is a security consultant, author, and researcher who specializes in hardening Microsoft Windows-based servers and networks. He is the author of the book Perfect Passwords . This post originally ran here on Burnett's blog. I recently worked with SplashData to compile its  2014 Worst Passwords List , and yes, 123456 tops the list. In the data set of 3.3 million passwords I used for SplashData, almost 20,000 of those were in fact 123456 . But how often do you genuinely see people using that, or the second most common password, password, in real life? Are people still really that careless with their passwords? Further Reading While 123456 is absolutely the most common password, that statistic...
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Everyone loves an Apple keynote, but a strange thing happened this week: there was a Microsoft presentation that whipped up almost as much online fervour. It…
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Did Microsoft just become cool? - mashable.com   02:51 23/01/2015
Mashable Tech: Did Microsoft just become cool? http://t.co/9Wn4UdFyjI
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Microsoft announced a bunch of things yesterday, one of which (HoloLens) looks like it came out from a science fiction movie. Along with these announcements, Microsoft also showcased the upcoming Windows 10 for phones. This time around Microsoft has focused on better integration and is moving towards its predefined goal of unifying its operating system across all platforms. We narrow down 10 things you need to know about the latest update. 1. First of all, the interface of Windows 10 for phones still has the live tiles, but is now enhanced with translucent tiles on top of fullscreen backgrounds. 2. All notifications are now actionable and can be dealt with directly, right from from the notifications pop-up. 3. The new software keyboard in Windows 10...
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Apple Software Quality Questions | Monday Note - www.mondaynote.com   03:33 24/01/2015
by Jean-Louis Gassée A flurry of recent software accidents in iOS and OS X raises questions about Apple’s management of its relentless increase in R&D…
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Computer-security researchers fear President Barack Obama’s proposed changes to federal hacking laws could put them out of business, could make computers less secure overall, and could put some of them — and maybe even you — in prison. "Under the new proposal, sharing your HBO GO password with a friend would be a felony," Nate Cardozo, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, told an audience of researchers and IT pros Saturday (Jan. 17) at ShmooCon 2015, a security conference held annually in Washington, D.C. MORE:  5 Worst Security Fails of 2014 Obama showcased the proposals in his State of the Union address Wednesday night (Jan. 20). The changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), first implemented in 1984,...
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If you want the fastest possible storage performance for a database as inexpensively as possible, Google’s cloud-based Local SSD for its Compute Engine platform…
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Yep, Google wants to be a mobile carrier — again - gigaom.com   02:42 23/01/2015
Gigaom: Not again: Google wants to be a mobile carrier http://t.co/OHGCoztNRt http://t.co/xjgLn9LWdD
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Hot Swap: Google’s New 11-Piece Modular Phone Prototype A viral hit when it was just a concept, Project Ara is now coming to life in 2015: a mobile phone with interchangeable modules you can exchange on demand to vary its functionality, upgrade its components or potentially even hack your own additions. A ‘Ship of Theseus’ approach means buyers can trade up parts as needed or replace broken pieces without scrapping their whole phone. Spearheaded by Google’s Advanced Technology & Projects group, the newly-released design is dubbed Spiral 2 and includes “a 1280 x 720 display, 5-megapixel camera, wifi and bluetooth connectivity, light & proximity sensors, a 3G modem with...
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Authors: Aditya Auradkar , Tom Quiggle Espresso is LinkedIn's online, distributed, fault-tolerant NoSQL database that currently powers approximately 30 LinkedIn applications including Member Profile, InMail (LinkedIn's member-to-member messaging system), portions of the Homepage and mobile applications , etc. Espresso has a large production footprint at LinkedIn with over a dozen clusters in use. It hosts some of the most heavily accessed and valuable datasets at LinkedIn serving millions of records per second at peak. It is the source of truth for hundreds of terabytes of (un-replicated) data. Motivation To meet the needs of online applications, LinkedIn traditionally used Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMSs) such as Oracle and key-value...
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Graham Cluley - January 20th, 2015 For the third time in a month, Google has gone public about a security vulnerability in Microsoft’s code – and not been prepared to wait for the software giant to publish a patch. The security hole, which exists in Microsoft Windows 7 and 8.1 is expected to be patched in Microsoft’s regular monthly security update on Tuesday February 10th. But that isn’t good enough for Google’s bug-hunting engineers, who not only went public about the flaw last week , but also published proof-of-concept code to demonstrate how to exploit the vulnerability. The concern is that the details published by Google, and the proof-of-concept code released by...
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One of my favorite tips for writing software comes from one of my favorite software role models, Sandi Metz. In her book Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby , she says that when describing what a class (or any other software entity) does in one sentence, if you use the words "and" or "or," you're most likely breaking the Single Responsibility Principle (SRP). If you use the word "and," your class has at least two responsibilities. If you use the word "or," the class likely has more than one responsibility, and there's a good chance the responsibilities aren't related to one another. Let's try to describe this Board class for a Tic Tac Toe program written in Ruby: class Board def generate_blank_board #generates an empty board state end def...
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Why I Don't Like Open Source | Javalobby - java.dzone.com   02:19 22/01/2015
I live in the sometimes sunny Brighton (it’s in the south of the UK, for those across the pond). The south coast is definitely my favourite place to be, but I…
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During Microsoft's consumer-focused Windows 10 press conference today, the company created something that many of us have been waiting for, a Microsoft alternative to Internet Explorer—Meet (codename) Spartan. Microsoft Joe Belfiore gave us a quick tour of the new browser. One of the coolest modes was note-taking mode, which sounds exactly what you'd think. You can draw directly on the webpage, which captures the images, and lets you collaborate with others by adding comments and notations. All these webpage-based collaborations will be automatically synced to OneDrive. The next mode is specifically for reading. You can rearrange web view to make them easier to read however you'd like. You can also curate a...
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At least, it used to be this way. As I spend more and more time hacking on Telescope , my coding skills are slowly but surely getting less crappy, a tiny bit at a time. And recently, I’ve been catching myself thinking things like “what need to be done is refactor those views to use the same controller!”. And of course, I know that’s not true. What needs to be done is fix that weird bug where people can’t create new accounts if today’s date ends in a 3. But you see, that wouldn’t be fun to do. It wouldn’t be a challenge . I end up refactoring the controller, and when I proudly announce the results of my work to the world, nobody cares. Because of course, that new controller makes no difference whatsoever to...
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Apple and OS X Yosemite Need Another Snow Leopard - www.tekrevue.com   12:27 19/01/2015
As many of you have by now heard and experienced, OS X Yosemite has its fair share of problems. Some of them are minor (not preserving non-native scaling at…
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Security problems need to be made public: Linus Torvalds - www.zdnet.com   12:25 19/01/2015
Linus Torvalds has told a Q&A session at Linux.conf.au that he is a huge believer in disclosing security issues publicly. Sharing the stage with Bdale Garbee,…
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Top Java Frameworks Today - prsm.tc   22:35 18/01/2015
The year 2014 saw the establishment of various web application frameworks for development for web applications and services. Each web framework is designed for a specific purpose. But, in general, web application frameworks strive to make the mundane front ends of Java interesting and user friendly. Because Java is an open community with super enthusiast users, a lot of web frameworks are available out there. Which one to use and which not to really depends on the project itself. The following were the fore runners in the race for the top positions amongst Java Web Frameworks in 2014 and will probably remain so in 2015; at least in early 2015. We examine the claims of each of the framework websites for Spring MVC / Spring Boot, Grails, Play, Vaadin, Dropwizard,...
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Last night at a SpaceX event in Seattle, Elon Musk revealed that he plans to spend $10 billion building out the internet in space. Bloomberg reports that Musk imagines it would change the way the internet on Earth fundamentally operates; instead of data packets bouncing around routers and networks on the surface, they could go to space and bounce between satellites until they reach their destination. Musk hasn’t named the project yet, but said that it will be based in SpaceX’s new Seattle office. He also sees it as the basis for reaching internet to Mars, saying that “It will be important for Mars to have a global communications network as well.” SpaceX will build its own satellites to get the network up and...
