Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, a first impression - prsm.tc   13:32 18/04/2014
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS was released yesterday, 17 April 2014. This falls well with perfect timing for LUGM’s event, the Corsair Hackers Reboot . I did not wait much & downloaded the 64-bit image for a trial & to check new features. Installation was seamlessly easy as usual. On my Acer Aspire 4741 notebook it took the usual 15 mins. Booting up was fast & furious. Improvement? We could say it, though Ubuntu wasn’t known to be slow at boot-ups. I shot open a few applications & the noticeable improvement to Unity was the menu embedded in the window’s title bar instead of the top-menu-bar. It’s better than what it was previously but not yet the best improvement of Unity. For example, on a re-sized window the close button is shown on the...
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Why Docker sounds like a revolution ? - prsm.tc   13:30 18/04/2014
These two last days, I was participating to devoxx in Paris. One of the star topic of the event this year was Docker so I attempt different talk about this container technology I already has discovered in a previous JUG session. It was not an evidence that this technology was more than something interesting for DEV needing small, fast starting, small memory footprint, environment for testing. With my OPS hat, I did not catch the interest. This was before Devoxx and the different talk. The aspects I’ll detailed in this post have not been addressed during Devoxx, as much as I have seen, as mostly the DEV aspects have been addressed, I going to synthesize my opinion. To start, let’s discuss a little bit about Docker technology. I do not want to detail it a lot...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is now available for you to download and install on your computer. Backed by five years of ongoing support from Canonical, the release becomes the recommended Ubuntu version for many — but is it any good? Before you read on to find out our verdict, why not start your download now and watch our short overview of everything that’s new? Download Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (64bit, torrent) Download Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (32bit, torrent) Ubuntu 14.04 Review It’s no secret that Ubuntu’s Unity interface has its share of critics, but since its introduction as default desktop back in 2011, it has, for the most part, been welcomed by the vast majority of users. In its...
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It’s Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet - www.wired.com   12:45 18/04/2014
Original illustration: Getty Images The Heartbleed bug crushed our faith in the secure web, but a world without the encryption software that Heartbleed exploited would be even worse. In fact, it’s time for the web to take a good hard look at a new idea: encryption everywhere. Most major websites use either the SSL or TLS protocol to protect your password or credit card information as it travels between your browser and their servers. Whenever you see that a site is using HTTPS, as opposed to HTTP, you know that SSL/TLS is being used. But only a few sites — like Facebook and Gmail — actually use HTTPS to protect all of their traffic as opposed to just passwords and payment details. Many security experts — including Google’s in-house...
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Хабрахабру — 8 лет - habrahabr.ru   11:55 18/04/2014
сегодня в 13:49 Блог компании ТМ , Хабрахабр — Анонсы Привет, Хабрахабр! Сегодня у нас очередной день рождения, уже восьмой по...
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Вчера я уже писал ( Больше трех не собираться: Блоги надо будет регистрировать ) о прекрасной поправке Госдумы которая должна была...
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вчера в 19:46 Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) наконец-то вышла! Ура, товарищи! Пока что новость не появилась на оффициальном сайте официально...
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Релиз Wordpress 3.9 “Smith” - habrahabr.ru   15:14 17/04/2014
вчера в 16:35 PHP * , Веб-разработка * , CMS * Ура, друзья, вышла новая версия WordPress — 3.9, и названа она в честь джазового музыканта Jimmy Smith . Видео-обзор...
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Spotify Starts Shutting Down Its Massive P2P Network - torrentfreak.com   13:45 17/04/2014
When Spotify launched its first beta in the fall of 2008, we branded it “ an alternative to music piracy. ” With the option to stream millions of tracks supported by an occasional ad, or free of ads for a small subscription fee, Spotify appeared to be a serious competitor to music piracy. In the years that followed Spotify conquered the hearts and minds of many music fans. Currently available in 61 countries, the service has amassed dozens of millions of users. A true success story, one that was in part made possible due to Spotify’s heavy reliance on P2P technology. In fact, Spotify has long been one of the largest P2P networks on the Internet. When Spotify subscribers play a track in the desktop client, this could come from three sources: a cached...
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Mobile app developers just got a bit of a break when it comes to bringing their content to the TV screen, courtesy of LG: The consumer electronics maker released an open source Connect SDK Thursday that helps developers cast media to a wide variety of connected devices, ranging from LG’s own TV sets to Google’s Chromecast adapter to Roku’s streaming boxes. Think of it as Chromecast, but for a wide variety of devices. I got to see LG’s Connect SDK firsthand during a recent visit to the company’s Silicon Valley Innovation Lab, where I was led into a room filled with TVs. One was connected to a Roku box, another to Amazon’s new Fire TV. One was running LG’s own webOS TV platform, two featured the 2013 and 2012...
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Chrome Remote Desktop goes mobile - chrome.blogspot.com   01:51 17/04/2014
Hacker News: Chrome Remote Desktop goes mobile (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1paPxAZ)
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Hacker News: Streem (YC S12) Offers Unlimited Cloud Storage and Streaming for $20/Month (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/QeCmzh)
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This is Amazon's smartphone - bgr.com   00:37 17/04/2014
After years of development, Amazon is finally close to unveiling the first of several own-brand smartphones. At a distance, Amazon’s upcoming flagship phone looks much like any other touchscreen phone on the market. But the company has spent years creating a unique and, at times, novel user experience that has two main focuses: Amazon products and services, and a custom 3D interface unlike anything we have seen before on a smartphone. And so begins the story of Amazon’s first smartphone. Recent reports have shed some light on Amazon’s plans to enter the competitive smartphone market with an own-brand handset. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the company’s first crack at a cell phone will be announced in June and...
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Ubuntu 14.04 , the newest edition of Canonical 's open source Linux-based OS, will not make huge waves among PC and mobile users, for whom it brings only minor software updates. For server users, however, the latest and greatest Ubuntu release delivers more, particularly in the realms of automation, cloud computing and virtualization. For desktop and mobile users, the most significant change in the upcoming release of Ubuntu 14.04, which will debut officially April 17, involves updates to the AppArmor security system. And if the biggest-ticket item on the desktop/mobile feature list is for a kernel-hardening package that runs in the background, people who use Ubuntu on their personal...
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Why The Clock is Ticking for MongoDB - prsm.tc   22:45 16/04/2014
Last month, ZDNet published an interview with MongoDB CEO Max Schireson which took the position that the document databases, such as MongoDB, are better-suited to today's applications than traditional relational databases; the title of the article implies that the days of relational databases are numbered. But it is not, as Schireson would have us believe, that the relational database community is ignorant of or has not tried the design paradigms which he advocates, but that they have been tried and found, in many cases, to be anti-patterns. Certainly, there are some cases in which the schemaless design pattern that is perhaps MongoDB's most distinctive feature is just the right tool for the job, but it is also misleading to think that such designs must use a document store....
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In technology, it’s sometimes good to let a pioneer figure out the pitfalls of a new market. Apple’s iPod transformed music listening after countless lesser MP3 players failed to make a real dent. Google is now trying to do something similar in cloud computing. The company last month  announced price cuts  that made its cloud services cheaper than Amazon’s, the leader in cloud services for businesses. At almost the same time, Google orchestrated a flurry of  coverage of its cloud services . But whereas music players were a fragmented industry when the iPod appeared, in cloud computing Google is playing catch-up with a single market leader, Amazon, that has a track record of destroying incumbents  in every industry it gets into. What Google has...
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BitTorrent today announced its Sync file synchronization tool has gained support for network-attached storage (NAS) devices. The company has partnered with Netgear , which will offer BitTorrent Sync in its storefront, and says additional partners “will be announced soon.” The move means users will be able to access and transfer their data from a NAS device to a desktop, mobile, or other NAS device, without limits or storage fees. As BitTorrent explains it, Sync eliminates the process of having to open ports on your router, set up a VPN, choose security settings, and create user names/passwords. The company promises that Sync on NAS “ensures your data is available all the time, on all your devices.” Because Sync is based on the...
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Ubuntu chases after Red Hat with OpenStack and Docker bundles - www.infoworld.com   21:21 15/04/2014
Even if Canonical hasn't remade the consumer desktop with Ubuntu or made much of a dent with Ubuntu as a phone or tablet OS -- at least, not compared to the way Google has with both Android and Chrome -- there's no denying the presence of Ubuntu as a server. With the release of Ubuntu 14.04 on Thursday, Canonical is attempting to further define how it stands out from enterprise-centric distributions like Red Hat even as it shares features typically associated with Red Hat. To do that, Canonical is focusing Ubuntu even more on the features used by the service providers who have taken it to heart, such as Netflix, Comcast, Verizon, and NTT. Two of the key technologies revved in the new Ubuntu release, Docker and OpenStack, are quickly becoming cornerstones for how such...
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Red Hat Announces New Linux Container Projects - campustechnology.com   21:20 15/04/2014
Open Source | News Red Hat Announces New Linux Container Projects Open source software company Red Hat today announced several new Linux Container projects focused on streamlined application delivery and orchestration across bare metal systems, virtual machines and private and public clouds: Project Atomic is a new community project to develop technologies for creating lightweight Linux Container hosts, based on next-generation capabilities in the Linux ecosystem. The tools that result from Project Atomic will allow creation of a new variant of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, called Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host — which Red Hat plans to debut with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. GearD...
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Summary Apple is rumored to release two new iPhones later this year. Reports suggest pent up demand for the 5.5-inch high-end version could be enormous. Apple appears to be gearing up for a major marketing blitz. Apple still trades for a dirt cheap valuation. Apple ( AAPL ) appears to be gearing up for a major marketing blitz. According to the rumor mill, the company is about to embark on one of the most intense product launch cycles in the company's history in the second half of this year. The veracity of this claim remains to be seen. Nonetheless, one of the products is supposedly a high-resolution "phablet" type 5.5-inch version of the iPhone6. Also, an all-new redesigned...
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Heartbleed Bug - heartbleed.com   15:44 8/04/2014
What is the CVE-2014-0160? CVE-2014-0160 is the official reference to this bug. CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) is the Standard for Information Security Vulnerability Names maintained by the MITRE . Due to co-incident discovery a duplicate CVE, CVE-2014-0346, which was assigned to us, should not be used, since others independently went public with with the CVE-2014-0160 identifier. Why it is called the Heartbleed Bug? Bug is in the OpenSSL's implementation of the TLS/DTLS (transport layer security protocols) heartbeat extension (RFC6520). When it is exploited it leads to the leak of memory contents from the server to the client and from the client to the server. What makes the Heartbleed...
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I'm going to have to use a few technical terms, but will try to keep them to a minimum and describe them. Basic Intro to TLS & Encryption You (a client) go to a website (known as a server) that uses encryption (the address starts with https:// ) to make it so no one but you and the website at the other end can know the content of the messages you are sending or receiving. So when your messages are transported across computers on the internet they are encrypted -- they call this transport layer security (TLS) and it is one type of encrypted protocol. One library that implements TLS is OpenSSL (TLS is the newer name for SSL, but both have the same intention -- encrypt network traffic on the internet). What is Heartbeat - the compromised TLS feature?...
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Report: NSA Used Heartbleed to Spy on People for Years - gizmodo.com   14:57 11/04/2014
It's true. After days of speculation over whether the NSA knew about the Heartbleed vulnerability that affected as many as two thirds of the websites on the internet, two anonymous sources tell Bloomberg that the NSA didn't just know about it, they used it to gather intelligence. Well, you may be wondering, why wouldn't they? In the past year, we've learned how the spy agency used every trick in the book, from impersonating Facebook servers to using radio waves to monitor computers that aren't connected to the internet, really has stopped at nothing to collect as much information as possible in recent years. The NSA declined to comment on the Heartbleed issue, but the Bloomberg report hits at a time when the agency is undergoing intense scrutiny. It's also unclear if this...
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Release Notes for MongoDB 2.6 — MongoDB Manual 2.6.0 - docs.mongodb.org   11:45 8/04/2014
Release Notes > Release Notes for MongoDB 2.6 April 8, 2014 MongoDB 2.6 is now available. Key features include aggregation enhancements, text search integration, query engine improvements, a new write operation protocol, and security enhancements. MMS 1.4, which includes On-Prem Backup in addition to Monitoring, is now also available. See MMS 1.4 documentation and the MMS 1.4 release notes for more information. Major Changes ¶ The following changes in MongoDB affect both the standard and Enterprise editions: Aggregation...
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How can big data and smart analytics tools ignite growth for your company? Find out at DataBeat , May 19-20 in San Francisco, from top data scientists, analysts, investors, and entrepreneurs. Register now and save $200! Engineers have toiled away in recent years to make it possible for the popular open-source database MongoDB to handle lots and lots data. Now they’ve taken steps to make management of all that data a breeze. Next month, the eponymous company behind the database will add buttons to the user interface of its latest public beta test. These will enable developers to adjust capacity and add redundancy to their databases. “It’s always been something you could do, but the way you would do it is by writing scripts,” Kelly...
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Apr 08th We’ve been longtime Mongo users at Foursquare and each new version has brought enhancements in performance, reliability, and features. Mongo 2.6 has a bunch of new features that we’re excited about, but I’m going to focus on just one which might be easy to gloss over if you’re looking at the release notes. Write operations will be sent synchronously over the wire allowing for some simplifications to mongo internals that should yield performance benefits. Background Up until 2.6 all write operations were sent asynchronously over the wire. They were completely fire and forget. When a write command packet was sent to Mongo over a TCP connection, no bytes were returned by the server. In order for a client to get feedback on success,...
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6 апреля в 10:22 Беспроводные технологии * , Гаджеты. Устройства для гиков Amazon Dash — новый гаджет от компании Amazon, призванный упростить...
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вчера в 14:03 Разработка * , Смартфоны и коммуникаторы , Google Проект модульного смартфона Project Ara, от Motorola Google, развивается все более активно. Не...
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Робот-принтер - habrahabr.ru   20:37 11/04/2014
вчера в 12:34 Краудфандинг , Гаджеты. Устройства для гиков , Дизайн в IT * Привет, Хабр! Большая часть «карманных» принтеров — это...
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NoSQL No More - technosophos.com   15:37 11/04/2014
Apr 11 2014 I work at Revolv , and right now we're just about finished with a major migration off of a NoSQL database. We're moving onto a traditional RDBMS (PostgreSQL, to be precise). Many people seem surprised that we, a tech-savvy startup, would be moving to an "old" technology. But in fact our reasoning is pretty simple: A relational system better meets our needs and is more cost-effective. There are three main reasons why I say this. 1. Our data is relational NoSQL databases are notorious for not handling relations gracefully. NoSQL design eschews relational modeling by suggesting that objects ought to be stored in such a way that relations are not needed as often. For example, instead of...
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После двух лет разработки, компания Ulteo, основанная Гаэлем Дювалем (Gaël Duval), создателем дистрибутива Mandrake Linux, анонсировала платформу Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop 4.0 (OVD),...
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Reeder 2 for Mac Public Beta Now Available - www.macstories.net   15:34 11/04/2014
Nine months after being pulled from the Mac App Store following the Google Reader shutdown ,  Reeder for Mac , Silvio Rizzi’s popular desktop RSS client, is back with a public beta that offers a glimpse at the app’s new service integrations, refreshed design, updated gesture navigation, and new features that will come in the final version. During the beta stage, Reeder 2 for Mac will be free to download from Rizzi’s website . The Reeder 2 beta builds on the design foundation of the old Reeder for Mac and the latest Reeder for iOS to offer a mix of new functionalities and tweaked layouts that should be familiar to both audiences. In July 2013, Rizzi pulled Reeder for Mac from the App Store due to the discontinuation of Google Reader...
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Four Tips to Become a Better Coder (That Actually Work) - m.nextgov.com   15:43 11/04/2014
While in-person courses can be a great way to build a basic foundation, I (and I imagine many other self-taught engineers) have been extremely fortunate to have some great mentors along the way who gave us tons of support and excellent advice. In the days following the  article I wrote last week  regarding coding bootcamps, many budding developers wrote in asking for more tangible advice. Below is a list of four pieces of advice that I received over the past 18 months from my mentors which I found to be the most useful in not only making me more marketable to hiring managers, but also helping me grow substantially as a developer: 1. Build and host your personal website While this seems like an obvious step, it is perhaps one of the the most...
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As Twitter is now considered the global platform for public conversation, the company’s storage requirements have grown as well. In recent days, Twitter experiences something on order of 5,000 to 10,000 tweets a second ( see the Twitter blog ) from more than 240 million Twitter accounts ( Twitter’s investor report .) Over the last few years, the company found itself in need of a storage system that could serve millions of queries per second, with extremely low latency in a real-time environment. Availability and speed of the system became the utmost important factor. Not only did it need to be fast; it needed to be scalable across several regions around the...
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More so than many large companies, Apple is a creature of habit. That's why it's easy to recommend against buying a new MacBook or iPad if history says that a new model is just around the corner. But when the company has a particularly slow stretch, like the one Apple is currently in, the doomsayers begin to ring their bells and light their fires. But after looking at the current slump in historical context, things look much different. I wanted to see just how slow Apple's recently-concluded Q2 actually was in comparison to recent years, and it pans out like this: 2011 Q1 9/26/10 - 12/25/10 MacBook Air (refresh) iLife '11 Q2 12/26/10 - 3/26 iPhone 4 (CDMA model) MacBook Pro (refresh) iPad 2 Q3 3/27 - 6/25 iMac...
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Didn't think that Raspberry Pi's namesake computer could get any more miniscule? Think again. The organization has unveiled the Compute Module , a board that stuffs the Pi's processor and 4GB of storage into the space of a stick of DDR2 laptop memory; you're looking at the tiny new device on the left. This isn't meant to show off Raspberry Pi's miniaturization skills, though. Fitting the system into a small standard connector lets circuit board builders attach whatever interfaces they like, rather than make do with the built-in ports on a conventional Pi design. You'll have to buy the Compute Module alongside a starter IO Board when the hardware launches this June, but it will eventually be possible to get the modules by themselves. Individual...
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The most hated browser in the world is finally dead - www.theverge.com   17:26 8/04/2014
After the release of Windows XP in 2001 and for a few years that followed, Internet Explorer 6 was the biggest, most important browser in the world. And for longer, it has been the buggy browser that's overstayed its welcome. Microsoft announced it would support IE6 through April of this year  back in 2009 , and today (along with XP and Office 2003) is the last day Microsoft will provide updates. Unless you're an old user who couldn't care less or are somehow nostalgic for a broken web, it's finally time to say goodbye. Internet Explorer 6 is, by now, a bad joke IE6 is almost universally reviled, and for good reason. Microsoft got cocky in the mid-aughts after beating down Netscape Navigator; because Internet Explorer overall held more than 90 percent of the market,...
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Rackspace refuses to enlist in cloud's latest price cutting war - www.theregister.co.uk   17:35 8/04/2014
High performance access to file storage +Analysis Cloud provider Rackspace will stand on the sidelines as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft slash prices in an attempt to destroy each other's profit margins. The web hoster's chief technology officer, John Engates, told El Reg 's cloud bureau by email that "Rackspace is not a commodity cloud provider," when we asked if it would match Amazon , Google , and Microsoft's latest price cuts. "We pay close attention to market conditions and make periodic adjustments to ensure that our prices are competitive on a total-cost-of-performance basis," Engates told us via email. "We do not base our prices on competitors' rental rates for raw infrastructure. Rackspace has for 15 years charged premium...
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Why We Decided To Stop Offering Free Accounts - dyn.com   18:15 7/04/2014
For the last 15 years, all of us at Dyn have taken pride in offering a free version of our Dynamic DNS Pro product. What was originally a product built for a small group of users has blossomed into an exciting technology used around the world. That is why with mixed emotions we announced the end of that free hostname program today, officially turning down on May 7th. Of course, the big question when these things happens is, “ Why? ” - We have an obligation to have the cleanest DNS network possible. There is a danger to a free infrastructure and over the years, we have seen mixed results from our freemium model. We have seen an increase in abuse and a portion of users violating our trust, so we felt closing this down was the most responsible action...
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Millions of passwords exposed - www.politico.com   18:12 9/04/2014
SAN FRANCISCO — An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery. The breakdown revealed this week affects the encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for emails, instant messaging and a wide range of electronic commerce. Continue Reading Security researchers who uncovered the threat, known as “Heartbleed,” are particularly worried about the breach because it went undetected for more than two years. ( Sign up for POLITICO’s Morning Tech tip sheet ) Although there is now a way to close the security hole, there...
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Exclusive: this is Android TV - www.theverge.com   19:49 6/04/2014
Every so often, some enterprising computer company will claim they’ve finally fixed the TV. They’ll talk about how they’ve turned a dumb terminal into a smart computing platform that extends your work and play to a gigantic screen. Then, we’ll watch as the idea flops because they fail to line up content deals or wind up delivering a confusing, haphazard experience. That was the story of Google TV, which became the laughing stock of the industry after Google chairman Eric Schmidt bet that it would ship on the majority of new televisions in 2012. (He was sorely wrong.) But what these companies seem to be realizing as their content deals...
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Half-century milestone for IBM mainframes - www.bbc.com   19:48 6/04/2014
Mainframes were the workhorses of business for many years The IBM mainframe is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The first System 360 mainframe was unveiled on 7 April 1964 and its arrival marked a break with all general purpose computers that came before. The machines made it possible to upgrade the processors but still keep using the same code and peripherals from earlier models. Later this year the British rival to IBM's machine, the ICL 1900, also celebrates its 50th anniversary. Despite their age, mainframes are still in wide use now, said Barry Heptonstall, a spokesman for IBM. "I don't think people...
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Yahoo Looking To Enter Original Programming Game - www.huffingtonpost.com   19:46 6/04/2014
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Google is working on yet another TV product dubbed Android TV, the Verge reported Saturday . Android TV will consist of a much simpler interface than its predecessor Google TV, and screenshots shown by the Verge actually bear a striking resemblance to Amazon’s new Fire TV, which the online retailer launched this week. Google has been cooperating with third-party developers to bring apps for services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and Vevo to the platform, but apparently also plans to support an extended list of Google services, including most notably Hangouts, which suggests that an Android TV product may include a camera for video chats in the living room. Also included is extended support for Android-based games. It’s been an open secret in the...
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Raspberry Pi made waves in recent years as a computer that you can buy for just $35. It's tiny, though, and its built-in capabilities are limited. Is there anything in the same spirit, but with more actual hardware? That's pretty much the question Chumby designer Andrew "Bunnie" Huang asked. Finding the current answers unsatisfying, he set out to create a new kind of computer: an open source laptop. See also: 14 Robotics Breakthroughs From the Past Decade "I've been a hacker of consumer electronics," Huang told Mashable . "I find myself typically designing products I don't use. I decided I wanted to design something I wanted to use." So what exactly is an open source laptop? Named Novena, it's a Linux-powered machine where every component can be modified by the user....
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How To Build A WinJS App In 10 Easy Steps - prsm.tc   21:04 5/04/2014
If you want to impress your friends, try telling them you’re in the middle of “building an app.” A few billion dollar acquisitions have turned app-building from a nerdy hobby into an indication that if you can build one, you’re inevitably going places. What we tend to forget, however, is that app just stands for “application,” a program that delivers some sort of function. So if you’re using a JavaScript library, like the newly open-source WinJS , you can put your own app online as long as you know how to copy and paste.  I built some HTML5 “apps” in an hour by blatantly plagiarizing the WinJS library’s prewritten code. That's the beauty of open-source...
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FORTUNE -- Last year's revelations of the National Security Agency's sweeping data collection programs were not particularly good for U.S. technology companies. Following the Edward Snowden leak, the D.C.-based think tank Information Technology and Innovation Foundation predicted that U.S. cloud computing companies could lose as much as $35 billion in worldwide sales over the next few years. Analysts at Forrester projected losses for Internet service providers as high as $180 billion by 2016 in the wake of the scandal. For most cloud storage and data sharing companies, that suggests rough sailing ahead. For BitTorrent, it suggests opportunity. BitTorrent -- the same company behind the eponymous and somewhat infamous peer-to-peer file sharing protocol -- has...
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Three Alternatives to Ubuntu One Cloud Service - prsm.tc   19:44 5/04/2014
Many of us had hoped it was an April Fool's prank. But Ubuntu One will, in fact, no longer be available as of June 1, 2014 and all data will be wiped July 31, 2014. This will leave a great number of Ubuntu users without a cloud service. Fear not, intrepid users, there are plenty of cloud services and tools available – each with native Linux clients – ready and willing to take your Ubuntu One data and keep it in the cloud. But out of the many services, which might be the best to suit your needs? Given what happened with Ubuntu One, many are growing leery of using services hosted by smaller companies (who could easily fold in the coming years). With larger companies making it impossible for the small guys to compete, the best bet for long-term cloud storage is to go...
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Amazon Fire TV: everything you need to know - www.slashgear.com   03:02 3/04/2014
The living room market has earned itself another contender this April with Amazon Fire TV . This device is a 4.5" x 4.5" x 0.7" (115 mm x 115 mm x 17.5 mm) box with several outputs on its back and its own dedicated remote control, aimed at being connected to your television via HDMI. From there, you’ll be using the internet to watch TV. Amazon’s services in the Amazon Fire TV are based in their own version of Android - in an unnamed operating system at the moment. It’ll be able to access a number of "services" right out of the box for TV shows, movies, and gaming. *NOTE: Amazon lists the OS of Amazon Fire TV as "Fire OS 3.0, based...
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Live Updates: Amazon's Next Big Thing in Video - mashable.com   19:09 2/04/2014
It's a pretty sure bet that, starting today, Amazon will dive headfirst into the video hardware business. The online retailer is hosting a product launch event in New York City on Wednesday, starting at 11 a.m. ET, which promises to deliver an update on its "video business." The invite, which arrived late last week, is short on precious details, though it does include an image of a living room couch with a bowl of popcorn nearby. The message is clear: Amazon is going to talk about home video, but in what form? Stick with Mashable for live updates...
