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The Significance of Cross Platform Mobile App Development

Anonymous Coward writes | 3 minutes ago

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An anonymous reader writes "The present mobile app development in London has one major drawback as a particular app does not work on all the platforms. This is not good in terms of increasing business. However, the modern concept of mobile app development in London has been using some other resources that are accessible on multiple platforms."
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For Red Hat, it's RHEL and then?

Brandon Butler (2829853) writes | 11 minutes ago

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Brandon Butler (2829853) writes "Red Hat is hosting its annual summit this week where the company is seemingly basking in the glory of making more than a billion dollars off a free open source project. But as successful as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) has been for Red Hat — the company announced a new beta version of RHEL 7 this week — there’s a question of how long the RHEL gravy train will keep growing, and what’s next for the company after that."
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Southern California Edison prepares to ship IT jobs offshore

dcblogs (1096431) writes | about half an hour ago

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dcblogs (1096431) writes "Southern California Edison is preparing to offshore IT jobs, the second major U.S. utility in the last year to do so. It will be cutting its staff, but it hasn’t said by how much. The utility is using at least two offshore outsourcing firms, according to government records. SCE’s management culture may be particularly primed for firing its IT workers. Following a workplace shooting in SCE’s IT offices in 2011, the utility conducted an independent audit of its organizational and management culture. One observation in this report, which was completed a year later, was that "employees perceive managers to be more concerned about how they 'look' from above, and less concerned about how they are viewed by their subordinates. This fosters an unhealthy culture and climate by sending a message to employees that it is more important to focus on how things look from the top than how they actually are down below.""
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

Anonymous Coward writes | 38 minutes ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Yahoo is most known for its search, email, and news services. But its U.S. web presence is only part of its corporate portfolio. It also owns large stakes in Yahoo Japan and Alibaba (a web services company based in China). Yahoo Japan is publicly traded, and Alibaba is heading toward an IPO, so both have a pretty firm valuation. The thing is: when you account for Yahoo's share of each and subtract them from Yahoo's current market cap, you get a negative number. Investors actually value Yahoo's business at less than nothing. Bloomberg's Matt Levine explains: 'I guess this is fairly obvious, but it leads you to a general theory of the conglomerate discount, which is that a business can be worth less than zero (to shareholders), but a company can't be (to shareholders). ... A fun question is, as fiduciaries for shareholders, should Yahoo's directors split into three separate companies to maximize value? If YJHI and YAHI are worth around $9 billion and $40 billion, and Core Yahoo Inc. is worth around, I don't know, one penny, then just doing some corporate restructuring should create $13 billion in free shareholder value. Why not do that?'"
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Did Israel steal bomb-grade uranium from the United States?

Lasrick (2629253) writes | 44 minutes ago

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Lasrick (2629253) writes "Victor Gilinsky and Roger J. Mattson update their story on the NUMEC affair to take into account the recent release of hundreds of classified documents that shed additional light on the story. In the 1960s, the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) was found to be missing about a 100 pounds of bomb-grade uranium. Based on available evidence, Gilinsky and Mattson are convinced that the material ended up in Israel nuclear bombs. The newly release documents add more to the story, and Gilinsky and Mattson are calling on President Obama to declassify the remainder of the file."
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The 3D Printed Chris Schauble "Earthquake Face" Caricature

Anonymous Coward writes | 49 minutes ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Remember last month when an earthquake struck Los Angeles? News anchor, Chris Schauble put on his famous "Earthquake Face," which has been seen live on the air as he jumped under his news desk in fear. The quake which measured 4.4 on the Richter scale did no major damage, but did provide for endless hours of laughs. The video can be found here: http://youtu.be/KiB7ny52-xw. Pictures of the 3D printed caricature are here: http://3dprintboard.com/showth..."
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Walmart to start selling Marijuana

Anonymous Coward writes | about an hour ago

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An anonymous reader writes "This September, the world’s largest retailer may also become America’s biggest drug dealer, after Walmart revealed on Monday their plans to begin selling marijuana in stores in both Colorado and Washington State, where recreational marijuana has been legalized.

Walmart hopes to begin selling recreational marijuana in their Colorado stores beginning in September, and in Washington State beginning in January. They plan to sell marijuana in varying amounts, as well as marijuana-laced baked goods and paraphernalia, including bongs, pipes, papers, and more."

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Symbian co-founder crowdsources heartfelt song born of Boston Marathon tragedy

alphadogg (971356) writes | 1 hour ago

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alphadogg (971356) writes "Stephen Randall, a cofounder of one-time mobile OS kingpin Symbian, has crowdsourced a song that pays tribute to those killed in and those who survived the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. "We Will Run Again" http://www.stephenrandallmusic... includes more than 90 voices of people and groups who uploaded their rendition of the chorus to SoundCloud, according to Randall, a mobile technology entrepreneur who designed the first digital guitar."
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New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes | yesterday

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Iain Thomson reports that Facebook is adding a new application called "Nearby Friends" that alerts smartphone users when their friends are nearby. "If you turn on Nearby Friends, you'll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up," says Facebook in a statement. "For example, when you're headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward." The feature, which is opt-in, allows users to select which friends get a warning that you are in the area, and prepare a subset of people who might like to know when you're near, if they have the Nearby Friends activated as well. According to Josh Constine what makes "Nearby Friends" different than competitors and could give it an advantage is that it’s centered around broadcasting proximity, not location. " If someone’s close, you’ll know, and can ping them about their precise location and meeting up. Broadcasting location is creepy so we’re less likely to share it, and can cause awkward drop-ins where someone tries to come see you when you didn’t want them to.""

