With Cloud Bigtable, Google is launching a new NoSQL database service today that, as the name implies, is powered by the company’s Bigtable data storage…
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Every year, Microsoft does this thing called Build. It’s a wonderful nerd party where crowds erupt into applause over new debugging tools and coding software. It’s kind of the best. It’s also where—if you have the mental fortitude to withstand 90 minutes concerning Azure cloud containers—you might learn a thing or two about Microsoft’s software future. Build 2015 was no different, as Microsoft continued its sultry peepshow of Windows 10. Before jumping into all the new coolness, there was one big huge annoying glaring omission from today’s developer-focused festivities—a release date. Last week chip manufacturer AMD let slip during an earnings call that Windows 10 was coming at the...
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TOTAL SHARES 426 Google+ Collections: A new way to curate your digital life. Google just released its newest addition to Google+ and it’s called Collections . So what in the world is it? How do you use it? Or even better— why? Those are all great questions, and I’m so glad you asked! According to the official Google+ Page : Essentially, Google+ Collections are a way of grouping together posts in a specific category. Not only does this allow you to categorize your own posts, but other users can follow individual collections. Think Pinterest boards. Google+ users have wanted something like this for a long time— a way to follow only certain topics that people post about rather than having to follow everything they post. This is...
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Docker’s 2nd Birthday, By the Numbers - blog.docker.com   13:31 4/05/2015
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Релиз Debian Jessie 8.0 - habrahabr.ru   22:40 26/04/2015
сегодня в 06:14 Релиз Debian Jessie 8.0 Настройка Linux*, *nix* Выпущен релиз Debian под кодовым названием Jessie.Debian 8.0 Jessie has been released!: There’s…
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Earlier this month, Dropbox was spotted testing an early version of an online note-taking service dubbed “Project Composer,” which appeared to have roots in the…
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Networking flaw opens millions of iOS app users to data theft - www.theguardian.com   01:53 25/04/2015
Matthias Drywater
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Compact Windows PCs such as Intel’s NUC have been steadily becoming a more common sight across the industry in recent times, but we’ve seen none cuter than Acer’s compact Revo One RL85. The model we were sent for review runs Windows 8.1 64-bit with Bing, and crams a fifth-generation Intel Core i3-5010U CPU, 8GB of RAM and three 1.5TB 2.5in hard disks into a case that’s little bigger than a coffee caddy. Acer Revo One RL85 review: design It’s a pretty little thing. From the front, its soft curves and glossy white finish make it look more like a swanky Bluetooth speaker or an extrovert air freshener. Fortunately, it’s a bit more useful than either. Look around the rear of the Revo and you’ll see a stack of...
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Matthias Drywater
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BitTorrent reportedly laid off dozens of employees - www.engadget.com   01:40 25/04/2015
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Tesla wants to power your home with a battery - money.cnn.com   01:50 25/04/2015
Matthias Drywater
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Google bursts into the wireless industry - www.cnet.com   01:51 25/04/2015
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Matthias Drywater
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The Hidden Costs of Microservices - prsm.tc   22:53 24/04/2015
Recently there has been much buzz around the concept of "microservices." Microservices take service-oriented architecture to the next level by dividing applications into even smaller sub-units, often along lines of business capabilities 1 . Proponents of microservices point to the ability to more readily "scale up" their application in response to demand, and ability to achieve encapsulation behind the barrier of an Application Programming Interface (API). In the recent hype behind microservices, relatively little has been written regarding the costs associated with their implementation. Are microservices a justified architectural investment, or a costly, premature optimization? This article examines the costs of microservice architectures, specifically considering the increased...
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A quiet Friday morning….drinking coffee, reading the news, nothing unusual here. I remember that I need to buy socks. Good quality socks, the kind that don’t hole easily. I Google it: That’s ugly. An e-commerce result in the ‘knowledge graph’? Poorly formatted text that offers no value whatsoever? It suddenly occurred to me that I’d performed the search with AdBlock Plus active: what would display if I wasn’t blocking Google’s ads? That’s one ugly search results page. Not a...
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Ubuntu 15.04 'Vivid Vervet' Released, This Is What's New - www.omgubuntu.co.uk   16:20 24/04/2015
Well, here we are. After six busy months, one beta and a bunch of minor changes, the final stable release of Ubuntu 15.04 is now ready for you to download. Also…
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VMware is the most unusual and unexpected player in the industry to ship a Linux distribution. Here is an analysis of what forced the virtualization giant to make this move. Not long ago, VMware was a developer platform company aggressively competing with Microsoft and Red Hat. From hypervisor to an  in-memory  database to a rapid web development tool, it had everything for developers to design, build and deploy applications running in the private cloud. In 2013, VMware had to change its direction to become an infrastructure company targeting the enterprise IT decision makers. This move was mainly because of the growing threat from the public cloud adoption in the form of Amazon Web Services. VMware and its ecosystem were worried that the customers would move...
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While retailers battle breaches that have resulted in tens of millions of credit card numbers stolen, word comes from the RSA Conference in San Francisco that a…
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Enterprise IT architects and system administrators often ask me how to go about moving their existing compute infrastructure to AWS. Invariably, they have spent…
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Trending now Avengers: Age of Ultron review Google launches its own mobile network for Nexus 6 owners Construction workers in China accidentally unearth dinosaur eggs Aziz Ansari is making a Netflix sitcom with Parks & Rec producers 45 New articles Previous April 22, 2015 5:55 PM Google Fi: all the...
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If you have been using Google Authenticator or Authy for two-step verification (“2FA” for short), you may have wondered whether you should switch to 1Password , now that it offers the same functionality. You may have wondered how much of a hassle it would be to change from one app to another, and if it would be worth it. If that describes you, well, then you’re in luck, because I just completed the switch and I’m here to report my results. (Spoiler Alert: it was easier than I expected, and I already like it more than Authy, despite having really liked Authy.) There are a few “tips and tricks” which can makes the transition a little easier. “What’s ‘Two-Factor Authentication’? Is it the...
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We are happy to announce updates to Docker Engine, Registry, Compose, Swarm, and Machine. We are releasing them all at the same time so you can test and roll them out together, and so that we can ship features that span multiple tools. The features in this release are designed to improve the dev experience with faster image pulls, a preview of Docker client for Windows, and support for apps beyond the dev environment in Compose. Docker Engine 1.6 The Docker Engine has been greatly improved since 1.5, with some highly requested features in addition to Windows Client support. We could not have created such an amazing release without the help from awesome contributors. You can get started by downloading Docker Engine 1.6 and checking out the changelog here . Now...
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A QUIC update on Google’s experimental transport - blog.chromium.org   00:49 18/04/2015
Last year we announced QUIC, a UDP-based transport protocol for the modern Internet. Over the last quarter, we’ve been increasing the amount of traffic to…
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New MacBook Review: Stupidly Thin - gizmodo.com   18:43 17/04/2015
Gizmodo: New MacBook Review: Stupidly thin http://t.co/TNj46Dbcsp http://t.co/JAVGiZwfME
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It’s no secret Apple doesn’t give a fig for do-it-yourself device repair, but some of its laptops, iPhones, and tablets have been friendlier than others. The new MacBook, it turns out, is decidedly on the unfriendly end of that scale. The iFixit team has published its exhaustive step-by-step teardown of the MacBook, and declared (with near-visible frustration), “It’s like they took note of iFixit’s repairability scale, and actually tried to hit zero.” The full teardown is available online, but it’s not a happy read for anyone who likes being able to replace broken hardware. Not only does the MacBook retain the “standard” Apple features, like pentalobe screws and glued-down batteries, the entire system has...
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Google Cloud Dataflow Now Open for Business - www.datanami.com   21:43 16/04/2015
Google today formally took the wraps off Cloud Dataflow, the hosted offering designed to allow developers with average Java and Python skills to build…
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A new report from researcher Ovum and managed service provider FireHost concludes that companies aren't exactly confident in their cloud providers' ability to provide the right level of security. In the survey of IT pros, 92 percent are concerned about the shared cloud infrastructure's security, 92 percent are concerned about a lack of control over where the data resides, and 91 percent are concerned about a lack of visibility into security controls. We see these kinds of surveys fairly often. They don't actually tell you whether the cloud is secure, only that IT pros perceive that cloud providers lack security. But in reality, cloud security is much different than what these surveys indicate. Indeed, the larger cloud service providers are doing a good job....
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Last Friday, a myterious product called Project Composer made its way to Product Hunt, the suddenly trendy online community where a lot of new products are…
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It looks like Dropbox has a new app up its sleeve. The company appears to be beta testing a new note-taking app called “Project Composer,” which combines notes,…
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Amazon Amazon has a new product that seems so simple, it's hard to believe it's a product at all: It's called the  Amazon Dash Button . It's a small plastic device with a button and a light. When you press the button, it sends a message to Amazon to order a refill of some product, like a new bottle of Tide laundry detergent or a new order of Gillette razor blades. And that's all it does. Dash Buttons have adhesive backs, and the idea is you'd stick them near the place where you store each product. So you'd put the Tide button on your washing machine, the Cascade soap button on your dishwasher, the Folgers coffee button on your coffee machine, and the Gillette razor...
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The Horror of Amazon’s New Dash Button - www.newyorker.com   22:47 2/04/2015
Amazon’s new Dash Button, which will allow shoppers to reorder frequently used domestic products like laundry detergent or paper towels with the click of a…
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by Robert Locke “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” – Unknown Recruiters have to get through hundreds of resumes in a short time. Research suggests that the average hiring manager takes less than one minute to peruse a resume. Other studies show that they can do this initial check in six seconds. Larger companies use applicant tracking software to make the initial selection and they do that in a split second! So, what are they looking for and what should you avoid mentioning? You have to try and get inside the typical recruiter’s mindset, which will reflect what is in the job description. If you can do that, you can enormously improve your resume . Here are 20 things that will guarantee your resume ends up in the trash:...
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Google Gmail users hit by software glitch - www.bbc.com   01:21 11/04/2015
Hacker News: Gmail users hit by software glitch http://t.co/tOp7mzdHmy
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Snapseed , Google’s own photo editing application that introduced tons of people to the world of overdoing HDR effects, received a massive update this morning, bringing new effects, an overhauled user interface, and a shiny, flat icon.  While the basic use of the app has gone unchanged, such as the dragging of your finger to scroll through effects and sliders, icons and navigation throughout the app has been changed. When you open the app, you are asked to select a photo for editing. From here, there is a huge list of edits you can make to a photo, such as applying an Auto Awesome-like effect, where the app will choose the best edits for any given photo, or you can scroll through the contrast, saturation, shadows, and ambiance all by yourself....
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Linux 4.0 is almost upon us! It’s codenamed “Hurr durr I’ma sheep.” Yes, seriously. Linux kernels have weird codenames . Setting aside the head-scratching title, Linux 4.0 isn’t a massive change from Linux 3.19. It would have been named Linux 3.20, but lots of people wanted to see Linux 4.0. As Linus Torvalds himself said , “the strongest argument for some people advocating 4.0 seems to have been a wish to see 4.1.15 - because ‘that was the version of Linux Skynet used for the T-800 Terminator .’” Reboot-free kernel patching The biggest feature (aside from dragging us ever closer to the robotic hellscape seen in the Terminator series) is live kernel patching. When an update—perhaps a critical...
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LG may have just outed an 8K iMac - prsm.tc   18:00 10/04/2015
Apple's suppliers take a $50 million blood oath on new model secrecy, but it looks like someone from LG didn't get that memo. In a press release explaining why 4K is now passé (really?), the company's display division inadvertently leaked an iMac with an incredible 8K screen. While discussing its own 98-inch 8K TV, it said "Apple has also announced that they will release the 'iMac 8K' with a super-high resolution display this year." Unfortunately for LG, Apple announced no such thing, meaning the Korean company may have revealed information meant for its eyes only. An 8K iMac is far from implausible, as Apple already has a 27-inch 5K retina iMac with 5,120 x 2,880 pixels. On top of that, VESA's new DisplayPort 1.4a standard now...
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April 10th, 2015 at 4:07 am - Author Anton Shilov In a bid to ensure that its Windows operating system can address all segments of the personal computer market, Microsoft Corp. in the recent quarters has worked hard with various hardware manufacturers to drive down prices of PCs to $200 and even $150 per unit. While hardware makers are hardly happy with the return of netbooks, Google seems to be glad about availability of such systems. Microsoft is working with PC makers on ultra-low-cost personal computers in order to not let Google and its Chrome OS into its stronghold, the PC market, where Microsoft Windows has been dominating for decades. To lower the cost of notebooks with Windows, Microsoft reconsidered its pricing policies and redesigned Windows...
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The Release Candidate version is now ready for testing   The Chromixium OS 12 photos VIEW ALL  Chromixium is a new distribution of Linux based on the upstream Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system, built around the Chromium web browser, and designed from the ground up to look and act like the Chrome OS operating system created by Google. Chromixium has been in Beta since February 2015, but it was recently promoted to the Release Candidate stage of its development cycle, which means that the final Chromixium 1.0 release is around the corner. Powered by a Linux kernel 3.13 LTS (Long Term Support), Chromixium boasts the latest version of the Chromium web browser with the Pepperflash plugin for viewing...
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сегодня в 12:22 Microsoft представляет новые контейнерные технологии для следующего поколения облака перевод В современном мире, когда облачные технологии…
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The Project Spartan interface is attractively minimal. When announcing that a Windows 10 Preview with the new Project Spartan browser was available , Microsoft made clear that the browser ain't done yet. What we have now is an early iteration of the company's take on a legacy-free forward-looking browser—a browser that's going to ditch the venerable Internet Explorer name. Superficially, everything about the browser is new. Its interface takes cues from all the competition: tabs on top, in the title bar, the address bar inside each tab. The look is simple and unadorned; monochrome line-art for icons, rectangular tabs, and a flat look—the address bar, for example, doesn't live in a recessed pit (as it does in...
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Amazon EFS - aws.amazon.com   12:03 10/04/2015
Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is a file storage service for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances. Amazon EFS is easy to use and…
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Amazon Launches New File Storage Service For EC2 - social.techcrunch.com   22:05 9/04/2015
At its AWS Summit in San Francisco, Amazon today announced the launch of the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), a new storage service that provides a common file…
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Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2015 - stackoverflow.com   19:05 8/04/2015
Every year we run a survey. This year, more developers answered more questions than ever before. 26,086 people from 157 countries participated in our…
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Big Data is Really Dead - smartdatacollective.com   16:10 5/04/2015
Big Data is Really Dead | SmartData Collective IDG Enterprise’s 2015 Big Data and Analytics survey shows that the number of organizations with…
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Microsoft Brings Office Lens to Android and iPhone - www.thurrott.com   22:50 2/04/2015
After a year-long reign on Windows Phone, one of Microsoft’s best mobile apps is coming to the competition: today, the software giant is releasing Office Lens…
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Google Releases a Tool to Launch Android Apps on Desktops - thenextweb.com   21:42 2/04/2015
Google has opened up its App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) to developers so they can run their apps on any desktop with a Chrome browser, reports Ars Technica. ARC…
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Apple gets religious, Microsoft smashes Windows, Google takes a day off, Facebook culls Friends, vowels get banned, and MakeUseOf announces new offshoots. Apple Officially Becomes a Religion I think Apple could legitimately claim they are a religion. — Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) March 30, 2015 Apple has officially become a religion, making the transition from technology company to technology cult. Apple already has places of worship in the form of Apple Stores, and many millions of followers who line up each Saturday to pay their respects. As part of the transition, the company/cult has released a holy book detailing the story of how Apple was founded in the Garage of Jobs. Followers will now be officially known as Fanboys...
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Google has unveiled a whole new type of Chrome device, and it's one that can fit in your pocket. It's called the Chromebit, and it's essentially a Chromebook crammed in a dongle. This tiny little package contains a Rockchip 3288 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC memory, a USB 2.0 port, WiFi 802.11 ac support, Bluetooth 4.0, a Smart Ready controller and an ARM Mali 760 quad-core GPU. Just like Intel's Compute Stick , all you have to do to get the Chromebit working is to attach it to any display with a HDMI port, and voila, you've turned it into a computer. Unlike the Intel stick though, the Chromebit's HDMI end actually swivels around so that the dongle doesn't stick out in an unsightly way behind a monitor or TV. As for battery life, well, Google says it doesn't...
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Stephen Lam / Getty Apple CEO Tim Cook On Tuesday, word leaked that Apple was buying a tiny 40-person database startup called FoundationDB and a source tells us that this move is really freaking a lot of people out. Neither Apple nor FoundationDB has publicly acknowledged the purchase yet (we've reached out repeatedly and asked for comment). But there's plenty of evidence that it happened and that Apple also immediately shuttered FoundationDB. For some context, FoundationDB is a type of noSQL database. That's  a popular type of database for Web applications, and it's cheaper to use than traditional databases like Oracle because they spread themselves across many low-cost commodity servers. An Oracle database prefers to be loaded onto a big,...
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Amazon is trying to compete with Dropbox, Google and Microsoft with it’s Unlimited Cloud Drive option. The new service goes beyond simple a simple photo storage solution and can now handle video, music and e-books. Amazon has nixed the free option with photo storage and now demands that their users subscribe to Prime in order to keep on using the service. You can store unlimited photos and up to 5 GB of everyday files. If you are not a Prime member, it costs $11.99 per year. The Unlimited Everything plan basically has no limits on storage and is $59.99 per year. Not everyone is excited about this new product offering. Serious video editors and film makers lament that Amazon only has a 2 GB file upload limit, which prevents them from storing their media...
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FoundationDB has been acquired by Apple . A notice on their community site explains that they have pulled download links, and their client libraries now return 404 on GitHub . To database customers, this is a good lesson: assuming FDB did not coordinate with customers ahead of time, this instantly cost at least some FDB customers millions of dollars. It will be months of painful work to migrate, and now they must abandon the person-years of operational expertise they worked hard to accumulate. Learn from their pain. The worst possible place to take a risk in your production applications is your primary datastore, and that is especially true if it is client-facing. If you incur catastrophic data loss, or if the company goes under, it might cost you your entire business....
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The Linux desktop battle (and why it matters) - prsm.tc   00:47 28/03/2015
Jack Wallen ponders the problem with the ever-lagging acceptance of the Linux desktop and poses a radical solution. I have been using Ubuntu Unity for a very long time. In fact, I would say that this is, by far, the longest I've stuck with a single desktop interface. Period. That doesn't mean I don't stop to smell the desktop roses along the Linux path. In fact, I've often considered other desktops as a drop-in replacement for Unity. GNOME and Budgie have vied for my attention of late. Both are solid takes on the desktop that offer a minimalistic, modern look and feel (something I prefer) and help me get my work...
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5 Reasons Dart Failed to Hit the Mark - prsm.tc   00:45 28/03/2015
Dart, the JavaScript helper language Dart stepped tantalisingly closer to its next big milestone release today with the GA of Dart 1.9 . Whilst the community had previously been eagerly anticipating 1.9, packed with features like async/await and Dart Analysis Server, when the announcement finally came, the reception was fairly muted. This lacklustre response was largely due to Tuesday’s announcement that Dart will no longer be pushed as the default language for the web , and won’t be integrated into the Google Chrome browser. Instead, the Dart development team will be focusing their energies into compiling Dart to JavaScript, embracing its time saving...
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Cord-cutters have plenty of streaming-TV options, but Amazon just upped the stakes. The company revealed several new upcoming features for its Fire TV products on Tuesday, including support for external USB storage and the sort of wireless networks found in hotels. The announcements seem strategically designed to set Amazon's TV devices apart, as few competitors—and none of its top rivals—offer similar options.  See also: Amazon's Fire TV Stick Aims To Compete With Chromecast The timing is impossible to ignore. The Amazon news lands just after a report claiming that Apple wants to reinvigorate its TV initiatives. But with the iPhone company likely waiting for its Worldwide Developers Conference in June to reveal its intentions, there’s plenty of...
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A behind-the-scenes look at some of our dedicated hardware.   Photos: Zachary Conger The Cloud–a much-hyped term describing the practice of hosting data and services on remote and often shared servers–is a compelling way for the enterprising startup to get their business off the ground.  As leading providers Amazon, Rackspace and Softlayer mature their offerings, companies large and small are finding the Cloud to be a good partner over the long haul.  A respected colleague of mine once told me that Amazon’s tools in particular have allowed his company to be extremely nimble and efficient, making it well worth the swelling costs and one-size-fits-all approach. But for some companies, there is an inflection point at which it makes sense to...
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I love my MacBook Air. I’m sure you love whatever MacBook you’re using, too. We wouldn’t trade them for anything, right? An additional USB port or two would be nice, though. Especially if you have an iPhone and an iPad, plus some other devices you might need to connect to the laptop. While the new devices will now use USB-C, the norm will still be the regular USB for quite some time. So what do you do to solve that “always one USB short” issue? Here’s one nifty solution: InfiniteUSB. InfiniteUSB is a simple yet elegant way to create more USB ports. 6 Ways to Get Around the New MacBook’s Single USB-C Port Each plug has a connector on one end and a USB port on the other. Because of the USB port on each plug, you can...
