The best Gmail app for the iPhone is now made by Microsoft - www.theverge.com   01:04 30/01/2015
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Dell Is Back - prsm.tc   23:02 29/01/2015
Dell is the company building the most interesting computers right now. Dell is making computers interesting again, period . Who would have thought? Feast your eyes on the gorgeous tablet in the picture above. Then take a peek at the sleek laptop below. Those barely-there bezels. That premium ultrathin construction. They came from Dell . They're not all looks, either: the new XPS 13 laptop and Venue 8 7000 tablet are among the best we've ever reviewed. And not just that. The laptop starts at $800. The tablet is $400. Two premium products that you could actually afford to take home....
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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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Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing business unit, continues to surprise industry commentators with both its growth and its incessant innovation.…
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Amazon Web Services , Amazon’s cloud computing business unit, continues to surprise industry commentators with both its growth and its incessant innovation. Given that it owns the lion’s share of the public cloud computing market, you’d have thought AWS would be resting on its laurels. Nothing could be further from the truth and today’s announcement of the Amazon WorkMail service is a good example of this. Amazon WorkMail is a secure managed email and calendaring solution – a contemporary solution alongside Google Gmail and Calendar or Microsoft’s exchange products. It’s also a contemporary of Zimbra, an email product once owned by VMware and sold to Telligent – we’ll return to Zimbra a little later....
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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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Don’t Share Code Between Microservices - prsm.tc   20:01 25/01/2015
Reasons for building microservices are often about using isolation as a means to handle change. Sharing code between services couples your services to each other and by this you are crossing the isolation barrier, reducing the effectiveness of the isolation and the ability to handle change, David Dawson writes questioning the Don’t Repeat Yourself (DRY) principle. David, CEO at Simplicity itself, sees some common reasons for building microservices including: Independent scaling Service isolation Separate service life-cycles David claims that these reasons are all about handling change, in the environment or in the codebase and he believes change is often also the main guidance used when splitting services apart. The reasons among developers...
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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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Top 7 programmers bad habits - prsm.tc   18:59 25/01/2015
1.- The all code is crap, except mine, attitude. I have bad news for you buddy, all code is crap. No matter how much effort you put on it, there is always a majority of programmers who are going to think that your code sucks and that they could have done it 10 times better. I have already covered this topic in previous posts, you can find more information of what exactly I mean when I say that all the code is crap here and here . How to fix it: Don’t criticise others people code , it could be yours the one in the spotlight, try to make objective and professional observations instead, but don’t judge. Be humble and try to learn from everyone around you, hopefully then your code won’t be so bad. 2.- The...
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Microsoft gave the world an in-depth look at its upcoming Windows 10 operating system today , and it appears that the highly anticipated OS will be just the thing to wash the awful taste of Windows 8 out of our collective consciousness. At its presentation, Microsoft showed off a variety of new features for Windows 10, including a brand-new Web browser, simplified navigation, and a desktop version of the company’s Cortana virtual assistant. A free upgrade to Windows 10 The biggest news out of the event is that Microsoft will offer Windows 10 as a free full-fledged upgrade to those running Windows 7 and Windows 8. That puts Microsoft on the same level as Apple, which has been offering free operating-system upgrades for some time now. During its transition from...
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What's new in Windows 10 for PCs? A lot. - www.engadget.com   00:09 24/01/2015
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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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Why Microsoft Windows 10 Really Doesn't Matter - www.forbes.com   02:43 23/01/2015
Forbes Tech News: Does Windows 10 even matter? http://t.co/trDrMBKGUk
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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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вчера в 13:48 Pivotal прекращает разработку Groovy & Grails с 31 марта Bad news everyone! Компания Pivotal, спонсировавшая разработку Groovy & Grails последние…
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By Ben Kuchera on Jan 21, 2015 at 5:00p The HoloLens hardware, which Microsoft claims requires no phone or computer connection to use, looks amazing. You can…
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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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Secure hosting of private Docker repositories in Google Cloud Platform - googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com   00:01 24/01/2015
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New – Auto Recovery for Amazon EC2 - aws.amazon.com   12:21 19/01/2015
An important rule when building a highly available and highly reliable system is to design for failure. In other words, your design model should assume that, as…
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Why Women Shouldn’t Code — Medium - prsm.tc   01:16 19/01/2015
Women shouldn’t code. Or at least we should not be teaching every little girl to code in the hope of attracting more women to the technology business that way. Of course if a woman is actually interested in code, she should be encouraged. But our current initiative to try to teach girls to code is misguided. Yes, this goes against the diversity goals, because everyone knows that tech companies don’t have enough women on their boards, in their management, or on their staffs. But that isn’t necessarily cured by teaching more women to code. It’s cured by hiring more women and promoting them from other parts of the organization. The person who codes is not often the person who rises to CEO. First of all, coding itself is a narrow function in...
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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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Linus Torvalds may still want Linux on the desktop , but all the open-source action is happening elsewhere. Wandering around at CES 2015 last week, it struck me: Linux was everywhere. No, the familiar Tux logo wasn’t stamped on any product and few people uttered the word “Linux,” but it was there, right under the surface. Sure, Intel’s Compute Stick offers an Ubuntu version—but that was just the tip of the iceberg. You just had to know where to look. The Intel Compute Stick and similar dongles run Ubuntu The most obvious Linux product was Intel’s Compute Stick , a small computer the size of a Chromecast dongle that can plug into an HDMI port on a TV or computer monitor. Similar-size dongles like the Chromecast, Fire TV...
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Linux Mint and Compulab have teamed up on a few projects in the past . For their latest collaboration, they’ve shoved a PC running Linux Mint into a passively-cooled box that’s under an inch tall. Compulab has a bit of a thing for building fanless PCs . The MintBox Mini is built around their Fitlet, a desktop box that measures 10.8cm x 8.3cm x 2.4cm — small enough to jam into your pocket, Compulab says, and weighs just a touch under 9 ounces. The design has been tweaked slightly, adding Minty accents to the finned cover and power button. Inside the MintBox Mini you’ll find an AMD A4-6400T processor, a chip aimed at tablets and based on the company’s Mullins architecture. It features integrated Radeon R3 graphics and supports dual...
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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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ronaldcarlson | On 14, Jan 2015 What’s the difference between an iPad and the MacBook Air? In terms of use cases, not much. It would be more than cool if Apple’s next-gen MacBook Air offered the battery life and touch input capabilities of an iPad while while keeping desktop performance and apps. In other words, Intel Inside needs to go. According to a new analyst report KGI Securities Ming-chi Kuo, Apple is planning to do away with Intel Inside in at least some of its Macs starting next year . While some see replacing Intel processors with Apple’s own A series chips as radical, iPhone and iPad users are already using their iThings to process images and video . Yes, there is serious software available for the 64-bit native iPhone and iPad,...
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Buster Hein (10:50 am PDT, Jan 14th) Are Apple and Intel ready to break up? Photo: Apple The tech blogosphere has been buzzing this morning with news that Apple…
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Big, new AWS C4 instances are here — for real - gigaom.com   00:24 16/01/2015
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Marty McFly will be arriving on October 21 st , 2015 from 1985 and we are all set to welcome him. So many of the gadgets envisioned in the movie have actually come true (though a few haven’t). And then there are so many other gadgets that no one could have thought of, but are hardly short of awesome. This is definitely the golden age for gadget geeks. Following CES 2015, the market is flooded with gadgets that meet your every need and sometimes just cater to your whims and fancies. Being geeks ourselves, we’re excited about the prospect of a whole range of cool gadgets. The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to completely redefine our relationship with our gadgets. So here is a list of some smart gadgets that we think will be truly...
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Mashable Tech: Even without Samsung, BlackBerry should get out of handsets http://t.co/6OhtwHgzSh
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If you go to Google and search for “measuring software developer productivity” you will find a whole lot of nothing. Seriously — nothing. Nick Hodges, Measuring Developer Productivity By now we should all know that we don’t know how to measure programmer productivity . There is no clear cut way to measure which programmers are doing a better or faster job, or to compare productivity across teams. We “know” who the stars on a team are, who we can depend on to deliver, and who is struggling. And we know if a team is kicking ass – or dragging their asses. But how do we prove it? How can we quantify it ? All sorts of stupid and evil things can happen when you try to measure programmer productivity . But let’s do 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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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
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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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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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Google follows Amazon with auto-encryption of cloud data - www.theregister.co.uk   22:22 15/08/2013
Win Spectre Laptop with HP and The Register Google has tossed a crumb of reassurance to people with cloudy security concerns by adding automatic server-side encryption to Google Cloud Storage. The free security measure was announced by Google on Thursday and spun as a way to “make securing your data as painless as possible,” according to a blog post by the company. The change means data will be kept in RAM and encrypted via AES-128 upon upload into the service before being written to disk. “There is no setup or configuration required, no need to modify the way you access the service and no visible performance impact,” the company wrote. “The data is automatically and...