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So Microsoft, what took so long? On Monday, Microsoft  cut prices  on its Azure cloud services in response to the price reduction  unveiled by Amazon Web Services last Wednesday. Last year, Microsoft pledged to meet all AWS price cuts and it’s been true to its word. All the changes to Microsoft Azure pricing are outlined in this MSDN post, but in general cuts ranged from 27 percent to 35 percent off compute instances and 44 percent to 65 percent on storage. The reductions cover both Linux and Windows instances. Don’t laugh; last week Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told reporters that 20 percent of all Azure workloads run on Linux. Google kicked off this latest round of price axing last Tuesday at the Google Cloud...
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So Microsoft, what took you so long? On Monday, Microsoft launched price cuts  to its Azure cloud services in response to price reduction  unveiled by Amazon Web Services last Wednesday.  Last year, Microsoft pledged to meet all AWS price cuts and it’s been true to its word. All the changes to Microsoft Azure pricing are outlined in this MSDN post, but in general cuts ranged from 27 percent to 35 percent off compute instances and 44 percent to 65 percent on storage. The reductions cover both Linux and Windows instances. Don’t laugh, last week Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told reporters that 20 percent of all Azure workloads run on Linux. Google kicked off this latest round of price axing last Tuesday at the...
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В Израиле инициировано необычное судебное разбирательство. Иск выдвинут против четырёх основателей проекта Waze, а также...
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Microsoft Office For iPad: Who's It For? - www.forbes.com   22:35 28/03/2014
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Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter Launch WebScaleSQL - thenextweb.com   18:52 28/03/2014
27 March '14, 04:55pm Follow Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter today announced WebScaleSQL , a collaborative project bringing the engineers from these companies together to solve challenges working with massive databases. As its name suggests, WebScaleSQL is a custom version of MySQL designed for large scale Web companies. The four companies will share a common set of changes to the upstream MySQL branch, available via open source. The project will include contributions from MySQL engineering teams at all four companies, and since it will be open, others who have the scale and resources...
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Box Launches New Tools for Developers - mashable.com   22:46 28/03/2014
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Mark Twain advised people never to put off until tomorrow what they can put off until the day after, and a lot of us listen. Estimates suggest that 15% to 20% of all people are chronic procrastinators, and that share goes up for situational delay: As one example, four in five people put off retirement savings despite knowing better. Then there are the innumerable office procrastinators, many identifiable by the mere fact that they're reading this article. The devious thing about procrastination is that while we tend to shrug or laugh it off as part of the work process, evidence suggests it's far from harmless. At the root of the problem is our failure to differentiate between simply delaying a task, perhaps a healthy sign of organizational skills, and truly...
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Google-owned YouTube hasn’t had a serious competitor for years. But Yahoo would like to try: The Web giant has been working on a plan to lure some of YouTube’s most popular stars and networks to show their stuff on the site, according to several sources close to the situation. The strategy in the works — which Yahoo hopes to launch in the next few months — is aimed at taking advantage of persistent complaints by both video creators and owners, who think that they don’t make enough money on YouTube. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been mulling how to have a much bigger presence in Web video. Under her leadership, the company tried and failed to buy France’s DailyMotion and has been pushing a number of other high-profile media...
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Toward a better programming - www.chris-granger.com   21:29 28/03/2014
Hacker News: Toward a better programming (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1mbwyRo)
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Six things I wish we had known about scaling - martin.kleppmann.com   17:54 27/03/2014
Looking back at the last few years of building Rapportive and LinkedIn Intro , I realised that there were a number of lessons that we had to learn the hard way. We built some reasonably large data systems, and there are a few things I really wish we had known beforehand. None of these lessons are particularly obscure – they are all well-documented, if you know where to look. They are the kind of things that made me think “I can’t believe I didn’t know that, I’m so stupid #facepalm” in retrospect. But perhaps I’m not the only one who started out not knowing these things, so I’ll write them down for the benefit of anyone else who finds themself having to scale a system. The kind of system...
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Why your previous developer was terrible - medium.com   13:49 25/03/2014
You hired a new developer for a project you’re working on and she seems to have solved all of your problems. She’s been on the job for 3 days and she’s already suggested upgrades for 5 of your libraries and re-organized your JIRA issues. At every turn, she seems to validate your choice in hiring her. She’s found 8 bugs that were glaring and would have caused a critical meltdown. How terrible was your previous developer that he couldn’t have spotted any of this?? She’s baffled by his decision to use the XYZ framework and doesn’t understand why he chose to use Postgres instead of CouchDB for this particular application. She complains to you that the lack of a CDN is costing you HOURS in needless content serving. How could you have been so blind to not see any of this?...
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13 years ago today, Apple began shipping OS X 10.0 - www.tuaw.com   20:06 24/03/2014
OS X is now a man. 13 years ago today, Apple forever changed the trajectory of the Mac OS when it began shipping the original version of OS X for $129 -- a vestige of an era back when Apple actually used to charge for an OS. Codenamed Cheetah, the original incarnation of OS X featured a number of long-awaited under the hood improvements, not the least of which was the introduction of Aqua, a completely revamped interface and a marked departure from Mac OS 9. You might recall that Jobs, in describing OS X's interface, famously said that Apple "made the buttons on the screen look so good you'll want to lick them." The advertised features at the time read as follows: an open source, UNIX based foundation called Darwin; Apple's new Quartz™ graphics engine...
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5 Features In Java 8 That WILL Change How You Code - www.javacodegeeks.com   23:51 19/03/2014
Java 8 is packed full of some really exciting features at both the JVM and language level. While some of the features initially envisioned for this release got scoped out or pushed out to release 9, there are literally dozens of new features. Many of the new additions are under-the-hood improvements either at the compiler, JVM or help-system level. As such, while we may benefit from them, there’s nothing we need to actively do (other than install Java 8 of course) to enjoy them. Having said that, let’s look at 5 features that we feel are an absolute must for you to know about: 1. Lambda expressions Even if we really didn’t want to go mainstream here, there’s little doubt that from a developer’s perspective, the most dominant feature of Java 8...
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Hello Java 8 and NetBeans 8! - netbeans.dzone.com   23:53 19/03/2014
NetBeans IDE 8 ( release notes here ) provides out-of-the-box code analyzers and editors for working with the latest Java 8 technologies--Java SE 8, Java SE Embedded 8, and Java ME Embedded 8. The IDE also has a range of new enhancements that further improve its support for Maven and Java EE with PrimeFaces; new tools for HTML5, in particular for AngularJS; and improvements to PHP and C/C++ support.  Here's an overview of what NetBeans partners and users are looking forward to in NetBeans 8! Shai Almog (Codename One). "We use NetBeans as our primary IDE at Codename One. I can't wait to get my hands on the new features, such as instant JavaDoc tooltips when hovering over elements in the editor. However, the true value of this release is the solid...
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Yoav Landmand, CTO of  Jfrog - the creators of open source repository manager Artifactory and software distribution platform Bintray - shares his expert analysis of Java 8, and how he thinks the next generation of software from Oracle will impact the Javasphere as a whole. JAX: To what extent do you feel that Oracle have succeeded with this release? Landman: I think that this release is quite a success. Mainly because of the very important features that I guess would otherwise drive people to use languages other than Java. People were getting tired with Java and saying Oracle are not innovating enough, so with Java 8 they've really pushed it and tried to give developers some hope - which they delivered at the end of the day. All the functional stuff that they...
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Microsoft just exposed email's ugliest secret - www.theverge.com   20:59 21/03/2014
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Introducing Private Repos, Webhooks, and More - blog.docker.io   23:48 19/03/2014
The Docker.io team has been working hard on a number of new services and we’re excited to roll them out to you today.  With this release, we aspired to provide services to help users share repos with others, drill-down into repo contents, and automate and link workflows. Sharing One of the most-requested features is private repos.  Say you’re working on a project that you want to share with the world but is not yet ready for prime time.  Now you can push your work-in-progress to a private repo on docker.io and invite only specific collaborators to pull from and push to it.  When you’re ready, you can make your private repo public, and it’ll automatically be indexed and publicly searchable. All services on Docker.io to...
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Docker drops LXC as default execution environment - www.infoq.com   04:58 22/03/2014
With the release of version 0.9 Docker.io have dropped LXC as the default execution environment, replacing it with their own libcontainer . At the same time Docker now supports a much broader range of isolation tools through the use of execution drivers, which include: OpenVZ , systemd-nspawn, libvirt-lxc, libvirt-sandbox, qemu / kvm , BSD Jails , Solaris Zones , and chroot . Libcontainer is a library written in Go that provides direct access for Docker to Linux container APIs: Docker out of the box can now manipulate namespaces, control groups, capabilities, apparmor profiles, network interfaces and firewalling rules - all in a consistent and predictable way, and without depending on LXC or any other userland package. This drastically reduces the number of...
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Most of us are rarely without our smartphones in hand. These powerful supercomputers keep us connected to the world and the people we love. But we're only at the beginning; we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s possible with mobile technology. That’s why we’re so excited about wearables—they understand the context of the world around you, and you can interact with them simply and efficiently, with just a glance or a spoken word. Android Wear: Information that moves with you  Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable—watches. Going well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time, a range of new devices along with...
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How We Scale MongoDB | MongoHQ Blog - blog.mongohq.com   05:04 22/03/2014
We recently launched Elastic Deployments for MongoDB , which rep­resent the best method we’ve found for scaling cus­tomers’ MongoDB datasets appro­priately. The word “appro­priate” is, well, appro­priate when con­sidering scaling. A 10GB MongoDB dataset has dif­ferent requirements than a 10TB dataset which has dif­ferent requirements than a 10PB dataset. There aren’t hard rules for the best time to scale these data sets using more complex methods. Redundancy Discussions about hor­i­zontal scale fre­quently conflate redundancy and per­formance, but they are two separate concepts, par­tic­ularly in MongoDB. Horizontal scale in MongoDB is pri­marily used for...
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Combine and Conquer Because everything in the Wolfram Language is coherently built in, you can routinely combine functionality from vastly different areas, opening up a new level of programming and algorithm innovation. Insert Visualization Anywhere The Wolfram Language makes it trivial to insert aesthetically optimized static or dynamic visualization anywhere—bringing any aspect of your program to life. Leverage the World's Knowledge In the Wolfram Language, data and models from thousands of domains are built in, so your code can immediately know about and compute with real-world constructs. Computer Science is Built In The design and automation of the Wolfram Language makes using advanced computer science...
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The Programmer Productivity Paradox | Javalobby - java.dzone.com   01:32 20/03/2014
Programmers seem to be fairly productive people. You always see them typing at their desks; they chafe for meetings to finish so that they can go back to their desks and  code . When asked, they will say that there is not enough time to produce the  code , and the sooner they can start coding, the sooner they will be  done .  So writing code must be the most important thing, correct? If the average programmer writes about 50 lines of production code a day.  A 50,000 line program would take  1,000  man days to produce.  The 50,000 line listing can be entered by a programmer at about 1,000 lines a day or about  50  man days.  So what the  heck  are the developers doing for the other...
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Netty.docs: Using as a generic library - netty.io   05:17 22/03/2014
Netty is a framework for building network applications, but also provides foundation classes handy for other uses, even programs that do not perform socket I/O. Buffer API io.netty.buffer provides a generic buffer type called ByteBuf . It is like java.nio.ByteBuffer , but faster, more user-friendly, and extensible. User-friendliness Have you ever forgotten to call java.nio.ByteBuffer.flip() and wondered why the buffer does not contain anything? It never happens in ByteBuf because it has two indexes, one for reads and one for writes: ByteBuf buf = ...; buf . writeUnsignedInt ( 42 ); assertThat ( buf . readUnsignedInt (), is ( 42 )); It has a richer set of access methods to more easily access a buffer's contents. For example, it...
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It’s been a little over seven years since AWS launched S3 and EC2. Back then it was exciting to spin up servers in just a few minutes without signing long-term contracts. But fast-forward to 2014: there are dozens of IaaS providers offering similar capabilities. The selling points — like self-service, zero CAPEX and elasticity — that once made the cloud look exciting are not as appealing anymore, and they are no longer the differentiating factors. In the current context, selling cloud for its self-service capabilities is similar to Microsoft trying to sell the latest version of Windows only for its graphical interface. Both have become commodities with the customers taking those features for granted. So, how do new IaaS providers entering the market...
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OneNote vs. Evernote: A personal take on two great note-taking apps - www.computerworld.com   05:21 22/03/2014
Computerworld - Let the note-taking wars begin. With Microsoft's release of OneNote for the Mac and iOS , and its announcement that the Windows application is now free as well, the company has taken dead aim at the popular program Evernote. The two applications now both work on the same platforms (including mobile OSes such as Android, iOS and Windows Phone), sync your notes to your devices and include Web-based...
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Eclipse builds a bridge between desktop and cloud development - www.javaworld.com   16:19 21/03/2014
The Eclipse Foundation is looking to bridge desktop- and cloud-based development with its Project Flux, driven by technologists from Pivotal and IBM and intended to produce an architecture and infrastructure for integrating development tools across the desktop, browsers, and servers. "You can connect your Web-based tools to your desktop tools," said Eclipse Executive Director Mike Milinkovich. The back end of Flux could be described as "Dropbox for your code," he said, and code can be stored in the cloud and can be interacted with via a desktop- or browser-based IDE. Project co-leader Martin Lippert, of Pivotal, said Flux is intended to provide "a fully smooth transition between the desktop IDE experience and the cloud tooling." By bringing together cloud and desktop tools, Flux...
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Jon Snyder/WIRED Facebook engineers Bryan O’Sullivan, Julien Verlaguet, and Alok Menghrajani spent the last few years building a programming language unlike any other. Working alongside a handful of others inside the social networking giant, they fashioned a language that lets programmers build complex websites and other software at great speed while still ensuring that their software code is precisely organized and relatively free of flaws — a combination that few of today’s languages even approach. In typical Facebook fashion, the new language is called Hack , and it already drives almost all of the company’s website — a site that serves more than 1.2 billion people across the globe. “We can say with complete...
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Python 3.4.0 released - blog.python.org   14:50 18/03/2014
Python 3.4.0 has been released today. Python 3.4 includes a range of improvements of the 3.x series, including hundreds of small improvements and bug fixes. Major new features and changes in the 3.4 release series include: PEP 428, a "pathlib" module providing object-oriented filesystem paths PEP 435, a standardized "enum" module PEP 436, a build enhancement that will help generate introspection information for builtins PEP 442, improved semantics for object finalization PEP 443, adding single-dispatch generic functions to the standard library PEP 445, a new C API for implementing custom memory allocators PEP 446, changing file descriptors to not be inherited by default in subprocesses PEP 450, a new "statistics" module PEP 451, standardizing...
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www.happybirthday.net | TechCrunch - techcrunch.com   17:44 15/03/2014
Imagine going back 25 years in a time machine to meet the you of 1989. The you that was watching the Berlin Wall fall, the you that saw Jim and Tammy Baker come back to TV, the you that was probably peripherally aware of something called the Friday The 13th Virus. Now imagine telling this past version of yourself about the World Wide Web. What could you say? That it’s pervasive, now, like oxygen? It’s a constantly changing medium, a system that reinvents itself every second as the energy of a million minds is focused, laser-like, on one meme after the other? Will you tell that old you about how you don’t go to stores anymore but expect everything – from diapers to food – to be brought to you with the click of a button? Do you tell that you about...
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5 Unexpected Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder - www.huffingtonpost.com   03:34 15/03/2014
I wrote a post recently about ways that you can work smarter, not harder . As I worked through the list of techniques I'd collected, the post became so long that I had to split it in half. Here are even more suggestions to help you make your day more productive without putting in extra hours. 1. Limit your to-do list. I've written about the history of the to-do list before, and how to write a great one. One of the most counterintuitive but effective methods I've found for increasing my productivity is to limit how many items I add to my to-do list. One way to do this is by choosing one to three Most Important Tasks (MITs). These are the big, tough tasks for your day that you really need to get done. The ones that will keep you in the...
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Raspberry Pi gets its own sound card - www.engadget.com   05:37 15/03/2014
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Microsoft to offer OneNote for Mac for free - news.cnet.com   05:25 15/03/2014
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Google removes underlined links, says goodbye to 1996 - www.theverge.com   04:53 15/03/2014
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Docker 0.9: introducing execution drivers and libcontainer - blog.docker.io   21:13 12/03/2014
Fellow Dockers, Today we are happy to introduce Docker 0.9. With this release we are continuing our focus on quality over features, shrinking and stabilizing the core, and providing first-class support for all major operating systems. In addition to dozen   of   bugfixes , Docker 0.9 includes 2 major improvements: execution drivers and libcontainer . As usual, for a complete list of improvements, you can check out the Changelog . Execution drivers First, we are introducing an execution driver API which can be used to customize the execution environment surrounding each container. This allows Docker to take advantage of the numerous isolation tools available, each with their particular tradeoffs and install base: OpenVZ, systemd-nspawn,...
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Why we scale vertically: The only way is up - blog.mongohq.com   03:38 15/03/2014
In Search of the Perfect Database The perfect database is a wonderful thing. For developers, it’s a black box with unlimited storage and instant response times for any query an application user can construct. For operators and users it is always available, always backed up, and alway consistent too.  And it doesn’t exist in anything but the abstract.  That doesn’t stop us striving for the perfect database though. You can get get closer to the ideal with a single database by putting it on bigger server hardware as it grows, but really, who has a machine room full of a range of sizes of server? The logistics of shuffling data sets between those machines as demand increases, or decreases, takes any database further away from being...
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Agile Is Dead (Long Live Agility) - pragdave.me   21:11 12/03/2014
Thirteen years ago, I was among seventeen middle-aged white guys who gathered at Snowbird, Utah. We were there because we shared common beliefs about developing software, and we wondered if there was a way to describe what we believed. It took less than a day to come up with a short list of values. We published those values, along with a list of practices, as the Manifesto for Agile Software Development : Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation, and Responding to Change over Following a Plan I was proud of what we did, both the process we followed and the result it produced. And I think that the existence of the manifesto has helped developers break...
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HP Releases Another Cheap Android Tablet - techcrunch.com   03:07 8/03/2014
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вчера в 04:41 Один из крупнейших фотобанков в мире Getty Images убрал водяные знаки с 35 млн фотографий — и разрешил публиковать их...
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OS X update adding 4K support - www.product-reviews.net   18:19 8/03/2014
An OS X update is being introduced by Apple which will add 4K support to enabled monitors and devices with the retina display. This update will increase the sharpness and clarity of images, so far beta tests have yielded positive results for Mac users. This added retina display support comes as part of OS X Mavericks version 10.9.3, which will be released to the public once the beta period has concluded. Owners of Apple’s desktops and laptops will be able to enjoy double pixel retina resolution, where previously the Mac only showed up on a larger scale with window elements spread out. According to reports from 9to5mac , this upcoming refresh will now allow the retina Macbook Pro to support 4K displays with at an increased rate of 60Hz. This will no doubt which make...
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Google's looking more like Microsoft every day - gigaom.com   19:49 6/03/2014
Google continues to put the pieces of an enterprise software company partner program together around its cloud products. On Thursday it announced further refinements  of the cloud platform program– announced two years ago — adding three tiers — to its services and technology partners. The top-level Premier tier gets additional, um “premier” services in addition to the branding, partner relationship management contacts and online training that are available to mid-level “Authorized” partners. At the bottom run is the entry-level “registered” company that gets online resources and training. Services partners include systems integration and value-added reselling (VAR) partners like...
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Hacker News: With Free Version of Windows, Microsoft Gives In to the Google Way (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1gO645d)
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At Server Density, we process over 30TB of time series data points each month, so I’m always experimenting with different technologies to see if we can do things more efficiently or cheaply. Our current environment is across x2 SoftLayer data centers, both dedicated and cloud. But recently I’ve been playing around with Google Cloud. I think Google is currently in the best position to challenge Amazon because they have the engineering culture and technical abilities to release some really innovative features. IBM has bought into some excellent infrastructure at Softlayer but still has to prove its cloud engineering capabilities. Amazon has set the standard for how we expect cloud infrastructure to behave, but Google doesn’t conform to these standards...
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10 Things You Should Know About Running MongoDB at Scale - highscalability.com   19:34 5/03/2014
Wednesday Mar 05 2014 10 Things You Should Know About Running MongoDB at Scale Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8:56AM Guest post by Asya Kamsky , Principal Solutions Architect at MongoDB. This post outlines ten things you need to know for operating MongoDB at scale based on my experience working with MongoDB customers and open source users: MongoDB requires DevOps, too. MongoDB is a database. Like any other data store, it requires capacity planning, tuning, monitoring, and maintenance. Just because it's easy to install and get started and it fits the developer paradigm more naturally...
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NoSQL is a hot buzz in the air for a pretty long time (well, it's not only a buzz anymore). However, when should we really use it? Best Practices for MongoDB NoSQL products (and among them MongoDB) should be used to meet challenges. If you have one of the following challenges, you should consider MongoDB: You Expect a High Write Load MongoDB by default prefers high insert rate over transaction safety. If you need to load tons of data lines with a low business value for each one, MongoDB should fit. Don't do that with $1M transactions recording or at least in these cases do it with an extra safety. You need High Availability in an Unreliable Environment (Cloud and Real Life) Setting replicaSet (set of servers that act as...
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This is Nokia X: Android and Windows Phone collide - www.theverge.com   03:25 25/02/2014
It’s official: the Nokia X Android phone is here. Microsoft might be buying Nokia’s phone business shortly, but the Finnish smartphone maker is still pushing ahead with the launch of three Android-powered handsets today. The Verge first revealed details about Nokia’s plans in December, and the company is now ready to talk specifics about the X, the X+, and the XL. As expected, all three combine Lumia-style design with low-cost hardware aimed at the masses, from a large 5-inch screen on the 109-Euro XL to the 4-inch display on the 99-Euro X+. The X will be released for just €89 in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and a few other global locations,...
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IBM Unveils $1 billion Platform-as-a-Service Investment - www.thestreet.com   03:22 25/02/2014
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- IBM ( IBM ) revealed a more than $1 billion cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) investment on Monday, opening its middleware to the cloud for the first time and bolstering the connectivity of enterprise applications and data to the cloud. The investment was disclosed to more than 9,000 clients, partners and developers at IBM's Feb. 23-26 cloud conference in Las Vegas, which kicked off in earnest on Monday. The investment starts with IBM's launch of "BlueMix," codename for a new PaaS, open beta, that combines IBM's software, third-party and open technologies. BlueMix will be providing DevOps in the cloud to facilitate effective and rapid construction of enterprise applications by developers, independent firms and enterprise teams. BlueMix runs...
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Samsung анонсировали Galaxy S5 - habrahabr.ru   21:02 24/02/2014
сегодня в 00:19 Сегодня, 24 февраля, состоялась презентация Samsung, на которой компания анонсировала свой новый флагман. Ниже я...
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Yandex suite of free Android tools sidesteps Google - reviews.cnet.com   07:42 22/02/2014
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The Letter | 8th Light - blog.8thlight.com   18:48 21/02/2014
We need to become a self-regulating and self-policing profession. The stakes are simply too high to allow software to remain in the current ad-hoc limbo of hackers, heroics, and hermits. Consider how much software you interact with every day. Your alarm clock, your cell phone, the television and cable box, the remote control, your toaster oven, your watch, your car, the train to work, the cash register at Starbucks, the coffee maker at Starbucks, the elevator you ride, etc. etc. The list is virtually endless. Nearly every aspect of our daily lives, nearly ever corner of our civilization is somehow touched, controlled, managed, or influenced by software. Think about that again. Virtually every aspect of our lives has a software component; and yet we exert absolutely no...
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Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called  Project Tango , and it's ready to get the phone into developers' hands to see what the technology is capable of. Google says that the phone will learn the dimension of rooms and spaces just by being moved around inside of them — walking around your bedroom, for example, would help the phone learn the shape of your home. The hope is that by creating a robust map of the world, Google's phone could eventually give precise directions to any given point that needs to be reached. It's an ambitious project, but that should be no surprise given who it's coming from: Tango comes out of the Advanced Technology and Projects group — one...
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At this point it's a forgone conclusion that Microsoft is going to enter the digital assistant space in order to keep pace with Android and iOS. Its offering, code named Cortana (after a Halo character), is reportedly set to debut as part of Windows Phone 8.1 , which we're expecting to get a glimpse of at Build. While the final shape of the app has yet to be confirmed, recent leaks hint that it will borrow heavily from Siri and Google Now, blending what many see as the best features of each. According to the Verge , Cortana will replace the standard Bing search and feature a circular animated icon as its primary UI element. The icon will use the highlight color you've chosen and bounce around the screen or frown when you ask it a question. In addition...
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OSv : Cloud Operating System for Virtual Machines From Creators of KVM - thecustomizewindows.com   03:28 20/02/2014
OSv is a Cloud Operating System for Running on Virtual Machines From the Creators of KVM . KVM is familiar to Linux users and fans of virtualization. Previously we talked about CoreOS , which is a Cloud Operating System,  CoreOS and Net-install of a custom linux distro  on Cloud Servers and How to Boot Custom Network Operating System on Rackspace . Today, we will introduce you to a new Project named OSv, which is a result of the decision to surpass the shortcomings of virtualization regarding cloud operating system, which wil be able to interact with the hardware directly without Linux intermediaries or other systems, resulting in better performance. Read about Kernel Based Virtual Machine (KVM) here. Basics on OSv, Cloud Operating System for Virtual...
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5 Things To Expect From The Samsung Galaxy S5 - readwrite.com   07:33 22/02/2014
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MUST READ: Google Mail unzips password protected files - cyberwarzone.com   03:29 20/02/2014
Security researcher Brian Baskin has published a research which could conclude that GMAIL is actively trying to brute force password protected files. The researcher zipped a file with a virus and what happened next will blow your mind.  His blog reads:  As a professional malware analyst and security researcher, a sizable portion of my work is spent collaborating with other researchers over attack trends and tactics. If I hit a hurdle in my analysis, it's common to just send the binary sample to another researcher with an offset location and say "What does this mean to you?" That was the case on Valentine's Day, 14 Feb 2014. While working on a malware static analysis blog post, to accompany my  dynamic analysis blog post  on the same sample, I...