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6. CurveDNS Performance - prsm.tc   21:51 18/01/2015
Delivering software is one, giving support on it is another thing. Although DNSCurve is a pretty good understandable protocol, configuring it yourself might give some problems. Therefore this documentation page will help you in turning your regular DNS environment into a DNSCurve capable one. Making you ready for the next secure generation of DNS. CurveDNS Situation Installing CurveDNS as a FreeBSD port Installing CurveDNS from source Setting Up a CurveDNS Environment Maintaining a CurveDNS Environment CurveDNS Performance Frequently Asked Questions Before actually diving into the relatively technical matters, it is good to have an overview how and where CurveDNS will do its job. As mentioned on the introduction...
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Why 2015 will NOT be a game-changing year in cloud - gigaom.com   21:42 18/01/2015
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In December 2014, a critical vulnerability was found in Git that affected Mac OS X and Windows users. Even if the vulnerability didn’t affect Linux users, it…
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“Whose phone charger is that sticking out of the wall? Oh. It must be Ben’s. Ben always leaves his charger at work. Classic Ben!” Alas, it’s not Ben’s charger.…
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In addition to the phablet and headphones announced today, Xiaomi also threw in a little surprise. And by "little" we do mean literally, because this new Mi Box Mini is much smaller than the company's earlier Android streaming devices; it's so small that when it's plugged into the power socket, you'd easily mistake it as a USB phone charger. Despite the reduced size, this Android 4.4.2-powered device still packs a 1.3GHz quad-Cortex-A7 MediaTek processor, along with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of flash storage, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 (for the remote control and other accessories) and support for DTS 2.0 plus Dolby Digital Plus. There's HDMI 1.4a for 1080p 3D video output, but unlike its larger, 4K-enabled sibling , the Mi Box Mini doesn't come...
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Google Launches ‘Chrome Remote Desktop’ - prsm.tc   00:35 17/01/2015
Google has launched a new app on Apple’s iOS platform, this week. Chrome Remote Desktop puts the power of being able to securely access your computers from an iOS device, in your hands. Leveraging the simplicity of its Chrome web browser, the app facilitates the connecting to each of your computers that support remote access , using the Chrome Remote Desktop app available from the Chrome Web Store . Just like most other remote desktop offerings available through the App Store, connecting to a remote computer using Chrome Remote Desktop is quite a simple process – really. On your iOS device, opening up the app and tapping on any of your online computers will see you able...
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Modular smartphones a concept by PhoneBloks which aimed to build your own smartphone like assembling a lego blocks is finally coming to reality. Project Ara, backed by Google is one the daring initiative will hit the market soon. Google announces Spiral 2, the first modular smartphone from Project Ara , which will go as a market pilot in Puerto Rico later this year. At the second second Project Ara developer conference, Google has showcased its plan toward first modular smartphone to a consumer’s hand. The company is gearing up to run a market pilot in Puerto Rico, a place chosen for its “mobile-first” society where a vast majority of citizens uses mobile smartphones as their primary means of connecting to the internet. Spiral 2 –...
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Days after launching a new service for tracking the performance of applications running on its public cloud, Google is rolling out another monitoring option…
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DJ Johnson
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Mashable Tech: Microsoft isn't very happy that Google revealed a Windows security hole http://t.co/Z5K5w1Oj8o
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AutoValue 1.0 released by Google - prsm.tc   23:03 16/01/2015
Google has released the first stable version of its AutoValue library. AutoValue is an open source library for easily creating value types with Java. AutoValue is part of a Google project that goes by the name of auto on GitHub . This project is described as “a collection of source code generators for Java.” What are value types? In a nutshell, a value-typed object is an object without an identity, i.e. two value objects are considered equal if their respective internal state is equal. Value objects are typically immutable. Prominent examples for value types are monetary values or date objects. Writing an implementation for a value type in Java is typically repetitive, tedious and error-prone. To help Java developers adhere to the DRY principle,...
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Now Available – New C4 Instances | AWS Official Blog - aws.amazon.com   00:39 16/01/2015
joeyparsons
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Don't Buy What Neil Young Is Selling - gizmodo.com   00:29 16/01/2015
Gizmodo: Don’t buy what Neil Young is selling http://t.co/Ma8nJWZeU5 http://t.co/48ehuBoW7e
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Linda Russell
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Next week, Obama is expected to unveil an update to the US’ CFAA law against hacking in a State of the Union address, hot on the tail of  Sony’s massive hacking attack that unfolded in late 2014 . A draft version of the new law has been published on the White House website and gives us a look into a scary future in which clicking a single link could make you complicit in committing a hacking crime. A letter accompanying the  proposal dated January 13 introduces the new law to Congress for discussion. Remember when Sony wanted to sue Twitter (and individual users) who posted screenshots or links to its stolen data? According to Errata Security , these new laws could pin you as a...
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Luxafor - your ultimate productivity device - prsm.tc   23:43 14/01/2015
About this project What is Luxafor? Luxafor is an LED indicator that connects to your computer through a USB port or via Bluetooth, and shows your availability or notifies you about important information, like incoming emails or calendar reminders.  Why it’s important? A study from the University of California found that interruptions at work greatly influence worker’s productivity. The Guardian even calculated that if you’re interrupted 16 times during an eight-hour day, you may as well stay at bed, because an average worker needs about 25 minutes to get back into the work flow after an interruption. So we created Luxafor as a solution for...
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Tatiana is the Community Manager at CloudPassage. Tatiana is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 21 posts at DZone. You can read more…
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How will cloud evolve in 2015? - prsm.tc   23:17 15/01/2015
1. Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) will diversify and become the norm In 2015 we will see the number of platforms built for different services increase dramatically. PaaS is a trend that continues to mature, and in 2015 we will see many more application-specific platforms emerging for technologies, such as big data and Internet of Things. This evolution of cloud platforms will lead to more specific capabilities dependant on the application it serves, and will help businesses diversify and open up new opportunities for growth and innovation. 2. Cloud will drive digital business growth As a result of this diversification of PaaS, cloud will become a major driver for digital business growth. With a recovering economy, businesses are no longer cost...
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Don't Buy What Neil Young Is Selling - gizmodo.com   13:34 12/01/2015
Neil Young’s “high resolution” PonoPlayer goes on sale for $400 today. You shouldn’t buy it. The recalcitrant rocker isn’t wrong for wanting to reclaim audio…
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Samsung offers to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion - appleinsider.com   09:40 15/01/2015
Two Apple rivals may come together in an effort to take on the iPhone, with a new report claiming that South Korean electronics giant Samsung has made a bid to…
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Presenting FreeBSD! How We Made It Happen. | DigitalOcean - www.digitalocean.com   12:50 14/01/2015
January 14, 2015 · 0 comments We’re happy to announce that FreeBSD is now available for use on DigitalOcean! FreeBSD will be the first non-Linux distribution…
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Last year, Google acquired the cloud monitoring service Stackdriver. Within weeks, Google had launched a private beta of its own cloud monitoring service based…
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Google today announced that  Google Domains , the company’s domain registration service, is now available to all in the U.S. While the invitation restriction has been lifted in the company’s home country, other countries still have to wait – you can sign up here to be notified when the service arrives in your country. Google Domains first went into testing in June 2014, with the goal of helping businesses not just get online, but to build a proper online presence. To pull this off, Google partnered with website building providers Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly, and Wix. Google Domains is also getting new features today, which Google says are “thanks in large part to the feedback we received from our early beta...
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Why People Hate Programmers and Computers - prsm.tc   22:47 8/01/2015
I’ve been writing code since 1998. From 2001-2005, my skills at Perl, C/C++/C# , Tcl and Verilog are what put food on my table. That being said, I will freely admit to not being the world’s best programmer. It doesn’t take long for code to get complex enough for me to struggle with it, especially in tough algorithms or using too many external libraries. I’m decent enough at it to make it part of my Ph.D. studies. So what? In my Master’s degree studies, I spent a lot of time on Human-Computer Interaction and User Interfaces. I get really frustrated when I see a bad interface and there are a lot of them. Most of the time, it is because a clash between expectations of the programmer and the user....