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IntelliJ IDEA 14.1 is Here! - blog.jetbrains.com   12:42 24/03/2015
What makes a better Spring present than a fresh update for your favorite Java IDE? We’ve worked hard this year to make it happen. Go ahead and grab IntelliJ…
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Elasticsearch 1.5.0 Released - www.elastic.co   00:14 24/03/2015
Clinton Gormley March 23, 2015 Today, we are pleased to announce the release of Elasticsearch 1.5.0, based on Lucene 4.10.4. This is the latest stable version…
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Buster Hein (9:35 am PDT, Mar 23rd) LED backlighting coming soon? Photo: Apple Apple redesigned the LED backlights for the new MacBook keyboard, and it appears…
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Last week TD Canada’s social media team on Twitter provided some really, really bad password advice, in response to a customer’s concern their latest iOS update…
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[GUEST POST] I started exploring the cloud computing world around 5 years ago, and I must admit that my initial understanding of the cloud was a disaster. At first, it was difficult to find a comprehensive definition, but I finally settled on one from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). It clearly defined the cloud’s attributes and models, and removed my doubts regarding what falls under the cloud umbrella. The experience that I had finding this definition made me realize that I wanted there to be an easier way for others to find it, as well. Therefore, I decided to create my own list of cloud guidelines. This was a turning point in my cloud journey, as it pushed me to teach many students and IT professionals about cloud computing. Stumbling...
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Say you’ve got a laptop with just one or two USB ports, but you want to plug in a mouse, a smartphone, a flash drive, and an optical disc drive. You could invest in a USB hub. But the makers of InfiniteUSB have another idea. They have a line of USB cables that are also USB ports. Plug one cable into the USB port on your computer and there’s a port in the back which you can use to plug in another cable… and another one… and another one. The product has already been designed, but the developers are seeking money to mass produce InfiniteUSB cables through a Kickstarter campaign . A pledge of around $20 (give or take, depending on the reward levels that are left when you read this) reserves an InfiniteUSB Kickstarter Special Edition cable which...
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These days a good indicator to whether new technology concepts will be appealing to the consumer is if the makers run a successful crowdfunding campaign. The new project from Canadian company Neptune Inc, called the Neptune Suite has done just that, as they have smashed their indiegogo campaign goal of $100k and raised $861k after just 3 days. Neptune are not new to this type of project, as their first campaign ended successfully and now retailers stock the product. That product was a standalone smartwatch called the Neptune Pine. The Neptune Pine is probably the largest smartwatch in the world, in fact if it had hair there would be cavemen chucking spears at it!...
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As we previously reported , Microsoft is using a tried-and-true trick to help generate revenue for Azure, its competitor to Amazon Web Services and one of its most important products. And people who closely follow the company are starting to ask questions about how many customers are really using its cloud (known as "consumption" or "usage"), and how much revenue is coming from this trick. Microsoft isn't ready to talk publicly about those numbers. But a source has shared some of some of them with us. Various sources have also shared details of how Microsoft is fixing this cloud consumption problem. It is pressuring its salespeople not just to sell the cloud, but actually to get their customers to use it. Some salespeople are not happy with the change,...
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Adobe Unveils the Document Cloud With an Upgraded Acrobat - thenextweb.com   00:03 17/03/2015
If you are familiar with Adobe’s Creative Cloud, then a new cloud formation, announced today, will operate on a familiar concept. Adobe has announced its…
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I don't love the single responsibility principle - www.sklivvz.com   23:34 16/03/2015
courtesy of wikipedia Did you ever happen to disagree with a colleague on the single responsibility principle and its application? Let’s try to understand why…
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Power BI Designer provides self-service ETL and visual analytics in a unified, seamless experience. It is a free desktop data discovery tool that can be downloaded (32-bit and 64-bit options) and installed side-by-side with any version of Office or Excel on Windows.  You can also get the Power BI Designer install file from the Downloads section of the Power BI Preview site located under the gear icon in the top right menu.  Notably Power BI Designer has no dependencies on Office or Excel versions.  It uses an embedded local instance of Analysis Services in Tabular Mode for desktop analytical reporting.   Power BI Designer unifies the formerly separate Power BI Excel add-in tools: Power Query, Power...
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Apple’s newest MacBook is clearly designed to set the stage for all Apple notebooks to come – it has a dramatically thin body, which measures only 13.1-inches deep at its thickest point, and a 12-inch display with an very small surrounding bezel. The screen has Retina resolution of 2304×1440, with a 16:10 aspect ratio, and the computer has just one port for power and data input/output (plus a 3.5mm stereo jack for headsets). It really is, top to bottom, a computer that pushes the edge of technical advancement forward, and Apple’s decision to call it simply the “MacBook” signals that this is the way of the future. In person, the computer’s technical achievements are even more stunning than they were on stage. The notebook weighs...
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5 things Apple didn't say about the new MacBook - mashable.com   21:35 9/03/2015
Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook sure is a beautiful notebook. It’s only 13.1mm thick and weighs two pounds. It’s got a beautiful high-res Retina display and it up…
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11 марта в 22:46 Поисковый гигант представил новую версию семейства ноутбуков Chromebook Pixel, впервые появившихся два года назад. Новые хромобуки доступны в…
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IBM Exposes Critical Dropbox Vulnerability - www.esecurityplanet.com   02:11 12/03/2015
Dropbox patches flaw that could have exposed users to risk. IBM today is publicly disclosing a flaw that it found and reported to Dropbox, impacting the…
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Google Open Source Blog: Bidding farewell to Google Code - google-opensource.blogspot.com   15:57 12/03/2015
When we started the Google Code project hosting service in 2006, the world of project hosting was limited. We were worried about reliability and stagnation, so…
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Google has accidentally leaked the personal details of more than 280,000 customers, Ars Technica reports. The fault first appeared back in mid-2013 — but it has…
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Introducing Google Cloud Storage Nearline: (near)online data at an offline price - googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com   12:27 11/03/2015
The amount of data being produced around the world is staggering and continues to grow at an exponential rate. Given this growing volume of data, its critical…
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Apple iOS 8.2 Has Two Nasty Surprises - prsm.tc   19:39 10/03/2015
iOS 8.2 gets a lot right . Don’t let the Apple Apple Watch compatibility fool you, the update is mostly about optimisations and bug fixes and in this regard it is the company’s most diligent release to date. Yet 24 hours on what has become clear is there are two nasty surprises awaiting users. Nasty Surprise Number One The first: WiFried lives on. The infamous bug which causes heavily degraded, and sometimes entirely broken, wireless performance has not been squashed by iOS 8.2. The scourge of WiFried has resulted in dedicated websites and a quick Google search turns up more than 70,000 results. WiFried has also resulted in the single largest thread on the Apple’s official Support Communities forum. At the time of...
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View this image › Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the new Apple Watch during an Apple event on Monday, March 9, in San Francisco. Eric Risberg / AP Let’s get…
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The New MacBook Isn't What You Think - gizmodo.com   16:53 9/03/2015
Apple’s new MacBook is slick and svelte. It only weighs two pounds! But before you get too excited about how great this tiny (gold) laptop might fit into your…
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For years, if you’ve used BitTorrent, you’ve probably used µTorrent to manage and control torrent files. The software is the most popular Torrent client online with an estimated 100 million users, and its valued for its small footprint and rich feature set. µTorrent has been including adware for several years (despite warning people in its install against installations that attempt to charge for the program), but it may have crossed a line this time — numerous users are reporting that installing the program also silently installs an application called Epic Scale. Epic Scale is shady looking, to say the least. The company website claims a straight link between installing Epic Scale and benefiting charities — literally. The...
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Why Apple joining the Dow Jones is a big deal - prsm.tc   16:29 6/03/2015
Tim Cook has helped lead Apple to new heights. Photo: Bloomberg On March 19, the world’s most valuable company will join the world’s top stock index. In a feat of great irony, Apple is replacing none other than AT&T on the Dow Jones Industrial Average this month. And even if you don’t care about the stock market, for Apple it’s a big deal. While already the most valuable company in the world by a long shot, joining the Dow cements Apple as a blue-chip stock and household name in the eyes of Wall Street. Basically, it signifies that Apple is here to stay as a global economic force. “Apple is the clear choice for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the most recognized stock market measure,” said David M. Blitzer, chairman of the...
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Virtual reality is a lot like the flying car: It’s always juuuust a few years off. But recently — just this week — the VR hype has reached a fever pitch. And let me tell you this is no Virtual Boy bullshit. When we look back at the past through rose-coloured VR headsets, this is the moment where we’ll see that it took off. Between the announcement of Valve and HTC’s Vive headset at Mobile World Congress, and the slew of Game Developer Conference announcements that have followed , the crawl towards virtual reality has turned into a flat out race. This isn’t the ’90s. VR is here to stay. The tech exists… I know, I know. You’re sceptical. And you have every right to be! We’ve all been...
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Java Now Dumps Adware on to Macs, Too - prsm.tc   15:11 6/03/2015
There are a lot of reason not to use Java —but here's one more to add to the list. The latest release of Oracle's ubiquitous software now also dumps a load of crapware on to your Mac. Java has long installed adware onto Windows PCs, but now it also does the same to OS X too. The update instruction for Java 8 Update 40 on Mac explain that "Oracle has partnered with companies that offer various products." If you don't pay attention when you install the software, you'll be burdened with hi-jacked search function and ad-laden results thanks to Ask.com. Of course, there's increasingly less need to use Java —but if you do, from now on you should be careful when you update it. With Lenovo's Superfish incident fresh in our memories...
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Paperspace wants to run your computer in the cloud - getprismatic.com   21:46 5/03/2015
Paperspace wants to run your computer in the cloud - Prismatic
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When Sync was first conceived in a Palooza, it was a simple idea: create a tool for people to move files directly between devices. It was a little piece of…
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The myth about how Amazon's Web service started just won't die - www.pcadvisor.co.uk   17:48 2/03/2015
There’s a rumor that goes around cloud circles about how Amazon.com created what is now the multi-billion dollar infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud…
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There’s some recent discussion about the sky falling for XMPP at Google. See this blog post by Dan York for example. In reality, we don’t know the state of XMPP…
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Google+ officially splits into Photos and Streams - www.theverge.com   02:32 2/03/2015
Google is splitting Google+ apart, breaking the social network’s photo element away from what it’s now calling “Google+ Streams.” Bradley Horowitz, a longtime…
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If you had told me last December that in the first part of 2015, a smartwatch would make headlines across the world, shatter sales records, and create a constant stream of refreshes, hashtags and bad puns, I would have naturally assumed you were talking about Apple Watch. For the past five months we’ve been anxiously awaiting the “early 2015” debut of Apple’s first wearable, an entry so important it’s basically put its Android Wear competitors on ice as buyers wait to see what Apple Watch can really do. But while we need to wait at least another 30 days (well, maybe less ) to strap one on our wrists, Pebble —humble Pebble—went ahead and one-upped Apple, LG, and anyone else planning to show off a new smartwatch at next...
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Top 10 software failures of 2014 - prsm.tc   01:30 28/02/2015
1. Amazon 1p price glitch Just two weeks before Christmas, some of Amazon’s third-party retailers in the UK saw their wares reduced to just 1p each thanks to an hour-long pricing software glitch. Eagle-eyed shoppers had a field day, but scores of small businesses were left having to absorb heavy losses. It is still unclear what compensation, if any, they will receive from Amazon.  2. UK airspace closed Over 150 flights from London airports were cancelled and hundreds more delayed on 12 December last year. A server in Swanwick running the UK’s National Air Traffic Services (NATS) flight data processing system went down as a result of a software flaw. NATS has experienced a number of technical failures since the Swanwick base opened. Worryingly,...
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Porn gets back to its high-tech basics - prsm.tc   23:09 27/02/2015
Chris Morris | CNBC An attendee at the 2015 Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas demos the Oculus virtual reality glasses. Utherverse was letting fans strap on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to visit a virtual adult world called Red Light Center during last month's Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. The lines to demo the product were, in some cases, longer than the lines to meet flesh-and-blood porn stars. In the demo, subscribers could enjoy a virtual lap dance, which was motion-captured by adult superstar Tera Patrick, and even take dancers to virtual rooms and observe a VR orgy. Virtual reality could become a $4.6 billion industry by 2018, estimates...
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Linux меняет версию на 4.0 - geektimes.ru   01:55 28/02/2015
25 февраля в 17:43 Linux*, Операционные системы* Поводом стал результат голосования в Google+ ТорвальдсаЛинус Торвальдс принял решение о том, что следующая…
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RancherOS | Rancher Labs - rancher.com   01:58 28/02/2015
In RancherOS, the Docker daemon runs as PID 1, the first process the kernel starts. We call this instance of Docker “System Docker,” as it is responsible for…
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25 февраля в 11:50 Ноутбуки*, Google* Оригинальная версия Chromebook Pixel Google готовит к выпуску новую версию флагманского ноутбука Chromebook Pixel,…
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Google has opened sourced gRPC , a RPC framework used internally to connect cloud microservices. gRPC comes with support for 10 languages, making it attractive for creating back-end cloud services for mobile applications. gRPC is a language and platform-neutral RPC system developed and used internally by Google in many areas including cloud computing services, and they are going to expose most of their public APIs through such endpoints. Google considers gRPC a “bandwidth and CPU efficient, low latency way to create massively distributed systems that span data centers, as well as power mobile apps, real-time communications, IoT devices and APIs.” While it can be used in many scenarios, gRPC is targeted primarily at microservices. A service...
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For the past couple of years, I’ve always carried one of those miniature fold-up flash drives on my key chain. It’s invaluable for those moments when then internet is broken and the world will stop turning if you don’t transfer those photos and that slide deck right the hell now. But if that flash drive would also serve as an emergency phone cable, I would be the happiest geek on the internet. The Sparrow is a crowdfunding project for a flash drive/phone cable that clips onto your keychain. The design is brutally simple — the cable is short, and the connectors at both ends house magnets, so when not in use, it can be clipped through the keychain. The flash drive comes in 16GB, ($US35) 32GB ($US49) and 64GB ($US79) versions, with...
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Digital footprints are almost impossible to erase. At least, it seems that way right now. But thousands of years down the line, how will people be able to see old photos we’ve captured, or open old files we’d written — especially if the computer systems we’re using now are completely obsolete by then? Even if Google and Apple don’t exist in the year 2115, how can we ensure our files, photos, movies, and more, can be preserved for ages to come? How can we future-proof our content for generations way down the line?  “That’s the key issue here: How do I make sure in the distant future the standards are still known that can correctly interpret this carefully constructed object?” Vint Cerf, one of the...
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Why SSDs are obsolete - prsm.tc   23:31 27/02/2015
SSDs were built because there are billions of SATA and SAS disk ports available. Filling some of those ports with SSDs promised to be quite profitable - a promise fulfilled in the last 5 years. But now that non-volatile memory technology - flash today, plus RRAM tomorrow - has been widely accepted, it is time to build systems that use flash directly instead of through our antique storage stacks. The various efforts to decrease latency - SATA 3, NVMe, and others - still add layers of software between our applications and our data, creating complexity and wasting CPU cycles. A recent PhD thesis got me to thinking about this. Special Feature...
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Why We Killed Off Code Reviews - eatcodeplay.com   22:26 25/02/2015
Update: Some really good discussion happening over at Hacker News. Like many devs these days, most of us at RealScout have worked in some variation of the…
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Google-owned Blogger bans sexually explicit content - www.theverge.com   11:03 24/02/2015
Google-owned blogging platform Blogger will no longer allow its users to post sexually explicit content, the company confirmed today. In a statement sent via…
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FAA Kills Drone Delivery Programs - prsm.tc   01:05 23/02/2015
On Sunday, the Federal Aviation Administration effectively ended any commercial attempts at drone delivery services in the U.S. Several companies have been researching and experimenting with the idea of delivering their products via drone in recent months.  For instance, Amazon announced it’s intention to distribute its goods to consumers via drone in 2013; the ultimate goal being single day delivery.  In Australia, Google has experimented with drone deliveries as well. However, these plans have been quashed thanks to burdensome regulations from the FAA. In a 195 page proposal , the Federal Aviation Administration laid out its regulations for the commercial use of drones.  Several of the new rules directly prevent the advancement of any...
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Device tracking is what we all can make good use of sometime in our lives. Whether it’s about tracking your bikes or the luggage at the airport, a device tracker will help you keep a track of your precious belongings no matter where you go. The fact that they are connected to your iPhones  only makes the tracking process easy and accessible for today’s tech savvy generation. But to be honest, I think I am still not satisfied with the kind of device trackers we’ve had in the market till date. Primarily because of their small detection radius which can stretch to hundreds of feet maximum since they all use Bluetooth wireless technology for tracking. So once my bike crosses that limit, I am left with no clue as to where it could be next. Sometimes...
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A year is a long time in technology, but the past 12 months has seen one of the most surprising and exciting shake-ups in recent history: Microsoft and Google have swapped places. In my opinion this is the current situation. In 2015 Satya Nadella led Microsoft has become a progressive, open, web services company. By contrast Google grasps at ageing revenue pillars and neglects the present to concentrate on scattergun projects which overpromise and underdeliver. How Google Is Becoming Microsoft Google’s pillars of ads and search have become its Windows and Office. Both are being chipped away by more targeted advertising within social media and the compartmentalisation of an apps-based world. Your details and desires are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and...
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Microsoft Is Really Turning It the Fuck Around - prsm.tc   17:33 19/02/2015
It's tempting to think of Microsoft as some aging dinosaur. But it's wrong. Change has been building for almost a year now. Yes Windows 8 was a mess, and the Xbox One's early days were embarrassing, but Microsoft's been sharpening its game with impressive speed. And now it is once again , hands down, the most exciting company in tech. You've no doubt heard about the biggest beats in Microsoft's recent turn-around story. The Xbox One one is hella cheap and Kinect-free. Windows 10 is bringing back the Start Menu for real. There's a wacky faceputer on the horizon. And more recently Microsoft has been snapping up some great apps . These aren't flukes, or just lucky shots in the dark. This is the crack of a well-aimed and confident swing...
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Why 2015 Is the Year of PaaS - prsm.tc   23:44 20/02/2015
No matter where one turns in the technology industry today, everyone is talking about PaaS -- so much so that Gartner named 2015 as “the year of PaaS.” The question is, why now? After all, the concept of PaaS has been around since the term cloud computing came into use. And the PaaS arena saw its first industry validation in 2010, when Salesforce acquired the online PaaS company Heroku. A clear shift has taken place, bringing PaaS to the fore now. Why now? Is it because PaaS was a murky concept that has only recently been better defined? Is it better understood by end users, who didn’t really get platform services in the past? From my perspective, the answer should not be sought within the concept of PaaS or the idea that people understand it...
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Microsoft Azure may still be an underdog when it comes to cloud computing, but there’s good news for it in a new survey of technical professionals released by Rightscale . 12 percent of all respondents to the survey said that they have applications running on Azure’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings, and 9 percent of them are using Azure’s platform as a service (PaaS) tools. That’s enough to make Azure the second and fourth most used cloud platform. It’s still leagues behind Amazon Web Services, which is used by a whopping 57 percent of the professionals surveyed. AWS and Azure both saw usage share gains in the past year, too – up from 54 percent usage for AWS and 6 percent usage for Azure’s...
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There are all sorts of futuristic universal remotes on the market these days, but many are tied into your phone, spread across multiple components, or part of some ambitious crowdfunding effort. The new Ray Super Remote is none of those things, offering multifaceted control of your home theater in a sleek design that looks and feels like your phone, without tying up its resources. The interface for the remote is setup a lot like the phone you use everyday, with a low-friction touchscreen so you can easily see what’s available, as well as tactile keys on the side for volume and mute, and even a sleep/wake button. The remote links to your Wi-Fi to allow for easy setup, and utilizes Bluetooth 4.0, and Infrared to work with devices both old and new. Related: ...
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The race is on to make the thinnest computer, and Lenovo’s X1 Carbon is certainly in it to win, boasting a fifth-generation Intel Core processor, up to 256GB of solid-state storage, and a keyboard that experienced typists are sure to fall for. We may be in love. Features Lenovo’s long-running X series continues in the X1 Carbon 2015 edition, and while this computer isn’t made to handle every possible task you can throw its way — it won’t make games or video editing fly — it is focused more on the general worker who needs something thin and well spec’d to go. So what’s inside this machine? For the 2015 model, Lenovo is relying on fifth-generation Intel Core processors, with the Core i5 5200U in the first two...
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Dell XPS 13 Review - prsm.tc   23:38 20/02/2015
Battery Life Battery life is something that has changed drastically in just the last several years. Improvements to all parts of the typical laptop have contributed to some fairly massive increases in battery life. With the XPS 13, we have a unique opportunity. Not only is this our first Broadwell-U based notebook to be reviewed, but this is also the first chance we have had where we can test two virtually identical computers, but with different resolution displays. We have known for some time that higher resolution, and especially higher pixel density, displays can have a significant impact on battery life, but with these two laptops configured virtually identically except for the display, we can get a good look at the trade-offs between a super crisp display, and...