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Explore what is Trending on GitHub · GitHub - github.com   14:43 15/08/2013
GitHub is a great place to find interesting projects. From the White House open data policy to Chicago bike routes , GitHub has become a place for collaboration on more than just code. Today we’re making these interesting projects easier to find through the new trending page . Time boxed by day, week, month Eight times a day we calculate trending data into three time buckets: daily, weekly, and monthly . You can change the time periods by selecting one from the drop-down. Filter by languages You can also filter the trends by language. By default you will see trending items in any language. You’ll also see “unknown languages” as a filter. Our language library can’t always determine the language for the...
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Many people are wondering what the post-Steve-Jobs Apple will look like, but Larry Ellison said he already knows. Speaking with Charlie Rose in an interview for “CBS This Morning,” the Oracle CEO (and close Jobs friend) implied that Apple without Jobs won’t be that different from what happened last time Jobs left the company. “Well, we already know,” Ellison told Rose. “We saw — we conducted the experiment. I mean, it’s been done. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. We saw Apple without Steve Jobs. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. Now, we’re gonna see Apple without Steve Jobs.” Needless to say, I’m sure that Tim Cook and Jony Ive don’t think of themselves as John Scully and Gil Amelio. But the question...
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The Next Web Look mom, no ads This article is thanks to Announcement 450+ companies have already registered for TNW Conference Latin America 2013. Have you? The new iPhone is set to be revealed on September 10th, here’s what to expect. By Zee , Sunday, 11 Aug ‘13 , 10:15pm Use your (arrow) keys to browse more stories There are lots of business conferences… TNW Conference US isn’t one of them. If a report from All Things D is to be...
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You might want to think twice before you let someone borrow your computer. The most obvious risk of allowing someone else access to your desktop is that they can impersonate you, using any app where you’re already signed in. They could send prank messages using your default email client, or profess your undying love for Justin Bieber using your logged-in Twitter account. That’s annoying, but far from fatal. But the situation becomes considerably worse if you use Google Chrome to save and sync passwords for easy logins at your favorite websites. An intruder who has unrestricted access to your computer for even a minute can view and copy all of your saved passwords just by visiting an easy-to-remember...
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Screenshot of WhatsApp’s new voice-messaging feature; image via WhatsApp With all the texting that people do these days, it’s naturally taken a messaging app to re-introduce the act of using our voices to communicate. WhatsApp, the increasingly ubiquitous global messaging app, has launched “voice messaging,” a new feature that will let users record and send audio files with one tap on their smartphones. UPDATE: WhatsApp has announced the feature on its blog ; the post includes a video demo, also embedded below. The messaging company, which has 45 employees and is based in Mountain View, Calif., confirmed a report in AllThingsD that the service would allow users to press and hold the microphone on their...
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Categories: AAPL Company iOS Devices PatentlyApple  spotted an interesting-looking patent that could have both editorial and advertising applications in podcasts and iTunes Radio broadcasts. It’s of course written in the usual dense patent language: Hyperlinks within an audio stream provide a way for a listener to access linked resources. An audio hyperlink encoded in an audio stream indicates the presence of an audio hyperlink in the audio stream, as well as providing information for traversing the hyperlink to the linked resource. The hyperlink may be conditionally traversed upon a user interaction or automatically upon detection in the audio stream, possibly pausing...
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Rumor: Amazon May Be Getting Into The Console Business - www.forbes.com   05:04 10/08/2013
Jeff Bezos, CEO of AMAZON, introduces new Kindle Fire HD Family and Kindle Paper white during the AMAZON press conference on September 06, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife) Another tech giant may be getting into the games business. Sources are telling Game Informer that online retailer and gadget maker Amazon is prepping an android-based console for release in 2013, likely before Black Friday. When contacted for comment by Forbes, an Amazon rep said that it did not respond to rumors or speculation. This comes just a short time after rumors that Google was developing a console of its own, though probably on a more extended time-frame. The big players have seen just how powerful the gaming...
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CNET: Twitter adds account security features to iPhone and Android apps http://t.co/jq7O3wpUSb
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Google announces 'deeper' search - www.telegraph.co.uk   06:30 10/08/2013
Google announces ‘deeper’ search - Telegraph Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation Google has announced a new feature which will highlight in-depth articles in its searches, to be rolled out in the coming days. The company gave the examples of censorship, love and happiness as broad terms which would from now on return the option of links to longer features along side regular search results....
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New DB Rankings: Mongo DB Beats MS Access in Popularity - java.dzone.com   07:01 6/08/2013
New DB Rankings: Mongo DB Beats MS Access in Popularity | Javalobby NoSQL Zone NoSQL Zone is brought to you in partnership with: Mitch Pronschinske is a Senior Content Analyst at DZone. That means he writes and searches for the finest developer content in the land so that you don’t have to. He often eats peanut butter and bananas,...
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HN from Y Combinator: Yahoo Has Acquired Rockmelt, Apps To Shut Down On August 31st http://t.co/NddqGYVG7S
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Soon You'll Be Able To Sell Your Skills On Google "Helpouts" - www.fastcompany.com   22:06 26/07/2013
Soon You’ll Be Able To Sell Your Skills On Google “Helpouts” | Fast Company | Business + Innovation SPONSORED CONTENT Close Where Are They Now? Soon You’ll Be Able To Sell Your Skills On Google “Helpouts” Fresh rumors suggest Google is trying something new to...
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Quip Brings The Word Processor Out Of The Dark Ages | Cult of Mac Charlie Sorrel (3:21 am PDT, Aug 2nd) Quip is an odd new app that looks like it could be incredibly useful. It’s billed as a word processor, but it combines text editing with instant messaging, change tracking and sharing — plus it has a very cool interface. Oh, and it works on your iPhone, your iPad and your Mac (in the browser). Just as a plain old one-person document editor, Quip looks good. An extra keyboard row lets you add pictures, links to other documents, tables, and people (yeah, adding people makes it less of a one-person document editor, but still). You can also add lists with checkboxes. Once you add people, though, things get fancy. Each document becomes a thread, shared...
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OSI: The Internet That Wasn’t - spectrum.ieee.org   22:30 29/07/2013
Photo: INRIA Only Connect: Researcher Hubert Zimmermann [left] explains computer networking to French officials at a meeting in 1974. Zimmermann would later play a key role in the development of the Open Systems Interconnection standards. If everything had gone according to plan, the Internet as we know it would never have sprung up. That plan, devised 35 years ago, instead would have created a comprehensive set of standards for computer networks called Open Systems Interconnection, or OSI. Its architects were a dedicated group of computer industry representatives in the United Kingdom, France, and the United States who envisioned a complete, open, and multi­layered system that would allow users all over the world to...
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Java still top but chasing pack closing, RedMonk finds - jaxenter.com   22:28 29/07/2013
Still kicking Critics of Java are often quick to decry the death of their least favourite programming language, but perhaps they shouldn’t be so hasty. The latest rankings from developer analysts RedMonk are in for Q3, showing that Java has...
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На днях с нами связались разработчики мобильного приложения Vitrum. За этим пока не известным никому названием скрывается браузер для iPad....
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Follow the leader? As the candles were blown out on OpenStack’s 3rd birthday cake , many naysayers appeared to crash the party. The collaborative cloud project has long positioned itself as an alternative to the established order of...
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Feds accuse five men of largest U.S. hacking scheme - news.cnet.com   22:02 26/07/2013
Five men have been accused by the U.S. government of perpetrating the largest hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the United States. Court documents revealed Thursday in federal court in New Jersey said the five men from Russia and Ukraine were able to hack into the computer systems at the Nasdaq, J.C. Penney, 7-Eleven, and JetBlue Airways, among other companies. Obtaining around 160 million credit and debit card numbers , the individuals allegedly were able to steal more than $300 million from at least three of the targeted companies, The Wall Street Journal has reported. Related stories ATM hacker Barnaby Jack dies Phishing scam piggybacks on Apple Dev Center hack Man forces lover to beat video game before getting proposal The hacking began in 2005 and...
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Суть этой статьи показать еще один вариант словить за уши Э/М волну в относительной глубинке для нужд доступа в интернет. Если...
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Apple Confirms HopStop Acquisition - allthingsd.com   22:53 19/07/2013
Looks like Apple’s recent purchase of crowdsourced location data company Locationary was part of a twofer mapping acquisition. The company also acquired online transit-navigation appmaker HopStop . HopStop’s area of cartographic expertise: Mass transit directions, something Apple’s mapping service doesn’t currently offer. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said, confirming the acquisition with Cupertino’s standard boilerplate. At last count, HopStop had two million monthly active users and launched a Waze-like service for reporting real-time delays and other information. Founded in 2005, the company makes apps for both Apple and Android...