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Is Microsoft's Windows Phone at long last dead? - venturebeat.com   03:02 8/01/2015
Microsoft’s attempt to climb back into the mobile phone race may finally be drawing its final breaths. The latest market share numbers for mobile operating…
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A well-sourced report from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has ignited a heated debate on social media about the practicability of a brand new twelve-inch MacBook Air…
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Using the Spotlight search feature in OS X Yosemite can leak IP addresses and private details to spammers and other e-mail-based scammers, according to tests independently performed by two news outlets. The potential privacy glitch affects people who have configured the Mac Mail App to turn off the "load remote content in messages" setting, as security experts have long advised. Spammers, stalkers, and online marketers often use remote images as a homing beacon to surreptitiously track people opening e-mail. Because the images are hosted on sites hosted by the e-mail sender, the sender can log the IP address that viewed the message, as well as the times and how often the message was viewed, and the specific e-mail addresses that received the message....
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First OSX Bootkit Revealed - apple.slashdot.org   17:39 8/01/2015
Slashdot stories can be listened to in audio form via an RSS feed, as read by our own robotic overlord. Close descriptive Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore…
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Docker or Rocket for containers? Why not both? - prsm.tc   20:25 7/01/2015
As 2014 drew to a close, CoreOS launched a Rocket at Docker, challenging Docker's process model as "fundamentally flawed." While CoreOS founder Alex Polvi has since softened his stance, he's sticking with his fundamental thesis that Docker is "no longer the ideal component for building systems." The meteoric rise of containers is a recent phenomenon, so it's easy to see why Polvi is aggressively staking a claim. As the container wars get started, however, the larger concern is whether back-and-forth sparring between vendors will end up scaring off enterprises from adopting container technology, at least until the dust settles. Platform vs. component On one point both CoreOS's Polvi and Docker founder Solomon Hykes agree: Rocket and Docker aren't competitive -- not really....
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These days, it seems like everybody is talking about microservices. You can read a lot about it in hundreds of articles and blog posts, but my recommended…
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The horizontal docking station from Henge Docks just rocks. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac LAS VEGAS — Laptop docks aren’t usually the sexiest things in the world, but the latest hardware from Henge Docks could be considered somewhat titillating. Henge’s upcoming horizontal docking station is a beauty. Its sleek, metallic profile looks like an extension of Apple’s unibody MacBook design. But this thing doesn’t only have good looks; it boasts robust port expansion, helpful cable management and automatic docking. A small company based in San Francisco, Henge Docks is already known for its vertical MacBook dock and Gravitas dock for iOS devices. Customers clamored for a horizontal MacBook dock that didn’t require a secondary display,...
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вчера в 17:21 Были начаты поставки SoC Cherry Trail Представители Intel говорили, что в начале 2015 года будет показано больше микропроцессоров на новой…
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Notes: Microservices by Martin Fowler - prsm.tc   20:19 7/01/2015
I just watched Martin Fowler’s talk about Microservices at XConf. Here are some of my notes and related thoughts. The talk is heavily based upon Martin Fowler and James Lewis’ article about Microservices , so you can find and read most of the information there. Characteristics of Microservices In his article, Fowler defines some characteristics that most of the already existing Microservices architectures implement. In his talk he discusses some of them: Componentization via Services - What really is a component? The term often pops up as a “cooler” alternative to module or widget. But there’s a vague definition: is it a class, an executable piece? From Fowler’s perspective it is best to use some real world paradigm, like how a user...
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What most young programmers need to learn - joostdevblog.blogspot.com   00:15 6/01/2015
In the past 7.5 years I have supervised over a dozen programming interns at Ronimo and have seen hundreds of portfolios of students and graduates. In almost all of those I saw the same things that they needed to learn. One might expect that I think they need to learn specific techniques, algorithms or math, or other forms of specific knowledge. And of course they do, but in my opinion that is never the main thing. The main thing they need to learn is self discipline . The discipline to always write the clearest code you can, the discipline to refactor code if it becomes muddy through changes later in development, the discipline to remove unused code and add comments. Most of the time I spend supervising programming interns is spent on these topics. Not on explaining advanced...
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The rise of the multimodel database - prsm.tc   01:26 7/01/2015
NoSQL entered the scene nearly six years ago as an alternative to traditional relational databases. The offerings from the major relational vendors couldn’t cut it in terms of the cost, scalability, and fault tolerance that developers need to build reliable, modern Web applications. Flash forward to today, and now vendors everywhere tout their NoSQL solutions. Open source projects have sprouted all over the place with thousands of developers contributing to them. In fact, more than 200 different NoSQL products and companies in the market are vying for developers' attention. Beyond SQL To understand the NoSQL boom, it helps to take a quick look at how we got here. The relational data model has been around since the early 1970s, and it became popular for good...
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As we enter 2015, here’s 10 predictions for technology, politics and the playing field of human freedom I suspect 2015 will be a major transition year—we’ll be moving not only out of Obama’s America , but out of the current version of online technology and towards the next model of the Web. Here’s 10 of my predictions for the trends that will either emerge or start to emerge in the coming year, and which will shape our experience of the world. 1. Say goodbye to desktop computers They’re on their way out. The future belongs to mobile and tablets—no secret for anybody. 2. Mobile will become widely integrated with augmented reality Augmented reality —devices which put overlays on your surroundings, or which...
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The next version of USB is the key to Apple's new MacBook - www.theverge.com   22:20 6/01/2015
Apple appears to be working towards a thinner and totally redesigned MacBook. A curiously timed report from 9to5Mac, just as the Consumer Electronics Show opens…
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Watch out for 'NoSQL-washing' in your RDBMS - prsm.tc   00:31 6/01/2015
Databases: Relational or NoSQL? Once upon a time, the distinction between the two was clear, but has been muddied lately by the addition of JSON support to various relational databases. But does merely adding JSON support to an RDBMS make it a competitor for NoSQL? Not by a long shot. The real differences between a relational database and a NoSQL product remain root- and core-deep, and they aren't likely to change with JSON support for Oracle or with SQL querying to Hadoop. It ain't only JSON For starters, JSON support by itself doesn't make a NoSQL database. Tomasz Kunicki of AdRem Software, creators of the NetCrunch monitoring system (which uses both in-memory, SQL, and NoSQL technologies), agrees: "JSON...
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Workaround-oriented programming - prsm.tc   16:49 5/01/2015
Reusing old code, a common practice among workaround-oriented programmers, is known for a few detrimental side-effects, such as having caused this rocket to explode. Workaround-oriented programming (WOP) is a programming paradigm that uses " workarounds " - quick, inelegant fixes for every little problem - as its defining feature. Unlike most programming paradigms, instead of its style and methodology centring around the utilisation of particular structures within a given category of languages, WOP is much more flexible; the sole defining feature is the fact that the workaround-oriented programmer usually does not in fact know what any of the structures within the given language are . Thus, instead of following the usual abstractions or following...
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With CES - the world's biggest tech tradeshow - kicking off this week, gadget fans are in for a treat, and some fantastic tech is about to be unleashed. We've already spotted some some unusual-looking, bonkers gadgets though and the show floor isn’t even officially open yet! Read on for some of our favourite picks so far. D-Link AC5300 router Granted, a wireless router would generally be as far from the top of your list as it's possible to get when it comes to striking-looking gadgets, but the D-Link AC5300 is no ordinary black box to hide in the corner. With sharp angles and eight antenna, it looks more like a bizarre cross between an alien and an arachnid, and we're not altogether certain it's something we'd want sitting on our coffee table! It certainly stands...