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Active vs. Passive Server Monitoring - prsm.tc   21:58 20/02/2015
Server monitoring is a requirement, not a choice. It is used for your entire software stack, web-based enterprise suites, custom applications, e-commerce sites, local area networks, etc. Unmonitored servers are lost opportunities for optimization, difficult to maintain, more unpredictable, and more prone to failure. While it is very likely that your team has a  log analysis initiative, it’s important to determine if you are only responding to what the logs tell you about the past, or are you planning ahead based on the valuable log data you are monitoring and analyzing? There are two basic approaches to server monitoring: Passive and Active. They are as much a state of mind as a process. And there are significant differences in the kinds of...
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Google Webfonts, The Spy Inside? | The FontFeed - fontfeed.com   19:09 20/02/2015
Google Webfonts, The Spy Inside? | The FontFeed
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StackOverflow Considered Harmful? | Coding the Wheel - codingthewheel.com   19:06 20/02/2015
I closed my StackOverflow account today, bringing my seven-year relationship with that site to an end as I join the ranks of a small army of bloggers and…
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CuBox-i4Pro has been unveiled by SolidRun, which is an Israeli startup and first came up with CuBox back in 2013. It is quite similar to Rasberry Pi and Arduino boards – comes with mini computers merged onto a single board. Apart from packing quite a punch, it also comes with affordable price and that’s us being really modest. It measures 55 mm and is equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It sports a 4GB micro SD card loaded with Android while also being capable of running Debian Linux. It has been built with a Freescale i.MX6 Quad core System on a Chip (SoC) and features 2GB of RAM (64bit @ 1066Mbps). There is also a Vivante GC2000 graphics processor and a real time clock with backup battery. Although the device can be used as an Android...
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In potentially the largest bank heist on record, an Eastern European hacker ring is stealing an estimated $1 billion from banks by infecting computers with…
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A multinational gang of cybercriminals infiltrated more than 100 banks across 30 countries and made off with up to one billion dollars over a period of roughly…
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Announcing the General Availability of Azure Machine Learning - blogs.technet.com   17:28 19/02/2015
This blog post is authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of Information Management & Machine Learning at Microsoft. We built Azure Machine Learning…
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News broke last night that Lenovo has been shipping laptops with a horrifically dangerous piece of software called Superfish, which tampers with Windows’…
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HTTP/2 Specification Is Final - ma.ttias.be   12:07 18/02/2015
February 18th, 2015. A day that, for better or worse, will change the internet. The IESG has formally approved the HTTP/2 and HPACK specifications, and they’re…
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WonderCube accessory has everything except the kitchen sink - www.slashgear.com   21:36 16/02/2015
How many “smart” keyrings and chargers have you come across lately? Three? Five? A dozen? If you’ve lost count, here’s one more to add to your list. WonderCube…
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Apple learning to make self-driving car source - www.reuters.com   14:04 14/02/2015
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Technology giant Apple (AAPL.O) is learning how to make a self-driving electric car and is talking to experts at carmakers and automotive…
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RapidShare to shut down on March 31, 2015 - venturebeat.com   14:56 10/02/2015
RapidShare has announced on its website that it is shutting down. The service will end on March 31, 2015, after which all accounts will no longer be accessible…
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Top 5 new tech arrivals in 2015 - prsm.tc   21:01 13/02/2015
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Your Xbox will listen to you. Your TV will listen to you . And now, if you’re not careful with its new voice recognition features, Google Chrome will listen to you, too. Welcome to the Internet of Things: Where the electronics you bring into your house are now smart enough to outsmart you, and keep tabs on everything you do… potentially for the highest bidder. According to Sean Sullivan, security advisor at F-Secure, the fine print on Google Chrome’s Voice Search Hotword feature may record a few seconds before you speak and send it to Google—not a company with the greatest track record on respecting privacy . Now, a few caveats. One, it’s just a few seconds on a minor (and still beta) Google product—hardly an evil master plan...
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Will Groovy soon be an Eclipse or Apache project? - jaxenter.com   00:25 14/02/2015
As Pivotal’s final weeks of Groovy sponsorship draw to an end, the latest developments show a promising outlook in terms of new funding and movement. But who is…
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Is our love affair with the tablet really over? - prsm.tc   21:00 13/02/2015
Last year I read an article which provoked such a strong reaction that I clipped it to Evernote and set a reminder to revisit it a year later. A year later, my reaction hasn’t changed. The article was entitled, “ Our Love Affair With the Tablet is Over ,” and I still disagree with much of what the author wrote. Yes, tablet shipments are down. We’ve covered that trend on TeleRead , but does it mean we don’t love our tablets? Maybe not. I think declining shipments say less about how much we love them and more about how we don’t upgrade them as often as our phones. That makes sense to me. I use my phone heavily enough that I need to charge it every night. I don’t charge my iPad...
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Private cloud's very public failure - prsm.tc   19:54 12/02/2015
Private clouds are doomed to fail, and OpenStack may not be the answer. Matt Asay explains. No wonder private cloud vendors have started calling themselves "hybrid" clouds: the private cloud vision has failed -- utterly and completely. Gartner analyst Tom Bittman asked why 95% of private clouds are failing, but the answer seems clear: the very notion of a privately provisioned cloud service is contradictory and nearly always doomed. Unfortunately, the odds of failure may skyrocket when enterprises turn to OpenStack. Fail early, fail often Roughly five years ago, Amazon Web Services (AWS) executive Andy Jassy spotlighted the problem with private clouds: "Companies usually are not...
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Cloud / By Jaikumar Vijayan | Posted 2015-02-11 Email Print …
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Microsoft just patched a 15-year-old bug that in some cases allows attackers to take complete control of PCs running all supported versions of Windows. The critical vulnerability will remain unpatched in Windows Server 2003, leaving that version wide open for the remaining five months Microsoft pledged to continue supporting it. The flaw, which took Microsoft more than 12 months to fix, affects all users who connect to business, corporate, or government networks using the Active Directory service. The database is built into Windows and acts as a combination traffic cop and security guard, granting specific privileges to authorized users and mapping where on a local network various resources are available. The bug—which...
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Why You Need A High-Refresh / 120Hz-plus Monitor - prsm.tc   16:57 13/02/2015
By Jeremy Laird on February 12th, 2015 at 9:00 pm. Last week we rolled out the first in a new series of why-you-need-stuff posts . The idea being, assumptions about what is good and why come a little too easily with the ongoing churn of PC hardware news and product launches. So, let’s go back to basics with these assumed goodnesses. I kicked off with IPS monitor technology and while healthy discussion of the pros and cons of IPS ensued, so did some wailing and gnashing of teeth that a gaming website had appeared to be dismissive of high refresh rates and glossed over 120/144Hz. This was because high refresh rates are a separate issue from panel type. Something worthy of a post of its own....
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Don’t waste time tracking technical debt - prsm.tc   15:29 13/02/2015
For the last couple of years we’ve been tracking technical debt in our development backlog . Adding debt payments to the backlog, making the cost and risk of technical debt visible to the team and to the Product Owner, prioritizing payments with other work, is supposed to ensure that debt gets paid down . But I am not convinced that it is worth it. Here’s why: Debt that’s not worth tracking because it’s not worth paying off Some debt isn’t worth worrying about . A little (but not too much) copy-and-paste . Fussy coding-style issues picked up by some static analysis tools (does it really matter where the brackets are?). Poor method and variable naming. Methods which are too big. Code that doesn’t properly follow...
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Apple just fired a shot at Google Apps and Microsoft Office - www.businessinsider.com   14:10 13/02/2015
Apple has stepped up its efforts to hit its two biggest rivals — Microsoft and Google — where it hurts. Apple has opened up a public beta that allows anyone, PC…
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Apple’s iOS 9 is going to be focused on improving stability and zapping bugs, according to a new report from the reliable 9to5Mac.
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Twitch made streaming video games into a hugely popular phenomenon, so what could be next big livestreaming thing? Perhaps it’s watching other people code. An…
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Samsung unveiled the Gear VR in September, based on the Oculus Rift. LG now has its very own head mounted virtual reality headset made specifically for the LG G3 smartphone. LG has worked on this project with Google and has kept it under the wraps for the most part. It is based on the Google Cardboard platform, which was a simplistic virtual reality headset shown off a few months. The device has slots for the rear buttons and speaker grille as well. The plastic case also has a  neodymium ring magnet which can pair with the sensors on the smartphone and let you use it without having to touch the display. This is a cool feature to have on a virtual reality headset. LG has merely announced this device but has failed to divulge details on pricing or...
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Netflix’s latest security repo, dubbed the ‘Dirty Laundry’ Project, is designed to help monitor unintentional data leakage of sensitive assets by staff. The in-house development is soon to join an already growing arsenal of security tools that have been open-sourced by the video streaming site. Proactive measures Introducing the platform at the recent SchmooCon 2015 event, Netflix engineers Scott Behrens and Andy Hoernecke said it contributed to proactive security as a solution to challenges of a modern infrastructure, namely operations that are primarily in the cloud. With roughly over 1,000 developers working at Netflix, and no security gates when pushing production, this platform has been designed to help...
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Google By Matt Asay February 8, 2015, 7:16 AM PST // mjasay Google is not yet top-of-mind for enterprises looking to spend big on the public cloud, with Google…
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Was 2014 the end of enterprise computing? - gigaom.com   16:48 9/02/2015
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Anthem: How does a breach like this happen? - www.csoonline.com   16:39 9/02/2015
Remove all the hype, all the sensationalism, and Anthem’s security dilemma is no different from one that any other large organization would face. Was this…
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One user of the newly available Raspberry Pi 2 computer has discovered a pretty weird flaw with the new hardware: If you shoot the cheapy computer with a camera…
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I thought i had successfully wrapped up my rant on how "smart" phones aren't, but evidently there's still work to do. Some people don't get what's important or what innovation is. This morning, while looking for Ubuntu Phone un-boxing videos (I found some), I also stumbled on an opinion piece entitled "The first Ubuntu phone is here, and it's lame" by Mike Wehner who has evidently come late to the Ubuntu Phone party. I won't get into all the details but here are select "treasures" from his piece: "Underwhelming." "A soft ball." "A step backward." "The specs aren’t exactly impressive." "A phone that is so middle of the road it could be arrested for jaywalking." "Two broken promises in the same press release (referring to Canonical's publicity)." "This first...
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Google's Miles Ward tells us how Google plans to let its cloud customers run like Google... for less. Google is not yet top-of-mind for enterprises looking to spend big on the public cloud, with Google claiming just 5% of the cloud infrastructure market , compared to Amazon Web Services' (AWS) 28% and Microsoft's 10%. Rather than settle for also-ran status, Google has a strategy for up-ending the cloud market to its advantage. The game plan? Spend big, charge less. How much more is Google spending? In 2014, Google spent double what Microsoft and Amazon spent on cloud infrastructure ($10.9 billion vs. $5.3 billion and $4.9 billion, respectively). And yet, according to Google's Miles...
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Bye Bye, iPhoto: Apple Reboots With Photos for Mac - www.wsj.com   21:38 8/02/2015
Apple is taking another shot at helping us manage all of the heaps of selfies and vacation snaps scattered across many iDevices. This spring, Apple plans to…
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Getty Images Clearpath Robotics was founded six years ago by three college buddies with a passion for building stuff. Its 80 employees specialize in all-terrain test rigs like the Husky, a stout four-wheeled robot vehicle used by researchers within the Department of Defense. They make drones too, and have even built a robotic boat called the Kingfisher. But there is one thing they will never, ever build: a robot that can kill. Clearpath is the first and, so far as we can tell, only robotics company to pledge not to build killer robots . The decision, made last year, was simple, says co-founder and CTO Ryan Gariepy, and in fact it’s even helped the company recruit robot experts who’ve been drawn to Clearpath’s unique ethical stance. That’s...
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Why Twitter finally caved and returned to Google - gigaom.com   18:20 6/02/2015
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Twist Design/Shutterstock Twitter added a total of four million new users last quarter, a number that seems surprisingly low. During the company’s earnings…
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Raspberry Pi 2 boasts more memory and faster processor - www.telegraph.co.uk   11:45 2/02/2015
A new version of the Raspberry Pi single-board computer has been unveiled in London today, boasting more memory and a new processor that is six times faster…
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New Multi-Core Raspberry Pi 2 Launches 76 - prsm.tc   00:20 2/02/2015
69891919 story Posted by samzenpus on Sunday February 01, 2015 @11:00PM from the brand-new dept. First time accepted submitter MicroHex writes Coming in at the same $35 price-point that has come to be expected from the Raspberry Pi, it looks like the new Model 2 will be packing a quad-core ARM processor with a GB of RAM. From the article: "The Raspberry Pi Foundation is likely to provoke a global geekgasm today with the surprise release of the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B: a turbocharged version of the B+ boasting a new Broadcom BCM2836 900MHz quad-core system-on-chip with 1GB of RAM – all of...
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Recently Twitter announced the rollout of new features , most notably the ability to have group messages. Being interested not just in technology, but also having a keen interest in unintended consequences, I was intrigued by this. You see, up until now when you wanted to communicate on Twitter you had three options, you could send a private message to one user, assuming they were following you, you could post publicly or you could set your entire tweet stream to private and only share it with approved followers. The end result of that, was that Twitter became sort of a public market, for better or worse. As an event unfolded, for example, you could use a hashtag to follow along with others thoughts, jokes, etc. and contribute to that public conversation, or you...
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I came across the following great site on Stumbleupon today - programming-motherfucker.com  - and as a developer had a great laugh before realising that in my day job I'm really the guy the site is having a swipe at! The site aims it's gun firmly at the door of managers, whether they practice agile, XP, Scrum, waterfall etc and pokes fun at the agile manifesto: Whilst the site may be a bit tongue in cheek (obviously taking inspiration from Pulp Fiction), a huge challenge of managing developers can be the fact they can see you as a roadblock in the way of them producing code. Ultimately you are responsible for the success or failure of a project and as a result you have probably applied a process to the team to help you ensure your team are progressing in the...
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Apple's crazy iPhone sales prove that hardware still matters - www.theverge.com   23:45 30/01/2015
Francis Reyes
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Apple’s newest iPhone customers aren’t just old customers upgrading older devices – in fact, the vast majority are migrating from other platforms. Apple CEO Tim…
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The best Gmail app for the iPhone is now made by Microsoft - www.theverge.com   01:04 30/01/2015
Matthias Drywater
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Airbnb headquarters in San Francisco. Emily Hagopian The gospel in the Valley these days is startups must be “design-led.” Sure, your founders have to be engineers, but your first hire had better be a designer. This is due largely to the current state of technology, particularly apps. As things get easier to build, fund, and support, good design is one of the few remaining competitive advantages. But once a startup gains any kind of scale, can it really be “design-led”? How do you structure a creative organization experiencing hyper growth? “That foundation hasn’t really been in place at the companies you see today, because they’re all young businesses,” says Alex Schleifer, Airbnb’s new head of design....
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VMware is bringing key Google services to its cloud - gigaom.com   23:45 30/01/2015
Dana Gardner
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Facebook Outage Deep Dive - prsm.tc   18:57 30/01/2015
In the late evening of January 26th, Facebook had its largest outage in more than four years. For approximately an hour both Facebook and Instagram (owned by Facebook) were completely down, along with numerous other affected sites such as Tinder and HipChat. Facebook’s own post mortem and statements suggested the outage occurred “after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems.” Now, three days later a lot has been written about the outage, much of it only partially accurate. Let’s take the Facebook post mortem as a starting point and see how the outage unfolded. Follow along the blog post with the interactive data set using this share link of the event. You’ll want to take a look at the HTTP Server and Path...
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Huge Security Flaw Leaks VPN Users' Real IP-Addresses - torrentfreak.com   13:05 30/01/2015
The Snowden revelations have made it clear that online privacy is certainly not a given. Just a few days ago we learned that the Canadian Government tracked…
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After smashing through its original crowdfunding goal of $380,000 in just over two hours, eventually raising $1.8 million before the campaign closed in…
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Steve Francia: Better community relations. Image: Docker With a quadrupling of contributors over the past year, the open-source Docker container project has unveiled a new structure aimed at dealing with that accelerating growth. The reorganisation, which itself went through the community's design process, is intended to increase Docker's openness and accessibility, and enable the project to increase in size massively without affecting core qualities, such as response times and good communication. To achieve those goals, a triumvirate of chief architect, chief maintainer and chief operator is taking the reins: Docker founder and CTO Solomon...
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This new router will slow your internet speeds to a crawl – and you’ll be glad it did When I was a kid, I didn’t have access to an Internet-connected smartphone or tablet filled with all sorts of interesting ways to help me pass the time. But that’s an argument I’ll try not to bring up (too much) when I’ll eventually have to talk to my own kids about how much time they’re spending online compared versus homework or chores. No, my plan is to limit their mobile device use without taking their gadgets away, and now there’s a company that can help me do it. FROM EARLIER: Meet Coolbox, the smart toolbox you deserve The VexBox is an “Internet throttle” for parents , a router they can control from a...
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Dell offers new Ubuntu Linux workstation laptop - www.zdnet.com   21:23 29/01/2015
In 2007, Dell became the first major computer OEM to sell pre-installed Linux on their computers. Today, Dell continues to support desktop Linux. In its latest…
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Jamie Allen, Typesafe‘s Director of Global Services published an interesting point of view on Twitter: Pivotal’s move to end support of Groovy is a stark…
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PlayStation, Meet Spotify – PlayStation.Blog - blog.us.playstation.com   05:32 29/01/2015
Hello everyone! I’m thrilled today to introduce a new music destination called PlayStation Music, with Spotify as the exclusive partner. We’ve partnered with…
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Slack, the enterprise collaboration service that has raised $180 million and proven to be a runaway success with 365,000 daily active users, has made another…
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Nobody Knows What an iPad Is Good for Anymore | WIRED - www.wired.com   03:36 28/01/2015
Lai Seng Sin/AP In 2010, the year the iPad debuted, Steve Jobs famously compared tablets to PCs using the analogy of cars and trucks. Trucks were essential when…
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Want complete control over your Mac via your iPhone or iPad? Enter – Alfred Remote, the one app to rule your Mac remotely via your iOS device. For more…
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вчера в 14:48 Йон фон Течнер — один из соавторов старой Оперы, выпускает новый браузер Vivaldi. Под катом описание, много картинок и ссылки на скачивание. С…
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An extremely critical vulnerability affecting most Linux distributions gives attackers the ability to execute malicious code on servers used to deliver e-mail,…
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Abusing Contributors is not OK | Curious Efficiency - www.curiousefficiency.org   21:08 25/01/2015
As reported in Ars Technica, the ongoing efforts to promote diversity in open source communities came up once more during the plenary Q&A session with Linus…
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Mark Burnett is a security consultant, author, and researcher who specializes in hardening Microsoft Windows-based servers and networks. He is the author of the book Perfect Passwords . This post originally ran here on Burnett's blog. I recently worked with SplashData to compile its  2014 Worst Passwords List , and yes, 123456 tops the list. In the data set of 3.3 million passwords I used for SplashData, almost 20,000 of those were in fact 123456 . But how often do you genuinely see people using that, or the second most common password, password, in real life? Are people still really that careless with their passwords? Further Reading While 123456 is absolutely the most common password, that statistic...
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Everyone loves an Apple keynote, but a strange thing happened this week: there was a Microsoft presentation that whipped up almost as much online fervour. It…
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Did Microsoft just become cool? - mashable.com   02:51 23/01/2015
Mashable Tech: Did Microsoft just become cool? http://t.co/9Wn4UdFyjI
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Microsoft announced a bunch of things yesterday, one of which (HoloLens) looks like it came out from a science fiction movie. Along with these announcements, Microsoft also showcased the upcoming Windows 10 for phones. This time around Microsoft has focused on better integration and is moving towards its predefined goal of unifying its operating system across all platforms. We narrow down 10 things you need to know about the latest update. 1. First of all, the interface of Windows 10 for phones still has the live tiles, but is now enhanced with translucent tiles on top of fullscreen backgrounds. 2. All notifications are now actionable and can be dealt with directly, right from from the notifications pop-up. 3. The new software keyboard in Windows 10...
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Apple Software Quality Questions | Monday Note - www.mondaynote.com   03:33 24/01/2015
by Jean-Louis Gassée A flurry of recent software accidents in iOS and OS X raises questions about Apple’s management of its relentless increase in R&D…
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Computer-security researchers fear President Barack Obama’s proposed changes to federal hacking laws could put them out of business, could make computers less secure overall, and could put some of them — and maybe even you — in prison. "Under the new proposal, sharing your HBO GO password with a friend would be a felony," Nate Cardozo, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, told an audience of researchers and IT pros Saturday (Jan. 17) at ShmooCon 2015, a security conference held annually in Washington, D.C. MORE:  5 Worst Security Fails of 2014 Obama showcased the proposals in his State of the Union address Wednesday night (Jan. 20). The changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), first implemented in 1984,...