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Cloud boom is on for real, researcher says - gigaom.com   21:53 16/02/2014
Researcher IHS Technology expects spending on cloud infrastructure and services to hit $174.2 billion in 2014, up 20 percent from $145.2 billion last year. Perhaps more to the point, it expects this growth rate to continue with enterprise spending on cloud to soar to $235.1 billion by 2017. That would be triple the amount spent on cloud ($78.2 billion in 2011.) While researchers may differ on how much cloud spending will grow going forward, they all agree that it’s on the upswing — which is why IBM , Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, Microsoft et al are rushing to adapt to the new model and to cloud-first upstarts like Amazon Web Services. The Structure Show — what’s up with Hadoop Cloudera chief strategy officer Mike Olson sat in with us...
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Java And Scala: Former Competitors Now BFFs? - readwrite.com   01:05 21/02/2014
The Scala programming language celebrated its 10th anniversary last month while Java 8 is poised for its “final” release in March. Ironically, the two languages that competed for so many years are starting to look increasingly similar. Java still tops the charts but Scala has gained new adherents due to its emphasis on functional programming. As Java 8 adds significant Scala features, there's a case to be made that Scala will diminish.  Though there's still plenty of reason to think  Java 8 will obviate much of the reasons people turn to Scala , I recently sat down with Martin Odersky, the creator of the Scala language and chairman of Typesafe , to get his assessment of where things stand between the two...
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Google Cloud SQL now Generally Available with an SLA, 500GB databases, and encryption - googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com   04:14 20/02/2014
Hacker News: Google Cloud SQL now available with an SLA, 500 GB databases, and encryption (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1kXtqe5)
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Feature Preview: Boxes 2.0 - www.vagrantup.com   23:48 19/02/2014
Vagrant 1.5 will feature a revamped system for finding, downloading, and using boxes. With Vagrant 1.5 boxes will be easier than ever to find, build, use, update, and share. For new users, Vagrant becomes much easier to use, and for existing users, the box system becomes much more powerful with new features to help teams using Vagrant. Here are some quick highlights of the new box system: box names are now as simple as hashicorp/precise64 , which acts as both the address for the box as well as the name. A single box address can represent a box for multiple providers, so you no longer need to special-case box URLs depending on the provider in use. Boxes are now versionable, so you can deploy box updates and users of that box are notified when updates are available. And finally,...
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My colleague Lesley Mbogo has some good news for users of the AWS Elastic Load Balancing service. -- Jeff; We have made several enhancements to Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) to further improve the security of your application traffic, making it easier for you to better protect the confidential data and privacy of your users. Today, website operators are expanding encryption across their applications and are often using HTTPS by default to secure all web traffic. As this trend continues, many AWS customers will rely on ELB to terminate HTTPS/SSL traffic at the load balancer in order to avoid having to run the CPU-intensive decryption process on their EC2 instances: Last year, we added support for the TLS 1.1 and 1.2 protocols, the latest industry standards...
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Another day and another acquisition — and another one that is jaw dropping and seemingly insane. Less than a week after Japan’s Rakuten acquired Viber for $900 million , Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced that he is buying WhatsApp for a whopping $16 billion in cash and stock. Add another $3 billion for WhatsApp employees may get over next few years in restricted stock, and this becomes a $19 billion company. When I think about the deal, it actually makes what investor Paul Kedrosky calls “ridiculously rational” sense. It keeps WhatsApp out of the hands of Google and most importantly takes out an aggressive competitor for “attention” from the market. Facebook is going to end up competing with...
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StackOverflow , the coding-focused Q&A site that’s proven to be an essential tool for professional and amateur programmers alike, had an approximately hour-long outage Sunday morning that affected a number of users. According to StackOverflow’s parent company StackExchange, the cause was a DDoS attack against its network provider . The issue has been “partially mitigated” and the site is back up and running now, StackExchange says. Reports of StackOverflow’s outage started to hit Twitter and Hacker News at around 11am Pacific Time Sunday, and continued for about an hour. The panicked (and often humorous) notes of programmers who were unable to access the site during their planned Sunday coding sessions show just how valuable the...
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The New Normal: 200-400 Gbps DDoS Attacks — Krebs on Security - krebsonsecurity.com   09:43 15/02/2014
Over the past four years, KrebsOnSecurity has been targeted by countless denial-of-service attacks intended to knock it offline. Earlier this week, KrebsOnSecurity was hit by easily the most massive and intense such attack yet — a nearly 200 Gpbs assault leveraging a simple attack method that industry experts say is becoming alarmingly common. At issue is a seemingly harmless feature built into many Internet servers known as the Network Time Protocol (NTP), which is used to sync the date and time between machines on a network. The problem isn’t with NTP itself, per se, but with certain outdated or hard-coded implementations of it that attackers can use to turn a relatively negligible attack into something much, much...
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Part of the magic behind Android is that it is open-source, meaning anyone can grab the OS and run with it, as we’ve seen with customized Android forks like Amazon’s Fire OS. There is no denying that Android is truly open and free at its heart, but critics attest that Android “as we know it ” might not be so open or free in reality. In order to qualify for Google Play certification, OEMs have to go through several hoops and need navigate a list of “do’s and dont’s” if they want to be approved. Without Play certification, a device can’t have Google Maps, the Play Store or any of the great apps that we generally associate with Android — which basically makes the device useless for most major markets....
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Humans Account for Less Than 40% of Global Web Traffic - mashable.com   05:53 15/02/2014
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When you think ChromeOS, chances are the first thing that comes to mind are Chromebooks. Since 2012, though, Google and its hardware partners have also been quietly selling its Chromeboxes , the desktop equivalents of the ChromeOS laptops. Now that Chromebooks seem to have found their place, with very solid sales according to the latest data, the company is starting to put the Chromebox concept back into the spotlight and positioning it as a platform that goes beyond traditional desktop computing. At the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas today, for example, Google is highlighting how Chromeboxes can power – you guessed it – digital signage. Making this work is pretty straightforward and goes a bit beyond the traditional kiosk mode Google has long enabled on...
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Wednesday February 12, 2014 12:27 pm PST by Juli Clover Apple is working on a platform that combines OS X and iOS to boost iPhone and iPad sales, according to J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz (via CNET ). He believes that a combo operating system, which he has termed "iAnywhere," would work in tandem with an iOS device docked to a secondary display, running as a full-blown computer. "While not a new idea, our global tech research team believes Apple could be on the cusp of introducing a new category with iAnywhere, a converged MacOS-iOS operating system that allows an iPhone or iPad to dock into a specially configured display to run as a computer," Moskowitz said. "In our view, this...
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While consumers are certainly still buying Windows 8, the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft is not getting the same amount of love as Windows 7 did. That seems to be the general consensus, but now there’s data straight from the horse’s mouth to back that claim: at 15 months, Windows 8 sold 100 million fewer licenses than Windows 7 did, according to Microsoft’s own sales figures. Microsoft today revealed that Windows 8 has passed the 200 million mark. The two operating systems grew at the same rate for their respective first six months, but then at some point things slowed down for Windows 7′s successor: We can’t say when exactly the slowdown occurred because Microsoft didn’t share any new Windows 8 sales...
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Venture capitalist and erstwhile open source entrepreneur Peter Levine thinks it's dumb to try to emulate Red Hat. In a TechCrunch post , Levine insists it's almost certain we won't "see another Red Hat" as "the odds are long and the path is littered with the corpses of companies that have tried the support model." Levine is right, of course. But then again, we already knew this.  Redmonk's Stephen O'Grady argued back in 2006 that we wouldn't see another billion-dollar open source company like Red Hat. Indeed, it has been a long, long time since anyone has mustered a serious attempt to emulate Red Hat like-for-like—the one exception being Hortonworks . It turns out there are other open source-friendly ways to build...
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Microsoft’s marketing chief Tami Reller gave the impression to some at Goldman Sachs’ technology conference Thursday that Office for non-Windows platforms isn’t go to happen . That’s a direct contradiction of statements by then-CEO, Steve Ballmer, in September of last year. So which is it: Is Office for iPad coming or not? Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley says it is and perhaps sooner even than a Metro or touch-friendly version of Office for Windows 8.1. In a post on Friday, Foley shared information from her sources, saying the code name for the software is “Mirimar” and that it’s expected in the first half of 2014 . There’s no information yet on how the software would be made available, but I agree...
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Thirty years after Steve Jobs buried the Lisa mouse in Aspen, Colorado, the antique will make its television debut next week. During the June 1983 International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA), Jobs reluctantly wore a bow tie and actually predicted technologies like the iPad, wireless networking, and the App Store. He navigated his presentation with a Lisa mouse, which was later added to a collection of items donated by conference attendees and buried in the "Aspen Time Tube." Later renamed the "Steve Jobs Time Capsule," the 13-foot tube was meant to be re-opened in 2000, but organizers apparently failed to draw a clear enough treasure map, and actually forgot where it had been buried. Thanks to modern technology (some probably provided by Apple), the National Geographic...
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5 Ways To Burn Out Programming - blog.braegger.pw   11:04 12/02/2014
I've only recently come out of my burnout, despite it happening years ago. It sucks. It sucks bad. But looking back, I can see many of the causes crystal clearly, that weren't so apparent at the time. Here's a list: 1. Think about your project and only the project Let's face it. Business wants you to make the best product you can "for our customers". You put off fun features for the sake of missing a deadline. You plan and analyze and break a project into sets of deliverables that then must be coded by a monkey (you). You demo it, gather feedback, iterate. All without thinking anything for yourself. But newsflash: you started programming because you thought it was fun, why not keep programming because it's fun? Take that little extra time to...
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Join Google, Microsoft, Apple and 500+ other companies at TNW Europe 2014! By Emil Protalinski , Friday, 14 Feb '14 , 08:21pm
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When Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield was building an online game several years ago, he and his team of designers and developers built their own hacked-together IRC-based replacement for instant messaging and email as a way of getting things done. After he shut the game down last year and was looking for something else to do, Butterfield decided his workflow software was worth refining, and the result is Slack , which launched to the public today. If there’s one market that is filled to the brim with competitors — even more so than consumer photo-sharing apps — it has to be workflow or collaboration services. There are large, project-management style suites like Basecamp (which 37signals announced it is now focusing on full time), as well as...
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вчера в 21:31 Веб-аналитика * , NoSQL * , Информационная безопасность * — How do I authenticate? — You don't! это цитата из FAQ memcached . Да, в memcached по умолчанию не предусмотрено...
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Matthias Drywater
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GitHub Octoverse 2013 - octoverse.github.com   19:20 8/02/2014
You did some amazing things last year. In fact, A LOT of amazing things. 3 million new users Like @tomschenkjr , Chicago's Director of Analytics who has been making public repos for his city with bike routes, bike rack locations, building footprints, and more . 7 .4 million pull requests Like this one from @xke , a product manager with a running habit who has been learning to code over the past year and had her first Pull Request accepted by the Boston Marathon. 152 million git pushes Like...
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Долгожданные умные часы от Apple разрабатываются в строгой секретности. Но это не мешает появляться все новым слухам и...
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Google Nexus 8 set for April launch, says report - news.cnet.com   02:43 8/02/2014
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On Wednesday, Github announced that maps would be “diffable”—a silly-sounding term that means much in the world of Github. It’s a small and even long-expected feature, but an important one, and one that aids Github’s role in the emerging ecosystem around open data. First, a gloss on some terms. Github is a San Fransisco-based startup whose main product—also called Github—helps developers manage different versions of a project’s code. Many developers already use a piece of software on their computer called git to manage versions of code, and Github gives them a place to store Git’s files in the cloud and collaborate with others about them. It also provides messaging functions that sometimes supplant company...
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14 Things You Didn't Know About the Macintosh - www.pcmag.com   03:37 25/01/2014
Think you're an Apple Macintosh expert? Check out these 14 bits of trivia that may have escaped your attention over the years. Contents As you may have heard, the Apple Macintosh has been around for 30 years  as of today. Over the course of its lifespan, the Mac has garnered itself a fairly intricate set of folklore and bits of trivia, some of which are more well known than others. Here are some things you may not have heard about Cupertino's most famous computer platform: 1. The Lisa's name was for a reason. The extremely expensive Apple Lisa, which predated the Mac, was named after Steve Jobs's daughter Lisa. The $10,000 computer, on the other hand, featured advanced preemptive...
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Спустя два года с момента выхода ветки FreeBSD 9 представлен релиз FreeBSD 10.0, ставший одним из самых значительных релизов за историю...
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If you've been using LogMeIn's free account, you might, nay will , need to find another option. The remote desktop service is no longer offering its gratis service, forcing existing users to either migrate to one of the paid accounts, or move over to a competitor . Users who bought LogMeIn Ignition for iOS or Android, however, will receive "significant" discounts and the promise of a gentle transition to the subscription offerings. It looks like there isn't much time to hang around either, with users being given seven days to decide what they want to do. This period starts from the next time you log in, so if you haven't done so yet, and don't need the service right away, you might be able to buy yourself some thinking time at least. If you use...
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The Linux desktop crew is a hardy bunch. Despite it being abundantly evident that the Linux desktop has lost whatever slim chance it once had to be relevant, Linux advocates continue to wring their hands and say , "We kinda already won!... Sort of." While it's true to say—and I've been saying it for years —that Linux  qua Android now reigns as the "desktop" champion, it's equally true that Linux has completely failed as a desktop operating system. The reason is pretty simple: Linux has never been easy or useful enough for Valerie. The Best OS For Valerie Valerie is the lady who cuts my hair, and has done so every six weeks or so for the...
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Hacker News: New Amazon EC2 M3 Instance Sizes and Lower Prices for S3/EBS (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/KBQaR4)
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How Google controls Android's open-source software - www.theguardian.com   03:45 25/01/2014
Android software is free and open-source, but without Google Play, a device will have minimal functionality. Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters • This article was amended on 24 January 2014 to reflect a clarification from Google that it does not charge manufacturers for Android licenses. The idea that Google’s Android mobile software is both “free” and open-source is so often repeated that it is virtually an article of faith online. There’s only one problem: neither is strictly true. While the basic Android software is indeed available for free, and can be downloaded, compiled and changed by anyone, it doesn’t include the apps that...
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Scala Turns Ten Today - www.infoq.com   00:02 22/01/2014
Ten years ago today, Michel Schinz announced the first implementation of the Scala programming language . When announced, it was describe as "a language that smoothly integrates object-oriented and functional programming" and which "is designed to express common programming patterns in a concise, elegant and type-safe way." The original announcement reads: We'd like to announce availability of the first implementation of the Scala programming language. Scala smoothly integrates object-oriented and functional programming. It is designed to express common programming patterns in a concise, elegant, and type-safe way. Scala introduces several innovative language constructs. For instance: Abstract types and mixin composition unify ideas from object and module...
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Advertisements It’s the beginning of a new year, and for tech fans, it means looking ahead and making predictions regarding what we may or may not be seeing from the market’s biggest names. Naturally, speculation pertaining the next iPhone, unofficially dubbed the iPhone 6 , has been rife, and throwing in another suggestion today is Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, who has suggested, among other things, that the next Apple handset will feature a 4.8-inch display. Not only would this comfortably make the iPhone 6 the largest, in terms of the screen, to date, and with the iPhone 5 being the only Apple smartphone to increase the display size (a paltry 0.5-inch bump in seven years of iPhone), it would be the most significant jump. This is, of...
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When it rains, it pours. Right on the heels of being named DB-Engines' 2013 Database of the Year and Linux Journal's Best NoSQL Database , InfoWorld has given MongoDB its 2014 Technology of the Year award , alongside Amazon Web Services and GitHub, among others. More than just point solutions to finite business problems, InfoWorld's list includes technologies that " point the way to the data centers, clouds, and applications of tomorrow. They’re the innovations that are changing the way we work and do business," as  Doug Dineley, executive editor of InfoWorld’s Test Center, declares .  Sometimes innovation is about lower costs. For example, one of the biggest advantages Hadoop brings is enabling data analytics on commodity hardware, as opposed to the...
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Code is not literature - www.gigamonkeys.com   00:12 22/01/2014
20 January 2014 I have started code reading groups at the last two companies I’ve worked at, Etsy and Twitter, and some folks have asked for my advice about code reading and running code reading groups. Tl;dr: don’t start a code reading group. What you should start instead I’ll get to in a moment but first I need to explain how I arrived at my current opinion. As a former English major and a sometimes writer, I had always been drawn to the idea that code is like literature and that we ought to learn to write code the way we learn to write English: by reading good examples. And I’m certainly not the only one to have taken this point of view—Donald Knuth, in addition to his work on...
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Has CEO Marissa Mayer failed to turn Yahoo around? - economictimes.indiatimes.com   09:26 20/01/2014
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Math Is Not Necessary for Software Development - www.mutuallyhuman.com   06:39 18/01/2014
Hacker News: Math is not necessary for software development (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1eNbIG3)
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MapDB - www.mapdb.org   08:14 18/01/2014
Features Concurrent - MapDB has record level locking and state-of-art concurrent engine. Its performance scales nearly linearly with number of cores. Data can be written by multiple parallel threads. Fast - MapDB has outstanding performance rivaled only by native DBs. It is result of more than a decade of optimizations and rewrites. ACID - MapDB optionally supports ACID transactions with full MVCC isolation. MapDB uses write-ahead-log or append-only store for great write durability. Flexible - MapDB can be used everywhere from in-memory cache to multi-terabyte database. It also has number of options to trade durability for write performance. This makes it very easy to configure MapDB to exactly fit your needs. Hackable -...
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Microsoft more trusted than Apple, study says - news.cnet.com   06:32 18/01/2014
Trusted? (Credit: Microsoft/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET) Trust me, there aren't many people (or things) you can trust these days. Everyone is out for themselves, ready to take advantage -- often, it seems, because it's just so much fun to take advantage. However, I know you have a weak spot. You can't hide it. I have the research to prove it. You really, really trust Microsoft, don't you? How do I know this? Well, while you were at CES wondering what part of your body you would like the gadget-makers to snatch next, I found a piece of highly trustworthy research conducted by Forrester. I know this research is trustworthy because it costs $499 to buy it . This research, reports Geekwire , revealed the true inner feelings of America's consumers....
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Why is everyone disappointed by Google buying Nest? - www.theverge.com   06:20 18/01/2014
Google's bombshell $3.2B acquisition of connected-home company Nest Labs makes simple sense on paper: Nest CEO Tony Fadell says he'll gain the ability to scale his business without worrying about cash or infrastructure, while Google gets a company at the leading edge of the difficult smart-home market and a team skilled in building well-designed products that combine hardware, software, and services. (And how: before Nest, Fadell and co-founder Matt Rogers led the iPod and iPhone teams at Apple.) It's a win-win, and Nest's investors sound ecstatic. "It's a fantastic return," Lightspeed Venture Partners' Peter Nieh told The Wall Street Journal . But outside of the players directly involved in the deal, there was a second, more visceral reaction: disappointment. Nest was the...
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Dropbox Apologizes and Explains Recent Outage - thenextweb.com   06:28 18/01/2014
SHIFT, our quarterly iPad magazine for the digital generation By Jon Russell , Monday, 13 Jan '14 , 05:40am Dropbox suffered an extended outage that affected some users for over 48 hours, and — now that the service is “back up and running”  for all — the company has explained exactly what happened, and confirmed that no data was affected. Initially, there was suspicion that the cloud storage service had been hacked, but they proved to be unfounded. In a post on its tech blog , Dropbox says that a bug which surfaced during a routine...
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Yandex and Facebook had a notable run-in last year when a team of developers from the Russian search giant created a social search app called Wonder , which Facebook promptly blocked , leading to Wonder shutting down . But in reality the two sides have been working together since 2010, and today comes the latest chapter in the collaboration. Yandex is launching a social search feature that will give Yandex.com visitors related, real-time public posts from Facebook. Yandex will also use Facebook firehose data to help provide more relevant results. The only other search engine that has a deal similar to Yandex’s is  Bing  in the U.S. A provisional mock-up of how this will look is pictured here. The move is significant for a couple of reasons:...
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What Kind of Porn Are Your Neighbors Watching—and How Much? - internet.wonderhowto.com   08:12 18/01/2014
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A message spotted on Chromium.org, home to the open source browser project Google Chrome is based on, states that a “Chromoting” application is in development for iOS devices. This would allow users to control their computers from their iPhone or iPad, for example. An Android version of this same technology has been in development since last year, it’s been previously  reported . These mobile clients would be an extension of Google’s earlier efforts with its  Chrome Remote Desktop  screen sharing and remote access service, which exited from beta in fall 2012. With that still somewhat under-hyped Chrome application, users can securely share their computer over the web with others for things like remote tech support, or simply...
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We’ve argued in the past that it wouldn’t be fair to compare Windows 8 to Vista , in part because Vista was widely hated by many Windows users while Windows 8 is merely polarizing . In other words, even though Microsoft surely wishes more people liked Windows 8, it can at least take solace in the fact that the new platform has its share of passionate fans and advocates.  However, the well-connected Paul Thurrott says that’s not how Microsoft is internally looking at things. In fact, Thurrott says that Microsoft employees are internally referring to Windows 8 as “the new Vista,” which is a seeming admission that the platform has not achieved its goals of reigniting interest in PCs...
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Bram Cohen, inventor of BitTorrent and now the steganography tool DissidentX. Encryption tools help people keep secrets. Bram Cohen has a more subtle ambition: he wants to help people keep secret the act of keeping secrets. For the last year Cohen, who created the breakthrough file-sharing protocol BitTorrent a decade ago, has been working on a new piece of software he calls DissidentX. The program, which he released over the summer in a barebones prototype and is now working to develop with the help of a group of researchers at Stanford, goes beyond encryption to offer users what cryptographers call “steganography,” the ability to conceal a message inside another message. Instead of merely enciphering users’ communications in a...
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In the 10 years since the CentOS project was launched there has been no board of directors, or legal team, or commercial backing. The developers who labored to build the community-led version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) worked largely unpaid (though some took a few consulting gigs on the side.) They had a few hundred dollars in their bank account to pay for event t-shirts and that was it. And the project's direction was decided based on the developers' immediate needs, not a grand vision of future technology. That's all changing with the news last week that CentOS will join Red Hat , said Karanbir Singh, CentOS project leader and one of four CentOS developers going to work for Red Hat as part of the new collaboration. For the first time, developers will work on CentOS...
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A 30 minute introduction to Rust - words.steveklabnik.com   20:41 14/01/2014
I recently gave a proposal for Rust’s documentation . An important component of my overall proposal is a short, simple introduction for people who may have heard of Rust, so that they can figure out if Rust is right for them. The other day, I saw this excellent presentation , and thought it might serve as a great basis for this introduction. Consider this an RFC for such an introduction. Feedback very welcome on the rust-dev mailing list or on Twitter . Rust is a systems programming language that focuses on strong compile-time correctness guarantees. It improves upon the ideas other systems languages like C++, D, and Cyclone by providing very strong guarantees and explicit control over the life cycle of memory. Strong memory guarantees make writing correct...
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Monday Jan 13 2014 NYTimes Architecture: No Head, No Master, No Single Point of Failure Monday, January 13, 2014 at 8:54AM Michael Laing, a Systems Architect at NYTimes, gave this great decription of their use of RabbitMQ  and their overall architecture on the RabbitMQ mailing list. The closing...
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Many Dropbox users are still facing a partial outage that has been going on for nearly 48 hours at this point, and Dropbox is still scrambling to restore all services to everyone. The Dropbox site and service went down shortly after 6 PM PT on Friday, January 10, and continues to affect what Dropbox calls “a small number of users.” Specifically, around 5 percent of users still can’t sync files from the desktop client, and 20 percent are having issues on mobile. A fix is rolling out soon to improve both those numbers, Dropbox says. Early claims suggested the outage might be the work of hackers , but Dropbox categorically denied the involvement of any external organizations or individuals in the current problems, and the hackers who originally claimed...
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Red Hat and CentOS Join Forces - community.redhat.com   00:39 8/01/2014
As you may have heard by now, Red Hat and the CentOS Project have announced that we are working together. I’m very excited about this announcement and what it means for the future. There are plenty of resources that I’ll list below to find out more about the new effort, but I wanted to take a moment to share with you my personal view (and why my view matters.) Ten years ago I was present with many of you when Red Hat split our Linux product into the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) product line and Fedora Project community distribution. Many of us were aware right away that a gap was created between Fedora and RHEL for a slower-moving, stable-enough community platform. That gap was where CentOS (and other) distros grew. That gap has since become a fully...
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Pivotal’s Top 6 Predictions for the Developer in 2014 - blog.gopivotal.com   07:45 8/01/2014
2014 is set to be a perfect storm that will flatten out the unnatural boundaries between data, devices and development. By the end of this year, developers will evolve to become the ‘one-stop’ shop to fluently translate business needs to the web.  At the same time, the productivity gains realized by tooling advances will allow the developer to enmesh themselves further in strategic business decisions, increasing the importance of their role in the success of every modern business. While these seem like bold statements, this has been a path developers have been marching toward for years. With the advent of Agile development, developers have been pushing the industry continuously to iterate and improve how productive the development process can be. This is how...
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I think the folks at Samsung might finally agree with me. I’ve been writing that PC activities are filtering down into tablets and large smartphones  for the past few years and now the company has new slates that ease the transition. Samsung introduced four new tablets in the NotePro and TabPro series as it looks to beef up the productivity aspects of its device lineup. I had a chance to spend some time with the devices, but before my first impressions, here’s a run-down of the new tablets Samsung is debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show. All of them share the same 2560 x 1600 screen resolution, are bundled with up to $700 in premium content from publishing partners and run Android 4.4 with Samsung’s Magazine UX seen on previous Note...
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The best wearables of CES 2014 - www.theverge.com   05:46 11/01/2014
Wearable technology is in the midst of a transitional period, moving from fanciful, off-the-wall ideas to more refined products for the real world. CES 2014 provides a snapshot on how far along these devices have come, with smartwatches like the Pebble Steel and Meta now looking a lot more like classic mechanical timepieces. For them and the rest of the newly announced wearables at the Vegas show, stay tuned to this stream. Major Updates The striking Pebble Steel could change your mind about smartwatches A premium smartwatch? MetaWatch launches new brand with former Vertu designer...