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Why 2015 will be the year of microservices - prsm.tc   10:09 5/01/2015
The idea of building applications using services has always had appeal. Why code from scratch when you can assemble multiple applications that tap the same services via standard APIs? As long as those services are properly provisioned, you should be able to enjoy tremendous economies of scale. In the past, attempts at implementing this notion collapsed under the weight of overengineering (particularly the CORBA and SOA trends). But one of the most interesting aspects of microservices -- basically small, API-accessible, single-purpose programs -- is that their use has been a grassroots, developer-driven phenomenon. This time, the services approach has legs. For a great example of microservices architecture in action, check out this 2014 blog post by Stefan Borsje , CTO and...
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Continuous Integration Is a Hack! - prsm.tc   18:59 3/01/2015
“ Continuous Integration is a hack!” said my friend Ben Rady years ago during a discussion on CI hosted by Stelligent . At the time, I was incredulous! How dare someone question the value of CI, especially when we had just finished writing a book about it! What’s more, our book had been nominated for a prestigious Jolt award ; indeed, the following day, our CI book won it ! In retrospect, Ben’s point was poignant: CI is reactionary . You still have to wait some amount of time to ascertain correctness. That is, CI implicitly relies on a passive process to run a project’s build and any corresponding tests. If those tests fail, you are of course, notified. Nevertheless, that notification is somewhat delayed: by the time a CI process runs the...
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Top 5 Biggest Apple Fails Of 2014 - prsm.tc   01:52 2/01/2015
Oliver Haslam As 2014 draws to a close the natural thing to do is to look back at what happened in the prevailing 12 months and as far as Apple is concerned it’s been something of a mixed year. Hugely popular releases like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have helped Apple without a doubt, but even they haven’t been without their problems. As it continues to grow Apple is finding out that it’s not infallible. Here are five ways in which we believe Apple failed in 2014. The Botched iOS 8.0.1 Update What is there to say about this? Following an iOS 8 update that was already treading water after a less than polished release, iOS 8.0.1 was supposed to address some of its problems but instead caused...
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What Microsoft's 'fresh start' browser strategy means - www.computerworld.com   23:24 1/01/2015
Microsoft will unveil a browser not named Internet Explorer (IE) alongside Windows 10, according to an online report. Long-time Microsoft watcher and ZDNet…
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The systemd fallacy | monolight - monolight.cc   00:17 1/01/2015
(…) So, get yourself a copy of The Linux Programming Interface, ignore everything it says about POSIX compatibility and hack away your amazing Linux software.…
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Biggest tech disappointments of 2014 - prsm.tc   22:42 31/12/2014
It’s been an up-and-down year in the tech world. We’ve seen a lot of really amazing things happen, and we’ve also dealt with our share of disappointments. Here’s a look at a few of the things that had us burying our heads in our hands this year. Amazon Fire Phone Expectations were lofty for Amazon’s long-rumored smartphone. The people staring at it out-of-frame in the teaser video looked pretty amazed by it! Ultimately, though, its high price tag, carrier exclusivity, and gimmicky user experience caused it to trip at the finish line . Amazon was left with millions of phones they couldn’t sell and ended up slashing prices, but Jeff Bezos assured everyone that the Fire Phone wasn’t a mistake . It was just the first...
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вчера в 20:38 Эта статья одобрена Григорием bobuk Бакуновым и Чаком Норрисом**Григорий как бы говорит нам:…
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Dec 23: JMAP — A better way to email | FastMail Weblog - blog.fastmail.com   13:17 31/12/2014
This blog post is part of the FastMail 2014 Advent Calendar. The previous post on 22nd December was the long awaited beta of contact syncing. The final post on…
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Hacker News: Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace http://t.co/fENUMZ8TSl
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Microsoft CloudOS Network — что это? - habrahabr.ru   23:52 30/12/2014
Хабраиндекс572,30 вчера в 12:09 Microsoft CloudOS Network — что это? Привет, Давайте поговорим немного сегодня об IaaS, гибридной истории, сервис-провайдерах,…
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Will 2015 be another 1999? - prsm.tc   21:14 30/12/2014
Will the year 2015 deliver a speculative bubble reminiscent of 1999? Will it then be followed by a great bust similar to the Tech Wreck of the early 2000s? This was the most provocative question raised last week on the airwaves, on the Web and in print....
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Most of us—at least the cynical ones—assume that the NSA has probably beaten most of the encryption technologies out there. But a new report from Der Spiegel…
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Chris Martens has posted a review of the LH Labs Geek Out 1000 portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($299) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: ” the mean time, please know that LH Labs’ Geek Out is well worthy of a careful listen. And, given past history, there is every reason to suppose that the digital audio mavens over at LH Labs will continue to tweak, tune, and refine its performance over time, making updates available to the LH Labs faithful via a series of periodic firmware and device driver updates. Some things really do get better over time, and it appears the Geek Out is likely one of them.” You can read the full review here . You can find links to more reviews of the LH Labs Geek Out 1000 portable headphone amplifier-DAC here .
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Alina Lewis and Shruti Dhapola The constant evolution of technology is a reflection of the true human nature. As we aim to live more comfortable lives, innovators constantly strive to help us achieve our goals through new developments in science and technology. In 2014, we saw the emergence of interactive apps and personal cloud services, online retail matured and almost everything including products and services started getting digitised. As we move on to 2015, here’s a look at the top 10 emerging technology trends that are poised to take off in a big way. 1. Mobile payment systems Apple Pay The growing popularity of Apple Pay will cause a wider acceptance of mobile payment systems...
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10 Hacks to Communicate with Geeks - prsm.tc   18:22 24/12/2014
I have some good news. You don’t have to learn Klingon, write in code, or reset a secret password to communicate with geeks. Geeks represent many different types of people–video gamers, computer scientists, science fiction bookworms, theater geeks, mathematicians, and engineers. The list goes on. With such a diverse group, it can be difficult to know what to talk about. Often, geeks can feel just as awkward as you might. When approaching a geek, you don’t have to be afraid. They won’t bite and they won’t transport you into a world so foreign that you’ll never be able to escape. Although, they’ll gladly take you there if you’d like. Here are 10 hacks to effectively communicate with geeks. 1. Don’t disturb the geek...
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Компания Parallels приняла решение объединить кодовые базы открытой системы контейнерной виртуализации OpenVZ и проприетарного продукта Parallels Cloud Server…
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Why oh why do I work with techies? — Medium - prsm.tc   19:34 23/12/2014
Or some characteristics of the breed Software Engineer, First Class After an amazing 22 years at IBM I have decided that it is time for a change and a new challenge for me, and thus in the new year I take up an exciting new opportunity with a new company, still doing software development, but in a smaller company and a much more focused customer space. As you can imagine this has meant the last few weeks I have spent a considerable amount of time considering and talking to people about what I do and why I do it. Managing software engineers and software development is like herding cats; taking a group of very smart, very innovative individuals towards an invariably unpredictable future in an industry renowned for it project management failures. There are infinitely simpler teams...
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Why India outsourcing is Doomed - prsm.tc   18:09 24/12/2014
Indian IT outsourcing has become a commodity business with no innovation and nothing to offer other than questionable rate savings. This not an attempt to write a scientific paper or predict future. This simply an opinion I have formed based on 15+ years of working with various providers in India and all over the world. This is not an attempt to stereotype every employee in a 1.2 billion  people  country. Over the years I have worked with brilliant Indian engineers and managers both in India and in US. This write-up is an attempt to describe an outsourcing industry in India and problems we face as customers, notpeople working there. My conclusions and assumptions are also based on the fact  that many companies are moving towards a more...
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Six months later, where is the Surface Pro 3 today? - www.neowin.net   21:00 22/12/2014
It seems like it was just yesterday that Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3 but the device has now been on-sale for over six months. Since its launch,…
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One of the things I love about the culture at Buffer is the emphasis on working smarter, not harder . Our team is all about getting plenty of sleep , exercise and recreation time so that our time spent working is as productive as it can be. Working harder can be an easy habit to slip into, though. Sometimes it’s hard to switch off at the end of the day, or to take time out on the weekend and stop thinking about work. With a startup of my own to run, I find this even harder to manage lately. Whenever I’m not working on Buffer, I’m working on Exist , and it’s easy to fall into a pattern of “always working,” rather than working smart and fitting in time to look after myself as well. If this happens to you, too,...