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At an internal meeting, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that the company overproduced the Surface RT tablet, leading to its recent $150 per unit price cut. As quoted by The Verge’s Tom Warren , Ballmer plainly explained that the company “built a few more devices than [it] could sell.” But we already knew that. In its most recent quarterly earnings release, Microsoft took a $900 million charge relating to the Surface RT tablet line, essentially admitting that the inventory that it has on hand was not worth its previous internal valuation; you can’t cut the market price of a product that you have in a warehouse and not lower its value on your books. The write down cost Microsoft $0.07 per share. It missed expectations for the quarter. Microsoft has been...
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сегодня в 14:16 Власти США требуют у крупнейших интернет-компаний раскрыть пароли пользователей Dura Lex , Информационная безопасность * День безудержного веселья продолжается! CNet со ссылкой на свои источники в индустрии сообщает, что власти США затребовали у крупнейших интернет-компаний страны все...
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На днях с нами связались разработчики мобильного приложения Vitrum. За этим пока не известным никому названием скрывается браузер для iPad. А поскольку в Украине не каждый день запускают конкурентов Safari, то нам показалось, что продукт может быть достоен внимания наших уважаемых читателей. Мы попросили создателей подробнее рассказать о своем приложении. Расскажите о себе и о команде. Какой у вас опыт в мобильной разработке? Мы...
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Apps & Updates Category: Apps Peter Sunde, best known for his work as co-founder of torrent sharing service The Pirate Bay , is today teasing his latest project: a truly secure messaging app for mobile devices called ‘Hemlis’  (which means “secret” in Swedish). Peter, along with other team members Leif Högberg ( @leihog ) & Linus Olsson ( @bonq ), is currently raising money through PayPal and Bitcoin on the Heml.is website and providing those who get in early with a certain amount of unlock codes depending on how much they donate. The guys are starting with iOS and Android clients for Hemlis and will eventually offer the app with free secure messaging for all as well as in-app purchases to...
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We Can All Go Home Now. Piracy Is Mostly Dead - techcrunch.com   23:17 19/07/2013
According to a report by Norwegian researchers at Ipsos , piracy has fallen alarmingly in that country thanks to viable alternative sources. For example, music piracy has fallen from 1.2 billion songs in 2008 to 210 million last year. About 60 million movies and TV shows were pirated last year, compared to 125 million and 135 million five years ago. In short, access to paid content, whether via streaming or a la carte services, is slowly whittling away the impetus to pirate. To be clear this data comes from Norway and may not be representative of all areas but given the popularity of services like Spotify, Rdio, and Netflix – not to mention the many platform-specific releases made available on each of these services – has done what Hollywood couldn’t. Writes...
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Sorry, Dropbox: The Hard Drive Is Here To Stay - readwrite.com   23:16 19/07/2013
Dropbox CEO Drew Houston recently declared, “ We are replacing the hard drive .” To illustrate his point, he even invoked a Hollywood example: “Tom Cruise in Minority Report is not carrying around a thumb drive or logging into Gmail to pick up his attachment.” Maybe so, but the actor has another famous film that describes Dropbox’s end game even better: Mission Impossible.  The Fluffy Cloud Has A Hard Metal Center Granted, classic hard drives—specifically hard-disk drives—are an easy target. They’re already on the way out, making way for solid-state drives using flash-memory chips, which have no spinning platters or other moving parts. These storage components are faster and sexier, and they’re getting more...
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Evernote recently updated its iOS app to include a bevy of new free and premium features to the note taking app. For those of you who happen to read TechCrunch but don’t use smartphones or applications, Evernote is an app that launched a few years ago and has taken the note-taking space by storm. Yep, here in techland there’s such a thing as a note-taking space. I know. In any case, Evernote today adds even more features to its offering, including the ability to add shortcuts on your iOS device, and sync to access them anywhere. Shortcuts used to be referred to as Favorites. They essentially allow you quick and easy access to your most popular notes, tags, and notebooks, all of which is synced across your various devices. Moreover, Skitch integration has been...
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Ten Common Cloud Usage Traps | Cloud Computing Journal - cloudcomputing.sys-con.com   21:31 19/07/2013
Cloud Expo Authors: Related Topics: Cloud Expo: Blog Post Ten Common Cloud Usage Traps Many cloud users moved to the public cloud for cost reasons, but stay for the availability benefits By Aaron Klein Article Rating: July 18, 2013 11:41 AM EDT Reads: 860 Many cloud users moved to the public cloud for cost reasons, but stay for the availability benefits. AWS (and...
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Ladies and Gentlemen, we interrupt our normal programming about crazy entrepreneurs and even crazier VCs to bring you a little learning from the world of Engineering. Remember that? Recently Dropbox was in the news for revealing they’d hit 175 million users , and daring to say they could replace the hard drive . Big words. But what’s the engineering back-story of how they got there? How do successful startups scale, in technical terms, to hundreds of millions of users? It turns it one of the ways it became successful was by creating a very simple and flexible platform early on. Today in Budapest, Rajiv Eranki, who was previously head of server engineering at Dropbox, gave a room full of engineers at the RAMP conference a rundown of how they did it. He joined...
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PC sales see 'longest decline' in history - www.bbc.co.uk   23:57 12/07/2013
Global personal computer (PC) sales have fallen for the fifth quarter in a row, making it the “longest duration of decline” in history. Worldwide PC shipments totalled 76 million units in the second quarter, a 10.9% drop from a year earlier, according to research firm Gartner. PC sales have been hurt in recent years by the growing popularity of tablets. Gartner said the introduction of low-cost tablets had further hurt PC sales, especially in emerging economies. “In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have...
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After years of lackluster performance, the Firefox browser is back. Its latest incarnation—version 22, for those counting at home—is a speedy desktop browser featuring some fancy future-forward tech. It’s just too bad that the Web’s future lies in mobile, where Firefox still can’t win.  Liberator And Jailor Years ago, Firefox liberated Windows users from the stagnation of Internet Explorer, only to wind up imprisoning people with lags and system freezes.  When it launched back in 2004, Firefox finally offered Web users an alternative to Microsoft’s lumbering, resource-hogging native browser. That was a revelation, and Firefox—which, among other things, offered then-novel tabbed browsing...
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Developers Swearing Over at GitHub | DevOpsANGLE - devopsangle.com   20:20 12/07/2013
Sometimes even developers get frustrated. To understand the depth of that frustration, I give you @GItLost –a Twitter feed of developers swearing in their GitHub repository commit comments. The tweets displayed on this stream rush from the casually profane to the hilariously vulgar. but in the end it’s a sea awash with the unfiltered thoughts of developers at work. To put it mildly, reading the feed swings between ciphers only meant to be read by a small team and the communal cries of frustration of coders everywhere. From what I understand, it’s been reported that swearing can help ease pain and stress, and out of the many engineers who work with computers, developers suffer a great deal of pain and stress, so it’s...
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Flickr/Steve Jurveston Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Microsoft may be about to bury one of its biggest quarterly embarrassments.  Kara Swisher at All Things D reports CEO Steve Ballmer is going to announce a big reorganization of the company this Thursday . As part of the reorg, Microsoft’s earnings reports could be totally different .  Swisher says Ballmer is considering mashing up the reporting of the company’s divisions.  This would allow Microsoft to hide the atrocious performance of its Online Services Division, which is made up of Bing, MSN, and other pieces.  Every quarter Microsoft reports earnings, we run a chart showing the giant losses from OSD . Last quarter, for instance,...
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The Wall Street Journal posted an article today about how Google is developing a video game console, not entirely surprising, but in the article was this gem about the company also developing a smart watch to rival the likes of Pebble, Sony, and presumably Apple: Google Inc. is developing a videogame console and wristwatch powered by its Android operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet company seeks to spread the software beyond smartphones and tablets… The people briefed on the matter said Google is reacting in part to expectations that rival Apple will launch a videogame console as part of its next Apple TV product release. I’m not interested in the console gaming...
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10 open source projects that are leading innovation | TechRepublic - www.techrepublic.com   01:20 2/07/2013
Home / Blogs / 10 Things Follow this blog: RSS Email Alert 10 Things By Jack Wallen June 27, 2013, 7:48 AM PDT Takeaway: Think most tech innovation is driven by proprietary development? Think again. Technology depends upon Innovation. Without boundary-pushing...