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Dropbox Offline, Hacker Group Claims Credit - techcrunch.com   04:14 11/01/2014
Popular backup service, Dropbox, is offline and the hacktivist contingent, Anonymous, is claiming credit. “BREAKING NEWS: We have just compromised the @Dropbox Website http://bit.ly/1cMlbvt #hacked #compromised,” tweeted a known Anonymous Twitter account. BREAKING NEWS: We have just compromised the @ Dropbox Website bit.ly/1cMlbvt #hacked #compromised — Anonymous (@AnonOpsKorea) January 11, 2014 Dropbox seems to be denying their website was hacked: “We are aware of an issue currently affecting the Dropbox site. We have identified the cause, which was the result of an issue that arose during routine internal maintenance, and are working to fix this as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience,” went a company...
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Intel Edison Nate Lanxon Intel CEO Brian Krzanich used the stage at his first CES keynote address to announce the company's new smart product lines, and in addition revealed Intel Edison -- a 400MHz computer board that fits into an SD card. The Edison chip supports Linux and includes a dual-core CPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE (low energy) and an integrated app store. It will be available in "the middle of 2014" according to Krzanich, and will allow creators of hardware products to enhance the functionality of their existing or new systems by incorporating Edison's processing...
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Connected speakers were everywhere at CES . Companies like Sony, Panasonic, Pure and numerous others all showed off loudspeakers that can stream music directly from services like Spotify and Rhapsody, without the need to pipe music via Bluetooth from a mobile device. But as more and more vendors come forward with their own take on connected speakers, music services find it increasingly hard to pick and chose. Pandora’s CTO Tom Conrad told me during CES that his company has gotten requests from “a couple dozen” speaker makers over the last few months. Some of these companies want to go down the Sonos route and build their own app to control all the music that’s playing on their device — not an ideal scenario from Pandora’s...
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The Emergence of API-First Development - blog.programmableweb.com   04:24 11/01/2014
This is the first of two articles on the growing trend of API-first design. In this article Patricio Robles takes a look at some real-world examples to illustrate why API-first design is an emerging trend. Robles’ article will be followed by an interview with Uri Sarid, CTO of MuleSoft (parent to ProgramamableWeb ), who spoke with ProgrammableWeb about the advantages and approaches to API-first design. How an API was designed and implemented is usually of little interest to consumers of the thousands of APIs available today. What matters most is that an API works, is easy to integrate and solves a real problem. But for the growing number of companies looking to take advantage of the booming API economy and considering developing APIs, design is an important...
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сегодня в 15:10 Блог компании FastVPS LLC , Виртуализация * , Хостинг * Ола, Хабрасообщество! Введение Данный доклад изначально был...
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Facebook makes Mercurial faster than Git - www.infoq.com   23:08 9/01/2014
Earlier this week, Facebook posted Scaling Mercurial at Facebook on their engineering blog, covering how they have modified Mercurial to scale with their repository. Facebook stores all of its code in a single repository, which two years ago was based on subversion. Instead of having separate repositories for independent projects (and sharing using a binary repository), the entire codebase is in a single large source repository. Unfortunately for Facebook, neither git nor mercurial were designed to support a single huge repository of all projects. Since the purpose of a distributed version control system is to store all history, if all of a company's projects are stored in a single repository then the size of the repository along with its history can be prohibitively...
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Bad Ads on Yahoo Infected Thousands of Users With Malware - securitywatch.pcmag.com   06:23 6/01/2014
Thousands of users who visited Yahoo's Web site over the past week were infected with malware, researchers have found. The malware was delivered via malicious advertisements that appeared on the site. Yahoo confirmed the infection, but said it has already been removed. "At Yahoo, we take the safety and privacy of our users seriously. We recently identified an ad designed to spread malware to some of our users. We immediately removed it and will continue to monitor and block any ads being used for this activity," the company said in an email. Attackers had inserted malvertisements, or malicious advertisements, into the servers used by ads.yahoo.com, Fox-IT, a Dutch security firm, wrote in a blog post Saturday . These ads redirected...
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Design Patterns: Magic or Myth? - www.infoq.com   01:46 5/01/2014
This article first appeared in IEEE Software magazine and is brought to you by InfoQ & IEEE Computer Society.   My name is John Wellington Wells, I’m a dealer in magic and spells, In blessings and curses, And ever-fill’d purses, In prophecies, witches and knells! —The Sorcerer, Gilbert and Sullivan, 1877 An important element of this early Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera was the portrayal of the sorcerer as a domestic salesman rather than some exotic and mysterious being. It was the wares that were exotic, not the dispenser. Unfortunately, this is just what so many managers and software developers continue to seek—a...
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As we noted last week, Apple had a relatively quiet 2013. However, this year should turn out to be different, as CEO Tim Cook has reassured employees that the firm has “ big plans ” for 2014. New product categories? Throughout 2013, Cook hinted publicly about Apple’s plans for new product categories. Here’s what he said during the fiscal Q2 2013 earnings call back in April, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha : We see great opportunities in front of us, particularly given the long-term prospects of the smartphone and tablet market, the strength of our incredible ecosystem, which we plan to continue to augment with new services, our plans for expanded distribution, and the potential of exciting new product categories. Piper Jaffray...
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вчера в 23:26 История ИТ , Исследования и прогнозы в IT , Гаджеты. Устройства для гиков Вероятно, большей части хабрасообщества в 1964...
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Hacker News: Isaac Asimov Predicts in 1964 What the World Will Look Like Today — in 2014 (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1cmHi80)
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2014: A Look into the Magic Crystal Ball | Javalobby - java.dzone.com   02:31 4/01/2014
It is the last day of the Year 2013. Instead of reviewing the soon-to-be-old-2013, I want to look into 2014. For this I have my Magic Crystal Ball :-): Microscopic Crystal Ball View, tells what will happen in 2014! So here is my personal list of 10 things I’m seeing, in no particular order: 1. The ‘Cloud’ Condensation Cloud Computing Types (Source: Wikipedia) Many vendors are pushing customers into the ‘cloud’ these days. Today vendors are moving their tools solutions to the cloud (Microsoft the Office, ARM  mbed , and many more). Yes, the ‘cloud’ has many advantages, but I see companies and organizations banning ‘cloud based solutions’ because of privacy or IP concerns. They don’t wanna...
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Hacker News: Gluglug X60 Laptop now certified to Respect Your Freedom (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1kn8Q5b)
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The Taxonomy of Terrible Programmers - www.aaronstannard.com   07:54 28/12/2013
Hacker News: The Taxonomy of Terrible Programmers (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1hpqfYq)
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Cultured Code, the makers of the excellent Things task management app, had some big news to share at the end of last week: We are delighted to announce that we’ve reached an incredible milestone today—someone has just bought the millionth copy of Things! I used Things as my task manager for several years starting way back in 2008. It was one of my first essential and favorite apps on iOS. I have always loved its gorgeous UI – one that I felt encouraged me to spend more time getting stuff done. I’ve switched away from the app in recent years, but I’m very happy to see it hit this impressive milestone. Firstly because the success is very well-deserved, and also because I think it’s a great reminder that it’s not...
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Увидел свет значительный выпуск фреймворка GNUnet 0.10 , предназначенного для построения децентрализованных безопасных P2P-сетей, не...
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The iOS7 Jailbreak Is Here—But Beware – ReadWrite - readwrite.com   06:30 28/12/2013
The Evasi0n team unexpectedly released its  iOS 7 jailbreak  over the weekend, accompanied by controversy, allegations of bad faith and, for some users, the unannounced inclusion of a Chinese app store that apparently contained pirated iOS apps. See also: iOS 7: Is There Any Reason To Jailbreak Anymore? Rumors flying across Twitter and on Reddit accused evad3rs, the team behind Evasi0n7, of taking money from TaiG , the Chinese app store in question. Additionally, prominent members of the jailbreak community were apparently blindsided by the weekend release of the Evasi0n jailbreak, including Jay Freeman (@saurik), creator of the Cydia app store for jailbroken iPhones and iPads. So, I got no lead...
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Perhaps the third time will be a charm for Hewlett-Packard. At the turn of the century the company used Windows software first in personal digital assistants and later in phones, then bought Palm’s webOS only to squander the $1.2 billion purchase amid corporate paralysis, recently turning to Android. According to The Information (subscription required), the company will in the coming weeks launch a half-dozen, relatively low-cost “phablets”: Tablets with 6- to 7-inch screens that also work for cellular voice calls. If The Information’s sources are correct, these truly would be low-cost devices to the tune of $200 to $250 without a contract. That’s far below the typical mobile device without contract, although the recently...
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Looking for the best old school gaming emulator for Mac OS X? Look no further, OpenEmu is an awesome emulator for nearly all of the classic retro gaming console, with full support for Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, NeoGeo, NES, Nintendo DS, Sega 32x, Sega Game Gear, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo (SNES), TurboGrafx 16, and VirtualBoy. OpenEmu basically bundled each individual emulator engine into a single app, allowing for a convenient central location for all your old school emulation needs, and offering a nice looking gaming library browser for game ROMs too. Get OpenEmu free developers main site or from GitHub (OS X only) OpenEmu works great in just about every modern version of Mac OS X, though you’ll find that the newest versions of OS X like Mavericks...
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Oracle to Amazon: It's on - gigaom.com   00:14 27/12/2013
Oracle execs do not typically like to utter the “C-word.” Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has engineered (pardon the pun) the company’s move from “commodity” servers to costlier “engineered systems.” The company pushes its database and applications as high-end enterprise-class software — worthy of high support charges. But apparently, commodity cloud infrastructure is one area where the software giant intends to play and play hard starting next year. “Down at the infrastructure level, we intend to be price competitive with Amazon and Microsoft Azure and Rackspace. So we intend to compete aggressively in, what I will call — commodity not being a bad word — the commodity Infrastructure-as-a-Service...
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Amazon Workspaces: What lies ahead and beneath? - gigaom.com   22:46 24/12/2013
On the surface, Amazon’s newly introduced Amazon WorkSpaces is Desktop as a Service. But it may represent a strategy that is actually much deeper than that, and one that could bring whole new customer segments into the Amazon Web Services Marketplace . Today, in order for enterprise applications to move to the cloud, they have to achieve an “escape velocity” to break free from the company’s data center. Firms often use scorecards to rationalize which applications will escape to the public cloud and which remain in house. Even in firms where the CIO mandates “cloud first” deployment, entrenched corporate culture and fear of cloud often preserves the status quo and hinders a move to the cloud. That is not good news for AWS. DaaS...
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It’s common currency in internet punditry circles that Google won the battle to dominate search while Facebook won the battle for social, and that Google+ is just a failed competitor to Facebook. But Google hasn’t given up. It has been clear for a while now  that, to make up for the fact that not very many people actively use Google+ as a social network, Google is turning it into  a platform on which the rest of Google’s web services are evolving—something that has the effect of making people use Google+ by default. Results from Google+ already clutter search results . YouTube’s commenting system has been replaced by Google+ . Chat and Talk, once stand-alone services, were combined into Hangouts and incorporated into Google+. In a revealing...
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How Flipboard is Tackling the Web - www.inc.com   04:26 28/12/2013
The digital magazine startup, which just closed a $100 million funding round and passed the 100-million-user milestone, is consumed with solving the problem of curating online content. Everyone has a few of those vague memories of typing a search query into Ask Jeeves or another antiquated search engine. Along with improved search technology though, there comes a different problem--the daunting amount of information out there to sift through. This...
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A first look at realPlayer Cloud | Ghacks - www.ghacks.net   05:46 28/12/2013
RealPlayer was one of the few major media players back in the good old days. It started back in 1995 and became quickly one of the  go-to players thanks to its Internet streaming capabilities. Not only was it used as a standalone player, but its browser plugin made it a preferred choice for users who wanted to watch video on the Internet. This changed when Adobe Flash became the dominating technology for that, and realPlayer's demise began. That was of course not the only reason for that. Some say that the program became bloated over time, and then there were other media players that eagerly stepped in. Even though that is the case, the Real website, home to realPlayer, is still among the top 4000 websites in the world. To put this into perspective:...
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Hard Link vs Soft Link - www.geekride.com   04:21 28/12/2013
Once again, one of the very basic question asked in the interviews, What is the difference between Hard links and Soft links. You can explain few basic things, but emphasizing on internals about the linux filesystem, is something which can impress the interviewer. What is a Soft Link or Symbolic Link or Symlink ? Symbolic links or Symlinks are the easiest to understand, because for sure you have used them, at least when you were using Windows. Soft links are very similar to what we say “Shortcut” in windows, is a way to link to a file or directory. Symlinks doesn’t contain any information about the destination file or contents of the file, instead of that, it simply contains the pointer to the location of the destination file. In more technical words, in...
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JSON’s Eight Year Convergence With XML - blog.programmableweb.com   02:09 28/12/2013
The  XML vs. JSON debate is one of the bigger topics in developer circles during the last decade. Although XML has several advantages, such as being a defined standard since 1996, JSON’s lighter approach has proved popular. ProgrammableWeb’s historical API data shows that XML as a data format peaked in mid-2009, but that JSON has been rising for the last eight years. The chart above shows the percentage of APIs added to the ProgrammableWeb directory that support XML or JSON back to late 2005. In September 2009, 72.66% of all APIs were XML, the highest it ever achieved. In that same month, JSON was 28.31% of the directory. Math whizzes will recognize those two percentages add up to just over 100%. That’s because many APIs support both JSON and...
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9 of the best green gadgets from 2013 - thenextweb.com   04:25 28/12/2013
2013 has been a breakthrough year for technology: Google Glass, the smartwatch, and 3-D printing all entered the tech scene and dazzled consumers. Green technology debuts tend to fly under the radar, since they only appeal to a certain demographic. Let’s face it: bamboo keyboards and Bluetooth plant monitoring devices are not on everyone’s wish list. None the less, there were quite a few green gadgets that made waves in 2013, many making headway in terms of solar technology uses and energy conservation. Here are a few highlights. Click here to view them all on one page. 1. Yeti 150 Solar Power Generator ($199.99) As those on the east coast know from Hurricane Sandy’s power outage last year, it’s always a good idea to have a back-up...
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2013: The Year You Wore I.T. Well - www.fastcompany.com   06:19 28/12/2013
My first computer was portable: A tiny Sinclair ZX-81 the size of a small hardcover book. Well, I say portable...the unit was tiny and you'd have to carry the household TV around it used as a display and also its mains cable. So, not portable then. Needless to say portable computing tech has evolved beyond all measure since then, and nowadays the power we carry in each of our smartphones is a billion times beyond what my fabulous '81 could do. And portable devices have this year made a really futuristic leap: you can wear many of them like accessories. Yes, we can expect that 2014 will see many more of them on sale, but it's safe to say that this year wearables have arrived. Google's Glass lead the push for wearables this year. Almost no one has one, and even then it's...
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SHIFT, our quarterly iPad magazine for the digital generation By Owen Williams , Sunday, 22 Dec '13 , 02:02pm It’s been three months since iOS 7 was made available to the public in September alongside Apple’s new iPhones and such a major overhaul of the operating system meant that there was no longer a jailbreak available since all known exploits were now plugged. It’s been a long wait for those that like to tweak their phones; previous jailbreaks only took a few weeks to appear, not months. A crowd funding site designed to help motivate groups...
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The cloud, that thing that which everyone bangs on about, where your data seamlessly travels through the air and is available on your device when ever needed. But if you want your own private cloud, a media or data storage centre where you can access all your files at a moments notice. The Transporter Sync lets you have that. The Transporter Sync can be hooked up to any external drive to turn it into a personal, secure, and accessible cloud. To get started, all you have to do is link it up to your local network and plug in any USB capable hard drive. Then you can enjoy immediate and reliable sync between all connected devices. There is no storage limit or monthly subscription fee, because the private cloud...
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How Google's Products Evolved in 2013 - thenextweb.com   01:01 21/12/2013
Google’s reputation and influence within the technology industry can’t be understated. The company is unflinching in its desire to improve people’s lives by offering accessible, empowering products and services. Make no mistake, Google is still focused on generating revenue and advertising remains at the heart of its hugely successful business. Nevertheless, this year the company refined and expanded upon some of its most enabling contributions. Google continued to develop its hardware platforms, Android and Chrome OS, but its Web-based services such as Google+ , YouTube and Google Maps also evolved in delightful and unexpected ways. Google has focused its efforts in the last twelve months and proven that for every market it enters or competes...
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As John Chen weighs what to do now that he has taken the helm at BlackBerry , one longtime analyst has weighed in with his recommendations. Wedge Partners principal Bryan Blair suggests that the company can defy expectations that it will simply go out of business by rapidly scaling back its handset ambitions and focusing on low-end devices such as the Q5 released earlier this year. “Be Hyundai,” Blair suggests. “There is room for you to exist in the mobile arena the same way that there are numerous tiers in the auto market.” He notes that Hyundai isn’t Mercedes or BMW, but it is the fifth-largest auto maker, selling seven million cars a year. On the app front, Blair says BlackBerry can’t possibly compete with the breadth of programs...
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There are a lot of radios in today’s smart home — that’s one of the biggest challenges for consumers trying to navigate the space — but a startup called Zuli aims to toss ZigBee and Z-wave and rely on Bluetooth as the future mesh network for the smart home. The year-old startup is offering a Bluetooth smart outlet via Kickstarter , but Taylor Umphreys, Founder and CEO of Zuli, says the plan is to keep adding more and more Bluetooth-based products. His reasoning is sound. Most people now carry a smartphone with a Bluetooth radio in it, so they can control the device directly from their phone without the pain of having to buy a hub. And with the latest upgrades to the Bluetooth standard  that lets a Bluetooth device act as both a hub...
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In the past week, ‪Amazon Web Services has been pushing its competitors hard on multiple fronts, and the onslaught continues today with the release of instances relying on fast solid state drives, which executives announced just a month ago .‬ The new instances, which run on physical servers to handle applications, can deliver “more than 365,000 random read Input/Output Operations Per Second and more than 315,000 random write IOPS across eight 800GB SSD instance storage volumes,” ‪Amazon Web Services (AWS) said in  a press release announcing the new I2 instances . Translation: These babies can take data in and feed data out quite quickly. ‬ For the sake of comparison, Amazon’s standard Elastic Block storage...
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сегодня в 13:43 Блог компании IBM , Исследования и прогнозы в IT IBM опубликовала восьмой ежегодный прогноз «IBM 5 in 5» (#ibm5in5), посвященный пяти...
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Geographic breakdown of machines infected by DGA.Changer Php.net goes on lockdown after malicious code is found hosted on site servers. Eight weeks after hackers compromised the official PHP website and laced it with attack code, outside security researchers have uncovered evidence that some visitors were exposed to malware that's highly unusual, if not unique. Israel-based Seculert said about 6,500 computers are infected by DGA.Changer, a malware title whose sole job is to surreptitiously download other malware onto compromised systems. One of five distinct malware types served to visitors of php.net from October 22 to October 24, DGA.Changer employs a novel way of evading detection and takedown attempts. Like previous trojans...
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Wednesday December 18, 2013 2:18 pm PST by Jordan Golson A recently resolved criminal case shows how a man was able to hack a high school classmate's laptop in order to take nude photographs with her computer's camera without her knowledge, before attempting to use the images to extort her, reports The Washington Post . Though Apple's FaceTime camera is designed to always illuminate the adjacent green light at the top of the screen, software has been written to separate the camera and light hardware, allowing both illegal -- and legal, the FBI has used similar software in criminal investigations -- ways. While controlling a camera remotely has long been a source of...
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The tablet magazine ship is sinking. Fast. - gigaom.com   01:48 16/12/2013
Last month I published a post on my company blog that caused some (shall we say) interesting feedback from both our publisher clients as well as the broader media community. While I was certainly not the first to proclaim the death of the tablet magazine, the now universally recognized and unequivocal data pointing to the steep decline of print-replica apps is becoming undeniable. What’s even worse news for magazine publishers who have chosen either a PDF-based or Adobe InDesign-led “Plug-In” app solution in a race to cash in on Apple’s Newsstand is the damning evidence of Apple’s lack of support…and frankly, interest in the Newsstand app itself. Once the “holy grail” for magazine publishers, promising...
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Vagrant 1.4 - www.vagrantup.com   23:54 9/12/2013
Vagrant 1.4 has been released! This is a major new release of Vagrant with an incredible amount of new features, improvements, and bug fixes. Vagrant 1.4 can be downloaded on our new downloads page . First, I have to thank the new core committers of Vagrant for building many of the incredible features and improvements that made it into this release: Fabio Rehm , Paul Hinze , and Teemu Matilainen . Vagrant 1.4 introduces no Vagrantfile backwards incompatibilities so it can be considered a drop-in upgrade for prior versions. Vagrant environments also do not need to be destroyed prior to upgrading. There are a huge number of new features introduces in Vagrant 1.4, and this blog post will attempt to cover the major ones. For all changes see the changelog . This blog post will...
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Stealing $100 Million in Bitcoins - hackaday.com   05:40 4/12/2013
In early October of this year, online Bitcoin marketplace and ‘the eBay of drugs’ The Silk Road was taken down by the FBI. Just after the black vans took Silk Road head honcho [Dread Pirate Robberts] away, a new Bitcoin marketplace came onto the scene called Sheep Marketplace. Sheep Marketplace closed after revealing that 5400 bitcoins – or $5.8 million USD were stolen by the user EBOOK101 by exploiting a bug in the Sheep site. Over this last weekend, it was revealed this bug in the Sheep Marketplace site wasn’t responsible for the loss of 5,400 coins, but instead 96,000 BTC, or $100 million USD , making this one of the largest thefts of all time. Whoever was responsible for this theft didn’t make a clean getaway. Because the Bitcoin...
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What it takes to run Stack Overflow « Nick Craver - nickcraver.com   17:10 22/11/2013
I like to think of Stack Overflow as running  with scale but not  at scale .  By that I meant we run very efficiently, but I still don’t think of us as “big”, not yet.  Let’s throw out some numbers so you can get an idea of what scale we are at currently.  Here are some quick numbers from a 24 hour window few days ago – November 12th, 2013 to be exact.  These numbers are from a typical weekday and only include our active data center – what we host.  Things like hits/bandwidth to our CDN are not included, they don’t hit our network. 148,084,883 HTTP requests to our load balancer 36,095,312 of those were page loads 833,992,982,627 bytes (776 GB) of HTTP traffic sent...
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Why is Microsoft scared of Chromebooks? - www.theverge.com   08:34 9/12/2013
"It’s pretty much a brick," says Pawn Stars ’ Rick Harrison as he rejects a Samsung Chromebook brought in by an actor playing a customer. Microsoft really doesn’t want you buying this thing. But why? Just how big of a threat are Chromebooks, Google’s oft-ridiculed web-only laptops, to Microsoft’s core business? In many ways, 2013 has been the year of the Chromebook for Google. From  Acer’s $199 C720-2848 to  HP’s $279 Chromebook 11 , Mountain View has attracted traditional Windows PC makers to build a variety of low-cost laptops in time for the holidays. While Microsoft had largely ignored the threat since the first Chromebook launched some two years ago, it’s been on the attack in recent weeks as part of its ongoing "Scroogled" campaign. Following...
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Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete - www.forbes.com   08:08 1/12/2013
The YubiKey Neo is a small, batteryless USB device that offers a very secure alternative to user-generated passwords. If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the  recent data breach  involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney took a look at the stolen data  and found that the most popular user password was “123456″, with “password” not far behind. It’s a given in the security industry that when consumers have a choice between safety and convenience, the latter usually wins. If  Google Google has its way, however, the very...
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When you think about Microsoft and its major communications products, does Skype not spring to mind? Since Microsoft is "especially alarmed" about reports of NSA "technological brute force" to intercept and collect user data, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith announced several new steps to protect customers from government snooping. "This effort will include our major communications , productivity and developer services such as Outlook.com, Office 365, SkyDrive and Windows Azure, and will provide protection across the full lifecycle of customer-created content." Skype is not mentioned even once in the post. Microsoft PR damage-control later said "the announcement does 'not exclude' Skype," rather the company "didn't feel the need to mention all products." But...
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by Drew Koszewnik Netflix’s Video Metadata Service (VMS) is the platform that supplies all of the data about our movies and TV shows necessary to drive the Netflix experience. This data ranges from video titles and synopses to the resolutions and bitrates of streams for playback. In previous blog posts, we revealed how we manage this large volume of data efficiently for our high availability applications by loading it, in its entirety, directly into memory. Our rationale behind this architectural decision stems from the extremely low latency tolerance required to support the billions of requests Netflix serves per day. There are two overlapping data sets which are managed by VMS in different ways: Data describing “things” (e.g....
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What’s New in 4.0 - Creative Commons - creativecommons.org   02:19 30/11/2013
Hacker News: What's new in Creative Commons 4.0 (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1eGsoOf)
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Hacker News: A closer look at the Jolla phone (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1exMfi4)
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Docker, the popular container technology that, in theory, lets developers encapsulate their apps and run them on bare metal, virtualized and private or public cloud environments, now supports nearly all the major Linux distributions right out of the box. Before now, the Docker 0.7 release supported Debian and Ubuntu Linux  but now adds Red Hat, Suse and Gentoo to the mix, the company said. To be clear developers could run Docker on the other Linux distros before but that required them  to do some contortions using AnotherUnionFS or AUFS and then recompile their kernel which, face it, could be complicated and not all that invigorating. And, by doing so, they could endanger their RHEL support contract coverage. The beauty of Docker is that it lets...
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Jolla was founded by a group of ex-Nokia employees who felt that  MeeGo  deserved a second chance. Two years on, the Finish startup is launching its first smartphone with a new take on the shunned platform, now branded  Sailfish OS . I went hands-on with an early version of the Jolla smartphone in June and came away feeling curious, but unconvinced by both the hardware and software. Five months on, I was able to pick up a final build of the device and give some updated impressions. Can a reinvigorated MeeGo compete with Windows Phone, Firefox OS and Tizen for third place in the mobile platform battlefield? Design The Jolla smartphone is dense, compact and regimented. From afar, the two-part design gives the device a thick, slightly bulbous look, but...