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Chromebooks Beat iPads As Top Education Device - prsm.tc   19:56 22/12/2014
SFGATE - Wendy Lee Apple’s iPad was the top learning device for U.S. schools and colleges for two years, but now the slick tablet is falling behind in an important market that could influence sales for decades. The iPad is losing ground to a cheaper, bare-bones laptop backed by Google, which in the third quarter became the best-selling device for higher education and K-12 schools nationwide, according to research firm IDC. There were 1.13 million Chromebooks sold during the third quarter in the U.S. education market for laptops, desktops and tablets, beating 793,000 iPads, IDC said. Read More
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Pride Goes Before the Fall at Yahoo - prsm.tc   15:46 22/12/2014
The  Times  was inspired to write its rise-and-fall corporate tragedy after the worst quarterly earnings report in a decade, followed by the analysis of an influential hedge-fund manager that nearly all of Yahoo’s positive value came from its stake in the premier Chinese search engine, Alibaba. Subtract the value of that Alibaba holding, and Yahoo itself was $4 billion in the red. The  Times  lays much of the blame for this sad state of affairs on Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who fancied herself a Steve Jobs-style visionary who could put Yahoo back on the same Olympian playing field as Google and Facebook by making expensive new acquisitions. A wiser, sadder course would have been to acknowledge that Yahoo’s survival depended on...
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The Tor project said it could face attempts to incapacitate its network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers. The project did not name the group or agency that may try to seize its directory authorities, which guide Tor users on the list of distributed relays on the network that bounce communications around. "We are taking steps now to ensure the safety of our users, and our system is already built to be redundant so that users maintain anonymity even if the network is attacked. Tor remains safe to use ," wrote "arma" in a post Friday on the Tor project blog. The "arma" developer handle is generally associated with project leader Roger Dingledine. Rather than take a direct...
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On Friday, the FBI officially named North Korea as the party responsible for a cyber attack and email theft against Sony Pictures. The Sony hack saw many studio…
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сегодня в 21:03 Цензура в Facebook для российских пользователей recovery mode Сегодня обнаружился факт блокировки события, посвящённого «народному сходу» с…
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Nick Hardiman argues that the problem with Linux is that multi-purpose distros, which are great for cloud computing jobs, are making the server OS fat.  Image: Wikimedia/Larry Ewing Sadly, Linux has become old, fat, and slow. After two decades of overindulgence, the once-lean OS has gained some ugly pounds of cruft. Linux may not be the most overweight server OS out there, but it does take up more resources than it used to. According to the Linux Foundation's 2014 Enterprise End User Report , 75% of enterprise cloud platforms are Linux. Since millions of cloud computing services are...
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Участники Chrome Security Team опубликовали план перехода к пометке web-страниц, открытых по HTTP, как небезопасных. Предупреждение о небезопасности...
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We Don’t Need More - prsm.tc   20:11 19/12/2014
A lot has been made of the need for designers who can code. A quick google search for “ should designers learn to code ” yields 25 million results. To be straight from the outset, I don’t completely disagree with the premise. However, I think the statement, “we need designers who can code” misrepresents the underlying issue. As the head of a product design team, who can also write code (front and back end), I understand the value of the combined skill set. The ability to prototype, the ability to converse cross-discipline, and the ability to understand capabilities and tweak implementations. But I also know where the boundaries lie. I am not a developer and I wouldn’t want my code underlying a production application at scale....
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People running the open-source Git code-repository software and tools based on it, like GitHub, on Mac OS X and Windows computers could have a significant…
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MongoDB Acquires WiredTiger Inc. | MongoDB - www.mongodb.com   11:20 16/12/2014
Have any questions? Contact Us World Renowned Database Storage Engine Experts and Product Extend World’s Fastest Growing Database NEW YORK and PALO ALTO,…
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Above: DigitalOcean cofounder and chief executive Ben Uretsky at the company's headquarters in New York on Dec. 10. Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeat December 15, 2014 4:29 PM Jordan Novet NEW YORK — Fast-growing cloud provider DigitalOcean might not have hundreds of thousands of servers — the way Amazon, Google, and Microsoft do — to run its high-profile public clouds. But no matter. Ben Uretsky, the company’s chief executive, believes his startup has quite a few things going for it. Perhaps most importantly, according to Uretsky, the company refuses to deprioritize user...
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This 8TB Seagate Hard Drive Only Costs $US260 - prsm.tc   00:40 16/12/2014
If you’re running out of digital storage and are on a tight budget, you could do a lot worse than consider Seagate’s latest hard drive. Part of its Archive HDD line, you can pick up an 8TB model for just $US260. Other 8TB disk drives tend to sell for closer to $US1000 so this is certainly cheap. That saving is down to the way data’s squeezed on to the thing: rather than relying on filling the whole thing with helium, it uses a technique called Shingled Magnetic Recording technology to fit more data on a platter. You won’t, however, have to be in a rush, especially if you’re used to SSDs: it has a read speed of 150MB/s, which compares badly to modern SSDs which manages something closer to 600. Still, a little simple maths...
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2014's Top Trends in Drone Technology - prsm.tc   19:44 19/12/2014
It has been just over a year since Jeff Bezos went on 60 Minutes and demonstrated how drones are the next big transformative technology. If you live in Silicon Valley or are a dog, that one year felt like seven and a lot transpired. Drones have gone from “the next big thing” to technology that is so far reaching it has noticeable, quantifiable trends like… Delivery Bezos started it all on 60 Minutes with the introduction of Prime Air, Amazon’s initiative to deliver packages to your doorstep by drone. The FAA may be barring Amazon from conducting tests in U.S. airspace, but R&D is alive and well overseas  and Amazon is hiring like crazy to make Prime Air a reality. To lend some credibility to the fact that drone delivery...
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вчера в 23:58 Open Source*, Gmail*, Google* Поисковый гигант незаметно выкатил несколько улучшений своего сервиса Google Drive для десктопа и для мобильных…
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A Russian malware called SoakSoak has infected over 100,000 Wordpress sites since this Sunday, turning blogs into attack platforms. It’s a potential shitshow,…
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Whenever I set up a new router, I always change the DNS settings to point to Google Public DNS. Why? I find the search-giant's solution to resolve addresses faster than my ISP. Heck, when I am connecting to someone else's network, I enable Google DNS in my device settings too. According to Google its DNS solution handles a mind-boggling 400 billion responses per day . Today, the search giant announces that a recent collaboration with Akamai will improve the speed of accessing location-based Akamai hosted content. "Recently the Google Public DNS team, in collaboration with Akamai, reached an important...
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When Google and Amazon Web Services launched new solid-state drive-backed instances nearly simultaneously this summer, it was unclear which offered the better price-performance deal. But independent storage performance benchmark tests, performed in September and November by benchmarking firm CloudHarmony, Inc., based in Laguna Beach, Calif., raise questions about both vendors' advertised performance specs. Analysts aren't surprised the benchmark results differ from what's advertised. "You have to take any performance claim with a grain of salt," said Greg Schulz, founder and analyst with the Server and StorageIO Group, based in Stillwater, Minn. "You have to apply the proper metric and have the proper context." The...
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Google is making Hangouts smart - research.gigaom.com   23:23 14/12/2014
With smart-home technology still unsettled, big retailers are taking varied approaches to gain a foothold in the… A set of economic, political, and societal…
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Ubuntu recently released 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn”, which coincides with the fact that Ubuntu is now 10 years old! The king of Linux distributions has come a long way since its inception in 2004, so it’s a good idea to go down memory lane and take a look at the journey it has gone through so far. We’ll also take a look at how it has developed differently to Debian, the distribution upon which it is based. If you’re more interested in the practical differences to help you choose which distribution to use, check out this comparison . The Beginning Ubuntu started out with the 4.10 “Warty Warthog” release which was essentially a replica of Debian but with a rather ugly brown...