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If you want the fastest possible storage performance for a database as inexpensively as possible, Google’s cloud-based Local SSD for its Compute Engine platform…
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Yep, Google wants to be a mobile carrier — again - gigaom.com   02:42 23/01/2015
Gigaom: Not again: Google wants to be a mobile carrier http://t.co/OHGCoztNRt http://t.co/xjgLn9LWdD
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Hot Swap: Google’s New 11-Piece Modular Phone Prototype A viral hit when it was just a concept, Project Ara is now coming to life in 2015: a mobile phone with interchangeable modules you can exchange on demand to vary its functionality, upgrade its components or potentially even hack your own additions. A ‘Ship of Theseus’ approach means buyers can trade up parts as needed or replace broken pieces without scrapping their whole phone. Spearheaded by Google’s Advanced Technology & Projects group, the newly-released design is dubbed Spiral 2 and includes “a 1280 x 720 display, 5-megapixel camera, wifi and bluetooth connectivity, light & proximity sensors, a 3G modem with...
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Authors: Aditya Auradkar , Tom Quiggle Espresso is LinkedIn's online, distributed, fault-tolerant NoSQL database that currently powers approximately 30 LinkedIn applications including Member Profile, InMail (LinkedIn's member-to-member messaging system), portions of the Homepage and mobile applications , etc. Espresso has a large production footprint at LinkedIn with over a dozen clusters in use. It hosts some of the most heavily accessed and valuable datasets at LinkedIn serving millions of records per second at peak. It is the source of truth for hundreds of terabytes of (un-replicated) data. Motivation To meet the needs of online applications, LinkedIn traditionally used Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMSs) such as Oracle and key-value...
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Graham Cluley - January 20th, 2015 For the third time in a month, Google has gone public about a security vulnerability in Microsoft’s code – and not been prepared to wait for the software giant to publish a patch. The security hole, which exists in Microsoft Windows 7 and 8.1 is expected to be patched in Microsoft’s regular monthly security update on Tuesday February 10th. But that isn’t good enough for Google’s bug-hunting engineers, who not only went public about the flaw last week , but also published proof-of-concept code to demonstrate how to exploit the vulnerability. The concern is that the details published by Google, and the proof-of-concept code released by...
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One of my favorite tips for writing software comes from one of my favorite software role models, Sandi Metz. In her book Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby , she says that when describing what a class (or any other software entity) does in one sentence, if you use the words "and" or "or," you're most likely breaking the Single Responsibility Principle (SRP). If you use the word "and," your class has at least two responsibilities. If you use the word "or," the class likely has more than one responsibility, and there's a good chance the responsibilities aren't related to one another. Let's try to describe this Board class for a Tic Tac Toe program written in Ruby: class Board def generate_blank_board #generates an empty board state end def...
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Why I Don't Like Open Source | Javalobby - java.dzone.com   02:19 22/01/2015
I live in the sometimes sunny Brighton (it’s in the south of the UK, for those across the pond). The south coast is definitely my favourite place to be, but I…
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During Microsoft's consumer-focused Windows 10 press conference today, the company created something that many of us have been waiting for, a Microsoft alternative to Internet Explorer—Meet (codename) Spartan. Microsoft Joe Belfiore gave us a quick tour of the new browser. One of the coolest modes was note-taking mode, which sounds exactly what you'd think. You can draw directly on the webpage, which captures the images, and lets you collaborate with others by adding comments and notations. All these webpage-based collaborations will be automatically synced to OneDrive. The next mode is specifically for reading. You can rearrange web view to make them easier to read however you'd like. You can also curate a...
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At least, it used to be this way. As I spend more and more time hacking on Telescope , my coding skills are slowly but surely getting less crappy, a tiny bit at a time. And recently, I’ve been catching myself thinking things like “what need to be done is refactor those views to use the same controller!”. And of course, I know that’s not true. What needs to be done is fix that weird bug where people can’t create new accounts if today’s date ends in a 3. But you see, that wouldn’t be fun to do. It wouldn’t be a challenge . I end up refactoring the controller, and when I proudly announce the results of my work to the world, nobody cares. Because of course, that new controller makes no difference whatsoever to...
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Apple and OS X Yosemite Need Another Snow Leopard - www.tekrevue.com   12:27 19/01/2015
As many of you have by now heard and experienced, OS X Yosemite has its fair share of problems. Some of them are minor (not preserving non-native scaling at…
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Security problems need to be made public: Linus Torvalds - www.zdnet.com   12:25 19/01/2015
Linus Torvalds has told a Q&A session at Linux.conf.au that he is a huge believer in disclosing security issues publicly. Sharing the stage with Bdale Garbee,…
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Top Java Frameworks Today - prsm.tc   22:35 18/01/2015
The year 2014 saw the establishment of various web application frameworks for development for web applications and services. Each web framework is designed for a specific purpose. But, in general, web application frameworks strive to make the mundane front ends of Java interesting and user friendly. Because Java is an open community with super enthusiast users, a lot of web frameworks are available out there. Which one to use and which not to really depends on the project itself. The following were the fore runners in the race for the top positions amongst Java Web Frameworks in 2014 and will probably remain so in 2015; at least in early 2015. We examine the claims of each of the framework websites for Spring MVC / Spring Boot, Grails, Play, Vaadin, Dropwizard,...
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Last night at a SpaceX event in Seattle, Elon Musk revealed that he plans to spend $10 billion building out the internet in space. Bloomberg reports that Musk imagines it would change the way the internet on Earth fundamentally operates; instead of data packets bouncing around routers and networks on the surface, they could go to space and bounce between satellites until they reach their destination. Musk hasn’t named the project yet, but said that it will be based in SpaceX’s new Seattle office. He also sees it as the basis for reaching internet to Mars, saying that “It will be important for Mars to have a global communications network as well.” SpaceX will build its own satellites to get the network up and...
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6. CurveDNS Performance - prsm.tc   21:51 18/01/2015
Delivering software is one, giving support on it is another thing. Although DNSCurve is a pretty good understandable protocol, configuring it yourself might give some problems. Therefore this documentation page will help you in turning your regular DNS environment into a DNSCurve capable one. Making you ready for the next secure generation of DNS. CurveDNS Situation Installing CurveDNS as a FreeBSD port Installing CurveDNS from source Setting Up a CurveDNS Environment Maintaining a CurveDNS Environment CurveDNS Performance Frequently Asked Questions Before actually diving into the relatively technical matters, it is good to have an overview how and where CurveDNS will do its job. As mentioned on the introduction...
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Why 2015 will NOT be a game-changing year in cloud - gigaom.com   21:42 18/01/2015
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In December 2014, a critical vulnerability was found in Git that affected Mac OS X and Windows users. Even if the vulnerability didn’t affect Linux users, it…
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“Whose phone charger is that sticking out of the wall? Oh. It must be Ben’s. Ben always leaves his charger at work. Classic Ben!” Alas, it’s not Ben’s charger.…
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In addition to the phablet and headphones announced today, Xiaomi also threw in a little surprise. And by "little" we do mean literally, because this new Mi Box Mini is much smaller than the company's earlier Android streaming devices; it's so small that when it's plugged into the power socket, you'd easily mistake it as a USB phone charger. Despite the reduced size, this Android 4.4.2-powered device still packs a 1.3GHz quad-Cortex-A7 MediaTek processor, along with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of flash storage, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 (for the remote control and other accessories) and support for DTS 2.0 plus Dolby Digital Plus. There's HDMI 1.4a for 1080p 3D video output, but unlike its larger, 4K-enabled sibling , the Mi Box Mini doesn't come...
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Google Launches ‘Chrome Remote Desktop’ - prsm.tc   00:35 17/01/2015
Google has launched a new app on Apple’s iOS platform, this week. Chrome Remote Desktop puts the power of being able to securely access your computers from an iOS device, in your hands. Leveraging the simplicity of its Chrome web browser, the app facilitates the connecting to each of your computers that support remote access , using the Chrome Remote Desktop app available from the Chrome Web Store . Just like most other remote desktop offerings available through the App Store, connecting to a remote computer using Chrome Remote Desktop is quite a simple process – really. On your iOS device, opening up the app and tapping on any of your online computers will see you able...
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Modular smartphones a concept by PhoneBloks which aimed to build your own smartphone like assembling a lego blocks is finally coming to reality. Project Ara, backed by Google is one the daring initiative will hit the market soon. Google announces Spiral 2, the first modular smartphone from Project Ara , which will go as a market pilot in Puerto Rico later this year. At the second second Project Ara developer conference, Google has showcased its plan toward first modular smartphone to a consumer’s hand. The company is gearing up to run a market pilot in Puerto Rico, a place chosen for its “mobile-first” society where a vast majority of citizens uses mobile smartphones as their primary means of connecting to the internet. Spiral 2 –...
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Days after launching a new service for tracking the performance of applications running on its public cloud, Google is rolling out another monitoring option…
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DJ Johnson
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Mashable Tech: Microsoft isn't very happy that Google revealed a Windows security hole http://t.co/Z5K5w1Oj8o
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AutoValue 1.0 released by Google - prsm.tc   23:03 16/01/2015
Google has released the first stable version of its AutoValue library. AutoValue is an open source library for easily creating value types with Java. AutoValue is part of a Google project that goes by the name of auto on GitHub . This project is described as “a collection of source code generators for Java.” What are value types? In a nutshell, a value-typed object is an object without an identity, i.e. two value objects are considered equal if their respective internal state is equal. Value objects are typically immutable. Prominent examples for value types are monetary values or date objects. Writing an implementation for a value type in Java is typically repetitive, tedious and error-prone. To help Java developers adhere to the DRY principle,...
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Now Available – New C4 Instances | AWS Official Blog - aws.amazon.com   00:39 16/01/2015
joeyparsons
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Don't Buy What Neil Young Is Selling - gizmodo.com   00:29 16/01/2015
Gizmodo: Don’t buy what Neil Young is selling http://t.co/Ma8nJWZeU5 http://t.co/48ehuBoW7e
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Linda Russell
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Next week, Obama is expected to unveil an update to the US’ CFAA law against hacking in a State of the Union address, hot on the tail of  Sony’s massive hacking attack that unfolded in late 2014 . A draft version of the new law has been published on the White House website and gives us a look into a scary future in which clicking a single link could make you complicit in committing a hacking crime. A letter accompanying the  proposal dated January 13 introduces the new law to Congress for discussion. Remember when Sony wanted to sue Twitter (and individual users) who posted screenshots or links to its stolen data? According to Errata Security , these new laws could pin you as a...
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Luxafor - your ultimate productivity device - prsm.tc   23:43 14/01/2015
About this project What is Luxafor? Luxafor is an LED indicator that connects to your computer through a USB port or via Bluetooth, and shows your availability or notifies you about important information, like incoming emails or calendar reminders.  Why it’s important? A study from the University of California found that interruptions at work greatly influence worker’s productivity. The Guardian even calculated that if you’re interrupted 16 times during an eight-hour day, you may as well stay at bed, because an average worker needs about 25 minutes to get back into the work flow after an interruption. So we created Luxafor as a solution for...
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Tatiana is the Community Manager at CloudPassage. Tatiana is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 21 posts at DZone. You can read more…
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How will cloud evolve in 2015? - prsm.tc   23:17 15/01/2015
1. Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) will diversify and become the norm In 2015 we will see the number of platforms built for different services increase dramatically. PaaS is a trend that continues to mature, and in 2015 we will see many more application-specific platforms emerging for technologies, such as big data and Internet of Things. This evolution of cloud platforms will lead to more specific capabilities dependant on the application it serves, and will help businesses diversify and open up new opportunities for growth and innovation. 2. Cloud will drive digital business growth As a result of this diversification of PaaS, cloud will become a major driver for digital business growth. With a recovering economy, businesses are no longer cost...
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Don't Buy What Neil Young Is Selling - gizmodo.com   13:34 12/01/2015
Neil Young’s “high resolution” PonoPlayer goes on sale for $400 today. You shouldn’t buy it. The recalcitrant rocker isn’t wrong for wanting to reclaim audio…
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Samsung offers to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion - appleinsider.com   09:40 15/01/2015
Two Apple rivals may come together in an effort to take on the iPhone, with a new report claiming that South Korean electronics giant Samsung has made a bid to…
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Presenting FreeBSD! How We Made It Happen. | DigitalOcean - www.digitalocean.com   12:50 14/01/2015
January 14, 2015 · 0 comments We’re happy to announce that FreeBSD is now available for use on DigitalOcean! FreeBSD will be the first non-Linux distribution…
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Last year, Google acquired the cloud monitoring service Stackdriver. Within weeks, Google had launched a private beta of its own cloud monitoring service based…
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Google today announced that  Google Domains , the company’s domain registration service, is now available to all in the U.S. While the invitation restriction has been lifted in the company’s home country, other countries still have to wait – you can sign up here to be notified when the service arrives in your country. Google Domains first went into testing in June 2014, with the goal of helping businesses not just get online, but to build a proper online presence. To pull this off, Google partnered with website building providers Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly, and Wix. Google Domains is also getting new features today, which Google says are “thanks in large part to the feedback we received from our early beta...
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Why People Hate Programmers and Computers - prsm.tc   22:47 8/01/2015
I’ve been writing code since 1998. From 2001-2005, my skills at Perl, C/C++/C# , Tcl and Verilog are what put food on my table. That being said, I will freely admit to not being the world’s best programmer. It doesn’t take long for code to get complex enough for me to struggle with it, especially in tough algorithms or using too many external libraries. I’m decent enough at it to make it part of my Ph.D. studies. So what? In my Master’s degree studies, I spent a lot of time on Human-Computer Interaction and User Interfaces. I get really frustrated when I see a bad interface and there are a lot of them. Most of the time, it is because a clash between expectations of the programmer and the user....
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Is Microsoft's Windows Phone at long last dead? - venturebeat.com   03:02 8/01/2015
Microsoft’s attempt to climb back into the mobile phone race may finally be drawing its final breaths. The latest market share numbers for mobile operating…
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A well-sourced report from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has ignited a heated debate on social media about the practicability of a brand new twelve-inch MacBook Air…
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Using the Spotlight search feature in OS X Yosemite can leak IP addresses and private details to spammers and other e-mail-based scammers, according to tests independently performed by two news outlets. The potential privacy glitch affects people who have configured the Mac Mail App to turn off the "load remote content in messages" setting, as security experts have long advised. Spammers, stalkers, and online marketers often use remote images as a homing beacon to surreptitiously track people opening e-mail. Because the images are hosted on sites hosted by the e-mail sender, the sender can log the IP address that viewed the message, as well as the times and how often the message was viewed, and the specific e-mail addresses that received the message....
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First OSX Bootkit Revealed - apple.slashdot.org   17:39 8/01/2015
Slashdot stories can be listened to in audio form via an RSS feed, as read by our own robotic overlord. Close descriptive Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore…
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Docker or Rocket for containers? Why not both? - prsm.tc   20:25 7/01/2015
As 2014 drew to a close, CoreOS launched a Rocket at Docker, challenging Docker's process model as "fundamentally flawed." While CoreOS founder Alex Polvi has since softened his stance, he's sticking with his fundamental thesis that Docker is "no longer the ideal component for building systems." The meteoric rise of containers is a recent phenomenon, so it's easy to see why Polvi is aggressively staking a claim. As the container wars get started, however, the larger concern is whether back-and-forth sparring between vendors will end up scaring off enterprises from adopting container technology, at least until the dust settles. Platform vs. component On one point both CoreOS's Polvi and Docker founder Solomon Hykes agree: Rocket and Docker aren't competitive -- not really....
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These days, it seems like everybody is talking about microservices. You can read a lot about it in hundreds of articles and blog posts, but my recommended…
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The horizontal docking station from Henge Docks just rocks. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac LAS VEGAS — Laptop docks aren’t usually the sexiest things in the world, but the latest hardware from Henge Docks could be considered somewhat titillating. Henge’s upcoming horizontal docking station is a beauty. Its sleek, metallic profile looks like an extension of Apple’s unibody MacBook design. But this thing doesn’t only have good looks; it boasts robust port expansion, helpful cable management and automatic docking. A small company based in San Francisco, Henge Docks is already known for its vertical MacBook dock and Gravitas dock for iOS devices. Customers clamored for a horizontal MacBook dock that didn’t require a secondary display,...
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вчера в 17:21 Были начаты поставки SoC Cherry Trail Представители Intel говорили, что в начале 2015 года будет показано больше микропроцессоров на новой…
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Notes: Microservices by Martin Fowler - prsm.tc   20:19 7/01/2015
I just watched Martin Fowler’s talk about Microservices at XConf. Here are some of my notes and related thoughts. The talk is heavily based upon Martin Fowler and James Lewis’ article about Microservices , so you can find and read most of the information there. Characteristics of Microservices In his article, Fowler defines some characteristics that most of the already existing Microservices architectures implement. In his talk he discusses some of them: Componentization via Services - What really is a component? The term often pops up as a “cooler” alternative to module or widget. But there’s a vague definition: is it a class, an executable piece? From Fowler’s perspective it is best to use some real world paradigm, like how a user...
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What most young programmers need to learn - joostdevblog.blogspot.com   00:15 6/01/2015
In the past 7.5 years I have supervised over a dozen programming interns at Ronimo and have seen hundreds of portfolios of students and graduates. In almost all of those I saw the same things that they needed to learn. One might expect that I think they need to learn specific techniques, algorithms or math, or other forms of specific knowledge. And of course they do, but in my opinion that is never the main thing. The main thing they need to learn is self discipline . The discipline to always write the clearest code you can, the discipline to refactor code if it becomes muddy through changes later in development, the discipline to remove unused code and add comments. Most of the time I spend supervising programming interns is spent on these topics. Not on explaining advanced...
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The rise of the multimodel database - prsm.tc   01:26 7/01/2015
NoSQL entered the scene nearly six years ago as an alternative to traditional relational databases. The offerings from the major relational vendors couldn’t cut it in terms of the cost, scalability, and fault tolerance that developers need to build reliable, modern Web applications. Flash forward to today, and now vendors everywhere tout their NoSQL solutions. Open source projects have sprouted all over the place with thousands of developers contributing to them. In fact, more than 200 different NoSQL products and companies in the market are vying for developers' attention. Beyond SQL To understand the NoSQL boom, it helps to take a quick look at how we got here. The relational data model has been around since the early 1970s, and it became popular for good...
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As we enter 2015, here’s 10 predictions for technology, politics and the playing field of human freedom I suspect 2015 will be a major transition year—we’ll be moving not only out of Obama’s America , but out of the current version of online technology and towards the next model of the Web. Here’s 10 of my predictions for the trends that will either emerge or start to emerge in the coming year, and which will shape our experience of the world. 1. Say goodbye to desktop computers They’re on their way out. The future belongs to mobile and tablets—no secret for anybody. 2. Mobile will become widely integrated with augmented reality Augmented reality —devices which put overlays on your surroundings, or which...
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The next version of USB is the key to Apple's new MacBook - www.theverge.com   22:20 6/01/2015
Apple appears to be working towards a thinner and totally redesigned MacBook. A curiously timed report from 9to5Mac, just as the Consumer Electronics Show opens…
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Watch out for 'NoSQL-washing' in your RDBMS - prsm.tc   00:31 6/01/2015
Databases: Relational or NoSQL? Once upon a time, the distinction between the two was clear, but has been muddied lately by the addition of JSON support to various relational databases. But does merely adding JSON support to an RDBMS make it a competitor for NoSQL? Not by a long shot. The real differences between a relational database and a NoSQL product remain root- and core-deep, and they aren't likely to change with JSON support for Oracle or with SQL querying to Hadoop. It ain't only JSON For starters, JSON support by itself doesn't make a NoSQL database. Tomasz Kunicki of AdRem Software, creators of the NetCrunch monitoring system (which uses both in-memory, SQL, and NoSQL technologies), agrees: "JSON...
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Workaround-oriented programming - prsm.tc   16:49 5/01/2015
Reusing old code, a common practice among workaround-oriented programmers, is known for a few detrimental side-effects, such as having caused this rocket to explode. Workaround-oriented programming (WOP) is a programming paradigm that uses " workarounds " - quick, inelegant fixes for every little problem - as its defining feature. Unlike most programming paradigms, instead of its style and methodology centring around the utilisation of particular structures within a given category of languages, WOP is much more flexible; the sole defining feature is the fact that the workaround-oriented programmer usually does not in fact know what any of the structures within the given language are . Thus, instead of following the usual abstractions or following...
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With CES - the world's biggest tech tradeshow - kicking off this week, gadget fans are in for a treat, and some fantastic tech is about to be unleashed. We've already spotted some some unusual-looking, bonkers gadgets though and the show floor isn’t even officially open yet! Read on for some of our favourite picks so far. D-Link AC5300 router Granted, a wireless router would generally be as far from the top of your list as it's possible to get when it comes to striking-looking gadgets, but the D-Link AC5300 is no ordinary black box to hide in the corner. With sharp angles and eight antenna, it looks more like a bizarre cross between an alien and an arachnid, and we're not altogether certain it's something we'd want sitting on our coffee table! It certainly stands...