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Google, Amazon reveal their secrets of scalability | PCWorld - www.pcworld.com   05:46 30/11/2013
Internet giants such as Google and Amazon run IT operations that are far larger than most enterprises even dream of, but lessons they learn from managing those humongous systems can benefit others in the industry. At a few conferences in recent weeks, engineers from Google and Amazon revealed some of the secrets they use to scale their systems with a minimum of administrative headache. At the Usenix LISA (Large Installation Systems Administration) conference in Washington, Google site reliability engineer Todd Underwood highlighted one of the company’s imperatives that may be surprising: frugality. “A lot of what Google does is about being super-cheap,” he told an audience of systems administrators. Google is forced to maniacally control costs because...
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Introduction, Specifications and Packaging Introduction: If you're into the laptop storage upgrade scene, you hear the same sort of arguments all the time. "Do I go with a HDD for a large capacity and low cost/GB, but suffer performance"? "I want an SSD, but can't afford the capacity I need"! The ideal for this scenario is to combine both - go with a small capacity SSD for your operating system and apps, while going with a larger HDD for bulk storage at a lower cost/GB. The catch here is that most mobile platforms only come with a single 2.5" 9.5mm storage bay, and you just can't physically fit a full SSD and a full HDD into that space, can you? Well today Western Digital has answered that challenge with the Black2 Dual...
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Компания Red Hat представила релиз дистрибутива Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 , в котором проведена работа по исправлению ошибок, реализации поддержки нового...
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Foundation 5 Released - Design Instruct - designinstruct.com   17:24 22/11/2013
One of the most popular responsive front-end frameworks, Foundation, gets a major update today with the release of Foundation 5 . Foundation 5 focuses on improvements in web performance, development workflow efficiency, learnability, and community support. A paid service called Foundation Business was just introduced along with this newest version of the framework as well. "Front-end frameworks have reached the point where the next logical step is to work on efficiency and speed. We can build the things we need to build, and we have patterns to define some of how things should work , but there hasn’t been a lot of attention to how well optimized things are. With Foundation 5 we wanted to pay a lot of attention to that, so we have an even better, leaner...
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Xbox One review: For gamers, yes, but you'll like it too - www.techhive.com   04:44 23/11/2013
“It’s a Trojan horse!” they said. When Microsoft released the original Xbox in 2001, the company dominated the computing world, and common wisdom held that its console was going to use games as a gateway to conquering your living room. In the end, the Xbox was just a games machine. The Xbox 360 was also called a Trojan horse, and although it eventually proved to be a popular way to watch Netflix, it too was primarily just another games machine. With the Xbox One, Microsoft isn’t even bothering with the wooden-horse trick. The new console is a Trojan army, blatantly marching on your living room, carrying a banner that reads, “We are here for your TV!” Made for a new era When the Xbox 360 hit the market in 2005, we lived in a...
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The PlayStation 4 marks a turning point for Sony. It’s a humble gaming machine designed to integrate into your living room, a far cry from the pomp and circumstance with which the company debuted its predecessor, the PlayStation 3. That’s a good thing, since the PS3 proved a prohibitively expensive box that was more difficult to program for and less online-friendly than its competitor, Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Sony’s suffered some well-deserved criticism in the seven years since the PS3’s debut, and seems to have taken that criticism to heart. The PS4 is a beautiful piece of kit. With ample power under the hood, a controller that’s a joy to hold, and excellent system-level support for social sharing and streaming, Sony’s latest...
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Google is Building a Chrome App-Based IDE - thenextweb.com   03:14 22/11/2013
Hacker News: Google is building a Chrome app-based development environment (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/19LXiiZ)
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Looks like the llama may not get off so easily after all . AOL yesterday announced that it was shutting down Winamp, media playing software for Windows and Android devices that it picked up through its 1999, $80 million acquisition of Nullsoft in 1999. But today Techcrunch has learned that AOL is talks with Microsoft to sell Winamp, along with Shoutcast, a media streaming service also developed by Nullsoft. We have also learned that AOL has been planning to announce the closure of Shoutcast next week. AOL has declined to comment for this story, and we are still waiting to hear back from Microsoft with a response. From what we understand, the deal is not yet finalized, with AOL and Microsoft still working out the price. It could also be very wishful thinking from those intent...
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Many Microsoft online services appear to be down - thenextweb.com   01:58 22/11/2013
Microsoft is currently experiencing what appears to be a global outage for many of its online services, although users from different regions are seeing varying sets of issues. The issue appears to be linked to the company’s DNS servers not resolving, but the cause is still not known. We have seen reports of Xbox.com (as well as Xbox Live), Outlook.com, Office365.com, MSDN, TechNet, SkyDrive, the Windows Store, sites hosted on Windows Azure, and even Microsoft.com (including support pages). Reports are conflicting, however, as visitors to these sites are seeing them either work fine, or fluctuate between working and not working. One site that has been down consistently for us is Xbox.com (we’re now getting a generic error that the site can’t be...
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Introducing Google Play Newsstand - one place for all your news - officialandroid.blogspot.com   15:41 21/11/2013
Staying up on the news can be a daunting task. You have to go to a different website or app for each of your favorite magazines, newspapers and blogs. One place to read and discover all of this would be a lot simpler. Today we’re launching Google Play Newsstand , a new app for your Android phone or tablet which brings together all of your favorite news sources in one experience. Newsstand puts the news you care about most front and center and presents stories that interest you based on your tastes. The more you read the better it will get. You can subscribe to magazines, newspapers, blogs and news sites and we’ll format and optimize them all for reading on your tablet or phone. With the swipe of a finger, you can browse full length articles,...
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How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management - hbr.org   22:42 20/11/2013
Artwork: Chad Hagen, Graphic Composition No. 1, 2009, digital Since the early days of Google, people throughout the company have questioned the value of managers. That skepticism stems from a highly technocratic culture. As one software engineer, Eric Flatt, puts it, “We are a company built by engineers for engineers.” And most engineers, not just those at Google, want to spend their time designing and debugging, not communicating with bosses or supervising other workers’ progress. In their hearts they’ve long believed that management is more destructive than beneficial, a distraction from “real work” and...
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While the Apple rumor mill has largely focused on an Apple television, and the iWatch, there seems to be another product close to release from Apple that's getting less attention. Apple is manufacturing a 12.9-inch screen for a big iPad that will be released next year, Kim Yoo-chul at The Korea Times reports , citing an official at an Apple supplier in Korea. This isn't the first time we've heard about Apple doing an "iPad Pro" type device .  It's somewhat hard to believe Apple would make a bigger iPad, though. The iPad Mini seems to be getting all the love from reviewers, and it looks like it could outsell the larger iPad Air. It's possible the official at the Korean manufacturer is mistaken about what the display will be used for. Analyst Ming-Chi...
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Вот что написал Ларс Бак, инженер-программист и глава Dartisan: Сегодня мы выпускаем Dart SDK 1.0, кроссбраузерный инструмент с открытым исходным...
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Working Remotely Considered Dystopian - www.hanselman.com   21:53 18/11/2013
At the time of this writing, I work remotely from Portland, Oregon for Microsoft and have for over 5 years. While I haven't written any books on Remote Work, I think it's far to say that I am more well-versed in successfully working remotely and I am certainly a remote work enthusiast . I have written about the experience extensively on this blog. Recently DHH, the creator of Ruby on Rails, co-wrote a book about remote work called Remote . Here's the digital "inside cover" from Amazon. Today, the new paradigm is "move work to the workers, rather than workers to the workplace." In Remote , inconoclastic ( sic ) authors Fried and Hansson will convince readers that letting all or part of work teams function remotely is a great idea--and they're going to show precisely...
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AWS | Amazon WorkSpaces - aws.amazon.com   20:26 13/11/2013
Sign Up for Limited Preview Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed desktop computing service in the cloud. Amazon WorkSpaces allows customers to easily provision cloud-based desktops that allow end-users to access the documents, applications and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can provision a high-quality desktop experience for any number of users at a cost that is highly competitive with...
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Key Concepts - docs.aws.amazon.com   00:28 15/11/2013
This section describes the concepts and terminology you need to understand to use Amazon Kinesis effectively in the following topics. Amazon Kinesis High-level Architecture The following diagram illustrates the high-level architecture of Amazon Kinesis. Amazon Kinesis Terminology The following terms describe concepts you need to understand in order to use Amazon Kinesis effectively. Data records are the units of data that are stored in an Amazon Kinesis stream. Data records are composed of a sequence number, a partition key, and a data blob, which is an un-interpreted, immutable sequence of bytes. The Amazon Kinesis service does not inspect, interpret, or change the data in the blob in any way. The maximum size of a data blob in the data...
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Microsoft's dystopian pitch for remote work - 37signals.com   03:05 16/11/2013
Microsoft is launching a new marketing campaign for Office 365 that celebrates working during your kid’s recitals, on vacation, and while enjoying the appetizer at a restaurant. All this under the guise of “balance” between work and life. Yes, it’s horrible. Remote work is still stifled by managers who think that it’ll lead to employees goofing off, but we’re not making any progress if they switch to Microsoft’s pitch for getting to all those TPS reports from the bathroom. In fact, we’ll be worse off. Much worse. Remote work is not about working more hours in more places. It’s not about invading every crevasse of your life and stuffing it full of work, work, work. Au contraire, mon ami....
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Russia-based Yota Devices has been working on a curious beast called the YotaPhone for years now, and it’s gained quite a reputation for itself because of its split personality. While the front of the phone sports a traditional LCD screen, the back plays home to a power-sipping eInk display because… well, why not? The launch date was one of the last big questions left unanswered, but that’s no longer the case: the company has just confirmed to us that the YotaPhone will launch internationally before Christmas. Frankly, it’s about time they’re getting this thing out the door considering just how long they’ve been teasing it to the public. Word of device first started making the rounds late last year, and an a very early version of...
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Acer America is launching a new model of its C720 Chromebook series that is geared towards the budget-conscious consumer. Just in time for the holidays, the computer manufacturer is making available a $199.99 model that still has the same Intel Celeron processor and battery life as the base model . It can be purchased from Best Buy and Amazon starting today. Designated the C720-2848 model, the computer is the same as the base model externally. Internally, however, there are some tweaks. With a cheaper price comes lower hardware capacity: it comes equipped with 16GB SSD and 2GB of RAM. Other specifications include an integrated HD webcam, a 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi antennae, dual speakers, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, and a HDMI port to allow for HDTV support. As with...
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Dropbox Gets Down To Business - readwrite.com   03:13 16/11/2013
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Another day, another Java menace: Ceylon has landed - jaxenter.com   02:09 16/11/2013
This week’s Devoxx conference in Antwerp saw the launch of two box fresh languages: Google’s Dart SDK 1.0 , and Red Hat’s Ceylon 1.0. From the start, many have tipped Ceylon as a clear threat to Java’s platform (the clue is in the name). But is it really Red Hat’s intention? Creator Gavin King has been adamant from the earliest development stages that the intention has always been to create something that can run alongside Java - but designed as a language and SDK for business computing that learns and builds on Java’s successes and failures. We caught up with King for the full scoop on this week’s launch, the work behind it, and what’s brewing next at Red Hat towers. JAX: First of all, congratulations on the launch of...
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Ceylon 1.0.0 is now available - planet.jboss.org   20:27 15/11/2013
Today, we're proud to announce the first production release of the Ceylon language specification, compiler, and IDE. Ceylon 1.0 is a modern, modular, statically typed programming language for the Java and JavaScript virtual machines. Ceylon enables the development of cross-platform modules that execute portably in both virtual machine environments. Alternatively, a Ceylon module may target one or the other platform, in which case it may interoperate with native code written for the platform. In the box This release includes: a complete formal language specification that defines the syntax and semantics of Ceylon in language accessible to the...
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Amazon Bares Its Computers - bits.blogs.nytimes.com   01:54 16/11/2013
LAS VEGAS — However big and ambitious you think Amazon’s plan to run the world’s computing may be, you should probably think bigger. In a startling talk Thursday evening, a vice president who oversees the internal engineering of Amazon’s global computing system described how Amazon is building its own specialized computers, data storage systems, networking systems, even power substations and optical transmissions systems. In every case, he said, Amazon Web Services had developed ways to make its computers run cheaper and more efficiently than standard commercial products. “We’re changing everything everywhere,” said James Hamilton, vice president and distinguished engineer at Amazon Web Services. “All of our engineers are...
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Google Play Music arrived on iOS today, following reports from earlier this week stating that a launch was “imminent.” The app, which will compete with Apple’s iTunes Radio and other streaming music options like Pandora, Spotify and Rdio, offers a standard service and “All Access” option, both of which allow you to store your music collection in the cloud, and stream songs to your device, without having to first save them locally. Users of the standard service can add up to 20,000 of their own songs to their cloud storage, but All Access users are able to listen to unlimited songs, the company says. In addition to the mobile app, desktop users can also stream their songs from the web interface at play.google.com/music. Those who also...
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Getting Started with Machine Learning - thunderboltlabs.com   02:12 11/11/2013
“Being a data scientist is when you learn more and more about more and more, until you know nothing about everything.” — Will Cukierski via @drelu Machine learning, “big data”, and “data science” are all the rage because information is currency in an information economy. In an era where more data is being collected and more questions are being asked, the latest arrow in the data analysis quiver goes under the deceptively simple name of “Machine Learning”. Machine Learning (or ML) offers the promise of having a computer pour through your data and automatically extract or create the information that you’re interested in. At least in theory. On closer inspection machine learning is a loosely...
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BitTorrent Sync - Developer API - www.bittorrent.com   17:14 5/11/2013
How do I get a key? In order to use the BitTorrent Sync API, you’ll need a special API key. Fill out this short form to get your key. Make sure to include a valid email address and accept the terms and conditions of using the API. You’ll then receive an email with all of the info you need to start coding. API exclusive features Encryption secret API users can generate folder secrets with encrypted peer support. Encryption secrets are read-only. They make Sync data encrypted on the receiver’s side. Recipients can sync files, but they can’t see file content, and they can’t modify the files. Encryption secrets come in handy if you need to sync to an untrusted...
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сегодня в 18:59 В ходе прочтения этой статьи и комментариев к ней у меня сформировалось стойкое ощущение, что большинство...
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The latest message that pops up when you open Skype on your desktop could have dire consequences if you're using third-party apps and accessories with the VoIP service. Come December, Microsoft is scrapping the current programming language in favor of something a little more mobile device-friendly. The next version of Skype is being built with an eye toward improving call quality and making instant messaging on your not-computer more, well, instant. The downside is that accessories and apps using the nine year-old API's features will either lose some functionality or stop working completely. Can you hear that?It's the collective fist-shaking of anyone who uses an unofficial add-on for recording podcasts or interviews....
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Engadget: Skype changes its mind, accessories and call recording will keep working http://t.co/EGGad1Vo9N
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After a 2010 spat over how Java works in Android with Oracle, Google is moving on to a new way for apps run on mobile devices. Dubbed ART, the new runtime environment is available as a preview option in Android 4.4. Developers are encouraged to try it and provide feedback for ART and if you have Android 4.4, you can test it yourself although you may not see much difference just yet. On a sparse web page for developers, Google said the new runtime is experimental and a work in progress . You can enable it in Android 4.4 through the Settings, Developer Options menu. I did just that on a Nexus 5 and after a reboot, Android spent about 10 minutes optimizing my apps to run. I don’t yet see any difference in the apps. Currently, Android apps run in what’s called...
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Are Git and Mercurial Anti-Agile? - Evolvable Me - www.grahamlea.com   05:54 9/11/2013
This is a question I’ve been asking myself for a while. It’s not a fully-thought out argument (that’s why it’s still a question), but it’s a train of thought that I think warrants some investigation. I’d love to get some opinions from people with good or bad experiences of using DVCS with Agile as to how this plays out practically. So, here’s my train of thought… Easy branching and merging is the killer feature of Git and Mercurial. They improve on other centralised systems (Subversion, CVS) in many other ways, but branching and merging is the reason that’s always used to sell the switch. The question I want to raise is whether branching and merging are good tools for an agile development team, or a nuisance....
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SQL Makes a Comeback through NewSQL - www.infoq.com   03:06 9/11/2013
New database developments indicate a return to SQL, but not by running the traditional relational stores on bigger and better hardware, not even on sharded architectures, but through NewSQL solutions. After losing ground to NoSQL – initially perceived as “No more SQL”, and later as “Not only SQL”, the old SQL knows a comeback these days. One of the advertised solutions has been sharding, but for some this is not enough. New ways have to be found, some of them combining the two technologies, SQL and NoSQL, others by improving the performance and scalability capabilities of relational stores, all of these being known as NewSQL. Google, one of the first supporters of NoSQL, built F1, a distributed...
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If you're the type of person who likes to know that he or she can email or send files with the knowledge that you're doing so completely securely, you'll want to check out Perzo . Perzo functions as a communications platform that uses some novel encryption and decryption methods to keep your messages completely safe from prying eyes. It's the brainchild of David Gurle , a technologist with an extensive career that includes roles at companies like Skype, Thomson Reuters, and Microsoft among others. Your messages on Perzo are encrypted and turned into a bunch of gibberish using a cryptographic key generated from characters within the messages themselves . Gurle walked us through how it works: "We've developed a new technology that looks at your messages and,...
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Hacker News: Snapchat is Intrinsically Worthless (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/172DbNB)
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Will Scala ever be enterprise ready? - alblue.bandlem.com   05:42 7/11/2013
Hacker News: Will Scala ever be enterprise-ready? (Discuss on HN - http://bit.ly/1a631U9)
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Facebook has open sourced Presto , the interactive SQL-on-Hadoop engine the company first discussed in June . Presto is Facebook’s take on Cloudera’s Impala or Google’s Dremel, and it already has some big-name fans in Dropbox and Airbnb. Technologically, Presto and other query engines of its ilk can be viewed as faster versions of Hive, the data warehouse framework for Hadoop that Facebook created several years ago. Facebook and many other Hadoop users still rely heavily on Hive for batch-processing jobs such as regular reporting, but there has been a demand for something letting users perform ad hoc, exploratory queries on Hadoop data similar to how they might do them using a massively parallel relational database. Presto is 10 times faster than Hive...
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The Nexus 5 isn't pure Android, it's pure Google - www.theverge.com   03:17 6/11/2013
In this, the fifth year of Android's existence , we also have seen the release of the fifth Nexus phone — appropriately enough called the Nexus 5 . Meanwhile, it's been two years since we saw the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — and since then we've only seen "point" updates, up to and including the latest, Android 4.4 KitKat . So for a long time now, we've found ourselves asking the two questions again and again: what exactly is Google trying to accomplish with the Nexus program and what's the strategy with these Android updates? We sat down with three of the four main leaders of the Android team to ask those questions yet again. "Nexus stands for high specs at a really fair price," says Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering for Android....
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Next gen NoSQL: The demise of eventual consistency? - gigaom.com   01:23 3/11/2013
The vast selection of NoSQL solutions today share qualities that have set them apart from their relational counterparts including shared-nothing, distributed architectures with fault tolerance and scalability. However, to provide these benefits many NoSQL solutions have given up the strong data consistency and isolation guarantees provided by relational databases, coining a new term – “eventually consistent” – to describe their weak data consistency guarantees. Eventual consistency pushes the pain and confusion of inconsistent reads and unreliable writes onto software developers. Building the complex, scalable systems demanded by todays highly connected world with such weak guarantees is exceptionally difficult. We need to stop accepting eventual...
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New iPad Mini Meta Hands-On: Ravishingly Retina - gizmodo.com   19:39 22/10/2013
The little iPad Mini just got some big changes as announced in today's Apple event — first and foremost being a 7.9 inch Retina display. It's also got faster guts without growing out of its skinny little body. How's it run? Hands-on impressions say it's a familiar iPad with a screen that'll blow your hair back. The Verge [O]ur first impression is that it's an iterative change from last year — but sometimes that's all it takes to make a great product. The same 7.9-inch display now features four times the pixels, a full 2048 x 1536 resolution, which makes text sharp and readable. Just as importantly, it makes iOS 7 look much better than it does on the original iPad mini, which often feels a little out of place on lower resolutions. iOS 7 also benefits from the iPad mini's...
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Automatic Merge | JetBrains TeamCity Blog - blog.jetbrains.com   07:51 26/10/2013
Dear DVCS users, TeamCity 8.1 brings you automatic merging! Please give it a try and let us know what you think! Now you can merge the sources of a build into a specified branch using the automatic merge build feature. It handles the case when you create a branch to fix some issue and push the branch only once when the work is complete and ready to be merged. Remote runs Those of you who use  remote-runs from IDE know that the great thing about them is that IDE will submit your changes automatically once the build finishes successfully. However, as it happens with every technology, remote runs have some shortcomings. When you start a remote run, TeamCity applies your patch on top of the latest revision at the time the build starts. So when you decide to...
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Early Bird Tickets on Sale Advanced Micro Devices has been talking a lot about its leadership in micro servers , or chips with simple cores and low power that can be densely packed into a hive of machines in internet data centers. Naturally, that ruffled the feathers at Intel, the much larger competitor that has a commanding lead in both high-end server chips and the low end too. So we talked to Jason Waxman, vice president of the cloud infrastructure group at Intel , about the computing giant’s view of disruptions in the cloud and the possible cannibalization that could happen if micro servers take off and eat at Intel’s high-end Xeon server processors. The conversation was interesting in part because, even though this is currently a small part...
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Вышел WordPress 3.7 “Basie” - habrahabr.ru   17:20 26/10/2013
сегодня в 20:17 Веб-разработка * , WordPress * , CMS * 24 октября была выпущена очередная версия известной CMS Wordpress . Wordpress 3.7 носит название 'Basie' в честь...
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10 crazy Android devices - www.digitaltrends.com   04:17 24/10/2013
The most popular platform for smartphones and tablets has been creeping into other devices. We can see the sense in an Android TV or laptop, and there’s nothing that odd about an Android gaming console like the OUYA, but Android doesn’t belong in everything. The market is all set to be flooded with Android watches, and glasses won’t be far behind, but it gets a whole lot weirder than that. Fridge Samsung’s first Android fridge can be yours for $3,700. It has an Android tablet embedded in the door. This Wi-Fi enabled LCD can display the time, the weather, even photos from your Picasa library, or entries from your Google Calendar. It will also run a handful of apps like Epicurious to provide recipes, a notepad for writing messages and reminders...
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The Java Debacle - mike.kaply.com   22:14 25/10/2013
I n case you weren’t aware, last week, on Friday October 18, all versions of Java were marked as unsafe in Firefox 24. You can see the details in bug 914690 . When Monday rolled around reports of problems started coming in. Companies unable to use their software. People unable to do their banking. Citizens unable to access government sites. Hundreds of millions of users affected. It took three days for the decision to be made to remove the block, and since the blocklist is cached, even more for users to see the results. Looking back, I’m surprised out how lightly this change was taken. Marking Java as unsafe is a major change that affects millions of users; it should have been handled much better. Here are some of the things that were wrong with this...
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Chrome is Used More Than Firefox, IE, and Opera Combined - thenextweb.com   05:59 25/10/2013
Social analytics firm Shareaholic today released browser share data for the year 2013 so far. There are quite a lot of figures to go over, but the biggest trend that immediately jumps out is Chrome’s utter dominance. In September, Chrome was used more than Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera combined. If you combine Chrome and the Android stock browser, Google’s browsers have greater usage share than Firefox and Safari combined. Here are Shareaholic’s three biggest takeaways from the results: The top four browsers are used by more than 80 percent of the market. Last month, Google Chrome held the first place spot by capturing more than a third of the market with 34.68 percent market share. This was double Firefox’s market...
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October 23, 2013, 9:35 AM — Box, Cube, Empty, Clear, Glass by Joseph Kosuth, 1965 Image credit: flickr/ Jackie Tranter Let me start by saying that I am a bit of a nut about cloud storage. The ability to store all my data online, automatically sync it, and access it from virtually any machine has changed my life in a number of ways, almost all of them good. So I use services like Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, and Box.com religiously to move work between my desktop and laptop and/or collaborate with far flung colleagues. I never have to worry about having the latest version of a story to work on, or even what machine I need to bring with me. It's nice. But I recently had a disturbing experience with one of these services - Box.com - that has caused...
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10 Reasons why you should NOT write unit test cases! - www.javacodegeeks.com   21:54 23/10/2013
Finaly, here is a blog in support of all those who feel writing unit test cases is a sheer waste of time.. or is it?? Lets see.. Below are few of the reasons:               You are Neo (from The Matrix) , the ‘chosen one’ You can see the code getting executed as green binaries. You feel the code and understand every use case, you are just so rediculously genious that you don’t require any safety net of unit test cases to identify problems; you can see them with your naked eyes! Your BA / Product Owner is 10th avatar of Lord Krishna So whatever he tells you is just Absolute truth! There is no confusion, discussion, ambiguity in the stories because those are the words of God! How can you not understand or even...
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Six years ago, in November 2007, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) was announced. The original iPhone  came out just a few months earlier, capturing people's imaginations and ushering in the modern smartphone era. While Google was an app partner for the original iPhone, it could see what a future of unchecked iPhone competition would be like. Vic Gundotra, recalling Andy Rubin's initial pitch for Android, stated: He argued that if Google did not act, we faced a Draconian future, a future where one man, one company, one device, one carrier would be our only choice. Google was terrified that Apple would end up ruling the mobile space. So, to help in the fight against the iPhone at a time when Google had no mobile foothold...
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Summary: Debian has been the most popular Linux distribution on web servers for almost two years when it took over rank #1 from CentOS. Now CentOS lost another rank to Ubuntu, giving Debian-based distributions a solid lead over the Red Hat camp. At the beginning of 2010, Red Hat combined with its derivatives CentOS and Fedora had 53.2% of the web server Linux distributions, while Debian and Ubuntu combined only had 37.1%. Now that percentages have changed to 37.3% vs. 58.5% and Debian/Ubuntu have a double lead. Ubuntu is the shooting star and currently gains around 500 of the top 10 million websites every single day. Sites switch to Ubuntu from Debian just as readily as from CentOS and Red Hat, while CentOS is still gaining sites from Red Hat and Fedora,...
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Apple Introduces The iPad Air | TechCrunch - techcrunch.com   19:42 22/10/2013
Three years ago, Apple unveiled the original iPad, boxy and thick and heavy by comparison. Four iPads later, we’re here, welcoming the fifth generation iPad into the world. And boy is it a beauty! You’ve been waiting long enough, through a summer of rumors , so let’s just get right down to business on the new Apple tablet. This post is being updated as information is available, so please refresh.