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So just what is the relationship between red-hot container company Docker and open source stalwart Red Hat? Are the two companies on the same side, or not? Do Docker containers complement or compete with Red Hat's Linux offerings? To get some answers, I talked with Paul Cormier, Red Hat's president of products and technologies, and he had some pretty strong opinions on the subject. But it all boils down to Red Hat's position that container technology (and Docker) simply isn't the be-all and end-all that many people seem to want it to be—at least not in the enterprise. Technology, not business "Containers can solve a lot of problems for enterprise," Cormier told me. "But it matters what's inside the container – what pieces of the user space OS and...
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While the last time most of us thought of shingles was when we were itchy in eighth grade, Seagate has been thinking of them as a way to store data. Called…
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(Image via CNET) Amazon has denied its cloud service was used to conduct counter-attacks against sites offering data said to be stolen in the Sony hack last…
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When Amazon updated its primary Android app with an “Apps & Games” section, it was a milestone in third-party distribution: Finally, you could access Amazon’s…
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Your Linux PC isn't as secure as you think it is - www.pcworld.com   19:57 12/12/2014
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Views: 3,576 Wearable devices are the in thing at the moment and the latest kid on the block looking to steal some of the limelight is the Cicret . It puts a touch screen onto the arm of the wearer that would not look out of place in a James Bond movie. [Image Courtesy of Cicret] The idea for Cicret came up 12 months ago and over the course of the last 6 months the bracelet has been designed. The Cicret bracelet resembles a similar design to that of the Jawbone Up, being a small and discrete wristband. Inside the band is a Pico projector that is pointing to the forearm of the wearer. It can be used as a standalone device where the wearer can simply flick their wrist and the device will...
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Publisher group plans legal action to eliminate ad blockers   Adblock Plus settings 5 photos VIEW ALL  A French group of publishers, including top names such as Microsoft and Google, are planning to sue developers of ad-blocking software because of the impact that their solutions have on their web-based solutions. Ad blockers have grown a lot in popularity lately, and Adblock Plus is the living example that such an application can really enjoy a terrific success if it comes with an effective engine and easy-to-use options. At this point, Adblock Plus alone has no less than 5 million users in France, approximately 2 million in the United Kingdom, and 1.5 million in Spain. According to Times of India...
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Today Google is getting serious about Cardboard. The simple VR smartphone adapter debuted at the company’s annual I/O 2014 conference earlier this year. What started out as a ’20% project’, essentially a hobby, is turning into something significant. See Also: More Than You Want to Know About Google Cardboard Cardboard started as a “20% time” project—Google’s famous perk that allows employees to spend 20% of their time on hobby projects—by David Coz and Damien Henry at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris . It would seem that Google initially underestimated the interest that Cardboard would generate, and today it’s safe to say that it’s graduated from hobby to strategic...
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Memristors will be the primary foundation of the system   HP The Machine motherboard 4 photos VIEW ALL  Back around the middle of the year (2014), HP revealed that it was working on a new type of computer system which had the potential to put both Intel and Microsoft out of business. Now, we can say with relative certainty that the plans haven't been scrapped. Currently, computers follow a standard formula: a central processor is helped by some memory and supported by a motherboard in the task of processing the data located on a storage device or other. Peripherals, meanwhile, allow users control over what happens, while a display shows it for the eyes to see. HP's new computer system will keep the...
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Google ( NASDAQ: GOOG     ) ( NASDAQ: GOOGL     ) Chromebooks outsold Apple ( NASDAQ: AAPL     ) iPads in U.S. schools during the third quarter of 2014, according to The Financial Times  and IDC -- 715,500 Chromebooks were shipped during those three months compared to 702,000 iPads. This was a major victory for Google, which saw its share of the U.S. educational market grow from nothing to 27.2% in just two years. IDC reports that Apple still controlled 30.9% of the market, while Microsoft ( NASDAQ: MSFT     ) retained 39.5%. The rise of Chromebooks, which cost as little as $199, is disappointing for Apple, which already reported declining iPad sales for three consecutive quarters. It's...
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Intelligent flash storage arrays Passwords, right? If they’re too weak, they can be worse than useless – but making them too strong means people do dumb things…
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сегодня в 16:24 На Хабре и Geektimes несколько раз публиковались материалы с описанием жестких дисков повышенной емкости. Такие диски разрабатываются сразу…
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After two years of development, Google today released Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its Integrated Development Environment (IDE) aimed at…
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It’s been a rough week for Sony execs (million-dollar salaries notwithstanding). And things are only going to get worse. Which would almost be enough to make…
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News that the YotaPhone 2 will be available to buy in the UK and Europe imminently brings a second bite of the cherry for Russian manufacturer Yota Devices  and its e-paper display equipped smartphone range . This time around the concept of a dual-screened device has been refined and now the entire rear electronic paper display (EPD) is touch-sensitive, allowing it to be used far more freely than previously. Tweaking the design and concept is one thing, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into a superior user experience. We spent a few days with the new device to see if it could outshine the more mainstream handsets on the market as Christmas approaches. Hardware and design The YotaPhone 2 has a far more...
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Skype co-founder Janus Friis is backing a new communications app called Wire , out now for iOS, Android and Mac OS X. The app itself is the reimagining of how a communications tool like Skype should operate had it been built today. Much of that, in Wire’s case, means under-the-hood improvements that users don’t necessarily see, such as advancements in media processing, audio technology, file compression and delivery, and more. Wire pairs this more solid infrastructure with an uncluttered, simple design that will likely be the initial attraction for mainstream users. Skype, of course, is one of the top communication apps in the world, but it’s also running on dated technology. Users still experience issues with call quality,...
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Resumes suck. Here’s the data. - blog.alinelerner.com   00:05 3/12/2014
EDIT: My friends at KeepSafe in San Francisco have launched an awesome experiment based on the findings in this post. Is it possible to hire great engineers…
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Sleek, stylish notebooks with business-class power and industry-leading security. Engineered to pass rigorous military tests for durability2, you can take it…
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11 Gadgets That Died Too Soon - prsm.tc   18:18 30/11/2014
Perhaps the greatest tragedy in tech are the heaps of gadgets tossed on the metaphorical funeral pyre too early. Maybe it was poor marketing, an unfounded lack of support, or simply bad timing that did them in, but whatever the case, they died much too soon. Last week, I asked what were some great gadgets and technologies that went the way of the dinosaur before they were able to live up to their full potential. Many answered with some forward-thinking hardware and others with gadgets that were more a refinement on an already existing platform. In a few cases, bits and pieces of these machines have trickled into other products and services, but all of these gadgets share their fate in extinction. The Commodore Amiga...
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Imp: A New, Open-Source Computer - prsm.tc   18:15 30/11/2014
If you take a quick glance through the technology sections on both Kickstarter and Indiegogo, you’ll see a ton of innovative, cutting edge projects and products. However, you will see very few new takes on older products. However, we just came across one such product: the Imp Computer. While, yes, the absence of new takes on old products is what sparked our interest, after looking at the Imp it become clear that this is an incredibly unique product: Meet imp. imp is a disruptive home computation solution: a handy, easy to use computer, based on open source technology, and cloud software services, running on a powerful single-board CPU: 1.7GHz, quad-core, ARM V9. It connects to any of your home displays. It is your Internet kiosk, your TV media center, and your wireless...