World's First Windows 8.1 Smart Touch TV

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes | 3 hours ago

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SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "The Apek Maxpad is touted as the world's first Windows 8.1 powered smart touch TV, available in 39, 50 and 63.5-inch screens with full-HD multi-touch screens and powered by AMD A10 APU based PCs. The processor runs at 3.8GHz and packs Radeon HD7660 graphics. As for the RAM, the spec sheet says it comes with a 8GB DRDR3 model, expandable up to 64. It’s quite a power, house, as we can see. But it's definitely not cheap, being available in the following prices $5,400, $9,000 and $12,000. Still, we must agree that a Blue Screen of Death would look terrific on such a big screen, heh?"

Lying Eyes: Cyborg Glasses Simulate Eye Expressions

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes | yesterday

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Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "A researcher in Japan has taken what is, perhaps, the next step after Google Glass: Glasses which produce animated images of the user's eyes to simulate emotional responses. They are intended to aid workers in emotionally-intensive environments. As the researcher explains, '... they allowed others to feel they were "cared" about ...' Really? Or do they just give creepy a whole new dimension?"

Mathematicians Devise Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry

KentuckyFC (1144503) writes | 6 hours ago

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KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Typeface design is something of an art. For many centuries, this art has been constrained by the materials available to typographers, mainly lead and wood. More recently, typographers have been freed from this constraint with the advent of digital typesetting and the number of typefaces has mushroomed. Verdana, for example, is designed specifically for computer screens. Now a father and son team of mathematicians have devised a number of typefaces based on problems they have studied in computational geometry. For example, one typeface is inspired by the folds and valleys generated by computational origami designs. Another is based on the open problem of “whether every disjoint set of unit disks (gears or wheels) in the plane can be visited by a single taut non-self-intersecting conveyer belt.” Interestingly, several of the new typefaces also serve as puzzles in which messages are the solutions."
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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

bennyboy64 (1437419) writes | 9 hours ago

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bennyboy64 (1437419) writes "IT security industry experts are beginning to turn on Google and OpenSSL, questioning whether the Heartbleed bug was disclosed "responsibly". A number of selective leaks to Facebook, Akamai and CloudFlare occurred prior to disclosure on April 7. A separate, informal pre-notification program run by Red Hat on behalf OpenSSL to Linux and Unix operating system distributions also occurred. But router manufactures and VPN appliance makers Cisco and Juniper had no heads up. Nor did large web entities such as Amazon Web Services, Twitter, Yahoo, Tumblr and GoDaddy, just to name a few. The Sydney Morning Herald has spoken to many people who think Google should've told OpenSSL as soon as it uncovered the critical OpenSSL bug in March, and not as late as it did on April 1. The National Cyber Security Centre Finland (NCSC-FI), which reported the bug to OpenSSL after Google, on April 7, which spurred the rushed public disclosure by OpenSSL, also thinks it was handled incorrectly. Jussi Eronen, of NCSC-FI, said Heartbleed should have continued to remain a secret and be shared only in security circles when OpenSSL received a second bug report from the Finnish cyber security centre that it was passing on from security testing firm Codenomicon. "This would have minimised the exposure to the vulnerability for end users," Mr Eronen said, adding that "many websites would already have patched" by the time it was made public if this procedure was followed."

Use drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis, and steal it

schwit1 (797399) writes | yesterday

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schwit1 (797399) writes "There has been a huge surge in the number of hidden cannabis farms across Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Oldbury, towns on the outskirts of rural Shropshire some seven miles from central Birmingham.

They require hydroponic lights for the marijuana plants to grow – and the huge amounts of excess heat given off make them easily spottable for a would-be criminal in the know.

One such man told the Halesowen News that after finding a property with a cannabis farm he and his crew either burgle or “tax” the victim."

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Tech Billionaires and the Separate-But-Equal Revival

theodp (442580) writes | 10 hours ago

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theodp (442580) writes ""As we approach the sixtieth anniversary of the Brown decision," writes the New Yorker's Jelani Cobb in The Failure of Desegregation, "the landmark case seems, in hindsight, like a qualified victory. Racially homogenous schools remain a fact of American life." And the resegregation of schools isn't limited to the Deep South. In the New York City public-school system, Cobb notes, Black and Latino students have become more likely to attend schools with minimal white enrollment, and a majority go to schools defined by concentrated poverty. And, despite the backing of Bill Gates and other like-minded super-wealthy tech "education investors", charter schools are no panacea for integration's failures. "Three-quarters of the city’s charter schools, which were a key component of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts at education reform," writes Cobb, "have fewer than one per cent white enrollment," which UCLA's Civil Rights Project terms "apartheid schools". And at KIPP Schools, a darling of Gates, Netflix's Reed Hastings, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, "more than 86 percent of our students are from low-income families and eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program, and 95 percent are African American or Latino.' So, would Bill send his own kids to a charter school? 'A family like mine should not use up the inner-city capacity of these great schools,' Gates explained, 'but if by some happenstance, my kids had to go to KIPP schools [instead of, say, BillG's alma mater], I wouldn't feel bad at all.' So, while well-intentioned, are tech's billionaire education reformers inadvertently contributing to today's separate-but-equal revival?"

Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

CowboyRobot (671517) writes | 10 hours ago

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CowboyRobot (671517) writes "Samsung isn’t making it easy for developers. The company may have released a handful of SDKs for its latest devices, but Samsung’s non-committal approach to its Tizen platform is probably going to cost it developer support. Samsung’s first smartwatch, released in October last year, ran a modified version of Google’s Android platform. The device had access to about 80 apps at launch, all of which were managed by a central smartphone app. Samsung offered developers an SDK for the Galaxy Gear so they could create more apps. Developers obliged. Then Samsung changed direction."
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