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Industry Watch: Websites: Courteous, or downright creepy?

Today I wear the hat of SD Times ombudsman, peeling back the curtain to reveal some of the thought processes behind what we do. Somewhere between creepy and courteous lies the current state of the media business. What with visitor tracking refined down to the article being read, even to the line of an article …

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SD Times news digest: July 22, 2014—Apple’s ‘iTime’ smartwatch, open-source Azure support, and Onsen UI 1.1

Apple granted patent for ‘iTime’ smartwatch Apple’s rumored development of an “iWatch” wearable device got a lot more real with a newly granted patent for a smartwatch dubbed “iTime.” (Related: Microsoft’s recent patent for a fitness-focused smartwatch) The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an approved Apple patent entitled “Wrist-worn electronic device and methods therefor,” …

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SD Times Blog: Microsoft is testing developer biometrics to cut software bugs

There are plenty of methods to catch and fix bugs before a piece of software is shipped, but Microsoft is testing a new one that may be a wee bit invasive for developers: biometrics. A Microsoft Research paper entitled “Using Psycho-Physiological Measures to Assess Task Difficulty in Software Development” details experiments with developer biometrics, or …

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Analyst Watch: Smartwatch drivers: Form over function?

This is the question for each new personal technology wave. Nearly always until technology got personal, it was function that won out. Mainframes, terminals, even the first couple decades of volume personal computers were ugly things that were focused on doing what they did best but didn’t exactly win beauty contests. Then Steve Jobs took …

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SD Times Blog: Making art out of numbers

We all know that, at its core, programming is about math. And there are plenty of examples out there of beautiful math; most are familiar with fractals and computer-generated images such as 3D landscapes. But there is another way to use all that math to make art: demos. If you grew up on computers in …

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Cisco opens DevNet portal

Cisco has unveiled DevNet, its online portal for developers looking to work with Cisco products. In a blog entry discussing a software-intense future, Susie Wee, Cisco’s vice president and CTO of networked experience, wrote that Cisco would be making resources available to developers worldwide through the DevNet site. Already, DevNet hosts forums and information on …

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SD Times news digest: July 21, 2014—The TiddlyBot coding robot, Splunk 3.1, and Microsoft moving TypeScript compiler to GitHub

TiddlyBot, a Kickstarter robot project teaching programming and robotics TiddlyBot, a programmable robot built on Raspberry Pi, allows kids to program and control while learning coding and problem solving skills. Developed by U.K. startup Agilic, TiddlyBot has already exceeded its Kickstarter project goal and is now funding stretch goals of creating an illustrated beginner’s guide …

Linkapalooza: July 21, 2014

The Linker wonders if you’ve noticed anything different about SD Times lately. Newly redesigned SD Times Website! Weather-themed icon font… Irmin: Git-like branchable storage… How to get a job using technology you don’t know… Devicons: an iconic font for developers… Random solutions are often good enough. R3 bindings for Node.js… Anatomy of a system call, …

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Microsoft announces unified technology conference in Chicago

Microsoft is launching one conference to rule them all. As part of its new unified strategy, the company is combining previously standalone conferences including the SharePoint Conference, Lync Conference, Exchange Conference, Project Conference, and TechEd North America into an inaugural, unified Microsoft commercial technology conference from May 4-8, 2015, in Chicago. Julia White, the general manager …

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Guest View: The agile mindset: It’s time to change our thinking, not Scrum

Organizations that have transformed their software development from conventional to agile have gone through numerous trials. Some of these have worked and some haven’t, but the trial results have delivered invaluable knowhow. Even after textbook implementations of agile methodologies, many organizations have found that they’re far away from realizing its true benefits. In fact, many …

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SD Times Blog: The new Microsoft

For your edification, the term “pink slip,” which has largely fallen out of favor due to our paperless offices, originates with the Ford Motor Corporation. While there is only word-of-mouth evidence out there, the term is said to have come from slips that were placed in worker cubbyholes at the end of each day. White …

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Zeichick’s Take: Look to the intranet

Where do your employees go to find shared data? If it’s external data, probably an external search engine, like Google (which apparently holds 67.6% of the U.S. market) or Bing (18.7%) or one of the niche players. What about internal data? If your organization uses a platform like Microsoft’s SharePoint, that platform includes a pretty …

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Top 5 projects trending on GitHub this week

#1: πfs It’s a file system in Pi. Developed by Philip Langdale, πfs takes one of the most important constants in mathematics to simple, compressed file storage. Πfs applies a disjunctive sequence to files, converting all files into metadata stored in a metadata directory. It’s a data-free file system for the metadata-driven world. #2: Realm …

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Django REST framework kickstarts new release

The popular Web API framework for Django is looking to move forward with a major new release, and to do so it is turning to Kickstarter. “Since its initial release in 2011, Django REST framework has been developed almost exclusively in personal time,” wrote Tom Christie, author of the framework, on the project’s Kickstarter page. …

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SD Times news digest: July 17, 2014—BlackBerry’s virtual assistant and RightScale’s self-service portal

BlackBerry takes on Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana BlackBerry has announced a new feature expected for BlackBerry 10.3: BlackBerry Assistant, a virtual assistant similar to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. The virtual assistant is voice-activated and helps manage simple tasks such as searching e-mail and calendar, sending invitations, and figuring out what’s trending on Twitter. …

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