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Why 2015 will be the year of microservices - prsm.tc   10:09 5/01/2015
The idea of building applications using services has always had appeal. Why code from scratch when you can assemble multiple applications that tap the same services via standard APIs? As long as those services are properly provisioned, you should be able to enjoy tremendous economies of scale. In the past, attempts at implementing this notion collapsed under the weight of overengineering (particularly the CORBA and SOA trends). But one of the most interesting aspects of microservices -- basically small, API-accessible, single-purpose programs -- is that their use has been a grassroots, developer-driven phenomenon. This time, the services approach has legs. For a great example of microservices architecture in action, check out this 2014 blog post by Stefan Borsje , CTO and...
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Continuous Integration Is a Hack! - prsm.tc   18:59 3/01/2015
“ Continuous Integration is a hack!” said my friend Ben Rady years ago during a discussion on CI hosted by Stelligent . At the time, I was incredulous! How dare someone question the value of CI, especially when we had just finished writing a book about it! What’s more, our book had been nominated for a prestigious Jolt award ; indeed, the following day, our CI book won it ! In retrospect, Ben’s point was poignant: CI is reactionary . You still have to wait some amount of time to ascertain correctness. That is, CI implicitly relies on a passive process to run a project’s build and any corresponding tests. If those tests fail, you are of course, notified. Nevertheless, that notification is somewhat delayed: by the time a CI process runs the...
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Top 5 Biggest Apple Fails Of 2014 - prsm.tc   01:52 2/01/2015
Oliver Haslam As 2014 draws to a close the natural thing to do is to look back at what happened in the prevailing 12 months and as far as Apple is concerned it’s been something of a mixed year. Hugely popular releases like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have helped Apple without a doubt, but even they haven’t been without their problems. As it continues to grow Apple is finding out that it’s not infallible. Here are five ways in which we believe Apple failed in 2014. The Botched iOS 8.0.1 Update What is there to say about this? Following an iOS 8 update that was already treading water after a less than polished release, iOS 8.0.1 was supposed to address some of its problems but instead caused...
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What Microsoft's 'fresh start' browser strategy means - www.computerworld.com   23:24 1/01/2015
Microsoft will unveil a browser not named Internet Explorer (IE) alongside Windows 10, according to an online report. Long-time Microsoft watcher and ZDNet…
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The systemd fallacy | monolight - monolight.cc   00:17 1/01/2015
(…) So, get yourself a copy of The Linux Programming Interface, ignore everything it says about POSIX compatibility and hack away your amazing Linux software.…
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Biggest tech disappointments of 2014 - prsm.tc   22:42 31/12/2014
It’s been an up-and-down year in the tech world. We’ve seen a lot of really amazing things happen, and we’ve also dealt with our share of disappointments. Here’s a look at a few of the things that had us burying our heads in our hands this year. Amazon Fire Phone Expectations were lofty for Amazon’s long-rumored smartphone. The people staring at it out-of-frame in the teaser video looked pretty amazed by it! Ultimately, though, its high price tag, carrier exclusivity, and gimmicky user experience caused it to trip at the finish line . Amazon was left with millions of phones they couldn’t sell and ended up slashing prices, but Jeff Bezos assured everyone that the Fire Phone wasn’t a mistake . It was just the first...
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вчера в 20:38 Эта статья одобрена Григорием bobuk Бакуновым и Чаком Норрисом**Григорий как бы говорит нам:…
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Dec 23: JMAP — A better way to email | FastMail Weblog - blog.fastmail.com   13:17 31/12/2014
This blog post is part of the FastMail 2014 Advent Calendar. The previous post on 22nd December was the long awaited beta of contact syncing. The final post on…
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Hacker News: Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace http://t.co/fENUMZ8TSl
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Microsoft CloudOS Network — что это? - habrahabr.ru   23:52 30/12/2014
Хабраиндекс572,30 вчера в 12:09 Microsoft CloudOS Network — что это? Привет, Давайте поговорим немного сегодня об IaaS, гибридной истории, сервис-провайдерах,…
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Will 2015 be another 1999? - prsm.tc   21:14 30/12/2014
Will the year 2015 deliver a speculative bubble reminiscent of 1999? Will it then be followed by a great bust similar to the Tech Wreck of the early 2000s? This was the most provocative question raised last week on the airwaves, on the Web and in print....
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Most of us—at least the cynical ones—assume that the NSA has probably beaten most of the encryption technologies out there. But a new report from Der Spiegel…
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Chris Martens has posted a review of the LH Labs Geek Out 1000 portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($299) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: ” the mean time, please know that LH Labs’ Geek Out is well worthy of a careful listen. And, given past history, there is every reason to suppose that the digital audio mavens over at LH Labs will continue to tweak, tune, and refine its performance over time, making updates available to the LH Labs faithful via a series of periodic firmware and device driver updates. Some things really do get better over time, and it appears the Geek Out is likely one of them.” You can read the full review here . You can find links to more reviews of the LH Labs Geek Out 1000 portable headphone amplifier-DAC here .
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Alina Lewis and Shruti Dhapola The constant evolution of technology is a reflection of the true human nature. As we aim to live more comfortable lives, innovators constantly strive to help us achieve our goals through new developments in science and technology. In 2014, we saw the emergence of interactive apps and personal cloud services, online retail matured and almost everything including products and services started getting digitised. As we move on to 2015, here’s a look at the top 10 emerging technology trends that are poised to take off in a big way. 1. Mobile payment systems Apple Pay The growing popularity of Apple Pay will cause a wider acceptance of mobile payment systems...
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10 Hacks to Communicate with Geeks - prsm.tc   18:22 24/12/2014
I have some good news. You don’t have to learn Klingon, write in code, or reset a secret password to communicate with geeks. Geeks represent many different types of people–video gamers, computer scientists, science fiction bookworms, theater geeks, mathematicians, and engineers. The list goes on. With such a diverse group, it can be difficult to know what to talk about. Often, geeks can feel just as awkward as you might. When approaching a geek, you don’t have to be afraid. They won’t bite and they won’t transport you into a world so foreign that you’ll never be able to escape. Although, they’ll gladly take you there if you’d like. Here are 10 hacks to effectively communicate with geeks. 1. Don’t disturb the geek...
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Компания Parallels приняла решение объединить кодовые базы открытой системы контейнерной виртуализации OpenVZ и проприетарного продукта Parallels Cloud Server…
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Why oh why do I work with techies? — Medium - prsm.tc   19:34 23/12/2014
Or some characteristics of the breed Software Engineer, First Class After an amazing 22 years at IBM I have decided that it is time for a change and a new challenge for me, and thus in the new year I take up an exciting new opportunity with a new company, still doing software development, but in a smaller company and a much more focused customer space. As you can imagine this has meant the last few weeks I have spent a considerable amount of time considering and talking to people about what I do and why I do it. Managing software engineers and software development is like herding cats; taking a group of very smart, very innovative individuals towards an invariably unpredictable future in an industry renowned for it project management failures. There are infinitely simpler teams...
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Why India outsourcing is Doomed - prsm.tc   18:09 24/12/2014
Indian IT outsourcing has become a commodity business with no innovation and nothing to offer other than questionable rate savings. This not an attempt to write a scientific paper or predict future. This simply an opinion I have formed based on 15+ years of working with various providers in India and all over the world. This is not an attempt to stereotype every employee in a 1.2 billion  people  country. Over the years I have worked with brilliant Indian engineers and managers both in India and in US. This write-up is an attempt to describe an outsourcing industry in India and problems we face as customers, notpeople working there. My conclusions and assumptions are also based on the fact  that many companies are moving towards a more...
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Six months later, where is the Surface Pro 3 today? - www.neowin.net   21:00 22/12/2014
It seems like it was just yesterday that Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3 but the device has now been on-sale for over six months. Since its launch,…
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One of the things I love about the culture at Buffer is the emphasis on working smarter, not harder . Our team is all about getting plenty of sleep , exercise and recreation time so that our time spent working is as productive as it can be. Working harder can be an easy habit to slip into, though. Sometimes it’s hard to switch off at the end of the day, or to take time out on the weekend and stop thinking about work. With a startup of my own to run, I find this even harder to manage lately. Whenever I’m not working on Buffer, I’m working on Exist , and it’s easy to fall into a pattern of “always working,” rather than working smart and fitting in time to look after myself as well. If this happens to you, too,...
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Chromebooks Beat iPads As Top Education Device - prsm.tc   19:56 22/12/2014
SFGATE - Wendy Lee Apple’s iPad was the top learning device for U.S. schools and colleges for two years, but now the slick tablet is falling behind in an important market that could influence sales for decades. The iPad is losing ground to a cheaper, bare-bones laptop backed by Google, which in the third quarter became the best-selling device for higher education and K-12 schools nationwide, according to research firm IDC. There were 1.13 million Chromebooks sold during the third quarter in the U.S. education market for laptops, desktops and tablets, beating 793,000 iPads, IDC said. Read More
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Pride Goes Before the Fall at Yahoo - prsm.tc   15:46 22/12/2014
The  Times  was inspired to write its rise-and-fall corporate tragedy after the worst quarterly earnings report in a decade, followed by the analysis of an influential hedge-fund manager that nearly all of Yahoo’s positive value came from its stake in the premier Chinese search engine, Alibaba. Subtract the value of that Alibaba holding, and Yahoo itself was $4 billion in the red. The  Times  lays much of the blame for this sad state of affairs on Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who fancied herself a Steve Jobs-style visionary who could put Yahoo back on the same Olympian playing field as Google and Facebook by making expensive new acquisitions. A wiser, sadder course would have been to acknowledge that Yahoo’s survival depended on...
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The Tor project said it could face attempts to incapacitate its network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers. The project did not name the group or agency that may try to seize its directory authorities, which guide Tor users on the list of distributed relays on the network that bounce communications around. "We are taking steps now to ensure the safety of our users, and our system is already built to be redundant so that users maintain anonymity even if the network is attacked. Tor remains safe to use ," wrote "arma" in a post Friday on the Tor project blog. The "arma" developer handle is generally associated with project leader Roger Dingledine. Rather than take a direct...
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On Friday, the FBI officially named North Korea as the party responsible for a cyber attack and email theft against Sony Pictures. The Sony hack saw many studio…
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сегодня в 21:03 Цензура в Facebook для российских пользователей recovery mode Сегодня обнаружился факт блокировки события, посвящённого «народному сходу» с…
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Nick Hardiman argues that the problem with Linux is that multi-purpose distros, which are great for cloud computing jobs, are making the server OS fat.  Image: Wikimedia/Larry Ewing Sadly, Linux has become old, fat, and slow. After two decades of overindulgence, the once-lean OS has gained some ugly pounds of cruft. Linux may not be the most overweight server OS out there, but it does take up more resources than it used to. According to the Linux Foundation's 2014 Enterprise End User Report , 75% of enterprise cloud platforms are Linux. Since millions of cloud computing services are...
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Участники Chrome Security Team опубликовали план перехода к пометке web-страниц, открытых по HTTP, как небезопасных. Предупреждение о небезопасности...
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We Don’t Need More - prsm.tc   20:11 19/12/2014
A lot has been made of the need for designers who can code. A quick google search for “ should designers learn to code ” yields 25 million results. To be straight from the outset, I don’t completely disagree with the premise. However, I think the statement, “we need designers who can code” misrepresents the underlying issue. As the head of a product design team, who can also write code (front and back end), I understand the value of the combined skill set. The ability to prototype, the ability to converse cross-discipline, and the ability to understand capabilities and tweak implementations. But I also know where the boundaries lie. I am not a developer and I wouldn’t want my code underlying a production application at scale....
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People running the open-source Git code-repository software and tools based on it, like GitHub, on Mac OS X and Windows computers could have a significant…
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MongoDB Acquires WiredTiger Inc. | MongoDB - www.mongodb.com   11:20 16/12/2014
Have any questions? Contact Us World Renowned Database Storage Engine Experts and Product Extend World’s Fastest Growing Database NEW YORK and PALO ALTO,…
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Above: DigitalOcean cofounder and chief executive Ben Uretsky at the company's headquarters in New York on Dec. 10. Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeat December 15, 2014 4:29 PM Jordan Novet NEW YORK — Fast-growing cloud provider DigitalOcean might not have hundreds of thousands of servers — the way Amazon, Google, and Microsoft do — to run its high-profile public clouds. But no matter. Ben Uretsky, the company’s chief executive, believes his startup has quite a few things going for it. Perhaps most importantly, according to Uretsky, the company refuses to deprioritize user...
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This 8TB Seagate Hard Drive Only Costs $US260 - prsm.tc   00:40 16/12/2014
If you’re running out of digital storage and are on a tight budget, you could do a lot worse than consider Seagate’s latest hard drive. Part of its Archive HDD line, you can pick up an 8TB model for just $US260. Other 8TB disk drives tend to sell for closer to $US1000 so this is certainly cheap. That saving is down to the way data’s squeezed on to the thing: rather than relying on filling the whole thing with helium, it uses a technique called Shingled Magnetic Recording technology to fit more data on a platter. You won’t, however, have to be in a rush, especially if you’re used to SSDs: it has a read speed of 150MB/s, which compares badly to modern SSDs which manages something closer to 600. Still, a little simple maths...
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2014's Top Trends in Drone Technology - prsm.tc   19:44 19/12/2014
It has been just over a year since Jeff Bezos went on 60 Minutes and demonstrated how drones are the next big transformative technology. If you live in Silicon Valley or are a dog, that one year felt like seven and a lot transpired. Drones have gone from “the next big thing” to technology that is so far reaching it has noticeable, quantifiable trends like… Delivery Bezos started it all on 60 Minutes with the introduction of Prime Air, Amazon’s initiative to deliver packages to your doorstep by drone. The FAA may be barring Amazon from conducting tests in U.S. airspace, but R&D is alive and well overseas  and Amazon is hiring like crazy to make Prime Air a reality. To lend some credibility to the fact that drone delivery...
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вчера в 23:58 Open Source*, Gmail*, Google* Поисковый гигант незаметно выкатил несколько улучшений своего сервиса Google Drive для десктопа и для мобильных…
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A Russian malware called SoakSoak has infected over 100,000 Wordpress sites since this Sunday, turning blogs into attack platforms. It’s a potential shitshow,…
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Whenever I set up a new router, I always change the DNS settings to point to Google Public DNS. Why? I find the search-giant's solution to resolve addresses faster than my ISP. Heck, when I am connecting to someone else's network, I enable Google DNS in my device settings too. According to Google its DNS solution handles a mind-boggling 400 billion responses per day . Today, the search giant announces that a recent collaboration with Akamai will improve the speed of accessing location-based Akamai hosted content. "Recently the Google Public DNS team, in collaboration with Akamai, reached an important...
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When Google and Amazon Web Services launched new solid-state drive-backed instances nearly simultaneously this summer, it was unclear which offered the better price-performance deal. But independent storage performance benchmark tests, performed in September and November by benchmarking firm CloudHarmony, Inc., based in Laguna Beach, Calif., raise questions about both vendors' advertised performance specs. Analysts aren't surprised the benchmark results differ from what's advertised. "You have to take any performance claim with a grain of salt," said Greg Schulz, founder and analyst with the Server and StorageIO Group, based in Stillwater, Minn. "You have to apply the proper metric and have the proper context." The...
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Google is making Hangouts smart - research.gigaom.com   23:23 14/12/2014
With smart-home technology still unsettled, big retailers are taking varied approaches to gain a foothold in the… A set of economic, political, and societal…
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Ubuntu recently released 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn”, which coincides with the fact that Ubuntu is now 10 years old! The king of Linux distributions has come a long way since its inception in 2004, so it’s a good idea to go down memory lane and take a look at the journey it has gone through so far. We’ll also take a look at how it has developed differently to Debian, the distribution upon which it is based. If you’re more interested in the practical differences to help you choose which distribution to use, check out this comparison . The Beginning Ubuntu started out with the 4.10 “Warty Warthog” release which was essentially a replica of Debian but with a rather ugly brown...
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So just what is the relationship between red-hot container company Docker and open source stalwart Red Hat? Are the two companies on the same side, or not? Do Docker containers complement or compete with Red Hat's Linux offerings? To get some answers, I talked with Paul Cormier, Red Hat's president of products and technologies, and he had some pretty strong opinions on the subject. But it all boils down to Red Hat's position that container technology (and Docker) simply isn't the be-all and end-all that many people seem to want it to be—at least not in the enterprise. Technology, not business "Containers can solve a lot of problems for enterprise," Cormier told me. "But it matters what's inside the container – what pieces of the user space OS and...
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While the last time most of us thought of shingles was when we were itchy in eighth grade, Seagate has been thinking of them as a way to store data. Called…
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(Image via CNET) Amazon has denied its cloud service was used to conduct counter-attacks against sites offering data said to be stolen in the Sony hack last…
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When Amazon updated its primary Android app with an “Apps & Games” section, it was a milestone in third-party distribution: Finally, you could access Amazon’s…
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Your Linux PC isn't as secure as you think it is - www.pcworld.com   19:57 12/12/2014
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Views: 3,576 Wearable devices are the in thing at the moment and the latest kid on the block looking to steal some of the limelight is the Cicret . It puts a touch screen onto the arm of the wearer that would not look out of place in a James Bond movie. [Image Courtesy of Cicret] The idea for Cicret came up 12 months ago and over the course of the last 6 months the bracelet has been designed. The Cicret bracelet resembles a similar design to that of the Jawbone Up, being a small and discrete wristband. Inside the band is a Pico projector that is pointing to the forearm of the wearer. It can be used as a standalone device where the wearer can simply flick their wrist and the device will...
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Publisher group plans legal action to eliminate ad blockers   Adblock Plus settings 5 photos VIEW ALL  A French group of publishers, including top names such as Microsoft and Google, are planning to sue developers of ad-blocking software because of the impact that their solutions have on their web-based solutions. Ad blockers have grown a lot in popularity lately, and Adblock Plus is the living example that such an application can really enjoy a terrific success if it comes with an effective engine and easy-to-use options. At this point, Adblock Plus alone has no less than 5 million users in France, approximately 2 million in the United Kingdom, and 1.5 million in Spain. According to Times of India...
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Today Google is getting serious about Cardboard. The simple VR smartphone adapter debuted at the company’s annual I/O 2014 conference earlier this year. What started out as a ’20% project’, essentially a hobby, is turning into something significant. See Also: More Than You Want to Know About Google Cardboard Cardboard started as a “20% time” project—Google’s famous perk that allows employees to spend 20% of their time on hobby projects—by David Coz and Damien Henry at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris . It would seem that Google initially underestimated the interest that Cardboard would generate, and today it’s safe to say that it’s graduated from hobby to strategic...
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Memristors will be the primary foundation of the system   HP The Machine motherboard 4 photos VIEW ALL  Back around the middle of the year (2014), HP revealed that it was working on a new type of computer system which had the potential to put both Intel and Microsoft out of business. Now, we can say with relative certainty that the plans haven't been scrapped. Currently, computers follow a standard formula: a central processor is helped by some memory and supported by a motherboard in the task of processing the data located on a storage device or other. Peripherals, meanwhile, allow users control over what happens, while a display shows it for the eyes to see. HP's new computer system will keep the...
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Google ( NASDAQ: GOOG     ) ( NASDAQ: GOOGL     ) Chromebooks outsold Apple ( NASDAQ: AAPL     ) iPads in U.S. schools during the third quarter of 2014, according to The Financial Times  and IDC -- 715,500 Chromebooks were shipped during those three months compared to 702,000 iPads. This was a major victory for Google, which saw its share of the U.S. educational market grow from nothing to 27.2% in just two years. IDC reports that Apple still controlled 30.9% of the market, while Microsoft ( NASDAQ: MSFT     ) retained 39.5%. The rise of Chromebooks, which cost as little as $199, is disappointing for Apple, which already reported declining iPad sales for three consecutive quarters. It's...
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Intelligent flash storage arrays Passwords, right? If they’re too weak, they can be worse than useless – but making them too strong means people do dumb things…
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сегодня в 16:24 На Хабре и Geektimes несколько раз публиковались материалы с описанием жестких дисков повышенной емкости. Такие диски разрабатываются сразу…
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After two years of development, Google today released Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its Integrated Development Environment (IDE) aimed at…
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It’s been a rough week for Sony execs (million-dollar salaries notwithstanding). And things are only going to get worse. Which would almost be enough to make…
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News that the YotaPhone 2 will be available to buy in the UK and Europe imminently brings a second bite of the cherry for Russian manufacturer Yota Devices  and its e-paper display equipped smartphone range . This time around the concept of a dual-screened device has been refined and now the entire rear electronic paper display (EPD) is touch-sensitive, allowing it to be used far more freely than previously. Tweaking the design and concept is one thing, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into a superior user experience. We spent a few days with the new device to see if it could outshine the more mainstream handsets on the market as Christmas approaches. Hardware and design The YotaPhone 2 has a far more...
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Skype co-founder Janus Friis is backing a new communications app called Wire , out now for iOS, Android and Mac OS X. The app itself is the reimagining of how a communications tool like Skype should operate had it been built today. Much of that, in Wire’s case, means under-the-hood improvements that users don’t necessarily see, such as advancements in media processing, audio technology, file compression and delivery, and more. Wire pairs this more solid infrastructure with an uncluttered, simple design that will likely be the initial attraction for mainstream users. Skype, of course, is one of the top communication apps in the world, but it’s also running on dated technology. Users still experience issues with call quality,...