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Why you should be documenting your code | domdavis.com - domdavis.com   22:56 5/07/2013
It seems there are two schools of thought when it codes to documenting code. In one corner you’ve got those who feel that the “ code should be expressive “; those that feel the “ unit tests should document the code “; and there are those who argue that developers are lazy and the documentation gets out of date. These people will argue that there is no point documenting code. And in the other corner there’s me… well, me and the rest of my team, who have all seen sense after I’ve pointed out the error of their ways. The rule for Javadoc in our team is “ do it properly, or not at all “. I don’t mandate it because if you do you will just end up with rubbish. I do strongly encourage it though. The key word, however, is properly . I’m not just...
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сегодня в 10:49 Google работает над собственной игровой консолью Несмотря на то, что слухи ещё официально не подтвердились, думаю хабросообществу эта новость будет интересна, тем более что её осветил заслуживающий доверия Wall Street Journal . Как сообщает анонимный источник, Google работает надо собственной игровой...
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22 июня в 12:57 Facebook допустила утечку личных данных 6 миллионов пользователей Facebook Facebook в субботу признала, что допустила утечку личных данных 6 миллионов пользователей из-за сбоя в программном обеспечении. Вот официальное сообщение Facebook по этому поводу: «Вследствие (неисправности) при загрузке архива...
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Karma Wants To Make Peer-to-Peer Wi-Fi a Thing - mashable.com   00:39 24/06/2013
There’ll be a day, if one recent Wi-Fi startup has its way, when you switch on your tablet or laptop and the wireless Internet access you need is just there. Automatically, everywhere, every time. You won’t think about it. You won’t search for elusive hotspots. You’ll just get to browsing, and the days when passwords or daily- or monthly-pass payments stood in the way of productivity are no more — they’ll vanish, much like the brick-and-mortar video store. That’s the vision of  Karma . A 10-person team, the startup is pouring some $1.2 million of investor funding into building not just an infrastructure that makes Wi-Fi ubiquitous at a low, pay-as-you-go cost, but — this is the key point — sharable . Here’s how it...
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HN from Y Combinator: Google says tricky job interview brainteasers were ‘a waste of time’ http://t.co/uSIqLUdaab
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The End of Software; The Fall of IBM - groundreport.com   00:44 24/06/2013
The End of Software; The Fall of IBM GroundReport | Author: Paul Sterne Filed Under: Business , Technology | Posted: 06/22/2013 at 4:41PM Comments | Region: New York | United States The computer industry goes through technology cycles. With each cycle, a new crop of companies emerge that dominate the industry. The winners in the previous cycle usually fade into oblivion. Who remembers Burroughs, Digital Equipment, Wang, Prime Computer or Control Data? The leaders in this cycle are cloud companies, Facebook, Google and Amazon. The winners in the last cycle – the...
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сегодня в 12:50 Размышления основателя MySQL о развитии проекта под крылом Oracle и о экономике открытых продуктов Oracle * , MySQL * Один из основателей проекта MySQL, на данный момент руководитель проекта MariaDB Ульф Майкл Видениус (известный также под ником Монти), в интервью ITwire говорит о том, что Oracle провалила попытку...
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There have been murmurs of Facebook building a mobile reading app; tonight, that talk is getting a little louder. The Wall Street Journal claims that the social network has spent the past year working on a dedicated story browser, codenamed Reader, that would curate articles in a Flipboard-like interface. While most other details of the rumored project aren’t available, it’s reportedly important enough that Mark Zuckerberg is closely involved. The company isn’t commenting on its plans, but there’s reason to believe that Reader is more than just idle speculation: Facebook recently added hashtag support as a “first step” toward helping users track topics. Accordingly, the company’s Graph...
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Feedly, the company offering products and services positioned as the best alternatives to Google Reader, today launched Feedly Cloud , a scalable infrastructure that serves as the backbone to Feedly as well as multiple reading applications. Best of all, Feedly Cloud also powers a new standalone Web version of Feedly (no plugins or extensions needed) that also debuts today. Feedly Cloud is currently processing over 25 million feeds every day, crunching through billions of articles. Before Google announced Reader’s upcoming demise on July 1 , Feedly had 4 million users. At the end of May, this number had tripled to 12 million users, the company shared with TNW. Today’s announcement highlights exactly why the growth is so massive: Feedly is listening to the community....
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The differences between a geek and a nerd - flowingdata.com   14:13 14/06/2013
Curious about how people use “geek” and “nerd” to describe themselves and if there was any difference between the two terms, Burr Settles analyzed words used in tweets that contained the two . Settles used pointwise mutual information (PMI), which essentially provided a measure of the geekness or nerdiness of a term. The plot above shows the results. In broad strokes, it seems to me that geeky words are more about stuff (e.g., “#stuff”), while nerdy words are more about ideas (e.g., “hypothesis”). Geeks are fans, and fans collect stuff; nerds are practitioners, and practitioners play with ideas. Of course, geeks can collect ideas and nerds play with stuff, too. Plus, they aren’t two distinct personalities as much as different aspects...
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Those selfies and food photos in your Instagram feed might soon be a little less stationary. Starting today, the Facebook-owned service will be adding video features to its popular iPhone and Android apps. “We talk about Instagram as capturing and sharing the world’s moments. It’s not just about photography,” Instagram founder Kevin Systrom told “Nightline” anchor Bill Weir in an exclusive interview. “There are a ton of moments in the world that can’t be captured in single images.” They can, however, be captured in video clips under a half a minute long, said Systrom. An update to the current Instagram app, which will be...
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Photo: Courtesy of Yahoo Yahoo is releasing inactive Yahoo ID s so that users can score a better email address. This means you can finally have albert@yahoo.com instead of albert9330399@yahoo.com, for example. Sounds great, right? It’s actually a spectacularly bad idea. In a Tumblr post, the company announced that on July 15, it will be “freeing up” Yahoo email addresses that have been inactive for a year or more. But it’s not just de-activating these accounts, it’s going to offer them to other people. In mid July, anyone can have a shot at scoring the Yahoo! ID they want. In mid August, users who staked a claim on certain IDs can come to Yahoo! to discover which one they got. This may have seemed like a good way to get people to log in...
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Death By Lawsuit: SCO Resurrects And Insanity Is Restored - readwrite.com   12:48 17/06/2013
If ever we needed confirmation that markets, not courtrooms, should decide the technologies we use, witness SCO Group’s reborn dream to sue all of UNIX-dom into its wallet. It was a specious lawsuit in 2003 when SCO Group (now Xinuos) first launched its $1 billion broadside against IBM . It’s even more farcical today. Sadly, it’s not clear that the legal fights between Apple and Samsung, or Oracle and Google, are much better. First, to SCO Group. SCO Is Like A Cockroach You can be forgiven for thinking bankruptcy, unsympathetic judges and the truth would have killed SCO’s chances of getting its $1 billion IBM payday. That is, you can be forgiven for thinking that occasionally common sense prevails in...
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Camlistore Overview - Camlistore - camlistore.org   18:42 16/06/2013
Camlistore Overview Camlistore is your personal storage system for life . Summary The project began because I wanted to… … store all my stuff forever , not worrying about deleting, or losing stuff. … save stuff easily , and without categorizing it or choosing a location whenever I save it. I just want a data dumptruck that I can throw stuff at whenever. … never lose anything because nothing can be overwritten (all blobs are content-addressable), and there’s no delete support. (optional garbage collection coming later) be able to search for anything I once stored. be able to browse and visualize stuff I’ve stored. … not always be forced into a POSIX-y filesystem model . That involves thinking...
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сегодня в 21:25 Сообщество Open Source склоняется в сторону более либеральных лицензий Open source * , Dura Lex 30 лет назад, когда производство компьютеров и ПО для них уже давно перестало быть прерогативой исключительно учёных и превратилось в серьёзный бизнес, в академической среде с удивлением обнаружили, что больше...
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If you thought you and your RepRap were safe from posers, you’re sunk: Amazon has just opened a store for 3D printers and printer accessories that seems to, at the very least, allow smaller manufacturers to get a foothold in an increasingly tight market. Available on the “pop up web store” or whatever you want to call it are printers from Afinia and Flashforge (which, as you’ll notice, is a literal rip-off of the Makerbot ) as well as offers from Makerbot owners who are selling used machines. In short, the store consists of smaller fry attempting to sell directly to a less educated consumer – which is fine. With Staples selling Cube 3D printers and Toys R Us selling personalized ducks in Hong Kong , it’s clear we’re reaching the point when 3D printing is...