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We are proud to announce that Yandex , the largest tech company in Russia, is using Docker for infrastructure virtualization and app isolation of its open-source PaaS system called Cocaine . The news was released at the YaC 2013 technological conference that took place on October 2 in Moscow, and where  Jérôme Petazzoni was invited to give a talk on Lightweight Virtualization with Linux Containers and Docker and meet the Yandex team. Andrey Sibiryov , Head of Cloud Technologies Development Service at Yandex, on stage at YaC 2013 The Docker support is implemented as a plugin , which connects to the Docker daemon and controls it using a rich REST API. Right now, Yandex is using Cocaine in their Yandex.Browser backend and their...
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Why NoSQL Can Be Safer than an RDBMS - www.datastax.com   06:33 19/10/2013
Sean Doherty’s recent article in Wired  made a case for why relational databases may still have long life left in them, while at the same time asserting that NoSQL databases might not. Sean is a friend of mine for whom I have great respect, and he touted a database (Postgres), which I think is a great RDBMS. That said, I disagree with many of the article’s statements, the most important being that companies should not consider NoSQL databases as a first choice for critical data. In this article, I’ll show first how a NoSQL database like Cassandra is indeed being used today as a primary datastore for key data and, second, that Cassandra can actually end up being safer than an RDBMS for important information. But before I do that, let me first...
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Уже сейчас мы наблюдаем ситуацию, когда разработчиков не хватает. А хороших разработчиков не хватает вдвойне. Может ли эта...
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Getting Started With Ghost - mashable.com   06:31 19/10/2013
Ghost, the open-source blogging system that raised over $300,000 on Kickstarter , launched to the public Monday. Ghost has resonated with lots of users because of its promise of being a simple, forward-thinking publishing platform where users can just focus on writing, without all of the complications that more established platforms have in place. See also: Is This Kickstarter Project the Future of Blogging? Although every aspect of Ghost is open source, a hosted platform of the service will also be available for users who don't want to worry about configuring and maintaining a server. The project first opened up to a small group of testers in August and to all Kickstarter backers in August. As of this writing, Ghost already has more than 31,000 downloads, 4,000 followers...
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Android has made its share of appearances on laptops before, but today Lenovo announced that it's taking a crack at the idea with the A10 , a 10.1-inch notebook with a fold-back touchscreen display. The 2.2-pound convertible, which you can use in laptop or tablet mode, comes with a 1.6GHz quad-core Rockchip RK3188 Cortex-A9 processor, a 1,366 x 768 display, Android 4.2, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage with microSD expansion, VGA webcam, two USB 2.0 ports and one HDMI port. The whole package is 0.69 inch thick, and Lenovo claims it offers nine hours of battery life with continuous video playback. We haven't heard details on pricing or availability -- Lenovo tells us that it'll vary by region -- but earlier rumors pegged it at about $340....
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There are those moments that you come across what is happening in the tech world and you’re like, did I hear that correctly? Yes you did. Apparently iOS 7 is not all that rosy as you may have been made to believe. At least according to a man in California, Mark Menacher, who has filed a case in court to protest at unwanted iOS 7 downloads on devices of his family members. The man is so irked by the 1 GB install file that the device downloads from Apple’s servers as part of the update process that he is suing none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook himself to take responsibility over the mess created by iOS 7 on his device. Interestingly though, the man is also claiming a $50 compensation on top of Apple removing the iOS 7 update file from his iOS device(s)....
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Samsung $150 smart box packs in streaming apps, cable - news.cnet.com   05:33 19/10/2013
The Samsung Smart Media Player (GX-SM530CF) includes more than 100 smart TV apps and also enables cable content access. (Credit: Samsung) Samsung on Thursday made its latest push into into the smart TV market with a new "Smart Media Player" that lets users access both apps and live cable content. The product, model No. GX-SM530CF, includes more than 100 smart TV apps such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, VUDU, and YouTube. It also allows viewers to access live cable content without having to pay the expensive monthly rental fees associated with a cable box. The media player will retail for $149.99 and will be available October 23. Samsung noted that the Smart Media Player supports content from major cable providers. As long as the cable company uses CableCard...
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Touting its commitment to user privacy in the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal earlier this year, Apple said that the end-to-end encryption protecting its iMessage instant-messenger service is so secure that even the company itself cannot decrypt it. But, on Thursday, security outfit QuarksLab disputed that claim , arguing that Apple could intercept iMessage communications if it wanted to. “Apple can read your iMessages if they choose to, or if they are required to do so by a government order,” QuarksLab said in a white paper presented Thursday at the Hack in the Box conference. Apple disagrees — vehemently. We’ll get to that in a minute. QuarksLab research is far too labyrinthine to summarize here, but the gist of it is this...
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Windows 8.1 review - www.theverge.com   19:40 17/10/2013
A year ago, Microsoft "reimagined" the look and feel of Windows, and placed a risky bet on the future of computing. Touch is everything, it said, and nearly everything about Windows 8 was designed to be used in a world without laptops and desktop PCs. But most people still use laptops and desktops, so Microsoft hedged its bets and built a desktop mode as well. Millions of people installed Windows 8, but Microsoft’s two worlds, each with different applications, created a steep learning curve with Windows 8 that wasn’t familiar for traditional Windows users. With Windows 8.1, a free update designed to address some of its users’ concerns and enable a faster pace of...
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Ubuntu 13.10 Available For Download - www.webupd8.org   14:37 17/10/2013
Ubuntu 13.10 was released today and while there aren't as many new features as in the previous releases, there are some interesting changes. Read on to see what's new in Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander)! Unity changes Ubuntu 13.10 comes with a new feature called "Smart Scopes" (also known as "100 scopes", although there aren't 100 scopes available yet) which provides a smarter Dash that tries to figure out what you've search for and return results relevant to your search query . Below you can watch a video with the new Smart Scopes in action (the video is old, but there haven't been any major changes to the Smart Scopes since then): ( direct link to video ) When you search for something in the home lens, Dash tries to guess what categories should be...
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With Havana Release, OpenStack Adds Enterprise Features - www.datacenterknowledge.com   14:37 17/10/2013
Суть этой статьи показать еще один вариант словить за уши Э/М волну в относительной глубинке для нужд доступа в интернет. Если...
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Getting the most out of HAProxy - www.twilio.com   08:00 17/10/2013
Getting the most out of HAProxy October 16, 2013 Visualizing the Heartbeat of Twilio December 11, 2012 Adventures in Unicode SMS November 08, 2012 Introducing Flask-RESTful October 18, 2012 Becoming an Engineer October 01, 2012 Building Twilio Client for Android May 17, 2012 Open Sourcing BankersBox March 05, 2012 Don't Skimp on Documentation January 18, 2012 Scaling High-Availability Infrastructure in the Cloud December 12, 2011 APIs are for human beings (too) October 31, 2011 Scaling Twilio...
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If you have a debit card, you can now send cash to anyone at any time simply by sending an email. That's the premise of Square Cash , which launched yesterday, for any debit card holder with an email address.  Square is the mobile payments company from Jack Dorsey, c0-founder of Twitter.  Here's how Square Cash works: If you want to send money, compose an email to the recipient,  type the amount you want to pay in the subject line, and cc cash@square.com: Screenshot/Square Cash   If this is your first time using the service, you will receive an email from Square directing you to the Square Cash website , where you will be prompted to enter your debit card number.  The idea of money changing hands by...
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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-10-14 Email Print The Groovy programming language has broken into the top 20 of the TIOBE Index of most popular programming languages for the first time. The Groovy programming language has gained in popularity over the last year, such that it has now cracked the top 20 list of the TIOBE Index of most popular programming languages. Groovy, an object-oriented scripting language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), ranks number 18 on the TIOBE Index. Last year this time it was ranked...
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Twitter has pushed out a feature update that is extremely useful for journalists like myself, and anyone else who hopes to use Twitter to communicate both publicly and privately. The social network now lets you receive Direct Messages from any of your followers , regardless of whether you follow them or not. This eliminates the age-old hassle of receiving @-replies that ask you to follow-back so that someone can DM you some information or a message of questionable value. Sometimes, it even seems like users treat this as a DM honey-pot – i.e., flaunt some potentially useful information in hopes of scoring a permanent follower in return. Now, you’ll be able to receive DMs from anyone who follows you, so long as you go into your Twitter account’s main settings page and...
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10 Most Hated Programming Languages! - www.efytimes.com   04:49 15/10/2013
10. Python What it is: A high level, all purpose programming language that prides itself on its readability. It’s often used as a scripting language, though it can also be compiled. Biggest complaint: Indentation is used to specify block structures rather than brackets or braces. Also, heavy use of colons and underscores and module/variable name collision. How To Get Rid: Don’t work at Google, Yahoo or NASA. 9. LabVIEW What it is: The Laboratory Virtual Instrument Engineering Workbench is actually a development environment for G, a visual, dataflow programming language, used for measurement and control systems. Programmers use LabVIEW to connect functional nodes via “wires” to determine execution. Biggest complaints: The GUI...
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The name Sputnik stands tall in history books as the vessel that helped spark a space race with the U.S. But a new Russian project with the same name is planning to play catch-up in an area where the U.S. already has a huge lead: search engines. See also: 20 Searches Made Ridiculous by Google Autocomplete Rostelecom , the country’s state-controlled telecom service, has been charged with creating a search engine to compete with the likes of Google, as well as well local search-engine leader Yandex , which is based in the Netherlands, according to Reuters . Even with state backing, however, Sputnik will face stiff competition. On its website , Yandex claims that it currently generates 62% of all search traffic in Russia. But recent events have...
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PayPal Has A New Retail Trick Up Its Sleeve - www.businessinsider.com   23:11 13/10/2013
Screenshot PayPal is one of the dominant names when you're talking about mobile payments. They recently introduced a brand-new system that's going to change how you interact with the retail environment. It's a small USB device (pictured right) called Beacon, and it enables customers to buy things from retail locations hands-free.  If you're one such customer, you don't have to touch a wallet, a credit card, or any physical money at all to pay for your items. By checking in to a store à la Foursquare (you can even configure the app check you into places automatically), that retailer has access to the funds in your PayPal account and you can pay for your items directly with that money. It's proximity-based, so you do have to be...
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Looking for that Mythical Microsoft of Old - winsupersite.com   21:42 13/10/2013
In the late 1990's and early 2000's Microsoft was both respected and feared, a company that could end competition in new markets simply by signaling its intention to enter those markets. Today, Microsoft is neither respected nor feared, and the company's entry into new markets is generally met with indifference if not outright derision. While there are a lot of reasons for this change, today I'd like to focus on what got lost in the transition to today's kinder and gentler Microsoft. And this missing piece is, I think, at the core of Microsoft's troubles. Today in 2013, it's hard to even remember how dominant Microsoft was, how it held court over the rest of the...
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AWS Improves Reserved Instances - www.bernardgolden.com   08:31 13/10/2013
One of the biggest issues potential AWS users raise is its cost. AWS is convenient, they’ll admit, but renting by the hour can really add up. One way AWS addresses this issue is reserved instances (called, for convenience in the rest of this post, RI) — in return for an upfront fee, Amazon reduces the hourly cost of running an EC2/VPC instance. Depending on how large a payment you make and how much you run an instance, you can save as much as 60% compared to instance on-demand pricing. In the words of the immortal Ginzu Knives informercial, but wait, there’s more! AWS also offers RI volume pricing — depending upon how much you spend, you will receive additional discounts on your RIs. As described in the AWS RI documentation: “Reserved Instances...
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Сегодня Google официально представила свой новый продукт сотрудничества в производстве различных девайсов. Партнером в выпуске...
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Facebook removes auto-hide from Timeline search - www.cnet.com.au   03:40 12/10/2013
Users can no longer opt out of appearing in Timeline search results completely. (Credit: Facebook) Facebook has removed the option for users to remove themselves by default from searches performed by other users. The pending removal of the setting, called "Who can look up your Timeline by name?", was announced 10 months ago, when it was removed for people who weren't using it. Now the feature has been removed for all users, meaning those wishing to stay hidden no longer have the option. Instead, Facebook said that those users can only hide from others on an individual basis by blocking other users. Blocked users cannot see the blocker in search results,...
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Tickets On Sale Now If you’re one of the many digital packrats who rely on Evernote to save the detritus of your life in one place, you’ll be happy to know that the company is taking steps to save your data from hackers. Evernote today added two-factor authentication to its service , as an option. It adds an additional step to the login process: First, you enter your password, then you need to enter a special code from your phone. The idea is that even if someone guesses your password (or figures it out through a brute-force attack, trying one password after another) they’ll still have trouble logging in, unless they also have your phone. This move was essential given that Evernote suffered a massive hack in March, 2013 , that may have...
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Online backup services: why, how & which? - 9to5mac.com   03:56 12/10/2013
Macs make automated backup childishly easy: simply plug in an external hard drive and OS X will ask whether you want to use it as a Time Machine disk. Say yes, and you’ll then get fully-automatic, hourly, versioned backups without doing anything further. Unplug it to take your MacBook out & about, and it will catch up as soon as you return and plug in back in. Even easier, get a Time Capsule , and those backups take place over wifi, so you don’t even have to connect a drive. But I’m a belt-and-braces chap. I like multiple backups, and I like one of those backups to be off-site. That way, if the house burns down, or a burglar takes both my Macs and my backup drives, I still have access to my data. Which is where online backup services come...
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Why MongoDB is worth $1.2 billion - www.infoworld.com   00:59 12/10/2013
While you were sleeping, 10Gen -- the company behind the MongoDB document database -- changed its name to MongoDB, Inc., raised $231 million, and became the first billion-dollar open source startup. That's right, an open source NoSQL database startup has a $1.2 billion valuation. Founded in 2007, MongoDB got to this point in only six years, a feat that took Red Hat (founded 1993) nearly two decades. By contrast, the last open source startup I was involved in raised less than $20 million and sold for less than $400 million. At the time, this was considered pretty good. [ Also on InfoWorld: Ill-informed haters go after MongoDB . | NoSQL showdown: MongoDB vs. Couchbase . | Stay up on the latest developer news with InfoWorld's Developer World newsletter . ] To what does...
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When Apple announced the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c last month, everyone wondered just what sort of split the company planned on selling. Would they sell two 5c units for every 5s? Would it be one for one? We’ll never really know the real figure, but what we do know is that it’s damn near impossible to find an iPhone 5s right now, while it’s a walk in the park to find an iPhone 5c. According to MacRumors , this is just one of the reasons that Apple is cutting iPhone 5c production from 300,000 units per day to 150,000 units. The other reason is a bit more … sleazy. There’s something known as the gray market that most Americans aren’t familiar with. You see, different countries tax items differently. An iPhone 5c can be...
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Report: iPhone 6 to feature 4.8-inch screen - gigaom.com   03:55 12/10/2013
It’s no secret that Apple has been reluctant to introduce any dramatic changes to the iPhone form factor, increasing the screen from 3.5 to 4-inches for the first time only a year ago. The new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c maintain that size, but a new report suggests that Apple could be working on something much bigger for the iPhone 6 – to the tune of 4.8 inches. As noted by Boy Genius Report, in his latest research note on Monday  Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek increased his target on Apple’s stock shares from $450 to $600, noting, “Despite still seeing risk to CQ4 and FY13 revs, we now believe better [gross margins] will allow Apple to skate by until iPhone 6 launches with its 4.8″ screen.” He adds, “We est ~50% of...
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iPad Mini: 'Apple to unveil new iPads on October 22' - www.telegraph.co.uk   03:48 12/10/2013
A new version of the iPad Mini, above, is expected to be unveilled at the event.   Photo: Bloomberg Apple will unveil the newest version of the iPad at a launch event in less than a fortnight, online reports have revealed. An invitation-only bash will take place on Tuesday October 22 with a fifth generation iPad and an iPad Mini 2 expected to be among the new products, according to technology website AllThingsD . Where the launch will take place remains a secret, with previous events held at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California and at the California Theatre in San Jose. Speculation...
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Google TV is dead, long live Android TV: Three years after launching the first generation of Google TV devices, Google is now looking to rid itself of the brand and realign its smart TV platform efforts more closely with Android. The move is part admission that Google TV failed, part hope that Android will eventually find its place in the living room. Google apparently isn’t quite ready to announce the switch-over yet; a spokesperson contacted for this story declined to comment. However, an executive from a consumer electronics manufacturer that has been producing Google TV devices confirmed the rebranding in a recent conversation with GigaOM, saying: “They are calling it ‘Android TV.’” Google’s partners, developers have stopped...
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Ubuntu 13.10 Review: A great Linux desktop gets better - www.zdnet.com   22:51 10/10/2013
Many hardcore desktop fans still haven't forgiven Ubuntu for switching to its Unity interface . Others dislike how Canonical , Ubuntu 's parent company, has gone its own way with such technical issues as working on the Mir display stack instead of the more mainstream Wayland . And, some people dislike how Ubuntu is combining "local" searches with Web searches . So what! Ubuntu 13.10 launches next week. Here's an early review. Here's all that really matters. Back in April 2011, Ubuntu's founder, Mark Shuttleworth said that the purpose of Ubuntu's new path was "to bring the joys and freedoms and innovation and performance and security that have always been part of the Linux platform, to a consumer audience. "  He's done it. Sure, Ubuntu 13.10...
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Verizon builds its cloud with AMD micro servers - venturebeat.com   18:55 7/10/2013
Dec. 4 - 5, 2013 Redwood City, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale In a big victory for micro servers, Verizon is announcing today that it is selecting Advanced Micro Devices ‘ SeaMicro servers to build out several data centers with thousands of energy-efficient servers. AMD SeaMicro machines SeaMicro pioneered a category of servers with a sea of low power, simple computing cores, or brains. AMD  acquired SeaMicro last year for $334 million , and the Verizon deal means that AMD is getting a big payoff from that strategy, said Andrew Feldman, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD’s server group and the founder of SeaMicro. In an interview with VentureBeat,...
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Google Announces New Search Algorithm - mashable.com   22:45 26/09/2013
One day before celebrating the company’s 15th birthday, Google went back to the place where it all started — literally. Inside the garage that housed Larry Page and Sergey Brin when the world’s largest search company was created, Google on Thursday announced a handful of new updates to the company’s search offering, including a major update to Google’s search algorithm that the company calls “Hummingbird.” The new algorithm affects 90% of all searches, and has been in place for about a month, said Amit Singhal, senior VP at Google. See also: 14 Google Tools You Didn’t Know Existed The new algorithm is meant to keep up with longer, more advanced search queries that come through Google. Instead of simple keyword queries,...
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Amazon представил Kindle HDX - habrahabr.ru   03:47 28/09/2013
25 сентября в 11:38 Amazon представил Kindle HDX Amazon Kindle , Планшеты Только что получил рассылку от Amazon с анонсом новой читалки-планшета. Они снова поражают! Вот только некоторые ключевые качества: — Уникальный HDX-дисплей с разрешением 1920x1200 при диагонали в 7” (323PPI) с 100% sRGB...
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Nobody expected that, but Valve’s most exciting announcement of the week might be a game controller. The Steam controller is a futuristic touch-enabled gamepad with a small screen sitting right between your two thumbs. The company promises that the controller will work with any game as it is a very malleable device. Valve has taken a hint or two from the smartphone world and ported it to the gaming world. As smartphone interfaces allow developers to make all sorts of buttons, the company took the same approach. Thanks to a tiny high-resolution screen, players will be able to trigger a lot of different actions. It doesn’t seem to be a regular touch screen — Valve has chosen to build a clickable screen to prevent unwanted taps. But there are some...
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25 сентября в 14:26 Ускорение вычислений с помощью GPU, теперь на Java! перевод JAVA * Именно так заявил технический директор IBM Джон Дуимович (John Duimovich) в своем выступлении на конференции JavaOne 2013. Он отметил, что ускорители GPU обладают невероятной вычислительной мощью и их применение...
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In an unusual bout of frankness, a Samsung official has acknowledged that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch lacks, you know, whatever the Korean is for je ne sais quoi . As reported by the Korea Times , the unnamed official said: “We’ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction.” We’re not sure if the source of the quote is Samsung’s VP of strategic marketing, Lee Don-joo, but this exec is quoted in the same Korea Times article as saying that the watch is “definitely receiving a warm response” and that improvements would stem from software tweaks and the...
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Here's Why Amazon Is Winning The Cloud Game Of Thrones - www.businessinsider.com   03:21 27/09/2013
Jerry Chen Greylock Partners   Microsoft was once considered the king of technology. Today, it’s in the midst of trying to find a new CEO. While there’s plenty of speculation on who will be heir in Redmond, the more important succession is who will rule the vast new kingdom of the cloud, a “post-server world” where enterprise data centers disappear and are replaced by cloud infrastructure services and SaaS applications. It is apparent that another Seattle-area company is ascending the throne. Amazon is delivering the lethal combination of aggressive price reductions to all of its cloud services while simultaneously releasing new features and functionality at an alarming rate. Since 2006  they have...
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by Ryan Faas Follow Me September 27, 2013 3:42 PM Credit: Purestock One of the biggest iOS 7 advances for enterprise environments is Apple’s new volume licensing model . The new model is a massive step forward and arguably is the most significant enterprise advance that Apple has made in iOS 7. It also has the potential to be a huge competitive advantage over Android in business environments. Purchasing apps for enterprise users has long been a sore point for companies looking to support BYOD users. Apple’s iOS App Store and Google Play were both developed as consumer marketplaces....
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Live support has always been a dream for major retailers. While chat solutions already exist, today Amazon announced a new support service available on Kindle HD products called Mayday. It is a single-click, hardware-support solution that lets users work with a remote tech support representative to solve problems with their tablets. The service allows you to see the remote tech support person in a small window on your screen and also displays your screen on the support person’s computer where they can watch what you’re doing online, annotate the screen, and even tap through the interface. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said it’s like “actually very similar to having someone standing next to you” and offering tech support. The service is unique to...
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Yesterday Microsoft announced two new Surface tablets  and a set of accessories designed to help its more expensive tablet-hybrid slot into enterprise business environments. The new Surface Pro 2, the Power Cover, and the docking station form a trio of products that Microsoft hopes will drive corporate sales of its hardware. Microsoft’s new tablets are now up for pre-order , though the Power Cover and dock will not be released until the early part of next year. It’s worth noting the price of the get-up, however. The Surface Pro 2, sans any accessory, starts at $899 in its most basic format. That SKU has a modest 64 gigabytes of internal storage. The highest-end Surface Pro 2, with 512 gigabytes of storage, costs $1,799, or double the price of its cheapest build....
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вчера в 19:18 Google извиняется за вчерашний сбой с Gmail и объясняет причину Gmail , Google Вчерашний 11-часовой сбой в Gmail (на эту тему был жестоко изруганный топик ), из-за которого проблемы с доставкой писем или(и) вложений в них, наблюдались почти в трети почтового трафика, получил своё...
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Today Microsoft took the wraps off its holiday hardware lineup, unveiling two new tablets, and a number of new and updated accessories. It’s a lot of information to process, so let’s go through each piece in order. I spent time in Redmond last week with the new hardware, and the team behind the Surface project itself. Hands on notes regarding the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will be published following this piece, along with an extensive interview with Brian Hall, current general manager of the Surface effort, and Panos Panay, corporate vice president at Microsoft and chief of Surface. For now, you need an overview of what’s new. We’ll get granular shortly. Here’s the once-over. Surface 2 The Surface 2 is the second generation of the...
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Рады сообщить всем хабровчанам, что PyCharm 3.0 — наша IDE для разработки на языке Python — выпущена в двух редакциях: бесплатной Community Edition с открытым исходным кодом и полнофункциональной Professional Edition. В двух словах: бесплатная редакция PyCharm основана на открытом коде, зато платная содержит полную функциональность. Релиз, конечно, этим не ограничивается: в него вошло много новых полезных фич, которые работают в обоих редакциях. Но обо всем...
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Never miss an update Follow AppleInsider Follow @AppleInsider   – A + Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 11:05 am PT (02:05 pm ET) By Daniel Eran Dilger The same day that Apple reported a record 9 million iPhone sales for its launch weekend, a Blackberry enthusiast writing for ABC News spun the numbers as “a cause for concern,” while a Wall Street Journal blogger followed up with a warning not to read too much into it. Apple’s record sales “rotten” Today’s top Apple headline in Google News is a piece by Sandy Cannold, an “executive producer and senior...
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Citrix aims for VMware, Amazon with new cloud strategy - www.networkworld.com   03:12 25/09/2013
You are previewing premium content. Become an Insider to read the full article. You are viewing Insider content. Browse other Insider articles Citrix Tuesday updated its cloud computing strategy, saying that its platform – which is based off the Apache CloudStack project - can span both private on-premises deployments and public clouds and is the only one in the market that takes an application-centric approach to architecting clouds. Citrix officials say that the company’s chief competitors, VMware and Amazon Web Services, “pigeon-hole” users into architecting...
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Oracle Announces an In-Memory Technology, At an Ungodly Speed…And Cost | MemSQL Blog | The Real-Time Analytics Platform Oracle Announces an In-Memory Technology, At an Ungodly Speed…And Cost By Nikita Shamgunov on September 23, 2013 ...
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Microsoft's Surface 2: New tablet, same problems - www.engadget.com   03:36 24/09/2013
What’s the definition of insanity? Trying the same thing several times and expecting a different outcome. While we wouldn’t suggest that Microsoft’s finest minds are in need of urgent medical care, it does seem as if the company’s executives have failed to heed the lessons doled out this summer. After all, it was only a few months ago that Microsoft had to admit that very few Surface RT tablets had been sold, and booked a $900 million loss on inventory that remains rotting in warehouses. At today’s launch of Microsoft’s second Windows RT-running slate, Surface chief Panos Panay opened his remarks by saying that the “Surface 2 is not subtle, but is a revamp. It is not the simple changes that...
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OpenJFX - wiki.openjdk.java.net   01:51 23/09/2013
DukePad - OpenJFX - OpenJDK Wiki DukePad Attachments: 7 • Added by Richard Bair , last edited by Richard Bair on Sep 21, 2013  ( view change ) • Labels None...