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Resumes suck. Here’s the data. - blog.alinelerner.com   00:05 3/12/2014
EDIT: My friends at KeepSafe in San Francisco have launched an awesome experiment based on the findings in this post. Is it possible to hire great engineers…
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Sleek, stylish notebooks with business-class power and industry-leading security. Engineered to pass rigorous military tests for durability2, you can take it…
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11 Gadgets That Died Too Soon - prsm.tc   18:18 30/11/2014
Perhaps the greatest tragedy in tech are the heaps of gadgets tossed on the metaphorical funeral pyre too early. Maybe it was poor marketing, an unfounded lack of support, or simply bad timing that did them in, but whatever the case, they died much too soon. Last week, I asked what were some great gadgets and technologies that went the way of the dinosaur before they were able to live up to their full potential. Many answered with some forward-thinking hardware and others with gadgets that were more a refinement on an already existing platform. In a few cases, bits and pieces of these machines have trickled into other products and services, but all of these gadgets share their fate in extinction. The Commodore Amiga...
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Imp: A New, Open-Source Computer - prsm.tc   18:15 30/11/2014
If you take a quick glance through the technology sections on both Kickstarter and Indiegogo, you’ll see a ton of innovative, cutting edge projects and products. However, you will see very few new takes on older products. However, we just came across one such product: the Imp Computer. While, yes, the absence of new takes on old products is what sparked our interest, after looking at the Imp it become clear that this is an incredibly unique product: Meet imp. imp is a disruptive home computation solution: a handy, easy to use computer, based on open source technology, and cloud software services, running on a powerful single-board CPU: 1.7GHz, quad-core, ARM V9. It connects to any of your home displays. It is your Internet kiosk, your TV media center, and your wireless...
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With $880,998 in funding, well exceeding its $250,000 asking price, Ring was a smart device that was meant to Bluetooth control everything in your life—except…
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Chris Messina, credited with inventing the hashtag, may not be a household name, but he’s well-respected in Silicon Valley for his work on communities, social…
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IDC is predicting decelerating shipments of tablet shipments in 2014, including a drop for Apple’s iPad. Photograph: Pixellover RM 4 / Alamy/Alamy IDC isn’t generally one of the more excitable research firms in the technology world, so when it predicts a “massive deceleration” in tablet shipments this year, it’s not seeking headlines for the sake of it. The company has forecast that overall tablet shipments – familiar caveat: not sales – will grow by 7.2% globally in 2014, down from 52.5% in 2013. What’s more, it’s predicting that shipments of Apple’s iPad will decline year-on-year for the first time: a 12.7% drop to 64.9m units in 2014, compared to growth of 16% for Android tablets (to...
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Microsoft Accidentally Announced That It's Acquiring A Company - www.businessinsider.com   20:48 28/11/2014
APSomeone at Microsoft made a big mistake. TechCrunch reports that people who had subscribed to the official Microsoft blog via its RSS feed had a surprise…
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A week or two ago the cloud world groaned when Microsoft Azure suffered an extended global outage. Amazon Web Services ( AWS ), realizing that outages happen to everyone, wisely chose not to rub salt into Microsoft’s wounds and didn’t make use of the outage for marketing purposes. That would today appear to have been a wise strategy as AWS itself suffers a serious outage on the day before Cyber Friday. Amazon’s Cloudfront DNS service is suffering issues which, in turn, are creating serious page load times for many major websites that utilize the service. According to AWS’ status page , C loudfront is experiencing increased error rates for DNS and that the team is investigating. The issue would appear to be a global one, affecting...
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As programmers why we never finish our projects - prsm.tc   19:40 28/11/2014
Every developer starts about 100 projects that never end up going anywhere. So many good ideas, so few executed ideas. Just about every software developer that I know has a folder structure that resembles the one shown. More than a handful of incomplete projects that seemed like a great idea once upon a time. Like many of you, I’ve had many ideas for great products / companies and even started down the path of implementation for some of them. A bot that determines arbitrage opportunities between eBay and Amazon. A social network for referral based businesses (plumbers, electricians, software developers, etc). A bitcoin search engine. A CSS framework for the days when Bootstrap wasn’t literally everywhere. A “hot or not” that found...
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With the possible exception of philosophers,  programmers are the laziest bunch of people I know. It seems like everyone else I speak to has some sort of labor intensive profession. Think about it, biologists do all those experiments … giving a drug to hundreds of mice is can’t be automated. Doctors have to physically inspect their patients, professors have to give the same lectures year after year, architects draw their plans in all perspectives manually and until recently did hatching by hand. Looking at more run of the mill professions it gets even worse, marketers give the same pitch over and over, hairdressers do practically the same thing day after day, store clerks handle the same groceries for customers in the same manner all the time...
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Today, once again, someone asked the question on a forum. I can’t blame anyone for asking the question, as I, was once in the same boat as a newbie…trying to figure out where and how to start learning to speak to machines. There are so many languages out there it is, and will grow increasingly more difficult, to select a language for your dream project or career. When you’ve learned Javascript then you hear about Angular or CoffeeScript or SASS after CSS, it never ends and never will. There are hundreds if not thousands (I lost count) of new languages/frameworks/pre-processors every year. If you don’t breathe in between acronyms your brain WILL melt down. So let me answer straight out; there are no right answers to these above questions!...
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You can get paid a lot of money to code COBOL , but that's probably a career-limiting choice. The less popular a language, the more an employer will be likely to pay. It's a simple matter of supply and demand—or, as MongoDB's Kelly Stirman defines it , "revenue potential and adoption [are] inversely proportional."  Which is why Quartz's list of the "most valuable programming skills to have on a resume" is wrong-headed and deceiving. Which programming language is "best" depends on a host of factors, perhaps the least important of which is how much that skill will pay you today. Popularity Contests After all, the best programming language may well be the one that is most likely to help...
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As you head to your local Walmart today for America's annual reenactment of The Hunger Games , here's a reminder that sucker-punching someone to get the last $50 tablet might not be the wisest course of action. For several reasons. The main complaint that you hear against the kinds of cheap, Chinese no-brand tablets filling the aisles at Walmart is that they're terrible to use — and they are! But, it turns out that cheap tablets also tend to be riddled with security problems. Bluebox Labs , a security software firm, recently ran a test on a number of cheap tablets on sale at big-box stores. Unsurprisingly, they found security holes you could drive a small truck through....
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Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops At its recent re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Amazon announced its new database engine Aurora, claiming it to be a commercial grade database engine at open-source cost. “It’s at least as available, durable and fault-tolerant as the enterprise editions of the proprietary commercial database engines and high-end SANs,” said senior AWS VP Andy Jassy, “and it’s a tenth of the cost.” So what makes Aurora tick? The database engine is compatible with the open source MySQL, and most of the smarts are in the storage, according to general manager Anurag Gupta, who described the new service in detail at a re:Invent session. When you use the new service, currently in limited preview,...
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Neil Matatall, formerly of Twitter, on automatic application security. (Photo by Brady Dale) Neil Matatall hates cross-site scripting. The practice where, roughly speaking, HTML gets automatically generated or gets borrowed from another site. They flat out don’t do it at Twitter , where he was a security engineer for almost three years. In other words, none of the code on Twitter gets written automatically. Devs just write the code. All the code. No shortcuts. Matatall explained last Friday at NYU Poly’s   Cyber Security Awareness Week Conference 2014 . Matatall will be working security at GitHub  soon. Twitter staff presented at the talk two years ago, he said,...
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This is why the iPhone 6 doesn't have a sapphire screen - www.theverge.com   21:27 21/11/2014
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Amazon reportedly launching free, ad-supported video service - www.engadget.com   21:23 21/11/2014
Amazon is set to launch a free, ad-supported video service separate from its $99 Prime Instant Video offering, according to the New York Post. In case you’re…
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Eliot Horowitz: Performance improvements. Image: MongoDB Last week, the first release candidate of MongoDB 2.8 shipped with two new additions that could prove highly significant for the open-source document database. The first is designed to address one of its long-standing shortcomings, according to MongoDB CTO and co-founder Eliot Horowitz. Version 2.8 comes with the WiredTiger storage engine , from the architects who originally developed the Berkeley DB open-source library, now owned by Oracle. "The biggest feedback we've got over the past 12 to 18 months is we need to do a much better job on high write-volume workloads — workloads where there's a lot of writes or a very high mix of reads and writes. Mongo historically has suffered in those...
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Microsoft puts Docker on Windows clients - gigaom.com   03:27 20/11/2014
Microsoft puts Docker on Windows clients — Tech News and Analysis Editorial Team Media Kit Powered by WordPress.com VIP Blog Research Events 2014 Gigaom, Inc.…
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Remember the last time you went to the same coffee shop or bar because the staff tends to play music you like and you don’t have to pick the next song? Prizm is…
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This past summer, we looked at a ranking of the of top programming languages by growth, popularity, and job demand. Those rankings – compiled by the IEEE…
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Hacker News new | comments | show | ask | jobs | submit login I worked on and around Openstack for 18+ months. I think ignoring it is pretty safe to ignore at this point. <rant> There might come along something that is actually good, but Openstack isn't it. The architecture is just bad, it will never be as reliable as something like AWS. (not because of scale, purely because of lack of error handling capabilities) Reality is these sorts of orchestration systems need to be written by specialists. The vast majority of Openstack was written by people that admit they have no clue about systems level programming. This is what hype does, it forces a whole bunch of bad programming and architecture down everyones throats. The...
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A new report claims that more than 81 percent of Tor users are identifiable using a method that threatens Internet anonymity. The study, titled " On the Effectiveness of Traffic Analysis Against Anonymity Networks Using Flow Records ", claims that a technique known as traffic confirmation can be used to identify users. It requires the ability to monitor large amounts of data coming in and out of Tor nodes to determine the IP address of the individual being tracked. According to the report, the technique has been largely successful. "In experiments that involved data from public Tor relays, using both open source...
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Webpages have to make money somehow. Unfortunately, they tend to rely on two things people hate: ads and paywalls. Today Google is launching a new tool for publishers that does away with Google-sourced ads, while not forcing users to pay before accessing content:  Contributor . When users visit the Contributor website, they can choose which publishers to donate $1, $2 or $3 monthly. Once subscribed, visitors will see advertisements replaced with a thank you message instead. Contributor is clearly still in a trial phase though – the initial launch will include only 10 partners, among them Imgur , Mashable , and The Onion . In the meantime, there is a waitlist for websites looking to sign up. Given the extent some...
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Announcing General Availability of PyCharm 4 - blog.jetbrains.com   03:23 20/11/2014
We’re happy to announce the general availability of PyCharm 4, the new major release of our intelligent IDE for Python, Django, and Web development that brings…
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Since 2004, Google has been paying Mozilla a ton of money each year—estimated at around $100 million—for the privilege of being the default search engine used…
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Image recognition was already good —but it's getting way, way better. A research collaboration between Google and Stanford University is producing software that increasingly describes the entire scene portrayed in a picture, not just individual objects. The New York Times reports that algorithms written by the team attempt to explain what's happening in images—in language that actually makes sense. So it spits out sentences like "a group of young people playing a game of frisbee" or "a person riding a motorcycle on a dirt road." It does that using two neural networks: one deals with image recognition, the other with natural language processing. The system uses computer learning, so it's fed a series of...
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BitTorrent Sync remains the most secure and private way to to move data between two or more devices. And for good reason, we’ve built it that way. Rigorous…
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CouchDB 2.0 counters MongoDB with improved scaling - www.infoworld.com   20:39 17/11/2014
CouchDB, the NoSQL database system from the Apache Software Foundation, is getting more than a change to the left of the decimal point with its new 2.0 release,…
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During last Hackito Session, a group of passionate tech gathered and during one evening dug whatever they could on BTsync. The goal of this Hackito Session was…
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AWS Lambda - Run Code in the Cloud - aws.amazon.com   14:42 13/11/2014
We want to make it even easier for you to build applications that run in the Cloud. We want you to be able to focus on your code, and to work within a…
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2014: The year the cloud killed the datacenter - prsm.tc   22:41 11/11/2014
Back in the summer of 2013 I wrote a series of articles on what I called the "Datacenter Zombie Apocalypse." The first was an observation of the troubles IBM was undergoing trying to shift its very datacenter-oriented services and outsourcing business to one that was more cloud focused and how it might serve as a bellwether for the IT industry as a whole. The other was about how, as an IT practicioner, one might transition their skills to be more cloud-oriented. Where are we now with all of this, over a year later? IBM's situation has gotten worse. While it continues to invest in Cloud, its services revenue is flat, and has been forced to divest two separate hardware businesses — its x86 server business to Lenovo and its silicon manufacturing...
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Two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the most widely touted advances in online security. Earlier this week, news broke that it had been hacked . Grant Blakeman — a designer and owner of the @gb Instagram account — woke to find his Gmail account had compromised and hackers had stolen his Instagram handle. This was despite having 2FA enabled. 2FA: The Short Version 2FA is a strategy for making online accounts harder to hack. My colleague Tina has written a great article on what 2FA is and why you should use it ; if you want a more detailed introduction you should check it out. In a typical one-factor authentication setup (1FA) you only use a password. This makes it incredibly vulnerable; if someone has your password they can login as you. Unfortunately, this...
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Microsoft fixes '19-year-old' bug with emergency patch - www.bbc.com   13:12 12/11/2014
Hacker News: Microsoft fixes '19-year-old' bug with emergency patch http://t.co/VXPX3Fz5l9
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The Rise And Fall Of The Full Stack Developer - prsm.tc   23:12 11/11/2014
Editor’s note:   Peter Yared  is the founder and CTO of Sapho and was formerly the CTO/CIO of CBS Interactive. It seems as though everyone in tech today is infatuated with the full-stack developer. Full stack may have been possible in the Web 2.0 era, but a new generation of startups is emerging, pushing the limits of virtually all areas of software. From machine intelligence to predictive push computing to data analytics to mobile/wearable and more, it’s becoming virtually impossible for a single developer to program across the modern full stack. When I first started programming computers as a kid in the pre-mobile, pre-web late 1970s/early 1980s, a single person typically wrote a complete software program from start to finish, and there...
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Celebrating 10 Years of Firefox - blog.mozilla.org   13:33 10/11/2014
10 years ago we built Firefox to give you a choice. The Web was a monoculture and the only way in was through the company that controlled your operating system.…
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Raspberry Pi has just managed to do what every technology manufacturer should strive to achieve: it made its basic product both smaller and cheaper at the same time. The new Model A+ is an overhauled version of the company's base offering, the Model A. While it packs the same Broadcom BCM2835 System-on-a-Chip and 256MB of RAM, it's shrunk in size to just 2.6 inches from 3.4 and now costs $20. It also draws less power. Boom, there's how to update a product right there. Elsewhere, the new board swaps SD storage for MicroSD and adds 14 GPIO (General-purpose input-output) pins—taking the total to 40. You can already buy one right now . [ Raspberry Pi Foundation via Engadget ]
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Microsoft just revealed its first post-Nokia Lumia smartphone Monday night —and in the process, its vision for its smartphone business.  With Microsoft's Lumia 535, the company's first act as a maker of both smartphone hardware and software was to announce a low-end phone. Alone, that's noteworthy, but it also lands during the ramp up to the holiday season, a period when most device makers highlight their flagship phones or debut their droolworthiest devices.  See also:  Goodbye, Nokia Lumia—Hello, Microsoft Lumia Microsoft has no high-end flagship. Even after the Lumia 535’s launch this month, it still won't. And, it seems, the company may just want to keep...
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Amazon Declares War on VMware - gregness.wordpress.com   20:07 14/11/2014
I returned from re:Invent last night after three days of what was probably one of the most memorable and impactful trade shows I’ve ever attended. Period. More…
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Top 5 lessons learned at AWS Re:invent - gigaom.com   11:02 14/11/2014
Now that the smoke is clearing (and echoes of Skrillex are fading) it’s time for a quick post mortem of the third annual AWS Re:Invent in Las Vegas. You’re…
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Amazon Launches Its Fastest EC2 Instances Yet - techcrunch.com   01:11 14/11/2014
Amazon today announced its fastest EC2 instances for compute yet. The new so-called c4 instances will feature a 2.9 GHz Haswell processor (with bursts up to…
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With the release of its EC2 Container Service today, Amazon Web Services caught up with public-cloud competitors like Google and Microsoft in deeply supporting…
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Amazon Web Services announced today that it’s diversifying into even more arenas, namely challenging companies like GitHub that host code repositories and…
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Partnering with Mozilla - blog.torproject.org   02:36 12/11/2014
bobuk: А все уже читали, что Tor теперь партнерится с Mozilla? https://t.co/ML4wDFn2f1
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GitHub Hits the Cloud - bits.blogs.nytimes.com   18:08 11/11/2014
Software is eating the world, as venture capitalist Marc Andreessen noted three years ago. Now it may not even be taking the time to chew carefully. GitHub, a…
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Mashable Tech: Microsoft lost the last decade. Here's how Satya Nadella plans to win the next - http://t.co/IwIhumPcm0
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SUMMARY  – MongoDB may be taking aim at Oracle, but in what environments is it best suited? CTO Eliot Horowitz discusses Following with its new global consulting arm, headed up by Vijay Vijayasankar, I snapped up an offer to sit down with MongoDB co-founder and CTO Eliot Horowitz to further explore the thinking behind the company’s go-to-market strategy. Mostly I wanted to get a better idea of what this very young company needs to do to be successful in its (undeclared) mission to go after the very well established RDMS players. Sitting down with Horowitz wasn’t like sitting down with most vendor executives. Horowitz was a little bit awkward, his answers were quite concise and as well as highlighting Mongo’s strengths, he was...
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Half a decade with Go - prsm.tc   17:13 10/11/2014
10 November 2014 Five years ago we launched the Go project. It seems like only yesterday that we were preparing the initial public release: our website  was a lovely shade of yellow, we were calling Go a "systems language", and you had to terminate statements with a semicolon and write Makefiles to build your code. We had no idea how Go would be received. Would people share our vision and goals? Would people find Go useful? At launch, there was a flurry of attention. Google had produced a new programming language, and everyone was eager to check it out. Some programmers were turned off by Go's conservative feature set—at first glance they...
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Why relational databases are sexist — Medium - prsm.tc   17:51 9/11/2014
The unexpected conflict between banks, their IT and feminism You’ve just been erased I have finally come to understand why banks, like so many old-world institutions, simply cannot help but be rude to modern women. It all comes down to their ‘relational databases’. Don’t let that phrase scare you. Bear with me for a few seconds. Relational databases (or SQL databases, named after the programming language used in those databases) were a marvellous invention when storing information was costly and data couldn’t yet be ‘big’. These database systems present the data to users as ‘relations’, that is as a collection of tables, with each table consisting of a set of rows and columns. The data can only be...
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The version of ownCloud in Ubuntu’s Universe repositories is old and full of “multiple critical security vulnerabilities.” It’s no secret. The ownCloud project itself asked Ubuntu to remove it so users wouldn’t have vulnerable server software. Ubuntu suggested to ownCloud they should take over maintaining it instead. OwnCloud thought that was ridiculous—they just want to write software and not maintain it in every distribution’s repositories. Ubuntu is finally taking action and uploading an empty package that will disable the vulnerable ownCloud server software on Ubuntu 14.04 systems. But this whole weeks-long ordeal demonstrates a serious weakness with the way Linux software is packaged, distributed, and updated. Why is...
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It's pretty rare that a new product truly surprises us. But today Amazon did just that, introducing Echo , a talking, listening piece of electronic furniture. It's like having the internet on your kitchen table, cracking jokes and settling bets, and it's the most innovative device Amazon's made in years. Echo, ostensibly a speaker, is a deceptively boring-looking little tube, as though Amazon's designers took an old Kindle and rolled it into a cylinder, plugging its unremarkable guts with intelligent software that talks to you. You say Echo's "wake word" to wake it up—beginning what Amazon hopes will be a life-long (or at least, model life-long) friendship. Want to know the news? Echo streams it. Need someone to settle a bet? Echo calls up whatever information you need. Need...
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SAN FRANCISCO — If you’re looking for proof that Google’s public cloud is taking off, well, Google’s got you covered. During the company’s Google Cloud Platform…
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IT pros are drawing up their wish lists as the annual Amazon conference, re:Invent, draws near. Hot topics include live migration and new Docker integration. Amazon has yet to confirm live migration for resources within the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), but IT pros stand to benefit from it in their Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployments. "We have kind of built our own live migration process in the absence of Amazon having that functionality," said Wade Billings, director of DevOps for Instructure, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based educational technology company. Instructure can migrate its software as a service customers between different clusters for high availability. Live migration without downtime "isn’t...