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Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard - www.theregister.co.uk   14:33 10/06/2013
Free whitepaper – Cloud storage: Lower cost and increase uptime Digital Compaq HP has announced the end of support for OpenVMS, the ancient but trustworthy server operating system whose creator went on to build Windows NT. OpenVMS started out as VAX/VMS on Digital Equipment Corporation’s VAX minicomputers, then later was ported to DEC’s fast Alpha RISC chips – before the Compaq acquisition of Digital led to their untimely demise. HP ported the software to the Itanium, but HP isn’t going to bother moving to the last generation of IA64 and support will finally end in 2015. VAX-11/VMS started out in 1977 as “Starlet”, a new OS for DEC’s new 32-bit minis, the VAX range, codenamed “Star”. VAX was a 32-bit upgrade...
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Twitter Opens Up Its Analytics Platform To The Public - thenextweb.com   22:25 13/06/2013
Twitter has quietly opened up its various analytics tools to the public, giving everyone access to in-depth data about the people and brands who follow them, as well as the performance of their most recent tweets. The change was spotted by Christopher Penn , vice president of marketing technology at SHIFT Communications earlier this week, as well as Danny Olson , a digital strategist at Weber Shandwick. Users simply need to head to the Twitter Ads dashboard and click on the ‘Analytics’ tab at the top of the page to access the new features. The Timeline activity displays a graph for the user based on the number of mentions, follows and unfollows that they’ve received over the last month. A detailed list underneath shows all of the user’s most recent tweets,...
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It encourages people to be interested in science, technology, engineering and maths.  It’s a step education thing, I defy somebody not to be excited by that, I just defy a kid not to be excited by taking pictures from space. Enthusiasm radiates from Eben Upton. By day he’s the Technical Director and ASIC architect for Broadcom. By night, and on weekends, he’s the driving force behind the Raspberry Pi, that small computer that has been revolutionising hobbyist computing and the future of technology itself since its launch in 2012. Tall, dressed...
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The Asus Transformer Book Trio takes the dockable tablet concept to the next level. Asus Asus has long offered a line of Android tablets that slot into keyboard docks, but at its Computex press conference it announced it would be taking this concept one step further. Its new Transformer Book Trio is a tablet running Android (an unspecified version of Jelly Bean, to be a bit more precise); when docked, it becomes a Haswell-equipped Windows 8 Ultrabook. The laptop contains all the ingredients for a standard Ultrabook in its base: a 4th-generation Haswell CPU, 1TB of storage, an unspecified amount of RAM, and a 33WHr battery. Behind the 11.6-inch 1080p display is an entirely separate computer based on Intel’s Clover Trail+ Atom...
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Why Developers Are Such Cheap Bastards – ReadWrite - readwrite.com   00:16 8/06/2013
You develop software for a living. Why are you such a cheap bastard? We’re not talking about your personal spending habits. If you are any good at what you do, you probably make a fair amount of money and spend it on whatever catches your fancy.  We’re talking about the tools you use to do your job. Developers expect, no, demand free tools and services to do their jobs. Whether it is analytic services, integrated development environments (IDEs), application programming interfaces (APIs) or software developer kits (SDKs), developers almost always refuse to pay for the tools they use to do their jobs. Many developers would rather go out of their way to build their own tools or use bug-ridden free tools than plunk down the...
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Google Reader will close up shop on July 1, 2013. Photo: Alex Washburn/Wired When Google announced its plans to shutter Google Reader in March, the Internet freaked out. Twitter users raised their virtual pitchforks in outrage. Bloggers wept, scrambling to find a suitable replacement by the service’s July 1 death date. Obviously Google had to have a good reason to shut Reader down . The company has reams of data on how we use its products, and would not shutter a product that was providing sufficient food to its info-hungry maw. While some users remained devoted, the usage numbers just didn’t add up. The announcement shouldn’t have been too unexpected. Google hadn’t iterated on the service for years. It even went down for a few days in February....
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Hey, developers — Google is listening to you! This time, at least. In April, Google announced it would shut down CalDAV , an open standard application programming interface, or API, that developers used to access calendar data across the Web. A few big-name outfits — like, say, Microsoft — would retain access to CalDAV to keep their apps syncing with Google Calendar. All other developers were encouraged to use Google’s own Google Calendar API, a move ReadWrite’s Matt Asay decried as part of Google’s march away from open standards . Enough developers complained, however, that Google has done a U-turn and will not only keep CalDAV available to all developers , it will also provide access to CardDAV, a...
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Raspberry Pi Gains Graphics Speed as Wayland Replaces X - www.linux.com   16:43 2/06/2013
Home News Embedded / Mobile Mobile Linux Raspberry Pi Gains Graphics Speed as Wayland Replaces X On May 24, Raspberry Pi Foundation executive director Eben Upton announced  that the open source board’s recommended Linux distribution, Raspbian, will be adding support for a customized Wayland display manager. While the Pi’s  Broadcom BCM2835 system-on-chip may be limited to a 700MHz ARM11 processor, it also has an impressive graphics processing unit (GPU) called the VideoCore 4. The Wayland windowing interface is optimized for the VideoCore and...
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With the death of Google Reader under a month away , third-party RSS clients will soon need to find a replacement to Google’s service. Feedly has been working hard to fill the void, and today it’s announcing that it will integrate with the apps Reeder, Nextgen Reader, gReader, Press, and Newsify before the end of the month. To ease the transition for developers, Feedly has been turning its API into a clone of Reader’s . It’s also been working with those five apps’ developers to make third-party integration even more robust. That should also make it easier for apps that aren’t on that list to hook into Feedly as well. Because Reader was the go-to service, it shouldn’t be hard for other apps to support Feedly if it...
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GitHub is currently battling through a “major service outage” that appears to have been caused by its database server. At time of writing, the site itself is down (hello unicorn!), while the service’s status page  shows that the API is also “experiencing problems”. Update:  Github.com is now loading fine (UTC 15:15). Service is fully recovered (UTC 15:30) Everything operating normally. — GitHub Status (@githubstatus) June 2, 2013 The issues began around 14:00 UTC (an hour ago at time of writing), though  the company says  it restored access to repositories over git/ssh/https and is working to make the site itself stable and address other issues. While the status page below says the website is up and running again, TNW was unable to...
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Haswell is hardly a secret at this point: there’s been a steady drip-drip of demos and technical leaks since as far back as 2011, and just a month ago we brought you the low-down on its integrated graphics . But today, finally, we have official pricing for a number of variants, a concrete date for availability (this coming Tuesday, June 4th) and, perhaps most importantly, some detailed benchmark claims about what Haswell is capable of — particularly in its mobile form. Sure, Intel already dominates in MacBooks , Ultrabooks (by definition ) and in hybrids like Surface Pro , but the chip maker readily admits that the processors in those portable PCs were just cut-down desktop chips. Haswell is different, having...
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Yandex today announced that it has banded together with Opera Software , SlideME and CodeNgo to kick off and support a new ‘open-source’ initiative dubbed the One Platform Foundation (OPF). According to its boiler plate, the OPF wants to “help the Android ecosystem evolve by enabling developers to easily code and submit their apps across multiple alternative application stores”. In case you didn’t know, Opera and Yandex are among Google’s prime competitors in the mobile browser space, and the latter company in particular has been ruffling the Mountain View-based Internet search giant’s feathers in numerous other ways . Android marketplaces represent another battlefield. One of OPF’s first projects is AppDF (short for App Description...
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The MongoDB NoSQL Database Blog, Go Agent, Go - blog.mongodb.org   13:11 1/06/2013
  Go Agent, Go May 29, 2013 Discuss on Hacker News 10gen introduced MongoDB Backup Service in early May. Creating a backup service for MongoDB was a new challenge, and we used the opportunity to explore new technologies for our stack. The final implementation of the MongoDB Backup Service agent is written in Go , an open-source, natively executable language initiated and maintained by Google. Why did we Go with Go? The Backup Service started as a Java project, but as the project matured, the team wanted to move to a language that compiled...
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My experience with Google Compute Engine - mark.chmarny.com   13:20 31/05/2013
As part of my recent solution review, I wanted to compare a few performance metrics specific to multi-node data service deployment on different clouds. This post is about my experience with Google Compute Engine (GCE) as part of that evaluation. When targeting developers, API and surrounding tooling is an absolute must. The ability to easily manage and automate cloud resources is something that developers demand. Their usage patterns require efficiency, which at that level, comes mainly from automation. Here are three specific areas that set GCE apart from others. Remember, it is not that other providers do not have these (which in many cases they do not) but rather about how clean, explicit and simple GCE implementation is in these areas. One of the benefits of REST as a...
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сегодня в 00:20 Без паники! Про то, что сделал Google с XMPP Open source * , IM * , Google После выхода Google Hangout, в интернете стало популярно мнение, что Google закрывает XMPP. На самом деле это не так. Однако такое впечатление могло сложиться даже из предыдущей статьи , которая в себе содержала адское ничего — минимум...