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Stack Exchange - blog.stackoverflow.com   03:36 21/09/2013
HN from Y Combinator: Five years ago, Stack Overflow launched http://t.co/6PzjyzixvD
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Announcement - OpenZFS - www.open-zfs.org   03:34 21/09/2013
HN from Y Combinator: OpenZFS launch http://t.co/G07PzzkC0X
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For five years, researchers have toiled over an obscure bit of fundamental internet infrastructure that promises to make the connections to our mobile devices faster and more reliable than ever, and if you’ve already downloaded Apple’s iOS 7 to your iPhone or iPad, you could be using it already. It’s called multi-path TCP , and here’s why it matters and how it works: At present, if your phone or tablet is connected to Wi-Fi and a cellular network at the same time, it can only use one or the other connection to transmit data. But what if your Wi-Fi connection or your 3G connection drops? Whatever data was being transmitted—data for an app, a webpage, an iMessage—will fail to arrive, and you have to try again, usually after getting a frustrating error message or a blank...
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19 сентября в 21:15 Вам не нужен Hadoop — у вас просто нет столько данных перевод Big Data * , Высокая производительность * Меня спросили: «Сколько у вас опыта с большими данными и Hadoop?» Я ответил, что часто использую Hadoop, но редко — с объёмами данных больше нескольких ТБ. Я новичок в...
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Google knows nearly every Wi-Fi password in the world - blogs.computerworld.com   03:49 21/09/2013
HN from Y Combinator: Google knows nearly every Wi-Fi password in the world http://t.co/PU8aQjzQmX
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Google added Snapseed photo editing to its Google+ apps on Android and iOS back in March, and now it’s bringing them to the desktop. The new tools include Auto Enhance, selective adjust editing, and filters, all powered by the Chrome browser’s Native Client tech. Not familiar with how that works? Google brought Native Client to Chrome back in 2011, and it allows developers to port code written in languages like C and C++ so it runs in the browser. Vic Gundotra said on Google+ that this is the Snapseed app built for Chrome, so we’ll see if more mobile apps and features follow it over. If you’re not using Chrome you’ll have to live with basic crop and rotate editing tools on Google+, but even...
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FreeBSD 10′s New Technologies and Features - www.freebsdnews.net   03:28 21/09/2013
HN from Y Combinator: FreeBSD 10′s New Technologies and Features http://t.co/wD2vzYlXtf
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Google swaps out MySQL, moves to MariaDB - www.theregister.co.uk   16:49 13/09/2013
Supercharge your infrastructure Google is migrating its MySQL systems over to MariaDB, allowing the search company to get away from the Oracle-backed open source database. The news came out at the Extremely Large Databases (XLDB) conference in Stanford, California on Wednesday, one month after El Reg reported that Google had assigned one of its engineers to the MariaDB Foundation. News of the swap was not an official announcement by Google, it came out during a presentation by Google senior systems engineer Jeremy Cole on the general state of the MySQL ecosystem. It turns out that far from being a minor initiative to keep MariaDB alive, Google is actively patching and upgrading MariaDB 10.0 to be...
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With this update, Apple’s days of neglecting the Apple TV seem to be over. Apple just rolled out the sixth major version of the set-top box’s software today, which brings with it some long-awaited features like iTunes Radio support, direct access to the iTunes Music Store, and a helpful new feature dubbed Airplay from iCloud, reports 9to5 Mac . The latter feature resembles Google’s recently released Chromecast gadget — it streams content directly to your Apple TV, rather than first streaming it to your iPhone or iPad and then pushing it to the Apple TV via AirPlay. The feature makes for a more efficient use of bandwidth, and your iOS device also won’t be stuck with the streaming workload, which means it should still be capable of doing more advanced things...
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Released! Red Hat Software Collections now GA! - developerblog.redhat.com   04:57 13/09/2013
We’ve had so much interest in Red Hat Software Collections during beta testing and now here they are! Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Software Collections 1.0! “Available via select Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions, Red Hat Software Collections delivers the newest, most stable versions of open source runtime components to subscribers on a lifecycle that is separate from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. By providing a more frequent release cadence of these developer oriented technologies, Red Hat has responded to the need for access to rapid language and database innovation while also continuing to deliver the stability of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.” So now you have two choices for selecting tools and/or databases that align...
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Samsung's Galaxy Gear Is Here And Better Than Expected - techcrunch.com   23:35 4/09/2013
The first time I caught wind of the Galaxy Gear , I laughed heartily. Of course Samsung was trying to make a smartwatch — what haven’t they tried to make over the past few years? It didn’t help that some preliminary reports may have done more harm than good for the Gear’s early reputation. Needless to say, I wasn’t expecting much. But now, after spending a little time with one on my wrist, I’m convinced. I was wrong… but not entirely. Credit where credit is due, Samsung knows how to put a gadget together. I was initially wary of the size, mostly because those leaked images from this weekend pointed to a totally gargantuan device that didn’t actually seem fit for human consumption. But, between the plastic wristband...
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A fresh mix of Intel-based Chromebooks - chrome.blogspot.com   23:29 11/09/2013
Chromebooks were designed to make computers faster, simpler, safer and much more affordable for everyone . Over the past year, with the launch of Chromebooks by a number of our partners for as low as $199, they have become the go-to laptop for many people. We’re pleased to see consumers, schools and businesses react positively to Chromebooks. Research firm NPD says Chromebooks represent 20-25% of the $300-or-less computer segment. In education, more than 5,000 schools have deployed Chromebooks for their students , representing more than 20% of school districts in the US. Together with our hardware partners, we’ve been working on expanding the Chromebook family. Intel, who has been with us on this journey from day one, unveiled a new lineup of Chromebooks today...
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GigaOM Pro Go to Cloud Topic Page Weekly Updates 3 reasons why VMware won’t be impactful in the public cloud space Source: flickr user theaucitron Considering the number of emails and phone calls I received requesting meetings, a ton of people must have thought I was at VMworld last week. I was not. Indeed, I’ve never been. Why not? There is not a lot of cloud stuff there, despite the fact that I’m sure the term “cloud” was mentioned every 11 seconds during that conference. The fact of the matter is that, while VMware is pretty much systemic to most of the enterprise architectures I work on, it’s rarely on the...
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Microsoft wants to buy your iPad for at least $200 - www.theverge.com   16:44 13/09/2013
After recruiting Siri to  bad-mouth the iPad , launching an iPad  comparison site , and  picking on the iPad mini , Microsoft now wants to buy your Apple tablet. The Surface maker has  launched a promotion at its brick-and-mortar stores in the US that lets iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad 4 owners trade in their tablets for at least a $200 gift card. The devices have to be “gently used” and the offer is only available in Microsoft Stores in the US and Canada, and not online. The deal is designed to convince iPad owners to switch to Surface tablets. Microsoft was forced to  cut its Surface RT price by 30 percent worldwide after slow device sales and a  $900 million write down . The company has also cut its  Surface Pro tablet by $100 recently. Microsoft is...
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Ihnatko deciphers Apple’s dueling iPhones - www.chicagogrid.com   06:23 11/09/2013
iphone Apple announced two phones today. One of them seems to be mostly a response to the needs of the international phone market. The other one seems to underscore the idea that to put an immensely powerful CPU in a phone is akin to instilling a medieval army that with an immovable faith that their cause is just and they are performing no less than God’s will. If you have that one thing, every possible objective will fall into place. First off: the iPhone 5C, which was thoroughly leaked in the weeks before the announcement. Here in the US, consumers are barely aware that some phones cost more than others thanks to carrier subsidies. If you care about owning the latest hardware, the Hot New Phone will be yours for $200 to $300 depending on capacity, no matter who...
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The rumors , we’re thrilled to see, are true. Sony’s unique lens cameras are now official, and they’re coming to a smartphone or tablet near you beginning later this month. As expected, there are two models on offer. Both cameras lack the display and controls of an ordinary point-and-shoot — instead, you’ll pair your Android or iOS handset or slate with the camera via WiFi, and use that device to adjust settings and frame each shot. Naturally, we expected lag to be a major issue here, but the feed was delayed by only a fraction of a second, and it was perfectly sufficient for this type of shooting. To get started, you’ll power on the camera then connect to the device’s ad-hoc access point. Then,...
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HN from Y Combinator: Microsoft to acquire Nokia http://t.co/7XfwJJLm4L
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Microsoft’s outlined its reasoning behind why it’s gone deep into smartphones in a lengthy presentation file. Alongside cheering Windows Phone’s current growth (No.3!), it’s reaffirmed that it’ll bring its products and services to rival mobile OSes and still involve itself with “iPhone and Android/Galaxy phones”. However, it tempers this point, adding that the Redmond company can’t risk “having Google or Apple foreclose app innovation, integration, distribution or economics.” Given the strength of the top two, Microsoft is telling it straight, adding that it needs a “first-rate Microsoft phone experience for users” to compete, suggesting that its portfolio of devices...
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A Brief History of Cloud Computing - blog.softlayer.com   19:11 2/09/2013
Posted by James Steddum in Cloud , Technology Mainframe Computer Mainframe Computer Virtualization Clouds SoftLayer Pod SoftLayer Big Data
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сегодня в 11:35 Технические характеристики часов Galaxy Gear Android * , Гаджеты. Устройства для гиков C подачи ресурса amongtech.com, источниками которого называются сотрудники техасского Samsung Warehouse, в Сети появились технические характеристики часов Galaxy Gear, которые Samsung точно должна показать 4...
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Google reportedly acquired Android smartwatch maker WIMM Labs - www.theverge.com   03:40 31/08/2013
Google has acquired the smartwatch manufacturer WIMM Labs, seemingly as part of an effort to bolster  its own plans for wearable devices. The acquisition was  first reported by  GigaOM , and has been confirmed to  The Verge by a Google spokesperson. WIMM Labs released its first smartwatch back in 2011, the WIMM One, which ran Android and included a  platform for developers to code apps for it. We said at the time that  the product had great potential , and now it looks like that potential could come to pass under the guidance of a bigger company. WIMM Labs’ employees are believed to be working under Google’s Android team, reports GigaOM . That would be a natural fit given WIMM Labs’ history with the...
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The NEW Microsoft RMS is live, in preview! - blogs.technet.com   01:25 30/08/2013
Hi folks, We made it! Today we’re sharing with you a public preview of the massively updated rights management offering.  Let’s jump right in… The new Microsoft RMS enables organizations to share sensitive documents within their organization or to other organizations with unprecedented ease. These documents can be of any type, and you can consume them on any device. Given the protection scheme is very robust, the file can even be openly shared… even on consumer services like SkyDrive™/DropBox™/GDrive™. Today we’re announcing the preview of SDKs, Apps, and Services, and we’re giving details on how you can explore each of them. If you’d like some background on Microsoft Rights Management, check out this TechEd Talk ....
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Linus Torvalds celebrates 22 years of Linux with nostalgic message - www.networkworld.com   19:42 26/08/2013
Linus Torvalds celebrates 22 years of Linux with nostalgic message - Network World You...
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Weekend cloud outage puts Amazon in the shade - jaxenter.com   02:30 28/08/2013
EBS fails to bounce back   For 49 minutes last Sunday, a northern Virginia based data storage centre for Amazon suffered an outage. As a result of the crash, a ripple effect of issues hit the center’s clients, taking with it some...
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Time Management is a Myth, Work Effectively Instead - speckyboy.com   14:13 27/08/2013
We’ve all looked at our to-do lists and sighed in despair at how many items were still waiting for us to finish. Sometimes it can even seem overwhelming; we’ve got so much to finish, and it seems as though the days are shrinking in length, as there never seems to be enough time to get to everything. The good news is that there are several ways to regain control of your time. In this article, we’re going to go over a few essential tips you can use right away to work effectively. Task (Not Time) Management Not getting enough work done? It’s not because you haven’t mastered that so-called holy grail of “time management.” In fact, the whole idea of time management is a myth. That’s right, I said it. Why? Because you cannot actually “manage” time. No matter who...
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Interviews: Guido van Rossum Answers Your Questions - developers.slashdot.org   14:14 27/08/2013
Last week you had a chance to ask Guido van Rossum , Python's BDFL (Benevolent Dictator For Life), about all things Python and his move to Dropbox. Guido wasted no time answering your questions and you'll find his responses below. From Google to Dropbox by nurhussein Hi, What prompted the move from Google to Dropbox? What did you do at Google, and what are you going to do at Dropbox? Guido: After seven years at Google I was just ready for some change in environment, and then the Dropbox offer came along. At a high level, my job hasn't changed much: I still - spend 50% of my time on whatever I want to do for Python in my BDFL role - am a regular engineer in the organization (not a manager or even TL) - do a lot of code reviews, architecture and design work - handle...
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(Image: ZDNet) Amazon Web Services (AWS), one of the world’s largest cloud provider, stumbled over on Sunday for 59 minutes, due to issues with its U.S.-EAST datacenter. The outage began at about 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET) following connectivity issues in the North Virginia datacenter, which led to elevated API error rates in the region. This led to “degraded experience,” according to the AWS status page , which resulted in a “small number of EC2 instances [becoming] unreachable due to packet loss in a single [availability zone].” Last week, AWS suffered downtime that lasted around 25 minutes . Most websites running on the AWS cloud were unaffected. The biggest casualty of the outage, however, was...
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Chromecast owners using a third-party app to stream local files to their HDTV using Google’s $35 dongle are in the dark. Literally. The latest Chromecast software update intentionally breaks the AllCast app , says Koushik Dutta, who developed the software. Koush, as he’s known on the web, explains the situation on his Google+ page and shares thoughts on why this is happening : “They [Google] disabled ‘video_playback’ support from the Chromecast application. Given that this is the second time they’ve purposefully removed/disabled the ability to play media from external sources, it confirms some of my suspicions that I have had about the Chromecast developer program: The policy seems to be a heavy handed approach, where only approved content will be played...
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Beyond Ballmer: who will be Microsoft's next CEO? - www.theverge.com   01:14 24/08/2013
After 33 years at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer announced today that he plans to retire from his position as CEO within the next 12 months. The surprise exit comes 13 years after Ballmer took over from Bill Gates as Microsoft’s CEO in January 2000. He may have tripled revenues and doubled profits during his reign, but Ballmer is leaving to make way for a new devices and services strategy as the company continues to battle for market share in smartphones and tablets. Ballmer won’t be around to see if Microsoft can finally crack the devices and hardware it’s promising, so who will be? The timing of the departure is odd. After announcing a massive company-wide reorganization last month, Ballmer outlined a “One Microsoft” approach and shifted...
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From left, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Larry Page, and co-founder Sergey Brin in 2011. (Credit: Google) Google Inc., which has been working on software to help major automakers build self-driving cars, also is quietly going around them by designing and developing a full-fledged self-driving car, according to people familiar with the matter. In recent months, Google has held talks with contract manufacturers to build new cars to Google’s specifications, said the people familiar with the matter. The move came after Google’s talks with big car brands about incorporating its technology into their vehicles failed to yield a partnership, one of these people said. Google also has a novel idea for what it could do with these cars. The company has considered ways to sell...
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Google is weighing building its own line of self-driving cars independent of the automakers, according to new report by Amir Efrati on JessicaLessin.com . Efrati doesn’t name his sources, but he’s a veteran Google reporter formerly of the Wall Street Journal so I have little reason to doubt them. But it does raise an interesting question: Can a tech company — even one with the resources and innovation drive of Google — build an automobile from scratch? First the details of the report: Efrati’s sources said Google is making no headway with the entrenched automakers over partnerships to build self-driving vehicles . So it’s opted to go around them, talking to auto-components designers Continental and Magna International about having them...
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A hacker from Mauritania says he has gained access to a substantial trove of Twitter login details, which he has published online. The haul doesn’t include passwords, but now would be a good time to revoke the access of third-party apps to your Twitter account (before re-establishing that access as needed). The hacker, who goes by the name of Mauritania Attacker, leaked just over 15,000 account details early on Tuesday through the file-sharing service Zippyshare. However, the Indian security site Techworm said it had interviewed him, and he apparently claimed to have access to the “entire database of users on Twitter.” Tokens, but no passwords The plain-text file that Mauritania Attacker published included Twitter user IDs and the associated OAuth...
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Samsung's Gear Smartwatch Is A Strange Hybrid - www.fastcompany.com   01:53 24/08/2013
Samsung’s Gear Smartwatch Is A Strange Hybrid | Fast Company | Business + Innovation Fast Company Close Fast Company Where Are They Now?...
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Office workers reject touch-screen keyboards - www.telegraph.co.uk   01:49 24/08/2013
Office workers reject touch-screen keyboards - Telegraph Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation Two thirds of workers prefer to use their tablet with a physical rather than on-screen keyboard, according to a report. Some 62 per cent of ‘information workers’ – people who spend more than an hour of their workday on a computer – said they wanted the option of using a tablet with a keyboard, a survey of...
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BlackBerry has a pretty serious problem on its hands. And no, we are not talking about the potential sale of the company. BlackBerry World, the app store that serves the BlackBerry 10 operating system and the legacy BlackBerry OS, has 120,000 apps in it. That is a respectable number, if we are just talking volume. The problem is that 47,000 of those apps have been created by one “developer” that appears to be taking advantage of BlackBerry’s open publishing rules and flooding BlackBerry World with a tidal wave of crap that does no favors to BlackBerry or its diminishing base of consumers. BlackBerry-focused blog Berry Review was the first to...
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Nginx takes the slippery road away from open source - www.infoworld.com   23:00 23/08/2013
Riding the wave of its broad adoption, the eponymous company behind the open source Nginx Web server took a turn to the proprietary this week and announced a paid-only edition called Nginx plus . Nginx is popular as a simpler, high-performance server and is often used as a proxy load balancing other server software, as well as for embedded use. The company had previously relied for revenue on large-scale and embedded deployers looking for expert skills, but this move signals a switch to an “open core” model. The move provoked widespread dismay in the free and open source software communities; Apache HTTPD veteran and Apache board member Jim Jagielski’s...
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Let’s not kid ourselves: We don’t control the Internet, the Internet controls us. Any notions to the contrary are foolish at best, but a new Kickstarter project called Circle wants to help families fight back against the Internet’s omnipresence with hardware and software that allows individual control of devices connected to a local network. Circle isn’t a router, like the Skydog, which was created by the Xerox PARC company PowerCloud Systems and is based on a similar concept. Instead, it’s a network device that can communicate with your router, and with all of your connected devices, offering up a filter between your existing gear and the unfiltered Internet, allowing you to set limitations for kids’ devices based on age, time, ad content and...
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Much like Google can settle a bar argument with the tap of a finger, a device launching on Kickstarter might stop fights over miscommunications — well, if the fight is over something said within the last-minute. The Kapture bracelet launches next week on Kickstarter, and constantly records audio. With a tap of the finger on the device you can retrieve the last 60 seconds of sounds around you. That might be your child’s first word or a convenient playback of your friend saying they’d get the fifth round of drinks. It’s a nifty idea even if I think it will take some user training to get used to tapping the device pretty much immediately after you hear something interesting. The Kickstarter price for the bracelet will be $99 for black or white with...
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YouTube today announced a significant increase to courtesy Data API limits , which regulate how many videos app developers can upload and how many read and write operations their apps can perform. YouTube’s quota system previously gave developers access to 5 million units per day, but now they will have 50 million units to play with. In addition, YouTube is reducing the cost of uploading a video from 16,000 units to just 1,600 units, so a developer could theoretically now upload almost 100 times more videos than before (for a total of close to 30,000 per day). The Data API – now in its third version – basically gives developers full access to virtually all of the features YouTube offers on its own site. Developers can use it to fetch search YouTube...
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Average Income per Programming Language - bpodgursky.wordpress.com   19:07 22/08/2013
Update 8/21:  I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about issues with these rankings from comments, and have tried to address some of them here .    The data there has been updated to include confidence intervals. ——————————————————————————————————— A few weeks ago I described how I used Git commit metadata plus the Rapleaf API to build aggregate demographic profiles for popular GitHub organizations (blog post here , per-organization data available here ). I was also interested in slicing the data somewhat differently, breaking down demographics per programming language instead of per organization.  Stereotypes about developers of various languages abound , but I was curious how these lined up with...
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Yes, Open Source Jobs are Hot – and We Have Stats to Prove It - blog.smartbear.com   17:22 22/08/2013
If you want a tech job, you want to be in Linux and open source software. Because that’s where the employers are slathering to find qualified personnel. And they want you. There I was, at perhaps the biggest hard-core, open source conference of them all these days, OSCon . The buzz was that everyone, and I mean everyone , was looking to hire. So I thought to myself, “Are they really ?” I set about asking every OSCon exhibitor , more than a hundred of them, if they were indeed looking for new staff and ready to make job offers. Would you care to guess the percentage of the OSCon exhibitors who replied, “Yes, we’re hiring?” I’ll give you a minute to come up with a number. It was 100%. Every last vendor there was hiring. Every one....
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Adobe’s open source editor has finally come to Linux after months of hard work by the Brackets community. Whether it ultimately dethrones your favourite editor or solidifies your choice of IDE is hard to tell at the moment, but we’ve given Brackets a quick once over to give you a taste of Adobe’s latest efforts. What’s Different Not quite native. The first thing you’ll notice when starting Brackets is that it isn’t native. If the sidebar doesn’t give it away, the lack of global menu integration or even a standard GTK contextual menu or menubar certainly will. But don’t let this deter you. Much like Sublime Text, the interface doesn’t always fit in, but what you lose in consistency you gain in features. Working with JavaScript with...
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If you’re a hacker and you find a bug in Facebook , you have the chance to submit it through the company’s white hat disclosure program and get a reward. But what if you’ve found a bug, and Facebook ignores you? A Palestinian hacker took the inadvisable step of posting on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ’s Timeline, taking advantage of the very bug he was trying to report. See also: How Hackers Can Turn Your Android Into A SpyPhone Khalil Shreateh, a Palestinian developer and hacker, discovered that there was a way to bypass Facebook’s privacy settings and post on anyone’s timeline — even users who are not your friends. He first reported the vulnerability via email to the bug bounty program. But the social network failed to...
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Google engineers insist 20% time is not dead - qz.com   01:30 17/08/2013
Loading… A lively debate among current and former Google engineers is raging on Hacker News about Quartz’s piece on  the death of 20% time at Google —that formerly hallowed portion of an engineer’s week set aside for his or her own projects, which brought us innovations such as Gmail and Adsense. Some Google engineers insist that the statements given to Quartz and issued elsewhere in public forums are flat-out wrong : “I don’t have to get approval to take 20% time, and I work with a number of people on their 20% projects,” says one anonymous poster claiming to be an engineer at Google. But other engineers, even those who say they use the free time at Google, painted...
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Microsoft recovering from seven-hour long Outlook.com outage - www.theverge.com   02:20 17/08/2013
Microsoft’s Outlook.com webmail service has been suffering from sporadic outages for over seven hours today. The issues started around 10AM ET, affecting Outlook.com, the People address book of the mail service, and Microsoft’s  soon-to-be-renamed SkyDrive cloud storage service. The SkyDrive issues were resolved after around four hours, and the software maker now says — after seven hours of issues — that it has identified a solution to the Outlook.com problem. It has “brought most services back online,” according to a  recent status message . “The rest of services are being brought up gradually.” Microsoft warns that mobile access to Outlook.com is still experiencing issues. The outages seem to have been widespread and sporadic...
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Google: Gmail users shouldn't expect email privacy - www.theguardian.com   20:07 14/08/2013
Google said the plaintiffs were making 'an attempt to criminalize ordinary business practices' that have been part of Gmail since it began. Photo: Walter Bieri Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their emails are confidential, Google has said in a court filing . Consumer Watchdog, the advocacy group that uncovered the filing, called the revelation a "stunning admission." It comes as Google and its peers are under pressure to explain their role in the National Security Agency's ( NSA ) mass surveillance of US citizens and foreign nationals. "Google has finally admitted they don't respect privacy ," said John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's privacy project director. "People should take them at their word; if you care about your email correspondents' privacy, don't...
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Trsst Is A Secure Twitter For The Post-Snowden Internet - techcrunch.com   02:11 17/08/2013
In a world where tweeting is the new texting, there are some folks out there who want to broadcast their thoughts – but with an acceptable level of security. That’s where Trsst comes in . It is, in short, an encrypted messaging platform that turns your short messages into a p2p style collaboration system. I realize that’s a bit hard to follow (and I’m still having some trouble wrapping my head around it) but in essence it will be a signed, encrypted, decentralized system that mimics Twitter functionality. This means your person-to-person messages will be completely secure and, more important, messages you broadcast will be digitally signed. The database will be distributed, Bitcoin-style, so no one company controls it. “Genesis of the project was a while back...
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Bad sign for e-readers? E Ink sales plunge - gigaom.com   02:00 17/08/2013
Here’s a sign that e-readers are struggling in the U.S.: E Ink Holdings, the Taiwan-based company that makes e-reader screens for companies such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Sony, just had its worst quarter in four years. The company saw a net loss of NT $1.01 billion (USD $33.7 million) for the second quarter of 2013, and revenues were down 35 percent over the previous year to NT $2.93 billion (USD $98 million). Market research companies have been forecasting the death of e-readers for awhile now as more consumers buy tablets. Nonetheless, E Ink Holdings sees growth ahead as e-readers become more popular outside the United States. “Customers [i.e., e-reader manufacturers] have put off their new product launches to the third quarter from the second quarter,” CFO...
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Stand aside Yammer, Convo, Socialcast, Hipchat and the rest, and make way for another hopeful in the world of enterprise social networking: Stewart Butterfield, one of the co-creators of Flickr who subsequently  departed from Yahoo in a colorful fashion  in 2008, is today launching Slack , a platform aimed at teams of co-workers to converse, work on projects together, and share links, pictures and more in real time. This is the second service to come out of Tiny Speck , the studio started by Butterfield and other early Flickr employees. Tiny Speck first gained fame with a multiplayer game called Glitch. Glitch  closed down in November 2012 after failing to gain enough user traction and failing to find a buyer . Slack is launching as a desktop, iPhone and...