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Don’t Waste Time Writing Perfect Code - prsm.tc   19:05 7/11/2014
A system can last for 5 or 10 or even 20 or more years. But the life of specific lines of code, even of designs, is often much shorter: months or days or even minutes when you’re iterating through different approaches to a solution. Some code matters more than other code Researching how code changes over time , Michael Feathers has identified a power curve in code bases . Every system has code, often a lot of it, that is written once and is never changed. But a small amount of code, including the code that is most important and useful, is changed over and over again, refactored or rewritten from scratch several times. As you get more experience with a system, or with a problem domain or an architectural approach, it should get easier to know and to predict what code will...
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Our Obsession With Scalability Must End - medium.com   19:02 3/11/2014
Our obsession with scalability is getting in the way of unleashing the potential of the 21st century. We are so fixated with scalability we have taken our eye…
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This week, Google rolled out a slew of improvements for a few of its reliable mobile apps — Maps, Calendar, and Drive, its cloud-storage system — updating each with the “ Material design ” introduced in the new Android operating system, Lollipop . But with these aesthetic updates come a few functional improvements, too. Below is a brief roundup of the new, cool things your Google apps can do: Google Maps In addition to looking prettier all around, the new Google Maps app makes it possible to book reservations directly after looking up a restaurant. So, after searching for a restaurant nearby, you’ll arrive at its regular page, as per usual. But now, if you scroll down, there’ll be a series of buttons at the bottom of the...
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There are some discussion topics about Linux that are true evergreens, meaning that they never go away and are revived over and over again. The "year of the Linux desktop" certainly qualifies as one of those. Some pundits have been predicting that desktop market share for Linux would increase significantly for quite some time, and now a Redditor wants to know if 2015 might be the year that Linux takes over the desktop. According to Reddit : I had been a linux desktop user for about 6 years before switching to mac for a few. Now I'm in the process of switching back. What are your thoughts on what's holding Linux, as a whole, from gaining ground in the consumer, every-day-user, market? What desktop Linux...
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Representing a potential privacy snare for some users, Mac OS X Yosemite uploads documents opened in TextEdit, Preview, and Keynote to iCloud servers by default, even if the files are later closed without ever having been saved. The behavior, as noted in an article from Slate , is documented in a Knowledge Base article from December . But it nonetheless came as a surprise to researcher Jeffrey Paul, who said he was alarmed to recently discover a cache of in-progress files he intended to serve as "temporary Post-It notes" that had been silently uploaded to his iCloud account even though he never intended or wished them to be. "Apple has taken local files on my computer not stored in iCloud and silently and without my permission uploaded them to their servers," Paul wrote...
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Adobe has just released version 1.0 of Brackets, its free open-source text editor that’s built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript, for coding HTML, CSS and…
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Google’s chief executive Larry Page has admitted that the company has outgrown its mission statement to “organise the world’s information and make it…
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I believe Docker is 2 steps forward for the world of DevOps and that the principles it promotes are forward-thinking and largely on-target for the future of a more secure, performant, and easy-to-manage cloud future. However, an alternative approach leveraging unikernels and immutable servers will result in smaller, easier to manage, more secure containers that will be simpler to adopt by existing enterprises. As DevOps matures, the shortcomings of cloud application deployment and management are becoming clear. Virtual machine image bloat, large attack surfaces surface, legacy executables, base-os fragmentation, and unclear division of responsibilities between development and IT for cloud deployments are all causing significant friction (and opportunities for the future)....
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PARIS — Sometimes it seems that Canonical , Ubuntu 's parent company, can't win for losing. Often accused of trying to force other open-source groups to follow their lead by keeping projects internal until they feel it's ready to be shared with others, when Ubuntu announced its intention to build LXD, a hypervisor for containers , at the OpenStack Summit, the company was immediately accused of announcing vaporware (!); of shoving LXD down other programmers' throats; and of trying to replace Docker. Ubuntu's LXD, a container hypervisor, is in the first stages of development. Please! I spoke with Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical and Ubuntu's founder, and Dustin Kirkland, Canonical's product manager, at the conference, and here's really what's...
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Hacker News: “I’m Terrified of My New TV – And You’d Be, Too” http://t.co/AYdpFij4OQ
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Hacker News: Google Launches Managed Service for Running Docker Apps on Its Platform http://t.co/rnHc7OleYT
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If you didn't already have Amazon Prime, it's hard to imagine why, but with the addition of free unlimited photo and video storage, it's become a no-brainer. More than just a Dropbox assassin, the latest addition illustrates the real core of Amazon's plan to win: Making us all kings of infinite space. Today's new photo storage plan significantly boosts the company's existing free cloud offering for Prime subscribers. It's got basically everything you could ask for from a photo locker. It supports for basically every file type, including support for uncompressed RAW and video files. (Video counts against your storage limit though, thanks commenters!) It'll sync files automatically from your phone to the cloud, so you don't actually have to remember to suffer through a manual...
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Product research 101: How to do your research before diving into design Design & Dev Share Tweet HN Shares 0 Comments Product research 101: How to do your research before diving into design  Save to ▾  Buffer  Pocket  Pro  Evernote  Pro  PDF  Pro...
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Once upon a time, my computer architecture professor mentioned that using a random eviction policy for caches really isn’t so bad. That random eviction isn’t…
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вчера в 21:10 Facebook выложил на гитхабе фреймворк OSquery, он осуществляет низкоуровневый мониторинг процессов в OS X и Linux и хранит их в виде SQL-таблиц.…
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The CAP Theorem - prsm.tc   02:43 4/11/2014
A database can provide strong consistency and system availability during network partitions. The common belief that this combination is impossible is based on a misunderstanding of the CAP theorem. What is the CAP Theorem? In 2000, Eric Brewer conjectured that a distributed system cannot simultaneously provide all three of the following desirable properties: C onsistency: A read sees all previously completed writes. A vailability: Reads and writes always succeed. P artition tolerance: Guaranteed properties are maintained even when network failures prevent some machines from communicating with others. In 2002, Gilbert and Lynch proved this in the asynchronous and partially synchronous network models, so it is now commonly called the CAP Theorem ....
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The Netflix Tech Blog: Introducing Dynomite - Making Non-Distributed Databases, Distributed
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Curated Ubuntu Images now available on Google Cloud Platform - googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com   12:44 3/11/2014
We’ve heard consistent requests from our customers for curated, optimized Ubuntu images for Google Cloud Platform, which is why we are now offering Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 12.04 LTS and 14.10 guest images in Beta at no additional charge. These are maintained by Canonical , the company behind Ubuntu , so they are always up to date and secure from first boot. These images include Canonical and Google authored optimizations to improve the performance on Google Compute Engine without breaking compatibility. Canonical maintained images are continually tested and updated, following Ubuntu’s best-practices, and delivering these attributes for Google Cloud Platform: Fast: Short instance boot times quickly scale server fleets Tailored: Ubuntu images are...
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Samsung vowed to introduce more desirable phones when it revealed its disappointing Q3 2014 earnings yesterday, and it has wasted no time doing so after…
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As beautiful as the look of the Moto 360 is, there are people who would prefer something that’s styled more like a traditional watch. For this, the MB…
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Apple’s rumored “iPad Pro” has reportedly been in the works for some time, although the most recent rumors have indicated the company has pushed back its plans…
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AppleAn Apple WatchApple’s lead designer Jony Ive was honored at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last night. Nellie Bowles and Dawn Chmielewski of…
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There may soon be a new way to share files, messages, directions, music, and more between devices. A new leak suggests that Google is working on a service…
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Are Containers the Beginning of the End of Virtual Machines? - virtualizationreview.com   13:10 2/11/2014
In-Depth As Docker rises in importance, the idea of the traditional VM is being challenged. Virtual machines (VMs) are so firmly entrenched in the datacenter…
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Application-specific passwords are more dangerous than they sound. Despite their name, they’re anything but application-specific. Each application-specific…
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DigitalOcean: 4th largest hosting company in under 2 years - news.netcraft.com   16:28 31/10/2014
The number of web-facing computers hosted by DigitalOcean has grown by nearly 400% over the past year, making it the fourth largest hosting company in the…
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Hacker News: Google’s New Bookmarking Service, Previously Called Stars, Has Gone Live http://t.co/Xc4Gm0CBNV
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RALEIGH, N.C. — At the All Things Open conference, Jeffrey Hammond, a Forrester Research VP and Principal Analyst, revealed that four out of five programmers…
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Apple Pay rival CurrenC just got hacked - money.cnn.com   18:34 29/10/2014
The mobile payments app — which isn’t even officially out yet — was created for the sole purpose of getting stores away from credit card fees they pay every…
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New LG Smartphone Is A Lighter, Smaller Nexus 6 - www.forbes.com   16:37 25/10/2014
LG and Google used to be best buddies. LG made both the critically acclaimed Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 and many assumed its superb 5.5-inch G3 would be the basis for…
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BBC to publish 'forgotten' page list - www.bbc.com   16:32 25/10/2014
The BBC is to publish a continually updated list of its articles removed from Google under the controversial “right to be forgotten” rule. The ruling allows…
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ScreenshotMicrosoft CEO Satya NadellaMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella has always been vocal about his “cloud-first” strategy, and on Monday, made it clear that…
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NSFW: Shut up about the new Mac mini, already - prsm.tc   13:45 25/10/2014
NSFW is a weekly op-ed column in which I talk about whatever's on my mind. Sometimes it'll have something to do with the technology we cover here on iMore; sometimes it'll be whatever pops into my head. Your questions, comments and observations are welcome. I've seen endless bitching in blogs and social media about the new Mac mini Apple unveiled last week. So much so that I've seen some people recommending that you forget about the new Mac mini all together and get the older model if you can find it. That's incredibly stupid, because it ignores the actual needs of a lot of people who buy these things. Let me explain. Some of the complainers are put off by the fact that you can't get a quad-core processor anymore; more are upset about its use of soldered RAM,...
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At Twitter’s Flight conference this morning, Dick Costolo’s introduced Fabric, a set of APIs aimed at developers to encourage them to build apps and services on…
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Yahoo Mail now tells you about upcoming flights and events - venturebeat.com   01:24 23/10/2014
Today Yahoo is rolling out new travel and event notifications for its mobile mail client, Yahoo Mail. In yesterday’s earnings call, chief executive Marissa…
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Hacker News: Raspberry Pi Founder Shows Off Incoming Touch Panel for Making DIY ‘Pi Pads’ http://t.co/pzLYlAf52d
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Java 8 adoption rate higher than expected - prsm.tc   21:01 22/10/2014
Half a year after its release, Java 8 is showing signs of fast and enthusiastic adoption, according t0  Typesafe’s latest survey on Java 8 . The newest generation of the programming platform would appear not to be suffering the same slow rate of adoption as its predecessors. The success of the Lambda According to the survey, just over half (51%) Java 8 users already exploring the possibilities of the latest release’s most significant new feature: Lambdas 27% of IT teams have already upgraded to Java 8, with another 21% planning to switch in the next 6 months. Only 3% have decided completely against upgrading to Java 8. Overall, eagerness to move is higher than expected, as Typesafe concludes....
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What's New in Android 5.0 Lollipop - android-developers.blogspot.com   23:33 21/10/2014
By Ankur Kotwal, Developer Advocate Android 5.0 Lollipop is the biggest update of Android to date, introducing an all new visual style, improved performance,…
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After previous attacks on Github, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, the Chinese authorities are now staging a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on Apple’s iCloud. We…
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I Hate Puzzles: Am I Still A Programmer? - zef.me   00:23 22/10/2014
About a month or two ago, me and my wife got a present from friends: a 1000 pieced puzzle version of this Escher drawing: Yesterday we decided to give it a…
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iPad mini, iPad Air, iMac All Updated at Apple Event - www.yahoo.com   21:10 17/10/2014
The Air is getting a little thinner. At an event in California on Thursday, Apple unveiled a new, slimmer version of its iPad Air, as well as its updates to its…
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10 things you need to know about the new iPads - www.techradar.com   15:41 16/10/2014
Happy new iPad day! If you’re eager to get your hands on one of Apple’s new slabs, we’ve got all the key information you’re going to need: find out about the…
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Tim Cook bores the world with even more amazing Apple products. Yawn. Photo: Apple Was Apple’s livestreamed iPad event really such a big yawn? Search Twitter for “#AppleEvent yawn” or “Apple boring” and you’ll see tweet after tweet bemoaning the boring nature of Thursday’s press conference. It got so tedious for some, there were dozens of photos of napping dogs. “Most boring Apple event ever,” tweeted one . “Bring back the Chinese translation.” Maybe some of those folks are being facetious, but there’s a grain of truth in the tweets: Nothing about Thursday’s event, except for maybe Stephen Colbert’s crackup comedy bit with Craig Federighi, was super-compelling on...
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Apple has lost the plot on simplicity – Quartz - prsm.tc   04:11 17/10/2014
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple, he famously pared down the company’s sprawling product line. Since then, Apple has done a pretty good job keeping things simple. It’s rare for two Apple products to overlap much, whether in utility or price. But take a look at Apple’s current iPad lineup, which it unveiled today. What a change! It now offers five different iPad models, in two or three colors each, with two to six different configurations of networking features and storage space. Not to mention their subtle differences in processor, camera, and sensors. The “full comparison chart” is dizzying. Too many options? (Screenshot/Apple) Perhaps Apple gets some mileage out of offering so many choices at different prices—the lineup ranges from $249 for a...
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Cloud services are literally on fire these days. Every major tech company has at least one virtual drive or backup solution that allows users to store their files in the cloud and synchronize across different devices and platforms. There are also some independent players who are trying to change it up a bit, like Hive. Hive’s cloud service has two huge advantages that set it apart from the competition. First of all, it is completely free. There’s no subscription monthly payments. You can use it as you will and upload files as large as you need. As far as those go, you will never have to worry about running out of space. Hive comes with unlimited storage which can handle your massive music collections and video libraries. Additionally, you can create a network...
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Hundreds of alleged Dropbox passwords leaked - www.reuters.com   03:57 15/10/2014
(Reuters) - Hundreds of alleged usernames and passwords for online document-sharing site Dropbox were published on Monday on Pastebin, an anonymous information-sharing website. The anonymous user, who claims to have hacked close to 7 million accounts, is calling for Bitcoin donations to fund the operation. "We will keep releasing more to the public as donations come in, show your support," the anonymous Pastebin user said on the site. Dropbox, however, said it has not been hacked. "These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. We'd previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now. All other remaining passwords have been expired as...
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Today was a big day for Android, but there's more to come - www.androidcentral.com   17:26 16/10/2014
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review - prsm.tc   21:10 16/10/2014
At this point, the Galaxy Note line needs little introduction. After all, the Galaxy Note is Samsung’s biggest success in mobile. While Apple redefined the smartphone and tablet segment, Samsung defined the phablet segment. Despite widespread skepticism, the original Galaxy Note was a massive success. Combined with the Galaxy S2, 2011 was a watershed year for Samsung as they leapfrogged other Android OEMs. Since then, we’ve seen continuous improvement from year to year with each Galaxy Note. While there were competitors, Samsung managed to hold on to their first-mover advantage for multiple generations. However, with the release of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus we see one of the first...
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October 14, 2014 · 0 Comments Our metadata service is live! This enables Droplets to query information about themselves, and allows the use of CloudInit to…
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Getty Images The Edward Snowden revelations of massive secret government surveillance and the string of data breaches at large U.S. companies have increased awareness among the American people about the need to protect the privacy of their electronic data. While public pressure has so far had no affect on U.S. law, it has prompted many technology companies to increase the security of their products, most notably Apple’s encryption systems on its new iPhone 6. This change significantly improves the protection of personal data that is stored on the device, but it also places a narrow set of information beyond the reach of anyone, including the government, and makes other communications information slightly more difficult to access. Ken Gude Ken Gude is a...
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Will.i.am unveils Puls, a smart 'cuff' that makes phone calls - www.theverge.com   21:44 17/10/2014
Matthias Drywater
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This POODLE bites: exploiting the SSL 3.0 fallback - googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com   10:46 15/10/2014
Today we are publishing details of a vulnerability in the design of SSL version 3.0. This vulnerability allows the plaintext of secure connections to be calculated by a network attacker. I discovered this issue in collaboration with Thai Duong and Krzysztof Kotowicz (also Googlers). SSL 3.0 is nearly 15 years old, but support for it remains widespread. Most importantly, nearly all browsers support it and, in order to work around bugs in HTTPS servers, browsers will retry failed connections with older protocol versions, including SSL 3.0. Because a network attacker can cause connection failures, they can trigger the use of SSL 3.0 and then exploit this issue. Disabling SSL 3.0 support, or CBC-mode ciphers with SSL 3.0, is sufficient to mitigate this issue, but presents...
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If you’re even kind of active on reddit, you probably know of Alien Blue. As far as perusing reddit on iOS goes, it’s pretty much the undisputed champ. It seems…
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Android: Be together. Not the same. - googleblog.blogspot.com   02:46 16/10/2014
Hacker News: Android 5.0 Lollipop http://t.co/TBVXiF8fFW
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A group of companies that sell products to build private clouds has determined a price at which it claims it is less expensive to operate a private cloud compared to using Amazon Web Service’s IaaS public cloud. A report from the vendors - which include a collocation provider, a cloud management vendor and a network operator - attempts to address a question many organizations may be considering: When is it better to use a public cloud versus a managed hosting or collocation environment? The case study finds that if an organization is spending more than $7,644 in Amazon’s cloud each month, then it can be cheaper to operate a private cloud. But analysts say it’s difficult to put an exact dollar figure on when a private cloud will be more cost...
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Microsoft has been tweaking Bing's design for a while now. The latest design makes it seem that it wants Bing to be indistinguishable from Google. If you have Bing as the default on your browser (or accidentally clicked a Microsoft prompt to do so), and are not very tech-savvy, you may not even realize that you're using Bing -- especially if you think any type of internet search is "Googling." Notice how each have a minimalist search bar at the top with options for different searches at the bottom with "Web" highlighted with a colored bar. And while this may be a bit extreme of an accusation, I can't find a better...
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Today, we announced an exciting set of joint initiatives with Microsoft, including: I’d like to provide some context for this announcement, and why we are so…
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Anonabox No tool in existence protects your anonymity on the Web better than the software Tor, which encrypts Internet traffic and bounces it through random computers around the world. But for guarding anything other than Web browsing, Tor has required a mixture of finicky technical setup and software tweaks. Now routing all your traffic through Tor may be as simple as putting a portable hardware condom on your ethernet cable. Today a group of privacy-focused developers plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign for Anonabox . The $45 open-source router automatically directs all data that connects to it by ethernet or Wifi through the Tor network, hiding the user’s IP address and skirting censorship. It’s also small enough to hide two in a pack of cigarettes....
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Apple’s iPhone 6 has already sold tens of millions of units across the globe, and with some 20 million Chinese consumers having also secured themselves a unit…
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Skype Qik keeps you connected between calls - blogs.skype.com   04:43 15/10/2014
Imagine if you could reinvent the Skype experience, taking into account how messaging, selfies and app culture have changed the way we communicate. A small team…
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Why Everyone Hates Go · npf.io - prsm.tc   03:06 15/10/2014
Oct 14, 2014 Obviously, not everyone hates Go. But there was a quora question recently about why everyone critizes Go so much. (sorry, I don’t normally post links to Quora, but it was the motivator for this post) Even before I saw the answers to the question, I knew what they’d consist of: Go is a language stuck in the 70’s. Go ignores 40 years of programming language research. Go is a language for blue collar (mediocre) developers. Gophers are ok with working in Java 1.0. Unfortunately, the answers to the questions were more concerned with explaining why Go is “bad”, rather than why this gets so many people’s panties in a bunch. When reading the answers I had a eureka moment, and I realized why it...
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Yee-haw! Saddle up and roll ‘em out because the Pi-Top Raspberry Pi laptop is ready to ride! We last met this laptop when it was still a gleam in a group of…
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Bad news for some people who only live on the cloud: Dropbox has confirmed that a bug in some older version of its dekstop app has deleted user files from the cloud. Good news: Dropbox says that it's restoring files where it can and is updating the bug. More bad news: it can't restore all the lost files. The problem seems to have arisen for users who turned on Selective Sync, which limits cloud syncs to specified folders. These syncs are usually set up to occur after something like a serious crash which has, in a few cases, made the problem incredibly frustrating—a few users seem to have reported that they've lost years' worth of content. Ouch. If you've been affected, Dropbox should be getting in touch, offering a year's worth of Dropbox Pro service to sooth your...