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Windows 8.1: Everything You Need to Know - mashable.com   01:00 31/05/2013
Windows 8.1 Screen Shots Windows 8, New & Improved Windows 8.1, which will be available to customers in the fall, includes many new features as well as refinements to the user interface. One of the updates lets you use the same background for the desktop and the modern UI. New Live Tiles There are two new sizes of live tile in Windows 8.1: tiny and extra-large. Snap on Steroids Snap — where you have two different-size windows on the screen — gets a big upgrade in Windows 8.1. You can split the screen however you want now, and even use Snap with multiple apps at the same time. Global Search Search is enhanced in Windows 8.1, which will create a “search hero” results page full of organized...
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A new inbox that puts you back in control | Official Gmail Blog - gmailblog.blogspot.com   15:31 29/05/2013
Official Gmail Blog: A new inbox that puts you back in control
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Official Gmail Blog - gmailblog.blogspot.com   15:31 29/05/2013
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Best Practices for Exception Handling - O'Reilly Media - www.onjava.com   17:23 28/05/2013
Best Practices for Exception Handling by Gunjan Doshi 11/19/2003 One of the problems with exception handling is knowing when and how to use it. In this article, I will cover some of the best practices for exception handling. I will also summarize the recent debate about the use of checked exceptions. We as programmers want to write quality code that solves problems. Unfortunately,...
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TechCrunch: Open Source Blogging Platform WordPress Turns Ten, And Its Community Gets To Blow The Candles Out http://t.co/HZvpiLB22U by @drew
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Yahoo’s $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr is already being hailed as a brilliant move, securing a younger Internet demographic and a fertile field for native advertising, an innovative business model where content from brands lives side by side with users’ contributions. In buying Tumblr, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made a nod to the company’s past missteps in promising to “not screw it up.” But in one crucial way, she already has. That $1.1 billion is a lot of shareholder cash. And so Yahoo is promising investors that Tumblr will contribute to the bottom line next year . An understandable promise—but it’s the wrong strategy for Yahoo and for Tumblr. A Different Strategy ...
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By Shawn Hessinger May 24, 2013 In Technology Trends Amazon recently announced acquiring Liquavista , a Holland-based company, from Samsung.   And speculation is rife  that the purchase may lead to a color Kindle e-reader to come. Liquavista makes display screens and specializes in a process called electrowetting.   Reuters describes it as technology that ”makes displays clearer in all lighting conditions and can show video without using...
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Sponsored tweet shows instant NBA replay preceded by a short commercial Twitter is creating a new way to make money for itself and media partners with a service called Twitter Amplify.  On its  blog , Twitter said that the company “has further amplified the social TV conversation with real-time, dual-screen sponsorships and in-Tweet video clips from broadcasters.” Here is an example  of an NBA tweet that features an instant reply preceeded by a short commercial. Twitter has also announced partnerships “to extend the instant two-screen viewing experience” with  other broadcast partners including BBC America, FOX, Fuse and The Weather Channel.  Other “multi-screen” partners include  A&E, Bloomberg Bloomberg...
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“For the first time, you and your TV will have a relationship.” That’s how Microsoft began the introduction of its new Xbox One today — a presentation that focused less on games and more on the new console as a complete living room device. “The ultimate all-in-one entertainment system,” said Microsoft’s Don Mattrick. And since no ultimate entertainment system is complete without television, the event segued neatly into a demonstration of the new Xbox’s Live TV feature . Just say the name of a channel and it’ll switch; say the name of a show and the Xbox will find it. Jumping from TV to game to the built-in Internet Explorer browser is instant, we were told. Watching an NBA basketball game? Say...
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It’s 2013, and yet two big questions still dominate the discussion any time a sufficiently large number of cloud computing types gather in the same room: How many players can the market support, and are cloud resources a commodity? The topic arose at the clouderati-filled Cloud 2020 meetup in Las Vegas last week (where someone suggested we’ll have a cloud duopoly of Amazon Web Services and Google) and it’s back in the public eye again this week with the general availability of Google Compute Engine . I think we might get an idea how the cloud computing market will play out by looking at the fast-food industry. The analogy goes like this: Fast food restaurants offer their consumers essentially the same things as public clouds offer their customers –...
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Sony announces large-format, flexible e-reader - www.cnet.com.au   00:09 18/05/2013
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For years, the internet provided users with static clumps of information stored and refreshed in databases on the back end. But as interactive games, animations and fancy scrolling have become popular, graphics have become fancier and screens richer. Throughout this evolution, hardware components on users’ devices have gotten more capable, but now Google seems to think the GPU is the best tool for the internet of tomorrow. At a talk at the Google I/O conference on Thursday, Googlers Colt McAnlis (pictured), a developer advocate working on Chrome games and performance, and Grace Kloba, the technical lead on Chrome for Android, gave developers some tips for making better use of the GPU. Doing some of these things can help websites display their graphics as soon as...
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The Tragic Beauty of Google+ | TIME.com - techland.time.com   03:02 18/05/2013
Harry McCracken / TIME.com Google likes to use the word “beautiful” a lot when describing its own products. That would be grating if it weren’t for one fact: more and more, the company is building beautiful stuff. And I’m not sure if it’s ever built anything more beautiful than the new version of its Google+ social network which debuted on Wednesday during the Google I/O keynote . The service, which was already pretty darn slick, is now among the most attractive and engaging web apps I’ve ever seen. Streams of activity are now laid out as one, two or three columns of tiles, depending on available screen real estate, with some oversized photos spanning the whole width. (Judging from my stream, some Google+...
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Larry Page Lays Out His Vision For The Future Of Google And Technology - www.businessinsider.com   00:29 16/05/2013
  At Google ’s developer conference in San Francisco today, Google CEO Larry Page gave a 10 minutes speech laying out his vision for the future of Google and technology. Here are some quotes from the speech: “Technology should do the hard work so people can do the things that make them the happiest in life.” “We’re really only at 1% of what’s possible, and maybe even less than that…we’re still moving slow.” “We should be building great things that don’t exist.”  “Being negative is not how we make progress.” ...
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Why SysAdmin’s Can’t Code - cuddletech.com   16:10 12/05/2013
Why SysAdmin’s Can’t Code Most systems administrators are quick, perhaps too quick, to tell you “I’m not a coder.”  Oddly, this admission normally comes after boasting about how many programming languages they know or have used.  Why is this?  Can this be changed?  Here is my 5 step plan on how any SA can become an honest to goodness programmer. Step 1: Find a problem you care about solving, for yourself SysAdmin’s don’t actually use tools, they study them. The point isn’t to solve a problem but rather to know how to solve a problem if the need ever arises. SA’s are filling their tool chests full of handy hints and useful solutions for nearly any problem that can be encountered. Whats more, this is a subconscious tendency…. they...
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Craig Lloyd , May 10th 2013 While passwords are the way of the land on the internet, PayPal’s chief information security officer Michael Barrett says that passwords and PINs are obsolete and we need a new standard for security on computers and the internet. Barrett thinks that the next step is fingerprint scanners, which he believes will debut on smartphones at some point this year. Speaking at the Interop IT conference, Barrett was quite positive that passwords will die sometime this year, even going as far as putting an image of a tombstone up on the screen that gave an “R.I.P.”...
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Boston drops Microsoft, switches 20,000 city employees to Google Apps Google has been signing up a lot of Google Apps for Government customers over the last year, including Colorado and the US Naval Academy , and today The Boston Globe reports that Boston is soon making the switch from Microsoft to a Google Apps environment for city employees. As noted in the report, Boston was previously relying on Microsoft’s Exchange for much of its tasks and making the switch to Google will save the city around $280,000 a year: It’s not just the gee whiz factor: It’s also a matter of money. It will cost Boston around $800,000 to move over to Gmail, Google Docs for word processing, and Google’s cloud service for storing documents. But by dropping...
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Yahoo reportedly looking to dump Microsoft search pact - news.cnet.com   23:17 7/05/2013
Marissa Mayer has previously noted her disappointment in Yahoo’s Web search partnership with Microsoft and now reportedly wants to get out of the deal altogether. The Web giant’s chief executive has been trying to find a way to escape the foundering arrangement but has so far been unsuccessful, a person familiar with the situation told The Wall Street Journal . Mayer has been looking to cancel the deal since leaving Google to take over Yahoo last summer, the Journal reported. The two companies entered into a 10-year search partnership in 2010 in which Microsoft would power Yahoo search and Yahoo would become the sales force for Microsoft’s premium properties. However, the relationship hasn’t yielded the revenue-per-search guaranteed by the...