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Samsung's smartwatch to be unveiled Sept. 4, report says - www.latimes.com   02:13 17/08/2013
By Salvador Rodriguez 9:22 AM PDT, August 15, 2013 The Samsung smartwatch will be unveiled in early September, according to a report this week. SamMobile , a website that covers Samsung news, reports that it has confirmed that the South Korean tech giant will unveil its rumored device on Sept. 4. The unveiling will take place at the IFA annual consumer electronics show in Berlin, where Samsung is also expected to announce the Galaxy Note III smartphone, the report says. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on The device is expected to be named the Galaxy Gear, and SamMobile reports that it will be a...
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Much anticipation surrounds VMware’s launch into the public cloud marketplace with its vCloud Hybrid Service and one of the biggest questions is how it will compete with Amazon Web Services’s offerings. AWS, Microsoft and Google seem to be battling it out in a price war for the lowest costs for cloud resources. But in an exclusive interview with Network World , VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger told me that VMware will not be playing the “race to the bottom” pricing game. VMware’s cloud service offers unique capabilities around supporting hybrid environments that combine customers’ on-premises VMware use with its new public cloud. Because of that, the company will price its public cloud offering at a premium over Amazon’s. Here’s exactly what Gelsinger said:...
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Sept. 9 - 10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now You might think that the NSA and other shadowy three-letter agencies are the world’s biggest cloud cheerleaders: all your data, all the time, in the cloud, where Prism and XKeyscore can, apparently, access it. Perhaps that’s why Google announced yesterday it was triple-encrypting all data in Google Cloud Storage. “We know that security is important to you and your customers,” Google product manager Dave Barth posted . “Our goal is to make securing your data as painless as possible.” Editor’s note: Our upcoming CloudBeat conference , Sept. 9-10 in San Francisco, will...
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There’s a new crowdfunding champion in town. The Ubuntu Edge , a smartphone from Canonical that’s designed to take on Apple’s iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 , hit a record for crowdfunding, reaching $10.4 million on Friday. The investment, which has been made up by thousands of Indiegogo users, has beaten out the former crowdfunding champion the Pebble smartwatch , which was able to muster $10.2 million on Kickstarter. Related stories Why the Ubuntu Edge is a success, even if it never exists Ubuntu Edge: 3 things to think about Ubuntu Edge dual-boots Android, seeks $32M Verizon signs on to advisory group for Ubuntu mobile OS China chooses Ubuntu as state-endorsed operating system The Ubuntu Edge has excited the...
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University of Washington Using ambient backscatter, these devices can interact with users and communicate with each other without using batteries. They exchange information by reflecting or absorbing pre-existing radio signals. Most days, you have to work to find crazy-cool tech stories, but some days they seem to fall from the sky like the foodalanche in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs — stories like “Wireless devices that function without batteries.” Some engineers at the University of Washington have managed to create several such devices, allowing users to interact or communicate with each other battery-free by repurposing existing radio signals. It’s called ambient backscatter , a technique whereby a device...
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Copper.io  is a small company with big ambitions: It wants to assemble a full set of tools to run and monitor your cloud deployments — regardless of what the underlying cloud infrastructure is. CEO Ed Byrne thinks there’s a market for a suite to do all of this and looks to the past for his rationale. In the days of client-server computing, big companies — vendors LIKE BMC, CA, IBM (with Tivoli) and HP (with OpenView) — wanted to own the management of all a company’s systems. And then there were dozens of smaller companies with lots of point solutions, most of which got acquired by the big guys, Byrne said. Now he thinks there’s an opportunity for a smart cloud-first competitor to roll up all the tools needed to run,...
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Thousands of servers are hackable - www.washingtonpost.com   07:16 15/08/2013
Washington Post: Researchers figure out how to hack tens of thousands of servers http://t.co/Z7AOHhgTO0
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The limits of Google’s openness - blogs.technet.com   22:24 15/08/2013
Posted by David Howard Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft You may be wondering what happened to the YouTube app for Windows Phone. Last May, after we launched a much improved app on our platform, Google objected on a number of grounds. We took our app down and agreed to work with Google to solve their issues. This week, after we addressed each of Google’s points, we re-launched the app, only to have Google technically block it. We know that this has been frustrating, to say the least, for our customers. We have always had one goal: to provide our users a YouTube experience on Windows Phone that’s on par with the YouTube experience available to Android and iPhone users. Google’s objections to our app are not only...
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The Dark Side of Best Practices - www.javacodegeeks.com   01:09 17/08/2013
Best practices are the backbone of software development (or so we are told). Every developer has his own opinions about software development processes, architecture, and programming. These opinions are based on education, personal experiences, and the experiences of other software developers. These opinions are also known as best practices, and every software company has them. Are best practices a good thing? Not necessarily. I argue that best practices have a dark side which is often overlooked. Beware of The Dark Side Best practices itself are not dangerous. They become dangerous when they are misused or misunderstood. Sadly, this is quite common.
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Inside the bitter YouTube battle between Microsoft and Google - www.theverge.com   01:44 17/08/2013
The gloves are off: Microsoft and Google find themselves battling in more product areas than ever while fighting a very public war of words. The latest spat has led Google to block a Microsoft-developed YouTube app for Windows Phone, despite a promise to collaborate between the two companies. In the past, Microsoft has launched public campaigns directly against Google: there’s  Gmail man ,  newspaper ads ,  Scroogled , and even an anti-Google Apps “ Googlighting” campaign . Google’s moves are less public, with curiously timed product changes, methods intended to  block Windows Phone users , and the occasional sniping comment from  Larry Page or  Eric Schmidt . Behind closed doors, both companies are forced to...
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Mega to fill secure email gap left by Lavabit - www.zdnet.com   21:42 11/08/2013
Kim Dotcom’s “privacy company” Mega is developing secure email services to run on its entirely non-US -based server network as intense pressure from US authorities force other providers to close. Last week Lavabit, which counted NSA leaker Edward Snowdon as a user, and Silent Circle both closed. Lavabit’s owner, Ladar Levison, said it he was shutting down to avoid becoming “complicit in crimes against the American people”. Last week Mega chief executive Vikram Kumar told ZDNet the company was being asked to deliver secure email and voice services. In the wake of the closures, he expanded on his plans. Kumar said work is in progress, building off the end-to-end encryption and contacts...
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US Government Finally Admits: Yes, Area 51 Exists - gizmodo.com   23:42 15/08/2013
Gizmodo: US government finally admits: yes, Area 51 exists http://t.co/yd2WKHcj1t
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Google follows Amazon with auto-encryption of cloud data - www.theregister.co.uk   22:22 15/08/2013
Win Spectre Laptop with HP and The Register Google has tossed a crumb of reassurance to people with cloudy security concerns by adding automatic server-side encryption to Google Cloud Storage. The free security measure was announced by Google on Thursday and spun as a way to “make securing your data as painless as possible,” according to a blog post by the company. The change means data will be kept in RAM and encrypted via AES-128 upon upload into the service before being written to disk. “There is no setup or configuration required, no need to modify the way you access the service and no visible performance impact,” the company wrote. “The data is automatically and...
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Explore what is Trending on GitHub · GitHub - github.com   14:43 15/08/2013
GitHub is a great place to find interesting projects. From the White House open data policy to Chicago bike routes , GitHub has become a place for collaboration on more than just code. Today we’re making these interesting projects easier to find through the new trending page . Time boxed by day, week, month Eight times a day we calculate trending data into three time buckets: daily, weekly, and monthly . You can change the time periods by selecting one from the drop-down. Filter by languages You can also filter the trends by language. By default you will see trending items in any language. You’ll also see “unknown languages” as a filter. Our language library can’t always determine the language for the...
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Many people are wondering what the post-Steve-Jobs Apple will look like, but Larry Ellison said he already knows. Speaking with Charlie Rose in an interview for “CBS This Morning,” the Oracle CEO (and close Jobs friend) implied that Apple without Jobs won’t be that different from what happened last time Jobs left the company. “Well, we already know,” Ellison told Rose. “We saw — we conducted the experiment. I mean, it’s been done. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. We saw Apple without Steve Jobs. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. Now, we’re gonna see Apple without Steve Jobs.” Needless to say, I’m sure that Tim Cook and Jony Ive don’t think of themselves as John Scully and Gil Amelio. But the question...
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The Next Web Look mom, no ads This article is thanks to Announcement 450+ companies have already registered for TNW Conference Latin America 2013. Have you? The new iPhone is set to be revealed on September 10th, here’s what to expect. By Zee , Sunday, 11 Aug ‘13 , 10:15pm Use your (arrow) keys to browse more stories There are lots of business conferences… TNW Conference US isn’t one of them. If a report from All Things D is to be...
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You might want to think twice before you let someone borrow your computer. The most obvious risk of allowing someone else access to your desktop is that they can impersonate you, using any app where you’re already signed in. They could send prank messages using your default email client, or profess your undying love for Justin Bieber using your logged-in Twitter account. That’s annoying, but far from fatal. But the situation becomes considerably worse if you use Google Chrome to save and sync passwords for easy logins at your favorite websites. An intruder who has unrestricted access to your computer for even a minute can view and copy all of your saved passwords just by visiting an easy-to-remember...
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Screenshot of WhatsApp’s new voice-messaging feature; image via WhatsApp With all the texting that people do these days, it’s naturally taken a messaging app to re-introduce the act of using our voices to communicate. WhatsApp, the increasingly ubiquitous global messaging app, has launched “voice messaging,” a new feature that will let users record and send audio files with one tap on their smartphones. UPDATE: WhatsApp has announced the feature on its blog ; the post includes a video demo, also embedded below. The messaging company, which has 45 employees and is based in Mountain View, Calif., confirmed a report in AllThingsD that the service would allow users to press and hold the microphone on their...
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Categories: AAPL Company iOS Devices PatentlyApple  spotted an interesting-looking patent that could have both editorial and advertising applications in podcasts and iTunes Radio broadcasts. It’s of course written in the usual dense patent language: Hyperlinks within an audio stream provide a way for a listener to access linked resources. An audio hyperlink encoded in an audio stream indicates the presence of an audio hyperlink in the audio stream, as well as providing information for traversing the hyperlink to the linked resource. The hyperlink may be conditionally traversed upon a user interaction or automatically upon detection in the audio stream, possibly pausing...
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Rumor: Amazon May Be Getting Into The Console Business - www.forbes.com   05:04 10/08/2013
Jeff Bezos, CEO of AMAZON, introduces new Kindle Fire HD Family and Kindle Paper white during the AMAZON press conference on September 06, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife) Another tech giant may be getting into the games business. Sources are telling Game Informer that online retailer and gadget maker Amazon is prepping an android-based console for release in 2013, likely before Black Friday. When contacted for comment by Forbes, an Amazon rep said that it did not respond to rumors or speculation. This comes just a short time after rumors that Google was developing a console of its own, though probably on a more extended time-frame. The big players have seen just how powerful the gaming...
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CNET: Twitter adds account security features to iPhone and Android apps http://t.co/jq7O3wpUSb
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Google announces 'deeper' search - www.telegraph.co.uk   06:30 10/08/2013
Google announces ‘deeper’ search - Telegraph Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation Google has announced a new feature which will highlight in-depth articles in its searches, to be rolled out in the coming days. The company gave the examples of censorship, love and happiness as broad terms which would from now on return the option of links to longer features along side regular search results....
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New DB Rankings: Mongo DB Beats MS Access in Popularity - java.dzone.com   07:01 6/08/2013
New DB Rankings: Mongo DB Beats MS Access in Popularity | Javalobby NoSQL Zone NoSQL Zone is brought to you in partnership with: Mitch Pronschinske is a Senior Content Analyst at DZone. That means he writes and searches for the finest developer content in the land so that you don’t have to. He often eats peanut butter and bananas,...
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HN from Y Combinator: Yahoo Has Acquired Rockmelt, Apps To Shut Down On August 31st http://t.co/NddqGYVG7S
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Soon You'll Be Able To Sell Your Skills On Google "Helpouts" - www.fastcompany.com   22:06 26/07/2013
Soon You’ll Be Able To Sell Your Skills On Google “Helpouts” | Fast Company | Business + Innovation SPONSORED CONTENT Close Where Are They Now? Soon You’ll Be Able To Sell Your Skills On Google “Helpouts” Fresh rumors suggest Google is trying something new to...
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Quip Brings The Word Processor Out Of The Dark Ages | Cult of Mac Charlie Sorrel (3:21 am PDT, Aug 2nd) Quip is an odd new app that looks like it could be incredibly useful. It’s billed as a word processor, but it combines text editing with instant messaging, change tracking and sharing — plus it has a very cool interface. Oh, and it works on your iPhone, your iPad and your Mac (in the browser). Just as a plain old one-person document editor, Quip looks good. An extra keyboard row lets you add pictures, links to other documents, tables, and people (yeah, adding people makes it less of a one-person document editor, but still). You can also add lists with checkboxes. Once you add people, though, things get fancy. Each document becomes a thread, shared...
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OSI: The Internet That Wasn’t - spectrum.ieee.org   22:30 29/07/2013
Photo: INRIA Only Connect: Researcher Hubert Zimmermann [left] explains computer networking to French officials at a meeting in 1974. Zimmermann would later play a key role in the development of the Open Systems Interconnection standards. If everything had gone according to plan, the Internet as we know it would never have sprung up. That plan, devised 35 years ago, instead would have created a comprehensive set of standards for computer networks called Open Systems Interconnection, or OSI. Its architects were a dedicated group of computer industry representatives in the United Kingdom, France, and the United States who envisioned a complete, open, and multi­layered system that would allow users all over the world to...
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Java still top but chasing pack closing, RedMonk finds - jaxenter.com   22:28 29/07/2013
Still kicking Critics of Java are often quick to decry the death of their least favourite programming language, but perhaps they shouldn’t be so hasty. The latest rankings from developer analysts RedMonk are in for Q3, showing that Java has...
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На днях с нами связались разработчики мобильного приложения Vitrum. За этим пока не известным никому названием скрывается браузер для iPad....
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Follow the leader? As the candles were blown out on OpenStack’s 3rd birthday cake , many naysayers appeared to crash the party. The collaborative cloud project has long positioned itself as an alternative to the established order of...
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Feds accuse five men of largest U.S. hacking scheme - news.cnet.com   22:02 26/07/2013
Five men have been accused by the U.S. government of perpetrating the largest hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the United States. Court documents revealed Thursday in federal court in New Jersey said the five men from Russia and Ukraine were able to hack into the computer systems at the Nasdaq, J.C. Penney, 7-Eleven, and JetBlue Airways, among other companies. Obtaining around 160 million credit and debit card numbers , the individuals allegedly were able to steal more than $300 million from at least three of the targeted companies, The Wall Street Journal has reported. Related stories ATM hacker Barnaby Jack dies Phishing scam piggybacks on Apple Dev Center hack Man forces lover to beat video game before getting proposal The hacking began in 2005 and...
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Суть этой статьи показать еще один вариант словить за уши Э/М волну в относительной глубинке для нужд доступа в интернет. Если...
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Apple Confirms HopStop Acquisition - allthingsd.com   22:53 19/07/2013
Looks like Apple’s recent purchase of crowdsourced location data company Locationary was part of a twofer mapping acquisition. The company also acquired online transit-navigation appmaker HopStop . HopStop’s area of cartographic expertise: Mass transit directions, something Apple’s mapping service doesn’t currently offer. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said, confirming the acquisition with Cupertino’s standard boilerplate. At last count, HopStop had two million monthly active users and launched a Waze-like service for reporting real-time delays and other information. Founded in 2005, the company makes apps for both Apple and Android...
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At an internal meeting, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that the company overproduced the Surface RT tablet, leading to its recent $150 per unit price cut. As quoted by The Verge’s Tom Warren , Ballmer plainly explained that the company “built a few more devices than [it] could sell.” But we already knew that. In its most recent quarterly earnings release, Microsoft took a $900 million charge relating to the Surface RT tablet line, essentially admitting that the inventory that it has on hand was not worth its previous internal valuation; you can’t cut the market price of a product that you have in a warehouse and not lower its value on your books. The write down cost Microsoft $0.07 per share. It missed expectations for the quarter. Microsoft has been...
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сегодня в 14:16 Власти США требуют у крупнейших интернет-компаний раскрыть пароли пользователей Dura Lex , Информационная безопасность * День безудержного веселья продолжается! CNet со ссылкой на свои источники в индустрии сообщает, что власти США затребовали у крупнейших интернет-компаний страны все...
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На днях с нами связались разработчики мобильного приложения Vitrum. За этим пока не известным никому названием скрывается браузер для iPad. А поскольку в Украине не каждый день запускают конкурентов Safari, то нам показалось, что продукт может быть достоен внимания наших уважаемых читателей. Мы попросили создателей подробнее рассказать о своем приложении. Расскажите о себе и о команде. Какой у вас опыт в мобильной разработке? Мы...
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Apps & Updates Category: Apps Peter Sunde, best known for his work as co-founder of torrent sharing service The Pirate Bay , is today teasing his latest project: a truly secure messaging app for mobile devices called ‘Hemlis’  (which means “secret” in Swedish). Peter, along with other team members Leif Högberg ( @leihog ) & Linus Olsson ( @bonq ), is currently raising money through PayPal and Bitcoin on the Heml.is website and providing those who get in early with a certain amount of unlock codes depending on how much they donate. The guys are starting with iOS and Android clients for Hemlis and will eventually offer the app with free secure messaging for all as well as in-app purchases to...
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We Can All Go Home Now. Piracy Is Mostly Dead - techcrunch.com   23:17 19/07/2013
According to a report by Norwegian researchers at Ipsos , piracy has fallen alarmingly in that country thanks to viable alternative sources. For example, music piracy has fallen from 1.2 billion songs in 2008 to 210 million last year. About 60 million movies and TV shows were pirated last year, compared to 125 million and 135 million five years ago. In short, access to paid content, whether via streaming or a la carte services, is slowly whittling away the impetus to pirate. To be clear this data comes from Norway and may not be representative of all areas but given the popularity of services like Spotify, Rdio, and Netflix – not to mention the many platform-specific releases made available on each of these services – has done what Hollywood couldn’t. Writes...
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Sorry, Dropbox: The Hard Drive Is Here To Stay - readwrite.com   23:16 19/07/2013
Dropbox CEO Drew Houston recently declared, “ We are replacing the hard drive .” To illustrate his point, he even invoked a Hollywood example: “Tom Cruise in Minority Report is not carrying around a thumb drive or logging into Gmail to pick up his attachment.” Maybe so, but the actor has another famous film that describes Dropbox’s end game even better: Mission Impossible.  The Fluffy Cloud Has A Hard Metal Center Granted, classic hard drives—specifically hard-disk drives—are an easy target. They’re already on the way out, making way for solid-state drives using flash-memory chips, which have no spinning platters or other moving parts. These storage components are faster and sexier, and they’re getting more...
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Evernote recently updated its iOS app to include a bevy of new free and premium features to the note taking app. For those of you who happen to read TechCrunch but don’t use smartphones or applications, Evernote is an app that launched a few years ago and has taken the note-taking space by storm. Yep, here in techland there’s such a thing as a note-taking space. I know. In any case, Evernote today adds even more features to its offering, including the ability to add shortcuts on your iOS device, and sync to access them anywhere. Shortcuts used to be referred to as Favorites. They essentially allow you quick and easy access to your most popular notes, tags, and notebooks, all of which is synced across your various devices. Moreover, Skitch integration has been...
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Ten Common Cloud Usage Traps | Cloud Computing Journal - cloudcomputing.sys-con.com   21:31 19/07/2013
Cloud Expo Authors: Related Topics: Cloud Expo: Blog Post Ten Common Cloud Usage Traps Many cloud users moved to the public cloud for cost reasons, but stay for the availability benefits By Aaron Klein Article Rating: July 18, 2013 11:41 AM EDT Reads: 860 Many cloud users moved to the public cloud for cost reasons, but stay for the availability benefits. AWS (and...
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Ladies and Gentlemen, we interrupt our normal programming about crazy entrepreneurs and even crazier VCs to bring you a little learning from the world of Engineering. Remember that? Recently Dropbox was in the news for revealing they’d hit 175 million users , and daring to say they could replace the hard drive . Big words. But what’s the engineering back-story of how they got there? How do successful startups scale, in technical terms, to hundreds of millions of users? It turns it one of the ways it became successful was by creating a very simple and flexible platform early on. Today in Budapest, Rajiv Eranki, who was previously head of server engineering at Dropbox, gave a room full of engineers at the RAMP conference a rundown of how they did it. He joined...
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PC sales see 'longest decline' in history - www.bbc.co.uk   23:57 12/07/2013
Global personal computer (PC) sales have fallen for the fifth quarter in a row, making it the “longest duration of decline” in history. Worldwide PC shipments totalled 76 million units in the second quarter, a 10.9% drop from a year earlier, according to research firm Gartner. PC sales have been hurt in recent years by the growing popularity of tablets. Gartner said the introduction of low-cost tablets had further hurt PC sales, especially in emerging economies. “In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have...
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After years of lackluster performance, the Firefox browser is back. Its latest incarnation—version 22, for those counting at home—is a speedy desktop browser featuring some fancy future-forward tech. It’s just too bad that the Web’s future lies in mobile, where Firefox still can’t win.  Liberator And Jailor Years ago, Firefox liberated Windows users from the stagnation of Internet Explorer, only to wind up imprisoning people with lags and system freezes.  When it launched back in 2004, Firefox finally offered Web users an alternative to Microsoft’s lumbering, resource-hogging native browser. That was a revelation, and Firefox—which, among other things, offered then-novel tabbed browsing...
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Developers Swearing Over at GitHub | DevOpsANGLE - devopsangle.com   20:20 12/07/2013
Sometimes even developers get frustrated. To understand the depth of that frustration, I give you @GItLost –a Twitter feed of developers swearing in their GitHub repository commit comments. The tweets displayed on this stream rush from the casually profane to the hilariously vulgar. but in the end it’s a sea awash with the unfiltered thoughts of developers at work. To put it mildly, reading the feed swings between ciphers only meant to be read by a small team and the communal cries of frustration of coders everywhere. From what I understand, it’s been reported that swearing can help ease pain and stress, and out of the many engineers who work with computers, developers suffer a great deal of pain and stress, so it’s...
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Flickr/Steve Jurveston Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Microsoft may be about to bury one of its biggest quarterly embarrassments.  Kara Swisher at All Things D reports CEO Steve Ballmer is going to announce a big reorganization of the company this Thursday . As part of the reorg, Microsoft’s earnings reports could be totally different .  Swisher says Ballmer is considering mashing up the reporting of the company’s divisions.  This would allow Microsoft to hide the atrocious performance of its Online Services Division, which is made up of Bing, MSN, and other pieces.  Every quarter Microsoft reports earnings, we run a chart showing the giant losses from OSD . Last quarter, for instance,...
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The Wall Street Journal posted an article today about how Google is developing a video game console, not entirely surprising, but in the article was this gem about the company also developing a smart watch to rival the likes of Pebble, Sony, and presumably Apple: Google Inc. is developing a videogame console and wristwatch powered by its Android operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet company seeks to spread the software beyond smartphones and tablets… The people briefed on the matter said Google is reacting in part to expectations that rival Apple will launch a videogame console as part of its next Apple TV product release. I’m not interested in the console gaming...
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10 open source projects that are leading innovation | TechRepublic - www.techrepublic.com   01:20 2/07/2013
Home / Blogs / 10 Things Follow this blog: RSS Email Alert 10 Things By Jack Wallen June 27, 2013, 7:48 AM PDT Takeaway: Think most tech innovation is driven by proprietary development? Think again. Technology depends upon Innovation. Without boundary-pushing...
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Why you should be documenting your code | domdavis.com - domdavis.com   22:56 5/07/2013
It seems there are two schools of thought when it codes to documenting code. In one corner you’ve got those who feel that the “ code should be expressive “; those that feel the “ unit tests should document the code “; and there are those who argue that developers are lazy and the documentation gets out of date. These people will argue that there is no point documenting code. And in the other corner there’s me… well, me and the rest of my team, who have all seen sense after I’ve pointed out the error of their ways. The rule for Javadoc in our team is “ do it properly, or not at all “. I don’t mandate it because if you do you will just end up with rubbish. I do strongly encourage it though. The key word, however, is properly . I’m not just...
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сегодня в 10:49 Google работает над собственной игровой консолью Несмотря на то, что слухи ещё официально не подтвердились, думаю хабросообществу эта новость будет интересна, тем более что её осветил заслуживающий доверия Wall Street Journal . Как сообщает анонимный источник, Google работает надо собственной игровой...
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22 июня в 12:57 Facebook допустила утечку личных данных 6 миллионов пользователей Facebook Facebook в субботу признала, что допустила утечку личных данных 6 миллионов пользователей из-за сбоя в программном обеспечении. Вот официальное сообщение Facebook по этому поводу: «Вследствие (неисправности) при загрузке архива...
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Karma Wants To Make Peer-to-Peer Wi-Fi a Thing - mashable.com   00:39 24/06/2013
There’ll be a day, if one recent Wi-Fi startup has its way, when you switch on your tablet or laptop and the wireless Internet access you need is just there. Automatically, everywhere, every time. You won’t think about it. You won’t search for elusive hotspots. You’ll just get to browsing, and the days when passwords or daily- or monthly-pass payments stood in the way of productivity are no more — they’ll vanish, much like the brick-and-mortar video store. That’s the vision of  Karma . A 10-person team, the startup is pouring some $1.2 million of investor funding into building not just an infrastructure that makes Wi-Fi ubiquitous at a low, pay-as-you-go cost, but — this is the key point — sharable . Here’s how it...
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HN from Y Combinator: Google says tricky job interview brainteasers were ‘a waste of time’ http://t.co/uSIqLUdaab
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The End of Software; The Fall of IBM - groundreport.com   00:44 24/06/2013
The End of Software; The Fall of IBM GroundReport | Author: Paul Sterne Filed Under: Business , Technology | Posted: 06/22/2013 at 4:41PM Comments | Region: New York | United States The computer industry goes through technology cycles. With each cycle, a new crop of companies emerge that dominate the industry. The winners in the previous cycle usually fade into oblivion. Who remembers Burroughs, Digital Equipment, Wang, Prime Computer or Control Data? The leaders in this cycle are cloud companies, Facebook, Google and Amazon. The winners in the last cycle – the...