Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wired's Article About Google's Killer iOS Apps

Why Google Just Made iPhone King:
This article from wired.com points out a recent business decision and its side-effects, both for the players - Google and Apple - and for the rest of us.
    There is a lot to be said for having as many platforms to share your ad content with as possible. In fact, if revenue from ads is your main business model, then you can't not be on as many devices as possible.
    The thing is, when you make your most killer apps on your competitors hardware you up the ante for your developers and users alike.
    As a user and consumer I am glad to have choice, and happy that the pressure and heat of competition sometimes produces gems.

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Apple Just Ended the Era of Paid Operating Systems

Check out this article on Wired.com.

Apple Just Ended the Era of Paid Operating Systems
http://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/apple-ends-paid-oses/

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Our modern digital paradigms are meshing...

Our modern digital paradigms are meshing nicely.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Battery-free short-range wireless communication between devices | KurzweilAI

Researchers demonstrate how one payment card can transfer funds to another card by reflecting energy from ambient RF signals acting as both power source and communication medium.


Ambient backscatter: communication between two battery-free devices. One such device, Alice, can backscatter ambient signals that can be decoded by Bob and other ambient backscatter devices. To legacy receivers, this signal is simply an additional source of multipath, and they can still decode the original transmission.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Signing Up for Some Pain

D-Bus: Main Page: "D-Bus Documentation
This manual documents the low-level D-Bus C API. If you use this low-level API directly, you're signing up for some pain."

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Two Programs for Writing and Executing Code on an iPad

I have recently come across two iPad programs that enable writing and running programs. One is called Codea. It uses Lua as its programing language. The other is Pythonista, which uses Python. Both offer graphics capabilities.

Codea is great for its editor, which enables menu and pop-up widget tools for selecting colors, images and sprites, and sliders and wheel widgets for changing numerical values.

Pythonista is useful for logical programing in Python, math, graphics manipulation, and utility applications that require access to the various services offered by the iOS, such as the file system, the camera, the GEO locator, the accelerometer, etc.

Friday, March 29, 2013

List of Google's easter eggs

Just in case I write too much, the list of easter eggs and hoaxes is below. In case you are in a hurry, here is a link to Google's site.

Ok, this is fun, right? Easter eggs!

What are these so-called easter eggs? They are elements added to staid and productive software for fun. Nuf' said, here they are:

Friday, March 8, 2013

Stephen Fry

One thing I greatly appreciate after reading Stephen Fry's blog is the desirability off essays - well thought out, several 1000 word writings - which Stephen calls "blessays" with a capital b.

Not sure if Stephen coined the phrase, but I've never heard it before (and I did a Google search and his article came up near the very top, so in my mind he gets the credit) in any case he has a number these blessays, that is well thought out and rather long-winded dissertations, and I very much appreciate them.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Microsoft's Misteps (BIG TIME)

Microsoft loses yet another fanboy | TechRepublic

"Companies and consumers have handed over a great deal of money to Microsoft. How are they repaid for their loyalty? A slap in the face and a tug on the wallet. This mess will not end well for Microsoft. It will, on the other hand, end well for the likes of Ubuntu and LibreOffice."

New Google Glass features

New Google Glass features unveiled:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21519859

Includes camera, and sleek new looks.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Poison We Never Talk About in School


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