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With $880,998 in funding, well exceeding its $250,000 asking price, Ring was a smart device that was meant to Bluetooth control everything in your life—except…
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Chris Messina, credited with inventing the hashtag, may not be a household name, but he’s well-respected in Silicon Valley for his work on communities, social…
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IDC is predicting decelerating shipments of tablet shipments in 2014, including a drop for Apple’s iPad. Photograph: Pixellover RM 4 / Alamy/Alamy IDC isn’t generally one of the more excitable research firms in the technology world, so when it predicts a “massive deceleration” in tablet shipments this year, it’s not seeking headlines for the sake of it. The company has forecast that overall tablet shipments – familiar caveat: not sales – will grow by 7.2% globally in 2014, down from 52.5% in 2013. What’s more, it’s predicting that shipments of Apple’s iPad will decline year-on-year for the first time: a 12.7% drop to 64.9m units in 2014, compared to growth of 16% for Android tablets (to...
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Microsoft Accidentally Announced That It's Acquiring A Company - www.businessinsider.com   20:48 28/11/2014
APSomeone at Microsoft made a big mistake. TechCrunch reports that people who had subscribed to the official Microsoft blog via its RSS feed had a surprise…
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A week or two ago the cloud world groaned when Microsoft Azure suffered an extended global outage. Amazon Web Services ( AWS ), realizing that outages happen to everyone, wisely chose not to rub salt into Microsoft’s wounds and didn’t make use of the outage for marketing purposes. That would today appear to have been a wise strategy as AWS itself suffers a serious outage on the day before Cyber Friday. Amazon’s Cloudfront DNS service is suffering issues which, in turn, are creating serious page load times for many major websites that utilize the service. According to AWS’ status page , C loudfront is experiencing increased error rates for DNS and that the team is investigating. The issue would appear to be a global one, affecting...
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As programmers why we never finish our projects - prsm.tc   19:40 28/11/2014
Every developer starts about 100 projects that never end up going anywhere. So many good ideas, so few executed ideas. Just about every software developer that I know has a folder structure that resembles the one shown. More than a handful of incomplete projects that seemed like a great idea once upon a time. Like many of you, I’ve had many ideas for great products / companies and even started down the path of implementation for some of them. A bot that determines arbitrage opportunities between eBay and Amazon. A social network for referral based businesses (plumbers, electricians, software developers, etc). A bitcoin search engine. A CSS framework for the days when Bootstrap wasn’t literally everywhere. A “hot or not” that found...
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With the possible exception of philosophers,  programmers are the laziest bunch of people I know. It seems like everyone else I speak to has some sort of labor intensive profession. Think about it, biologists do all those experiments … giving a drug to hundreds of mice is can’t be automated. Doctors have to physically inspect their patients, professors have to give the same lectures year after year, architects draw their plans in all perspectives manually and until recently did hatching by hand. Looking at more run of the mill professions it gets even worse, marketers give the same pitch over and over, hairdressers do practically the same thing day after day, store clerks handle the same groceries for customers in the same manner all the time...
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Today, once again, someone asked the question on a forum. I can’t blame anyone for asking the question, as I, was once in the same boat as a newbie…trying to figure out where and how to start learning to speak to machines. There are so many languages out there it is, and will grow increasingly more difficult, to select a language for your dream project or career. When you’ve learned Javascript then you hear about Angular or CoffeeScript or SASS after CSS, it never ends and never will. There are hundreds if not thousands (I lost count) of new languages/frameworks/pre-processors every year. If you don’t breathe in between acronyms your brain WILL melt down. So let me answer straight out; there are no right answers to these above questions!...
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You can get paid a lot of money to code COBOL , but that's probably a career-limiting choice. The less popular a language, the more an employer will be likely to pay. It's a simple matter of supply and demand—or, as MongoDB's Kelly Stirman defines it , "revenue potential and adoption [are] inversely proportional."  Which is why Quartz's list of the "most valuable programming skills to have on a resume" is wrong-headed and deceiving. Which programming language is "best" depends on a host of factors, perhaps the least important of which is how much that skill will pay you today. Popularity Contests After all, the best programming language may well be the one that is most likely to help...
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As you head to your local Walmart today for America's annual reenactment of The Hunger Games , here's a reminder that sucker-punching someone to get the last $50 tablet might not be the wisest course of action. For several reasons. The main complaint that you hear against the kinds of cheap, Chinese no-brand tablets filling the aisles at Walmart is that they're terrible to use — and they are! But, it turns out that cheap tablets also tend to be riddled with security problems. Bluebox Labs , a security software firm, recently ran a test on a number of cheap tablets on sale at big-box stores. Unsurprisingly, they found security holes you could drive a small truck through....
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Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops At its recent re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Amazon announced its new database engine Aurora, claiming it to be a commercial grade database engine at open-source cost. “It’s at least as available, durable and fault-tolerant as the enterprise editions of the proprietary commercial database engines and high-end SANs,” said senior AWS VP Andy Jassy, “and it’s a tenth of the cost.” So what makes Aurora tick? The database engine is compatible with the open source MySQL, and most of the smarts are in the storage, according to general manager Anurag Gupta, who described the new service in detail at a re:Invent session. When you use the new service, currently in limited preview,...
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Neil Matatall, formerly of Twitter, on automatic application security. (Photo by Brady Dale) Neil Matatall hates cross-site scripting. The practice where, roughly speaking, HTML gets automatically generated or gets borrowed from another site. They flat out don’t do it at Twitter , where he was a security engineer for almost three years. In other words, none of the code on Twitter gets written automatically. Devs just write the code. All the code. No shortcuts. Matatall explained last Friday at NYU Poly’s   Cyber Security Awareness Week Conference 2014 . Matatall will be working security at GitHub  soon. Twitter staff presented at the talk two years ago, he said,...
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This is why the iPhone 6 doesn't have a sapphire screen - www.theverge.com   21:27 21/11/2014
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Amazon reportedly launching free, ad-supported video service - www.engadget.com   21:23 21/11/2014
Amazon is set to launch a free, ad-supported video service separate from its $99 Prime Instant Video offering, according to the New York Post. In case you’re…
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Eliot Horowitz: Performance improvements. Image: MongoDB Last week, the first release candidate of MongoDB 2.8 shipped with two new additions that could prove highly significant for the open-source document database. The first is designed to address one of its long-standing shortcomings, according to MongoDB CTO and co-founder Eliot Horowitz. Version 2.8 comes with the WiredTiger storage engine , from the architects who originally developed the Berkeley DB open-source library, now owned by Oracle. "The biggest feedback we've got over the past 12 to 18 months is we need to do a much better job on high write-volume workloads — workloads where there's a lot of writes or a very high mix of reads and writes. Mongo historically has suffered in those...
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Microsoft puts Docker on Windows clients - gigaom.com   03:27 20/11/2014
Microsoft puts Docker on Windows clients — Tech News and Analysis Editorial Team Media Kit Powered by WordPress.com VIP Blog Research Events 2014 Gigaom, Inc.…
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Remember the last time you went to the same coffee shop or bar because the staff tends to play music you like and you don’t have to pick the next song? Prizm is…
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This past summer, we looked at a ranking of the of top programming languages by growth, popularity, and job demand. Those rankings – compiled by the IEEE…
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Hacker News new | comments | show | ask | jobs | submit login I worked on and around Openstack for 18+ months. I think ignoring it is pretty safe to ignore at this point. <rant> There might come along something that is actually good, but Openstack isn't it. The architecture is just bad, it will never be as reliable as something like AWS. (not because of scale, purely because of lack of error handling capabilities) Reality is these sorts of orchestration systems need to be written by specialists. The vast majority of Openstack was written by people that admit they have no clue about systems level programming. This is what hype does, it forces a whole bunch of bad programming and architecture down everyones throats. The...
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A new report claims that more than 81 percent of Tor users are identifiable using a method that threatens Internet anonymity. The study, titled " On the Effectiveness of Traffic Analysis Against Anonymity Networks Using Flow Records ", claims that a technique known as traffic confirmation can be used to identify users. It requires the ability to monitor large amounts of data coming in and out of Tor nodes to determine the IP address of the individual being tracked. According to the report, the technique has been largely successful. "In experiments that involved data from public Tor relays, using both open source...