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GigaOM Pro Go to Cloud Topic Page Analyst GigaOM Pro Blog Will the last person to leave BMC and Dell please turn out the lights RIP Dell , and now BMC Software . Both companies were born in Texas in the 1980s and died in 2013. Cause of death: crushed by the public markets. Dell and BMC passed away after a long battle to reinvent themselves in the era of cloud computing and mobile technology. Companies without the legacy baggage they so desperately tried to forget survive them. Memorial service scheduled for whenever the private equity guys show up. No flowers. Writing an obituary for these two once formidable technology giants seemed unthinkable only a few...
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Facebook already designs its own servers and racks. Next up, Facebook and friends will design switches to compete against Cisco. Facebook Two years ago, Facebook set out to change the server and storage industries by creating freely available hardware designs that gave customers more flexibility than those on offer from the HPs and Dells of the world. Now, Facebook aims to knock Cisco and the other top network vendors down a peg by leading a nearly identical project for switches. Facebook is leading this disruption of the data center hardware industry through the Open Compute Project , which takes the open source approach typically applied to software such as Linux and aims it at hardware. Thus far, the project had worked on reference...
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Over the past year-and-a-half while developing Handle, our entire company was in a race to zero. Inbox zero, to be precise. We set out to create a product that would allow us to leave work with zero emails in our inboxes and, so the thinking went, would lead to lives of zero stress (or at least until the next morning). We wanted to go home for dinner with friends and families and be fully present, in both body and mind. Wouldn’t that be amazing, transformative – invaluable, even? Yes. So would alchemy, but neither exist. Inbox Zero, we discovered, is a mirage. My team and I learned a lot in the process about what contributes to real productivity gains. They informed our decisions about product design but they aren’t tied to any specific technology choice: We think...
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If you want to know the most in-demand tech skills , that info is readily available. Want to learn the  programming skills most coveted by employers ? Done. But what are the skills and specialties that no one wants any more? What core competencies raise red flags instead of call backs?  (See also the Top 7 Most In Demand Tech Skills For 2013 and 15 Programming Skills Most Coveted By Employers .) A survey of 1,100  tech-hiring professionals  by Dice, a job firm for tech professionals, offers some insight. Combining the Dice survey and other research, including an off-the-record conversation with an engineering VP who participates in hiring decisions, here are some of the outdated tech skills and withering...
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Is the Linux desktop becoming extinct? - www.techradar.com   16:52 1/05/2013
After a decade of looking for the “year of the Linux desktop”, many Linux columnists have given up. Some say it isn’t coming, while others claim that Linux has simply failed on the desktop. If we responded to everyone who has ever criticised the Linux desktop, we wouldn’t get any work done. But Miguel de Icaza isn’t just anybody. He’s well respected in the open source community as the founding developer of one of the two main Linux desktop environments, the Gnome desktop. To our utter amazement, even he now thinks the Linux desktop is dead! In a recent post on his personal blog, Icaza shares his reasons why Linux couldn’t pitch itself as a viable consumer desktop operating system. His comments are a follow-up to a Wired article...
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According to security researcher @TibitXimer (A.K.A. Dylan) his Skype account was stolen six times, and now claims all Skype user accounts are vulnerable to the same fate due to Skype’s flimsy account recovery practices - which are especially thin, as he discovered the hard way, when contacting customer service. When he contacted Skype support, reps didn’t appear to acknowledge that the issue was immediate… and repeating.  Perhaps that is because his account had been hijacked through basic social engineering techniques and not hacked - as then he learned that the problem was with contacting customer service itself. @ skypesupport my skype was given away to over 6 people in one day due to them just...
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Apple celebrates 10 years of iTunes - news.cnet.com   04:22 25/04/2013
iTunes is 10 years old. (Credit: Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET) Apple on Wednesday started celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its iTunes store. When users head to the iTunes Store, they’ll find a new feature called “A Decade of iTunes.” The reason? Simple: on April 28, Apple will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iTunes store. Related stories Apple iTunes makes sweet music in online video market Apple iOS users hit by online access glitches Apple adds ‘download later’ option for iTunes purchases Apple tries to patent tech behind iTunes U Finally, Twitter Music is available to all The feature allows users to browse a timeline of stories and the events that got iTunes to its place today....
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According to a report from Bloomberg , e-commerce behemoth Amazon is preparing to launch a set-top box this fall, in hopes that you’ll consume all of your content through its spin on the now-common device. The company is already working hard to push its Kindle line to consumers, and this box would be for people who don’t want to deal with the fanciness of Apple products, the gaming nature of Microsoft’s XBox, the half-baked Google TV or the little engine that could, Roku. Yes, this is a crowded market, but Amazon has something that these other companies don’t have, which is warehouses full of things to sell to people while they watch TV. I imagine that you’ll be able to shop as you would online or on your mobile device, right on your TV set. That means that the temptation...
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Access to Google’s Glass headsets is still limited to a lucky few , but that’s more than enough to include several curious coders. Some have had success identifying the hardware contained within , but others are focusing on the software. Cydia founder Jay Freeman posted the above image on Twitter this afternoon to show that he had gained root access on his unit, telling Forbes he relied upon a well-known Android 4.0.4 exploit to take control of its OS. The bad news? He hasn’t been able to use it much yet, since the Explorer edition isn’t quite ready for prescription glasses wearers . For now, the question of whether the same technique will work on eventual retail versions remains unanswered, as well as...
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Java 8 Delayed to 2014 by Ongoing Security Woes - www.infoq.com   17:56 25/04/2013
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Just a day after it announced its second-quarter earnings , Apple has finally published the schedule for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), commencing on June 10th and running through June 14th at the Moscone West in San Francisco. This year, the company isn’t being shy about its plans, with SVP Phil Schiller promising that developers will be seeing brand new versions of both iOS and OS X. “Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC,” he said in a press release. Apple has also pre-announced...
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Apple tops the list for best performing Windows laptops - www.tuaw.com   04:15 25/04/2013
Soluto has ranked a few different brands of Windows laptops based on their performance against trouble and crashes, and here’s a fun twist: Apple topped the heap. That’s right, on a list of laptops that included Acer and Dell, an Apple MacBook Pro running Windows via Bootcamp got Soluto’s best rating, the lowest score based on “a combination of crashes, hangs, BSoDs, boot and background processes.” Soluto says the reason Apple scored so well is probably because this was a “clean” Windows installation, which means that it didn’t have any of the crapware that PC manufacturers usually have to install on their sold devices to try and turn a profit (buying a computer with something installed on it that you...
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Google+ and Blogger cozy up with new comment system - www.techhive.com   03:38 27/04/2013
Google isn’t backing down on its social network, Google+. Instead the search giant is ramping up integration with other services. Now, if you write a blog or regularly comment on one using Blogger, you can comment using Google+. Bloggers can turn the feature on in the Blogger Dashboard and immediately see if people are discussing their blog entries on Google+. If you’re inspiring controversy elsewhere on Google+, that conversation will appear directly on your blog. Even if you don’t run a blog, the new Google+ comments will be useful. You can post comments now that only your Google+ circles can see, if you’re so inclined. You can also choose to only view comments posted by people in your circles. Google+ users...
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The biggest cloud app of all: Netflix - www.zdnet.com   18:01 22/04/2013
Netflix , the popular video-streaming service that takes up a third of all internet traffic during peak traffic hours isn’t just the single largest internet traffic service . Netflix, without doubt, is also the largest pure cloud service. Netflix, with more than a billion video delivery instances per month, is the largest cloud application in the world. At the Linux Foundation ’s Linux Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, California, Adrian Cockcroft, director of architecture for Netflix’s cloud systems team, after first thanking everyone “for building the internet so we can fill it with movies”, said that Netflix’s Linux, FreeBSD, and open-source based services are “cloud...
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Why big IT projects always go wrong | Technology | The Observer - www.guardian.co.uk   01:45 22/04/2013
Wrong, said Fred … the IBM programme alerted Fred Brooks to the snags inherent in big projects. Photograph: IBM Archive Iin 1975, a computer scientist named Fred Brooks published one of the seminal texts in the literature of computing . It had the intriguing title of The Mythical Man-Month and it consisted simply of a set of essays on the art of managing large software projects. Between its covers is distilled more wisdom about computing than is contained in any other volume, which is why it has never been out of print. And every government minister, civil servant and chief executive thinking about embarking on a large IT project should be obliged to read it – and answer a multiple-choice quiz afterwards. How...
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Apple hangs onto your Siri data for two years - news.cnet.com   00:02 20/04/2013
(Credit: Apple) All those curse words and other commands you yell at Siri hang around a bit longer than you may think. In response to a Wired story expressing concern about Siri’s privacy policy, Apple has revealed exactly what happens to your Siri chats . Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told Wired on Thursday that Apple may keep your Siri data for up to two years, albeit in an untraceable state. Here’s how the process works, according to Wired. Whenever you talk to Siri, your commands are uploaded to Apple for analysis. Apple then assigns you a random number, which it associates with your voice files. It’s this random number — not your Apple ID or e-mail address — that gets stored on the backend. After six months or if you simply...
