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Linkapalooza: July 28, 2014

Today, The Linker is about to get on a plane. Since he is leaving on a jet plane, he leaves it to you to entertain his cat with your thoughts. His cat is psychic, you see, and can read your minds. Microsoft has changed its GitHub page. Gosu: A pragmatic language for the JVM… Sublime …

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SD Times news digest: July 28, 2014—Samsung Z Tizen phone delays, HiVE encryption, a wearable programming toy, and EMMS 4.0

Samsung indefinitely postpones launch of Tizen-powered Samsung Z It’ll be a bit longer before we see a Samsung phone running Tizen OS. Samsung announced it is delaying sales of the Samsung Z smartphone, the company’s first device running Tizen, the rival mobile platform to Android and iOS. Samsung canceled a developer conference in Russia where …

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User experience: The key to application performance

Consumers are taking over. They are whom businesses target, and these days, with software infiltrating almost every industry, users have the power to make or break a business. Software is the lifeblood of businesses, according to Patrick Lightbody, vice president of product management at New Relic. But if that software doesn’t work fast enough or …

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Zeichick’s Take: Support low- and intermittent-bandwidth mobility

We drove slightly more than 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers), my wife and I, during a weeklong holiday. We explored different states in the western United States: Arizona (where we live), Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. The Rocky Mountains are incredible. Most of our vacation was at altitudes above 6,000 feet (1,800 meters). Many of the …

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VersionOne goes mobile

VersionOne is hopping on board the mobile train with the latest release of its mobile team collaboration product, Mobile Connect. “This release is really about what I would characterize as enterprise collaboration and extending the reach beyond an individual’s personal computer and notebook, taking our application and extending it to mobile devices,” said VersionOne’s president …

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Five reasons you need to be thinking about logs

Logs were previously the last-resort debugging tool that a developer or Ops pro turned to when a serious issue arose. They were seen as complex data streams that only the most sophisticated and knowledgeable of engineers could understand. However, today, thanks to log-management innovations like real-time analysis, parsing and event visualizations, logs are now used …

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Top 5 projects trending on GitHub this week

#1: Awesome Awesomeness Continuing the trend of Awesome projects making it into the Top 5, Awesome Awesomeness is an awesome list curated by Alexander Bayandin of other Awesome curated lists, from awesome programming languages to awesome algorithms, awesome Big Data, awesome HTML5, awesome machine learning and many other awesome things. Enough awesome for you? #2: …

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Video: Microsoft’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” parody is hilariously terrible

Microsoft has a long history of parody videos, and its latest is quite possibly the nerdiest, most facepalm-worthy one yet, which is saying something. Microsoft’s OneNote team posted a parody on YouTube spoofing LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” with a music video about OneNote and the Surface Pro 3, called “Click it and …

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The W3C looks to standardize the social Web

Social media is no longer just a way to connect with family and friends, or a way for businesses to deliver news and connect with customers. Business have started to take advantage of social interaction to reach employees and collaborate on projects, but with today’s diverse IT systems, BYOD policies and remote workers, crucial information …

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SD Times news digest: July 24, 2014—IBM Watson to help military community, Hortonworks and HP’s Big Data partnership

IBM’s Watson to help military community IBM and USAA, a financial services provider for the military community, have announced that the cognitive capabilities of IBM’s Watson supercomputer will now be available to military men and women as they transition to civilian life. USAA will be offering members IBM’s Watson Engagement Advisor in a pilot that …

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Docker buys company behind Fig

Docker announced today that it has acquired Orchard Laboratories, the company behind the Fig. The acquisition will bring Orchard’s CEO Ben Firshman and cofounder Aanand Prasad in-house to work on other projects. Fig will be brought into Docker as well, where it will now grow and evolve as a Docker project. The Orchard hosting service …

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Analyzing Satya Nadella’s Microsoft’s Q4 earnings call

Microsoft announced its fourth-quarter earnings last night, revealing an 18% revenue increase year-over-year to US$23.4 billion. The financial results were mixed but positive, with a decrease in overall profits along with the upped revenue. Microsoft benefitted from the continued and growing success of its Azure and Office 365 enterprise cloud services. In terms of devices, …

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SD Times news digest: July 23, 2014—One huge Windows platform, Privacy Badger, Firefox 31, and more

All major versions of Windows to merge into one Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that the company has plans to unify all major versions of Windows into one operating system, according to Business Insider. “This means one operating system that covers all screen sizes,” Nadella said to analysts on the quarterly conference call, according …

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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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