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Webpages have to make money somehow. Unfortunately, they tend to rely on two things people hate: ads and paywalls. Today Google is launching a new tool for publishers that does away with Google-sourced ads, while not forcing users to pay before accessing content:  Contributor . When users visit the Contributor website, they can choose which publishers to donate $1, $2 or $3 monthly. Once subscribed, visitors will see advertisements replaced with a thank you message instead. Contributor is clearly still in a trial phase though – the initial launch will include only 10 partners, among them Imgur , Mashable , and The Onion . In the meantime, there is a waitlist for websites looking to sign up. Given the extent some...
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Announcing General Availability of PyCharm 4 - blog.jetbrains.com   03:23 20/11/2014
We’re happy to announce the general availability of PyCharm 4, the new major release of our intelligent IDE for Python, Django, and Web development that brings…
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Since 2004, Google has been paying Mozilla a ton of money each year—estimated at around $100 million—for the privilege of being the default search engine used…
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Image recognition was already good —but it's getting way, way better. A research collaboration between Google and Stanford University is producing software that increasingly describes the entire scene portrayed in a picture, not just individual objects. The New York Times reports that algorithms written by the team attempt to explain what's happening in images—in language that actually makes sense. So it spits out sentences like "a group of young people playing a game of frisbee" or "a person riding a motorcycle on a dirt road." It does that using two neural networks: one deals with image recognition, the other with natural language processing. The system uses computer learning, so it's fed a series of...
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BitTorrent Sync remains the most secure and private way to to move data between two or more devices. And for good reason, we’ve built it that way. Rigorous…
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CouchDB 2.0 counters MongoDB with improved scaling - www.infoworld.com   20:39 17/11/2014
CouchDB, the NoSQL database system from the Apache Software Foundation, is getting more than a change to the left of the decimal point with its new 2.0 release,…
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During last Hackito Session, a group of passionate tech gathered and during one evening dug whatever they could on BTsync. The goal of this Hackito Session was…
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AWS Lambda - Run Code in the Cloud - aws.amazon.com   14:42 13/11/2014
We want to make it even easier for you to build applications that run in the Cloud. We want you to be able to focus on your code, and to work within a…
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2014: The year the cloud killed the datacenter - prsm.tc   22:41 11/11/2014
Back in the summer of 2013 I wrote a series of articles on what I called the "Datacenter Zombie Apocalypse." The first was an observation of the troubles IBM was undergoing trying to shift its very datacenter-oriented services and outsourcing business to one that was more cloud focused and how it might serve as a bellwether for the IT industry as a whole. The other was about how, as an IT practicioner, one might transition their skills to be more cloud-oriented. Where are we now with all of this, over a year later? IBM's situation has gotten worse. While it continues to invest in Cloud, its services revenue is flat, and has been forced to divest two separate hardware businesses — its x86 server business to Lenovo and its silicon manufacturing...
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Two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the most widely touted advances in online security. Earlier this week, news broke that it had been hacked . Grant Blakeman — a designer and owner of the @gb Instagram account — woke to find his Gmail account had compromised and hackers had stolen his Instagram handle. This was despite having 2FA enabled. 2FA: The Short Version 2FA is a strategy for making online accounts harder to hack. My colleague Tina has written a great article on what 2FA is and why you should use it ; if you want a more detailed introduction you should check it out. In a typical one-factor authentication setup (1FA) you only use a password. This makes it incredibly vulnerable; if someone has your password they can login as you. Unfortunately, this...
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Microsoft fixes '19-year-old' bug with emergency patch - www.bbc.com   13:12 12/11/2014
Hacker News: Microsoft fixes '19-year-old' bug with emergency patch http://t.co/VXPX3Fz5l9
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The Rise And Fall Of The Full Stack Developer - prsm.tc   23:12 11/11/2014
Editor’s note:   Peter Yared  is the founder and CTO of Sapho and was formerly the CTO/CIO of CBS Interactive. It seems as though everyone in tech today is infatuated with the full-stack developer. Full stack may have been possible in the Web 2.0 era, but a new generation of startups is emerging, pushing the limits of virtually all areas of software. From machine intelligence to predictive push computing to data analytics to mobile/wearable and more, it’s becoming virtually impossible for a single developer to program across the modern full stack. When I first started programming computers as a kid in the pre-mobile, pre-web late 1970s/early 1980s, a single person typically wrote a complete software program from start to finish, and there...
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Celebrating 10 Years of Firefox - blog.mozilla.org   13:33 10/11/2014
10 years ago we built Firefox to give you a choice. The Web was a monoculture and the only way in was through the company that controlled your operating system.…
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Raspberry Pi has just managed to do what every technology manufacturer should strive to achieve: it made its basic product both smaller and cheaper at the same time. The new Model A+ is an overhauled version of the company's base offering, the Model A. While it packs the same Broadcom BCM2835 System-on-a-Chip and 256MB of RAM, it's shrunk in size to just 2.6 inches from 3.4 and now costs $20. It also draws less power. Boom, there's how to update a product right there. Elsewhere, the new board swaps SD storage for MicroSD and adds 14 GPIO (General-purpose input-output) pins—taking the total to 40. You can already buy one right now . [ Raspberry Pi Foundation via Engadget ]
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Microsoft just revealed its first post-Nokia Lumia smartphone Monday night —and in the process, its vision for its smartphone business.  With Microsoft's Lumia 535, the company's first act as a maker of both smartphone hardware and software was to announce a low-end phone. Alone, that's noteworthy, but it also lands during the ramp up to the holiday season, a period when most device makers highlight their flagship phones or debut their droolworthiest devices.  See also:  Goodbye, Nokia Lumia—Hello, Microsoft Lumia Microsoft has no high-end flagship. Even after the Lumia 535’s launch this month, it still won't. And, it seems, the company may just want to keep...
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Amazon Declares War on VMware - gregness.wordpress.com   20:07 14/11/2014
I returned from re:Invent last night after three days of what was probably one of the most memorable and impactful trade shows I’ve ever attended. Period. More…
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Top 5 lessons learned at AWS Re:invent - gigaom.com   11:02 14/11/2014
Now that the smoke is clearing (and echoes of Skrillex are fading) it’s time for a quick post mortem of the third annual AWS Re:Invent in Las Vegas. You’re…
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Amazon Launches Its Fastest EC2 Instances Yet - techcrunch.com   01:11 14/11/2014
Amazon today announced its fastest EC2 instances for compute yet. The new so-called c4 instances will feature a 2.9 GHz Haswell processor (with bursts up to…
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With the release of its EC2 Container Service today, Amazon Web Services caught up with public-cloud competitors like Google and Microsoft in deeply supporting…
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Amazon Web Services announced today that it’s diversifying into even more arenas, namely challenging companies like GitHub that host code repositories and…
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Partnering with Mozilla - blog.torproject.org   02:36 12/11/2014
bobuk: А все уже читали, что Tor теперь партнерится с Mozilla? https://t.co/ML4wDFn2f1
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GitHub Hits the Cloud - bits.blogs.nytimes.com   18:08 11/11/2014
Software is eating the world, as venture capitalist Marc Andreessen noted three years ago. Now it may not even be taking the time to chew carefully. GitHub, a…
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Mashable Tech: Microsoft lost the last decade. Here's how Satya Nadella plans to win the next - http://t.co/IwIhumPcm0
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SUMMARY  – MongoDB may be taking aim at Oracle, but in what environments is it best suited? CTO Eliot Horowitz discusses Following with its new global consulting arm, headed up by Vijay Vijayasankar, I snapped up an offer to sit down with MongoDB co-founder and CTO Eliot Horowitz to further explore the thinking behind the company’s go-to-market strategy. Mostly I wanted to get a better idea of what this very young company needs to do to be successful in its (undeclared) mission to go after the very well established RDMS players. Sitting down with Horowitz wasn’t like sitting down with most vendor executives. Horowitz was a little bit awkward, his answers were quite concise and as well as highlighting Mongo’s strengths, he was...
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Half a decade with Go - prsm.tc   17:13 10/11/2014