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Microsoft reports that 24% of all PCs are unprotected - www.slashgear.com   21:28 18/04/2013
Craig Lloyd , Apr 17th 2013 Many of you are probably sporting some kind of anti-malware software on your computer, whether it’d Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky, etc. However, it turns out that almost a quarter of all PCs in the world are unprotected, leaving them wide open for all kinds of havoc that no one really wants lurking around. According to Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report , 24% of all PCs are absent of any kind of anti-malware software. Microsoft says that unprotected computers are 5.5 times more likely to catch a virus than computers that have anti-malware...
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Microsoft Account Gets More Secure - blogs.technet.com   00:04 18/04/2013
Microsoft Account Gets More Secure - The Official Microsoft Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs Sign in   The Official Microsoft Blog News & Perspectives Search Blogs...
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Last week, a study by German antivirus testing company AV-Test claimed that Microsoft’s Bing delivered “five times as many websites containing malware as Google.” Unsurprisingly, Microsoft does not agree with these findings and today, the company released a full rebuttal of AV-Test’s study. The researchers, Bing argues, used its API to execute queries instead of performing its searches directly on Bing.com. This methodology, however, Microsoft claims, bypassed Bing’s malware warning system. Bing, Microsoft’s senior program manager for Bing David Felstead notes in his response, “actually does prevent customers from clicking on malware infected sites by disabling the link on the results page and showing the below message to stop people from going to the site.”...
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Red Hat Sets JBoss Free with WildFly Application Server - www.serverwatch.com   23:00 19/04/2013
Read more on “Server Software Spotlight” » By Sean Michael Kerner ( Send Email ) April 19, 2013 Red Hat is renaming and rebuilding its open source JBoss application server. The new name is WildFly and with it will come a faster and more transparent development process. Ever since Red Hat acquired JBoss in April of 2006 for $350 million, there has been both an open source JBoss Application Server (AS) and a commercial JBoss Application Platform. After seven years of being in the market with those two technologies, Red Hat became concerned that there was some...
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Open source is taking over the software world, survey says - www.pcworld.com   15:40 18/04/2013
It’s been only a few weeks since the Linux Foundation released its report that enterprise use of Linux continues to rise, but on Wednesday fresh data came out that suggests the same is true of open source software in general. Specifically, Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners today announced the results of the seventh annual Future of Open Source Survey, which found that open source software has matured to such an extent that it now influences everything from innovation to collaboration among competitors to hiring practices. “It’s been recognized that software is eating the world,” said Michael Skok, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners. “Our survey points to the fact...
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Суть этой статьи показать еще один вариант словить за уши Э/М волну в относительной глубинке для нужд доступа в интернет. Если...
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Tests Are Overhyped - sturgill.github.io   23:55 17/04/2013
15 April 2013 Let me lead off by saying that I don’t think tests are bad. I really don’t. But here’s the thing: I don’t care what your test-code ratios are. You know what the best test-code ratio is? Whatever you need to make sure your crap works while still getting product out the door. I can’t remember the last startup I read about that didn’t claim to have a strong TDD core. I’m a little weary of reading things like “If you don’t RSpec your Cucumbers then don’t bother applying here, because this startup is only for testing All-Starz.” I want to reiterate that I believe that the optimal amount of testing > 0. That said, I think those who stand the most to gain by excessive testing are...
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Jeff Bezos’ annual letter to Amazon investors is always worth reading, a peek into the mind of arguably the most important CEO in the technology industry. In 2011, Bezos wrote a manifesto , positioning Amazon as a universal self-service platform, obliterating traditional gatekeepers and unlocking new sources of creativity. In 2012, Bezos plays his hand closer to the vest , returning to familiar pro-consumer themes, arguing that Amazon’s continued investment lets the company anticipate customer needs and meet them, sometimes even before customers can articulate them. Amazon, Bezos says, is focused on its customers, not its competition or Wall Street or short-term profitability — a tricky proposition in a letter to investors who are, typically, worried...
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OS X Code Reveals Apple's Plans For Super-Fast Wi-Fi - gizmodo.com   22:10 12/04/2013
This story will display in … Apr 10, 2013 3:34 AM   OS X Code Reveals Apple’s Plans For Super-Fast Wi-Fi Jamie Condliffe With the OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 beta release currently in the hands of developers, some of the more eagle-eyed nerds have noticed references to code which appear to confirm rumors about Apple’s plans to roll out super-fast Wi-Fi to its Macs. 9to5mac reports that devs have stumbled upon code in the OS’s Wi-Fi frameworks folder which...
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via theapplelounge.com Six years after Apple took the smartphone industry by surprise with its release of the iPhone, former market leader BlackBerry Limited, or RIM as it called itself until just recently, launched what some consider to be a true iPhone competitor . The problem is that almost no one has seemed to notice. A recent poll by MKM Partners reveals that an overwhelming 83% of Americans do not know that BlackBerry has launched their new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone or  new Blackberry 10 platform. The company’s trouble does not just include marketing woes. The Wall Street Journal reports that over 50% of customers have returned their BlackBerry smartphones after trying out the platform. That is not to say that BlackBerry hasn’t...
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Will HP Moonshot Ignite Or Fizzle? – ReadWrite - readwrite.com   04:03 9/04/2013
If anything, give HP credit for historical parallels: when John F. Kennedy wanted to shake the U.S. out of a calamitous post-war funk, he gave Americans something to shoot for: the Moon. It’s very much in that spirit that HP’s management is hoping their latest Moonshot server product line will revitalize a company that’s been mired in declining hardware sales. Based on early indications, there is a good chance that this launch will be successful. Moonshot is not your typical server, with a single set of processors and memory storage sitting in a racked box, just one among many such boxes tightly networked together in racks and racks of such servers, filling up data centers, sucking in power and pumping out heat...
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Microsoft’s Bing shows five times more malware than Google - www.slashgear.com   21:47 12/04/2013
Craig Lloyd , Apr 12th 2013 Between Google and Microsoft’s Bing search engine, Google has always reigned supreme as the most popular choice, and it’s a good thing too, since a recent study found that Bing returned around five times more malware in search results than Google, meaning that Bing highlighted websites that contained malicious code of some kind. German independent testing lab AV-Test conducted an 18-month study , and gathered up 40 million website provided by seven different search engines. 10 million websites came from Google and Bing each, with 13 million coming from...
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Google Death: A Tool to Take Care of Your Gmail When You're Gone - www.theatlantic.com   21:49 12/04/2013
    Continue to the TheAtlantic.com Advertisement For years people have been urged to create a social-media will for themselves. Now Google has made doing so very easy. Rebecca J. Rosen Apr 12 2013, 10:51 AM ET Casey Hugelfink/Flickr Perhaps you, like me, have had the pleasure of finding some old family letters or calendars squirreled away in a box...
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Twitter will reportedly launch music app this weekend - news.cnet.com   14:31 12/04/2013
Twitter is rumored to be preparing for the launch this weekend of its much rumored Twitter Music app. The microblogging service plans to launch its standalone music app tomorrow, sources familiar with the matter tell AllThingsD . Still other sources say the app will launch during this weekend’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, but not necessarily tomorrow. CNET has contacted Twitter for comment and will update this report when we learn more. The report comes on the heels of Twitter confirming that it has purchased music discovery service We Are Hunted . CNET reported in March that Twitter had acquired the music discovery service last year and was using its technology to build a standalone music app. Related stories...
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Amazon’s Cloud Drive was unveiled two years ago for the primary purpose of letting customers store music files purchased from Amazon. Although you could upload other files to Cloud Drive, it wasn’t a replacement for cloud storage services like Dropbox because it didn’t automatically sync files from one computer to another. Today, that limitation is gone. “The new app for Windows and Mac now includes File Sync, which lets users easily store and access files in the Amazon Cloud from a folder on their computer,” an Amazon spokesperson told Ars in an e-mail. “Files in this folder are automatically stored in Cloud Drive and can be accessed from a computer or the Web. When you install the app on a second computer all of your synced files...
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Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime networks are once again experiencing outages. The outage, which is the second this week, began just before 8 a.m. PT, and once again affects “some users,” according to Apple’s system status page . Both services experienced a similar outage this past Tuesday that lasted more than five hours. iMessage is Apple’s proprietary messaging platform that works between iOS and OS X users. FaceTime is the company’s live video chat service, also for those two platforms. In January, Apple said that iMessage users were sending more than 2 billion messages a day on the service. For iPhone users, those are ofte