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JSON, Expanded Free Tier, Flexible Scaling, Larger Items - aws.amazon.com   20:21 8/10/2014
Amazon DynamoDB Amazon DynamoDB is a fast and flexible NoSQL database service for all applications that need consistent, single-digit millisecond latency at any…
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Belkin Explains Why Its Routers Stopped Working - techcrunch.com   09:31 9/10/2014
Yesterday morning, Belkin routers prevented users from accessing the Internet. In a statement provided to TechCrunch Belkin identified and outlined steps it…
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With it’s Surface Pro series, Microsoft looked to make an ambitious entry into the hardware and tablet market. After all, if some market trends are to be…
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For the first time, Samsung has starting producing SSDs using (wait for it) 3-bit multi-level-cell, 3D Vertical NAND flash memory, better known as TLC V-NAND.…
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Continuous Integration is Dead - www.javacodegeeks.com   20:29 10/10/2014
A few days ago, my article “Why Continuous Integration Doesn’t Work” was published at DevOps.com. Almost the same day I received a few strongly negative…
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Azure CTO Mark Russinovich's top ten public cloud security risks - www.computerweekly.com   20:24 10/10/2014
Security on the public cloud is one of the most important concerns for CIOs. Microsoft Azure cloud CTO Mark Russinovich identified ten key security risks of…
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Notes from Microservices Talk by Zhamak Dehghani - Evolvable Me - www.grahamlea.com   19:06 10/10/2014
A couple of weeks ago, I went along with a couple of other Tyro software engineers to hear Zhamak Dehghani speak about microservices at a “YOW Nights” event,…
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Provider reboots call cloud computing hypervisor security into question - searchcloudsecurity.techtarget.com   22:11 9/10/2014
Following a series of unexpected reboots at several high-profile cloud computing service providers, cloud security experts warn that enterprises should prepare…
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Plastc wants to be the only credit card you'll ever need - www.engadget.com   20:24 8/10/2014
Your fat wallet wants to meet Plastc — a device which its manufacturers claim can replace most of the credit/gift/loyalty cards you currently mule about. It…
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Matthias Drywater
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Security researchers from Dr. Web believe they have uncovered a botnet malware campaign that has infected more than 17,000 Macs already worldwide. Referred to as Mac.BackDoor.iWorm by the Russian research team that spotted it, unfortunately the team us yet to release details on exactly how the botnet is spreading. Like any typical botnet infected system, the Macs in question are extremely vulnerable. Those infected could have private information stolen as well as be at risk for further malware infection.  The attackers are using a somewhat unique method of interacting with the botnet and infected computers. The hackers are using Reddit as a navigational tool to pass commands to infected systems: It is worth mentioning that in order to acquire a control server...
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8 Reasons Not to Move to Cloud - research.gigaom.com   20:41 7/10/2014
Cloud-based solutions present the largest opportunity today for the enterprise, business, IT and the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Recent conversations have…
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Written Insert a dynamic date here . Asked to answer by John Clover . Alex Martelli, a senior Google engineer's motto is, “Python where I can, C++ where I must” This may be because Python and Java had some different design goals. Python is a language that is optimized for readability and rapid development. It's very well suited to the more entrepreneurial groups that are looking for product/market fit because iteration is quicker with a less verbose, less restrictive languages. In my startup, we use both Python and Java. Python for most of the product both front end and back end but C++ and/or Java where there is a performance bottleneck. This lets us benefit from the speed of development with Python and speed of...
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Just six months after large cloud price cuts from Google and AWS, Google has cut prices for compute resources by ten percent across the board, making good on its promise to drive cloud prices down further. This makes a cumulative reduction of 38 percent in Google Compute Engine (GCE) compute prices since the beginning of the year. It is highly likely that AWS has price cuts of its own coming soon. This move by Google is just six weeks before AWS re:Invent, the AWS user conference that drew 9,000 attendees to Las Vegas last year. For the past two years, AWS has announced a price cut during re:Invent, so cloud watchers can debate whether AWS will move up any planned pricing changes or wait to make a big splash during its big event. After these price cuts, GCE is the low-price...
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We’re still coming down from the all excitement of last week’s Evernote Conference. It was an amazing two-day event, packed with huge product announcements and a prolific lineup of speakers. We’ll be posting recordings of the sessions next week, but in the meantime, here’s the rundown on all our biggest news from the show. From sitting at your desk to contributing in meetings and projects with your team, Evernote is invested in your workday. We believe that it is our role to build an experience that actively contributes to your professional success, and we’re confident that our newest features will help you do your best work yet. Work Chat When you’re typing away at your desk, setting strategy with the group, and figuring out...
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Lennart Poettering's Linus Torvalds rant - www.zdnet.com   00:53 7/10/2014
Linus Torvalds, Linux’s creator and leader, is known for his sometimes frank and vulgar language on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML). He doesn’t suffer…
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Security researcher Jonathan Hall says he has found evidence that Romanian hackers used the Shellshock bug to gain access to Yahoo servers, according to a post on his website Future South .  The Shellshock bug can be used by hackers to control servers using a vulnerability in Linux and Unix . The problem has existed for over 20 years, but it was only discovered in September. If a hacker gains access to a server using the Shellshock bug, they could see everything that is stored there.  Hall, a technology consultant and Unix expert, outlined in his post the process he used to track down the hacked Yahoo servers. Hall used a Google search to find servers that had been left vulnerable to Shellshock. He discovered that the WinZip.com domain was being...
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We're no strangers to unwanted toolbars and browser-hijacking malware. Neither is Google. The company has released a tool that helps combat the problem by scanning for bad software and (optionally) resetting your browser if it's misbehaving. This Software Removal Tool can be thought of as a last resort, nuclear option for fixing Chrome without completely reinstalling Windows. The app runs in two phases. The first scans your computer for any toolbars or other junk that may have been installed that can affect Chrome. The second step—which can be canceled—offers to uninstall your extensions, reset your browser settings, and clear various cache and cookies. In most cases, you probably won't need to use this to fix a simple problem. However, if you frequently find yourself...
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Evernote CEO Phil Libin Ariel Zambelich / WIRED Evernote has added a new chat tool to its flagship note-taking service, aiming to encourage greater online collaboration among business workers. “We’re trying to recreate the feeling of being in a startup,” Evernote CEO Phil Levin said this morning in announcing the tool, called Work Chat, at the company’s annual user conference in San Francisco. “There’s something really magical that happens when you have 20 people working in the same room.” In such a room, he explained, you can see what everyone is working on and you can so easily talk to them and that leads to what he calls “extreme productivity.” Available next month, the new chat tool is part of a larger...
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People are bending iPhone 6 Plus display units in Apple Stores - www.cultofmac.com   16:19 29/09/2014
Killian Bell (6:29 am PDT, Sep 29th) Bending an iPhone 6 Plus at the Apple Store is a stupid idea. Screenshot: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac Apple insists “bendgate”…
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Rackspace has warned its customers that it plans to reboot all of its servers across the globe to nix a security bug that was first spotted in the Xen virtualisation platform earlier this week. The managed cloud outfit told its customers about the "maintenance work" in an email, seen by The Register , that was sent out early on Saturday morning. "Recently, an issue that has the potential to impact a portion of the Public Cloud environment was reported," it said. "Our engineers and developers continue to work closely with our vendors and partners to apply the solution to re-mediate this issue. While we believe in transparent communication, there are times when we must withhold certain details in order to protect you, our customers." It...
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Linux users got a nasty surprise today, as a security team at Red Hat uncovered a subtle but dangerous bug in the Bash shell, one of the most versatile and…
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If you can feed arbitrary environment variables to a program, you can cause it to do just about anything by having it load libraries of your choosing. In most cases this is not considered a vulnerability in the program receiving those environment variables, but rather in the mechanism by which an outsider could feed in arbitrary environment variables. However CVE-2014-6271 is different. There is nothing wrong in having untrusted data in an environment variable. One just has to ensure it doesn't get put in any of those environment variables which can modify program behavior. Put a bit more abstract, for a particular invocation, you can create a whitelist of environment variable names, which are allowed to be specified directly by an outsider. An example which has been put...
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сегодня в 12:55 Разработка под Android*, Google 25 сентября корпорация Google внесла изменения в “Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement”. Большая часть…
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FBI ‘concerned’ about Apple, Google policy of encrypting smartphones | Circa News Copyright 2014 Reuters Technology September 25, 2014 2:22PM FOLLOW STORY OPEN…
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BESM-6 control panel in the Computing and Automatization Laboratory. Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. Source: Boris Ushmaykin / RIA Novosti Immediately after World War II Stalin’s government began to recognize the need to achieve a technical breakthrough in industry and science as the burgeoning Cold War required the mobilization of the nation’s intellectual resources. By the early 1950s the USSR had established a modern computer industry. However, by the beginning of the 1970s, the Soviet government decided to put a stop to these unique developments and resolved to pirate copies of Western systems instead. As a result, an entire industry’s progress was halted. First steps: From the USSR to the future The first steps...
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Blackberry's new Passport phone With the launch of its new Passport model —a cross between a tablet and a smartphone, with a 4.5-inch square touchscreen—BlackBerry is attempting to be the comeback kid, going back to its roots and marketing itself strictly to corporate professionals. It seems the brand is hoping that the original niche segment it catered to will bite. But it will be a long road back to the heady days when BlackBerry was so popular, it spawned the nickname "CrackBerry." Founded in 1984 in Waterloo, Ontario, the company's launch on the mobile scene in 1999 was seen as revolutionary....
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Announcing Language Stacks - blog.docker.com   22:51 25/09/2014
Hacker News: Docker Hub Official Repos: Announcing Language Stacks https://t.co/2Cc7L7ktEz
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Microsoft's Answer to Chromecast Is Here - mashable.com   18:05 23/09/2014
Google showed us the way with Chromecast, but now everyone wants to build a video streamer out of a dongle. The latest entrant in this market is Microsoft,…
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Google's easing back on G+ sign-ups for new email accounts - nr.news-republic.com   18:06 21/09/2014
target=”_blank”> Need to make a new Gmail account but don’t want to deal with creating a mandatory Google+ profiletarget=”_blank”> to go with it? Don’t sweat…
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Red Hat Declares Client-Server Computing Era Over - blog.intronis.com   20:45 25/09/2014
Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM For years, Red Hat has been the face of enterprise Linux and with it, one of the leaders in client-server…
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NoSQL, the newish alternative to traditional relational databases, is a big deal, but it can also be a big mess: there are more than 100 different NoSQL databases , and several different kinds ranging from document to key-value to columnar to graph databases. Even more confusingly, relational databases are now cross-dressing as NoSQL databases, adding support for JSON , among other things. And yet enterprises are navigating the potential pitfalls and embracing NoSQL in droves. Today Redis Labs, a company that offers a cloud service for the popular in-memory, key-value NoSQL database Redis, announced that it has hit 3,000 paying customers.  See also: When NoSQL Databases Are Good For You And Your Company This number would be impressive for...
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It's called "Ship" not "Shit". - blog.heyimcat.com   18:02 23/09/2014
I knew there was an increasing problem with the culture in the design/startup community when individuals started introducing their products by talking about how…
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Michael Dell has said desktop computers stay a powerful part of Dell’s business, despite naysayers declaring that the PC marketplace is not alive. Michael also admitted the firm would consider using ARM chips in its servers. In a keynote speech at Dell’s 2014 Options Summit in Brussels, the chief executive and founder said growth is being seen by desktop computers among the myriad products and services of the tech giant. Tablet Computers and ARM-based servers were high on the program. The event was held almost a year after Dell went private, ending its 25 year run on the stock exchange. As a result, it changed the spotlight on changes within Dell, and its plans for the long run. Michael Dell said privatisation empowered the business to...
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Компания Google опубликовала план прекращения поддержки сертификатов, подписанных с использованием SHA-1 из-за реалистичности в обозримом будущем атак,…
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Keyless SSL: The Nitty Gritty Technical Details - blog.cloudflare.com   14:40 19/09/2014
We announced Keyless SSL yesterday to an overwhelmingly positive response. We read through the comments on this blog, Reddit, Hacker News, and people seem…
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Netflix is Finally Headed to Linux - thenextweb.com   22:14 19/09/2014
The Next Web: Seven years later, Netflix is finally headed to Linux http://t.co/n6PjBv2D0o by @strngwys
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iCloud Drive hits Windows ahead of Mac - www.cnet.com   22:17 19/09/2014
The new version of iCloud for Windows supports iCloud Drive. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET Windows users who want to try out Apple’s new iCloud Drive can now…
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The thermometer read 54 degrees Fahrenheit on the street outside Apple’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Store in New York City, but gusting 21 mph winds made it feel much chiller. Not than anyone cared, of course — most certainly not the hundreds of people lined up to buy a brand new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus when the store opened at 8 a.m. on Friday. Those in line were close to jumping the barricades they had been standing (or sleeping) behind for days — and even weeks — just to get close to the new iPhones . They didn’t move, though, knowing that their own new smartphones were just minutes away. See also: Apple iPhone 6: The Review An iPhone 6 panorama of the crowds in front of the Apple Store on fifth Ave. in NYC. Image: Mashable, Lance Ulanoff...
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It was offered by a number of analysts even prior to the iPhone 6′s release that Apple’s decision to enlarge the display would not only prompt a record number…
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Tim Cook: Apple sells security. Google sells you. - fortune.com   18:13 19/09/2014
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Larry Ellison, co-founder and longtime CEO of the software giant Oracle, has stepped down from his post to assume the position of executive chairman and chief…
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Fresh from Apple’s recent iPhone 6, Apple Watch and iOS 8 media blitz, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant is purportedly gearing up to make headlines once again next month. Mid October, we’re told, is when the iDevice maker will attempt to wow the mobile world again, this time with a refresh of its tablet line-up. “The company is planning to hold its next event on Oct. 21, where it will unveil two new iPads and announce the release of OS X Yosemite, the next version of its Mac operating system, according to sources familiar with the matter,” Micah Singleton of The Daily Dot reports. One year ago, on October 22nd, Apple rolled out its iPad Air and second-gen iPad mini. Following last weekend’s record-breaking preorder...
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Why Scrum Should Basically Just Die In A Fire - gilesbowkett.blogspot.com   20:32 18/09/2014
Conversations with Panda Strike CEO Dan Yoder inspired this blog post.Scrum, the Agile methodology allegedly favored by Google and Spotify, is a mess. Consider…
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Micro services is an emerging trend in software architecture that focuses on small, lightweight applications as a means to avoid large, unmaintainable, monolithic systems. This approach allows for individual technology stacks for each component and more resilient systems. Micro services uses well-known communication schemes such as REST but also require new technologies for the implementation. Methodologies like the Twelve-Factor App provide a set of rules for the deployment and operation of such systems. Teams take care of several of those services and deal with separate business domains to make the best use of Conway’s Law. These business domains provide a more coarse-grained software architecture. In this episode, Stefan Tilkov...
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Communication between developers and users is an important thing these days. Users want to feel like they can easily ask questions or make requests, and…
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Amazon - SlashGear - www.slashgear.com   10:19 18/09/2014
Amazon’s new products have ushered in Fire OS 4 Sangria, an update to the company’s customized variety of Android. Users will find Sangria on the new Fire HDX…
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In this post-PRISM world, basically everyone is worried about privacy (and rightly so!) — especially when it comes to cloud-based storage. Offloading your files…
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Apple’s Tim Cook made a not-so-subtle swipe last week at Internet companies that make their money by collecting “gobs of data.” In a wide-ranging interview with…
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Joe Raedle/Getty Images According to a report on Deepdotweb, Comcast customer representatives have branded Tor “illegal” and told customers that using it is…
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JetBrains CLion C++ IDE First Impressions - prsm.tc   18:00 10/09/2014
This post describes my first impressions from taking the new JetBrains CLion C++ IDE (currently in alpha) for a spin. I’ve been a loyal user of another IDE made by JetBrains – RubyMine, which I’ve been using for Ruby on Rails and Node.js projects. This IDE is one of the best that I’ve used, so I was excited to hear about the public release of an alpha version of their C++ IDE. It was particularly interesting to me as I mostly use a Mac but I haven’t looked at using XCode for C++ projects, so getting a familiar-feeling IDE on a Mac would be great. What do I want from an IDE? There are a few...
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The 15 most important things Apple announced today - www.theverge.com   11:06 10/09/2014
Trending now Everything you need to know about the new iPhone 6s and Apple Watch A big iPhone, mobile payments, and a smartwatch — Apple has finally delivered…
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How Apple Pay works and why it matters for developers - clover-developers.blogspot.com   18:05 9/09/2014
Background: Clover and First Data (our parent company) have been working with Apple to prepare for the launch of Apple Pay to support developers, merchant acquirers, and issuing banks (see First Data's press release ). Clover is enabling all merchants to accept In-App payments, and will be In-Person/NFC enabling all merchants as well (see  https://www.clover.com/features/iphone ) . Here's a bit of how it works from a developer's perspective, and why it matters. Apple Pay marks the first time a popular operating system is making payments a platform service for real-world, non-digital-good transactions, in a broad, inclusive manner that is compatible with the mainstream payments processing industry. At Clover we're particularly excited because we believe it...
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The Trouble with Apple's Smartwatch - prsm.tc   01:58 10/09/2014
A member of Japan Airlines ground staff talks on a Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Lite smartwatch. Credit Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty The trouble with smartwatches is that it took so long for decent ones to show up. Had they arrived in the forties, in Dick Tracy’s time, people surely would have been eager to trade in their basic timepieces for wrist-mounted communication devices. Even in the eighties or nineties, when calculator watches were hot, consumers might have been impressed with a timepiece that could make a phone call. But because real smartwatches have begun to appear only in the last year or so, they face a...
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Dan Frommer wrote in Quartz about The Hidden Structure of the Apple Keynote. His analysis covered 27 events since 2007, and included things like average length,…
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Following today’s media event that saw Apple unveil both the Apple Watch and two new versions of the iPhone 6, the company has updated its website to provide…
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8 Things Missing From the Apple Watch and iPhone 6 Event - www.bloomberg.com   00:12 13/09/2014
Apple managed to pack a lot into today’s two-hour presentation, but viewers were left with some questions. And that’s not even mentioning the scarf-wearing dude…
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Хабраиндекс633,18 сегодня в 14:17 Вчера ночью в нескольких местах, в том числе на Хабре, появилась информация о базе паролей к некоторым аккаунтам на Яндексе.…
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сегодня в 17:30 В сеть попала база 4,5 млн паролей от почтовых ящиков Mail.Ru Информационная безопасность* Вчера, если точнее, то поздним вечером седьмого…
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A user of a Russian cryptocurrency forum has published a list of nearly 5 million email accounts and their passwords. The Daily Dot reports that a forum poster  known as "tvskit" posted a list of 4,930,000 email addresses  and passwords on Russian Bitcoin forum BTCsec. It was claimed that around 60% of the passwords were valid, although forum administrators quickly removed the file and redacted the passwords. BTCsec A screenshot of the email horde. Some forum users who viewed the unredacted list claimed that the passwords shown were around 10 years out of date. Other accounts shown have been suspended or deactivated for years. Along with Gmail accounts, the list also included email addresses for Yandex, the Russian search engine. The...
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сегодня в 12:32 Блог компании ESET NOD32, Информационная безопасность* На этой неделе стало известно, что некими лицами были выложены в публичный доступ данные…
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Announced at the beginning of this year, Intel’s Edison is the chipmakers latest foray into the world of low power, high performance computing. Originally envisioned to be an x86 computer stuffed into an SD card form factor, this tiny platform for wearables, consumer electronic designers, and the Internet of Things has apparently been redesigned a few times over the last few months. Now, Intel has finally unleashed it to the world . It’s still tiny, it’s still based on the x86 architecture, and it’s turning out to be a very interesting platform. The key feature of the Edison is, of course, the Intel CPU. It’s a 22nm SoC with dual cores running at 500 MHz. Unlike so many other IoT and micro-sized devices out there, the chip in this...
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Google Voice Is Dying and It's Beautiful - prsm.tc   17:59 10/09/2014
I am a huge fan of what Google Voice can do. That's why I've been calling for a mercy kill , so that its best features can thrive in something other than a limp husk of a service. And now that Google is finally beginning to merge Voice into Hangouts , the process has started in earnest. This is very good news. Google Voice has always offered fantastic functionality. It gives you one free, web-based phone number that can ring any phone you own. It delivers voicemail messages to an online inbox that will automatically (try) to transcribe them for you. It let you send texts from a horrible Chrome extension. These are fantastic features and I do not want them to go away. Who would? But Google Voice has always suffered from one huge failing: Google does not care about it. The...
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How Amazon Web Services Uses Linux and Open Source - www.linux.com   11:07 10/09/2014
Amazon Web Services first launched in 2006 with one instance and one operating system: Amazon Linux. The cloud computing giant has since expanded to offer…
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Fire Sale: Amazon Cuts Price of Fire Phone to 99 Cents - mashable.com   16:47 8/09/2014
Six weeks after hitting the market, Amazon is slashing the price of its Fire Phone to just 99 cents with a two-year contract. The price change comes just a day…
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Google releases demo of LastPass/1Password competitor - www.slashgear.com   01:45 7/09/2014
Built in to Chrome in the newest experimental build you’ll find a password generator that may make the creators of 1Password and LastPass sit on the edges of…
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Dell shows off upcoming 5K ultra sharp monitor - www.kitguru.net   12:12 8/09/2014
4K monitors are only just beginning to gain traction in the market amongst consumers but Dell is set to outclass them all with its upcoming ultra sharp 5K…
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вчера в 23:32 1000000 паролей от почтовых ящиков Яндекса утекли в сеть Информационная безопасность* Сегодня на одном довольно широко известном ресурсе…
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The Celebrity Photo Hack Goes Far Beyond iCloud - mashable.com   18:15 3/09/2014
The cache of stolen celebrity photographs, including nudes of stars Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, may have only surfaced on Sunday, but evidence suggests…
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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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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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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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